Police Briefs 03-14-2017

March 17, 2017
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Assault and Battery 03/05/17 – A female victim reported being assaulted at a Stuart Street establishment at around 1:30 a.m. The victim said while in the club, she and a friend had a drink thrown on them, and a fight started. She said five or six...

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Rick Perry’s DOE Agenda:Cleaning House Trump’s Clean Energy

March 17, 2017
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By Merrill Matthews As the new head of the Department of Energy, Former Texas Governor Rick Perry faces many challenges from the bureaucracy, environmentalists, and the media. President Jimmy Carter created the agency in 1977, partly in response to Middle Eastern oil-exporting countries’ decision to use oil as a political weapon. DOE, whose proposed...

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MFAC Receives Great Donation from Cheers Owner Kershaw

March 10, 2017
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MFAC Receives Great Donation from Cheers Owner Kershaw

Photos by Joe Prezioso Cheers owner Thomas A. Kershaw recently donated $10,000 to Mascots for a Cure (MFAC) through his Cheers for Children Program. MFAC was on hand with two mascots and some twist and shout music to accept the check. MFAC is teaming up with hundreds of mascots for a cross country fundraising...

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Greenway May Lose 40 Percent of State Funding

March 10, 2017
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The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is in danger of losing a substantial portion of its state funding but officials are meeting with the hope of maintaining the current funding structure. According to a front page story in Friday’s Boston Globe, the Greenway could lose 40 percent of its funding which is roughly $2 million...

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Ward 5 Democrats to Hold Caucus

March 10, 2017
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Registered Democrats in Boston Ward 5 will be holding a caucus at the First Church of Boston (66 Marlborough Street) on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. to elect 19 delegates and 4 alternates for the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts will gather to adopt a new Party Platform....

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Downtown View:Class Divides?

March 10, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor A few weeks ago I took the T over to Prudential Center. I wanted to check out Eataly, since I’d heard so much about it. Was it really a sign that tradition-bound Boston can handle the latest, greatest retail concept? Would it finally make the Pru cool? Would it edge...

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BHCA Community Corner

March 10, 2017
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Street sweeping season is here again! Caption: The north side of Mt Vernon Street got a good clean sweep Friday, thanks to the city sweepers that removed winter debris that had accumulated in January and February. The Street Cleaning Program on Beacon Hill kicked off March 1 and runs until December 31. Along with...

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Art and Jewelry Auctioneer Lucy Grogan at BHWF

March 10, 2017
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By Kathy Hull There are few things more exciting in the world of dusty antiques than finding a “gem” of unexpected value, as attested by the continuing popularity of PBS’s “Antique Roadshow.” On Tuesday, March 14, the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) welcomes Lucy P. Grogan, local fine art and jewelry appraiser and auctioneer,...

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North End, Waterfront and Beacon Hill Eateries Participating in Dine Out Boston

March 10, 2017
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By Phil Orlandella A total of nineteen eateries from the North End, Waterfront and Beacon Hill are participating in this year’s Dine Out Boston sponsored by the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) in partnership with American Express. This is the 16th year of Dine Out Boston and many Boston restaurants are providing...

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‘Creative Kitchens Tour’ Showcases Historic Beacon Hill and Back Bay Residences

March 10, 2017
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By Dan Murphy When former board member Kitty Flather first conceived of the “Creative Kitchens Tour” in the spring of 2013 as a possible fundraiser for Beacon Hill Village, it immediately struck a chord as an event that would not only champion the nonprofit membership organization’s mission of helping neighbors remain in their homes...

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MassDOT to Close Lane on Longfellow Bridge March 11

March 10, 2017
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MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will close a single lane of Land Boulevard/Memorial Drive westbound in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge on Saturday, March 11. The lane will be closed from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM each Saturday. The closure is necessary to work on the foundation of the westbound sidewalk retaining wall....

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BLO Passes Revised Lederman Mem Plans

March 10, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The Boston Landmarks Commission (BLO) unanimously approved the revised design for a permanent memorial and landscaped setting to commemorate Dr. Melvin Lederman, at a hearing held on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The memorial is honoring the Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon and Navy Commander Dr. Lederman who was killed while participating in field...

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Foundation Helps Keep Young Musicians’ Dreams Alive

March 10, 2017
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By Dan Murphy Under the auspices of Church on the Hill, the Max Reger Foundation of America helps foster the careers of budding, young musicians from throughout the city while honoring the celebrated early 20th-century German composer and concert pianist for whom the not-for-profit organization is named. David Cox served as the church’s organist...

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Police Briefs 03-07-2017

March 10, 2017
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 02/25/17 – The victim reported he parked his 2001 Saab on Mt. Vernon Street at around midnight. When he returned to his vehicle at about 8 a.m., he observed that the front passenger’s side window was smashed, and a laptop was stolen. Vandalism 02/26/17 –...

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Don’t Drape Our Iconic Public Parks in Shadows

March 10, 2017
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By Elizabeth Vizza One of the world’s most livable cities, Boston is known for the iconic parks that comprise its heart, providing welcome open space in our urban environment while contributing to the physical and mental well-being of our residents and acting as a tourist hub to support our local economy. Boston Common and...

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Massachusetts is No 1

March 10, 2017
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Last week’s cover story in U.S. News & World Report that ranks Massachusetts as the overall top state in the nation comes as no surprise to those of us who have worked and lived in the Commonwealth for most of our lives. Although we will be the first to concede that there are many...

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FOPG Restores Shaw Memorial Sword

March 3, 2017
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FOPG Restores Shaw Memorial Sword

By Dan Murphy and Beth Treffeisen It was only one day after the sword at the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial on the Boston Common was again reported damaged on Tuesday, Feb. 21, until the Friends of the Public Garden took action. Joshua Craine of Daedalus, Inc., was quickly contracted to...

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Hearing Held on Subdividing Polling Places

March 3, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The Boston City Council held a hearing on Feb. 23, to discuss the Boston’s Elections Department proposal to subdivide current precincts to decrease voting lines and increase voter access to the polls.  While two polling places in Chinatown and Bay Village will be changing, there will be no polling location changes...

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Downtown View:Uninhabitable

March 3, 2017
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By Karen Cord Taylor Samuel Eliot Morison in The Maritime History of Massachusetts describes our state’s liabilities—tumbling, shallow, un-navigable rivers that could never compete with the mighty Hudson or the St. Lawrence; “long-lying snow,” making for a short growing season; shallow soil too close to the underlying granite for successful farming, few natural resources...

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BHCA Community Corner

March 3, 2017
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Looking with compassion for a solution to homelessness Beacon Hillers interested in learning more about individuals struggling with homelessness and what services are provided to them are encouraged to join the BHCA’s Cambridge Street Quality of Life Committee meeting on Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 pm at 74 Joy Street. At the meeting several...

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City Paws:The Long and Short of Life Spans

March 3, 2017
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by Ed & Penny Cherubino It’s a sad fact that our beloved dogs have short lives by humans standards. As you talk to dog lovers, you often hear tales of all the dogs they have known and loved through the years. Those who love members of giant breeds face the shortest normal life spans....

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Nighttime Demolition on Boston End of Longfellow Bridge

March 3, 2017
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MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC), will temporarily perform nighttime demolition work during the early hours through Saturday, March 4. The demolition activities will occur from 1:30 AM to 4:30 AM each night. This work must be performed within the MBTA right-of-way, therefore necessitating the overnight work when the MBTA Red Line is not operating. Demolition...

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Mayor Walsh Awards $22 Million in New Funding for Affordable Housing

March 3, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Last week, Mayor Martin Walsh announced nearly $22 million in funding for 10 affordable housing developments in neighborhoods across Boston. The funding will help preserve or produce 602 housing units with 77 of those units being reserved for homeless or extremely low-income households in Boston. This announcement follows behind the Mayor’s...

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Henry Wood, Boston Architect and Long-Time South End Resident, Dead at 87

March 3, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Henry Austin Wood III, a Boston architect and a long-time South End resident, who was behind the makings of Boston City Hall, passed away in his home in Boston on Jan. 27 at the age of 87. Henry Wood’s architecture that spans throughout the Boston region and beyond will have a...

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