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ADA Ramps Application Postponed

October 25, 2013
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The Public Works Department (PDW) opted to postpone its application to construct ADA-compliant ramps at brick and concrete sidewalks within the Historic Beacon Hill District on Thursday, according to Joel Pierce, chairman of the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission. The PDW is seeking conceptual approval for conceptual approval of concrete ramps with brick-red, composite tactile-strips....

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At-large City Council Candidates Discuss Parks at Forum

October 25, 2013
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All eight at-large city council candidates gathered in the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse on Oct. 15 for a content rich forum on parks and open space with the Boston Park Advocates. During the same night as the Red Sox ACLS playoff and first mayoral televised debate, more than 75 voters from all neighborhoods attended...

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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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Get a Charge at Common

October 15, 2013
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Get a Charge at Common

James Rooney, Executive Director of Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, and Gordon Burnes, local volunteer with the Environmental League of Massachusetts, celebrating the new charging stations for electric vehicles (EV), including Zipcars, in the Boston Common Garage. There are now 16 spaces reserved for electric and hybrid cars on the middle level.

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Lights, Camera and Action

October 15, 2013
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Lights, Camera and Action

Cast and crew were on location at West Cedar and Acorn streets and Joy and Myrtle streets on Friday night filming the pilot for the ABC Family production of “Chasing Life,” which is slated to air in 2014. According to the network’s Web site at www.abcfamily.com, the series stars Italia Ricci as a young...

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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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FOPG Making Mall a Greener Thoroughfare

October 11, 2013
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FOPG Making Mall a Greener Thoroughfare

The Friends of the Public Garden has launched a major turf restoration project in the Massachusetts Avenue to Charlesgate block of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall with the goal of transforming the bare, compacted soil into a lush, green lawn once again. The Friends is building upon their recent success in 2011 with restoring the...

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Play Me, I’m Yours: the Street Pianos Boston Festival

October 11, 2013
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Play Me, I’m Yours: the Street Pianos Boston Festival

Wbeimer Tejada tickled the ivories in the courtyard outside of the Yawkey building at Mass. General on a beautiful Sept. 27 afternoon. Tejada had stopped at the Yawkey to get a bite to eat while waiting for a friend. He was drawn to the piano, which is part of a current interactive exhibit. Celebrity...

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Downtown View: The Challenges of Housing

October 11, 2013
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Mayor Menino has set a goal of building 30,000 more units of housing by 2020, even though he won’t be mayor for most of that time. Governor Patrick set a goal last year of building 10,000 new units of multi-family housing during the same time period. So Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School and the...

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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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