Monthly Archives: March 2011

New Parking Meters Cause for Rejoicing

March 22, 2011
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How many occasions in a lifetime have we parked our automobiles on a Boston street at a metered space only to find that we did not have quarters to put into the meter? We would stand there searching our pockets and rummaging in our handbags for quarters. Some of us after that futile effort...

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Police Briefs 03-22-2011

March 22, 2011
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Threats to Do Bodily Harm 03/10/11 – A victim stated that a suspect threatened him at Borders bookstore at 511 Boylston St. after he would not left the suspect return toys that were listed as final sales and non-returnable because the store is going out of business. According to the victim, the suspect became...

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The Big Clean-up

March 15, 2011
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The Big Clean-up

-By Penny Cherubino As neighbors come out of winter hibernation and meet on the street, the big topic of conversation is how unsightly and gritty the neighborhood looks. “I don’t think the litter we see today is intentional,” said Cathy Youngman, Co-Chair of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay’s (NABB) City Services Committee....

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Helping Japan Recover

March 15, 2011
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The ongoing disaster in Japan brings home to all of us the fragile nature of everything we build and create for ourselves as a society and how quickly all of it can be reduced to a pile of rubble. The 8.9 Richter scale earthquake, followed by the 23 foot tsunami, followed by extraordinary and...

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Back Bay Family Makes Play Possible for Weymouth’s Homeless Children

March 15, 2011
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On March 3, Horizons for Homeless Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of homeless children in Massachusetts, rededicated a “Playspace” (educational and recreational space) for homeless children living at Friends of the Homeless family shelter in Weymouth, a program that provides housing for families and/or pregnant women in need of temporary...

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Police Briefs 03-15-2011

March 15, 2011
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Robbery – Firearm – Street 03/01/11 – At about 3:06 p.m., officers responded to a radio call for an armed robbery at Snowden High School at 150 Newbury St. On arrival, the officers met with school police on the third floor and spoke with three victims, who were reportedly robbed in the alley behind...

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Morning Walk with a View

March 8, 2011
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Morning Walk with a View

“Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us.” – Bruce Jackson, public Servant

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Trident Remains a Back Bay Institution

March 8, 2011
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Trident Remains a Back Bay Institution

By Dan Murphy Despite the imminent closure of Borders on Boylston Street, business remains brisk at Trident Booksellers & Café – a Back Bay institution and the last remaining independent bookstore in the city.   “We only have to worry about one location, so we can maintain our identity well,” Trident General Manger Michael...

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Women’s History – Still Going Strong

March 8, 2011
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Women’s History – Still Going Strong

-By Penny Cherubino March is Women’s History Month and this year’s theme is “Our History is Our Strength.” It’s a good time to look at some of the places in the Back Bay that are part of that history. The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail has tours of the neighborhood. These routes focus on the...

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A Taste of What’s to Come

March 8, 2011
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The unusual warmth over the weekend proved to us that the spring will soon be upon us. Those of us who have been around New England for a while – like all our lives – understand something about the end of winter. It almost never ends in March, and certainly not during the first...

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