Of Canines and Things

October 9, 2012
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A few months ago, the state enacted a new law to modernize animal-control laws, which includes the first statewide rules for tethering canines. The bill signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick is especially aimed at those who are convicted of cruelty to animals. The law also bans a person from keeping a dog...

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Police Briefs 09-10-2012

October 9, 2012
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Larceny in a Building 09/26/12 – A male suspect was arrested in a River Street building at around 10:30 a.m. for larceny in a building of a bicycle. Breaking and Entering – Residence 09/26/12 – A Joy Street resident reported unknown person(s) entered his apartment and removed clothing and the apartment key sometime between...

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Moon Dance Gala

October 2, 2012
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Moon Dance Gala

More than 400 people attended The Esplanade Association’s Moon Dance Gala on Saturday night. The event took place under a tent on the Esplanade.

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Plans Underway for BHCA Winter Dance

October 2, 2012
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Plans Underway for BHCA Winter Dance

It was early afternoon on Mt. Vernon St., following an early snowstorm. The leaves had not yet shivered off the branches and onto the quiet road, which was covered in mountains of snow. In front of Suffolk Law School was a puddle that pooled into a dip in the cobblestones. This seldom publicized image...

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Beacon Hill Sees Drop in Crime

October 2, 2012
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Beacon Hill has seen a 15-percent decrease in violent and property crimes to date in 2012, compared with the same timeframe last year, according to Boston Police. Between January and August of this year, 143 incidents of Part One crime were reported in the neighborhood as opposed to 179 in 2011. No homicides were...

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Improvements Planned for Storrow Drive

October 2, 2012
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The Department of Conser-vation and Recreation (DCR) unveiled plans for its approximately $3.1 million roadway and tunnel improvements project to Storrow Drive last week. According to DCR officials, construction will commence next month and is slated for completion in April, depending on the weather. Work hours will be from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.,...

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New Director at Beacon Hill Village Brings Experience to Helping Seniors

October 2, 2012
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When older adults and seniors live by themselves, it’s easy to become complacent and set in their schedules. Maybe they wake at a specific time to watch their morning program on TV, with a cup of tea in one hand and a newspaper on the kitchen table. Laura Connors, Executive Director at Beacon Hill...

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Columbus Day

October 2, 2012
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Monday the 8this the annual celebration of Columbus Day – which commemorates the achievements of Christopher Columbus, chief among them, the discovery of America. No 15thCentury explorer matched the heroism and daring that Christopher Çolumbus brought onto the world stage at a time when most people believed the world was flat. He was, according...

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Register to Vote

October 2, 2012
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Massachusetts voters have until October 13, to register to vote. The presidential election coming up in November is among the most important in decades. In order to vote, one must be registered to make themselves heard and felt – as a single vote has great value in our society. We urge all those who...

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‘Ducklings’ Sculptor to Preside over 25th-birthday Celebration in Public Garden on Saturday

September 25, 2012
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‘Ducklings’ Sculptor to Preside over 25th-birthday Celebration in Public Garden on Saturday

The sculptor who brought Mrs. Mallard and her family of aquatic birds from Robert McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings” to life in the Public Garden will preside over a 25th-birthday celebration for the Boston landmark this Saturday. “It’s unbelievable what an important part of Boston has become, Nancy Schön said. “I can’t...

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Neighborhood Favors Helping Charles St. Mkt.

September 25, 2012
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A plan that would enable the Charles Street Market to stay in its current location met with a favorable public response at the Firehouse Wednesday during an informal meeting sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA). Market proprietor Tracy Hollander and Joel Kadis, a partner at Burlington-based Linear Retail Properties, which owns the...

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Color is issue on curb cuts

September 25, 2012
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When city officials sought public input on the materials used to construct pedestrian ramps within Boston’s historical districts Wednesday, the conversation at City Hall quickly turned to the most appropriate color for the tactile strips in the curb cuts. The Public Works Department is currently repaving streets citywide and required under federal law to...

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BHCA Campaign Drawing to a Close

September 25, 2012
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At its annual meeting on May 21st, the BHCA Board of Directors announced that it was launching a 90th Anniversary capital campaign to enhance Charles Street.  The goal of the campaign was to celebrate the organization’s anniversary by raising funds to install uniform tree guards and planting for the 53 trees on Charles Street,...

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A Great Time Was Had by All

September 25, 2012
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Last week’s Beacon Hill Civic Association annual block party was a tremendous success. Hundreds of Beacon Hill residents attended the affair which featured multiple venues that appealed in one way or another to nearly all those who came out for the event. The weather was fabulous, so warm and sunny – a quintessential pre-fall...

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The Day of Atonement

September 25, 2012
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Wednesday will mark the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur. For Jews this is the most sacred holy day of the year, when God closes the Book of Life after deciding whose names get written into it. The Day of Atonement is indeed the moment all Jews are asked to atone for the sins...

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EAC Fails to Address New School : Downtown Grammar School Not on Agenda

September 18, 2012
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EAC Fails to Address New School : Downtown Grammar School Not on Agenda

While many applauded the efforts to date of the External Advisory Committee (EAC) on Improving School Choice and School Assignment at Wednesday’s community meeting, a resounding concern among those in attendance was that their work doesn’t address the need for a new grammar school to serve downtown neighborhoods. “We very frustrated again in this...

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Mass. Eye and Ear Teams Up with Joslin Center on Research

September 18, 2012
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Mass. Eye and Ear Teams Up with Joslin Center on Research

The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Joslin Diabetes Center announced last week that they have reached agreement to form a clinical and research alliance, aimed toward providing coordinated high-quality care to eye patients throughout Greater Boston, especially those with or at-risk for diabetes-related eye disease. The new collaboration brings together Boston’s two...

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Moon Dance by TEA Set for Sept. 29

September 18, 2012
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The Esplanade Association (TEA) is celebrating Boston’s historic park and the organization’s vision for its thorough restoration during the Esplanade Moon Dance Gala. The party will take place on Saturday, September 29, from 6:30pm-midnight at the Charles River Esplanade. The Gala is TEA’s largest fundraiser and will help support priorities addressed in Esplanade 2020,...

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Redistricting Veto by Mayor; the Right Thing

September 18, 2012
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Without getting into the Boston neighborhood redistricting minutiae, suffice to say the Boston City Council erred when it went about changing voter lines and city council districts in what appears to have been a highly questionable manner. It was so questionable that Mayor Thomas Menino vetoed the measure. As a result, the redistricting bill...

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The Jewish New Year

September 18, 2012
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Boston’s Jewish community has ushered in the New Year with synagogue services, prayer and with traditional family gatherings. Now comes the ten days of penitence for Jews all over the world, during which time they must atone for their misdeeds during the past year in order to clear the slate for the coming year....

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Police Briefs 09-18-2012

September 18, 2012
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 09/04/12 – An Irving Street resident reported unknown person(s) forced open the front door to her apartment and removed a Blu-Ray player, DVDs, wine, a laptop, a Kindle, an iPad and a camera between 6:45 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Breaking and Entering – Residence 09/07/12 – A Cambridge Street...

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BHCA Zoning Gives Nod to Restaurant

September 11, 2012
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BHCA Zoning Gives Nod to Restaurant

The neighborhood might soon have an exotic new dining option, following the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee’s decision Wednesday not to oppose plans to open an authentic Mongolian restaurant at the former home of The Spotted Apron on Cambridge Street. The proposed Little Lamb Hot Pot at 326 Cambridge St....

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Neighborhood Block Party Kicks off on This Sunday

September 11, 2012
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Beacon Hill’s biggest party just keeps on getting bigger. The Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Neighborhood Block Party and Beer Garden, which kicks off September 16 at 12 noon in front of the Firehouse, 127 Mount Vernon Street, is packed full of entertainment, tours and free food – even a ‘Pats’ Party for all. What’s...

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Remembering September 11, 2001

September 11, 2012
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The more that time passes, the more we tend to forget the stark terror and horrible outcome of the terrorists attacks which killed so many, while at the same time awakened the nation to the worldwide terrorist threat. The passing of time, however, doesn’t dim the memory of just how bad this attack was,...

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