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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Annual Garden Tour Set for May 16

March 26, 2013
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On Thursday, May 16, the Bea-con Hill Garden Club will host its 84th annual tour of the Hidden Gardens and inaugural President’s Luncheon at the Hampshire House, in addition to celebrating the release of its new book, “The Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill: Creating Green Spaces in Urban Places.” From 9 a.m. to 5...

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TEA Enhancing Soil Quality at Park

March 26, 2013
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Good dirt! Not the kind of dirt you hear on the street, but the good old-fashioned dirt beneath your feet. The Esplanade Association is doing great things to enhance the soil quality at the park. We began a composting program in the fall and have six bins going, producing rich soil. Look out Sam...

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Art in Bloom Festival on April 27

March 26, 2013
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“Art in Bloom” begins Saturday, April 27, with drop-in Ikebana floral demonstrations presented and a Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) members-only viewing that evening. On Sunday, April 28, the MFA will celebrate with a Family Day, including family-friendly programming, art-making activities, storytelling and live entertainment. Additionally, local artist Robert Guillemin (Sidewalk Sam) will...

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Police Briefs 03-26-2013

March 26, 2013
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Unarmed Robbery 03/13/13 – At around 3:50 p.m., a male suspect pushed the female suspect into a brick wall while she was walking on Cedar Lane Way and stole her dog purse, containing treats, dog water bottle and metal dog dish. The victim declined medical attention at that time. Breaking and Entering – Residence...

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New Downtown School is Step Closer to Reality: Site Selected by Menino is at 585 Commercial Street in the North End

March 19, 2013
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New Downtown School is Step Closer to Reality: Site Selected by Menino is at 585 Commercial Street in the North End

Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced Friday the City of Boston’s intentions to acquire 585 Commercial St. as a site to be used for a new downtown school, expected to open in September of 2016. Design for the new downtown school will begin in the fall of 2013, with construction expected to begin in June...

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Reactions from the Downtown Schools Coalition

March 19, 2013
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Like so many parents, we’re incredibly enthusiastic about the new school announced by Mayor Menino and Councilor Ross on Friday.  Just as the Mayor has been, we’ve been searching for sites for public schools.  In our neighborhoods, it’s very difficult to find any site that is available and works well for a school.  Finding...

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Villa Mexico Cafe in Somerville

March 19, 2013
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Less than two months after shuttering its storefront at Grampy’s gas station on Cambridge Street, Villa Mexico Café will return as a “pop-up” restaurant, setting up shop at a Somerville’s Daddy Jones next Wednesday, March 27. According to an e-mail from Julie King, who owned and operated the popular eatery with her daughter Bessie,...

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Friends of the Public Garden Announces More Give 5% Boston Partners

March 19, 2013
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The Friends of the Public Garden has announced 11 additional neighborhood businesses who are participating in the Give 5% for Earth Day campaign:  Back Deck, Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill, Beacon Hill Chocolates, Core De Vie, Fajitas & ‘Ritas, Gary Drug, Kitchenwares by Blackstone’s, noa, Red Wagon, Townhouse Beauty Bar and Twentieth Century Ltd. The...

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Boston Parks and Recreation Denies Permission to Remove Tree

March 19, 2013
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Amidst an unprecedented outpouring of letters and email opposing the measure, Boston Parks and Recreation Department Arborist Greg Mosman denied an application to remove a shade tree at 81 Myrtle St., said MaryLee Halpin, executive director of the Beacon Hill Civic Association  (BHCA). The applicant had sought to remove one linden tree measuring 11...

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Downtown School

March 19, 2013
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The announcement on last Friday by Mayor Thomas Menino of  the pending  purchase of the building at 585 Commercial Street in the North End for a new K-8 school with an opening in 2016 certainly comes as good news to the many downtown families of the more than 2,000 school age children that have...

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Police Briefs 03-19-2013

March 19, 2013
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Larceny – Over $200 03/06/13 – A victim reported while she was moving into a Beacon Street building between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., unknown person(s) stole her MacBook computer, as well as an iPad and leather case. Incidents March 6 77 Phillips St.  Investigate Person 63 Beacon St.   Larceny, Other, $200 &...

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Obituaries 03-19-2013

March 19, 2013
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John Priestley, Jr. Architect, Decorated Veteran, Former Beacon Hill Resident John W. Priestley, Jr. of Bourne, a former 30 year resident of Beacon Hill,ت died on March 11. He was a graduate of Milton High School and the Rhode Island School of Design.ت A proud World War II Air Force veteran who served as First...

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Eliot Memorial Project Bids Expected to Open March 20

March 12, 2013
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Eliot Memorial Project Bids Expected to Open March 20

Bids for a project to revitalize the Charles Eliot Memorial and surrounding parkland near the Community Boating facility on the Charles River Esplanade are expected to open on March 20, according to Fritz Casselman, vice chair of The Esplanade Association (TEA). “Completion of this project will benefit the entire community by restoring an amazing...

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Me and My Guy Winter Dance

March 12, 2013
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Me and My Guy Winter Dance

Lilianna and Bob Palmer took to the Dance Floor at the Me and My Guy Winter Dance that was held at the Advent Church. More than 100 Girl Scouts and their “dates” who included fathers, grandfathers, uncles and friends attended the event.

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Smith Court-head House Gets Nod from BHCA Committee

March 12, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted unanimously Wednesday not to oppose granting the zoning variance necessary to build a head-house that would provide access to a roof-deck at 7 Smith Court. The homeowner of the single-family dwelling intends to build a covered structure to allow walk-up access to a...

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Boston Climate Campaign March 23

March 12, 2013
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For the sixth year in a row, Mayor Thomas M. Menino is encouraging residents and business owners to take part in Earth Hour and Lights Out Boston, two campaigns that work to raise awareness on the importance of climate action/energy conservation and wildlife migration, respectively. In an effort to raise awareness on climate action...

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Presentation on Preventing Gun Violence March 24

March 12, 2013
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A Gun Violence Prevention Presen-tation will be held on Sunday March 24 at the First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street (corner of Berkley and Marlborough) and the public is invited to attend. The program will start at 12:30 p.m. with a showing of the documentary “Living for 32” chronicling the life and work...

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