Police Briefs 11-05-2013

November 4, 2013
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Larceny – Shoplifting 10/23/13 – At about 11:57 a.m., a Charles Street sports-apparel store reported two unknown male suspects entered the store and stole a Mittellegi Pro women’s rain jacket and fled on foot up Pinckney Street. Incidents Oct. 23 Beacon Street  – Assault and Battery on a Police Officer 250 Cambridge St.  –...

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Obituaries 11-05-2013

November 4, 2013
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Grace Ashwell Yeomans Thaler Prominent Decorative Arts Appraiser and Consultant Grace Ashwell Yeomans Thaler of Beacon Hill and Wellfleet, Massachusetts, died of pancreatic cancer on Sunday, October 27, with her devoted husband, Thomas W. Thaler, at her side. She was 58 years old. Grace loved being part of the community of Beacon Hill and...

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Hasson to Be at Safety Committee Meeting

November 4, 2013
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Hasson to Be at Safety Committee Meeting

Next week’s Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee meeting includes a visit from Area A-1’s new captain, James Hasson, as well as a self-defense class for women. Hasson, a 25-year veteran of the Boston Police Department who assumed the captain’s post last month, will be on hand at the meeting to share recent...

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Brewer Fountain

October 29, 2013
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Brewer Fountain

Brewer Fountain, a gift of Gardner Brewer to the City of Boston in 1867, is now illuminated with redesigned and improved lighting, thanks to the Friends of the Public Garden. The lighting will remain on throughout the year, enabling the remarkable details of the fountain’s sculptural features to be beautifully visible after dark.

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Halloween on the Hill: Street Closures Listed as Officials Get Ready for Trick-or-treaters

October 29, 2013
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To ensure a safe Halloween, the Beacon Hill Civic Association has arranged to close Pinckney Street and Mount Vernon Street from Joy Street to Charles Street on Thursday, October 31. Please note that these official road closures will prevent access to Chestnut, Spruce, Walnut, and Willow streets, as well as Louisburg Square and sections...

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Longfellow Bridge Closed to Auto Traffic This Weekend

October 29, 2013
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will close the Longfellow Bridge to all motor vehicle travel, except MBTA buses, this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 3. The closures are to implement Red Line-related work associated with ongoing bridge construction. Buses will replace Red Line trains for service between Kendall/MIT Station and Park...

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Survey Says Bookstore Is Top Pick for Neighborhood Business

October 29, 2013
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A bookstore or bookstore café would come as the most welcome addition to the neighborhood’s existing retail mix, according to a 2013 survey administered by the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Retail Vacancy Task Force. Of 395 respondents, 265 said a bookstore is the type of business or store they would like to see...

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Civic Groups to Hold City Council Forum

October 29, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association in conjunction with the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay and the West End Civic Association will be hosting a Candidates Forum for the two District 8 City Councilors, Michael Nichols and Josh Zakim. This forum will be held on Wednesday, October 30th at 7pm at the Church of...

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Polling Locations for Nov. 5 Election

October 29, 2013
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In the city’s Nov. 5 municipal election, Beacon Hill and the West End’s registered voters can cast their ballots at the following polling locations: Ward 3, Precinct 5: Amy Lowell House, 65 Martha Road (The voter entrance for Charles Street Park residents is located in the rear function room, and voting takes place in...

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Don’t Forget to Vote November 5

October 29, 2013
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During the City of Boston municipal primary election and in the final election, the Beacon Hill Times has continuously encouraged residents to make it their business to get out and vote. Two candidates are vying to become Mayor of Boston and eight candidates are attempting to secure Boston City Council At Large seats. Polls...

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Police Briefs 10-29-2013

October 29, 2013
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Larceny – Bicycle 10/18/13 – A victim reports his locked, black, one-speed Motobecane bike was stolen on Charles Street sometime between 10 p.m. on Oct. 17 and 8 a.m. on Oct. 18. Incidents Oct. 17 77 Phillips St.  – Towed Motor Vehicle 50 River St.  – Investigate Person Charles Street  – Larceny, Non-Accessory from...

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Opera Opening Night

October 25, 2013
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Opera Opening Night

Suki and Miguel de Braganca of Beacon Hill attended the opening night of the Boston Lyric Opera Company.

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Rep. Livingstone Resigns Positions on BHCA Bds.

October 25, 2013
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Rep. Livingstone Resigns Positions on BHCA Bds.

State Rep. Jay Livingstone resigned from the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors and his role as clerk of BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee last week. “I have been honored to serve as a board member of this organization and clerk of the Zoning and Licensing Committee and will always appreciate the...

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Downtown View: A Life Well Lived

October 25, 2013
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Katharine Kane died last week at age 78. She lived in downtown Boston almost all her adult years. If there was a person who showed how one should live a full life, it was Katharine Elizabeth Fitzhugh Daniels Kane. I know her full name and much about her, not because we were good friends,...

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ADA Ramps Application Postponed

October 25, 2013
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The Public Works Department (PDW) opted to postpone its application to construct ADA-compliant ramps at brick and concrete sidewalks within the Historic Beacon Hill District on Thursday, according to Joel Pierce, chairman of the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission. The PDW is seeking conceptual approval for conceptual approval of concrete ramps with brick-red, composite tactile-strips....

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At-large City Council Candidates Discuss Parks at Forum

October 25, 2013
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All eight at-large city council candidates gathered in the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse on Oct. 15 for a content rich forum on parks and open space with the Boston Park Advocates. During the same night as the Red Sox ACLS playoff and first mayoral televised debate, more than 75 voters from all neighborhoods attended...

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Hill-o-ween Is Just Around the Corner

October 25, 2013
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The annual Hill-o-ween fundraiser for Hill House is set for October 25 at The Beehive. For those of our readers who maybe unfamiliar, Hill House is a true community resource for all residents.  This organization has become an integral part of what makes living in the city more enjoyable. For our children, Hill House...

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Letters to the Editor

October 25, 2013
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Local constituents support Connolly for mayor Dear Editor: We support John Connolly to be the next mayor of Boston and urge our neighbors to vote for him on Tuesday, Nov. 5. John is well known for his work to improve Boston Public Schools (BPS). He doesn’t just talk about making sure every child in...

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Police Briefs 10-22-2013

October 25, 2013
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From Boston Police Area A-1 COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICE: 617-343-4627 • DRUG UNIT: 617-343-4879 • EMERGENCIES: 911 Breaking and Entering – Residence 10/10/13 – Between 2:30 and 6 p.m., an Anderson Street resident reports unknown person(s) removed U.S. currency, two laptops and an iPad from his apartment.   Incidents Oct. 10 Charles Street  – Motor...

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Private Funds to Beautify Putnam Ave.

October 15, 2013
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Private Funds to Beautify Putnam Ave.

If, as he expects, the public is granted right-of-way access to Putnam Avenue through the imminent settlement of a case currently in the state’s Land Court, a neighborhood business owner proposes to brick and otherwise beautify the walkway between West Cedar and Charles streets. Chris Pederson, proprietor of Charles Street Liquors at 143 Charles...

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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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