Happy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2013
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All across the United States, Americans will be traveling far and wide to visit their families and loved ones to spend Thanksgiving Day, our unique, national holiday that celebrates nothing in particular. But that is the beauty of Thanksgiving. We feel no compulsion to do anything (unless we have to do the cooking!) or...

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Police Briefs 11-26-2013

November 25, 2013
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Larceny –Shoplifting 11/14/13 – A Charles Street boutique reported a female suspect stole a green blouse and fled on foot at around 6:55 p.m. Incidents Nov. 14 Charles Street        - Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over 131 Charles St.  – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 84 Myrtle St.  – Motor Vehicle Accident...

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Suffolk Univ. Officially Starts 20 Somerset

November 19, 2013
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Suffolk Univ. Officially Starts 20 Somerset

Suffolk University broke ground on a new academic building at 20 Somerset St. on Thursday. The building, designed by NBBJ architects, will provide a new academic home for Suffolk students and provide technology-enhanced instructional space for science and general study. Eight floors of the 10-story building will hold flexible classrooms designed to support active...

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Garlands and Green Event Is This Wednesday Night

November 19, 2013
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Join friends and neighbors as you ring in the holiday season at Garlands and Green: A Holiday Gathering, tomorrow Wednesday, November 20. Tom Kershaw sponsors this annual fun and festive Beacon Hill Civic Association party, that helps raise the $12,000 in funds needed to support the magical transformation of gas lamp posts on Beacon...

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‘There’s No Place like Home’ at BHCA Fundraiser

November 19, 2013
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“There’s No Place Like Home” and Beacon Hill Civic Association’s 42nd annual Winter Gala Committee invite neighbors to celebrate the historic jewel we all call home. Join the Honorary Winter Gala Committee at the Civic Association’s annual fundraiser benefiting the Beacon Hill Civic Association, as the group fetes friendship and community on Saturday, Feb....

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A Nice Tradition

November 19, 2013
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The Esplanade Association recently held their third annual canine promenade where more than 100 dogs were on show and almost twice as many owners. Living in the city and especially in our neighborhood, one immediately thinks that there is not enough room to have a dog.  But our neighbors show that this is not...

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Police Briefs 11-19-2013

November 19, 2013
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Breaking and Entering 11/10/13 – At around 2:56 a.m., officers responded to a breaking and entering in progress at a Charles Street sporting-goods store. On arrival, police found that the front right window was broken. A brick was recovered from the scene, and the business owner reported an alligator-leather bag was stolen.   Incidents...

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Hill Residents Host Benefit for National Theatre of Ireland

November 12, 2013
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Hill Residents Host Benefit for National Theatre of Ireland

Beacon Hill residents Tom and Shelly O’Neill hosted a dinner for the Abbey Theatre Foundation at Number 9 Park on Oct. 28. The Abbey Foundation supports the National Theatre of Ireland, which was founded in Dublin in 1904 to invest in and promote new Irish writers. The theatre is still a prominent presence in...

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An Aging Garden Bed Gets a Splashy Makeover

November 12, 2013
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An Aging Garden Bed Gets a Splashy Makeover

Come spring, tiny crocuses of purple, yellow and white will signal new life to an aging garden bed that had gradually tired of its work sustaining giant Elm trees nearby and plantings that had outgrown their spaces along the Boylston Street edge of the Public Garden. The installation of three new benches mark the...

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Hill Voters Back Connolly in Mayoral Election

November 12, 2013
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While registered voters citywide supported State Rep. Marty Walsh in his victorious bid to succeed Thomas M. Menino as the 54th mayor of Boston, Beacon Hill voters favored his rival candidate, City Councilor John Connolly, in last Tuesday’s municipal election. According to the city’s unofficial election results, an average of approximately 83 percent of...

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Veterans Day: Thank You for Your Service to Our Country

November 12, 2013
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On Monday, November 11, we  joined with our fellow Americans in observing Veteran’s Day, a day set aside to honor the sacrifices made by all of those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. Veteran’s Day originated as a commemoration of the end of World War I, which officially ended on the 11th...

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Police Briefs 11-12-2013

November 12, 2013
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Larceny in a Building 11/02/13 – A Charles Street antique store reported a female suspect and a male suspect entered the store at around 4:30 p.m. and stole one silver ring, one amethyst ring, two sterling-silver rings and an antique perfume bottle before fleeing on foot. Incidents Oct. 30 145 Pinckney St. – Towed...

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Halloween 2013

November 4, 2013
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Halloween 2013

Annica, Katya, Eugenie, Juliette, Amandine, Sabrina, and Laura were just a few of the trick or treaters that were on Beacon Hill during halloween last Thursday. Thousands of children of all ages came to the Hill for their annual fill of candy and a haunting good time.

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Fall Pumpkin Festival

November 4, 2013
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Fall Pumpkin Festival

This smiling jack-o’-lantern was one of hundreds that were floated on the Boston Common Frog Pond during Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Fall Pumpkin Festival hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department on Oct. 27. The free event drew an estimated 2,000 revelers of all ages who enjoyed a Halloween parade, ParkSCIENCE activities, and puppet,...

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Esplanade Playspace Welcomes New Sculpture

November 4, 2013
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On Oct. 28, the Esplanade Playspace welcomed a playful new sculpture. Created by artist David Phillips, the latest sculpture depicts a series of frogs, turtles and other critters crawling on geometric shapes. Phillips also created the much beloved turtle sculpture that has adorned the Playspace since its opening in 2011. His new sculpture is...

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Captain Hasson District A-1′s New Commanding Officer

November 4, 2013
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Boston Police District A-1 has a new Commanding Officer, Captain James G. Hasson who was a Lieutenant in the district years ago. Captain Hasson replaces Captain Thomas Lee who has moved on to take a Chief’s position in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The new captain will be at the Beacon Hill Civic Association Safety Committee...

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Police Briefs 11-05-2013

November 4, 2013
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Larceny – Shoplifting 10/23/13 – At about 11:57 a.m., a Charles Street sports-apparel store reported two unknown male suspects entered the store and stole a Mittellegi Pro women’s rain jacket and fled on foot up Pinckney Street. Incidents Oct. 23 Beacon Street  – Assault and Battery on a Police Officer 250 Cambridge St.  –...

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Obituaries 11-05-2013

November 4, 2013
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Grace Ashwell Yeomans Thaler Prominent Decorative Arts Appraiser and Consultant Grace Ashwell Yeomans Thaler of Beacon Hill and Wellfleet, Massachusetts, died of pancreatic cancer on Sunday, October 27, with her devoted husband, Thomas W. Thaler, at her side. She was 58 years old. Grace loved being part of the community of Beacon Hill and...

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Hasson to Be at Safety Committee Meeting

November 4, 2013
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Hasson to Be at Safety Committee Meeting

Next week’s Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee meeting includes a visit from Area A-1’s new captain, James Hasson, as well as a self-defense class for women. Hasson, a 25-year veteran of the Boston Police Department who assumed the captain’s post last month, will be on hand at the meeting to share recent...

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Brewer Fountain

October 29, 2013
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Brewer Fountain

Brewer Fountain, a gift of Gardner Brewer to the City of Boston in 1867, is now illuminated with redesigned and improved lighting, thanks to the Friends of the Public Garden. The lighting will remain on throughout the year, enabling the remarkable details of the fountain’s sculptural features to be beautifully visible after dark.

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Halloween on the Hill: Street Closures Listed as Officials Get Ready for Trick-or-treaters

October 29, 2013
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To ensure a safe Halloween, the Beacon Hill Civic Association has arranged to close Pinckney Street and Mount Vernon Street from Joy Street to Charles Street on Thursday, October 31. Please note that these official road closures will prevent access to Chestnut, Spruce, Walnut, and Willow streets, as well as Louisburg Square and sections...

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Longfellow Bridge Closed to Auto Traffic This Weekend

October 29, 2013
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will close the Longfellow Bridge to all motor vehicle travel, except MBTA buses, this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 3. The closures are to implement Red Line-related work associated with ongoing bridge construction. Buses will replace Red Line trains for service between Kendall/MIT Station and Park...

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Survey Says Bookstore Is Top Pick for Neighborhood Business

October 29, 2013
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A bookstore or bookstore café would come as the most welcome addition to the neighborhood’s existing retail mix, according to a 2013 survey administered by the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Retail Vacancy Task Force. Of 395 respondents, 265 said a bookstore is the type of business or store they would like to see...

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Civic Groups to Hold City Council Forum

October 29, 2013
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association in conjunction with the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay and the West End Civic Association will be hosting a Candidates Forum for the two District 8 City Councilors, Michael Nichols and Josh Zakim. This forum will be held on Wednesday, October 30th at 7pm at the Church of...

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