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Beacon Hill Receives Beautify Boston Grants

March 1, 2013
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STEPHEN S. YOUNG, BOARD chair of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA), announced last week that the City of Boston recently awarded two Beautify Boston Grants to projects on Beacon Hill. The Beautify Boston Grant Program was created by Mayor Thomas M. Menino to “support significant community initiated beautification and infrastructure projects that will...

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DeLuca’s Granted Zoning Relief Eliefelief

March 1, 2013
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DELUCA’S MARKET ON Charles Street moved another step closer to a grand reopening  when the city’s Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) voted unanimously on Feb. 13 to grant its request for variances. Applicant and proprietor Virgil Aiello had applied for zoning relief to allow the market use of a non-conforming, recently excavated portion of...

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Expanded Street-sweeping Program Begins March 1

March 1, 2013
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BEGINNING FRIDAY, MARCH 1, the city’s Public Works Department (DPW) will expand its street-sweeping program on Beacon Hill to include two additional months. The program typically ended on Nov. 30 and resumed April 1, but starting this year, sweeping begins March 1 and ends Dec. 31. Existing posted schedules, as well as parking restrictions...

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Hatch Shell Home to Impromptu Snowman Contest

February 19, 2013
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Hatch Shell Home to Impromptu Snowman Contest

The Esplanade Association (TEA) joined the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to sponsor an impromptu snowman contest at the Hatch Shell Oval on the Charles River Esplanade last Tuesday, Feb. 12. Winners received tickets to the July 3 Boston Pops rehearsal concert. In the photo: Back Bay residents Sarah Knotts and her mother...

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Charles Street Inn Clears Last Hurdle in Sale

February 19, 2013
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Charles Street Inn Clears Last Hurdle in Sale

After receiving approval for its proposed change of usage, the Charles Street Inn has cleared the last hurdle in its sale and will close its doors on April 16 to make way for short-term rental units, co-owner Louise Venden said. “It’s been a pleasure to run a business in such a fabulous neighborhood, where...

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BRA Approves Suffolk University Academic Building for Somerset St.

February 19, 2013
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Last Thursday, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board unanimously approved Suffolk University’s plans to move forward with a new campus building at 20 Somerset St. that will feature general-use and science classrooms, a light-filled cafeteria/function space and indoor and outdoor lounging areas. The BRA determined that the building is in accord with the university’s...

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BHCA Expresses Concern with Proposed Citywide Arts Festival’s Impact

February 19, 2013
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In a formal letter to event organizers, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors expressed concern with the potential impact on the Boston Common of  “Outside the Box” – an inaugural citywide arts festival planned for July 12 to 21. Besides four locations on the Common, the proposed festival would bring programming...

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The Blizzard of 2013

February 12, 2013
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The Blizzard of 2013

In the  photo the Whitneys, Jordan (left) and Adam get a free ride from their parents Rob and marcy on Charles Street Saturday afternoon.

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Green light for Hancock Street apt. conversion

February 12, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose granting the necessary zoning relief and variances to convert a lodging house at 61 Hancock St. into apartments. David Watson, the applicant and building owner, proposes changing the legal occupancy of the 20-person rooming house to “seven apartments plus...

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Fewer Taxpayers File for Abatements

February 12, 2013
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Despite an increase in prop-erty tax bills and assessed property values for fiscal year 2013 there have been fewer abatements filed so far this year when compared to 2010. The cutoff date to file abatement with the City of Boston’s Accessing Department was February 1 and to date only 2,200 abatements have been filed....

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