Monthly Archives: March 2012

William Rimmer’s Alexander Hamilton

March 20, 2012
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As you enter the Commonwealth Avenue Mall at Arlington Street, you face a statue of Alexander Hamilton. This was the first piece of public art placed in that park. But, the story of the sculptor, William Rimmer is as interesting as the revolutionary hero the monument honors. Alexander Hamilton During the war and for...

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Chaos Just Around the Corner

March 20, 2012
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The transformer fire that plunged nearly the entirety of the Back Bay into darkness last week reveals how fragile our existence is and also how our lives can be altered dramatically in a matter of a few minutes. It also revealed how unprepared all of us are for life without electricity and to what...

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Alley Perspective

March 16, 2012
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Alley Perspective

Glancing down the alleyways of the Back Bay usually gives you a long view of the neighborhood. Here at Public Alley 439, between Boylston and Newbury Streets, “The Newbry” building covers an entire block of Clarendon Street and the alley is not contiguous.

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Attention to Detail

March 16, 2012
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Attention to Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The door surround in last week’s clue is on 365 Beacon Street. Architect F. H. Jackson oversaw the creation of this home in 1872. The reader who requested that I feature this home said, “My favorite architectural detail is the brownstone arch and surround above and on each side of the...

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Romney Tops GOP Presidential Primary with Back Bay Voters

March 16, 2012
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As was the case throughout the Commonwealth and city, Beacon Back Bay voters put Mitt Romney atop the GOP ballot in Super Tuesday’s presidential primary. According to the city’s unofficial election results, approximately 78 percent of Republican voters in the Back Bay (Ward 5, Precincts 6, 7, 8 and 9) supported Romney. Ron Paul,...

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Colonnade Hotel Named Winner of MLA Stars

March 16, 2012
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The Colonnade Hotel was recently named winner of the Massachusetts Lodging Association’s (MLA) Good Earthkeeping Award. The MLA Stars of the Industry awards program was created to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the lodging industry, and the Good Earthkeeping Award recognizes development of a culture toward integrating environmental management practices that improve everyday operations and...

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State Committee Reps Elected on Super Tuesday

March 16, 2012
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Brad Marston won the race for Republican State Committee Man in the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex senatorial district, receiving approximately 83 percent of votes and besting his challenger, Paul J. Ronukaitus. Eva Burnank Murphy garnered 38 percent of the votes to narrowly edge out her opponents – Joyce M. Kelly and Caroline Beauregard Shinkle...

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Is the Winter Finished?

March 16, 2012
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The clocks have been changed and we’ve gained an hour. The sun is out longer during the day and it comes out earlier in the morning. By all first appearances the cold has been pushed back. It is in a literal retreat. The warmer air of the past few days gives us all the...

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Police Briefs 03-14-2012

March 16, 2012
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From Boston Police Area D-4 Feb. 27 240 Newbury St. -Larceny, Shoplifting, Under $50 495 Beacon St. – License Premise Violation Feb. 28 359 Newbury St. – Investigate Property 855 Boylston St. – Forgery or Uttering Feb. 29 271 Dartmouth St. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person March 1 Commonwealth Avenue – Motor Vehicle Accident –...

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Witch Hazel Blooms

March 8, 2012
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Witch Hazel Blooms

In addition to a beautiful burst of winter color, witch hazel has a long history of practical uses. Medicinally, it’s used to stop bleeding and reduce swelling, and is found in many commercial preparations. Early settlers made dowsing rods from its pliant branches to search for water.

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