Police Briefs 04-30-2013

April 15 671 Boylston St. – Ballistics Evidence/Found Boylston Street    – Sick/Injured/Medical – Police 259 Beacon St.    – Investigate Person 811 Boylston St. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Police 755 Boylston St. – Death Investigation Mass Pike Road – Investigate Property 755 Boylston St. – Property – Lost Boylston Street    – Sick/Injured/Medical – Police 755 Boylston...

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Marathon Flags

April 23, 2013
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Marathon Flags

Boston Marathon flags remained aloft this week, flying from the steeple of the Old South Church in Copley Square.

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Local Group Sees New Downtown School as Good First Step

April 23, 2013
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Downtown Schools for Boston has welcomed the news of the city’s plans to open a new public elementary school at 585 Commercial St. in September of 2016, but the recently established group of families, residents and supporters views the announcement as merely an important step on a long journey. “The school helps the Back...

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Behind the Scenes: BPL Digital Projects

April 23, 2013
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Before an image of a map, a photograph, or the text from a book can pop up on a computer screen in the Boston Public Library (BPL) or your laptop at home, someone has to create a digital file from the original object. That’s the work of the BPL Digital Services Department. Two Step...

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A Despicable Act an Unspeakable Tragedy

April 23, 2013
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Perhaps I am still in sense of shock as the details and the reality of the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday sink into my mind. One is almost immune when one hears about civilian targeted  bombs exploding in those places of unrest like the Middle East or Africa....

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Police Briefs 04-23-2013

April 23, 2013
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April 8 150 Newbury St. – Drugs – Possession of a Class D Substance – Marijuana, etc. 505 Boylston St. – Larceny in a Building, $50 to $199 182 Beacon St.    – Fire Report – House, Building, etc. 261 Dartmouth St. – Robbery Attempt – Other Weapon – Street April 9 44 Commonwealth Ave....

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Back Bay’s Official Sign of Spring

April 16, 2013
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Back Bay’s Official Sign of Spring

Magnolias are the harbingers of spring for Back Bay residents. The Saucer Magnolia was bred in 1820 by French plantsman Étienne Soulange-Bodin. Since then, more than 100 varieties of this tree have been created by plant breeders.

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Longfellow Bridge Project to Impact Traffic, MBTA Service

April 16, 2013
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When construction on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT)  $255 million rehabilitation of the Longfellow Bridge gets underway in July, impacts will include extensive traffic diversions and interruptions to MBTA Red Line service. At a public meeting last week, representatives from White-Skanska-Consigli – the joint venture firm awarded the design/build contract for the project...

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Get Involved in the Election

April 16, 2013
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The upcoming municipal election for Mayor and City Council will be one of the most important decisions that local voters will have to make in recent history. It is hard to believe that, while there have been a total of 16 elected and acting Mayors of Boston since 1900, there have been only three...

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Police Briefs 04-16-2013

April 16, 2013
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April 1 83 Newbury St. – Fire Report – House, Building, etc. 505 Boylston St – Larceny in a Building, Under $50 745 Boylston St. – Property – Receiving Stolen 279 Dartmouth St. – Assault and Battery 154 Newbury St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $50 to $199 April 2 279 Newbury St. –...

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Bright Morning Shadows

April 9, 2013
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Bright Morning Shadows

“Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides.” (Junichiro Tanizaki- Japanese Author 1886 – 1965)

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Newbury St. Water Main Replacement Project to Start

April 9, 2013
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The Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) will recommence its Newbury Street Water Main Replacement Project after Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 14. Work includes completion of the water-main replacement on the final block of Newbury Street and associated work and restoration in the block between Clarendon and Berkeley streets. Connections to hydrants for temporary...

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Jay Livingstone Qualifies for Ballot in Race for State Representative 8th District

April 9, 2013
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Jay Livingstone is the first candidate to qualify for the ballot in the race to be the next State Representative in a May 28 special election to fill the seat vacated when Marty Walz resigned. Candidates seeking that seat need at least 150 signatures certified by the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office to have...

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Dan Conley Announces for Mayor

April 9, 2013
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Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley announced his run for Mayor of Boston at a press conference last week. “Boston is a great city, and with the right leadership and vision, its best days are still ahead,” said Conley. “So today I am officially declaring that I am a candidate for Mayor of Boston....

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Police Briefs 04-09-2013

April 9, 2013
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March 24 104 Hemenway St. – Property – Lost 279 Dartmouth St. – Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Knife March 25 261 Newbury St. – Dangerous or Hazardous Condition 25 Exeter St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 535 Boylston St. – Frauds – All Other 182 Newbury St. – Robbery – Firearm...

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Spring Willow Walk

April 4, 2013
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Spring Willow Walk

“I need living boughs. I want to see how the leaves of the willow grow from their branches. I am going to the country. When I bury my nose in a hazel-bush, I shall be fifteen years old.” (Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot –French painter and printmaker 1796-1875)

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FOPG Offers Incentive to Join

April 4, 2013
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The Friends of the Public Garden has launched its spring membership drive with an enticing incentive: Anyone who joins the Friends by May 1 will be entered into a drawing to win lunch for two at the Four Seasons Hotel’s Bristol Lounge. “We look forward to welcoming new members to our organization, and we...

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Mayor Menino Announces Decision Not to Seek Another Term

April 4, 2013
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With an approval rating of over 70 percent and a better than 50 percent chance of beating any opponent that dared run against him in November, Mayor Thomas Menino, the only mayor a majority of Bostonians have ever known, gracefully bowed out of running for a unprecedented sixth term last Thursday at Faneuil Hall....

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Mayor Thomas Menino Stepping Down

April 4, 2013
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The announcement last Thursday by Mayor Thomas Menino that he will not seek a sixth term puts an end to the speculation of the last six months of whether he will or will not run for reelection. The consensus among political pundits that he would have won another election underscores what we had said...

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Police Briefs 04-02-2013

April 4, 2013
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March 18 745 Boylston St. – Frauds – All Other 450 Beacon St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over 180 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 301 Berkeley St. – Investigate Person Berkeley Street     – Vandalism March 19 200 Newbury St. – Investigate Person 505 Boylston St. –...

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DCR Opens Construction Bids for Eliot Memorial Project

April 2, 2013
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The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) opened construction bids Wednesday for a project to revitalize the Charles Eliot Memorial on the Charles River Esplanade. Through its Partnership Matching Funds Program, DCR has partnered with The Esplanade Association (TEA) to underwrite the estimated $388,040 construction cost of the project. Its scope includes “parkland renovation...

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Waiting for the Tables to Turn

March 26, 2013
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Waiting for the Tables to Turn

This flock of diners is already in line at a Newbury Street sidewalk cafe waiting to enjoy the outdoor patio season.

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Hill House Offering Spring Programming

March 26, 2013
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With the start of spring, Hill House is expanding its offerings for children and, for the first time, providing programming for adults. “We’re going to begin incorporating cooking as a seasonal program,” said Rebecca Yudkoff, program director. “We have a very spacious kitchen, and we feel we haven’t made use of it.” The Adult...

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Connolly Officially Kicks off Campaign for Mayor

March 26, 2013
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Appealing to younger voters from his generation At-Large City Councilor John Connolly officially kicked off his campaign for Mayor of Boston last week at the Omni Parker House downtown in an unconventional way that included a performance by Boston band, the Bad Rabbits. Over 400 supporters packed the rally that included the spirited performance...

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