Suffolk Outlines Campus Expansion

December 18, 2012
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More than 50 neighbors were in attendance at a public meeting Wednesday as Suffolk University officials outlined plans for the proposed campus expansion. Suffolk intends to erect a building at 20 Somerset St., with eight floors above grade and an additional two levels below the street. The new facility, housing 1,072 state-of-the-art general-purpose and...

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A Mobile City Hall

December 18, 2012
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City Hall on wheels — are you serious?  That is a question that many in our neighborhood may be asking our City Councillor.   Our need for this type of service is negligible since we live within a fifteen minute walk at the most from City Hall.  But for many other residents in neighborhoods like...

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Community Boating

December 18, 2012
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Community Boating Incorporated (CbI) recently held a very successful fundraiser in November that netted the local organization more than $35,000.  These donations are put to very good work at the sailing center on the Charles River.  Community Boating served over 900 sailors in 2012 in exchange for only one dollar per sailor.  This practice...

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The Outrage at Newtown, CT

December 18, 2012
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In the morning and early afternoon hours of last Friday, virtually every parent looked at their children – whether those children were young or old – and felt the terror that parents in Newtown felt. It was too easy to imagine the screams of little six-year-old children facing down the real “monster under the...

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Police Briefs 12-18-2012

December 18, 2012
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Attempted Robbery 12/07/12 – At around 12:12 a.m., officers arrested a male suspect on Revere Street after a foot chase. The masked suspect had attempted to rob a male victim with what appeared to be a taser gun. Firearm Found 12/07/12 – At around 9:49 a.m., a resident alerted a police officer to a...

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Petro Plans to Step Up Volunteer Work on Hill After Retirement

December 18, 2012
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When Donna Petro retires from her post as vice president of the Cambridge Trust Company at the end of December, she won’t be leaving Beacon Hill, but instead intends to step up her philanthropic efforts in the neighborhood. “I’ve had relationships with non-profits, and now, I’m thrilled to be doing volunteer work with them,”...

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Free Holiday Concert Planned for December 14

December 11, 2012
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Free Holiday Concert Planned for December 14

The Friends of the Public Garden is ushering in the holiday season with a series of return performances by the Back Bay Ringers at the Boston Common and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. “It’s a romantic holiday tradition to hear music played in the old-fashioned way with the ringing of the bells,” said Donna Petro, a...

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Single to Two Family is a No Go Home at 75 Hancock St.

December 11, 2012
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Single to Two Family is a No Go Home at 75 Hancock St.

Amid concerns about the precedent it would set for future residential development in the neighborhood, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday to oppose granting the variances necessary to convert a single-family home at 75 Hancock St. into two luxury condominiums. Brent Berc of Boston Real Estate Collaborative outlined...

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The Silent Killer

December 11, 2012
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With the heating season upon us, now is the time for residents to check their homes to make sure that they have carbon monoxide alarms and that they are in operation.  A winter season does not pass without some home heating-related tragedies,  with people dying from carbon monoxide poisoning. What brings this to the...

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Massdot to Hold Hearing on Government Ctr. Project

December 11, 2012
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has scheduled a Public Information Meeting on the MBTA Government Center Station Project on Wednesday, December 12 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at 100 Cambridge Street, Second Floor, Conference Rooms B, C, D, Boston. The MBTA project team will discuss the rehabilitation work...

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School Choice Decision Process Delayed Until January

December 11, 2012
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It looks as though a decision on how the city and Boston Public Schools will reorganize the school choice system for students and families will be delayed. Mayor Thomas Menino’s External Advisory Committee on School Choice (EAC) was to make its recommendations to the Boston School Committee this month. The School Committee was to...

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Fulfilling a Mission

December 11, 2012
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Some of the most remarkable and beautiful architecture in our neighborhood are the buildings of worship.  These buildings in many ways not only define our neighborhood, but also give them and the residents character.  In many cases, their steeples dominate the landscape as they soar toward the heavens. Built in a different era and...

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Maeve Westover Voted League MVP

December 11, 2012
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Eastern Independent League coaches voted Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart junior Maeve Westover of Mount Vernon Street the Varsity Cross Country Most Valuable Player. This is a second league MVP Cross Country Award for the Beacon Hill resident. Westover was first voted the EIL MVP in her freshman year. At the...

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Police Briefs 12-11-2012

December 11, 2012
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Larceny – Shoplifting 11/29/12 – A Charles Street clothing store reports unknown person(s) stole a cashmere sweater between 6 and 7 p.m. Unarmed Robbery 12/02/12 – A victim reported being pulled off his bike on Joy Street by a male suspect, who stole his satchel containing a MacBook laptop and eyeglasses at around 11:20...

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Holiday Cheer

December 4, 2012
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Holiday Cheer

David Jones was out on Sunday decorating the lampposts on Joy Street as part of the annual Decorate the Hill event.

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Suffolk Plans Construction of $63M Classroom Facility

December 4, 2012
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Making good on a commitment to shift its student population away from Beacon Hill, Suffolk University is moving ahead with plans to build a new $62 million classroom facility in the Ashburton Place area while selling off two buildings on the Hill. “It’s very exciting project that’s historic in many ways because this is...

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DCR Changes Operator for Storrow Dr. Parking Lot

December 4, 2012
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The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced Monday that LAZ Parking is the winning bidder of a five-year permit for operation of the Charles River Reservation Storrow Drive parking lot – previously rented and used by Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary. The winning bidder also promised more access to the lot in off...

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Developers Brief IAG on Nashua Street Residence Project

December 4, 2012
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Developers of a fairly large project in Beacon Hill briefed the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) last Tuesday during the first meeting sponsored by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) concerning the Nashua Street Residence project. This was the first meeting with the newly formed IAG since Avalon Bay took over the project in August from...

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Thank You to All Volunteers

December 4, 2012
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Over this past weekend, Beacon Hill was a beehive of holiday decorating activity. Neighbors on the Hill and students from MIT, Suffolk, Emerson and Northeastern gave up their time on Saturday and Sunday to help decorate the lampposts with holiday laurel and bows.  Wherever one walked on the Hill on Sunday, people with ladders...

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Suffolk University Made the Right Decision

December 4, 2012
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The announcement last week by Suffolk University officials to start the process of moving classrooms out of the neighborhood and shifting toward a downtown campus is a win-win for both the university and the residents of Beacon Hill.  Over the last forty years, both the residences of the neighborhoods of the north side of...

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Mayor Menino

December 4, 2012
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No matter where any Boston resident goes, the talk ultimately turns to the health and future of Mayor Thomas Menino, who has been hospitalized for the last five weeks and is now at the Spaulding Rehab Center.  This Sunday, parishioners at St. Cecilia’s in the Back Bay included the Mayor in their prayer of...

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Police Briefs 12-04-2012

December 4, 2012
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Nov. 19 89 Mt. Vernon St. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 89 Mt. Vernon St. – Motor Vehicle Accident – Other City Vehicle 39 Bowdoin St     – Trespassing Nov. 20  Beacon Street – Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage 74 Joy St. – Dangerous or Hazardous Condition Nov. 21  19 Louisburg Square...

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Obituaries 12-04-2012

December 4, 2012
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Rogina Louisa Haase Jeffries Active volunteer in neighborhood Rogina Louisa Haase Jeffries of Boston, loving wife since 1989 of Stephen Benjamin Jeffries and mother of Julia Preston Faulkner Jeffries, age 12, and Philip John Roosevelt Jeffries, age 10, passed away on Nov. 11, after a long illness. Mrs. Jeffries was devoted to her immediate...

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Scampo Gift Card Benefits Mass Eye and Ear

November 30, 2012
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Scampo Gift Card Benefits Mass Eye and Ear

This year treat a friend of loved one to a Scampo Gift Card and be rewarded yourself! Not only do you get to take home a free Gift Card of $100 for every $100 spent in Gift Card purchases, starting at $200, but you can revel in the spirit of giving back too. 1%...

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