The Summer of 2012

July 24, 2012
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The tragedy in Colorado has touched Americans in different ways everywhere during this otherwise lovely summer of 2012. The mass murder and shooting of so many innocents last week at a movie-plex in Aurora goes to prove once again how chance and fate often mix and with the worst possible results. However, it is...

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Future of Red Hat Billboards Uncertain

July 18, 2012
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Future of Red Hat Billboards Uncertain

The future of two billboards on the Red Hat building hangs in the balance after both the city’s Inspectional Service Department (ISD) and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) cited the principal owner of a local ad agency for not securing proper permits for the signage. In a notice issued June 28, ISD served...

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Zoning and Licensing Committee Tables Decision on 12 Louisburg Square Again

July 18, 2012
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After the applicant and abutters again failed to reach a consensus on the project, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday to table its decision on 12 Louisburg Square for the second month in a row. The applicant has undertaken construction to convert the three-family house into a single-family...

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City Deploying Big Bellys to Be Greener and to Save Money

July 18, 2012
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Boston is deploying another 400 Big Belly solar powered trash compactors, the mayor reported over the weekend. By doing so, Boston will manage to be a cleaner city and to be a greener place while saving money. All of this is achieved with the barrels, which are enclosed and immune from the elements and...

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Police Briefs 07-17-2012

July 18, 2012
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Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (Bottle) 07/04/12 – A female victim reported while walking on Pinckney Street at around 10 p.m., she was struck in the forehead by a thrown bottle. The victim had severe swelling to the forehead area and was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment. Breaking and Entering...

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Last Call for Evening on the Esplanade

July 16, 2012
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Last Call for Evening on the Esplanade

Tomorrow’s the night and the weather looks great for the fifth annual Evening on the Esplanade. Join friends and neighbors for an old-fashioned evening of summer fun, tasty food and classical music at the Landmark Orchestra’s opening night, Wednesday, July 11, at DCR’s Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. The event hosted by the Beacon...

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How Sweet It Is!: Lemonade Stand Raises Money for a Good Cause

July 16, 2012
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How Sweet It Is!: Lemonade Stand Raises Money for a Good Cause

Sisters Mae and Andie Morelli of Charlestown, along with Grace and Maeve Devine of the Sound End, took their passion for the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary to the streets of Charlestown to help raise funds for pediatric programs at the hospital, according to a Mass. Eye and Ear spokesperson. The four girls set...

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Massachusetts Eye and Ear Expansion Plans Elicit Critical Public Response

July 16, 2012
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Massachusetts Ear and Ear Infirmary’s latest expansion plans elicited a largely critical public response on June 27 at the first public meeting to vet the proposal. The $343 million project includes the construction of a 1,065-car garage below two existing parking lots, which would be converted into a 3-acre park, as well as a...

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Here Comes Summer

July 16, 2012
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The Supreme Court has ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passes muster with the Constitution. Mitch McConnell and company have had their chance to sputter, spit and go spastic over Justice John Roberts’s betrayal. So summer can now begin. Summer, at least in the way New England celebrates it, is the...

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12 Louisburg Square & 107 Myrtle Street on Tonight’s BHCA Agenda

July 16, 2012
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A total rehab of a classic Louisburg Square townhouse and a Myrtle Street kitchen addition will come before the BHCA’s Zoning and Licensing Committee tonight. The committee will meet Tuesday, July 10 at 7:30pm at 74 Joy Street. Please note the change in date. The owner/occupant of 12 Louisburg Square will return before the...

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The Empty Neighborhood

July 16, 2012
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The surest sign that the full blossom of the summer is upon us following the July 4 holiday is that one can find a parking space more easily just about everywhere. Anecdotal evidence suggests strongly what many Beacon Hill and Back Bay residents have known for decades – that after the July 4 holiday...

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Naming Public Places in Return for Payment

July 16, 2012
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The T has decided to sell naming rights for its various stations throughout the city in order to bring in more income. It is probably bad public policy to begin naming our public places for a price to virtually any corporation who wishes to pay it. Like everything else having to do with policy,...

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Police Briefs 07-10-2012

July 16, 2012
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COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICE: 617-343-4627 • DRUG UNIT: 617-343-4879 • EMERGENCIES: 911 Robbery- Firearm 06/28/12 – A male suspect was arrested on Beaver Place at around 10:20 a.m. for armed robbery (firearm) of a Beacon Street bank. Larceny – Shoplifting 06/28/12 – A male suspect was arrested on Brimmer Street at around 5:45 p.m. for...

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Hampshire House Corp Breaks Ground

Hampshire House Corp Breaks Ground

At the groundbreaking of Tom Kershaw’s new restaurant on the waterfront are Terri Cannady, Vice President of Finance, Thomas Kershaw, Owner of Hampshire House Corporation, Lauren Toczko, Assistant Manager of 75 on Liberty Wharf, Osmar Pauletti, Manager of 75 Chestnut and 75 on Liberty Wharf, and Markus Ripperger, Vice President of Operations

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Good Places to Eat While Enjoying Free Summer Events

Good Places to Eat While Enjoying Free Summer Events

Around the city, all summer long, free events invite us to grab a picnic and spend a few hours enjoying a concert, movie, play, or festival. As you plan to take advantage of these opportunities, here are a few places around the city where you can find good food near popular venues. Hatch Shell...

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Staying Healthy for Free This Summer on the Esplanade

Back by popular demand, the Healthy, Fit and Fun program returns to the Charles River Esplanade this summer. The Esplanade Association (TEA) is continuing to offer free outdoor fitness classes this July and August. TEA’s Healthy, Fit and Fun programs are taught by professional trainers from premier Boston area sports clubs and yoga studios....

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Traffic and Parking Advisory for Fourth of July Celebrations

The City of Boston Transportation Department is advising motorists that traffic delays and detours should be expected in Downtown Boston and the Waterfront due to the upcoming celebrations of the anniversary of the War of 1812 and Boston’s annual Fourth of July fireworks. People coming into Boston to join in festivities are strongly encouraged...

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The Great July 4 Crush, Again

Beacon Hill and Back Bay are among the very safest of Boston’s up-scale neighborhoods and it is this reality that makes what is ahead in the next few days so compelling. The July 4 celebration will attract about a half-million people to the Esplanade. Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children, old and...

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Police Briefs 07-03-2012

Incidents June 18 85 Phillips St.                        Towed Motor Vehicle 82 Revere St.                        Towed Motor Vehicle June 20 20 West Cedar St.                Motor Vehicle Accident – Property Damage June 21 28 Mt. Vernon St.              Motor Vehicle Recovered in Boston (Stolen in Boston) June 23 Beacon Street                       Property – Lost...

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Myrtle Street Playground

June 26, 2012
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Myrtle Street Playground

Petting a bird was one of the many experiences at the Myrtle Street Playground.

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Motor Vehicle Uproots Tree Outside 20 West Cedar St.

June 26, 2012
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Motor Vehicle Uproots Tree Outside 20 West Cedar St.

A tree outside 20 West Cedar St. was uprooted by a passing vehicle Wednesday, according to Boston Police. An officer responded to the scene for a report of a motor vehicle accident and observed a large tree lying on the ground, with a white box-truck parked at an angle near its base. The vehicle’s...

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State Issues Blue-Green Algae Advisory for Charles River

June 26, 2012
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The state has issued an advisory on the levels of blue-green algae in the Charles River that recommends limiting contact with river water and rinsing with fresh water should contact occur. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), algae blooms of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) can grow quickly in fresh water and produce...

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Victorian Society in America New England Chapter to Hold Annual Preservation Awards Thursday

June 26, 2012
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The Victorian Society in America New England Chapter will hold its Annual Preservation Awards ceremony at the West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., on Thursday, June 28, at 6 p.m. The Society traditionally acknowledges groups or individuals for the restoration of a 19th century building or landscape, a book on 19th Century art, architecture...

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The Fourth of July Celebration

June 26, 2012
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This year’s Esplanade Fourth of July celebration will likely be one of the largest in recent years. The combination of great music and fireworks, hundreds of thousands of people joining together and entertainment beyond compare – and all of this free to the public – makes the annual celebration something to behold. The holiday...

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