2012: The Year in Review

January 1, 2013

• On Jan. 6, William Onuoha stepped down as the city’s neighborhood coordinator/district representative to Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Mission Hill and the Fenway to join the staff of Northeastern University.

• On Feb. 9, The Esplanade Association (TEA) presented its long-term vision for the Charles River Esplanade at a public meeting entitled “Esplanade 2020 Unveiled” at the Copley Square branch of the Boston Public Library.

• In February, the Friends of the Public Garden relocated to 69 Beacon St. from its home of nine years at 87 Mt. Vernon St.

• On March 13, Back Bay resident Margaret Pokorney received the first annual Park Partners Award from Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in recognition of her work beautifying the city’s parks.

• On March 13, a 3-alarm fire caused a transformer in a Back Bay utility building to explode, leaving more than 20,000 NStar customers without power.

• On March 29, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) sponsored its 17th annual “Taste of the Back Bay” at the Prudential Skywalk.

• In March, Shaina Aubourg was named the city’s neighborhood coordinator for Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Mission Hill and the Fenway.

• On May 14, Sen. John Kerry was the keynote speaker at the 89th annual meeting of the Back Bay Association (BBA) at the Mandarin Oriental.

• On June 5, the Garden Club of the Back Bay sponsored its “Twilight Garden Party” at New England College.

• On Aug. 16, the Fairmont Copley Plaza celebrated its 100th anniversary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony presided over by Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

• On Aug. 23, Friends of the Public Garden sponsored “Puppets on the Common,” which brought puppetry to the Boston Common for the second consecutive year.

• On Sept. 10, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) held its annual meeting at the Algonquin Club.

• On Sept. 29, The Esplanade Association (TEA) held its biennial “Moon Dance Gala” on the Charles River Esplanade.

• On Sept. 29, Nancy Schön, the sculptor who brought Mrs. Mallard and her family of aquatic birds from Robert McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings” to life in the Public Garden, and the Friends of the Public Garden sponsored a 25th-birthday celebration for the Boston landmark.

• On Oct. 13, the Berklee College of Music held its 18th annual “Encore Gala” at the Westin Copley Place, which raised a record $1.74 million for the Berklee City Music Program.

• On Nov. 16, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) purchased a 387-square-foot office in the lower concourse of the Vendome Hotel building at 160 Commonwealth Ave.

• On Dec. 12, the city’s Zoning Commission voted to ban new billboards and other outdoor adverting in the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the Financial District and Kenmore Square, and to require approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals for new signs in some industrial sections of South Boston and Newmarket Square.

• In December, Anne Brooke was elected as the second president in the history of the Friends of the Public Garden.

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