Get out and Vote

September 24, 2013
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Today, Tuesday, September 24, voters from across Boston will be going to the polls in a primary election to choose two candidates for mayor from a crowded field of 12 candidates. Ever since Mayor Thomas Menino announced in April that he would not be seeking re-election, these 12 candidates have been going out to...

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City Council Race

September 24, 2013
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Although the fierce mayoral campaign has drawn most of the attention of  Boston voters and the media over the past four months, there also has been a very active City Council race. With more than 18 candidates vying for five at large city council seats, this election very likely will be decided by just...

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Police Briefs 09-24-2013

September 24, 2013
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Larceny in Building 09/12/13 – At around 1:26 p.m., a male suspect stole an Apple iPhone from the counter of a Charles Street clothing store. Incidents Sept. 12 81 Chestnut St. – Towed Motor Vehicle Cambridge Street – Motor Vehicle Accident – Personal Injury 106 Charles St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 &...

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Residents Upset over Store’s Closing and Charles Street’s Vulnerability

September 17, 2013
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Residents Upset over Store’s Closing and Charles Street’s Vulnerability

The closing of a small grocery store on Charles Street has agitated, even enraged, the neighborhood, and has become a touchstone for all the fears locals have about what the street could become. Charles Street Market, the corner store at the intersection of Charles and Mount Vernon streets, closed on Sunday, September 8. By...

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Two More Candidates

September 17, 2013
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Two More Candidates

District 8 City Councillor Mike Ross is running for mayor, and his seat, which includes parts of the Back Bay, Beacon Hill and the West End as well as Mission Hill and the Fenway, is up for grabs. Last week this column featured two candidates, Mike Nichols and Tom Dooley. This week, you’ll get...

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Nichols House Museum Awarded Prestigious Grant

September 17, 2013
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Nichols House Museum Awarded Prestigious Grant

The Nichols House Museum, located at 55 Mount Vernon St. on Beacon Hill, was recently awarded a grant for $27,377 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency, to undertake conservation treatment of the 42 prints in its permanent collection. The museum will work with the Northeast Document Conservation Center,...

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Behind the Scenes: There’s No Place Like Home

September 17, 2013
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It took two high-paced, kind of crazy, very long and very hot summer days to film the 8 ½ minute segment extolling Beacon Hill Village (BHV) that aired on the PBS NewsHour in August. But, the people behind the scenes are not complaining. In front of a very large camera and under very hot...

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Police Briefs 09-17-2013

September 17, 2013
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 09/06/13 – At around 10:20 p.m., a victim reported unknown person(s) broke the chain lock on the building elevator of his Beacon Street apartment and entered the residence before stealing a 42-inch television. Incidents Sept. 3 19 Chestnut St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 121 Charles St. – Larceny in...

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Tree Guards on Charles Street

September 10, 2013
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Tree Guards on Charles Street

The Beacon Hill Civic Association held a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside of 26 Charles St. on Wednesday for the new tree-guards and planting, which the group donated to the community to commemorate its 90th anniversary. The ceremony was the culmination of a capital campaign that the Civic Association, which was founded in 1922, launched last...

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Educational Survey Shows Mayoral Candidates Similarities, Differences

September 10, 2013
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Like most issues in this crowded mayoral race, seven candidates who responded to a survey on educational priorities conducted last month by the nonprofit Downtown Schools for Boston share the same basic position on education: All school-age children must have equal access to quality schools and the new school Superintendent must make that happen....

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Esplanade Association and DCR to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for Eliot Memorial

September 10, 2013
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On Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 4:30 p.m., The Esplanade Association (TEA) and the state’s the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Charles Eliot Memorial, adjacent to the Community Boating Docks. The groundbreaking is the result of over two years of fundraising and advocacy efforts to revitalize this...

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Police Briefs 09-10-2013

September 10, 2013
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Attempted Breaking and Entering 09/01/13 – At 5:35 p.m., a male suspect arrested for attempted breaking and entering of a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta on Brimmer Street. The female victim reports while she was moving items into her apartment, she came outside and found the male suspect attempting to break into the vehicle. The suspect...

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Pushing Hard to Fully Reopen

September 2, 2013
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Pushing Hard to Fully Reopen

Workers are seen moving a new set of cases for frozen food into DeLuca’s Market at 11 Charles St. last week. Owner Virgil Aiello told the Times that the market is “pushing hard to fully reopen.” DeLuca’s fell prey to a four-alarm fire on July 9, 2010, which caused an estimated $1 million in...

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Proper Bostonian Quilters Guild Exhibits Work by Local Artists

September 2, 2013
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Proper Bostonian Quilters Guild Exhibits Work by Local Artists

“We’re Not in Kansas Anymore,” detail of a hand pieced, hand-quilted and embroidered wall-hanging created by Terri Mazzulli of the West End, is seen above. Her original design (using “Wizard of Oz” fabrics) is one of more than 200 quilts created by members of the Proper Bostonian Quilters Guild (PBQ), which will be on...

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Boston Hockey Hotbed Attracting Beacon Hill Players

September 2, 2013
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When Brian Leetch moved to Boston after signing with the Boston Bruins for the final year of his Hall of Fame career in 2005, he made a telephone call looking for a hockey program for his oldest son. He quickly found what he wanted in Charlestown. Leetch, who grew up in Connecticut and played...

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Police Briefs 09-03-2013

September 2, 2013
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Larceny in a Building 08/23/13 – A victim reports while eating dinner in a Charles Street restaurant between 8:50 and 10 p.m., he got up to use the restroom. When he returned to his, table his luggage, containing a passport, bankcards and clothing, was gone. Incidents Aug. 19 70 Charles St. Larceny, Shoplifting, $50...

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noa Celebrates First Year on Charles Street

August 27, 2013
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noa Celebrates First Year on Charles Street

With next month marking its first anniversary on Charles Street, noa jewelry, fine handcrafts & gifts has already become a fixture among the neighborhood’s small, independently owned shops. “Part of our mission is to be involved in a viable downtown community,” said Ian Scofidio, who owns the store with his wife Barbara. “The Flat...

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First Pitch

August 27, 2013
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First Pitch

On Sunday, Aug. 4, Chestnut Street resident and cancer survi­vor Karen Lee Sobol threw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Red Sox faced the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park. 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the Sox’s support for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the team dedicates the entire month of...

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Owner Discusses Latest Design Plans at 124 Chestnut Street

August 27, 2013
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The owner of 124 Chestnut St. held an informal meeting Wednesday to discuss his latest design plans for the single-family home. Dean Stratouly, co-founder and president of Boston real-estate firm The Congress Group, said he purchased the three-story building in February with the intention of making it his personal residence before discovering significant structural...

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BLO at the Hatch Shell

August 27, 2013
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The summer season is quickly winding down as Labor Day approaches. However, there are still many outdoor activities that are available. One that we would recommend is the Boston Landmarks Orchestra (BLO) performance this Wednesday night at the Hatch Shell. Attending last week’s performance of Kiss Me, Kate was a great way to spend...

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Police Briefs 08-27-2013

August 27, 2013
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Assault and Battery 08/16/13 – A taxi driver reported that he failed to make a right turn onto Staniford Street from Cambridge Street at around 1:01 a.m. At this time, the passenger in the rear seat reached through the partition and began choking him and punching him in the face. The suspect fled the...

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NEAA Dodgers (16-18) Take Home RBI Championship

August 27, 2013
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The NEAA Dodgers 16-18 year old team that includes local Beacon Hill residents Jack and James Ditomassi completed their summer long season by defeating the Jamaica Plain Angels 2 games to 1 to win the best of three RBI Senior Division Championship. The Dodgers were the number one seed after posting an undefeated regular...

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Cool Globes at the Brewer Fountain Plaza

August 20, 2013
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Cool Globes at the Brewer Fountain Plaza

The traveling art exhibit, co-sponsored by Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Greenovate Boston initiative, had its grand open­ing near Brewer Fountain Plaza on the Boston Common Thursday. Other globes are on display at the John Hancock Tower and the Massachusetts Statehouse. The globes are each 5 feet in diameter and have been designed by local,...

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Mayoral Candidates Discuss Their Greenspace Priorities

August 20, 2013
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More than 300 citizens turned out to the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse on Thursday night for the Park and Open Space Mayoral Forum to hear 10 Boston mayoral hopefuls discuss their future plans for the city’s greenspace if elected. Boston Architectural College President Ted Landsmark and Boston Globe journalist Derrick Jackson moderated the forum,...

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