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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The Today Show

March 1, 2013
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The Today Show

Mass. Eye and Ear employees Lauren Mackay and Kate Horstkotte showed their enthusiasm for “The Today Show” the day after Valentine’s Day at the live taping at Faneuil Hall. The dynamic duo, who work with Drs. Jessica Fewkes and Robin Lindsey, were featured as part of the local weather report.

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Beacon Hill Receives Beautify Boston Grants

March 1, 2013
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STEPHEN S. YOUNG, BOARD chair of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA), announced last week that the City of Boston recently awarded two Beautify Boston Grants to projects on Beacon Hill. The Beautify Boston Grant Program was created by Mayor Thomas M. Menino to “support significant community initiated beautification and infrastructure projects that will...

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DeLuca’s Granted Zoning Relief Eliefelief

March 1, 2013
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DELUCA’S MARKET ON Charles Street moved another step closer to a grand reopening  when the city’s Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) voted unanimously on Feb. 13 to grant its request for variances. Applicant and proprietor Virgil Aiello had applied for zoning relief to allow the market use of a non-conforming, recently excavated portion of...

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Expanded Street-sweeping Program Begins March 1

March 1, 2013
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BEGINNING FRIDAY, MARCH 1, the city’s Public Works Department (DPW) will expand its street-sweeping program on Beacon Hill to include two additional months. The program typically ended on Nov. 30 and resumed April 1, but starting this year, sweeping begins March 1 and ends Dec. 31. Existing posted schedules, as well as parking restrictions...

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Street Sweeping Starts This Friday

March 1, 2013
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Well, we dodged another snow bullet over the weekend.  And if the weatherman is accurate then we will be getting some rain on Wednesday.  This is exactly what we need to get rid of those snow piles that  take away the far too scarce parking spaces on streets like Chestnut Street or Mt. Vernon...

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A Time to Take Stock

March 1, 2013
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The three- alarm fire that happend last week on Commonwealth Avenue should make all residents just stop and think for a minute. The fire did not occur in a builing that needed rehabbing, but happened in a high end renovation.  As a matter of fact, the origin of the fire has centered on the...

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Police Briefs 02-26-2013

March 1, 2013
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Robbery – Unarmed 02/16/13 – At around 6:41 p.m., a male suspect reached over the counter of a Cambridge Street convenience store and removed U.S. currency from the register before fleeing on foot. Incidents Feb. 12 Charles Street        - Indecent Exposure Charles Street  – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $50 to $199 Feb. 13...

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Hatch Shell Home to Impromptu Snowman Contest

February 19, 2013
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Hatch Shell Home to Impromptu Snowman Contest

The Esplanade Association (TEA) joined the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to sponsor an impromptu snowman contest at the Hatch Shell Oval on the Charles River Esplanade last Tuesday, Feb. 12. Winners received tickets to the July 3 Boston Pops rehearsal concert. In the photo: Back Bay residents Sarah Knotts and her mother...

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Charles Street Inn Clears Last Hurdle in Sale

February 19, 2013
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Charles Street Inn Clears Last Hurdle in Sale

After receiving approval for its proposed change of usage, the Charles Street Inn has cleared the last hurdle in its sale and will close its doors on April 16 to make way for short-term rental units, co-owner Louise Venden said. “It’s been a pleasure to run a business in such a fabulous neighborhood, where...

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BRA Approves Suffolk University Academic Building for Somerset St.

February 19, 2013
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Last Thursday, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board unanimously approved Suffolk University’s plans to move forward with a new campus building at 20 Somerset St. that will feature general-use and science classrooms, a light-filled cafeteria/function space and indoor and outdoor lounging areas. The BRA determined that the building is in accord with the university’s...

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BHCA Expresses Concern with Proposed Citywide Arts Festival’s Impact

February 19, 2013
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In a formal letter to event organizers, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors expressed concern with the potential impact on the Boston Common of  “Outside the Box” – an inaugural citywide arts festival planned for July 12 to 21. Besides four locations on the Common, the proposed festival would bring programming...

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Thank You, Ian

February 19, 2013
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Continuity is the key to success in any endeavor. At Hill House, this principle is all the more important.  At a community and non-profit organization, it is often very easy for very good people to leave very quickly.  Often, their tenure does not last with completion of ideas and programs that they have started...

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“Outside of the Box”

February 19, 2013
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One only has to look at the Boston Common and know that the health of this fragile resource is still in jeopardy.  It was only a few years ago that we heard from members of Friends of the Public Garden, how the earth that the grass grew on was so packed down because of...

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The Cold Temperatures

February 19, 2013
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We were spoiled after last week’s balmy temperatures.  We agree that the Blizzard of 2013 was not much fun especially if you had to do the snow shoveling, but the temperatures last week were enjoyable.  But Sunday and Monday came and back into the deep freeze we went. Of course for many of us,...

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Police Briefs 02-19-2013

February 19, 2013
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Larceny in a Building 02/09/13 – A victim reported that he brought an unknown person back to his Joy Street apartment between 4 and 7 a.m. during the storm. When the victim woke up, the male suspect was gone, along with the victim’s laptop. Incidents Feb. 5 84 Beacon St.  – Larceny, Non-Accessory from...

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The Blizzard of 2013

February 12, 2013
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The Blizzard of 2013

In the  photo the Whitneys, Jordan (left) and Adam get a free ride from their parents Rob and marcy on Charles Street Saturday afternoon.

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Green light for Hancock Street apt. conversion

February 12, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose granting the necessary zoning relief and variances to convert a lodging house at 61 Hancock St. into apartments. David Watson, the applicant and building owner, proposes changing the legal occupancy of the 20-person rooming house to “seven apartments plus...

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Fewer Taxpayers File for Abatements

February 12, 2013
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Despite an increase in prop-erty tax bills and assessed property values for fiscal year 2013 there have been fewer abatements filed so far this year when compared to 2010. The cutoff date to file abatement with the City of Boston’s Accessing Department was February 1 and to date only 2,200 abatements have been filed....

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