Beacon Hill

By - 9/16/10 - 7:06 am

The Globe reports the Friends of the Public Garden, which also looks after the Common, is in talks with companies to help sponsor repairs and upgrades to America's oldest public park.

The idea is to replicate New York's success in transforming a small park behind the New York Public Library from a crime-ridden drug den into a bucolic urban oasis. In fact, the guy in charge of that is now working for the Friends of the Public Garden.

By - 9/13/10 - 3:28 pm

To preview your primary ballot for tomorrow, click on the link from the Secretary of State's website:
then enter your address and select a political party. It will show you what choices you'll have on tomorrow's primary ballot.


By - 9/6/10 - 3:04 pm

Lynch plays his cards close to the vest in what seems like a defensive style of politics. It certainly is not leadership-driven.

Take his process on the health care bill debate last summer. From March through August we heard Rep.Lynch say he didn't know how he'd vote on the bill. At the same time, he did not take a leadership role in shaping it. In August at Curry, Rep. Lynch held a town hall meeting and said he had read the bill but still didn't know how he was going to vote. Once again, his constituents could not get a bead on where he stood.

Perhaps even more stunningly at that town hall meeting, Rep. Lynch was given the chance to answer a question about death panels (after all he had read the bill) and refudiate (sic) ;-) the meme that right wing Republican liars and Fox News had made popular. Lynch equivocated! He would not take a stand!

By - 9/1/10 - 5:14 pm

Around 3:45 p.m. today, the Animal Rescue League of Boston tweeted:

A call for a bat swimming in a toliet in Beacon Hill came in...ARL en route.

Less than ten minutes later we learned the bat was successfully rescued.

By - 8/13/10 - 11:18 am

J.L. Bell spreads the alarum that the annual encampment of His Majesty's regiments of foot starts today and runs through Sunday on ye olde Common. Expect numerous battles with patriots.

Battles and surgeons and shoemakers at the 2008 encampment.

By - 8/6/10 - 10:25 am

NotifyBoston alerts us that Frog Pond is closed today because of yesterday's rain - too much debris and dirt got dumped into the pond by the storms. Could be open tomorrow, but call first: 617-635-2120.

By - 8/2/10 - 8:02 pm

ForLeft considers two alternates for a rebuilt Longfellow - one of which has only one traffic lane in each direction:

... I love the idea of cutting down on car traffic and [putting] benches on the walks. This is a chance to really change the urban environment. ...

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.