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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Whitebarked Himalayan Birch Shines in the Winter.

January 8, 2013
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Whitebarked Himalayan Birch Shines in the Winter.

The Whitebarked Himalayan Birch shines in the winter. It is said to have the whitest and most beautiful bark of all the birches. This variety was discovered by Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker during a mid-1800s trip to Tibet.

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Young Professionals Recognize Outstanding Neighbors on Hill

January 8, 2013
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Young Professionals Recognize Outstanding Neighbors on Hill

The Beacon Hill Civic Association Young Professionals have recognized two individuals who have made a significant contribution to the community of Beacon Hill. The Young Professionals Award was formally presented to Jason Winmill and Ingrid Calder in December 2012 by Meghan Haggerty, the group’s president. The Beacon Hill Civic Association Young Professionals, a group...

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Esplanade Playspace Gains National Prominence

January 8, 2013
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Esplanade Playspace Gains National Prominence

The Esplanade Playspace opened a little more than a year ago, but the state-of-the-art playground has already gained national prominence, even gracing the pages of the Wall Street Journal in November. “This is now becoming the new standard for play in this country,” said Tani Marinovich, who co-founded the Playspace with Jean Egan and...

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Murphy to lead Council

January 8, 2013
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At-Large City Councilor Stephen Murphy was unanimously elected by the council Monday to serve another two-year term as the body’s president. After being elected Murphy immediately appointed Beacon Hill City Councilor Sal LaMattina to serve another two-year term as his vice president. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to again lead the body,” said...

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Welcome Back, Mayor Menino: It’s Nice to Have Tom Menino Back on the Job

January 8, 2013
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We wish to add our voice to the chorus of residents who have been delighted to see the return of Mayor Tom Menino  to his office at City Hall. For one thing, it will be a relief to see an end to the speculation about this or that possible scenario by the pundits and...

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Decorations Were Great: Thanks to the Volunteers and Tom Kershaw for Brightening the Holiday Season

January 8, 2013
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We wish to take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers Sunday who helped take down the garlands and other festive decorations that adorned the street lamps  throughout Beacon Hill during this past holiday season. We wish also to thank Hampshire House proprietor Tom Kershaw for providing breakfast to those who did the work...

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Police Briefs 01-08-2013

January 8, 2013
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Larceny from a Motor Vehicle 12/29/12 – At around 2 a.m., a victim reported the passenger’s side window of his 2006 Toyota was broken and an iPhone, laptop and backpack were stolen from the vehicle. Incidents Dec. 26 42 Beacon St.  – Vandalism Dec. 27 Charles Street       Violation of the Auto Laws –...

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2012: The Year in Review

January 1, 2013
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2012: The Year in Review

• On Jan. 4, nearly 200 citizens braved the cold to voice their strong opposition to Capital One Bank’s proposed move to the home of the Charles Street Market at 62-66 Charles St. at a Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee meeting. • On Jan. 6, William Onuoha stepped down as...

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Undecorating Day Schedule for January 6

January 1, 2013
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Meet at 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 6 for a delicious Pancake Breakfast hosted by Tom Kershaw, at the Hampshire House, 84 Beacon Street. Then, join neighbors as they take down the gas lamp post decorations. No skill is required, and helpers are greatly appreciated. It’s half the time and half the trouble to...

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Christmas Tree Collection on Until Jan. 18

January 1, 2013
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With the holidays in the rear view mirror, Beacon Hill residents can kick their trees to the curb for composting during the next two weeks. Boston’s Public Works Department will collect Christmas trees for composting from January 7 to January 18. Remove all ornaments, decorations, and stands from trees and do not put trees...

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Boston Athenaeum 2013 Concert Series Features Piano Music of the 20th Century

January 1, 2013
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The Winter 2013 Concert Series at the Boston Athenæum, featuring pianist and composer Aaron Jackson, will include music of Beethoven, Smetana, Bartók, Janácek, Berg, Gorecki, Babbitt, Shifrin and Jackson, among others. The Capital Trio will perform on Feb. 8, and cellist Adrienne Taylor will join Jackson on March 16. All concerts will take place...

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Ring out the Old…. We Wish Our Readers a Happy and Healthy 2013

January 1, 2013
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We often quote a verse from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Ring Out Wild Bells” when we write our annual New Year’s editorial. We write about the events that happened in the old year and discuss those that may come in the new, as well as our hopes for a better year than the year before....

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Police Briefs 12-31-2012

January 1, 2013
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Robbery – Bank 12/20/12 – A female suspect held up a Beacon Street bank at around 2:20 p.m. after displaying a note and gesturing she had a weapon, She fled on foot in an unknown direction with U.S. currency. Detectives were scheduled to follow up. Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Knife 12/20/12 –...

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Helping out At The Senior Dinner

December 25, 2012
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Helping out At The Senior Dinner

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, Girl Scout Brownie Troop #65321 from Beacon Hill volunteered at the Hill House Senior Dinner. The Brownies helped with set up, decorating, serving dinner to the seniors and clean up. The girls also provided entertainment and warmed hearts by singing holiday classics like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Deck the Halls.” The...

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TEA and DCR Seek Input on Concessions

December 25, 2012
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The Esplanade Association (TEA) joined the Department of Conservation and Recreation for two meetings Wednesday to gather public input on future food concessions and other facilities on the Charles River Esplanade. The meetings followed the recent announcement that DCR would issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a vendor permit to operate the food...

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BHCA Zoning And Licensing Comm. Meeting

December 25, 2012
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On January 9 at 7:30 pm, the Beacon Hill Civic Association will hear from two applicants. The first applicant seeks to change the use of 31 Phillips Street (22-24 Anderson Street) from eight apartments and one store to eight apartments and one office.  Since the commercial use space has lapsed after two years of...

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Ann Brooke Elected President of FOPG

December 25, 2012
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The board of directors of the Friends of the Public Garden has elected Anne Brooke as president. Brooke has been on the Friends board for more than six years, serving as co-chair of the Development and Membership Committees and as a member of the Executive Committee. She and her husband, Peter, live in the...

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Merry Christmas to All: Time to Think About Those Less Fortunate

December 25, 2012
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Another holiday season is here and, as you are reading this, it almost will be over. All of the preparations and plans we’ve made in anticipation of the seasonal events soon will come to fruition and will become just another memory in our photo albums and DVD files. Most of us will mark the...

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Police Briefs 12-24-2012

December 25, 2012
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Robbery – Firearm 12/14/12 – A victim reported two male suspects approached him on Grove Street near Cambridge Street at around 8:18 p.m. and displayed a black handgun. The suspects then stole victim’s rings, iPhone and wallet, which contained ATM cards and personal papers. Incidents Dec. 13 3 Branch St. – Auto Theft 151...

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Snyder Promoted to Ross’ Chief of Staff

December 18, 2012
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Snyder Promoted to Ross’ Chief of Staff

Michelle Snyder, who previously served as director of constituent relations for City Councilor Mike Ross, was recently promoted to chief of staff. “The people of Back Bay, Beacon Hill and the West End know well know how great Michelle is and what an amazing resource she is for the community,” Ross said. “I believe...

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