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Local Voters Favored Ross in Primary Election

October 1, 2013
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Despite placing eighth in the race citywide, City Councilor Mike Ross garnered the most votes for mayor in Ward 5 in last Tuesday’s preliminary election. According to the city’s unofficial election results, Ross earned 1,419 of 4,950 total votes in Ward 5, which includes Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Bay Village and the Fenway. City...

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City Proposes Cycle Track Around Public Garden

September 24, 2013
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City officials outlined preliminary plans to add a two-way cycle track around the Public Garden on Wednesday before a standing-room only crowd at the Mt. Vernon Street Firehouse. The concept proposes eliminating one traffic lane each on Arlington, Beacon, Boylston and Charles streets to create dedicated space for bicyclists on the roadways adjacent to...

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Potential Wind Impact is Top Concern for Proposed 40 Trinity Place High-rise Project

September 10, 2013
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The potential wind impact of 40 Trinity Place is a matter of utmost concern, according to those on hand at the Lenox Hotel last Tuesday for the second public meeting to discuss the proposed 33-story, mixed-use tower. Gary and Jeffrey Saunders of Boston’s Saunders Hotel Group and local developer Jordan Warshaw have filed plans...

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Café Esplanade Launches Sunday Jazz Brunch

September 2, 2013
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Taking a cue from the success of live music programming at urban park venues in New York City and other similar locations across the country, Café Esplanade is now offering a jazz brunch on Sundays. “It’s an upscale touch and a nice addition to the park, especially on sleepy Sunday mornings,” said Chris Sinclair,...

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Mayoral Candidates Discuss Their Views on Greenspace

August 20, 2013
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More than 300 citizens turned out to the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse on Thursday night for the Park and Open Space Mayoral Forum to hear 10 Boston mayoral hopefuls discuss their future plans for the city’s greenspace if elected. Boston Architectural College President Ted Landsmark and Boston Globe journalist Derrick Jackson moderated the forum,...

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Service Dog Finds Working on Hill No Easy Task

August 7, 2013
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West Cedar Street resident Anne Szabla was paired with service dog Sienna less than five months ago, but she soon might have to give up the golden retriever following a traumatic encounter with another canine on Beacon Hill. Szabla and Sienna were walking by the CVS pharmacy at Cambridge and Charles streets on Memorial...

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Large-scale Arts Festival on Common

July 18, 2013
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In anticipation of “Outside the Box” (OTB) – a nine-day performing arts festival slated to begin last Saturday, with more than 200 activities planned for the Boston Common and other locations citywide – the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) has taken proactive steps to notify the neighborhood of the unparalleled event. “Festival organizers estimate...

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BHCA Votes Not to Oppose West Cedar St. Residence Plans

July 18, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors voted last week not to oppose a proposal to build a shed dormer at a single-family residence at 5 West Cedar St., with the proviso that the decision doesn’t consider the historical appropriateness of the proposed structure. The applicant intends to erect a 36-foot dormer...

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State Rep.-elect Livingstone Looks Forward to Beginning Inaugural Term

July 9, 2013
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As he prepares to assume the role of 8th Suffolk District state representative, Jay Livingstone is hitting the ground running in anticipation of his inaugural term in office. “Over the last few weeks, I’ve been familiarizing myself and getting up to speed with development issues,” said Livingstone, a 39-year-old attorney and Beacon Hill resident....

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Ross Opposes Fisher College’s Expansion Plan

July 9, 2013
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City Councilor Mike Ross is opposing Fisher College’s controversial plan to expand student housing in the Back Bay. “Fisher College is a proud institution with a long history, but ultimately, I don’t think increasing residential housing in the Back Bay is a smart move,” said Ross, who is stepping down as District 8 city...

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