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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BHCA Board Votes to Fund Project Place

September 20, 2011
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The Beacon Hill Civic Assoc-iation (BHCA) board of directors voted unanimously last week to use the general fund to underwrite its share of the Project Place program for the upcoming year. Through a partnership with the Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA), the BHBA contracted the Boston non-profit Project Place to provide a supervisor and...

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Car -free Week Sept. 18-24

September 20, 2011
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September 22nd, has become Car-Free Day in great metropolitan centers of population and business throughout the world. The intention of the car-free holiday is to inspire the use of mass transit, and forms of transportation other than those relying exclusively on the internal combustion engine. Boston and Massachusetts has taken Car-Free-Day a step further....

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Block Party Was a Great Success

September 20, 2011
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The Neighborhood Block Party held Sunday in Beacon Hill was a great success and attended by many hundreds of residents and visitors to our neighborhood. The Beacon Hill Civic Association is to be commended for its efforts at making this such a fun and well attended event that had the good luck of occurring...

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Police Briefs 09-20-2011

September 20, 2011
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Fire 09/08/11 – An officer responded to a kitchen fire in a South Russell Street apartment at around 8:17 p.m. The Boston Fire Department was on the scene and estimated damages at $1,000.  A victim reported he was cooking on the stove when it caught fire. Assault and Battery 09/12/11 – A male victim...

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Devonia Antiques to Celebrate Reopening with Cocktail Reception

September 13, 2011
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Devonia Antiques to Celebrate Reopening with Cocktail Reception

More than 14 months after it was displaced by the fire at DeLuca’s Market, Devonia Antiques for Dining has reopened at 15 Charles St. and is commemorating the occasion with a cocktail reception this Thursday. “We were an established business for 16 years so after being out of business for more than a year,...

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Power of Music: Pinckney Street Resident Aims to Get Word out About Community Music Center of Boston

September 13, 2011
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Power of Music: Pinckney Street Resident Aims to Get Word out About Community Music Center of Boston

Pinckney Street resident Bill Knowlton first learned of Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) around seven years ago during his family’s search to find an appropriate program for their autistic daughter Hope. His wife Deb read about the South End-based non-profit in a local community newspaper and enrolled Hope, who was not yet 2...

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State House Post Office Considered for Closure

September 13, 2011
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The fate of the State House post office now hinges on the outcome of a study being undertaken by the United States Postal Service (USPS), said USPS spokesman Dennis Tarmey. The State Office branch is among the 31 postal outlets being evaluated for “possible discontinuance” out of a total of 330 in the Greater...

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After the Memorial

September 13, 2011
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Many of us are left with the palpable feeling that we are a good and decent nation, with a good and decent people, following the dignified nationwide slate of memorials that were held to commemorate the lives of the dead and the sacrifice they made on September 11, 2001. It was also a day...

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What is Good for Newbury Street Might Be Appropriate for Charles Street

September 13, 2011
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Last Thursday marked the first time in its modern history that the entirety of Newbury Street was shut down to automobile traffic in order to host a fashion-fine automobile extravaganza. Herb Chambers, the automobile tycoon and fashion maven, showed what he is all about, bringing to the street about 40 of his finest automobiles,...

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Police Briefs 09-13-2011

September 13, 2011
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Larceny in a Building 09/01/11 – A victim reports while moving her daughter into a West Cedar Street apartment at around 4:30 p.m., unknown person(s) stole her handbag, which she left on the floor outside the door of the apartment. The handbag contained U.S. currency, an iPod, a cell phone, keys, credit cards and...

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Benefit for Park Horses

September 6, 2011
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Benefit for Park Horses

Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit greeting fans on the Common.   

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Lease Signed for Common Eatery

September 6, 2011
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Lease Signed for Common Eatery

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department has announced that Mayor Thomas M. Menino has signed the lease for the adaptive reuse of the former Men’s Comfort Station on Boston Common with Earl of Sandwich, a Florida-based franchised restaurant chain. Earl of Sandwich is a collaboration between Robert Earl and John Montagu, the 11th Earl...

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