Businesses, Residents Work to Support a Vibrant Local Business Community

December 10, 2013
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Businesses, Residents Work to Support a Vibrant Local Business Community

Beacon Hill businesses would like to see the neighborhood flourish and residents would like to see its businesses flourish. By working together, they are making this happen. Individually or jointly, both have launched new initiatives to support a vibrant and diverse business community of non-franchised, locally owned businesses that meet residents’ needs, as envisioned...

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New Polling Location Input Being Sought

December 10, 2013
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Upon learning of the increasing difficulty that some registered voters in Ward 5, Precinct 3 have faced while attempting to cast their ballots at the State House annex, State Rep. Jay Livingstone is soliciting feedback from his constituents on alternate polling locations. Voters were previously allowed to access the site at the entrance off...

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Pedestrian Improvements Eyed for Joy St.

December 10, 2013
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Representatives from Connect Historic Boston outlined a preliminary plan to make Joy Street more pedestrian friendly at a meeting sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) on Thursday. Connect Historic Boston – an initiative between the National Park Service and the Boston Transportation Department – proposes building a pedestrian entrance at Joy and...

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Celebrating Home Gala Feb. 1

December 10, 2013
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On February 1, 2014, the Beacon Hill Civic Association invites all to attend the 42nd Annual Winter Gala. “There’s No Place Like HOME” will be the night to celebrate 92 years of the Beacon Hill Civic Association and the special neighborhood we all call home. This year’s Gala promises to be like none other!...

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Police Briefs 12-10-2013

December 10, 2013
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Assault and Battery 11/29/13 – Three male victims reported that they were assaulted by an 20 unknown males outside of a Charles Street pub at around 2 a.m. The victims were treated at Newton-Wellesley Hospital for multiple injuries after driving themselves there. Incidents Nov. 27 28 Hancock St.  – Towed Motor Vehicle Grove Street...

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Obituaries 12-10-2013

December 10, 2013
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Robert LaVerne Henninger Of South Dakota Robert LaVerne Henninger of Brookings, South Dakota went Home to be with The Lord at his daughter’s home under Hospice Care. He was 80 years old. Robert, who was born on January 5, 1933 to August and Maggie (Heiniger) Henninger in Bern, Kansas and faithfully served his country...

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Boston Common Tree Lighting Coming Dec. 5

December 2, 2013
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Boston Common Tree Lighting Coming Dec. 5

Mayor Thomas M. Menino joins the Honourable Andrew Younger, Minister with the Government of Nova Scotia, for Boston’s 72nd annual Official Tree Lighting on Boston Common on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. The celebration is hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, title sponsor the Province of Nova Scotia, lead...

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Charles Street Businesses Encouraged to Join in Holiday Decorating Contest

December 2, 2013
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Charles Street businesses now have an added incentive to dress up their display windows, following the announcement of the first annual Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest. First- second and third-place winners in the inaugural competition, sponsored by the Joint Charles Street Committee of the Beacon Hill Civic Association and the Beacon Hill Business Association, will...

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Two Free Hours of Parking Are Now Available at Spaces

December 2, 2013
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Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that the City of Boston will once again be providing parking incentives for local drivers during the holiday season.  Boston drivers will be offered two hours of free parking at the City’s 9,000 metered spaces, the opportunity to participate in the popular “Toys for Tickets” program and the...

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Decorating the Hill Is Sunday

December 2, 2013
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This weekend neighbors will be out on the the various streets of Beacon Hill with ladders and garlands and bows to decorate the lamp posts. This annual tradition is a lot of fun and transforms our streets into a winter wonderland. We are printing the notice from the Beacon Hill Civic Association and urge...

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On the Set of the Movie “The Forger”

November 25, 2013
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On the Set of the Movie “The Forger”

Beacon Hill’s Noelle Champoux-Olson and her son Bennett Olson, 9, joined John Travolta on the set of the movie “The Forger” in Natick on Tuesday. Bennett is a patient at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. He and some other pediatric patients served as extras in the film.

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Crime Rate Still Dropping on the Hill

November 25, 2013
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Beacon Hill has seen an approximately 18-precent decrease in violent and property crimes in 2013 since to last year. According to Boston Police, 169 Part One crimes were reported through the end of October 2013, compared with 205 during the same timeframe in 2012. No homicides were reported in either year, while one rape...

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Seeking Holiday Helpers for Decorating Days Here

November 25, 2013
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Nothing signals the beginning of the holiday season more than the annual Holiday Decorating Days sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association. It is a way to enjoy friends and neighbors while hanging 2,680 yards of laurel garlands and 2,400 red bows on Beacon Hill’s 1,100 gas lamps. Every year it takes hundreds of...

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Another Look at the Bicycle Track

November 25, 2013
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Neighborhood residents got another look at the city’s preliminary plans to install a two-way bicycle track around the Public Garden last week at a meeting sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA). Nick Jackson of Toole Design Group, a national planning, engineering and landscape architecture firm, said the concept proposes eliminating one traffic...

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Patronize Local Merchants During This Holiday Season

November 25, 2013
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Each year after we gather with friends and family to enjoy a turkey dinner and some pumpkin pie, we set our minds on the Holidays. The hustle and bustle set-in and the list of gifts and gatherings continue to grow. This year, The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) wants to remind residents to shop...

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2013
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All across the United States, Americans will be traveling far and wide to visit their families and loved ones to spend Thanksgiving Day, our unique, national holiday that celebrates nothing in particular. But that is the beauty of Thanksgiving. We feel no compulsion to do anything (unless we have to do the cooking!) or...

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Police Briefs 11-26-2013

November 25, 2013
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Larceny –Shoplifting 11/14/13 – A Charles Street boutique reported a female suspect stole a green blouse and fled on foot at around 6:55 p.m. Incidents Nov. 14 Charles Street        – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over 131 Charles St.  – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 84 Myrtle St.  – Motor Vehicle Accident...

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Suffolk Univ. Officially Starts 20 Somerset

November 19, 2013
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Suffolk Univ. Officially Starts 20 Somerset

Suffolk University broke ground on a new academic building at 20 Somerset St. on Thursday. The building, designed by NBBJ architects, will provide a new academic home for Suffolk students and provide technology-enhanced instructional space for science and general study. Eight floors of the 10-story building will hold flexible classrooms designed to support active...

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Garlands and Green Event Is This Wednesday Night

November 19, 2013
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Join friends and neighbors as you ring in the holiday season at Garlands and Green: A Holiday Gathering, tomorrow Wednesday, November 20. Tom Kershaw sponsors this annual fun and festive Beacon Hill Civic Association party, that helps raise the $12,000 in funds needed to support the magical transformation of gas lamp posts on Beacon...

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‘There’s No Place like Home’ at BHCA Fundraiser

November 19, 2013
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“There’s No Place Like Home” and Beacon Hill Civic Association’s 42nd annual Winter Gala Committee invite neighbors to celebrate the historic jewel we all call home. Join the Honorary Winter Gala Committee at the Civic Association’s annual fundraiser benefiting the Beacon Hill Civic Association, as the group fetes friendship and community on Saturday, Feb....

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A Nice Tradition

November 19, 2013
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The Esplanade Association recently held their third annual canine promenade where more than 100 dogs were on show and almost twice as many owners. Living in the city and especially in our neighborhood, one immediately thinks that there is not enough room to have a dog.  But our neighbors show that this is not...

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Police Briefs 11-19-2013

November 19, 2013
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Breaking and Entering 11/10/13 – At around 2:56 a.m., officers responded to a breaking and entering in progress at a Charles Street sporting-goods store. On arrival, police found that the front right window was broken. A brick was recovered from the scene, and the business owner reported an alligator-leather bag was stolen.   Incidents...

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Hill Residents Host Benefit for National Theatre of Ireland

November 12, 2013
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Hill Residents Host Benefit for National Theatre of Ireland

Beacon Hill residents Tom and Shelly O’Neill hosted a dinner for the Abbey Theatre Foundation at Number 9 Park on Oct. 28. The Abbey Foundation supports the National Theatre of Ireland, which was founded in Dublin in 1904 to invest in and promote new Irish writers. The theatre is still a prominent presence in...

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An Aging Garden Bed Gets a Splashy Makeover

November 12, 2013
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An Aging Garden Bed Gets a Splashy Makeover

Come spring, tiny crocuses of purple, yellow and white will signal new life to an aging garden bed that had gradually tired of its work sustaining giant Elm trees nearby and plantings that had outgrown their spaces along the Boylston Street edge of the Public Garden. The installation of three new benches mark the...

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