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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Filene’s Basement

January 3, 2012
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The final death knell for Filene’s basement last week is like a stab in the heart for those of us who grew-up with parents who considered Filene’s Basement every bit as good as brand name stores with the most expensive and high quality clothing and accessory items. If you are over 45, most likely...

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Thank You Marty Walz

January 3, 2012
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Beacon Hill Representative Marty Walz has done the right thing in filing legislation that will return all wedding officiating fees derived by the Boston City Clerk’s office to the general fund. In fact, her bill requires all city and town clerks to do the same. She along with City Council President Steven Murphy and...

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A Food Resolution

January 3, 2012
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A new year is always a time of new beginnings and resolutions. Many annual vows have to do with eating better. If we combine that thought with the common desire to spend more time with family and friends, you have the perfect excuse to make 2012 the year when you have more meals at...

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Police Briefs 01-03-2012

January 3, 2012
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Fire 12/22/11 – Police responded to a Beacon Street building fire at around 8:57 a.m. Boston firefighters were on scene, investigating a report of an elevator motor smoking. The estimated cost of damage is $1,000. Vandalism 12/25/11 – A victim reported that he parked his 2001 Toyota Camry on Charles Street at around 12:52...

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Looking Back at the Year 2011

December 28, 2011
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Looking Back at the Year 2011

• In January, the city began taking steps to make public safety improvements to Codman Island at Charles and Beacon streets in response to concerns from the Beacon Hill Civic Association and City Councilor Mike Ross’ office. • On Jan. 16, state Environmental Police killed a coyote that was spotted near the Frog Pond...

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Out with the Old; In with the New

December 28, 2011
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It was a turbulent and tumultuous year in some parts of the world. In this nation, it was, above all, a year when we got more of the same rather than the dramatic change needed to alter our course. The economy improved just a bit but millions remain unemployed, businesses refuse to hire new...

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Police Briefs 12-27-2011

December 28, 2011
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Larcency in a Building 12/14/11 – A victim reported unknown person(s) stole her wallet, contained U.S. currency, credit cards and personal papers, from a Temple Place office at around 1 p.m. Larceny/ Shoplifting 12/15/11 – A Charles Street clothing store reported a female suspect stole a pink beaded dress at around 7:30 a.m. Incidents...

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Gingerbread House Decorating at 75 Chestnut Street

December 20, 2011
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Gingerbread House Decorating at 75 Chestnut Street

A Christmas tradition continued on Saturday afternoon at 75 Chestnut Street Restaurant where residents came to decorate their Gingerbread Houses. In addition to having a fun time, a portion of the proceeds was donat­ed to the local charity, Cheers for Children. In the top photo Jon Lopez helps his daughter Sadie Lopez by putting...

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BRA Head Outlines Key City Projects

December 20, 2011
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At its monthly member-ship meeting last week, the Downtown North Association welcomed Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Director Peter Meade, who provided an optimistic outlook on the future of the city. “We want a city where people work, live and enjoy themselves – a city that people are proud of,” Meade said. “I think we...

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Informative Talk Planned at African Meeting House, Jan. 5

December 20, 2011
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In celebration of the 180th anniversary of the New England Anti-Slavery Society, Horace Seldon on January 5 at 6 p.m. will lead a discussion on William Lloyd Garrison at the newly reopened African Meeting House where this seminal abolitionist group was formed.  Following the program, tour Don West’s magnificent exhibition, Portraits of Purpose, which...

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Merry Christmas Happy Holiday

December 20, 2011
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Christmas 2011 is days away. Most of us are busy preparing for the holiday. All of us this year are receiving a great present – the official end of the war in Iraq. Nine Christmas celebrations have come and gone since we invaded Iraq. Thousands of brave Americans died there and tens of thousands...

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Blackstone’s Concludes Popular Five-year Mystery Ornament Series

December 20, 2011
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This Christmas Eve, Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill will conclude its five-year “Mystery Ornament Project,” with a two-day celebration in partnership with Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Smolak Farms, the Wang Theatre and Cambridge Trust Company Bank to benefit cancer research at Mass. General Hospital for Children Cancer Center (MGHCC). Hundreds of people from all over...

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