UClub Awards 3 Scholarships to BPS Students

June 12, 2012
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UClub Awards 3 Scholarships to BPS Students

The University Club of Boston announced recipients of its “Future Leaders of Boston” scholarship awards.  The winners include three Boston Public High Schools students:  Nancy Figueroa of East Boston High School; Samuel Obanla of Boston Preparatory Charter School and Joana Rosa of Madison Park High School..  Each will receive $5,000 annually for four years...

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Louisburg Sq. Renovation Tabled by Bhca

June 12, 2012
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In light of serious concerns raised by abutters to the project, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday to table its decision on the planned rehabilitation of a townhouse at 12 Louisburg Square. The homeowner intends to convert the three-family house into a single-family unit in multiple phases, resulting...

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Myrtle Street Playground Kicks off Summer Programming Thursday

June 12, 2012
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The Friends of the Myrtle   Street Playground kick off its summer programming on Thursday, June 14, at 4 p.m., with a visit from the owners of Sweet Georgia P’s organic farm in Scituate. Former Beacon Hill residents Joe and Rebecca Pimentel will be on hand with live baby chicks, eggs and seedlings to help...

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Bunker Hill Day a National Holiday?

June 12, 2012
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History tells us several hundred onlookers clambered to the top of Beacon Hill and watched the Battle of Bunker Hill  as it unfolded in June 1775. It was, of all days in this immediate area, a historic moment that froze in time forever the bravery and the boldness of Americans who fought the British...

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Marilyn Lee Richardson

June 12, 2012
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The death of Marilyn Lee Richardson at 54 is a loss for the Beacon Hill neighborhood. She was a resident here for many, many years and she loved living on Beacon Hill. She particularly enjoyed the annual trick or treating activities at Halloween and always helped with neighborhood decorations at Christmas. Her many friends...

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Police Briefs 06-12-2012

June 12, 2012
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Incidents May 29 51 Hancock St. – Parking Violation 18 Phillips St.  – Threats to Do Bodily Harm 41 Garden St.  – Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage 120 Charles St.  – Investigate Property May 30 50 Beacon St.  – Motor Vehicle – Leaving Scene –...

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Ninth Annual Party

Ninth Annual Party

The Ninth Annual Party in the Park was held on May 16 in the Back Bay Fens. More than 700 attended the event that raised more than $560,000 for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Justine Mee Liff Fund. Co-Chair Janet Atkins (center) with Committee member Julia Hume Gordon and Susan Poduska.

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Esplanade’s Eliot Memorial Revitalization Around the Corner

Esplanade’s Eliot Memorial Revitalization Around the Corner

Visitors to the Charles River Esplanade can expect to see a revitalized and better maintained landscape around Eliot Memorial, next to Community Boating, this fall thanks to recent grants from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Partnership Grant Program, Porpoise Fund, Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Fund and Garden Club of the Back...

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Overall District Crime is Up

June 6, 2012
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The pre-summer months have seen a seven–percent spike in violent and property crimes in Area A-1, compared with last year, according to Boston Police. Between Jan. 1 and May 28 of this year, 1,104 incidents of Part One crime were reported in Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, as opposed...

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Louisburg Square Home: Focus for BHCA Meeting Tomorrow

A total rehab of a classic Louisburg Square townhouse is on the BHCA’s agenda this week. The owner/occupant of 12 Louisburg will appear before the zoning and licensing committee on Wednesday, June 6, to present a proposal to renovate extensively the townhouse in conjunction with its conversion from a three-family to a one-family home. ...

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More Museums, Please

Everyone knows the Museum of Fine Arts with its unique collections in their dazzling settings. The Science Museum, the Children’s Museum, the Peabody Essex are attractions that both locals and tourists enjoy. But one of the best things about Boston’s museums is their great numbers. Most are small. Visits take only an hour or...

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Thank You, Attorney Thurlow

Beacon Hill Attorney Lisa Thurlow wants the state to remove three Clear Channel billboards and two giant Blue Moon signs that are on Cambridge Street for nearly everyone to see. Her fight to maintain Beacon Hill as a truly unblemished historic neighborhood has grown dramatically with recent news that the state Department of Transportation...

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The Rain

The full weekend of rain – at times torrential rain – is being followed by steady rain at the beginning of the week and expected as well to linger into the week. Monday was a gray, rainy day. The roads appeared gray. The sky appeared gray. The entire world we awakened to appeared covered...

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Police Briefs 06-05-2012

From Boston Police Area A-1 Robbery – Firearm – Bank 05/22/12 – At about 4:58 p.m., a male suspect entered a Charles Street bank, carrying a black duffle bag with the barrel of a black handgun sticking out of it. At that time, the suspect demanded that the teller to hand over U.S. currency....

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Civic Association Holds 90th Annual Meeting

May 31, 2012
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Civic Association Holds 90th Annual Meeting

The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) held its 90th annual meeting at the Union Club on Monday, May 21. At that time, the BHCA swore in its new officers for its 2012-2013 fiscal year, including Steve Young, who replaces Ania Camargo as chair and Keeta Gilmore, who takes over for Young as president. Pel...

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Peaceful Places Around Boston

How many tranquil places can you name in Boston? Back Bay resident, Lynn Schweikart can tell you about dozens. In fact, she does in her book, Peaceful Places Boston: 121 Tranquil Sites in the City and Beyond. Seeing with Fresh Eyes Schweikart has a gift for finding words that make you look at a...

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The Summer of 2012

It is impossible to know what awaits us at the beginning of another summer of our lives. With Memorial Day past us, the mystery of the coming summer is upon us in full force. Every generation comes to know great songs that last the test of time and remind us of where we were...

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Captain Tom Lee Joins BHCA Safety Committee for First Time

May 23, 2012
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Captain Tom Lee Joins BHCA Safety Committee for First Time

After taking over the command of Area A-1 in March, Captain Tom Lee made his first appearance at a quarterly meeting of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee Thursday. Lee, a 30-year veteran of the Boston Police Department (BPD), joined Sgt. Tom Lema, Safety Committee Chair Paula O’Keeffe and around 25 neighborhood...

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Sharon Malt Honored with Beacon Award

Sharon Malt Honored with Beacon Award

Twenty-two years ago Sharon Malt made the decision to devote her time and skills to non-profits rather than to continue her career in marketing. It was a decision that benefitted so many cultural, environmental and horticultural organizations both on and beyond Beacon Hill that last night she was presented with the sixteenth annual Beacon...

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Of Commencements … and Things

It was a weekend of commencements in Boston and throughout the nation – a weekend for parents, friends, relatives and for all those connected with universities and colleges to celebrate the newest batch of graduates. Beacon Hill shared two notable direct connections with commencements the past weekend. Alan Solomont, ambassador of the United States...

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Obituaries 05-22-2012

Joan ‘Marilyn’ Fenn Beacon Hill Resident Joan “Marilyn” M. (Egan), Fenn of Boston’s Beacon Hill, formerly of Winchester and Chatham, died on Saturday, May 12. Born in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of the late Mary (Caldwell) and Joseph Egan, she was the loving wife of Donald E. Fenn, beloved mother of Roger Fenn and...

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Public Input Sought Regarding Proposed Charlesgate: Greenway Path Linking Emerald Necklace to Esplanade

May 15, 2012
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Community input is being sought as a long anticipated public-private partnership gets underway to design the possible first step in reclaiming a pedestrian and bicycle route between the Emerald Necklace and Charles River Esplanade displaced by highway construction a half century ago. The Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation, in partnership with the Department of...

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New Executive Director for BHCA

New Executive Director for BHCA

MaryLee Halpin, a South End resident experienced in both corporate and nonprofit work, will assume the position of executive director of the Beacon Hill Civic Association on May 29. With her long roots in Boston and relevant professional and volunteer experiences, MaryLee will bring great talent to the BHCA, said President Steve Young when...

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Future Uncertain for Villa Mexico After City Denies Zoning Request

May 15, 2012
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The owners of Villa Mexico Café are uncertain of the Mexican restaurant’s future after the city effectively blocked its proposed move to 12 Grove St. last week. “We have no next steps, no leads, so it’s back to the drawing board,” said Betsy King, who operates the small take-out restaurant with her mother Julie....

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