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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CBI’s Rudolph at Sunset

December 18, 2012
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CBI’s Rudolph at Sunset

Anyone who goes westbound on Storrow Drive after the Longfellow Bridge cannot help but notice this Christmas decoration.

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Suffolk Outlines Campus Expansion

December 18, 2012
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More than 50 neighbors were in attendance at a public meeting Wednesday as Suffolk University officials outlined plans for the proposed campus expansion. Suffolk intends to erect a building at 20 Somerset St., with eight floors above grade and an additional two levels below the street. The new facility, housing 1,072 state-of-the-art general-purpose and...

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A Mobile City Hall

December 18, 2012
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City Hall on wheels — are you serious?  That is a question that many in our neighborhood may be asking our City Councillor.   Our need for this type of service is negligible since we live within a fifteen minute walk at the most from City Hall.  But for many other residents in neighborhoods like...

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Community Boating

December 18, 2012
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Community Boating Incorporated (CbI) recently held a very successful fundraiser in November that netted the local organization more than $35,000.  These donations are put to very good work at the sailing center on the Charles River.  Community Boating served over 900 sailors in 2012 in exchange for only one dollar per sailor.  This practice...

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The Outrage at Newtown, CT

December 18, 2012
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In the morning and early afternoon hours of last Friday, virtually every parent looked at their children – whether those children were young or old – and felt the terror that parents in Newtown felt. It was too easy to imagine the screams of little six-year-old children facing down the real “monster under the...

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Police Briefs 12-18-2012

December 18, 2012
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Attempted Robbery 12/07/12 – At around 12:12 a.m., officers arrested a male suspect on Revere Street after a foot chase. The masked suspect had attempted to rob a male victim with what appeared to be a taser gun. Firearm Found 12/07/12 – At around 9:49 a.m., a resident alerted a police officer to a...

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Petro Plans to Step Up Volunteer Work on Hill After Retirement

December 18, 2012
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When Donna Petro retires from her post as vice president of the Cambridge Trust Company at the end of December, she won’t be leaving Beacon Hill, but instead intends to step up her philanthropic efforts in the neighborhood. “I’ve had relationships with non-profits, and now, I’m thrilled to be doing volunteer work with them,”...

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Free Holiday Concert Planned for December 14

December 11, 2012
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Free Holiday Concert Planned for December 14

The Friends of the Public Garden is ushering in the holiday season with a series of return performances by the Back Bay Ringers at the Boston Common and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. “It’s a romantic holiday tradition to hear music played in the old-fashioned way with the ringing of the bells,” said Donna Petro, a...

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Single to Two Family is a No Go Home at 75 Hancock St.

December 11, 2012
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Single to Two Family is a No Go Home at 75 Hancock St.

Amid concerns about the precedent it would set for future residential development in the neighborhood, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday to oppose granting the variances necessary to convert a single-family home at 75 Hancock St. into two luxury condominiums. Brent Berc of Boston Real Estate Collaborative outlined...

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The Silent Killer

December 11, 2012
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With the heating season upon us, now is the time for residents to check their homes to make sure that they have carbon monoxide alarms and that they are in operation.  A winter season does not pass without some home heating-related tragedies,  with people dying from carbon monoxide poisoning. What brings this to the...

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Massdot to Hold Hearing on Government Ctr. Project

December 11, 2012
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has scheduled a Public Information Meeting on the MBTA Government Center Station Project on Wednesday, December 12 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at 100 Cambridge Street, Second Floor, Conference Rooms B, C, D, Boston. The MBTA project team will discuss the rehabilitation work...

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