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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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‘Ducklings’ Sculptor to Preside over 25th-birthday Celebration in Public Garden on Saturday

September 25, 2012
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‘Ducklings’ Sculptor to Preside over 25th-birthday Celebration in Public Garden on Saturday

The sculptor who brought Mrs. Mallard and her family of aquatic birds from Robert McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings” to life in the Public Garden will preside over a 25th-birthday celebration for the Boston landmark this Saturday. “It’s unbelievable what an important part of Boston has become, Nancy Schön said. “I can’t...

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Neighborhood Favors Helping Charles St. Mkt.

September 25, 2012
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A plan that would enable the Charles Street Market to stay in its current location met with a favorable public response at the Firehouse Wednesday during an informal meeting sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA). Market proprietor Tracy Hollander and Joel Kadis, a partner at Burlington-based Linear Retail Properties, which owns the...

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Color is issue on curb cuts

September 25, 2012
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When city officials sought public input on the materials used to construct pedestrian ramps within Boston’s historical districts Wednesday, the conversation at City Hall quickly turned to the most appropriate color for the tactile strips in the curb cuts. The Public Works Department is currently repaving streets citywide and required under federal law to...

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EAC Fails to Address New School : Downtown Grammar School Not on Agenda

September 18, 2012
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EAC Fails to Address New School : Downtown Grammar School Not on Agenda

While many applauded the efforts to date of the External Advisory Committee (EAC) on Improving School Choice and School Assignment at Wednesday’s community meeting, a resounding concern among those in attendance was that their work doesn’t address the need for a new grammar school to serve downtown neighborhoods. “We very frustrated again in this...

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BHCA Zoning Gives Nod to Restaurant

September 11, 2012
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BHCA Zoning Gives Nod to Restaurant

The neighborhood might soon have an exotic new dining option, following the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee’s decision Wednesday not to oppose plans to open an authentic Mongolian restaurant at the former home of The Spotted Apron on Cambridge Street. The proposed Little Lamb Hot Pot at 326 Cambridge St....

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Residents Urged to Attend Meeting to Get Downtown Grammar School

September 11, 2012
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Elected officials and other community leaders are encouraging residents to use this Wednesday’s community meeting of the External Advisory Committee on Improving School Choice and School Assignment as a forum to petition for a new public grammar school to serve downtown neighborhoods. “This is an opportunity to advocate for a new public elementary school,”...

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Proposed Redistricting Plan Could Mean Changes for Councilors Ross and LaMattina’s Districts

August 28, 2012
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Proposed Redistricting Plan Could Mean Changes for Councilors Ross and LaMattina’s Districts

If Mayor Thomas M. Menino signs off on a redistricting plan that the City Council passed by a vote of 7-6 Wednesday, Councilors Mike Ross and Sal LaMattina could see a shift in their constituencies. The city is required to redraw the boundaries of its nine districts every 10 years based on U.S. census...

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