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Villa Mexico Café Defers City Hearing to Reach Consensus with Neighbors

April 3, 2012
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The owners of Villa Mexico Café opted to defer their hearing with the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals last Tuesday, saying they postponed the meeting “in the hopes of reaching a consensus with our community.” Owners Julie King and her daughter, Betsy, intend to relocate the small take-out restaurant specializing in Mexican food from...

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District Crime Rate Sees Increase

March 29, 2012
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Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, has experienced a 28-percent increase in violent and property crimes to date in 2012, compared with last year, Boston police said. Between Jan. 1 and March 18 of this year, 601 incidents of Part One crime were reported as opposed to 470 in the...

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Villa Mexico Café Makes Case with Zoning Board

March 20, 2012
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The owners of Villa Mexico Café are scheduled to appear before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals at City Hall, Room 809-A, on Tuesday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m., seeking the zoning relief and licenses that would allow the restaurant to relocate to 12 Grove St. The applicants intend to open a small take-out...

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MassDot Unveils Alternative for Longfellow Bridge

March 8, 2012
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MassDot Unveils Alternative for Longfellow Bridge

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) unveiled its preferred alternative for the state’s planned $260 million reconfiguration of the Longfellow Bridge Thursday at a public meeting to vet the environmental consequences of the project. The plan includes “rehabilitation and restoration in place of the existing historic bridge, reduction in outbound lanes to one vehicular...

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Linear Realty Withdraws Application for Capital One’s Charles St. Location

February 28, 2012
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Linear Realty Withdraws Application for Capital One’s Charles St. Location

Linear Realty has withdrawn its application to the city’s Zoning Board of Appeal for a conditional-use change that would enable Capital One to occupy 62-66 Charles St., said Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Executive Director Suzanne Besser. Besser said Friday that the BHCA had received written confirmation from Capital One attorney Dennis Quilty that...

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Camargo to Step Down as BHCA Chair

February 21, 2012
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Ania Camargo will step down as chair of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) in May, curtailing her two-year term by one year. Camargo, who cited “family health reasons” as the reason for her decision, said she would continue to serve on the BHCA board and remain involved in district projects. “I can’t work...

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TEA Shows Ambitious Vision for Esplanade

February 14, 2012
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TEA Shows Ambitious Vision for Esplanade

After two years and more than 100 meetings with citizens, elected officials and other stakeholders, The Esplanade Association (TEA) unveiled “Esplanade 2020” Thursday, outlining the non-profit’s grand vision for restoring and enhancing the state park over the next 100 years. “This is a vision, a group of ideas, not a proposal or specific plan,”...

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Step Back in Time at John’s Hairstyling

February 7, 2012
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Step Back in Time at John’s Hairstyling

A fixture of Beacon Hill since 1978, John’s Hairstyling Shop offers a glimpse into a bygone era. Owner and stylist John Pacheco has modeled the 234-square-foot space on Myrtle Street after an old-time barbershop, adorning the rear wall with a compartmentalized wooden case filled with antique lather cups and the front window with stained...

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DeLuca’s to Open; 2 Businesses Leaving

January 31, 2012
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DeLuca’s to Open; 2 Businesses Leaving

The proprietor of DeLuca’s Market pledged to open his shuttered store again as two other business-owners announced their plans to leave the neighborhood at the Joint Charles Street Committee meeting Wednesday. “People don’t believe it’s going to open again,” said Virgil Aiello, owner of DeLuca’s, which has remained closed since falling prey to a...

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Longtime Civic Association Executive Director Suzanne Besser to step down

January 18, 2012
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Longtime Civic Association Executive Director Suzanne Besser to step down

The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) will lose a faithful longtime staff member when Executive Director Suzanne Besser steps down from the position in June. Soon after relocating from Simsbury, Conn., in 1998, Besser landed the job, which she said drew on her previous experience working as the executive director of other non-profits and...

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