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Suffolk Plans Construction of $63M Classroom Facility

December 4, 2012
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Making good on a commitment to shift its student population away from Beacon Hill, Suffolk University is moving ahead with plans to build a new $62 million classroom facility in the Ashburton Place area while selling off two buildings on the Hill. “It’s very exciting project that’s historic in many ways because this is...

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ISD Rules 54 Chestnut St. Dangerous and Unsafe : Times Reader Tip Alerts, ISD to Home Conditions

November 30, 2012
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ISD Rules 54 Chestnut St. Dangerous and Unsafe : Times Reader Tip Alerts, ISD to Home Conditions

The Inspectional Services Department (ISD) cited a residential building on Chestnut Street for “dangerous and unsafe conditions” last Tuesday after a Times reader called attention to the potential hazard. ISD Commissioner Bryan Glascock said a city inspector issued a violation to the condominium association for 54 Chestnut St. after observing “maintenance issues with the...

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BHAC Nixes Curb-cut Plan

November 30, 2012
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Beacon Hill Architectural Commission unanimously denied an application from the city’s Public Works Department for the proposed design for curb cuts in the Historic Beacon Hill District on Nov. 15. In existing concrete sidewalks, the application outlined plans to construct ramps using standard, un-tinted concrete and to adorn them with brick-red tactile strips made...

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‘Crime Prevention’ Meeting Draws Standing-room Crowd

November 20, 2012
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In the aftermath of a recent sexual assault and robbery in the neighborhood, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee sponsored a “crime prevention” meeting Thursday that drew a standing-room crowd. According to Captain Tom Lee of Area A-1, a young woman was walking home on Joy Street at about 3:15 a.m. on...

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New Home for Villa Mexico?

November 13, 2012
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Villa Mexico Café came one step closer to finding a new home in the neighborhood Wednesday when the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted not to oppose the restaurant’s proposed move to another Cambridge Street location. Owners Julie King and her daughter, Betsy, intend to relocate the business to the...

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Brazen Thief Breaks into Charles St. Shop and Steals $12,000 Lamp

November 6, 2012
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A brazen thief broke into  Cynthia Driscoll Interiors last week, stealing just one item – an Italian mid-century floor lamp valued at more than $12,000, said proprietor Cynthia Driscoll. Driscoll said a store employee left the shop at 70 Charles St. at around 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, and returned the next day...

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Sahin Designs Acclaimed Sushi Roll

November 6, 2012
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A Beacon Hill resident successfully tried his hand as a sushi chef last month, ranking top in a competition that allowed Whole Foods Market customers to design their own rolls. Ned T. Sahin submitted his award-winning roll in the contest held by the Cambridge Street store and was named among three finalists. Sabin then...

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Neighborhood Weighs in on Park St. School Expansion Plan

October 23, 2012
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While the Park Street School’s plan to expand into the adjoining single-family home at 124 Chestnut St. met with a largely favorable response at a public meeting last Tuesday, several Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board members expressed concern that the precedent could jeopardize the residential quality of the neighborhood. “The Civic Association has...

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Meet Local Police at the Firehouse Next Week

October 9, 2012
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Beacon Hill residents are again invited to make the acquaintance of local law enforcement at another informal “meet and greet” sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee. “It’s a chance to get to know everyone in the neighborhood,” Captain Tom Lee. “I’m sure they’ll have concerns, and that’s why I’m doing...

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Beacon Hill Sees Drop in Crime

October 2, 2012
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Beacon Hill has seen a 15-percent decrease in violent and property crimes to date in 2012, compared with the same timeframe last year, according to Boston Police. Between January and August of this year, 143 incidents of Part One crime were reported in the neighborhood as opposed to 179 in 2011. No homicides were...

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