Police Briefs 03-25-2014

March 25, 2014
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Larceny – Over $200 03/16/14 – A male victim reported while he was at Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the Boston Common at around 5:14 p.m., he put down his bag, which contained U.S. currency and an iPad to take pictures. When the victim returned to retrieve his bag, it was gone, as were...

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Cheers for Children

March 18, 2014
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Cheers for Children

The Cheers for Children check presentation to the Jimmy Fund took place on Tuesday, March 11th. The funds were raised during the annual Hampshire House Anniversary Gala in November, benefitting Cheers for Children. The 2013 Gala took place on November 13th at 84 Beacon Street. In addition to the Jimmy Fund, Cheers for Children...

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Dogs Are Welcome

March 18, 2014
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Dogs Are Welcome

noa jewelry, fine handcrafts and gifts, located at 88 Charles St., recently put out a bowl of fresh water and a sign welcoming dogs (and their owners) into the store, which also offers gourmet dog treats.

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Women’s Forum

March 18, 2014
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Women’s Forum

Emotions were stirred at the Women’s Forum talk given by Boston Marathon bombing survivor Alison Bryne. Shown are Liz Vizza (left) and Mary Halpin of the Friends of the Public Garden with Allison Byrne (center) at the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum in early March.

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Task Force Outlines Measures for Greener Economy

March 18, 2014
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Before a standing-room only crowd, the Boston Zero Waste Task Force, a multi-stakeholder group made up of labor and business leaders, community and neighborhood groups, Zero Waste and recycling experts, and environmental and social justice advocates, held a briefing at City Hall last week to release a set of recommendations for Mayor Walsh and...

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Mack Joins BHCA Staff

March 18, 2014
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Chase Mack might be a fresh face on Beacon Hill, but as the Civic Association’s newly hired administrative assistant, he won’t remain a stranger to the neighborhood for long. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the Beacon Hill community better,” Mack said. “I’ve met a few people in my short time here, and...

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Gourmet Shop Opening on Charles Street

March 18, 2014
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Beacon Hillers are getting just what they wanted on Charles Street. A shop offering cheeses and other favorite foods ranked right up on the top of the list of responses from residents when asked what stores they’d like to see there. That message was heard by Gene and Rebecca Beraldi, owners of the Beacon...

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Police Briefs 03-18-2014

March 18, 2014
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Larceny – Shoplifting 03/05/14 – A Charles Street boutique reported that a female suspect stole several items of women’s clothing before fleeing the store at around 6:30 p.m. Incidents March 5 49 Charles St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 61 Beacon St. – Investigate Property Charles Street – Vandalism March 6 Branch Street...

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Let’s Dance

March 10, 2014
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Let’s Dance

Members of Girls Scout Troop #65321 stepped out on the dance floor with their “dates’ that included dads, grandfathers, uncles and friends.

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Boylston St. Bike Kiosks Won’t Open until after Running of the Marathon

March 10, 2014
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Boston Bikes could launch its season by early next month, but for security reasons, four to six stations in the Back Bay won’t open until after the Boston Marathon, according to Nicole Freedman, director of bicycle programs for the city. Four impacted stations on Boylston Street are located near City Sports, the Apple Store,...

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Civic Groups Unite to Voice Concerns over Proposed Redevelopment of the Government Center Garage

March 10, 2014
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association, the West End Civic Association and the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association joined together last month to weigh in on the proposed redevelopment of the Government Center Garage. Boston-based developer HYM Investment Group LLC intends to raze major portions of the existing 11-story garage to clear the way for six...

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Kingsley Montessori Students Reflect on Boston Marathon Tragedy

March 10, 2014
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Kingsley Montessori School announced last week that it would commemorate the Boston Marathon tragedy by sharing students’ essays written about bravery with the Greater Boston community. “While this is a challenging time for many of our families who were directly impacted by this horrible event, we wanted Kingsley to be a part of the...

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Callahan Tunnel Now Open

March 10, 2014
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The Callahan Tunnel, which has been closed since late December, has re-opened — ahead of schedule.  Given the way that public projects are usually completed in Massachusetts, this is a novelty. While the headache of trying to find another way to get to the airport quickly  from Beacon Hill for close to three months...

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Let’s Be Good Neighbors

March 10, 2014
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Putting out your rubbish on time is not rocket science.  The trucks collect the rubbish three times a week and are usually finished by about 8:30 a.m. So if you look out your front door and see that there are no trash bags left on your street on the appointed day, then you probably...

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Supporters for Feast of Music

March 3, 2014
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Supporters for Feast of Music

New England Conservatory exceeded its goal of raising $750,000 at its annual scholarship gala “El Festín de la Música (A Feast of Music),” which took place on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Co-chairs for the event, which pairs gourmet-banquet courses with musical performances by NEC students, were trustee Suki de Bragança...

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Joy Street Pedestrian Improvements Get Favorable Response

March 3, 2014
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The latest concept design for improving pedestrian accessibility on Joy Street drew a largely favorable response at a standing-room public hearing at City Hall on Wednesday. Connect Historic Boston – an initiative between the National Park Service and the Boston Transportation Department to improve walking, biking and public-transit routes to destinations of interest citywide...

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Civic Association board votes to support Rep. Livingstone’s proposed Mass. Eye and Ear legislation

March 3, 2014
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At its Feb. 10 meeting, the Beacon Hill Civic Association board of directors voted to support legislation proposed by State Rep. Jay Livingstone that would allow the Massachusetts Ear and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) to expand its Boston campus. The legislation would authorize the hospital to enter into a long-term agreement with the state to...

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Street Sweeping Starts This Week

March 3, 2014
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In case you have not noticed, it is March and the street sweeping program starts in earnest this week. Looking at the mounds of ice that show no signs of melting anytime in the near future, one is puzzled as to how the street-sweeper will move about — never mind get the debris that...

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Police Briefs 03-04-2014

March 3, 2014
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Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Knife 02/20/14 – At approximately 9:50 p.m., two male witnesses reported while walking their dog on Brimmer Street, they observed a male suspect looking into the windows of homes. At that time, they approached the suspect, who displayed a knife before fleeing on foot towards Charles Street. Incidents...

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Never Too Young to Start Cooking

February 24, 2014
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Never Too Young to Start Cooking

Children learning French through authentic regional recipes at the French Cultural Center in Back Bay. Here they’re making delicious madeleines. Miam miam. The Center’s “Summer in French” program, taught by native French speakers, offers half-day or full-day immersion programs. Children (ages 3 to 12) and teens (ages 13 to 17) discover French culture and...

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Esplanade Cafe to Open under New Management

February 24, 2014
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The former Café Esplanade will reopen under new management as the Charles River Bistro on March 21, according to Anthem Hospitality. Boston-based Anthem Hospitality and its parent company The Anthem Group assumed control of the café located near the DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade last year and invested more than $250,000...

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Marathon Bomb Victim Is Featured Speaker at March’s Women’s Forum

February 24, 2014
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Allison Byrne, a marathon runner and bomb victim of last year’s Boston Marathon, will speak at the March 4 meeting of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum, an organization formed last May to connect and inspire neighborhood women. April 15th marks the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. As the city remembers the devastating...

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Does flying make you sick?

February 24, 2014
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Every week more and more Beacon Hill families lift off from Logan, packed shoulder to shoulder with others in giant aircraft heading to ski areas, beach resorts and family compounds for much-deserved school vacations. And many of them will arrive back home with stuffy noses, itchy throats and annoying coughs. Airplane passengers, it turns...

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Snow budget still has small surplus

February 24, 2014
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Already 50 inches of snow has fallen in Boston this winter pushing the city’s snow budget to the brink. With a little over two months left before the city is out of the woods this winter the city’s Department of Public Works (BPW) has spent $16.1 million of the $18.5 million in its snow...

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