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Villa Mexico on Grove St. Not Approved: BHCA Zoning Votes Down Request 12-3-3

December 13, 2011
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Villa Mexico Café failed to win the support of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee last week for the restaurant’s proposed move to a new location at 12 Grove St. The committee decided by a vote of 12-3-3 Wednesday to oppose the applicant’s request for the zoning relief and licenses...

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The Green Room Offers Unique, Customized Hair Care

December 2, 2011
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The Green Room Offers Unique, Customized Hair Care

Passersby walking down River Street could easily overlook The Green Room, but the salon’s owner and sole hairdresser believes its small storefront is conducive to offering each patron a truly unique and customized experience. “I like working by myself and think should be very intimate and personal. That gets lost in...

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Charles Street Market Owner Buys Beacon Hill Market

November 23, 2011
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Charles Street Market Owner Buys Beacon Hill Market

The owner of Charles Street Market has purchased the Beacon Hill Market at 55 Anderson St. Tracy L. Hollander bought the market from Victor and Dee Patel, the husband and wife who have owned the convenience store since 2006. The Patels have relocated to Queens N.Y., where they will own and operate the Winchester...

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Proposed Shuttering of State House Post Office Draws Fiery Public Response

November 23, 2011
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Nearly 50 Beacon Hill residents and State House employees were on hand last week at a public meeting to oppose shuttering the post office at the state capitol. According to United States Postal Service (USPS) spokesman Dennis Tarmey, The State Office branch is among the 31 postal outlets being evaluated for “possible discontinuance” out...

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The in Crowd

November 15, 2011
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As was the case throughout the city, Beacon Hill and West End voters favored the four incumbent candidates for city councilor at-large in last Tuesday’s election. According to the city’s unofficial election results, Ayanna Pressley topped the polls in both neighborhoods, garnering approximately 23 percent of ballots cast in Beacon Hill (Ward 3, Precinct...

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Councilor At-large Candidates Engage in Lively Forum on Citywide Issues, Personal Priorities

November 1, 2011
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Councilor At-large Candidates Engage in Lively Forum on Citywide Issues, Personal Priorities

The seven candidates vying for four at-large city council seats took the center stage last week during a lively forum at the Park Street School that highlighted their positions on major issues now facing the city, as well as their priorities if elected. The incumbents – current City Council President Stephen Murphy and Councilors...

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‘Boston Public Library’ a Story Worth Telling

November 1, 2011
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Catherine J. Willis first devised the idea for “Boston Public Library” – the most recent addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America book series – as a way to help the library as it struggled with budgetary cutbacks. “I thought, ‘What can one person do to help the library?’” said Willis, a Charles River...

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A Memorable Dining Experience

October 25, 2011
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Despite the scores of autographed photos and countless other pieces of sports memorabilia that adorn the walls of West Side Johnnie’s, owner John Caron insists the Portland Street establishment isn’t a sports bar. “There’s a lot of nostalgia here, but not just sports,” Caron said. “It’s also politics religion, movies and music.” A Melrose...

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BHCA Safety Committee to Welcome Police at Informal ‘Meet and Greet’

October 18, 2011
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BHCA Safety Committee to Welcome Police at Informal ‘Meet and Greet’

The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee will again welcome police at an informal “meet and greet” later this month, allowing residents the opportunity to talk with local law enforcement. Captain Bernie O’Rourke and Sgt. Tom Lema, both of Boston Police Area A-1, are expected to join Safety Committee Chair Paula O’Keeffe at...

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Suffolk Students Vacate Holiday Inn

October 18, 2011
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Suffolk University has honored its agreement with the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) by vacating all students from the Holiday Inn at Blossom and Cambridge streets, according to John Nucci, the school’s vice president for government and community affairs. Suffolk began providing housing at the hotel about 10 years ago “due to overages based...

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