Officials Say: Redistricting will be Clean this Time

April 12, 2011
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-By David Taber State redistricting began last month with local politicians promising that a transparent process will avoid what happened last time: A redrawing of the legislative map by the courts after they ruled the process had been illegal and discriminatory. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, Senate vice-chair of the state legislature’s Joint Committee on...

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Street Cleaning Continues

April 12, 2011
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All caution must be observed by automobile owners during street sweeping season which is now in full swing throughout our neighborhoods. Strict attention must be paid to signage and e-mails sent out by the city to avoid the ultimate disaster – a towed automobile or a substantial city of Boston citation. Be careful or...

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Always Exercise Caution When Alone in the Park

April 12, 2011
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Boston and State Police are urging residents who use the Esplanade to be aware after an alleged assault of a college student during the weekend. The woman told investigators her assailant attacked her shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday night while she was sitting on a park bench. The man apparently talked with her for...

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Police Briefs 04-12-2011

April 12, 2011
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Larceny – $200 and Over 03/30/11 – A Brimmer Street school reported that unknown person(s) stole three brass caps that were attached to the building between 5 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. Larceny/Shoplifting 03/31/11 – A male suspect stole a large bottle of Listerine from a Charles Street pharmacy at around 6:45 a.m. Incidents Feb....

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Hill Fashion Designer Donates Dresses to ‘Belle of the Ball’

April 5, 2011
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Hill Fashion Designer Donates Dresses to ‘Belle of the Ball’

As one of Boston’s premier  fashion designers, Cibeline Sariano has designed dresses for the Grammy Awards, the Oscars, the Emmys and just about every other red-carpet event. She has seen the proud look of the rich and famous that has showcased her fashion creations. Sariano will see that look once again when she donates...

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Population Growth in Beacon Hill and Back Bay Reported in Census

April 5, 2011
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By Dan Murphy Beacon Hill and Back Bay saw a 2.8 percent increase in population between 2000 and last year, according to results of the 2010 census. The number of residents in the two neighborhoods reportedly rose from 26,721 in 2000 to 27,476 in 2010. Citywide, the overall population rose 4.8 percent as the...

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Discounted Rates at Common Garage

April 5, 2011
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By Dan Murphy Following the recent announcement of the facility’s first rate increases since 2008, the owner of the Boston Common Garage has agreed to work with the Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA) to offer discounted rates to patrons of neighborhood businesses. The board of directors of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), which...

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Restoration of Brewer Fountain Appropriate and Underway

April 5, 2011
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The restoration of one of Boston’s most conspicuous objects de art  donated to the city by Gardner Brewer in 1868 has been long overdue and is about to begin. Brewer Fountain, which stands near the wall at Park and Tremont Streets, was sculpted for the Paris World’s Fair of 1855 where it was awarded...

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Police Briefs 04-05-2011

April 5, 2011
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Larceny in a Building 03/23/11 – A victim reported that unknown person(s) stole his wallet containing U.S. currency, a driver’s license and two bankcards from his Brimmer Street office sometime between 7:20 p.m. and 10 a.m.   Breaking and Entering – Non-Residence 03/26/11 – A Derne Street restaurant reported that the front door was...

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Rally for Nuclear Safety

April 5, 2011
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Many, many residents have been shocked by the nuclear disaster in Japan. It can happen here, is the message for those living here who are going to take part in an April 6 rally at the State House which is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. At the very least, every reactor in New...

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Brewer Fountain Plaza Restoration Begins

March 31, 2011
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Brewer Fountain Plaza Restoration Begins

The Friends of the Public Garden, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Mayor Thomas M. Menino held a groundbreaking ceremony on the Boston Common Wednesday for the first phase of construction on the Brewer Fountain Plaza and the surrounding area. (Photos courtesy of Harron & Associates)    

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Hill Resident Joins Historic New England as Team Leader of Historic Preservation

March 31, 2011
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Hill Resident Joins Historic New England as Team Leader of Historic Preservation

Beacon Hill resident Jess R. Phelps recently joined the staff of Historic New England as team leader of historic preservation. Working as a part of the Beacon Hill-based regional heritage organization’s senior management team, Phelps will manage the its external historic preservation efforts, including the nationally recognized Stewardship Program, which currently holds preservation easements on...

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Congressman Capuano Visits Mass. Eye and Ear’s Vision Rehabilitation Center

March 31, 2011
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Congressman Capuano Visits Mass. Eye and Ear’s Vision Rehabilitation Center

U.S. Congressman Michael E. Capuano (8th Congressional District of Massachusetts) visited Massachusetts Eye and Ear’s Vision Rehabilitation Center on March 23 to learn more about the services this center offers to help vision-impaired individuals make the best use of their remaining sight.  Dr. Mary Lou Jackson, director of Mass. Eye and Ear’s Vision Rehabilitation...

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Library Closing Sunday not Befitting a Great City

March 31, 2011
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The trustees of the Boston Public Library have submitted a budget for the coming year which includes closing the Boston Public Library in Copley Square on Sundays as a money saver. According to the library trustees, it costs $243,000 annually to keep the library open on Sundays. Although the trustees released no statistics, it...

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Radiation from Japan

March 31, 2011
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Forgive us if we are less than buoyed with good feeling by hearing from our public officials who check such things that radiation from the badly damaged Japanese nuclear reactors has been found in rain that has recently fallen in New England. We hear our public officials telling us not to worry, the radiation...

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Spring Cleaning

March 31, 2011
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The city begins its annual weekly street cleaning extravaganza this week. Everyone is reminded to pay close attention to postings and to signage indicating where street cleaning is to occur and at what time. To do any less is to put your automobile and state of mind at risk.

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Obituaries 03-29-2011

March 31, 2011
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Beatrice Lombardi Coyne Longtime West End resident Longtime West End resident Beatrice Lombardi Coyne died in Brighton on March 11. She was 89. Born on Nov. 4, 1921, Mrs. Coyne was raised in the Orient Heights section of East Boston. She married the late James F. Coyne in 1950. Four years later, the couple...

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Police Briefs 03-29-2011

March 31, 2011
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Larceny/Purse 03/17/11 – A victim reported that she placed her purse down in front of a Garden Street residence to help a person in the door at around 11:57 p.m. When she returned, her purse was gone. Larceny – Over $200 03/17/11 – The owner of a Cambridge Street gas station reported that unknown...

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Work on Esplanade Playspace Set to Begin Next Month

March 22, 2011
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Work on Esplanade Playspace Set to Begin Next Month

-By Dan Murphy With all the necessary permits in hand from the city and state, Friends of the Esplanade Playspace is scheduled to break ground on its new playground on the Charles River Esplanade in mid-April. The non-profit is building an approximately 10,000 square-foot playground for 5- to 12-year-olds on state land a short...

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Common Garage Rep Addresses Community Concerns

March 22, 2011
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-By Dan Murphy A representative of the Boston Common Garage was on hand at the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Traffic and Parking Committee meeting Thursday to address community concerns with the operation. Fred Peterson, director of facilities and operations for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), which owns the underground garage, said the...

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New Parking Meters Cause for Rejoicing

March 22, 2011
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How many occasions in a lifetime have we parked our automobiles on a Boston street at a metered space only to find that we did not have quarters to put into the meter? We would stand there searching our pockets and rummaging in our handbags for quarters. Some of us after that futile effort...

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Police Briefs 03-22-2011

March 22, 2011
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Auto Theft 03/08/11 – An employee of the victim reported that the victim’s 2011 Subaru Outback was stolen from Chestnut Street between 1 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. Vandalism/Graffiti 03/08/11 – A representative of a Beacon Street condominium complex reported that unknown person(s) spray-painted blue paint on two columns and the intercom system of the...

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BHCA Board Votes to Support Request for Anderson Memorial Bridge Underpass

March 15, 2011
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BHCA Board Votes to Support Request for Anderson Memorial Bridge Underpass

-By Dan Murphy The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors voted unanimously last week to support the position of the Charles River Conservancy, requesting that an underpass be included in the planned restoration of the Anderson Memorial Bridge. In a March 4 letter to Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and...

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TEA Prepares for Charles Eliot Memorial Plaza Rehab

March 15, 2011
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TEA Prepares for Charles Eliot Memorial Plaza Rehab

-By Dan Murphy After receiving a matching grant from the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s partnership program, The Esplanade Association (TEA) is preparing to re-landscape and revitalize the Charles Eliot Memorial Plaza on the Charles River Esplanade. The plaza, located between Community Boating and Commissioners’ Landing, currently has “severely compacted soil and a shoreline...

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