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Massachusetts Eye and Ear Expansion Plans Elicit Critical Public Response

July 16, 2012
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Massachusetts Ear and Ear Infirmary’s latest expansion plans elicited a largely critical public response on June 27 at the first public meeting to vet the proposal. The $343 million project includes the construction of a 1,065-car garage below two existing parking lots, which would be converted into a 3-acre park, as well as a...

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Motor Vehicle Uproots Tree Outside 20 West Cedar St.

June 26, 2012
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Motor Vehicle Uproots Tree Outside 20 West Cedar St.

A tree outside 20 West Cedar St. was uprooted by a passing vehicle Wednesday, according to Boston Police. An officer responded to the scene for a report of a motor vehicle accident and observed a large tree lying on the ground, with a white box-truck parked at an angle near its base. The vehicle’s...

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State Issues Blue-Green Algae Advisory for Charles River

June 26, 2012
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The state has issued an advisory on the levels of blue-green algae in the Charles River that recommends limiting contact with river water and rinsing with fresh water should contact occur. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), algae blooms of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) can grow quickly in fresh water and produce...

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Eye and Ear Infirmary Solicits Public Feedback as It Eyes Campus Expansion

June 21, 2012
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As the hospital begins exploring new options for the expansion of its campus, the Massachusetts Ear and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) is soliciting the public’s input at an informational meeting next week. Hospital spokesperson Jennifer Street said this new effort is a departure from last year’s proposal, which included three development projects and drew criticism...

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Louisburg Sq. Renovation Tabled by Bhca

June 12, 2012
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In light of serious concerns raised by abutters to the project, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday to table its decision on the planned rehabilitation of a townhouse at 12 Louisburg Square. The homeowner intends to convert the three-family house into a single-family unit in multiple phases, resulting...

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Overall District Crime is Up

June 6, 2012
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The pre-summer months have seen a seven–percent spike in violent and property crimes in Area A-1, compared with last year, according to Boston Police. Between Jan. 1 and May 28 of this year, 1,104 incidents of Part One crime were reported in Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, as opposed...

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Civic Association Holds 90th Annual Meeting

May 31, 2012
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Civic Association Holds 90th Annual Meeting

The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) held its 90th annual meeting at the Union Club on Monday, May 21. At that time, the BHCA swore in its new officers for its 2012-2013 fiscal year, including Steve Young, who replaces Ania Camargo as chair and Keeta Gilmore, who takes over for Young as president. Pel...

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Captain Tom Lee Joins BHCA Safety Committee for First Time

May 23, 2012
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Captain Tom Lee Joins BHCA Safety Committee for First Time

After taking over the command of Area A-1 in March, Captain Tom Lee made his first appearance at a quarterly meeting of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee Thursday. Lee, a 30-year veteran of the Boston Police Department (BPD), joined Sgt. Tom Lema, Safety Committee Chair Paula O’Keeffe and around 25 neighborhood...

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Public Input Sought Regarding Proposed Charlesgate: Greenway Path Linking Emerald Necklace to Esplanade

May 15, 2012
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Community input is being sought as a long anticipated public-private partnership gets underway to design the possible first step in reclaiming a pedestrian and bicycle route between the Emerald Necklace and Charles River Esplanade displaced by highway construction a half century ago. The Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation, in partnership with the Department of...

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Future Uncertain for Villa Mexico After City Denies Zoning Request

May 15, 2012
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The owners of Villa Mexico Café are uncertain of the Mexican restaurant’s future after the city effectively blocked its proposed move to 12 Grove St. last week. “We have no next steps, no leads, so it’s back to the drawing board,” said Betsy King, who operates the small take-out restaurant with her mother Julie....

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