Editorials

Take Advantage of All Our Parks Have to Offer

July 22, 2015
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Now that summer is here, I would like to share with you the free events and programs offered to City residents of all ages by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. As a boy growing up in Dorchester, I learned how important our parks and playgrounds are to the families of our City. We...

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Summer is Here

July 22, 2015
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The excitement and bustle of the Fourth of July weekend has come and gone, and now we can settle into our summer rhythm — whatever that may be for each of us and our families — for the remaining nine weeks before the Labor Day weekend. Mother Nature has cooperated by bringing us the...

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Downtown View:Questions You’ve Always Wanted Answered

July 9, 2015
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Recently we’ve noticed small, colored plastic disks embedded in the asphalt on Boston streets, especially in sections that have been repaired. What are those disks doing there? “They signify the utility contractor that did the work” wrote Gabrielle Farrell, associate press secretary in the mayor’s office, in an email. “This gives the Public Works...

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BBAC Agenda

July 9, 2015
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The Back Bay Architectural Commission will meet on Wednesday, July 8 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 900 (BRA Board Room) ninth floor, Boston City hall.  The following items will be heard: 5:00 P.M. Commercial Applications, Application 15.1314       717-725 Boylston Street Applicant:  Choo & Co., Inc. (arch’ts):  Construct rear/roof additions   5:15 P.M. Application 15.1512      ...

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Awareness on Alzheimer’s Disease

June 23, 2015
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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain awareness month, and Alzheimer’s disease is a subject that is very personal to me.  My grandmother had Alzheimer’s and I saw firsthand the toll it takes on a family, and the love and patience that is required to care for someone with the disease. My whole family suffered with...

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The More Things Change

June 23, 2015
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Larry DiCara remembers his first encounter with Mayor Kevin White. It was 1971. DiCara was newly elected to the Boston City Council. The mayor phoned. Would DiCara meet with him? The young DiCara, outfitted in his best suit, entered the mayor’s office at the new city hall. White stood at the window overlooking Faneuil...

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New Bridges to Hope in the Wake of Long Island

May 14, 2015
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On October 8th of last year, I had to make a painful but necessary decision. The Long Island Bridge, after years of neglect, had to be shut down. The decaying 63-year-old structure posed imminent danger to the clients and staff of the shelter, transition, detox, and treatment programs housed on Long Island in Boston...

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Downtown View:Old,White and Rich?

May 14, 2015
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The reporting is breathless: Millennium Tower penthouse goes on sale for $37.5 million. A condo in a 19th-century Commonwealth Avenue townhouse sells for $7 million. Luxury apartments, rentable or buyable, going up in the Fenway and in the Seaport. These new projects add expensive housing to the already-pricey neighborhoods in downtown Boston. The buyers...

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Downtown View:Picture L.A.

Picture the skyline of Los Angeles. How about Minneapolis, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Phoenix, even Chicago? You can’t? Oh, well. Now picture Washington D. C., Seattle, Toronto or New York. You know those skylines, don’t you? There might be a gimmick—Seattle’s Space Needle; Toronto’s CN Tower with the scary glass floor. Or there might be...

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Downtown View:What is Best for Us, Not Tsarnaev

April 15, 2015
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We’ve had the trial even though Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers admitted he was guilty on the first day. This trial was important to endure. If we hadn’t had it, the conspiracy theorists would crawl out, accusing the police of cover-ups. The Fox-TV screamers would be concocting stories about how it was all Obama’s fault. The...

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