Get a Charge at Common

October 15, 2013
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Get a Charge at Common

James Rooney, Executive Director of Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, and Gordon Burnes, local volunteer with the Environmental League of Massachusetts, celebrating the new charging stations for electric vehicles (EV), including Zipcars, in the Boston Common Garage. There are now 16 spaces reserved for electric and hybrid cars on the middle level.

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Lights, Camera and Action

October 15, 2013
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Lights, Camera and Action

Cast and crew were on location at West Cedar and Acorn streets and Joy and Myrtle streets on Friday night filming the pilot for the ABC Family production of “Chasing Life,” which is slated to air in 2014. According to the network’s Web site at www.abcfamily.com, the series stars Italia Ricci as a young...

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Hasson Named to Head A-1 Dept.

October 15, 2013
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James Hasson, a 25-year veteran of the Boston Police Department (BPD), assumed the captain’s post of Area A-1 last week. Hasson, who joined the BPD in 1988, previously served as captain of District E-5, which includes West Roxbury and Roslindale. He was also the shift commander of Area A-1 from 1998 to 2004, at...

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Police Briefs 10-15-2013

October 15, 2013
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Oct. 2 8 Joy St. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 75 Hancock St. – Towed Motor Vehicle   Oct. 3 38 Irving St. – Towed Motor Vehicle   Oct. 4 109 Chestnut St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 1 Charles St.         – Larceny, Other, $200 & Over Charles Street – Investigate Property   Oct. 5 35...

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FOPG Making Mall a Greener Thoroughfare

October 11, 2013
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FOPG Making Mall a Greener Thoroughfare

The Friends of the Public Garden has launched a major turf restoration project in the Massachusetts Avenue to Charlesgate block of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall with the goal of transforming the bare, compacted soil into a lush, green lawn once again. The Friends is building upon their recent success in 2011 with restoring the...

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Play Me, I’m Yours: the Street Pianos Boston Festival

October 11, 2013
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Play Me, I’m Yours: the Street Pianos Boston Festival

Wbeimer Tejada tickled the ivories in the courtyard outside of the Yawkey building at Mass. General on a beautiful Sept. 27 afternoon. Tejada had stopped at the Yawkey to get a bite to eat while waiting for a friend. He was drawn to the piano, which is part of a current interactive exhibit. Celebrity...

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Downtown View: The Challenges of Housing

October 11, 2013
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Mayor Menino has set a goal of building 30,000 more units of housing by 2020, even though he won’t be mayor for most of that time. Governor Patrick set a goal last year of building 10,000 new units of multi-family housing during the same time period. So Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School and the...

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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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