DeLuca’s to Open; 2 Businesses Leaving

January 31, 2012
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DeLuca’s to Open; 2 Businesses Leaving

The proprietor of DeLuca’s Market pledged to open his shuttered store again as two other business-owners announced their plans to leave the neighborhood at the Joint Charles Street Committee meeting Wednesday. “People don’t believe it’s going to open again,” said Virgil Aiello, owner of DeLuca’s, which has remained closed since falling prey to a...

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Athenaeum Receives $2m Grant for Curatorship of Rare Books

January 31, 2012
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Athenaeum Receives $2m Grant for Curatorship of Rare Books

Anne C. and David J. Bromer have made an important gift of $2 million to endow the Anne C. and David J. Bromer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Boston Athenaeum, the Athenæum announced. The Bromers are the proprietors of Bromer Booksellers, specializing in aesthetically significant rare books, located in Copley Square...

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In Memoriam

January 31, 2012
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Mayor Kevin White’s death is a moment for all of us to remember him and the days when he managed this city with an iron fist. He was above all, a real Bostonian with his early roots in West Roxbury and his adult life spent on Beacon Hill. He loved Boston. He loved downtown...

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Police Briefs 01-31-2012

January 31, 2012
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Larceny/Shoplifting 01/17/12 – A Charles Street liquor-store manager reported observing a known male suspect placing a bottle of vodka down his pants before leaving the store at around 9:30 p.m. Detectives were scheduled to review surveillance-camera footage. Breaking and Entering – Residence 01/20/12 – A Myrtle Street resident reported that the front door of...

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New Book Shows Nichols’ Family Ahead of its Time

January 24, 2012
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New Book Shows Nichols’ Family Ahead of its Time

June Hutchinson’s “At Home on Beacon Hill:  Rose Standish Nichols and Her Family” tells the story of a typical upper class family living on Beacon Hill during the Gilded Age, but the family is anything but ordinary. “What is so fascinating is how forward-leaning the Nichols parents were,” Hutchinson said. “They gave their daughters...

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Downtown View: If I were Mayor

January 24, 2012
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Several months ago this column featured some readers’ descriptions of what they would do if they were mayor of Boston. As you might imagine, I too have a few ideas about managing the city. Here are some things I’d do if I were mayor: • I’d plant Boston ivy to grow over selected sections...

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New Digs

January 24, 2012
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FOPG new office to be at 69 Beacon St. Patti Quinn, vice president of The Friends of the Public Garden, the 41-year-old citizens organization that works to preserve and enhance the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, recently announced its office will move from 87 Mount Vernon St., where it...

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Welcome James McCarthy and Lot’s of Luck

January 24, 2012
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James McCarthy has been named the ninth president of Suffolk University. He comes here from Baruch College in New York City, which is part of the New York State college system. He was the chief academic officer at Baruch, which has 18,000 students and 500 faculty. McCarthy has a distinguished curriculum vitae. He is...

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Police Briefs 01-25-2012

January 24, 2012
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny/Shoplifting 01/10/12 – A Charles Street design store reported unknown person(s) stole a velvet-and-fur hat from the store at around 5 p.m. Larceny – Over $200 01/11/12 – A victim reported while he was moving a new refrigerator into a Temple Street building, unknown person(s) stole the old refrigerator...

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Longtime Civic Association Executive Director Suzanne Besser to step down

January 18, 2012
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Longtime Civic Association Executive Director Suzanne Besser to step down

The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) will lose a faithful longtime staff member when Executive Director Suzanne Besser steps down from the position in June. Soon after relocating from Simsbury, Conn., in 1998, Besser landed the job, which she said drew on her previous experience working as the executive director of other non-profits and...

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MGH Warren Triennial Prize Dinner at Libert

January 17, 2012
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MGH Warren Triennial Prize Dinner at Libert

Richard Masland, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Patricia Donahoe, MD, Chief of Pediatric Surgical Services, Emeritus attended the Massachusetts General Hospital’ Warren Triennial Prize Dinner that was held at the Liberty Hotel.

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Vision for a Better Esplanade to Be Unveiled

January 17, 2012
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The Esplanade Association (TEA) will hold a public meeting, “Esplanade 2020 Unveiled,” in the Rabb Auditorium of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. to present a community vision for the Charles River Esplanade. An initiative of TEA, Esplanade 2020 has brought together community members, public officials,...

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BHCA Votes for Restrictions on Retail Spaces

January 17, 2012
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The Beacon Hill Civic Associ. (BHCA) board of directors voted unanimously last week to draft a letter to the city requesting tighter restrictions on “as of right” office uses on Cambridge Street and the south side of Charles Street. BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee co-chair Tom Clemens said the letter to the Boston Redevelopment...

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GOP Committee to Host Forum

January 17, 2012
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The Boston Republican City Committee will host candidates for the Republican State Committee whose districts are either wholly or partially in Boston at the Park Street School, located at 67 Brimmer St. in Beacon Hill, on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. Each candidate for State Committee will have several minutes to introduce his...

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Martin Luther King’s Birthday

January 17, 2012
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Had he not been cut down by an assassin’s bullet in 1968, Martin Luther King would have been 83 this week. For those of us old enough to remember, MLK was in his prime when this nation was racially divided, blacks against whites, gender divided, men against women, age divided, old against young, divided...

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Police Briefs 01-17-2012

January 17, 2012
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Breaking and Entering – Residence  01/04/12 – A Joy Street resident reported his apartment was broken into via the front window between 7:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. A digital camera, jacket and bag, were removed. The victim told police he would re-contact them, if any other property from his roommate turned out to be...

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Residents Voice Opposition to Losing Market: Oppose Zoning Change to Allow Bank on Charles St.

January 10, 2012
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Residents Voice Opposition to Losing Market: Oppose Zoning Change  to Allow Bank on Charles St.

On a frigid January night, nearly 200 neighbors turned out to the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee meeting Wednesday to voice their strong opposition against Capital One Bank’s proposed expansion to Charles Street. The Virginia-based company has applied to the city’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) for the zoning relief necessary...

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Onuoha Leaves as City’s Liason

January 10, 2012
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Onuoha Leaves as City’s Liason

After six years as the city’s neighborhood coordinator/district representative to Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Mission Hill and the Fenway, William Onuoha stepped down from the position Friday to join the staff of Northeastern University. Onuoha was scheduled to begin work yesterday in his new role as the community liaison for the college’s Office of...

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Feeling Grateful for the Weather

January 10, 2012
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We are into the second week of January during a season with no snow, no ice, no biting cold and frankly, with no sign of winter. Obviously, most of us don’t feel or believe that we’re missing anything. There is also the mass belief held inside that the remainder of the winter in front...

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Police Briefs 01-10-2012

January 10, 2012
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Assault and Battery  12/31/11 – A Charles Street liquor store reported a male suspect attempted to conceal four bottles of wine in a messenger bag and leave the store at around 5:56 p.m. The manager confronted the suspect, and a struggle ensued inside the store. At this time, the suspect fled on foot, and...

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Community Bank with a Heart of Gold: Mystery Ornament Series Concludes

January 3, 2012
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Community Bank with a Heart of Gold: Mystery Ornament Series Concludes

Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill concluded its five-year Mystery Ornament series and the publication of “The Last Shepard and Tales of The Tenth Ornament” with a Christmas Eve celebration at Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel and a dramatic rendezvous at Cambridge Trust Company Bank at 65 Beacon St. for the unveiling of a mystery message and...

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Crime Going Down in Area

January 3, 2012
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Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, saw an approximately 13-percent reduction in violent and property crimes by year’s end as compared to 2010, according to Boston Police. Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 26 of 2011, 2,843 incidents of Part One crime were reported, compared with 3,254 during the same timeframe...

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Officials to Push Smoke-free Homes: Benefits Include Both Health and Wealth

January 3, 2012
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New years bring resolutions to live a healthier life. Changes in social attitudes create new ways to improve your health. By converting your building to a smoke-free zone, you can improve both your physical and fiscal health in 2012. The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) has made access to smoke-free housing a priority. A...

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Once Again, First Night Went Off Well

January 3, 2012
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The Pop’s was brilliant. The Fireworks were dazzling. The New Year, as usual, came in with a bang instead of a whimper. Hundreds of thousands descended into the city and filled neighborhoods like ours almost without a single negative event except for the sidewalk trash that so many people tend to leave behind or...

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