Monthly Archives: March 2011

Clear the Streets!

March 30, 2011
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Clear the Streets!

Street sweeping returns on April 1. A mechanical street sweeper was patented by C. B. Brooks in 1896. Before that, streets were cleaned with brooms by men who were also called street sweepers.

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Avoiding Tickets and Tows

March 30, 2011
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-By Penny Cherubino Within the next two weeks, some cars will have to shift out of the resident parking spaces where they’ve camped all winter. Street sweeping currently runs from April 1st through November 30th. Help From The City In addition to street signs, the Boston Transportation Department offers other ways to avoid a...

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Library Closing Sunday not Befitting a Great City

March 30, 2011
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The trustees of the Boston Public Library have submitted a budget for the coming year which includes closing the Boston Public Library in Copley Square on Sundays as a money saver. According to the library trustees, it costs $243,000 annually to keep the library open on Sundays. Although the trustees released no statistics, it...

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Radiation from Japan

March 30, 2011
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Forgive us if we are less than buoyed with good feeling by hearing from our public officials who check such things that radiation from the badly damaged Japanese nuclear reactors has been found in rain that has recently fallen in New England. We hear our public officials telling us not to worry, the radiation...

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Spring Cleaning

March 30, 2011
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The city begins its weekly street cleaning extravaganza this week. Everyone is reminded to pay close attention to postings and to signage indicating where street cleaning is to occur and at what time. To do any less is to put your automobile and state of mind at risk.

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National Sandwich Chain to Lease Pink Palace on Boston Common

March 30, 2011
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-By Dan Murphy The city has selected a Florida-based national chain of sandwich shops as the next tenant of the Pink Palace on the Boston Common. Earl of Sandwich of Orlando, Fla., has agreed to sign a 15-year lease to run a small takeout operation out of the octagonal, 660-square-foot structure, located near the...

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Police Briefs 03-29-2011

March 30, 2011
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Assault and Battery 03/13/11 – At about 3:17 a.m., officers responded to the Pour House at 907 Boylston St. for a report of an assault and battery in progress. On arrival, police spoke with the victim, who stated that he was working as a security guard at the bar when he attempted to escort...

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Waiting With the Red Wood

March 22, 2011
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Waiting With the Red Wood

Soon this bench in the Public Garden will be shaded by the freshly-needled branches of the Dawn Redwood beside it. In its native China, this giant, deciduous conifer can grow taller than a 10-story building.

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Come Meet Your Ancestors!

March 22, 2011
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-By Penny Cherubino The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has been a Back Bay neighbor since 1964, and yet many residents have never ventured into this storehouse of information about the history of families. Others, curious about their own family, or the families who once lived in our neighborhood, have experienced how accommodating...

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Five Individuals Get Pre-trial Probation for Spray-painting Obscenities in the Back Bay

March 22, 2011
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-By Dan Murphy Five individuals received six months of pre-trial probation in Boston Municipal Court last Tuesday for allegedly spay-painting obscenities in the Back Bay last November. Dana Cataldo, 25, of Halifax, William Grady, 24 of Milford, Timothy O’Brien, 23, of Hanson, Daniel Craig Shannon, 24 of Plympton and Patricia Nelson, 23, of Jamaica...

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