BHAC Rejects DPW Plan for ADA – Accessible Ramps

December 31, 2013
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A public hearing was held before the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission (“BHAC”) on Thursday, Dec. 19, on the Boston Department of Public Works’ (“DPW”) proposal to use poured cement and plastic tactile warning panels in hundreds of wheelchair-accessible sidewalk curb cuts that the DPW is planning to construct over the coming years throughout Beacon...

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Ring out the Old…. We Wish Our Readers a Happy and Healthy 2014

December 31, 2013
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New Year’s Day really isn’t different than any other day of the year.  It is a day that has no real significance other than its place on the calendar. However, that lack of meaningfulness also is New Year’s greatest asset.  New Year’s Day belongs to everyone because it has no particular religious or political...

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Police Briefs 12-31-2013

December 31, 2013
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Larceny 12/19/13 – A Joy Street resident reported unknown person(s) stole a UPS delivery from his building between 3:50 and 4:25 p.m. The delivery contained a silver necklace, an iPad cover and a keyboard. Incidents Dec. 19 Garden Street Motor Vehicle Accident – Other 60 Joy St. Larceny, Other, $50 to $199 85 Phillips...

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McWhinney-morse Receives National Recognition Award

December 24, 2013
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McWhinney-morse Receives National Recognition Award

Susan McWhinney-Morse, one of the founders of the Beacon Hill Village, has been honored nationally for her leadership in the ‘aging in place’ movement that is rapidly spreading across the country and abroad. At the Fifth Annual National Conference for Villages held mid-November in St Louis, McWhinney-Morse was presented with the first Beacon Award...

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Charles St. Storefronts Were Full of Holiday Cheer

December 24, 2013
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Charles St. Storefronts Were Full of Holiday Cheer

Neighborhood merchants rose to the occasion for the Charles Street First Annual Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest on Dec. 12, even outdoing their lavish seasonal window displays of past years. “The stores did a great job on the street anyways, and we just added friendly competition,” said John Corey, chair of the Beacon Hill Civic...

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Merry Christmas: We Wish Our Readers a Happy and Safe Holiday

December 24, 2013
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The holiday season is here, which for most of us means the traditional gatherings with family, friends, and co-workers to share the joy of Christmas and the New Year. For many, the Christmas holiday season marks the only time of the year when we will have the opportunity to see each other and catch...

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It’s Not Too Late: Please Remember Those in Need

December 24, 2013
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The economists may tell us that we finally have turned a corner in the recovery from the debacle of the Great Recession of the Bush years, but  statistics only tell part of the story. The cold, harsh reality for many Americans is that economic recovery still is only a dream in a world where...

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Police Briefs 12-24-2013

December 24, 2013
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Dec. 11 30 Charles St. Fire Report – House, Building, etc. 109 Mt. Vernon St. Investigate Person Anderson Street Vandalism Dec. 12 38 Anderson St. Vandalism Irving Street  Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage Dec. 13 65 Martha Road Investigate Property 1 Charles St. South Investigate Person

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Room to Breathe Program to Sponsor a Holiday Girl Scout Cookie Sale

December 17, 2013
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Room to Breathe Program to Sponsor a Holiday Girl Scout Cookie Sale

The newly-formed Brownie troop #65321 partnered with the Mass Coalition for the Homeless – Room to Breathe program to sponsor a holiday Girl Scout cookie sale and linen drive outside Starbucks Saturday.

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Making Beacon Hill Inviting to Young Families

December 17, 2013
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Jacqueline and Matt Freeman loved Beacon Hill. They met, married and made their home here. They loved walking everywhere, seeing neighbors, being near the Charles River, Starbucks and the shops on Charles Street. But only a year and a half after the first of their three sons was born, they left. “The first and...

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Further Safety Improvements Considered for Codman Island

December 17, 2013
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In the aftermath of another vehicular accident at Codman Island, the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) has again partnered with the city to explore further safety improvements to the small, triangular garden at Charles and Beacon streets. According to Boston Police, on Nov. 10 at around 3:30 a.m., a grey Mercedes struck the center...

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BHAC to Review Applications for Streetscape Modifications

December 17, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission is scheduled to review two applications this Thursday that aim to improve pedestrian and wheelchair accessibility on neighborhood streets and sidewalks. The city’s Public Works Department is proposing changes to make Joy Street more pedestrian friendly, including the replacement of sidewalks, the installation of ADA-accessible ramps at Beacon Street...

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Nelson Mandela: A Truly Unique and Wonderful Man

December 17, 2013
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The outpouring of world-wide respect for Nelson Mandela, the former leader of South Africa who passed away this week, is unprecedented in the world we live in today. No one reading this editorial can even begin to imagine or comprehend the hardships he encountered during his long life: Here was a man who was...

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Police Briefs 12-17-2013

December 17, 2013
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Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon 12/05/13 – At around 4 p.m., a male suspect struck a city meter-maid in the face with his iPhone after she issued him a parking violation ticket on Beacon Street. The suspect then fled in his motor vehicle on Beacon Street. The suspect’s registration information was handed...

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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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