A Sunday to Remember

By all accounts, Sunday was a lovely spring day. A bit cool with a sea breeze all day – but a fabulous day to be alive and, it turns out, to be an American. Boston was resonant with colors bursting everywhere and gardens coming to life with the color green appearing extremely brilliant in...

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Police Briefs 05-03-2011

Larceny from Motor Vehicle 04/21/11 – A victim reported her purse, checkbook, bank cards, U.S. currency, laptop, backpack and GPS system were stolen between 9:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. from her 1998 Olds Cutlass, which was parked on Charles Street. The victim said the motor vehicle’s left front passenger-side window was broken. Disturbing the...

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Levanto to Step Down from BHCA Board

April 28, 2011
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Levanto to Step Down from BHCA Board

-By Dan Murphy Following eight years of service, Ross Levanto will step down from the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors after the group’s May 16 annual meeting. Levanto joined the board in 2003 and is the former chair of the BHCA City Services Committee. He also served as an Executive Committee...

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Former Hill Resident Wins Two Snowboard Competitions

April 28, 2011
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Former Hill Resident Wins Two Snowboard Competitions

Beacon Hill native and current Maine resident Myles Silverman recently won the Finals of two snowboarding competitions. An eighth grader at Brunswick Junior High School who lives in Brunswick and the Carrabassett Valley, Silverman still spends time in Boston every summer. Silverman won the Nastar National Snowboard Championship for his age group (boys 13-14)...

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Downtown View: Helicopters, Schmelicopters

April 28, 2011
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What’s all this stuff about helicopters over Beacon Hill? A few lazy reporters decided to interview only the complainers. Their editors loved putting out a story about rich people whining. Those of us who love this neighborhood were miffed at the newspaper reports. They were written in a gleeful tone—gotcha was the theme. The...

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New Willows Coming to the Esplanade on Arbor Day

April 28, 2011
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The Esplanade Association (TEA), in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), will be planting 10 Golden Weeping Willow (Salix alba “Tristis”) at the Otis Grove area of the Charles River Esplanade on Arbor Day, Friday, April 29. The weeping willows will be planted according to Landscape Architect Arthur Shurcliff’s original design....

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BHCA City Services Committee Surveys Younger Residents on Recycling and Trash Habits

April 28, 2011
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Times Staff The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) City Services Committee recently conducted a survey of younger residents of the neighborhood to learn their recycling and trash habits. According to the raw data collected in the survey, nearly 52 percent of the 87 respondents said they recycle every week. “I was amazed by that...

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Blackstone’s Celebrates Anniversary and a Rich History

April 28, 2011
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On April 12, Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill celebrated its fifth anniversary under current owners, Jennifer Hill and Mark Duffield. Friends and neighbors were greeted by concierges from the Liberty Hotel and given the full red-carpet treatment. More than 100 guests were on hand to celebrate and to help commemorate Blackstone’s rich past and its...

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Increased Payments from Non-profits makes Sense

April 28, 2011
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The mayor and the city government are absolutely correct in asking the city’s many nonprofits to increase the payments they make in lieu of taxes. For more than a century, the argument about tax exempts being totally exempted from taxes has not been questioned enough to make a difference. The exemptions began with church...

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The Royal Wedding

April 28, 2011
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When Prince William and his bride to be Kate Middleton tie the knot Friday morning, a lot of us will be watching. Americans, and especially Bostonians, have very special feelings about people who are born in castles to become kings and queens versus those of us born in common hospitals to become whomever we...

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Residents Updated on Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project

April 19, 2011
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Residents Updated on Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project

-By Dan Murphy Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials updated the public on the status of the Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project at the Shriners Hospital auditorium last week, but didn’t disclose the state’s preferred alternative for reconfiguring the 102-year-old bridge that connects Boston to Cambridge across the Charles River. The bridge restoration is being...

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Play Dates: DCR Staff Unveils Updated Construction Plan and Schedule for Esplanade Playspace

April 19, 2011
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-By Dan Murphy Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) officials unveiled the updated construction plan and schedule for the Esplanade Playspace last week during the third public meeting to vet the proposal. Friends of the Esplanade Playspace is building an approximately 10,000 square-foot playground for 5- to 12-year-olds on the state-owned Charles River Esplanade,...

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Beacon Hill Nursery School Celebrates 55th Anniversary at its Annual Auction

April 19, 2011
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Beacon Hill Nursery School (BHNS) celebrated its 55th anniversary on Saturday, April 9, at its annual auction, “Toast of the Town”. The event, which took place at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in the Grand Ballroom, was a wonderful celebration of old and new, drawing inspiration for the décor and prizes from an elegant 1950s...

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Patriots Day 2011

April 19, 2011
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The commemoration of the battles of Lexington and Concord continues another year and frankly the world should be grateful for that. We remain the world’s great shining light of freedom and democracy, even if our national government can’t agree on virtually anything at this point in time. Since April, 1775 and throughout our national...

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The Mayor’s Victory

April 19, 2011
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Mayor Thomas Menino was the first in this state to boldly challenge the right of city and town unions to reject money saving initiatives when it comes to their municipality provided and paid for health insurance policies and premiums. The mayor’s foresight has been given new weight, as his money-saving initiatives are being included...

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Police Briefs 04-18-2011

April 19, 2011
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OUI/Alcohol 04/05/11 – A male suspect was arrested for operating a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado on Charles Street under the influence of alcohol at about 12:13 a.m. Fire 04/10/11 – Boston firefighters were on the scene of a basement kitchen-stove fire, at around 11:49 a.m. The front door was forced open and scheduled to be...

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Two Candidates seek to Lead BHCA

April 12, 2011
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Two Candidates seek to Lead BHCA

-By Dan Murphy Two candidates are now in the running for president of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) for the 2011-2012 term. Steve Young, who was unanimously selected as the presidential candidate by the BHCA Nominating Committee, will face Rob Whitney in the upcoming election. Young has served on the BHCA board of...

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Area A-1 Sees 24-Percent Reduction in Violent and Property Crimes for ‘11

April 12, 2011
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By Dan Murphy Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, has experienced a 24-percent reduction in violent and property crimes to date in 2011, compared with last year, police said. Between Jan. 1 and April 4, 569 incidents of Part One crime were reported as opposed to 745 in the same...

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Officials Say: Redistricting will be Clean this Time

April 12, 2011
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-By David Taber State redistricting began last month with local politicians promising that a transparent process will avoid what happened last time: A redrawing of the legislative map by the courts after they ruled the process had been illegal and discriminatory. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, Senate vice-chair of the state legislature’s Joint Committee on...

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Street Cleaning Continues

April 12, 2011
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All caution must be observed by automobile owners during street sweeping season which is now in full swing throughout our neighborhoods. Strict attention must be paid to signage and e-mails sent out by the city to avoid the ultimate disaster – a towed automobile or a substantial city of Boston citation. Be careful or...

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Always Exercise Caution When Alone in the Park

April 12, 2011
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Boston and State Police are urging residents who use the Esplanade to be aware after an alleged assault of a college student during the weekend. The woman told investigators her assailant attacked her shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday night while she was sitting on a park bench. The man apparently talked with her for...

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Police Briefs 04-12-2011

April 12, 2011
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Larceny – $200 and Over 03/30/11 – A Brimmer Street school reported that unknown person(s) stole three brass caps that were attached to the building between 5 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. Larceny/Shoplifting 03/31/11 – A male suspect stole a large bottle of Listerine from a Charles Street pharmacy at around 6:45 a.m. Incidents Feb....

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Hill Fashion Designer Donates Dresses to ‘Belle of the Ball’

April 5, 2011
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Hill Fashion Designer Donates Dresses to ‘Belle of the Ball’

As one of Boston’s premier  fashion designers, Cibeline Sariano has designed dresses for the Grammy Awards, the Oscars, the Emmys and just about every other red-carpet event. She has seen the proud look of the rich and famous that has showcased her fashion creations. Sariano will see that look once again when she donates...

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Population Growth in Beacon Hill and Back Bay Reported in Census

April 5, 2011
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By Dan Murphy Beacon Hill and Back Bay saw a 2.8 percent increase in population between 2000 and last year, according to results of the 2010 census. The number of residents in the two neighborhoods reportedly rose from 26,721 in 2000 to 27,476 in 2010. Citywide, the overall population rose 4.8 percent as the...

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