Golden Named Interim Acting BRA Director

January 14, 2014
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In his inaugural address Mayor Marty Walsh pledged to take an innovative approach when it came to investments in job creation and economic development. This included a plan to restructure the Boston Redevelopment Authority in order to streamline development and spur economic benefits. “I am committed to permitting and licensing reforms that streamline what...

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BHCA Winter Gala Feb. 1

January 14, 2014
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BHCA Winter Gala Feb. 1

Join friends and neighbors to celebrate 92 years of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) and the special neighborhood we all call home at the BHCA’s 42nd Annual Winter Gala, There Is No Place Like Home, Saturday, February 1, 2014. This year’s Gala promises to be like none other!  The BHCA is bringing the...

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Green Living On Beacon Hill

January 14, 2014
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The Beacon Hill community loves its historic gas lamps, brick sidewalks, 18- and 19th century homes and neighborly feel. For decades it has worked to preserve and maintain them. But the community also wants to stay current with the best green practices and technological advances. For that reason, it aspired to integrate green living...

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Walsh Has Full Agenda And He Deserves Our Support

January 14, 2014
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh has taken over the reins of power at Boston City Hall, and he has set high goals for his administration. These goals are never easy to attain under the best of circumstances, and these are not the best of circumstances. As a new administration, many residents are expecting quick changes,...

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Police Briefs 01-14-2014

January 14, 2014
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Attempted Breaking and Entering – Non-Residence 01/02/14 – At around 1:53 a.m., a male suspect was arrested on Charles Street for the attempted breaking and entering of a sporting goods store that had been targeted on several occasions. Once apprehended, the suspect was found in possession of a brick, which was used to break...

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New England Weather

January 7, 2014
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New England Weather

The Mark Twain adage, “if you don’t like the weather now in New England, just wait a few ominutes,” certainly seems apt as the frigid tempertaures and blizzard on Thursday and Friday gave way to rain on Monday with temperatures making it to the 50′s. But fear not, for the rest of the week...

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Deadline Is Weds. For Beautify Beacon Hill

January 7, 2014
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Tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 8, is the deadline to submit photos of winter window and garden displays for consideration in the first seasonal installment of the “Beautify Beacon Hill Awards.” “We’re trying to get people to decorate throughout the year,” said MaryLee Halpin, executive director of the Beacon Hill Civic Association. “Our hope is that...

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Maeve Westover Closes Career For Newton Country Day Track

January 7, 2014
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Mount Vernon Street resident Maeve Westover, senior co-captain of Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart varsity cross-country team, closed her four-year career hoisting Eastern Independent League and New England Championship trophies. Westover’s team swept the season with a 16-0 overall and a 10-0 league record highlighted with four perfect meets. Westover, who...

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Thank You to All the Volunteers

January 7, 2014
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Maybe we are just getting old. Or maybe we are just too busy. But we are left wondering where did the holiday season go.  No sooner had it started than it seemed to have ended. One reason was that Thanksgiving came late this year. Just remember that two weeks ago it was Christmas Eve...

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Police Briefs 01-07-2014

January 7, 2014
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Incidents Dec. 24 Charles Street- Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage Dec. 26 149 Charles St. – Investigate Person 64 West Cedar St. – Larceny, Other, $50 To $199 Beacon Street  -Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, Under $50 Dec. 27 95 Beacon St. – Investigate Person 42 South Russell St. – Investigate...

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2013 Recorded Many Changes

December 31, 2013
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2013 Recorded Many Changes

On Jan. 7, City Councilor at-Large Stephen Murphy was unanimously nominated by the council to serve another two-year term as its president and appointed District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina to serve as its vice president for the same duration. On Jan. 31, the popular Mexican eatery Villa Mexico Café closed its location at...

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Building Boom in Beacon Hill’s Backyard at Jan 7 Women’s Forum

December 31, 2013
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Building Boom in Beacon Hill’s Backyard at Jan 7 Women’s Forum

The city’s first director of business development at the Boston Redevelopment Authority will talk about exciting new projects planned for the city of Boston at the January 7 meeting of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum, an organization formed last May to connect and inspire neighborhood women. A leader in both the city and in...

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BHAC Rejects DPW Plan for ADA – Accessible Ramps

December 31, 2013
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A public hearing was held before the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission (“BHAC”) on Thursday, Dec. 19, on the Boston Department of Public Works’ (“DPW”) proposal to use poured cement and plastic tactile warning panels in hundreds of wheelchair-accessible sidewalk curb cuts that the DPW is planning to construct over the coming years throughout Beacon...

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Ring out the Old…. We Wish Our Readers a Happy and Healthy 2014

December 31, 2013
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New Year’s Day really isn’t different than any other day of the year.  It is a day that has no real significance other than its place on the calendar. However, that lack of meaningfulness also is New Year’s greatest asset.  New Year’s Day belongs to everyone because it has no particular religious or political...

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Police Briefs 12-31-2013

December 31, 2013
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Larceny 12/19/13 – A Joy Street resident reported unknown person(s) stole a UPS delivery from his building between 3:50 and 4:25 p.m. The delivery contained a silver necklace, an iPad cover and a keyboard. Incidents Dec. 19 Garden Street Motor Vehicle Accident – Other 60 Joy St. Larceny, Other, $50 to $199 85 Phillips...

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McWhinney-morse Receives National Recognition Award

December 24, 2013
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McWhinney-morse Receives National Recognition Award

Susan McWhinney-Morse, one of the founders of the Beacon Hill Village, has been honored nationally for her leadership in the ‘aging in place’ movement that is rapidly spreading across the country and abroad. At the Fifth Annual National Conference for Villages held mid-November in St Louis, McWhinney-Morse was presented with the first Beacon Award...

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Charles St. Storefronts Were Full of Holiday Cheer

December 24, 2013
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Charles St. Storefronts Were Full of Holiday Cheer

Neighborhood merchants rose to the occasion for the Charles Street First Annual Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest on Dec. 12, even outdoing their lavish seasonal window displays of past years. “The stores did a great job on the street anyways, and we just added friendly competition,” said John Corey, chair of the Beacon Hill Civic...

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Merry Christmas: We Wish Our Readers a Happy and Safe Holiday

December 24, 2013
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The holiday season is here, which for most of us means the traditional gatherings with family, friends, and co-workers to share the joy of Christmas and the New Year. For many, the Christmas holiday season marks the only time of the year when we will have the opportunity to see each other and catch...

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It’s Not Too Late: Please Remember Those in Need

December 24, 2013
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The economists may tell us that we finally have turned a corner in the recovery from the debacle of the Great Recession of the Bush years, but  statistics only tell part of the story. The cold, harsh reality for many Americans is that economic recovery still is only a dream in a world where...

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Police Briefs 12-24-2013

December 24, 2013
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Dec. 11 30 Charles St. Fire Report – House, Building, etc. 109 Mt. Vernon St. Investigate Person Anderson Street Vandalism Dec. 12 38 Anderson St. Vandalism Irving Street  Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage Dec. 13 65 Martha Road Investigate Property 1 Charles St. South Investigate Person

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Room to Breathe Program to Sponsor a Holiday Girl Scout Cookie Sale

December 17, 2013
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Room to Breathe Program to Sponsor a Holiday Girl Scout Cookie Sale

The newly-formed Brownie troop #65321 partnered with the Mass Coalition for the Homeless – Room to Breathe program to sponsor a holiday Girl Scout cookie sale and linen drive outside Starbucks Saturday.

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Making Beacon Hill Inviting to Young Families

December 17, 2013
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Jacqueline and Matt Freeman loved Beacon Hill. They met, married and made their home here. They loved walking everywhere, seeing neighbors, being near the Charles River, Starbucks and the shops on Charles Street. But only a year and a half after the first of their three sons was born, they left. “The first and...

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Further Safety Improvements Considered for Codman Island

December 17, 2013
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In the aftermath of another vehicular accident at Codman Island, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) has again partnered with the city to explore further safety improvements to the small, triangular garden at Charles and Beacon streets. According to Boston Police, on Nov. 10 at around 3:30 a.m., a grey Mercedes struck the center...

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BHAC to Review Applications for Streetscape Modifications

December 17, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission is scheduled to review two applications this Thursday that aim to improve pedestrian and wheelchair accessibility on neighborhood streets and sidewalks. The city’s Public Works Department is proposing changes to make Joy Street more pedestrian friendly, including the replacement of sidewalks, the installation of ADA-accessible ramps at Beacon Street...

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