Police Briefs 01-03-2017

January 6, 2017
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny – Shoplifting 12/24/16 – A Charles Street market reported a male suspect entered the cellar from the rear entrance at around 5:49 p.m., and stole bottles of champagne and vodka. The suspect, who also stole the clerk’s iPhone 5, was caught on surveillance cameras.

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Obituaries 01-03-2017

January 6, 2017
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Deborah Brewster Berg dies at age 51 Deborah Brewster Berg age 51, died suddenly in her home in Largo, Florida Christmas week. Deborah was born in Boston on June 19, 1965 and grew up in Duxbury, Beacon Hill and Mattapoisett. She was a graduate of Derby Academy in Hingham (and valedictorian), St George’s School,...

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Elementary Winter Concert

January 4, 2017
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Elementary Winter Concert

Aiyana Cruz, second grade student at the Kingsley Montesorri School, gives a clap at the Winter Concert.

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Celebrating the Holidays

January 4, 2017
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Celebrating the Holidays

The West End Civic Association (WECA) held its annual holiday gathering on Thursday, Dec. 8. Members and their guests met in the West End Museum to enjoy good company, food and beverages. They heard from 2016 President Sean Michael Connolly, who presented an overview the organization’s mission and accomplishments and put out a call...

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Councilors Vote Down Alcohol Tax

January 4, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The Boston City Council voted down an order that would place a two percent tax on certain alcoholic beverages to fund prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse. Backed by City Councilors Frank Baker and Bill Linehan who have seen substance abuse plague their neighborhoods did not prevail in passing this...

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2016: The Year in Review

January 4, 2017
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By Dan Murphy On Jan. 19, Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his second State of the City Address at Symphony Hall. On Feb. 4, the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library celebrated its 120th anniversary. On Feb. 6, the Beacon Hill Civic Association held its 44th annual “Winter Gala” at the Four...

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Council Ordinance Works to Eliminate Gas Leaks in Boston

January 4, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Underneath Boston’s streets are miles of pipelines delivering natural gas to residents and businesses, providing energy for heating, cooking, and electricity. But, due to aging infrastructure in Boston, much of that gas is lost before it even reaches its destination through thousands of leaks in pipes throughout the City. Many of...

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Have A Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year

January 4, 2017
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The upcoming long weekend marks the start of the New Year — 2017. The arrival of a new year marks a time for reflection, both as to the year that has passed and as to the year to come. In the words of the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson:   Ring out the old, ring...

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A Winter Wonderland

December 23, 2016
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A Winter Wonderland

Beacon Hill residents took advantage of the snow that fell on Saturday. The fun was short lived as the Boston Common snow melted by Sunday.

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Bag Ban on Hold

December 23, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Those flimsy plastic bags that can be found stuck in the drain gutter, fluttering from a tree, and clogging pristine waterways such as the Charles River may soon be a thing of a past. The Boston City Council moved to keep this matter on file under the Government Operations Committee until...

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Holiday Events to Attend Across Boston Listed

December 23, 2016
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Old South Church 645 Boylston Street Christmas Eve 5:00p.m. Family Worship Join us as we sing carols and tell together the Christmas story. Children are invited to participate in a no-rehearsal-required pageant. Simple costumes for sheep, shepherds, and angels are provided. 8:00p.m. Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols Preludes begin at 7:30 p.m. An...

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Ringing in A Christmas Eve Tradition

December 23, 2016
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By Dan Murphy A Beacon Hill tradition was born 92 years ago when Margaret Nichols Shurcliff first led a group of handbell-ringers on Christmas Eve, caroling and regaling neighbors with their jingling holiday melodies. “By 1924, our children were able to ring (the youngest was then 9) and on Christmas Eve, we started our...

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Downtown View:My People

December 23, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Karen is taking a break so she can manage the busy holiday season. Here is a column that attracted many comments. It is from 2016. It’s when I ride the crowded subway that I feel most Bostonian. “These are my people,” I think. Not that they are much like me....

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BHCA Community Corner

December 23, 2016
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Annual Appeal Please consider the Beacon Hill Civic Association when you plan your end-of-the-year giving. Your support of the Annual Appeal provides vital funding for our ongoing operations, sustaining our office staff and facilities, allowing our continued sponsorship of community events, and enabling our advocacy work on behalf of the community. Contributors who give...

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Spruce Street Nursery School Celebrates 20 Years

December 23, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Outside carts that usually transport excited toddlers to the nearby Boston Common laid barren as the calm atmosphere overtook the inside of Spruce Street Nursery School in downtown Boston. In a darkened room that is normally filled with vibrant students, kids were quite as a mouse as they took a break...

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City Issues the Do’s and Don’ts of New Marijuana Laws Now in Effect

December 23, 2016
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With new marijuana legalization laws now in effect today in Massachusetts, Mayor Martin Walsh issued a primer for what is legal and what still is illegal in regards to marijuana in Boston. The state will recognize marijuana as a legal substance for adults 21 and over, and the City of Boston reminds residents of...

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New Kenmore Square Sign Marks the Start to the Longest Continuous Road in the Country

December 23, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Bridging together two coastal communities, Boston, Massachusetts and Newport, Oregon, are two mileage signs that mark each end of Route 20, the longest continuous road in the country. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) sign will mark the eastern end of the historic Route 20 in Kenmore Square. Meanwhile, the City...

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Suffolk University Building Upgrades Are Put on Hold

December 23, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission (BHAC) decided to continue the application for 45 Temple Street, that will transform the former institutional buildings into residential units, at the hearing on Thursday, December 15, due to too many outstanding issues. The applicant, JDMD Owner, LLC, a real estate company based in Dedham, Massachusetts,...

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Police Briefs 12-20-2016

December 23, 2016
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny – Purse 12/10/16 – A victim reported her purse was stolen from the back of a chair at a Beacon Street establishment at around midnight. The purse contained a wallet, bank and credit cards, and personal papers.

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Letter to the Editor

December 23, 2016
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Reader seeks to raise awareness of MS My name is Alex Saunders, and I’m a Beacon Hill resident. This April, I’m going to be running the London Marathon with the MS-UK charity team. I wanted to use this opportunity to tell you a bit about multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a degenerative disease that...

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Why I Voted “No” on the 2% Tax on the Sale of Alcohol in Boston

December 23, 2016
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By Annissa Essaibi-George I want to start by thanking the Makers of this Order. Councilors Bill Linehan and Frank Baker have been passionate forces of advocacy and support for families that are struggling to connect their loved ones to treatment. I’m proud to be their colleague and I’m grateful for their work. Substance use...

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Remember Those in Need

December 23, 2016
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Although the holiday season for most of us will be filled with fun and joy, it is incumbent upon all of us who are fortunate to be doing well in our lives to remember that there are many among us, our neighbors and fellow citizens, for whom this holiday season is neither joyous nor...

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Enjoy A Happy — and Safe — Holiday Weekend

December 23, 2016
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By a coincidence of the calendar, both Chanukah and Christmas arrive this weekend, and we wish to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers of the Jewish and Christian faiths (and those of no faith at all) a happy and joyous holiday weekend. The eight-day Festival of Lights gets underway after sundown...

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Obituaries 12-20-2016

December 23, 2016
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Mark R. Saewert longtime fixture of Charles Street 7-Eleven Mark R. Saewert of Weston passed away in his home on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. Mr. Saewert’s customers at the Charles Street 7-Eleven on Beacon Hill and later at the small market on Anderson Street loved him and looked forward to seeing him. In 35...

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