BHCA and Garden Club Plan Year-round Window Box Competition

April 9, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association and the Beacon Hill Garden Club are partnering to launch “Beautify Beacon Hill”  – a new program that transforms the annual window-box contest into a year-round competition. “The window-box contest only focuses on one period of time, but we’re making it a four-season program,” said MaryLee Halpin, executive director...

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Beacon Award Nominations Wanted

April 9, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association invites the community to nominate candidates for the 17th Annual Beacon Award. Instituted in 1997 by the BHCA as part of its Diamond Jubilee Year, the Beacon Award annually honors those individuals or groups deserving of particular recognition for significant and sustained contribution to the Beacon Hill community. Past...

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BHCA Zoning & Licensing Postponed

April 9, 2013
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Projects at 3 Charles River Sq, 87 Chestnut St, and 106 Cambridge St are slated to come before the BHCA’s Zoning & Licensing Committee Wednesday, April 10.  The committee postponed their initial meeting, April 3 and will now meet tomorrow at 7:30pm at 74 Joy Street. The first applicant/owner of 3 Charles River Square...

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April is Designated as Membership Month at the Civic Association

April 9, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA), now in its 91st year of working with the Beacon Hill community, is devoting the month of April to encourage residents, businesses, and non-profit organizations to join or renew their membership. There are many important reasons to join the BHCA: to amplify residents’ voices, to act as an...

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Police Briefs 04-09-2013

April 9, 2013
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Larceny from a Motor Vehicle 03/28/13 – A victim reported she parked her 2006 Hyundai on Charles Street South at around 7:08 p.m., after which an unknown person(s) broke the rear driver’s side window and removed a laptop, a black leather carry bag and personal papers. Larceny – Bicycle 03/31/13 – A victim reported...

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FOPG Offers Incentive to Join

April 4, 2013
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FOPG Offers Incentive to Join

The Friends of the Public Garden has launched its spring membership drive with an enticing incentive: Anyone who joins the Friends by May 1 will be entered into a drawing to win lunch for two at the Four Seasons Hotel’s Bristol Lounge. “We look forward to welcoming new members to our organization, and we...

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Room to Grow Benefit on May 10

April 4, 2013
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To celebrate Mother’s Day, Room to Grow is honoring four inspirational Boston women at a benefit breakfast at the Taj Boston Hotel on Friday, May 10, at 8 a.m. Sheila Marcelo, founder and CEO of Care.com; Sharon McNally, chief of staff at Connors Family Office; and Kelli Pedroia, community volunteer and wife of Red...

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Zoning and Licensing Comm. on April 3

April 4, 2013
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On April 3, the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Zoning and Licensing Committee will meet to discuss several properties that are scheduled to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals in late April. The details on these properties and projects are listed on our website, www.bhcivic.org. Anyone with questions and comments regarding these matters are...

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Mayor Menino Announces Decision Not to Seek Another Term

April 4, 2013
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With an approval rating of over 70 percent and a better than 50 percent chance of beating any opponent that dared run against him in November, Mayor Thomas Menino, the only mayor a majority of Bostonians have ever known, gracefully bowed out of running for a unprecedented sixth term last Thursday at Faneuil Hall....

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Mayor Thomas Menino Stepping Down

April 4, 2013
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The announcement last Thursday by Mayor Thomas Menino that he will not seek a sixth term puts an end to the speculation of the last six months of whether he will or will not run for reelection. The consensus among political pundits that he would have won another election underscores what we had said...

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Police Briefs 04-02-2013

April 4, 2013
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 03/21/13 – A Pinckney Street resident reported while he was out between 5 and 11 p.m., unknown person(s) forced open the front door of his apartment and removed his Fox Bassoon musical-instrument, along with the case. Incidents March 21 Beacon Street  – Vandalism 36 Myrtle St.  – Larceny in...

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Public Market Plans Moving Forward

April 2, 2013
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While plans are moving forward to open an indoor public food market adjacent to the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, its opening date remains unclear. “We’re going to open as soon as we can, but we don’t want to open prematurely and badly,” said Brian Kinney, chairman of the non-profit Boston Public Market Association (BPMA),...

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DCR Opens Bids for Eliot Memorial

April 2, 2013
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The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) opened construction bids Wednesday for a project to revitalize the Charles Eliot Memorial on the Charles River Esplanade. Through its Partnership Matching Funds Program, DCR has partnered with The Esplanade Association (TEA) to underwrite the estimated $388,040 construction cost of the project. Its scope includes “parkland renovation...

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Unitarian Universalist Assoc. to Sell Hill Properties

March 26, 2013
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Unitarian Universalist Assoc. to Sell Hill Properties

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) plans to sell its Beacon Hill properties and relocate to Boston’s Innovation District, representatives from the religious organization announced. On March 14, the UUA’s board of trustees authorized the purchase of a building at 24 Farnsworth St. and subsequent sale of four buildings on the Hill. Among the properties...

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Annual Garden Tour Set for May 16

March 26, 2013
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On Thursday, May 16, the Bea-con Hill Garden Club will host its 84th annual tour of the Hidden Gardens and inaugural President’s Luncheon at the Hampshire House, in addition to celebrating the release of its new book, “The Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill: Creating Green Spaces in Urban Places.” From 9 a.m. to 5...

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TEA Enhancing Soil Quality at Park

March 26, 2013
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Good dirt! Not the kind of dirt you hear on the street, but the good old-fashioned dirt beneath your feet. The Esplanade Association is doing great things to enhance the soil quality at the park. We began a composting program in the fall and have six bins going, producing rich soil. Look out Sam...

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Art in Bloom Festival on April 27

March 26, 2013
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“Art in Bloom” begins Saturday, April 27, with drop-in Ikebana floral demonstrations presented and a Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) members-only viewing that evening. On Sunday, April 28, the MFA will celebrate with a Family Day, including family-friendly programming, art-making activities, storytelling and live entertainment. Additionally, local artist Robert Guillemin (Sidewalk Sam) will...

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Police Briefs 03-26-2013

March 26, 2013
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Unarmed Robbery 03/13/13 – At around 3:50 p.m., a male suspect pushed the female suspect into a brick wall while she was walking on Cedar Lane Way and stole her dog purse, containing treats, dog water bottle and metal dog dish. The victim declined medical attention at that time. Breaking and Entering – Residence...

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Cyber Crimes Against Women Need Prioritizing

March 25, 2013
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Lawmakers and the justice system needs to begin prioritizing investigations and prosecutions of cyber abuse crimes targeting women. While protections against violent online threats already exist, reportedly, enforcement is drastically lagging across the country. It is estimated that 2.5 million cases of cyber-stalking that occurred in the US between 2010 and 2013, federal prosecutors...

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Street Parking Savers Need to Be Banned

March 25, 2013
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Like the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA), we agree that the street parking savers situation needs to be banned or at least it needs to be refined. Just because someone, shovels their vehicle out for whatever reason, it is still a public space and doesn’t belong to the person who shoveled. The same people...

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Do We Have Any Privacy?

March 25, 2013
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The notion of privacy has received much attention recently. I’m still waiting for someone to draw a reasonable line about how far to go in collecting information on the world’s population. The new handringing about privacy began when Edward Snowden, the contractor working for the National Security Agency, leaked classified documents to the press...

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Opinion

March 25, 2013
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New Downtown School is Step Closer to Reality: Site Selected by Menino is at 585 Commercial Street in the North End

March 19, 2013
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New Downtown School is Step Closer to Reality: Site Selected by Menino is at 585 Commercial Street in the North End

Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced Friday the City of Boston’s intentions to acquire 585 Commercial St. as a site to be used for a new downtown school, expected to open in September of 2016. Design for the new downtown school will begin in the fall of 2013, with construction expected to begin in June...

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Reactions from the Downtown Schools Coalition

March 19, 2013
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Like so many parents, we’re incredibly enthusiastic about the new school announced by Mayor Menino and Councilor Ross on Friday.  Just as the Mayor has been, we’ve been searching for sites for public schools.  In our neighborhoods, it’s very difficult to find any site that is available and works well for a school.  Finding...

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