Sweet Sound of Spring

Sweet Sound of Spring

This Northern Cardinal sang long and loud from a Back Bay tree top. His song is a way to attract a mate and declare this territory as his. The redder the cardinal, the more attractive he is to mates because it’s a sign of a male who has found a good food supply.

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TEA to Hold Annual Meeting on May 7

The Esplanade Association (TEA) will host its 12th annual meeting at the Hampshire House, 84 Beacon St. in Boston, On Tuesday, May 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. The meeting will highlight the work done by The Esplanade Association over the past year, as well as discus future goals and projects. Some of this...

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LaMattina Seeks Private Development Dollars to Improve City’s Parks

Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina is calling for a hearing to find ways to link private development dollars with improving the city’s dynamic public park system. With Boston’s 2,200 acre park system woefully under funded, LaMattina said there could be an opportunity similar to the order that Mayor Thomas Menino issued 13 years ago...

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Police Briefs 05-08-2013

April 22 20 Gloucester St. – Property – Found 85 Newbury St – Disorderly Person 119 Clarendon St. – Investigate Person April 23  941 Boylston St. – Assault and Battery Arlington Street – Motor Vehicle Accident – Personal Injury Newbury Street – Property – Accidental Damage 172 Marlborough St. – Property – Receiving Stolen...

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Pansies in Spring

Pansies in Spring

Despite their delicate look, pansies are tough, little plants. In some neighborhood gardens, they survived the winter and started blooming again in spring. Here, they were planted en masse to give this yard a splash of early color.

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‘Backyard Dash” is Saturday

On Saturday, May 4, Hill House families, friends and neighbors are invited to take to Fiedler Field and the Esplanade Pathways for the seventh annual “Backyard Dash & Girls on the Run Boston 5K.” The event will feature a Diaper Dash for toddlers, 1-mile family fun-run, Girls on the Run Boston 5K, picnic lunch...

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Dawson Receives Firefighters’ Endorsement

Josh Dawson, Democratic candidate for 8th Suffolk District State Representative, was formally endorsed by the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, Boston Firefighters Local 718, and Cambridge Firefighters Local 30 on Thursday. Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Firefighters of MA, said that Dawson’s upbringing in a working class family gives him the insight he feels...

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Annual Duckling Day Parade Scheduled for May 12

The Friends of the Public Garden will celebrate Mother’s Day with Boston-area families during its annual “Duckling Day” parade on Sunday, May 12.  Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Parkman Bandstand in the Boston Common, and the parade will begin at noon. Based on the children’s classic “Make Way for Ducklings” by...

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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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