Looking Back at 2011

December 28, 2011

• On Feb. 7, Edward M. Lambert Jr. took the position of commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

• On March 11, Mayor Thomas M. Menino visited the Kingsley Montessori School, where he discussed his link to the Boston Medical Center and fielded questions from students.

• On March 23, the Friends of the Public Garden, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Mayor Thomas M. Menino held a groundbreaking ceremony on the Boston Common for the first phase of construction on the Brewer Fountain Plaza and the surrounding area.

• On April 7, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay held its 16th annual “Taste of the Back Bay” at the Prudential Skywalk.

• On April 25, Old South Church commenced work to repair structural damage caused by a nearby MBTA construction project more than two years earlier.

• On May 3, the 23rd annual “Return of the Swans” event was held in the Public Garden.

• On May 9, the Back Bay Association (BBA) held its 88th Annual Meeting at the Four Seasons Boston Hotel.

• On June 10, the Beacon Towers fell prey to the second blaze in a little more than a year when a one-alarm fire struck the 10-story condominium building.

• On July 15, the French Cultural Center’s 36th Bastille Day Party took place on Marlborough Street between Berkeley and Clarendon streets.

• On July 28, Hubway, the city’s bike-share program, was launched.

• On Sept. 14, the Advent School planted a Princeton elm tree in the Public Garden to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the school’s opening.

• On Oct. 21, Hill House held its ninth annual “Hill-O-Ween” celebration at the Boston Public Library with a carnaval-themed soiree.

• On Oct. 22, the Copley Square Branch of the Boston Public Library opened the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center.

• On Oct. 28, the 10,000 square-foot Esplanade Playspace opened on the Charles River Esplanade.

• On Oct. 31, the Friends of the Clarendon Street Playground and the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay held a Halloween celebration at the Clarendon Street Playground.

• In November, Atlanta, Ga.-based Jamestown Properties purchased two portfolios consisting of 28 properties in and around Newbury Street for $226.5 million from the Taurus group and UrbanMeritage.

• On Nov. 1, the Lenox Hotel unveiled the city’s first commercial curbside charging station for electric vehicles.

• On Nov. 8, the four incumbent candidates – acting City Council President Stephen Murphy and Councilors Felix Arroyo, John Connolly and Ayanna Pressley – topped the bill in the general election for city councilor at-large.

• On Nov. 17, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) unanimously approved a proposal for the $500 million redevelopment and expansion of Copley Place, which includes plans for the largest resident tower in the city.

• On Nov. 29, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and The Friends of Copley Square held a tree-lighting ceremony for the Copley Square Christmas tree.

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