Future of Hubway Stations Uncertain

August 23, 2011
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More than three weeks after Hubway got underway, the future of stations for Boston’s bike-share program on Beacon Hill remains uncertain. Nicole Freedman, the city’s director of bicycle programs, told the Times last week that Hubway was awaiting approval from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) on two proposed locations – one on...

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Boston Athenæum to Digitize Confederate Imprints Collection

August 23, 2011
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Thanks to a generous gift from Trustee Emeritus Caleb Loring Jr., the Boston Athenæum will conserve, catalogue, photograph, digitize and release on the Internet important selections from its world-renowned Confederate Imprints Collection. The collection, with more than 12,000 items,  is one of the largest and most important of its kind in existence. It includes...

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Suspect in Hill Bank Robberies held on $750,000 Bail

August 23, 2011
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A 54-year-old man was held on $750,000 cash bail on charges that he robbed a Beacon Hill bank Thursday after allegedly telling authorities that he held the same bank up on two prior occasions, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley s Patrick Cannon of Boston was charged with masked and armed robbery for...

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The Longfellow Bridge

August 23, 2011
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The costly and intricate rehabilitation of the rusted and soot-faced Longfellow Bridge is well underway. Boston’s most significant older bridge is being remade, and in such a way, that it will shine and stand out and be noted for its architectural brilliance. The bridge today is like a gorgeous, stunning woman covered in rags....

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Police Get Their Man

August 23, 2011
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Boston Police are to be congratulated for the great bit of work they did apprehending a bank robber following last week’s bank robbery. The robbery took place around 5:20 p.m. last Wednesday. The apprehension of the bank robber came to pass at 11:27 p.m. that night at Yawkey Way and Van Ness Street, according...

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Police Briefs 08-23-2011

August 23, 2011
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Breaking and Entering – Non-Residence 08/11/11 – A male suspect was arrested for breaking and entering at a Joy Street building at around 12:47 a.m. Larceny – Bike 08/13/11 – A victim reported that his green bicycle was stolen from the trunk of his 2005 Audi A5, which was parked on Charles Street, between...

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Reception Held at Scampo for Talk Show Sensation Ellen DeGeneres

August 16, 2011
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Reception Held at Scampo for Talk Show Sensation Ellen DeGeneres

Talk show host and comedienne extraordinaire Ellen DeGeneres attended a private reception held in her honor last Wednesday at Scampo at The Liberty Hotel on Charles Street. DeGeneres was in Boston promoting the “Ellen” show’s change in time slot to 4 p.m. weekdays on WCVB-TV Channel 5. The show will begin airing at its...

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The Summer of Our Discontent

August 16, 2011
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Where did the summer go ? What has happened to the economic recovery ? How did the easy and seemingly pleasant and uneventful spring devolve into the plunging stock market and volatile mix of  bad economic news from around the globe ? At the beginning of summer everything about our lives in Boston appeared...

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Police Briefs 08-16-2011

August 16, 2011
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Drugs 08/05/11n – Officers responded to a Charles Street South garage for a report of found drugs at around 8:35pm. Garage security handed over a bag of marijuana, which was found in the trunk of a 2000 Toyota Zipcar. The operator of the motor vehicle turned it over to garage security then left the...

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Lights, Camera … Canadian TV Film Crew Documents the Beacon Hill Village Action

August 16, 2011
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Beacon Hill Village (BHV) will be a star attraction in a documentary about aging-in-place communities being produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., (CBC) which dispatched a camera crew to Boston late last month to record a sampling of the Village’s myriad services and activities. From an early-morning political discussion group to a night at...

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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee Votes not to Oppose Transfer of Liquor License to Parish Café Proprietor

August 9, 2011
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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee Votes not to Oppose Transfer of Liquor License to Parish Café Proprietor

The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose the transfer of the liquor license presently held by Shangri-La at 183 Cambridge St. to a new pub-style restaurant proposed for the site on the condition that the owner enter into a “good neighbor” agreement.   Gordon F. Wilcox, who...

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MassDOT to Release Environmental Assessment for Longfellow Rehab Project

August 9, 2011
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has filed an Environmental Assessment report for the Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project and will make the make the document available to the public upon completion of its review by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), MassDOT spokesman Richard Nangle said.  “The next step will be publication in compliance with...

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Bike Sharing for Boston is a Novel Transportation Venture

August 9, 2011
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Going from place to place around downtown Boston and some of its neighborhoods on rented bicycles available at various locations is a novel idea whose time has arrived. Bicycling this city, or for that matter, any great city, gives one a better perspective on city life and the experience injects a bit of the...

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Police Briefs 08-09-2011

August 9, 2011
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Larceny from Motor Vehicle 07/26/11 – A victim reported unknown person(s) broke into her 1998 Volvo S70 that was parked on Charles Street between 6 and 9:45 p.m. A purse, backpack, jewelry, iPod, U.S. currency and credit cards were reportedly removed from the vehicle. Larceny in a Building 07/28/11 – A Charles Street antique...

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Puppet Shows Return to Common After 16-year Absence

August 3, 2011
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Puppet Shows Return to Common After 16-year Absence

This month marks the return of a unique tradition as Friends of the Public Garden brings puppet shows back to the Boston Common for the first time in 16 years. “Puppet theatre is popular globally, and it’s great to bring it back to the Common after all these years,” said Liz Vizza, executive director...

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Councilor Connolly Participates in Hubway Launch

August 3, 2011
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Councilor Connolly Participates in Hubway Launch

On Thursday, City Councilor at-Large John Connolly participated in the inaugural ride of Boston’s bike share program – Hubway. Connolly rode with the Children’s Hospital team from City Hall Plaza to Yawkey Way. Riders helped distribute bikes to stations around the city. More than 40 stations are currently operational, with plans to install more....

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Police Briefs 08-02-2011

August 3, 2011
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 07/22/11 – A victim reported that unknown person(s) entered his Phillips Street apartment between 7:50 a.m. and 2:06 p.m. and removed a college graduation ring and a laptop. Damage to the front door was also reported. Breaking and Entering – Residence 07/22/11 – A Joy Street resident reported that...

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Regarding Our National Government and Our Fragile Financial Lives

August 3, 2011
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There is a very real and compelling connection between our financial lives as individuals and families and that of the national government. In the modern age, we individuals are only as strong as our national government. If the national government is weak, we are weak. If it is in debt and nearly broke –...

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When Will DeLuca’s Market Reopen?

July 26, 2011
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When Will DeLuca’s Market Reopen?

It was on July 8 last year that a basement electrical fire closed DeLuca’s Market, the grocery store that Beacon Hillers have loved or hated, sometimes at the same time, for more than 100 years. The market is still not open, and Virgil Aiello, whose uncle started the market and who owns it now...

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Rents Up; Sales Down

July 26, 2011
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The real estate marketplace in June and July is sputtering just a bit compared with statistics for the same period last year according to a variety of sources who compile real estate sales information as well as rental information. Sales of existing properties are down about 15 percent and condo sales are down a...

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Police Briefs 07-26-2011

July 26, 2011
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Assault and Battery/Warrant Arrest 07/12/11 – A male suspect arrested on Cambridge Street between 12:45 and 1:18 p.m. on an assault-and-battery default warrant out of Boston District Court. Assault and Battery 07/13/11 – A taxi driver reported while driving on Willow Street at around 12:25 a.m., one of two suspects he had picked up...

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City Bike Czar Confident Hubway Program will include Hill Stations

July 26, 2011
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Following an 11th-hour meeting with the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Traffic and Parking Committee Thursday, Boston bike czar Nicole Freedman said she is confident that New Balance Hubway will include stations in and around the neighborhood when the city’s bike share program gets underway today. “Everyone wants to see the system come to...

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Public Gets First Look at Government Center Garage Redevelopment Plans

July 26, 2011
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The public got its first look at the redevelopment plans for the Government Center Garage during an Impact Advisory Group working session meeting at City Hall last week. HYM Investment Group LLC – a firm headed by former Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Director Thomas O’Brien – has proposed building a seven-building complex of retail,...

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BHCA Requests Removal of Synthetic Material from Mt. Vernon St. Tree-pits in Fall

July 19, 2011
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BHCA Requests Removal of Synthetic Material from Mt. Vernon St. Tree-pits in Fall

The Beacon Hill Civic Association is asking the city to remove a synthetic, porous material from tree-pits on Mt. Vernon Street this fall. “We request the removal of the new material from the two tree pits at 91 Mt. Vernon, on the corner of Louisburg Square, as soon as it is deemed safe by...

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