School Choice Decision Process Delayed Until January

December 11, 2012
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It looks as though a decision on how the city and Boston Public Schools will reorganize the school choice system for students and families will be delayed. Mayor Thomas Menino’s External Advisory Committee on School Choice (EAC) was to make its recommendations to the Boston School Committee this month. The School Committee was to...

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Fulfilling a Mission

December 11, 2012
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Some of the most remarkable and beautiful architecture in our neighborhood are the buildings of worship.  These buildings in many ways not only define our neighborhood, but also give them and the residents character.  In many cases, their steeples dominate the landscape as they soar toward the heavens. Built in a different era and...

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Maeve Westover Voted League MVP

December 11, 2012
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Eastern Independent League coaches voted Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart junior Maeve Westover of Mount Vernon Street the Varsity Cross Country Most Valuable Player. This is a second league MVP Cross Country Award for the Beacon Hill resident. Westover was first voted the EIL MVP in her freshman year. At the...

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Police Briefs 12-11-2012

December 11, 2012
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Larceny – Shoplifting 11/29/12 – A Charles Street clothing store reports unknown person(s) stole a cashmere sweater between 6 and 7 p.m. Unarmed Robbery 12/02/12 – A victim reported being pulled off his bike on Joy Street by a male suspect, who stole his satchel containing a MacBook laptop and eyeglasses at around 11:20...

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Holiday Cheer

December 4, 2012
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Holiday Cheer

David Jones was out on Sunday decorating the lampposts on Joy Street as part of the annual Decorate the Hill event.

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Suffolk Plans Construction of $63M Classroom Facility

December 4, 2012
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Making good on a commitment to shift its student population away from Beacon Hill, Suffolk University is moving ahead with plans to build a new $62 million classroom facility in the Ashburton Place area while selling off two buildings on the Hill. “It’s very exciting project that’s historic in many ways because this is...

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DCR Changes Operator for Storrow Dr. Parking Lot

December 4, 2012
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The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced Monday that LAZ Parking is the winning bidder of a five-year permit for operation of the Charles River Reservation Storrow Drive parking lot – previously rented and used by Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary. The winning bidder also promised more access to the lot in off...

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Developers Brief IAG on Nashua Street Residence Project

December 4, 2012
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Developers of a fairly large project in Beacon Hill briefed the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) last Tuesday during the first meeting sponsored by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) concerning the Nashua Street Residence project. This was the first meeting with the newly formed IAG since Avalon Bay took over the project in August from...

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Thank You to All Volunteers

December 4, 2012
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Over this past weekend, Beacon Hill was a beehive of holiday decorating activity. Neighbors on the Hill and students from MIT, Suffolk, Emerson and Northeastern gave up their time on Saturday and Sunday to help decorate the lampposts with holiday laurel and bows.  Wherever one walked on the Hill on Sunday, people with ladders...

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Suffolk University Made the Right Decision

December 4, 2012
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The announcement last week by Suffolk University officials to start the process of moving classrooms out of the neighborhood and shifting toward a downtown campus is a win-win for both the university and the residents of Beacon Hill.  Over the last forty years, both the residences of the neighborhoods of the north side of...

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Mayor Menino

December 4, 2012
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No matter where any Boston resident goes, the talk ultimately turns to the health and future of Mayor Thomas Menino, who has been hospitalized for the last five weeks and is now at the Spaulding Rehab Center.  This Sunday, parishioners at St. Cecilia’s in the Back Bay included the Mayor in their prayer of...

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Police Briefs 12-04-2012

December 4, 2012
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Nov. 19 89 Mt. Vernon St. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 89 Mt. Vernon St. – Motor Vehicle Accident – Other City Vehicle 39 Bowdoin St     – Trespassing Nov. 20  Beacon Street – Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage 74 Joy St. – Dangerous or Hazardous Condition Nov. 21  19 Louisburg Square...

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Obituaries 12-04-2012

December 4, 2012
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Rogina Louisa Haase Jeffries Active volunteer in neighborhood Rogina Louisa Haase Jeffries of Boston, loving wife since 1989 of Stephen Benjamin Jeffries and mother of Julia Preston Faulkner Jeffries, age 12, and Philip John Roosevelt Jeffries, age 10, passed away on Nov. 11, after a long illness. Mrs. Jeffries was devoted to her immediate...

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Scampo Gift Card Benefits Mass Eye and Ear

November 30, 2012
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Scampo Gift Card Benefits Mass Eye and Ear

This year treat a friend of loved one to a Scampo Gift Card and be rewarded yourself! Not only do you get to take home a free Gift Card of $100 for every $100 spent in Gift Card purchases, starting at $200, but you can revel in the spirit of giving back too. 1%...

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ISD Rules 54 Chestnut St. Dangerous and Unsafe : Times Reader Tip Alerts, ISD to Home Conditions

November 30, 2012
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ISD Rules 54 Chestnut St. Dangerous and Unsafe : Times Reader Tip Alerts, ISD to Home Conditions

The Inspectional Services Department (ISD) cited a residential building on Chestnut Street for “dangerous and unsafe conditions” last Tuesday after a Times reader called attention to the potential hazard. ISD Commissioner Bryan Glascock said a city inspector issued a violation to the condominium association for 54 Chestnut St. after observing “maintenance issues with the...

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BHAC Nixes Curb-cut Plan

November 30, 2012
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Beacon Hill Architectural Commission unanimously denied an application from the city’s Public Works Department for the proposed design for curb cuts in the Historic Beacon Hill District on Nov. 15. In existing concrete sidewalks, the application outlined plans to construct ramps using standard, un-tinted concrete and to adorn them with brick-red tactile strips made...

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Downtown View Parking Lot Worries

November 30, 2012
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I’m worried. It’s about a surface parking lot. It seems silly to worry about a parking lot, but that’s the way it is. Maybe it will turn out okay, but things have a way of getting out of hand. Let’s hope I’m wrong. This parking lot lies on the Esplanade near Charles Circle. That...

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Holidays Are in Full Swing

November 30, 2012
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Thanksgiving has come and with it a few added pounds around the waist have been gained.  Now, the race is on for Christmas.  If you drive around the neighborhood, Christmas lights and decorations are already out on homes.  This is only the calm before the storm of events that will get you into the...

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Be Aware of Your Surroundings

November 30, 2012
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With the holiday season now upon us, we urge our readers to remember to be aware of your surroundings as you race from a holiday party to planning for friends and family visiting to just coming back with your Christmas shopping.  This piece of advice is all the more relevant with the recent home...

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Police Briefs 11-30-2012

November 30, 2012
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BEACON HILL BEAT From Boston Police Area A-1 COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICE: 617-343-4627 • DRUG UNIT: 617-343-4879 • EMERGENCIES: 911 Larceny in a Building 11/16/12 – A Charles Street jewelry store reported an unknown male suspect entered the establishment at around 6:23 p.m. and stole a diamond and platinum ring from a display cabinet before...

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Holiday Fundraiser at the Hampshire House

November 20, 2012
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Holiday Fundraiser at the Hampshire House

On Wednesday night residents came to the Hampshire House for the Annual Garlands and Green fundraiser. The money raised at this event will go to purchase the laurel gardens and red bows that are put on the lamp posts of Beacon Hill.  In the top photo  are from left Kate Clopeck, Tom Kershaw owner...

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WECA Hears Talk on Future of BRA

November 20, 2012
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The West End Civic Association (WECA) sponsored a meeting Tuesday night to discuss the BRA’s (Boston Redevelopment Association)  role in neighborhood planning and development, the BRA’s Article 80 process and what action residents can take to impact development. The meeting, held at the West End Museum, was titled “Neighborhood Development: Civic Discourse – BRA’s...

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Thanksgiving 2012

November 20, 2012
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This Thanksgiving, as we pause to reflect, there are mixed signs of where we as a nation are headed.  First for the good news: The presidential election showed more minorities participated in the voting process. The home mortgage crisis that triggered the real estate free fall of price values has seen stabilization and housing...

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‘Crime Prevention’ Meeting Draws Standing-room Crowd

November 20, 2012
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In the aftermath of a recent sexual assault and robbery in the neighborhood, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee sponsored a “crime prevention” meeting Thursday that drew a standing-room crowd. According to Captain Tom Lee of Area A-1, a young woman was walking home on Joy Street at about 3:15 a.m. on...

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