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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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Hasson Named to Head A-1 Dept.

October 15, 2013
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James Hasson, a 25-year veteran of the Boston Police Department (BPD), assumed the captain’s post of Area A-1 last week. Hasson, who joined the BPD in 1988, previously served as captain of District E-5, which includes West Roxbury and Roslindale. He was also the shift commander of Area A-1 from 1998 to 2004, at...

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Crime Is down on the Hill in ’13

October 11, 2013
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Beacon Hill has seen an approximately 12-precent decrease in violent and property crimes year to date in 2013 as opposed to last year. According to Boston Police, 157 Part One crimes were reported between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2013, compared with 178 during the same timeframe in 2012. No homicides or rapes and...

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Capt. Lee Leaving A-1

October 1, 2013
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Captain Tom Lee is stepping down from his post with the Boston Police Department’s Area A-1 to take on the role of chief of police for Portsmouth, R.I. Lee, a more than 30-year veteran of Boston Police, succeeded Bernie O’Rourke as captain of Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and Downtown, in...

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Hill Voters Back Ross

October 1, 2013
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Despite placing eighth in the race citywide, City Councilor Mike Ross garnered the most votes for mayor in Ward 5 in last Tuesday’s preliminary election. According to the city’s unofficial election results, Ross earned 1,419 of 4,950 total votes in Ward 5, which includes Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Bay Village and the Fenway. City...

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City Proposes Cycle Track Around Public Garden

September 24, 2013
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City officials outlined preliminary plans to add a two-way cycle track around the Public Garden on Wednesday before a standing-room only crowd at the Mt. Vernon Street Firehouse. The concept proposes eliminating one traffic lane each on Arlington, Beacon, Boylston and Charles streets to create dedicated space for bicyclists on the roadways adjacent to...

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noa Celebrates First Year on Charles Street

August 27, 2013
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noa Celebrates First Year on Charles Street

With next month marking its first anniversary on Charles Street, noa jewelry, fine handcrafts & gifts has already become a fixture among the neighborhood’s small, independently owned shops. “Part of our mission is to be involved in a viable downtown community,” said Ian Scofidio, who owns the store with his wife Barbara. “The Flat...

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Owner Discusses Latest Design Plans at 124 Chestnut Street

August 27, 2013
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The owner of 124 Chestnut St. held an informal meeting Wednesday to discuss his latest design plans for the single-family home. Dean Stratouly, co-founder and president of Boston real-estate firm The Congress Group, said he purchased the three-story building in February with the intention of making it his personal residence before discovering significant structural...

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