Monthly Archives: November 2011

Ivy Colored Wall

November 8, 2011
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Ivy Colored Wall

This year, some of the best autumn color has been on the ivy climbing walls in the neighborhood. Parthenocissus tricuspidata is an ivy variety, often used here, that changes color. It is also know as Boston Ivy and is considered a dangerous, invasive species in natural habitats.

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Attention to Detail

November 8, 2011
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Attention to Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The doorway in last week’s clue is on 414 Beacon Street. In 1887, this residence was designed in the Renaissance Revival style by architect John Hubbard Sturgis. He was also the architect for the Ames-Webster Mansion at 306 Dartmouth Street, Isabella Stewart Gardner’s home at 152 Beacon Street, and the Church...

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Shaping Copley Square

November 8, 2011
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Over the years, Copley Square has worn a number of different looks. The square, “…has long been one of the glories in Boston,” said William Young, Senior Preservation Planner for the City of Boston’s Back Bay Architectural Commission. “It was especially glorious in the days of the original Museum of Fine Arts.”  Until 1909,...

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Get Out and Vote

November 8, 2011
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Today is Election Day and if you are a registered voter you should get out to vote. Although no political positions directly representing Beacon Hill, Back Bay and the North End are being contested, Tuesday’s municipal election features a very hotly contested At-Large City Council race. Beacon Hill’s city council representatives, District 8’s Mike...

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The Turning Back of the Clocks

November 8, 2011
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This weekend marked the turning back of our clocks one hour as all of us know. That one hour taken away causes the sunset in the weeks to come near to 4:30 p.m. – a truly ungodly hour for a sunset. What’s worse is the hour of sunrise. At this point in time, we...

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Police Briefs 11-08-2011

November 8, 2011
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Robbery – Unarmed – Street 10/24/11 – At about 8:13 p.m., officers responded to a radio call for a robbery in progress at 921 Boylston St. On arrival, officers spoke with the victim, who stated that two males on a black motorcycle robbed him approximately three minutes earlier. The victim said one of the...

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Hynes MBTA Mural

November 1, 2011
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Hynes MBTA Mural

This mural, titled Tramont, has just celebrated the 30th anniversary of its installation in 1981. At the time, Christine Temin of the Boston Globe wrote, “… at Auditorium Station at Mass. avenue near Newbury street. Boston artist Morgan Bulkeley created large murals for the station, incorporating historical figures from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Dorothea...

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Attention to Detaail

November 1, 2011
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Attention to Detaail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The window in last week’s clue is on 80 Commonwealth Avenue, built in 1872. If you stand back and look at numbers 76, 78, and 80 Commonwealth, you’ll notice how narrow all three buildings are. That’s because the 1872 owner, Charles J. Fox, built the three residences on two, 28 foot...

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Inside the Map Center

November 1, 2011
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There is far more to the new Norman B. Leventhal Map Center than the physical space that just opened at the Boston Public Library (BPL) in Copley Square. The new facility does make this significant collection of maps far more accessible to library visitors fascinated with maps, atlases, and globes. However, a behind the...

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Does Weekend Storm Speak Volumes About Winter to Come?

November 1, 2011
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Most of us heard the lament loudly and clearly over the weekend about the snow coming so early, preceding even this week’s Halloween celebration. In more ways than we care to conjure up, snow this early and so plentiful in nearly all of Massachusetts except for Boston and the coastal area, is a bad...

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