Students Not Using Hotel Housing

October 25, 2011
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In recent years, Suffolk University has been housing students at the nearby Holiday Inn on Cambridge Street raising the concern of the Beacon Hill Civic Association and others who take an interest in the life and times of this neighborhood. Neighbors and city planners felt that the use of hotels for university housing does...

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Police Briefs 10-25-2011

October 25, 2011
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Breaking and Entering – Non-Residence 10/10/11 – At about 7:03 a.m., police officers responded to a Cambridge Street liquor store alarm and found the glass front door broken and items thrown on the floor. Store employee arrived and said they would estimate the value of merchandise removed. Larceny/Shoplifting 10/14/11 – A Charles Street fashion...

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Obituaries 10-25-2011

October 25, 2011
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Barbara Livingston Hally Contributing writer for Beacon Hill Times Barbara Livingston Hally of Boston died on October 18. She was 93 years old. Born to Mary Bolles Livingston and Harry Angus Livingston in Jamaica Plain, she was the loving widow of the late John R. Hally, Esquire. Mrs. Hally was a graduate of Holyoke High...

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BHCA Safety Committee to Welcome Police at Informal ‘Meet and Greet’

October 18, 2011
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BHCA Safety Committee to Welcome Police at Informal ‘Meet and Greet’

The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee will again welcome police at an informal “meet and greet” later this month, allowing residents the opportunity to talk with local law enforcement. Captain Bernie O’Rourke and Sgt. Tom Lema, both of Boston Police Area A-1, are expected to join Safety Committee Chair Paula O’Keeffe at...

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TEA 10th Anniversary Celebration Will Be Hot, Hot, Hot!

October 18, 2011
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What better way to celebrate 10 years of achievements than to throw a big, fun dance party! The Esplanade Association (TEA) is hosting a festive evening at the lovely Royal Sonesta, which boasts a stunning panoramic view of the Esplanade, on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. It might be getting chilly outside, but...

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State Police Must Make Esplanade a Safer Place

October 18, 2011
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It is impossible to know exactly how many thousands of people use the Esplanade on an average day for running, bicycling, boating, walking babies in carriages, walking dogs, playing with children in the small areas reserved for them and on and on. Arguably, the number resides somewhere in the thousands. During an average weekend...

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Suffolk Students Vacate Holiday Inn

October 18, 2011
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Suffolk University has honored its agreement with the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) by vacating all students from the Holiday Inn at Blossom and Cambridge streets, according to John Nucci, the school’s vice president for government and community affairs. Suffolk began providing housing at the hotel about 10 years ago “due to overages based...

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Farmers’ Market Still Busy!

October 11, 2011
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Farmers’ Market Still Busy!

The City Hall Farmers’ Market is still going strong and will operate for six more weeks. An ever changing selection of produce, specialty foods, meat, baked goods, and flowers will arrive on City Hall Plaza each Monday and Wednesday until Thanksgiving.

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‘Antiques Roadshow’ Appraiser Views Rare Piece in Nichols House Museum Collection

October 11, 2011
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‘Antiques Roadshow’ Appraiser Views Rare Piece in Nichols House Museum Collection

Leigh Keno – an American antiques expert, author and on-air furniture appraiser for the PBS series “Antiques Roadshow”- was on hand at the Nichols House Museum last Tuesday to view a rare piece in its collection. Keno came to see a painted pier table crafted by famed cabinet-makers John and Thomas Seymour that Robert...

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Columbus Day 2011

October 11, 2011
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At the time he lived and sailed during the 15th Century there was no man dead or alive who was more gifted at navigating the seas than Christopher Columbus. When speaking or writing about him, the same things have been chronicled about him throughout the centuries. He was brave. He was bold. He was...

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Steve Jobs

October 11, 2011
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The death of Steve Jobs at 56 brings to an end the life of an extraordinary American inventor. Ironically, the i-Phones held by so many millions across the face of the earth announcing his death were designed by him. He was an artist in a way. He chose to work outside the box, was...

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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee Vote Not to Oppose Variance for 3 Sentry Place

October 11, 2011
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee unanimously voted Wednesday not to oppose a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) variance requested by the homeowner of 3 Sentry Place on the conditions that the applicant reach an agreement with abutters on the design of a proposed head-house and enter into a “good neighbor”...

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Meeting House Square Proposal Meets with Less Than Enthusiastic Response

October 4, 2011
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Meeting House Square Proposal Meets with Less Than Enthusiastic Response

Meeting House Square plans met with a less than enthusiastic response from the standing-room crowd at Hill House last Tuesday during the first public meeting to vet the proposal. The Joint Charles Street Committee, co-chaired by Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board member John Corey and Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA) President Susan Symonds,...

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Police Briefs 10-04-2011

October 4, 2011
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Breaking and Entering – Non–Residence 09/22/11 – A Cambridge Street restaurant manager reported that unknown person(s) stole two safes containing U.S. currency from the store overnight. Breaking and Entering – Residence 09/23/11 – A South Russell Street resident reports unknown person(s) forced open the front door to her apartment and removed a laptop, Mp3...

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Overall Crime Statistics Take Pleasing Plunge

October 4, 2011
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Boston Police crime statistics released last week revealed that crime on Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and in downtown dropped by an extraordinary 18-percent in violent crime and property crimes respectively. Between January 1 and September 18 of this year, there were 1976 incidents compared with 2,397 during the same time period last year. The...

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Hub Protests

October 4, 2011
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Sitting in your home and watching the news or hearing about the protests going on in the financial district makes you wonder – what is it all about? Why are all these young people protesting? What are they protesting? They are protesting economic hardship of ordinary Americans. They are also protesting the takeover of...

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Lush and Lovely

September 27, 2011
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Lush and Lovely

This side garden on Chestnut Street beckons to passersby with its inviting pathways, ivy covered walls, and splashes of yellow. (Penny Cherubino photo.)  

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Mayor to Reopen the Myrtle Street Playground on Oct. 5

September 27, 2011
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Mayor to Reopen the Myrtle Street Playground on Oct. 5

Mayor Thomas M. Menino will join Beacon Hill residents to unveil more than $75,000 in improvements to the Myrtle Street Playground on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. Improvements to the park located at 50 Myrtle St. included removing the existing sand and wood chips and installing rubber surfacing in the play areas.  In...

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Hill Business Owner Serves Alongside Celebrity Chefs at Men of Boston

September 27, 2011
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Hill Business Owner Serves Alongside Celebrity Chefs at Men of Boston

Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester held its 14th annual “Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health,” on Sept. 22. The event featured celebrity chefs, such as New England Patriot’s defensive lineman, Vince Wilfork, CNN’s John King and Gov. Deval Patrick, who cooked alongside Boston-area talent, like chef Tony Bettencourt of 62 Restaurant &...

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Safety in These Numbers: Area A-1 Sees a Big Reduction in Violent and Property Crimes

September 27, 2011
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Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, has experienced an approximately 18-percent reduction in violent and property crimes to date as opposed to last year, according to Boston Police. Between Jan. 1 and Sept. 18 of this year, 1,976 incidents of Part One crime were reported, compared with 2,397 during the...

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September in the City

September 27, 2011
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There is something especially satisfying about a walk down Charles Street or anywhere on the hill when the leaves are falling and the weather is unusually warm at the end of September. When September is nearing its end and we are in shortsleeves and mingling with one another in this neighborhood, walking brick sidewalks,...

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Police Briefs 09-27-2011

September 27, 2011
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 09/14/11 – A victim reported she left the door to her Bowdoin Street apartment open and unknown person(s) stole her cell phone between 8 and 9 a.m. Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon 9/18/11 – A male suspect arrested on Cambridge Street at around 8:51 p.m. for assault...

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Block Party

September 20, 2011
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Block Party

Sami Norton makes spin art at the Spruce Street Nursery School table during the Beacon Hill Civic Association Block Party. MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 16. (Christine Cloutier photo).

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Advent School Celebrates 50th with Tree Planting in Public Garden

September 20, 2011
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Advent School Celebrates 50th with Tree Planting in Public Garden

The Advent School planted a Princeton Elm tree in the Public Garden Wednesday to commemorate the opening of the school 50 years ago. The event marked the golden anniversary of the first school day – Sept. 14, 1961 – and included 213 first- through six-graders, faculty members, and representatives of the non-profit Friends of...

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