DeLuca’s Market Again Fails to Win Support of Zoning and Licensing Comm.

February 5, 2013
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More than two and a half years after the Charles Street landmark fell prey to a four-alarm fire, DeLuca’s Market has again failed to win the support of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee with its latest plans. The committee voted last Tuesday to oppose granting the zoning relief necessary...

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Thank You, Rep. Walz

February 5, 2013
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We in the 8th Suffolk District have been the recipients of excellent representation in the State House of Representatives.   Rep. Marty Walz, who will be leaving in February, and her predecessor, Rep. Paul Demakis, both have given extraordinary service to their constituents. For too many political office seekers, being in the State Senate or...

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Police Briefs 02-05-2013

February 5, 2013
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Larceny from Motor Vehicle 01/25/13 – A victim reported his 2008 Volkswagen Passat was parked on Charles Street between 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 and midnight on Jan. 25 when unknown person(s) broke the front driver’s side window and removed a Coach handbag. Incidents Jan. 22 75 Hancock St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 109...

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Obituaries 02-05-2013

February 5, 2013
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Nicandra ʺNikkiʺ Louise Nassar Attorney and Volunteer, Of Boston, formerly of North Andover Nicandra ʺNikkiʺ Louise Nassar of Boston, formerly of North Andover, died peacefully on January 26, 2013 after a courageous and long battle with breast cancer. She was born in Lawrence on August 26, 1955, daughter of Beverly (DeCesare) and James J....

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The Beacon Hill Civic Association Annual Gala

January 29, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association Annual Gala

The Beacon Hill Civic Association Annual Gala was held on Saturday Night at the Taj Hotel in Boston The theme for this year’s dance was Prohibition era Boston. Many of the attendees donned costumes that were reminiscent of the 1920′s. Shown above are members of the dance commitee.

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Democrats to Caucus on February 23 to Elect Delegates

January 29, 2013
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Democrats in Boston’s Ward 5, which includes the neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and Back Bay and portions of the Fenway, Bay Village and Chinatown, will caucus at the Community Church of Boston, located at 565 Boylston St. in the Back Bay, on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. The caucus will elect delegates to...

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Villa Mexico Café to Close, but Plans Return to New Cambridge St. Location

January 29, 2013
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Villa Mexico Café is scheduled to close its original location at Grampy’s gas station Thursday, Jan. 31, but the popular Mexican restaurant could reopen at another Cambridge Street location later this year. The restaurant will lose its location of nearly six years at 296 Cambridge St. when the gas station is redeveloped as a...

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DeLuca’s Market to Appear Before BHCA Zoning and Licensing Comm.

January 29, 2013
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The Zoning and Licensing Committee of the Beacon Hill Civic Association will have a special meeting this evening, Tuesday, January 29 to discuss DeLuca’s Market, 7-17 Charles Street. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at 74 Joy Street. The applicant seeks to have the new basement area used for retail space, thus...

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BPS Looking at Three Options for School Choice

January 29, 2013
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Last Wednesday the Boston Public School Department (BPS) presented the External Advisory Committee (EAC) on School Choice’s results for an improved school choice system. Beacon Hill children  would be first grouped in the schools that are in the North End and Charlestown. At the meeting members of the EAC said they will be looking...

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The Way of the Future

January 29, 2013
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In the days before Proposition 2 ½ crippled local cities and towns, the thought of having private funds being raised to maintain and improve public recreational spaces would have been considered ludicrous.  However as the expression goes: that was then and this is now. What brings this to mind is the recent positive local...

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Police Briefs 01-29-2013

January 29, 2013
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Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Knife 01/17/13 – A male suspect was arrested on Beacon Street at 9:47 p.m. for six counts of assault with a dangerous weapon after threatening six male victims with a knife. Incidents Jan. 15 42 Charles St.  – Larceny, Other, Under $50 Charles Street  – Larceny, Non-Accessory from...

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Police Meet and Greet on Jan. 24

January 22, 2013
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Police Meet and Greet on Jan. 24

The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee welcomes local law enforcement at a police meet-and-greet at 74 Joy St. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. “We encourage residents to bring their concerns and get to know Sgt. Tom Lee and Captain Tom Lema, who will both be on hand to discuss the...

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Residential Taxes and Exemptions Are on the Rise

January 22, 2013
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While the average tax bill for a single-family home in the city has climbed more than 5 percent in fiscal ’13, an increase in residential exemption will help Boston residents alleviate the burden. The average tax bill for a single-family home spiked to $3,480, marking a $175 increase over the previous fiscal year, while...

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Fresh Approach to Opening New Public School

January 22, 2013
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A group of families, residents and supporters are taking a proactive approach to bringing a new public elementary school to serve downtown neighborhoods, even helping the city to identify possible sites for the proposed educational institute. The newly established Downtown Schools for Boston focuses on neighborhoods that currently have no primary schools, including Back...

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BHCA Moonshine and Memories Gala Jan. 26

January 22, 2013
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Moonshine & Memories, Beacon Hill Civic Association’s 41st Annual Winter Gala, looks back at 90 years on Beacon Hill, and takes guests to Prohibition-era Boston. The Winter Gala Committee is excited to announce an exciting new partnership this year. Kickass Cupcakes, located in Somerville, has graciously donated 250 mini-cupcakes to help round out the...

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Lecture on Groundwater on Jan. 23

January 22, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association and Beacon Hill Village invite you to an early evening lecture tomorrow, Wednesday, January 23 at 6:00 pm at The Firehouse, 127 Mount Vernon Street. Elliott Laffer, Executive Director of the Boston Groundwater Trust, will explain the history of the groundwater in Boston and its particular relevance to the...

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Remembering Rev. King: A Great Man Who Stood Up for the Rights of Everybody

January 22, 2013
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For those of us of a certain age, it is hard to imagine that 2013 will mark 45 years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis while he was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Recalling the news of his murder still brings chills and a deep sense...

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Not a Great Idea: Regional Housing Authorities a Disservice

January 22, 2013
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Everything in life has its pluses and minuses. But in our view, whatever the pluses may be of Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to eliminate the 240 local housing authorities and consolidate them into six regional offices are far outweighed by the negatives. We simply would note that it has been our experience that corruption...

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Police Briefs 01-22-2013

January 22, 2013
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Fire 01/11/13 – A Revere Street resident reported she started a log fire in the fireplace and the chimney caught fire at about 5:07 p.m. Boston firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the blaze. Minimum damage was reported to the fireplace and chimney. Incidents Jan. 8 7 Phillips St.  – Verbal Dispute Jan....

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Advent School Students’ Artwork Now on Display in JP Licks Store

January 15, 2013
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Advent School Students’ Artwork  Now on Display in JP Licks Store

JP Licks is the local afterschool watering hole for Advent students; and now that their artwork is on display, they’ll be stampeding to the ice cream parlor on Charles St. to behold their creations. Two-hundred and eighteen lion-themed watercolors, crayon drawings, acrylic paintings, and ceramic sculptures were made by Advent students to commemorate their...

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Hill Sees Drop in Crime Rate

January 15, 2013
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Beacon Hill experienced an approximately 6-percent reduction in violent and property crimes in 2012 from the previous year, faring slightly better than the city as a whole, which saw a 5-percent drop during the same timeframe. “We saw a good decrease in crime on Beacon Hill, although there were a couple of violent incidents,...

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BHCA Zoning Supports Plan for Office Space

January 15, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose the zoning relief necessary to convert a long vacant storefront in a residential building at 31 Phillips St. into office space. Michelle Nolan, an occupant of the eight-unit apartment building at Anderson and Phillips streets and legal guardian for...

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Police Briefs 01-15-2013

January 15, 2013
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Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon 01/04/13 – A victim reported while walking on Grove Street at around 2:30 a.m., he was struck in the head by an unknown object. A search of the area by officers turned up nothing. The victim transported to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for treatment of a head...

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Hill House Little League Living a Dream

January 15, 2013
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Local kids have been living a dream last season. The Titans, a parent organized youth baseball club has brought the excitement and challenge of U12 travel baseball to downtown Boston. Starting with tryouts that occurred in June, 10-12 year old baseball players from the Hill House Little League, pounded base hits, covered bases, dove...

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