Police Briefs 05-12-2015

May 14, 2015
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April 20 20 Hemenway St. – Verbal Dispute 700 Boylston St. – Property – Accidental Damage Arlington Street – Property – Found 790 Boylston St. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person Stanhope Street – Towed Motor Vehicle Beacon Street – Property – Lost, then Located 119 Commonwealth Ave. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 18 Commonwealth Ave. –...

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New Bridges to Hope in the Wake of Long Island

May 14, 2015
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On October 8th of last year, I had to make a painful but necessary decision. The Long Island Bridge, after years of neglect, had to be shut down. The decaying 63-year-old structure posed imminent danger to the clients and staff of the shelter, transition, detox, and treatment programs housed on Long Island in Boston...

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Downtown View:Old,White and Rich?

May 14, 2015
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The reporting is breathless: Millennium Tower penthouse goes on sale for $37.5 million. A condo in a 19th-century Commonwealth Avenue townhouse sells for $7 million. Luxury apartments, rentable or buyable, going up in the Fenway and in the Seaport. These new projects add expensive housing to the already-pricey neighborhoods in downtown Boston. The buyers...

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Helping Friends Care for Historic Parks

The Friends of the Public Garden was founded in 1970, and is now over 2,500 members strong. Becoming a member of the Friends means helping to care for the 1,700 trees that grow in the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall, as well the historic and beloved sculptures and extensive turf that...

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Police Briefs 04-28-2015

April 6 Boylston Street Investigate Person 212 Newbury St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over\ Dartmouth Street – Bomb Threat 416 Beacon St. – Breaking and Entering, Residence, Day – Force 10 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle Clarendon Street – Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage Hereford Street...

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Downtown View:Picture L.A.

Picture the skyline of Los Angeles. How about Minneapolis, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Phoenix, even Chicago? You can’t? Oh, well. Now picture Washington D. C., Seattle, Toronto or New York. You know those skylines, don’t you? There might be a gimmick—Seattle’s Space Needle; Toronto’s CN Tower with the scary glass floor. Or there might be...

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TEA Takes Steps to Combat Growing Geese Population

May 5, 2015
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The Esplanade Association is now taking steps to combat the ever-growing population of Canadian geese, which often has a detrimental impact on the park. “Unfortunately, geese can be rude, noisy and sometimes aggressive,” according to a press release detailing the new initiative. “They’re not familiar with the concept of bathrooms – instead they leave...

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29 Newbury to Close after 30years

April 15, 2015
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After more than 30 years in business, the Back Bay restaurant 29 Newbury will close its doors in mid-April. “I am absolutely heartbroken to shut my doors after 30 years,” owner Debbie Lewis said. “My biggest concern is for my employees. They have been like family to me, and I want them to land...

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Donut Lovers Unite:Charlestown Resident Greg John Brings Kane’s Donuts to Boston

April 15, 2015
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Donut Lovers Unite:Charlestown Resident Greg John Brings Kane’s Donuts to Boston

Kane’s Donuts has been packing customers in to its store in Saugus for decades. The Delios family is well known on the North Shore and beyond for creating sumptuous, uniquely flavored donuts. Paul and Maria Delios have brought their award-winning donuts to Boston’s downtown financial district, International Place, opening the region’s first handcrafted donut...

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Police Briefs 04-14-2015

April 15, 2015
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March 23 Boylston Street – Motor Vehicle Accident – Personal Injury 301 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 364 Boylston St. – Harassing Phone Calls 53 Huntington Ave. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 49 Gloucester St. – Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage 138 St. James Ave. –...

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Downtown View:What is Best for Us, Not Tsarnaev

April 15, 2015
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We’ve had the trial even though Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers admitted he was guilty on the first day. This trial was important to endure. If we hadn’t had it, the conspiracy theorists would crawl out, accusing the police of cover-ups. The Fox-TV screamers would be concocting stories about how it was all Obama’s fault. The...

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Downtown View:Re-Envisioning City Hall Plaza

April 1, 2015
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Mayor Walsh has asked for help in remaking City Hall Plaza. He has resorted to Twitter to re-invent, re-imagine, re-envision #CityHallPlaza. In letters, radio commentary and Twitter, Bostonians have chimed in. Art exhibits, a baseball diamond, a roller rink, Yo-Yo Ma’s music garden idea, trees, an inexplicable suggestion for an “enhanced multimodal hub-ness”—all these...

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Keeping Boston Intersections Moving During High Traffic

April 1, 2015
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For those who think the traffic signals in Boston work in some sort of random, mechanical fashion, look up at the cameras on about every intersection – smile big – and think again. High up on the seventh floor of Boston City Hall, a well-publicized, but still mostly unknown, Traffic Management Center (TMC) monitors...

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Police Briefs 03/31/2015

April 1, 2015
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March 9 272 Marlborough St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over   March 10 700 Boylston St. – Larceny, Other, Under $50 2 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 100 Huntington Ave. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 760 Boylston St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 46 Gloucester St....

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A Challenging Winter, A Strong City

April 1, 2015
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With the cycle of what seemed like never-ending snowstorms, this winter has tested me as a Mayor, and Boston as a community. I’ve been struck by how Bostonians have pulled together throughout this record-breaking season of storms, which surpassed the 1995-1996 figure with a current total of 108.6 inches this winter. Tackling these storms...

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Downtown View:Saving Space

March 17, 2015
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So far this year, Bostonians have truly weathered the storms. Most people have kept their cool and maintained their good nature. I have also detected a note of pride in our resilience and bravery in the face of unprecedented snowfalls. The T didn’t work. The city’s plows and melters had trouble keeping up. But...

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Levin,Starr to Be Honored by Tufts Medical

March 17, 2015
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Revolutionary.  Passionate.  Courageous. These are all words to describe the co-founders of Third Rock Ventures.  Kevin Starr and Mark Levin of the Back Bay will be honored by Tufts Medical Center with the Ellen M. Zane Award for Visionary Leadership at the 2015 Working Wonders Gala for Tufts Medical Center. The Gala will be...

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Police Briefs 03-17-2015

March 17, 2015
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Feb. 23 61 Exeter St. – Investigate Person 29 Gloucester St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 165 Beacon St.  – Vandalism 800 Boylston St. – Vandalism 131 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 44 Gainsborough St. – Larceny in a Building, $50 to $199 138 St. James Ave. – Larceny in a Building, $200 &...

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Okay Enough, We Set a New Record

March 17, 2015
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Sunday night’s snowfall was enough to set a new record for snow accumulation in Boston in a single season. This winter will be something to tell our grandchildren as we will recount the bitter cold for days on end, the constant snow shoveling, the bags of rock salt that we bought to keep our...

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Electricity Rates Just Keep Going up for Boston Users

March 4, 2015
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Boston faces some of the highest electricity prices in the nation, and in January, rates increased by 29 percent. This puts many Boston residents in a very tough spot, in particular, those residents who heat with electricity. While the City does not have control over these prices, we are using every lever we can...

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Court Tennis Was in Session at TRC

March 4, 2015
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There were no signs of Federer or Djokovic but the best tennis players in the world gathered for the U.S. Open in Boston last week. Actually it was the United States Court Tennis Open Championships that was contested at the venerable Tennis and Racquet Club (TRC) on Boylston Street. In a well-played championship singles...

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Proposed Volleyball Stadium on Common Raises Concerns

February 18, 2015
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A plan to erect a temporary volleyball stadium on the Boston Common if the city wins its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics already has some civic leaders fearing it would greatly reduce public access to the national landmark and potentially cause long-term damage to the park. Elizabeth Vizza, executive director of the...

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Olympic Debate: City Sponsors First Meeting to Discuss Bid

February 18, 2015
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The city sponsored the first of nine public meetings at Suffolk University Law School on Wednesday to discuss its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Before more than 300 citizens, a team led by Boston 2024’s Chairman John Fish and President Richard Davey, chairman and CEO of Boston-based Suffolk Construction and the state’s former...

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Don’t Be Fooled

February 18, 2015
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Like an annoying alarm clock that predictably shouts its tone, late last week and this week several establishment lawmakers and transportation pundits began blaming the MBTA’s implosion on a lack of taxes and on the majority of voters who repealed the automatic gas tax increases last November. Don’t be fooled, please. In the daily...

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