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New Polling Location Input Being Sought

December 10, 2013
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Upon learning of the increasing difficulty that some registered voters in Ward 5, Precinct 3 have faced while attempting to cast their ballots at the State House annex, State Rep. Jay Livingstone is soliciting feedback from his constituents on alternate polling locations. Voters were previously allowed to access the site at the entrance off...

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Pedestrian Improvements Eyed for Joy St.

December 10, 2013
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Representatives from Connect Historic Boston outlined a preliminary plan to make Joy Street more pedestrian friendly at a meeting sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) on Thursday. Connect Historic Boston – an initiative between the National Park Service and the Boston Transportation Department – proposes building a pedestrian entrance at Joy and...

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Charles Street Businesses Encouraged to Join in Holiday Decorating Contest

December 2, 2013
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Charles Street businesses now have an added incentive to dress up their display windows, following the announcement of the first annual Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest. First- second and third-place winners in the inaugural competition, sponsored by the Joint Charles Street Committee of the Beacon Hill Civic Association and the Beacon Hill Business Association, will...

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Crime Rate Still Dropping on the Hill

November 25, 2013
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Beacon Hill has seen an approximately 18-precent decrease in violent and property crimes in 2013 since to last year. According to Boston Police, 169 Part One crimes were reported through the end of October 2013, compared with 205 during the same timeframe in 2012. No homicides were reported in either year, while one rape...

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Another Look at the Bicycle Track

November 25, 2013
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Neighborhood residents got another look at the city’s preliminary plans to install a two-way bicycle track around the Public Garden last week at a meeting sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA). Nick Jackson of Toole Design Group, a national planning, engineering and landscape architecture firm, said the concept proposes eliminating one traffic...

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Hill Voters Back Connolly in Mayoral Election

November 12, 2013
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While registered voters citywide supported State Rep. Marty Walsh in his victorious bid to succeed Thomas M. Menino as the 54th mayor of Boston, Beacon Hill voters favored his rival candidate, City Councilor John Connolly, in last Tuesday’s municipal election. According to the city’s unofficial election results, an average of approximately 83 percent of...

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Hasson to Be at Safety Committee Meeting

November 4, 2013
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Hasson to Be at Safety Committee Meeting

Next week’s Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee meeting includes a visit from Area A-1’s new captain, James Hasson, as well as a self-defense class for women. Hasson, a 25-year veteran of the Boston Police Department who assumed the captain’s post last month, will be on hand at the meeting to share recent...

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Survey Says Bookstore Is Top Pick for Neighborhood Business

October 29, 2013
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A bookstore or bookstore café would come as the most welcome addition to the neighborhood’s existing retail mix, according to a 2013 survey administered by the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Retail Vacancy Task Force. Of 395 respondents, 265 said a bookstore is the type of business or store they would like to see...

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Rep. Livingstone Resigns Positions on BHCA Bds.

October 25, 2013
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Rep. Livingstone Resigns Positions on BHCA Bds.

State Rep. Jay Livingstone resigned from the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors and his role as clerk of BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee last week. “I have been honored to serve as a board member of this organization and clerk of the Zoning and Licensing Committee and will always appreciate the...

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Private Funds to Beautify Putnam Ave.

October 15, 2013
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Private Funds to Beautify Putnam Ave.

If, as he expects, the public is granted right-of-way access to Putnam Avenue through the imminent settlement of a case currently in the state’s Land Court, a neighborhood business owner proposes to brick and otherwise beautify the walkway between West Cedar and Charles streets. Chris Pederson, proprietor of Charles Street Liquors at 143 Charles...

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