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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Motorcyclist Dies in Storrow Drive Crash

October 11, 2013
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A motorcyclist who crashed on Storrow Drive on Wednesday has died of his injuries, and State Police are investigating the incident, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. The single-vehicle collision took place yesterday at about 2:50 p.m. on Storrow Drive eastbound near the Bowker Overpass. Preliminary evidence suggests that the operator, a...

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Captain Lee Got the Job Done

October 11, 2013
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District A-1 Commanding Officer Captain Thomas Lee did an outstanding job working closely with the residents of the North End/Waterfront community before he decided to take another position as Chief of the Portsmouth, Rhode Island Police Department. During his time in District A-1 the crime rate in the Beacon Hill neighborhood continuously decreased. His...

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Letters to the Editor

October 11, 2013
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Reader pleads for owners to clean up after their dogs Dear Editor: Here we go again. It’s the dog poop issue. Every day as I stroll through Beacon Hill, there are poop bags or poop everywhere. All over Beacon Hill and in fact throughout the city are doggies, small, large, Shepherds, Cocker Spaniels, lots...

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Judge Russo to Be Honored by WEM

October 11, 2013
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On Tuesday Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., the West End Museum,(WEM) located at 150 Staniford St., Suite 7, will host its new honoree for this year’s Italian Heritage Month: Judge Domenic J.F. Russo, the retired First Justice of the East Boston division of the District Court. Each year, the museum recognizes and honors current...

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Police Briefs 10-08-2013

October 11, 2013
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICE: 617-343-4627 • DRUG UNIT: 617-343-4879 • EMERGENCIES: 911 Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon 09/26/13 – At about            9:02 p.m., a male victim at a Bowdoin Street establishment became involved in an argument with two other patrons. He moved to a different...

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The Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health

October 1, 2013
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The Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health

From left: Eric Alexander, New England Patriots Alumus with Peter Rait, Co-Owner of Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro and Carlos Arredondo, Boston Marathon Hero.

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Behind the Glass Windows at Core De Vie

October 1, 2013
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Behind the Glass Windows at Core De Vie

Take one look at Ellen Comerford and you get a snapshot of what good health is all about: bright eyes, glowing skin, an effusive smile and an overall happy look. And her biggest smiles come when she empowers others to live healthy and pain-free lives. Everyday she does just that at Core de Vie,...

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A Magical Night on the Esplanade

October 1, 2013
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A Magical Night on the Esplanade

On Friday, Sept. 20, more than 500 guests gathered in the park for The Esplanade Association’s annual Moondance Gala. Money raised through the Moondance Gala supports public programming, restoration and enhancement of the park. This year the gala highlighted The Esplanade Association’s “Green in 2013” initiative, which focuses on sustainability and greening the park...

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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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Boston Election

October 1, 2013
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First, we congratulate the two nominees for mayor, Councilor John Connolly and State Rep. Marty Walsh, who were chosen on Tuesday in the primary election as well as the eight nominees for City Council. The campaigning by all candidates in the coming weeks will increase and voters should ask these candidates not only about...

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Police Briefs 10-01-2013

October 1, 2013
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Larceny in a Building 09/19/13 – At around 4 p.m., a victim reported while working in a Cambridge Street restaurant, unknown person(s) stole his MacBook Pro laptop computer from a desk shelf.   Incidents   Sept. 18 28 Myrtle St. – Fraud – Larceny by Scheme 7 Chestnut St. – Motor Vehicle Accident –...

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Open House Planned at Athenaeum

September 24, 2013
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Open House Planned at Athenaeum

This fall, the Boston Athenæum celebrates the 50th anniversary of its pioneering Conservation Laboratory, the first established in a library, with free lectures, a panel discussion and a public open house. All explore the history, scientific underpinnings and future of the field of conservation as well as its vital role in both preserving and...

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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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Exhibit Revisits 19th Century’s Most Infamous Murder

September 24, 2013
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The 1849 murder of George Parkman in Boston stands as the most sensational case of its time, and the prosecution of John Webster is often described as the O.J. Simpson trial of the 19th century. This case had it all: a grisly murder, a wealthy victim, a respected suspect, a dubious lead witness and...

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Gresh, Neighborhood Narrative to Be at October Women’s Forum

September 24, 2013
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Kristen Gresh, who curated She Who Tells a Story now on exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, will speak at the October 1 meeting of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF), an organization formed in May to connect and inspire neighborhood women. To help its members connect with local merchants on Beacon Hill...

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Get out and Vote

September 24, 2013
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Today, Tuesday, September 24, voters from across Boston will be going to the polls in a primary election to choose two candidates for mayor from a crowded field of 12 candidates. Ever since Mayor Thomas Menino announced in April that he would not be seeking re-election, these 12 candidates have been going out to...

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City Council Race

September 24, 2013
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Although the fierce mayoral campaign has drawn most of the attention of  Boston voters and the media over the past four months, there also has been a very active City Council race. With more than 18 candidates vying for five at large city council seats, this election very likely will be decided by just...

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Police Briefs 09-24-2013

September 24, 2013
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Larceny in Building 09/12/13 – At around 1:26 p.m., a male suspect stole an Apple iPhone from the counter of a Charles Street clothing store. Incidents Sept. 12 81 Chestnut St. – Towed Motor Vehicle Cambridge Street – Motor Vehicle Accident – Personal Injury 106 Charles St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 &...

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Residents Upset over Store’s Closing and Charles Street’s Vulnerability

September 17, 2013
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Residents Upset over Store’s Closing and Charles Street’s Vulnerability

The closing of a small grocery store on Charles Street has agitated, even enraged, the neighborhood, and has become a touchstone for all the fears locals have about what the street could become. Charles Street Market, the corner store at the intersection of Charles and Mount Vernon streets, closed on Sunday, September 8. By...

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Two More Candidates

September 17, 2013
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Two More Candidates

District 8 City Councillor Mike Ross is running for mayor, and his seat, which includes parts of the Back Bay, Beacon Hill and the West End as well as Mission Hill and the Fenway, is up for grabs. Last week this column featured two candidates, Mike Nichols and Tom Dooley. This week, you’ll get...

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Nichols House Museum Awarded Prestigious Grant

September 17, 2013
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Nichols House Museum Awarded Prestigious Grant

The Nichols House Museum, located at 55 Mount Vernon St. on Beacon Hill, was recently awarded a grant for $27,377 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency, to undertake conservation treatment of the 42 prints in its permanent collection. The museum will work with the Northeast Document Conservation Center,...

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Behind the Scenes: There’s No Place Like Home

September 17, 2013
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It took two high-paced, kind of crazy, very long and very hot summer days to film the 8 ½ minute segment extolling Beacon Hill Village (BHV) that aired on the PBS NewsHour in August. But, the people behind the scenes are not complaining. In front of a very large camera and under very hot...

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