BHCA Holiday Party on Nov. 14

November 6, 2012
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BHCA Holiday Party on Nov. 14

Come join the magic at the kick off to the Holiday Season when Tom Kershaw hosts Garlands and Green: A Holiday Gathering, Wednesday, November 14. The Beacon Hill Civic Association’s popular holiday party that helps raise the nearly $12,000 needed to magically transform the 1,100 lamp posts with 2,860 yards of laurel garlands and...

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Brazen Thief Breaks into Charles St. Shop and Steals $12,000 Lamp

November 6, 2012
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A brazen thief broke into  Cynthia Driscoll Interiors last week, stealing just one item – an Italian mid-century floor lamp valued at more than $12,000, said proprietor Cynthia Driscoll. Driscoll said a store employee left the shop at 70 Charles St. at around 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, and returned the next day...

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Sahin Designs Acclaimed Sushi Roll

November 6, 2012
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A Beacon Hill resident successfully tried his hand as a sushi chef last month, ranking top in a competition that allowed Whole Foods Market customers to design their own rolls. Ned T. Sahin submitted his award-winning roll in the contest held by the Cambridge Street store and was named among three finalists. Sabin then...

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Halloween

November 6, 2012
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Sandy had blown in on Monday, but by Wednesday the day and night were perfect for Halloween.  Thousands of children, many with their parents, made their way through the neighborhoods to threaten their tricks, but get their treats.  They were not disappointed. Every year, Halloween just seems to get better in our neighborhoods.  We...

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Speaking of Sandy

November 6, 2012
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Looking at the devastation on Wednesday morning of New York City and the coastline, one cannot help but be amazed at how one of the most advanced cities in the world can be humbled in less than 24 hours by Hurricane Sandy. What is most amazing is that this was just a  Category 1 ...

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Theft on Charles Street

November 6, 2012
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On page one of today’s newspaper is a story of a break into a Charles Street business.  The thieves made off with $12,000 of goods during the Hurricane.  While this is a new type of looting to affect Charles St. businesses, shoplifting has always been an issue for many store owners. Sgt. Tom Lenna...

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Police Briefs 11-06-2012

November 6, 2012
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 10/24/12 – A Pinckney Street resident reported unknown person(s) forced the front door lock to their residence between 7:40 a.m. and 6 p.m. The apartment was ransacked, but no property was reported missing at that time. Incidents Oct. 23 40 Beacon St.  – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 &...

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Harvest Festival

October 31, 2012
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Harvest Festival

Junior Girl Scouts are shown at the fourth annual Phillips Street Play Area Harvest Festival that was held recently.

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Happy Halloween : Beacon Hill Will Spring to Life on Halloween Night as Thousands Come to Annual Extravaganza

October 31, 2012
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Witches, ghosts, and goblins may embark on their spooky trick-or-treating escapade on Beacon Hill this year free from any oncoming traffic. To ensure a safe Halloween, the Beacon Hill Civic Association has arranged to close Pinckney Street and Mount Vernon Street from Joy Street to Charles Street on Wednesday, October 31. Please note that...

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Hill Sees 13-percent Decrease in Violent and Property Crimes in ‘12

October 31, 2012
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Beacon Hill has seen a 13-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, 176 incidents of Part One crime were reported in the neighborhood as opposed to 203 in 2011. No homicides were...

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Be Sure to Vote : It’s Your Choice….and It’s a Big One

October 31, 2012
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The pundits have proclaimed that the upcoming Presidential election presents the starkest contrast between the candidates of the major parties in generations. And for once, we agree with the pundits. The gaping chasm separating Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney on virtually every issue facing our nation, and their vision...

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Police Briefs 10-30-2012

October 31, 2012
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 10/16/12 – A West Cedar Street resident reported unknown person(s) forced her front door open and removed two laptops, two iPods, an iPad, cameras and miscellaneous jewelry between 10 a.m. and 4:40 p.m. Breaking and Entering – Residence 10/18/12 – A West Cedar Street resident reported unknown person(s) possibly...

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Fourth annual Concierge Stroll

October 23, 2012
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Fourth annual Concierge Stroll

Donna Petro, (left) a BHBA board member, event organizer and vice president of the Beacon Street branch of the Cambridge Trust Company; with Betty Salemme, chef concierge of the Seaport Hotel/World Trade Center during the Fourth annual Concierge Stroll.

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Esplanade Association Transforms Dead Tree into Work of Art

October 23, 2012
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Esplanade Association Transforms Dead Tree into Work of Art

Work was completed last week on the new sculpture and landscape project at the Esplanade’s Stoneman Playground, the site of the first project completed by The Esplanade Association (TEA) 11 years ago near the intersection of Hereford Street and Storrow Drive. Mitch Ryerson was commissioned this past spring to transform a dead oak tree...

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Neighborhood Weighs in on Park St. School Expansion Plan

October 23, 2012
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While the Park Street School’s plan to expand into the adjoining single-family home at 124 Chestnut St. met with a largely favorable response at a public meeting last Tuesday, several Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board members expressed concern that the precedent could jeopardize the residential quality of the neighborhood. “The Civic Association has...

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Ross Talks on Possible District Shape

October 23, 2012
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With the November 2 deadline for the City Council and Mayor to approve a redistricting plan for Boston looming, Back Bay/Beacon Hill City Councilor Michael Ross said he’s taking a less parochial approach and will support a plan that meets the needs of the city before his own political needs. “I’d like it to...

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Boston Public School Goals

October 23, 2012
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At the Charlestown community meeting on school choice options that was held last week by Boston Public School (BPS) officials, two goals that will affect the children in our neighborhood who attend or might attend the public schools were brought to light. The first goal dealt with the commitment of BPS and Mayor Menino...

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Police Briefs 10-23-2012

October 23, 2012
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Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon  10/14/12 – A male suspect was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a male victim on Charles Street at around 1:45 a.m. The suspect and another male were involved in an argument with the victim, at which time, the suspect began to punch...

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Attention To Detail

October 16, 2012
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Attention To Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The doorway in last week’s clue is on 130 Chestnut Street. It was designed by architects Richardson, Barott, and Richardson and constructed in 1916. The building permit states that the original access to this home’s roof was by means of a scuttle – like the hatch on a ship. Do you have a...

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Design Team Unveils Skatepark Plans

October 16, 2012
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Design Team Unveils Skatepark Plans

The team behind the Charles River Skatepark unveiled the latest plans for the $2.5 million skateboarding facility Wednesday at the Boston Public Library. The proposed 40,000 square-foot skatepark will be located beneath the ramps of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge at the North Point Park in East Cambridge. The facility, which will...

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Window Box Contest Recognizes Neighborhood’s ‘green Thumbs’

October 16, 2012
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One of the most prominent features of Beacon Hill, besides the ornate architecture and leaded glass windows, is the radiant flowers, shrubbery and trees of every color and shape that embellish the brick sidewalks so elegantly. The Beacon Hill Civic Association and the Beacon Hill Garden Club celebrated their 54th Annual Window Box Contest...

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Public Invited to Oct. 16 Meeting on Park St. School’s Proposed Expansion

October 16, 2012
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) will join Park Street School officials Oct. 16 for an informal meeting to vet the school’s proposed expansion into the adjacent building at 124 Chestnut St. The school, located at 67 Brimmer St., intends to purchase and renovate the adjoining residential building to “provide more space for current...

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Walz Joins National Task Force to Forge Consensus on School Disciplinary Policies

October 16, 2012
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State Rep. Marty Walz recently joined with more than 100 policymakers, national experts, educators, law enforcement and court officials, students, parents and other stakeholders committed to improving school disciplinary policies. The diverse, bipartisan national group, convened by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, commenced work on recommendations for approaches to school discipline...

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Voting on Question 2

October 16, 2012
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Beacon Hill residents voting on November 6 will have the option to vote for or against a ballot measure regarding physician prescribed and assisted suicide. It is, obviously, an important ballot question as it goes to the core of how we view life and what we are prepared to do to stop unnecessary suffering...

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