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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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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