Out with the Old, in with the New

December 28, 2010
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Another year of our lives is coming to a close. The year is ending not with a bang, but rather, with a whimper, as TS Eliot might have written of it. It was the best of years. It was the worst of years as Charles Dickens might have put it. Mark Twain wrote that...

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Police Blotter 12-28-10

December 28, 2010
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Robbery – Knife 12/16/10 – A male victim reported he was walking through the Boston Common at about 5 p.m. when he was confronted by five male suspects, one of whom displayed a knife and stole the victim’s cell phone. One of the other suspects stole U.S. currency from the victim. Larceny (Bike) 12/18/10...

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MGH enters into ‘agreement in principle’ to purchase Bowdoin Square Gulf

December 23, 2010
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Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has entered into “an agreement in principle” to purchase the Bowdoin Square Gulf station at 239 Cambridge St., said John Messervy, director of capital and facility planning for Partners Healthcare System. Messervy said gas station owner Jim Sauro approached the hospital less than a year ago with an offer to...

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King’s Chapel Church School to hold Christmas Eve pageant

December 21, 2010
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On Christmas Eve At 4:30 P.M., The Children Of The King’s Chapel Church School will perform the church’s annual production of “The Miracle of Christmas.” Beacon Hill resident, Wendy Franco Almquist, the composer, lyricist and creator of the pageant, returns for her 18th year as artistic director of the pageant. Approximately 20 children will...

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Christmas 2010

December 21, 2010
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Christmas 2010 will go down in history as a great holiday celebration. Peace on earth. Good will to men. It is, indeed, all about that. If there was no Internet, evening news, radio talk shows or morning newspapers, and if we paid closer attention to our own psychic lives, Christmas 2010 would be pristine....

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Police Blotter 12-21-2010

December 21, 2010
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 12/06/10 – A victim reported that his Joy Street apartment was broken into through a rear door at around 4:32 p.m. Four laptops, an iPod and assorted jewelry were reported missing. Larceny (Bike) 12/09/10 – A victim reported that his locked Bianchi bike, which is blue with green lettering,...

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Out of this universe

December 14, 2010
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Out of this universe

Lydia Shire (third from left) hosted a special luncheon at Scampo last week to honor Esquire magazine’s Female Universe of Culinary Bostonians, which was quite a testament to the incredible group of female chefs we have in Boston. The lunch was full of laughs and holiday cheer, as these ladies had much to be...

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Hill residents and owners of Peonies & Pearls Events throw Holiday Trunk Show

December 14, 2010
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Hill residents and owners of Peonies & Pearls Events throw Holiday Trunk Show

Peonies & Pearls Events, a full-service boutique event-planning firm in Beacon Hill, planned a Holiday Trunk Show for another Beacon Hill entrepreneur Maeve Cunningham to promote Maeve, a line of Italian leather handbags imported from Florence. Kathryn Kuchefski and Erin Murphy, owners of the firm, planned and promoted the event to support friend and...

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Bridge over troubled waters

December 14, 2010
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Feasibility study  meets with frustration from elected officials and residents -By Dan Murphy The clear consensus among the elected officials and roughly 50 West End residents at the Amy Lowell Apartments last Tuesday suggests that the state’s feasibility study now underway for the proposed Leverett Circle Pedestrian Bridge is an exercise in futility. “This...

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A boost for Somerset Street

December 14, 2010
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The long empty Suffolk University building at 20 Somerset Street will be reincarnated into an academic building by Suffolk University with an infusion of $68 million. Last week, Suffolk got the official go-ahead for the rehabilitation of the former MDC headquarters. How this new academic building received its right to exist is the result...

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Stroll and Tree lighting reflective of holiday

December 14, 2010
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Last week’s Beacon Hill Stroll and official Christmas Tree Lighting cast Charles Street as a winter wonderland. The lighting and displays in so many of Charles Streets fine shops did much to enhance the general human spirit and the feeling that Christmas is nearly upon us. The neighborhood at this time of year is...

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Police Blotter 12-14-2010

December 14, 2010
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Fire 12/02/10 – At about 5:55 p.m., Boston firefighters responded to a motor vehicle on fire on the lower level of a Charles Street garage. The fire was extinguished, and the car was to be towed by the Central parking staff. Larceny – Shoplifting 12/03/10 – At around 3:17 p.m., a Charles Street boutique...

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Tree Lighting and Stroll Big Success

December 10, 2010
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The annual Beacon Hill Tree Lighting and Stroll Thursday evening was a big success. The neighborhood turned out for both events, giving Charles Street the look and the feel of a winter wonderland.

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A Perfect 10!

December 7, 2010
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A Perfect 10!

Peter Rait, Co-Proprietor of Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, and Cecilia Rait, Co-Proprietor and Resident Wine Director celebrate their 10 year anniversary in business on December 2. The Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, is a multi-use property consisting of both an inti- mate and authentic boutique hotel and an award winning Bistro in Boston’s...

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Cibeline Sariano sets local fashion scene afire

December 7, 2010
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Cibeline Sariano sets local fashion scene afire

At the age of 7, Cibeline Sariano dreamed of one day becoming a fashion designer. Twenty-nine years later, Cibeline is celebrating her ninth year at her eponymous designer boutique, as well as her second year on prestigious Charles Street in Beacon Hill. Sariano credits her parents and grandparents, all professional artists, for nurturing her...

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Hill resident promoted to senior VP of Schwartz Communications

December 7, 2010
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Hill resident  promoted to senior VP of Schwartz Communications

Beacon Hill resident Ross Levanto and co-worker Laura Kempke were recently promoted to senior vice-president positions at Schwartz Communications, Inc., a Waltham-based technology, healthcare and clean-tech agency. “Ross and Laura are both results-oriented, public relations powerhouses who have been instrumental in developing communications and marketing campaigns that utilize the very latest in content optimization,...

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Charles Street Committee working to improve streetscape

December 7, 2010
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Following its inaugural meeting in October, the Joint Charles Street Committee is already making noticeable strides in improving the streetscape. The committee, co-chaired by Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board member John Corey and Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA) President Susan Symonds, contacted Bank of America Charles Street Branch Manager Eric Laumeister  and informed...

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Receiving what he deserved

December 7, 2010
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The Boston City Council’s vote to expel their colleague Chuck Turner last week was the right thing to do. The 11-1 vote showed the resolve of the council, despite many of its members fretting that Turner was their friend and it was a difficult vote to make considering all he had done for his...

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Dr. Johnson’s dilemma

December 7, 2010
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Boston School Superintendent Carol Johnson is attempting to close down 13 Boston Public Schools and to combine five others in order to cut a more than $50 million deficit the Boston School Department is facing. Dr. Johnson’s gambit – to close schools that can no longer sustain themselves – is a step in the...

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December 7, 1941

December 7, 2010
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More than 60% of the nation was born after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. President Franklin Roosevelt called the attack despicable – a day that would live in infamy. As it turns out, the Japanese made a fatal mistake challenging the arsenal of democracy on that day 69 years...

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Police Blotter 12-06-2010

December 7, 2010
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 11/24/10 – A Chestnut Street resident reported that unknown person(s) entered his home through the unlocked front door and removed a laptop and accessories. Larceny (Bike) 11/24/10 – At 3:30 p.m., a victim reported that his green Novara bike was stolen from in front of his West Cedar Street...

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Medical thriller author Robin Cook to discuss recent books

December 1, 2010
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Medical thriller author Robin Cook to discuss recent books

The third series of “Authors Amongst Us:  Evening of Books, Brie and Beaujolais” continues December 7th, at the Union Club with a talk by author Robin Cook M.D. on his two most recent novels, “CURE” (2010) and “Intervention” (2009). For the last thirty-three years, Louisburg Square resident Robin Cook (right) has dominated the “medical”...

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You moved here in September. Now get involved.

December 1, 2010
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You’ve probably heard people say that city dwellers never know their neighbors. Whoever said that doesn’t know this city. Plenty of ways exist to meet people in downtown Boston. Of course, you could get a dog or have a child, because dogs and children seem to bring people together. But I was thinking of...

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Seeking hundreds of holiday helpers

December 1, 2010
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Every year it takes hundreds of hands to hang 2,680 yards of laurel garlands and 2,400 red bows on Beacon Hill’s 1100 gas lamps for the holidays. The decorating days start Saturday, December 4, at the Harrison Gray Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, where volunteers are needed to cut and wire the laurel garlands,...

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