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Residents Speak Out Against Proposed Building Slated for 115 Winthrop Square

December 9, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen A packed courtroom at the Suffolk Law School laid the stage for the first public meeting held for the proposed tower at 115 Winthrop Square by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) on Monday, December 5. Members of the community voiced their concerns over amending the current Shadow Laws to...
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Boston Officials Reduce Speed Limit to 25 MPH

December 9, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen In an effort to improve roadway safety for people walking, driving, and bicycling on city streets Mayor Martin Walsh last week announced a reduction in the default speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph starting January 9, 2017. If you don’t see a posted sign, the new speed limit will...
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Mayor Walsh Looks to Push Owner-Occupant Tax Relief to 35 Percent

December 9, 2016
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Acting on a proposal by the City Council and a stipulation in last summer’s state Municipal Modernization Act, Mayor Martin Walsh announced this week a proposal to increase Boston’s residential property tax exemption for the first time since 2000. The proposal would reduce average property tax bills for single family, owner-occupied residences by $299....
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Wheelchair Lift Causes Concern at BBAC Meeting

December 9, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen The Back Bay Architectural Commission denied without prejudice the project proposed for 235 Newbury Street that would update the front façade of the restaurant and salon located at the site and add a new wheelchair lift service to the first floor and lower level basement retail space. The Commission sited major...
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IBA Recognized by Michelle Obama for National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award

December 9, 2016
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IBA received the 2016 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award last month at the White House from First Lady Michelle Obama for its Youth Development Program. The award, which was received on behalf of IBA by CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado and program participant Noemi Negron, recognizes the country’s best after-school and out-of-school-time creative youth...
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Winter Wonderland Transforms City Hall Plaza

December 9, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen As the temperatures start to drop and the festive season comes to light, a new kind of experience will be brightening up the otherwise dim City Hall Plaza in the heart of downtown Boston. New England’s first, custom-designed outdoor skating path and European inspired outdoor holiday shopping market, called Boston Winter,...
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Concerns about Public Safety Were Raised at the Ramsay Park Public Hearing

December 9, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Ramsay Park, located in the South End, is known for its array of a field and courts including baseball, basketball and tennis. But for those who live nearby, they often see the park being used for something else; including drinking, drugs, and even gang related activity. At the second community meeting...
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Yissel Guerrero Named New Neighborhood Liaison for Mayor

December 9, 2016
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By Dan Murphy Yissel Guerrero was named Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s neighborhood liaison for the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway and Mission Hill. A longtime Dorchester resident, Guerrero recently earned a bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta. She has a passion for helping others and regularly volunteers for her church in Roxbury, helping...
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Hibernate All Winter Long with Beacon Hill’s Lala Rokh and Charles Street Liquors

December 9, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen This winter, cozy up, stay indoors and order in from Beacon Hill’s Persian restaurant Lala Rokh and pair it with a nice bottle of wine from Charles Street Liquors. By ordering online, you can get high-end Iranian cuisine from Lala Rokh paired with your favorite alcoholic-drink from Charles Street Liquors delivered...
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Noise Impacts to Residents Are Mapped Out in New Study

December 9, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Construction sites, planes flying over head, cars honking, loud music blasting, all contribute to the soundscape that make up Boston and in turn affect the residents who live and work in the City. Doctoral student at Harvard T.H. Chin School of Public Health, Erica Walker, has set out to measure and...
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