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2015, A Year in Review

January 7, 2016
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2015, A Year in Review

By Dan Murphy On Jan. 11, around 40 volunteers gathered to remove the traditional holiday garlands and bows from around 1,100 lamp-posts throughout Beacon Hill. On Jan. 13, Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his first State of the City address at Symphony Hall. On Jan. 27, Boston has hit with its first blizzard of...

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Downtown View:Curiouser and Curiouser

January 7, 2016
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City Hall Plaza is maligned, disparaged, abhorred and then used whenever we have a citywide celebration—think World Series. The place has been poorly maintained for almost 50 years while serving as a staging area, a site for the Big Apple Circus and concerts and a parking lot for unidentified cars. Parts of it have...

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Beacon Hill Seminars Set to Host Spring Kickoff on January 11

January 7, 2016
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By Suzanne Besser There promises to be lots of lively and thought provoking discussions going on in the 22 courses offered this winter and spring by the Beacon Hill Seminars, the community’s popular membership organization of people learning with and from peers. Consider the class offered by Jeff Schiffman, one of the many BHS...

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Developers Plan 75 Condos at Old Suffolk University Buildings

January 7, 2016
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Two years ago Suffolk University put the Frank J. Donahue Building at 41 Temple St. and the Archer Building at 20 Derne St. up for sale as part of its consolidation plans and to reduce its impact on Beacon Hill. Last week developers filed plans with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to convert the two...

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Massachusetts State Police Data from 2015

January 7, 2016
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Massachusetts State Police have investigated 64 homicides across the state in 2015. State troopers, who investigate homicides in the vast majority of Massachusetts communities with the assistance of local police, have solved 47 of those, for a 73 percent clearance rate. The homicides run the full gamut of circumstances, from outdoor shootings at all...

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Police Briefs 01-05-2016

January 7, 2016
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Vandalism 12/26/15 – A victim reported that she parked her 2008 Honda Civic on Fayette Street on Dec. 19, and when she returned six days late, its front passenger’s side window was smashed, and the car ransacked. The victim reported no property missing at that time....

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Boston Officials Raise Age to Buy Tobacco Products

January 7, 2016
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently announced that the Boston Board of Health voted to approve amendments to the City of Boston’s tobacco regulations which raise the minimum legal age for purchasing tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21, increase the age for admission to adult-only retail tobacco stores and smoking bars to 21,...

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Enjoy the New Year Safely

January 7, 2016
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“If this is the last, let’s make it a blast!” all too often is the thought of party-goers on New Year’s Eve as we usher out the old year and ring in the new. But New Year’s Eve is a day just like any other — by which we mean that too much “partying”...

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Christmas Eve Fire a Nightmare for Beacon Hill Family

December 31, 2015
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Christmas Eve Fire a Nightmare for Beacon Hill Family

A Beacon Hill couple’s Christmas turned into a nightmare last Wednesday when their apartment caught fire, killing two of the dogs that were inside. According to the Boston Fire Department, firefighters responded to 80 Revere St., a five story brick apartment building and found a fire had started in the kitchen of the second...

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Downtown View:The Clover Club

December 31, 2015
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Dear Reader, I am taking a break from this column since this holiday deadline is earlier than usual. I’ve retrieved a column from December, 2009, that you might enjoy revisiting. I don’t know if women can now join the Clover Club. Karen Just when you think you know everything about Boston, you discover some...

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