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Beacon Hill Gets New Police Captain

January 21, 2014
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Veteran Boston Police officer Kenneth Fong was named to the captain’s post of Area A-1 on Wednesday – less than four months after James Hasson assumed the position. “People living in the district are lucky to have Kenneth Fong as their new captain,” Hasson said of his successor. “He’s very approachable and smart, and...

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Deadline Is Weds. For Beautify Beacon Hill

January 7, 2014
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Tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 8, is the deadline to submit photos of winter window and garden displays for consideration in the first seasonal installment of the “Beautify Beacon Hill Awards.” “We’re trying to get people to decorate throughout the year,” said MaryLee Halpin, executive director of the Beacon Hill Civic Association. “Our hope is that...

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2013 Recorded Many Changes

December 31, 2013
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2013 Recorded Many Changes

On Jan. 7, City Councilor at-Large Stephen Murphy was unanimously nominated by the council to serve another two-year term as its president and appointed District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina to serve as its vice president for the same duration. On Jan. 31, the popular Mexican eatery Villa Mexico Café closed its location at...

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Charles St. Storefronts Were Full of Holiday Cheer

December 24, 2013
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Charles St. Storefronts Were Full of Holiday Cheer

Neighborhood merchants rose to the occasion for the Charles Street First Annual Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest on Dec. 12, even outdoing their lavish seasonal window displays of past years. “The stores did a great job on the street anyways, and we just added friendly competition,” said John Corey, chair of the Beacon Hill Civic...

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Further Safety Improvements Considered for Codman Island

December 17, 2013
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In the aftermath of another vehicular accident at Codman Island, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) has again partnered with the city to explore further safety improvements to the small, triangular garden at Charles and Beacon streets. According to Boston Police, on Nov. 10 at around 3:30 a.m., a grey Mercedes struck the center...

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BHAC to Review Applications for Streetscape Modifications

December 17, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission is scheduled to review two applications this Thursday that aim to improve pedestrian and wheelchair accessibility on neighborhood streets and sidewalks. The city’s Public Works Department is proposing changes to make Joy Street more pedestrian friendly, including the replacement of sidewalks, the installation of ADA-accessible ramps at Beacon Street...

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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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