Beacon Hill

By - 7/20/10 - 3:04 pm


Both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald are reporting that an electrical short circuit spark was the cause of the July 8th basement fire at DeLuca's Market on Beacon Hill.

“It is known that there was an electrical problem earlier that morning that resulted in an electrician being called and then doing work in the basement,” Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said.

By - 7/19/10 - 11:40 pm

On the campaign trail I meet families every day who tell me they cannot afford private health insurance and that their health care policy includes high deductibles. Last week, one family informed me they pay over eighteen thousand dollars per year to Blue-Cross Blue Shield to cover their family. That's not fair. Let's admit our health care system is still broken and fix it.

Private health insurance is a product and private health insurance companies must make a profit for shareholders.
That's a problem because there is no way to control costs. I champion Governor Patrick's efforts to control rising private health insurance costs. As he said, "It is a complicated issue," but I am confident we can solve this serious issue if voters are willing to critically evaluate rather than swallow private health insurance company advertisements claiming we need private health insurance products and that there are no other rational choices.

Please, let us not believe those media messages. Let's examine all of the facts, not just how we need to work with private health insurance companies.

By - 7/14/10 - 7:08 am

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire that erupted shortly before 5 a.m. at 51 Phillips St. sent one woman to the hospital with serious injuries from burns and smoke and one man to the hospital with burns and other injuries possibly caused by jumping from the third floor.

By - 7/8/10 - 11:01 am

Not much left to marketPhoto of the remains of DeLuca's by Jeff Cutler.

Boston_Fireman tweets Boston fire companies are at DeLuca's Market, 11 Charles St., because of a fire that started in the basement and spread upwards: Crews are attempting to rescue a turtle and either a cat or a dog on the floor above the market. The fire went to four alarms shortly after noon.

Channel 4: Owner vows to rebuild.

Charles Street was shut to traffic between Pickney and Beacon; Beacon is shut between Charles and Park.

Fire photos from Channel 5. Boston Herald photos.

DeLuca's in better days.

This is Boston's fifth two-alarm or worse fire since July 4

By - 6/28/10 - 4:11 pm

UPDATE: Boston Police report arresting Kareem Pitts, 20, of Dorchester, and Diana Allen, 18, on charges of attempted armed robbery, armed assault with intent to rob and assault and batter with a dangerous weapon.

By - 6/25/10 - 12:09 pm

Tinker Ready went down to Harvard Gardens near Mass. General last night to watch the new Boston-based show. She reports the bartender had it on - but without sound:

By - 6/14/10 - 4:33 pm

Despite the rain, my daughter and I at the Boston Pride Parade on Saturday kept walking with Hyatt Boycott protesters.

By - 6/13/10 - 10:50 pm

AOL's Patch hyperlocal network is advertising jobs for editors of new sites in Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Charlestown and the South End, as well as all of Boston, according to postings on the AOL corporate site.

The incursion is a full scale attack on, well, almost nobody, since has yet to set up a single Your Town hyperlocal site in the city it's named for. The South End News does have a longstanding site, unlike the Back Bay Courant, which doesn't get this InterWebs thing.

By - 6/9/10 - 2:26 pm

He's a former Nantucket resident now living in Northampton out of, he says, fear for his life. The Hampshire Gazette explains. People who live on the island don't much cotton to him:

... I only hope that people in Northampton are smart enough to see through his charade, and keep their children far away from his influence. ...

By - 5/27/10 - 12:46 pm

MBTA officials will gather at the Science Park/West End Green Line station today to announce a $22-million project to outfit the station with two new elevators, along with a new lobby and mezzanine. The work will bring the station, built in 1954, into compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The project, scheduled for completion in the spring of 2012, will also include better lighting and more surveillance cameras.

More details from the T.

By - 5/25/10 - 7:46 am

Gubernatorial candidate Cahill and Governor Patrick’s response to the current million dollar plus negative television advertising funded by the Republican Governors Association provides an opportunity for educators to bring this story to the attention of their elementary and high school students before the school year ends.

If students learn how to evaluate media messages, why voters choose candidates based on an advertisement, and how and why political campaigns employ focus groups to develop media messages, they will learn how to critically evaluate media messages, how to evaluate speakers, how to evaluate writers, and how to form an argument orally and in writing.

By - 5/24/10 - 10:08 am

Mike the Mad Biologist reports on a proposal to do that - back in 1907. Beacon Hill nobs, concerned about the view, put the kibosh on the idea.

By - 5/15/10 - 11:39 am


Spotted the other day on one of the Common's decaying mystery buildings, between the bandstand and the ball field.

If you do want to see the Banksy stuff, Chris Devers has a collection of photos.

By - 5/10/10 - 1:05 pm


Cow munching contentedly on Boston Common grass this morning as she gets milked by raw-milk enthusiasts, who then downed her life-giving white liquid with gusto, in defiance of proposed state regulations that would bar such practices.

By - 5/9/10 - 6:09 pm


It was Cute Overload today as scores of little (and some not so little) ducklings and a scattering of Officer Mikes waddled in the annual Make Way for Ducklings parade from the Common to the Public Garden by way of Mt. Vernon and Charles streets on Beacon Hill.

By - 5/7/10 - 10:12 am

Alert traffic spotter mdortch reports a gray charter bus just hit the overpass next to Mass. General.

By - 5/5/10 - 5:13 pm

Matt Conti reports on a group of North End, Beacon Hill, West End and downtown parents to get a new public elementary school to serve those neighborhoods. The Coalition for Public Education recently met with the mayor and school superintendent to press their case now that it no longer seems they'll get a school as part of the proposed mega-replacement for the Government Center garage.

By - 4/25/10 - 7:03 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports an SUV somehow caught on fire in the Boston Common garage this afternoon, filling all three levels with thick smoke - even though a sprinkler head went off as designed.

The fire, in an unoccupied 2002 Ford Escape with New Hampshire plates, broke out around 2:30 p.m. on the garage's lowest level, and went to two alarms because of the number of firefighters needed to fight the fire, set up fans to dissipate the smoke and block off the garage to keep motorists from entering.

By - 4/22/10 - 9:58 am

Cows and campers.