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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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Captain Thomas Lee to Appear at Police ‘Meet and Greet’

May 2, 2012
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Captain Thomas Lee to Appear at Police ‘Meet and Greet’

Neighbors will have a chance to introduce themselves to Captain Thomas Lee of Area A-1 on May 17 when the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee sponsors a police “meet-and-greet” at the Firehouse. A 30-year veteran of the Boston Police Department (BPD), Lee took over the captain’s post in March after his predecessor,...

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Villa Mexico Café to Make Its Case to Zoning Board of Appeals for Proposed Move to 12 Grove Street

April 24, 2012
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After deferring their March 24 hearing with the city in an effort to gain more community support, the owners of Villa Mexico Café are again scheduled to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday, May 8, as they seek the zoning relief necessary for the business to relocate to 12 Grove St....

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Charles St. Market Owner Says He is Moving Forward

April 17, 2012
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Despite reports to the contrary, Charles Street Market proprietor Tracy Hollander told the Times he still plans to relocate his business across the street. Hollander intends to move the market from its current location at 62-66 Charles St. to the site of the existing Charles Street Laundromat at 39 Charles St. According to the...

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Miguel Rosales: Building a better bridge

April 11, 2012
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Anyone to ever gaze upon the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge knows the indelible imprint that architect Miguel Rosales has left on the City of Boston. A native of Guatemala, Rosales came to the Greater Boston area in 1985 to pursue a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute...

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BHCA Gives Nod to New Market Location

April 10, 2012
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BHCA Gives Nod to New Market Location

The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose granting the zoning relief and permit necessary for the Charles Street Market to relocate from its present location to the space now occupied by the Charles Street Laundromat. Tracy Hollander, owner of the Charles Street Market, currently located at...

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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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