A Despicable Act an Unspeakable Tragedy

April 23, 2013
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Perhaps I am still in sense of shock as the details and the reality of the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday sink into my mind. One is almost immune when one hears about civilian targeted  bombs exploding in those places of unrest like the Middle East or Africa....

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Police Briefs 04-23-2013

April 23, 2013
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 04/12/13 – A Chestnut Street resident reported the lock on the front door to his apartment isn’t working properly, and unknown person(s) entered his home between 1 and 3 p.m. and removed an iPad and a laptop. Detectives were scheduled to follow up on the report. Incidents April 10...

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Celebrating 50 Years

April 16, 2013
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Celebrating 50 Years

Seated at last week’s Beacon Hill Circle for Charity 50th annual meeting are three former presidents. (left to right) Kate Enroth, who served from 2011-2013; Sharon Beardsley Clarke, who was president 2001-2003; and, Deborah Hanley, president in 2003-2005. Fancy Zilberfarb (not pictured) was elected its 27th president.

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Longfellow Bridge Project to Impact Traffic, MBTA Service

April 16, 2013
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Longfellow Bridge Project  to Impact Traffic, MBTA Service

When construction on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT)  $255 million rehabilitation of the Longfellow Bridge gets underway in July, impacts will include extensive traffic diversions and interruptions to MBTA Red Line service. At a public meeting last week, representatives from White-Skanska-Consigli – the joint venture firm awarded the design/build contract for the project...

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Project Gets Green Light by BHCA Comm.: Would Combine Two Residences into One

April 16, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose the city granting a variance that would allow for the proposed combination of two residences into a one-parcel, single-family home at 87 Chestnut St. The applicant intends to unify existing properties at 87 Chestnut St. and 58 Brimmer St.,...

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Tracy Drops out of State Rep. Race

April 16, 2013
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Candidate for state representative Nils Tracy announced last week that he is ending his bid for the 8th Suffolk seat and throwing his support behind fellow Democrat Jay Livingstone. “I chose to run for state representative because I believe the 8th Suffolk District deserves a strong progressive leader. I now believe Jay Livingstone is...

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Nominations Sought for Beacon Award

April 16, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) welcomes the community to nominate candidates for this year’s Annual Beacon Award. Nominations will be accepted through end of day Friday, April 19. The Beacon Award was instituted in 1997 by the, as part of its Diamond Jubilee Year. of the BHCA.  The award annually honors individuals or...

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Get Involved in the Election

April 16, 2013
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The upcoming municipal election for Mayor and City Council will be one of the most important decisions that local voters will have to make in recent history. It is hard to believe that, while there have been a total of 16 elected and acting Mayors of Boston since 1900, there have been only three...

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Police Briefs 04-16-2013

April 16, 2013
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Larceny – Bicycle 04/06/13 – At around 1:42 p.m., a Charles Street store reported a male and female, who were browsing, stole five polo shirts before fleeing on foot towards Cambridge Street. Incidents April 4  33 Bowdoin St.  – Motor Vehicle – Leaving Scene – Property Damage April 5 170 Cambridge St.  – Breaking...

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Boston Conservatory’s 13th Annual Gala

April 9, 2013
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Boston Conservatory’s 13th Annual Gala

Beacon Hill resident and Boston Conservatory Director of Development Eileen Meny is shown with Larry Jacobs at the Boston Conservatory’s 13th annual gala, Reaching for the Stars that was held on March 16. More than 300 guests enjoyed the festivities.

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BHCA and Garden Club Plan Year-round Window Box Competition

April 9, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association and the Beacon Hill Garden Club are partnering to launch “Beautify Beacon Hill”  – a new program that transforms the annual window-box contest into a year-round competition. “The window-box contest only focuses on one period of time, but we’re making it a four-season program,” said MaryLee Halpin, executive director...

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Beacon Award Nominations Wanted

April 9, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association invites the community to nominate candidates for the 17th Annual Beacon Award. Instituted in 1997 by the BHCA as part of its Diamond Jubilee Year, the Beacon Award annually honors those individuals or groups deserving of particular recognition for significant and sustained contribution to the Beacon Hill community. Past...

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BHCA Zoning & Licensing Postponed

April 9, 2013
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Projects at 3 Charles River Sq, 87 Chestnut St, and 106 Cambridge St are slated to come before the BHCA’s Zoning & Licensing Committee Wednesday, April 10.  The committee postponed their initial meeting, April 3 and will now meet tomorrow at 7:30pm at 74 Joy Street. The first applicant/owner of 3 Charles River Square...

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April is Designated as Membership Month at the Civic Association

April 9, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA), now in its 91st year of working with the Beacon Hill community, is devoting the month of April to encourage residents, businesses, and non-profit organizations to join or renew their membership. There are many important reasons to join the BHCA: to amplify residents’ voices, to act as an...

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Police Briefs 04-09-2013

April 9, 2013
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Larceny from a Motor Vehicle 03/28/13 – A victim reported she parked her 2006 Hyundai on Charles Street South at around 7:08 p.m., after which an unknown person(s) broke the rear driver’s side window and removed a laptop, a black leather carry bag and personal papers. Larceny – Bicycle 03/31/13 – A victim reported...

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FOPG Offers Incentive to Join

April 4, 2013
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FOPG Offers Incentive to Join

The Friends of the Public Garden has launched its spring membership drive with an enticing incentive: Anyone who joins the Friends by May 1 will be entered into a drawing to win lunch for two at the Four Seasons Hotel’s Bristol Lounge. “We look forward to welcoming new members to our organization, and we...

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Room to Grow Benefit on May 10

April 4, 2013
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To celebrate Mother’s Day, Room to Grow is honoring four inspirational Boston women at a benefit breakfast at the Taj Boston Hotel on Friday, May 10, at 8 a.m. Sheila Marcelo, founder and CEO of Care.com; Sharon McNally, chief of staff at Connors Family Office; and Kelli Pedroia, community volunteer and wife of Red...

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Zoning and Licensing Comm. on April 3

April 4, 2013
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On April 3, the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Zoning and Licensing Committee will meet to discuss several properties that are scheduled to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals in late April. The details on these properties and projects are listed on our website, www.bhcivic.org. Anyone with questions and comments regarding these matters are...

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Mayor Menino Announces Decision Not to Seek Another Term

April 4, 2013
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With an approval rating of over 70 percent and a better than 50 percent chance of beating any opponent that dared run against him in November, Mayor Thomas Menino, the only mayor a majority of Bostonians have ever known, gracefully bowed out of running for a unprecedented sixth term last Thursday at Faneuil Hall....

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Mayor Thomas Menino Stepping Down

April 4, 2013
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The announcement last Thursday by Mayor Thomas Menino that he will not seek a sixth term puts an end to the speculation of the last six months of whether he will or will not run for reelection. The consensus among political pundits that he would have won another election underscores what we had said...

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Police Briefs 04-02-2013

April 4, 2013
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 03/21/13 – A Pinckney Street resident reported while he was out between 5 and 11 p.m., unknown person(s) forced open the front door of his apartment and removed his Fox Bassoon musical-instrument, along with the case. Incidents March 21 Beacon Street  – Vandalism 36 Myrtle St.  – Larceny in...

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Public Market Plans Moving Forward

April 2, 2013
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While plans are moving forward to open an indoor public food market adjacent to the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, its opening date remains unclear. “We’re going to open as soon as we can, but we don’t want to open prematurely and badly,” said Brian Kinney, chairman of the non-profit Boston Public Market Association (BPMA),...

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DCR Opens Bids for Eliot Memorial

April 2, 2013
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The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) opened construction bids Wednesday for a project to revitalize the Charles Eliot Memorial on the Charles River Esplanade. Through its Partnership Matching Funds Program, DCR has partnered with The Esplanade Association (TEA) to underwrite the estimated $388,040 construction cost of the project. Its scope includes “parkland renovation...

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Unitarian Universalist Assoc. to Sell Hill Properties

March 26, 2013
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Unitarian Universalist Assoc. to Sell Hill Properties

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) plans to sell its Beacon Hill properties and relocate to Boston’s Innovation District, representatives from the religious organization announced. On March 14, the UUA’s board of trustees authorized the purchase of a building at 24 Farnsworth St. and subsequent sale of four buildings on the Hill. Among the properties...

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