N r u eighborhood

NOVEMBER 4, 2014
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Neighborhood Round Up
King’s Chapel Tuesday
King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St.,
presents its Tuesday Recitals.
Admission is by suggested donation of $3 per person; the donations are given to the performing musicians. Programs begin at
12:15 p.m. and last approximately
35 minutes; for more information,
call 617-227-2155.
Programming includes Voci
“Common Ground; Songs of
Hope, Love, Loss and Prayer”
on Nov. 4; Shirley Hunt (baroque
cello) performing works by Bach,
Gabrielli and Galli on Nov.
11; Handel & Haydn Society
Orchestra Players performing
string quartets by Haydn and
Mozart on Nov. 18; and guitarist Hermann Hudde performing
works by Brouwer and Ponce on
Nov. 25.
‘American Politics Film
Series’ comes to West
End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the
Boston Public Library, located
at 151 Cambridge St., presents
“American Politics Film Series.”
Programming includes “The
American President” (1995,
114 minutes, Rated PG-13) on
Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m.;
“All the President’s Men” (1976,
138 minutes, Rated PG) on
Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m.;
“Dave” (1993, 110 minutes,
Rated PG-13) on Wednesday,
Nov. 19, at 3 p.m.; and “Game
Change” (2013, 118 minutes, not
rated) on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at
2:30 p.m.
West End Branch
Library remembers
Jackie Kennedy
The West End Branch of the
Boston Public Library, located
at 151 Cambridge St., presents
“Jackie Kennedy: The First Lady
as Superstar” on Thursday, Nov.
6, at 6:30 p.m.
She was destined to become
the most famous woman of her
time. On the 20th anniversary
of her death, author and Boston
Public Library staff member John
De Vito examines how her legend
lives on.
Call 617-523-3957 for more
Lecture on rejuvenating
your brain
MGH Senior HealthWISE presents a lecture entitled “Rejuvenate
Your Brain” at the Haber
Conference Room, MGH, on
Thursday, Nov. 6, from 11 a.m.
to noon.
The speaker will be Marie
Pasinski, MD, MGH neurologist,
who presents her fun and easy tips
to rejuvenate your brain at any
age. Based on the latest research,
learn how to boost your memory
and your brain.
Rev. Kate Braestrup to
address men, women
and children
In November, Rev. Kate Braestrup,
a Unitarian Universalist minister,
chaplain to the Maine Warden
Service and award-winning author
of the memoir “Here If You Need
Me,” will several talks on Men,
Women and Children: Loving One
Another in a Complicated World.”
The lecture for men takes place
at Kings Chapel, located at 58
Tremont St., on Friday, Nov. 7, at
7 p.m.; the lecture for women will
be held at First Church in Boston,
located at 66 Marlborough St.,
on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m.;
and the lecture for children takes
places at First Church in Boston
on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 12:30
p.m. The program concludes with
a closing sermon at King’s Chapel
on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m.
Admission is free. To register or
for more information, visit www.
First Church speaker
at First Church in Boston, 66
Marlborough St., welcomes Kate
Braestrup on Saturday, Nov. 8,
at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. She
will give two lectures on “Men,
Women and Children: Loving
One Another in a Complicated
World.” She is the author of the
bestselling memoir “Here If You
Need Me,” based on her experiences as a chaplain for the Maine
Warden Service.
The final presentation is on
Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.,
at which time violinist Dorian
Komanoff Bandy will discuss
and musically illustrate “Bach’s
Lyre: The Unaccompanied Violin
in 17th-century Germany.” He
co-leads a popular gallery-lecture
series at the Museum of Fine Arts.
All talks are free. Call 617-2676730 for more information
Lecture on senior care
United Healthcare presents a lecture on senior care options at the
West End Branch of the Boston
Public Library, located at 151
Cambridge St., on Monday, Nov.
10, at 2 p.m.
The lecture, sponsored by
ABCD NE/WE Neighborhood
Service Center, will include a presentation on the benefits, eligibility
requirements and associated costs/
premiums of United Healthcare’s
senior care options plans. If you
are interested in attending, call
Team Friends of the
Public Garden seeks
Marathon runners
The Friends of the Public Garden
has guaranteed marathon entries
through the John Hancock
Nonprofit Marathon program for
the 2015 Boston Marathon.
In exchange for an official entry
into the marathon, athletes will be
required to raise funds to support
the mission of the Friends, which
is to preserve, protect and enhance
the Boston Common, Public
Garden and Commonwealth
Avenue Mall.
To download a marathon application, visit www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org, e-mail [email protected]
friendsofthepublicgarden.org or
call 617-723-8144 to have an
application emailed to
West End Branch
Library welcomes
author Lauren Clark
The West End Branch of the
Boston Public Library, located
at 151 Cambridge St., presents
an author talk featuring “Crafty
Bastards” by Lauren Clark on
Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 pm.
“Crafty Bastards” by the former bartender, brewer and journalist chronicles four centuries of
beer and brewing history in New
England. Clark will discuss the
origins of beer in the Northeast,
from Puritan housewives and
industry moguls, to the contemporary craft brewer today. The
event is sponsored by the Friends
of the West End Branch Library.
Screening of ‘The
Return’ and director
The Vilna Shul will sponsor a
screening of “The Return” at the
Institute of Contemporary Art
(ICA) on Thursday, Nov. 13, at
7 p.m.
Part of the Boston Jewish Film
Festival, this moving story focuses
on young women discovering and
sustaining their Jewish heritage in
modern Poland.
Also, the Vilna Shul, located at
18 Phillips St., presents Kabbalat
Shabbat Friday night services with
Adam Zucker, director of “The
Return,” on Friday, Nov. 14, at
6:30 p.m.
Register for both events at vilnashul.org/events.
‘Mass. Memories Road
Show’ coming Nov. 15
The “Mass. Memories Road
Show” comes to the West End
Museum, 150 Staniford St., on
Saturday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m.
At this event you can share and
document your West End memories, talk to a local historian and
even give your oral history. Bring
one to three photos in their original format and your stories to be
A conversation with
Charles H. Harper
The Congregational Library,
located at 14 Beacon St., presents
an hour of poetry and conversation with theologian and poet Rev.
Charles H. Harper on Thursday,
Nov. 13, from noon to 1 p.m.
Harper began writing poetry
soon after his graduation from
Yale Divinity School, and it quickly became a passion. His poetry is seen regularly in journals,
including Mobius, the Aurorean,
Avocet, The Lyric and the Deronda
Review. He is the author of four
poetry books: “Sorting Things
Out” (2008), “Making A Life”
(2010), “Gratitude” (2012) and
“Fragments” (2014).
The event is free and open to the
public. Visit www.congregationallibrary.org to register and learn
Book Discussion Group
to meet at West End
Branch Library
The West End Branch of the
Boston Public Library, located
at 151 Cambridge St., welcomes
the Book Discussion Group on
Thursday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m.
The selected book is “David
and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits
and the Art of Battling Giants”
by Malcolm Gladwell, copies of
which are available at the library.
Lecture on ‘Fall
MGH Senior HealthWISE presents a lecture on “Fall Prevention”
at the Haber Conference Room,
MGH, on Thursday, Nov. 20,
from 11 a.m. to noon.
The guest speaker is Allison
Squadrito, PT, DPT, GCS, geriatric clinical specialist for MGH
Physical Therapy Services. Almost
half of older adults in the commu-
nity fall: Are you one of them? Are
you afraid of falling?
Help solve ‘Mystery of
the Missing Challah’
The Vilna Shul, located at 18
Phillips St., presents “Night at
the Museum Mystery Shabbat for
Young Families” on Friday, Nov.
21, at 6 p.m.
Bring the kids to help solve the
“Mystery of the Missing Challah,”
and learn all about Shabbat along
the way. Ideal for ages 4 to 7, this
mystery evening is a great way
to help your kids get to know
Shabbat and how it can be celebrated each week.
Register at vilnashul.org/events.
Register at vilnashul.org/events.
‘Deep End’ discussion
group meets at West
End Branch Library
The West End Branch of the
Boston Public Library, located at
151 Cambridge St., will host “The
Deep End” discussion group on
Monday, Dec. 8,at 2 p.m.
Talking with friends and family about end-of-life issues can
be challenging. What are your
hopes and fears about care as you
approach the end of life? How
would your family cope if one of
you became seriously ill? Where
can you find information to help
you make preparations? Dive
into these questions and more at.
This drop-in group is open to the
community and facilitated by a
licensed social worker from Good
Shepherd Community Care.
‘Guided Imagery
Meditation’ at West End
Branch Library
The West End Branch of the
Boston Public Library,
151 Cambridge St., offers
“Guided Imagery Meditation
with Polly Fletcher” every Friday
from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Wa n t
more energy and focus? Join Polly
Fletcher, “Get Your Vibe On”
coach and occupational therapist, for “Guided Visualization
Meditation.” Strengthen your
mental focus and transform limiting thoughts to reduce stress and
improve overall health.
Guided meditation at
Toe2Heal, located at 25 Myrtle St.,
presents basic Raja yoga meditation-practice for letting go of anxiety, empowering your thoughts
for positive outlook, emotional
balance and overall good health
on Sundays from 7 to 7:30 p.m.
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There is a suggested donation
of $5 for person. R.S.V.P. to [email protected]
Fall public lectures
and book talks at the
Fall public lectures and book talks
at the Boston Athenæum feature
the great Boston-New York subway race, Diane Ackerman on
“The Human Age,” women at the
Chicago World’s Fair, the “most
dangerous book,” the Boston Tea
Party from a British angle, fancy
desserts, the fall of the Berlin Wall,
a Sunday open house, the pleasures of old age and more.
All events will take place in the
Athenæum’s historic Long Room
at 10½ Beacon St. For more information about Boston Athenæum
programs, hours and membership,
visit www.bostonathenaeum.org
or call 617-720-7600.
The Boston Chapter of The
Compassionate Friends (TCF)
meets at Trinity Church on the
first Tuesday of each month from
6 to 7:30 p.m.
TCF is a national self-help,
mutual-assistance organization
offering friendship, understanding
and hope to bereaved parents and
their families. Call
617-539-6424 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.
West End Food Pantry
seeking donations
The West End Food Pantry needs
help to continue serving its more
than 120 clients per month. They
welcome donations to replenish
the supply of food that they give
out to hungry residents in the
The pantry is located in the West
End Branch of the Boston Public
Library and is staffed by volunteers from ABCD’s North End/
West End Neighborhood Service
Center. Non-perishable (canned
and boxed) items are being sought,
including rice, pasta, canned tuna,
canned chicken, chili, beans, vegetables, cereal, soups, cup of noodles, etc.
Donations can be left at the
library, 151 Cambridge St., on
Monday through Wednesday
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday
from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The North End/West End
Neighborhood Service Center
(NE/WE NSC), located at 1
Michelangelo St., serves a hot,
fresh, home-cooked lunch to
seniors in the neighborhood
Mondays and Fridays, and is
looking for two volunteers to help
with shopping, food preparation,
cooking, serving and clean-up.
The non-profit providing services
and programs to low-income residents of the North End, West End
and Beacon Hill is looking for
volunteers who can assist with the
whole meal from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
on a Monday and/or Friday, but
can make arrangements to fit your
Contact Lia Tota, director, at 617523-8125, ext. 201, via e-mail at
[email protected] for more
Introduction to laptops,
eReaders and iPads at
the West End Library
The West End Branch of the Boston
Public Library, 151 Cambridge St.,
offers an introduction to laptops,
eReaders and iPads by appointment only. Get the most out of
your eReader or Laptop. Receive
tips and guidance during these
one-on-one sessions. Call Branch
Librarian, Helen Bender at617523-3957 or e-mail [email protected]
org to set up an appointment.
Volunteer at Spaulding
Stay active, meet new people and
be connected with your community by volunteering at Spaulding
Rehabilitation Hospital. Staff
members will match your skills
and interests to a volunteer opportunity. The hospital is currently
recruiting volunteers, ages 18 and
up, for two- to three-hour-a-week
shifts for a minimum of six to 12
months commitment. Visit www.
spauldingnetwork.org for more
After-work tai chi group
at the West End Library
The West End Branch of the
Boston Public Library, 151
Cambridge St., welcomes afterwork tai chi group every Thursday
from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Come and try
this low impact energy exercise
with yang-style tai chi instructor
Arthur Soo-Hoo.
Volunteers needed for
ACS cosmetic sessions
The American Cancer Society is
currently seeking volunteers for
the “Look Good…Feel Better”
sessions held at Tufts Medical
Center, 800 Washington St. “Look
Good . . . Feel Better” is a free program that teaches cancer patients
hands-on cosmetic techniques
to help them cope with appearance-related side effects from
chemotherapy and/or radiation
treatments. Cosmetologists certified and trained by the American
Cancer Society conduct the sessions, which are non-medical and
do not promote any product line.
Volunteers are needed to assist
the cosmetologist conducting the
session and are responsible for
set-up, cleanup, and any other
needs of the program. Programs
are held from noon to 2 p.m.,
one Monday every other month.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Nanyamka Hales
at 781-314-2611 or via e-mail at
[email protected], or
visit cancer.org.
Local residents needed
to drive cancer patients
to and from treatment
The American Cancer Society is
in great need of Road to Recovery
volunteers to drive local cancer
patients to and from their chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. An integral part of treating cancer successfully is making
sure cancer patients receive their
treatments, but many find making
transportation arrangements is a
challenge. The American Cancer
Society provided more than
19,000 rides to cancer patients in
New England last year, but needs
new volunteer drivers to keep up
with the demand for transportation.
Make a difference in the
fight against cancer by becoming a volunteer driver for the
American Cancer Society’s Road
to Recovery. Drivers use their own
vehicle to drive patients to and
from their treatments. The schedule for volunteers is flexible, and
treatment appointments take place
weekdays, primarily during business hours. If you or someone you
know is interested in becoming
a volunteer driver for Road to
Recovery, contact your American
Cancer Society at 800-227-2345
or visit www.cancer.org.
Join the Downtown
Boston Rotary Club
The Downtown Boston Rotary
Club, the first new Rotary Club
in Boston in 100 years, holds
meetings at the UMass Club in
the Financial District on the first
and third Tuesdays of each month
from 6 to 7:15 p.m.
For more information, visit
www.dbrotary.org or call 617535-1950.
Be a friend to elderly in
FriendshipWorks seeks caring
people to offer help and support
to isolated elders in the Boston
area. Volunteers are needed to
provide companionship and assist
elders with tasks such as reading,
organizing, or going for a walk
- lend an hour each week and
gain a friend and a new perspective. Volunteers also needed to
escort elders to and from medical
appointments. No car is needed
and hours are flexible. For more
information or to apply online,
visit www.fw4elders.org or call
Beacon Hill Book Club
The Beacon Hill Book Club next
meets at 74 Joy St. on Wednesday,
Nov. 18, from 7 to 8 p.m. The
selected book is “I Am a Beggar
of the World” by Eliza Griswold.
New members are welcome.
Yoga for seniors at
the West End Branch
The West End Branch of the
Boston Public Library, 151
Cambridge St., presents yoga for
seniors every Tuesday from 2:45
to 3:30 p.m. Classes are led by
Tatiana Nekrasova, a certified
yoga instructor.
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NOVEMBER 4, 2014
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The passing this week of former, long-time Boston Mayor Thomas Menino truly
removes from our lives a man whose devotion to his city and its people was second
to none.
The incredible outpouring of genuine sadness and respect expressed by persons
from all walks of life and from stations high and low bore witness to the feelings of
mutual love and respect that all of us felt toward Tom Menino.
It does not take rocket science to be a mayor of a city -- even one as diverse and
as complicated as a large city such as Boston -- but it does require a dedication to the
proposition that being mayor means that it is your job to make sure that everyone is
treated with respect, that everyone's voice will be heard, and that everyone's legitimate
needs will be met to the greatest extent possible.
Tom Menino strived toward only one goal -- to make Boston the greatest city on the
planet. For him, being Mayor was not about the trappings of the office, or personal
aggrandizement, or any of the usual reasons that make some people seek political
office that typically are related to self-interest.
Rather, Tom Menino knew, as did the people of Boston for election-after-election,
that he was the best person for the job because no one cared more about the city, and
would devote himself to bettering the lives of its people, more than he would. That
simple, basic fact was evident in everything he did and in the manner in which he
conducted himself while in office.
Tom Menino was a wonderful human being. That's as simple as it gets.
May he rest in peace.
Menino (from pg. 1)
dened by the mayor’s passing. He was
a wonderful man who gave so much of
himself to the city of Boston and he will
be greatly missed by those of us on Beacon
Hill as well as people throughout the rest
of the city.”
Rob Whitney, a long-time Beacon Hill
Civic Association board member and
founding member of the Friends of the
Phillips Street Play Area, said that Mr.
Menino “was always a strong advocate
on behalf of all the neighborhoods, particularly for neighborhood green spaces.”
“He was particularly helpful with
the renovation and rehabilitation of the
Phillips Street Play Area. He was always
in favor of expanding public green space
and play areas for kids on Beacon Hill and
throughout the city.”
Elizabeth Vizza, executive director of
the Friends of the Public Garden, also
praised the mayor and his administration’s
work on parks, community gardens, and
recreational areas.
“We’ve lost an incredible champion for
green space in Boston,” said Vizza. “This
mayor was a supporter of our parks,
our community gardens, and our floral
displays along the streets. He was a great
champion for the work of green space and
how important it is to the lives of every
neighborhood in Boston.
Vizza said the mayor often attended
Friends of the Public Garden events.
“The mayor came to our events. He
was there for our grand opening of the
Brewer Fountain Plaza area in 2012. He
was front and center for that celebration. The primary mover of the fountain
restoration was the city and the parks
department. We worked with the mayor
in expanding the renovation to include
the entire plaza and to activate it so the
Friends worked very closely in partnership
with the parks department on that major
transformation of the south corner of the
Mayor Menino at the announcement of
a new elementary school on Commercial
Street in the North End.
Vizza recalled that Mr. Menino participated in the ribbon cutting for the fountain and the grand-opening celebration
for the plaza in May, 2012. She said his
support of the organization will be missed.
“This is a sad time for Boston,” said
Vizza. “We were looking forward to Mr.
Menino being an active and effective
post-mayor. He had a lot of love for not
only the city but for how cities can work
when they work well together. We in the
green space were looking forward to having his voice for years to come so it’s a very
sad time.”
Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim
praised Mr. Menino’s leadership of the city
and his dedicated service to all residents.
“Mayor Menino was a giant in our city
and an inspiration to all,” said Zakim.
“His leadership in fighting for equality for
all Bostonians demonstrated his dedication to every resident and neighborhood
across the city. His love and commitment
to Boston extended even beyond his time
in public office, and his legacy is one that
will not be forgotten.”
Downtown View (from pg. 1)
tout Boston’s characteristics —the best universities in the world, devoted sports fans,
deep history and most of all, a place so innovative that it has a 1,000 acre Innovation
District, and entrepreneurs so cutting edge
that they lurk in micro-apartments, starting
companies, taking them public and making
a killing.
If we’re so innovative and entrepreneurial, then why aren’t we all behind bringing
the Olympics to Boston? It is the quintessential entrepreneurial venture. And it requires
innovation. Of course it will cost zillions, be
a big mess, and we may have to pay off the
Olympic Committee if we want to get the
That’s what entrepreneurs do. They take
big risks. They can lose oodles of money,
much of it belonging to other people. They
might fail. They face problems. They can get
I know because I once was an entrepreneur. I started a newspaper. I wrote a business plan. But I was scared of the unknowns.
What if my costs outran my income? What
if I had forgotten something? What if I were
sued by the subject of a news story? What
if it were too much to handle? How do you
handle payroll anyway?
I even had to deal with corruption. A distributor phoned, threatening that if I didn’t
use his company, he’d make sure I failed. (I
asked him to fax over a bid, and he never
did. Bullies have a hard time following up.)
Despite my anxiety, I went ahead. I
wouldn’t find out if it worked unless I took
serious risks. I consoled myself by saying it
is only money. A couple of evenings I cried.
Gradually, things got easier. I actually
made money. My employees got health care
through the newspaper, since a business that
can’t afford health care for its employees
isn’t much of a business. Four employees
were able to buy houses based on their earnings. My venture had been successful.
Bringing the Olympics to Boston isn’t
different, except in scale, from any entrepreneurial effort.
The effort stands now at the business
plan stage. John Fish and his cohorts are
putting on the finishing touches, investigating aspects of what an Olympic bid entails
and how the Olympics would work in
Boston. The information they have gathered
will be valuable. But, like all entrepreneurial
ventures, this one has risks.
Many writers point them out. One letter
to the editor in the Boston Globe inexplicably claimed that because Boston’s streets are
not based on a grid, the city can’t handle
such an event.
Other opponents point out real problems.
They point out that cities have lost money,
and that expensive structures, purpose-built,
have had to be demolished. Writers point out
the extreme costs, expected and non-expected, of such a pageant. Predictions are dire:
the city will lose tourists, money, pride, and
the ability to move around during the games.
We’ll be distracted from addressing other
needed matters. The Olympic Committee
is corrupt and won’t treat us fairly. (This is
when our former governor, Mitt Romney,
with his Olympic experience, could come in
handy.) Proponents and opponents differ on
whether London made out well or terribly,
but opponents are certain that Boston will
suffer greatly.
If we’re such an entrepreneurial city, why
are we so afraid of the real risks the opponents point out? If we’re so smart, why do
we think we can’t solve the problems that
will arise? World class? World Class cities
dream big dreams and take risks.
It will be costly. Most important ventures
are. Remember the doomsday group that
opposed burying the Central Artery? They
were right — it was expensive and difficult.
But where would we be today had we taken
their advice?
Bringing the Olympics to Boston will
be risky. It will cost more than we budget for it. It will disrupt us as we build
it, and it will disrupt us while it is going
on. Somebody will have to fight with the
Olympic Committee along the way.
I don’t know, if we are chosen, whether
things will turn out badly or well. I do know
that taking a risk and prevailing is one of the
most satisfying things a person, and a city,
can do. And remember, it is only money.
Karen Cord Taylor is a newspaperwoman who
now works from her home. Past columns are posted on www.bostoncolumn.com. You can reach
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RECITAL, Voci Angelica Trio performing “Common Ground; Songs of Hope,
Love, Loss and Prayer, King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St., 12:15 p.m., suggested
donation; $3, call 617-227-2155
MEETING, Beacon Hill Book Club, 74 Joy St., 7-8 p.m.
RECITAL, Shirley Hunt (baroque cello) performing works by Bach, Gabrielli
and Galli, King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St., 12:15 p.m., suggested donation;
$3, call 617-227-2155
FILM, “The American President” (1995, 114 minutes, Rated PG-13), West
FILM, “All the President’s Men” (1976, 138 minutes, Rated PG), West End
Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., 3 p.m.
End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., 3 p.m.
LECTURE, “Jackie Kennedy: The First Lady as Superstar,” West End Branch
of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., 6:30 p.m., call 617-5233957 for more information
LECTURE, “Rejuvenate Your Brain,” Haber Conference Room, MGH, 11 a.m.noon
AUTHOR TALK, Lauren Clark, West End Branch of the Boston Public
Library, 151 Cambridge St., 6:30 p.m.
AUTHOR APPEARANCE, Charles H. Harper, Congregational Library, 14 Beacon
St., noon-1 p.m., admission: free, visit www.congregationallibrary.org to
register and for more information
FILM, “The Return,” Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) on Thursday, Nov.
13, at 7 p.m., register at vilnashul.org/events
and 12:30 p.m., admission: free, call 617-267-6730 for more information
EVENT, “Mass. Memories Road Show,” West End Museum, 150 Staniford St.,
10 a.m.
LECTURE, United Healthcare’s senior care options, West End Branch of the
Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., 2 p.m., call 617-523-8125 if
EVENT, Hill House Senior Thanksgiving Dinner, 84 Beacon St., 5:30-7 p.m.
you are interested in attending
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FILM, “Dave” (1993, 110 minutes, Rated PG-13), West End Branch of the
Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., 3 p.m.
LECTURE, “Bach’s Lyre: The Unaccompanied Violin in 17th-century
Germany,” First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St., 7 p.m., admission:
free, call 617-267-6730 for more information
MEETING, Book Discussion Group, West End Branch of the Boston Public
Library, 151 Cambridge St., 3 p.m.
LECTURE, “Fall Prevention,” Haber Conference Room, MGH, 11 a.m.-noon
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CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY, “ Night at the Museum Mystery Shabbat for Young
Families,” Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips St., 1:30 p.m., register at vilnashul.org/
RECITAL, guitarist Hermann Hudde performing works by Brouwer and
Ponce, King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St., 12:15 p.m., suggested donation; $3,
call 617-227-2155
Decorating (from pg. 1)
on Saturday, December 6th and
Sunday, December 7th.
Tom Kershaw has long been
considered the founder of the tradition to dress the picturesque gas
lamp poles for the holidays, first
completed on Charles Street by the
Beacon Hill Business Association
over 25 years ago. In 1998, the
idea to decorate all residential
streets was born, and the Beacon
Hill Civic Association joined the
holiday decorating team. It was
then that Kershaw decided his gift
to the community would be an
annual cocktail party which he
would sponsor to help the Beacon
Hill Civic Association raise funds.
Lisa Macalaster, Pinckney Street
resident and lead vocalist of the
band HoneyMac, and pianist
Richard Pierce will serenade the
crowd as they play popular tunes
and holiday favorites. The night
will also include a drawing for a
variety items from Beacon Hill
businesses such as restaurant gift
cards, event tickets, clothing items,
and more.
Tickets for this year’s Holiday
Gathering are on sale now for $30
at www.bhcivic.org. Each ticket
includes hors d’oeuvres and two
Host Tom Kershaw speaks at
last year’s Garlands and Green
glasses of beer, two glasses of wine,
or a holiday martini. Tickets will
be available online through Noon
on November 19th. Tickets will
then be sold at the door for $35
the night of the event.
Sign-ups for this year’s
Decorating Days on Saturday,
December 6th and Sunday,
December 7th can also be located
at www.bhcivic.org. On Saturday,
volunteers are needed at the
Harrison Gray Otis House, 141
Cambridge Street, between 9am
and 4pm to help cut and wire the
laurel garlands, deliver supplies,
Lisa Macalaster and Richard
Pierce serenade the crowd with
classic Holiday tunes.
and get a head start decorating
the gas lamps. On Sunday, volunteers are needed to hang the
garlands and bows on all Beacon
Hill lamp posts throughout the
neighborhood. Veteran decorators
will be on hand to show volunteers
how to wire the greens on the gas
Be sure to follow the Beacon Hill
Civic Association on Facebook and
Twitter as these Holiday events
grow near. Watch for the tag
#JoinTheMagic as drawing prizes
are unveiled during the countdown
to the night of the party.
Complicated World,” First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St., 10 a.m.
REIGIOUS, SERVICES, Kabbalat Shabbat, Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips St., 1:30 p.m.,
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RECITAL, Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra Players performing string
quartets by Haydn and Mozart, King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St., 12:15 p.m.,
suggested donation; $3, call 617-227-2155
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Hill House celebrated its Kids Halloween Party
at the Firehouse on Oct. 30 with arts and crafts and
spooky fun. A primary activity on children’s agenda
was decorating Halloween baskets with googly-eyed
bats and filling them with popcorn, candy, and bookmarks. Friends gathered to string their own necklac-
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painted like cats and bright pumpkins. Hill House
also provided Trick-or-Treat UNICEF boxes to help
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Jewelry: Cartier, Emmons, Janiye etc., Silver: Tiffany, Dominic Haaf, G. Jensen,etc.
Porcelain: Crossed Swords, Amphora,Chinese & Japanese etc. Pottery: Van Briggle,
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Oriental Rugs: Sarouk, Herez, Kamseh, Chinese.
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A series of exhibits at the Adams Gallery features the work
of students and faculty of the New England School
of Art & Design at Suffolk University
Fine Arts Springboard
Graphic Design Thesis Exhibit
June 4 – July 6
Sept. 17 – Nov. 2
Master of Arts in Interior
Architecture Exhibit
Imaginal/Imagining the World
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July 19 – Sept. 3
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Historic building (from pg. 1)
concerns presented by residents
who came to oppose the proposed
Why, then, did the BHAC commissioners give the go-ahead to
the demolition?
Because, they said, it was not in
their purview.
In the BHAC decision letter to
the applicant, William S. Young,
assistant director for historic
districts, wrote that the façade’s
replacement was acceptable
because it is neither historic, being
only 20 years old, nor architecturally significant.
Therefore the commissioners
did not deliberate upon opposing
arguments by neighbors present
because they were inapplicable to
the commission’s purview, Young
wrote, warning that the approval
was “not to be construed as a
precedent for the demolition or
significant alteration of elevations
of greater age or aesthetic distinction which may be unsound and
in need of intervention.”
Young’s words surprised homeowners who had thought all properties in the Historic Beacon Hill
District are subject to BHAC
review, regardless of age.
What, then, does constitutes a
historic building on Beacon Hill?
“The historic district law
applies to all architectural features
visible from a public way, and
new construction is also subject to
architectural review,” said Mark
Kiefer, the president of the Beacon
Hill Civic Association who until
recently represented Beacon Hill
on the BHAC. “But whether a
feature is considered significant,
on the other hand, can be more a
matter of judgment and opinion,
particularly in the case of more
recent architecture.”
Among other factors, the
Architectural Guidelines instruct
the BHAC to consider the historical and architectural value and
significance within the context of
other involved structures in the
neighborhood when adjucating
proposed changes to the exteriors
of buildings.
is often attributed to buildings
designed by an important architect, said Kiefer, or those providing a particularly good illustration
of a notable period in the history
of architecture. He cited as examples Charles Bulfinch’s Harrison
Gray Otis houses, widely regarded as iconic examples of Federal
architecture, and the MiddletonGlapion House at 5 Pinckney, one
the oldest houses on the Hill and
a rare survivor among the many
wood-framed buildings built by
the North Slope’s early African
American community. But significance is also a matter of degree,
he added, and important historic resources exist in many lesser-known buildings.
When forming the Beacon Hill
Historic District in the 1950s,
community leaders created a survey to rank buildings of local,
regional and national significance.
“Even this relatively systematic
attempt to identify significance
clearly had its shortcomings,” said
Kiefer. “At that time the African
Meeting House was ranked as
only of local significance, even
though we now recognize that it
played a profoundly important
role in the history of the nation.”
It showed that even an attempt
to make a survey is filled with
Beacon Hill’s historic district
boundaries were expanded over
time to protect the whole neighborhood by including all of it
the Historic District, exempting
only buildings within 40 feet
of Cambridge Street and those
owned by Suffolk University on
Hancock, Derne and Temple
Street. Occasionally, though, the
BHAC has overseen the design
of buildings only partially in the
district, such as 326 Cambridge
Carriage houses and stables,
like those that once distinguished
Beaver Place, have rarely survived over the years, according to
Kiefer. In 1993, the then-owner of
7 and 11 Beaver Place took down
the wooden façade ostensibly to
restore it. Because there was not a
brick wall behind the clapboards,
the building collapsed.
The BHAC then gave its
approval to rebuild a continuous
brick façade over the buildings
with symmetrical architectural
treatments that exist today. The
demolition and replacement of the
façade and architectural changes approved last month would
break that continuous façade and
disrupt the symmetry of the twin
buildings. Young wrote in the
decision letter that the two would
have a clear visual relationship.
Kiefer believes it was incumbent on the BHAC to ask the
applicant to go back to the drawing board to find less destructive
and invasive ways to repair the
structure from the inside of the
“One of the biggest threats
to historic preservation today is
destruction of more recent architectural resources,” warns Kiefer.
“The challenge is to identify those
buildings and features that will
prove to be important, in hindsight, many years from now.”
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by Marianne Salza
The Esplanade Association hosted its
6th Annual Canine Promenade, at the
Charles River, Esplanade, on Oct. 26.
Channel 7 News Anchor Sarah French,
dressed as a cheerful Minnie Mouse,
was the grand marshal of the half-parade around Fiedler Field. “I want to
thank everyone for being in the spirit of
Halloween and dressing up,” said Tori
Marinovich, interim executive director.
“The Esplanade is a fantastic resource for
dogs. The Esplanade Association works
to make life better in the park.”The
fundraiser highlighted the park as a
resource for dog owners, and raised
awareness about park improvements,
such as the renovation of the grass and
the installation of a new irrigation system
in front of the Hatch Shell. Gift bags and
doggie treats were provided by Pawsh
Dog Boutique, Zen Animal Massage
demonstrated pet massage techniques,
local pet portrait artist, Pawblo Picasso,
offered illustrations of attendees’ pups,
and dogs could dunk their snouts in a
tub to bob for hot dogs. Some 115 dogs,
wearing Oreo cookie, tiger, and cowboy
costumes, were registered for the parade.
Families and their dogs wore matching
costumes, like The Muppet gang, raced
along the river as Batman and Superman,
and brought vibrancy to the fall day.
Ashley Fox, Charlie as Marshmallow Fluff, Lauren Cayer, and Nugget as Jiffy Peanut Butter.
Anneli Bernard and Olive as a
Hundreds of dogs and their families walked a half-path along the Charles River during the Esplanade
Association’s Canine Promenade on Oct. 26.
Ellie Botelho, Mike Flanagan, and Zoe as a hot dog
Channel 7 News Anchor, Sarah
French, with her fiancé, Chris
Carpenter, and Buddy as Donald
Carson Chu and Miley as a flower
Meri Galstian and Prince as a
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itsy bitsy spider.
Ellie Martin, Finnegan as an octopus, and Lillie, as a ladybug.
Boston’s Animal Rescue League: Colleen Greco; Bernard, who is up for adoption; Elizabeth Dobreska, marketing manager; and Voravut Ratanakommo.
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Nov. 11 Women's Forum welcomes new Athenaeum Director
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Calderwood Director, will speak
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