Welcome and Good Luck

March 16, 2012
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Boston Police Captain Thomas Lee has taken over command of District A-1. This is our district and one of the most important commands in the city of Boston. He replaces Captain John O’Rourke, who has been given an appointment as a deputy superintendent. Captain O’Rourke was highly respected in all the neighborhoods he served....

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Police Briefs 03-14-2012

March 16, 2012
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 02/29/12 – A victim reported her 2007 Acura TSX was parked on Beacon Street between 2 and 3:30 p.m., when unknown person(s) broke the driver side’s rear passenger window and removed her laptop and bag.  Larceny from Motor Vehicle 03/03/12 – A victim reported her...

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MassDot Unveils Alternative for Longfellow Bridge

March 8, 2012
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MassDot Unveils Alternative for Longfellow Bridge

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) unveiled its preferred alternative for the state’s planned $260 million reconfiguration of the Longfellow Bridge Thursday at a public meeting to vet the environmental consequences of the project. The plan includes “rehabilitation and restoration in place of the existing historic bridge, reduction in outbound lanes to one vehicular...

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Hill Residents Help Make ‘Feast of Music’ a Success

March 8, 2012
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Hill Residents Help Make ‘Feast of Music’ a Success

New England Conservatory (NEC) is celebrating the most successful “Feast of Music” in the gala’s history. The annual event regularly attracts more than 400 guests and features a unique format of alternating courses of spectacular cuisine and fine wines, with virtuoso musical performances by NEC students. At this year’s Viennese-themed evening at the Fairmont...

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Behaving Like Bostonians

March 8, 2012
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You’ve probably read about the Esplanade Association’s vision for the Esplanade for the next century. The goals are sound, and the plans are ambitious. As with any civic project, the financial requirements are significant. Responses have often been laudatory, especially when they concern reducing the impact of Storrow Drive. But another reaction has been...

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Menino Plans More Growth for Biking

March 8, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino released the annual Boston Bikes Annual Report last week, highlighting the success of Boston’s biking initiatives and previewing plans for its continued growth. Menino launched Boston Bikes in 2007 with the goal of making Boston a world-class cycling city. Four years later, Boston has officially gained recognition as one of...

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It Takes a Community Effort

March 8, 2012
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The Friends of the Phillips Street Play Area are holding their first planning meeting of 2012 at the Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips Street, Thursday, March 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. If history is the judge of what and how the PSPA will rally its forces to improve the playground for the coming season,...

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MBTA to Avoid Cuts

March 8, 2012
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It is becoming obvious that every effort is being made by the MBTA, and the governor, to avoid cancellation of T services in Greater Boston in return for a fare increase. At an estimated 25 percent raise, we are not exactly sure how fair it is for those Boston residents using the T everyday...

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Police Briefs 03-06-2012

March 8, 2012
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 02/23/12 – A victim reported his 2009 Volvo XC90 had the driver’s side window broken and an iPod, two pairs of sunglasses and a portable charger was removed from the motor vehicle between 8 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 4:30 p.m. the next day. The...

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New Wing at Gardner Museum Grand Opening

February 29, 2012
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New Wing at Gardner Museum Grand Opening

Local residents who attended the opening gala of the new wing at the Isabella Stewart-Gardner Museum are shown in photograph.

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Ward 5 Democratic Committee Elects Delegates, Alternates to the State Convention in June

February 29, 2012
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At its scheduled Feb. 18 caucus, the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee elected 25 ward delegates and four alternates, to the 2012 Massachusetts State Democratic Convention, according to Ross Levanto, the committee’s secretary. Ward delegates include George Alex, Pat Amend, Eda Carroll, Suzanne Comtois, Mary Clayton Crozier, Kate Cook, Mike Dash, Mike George, Kristine...

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Celebrating the Love in Your Life

February 29, 2012
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Seeing life through the eyes of a child is one of the most rewarding and refreshing experiences. As adults, we rush through life from one “chore” to the next, while children take great pride and joy in exploring every little “mystery” that their day presents. Their innocence and curiosity provide us with hope and...

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Charles Street Market Prevails for Now

February 29, 2012
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The desire of Capital One Bank to take over the commercial space now occupied by the Charles Street Market caused a great stir among many residents and organizations like the Beacon Hill Civic Association in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. That powerful collective voice caused 1,300 Beacon Hill residents to sign a petition stating that...

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Police Briefs 02-28-2012

February 29, 2012
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 02/15/12 – A Beacon Street resident reported a male suspect entered her residence through an unlocked rear door at around 2:43 p.m.  After the victim said hello to the, he fled the building out the front door with no property. Larceny from Motor Vehicle 02/18/12 – A female victim...

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Linear Realty Withdraws Application for Capital One’s Charles St. Location

February 28, 2012
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Linear Realty Withdraws Application for Capital One’s Charles St. Location

Linear Realty has withdrawn its application to the city’s Zoning Board of Appeal for a conditional-use change that would enable Capital One to occupy 62-66 Charles St., said Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Executive Director Suzanne Besser. Besser said Friday that the BHCA had received written confirmation from Capital One attorney Dennis Quilty that...

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BHV Hosted its First “Valentines and Victuals”

February 21, 2012
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BHV Hosted its First “Valentines and Victuals”

Beacon Hill Village (BHV) hosted its first “Valentines and Victuals” brunch on Sunday Feb. 12, at the Hill House in Beacon Hill. More than 60 members enjoyed a delicious brunch donated and served by the Paramount Restaurant. BHV extended its gratitude to its sponsors – including The Paramount, Hill House, Whole Foods and Starbucks...

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Beating Back the Banks

February 21, 2012
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One result of the agitation over the flood of banks displacing loved and needed businesses has been to point out how Boston could do more to provide the best environment for small, local business success. We know a lot about how small businesses succeed in a city and it has little to do with...

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Camargo to Step Down as BHCA Chair

February 21, 2012
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Ania Camargo will step down as chair of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) in May, curtailing her two-year term by one year. Camargo, who cited “family health reasons” as the reason for her decision, said she would continue to serve on the BHCA board and remain involved in district projects. “I can’t work...

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DCR Extends Permit Application Deadline for Field Use

February 21, 2012
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The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has extended its permit application period for recreational fields by an additional month. Permit applications for use of Commonwealth-owned athletic fields in the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, including Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields on the Charles River Esplanade, will be accepted through March 1. “The Teddy Ebersol...

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Support Sought to Oppose Zoning Change

February 21, 2012
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Linear Retail Properties is asking the city Board of Appeal for a change in conditional use of the first floor of its building at 62-66 Charles Street from its current use as a food market to a bank. Such a change is necessary for Linear to lease the space to Capital One branch bank....

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Joseph Gallo Brings Boston’s Public Street Sculptures to Life in New Book

February 21, 2012
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Strolling through Boston, it’s easy to spot the sculptures that tourists congregate around and snap pictures of during the summer months. But what people don’t see when looking at the bronze or stone pieces is the story behind them, and what they represent. Joseph Gallo, author of  “Boston Bronze and Stone Speak to Us”...

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The US Postal Service

February 21, 2012
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Many of you who use the post office, heard last week that the US Postal Service is suggesting a .50 cent stamp as the standard cost for mailing a letter. We don’t suppose this shocks anyone as the US Postal Service is heading for bankruptcy. Its estimated loss this year is predicted at $13...

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Fares are Rising

February 21, 2012
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The MBTA is telling all of us that services will remain intact, entirely without cuts, if fares can go up by 25%. At first blush, this sounds much better than Draconian cuts that would have affected all public transit users in Boston’s neighborhoods and the cities and towns served by the MBTA in the...

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Police Briefs 02-21-2012

February 21, 2012
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Beacon Hill BeaFrom Boston Police Area A-1 Breaking and Entering – Residence 02/08/12 – Between 8 a.m. and 6:58 p.m., an Irving Street resident reported the front door of her apartment was forced open and a laptop and computer software were removed. Larceny/ Shoplifting 02/12/12 – A Charles Street boutique reports unknown person(s) stole...

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