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Power of Music: Pinckney Street Resident Aims to Get Word out About Community Music Center of Boston

September 13, 2011
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Power of Music: Pinckney Street Resident Aims to Get Word out About Community Music Center of Boston

Pinckney Street resident Bill Knowlton first learned of Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) around seven years ago during his family’s search to find an appropriate program for their autistic daughter Hope. His wife Deb read about the South End-based non-profit in a local community newspaper and enrolled Hope, who was not yet 2...

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State House Post Office Considered for Closure

September 13, 2011
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The fate of the State House post office now hinges on the outcome of a study being undertaken by the United States Postal Service (USPS), said USPS spokesman Dennis Tarmey. The State Office branch is among the 31 postal outlets being evaluated for “possible discontinuance” out of a total of 330 in the Greater...

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Renovations Underway at Myrtle Street Playground

September 6, 2011
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Through a partnership between the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of the Myrtle Street Playground, the Beacon Hill play area is receiving an approximately $75,000 makeover. Friends group board member Tara Gohlmann said the project entails constructing a permanent playhouse at the location, as well as installing new  “rubber safety surfacing” on...

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Puppet Shows Return to Common After 16-year Absence

August 3, 2011
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Puppet Shows Return to Common After 16-year Absence

This month marks the return of a unique tradition as Friends of the Public Garden brings puppet shows back to the Boston Common for the first time in 16 years. “Puppet theatre is popular globally, and it’s great to bring it back to the Common after all these years,” said Liz Vizza, executive director...

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City Bike Czar Confident Hubway Program will include Hill Stations

July 26, 2011
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Following an 11th-hour meeting with the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Traffic and Parking Committee Thursday, Boston bike czar Nicole Freedman said she is confident that New Balance Hubway will include stations in and around the neighborhood when the city’s bike share program gets underway today. “Everyone wants to see the system come to...

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Public Gets First Look at Government Center Garage Redevelopment Plans

July 26, 2011
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The public got its first look at the redevelopment plans for the Government Center Garage during an Impact Advisory Group working session meeting at City Hall last week. HYM Investment Group LLC – a firm headed by former Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Director Thomas O’Brien – has proposed building a seven-building complex of retail,...

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BHCA Requests Removal of Synthetic Material from Mt. Vernon St. Tree-pits in Fall

July 19, 2011
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BHCA Requests Removal of Synthetic Material from Mt. Vernon St. Tree-pits in Fall

The Beacon Hill Civic Association is asking the city to remove a synthetic, porous material from tree-pits on Mt. Vernon Street this fall. “We request the removal of the new material from the two tree pits at 91 Mt. Vernon, on the corner of Louisburg Square, as soon as it is deemed safe by...

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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee Votes not to Oppose Two Modified Proposals

July 12, 2011
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose modified versions of two proposals it had previously vetted last month. The owners of a single-family townhouse at 3 Spruce St. and 5-7 Spruce Court – two adjacent single-family townhouses being converted into one single-family residence – have jointly...

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Area A-1 Sees 16-percent Reduction in Violent and Property Crimes in ‘11

July 8, 2011
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Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, has experienced a 16-percent reduction in violent and property crimes to date in 2011, compared with last year, Boston police said. Between Jan. 1 and June 26, 1,277 incidents of Part One crime were reported as opposed to 1,528 in the same timeframe in...

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Esplanade 20/20 & Beyond Design Team Outlines Recommendations for the Future of Park

June 28, 2011
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The Esplanade 20/20 & Beyond Design Team presented its latest recommendations for the future of the state park Wednesday at a public meeting sponsored by the nonprofit WalkBoston. “I want you think of this as a part of a participatory project because it’s a work in progress…that hasn’t been approved by The Esplanade Association...

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