Bridging the Digital Divide

March 19, 2013
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Bridging the Digital Divide

A new Pew Research Center study finds that 77% of Americans say free access to computers and the internet is a “very important” service of libraries. Tech Central at the Boston Public Library helps bridge the digital divide.

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Downtown School is a Step Closer to Reality: Site Selected by Mayor Menino is at 585 Commercial Street in the North End

March 19, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced Friday the City of Boston’s intentions to acquire 585 Commercial St. as a site to be used for a new downtown school, expected to open in September of 2016. Design for the new downtown school will begin in the fall of 2013, with construction expected to begin in June...

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Reactions from the Downtown Schools Coalition

March 19, 2013
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Like so many parents, we’re incredibly enthusiastic about the new school announced by Mayor Menino and Councilor Ross on Friday.  Just as the Mayor has been, we’ve been searching for sites for public schools.  In our neighborhoods, it’s very difficult to find any site that is available and works well for a school.  Finding...

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BRA Wins Court Ruling on Boston’s Long Wharf

March 19, 2013
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The attempt by 10 North End residents to try and block a restaurant from coming to Boston’s Long Wharf has been overruled by the state’s highest court last week. Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled in favor of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in the case of Mahan v. Department of Environmental Protection. The...

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Downtown School

March 19, 2013
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The announcement on last Friday by Mayor Thomas Menino of  the pending  purchase of the building at 585 Commercial Street in the North End for a new K-8 school with an opening in 2016 certainly comes as good news to the many downtown families of the more than 2,000 school age children that have...

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Police Briefs 03-19-2013

March 19, 2013
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March 5 Newbury Street   Violation of the Auto Laws – Operating without a License 210 Newbury St.  Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 545 Boylston St.  Investigate Person Newbury Street    Property – Found March 6 885 Boylston St.  Motor Vehicle Accident – Personal Injury Public Alley 443   Motor Vehicle Accident – Police Vehicle 77...

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Lagoon Restoration

March 12, 2013
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Lagoon Restoration

In the Public Garden, a five-year, multi-phase, project is underway to stabilize the edge of the Lagoon. This year, restoration of approximately one-third of the structural border on the north side of the pond is scheduled to be completed by early April.

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Kingsley’s Summertime Program Stresses Science and Arts

March 12, 2013
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The Kingsley Montessori School has a new initiative for their Summertime Program that involves having a greater focus on integrating science and art into students’ learning activities. Beau Kenyon, Director of Extra-Curricular Programs, has been researching into STE(+a)M education, which incorporates the traditional subjects of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics into multifaceted projects....

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Downtown School Meeting

March 12, 2013
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Over the last six months, the Boston Public Schools and the School Choice plans have emerged to the forefront in local politics especially for  parents whose children are or could be attending public schools in Boston. The decisions being made today by city officials on the future of public school education will affect us...

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Student Jobs Are Important

March 12, 2013
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Thousands of Boston students will be seeking jobs this summer and it appears that there will not be enough jobs to go around. Apparently the city’s budget cannot provide all the jobs needed for the number of students expected to apply for them. The city will be heavily dependent on the private sector to...

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Police Briefs 03-12-2013

March 12, 2013
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Feb. 24 5 Fairfield St.        – Death Investigation Feb. 25 247 Marlborough St.- Investigate Person 607 Boylston St. – Robbery Attempt – Unarmed – Bank 234 Berkeley St. – Larceny in a Building, Under $50 Feb. 26 319 Marlborough St.- Towed Motor Vehicle 587 Boylston St. – Larceny, Pick-pocket, Under $50 Newbury Street –...

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Eliot Memorial Project Bids to Be Opened on March 20

March 12, 2013
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Bids for a project to revitalize the Charles Eliot Memorial and surrounding parkland near the Community Boating facility on the Charles River Esplanade are expected to be opened March 20, according to Fritz Casselman, vice chair of The Esplanade Association (TEA). “Completion of this project will benefit the entire community by restoring an amazing...

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National Register Status

March 5, 2013
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National Register Status

The Church of the Covenant on the corner of Berkeley and Newbury Streets has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The building contains 42 Tiffany stained glass windows that are an integral part of the largest Tiffany-designed church interior in the country.

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Suffolk County Register of Probate Patty Campatelli Explains the System: Introduction to the Suffolk Probate and Family Court

March 5, 2013
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It is safe to say that not too many people know what the Suffolk County Probate and Family Court actually does and how it could affect them in many ways. “The system is divided into three branches: Family Service/Probation Judges Lobby/Court Rooms and The Registry,”  newly elected Suffolk County Probate and Family Court Register...

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Local Non-profits Partner to Raise Money for Parks on Earth Day

March 5, 2013
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Five local non-profits are partnering to create and promote “Give 5% for Earth Day” – a program asking local retailers to pledge five percent of their proceeds to Boston-area public parks on Earth Day, Monday, April 22. Charles River Conservancy, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, The Esplanade Association (TEA), the Friends of the Public Garden...

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Thank You

March 5, 2013
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In our neighborhood, there is nothing more scarce than open, safe and appealing public spaces.  For too long, we have seen how municipal and recent state budget cuts have had a negative impact on our parks with necessary repairs often being postponed. The recent action of the following businesses, Lenox Hotel, LAZ Parking, Panificio...

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Federal Sequestration

March 5, 2013
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The deadline passed last Friday when mandated cuts to the federal programs started to take place. While many entitlements that are the budget busters were spared, the across the board budget cuts hit programs in public schools, transportation, the military and Head Start.  Mayor Thomas M. Menino is assessing the impact of the cuts...

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Police Briefs 03-05-2013

March 5, 2013
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Feb. 18 15 Arlington St. – Assault and Battery 82 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 731 Boylston St. – Property – Missing Boylston Street    – Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage Feb. 19 353 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 361 Newbury St. – Larceny in...

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Dangerous River Walk

March 1, 2013
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Dangerous River Walk

DCR warns that although ice can appear solid, it is very unlikely to be so this winter as temperatures have not been consistently cold. Enjoy the visual, but keep off the ice and keep your pets off the ice, said Department of Conservation and Recreation spokesperson S.J. Port.

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Three-alarm Fire Causes $5m in Damage, but No Injuries

March 1, 2013
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A three-alarm fire tore through a Commonwealth Avenue brownstone Wednesday, causing an estimated $5 million in damages but no injuries, the Boston Fire Department said. Firefighters responded at 9:18 a.m. to five-story, three-condo building at 17 Commonwealth Ave. Only one resident was home at the time of the blaze, but he was safely evacuated...

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A Time to Take Stock

March 1, 2013
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The three- alarm fire that happend last week on Commonwealth Avenue should make all residents just stop and think for a minute. The fire did not occur in a building that needed rehabbing, but happened in a high end renovation.  As a matter of fact, the origin of the fire has centered on the...

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Police Briefs 02-26-2013

March 1, 2013
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Feb. 11 35 Commonwealth Ave. – Motor Vehicle Accident – Personal Injury 425 Boylston St. – Investigate Property 939 Boylston St. – Larceny in a Building, Under $50 415 Beacon St.    – Investigate Property Feb. 12 Arlington Street – Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Personal Injury 116 Marlborough St. – Breaking and...

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Sharing the Light

February 19, 2013
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Sharing the Light

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” (Albert Schweitzer, Physician, Humanitarian, Philosopher 1965 ذ 1875 )

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Executive Director Moorhouse Bids Farewell to Hill House

February 19, 2013
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Seven years after joining the staff of Hill House, Ian Moorhouse will step down as executive director next month to assume the newly created position of director of campus programs at the Dexter-Southfield School in Brookline. “For me, it’s a bittersweet move because I wasn’t really looking for another job,” Morehouse said. “Thank you...

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