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Officials Say: Redistricting will be Clean this Time

April 12, 2011
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-By David Taber State redistricting began last month with local politicians promising that a transparent process will avoid what happened last time: A redrawing of the legislative map by the courts after they ruled the process had been illegal and discriminatory. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, Senate vice-chair of the state legislature’s Joint Committee on...

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Hill Fashion Designer Donates Dresses to ‘Belle of the Ball’

April 5, 2011
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Hill Fashion Designer Donates Dresses to ‘Belle of the Ball’

As one of Boston’s premier  fashion designers, Cibeline Sariano has designed dresses for the Grammy Awards, the Oscars, the Emmys and just about every other red-carpet event. She has seen the proud look of the rich and famous that has showcased her fashion creations. Sariano will see that look once again when she donates...

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Population Growth in Beacon Hill and Back Bay Reported in Census

April 5, 2011
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By Dan Murphy Beacon Hill and Back Bay saw a 2.8 percent increase in population between 2000 and last year, according to results of the 2010 census. The number of residents in the two neighborhoods reportedly rose from 26,721 in 2000 to 27,476 in 2010. Citywide, the overall population rose 4.8 percent as the...

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Discounted Rates at Common Garage

April 5, 2011
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By Dan Murphy Following the recent announcement of the facility’s first rate increases since 2008, the owner of the Boston Common Garage has agreed to work with the Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA) to offer discounted rates to patrons of neighborhood businesses. The board of directors of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), which...

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Brewer Fountain Plaza Restoration Begins

March 31, 2011
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Brewer Fountain Plaza Restoration Begins

The Friends of the Public Garden, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Mayor Thomas M. Menino held a groundbreaking ceremony on the Boston Common Wednesday for the first phase of construction on the Brewer Fountain Plaza and the surrounding area. (Photos courtesy of Harron & Associates)    

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Hill Resident Joins Historic New England as Team Leader of Historic Preservation

March 31, 2011
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Hill Resident Joins Historic New England as Team Leader of Historic Preservation

Beacon Hill resident Jess R. Phelps recently joined the staff of Historic New England as team leader of historic preservation. Working as a part of the Beacon Hill-based regional heritage organization’s senior management team, Phelps will manage the its external historic preservation efforts, including the nationally recognized Stewardship Program, which currently holds preservation easements on...

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Congressman Capuano Visits Mass. Eye and Ear’s Vision Rehabilitation Center

March 31, 2011
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Congressman Capuano Visits Mass. Eye and Ear’s Vision Rehabilitation Center

U.S. Congressman Michael E. Capuano (8th Congressional District of Massachusetts) visited Massachusetts Eye and Ear’s Vision Rehabilitation Center on March 23 to learn more about the services this center offers to help vision-impaired individuals make the best use of their remaining sight.  Dr. Mary Lou Jackson, director of Mass. Eye and Ear’s Vision Rehabilitation...

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Work on Esplanade Playspace Set to Begin Next Month

March 22, 2011
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Work on Esplanade Playspace Set to Begin Next Month

-By Dan Murphy With all the necessary permits in hand from the city and state, Friends of the Esplanade Playspace is scheduled to break ground on its new playground on the Charles River Esplanade in mid-April. The non-profit is building an approximately 10,000 square-foot playground for 5- to 12-year-olds on state land a short...

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Common Garage Rep Addresses Community Concerns

March 22, 2011
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-By Dan Murphy A representative of the Boston Common Garage was on hand at the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Traffic and Parking Committee meeting Thursday to address community concerns with the operation. Fred Peterson, director of facilities and operations for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), which owns the underground garage, said the...

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BHCA Board Votes to Support Request for Anderson Memorial Bridge Underpass

March 15, 2011
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BHCA Board Votes to Support Request for Anderson Memorial Bridge Underpass

-By Dan Murphy The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors voted unanimously last week to support the position of the Charles River Conservancy, requesting that an underpass be included in the planned restoration of the Anderson Memorial Bridge. In a March 4 letter to Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and...

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