Beacon Hill

By - 6/4/09 - 1:49 am

Reporters beware, don't plunk.

The State House News Service reports that Michael Travaglini, executive director of the Massachusetts pension fund, told a local reporter, "You have no right to record a meeting".

Travaglini later defended his stance by stating the reporter disrupted the public meeting of the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board by arriving late and "plunking a recording device in the middle of the table".

By - 5/28/09 - 9:52 pm

Ross Levanto reports on meeting tonight between the Beacon Hill Civic Association, the police and City Councilor Mike Ross about crime in the neighborhood.

Among the issues: Police say the Most Violent Prophet gang of high-school toughs may be moving out of Downtown Crossing and onto Beacon Hill, which might explain a number of recent robberies. He adds that many of those robberies involve iPhone and Sidekick snatchings from people walking down the street talking on them.

By - 5/25/09 - 3:45 pm

Boston Police report officers heard gunshots around 2 a.m. on Sunday and found a man lying at Cambridge and Staniford streets with a gunshot wound, a gun and shell casings nearby and two men running away.

The victim was taken to Mass. General for treatment of a non-life-threatening leg wound, police say. Raymond Harris, 23, of Quincy and Jack Ford, 23, of Boston, were arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Innocent, etc.

By - 5/19/09 - 8:54 am

Today's the special Democratic primary to see who runs in the special election to replace Sal DiMasi in the 3rd Suffolk district.

Susan Passoni, Aaron Michlewitz, Brian Ross and Lucy Rivera face off on the Democratic side. Whoever wins will face independent John Keith and Republican David Trumbull on June 16.

Free from any primary responsibilities, and noting the battle between the North End's Michlewitz and the South End's Passoni, Keith recounts another North End/South End battle, back in the 1700s, when Protestant groups in the two neighborhoods would hold annual Pope's Day riots to see who could most show their hatred for Catholics. Fortunately, the social climate in Boston seems to have improved a bit since then.

By - 5/19/09 - 12:26 am

Beth Peardon took a close look at the carousel now by Frog Pond on Boston Common.

Copyright Beth Peardon. Posted in the Universal Hub group on Flickr.

By - 5/18/09 - 12:12 am

Josh Dawson is a member of the Ward 5 Democratic Committee (Back Bay, Beacon Hill and Bay Village). And he's a bit perturbed over the way 3rd Suffolk state-rep hopeful Aaron Michlewitz may have gotten questions from a Ward 5/Ward 4 debate in advance:

... It's disappointing that our Committee's reputation could be tarnished for a short time because of this mess. As a member of the Executive Committee, I will push to have a meeting as soon as possible to discuss this situation and fix any problems with the forum/endorsement process, so we can get back to doing the things that make our Committee great ...

He also says that despite what ward Chairman Rob Whitney seemed to tell the Phoenix, neither he nor at least three other members got the questions in advance.

By - 5/16/09 - 4:49 pm

Drumming at the park on Sunday, May 17, 6-10 p.m.

By - 5/15/09 - 12:59 pm

Unfortunately for him, however, writing a mass of tickets to cars parked near the State House may not prove to be the best way to protest possible cuts to a law that requires extra pay for police officers who go to college - he was suspended for two days and could face additional disciplinary action, the Herald reports.

By - 5/13/09 - 8:08 am

Sam Baltrusis dishes on a Vanna sighting on West Cedar Street. On Thursday, he reports, she will walk out of the Union Oyster House.

By - 5/10/09 - 10:14 am

At the rate cost estimates for the "Little Dig" Silver Line project are rising, it will eventually surpass the Big Dig - in cost, at least.

And if the project never gets funded? Well, turns out the MBTA has plenty of other tunnels to play with.

By - 5/2/09 - 11:31 am

Michael DiMella lists the least- and most-expensive condo sales in Boston in April, ranging from a $25,000 unit in a three decker on Harwood Street in Dorchester ("needs some cosmetics and updates") to a $9.2-milllion in a "classic" building on Beacon Street on Beacon Hill.

By - 4/30/09 - 11:30 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the animal-cruelty convictions of Heidi Erickson, the Cat Lady of Beacon Hill who is now the Cat Lady of Plymouth, ruling a Boston cop and firefighter had reasonable cause to enter her apartment without a warrant on April 27, 2003 because neighbors had reported a dog barking for several hours, nobody came to the door despite their banging and yelling and the intense stench they encountered on arrival made them think somebody might be dead and decomposing inside:

By - 4/28/09 - 4:26 pm

John Ford reports Boston rents are coming down as apartments, even on Beacon Hill, go longer and longer without tenants.

By - 4/24/09 - 10:35 am

Streetsim took the definitive Spare Change Guy photo at the Tea Party demonstration outside the State House earlier this month. Who knew he had an entire rooting section now?

Spare Change Guy

Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 4/18/09 - 11:19 am

Ross Levanto, who lives on Beacon Hill, reports that having the city pick up trash three times a week isn't all it's cut out to be:

The problem is three days of trash pick up means crap is on the side of the street for 42 hours a week. That is one fourth of the week. No joke. Trash is on the street curbs roughly one-quarter of every week on tony Beacon Hill. We have tried to address this issue as a community by shortening the amount of time one can place trash on the curb (what's called same-day pick-up). The problem is this really doesn't give much time for residents to put trash out. The Beacon Hill Civic Association, of which I am a board member, supports same-day pick-up, but we are also trying to move the start of trash pick-up on the hill to 9 a.m. in the morning to give residents two more hours.

His proposal? Cut pickup to just twice a week. He adds he'd also like to give Councilor Linehan a whatfor for his proposal to stop towing cars on street-sweeping days. On Beacon Hill, the threat of towing is the only thing that gets the street cleared for the sweepers.

By - 4/17/09 - 9:15 pm
Not Photoshopped in

A group promoting better care for foster kids had all these cardboard cutouts on the Common today (really, they were all there, no matter how Photoshopped in they look in the photo).

By - 4/16/09 - 9:32 am

Garrett videoed Spare Change Guy working the crowds at yesterday's rally.

By - 4/15/09 - 8:01 pm
Tea party

BehindDarkEyes took in today's Tea Party rally on the Common.

Copyright BehindDarkEyes.

By - 4/15/09 - 9:14 am

Was the entire Harbor already reserved? In any case, if you want to see Republicans party like it's 1773, head to the Common between 10 and 4 today.

Rob Sama will be there:

... You cannot tax your way into prosperity or spend your way out of debt. You don't need a PhD in Finance to understand that. And yes, it really is that simple.

By - 4/14/09 - 12:39 pm

Boston Police have twittered about a large protest of 300-500 firefighters holding a rally at Beacon St and Charles St near the Common. No word on the rally yet from either of the papers of record. Any idea what's going on today up on the Hill?