Monthly Archives: January 2013

Boston in the Gilded Age: Mapping Public Places

January 29, 2013
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Boston in the Gilded Age: Mapping Public Places

The current exhibition at the Boston Public Library’s Norman B. Leventhal Map Center focuses on Boston’s evolving street pattern and emerging park system in the late 19th century. Maps and other graphics trace the development of the Boston Common, Public Garden, Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace, and the development of Copley Square.

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Exhibition on Boston Athenaeum’s Key Role in Founding MFA Opens February 13

January 29, 2013
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On March 10, 1870, the trustees of the newly incorporated Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, met for the first time. Boston’s first art museum had no building, no collection, and very little in the way of financial resources. Where would the museum be? How would it be organized and staffed? Who would pay the...

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BPS Looking at Three Options for School Choice

January 29, 2013
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Last Wednesday the Boston Public School Department (BPS) presented the External Advisory Committee (EAC) on School Choice’s results for an improved school choice system. Beacon Hill children  would be first grouped in the schools that are in the North End and Charlestown. At the meeting members of the EAC said they will be looking...

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The Way of the Future

January 29, 2013
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In the days before Proposition 2 ½ crippled local cities and towns, the thought of having private funds being raised to maintain and improve public recreational spaces would have been considered ludicrous.  However as the expression goes: that was then and this is now. What brings this to mind is the recent positive local...

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Police Briefs 01-29-2013

January 29, 2013
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Jan. 14 176 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, Under $50 81 Newbury St. – Investigate Person 140 Newbury St – Larceny Shoplifting $200 & Over Jan. 15 132 Commonwealth Ave. – Towed Motor Vehicle Fairfield Street      – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over Jan. 16 Newbury Street – Motor Vehicle Accident – Personal...

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Short Commute on Snowy Days

January 22, 2013
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Short Commute on Snowy Days

When the snow flies, Mike Maida and his sidekick Balki have a short commute from their Back Bay home to their family business, Pawsh Dog Boutique & Salon, on Gloucester Street.

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FOPG Installs Tree Labels in Public Garden

January 22, 2013
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The Friends of the Public Garden has begun installing new tree labels on the more than 500 trees in the Public Garden. This project is being funded through a generous grant from the Putnam Foundation. Over the past month, one hundred labels have been installed with a goal of completing the remaining trees by...

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Families and Residents Offer Fresh Approach to Opening New Public School

January 22, 2013
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A group of families, residents and supporters are taking a proactive approach to bringing a new public elementary school to serve downtown neighborhoods, even helping the city to identify possible sites for the proposed educational institute. The newly established Downtown Schools for Boston focuses on neighborhoods that currently have no primary schools, including Back...

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Remembering Rev. King: A Great Man Who Stood Up for the Rights of Everybody

January 22, 2013
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For those of us of a certain age, it is hard to imagine that 2013 will mark 45 years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis while he was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Recalling the news of his murder still brings chills and a deep sense...

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Not a Great Idea: Regional Housing Authorities a Disservice

January 22, 2013
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Everything in life has its pluses and minuses. But in our view, whatever the pluses may be of Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to eliminate the 240 local housing authorities and consolidate them into six regional offices are far outweighed by the negatives. We simply would note that it has been our experience that corruption...

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