Villa Mexico Café to Make Its Case to Zoning Board of Appeals for Proposed Move to 12 Grove Street

April 24, 2012
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After deferring their March 24 hearing with the city in an effort to gain more community support, the owners of Villa Mexico Café are again scheduled to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday, May 8, as they seek the zoning relief necessary for the business to relocate to 12 Grove St....

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Charles St. Market Owner Says He is Moving Forward

April 17, 2012
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Despite reports to the contrary, Charles Street Market proprietor Tracy Hollander told the Times he still plans to relocate his business across the street. Hollander intends to move the market from its current location at 62-66 Charles St. to the site of the existing Charles Street Laundromat at 39 Charles St. According to the...

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Beacon Hill Author Introduces Rosi’s Castle

April 17, 2012
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Beacon Hill Author Introduces Rosi’s Castle

Everyone has a favorite book they can recall from when they were younger. For some, it was the Nancy Drew mystery series. For others, it was Harry Potter. For the next generation, it will be Rosi’s Castle. “When newly orphaned Rosi Carol is sent to live with her mysterious Uncle Richard in his eerie...

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Attention To Detail

April 17, 2012
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Attention To Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The window in last week’s clue is on 131 Charles Street. This has been a mixed residential/commercial building since at least 1925 when building permits show it was a rooming house and store. In 1984, it was con­verted to three apartments, offices, and a store. Do you have a favorite building...

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Hill House’s ‘backyard Dash’ to Be on May 5

April 17, 2012
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For the Hill House community, it’s off to the races, again! On Saturday, May 5, at noon, Hill House will host this year’s “Backyard Dash” at Fiedler Field and the Esplanade Pathways. The event will feature the Second Annual Girls on the Run 5K, a Diaper Dash for toddlers, Fun Run/Walk for all ages,...

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The American Revolution is What Began Here in 1775

April 17, 2012
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This year marks the 237thyear of American Independence. The noble American experience with freedom and justice for all began here and everything that took shape and form since, had its beginnings in this place. We are called the Cradle of Liberty as a result. It is altogether an appropriate appellation. Patriot’s Day 2012 marks...

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Police Briefs 04-17-2012

April 17, 2012
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Larceny from Motor Vehicle 04/02/12 – A Lindall Place resident reports unknown person(s) broke the driver’s side window of his 2004 Honda Pilot, damaged the dashboard radio and stole a GPS and satellite radio between 9:30 p.m. on April 1 and 8 a.m. the following day. Incidents April 2 Beacon Street  – Motor Vehicle...

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Miguel Rosales: Building a better bridge

April 11, 2012
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Anyone to ever gaze upon the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge knows the indelible imprint that architect Miguel Rosales has left on the City of Boston. A native of Guatemala, Rosales came to the Greater Boston area in 1985 to pursue a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute...

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BHCA Gives Nod to New Market Location

April 10, 2012
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BHCA Gives Nod to New Market Location

The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose granting the zoning relief and permit necessary for the Charles Street Market to relocate from its present location to the space now occupied by the Charles Street Laundromat. Tracy Hollander, owner of the Charles Street Market, currently located at...

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Tostan NGO Founder Molly Melching Speaks at Women’s Luncheon Series

April 10, 2012
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Tostan NGO Founder Molly Melching Speaks at Women’s Luncheon Series

Molly Melching, founder of Tostan, joined guests at the Hampshire House in Boston on March 5 to discuss the ongoing effort to end the practice of female genital cutting (FGC). Tostan advocates for the rights of women and children by encouraging the abandonment of FGC and child/forced marriage, reducing infant and maternal mortality, organizing...

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CVS Robbery Succeeds; Bomb Threat Just That

April 10, 2012
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The heavy-set man wearing a black mask, gray sweatshirt and black jeans who robbed the Beacon Hill CVS Pharmacy 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning remains at large, according to Boston Police. The robber also handed a pharmacy clerk a note demanding drugs and claiming he had hidden bombs in the store and inside the West...

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The Tough New Manager

April 10, 2012
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A few weeks back, Mayor Menino invited Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine to lunch with a number of his friends at Parkman House in order to introduce him properly to some of the business people of Boston. Valentine was his inimitable self – that is – strong and fit in appearance, unambiguous about what...

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Police Briefs 04-10-2012

April 10, 2012
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Larceny in a Building 03/29/12 – At around 3:39 p.m., a male suspect stole a antique perfume bottle from a Charles Street store and fled on foot. Robbery – Firearm  04/01/12 – At around 11 p.m., a male victim reported he was walking home and talking on his cell phone when he approached from...

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Palm Sunday Mass

April 3, 2012
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Palm Sunday Mass

Palm Sunday marking the beginning of Holy Week was celebrated by Christians all over the world. Rev. Thomas Gariepy and parishoners at St. Cecilia’s Parish marked the start of Holy Week with the mass starting outside.

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BWSC to Start Work This Week on Mt. Vernon St.

April 3, 2012
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BWSC to Start Work This Week on Mt. Vernon St.

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) is scheduled to relay the water main on Mount Vernon Street beginning this week. According to BWSC officials, the city agency has contracted Hyde Park-based P.Gioioso & Sons to relay the 12-inch pipe. The project is scheduled to take two weeks to complete. Traffic and parking impacts...

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Villa Mexico Café Defers City Hearing to Reach Consensus with Neighbors

April 3, 2012
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The owners of Villa Mexico Café opted to defer their hearing with the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals last Tuesday, saying they postponed the meeting “in the hopes of reaching a consensus with our community.” Owners Julie King and her daughter, Betsy, intend to relocate the small take-out restaurant specializing in Mexican food from...

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Small Storefronts, Big Success

April 3, 2012
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Oxford, England is my new favorite city. I went there recently to visit a friend who is working for the university’s business school. I saw all the usual things – the Ashmolean Museum, the Bodleian Library, Balliol and Magdalen colleges—you’ve probably seen these things yourself. We took a bus trip out into the Cotswolds...

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‘George Deem: The Art of Art History’ Opens April 11 at Athenaeum

April 3, 2012
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“George Deem: The Art of Art History” opens to the public at the Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery of the Boston Athenæum, located at 10½ Beacon St., on Wednesday, April 11. Deem, best known for his breathtakingly vivid re-workings of classic images from art history, died in 2008 at age 75, after a 50-year career...

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The $600 Million Lottery Wager and Its Lesson

April 3, 2012
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Even those who are aloof about casino gambling coming to Massachusetts had to look with more than just a bit of awe upon the hoopla and the result of last week’s Mega Million Lottery game which took in $39 million in Massachusetts. The take in all the participating states came to more than $600...

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Teaching Proper Manners Will Be Offered at Nichols House Museum, April 3 & 10

March 29, 2012
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Teaching Proper Manners Will Be Offered at Nichols House Museum, April 3 & 10

On April 3 and 10 (Tuesdays) the Nichols House Museum will host “The ABCs of Etiquette” workshops for children. The workshops, to take place at the Hampshire House at 84 Beacon St., will teach children, ages 8 to 11, skills associated with proper introductions, dining and making comfortable conversation. “There was such an enthusiastic...

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Woman Assaulted on Public Walkway at Esplanade Near Bu

March 29, 2012
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An 18-year old woman was sexually assaulted early Friday morning, according to State Police, who are asking the public to use caution. The woman, a Boston University student was attacked at 1 a.m. near the Silber Way Footbridge by a man, according to the State Police. She first reported the attack to BU Police....

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Local House Museums Present ‘Letters from Home: Boston Families Correspond’

March 29, 2012
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The House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston has announced its spring 2012 tour series, “Letters from Home: Boston Families Correspond,” featuring correspondence from Boston’s five downtown house museums.  For these special tours, the Paul Revere House, Otis House, Nichols House, Prescott House and Gibson House Museums will draw on their rich collections of personal...

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Back to Reality with Mark Twain

March 29, 2012
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It was, we are certain, with great difficulty that most homeowners turned their heat on Saturday and Sunday due to the vastly changed weather situation. It is, forecasters predict, a condition appearing certain to continue for much of the week. All is not lost but then, everything about the heat we’ve experienced for the...

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District Crime Rate Sees Increase

March 29, 2012
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Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, has experienced a 28-percent increase in violent and property crimes to date in 2012, compared with last year, Boston police said. Between Jan. 1 and March 18 of this year, 601 incidents of Part One crime were reported as opposed to 470 in the...

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