Beacon Hill

By - 2/9/13 - 1:34 pm

Beacon Hill before snow

Jack Romain looked down Walnut from Mt. Vernon yesterday and today.

Beacon Hill after snow... Read more

By - 2/2/13 - 12:14 pm

A concerned citizen appeals to Mayor Menino's recent incapacitation to demand the city do something about Beacon Hill recalcitrance to allow "brick-red tactile strips made of a composite material."

By - 1/19/13 - 1:25 pm

Alex Jones photographed a guy with a flag daring people to try to take his AR-15 away.

Ed. headline clarification: The headline is my interpretation. Alex Jones had nothing to do with it.

By - 1/10/13 - 9:06 am

Old mine

One of Boston's more unusual public monuments is the unexploded (but presumably defused) mine the Navy had put in the North Sea to blow up U-boats during World War I, now permanently on display next to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at... Read more

By - 1/7/13 - 7:27 pm

A Beacon Hill Times photo of a grinning German faker and his little daughter leaving church one Palm Sunday may be iconic, but Sony did not violate any copyright laws by using a replica in a TV show because it removed the elements that made the original photo unique, a federal appeals court ruled today.

Donald Harney, who took the photo on April 1,... Read more

By - 12/27/12 - 8:51 am

The city alerts us that skating on the Common has been canceled today due to weather.

By - 12/18/12 - 11:17 am

Electors about to spring into action

Steve was in the State House yesterday for the quadrennial convening of our electors. To nobody's surprise, Obama and Biden won - after the grandchildren of the older electors led them and legislators in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Copyright Steve.... Read more

By - 12/4/12 - 7:50 am

At 5:54 a.m., MassDOT tweeted:

Traffic Alert: Boston- Storrow Drive tunnel at Leverett Circle, overheight truck stopped @ tunnel entrance. Traffic back up both ramps.

At 6:12 a.m., the agency alerted those who were awake that the truck had been removed (but that traffic was still heavy as a result).

By - 12/4/12 - 7:30 am

Saggy bridge

A concerned citizen parent complains:

Frog Pond playground. Is this ramp supposed to hang so far below handrails? Seems dangerous. Have seen lots of kiddos fall through, including mine today.

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By - 11/30/12 - 10:01 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved a request from Domino's to extend the delivery hours of its Staniford Street outlet from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. because of near-unanimous support from West End resident groups and nearby businesses - a dramatic difference from the reception Domino's has gotten in certain other neighborhoods.

Two hotels and Mass. Eye and Ear both supported the Domino's request,... Read more

By - 11/30/12 - 8:45 am

The Herald reports a deeded parking space at the Brimmer Street garage on Beacon Hill now goes for $300,000 - plus $250 a month in maintenance fees. But hey, you're worth it - and as the Herald article, written by a real-estate broker, helpfully notes:

The price tag of $1,754 per square foot may seem outrageous, but it's less than some residences in the

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By - 11/29/12 - 8:43 pm

A concerned citizen on Beacon Hill complained after the Boylston trolley accident this afternoon:

Is the helicopter circling for the T accident really necessary?? I don't think so... it's not medflight just the news being overly obnoxious. Not safe for it to fly over heavily populated areas. I thought there were safety regulations?

The city quickly closed the case:

The city of boston

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By - 11/28/12 - 5:26 pm

Boston Municipal Court Judge Mark Hart Summerville set bail at $1 million for Anthony Williams, charged with forcing his way into a Beacon Hill residence and raping its occupant, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Should Williams, convicted of a 1996 rape in Salem, make bail, he'll still sit behind bars, because Summerville revoked his bail on an unrelated assault-and-battery charge.

The DA's... Read more

By - 11/27/12 - 4:42 pm

Boston Police report arresting Anthony Williams, 45, on charges he forced his way into a Beacon Hill apartment, raped its occupant and stole some of her possessions early on Nov. 10.

Williams, convicted of a 1996 rape in Salem, is scheduled for arraignment tomorrow in Boston Municipal Court. According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, Williams was already wanted for failing... Read more

By - 11/19/12 - 1:03 pm

Suffolk University Professor Bob Allison as a Pilgrim on approaching winter.

By - 11/18/12 - 1:57 pm

River of grease

A slipsiding citizen complains about Ridgeway Lane, off Cambridge:

River of fryer grease. People slipping and falling, getting injured. Attracting rats.

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By - 11/13/12 - 8:07 pm

Craig posts a copy and photos of the handwritten note he found attached to the Robert Gould Shaw/54th Massachusetts memorial across from the State House yesterday:

Dear 54th Massachusetts regiment,

Thank you for your service. You fought during a time when the country was ripped in two, the wound bleeding with the souls of its people. On that fateful day, some of your bodies

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