Hundreds of Flu Shots Distributed

January 15, 2013
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After giving out thousands of flu shots already this season, the Fenway Community Health Center, which services Back Bay resident, distributed hundreds more Saturday as part of a citywide effort to get more people vaccinated. This year’s flu has already claimed 18 lives in Massachusetts and last week Mayor Thomas Menino and the city’s...

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More Panels Removed from Callahan Tunnel

January 15, 2013
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After removing 117 wall panels from the Callahan Tunnel last month, which connects the Back Bay to Logan Airport, MassDOT tested and removed an additional two-dozen panels from the adjoining Sumner Tunnel last week. In December a 100 lb. wall panel in the tunnel fell off the wall of the tunnel and landed in...

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Area D-4 Sees 10-percent Reduction in Violent and Property Crimes in ‘12

January 15, 2013
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Area D-4, which includes the Back Bay, South End, Lower Roxbury and Fenway, saw an approximately 10-percent reduction in violent and property crimes in 2012 from the previous year, according to Boston Police. Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 30 of 2012, 4,365 incidents of Part One crime were reported, compared with 4,834 during the...

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Police Briefs 01-15-2013

January 15, 2013
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Dec. 31 607 Boylston St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 100 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 935 Boylston St. – Investigate Property Jan. 1 913 Boylston St. – Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Knife Massachusetts Avenue – Service to Other Police Department inside of Mass....

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A Tree for All Seasons

January 8, 2013
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A Tree for All Seasons

The Whitebarked Himalayan Birch shines in the winter. It is said to have the whitest and most beautiful bark of all the birches. This variety was discovered by Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker during a mid-1800s trip to Tibet.

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Esplanade Playspace Gains National Prominence

January 8, 2013
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The Esplanade Playspace opened a little more than a year ago, but the state-of-the-art playground has already gained national prominence, even gracing the pages of the Wall Street Journal in November. “This is now becoming the new standard for play in this country,” said Tani Marinovich, who co-founded the Playspace with Jean Egan and...

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Murphy to Lead City Council

January 8, 2013
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At-Large City Councilor Stephen Murphy was unanimously elected by the council Monday to serve another two-year term as the body’s president. After being elected Murphy immediately appointed Beacon Hill City Councilor Sal LaMattina to serve another two-year term as his vice president. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to again lead the body,” said...

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Welcome Back, Mayor Menino: It’s Nice to Have Tom Menino Back on the Job

January 8, 2013
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We wish to add our voice to the chorus of residents who have been delighted to see the return of Mayor Tom Menino  to his office at City Hall. For one thing, it will be a relief to see an end to the speculation about this or that possible scenario by the pundits and...

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Police Briefs 01-08-2013

January 8, 2013
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Dec. 23 Newbury Street – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 15 Arlington St. – Fire Report – House, Building, Etc. Commonwealth Avenue    Motor – Vehicle Accident – Property Damage 551 Boylston St. – Service to Other Police Department inside of Mass. Berkeley Street     – Fraud – Larceny by Scheme 312 Commonwealth Ave. – Larceny,...

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Hill House Little League Living a Dream

January 8, 2013
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Local kids have been living a dream this year. The Titans, a parent organized youth baseball club has brought the excitement and challenge of U12 travel baseball to downtown Boston. Starting with tryouts that occurred in June, 10-12 year old baseball players from the Hill House Little League, pounded base hits, covered bases, dove...

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A Smile for a New Year!

January 1, 2013
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A Smile for a New Year!

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

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2012: The Year in Review

January 1, 2013
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• 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...

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Ring out the Old…. We Wish Our Readers a Happy and Healthy 2013

January 1, 2013
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We often quote a verse from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Ring Out Wild Bells” when we write our annual New Year’s editorial. We write about the events that happened in the old year and discuss those that may come in the new, as well as our hopes for a better year than the year before....

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Boston Athenaeum 2013 Concert Series Features Piano Music of the 20th Century

January 1, 2013
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The Winter 2013 Concert Series at the Boston Athenæum, featuring pianist and composer Aaron Jackson, will include music of Beethoven, Smetana, Bartók, Janácek, Berg, Gorecki, Babbitt, Shifrin and Jackson, among others. The Capital Trio will perform on Feb. 8, and cellist Adrienne Taylor will join Jackson on March 16. All concerts will take place...

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2012
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Merry Christmas!

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale

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Anne Brooke Elected President of FOPG

December 25, 2012
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The board of directors of the Friends of the Public Garden has elected Anne Brooke as president. Brooke has been on the Friends board for more than six years, serving as co-chair of the Development and Membership Committees and as a member of the Executive Committee. She and her husband, Peter, live in the...

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TEA and DCR Seek Input on Concessions

December 25, 2012
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The Esplanade Association (TEA) joined the Department of Conservation and Recreation for two meetings Wednesday to gather public input on future food concessions and other facilities on the Charles River Esplanade. The meetings followed the recent announcement that DCR would issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a vendor permit to operate the food...

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Merry Christmas to All: Time to Think About Those Less Fortunate

December 25, 2012
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Another holiday season is here and, as you are reading this, it almost will be over. All of the preparations and plans we’ve made in anticipation of the seasonal events soon will come to fruition and will become just another memory in our photo albums and DVD files. Most of us will mark the...

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Police Briefs 12-24-2012

December 25, 2012
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Dec. 10 342 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 306 Dartmouth St. – Motor Vehicle Accident – Other 330 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 760 Boylston St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 279 Dartmouth St. – Assault and Battery on a Police Officer Dec. 11 Dartmouth Street –...

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Visions of Sugarplums

December 18, 2012
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Visions of Sugarplums

Gingerbread, candy canes, cookies, and sweets make up this playhouse-size gingerbread masterpiece in the lobby of the Back Bay Sheraton. It was baked and decorated by the hotel’s culinary team.

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Councilors Push to Improve Bike Safety

December 18, 2012
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Bicycle safety had been on the minds of City Councilors at-Large Felix G. Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley, but they were struck with the gravity of the issue the morning of Dec. 6, when a Boston University graduate student tragically became the fifth person to lose his life in a cycling accident in the city....

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Resident Receives Citizens Bank Award

December 18, 2012
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Back Bay resident Lisa Peros, a vice president at Citizens Bank, was recently recognized with a Chairman’s Good Banking Award, the highest honor that RBS Citizens Financial Group awards to its colleagues. The Good Banking Awards are part of the bank’s commitment to recognizing colleagues for excellence in areas like customer service and involvement...

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First City Hall on Wheels Debuts in Boston

December 18, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino  announced the debut of the nation’s first City Hall on wheels. Inspired by the now ubiquitous food truck, the brightly-designed “City Hall To Go” truck will travel throughout Boston’s neighborhoods, offering a select menu of city services to constituents. Residents visiting the truck will be able to pay or dispute...

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Police Briefs 12-18-2012

December 18, 2012
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Dec. 3 Newbury Street – Auto Theft – Other 119 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over Clarendon Street – Investigate Person 181 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 342 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 551 Boylston St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over...

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