Year in Review

January 4, 2011
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Year in Review

On Jan. 4, Felix G. Arroyo was sworn in as a Boston city councilor at-large. On Jan. 30, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) held its 38th Annual Winter Dance at the Mandarin Hotel. In February, the MBTA board of directors approved $10.3 million in accessibility improvements to the Science Park/West End Station. In...

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Resolutions

January 4, 2011
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During this, the first week of the New Year, many of us will attempt to keep resolutions made in the heat of the moment shortly before the clock struck midnight over the weekend. Resolutions, as we have come to understand them in practice and reality, are much harder to keep than to make. New...

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First Night at 35

January 4, 2011
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Enormous crowds again descended upon our neighborhoods for First Night. Boston Police estimated as many as 1 million people attended the 35th Annual New Year’s Eve night out – and all day affair offering ice-sculptures, music, dancing, and a Grand Parade. Once again, there was general amazement among those who attended as well as...

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Police Briefs 01-04-2011

January 4, 2011
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 12/22/10 – A Myrtle Street resident reported that unknown person(s) removed the front door lock of her apartment door at around 3 a.m. No entry was gained. Vandalism 12/25/10 – At around 2:13 a.m., an employee of the Boston Common garage on Charles Street reported that a suspect in...

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West Cedar Street Native Publishes Debut Novel

December 28, 2010
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West Cedar Street Native Publishes Debut Novel

-By Dan Murphy Reflecting on the publication of his first novel “Short” earlier this month,West Cedar Street native Cortright McMeel credits his Beacon Hill roots for much of his decision to pursue writing as a profession. McMeel, 39, grew up as a neighbor of noted author and Boston Globe columnist James Carroll and his...

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Out with the Old, in with the New

December 28, 2010
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Another year of our lives is coming to a close. The year is ending not with a bang, but rather, with a whimper, as TS Eliot might have written of it. It was the best of years. It was the worst of years as Charles Dickens might have put it. Mark Twain wrote that...

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Police Blotter 12-28-10

December 28, 2010
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Robbery – Knife 12/16/10 – A male victim reported he was walking through the Boston Common at about 5 p.m. when he was confronted by five male suspects, one of whom displayed a knife and stole the victim’s cell phone. One of the other suspects stole U.S. currency from the victim. Larceny (Bike) 12/18/10...

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MGH enters into ‘agreement in principle’ to purchase Bowdoin Square Gulf

December 23, 2010
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Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has entered into “an agreement in principle” to purchase the Bowdoin Square Gulf station at 239 Cambridge St., said John Messervy, director of capital and facility planning for Partners Healthcare System. Messervy said gas station owner Jim Sauro approached the hospital less than a year ago with an offer to...

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King’s Chapel Church School to hold Christmas Eve pageant

December 21, 2010
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On Christmas Eve At 4:30 P.M., The Children Of The King’s Chapel Church School will perform the church’s annual production of “The Miracle of Christmas.” Beacon Hill resident, Wendy Franco Almquist, the composer, lyricist and creator of the pageant, returns for her 18th year as artistic director of the pageant. Approximately 20 children will...

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Christmas 2010

December 21, 2010
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Christmas 2010 will go down in history as a great holiday celebration. Peace on earth. Good will to men. It is, indeed, all about that. If there was no Internet, evening news, radio talk shows or morning newspapers, and if we paid closer attention to our own psychic lives, Christmas 2010 would be pristine....

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Police Blotter 12-21-2010

December 21, 2010
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 12/06/10 – A victim reported that his Joy Street apartment was broken into through a rear door at around 4:32 p.m. Four laptops, an iPod and assorted jewelry were reported missing. Larceny (Bike) 12/09/10 – A victim reported that his locked Bianchi bike, which is blue with green lettering,...

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Out of this universe

December 14, 2010
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Out of this universe

Lydia Shire (third from left) hosted a special luncheon at Scampo last week to honor Esquire magazine’s Female Universe of Culinary Bostonians, which was quite a testament to the incredible group of female chefs we have in Boston. The lunch was full of laughs and holiday cheer, as these ladies had much to be...

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Hill residents and owners of Peonies & Pearls Events throw Holiday Trunk Show

December 14, 2010
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Hill residents and owners of Peonies & Pearls Events throw Holiday Trunk Show

Peonies & Pearls Events, a full-service boutique event-planning firm in Beacon Hill, planned a Holiday Trunk Show for another Beacon Hill entrepreneur Maeve Cunningham to promote Maeve, a line of Italian leather handbags imported from Florence. Kathryn Kuchefski and Erin Murphy, owners of the firm, planned and promoted the event to support friend and...

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Bridge over troubled waters

December 14, 2010
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Feasibility study  meets with frustration from elected officials and residents -By Dan Murphy The clear consensus among the elected officials and roughly 50 West End residents at the Amy Lowell Apartments last Tuesday suggests that the state’s feasibility study now underway for the proposed Leverett Circle Pedestrian Bridge is an exercise in futility. “This...

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A boost for Somerset Street

December 14, 2010
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The long empty Suffolk University building at 20 Somerset Street will be reincarnated into an academic building by Suffolk University with an infusion of $68 million. Last week, Suffolk got the official go-ahead for the rehabilitation of the former MDC headquarters. How this new academic building received its right to exist is the result...

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Stroll and Tree lighting reflective of holiday

December 14, 2010
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Last week’s Beacon Hill Stroll and official Christmas Tree Lighting cast Charles Street as a winter wonderland. The lighting and displays in so many of Charles Streets fine shops did much to enhance the general human spirit and the feeling that Christmas is nearly upon us. The neighborhood at this time of year is...

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Police Blotter 12-14-2010

December 14, 2010
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Fire 12/02/10 – At about 5:55 p.m., Boston firefighters responded to a motor vehicle on fire on the lower level of a Charles Street garage. The fire was extinguished, and the car was to be towed by the Central parking staff. Larceny – Shoplifting 12/03/10 – At around 3:17 p.m., a Charles Street boutique...

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Tree Lighting and Stroll Big Success

December 10, 2010
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The annual Beacon Hill Tree Lighting and Stroll Thursday evening was a big success. The neighborhood turned out for both events, giving Charles Street the look and the feel of a winter wonderland.

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A Perfect 10!

December 7, 2010
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A Perfect 10!

Peter Rait, Co-Proprietor of Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, and Cecilia Rait, Co-Proprietor and Resident Wine Director celebrate their 10 year anniversary in business on December 2. The Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, is a multi-use property consisting of both an inti- mate and authentic boutique hotel and an award winning Bistro in Boston’s...

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Cibeline Sariano sets local fashion scene afire

December 7, 2010
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Cibeline Sariano sets local fashion scene afire

At the age of 7, Cibeline Sariano dreamed of one day becoming a fashion designer. Twenty-nine years later, Cibeline is celebrating her ninth year at her eponymous designer boutique, as well as her second year on prestigious Charles Street in Beacon Hill. Sariano credits her parents and grandparents, all professional artists, for nurturing her...

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Hill resident promoted to senior VP of Schwartz Communications

December 7, 2010
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Hill resident  promoted to senior VP of Schwartz Communications

Beacon Hill resident Ross Levanto and co-worker Laura Kempke were recently promoted to senior vice-president positions at Schwartz Communications, Inc., a Waltham-based technology, healthcare and clean-tech agency. “Ross and Laura are both results-oriented, public relations powerhouses who have been instrumental in developing communications and marketing campaigns that utilize the very latest in content optimization,...

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Charles Street Committee working to improve streetscape

December 7, 2010
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Following its inaugural meeting in October, the Joint Charles Street Committee is already making noticeable strides in improving the streetscape. The committee, co-chaired by Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board member John Corey and Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA) President Susan Symonds, contacted Bank of America Charles Street Branch Manager Eric Laumeister  and informed...

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Receiving what he deserved

December 7, 2010
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The Boston City Council’s vote to expel their colleague Chuck Turner last week was the right thing to do. The 11-1 vote showed the resolve of the council, despite many of its members fretting that Turner was their friend and it was a difficult vote to make considering all he had done for his...

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Dr. Johnson’s dilemma

December 7, 2010
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Boston School Superintendent Carol Johnson is attempting to close down 13 Boston Public Schools and to combine five others in order to cut a more than $50 million deficit the Boston School Department is facing. Dr. Johnson’s gambit – to close schools that can no longer sustain themselves – is a step in the...

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