Snow Day

February 1, 2011
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Snow Day

Adam Whitney, 3½, shovels the sidewalk in front of his Phillips Street home Thursday morning.

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Landmarks Commission Approves Conceptual Design for the Proposed Esplanade Playspace

February 1, 2011
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Landmarks Commission Approves Conceptual Design for the Proposed Esplanade Playspace

-By Dan Murphy The Boston Landmarks Commission approved the conceptual design for the proposed Esplanade Playspace last week. Landmark Commission Executive Director Ellen Lipsey said the general design and the playground site, located a short distance from a short distance from the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge near the Hatch Shell café, were approved, pending a...

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The Boston Athenaeum to Reopen Today After Flooding

February 1, 2011
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The Boston Athenaeum to Reopen Today After Flooding

-By Dan Murphy The Boston Athenaeum is scheduled to reopen today after the private library fell prey to flooding last week. On Jan. 24 at about 3 p.m., the library experienced a water leak on the first floor, damaging several paintings, a few pieces of wooden furniture and five large Oriental rugs. Water also...

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The Beauty and the Reality

February 1, 2011
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The incredible amount of snow that has fallen this winter has added a touch of New England beauty to the neighborhood. With more snow predicted for the middle of the week, there is the chance for even more beauty. But the beauty, in reality, is a beast – and the beast has caused business...

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Turner Sentenced

February 1, 2011
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Former Boston City Councillor Chuck Turner was sentenced to three years in federal prison last week in Federal District Court. He has received exactly what he deserves – and residents of this city and voters should be pleased with the decision. Our public officials may not be saints but they cannot be allowed to...

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Police Briefs 02-01-2011

February 1, 2011
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 01/20/11 – At about 10:32 p.m., a South Russell Street resident reported that the front glass window panel and front door of his home were damaged. Unknown person(s) then gained entry to the residence and removed laptops, TVs and other electronic devices. Vandalism 01/20/11 – At about 8:06 p.m., a...

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Hill Businesses Named ‘A-list’ Winners

January 25, 2011
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Hill Businesses Named ‘A-list’ Winners

Two Beacon Hill businesses, Bin 26 Enoteca and Anna’a Taqueria, won “best” in Boston in Cambridge-based CityVoter’s recently completed competition, “The Boston A-List.” The Boston A-List featured more than 2,500 local businesses in over 230 categories, all contending for the title of “best” in Boston as decided by the voting public. Launched in 2005,...

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Mass. Eye and Ear Expansion Plans Draw Fiery Response from Neighbors

January 25, 2011
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By Dan Murphy The proposed expansion of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary campus drew a fiery response Wednesday as neighbors asserted that the process lacked sufficient public feedback. “You need the input of the community. Without that, you’ll have a disaster,” Beacon Hill resident Peter Thomson said at the public meeting, sponsored by...

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Below Zero and Dropping

January 25, 2011
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As if the inconvenience caused by the recent heavy snowfall isn’t bad enough, now comes the dramatic drop in temperature. Monday’s near to below zero cold was the stinging kind of cold that reminds us more than we need about the perils of New England weather. On the other hand, there are many, many...

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Posting of Signs Detracts from the Hill’s Esthetic

January 25, 2011
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As reported last week in the Beacon Hill Times, commercial signage is popping up in windows and on the exterior of buildings throughout the neighborhood. The culprits are real estate companies and construction companies. Obviously, this practice, which is against the law, must come to a complete stop if the Hill is to remain...

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Hei Hotels & Resorts Enters Joint Venture for Ownership of the Liberty Hotel

January 25, 2011
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HEI Hotels & Resorts (HEI), the nation’s fastest growing private owner/operator of hotel real estate, recently announced that the company has purchased an ownership interest in the 300-room Liberty Hotel in a joint venture arrangement with Cambridge-based Carpenter & Company, Inc., the original hotel developer and co-owner of the project. HEI acquired the ownership interest...

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Police Briefs 01-25-2011

January 25, 2011
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Breaking and Entering 01/12/11 – At around 12:17 a.m., police officers responded to a Charles Street nail salon for a B&E in progress. On arrival, police observed two males walking away from the store, which had the front door forced open. The male suspects were stopped and brought back to the store, where they...

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Obituaries 01-25-2011

January 25, 2011
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Jean Abrams Roberts Of  Belmont, formerly of Boston Jean Abrams Roberts of Belmont, formerly of Boston, died on Dec. 30, 2010, after a long illness. She was 91 years old. Mrs. Roberts was born in Bradford, Pa., in 1919 and graduated from Skidmore College in 1940 with an English major. She subsequently moved to...

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The Simple Things

January 18, 2011
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The Simple Things

By Amanda Sutherland It all started with a woman with no comb and a man with no razor. These are just simple things, but they are important enough to make a huge difference in someone’s life. I am Amanda Sutherland, a high school junior at the British School of Boston. I have been volunteering...

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Coyote killed after Wandering Beacon Hill

January 18, 2011
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Beacon Hill Times Staff A coyote first spotted near the Frog Pond on Boston Common and later on the streets of Beacon Hill, was euthanized by Environmental Police in an alley off Pinckney Street, according to Lt. Gary Duncan, an official of the Environmental Police. He said the coyote was badly injured and appeared...

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Area A-1 sees Slight Spike in Violent, Property Crimes in ‘10

January 18, 2011
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-By Dan Murphy Boston’s Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, experienced a 3-percent increase in violent and property crimes in 2010, compared with the previous year, according to Boston Police. Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2010, 3,253 Part One crime incidents were recorded as opposed to 3,161 during the...

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The Mayor’s Address

January 18, 2011
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Mayor Menino touched on what is certain to be one of the major issues confronting Boston and all the cities and towns in Massachusetts this year at his state of the city address given at Faneuil Hall last week. He said that Boston would be fighting to make changes with its union employees who...

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The Snowstorm’s Residue

January 18, 2011
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All of us have noticed the huge amounts of snow that fell on us, and the giant snow piles created by plows with virtually nowhere to put it. Automobiles in our neighborhoods on some streets will not move for the remainder of the winter due to the sheer weight and volume of the snow...

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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee Opposes Proposed Cambridge Street Restaurant

January 11, 2011
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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee Opposes Proposed Cambridge Street Restaurant

By Dan Murphy Following an outpouring of opposition from neighbors, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday to oppose without prejudice granting the variances that would permit a newrestaurant to open at the former location of The Spotted Apron at 326 Cambridge St. Roger and William Zeghibe, the owners...

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City Taking Steps to Improve Safety Conditions at Codman Island

January 11, 2011
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City Taking Steps to Improve Safety Conditions at Codman Island

-By Dan Murphy Codman Island — the small triangular garden at Charles and Beacon streets — has a long history of accidents involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, but the city is now taking steps to remedy this problem. On. Dec. 17, 2010, Boston Transportation Department (BTD) Commissioner Tom Tinlin and other city officials toured...

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Prepare Your Shovels

January 11, 2011
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All the local weathermen and ladies agree – there is a major storm bearing down on us and preparing to land along the length of our coast and inland beginning late Tuesday and lasting through Wednesday. We urge all homeowners and business owners to clear your sidewalks and walkways or to face the possible...

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Nightmare in Tuscon

January 11, 2011
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It is being pieced together what exactly caused Jared Lee Loughner to kill six people and to wound 13 others at a public get-together for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. We would like to think it was a simple insane act by an insane man but we know it runs deeper and is more ominous...

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Mayor Thomas Menino

January 11, 2011
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Mayor Thomas Menino is again recovering from yet another operation. This time, it was to correct difficulties he was having with one of his knees. As the mayor said succinctly in a Boston Globe piece on his health over the weekend, nearly everything he has faced in the past few years has been more...

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Police Briefs 01-11-2011

January 11, 2011
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Larceny from Motor Vehicle 12/28/10 – A victim reported that a 2001 Jeep Cherokee was parked on Charles Street between 7 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., and unknown person(s) damaged the driver’s side-door lock and removed  a GPS system from the vehicle. Larceny – $200 & Over 12/31/10 – A victim reported that unknown person(s)...

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