Year in Review

January 4, 2011

Pictured, left to right, are State Rep. Marty Walz, Dan and Kaja Fickes and Tom and Nancy High.

In January, the University Club hosted its annual Professional/Amateur Doubles Squash Tournament as part of the International Squash Doubles Association Pro Tour Championships.

On Jan. 4, Felix G. Arroyo was sworn in as a Boston city councilor at-large.

On Feb. 11, Gov. Deval Patrick approved the “green ticket bill,” providing municipalities with a more effective way to address the issues of illegal dumping, unacceptable trash removal and improper snow and ice removal.

On March 30, 52-year-old Vincent Cedrone of Newton was arrested in connection with the theft of bronze plaques from the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, several of which were recovered from his home.

The condo building at 483 Beacon St. ablaze.

On April 7, a nine-alarm blaze broke out at a 10-story condominium building at 483 Beacon St., displacing 174 residents and causing an estimated $3.5million in damages. An electrical short was ultimately determined as the cause of the fire.

On April 8, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) sponsored its 15th annual “Taste of the Back Bay” at the Prudential Skywalk.

In April, the city joined the Newbury Street League to improve conditions on Newbury Street, including the replacement of all streetlights between Arlington Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

In April, Jenny McClary was named manager of marketing and membership of the Back Bay Association (BBA).

In May, the Friends of the Public Garden – the non-profit dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Boston Common, Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall – celebrated its 40th anniversary.

In May, the city installed bike lanes on Commonwealth Avenue.

MBTA General Manger Rich Davey joins Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the City of Boston’s Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities Kristen McCosh and state and local officials in the ribbon- cutting ceremony for the modernized Copley MBTA station.

On May 26, Mayor Thomas M. Menino presided over the reopeningcelebration for the restored Brewer Fountain on the Boston Common.

On July 16, the French Library resumed its outdoor Bastille Day celebration, at Marlborough Street between Berkeley and Clarendon streets.

In August, a Texas real estate investment trust purchased the Fairmont Copley Plaza for $98.5 million.

On Aug. 17, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved Liberty Mutual’s planned $300 million expansion of its Back Bay headquarters.

On Sept. 16, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) held its annual meeting at the Algonquin Club.

In October, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) unveiled plans for the proposed Esplanade Playspace – a $1.5 million playground for 5- to 12-year-olds that would be privately funded with an endowment for maintenance and programming.

In October, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved revised plans for the 93 Massachusetts Ave./407 Newbury St. project.

In October, the American Planning Association designated the Back Bay as one of the “Top 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2010.”

On Oct. 21, the Department of Conservation and Recreation broke ground on its $2.8 million rehabilitation of the Community Boating docks on the Charles River Esplanade.

On Oct. 29, MBTA General Manger Rich Davey joined Mayor Thomas M. Menino and other elected officials for the grand opening of the $61 million modernization of Copley Station on the MBTA’s Green Line.

In November, incumbent State Rep. Marty Walz was reelected to her 8th Suffolk District seat, besting her Republican rival Brad Marston.

In December, Berklee College of Music announced development plans for 168 Massachusetts Ave.

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