Beacon Hill

By - 1/9/15 - 8:44 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday granted a license to a wine store proposed for Charles River Plaza off Cambridge Street.

At a hearing Wednesday, nearby liquor stores and some residents opposed the VinodiVino outlet, saying it would prove unfair competition for locally owned shops and that the eight liquor stores within a half-mile radius could already meet residents' wine needs. VinodiVino attorney Dennis Quilty, however, countered market considerations should not be part of the board's calculus on deciding on a license.

By - 1/7/15 - 10:13 pm
Deval and Diane Patrick

Gov. Deval Patrick left office this evening in the traditional manner: All by himself, through the normally locked center doors of the State House, down the steps and onto Beacon Street, where he officially became another citizen again - which he celebrated with his wife Diane.

Photo by the governor's office. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 1/7/15 - 11:48 am

An upscale wine store that wants to move into a Cambridge Street mall uncorked opposition from neighboring liquor stores and some residents at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today.

VinodiVino, which already has stores in Brookline, Newton and Needham, wants a license to open in Charles River Plaza, within feet of the existing Simmons Liquor and Jobi Liquors.

VinodiVino attorney Dennis Quilty said the area needs an all wine store that can provide the sort of service an area such as Beacon Hill and the West End deserves.

By - 1/6/15 - 10:44 pm

Associated Press reports on the contents of the metal box with contents dating to 1795, removed from the State House foundation.

By - 12/29/14 - 5:38 pm

Police responded to the Frog Pond around 5:30 p.m. when a guy got on the ice for some skating clad only in a bikini.

By - 12/2/14 - 5:17 pm
Honored by Boston Police

Park rangers, police officers and civilians honored for subduing man with knife, helping rangers.

The day after Boston Police honored park rangers, police officers and regular citizens for subduing him, Bodio Hutchinson had his bail set at $1 million on charges of armed assault with intent to murder and single counts of assault and battery and aggravated assault and battery.

By - 12/2/14 - 3:41 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeals next week hears a request from the new owners of the Unitarian Universalist Association headquarters at 25 Beacon St. to completely gut the building and turn it into nine condos and three apartments for au pairs.

SDC-DLJ, which bought 25 Beacon and two other UUA buildings next to the State House for $23.6 million earlier this year, needs zoning-board approval in part because city zoning prohibits au-pair units.

SDC-DLJ is a partnership of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, Sea-Dar Real Estate and CNW Capital Partners LLC.

By - 11/30/14 - 5:31 pm

Gov. Patrick on Meet The Press, Nov 20, 2014:

"Look, without knowing all the facts, of course I wanted to see an indictment. And mostly because I think a trial and the transparency of a trial would be good for the community. And because so many of us have the supposition that police officers are not going to be held accountable and not going to have to answer for the shooting of unarmed, young, black teenagers.

By - 11/26/14 - 12:16 pm

State Police advise:

The Massachusetts State Police will conduct a tactical response drill this Saturday, Nov. 29, at the State House in Boston, from the hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Any passersby who observe a large volume of troopers and police vehicles around the State House and on Beacon Street should be advised that this activity is a training drill and there is no reason for alarm. The drill is not open to the media or public.

By - 11/25/14 - 7:50 am
State Police cars in front of the State House

As Paul Nutting shows us, State Police seem to have figured out that they can forestall trouble outside the State House this morning by using cruisers to fill up pretty much all the space where protesters exercising their First Amendment rights would normally stand.

There's a protest planned for 7 p.m. in Dudley Square.

By - 11/25/14 - 6:39 am
Ferguson protest at Boston State House

Plunkett Prime Props watched as a peaceful protest over the Ferguson grand-jury decision by abtou150 people shut down Beacon Street in front of the State House around 11:30 p.m. on Monday.

Paul Weiskel photographed a protest outside City Hall around the same time:

By - 11/23/14 - 12:26 pm
Frog Pond skating

Just because it's up in the 50s today doesn't mean you can go skating at Frog Pond, as TrueNE_79 shows us.

Meanwhile, down in the South End, about 100 people got in a big circle and started doing calisthenics, as Boston shows us:

Calisthenics in Blackstone Park
By - 11/10/14 - 5:26 pm


What do you get when you subtract 1,001,279 from 1,041,640? If you answered *38,000 and change,* or *the margin by which the new governor of Massachusetts, Charles Duane Baker, Jr., swept into office,* you would be technically right. But these are bold new days and we are thinking big, bold thoughts, which means that the correct answer is *a bold mandate to replace all of our old failed and failing schools with Excellent New Schools.*

By - 11/10/14 - 8:06 am
Furry musicians in Boston's Public Garden

Stevil ran across these fine furried musicians in the Public Garden yesterday.

Is there a Mrs. Keytar somewhere that popped these guys out? They were very good despite the somewhat ridiculous costumes. I wanted to read them a bedtime story. :-)

Copyright Stevil. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 11/8/14 - 11:34 am
Leaves on the Common

Leaf pile, anyone? TrueNE_79 took a walk through the Common this morning.

By - 11/8/14 - 12:43 am


William F. Weld, the quirky former governor who commands a lot popularity in some sectors of the state party, has endorsed two Democratic legislative candidates, including last week when he threw his support to a state senator, Richard Moore, a veteran Uxbridge legislator who is battling for his political life in the face of a challenge from one of the GOP’s best candidates.

By - 11/7/14 - 4:31 pm

State Police report a truck storrowed on Storrow Drive outbound at the Longfellow Bridge and got wedged in real good around 3:30 p.m. All of its remains were hauled away by 4:20 p.m., however.

By - 11/7/14 - 7:49 am

Paul Levy says farewell to John Winthrop Sears, a gubernatorial candidate and the last Republican to win a seat on the Boston City Council. He died on Election Day. Levy recalls an interview he did with Sears about his role as commissioner of the MDC - many of whose tasks Levy would later take on as head of the new MWRA.

I loved spending time with John. He was as public-spirited as anybody, a great conversationalist, and one of the last of the old New England "Yankees" to serve in public office.

By - 11/6/14 - 9:49 am
Near Storrowing on Storrow Drive in Boston

Christopher was among the commuters who had plenty of time to ponder the issue on the ramp to Storrow Drive from I-93 this morning, when a truck driver suddenly realized that, hey, that sign wasn't fooling.

By - 11/3/14 - 12:57 am

Polito’s tea party associations and a decade-long conservative voting record on Beacon Hill may undercut Baker’s move to the middle.