Old South Church Votes to Authorize Sale of Historic Assets Valued at $10-$20 Million

December 11, 2012
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Members of Old South Church in Copley Square, gathering in a rare and historic Special Meeting on Dec. 2, voted to authorize its board of trustees to sell one of the church’s two copies of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book ever printed in North America and 19 objects of Colonial-era silver. The psalm...

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School Choice Decision Process Delayed Until January

December 11, 2012
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It looks as though a decision on how the city and Boston Public Schools will reorganize the school choice system for students and families will be delayed. Mayor Thomas Menino’s External Advisory Committee on School Choice (EAC) was to make its recommendations to the Boston School Committee this month. The School Committee was to...

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Fulfilling a Mission

December 11, 2012
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Some of the most remarkable and beautiful architecture in our neighborhood are the buildings of worship.  These buildings in many ways not only define our neighborhood, but also give them and the residents character.  In many cases, their steeples dominate the landscape as they soar toward the heavens. Built in a different era and...

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The Silent Killer

December 11, 2012
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With the heating season upon us, now is the time for residents to check their homes to make sure that they have carbon monoxide alarms and that they are in operation.  A winter season does not pass without some home heating-related tragedies,  with people dying from carbon monoxide poisoning. What brings this to the...

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Police Briefs 12-11-2012

December 11, 2012
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Nov. 26 Fairfield Street  - Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $50 to $199 180 Newbury St. – Investigate Person 400 Marlborough St. – Breaking and Entering, Residence, Day – Force 269 Beacon St. – Vandalism 29 Newbury St. – Threats to Do Bodily Harm 815 Boylston St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over Nov. 27...

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Nantucket, Martha’s Vin

December 4, 2012
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Nantucket, Martha’s Vin

Lucas, the shop dog from Skirtin Around at 221 Newbury Street, attracts both customers and cameras. You’ll often find him in the front window trying to catch the eye of passing shoppers to invite them into the company’s newest location.

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Potential Damage from Sandy Like Storm Outlined at Presentation at Faneuil Hall

December 4, 2012
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Potential Damage from Sandy Like Storm Outlined at Presentation at Faneuil Hall

The streets of many of Boston’s neighborhoods including the Back Bay, Kenmore Square,  East Boston and Logan Airport would be flooded and the devastation would be enormous if a superstorm like Sandy slammed into Boston. A “What If Sandy Happened Here” forum held recently at Faneuil Hall in Boston brought scientists, politicians and environmentalists...

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Park Street School Fifth-grader Reaches out with Hope

December 4, 2012
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Buzzing with excitement, Park Street School’s (PSS) art room becomes a hub of activity Thursday afternoon after school with the “Stop Hunger Now” club. What does an art room have to do with a nonprofit relief organization? A lot, it turns out, in the mind of fifth-grader Ainsley McCormack. It began last summer when...

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Mayor Menino

December 4, 2012
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No matter where any Boston resident goes, the talk ultimately turns to the health and future of Mayor Thomas Menino, who has been hospitalized for the last five weeks and is now at the Spaulding Rehab Center.  This Sunday, parishioners at St. Cecilia’s in the Back Bay included the Mayor in their prayer of...

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Police Briefs 12-04-2012

December 4, 2012
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Nov. 19 222 Newbury St. – License Premise Violation Dartmouth Street – Violation of the Auto Laws – Operating without a License Commonwealth Avenue  – Violation of the Auto Laws- Operating After Revocation/Suspension 236 Clarendon St.- Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over Massachusetts Avenue – Vandalism 647 Boylston St. – Fire Report –...

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Last Call

November 30, 2012
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Last Call

Another sign of the changing season as one last drink of water is served up for the trees on Commonwealth Avenue Mall. A Parks Department worker turned on the irrigation system in order to clear it for the winter.

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Be Aware of Your Surroundings

November 30, 2012
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With the holiday season now upon us, we urge our readers to remember to be aware of your surroundings as you race from a holiday party to planning for friends and family visiting to just coming back with your Christmas shopping.  This piece of advice is all the more relevant with the recent home...

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Holidays Are in Full Swing

November 30, 2012
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Thanksgiving has come and with it a few added pounds around the waist have been gained.  Now, the race is on for Christmas.  If you drive around the neighborhood, Christmas lights and decorations are already out on homes.  This is only the calm before the storm of events that will get you into the...

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Downtown View

November 30, 2012
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I’m worried. It’s about a surface parking lot. It seems silly to worry about a parking lot, but that’s the way it is. Maybe it will turn out okay, but things have a way of getting out of hand. Let’s hope I’m wrong. This parking lot lies on the Esplanade near Charles Circle. That...

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Sitting on the Dock…

November 20, 2012
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Sitting on the Dock…

While the Swan Boats are missed this time of year, their dock does make a great place to reflect on the Public Garden scene and enjoy a cup of something warming!

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Workshop Explores Neighborhood’s Residential Groundwater Issues

November 20, 2012
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With groundwater at Beacon and Dartmouth streets reaching an alarmingly low level, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB) sponsored a workshop at the French Cultural Center Wednesday to address residential groundwater issues in the neighborhood. The discussion included speakers Elliot Laffer and Christian Simonelli, executive director and technical and recharge coordinator of...

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City Residents Sign Petition in Support of Councilor John Connolly’s School Choice Plan

November 20, 2012
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At-large City Councilor John Connolly’s alternative to the Boston Public School Department’s school choice proposal is gaining momentum among city residents. “Currently, 6,551 Bostonians have signed a petition in support of the Quality Choice Plan — an alternative plan to reform the student assignment system in Boston Public Schools,” said Connolly. Last month the...

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WECA Hears Talk on Future of BRA

November 20, 2012
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The West End Civic Association (WECA) sponsored a meeting Tuesday night to discuss the BRA’s (Boston Redevelopment Association)  role in neighborhood planning and development, the BRA’s Article 80 process and what action residents can take to impact development. The meeting, held at the West End Museum, was titled “Neighborhood Development: Civic Discourse – BRA’s...

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Thanksgiving 2012

November 20, 2012
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This Thanksgiving, as we pause to reflect, there are mixed signs of where we as a nation are headed.  First for the good news: The presidential election showed more minorities participated in the voting process. The home mortgage crisis that triggered the real estate free fall of price values has seen stabilization and housing...

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Police Briefs 11-20-2012

November 20, 2012
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Nov. 5 Newbury Street – Motor Vehicle Accident – Personal Injury 306 Dartmouth St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over 70 Marlborough St. – Trespassing 755 Boylston St. – Frauds – All Other Nov. 6 281 Dartmouth St. Breaking and Entering, Non-Residence Night – Force 66 Marlborough St. – Motor Vehicle Accident...

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Paving Supervisor

November 13, 2012
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Paving Supervisor

Samuel Eliot Morison oversees the paving work around his statue on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. The paving stones will be replaced to widen the path for Parks Department trucks and plows.

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By the Numbers: Back Bay Voters Support Obama, Warren

November 13, 2012
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Like voters across the country, the Back Bay supported President Barack Obama in his re-election victory over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in last Tuesday’s race. According to the city’s unofficial election results, approximately 63 percent of voters in Ward 5, Precincts 6, 7, 8 and 9 backed the Obama-Biden ticket, while around 35...

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Girl Scouts see resurgence in Beacon Hill, Back Bay

November 13, 2012
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For the first time in more than a decade, girls living in Beacon Hill, the Back Bay and surrounding neighborhoods have the opportunity to participate in the Girl Scouts of America. Several troops have been formed, thanks to a network of mothers who initiated the program locally and are volunteering as troop leaders, with...

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Veteran’s Day

November 13, 2012
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This past weekend Americans stopped to remember the veterans of the wars in which we as a country have been engaged. Our debt to these men and women can never be repaid for their service.  For those of us, who never have been in the heat of battle, heard the terrifying sounds of bullets...

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