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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Downtown School Meeting

March 12, 2013
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Over the last six months, the Boston Public Schools and the School Choice plans have emerged to the forefront in local politics especially for  parents whose children are or could be attending public schools in Boston. The decisions being made today by city officials on the future of public school education will affect us...

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Student Jobs Are Important

March 12, 2013
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Thousands of Boston students will be seeking jobs this summer and it appears that there will not be enough jobs to go around. Apparently the city’s budget cannot provide all the jobs needed for the number of students expected to apply for them. The city will be heavily dependent on the private sector to...

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Police Briefs 03-12-2013

March 12, 2013
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Drugs Possession with Intent to Distribute 02/28/13 – Between 5:41 and 6:10 p.m., a male suspect was arrested on Hancock Street for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The suspect was inside his 2000 BMW 323CI at the time of the arrest. Incidents Feb. 26 43 River St.  – Threats to Do Bodily...

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Fallon Named Senior Minister at King’s Chapel

March 5, 2013
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Fallon Named Senior Minister at King’s Chapel

As she looks forward to assuming the role of senior minister at King’s Chapel on March 18, Joy Fallon said she views the position as one she shares with the entire congregation. “We value everyone there and see every member of the church as being one of its ministers,” Fallon said. A minister’s daughter,...

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Elias Duncan: A Budding Thespian

March 5, 2013
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Elias Duncan: A Budding Thespian

Aaron Fricke, circa 1980,is a gay high school student who is subjected to rejection, violence, and ridicule by his peers, leaving him despondent and with suicidal thoughts. Building up courage and self-worth, Aaron sues his school for the right to bring his boyfriend as his date to the senior prom. His valiant assertions of...

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BHCA Zoning and Licensing to Hear About Proposed Work at 7 Smith Ct.

March 5, 2013
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The owner/occupants of a single-family home at 7 Smith Court will appear before the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Zoning and Licensing Committee, to present a proposal to construct a head house. This structure would allow walk-up access to a re-built roof deck on the 2 ½-story building. The committee will meet Wednesday, March 6...

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DOT Officials Approve Longfellow Bridge Work

March 5, 2013
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) board of directors approved the construction contract for the Longfellow Bridge Wednesday. The contract for the rehabilitation for the Longfellow Bridge, which carries Route 3 over the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge, was awarded to J. F. White/Skanska Koch/Consigli, in the amount of $255,489,000, and construction is...

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Thank You

March 5, 2013
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In our neighborhood, there is nothing more scarce than open, safe and appealing public spaces.  For too long, we have seen how municipal and recent state budget cuts have had a negative impact on our parks with necessary repairs often being postponed. The recent action of the following businesses, Lenox Hotel, LAZ Parking, Panificio...

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Federal Sequestration

March 5, 2013
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The deadline passed last Friday when mandated cuts to the federal programs started to take place. While many entitlements that are the budget busters were spared, the across the board budget cuts hit programs in public schools, transportation, the military and Head Start.  Mayor Thomas M. Menino is assessing the impact of the cuts...

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Police Briefs 03-05-2013

March 5, 2013
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 02/20/13 – Victims reported unknown person(s) broke into their Otis Place residence at around 11:41p.m. and removed a laptop, as well as six pairs of cufflinks and other  jewelry. Larceny in a Building 02/21/13 – A victim reported unknown person(s) stole her pocketbook, containing a wallet, bankcards, personal papers,...

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Scampo Raised $5,000 for the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Curing Kids Fund

March 1, 2013
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Scampo Raised $5,000 for the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Curing Kids Fund

With this check presentation, Scampo raised $5,000 for the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Curing Kids Fund this past holiday season. By donating a portion of every gift card purchase to its neighbor, Scampo helps this wonderful hospital continue its important work of helping people fully experience life. Both Scampo and Massachusetts Eye and Ear...

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