Joy Street Pedestrian Improvements Get Favorable Response

March 3, 2014
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The latest concept design for improving pedestrian accessibility on Joy Street drew a largely favorable response at a standing-room public hearing at City Hall on Wednesday. Connect Historic Boston – an initiative between the National Park Service and the Boston Transportation Department to improve walking, biking and public-transit routes to destinations of interest citywide...

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Civic Association board votes to support Rep. Livingstone’s proposed Mass. Eye and Ear legislation

March 3, 2014
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At its Feb. 10 meeting, the Beacon Hill Civic Association board of directors voted to support legislation proposed by State Rep. Jay Livingstone that would allow the Massachusetts Ear and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) to expand its Boston campus. The legislation would authorize the hospital to enter into a long-term agreement with the state to...

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Street Sweeping Starts This Week

March 3, 2014
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In case you have not noticed, it is March and the street sweeping program starts in earnest this week. Looking at the mounds of ice that show no signs of melting anytime in the near future, one is puzzled as to how the street-sweeper will move about — never mind get the debris that...

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Police Briefs 03-04-2014

March 3, 2014
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Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Knife 02/20/14 – At approximately 9:50 p.m., two male witnesses reported while walking their dog on Brimmer Street, they observed a male suspect looking into the windows of homes. At that time, they approached the suspect, who displayed a knife before fleeing on foot towards Charles Street. Incidents...

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Never Too Young to Start Cooking

February 24, 2014
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Never Too Young to Start Cooking

Children learning French through authentic regional recipes at the French Cultural Center in Back Bay. Here they’re making delicious madeleines. Miam miam. The Center’s “Summer in French” program, taught by native French speakers, offers half-day or full-day immersion programs. Children (ages 3 to 12) and teens (ages 13 to 17) discover French culture and...

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Esplanade Cafe to Open under New Management

February 24, 2014
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The former Café Esplanade will reopen under new management as the Charles River Bistro on March 21, according to Anthem Hospitality. Boston-based Anthem Hospitality and its parent company The Anthem Group assumed control of the café located near the DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade last year and invested more than $250,000...

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Marathon Bomb Victim Is Featured Speaker at March’s Women’s Forum

February 24, 2014
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Allison Byrne, a marathon runner and bomb victim of last year’s Boston Marathon, will speak at the March 4 meeting of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum, an organization formed last May to connect and inspire neighborhood women. April 15th marks the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. As the city remembers the devastating...

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Does flying make you sick?

February 24, 2014
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Every week more and more Beacon Hill families lift off from Logan, packed shoulder to shoulder with others in giant aircraft heading to ski areas, beach resorts and family compounds for much-deserved school vacations. And many of them will arrive back home with stuffy noses, itchy throats and annoying coughs. Airplane passengers, it turns...

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Snow budget still has small surplus

February 24, 2014
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Already 50 inches of snow has fallen in Boston this winter pushing the city’s snow budget to the brink. With a little over two months left before the city is out of the woods this winter the city’s Department of Public Works (BPW) has spent $16.1 million of the $18.5 million in its snow...

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Police Briefs 02-25-2014

February 24, 2014
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Larceny – Shoplifting 02/11/14 – At around 6:50 p.m., a Charles Street boutique reported that a female suspect fled the store with a light blue, button-down shirt, a grey T-shirt and a blue-printed blouse. Incidents Feb. 11 103 Revere St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 49 Charles St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over Cambridge...

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Writers’ Circle

February 18, 2014
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Beacon Hill has it all, we like to think. Its own chiropractor, its own pharmacy, its own chocolate shop. And now, it even has its very own writing group, which is looking for just a few more dedicated members. The brand new Beacon Hill Writing Group held its first-ever meeting this past Wednesday. Its...

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Samantha Goudreau Steps Down from Civic Association

February 18, 2014
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Samantha Goudreau Steps Down from Civic Association

After more than three years on the job, Samantha Goudreau stepped down today as assistant to the executive director of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) to assume the role of public programs and events coordinator for the Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy. Goudreau, a 26-year-old native of Richmond, Vt., graduated from the University of...

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Summer Offers Wide Range of Programs for Local Kids

February 18, 2014
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While winter is still upon us, it’s already time for parents to look past the current school year and begin considering summer alternatives for their children. Boston-area kids can choose from a wide selection of offerings this year, including some half- and extended-day options, but enrollment for the unique programs described below is limited....

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Snow and Cold: A Tough Winter, but We’re up for It

February 18, 2014
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When we were younger, we never truly understood what our grandmother meant when she would say, “It’s been a long, hard winter.” In a child’s world, a big snowstorm meant no school, which would leave us free to go sledding, build igloos in the mounds of snow created by the snow plows, and roam...

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Police Briefs 02-18-2014

February 18, 2014
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Unarmed Robbery 02/04/14 – At around 10 p.m., a female victim reported while she was walking on Pinckney Street, an unknown male suspect came up from behind her and grabbed her Apple iPhone. Incidents Feb. 4  20 Pinckney St. – Robbery – Unarmed – Street Feb. 5 36 River St. – Breaking and Entering,...

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DCR to Explore Reopening of Lee Pool

February 10, 2014
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DCR to Explore Reopening of Lee Pool

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has affirmed its willingness to reopen the Lee Memorial Wading Pool on the Charles River Esplanade, but more than 15 years after the facility’s closure, the timeline for this remains uncertain. “DCR has been meeting with various groups and associations dedicated to promoting use and beautification of...

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Celebrity Snowman

February 10, 2014
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Celebrity Snowman

Last week’s snow brought out the artist in some neighbors. This giant snowman and his tiny companions became Boston’s latest celebrities. Tourists and locals took turns posing while he smiled patiently for the cameras.

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‘Beautify Beacon Hill’ Winter Winners Named

February 10, 2014
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‘Beautify Beacon Hill’ Winter Winners Named

‘The Beacon Hill Civic Association, the Beacon Hill Garden Club and The Beacon Hill Times would like to thank all those who submitted pictures to the “Beautify Beacon Hill Awards” – Winter Session. The submissions demonstrated the exemplary effort many Beacon Hill residents put into their seasonal displays including window boxes, containers, tree pits,...

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Ward 5 Democratic Committee Elects Delegates for State Convention

February 10, 2014
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The Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee held a caucus at the Community Church of Boston on Saturday to elect delegates to represent Democrats in the ward at the 2014 Massachusetts State Democratic Convention, scheduled for June 13 and 14 in Worcester. Female delegates include Pat Amend, Nina Bollag, Fran Burke, Stefane Desmond, Emelia Encallado,...

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Police Briefs 02-11-2014

February 10, 2014
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Larceny – Shoplifting 01/29/14 – At approximately 1:03 p.m., a male suspect was arrested for shoplifting four bottles of Tide detergent from a Charles Street pharmacy. Incidents Jan. 28 Charles Street – Auto Theft Jan. 29 155 Charles St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, Under $50 103 Charles St. – Verbal Dispute Jan. 30 14 Brimmer...

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Girl Scout Cookie Sale

February 3, 2014
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Girl Scout Cookie Sale

Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 65321 were selling Girl Scout cookies recently in front of Starbucks at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets. Shown from left are Grace Sanborn, Gwendolyn Tuckett, Holly Sullivan, Ciara King, Georgia Brucato and Troop Leader Cindy Sullivan.

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Dust off Your Skates and Head to the Frog Pond

February 3, 2014
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Dust off Your Skates and Head to the Frog Pond

National Hockey League hopefuls and novice skaters alike are invited to the second annual “Young Friends on Ice” on the Boston Common’s Frog Pond on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Young Friends of the Public Garden in cooperation with the Mayor’s Office and the Boston Parks...

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Comments Sought on Government Ctr. Garage

February 3, 2014
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The state is accepting public comments on the proposed redevelopment of the Government Center Garage until Friday, Feb. 7. Boston-based developer HYM Investment Group LLC intends to raze major portions of the existing 11-story garage to clear the way for six new buildings, including a 528-foot office tower and two residential high-rises, standing 480...

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Nominations Sought for BHCA Board

February 3, 2014
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The Nominating Committee of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) is currently considering nominations to fill openings for new Board members to be elected at the annual meeting in May 2014.  In particular, BHCA is seeking candidates with interest and expertise in Zoning and Licensing, Development and Membership, Special Events Planning, and Public Relations/Communications/Marketing....

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