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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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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