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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Police Briefs 03-26-2013

March 26, 2013
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March 11 150 Newbury St. – Investigate Person 297 Newbury St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 38 Newbury St. – Harassing Phone Calls 314 Dartmouth St. – Investigate Property 261 Dartmouth St. – Violation – City Ordinance March 12 114 Commonwealth Ave. – Investigate Property Arlington Street – Dangerous or Hazardous Condition 261 Dartmouth St....

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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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