Beacon Hill

By - 6/22/16 - 8:43 pm

Firefighters on roof. Photo by BFD.

UPDATE: BFD says the fire started in a rooftop flowerpot, but that investigators don't know what set that on fire.

A fire called in around 7:10 p.m. at 32-34 Hancock St. did an estimated $500,000 in damage, but caused no injuries, the Boston Fire Department reports.

The four-story building has 16 units.

By - 6/20/16 - 10:33 pm

Boston Police report a woman walking with her guide dog was indecently assaulted at Beacon and Bowdoin streets around 10:05 a.m. today.

Anybody who saw something can contact detectives at 617-343-4400 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or by texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

By - 6/20/16 - 7:49 pm

A former employee of the Suffolk University registrar's office admitted today she gave herself an A in a class she never actually took - business ethics - and passing grades in other classes so she could get federal student loans, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports. Read more.

By - 6/15/16 - 10:00 am
Bagpiper and Advent School sixth graders

Sixth graders at the Advent School on Beacon Hill walked to Faneuil Hall for their graduation this morning.

By - 6/8/16 - 12:08 pm

UPDATE: Restaurant passed a re-inspection on June 10.

A city health inspector yesterday ordered Hulun Beir, 326 Cambridge St., shut until it fixes a long list of violations, including cooks not washing their hands at all - not that it would matter, since their sink had no hot water - containers in use despite caked-on food and evidence a sink supposedly being set aside for hand washing was being used to rinse food. Read more.

By - 6/2/16 - 11:51 pm

Boston Police have released photos of somebody they say needs to pick on somebody her own size. Read more.

By - 5/25/16 - 6:41 pm

Jean Nagy shows us the flags on the Common - one for each Massachusetts resident who gave his or her life in defense of the country since the Revolution.

By - 5/7/16 - 10:32 am

WBUR talks with Oliver Smoot, who gave us the measurement, back in town for the centennial celebration of MIT's move across the river.

By - 5/1/16 - 8:24 am
Boston firefighters at 11 Temple St. on Beacon Hill

Firefighters ascend a 50-foot ladder to an upper floor. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire at 11 Temple St., off Cambridge, sent one firefighter to the hospital with a hand injury.

The fire, reported at 12:10 a.m., displaced between 20 and 25 residents - none injured - and caused an estimated $750,000 in damage.

By - 4/30/16 - 1:40 pm
Scooter under a Duck Boat on Beacon Street.

The remains of the scooter. Photo by dd808.

Around 11:30 a.m. at Beacon and Charles streets. WCVB reports a passenger on the scooter survived, but was rushed to the hospital.

By - 4/23/16 - 9:37 am
Turkey in Charles Circle

Roving UHub photographer Joe Borkowski spotted this seemingly perplexed turkey in Charles Circle this morning trying to figure out where to go.

By - 4/13/16 - 12:30 pm

Mike Freedberg takes a look at the numbers in yesterday's special election for the state Senate seat Joe Boncore of Winthrop won:

Winthrop, which totals about 12 percent of the District’s population, saw about 4100 ballots. Boston, whose precincts take up moire than 50 percent of the District, registered barely 5,420. A town of 18,000 people almost equaled the vote of Boston wards home to about 110,000 folks!

And the smallest turnout of all was on Beacon Hill, home to state Rep. Jay Livingstone.

By - 4/12/16 - 9:32 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com has the results for the First Suffolk and Middlesex race. There are no Republicans running in the May 10 final - for the right to serve until this November's election.

By - 4/12/16 - 7:29 am

Karen Cord Taylor tags along with a Beacon Hill resident who now does most of her weekly grocery shopping at the Boston Public Market at Haymarket.

By - 4/4/16 - 12:19 pm
Proposed Temple Street development on Beacon Hill

Architect's rendering.

A developer last week filed detailed plans with the BRA to convert two former Suffolk University buildings on Temple Street behind the State House into a 75-unit luxury condo development.

JDMD Owner, LLC, of Dedham, says the project will meet what it says is "significant need" in Boston in general and Beacon Hill in particular, for "high-quality housing," as well as rid the neighborhood of some of those annoying college students. Read more.

By - 3/30/16 - 11:53 am
Suspicious package

Response to suspicious package. Photo by Josh Cronin.

Somebody left a suitcase at Mt. Vernon and Hancock streets, basically next to the State House. Declared not actually suspicious around 11:55 a.m.

By - 3/30/16 - 7:29 am
General Hooker Entrance to the Massachusetts State House in Boston

Tourists just love the General Hooker entrance to the State House. Photo by BluEyedA73.

New England Folklore disabuses us of the legend that hookers are named for Fighting Joe Hooker, a Civil War general from Massachusetts. For one thing, the term was already in use by 1845.

When part of Beacon Hill was known as Mt. Whoredom.

Photo posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 3/13/16 - 10:46 am
A table in a tree on Beacon Hill

Maybe Beacon Hill squirrels are bulking up, or maybe, as a concerned citizen complains, the wind blew this table into that tree at Mt. Vernon and River streets. In any case:

Poses danger of falling in someone, please help extract.

By - 2/29/16 - 8:26 am
Couch on the mean streets of Beacon Hill

Last night, Sara noticed a couch sitting at the corner of Anderson and Phillips streets on Beacon Hill. This morning, she reports, the couch was still out - but across the street.

By - 2/25/16 - 12:39 pm
The new Boston Sun

The Sun rises. Photo by Mr. Goodmorning.

The Back Bay Sun has added a reporter, changed its name to the Boston Sun and expanded into the South End and Fenway, neighborhoods, which lost a source of local news when the Boston Courant ended its press run earlier this month.

The paper is owned by the Independent Newspaper Group of Revere, which publishes weekly papers from Lynn to Jamaica Plain, including the Beacon Hill Times.