Short-Term Rental Bill Should Be Passed

February 9, 2015
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Representative Aaron Michlewitz, who represents parts of Beacon Hill, has co-sponsored legislation that would put in place state regulations for short-term residential rentals that would empower cities and towns to inspect these units for safety code violations and mandate that short-term renters pay an excise tax, similar to the state’s hotel tax. The bill...

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More Water and Sewer Savings For Seniors and Disabled People

February 9, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s announcement that Boston Water and Sewer Commission will increase water service discounts for all senior citizens and disabled homeowners to 30 percent has been praised by many. It was an important decision that results in savings for low-income elderly and persons with disabilities who certainly can use the money that...

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Downtown View: More Stupid Stuff

February 9, 2015
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Sometimes as a community we don’t think before we act even though we spend lots of time in the thinking stage. Casinos are one example. This is not a column opposing casinos. Their benefits are probably over-rated, and so are their drawbacks. Everett was chosen over Revere for the casino in the Boston area....

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Police Briefs 01-20-2015

January 22, 2015
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Dec. 29 Commonwealth Avenue  – Towed Motor Vehicle 414 Boylston St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 267 Commonwealth Ave. – Towed Motor Vehicle 53 Huntington Ave. – Larceny, Shoplifting, Under $50 253 Beacon St. – Death Investigation 100 Huntington Ave. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 251 Beacon St. – Larceny, Other, $200 & Over...

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Education Is Walsh’s Top Priority

January 22, 2015
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Listening to the Mayor Martin Walsh’s State of the City address last Tuesday night, one had to be struck by his emphasis on education for Boston Public School students. More than a quarter of his address was devoted to initiatives that he has committed city resources and his time and effort to. A longer...

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Downtown View:The Calm Month

January 22, 2015
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Lots of people complain about January. It is dark. It is cold. It’s a day longer than some months. The hoopla about the holidays is over. Thank goodness. That is the beauty of January. It is not like autumn, the season in which everyone and every organization are trying to crowd in every event...

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The Ever Changing New Boston

January 22, 2015
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Boston, today, is seen as one of America’s best cities. But this latest incarnation of what John Winthrop called the “City on a Hill” is a fairly recent one. The “New Boston” only came into being in the second half of the twentieth century. The “Old Boston” was described as a “hopeless backwater” and...

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Police Briefs 01-06-2015

January 8, 2015
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Dec. 15 56 Clarendon St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 100 Huntington Ave. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 326 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, Under $50 247 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, Under $50 88 Newbury St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 131 Dartmouth St. – Larceny, Motor Vehicle Plates  ...

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Mayor Walsh Names Brian Golden as Permanent Director of the BRA

January 8, 2015
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Brian Golden was recently named permanent director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Economic Development Industrial Corporation (EDIC). Having served as acting director since last January, Golden will continue to lead the efforts to reform and modernize the agency, which has already undergone a significant transformation in the last 11 months. He has...

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Disruption or Conseqences?

January 8, 2015
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Disruption was 2014’s trendy cliché. A new idea comes along and, poof, out with the old. Business school types are enthralled. New technology and new ideas are part of the disruption. But some businesses and industries are vulnerable, sometimes because they haven’t taken certain developments into account. Take coal. It is hard to listen...

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Happy Holidays

December 23, 2014
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Happy Holidays

It’s the season to be grateful for all the people who volunteer their time, talent, and money to make Boston a better place. Wreaths, like this one, were created by The Garden Club of the Back Bay volunteers to raise funds for projects that keep our neighborhood green.

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Police Briefs 12-23-2014

December 23, 2014
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Nov. 30 150 Huntington Ave. – Motor Vehicle Accident – Personal Injury 227 Newbury St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 263 Clarendon St. – Motor Vehicle Accident – Personal Injury 480 Boylston St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 500 Boylston St. – Possession f Burglarious Tools 53 Huntington Ave. – Larceny, Other, $50 to $199 775...

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A farewell to John

December 23, 2014
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Dear Editor: My husband threw me a surprise 50th birthday party a few years ago. It was the thing I asked him never to do, but he didn’t let a little thing like my wish guide him. He also was not a slave to inclusion…he asked only those he knew I loved. If he...

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Police Briefs 12-09-2014

December 23, 2014
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Nov. 17 40 Newbury St. – Property – Found Commonwealth Avenue – Towed Motor Vehicle 53 Huntington Ave. – Larceny, Shoplifting, Under $50 240 Newbury St. – Bomb Threat 497 Boylston St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 100 Huntington Ave. – Robbery Attempt – Unarmed – Miscellaneous 228 Newbury St. – Sick/Injured/Medical –...

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King’s Chapel Parish House

December 23, 2014
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The Back bay Architectural Commission will meet on Wednesday, December 10 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 900 on the nint floor of Boston City Hall. Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Appropriateness on the agenda below, review of architectural violations, and such business as may come before the commission, in...

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Letter to the Editor

December 23, 2014
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Advent is upon us Dear Editor: As consumerism reaches the manic pitch of Black Friday and post-Thanksgiving sales, Christendom marks the beginning of Advent—a time designated for slowing down and preparing ourselves internally. I asked staff at King’s Chapel about their own experiences in Advent and about some of the clashes between liturgical teachings...

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Police Briefs 11-18-2014

November 27, 2014
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Nov. 3 Commonwealth Avenue  – Towed Motor Vehicle 53 Huntington Ave. – Larceny, Shoplifting, Under $50 53 Huntington Ave. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over Newbury Street – Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage 28 Newbury St. – Investigate Person 364 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over Clarendon Street...

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Letter to the Editor

November 27, 2014
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Thank you to the residents of Boston Dear Editor: I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for their very generous outpouring of support for my family and me. We always knew Tommy was a special person and did a lot to make people’s lives better, but I was overwhelmed at the tremendous...

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014
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Another Thanksgiving is upon us, a day for schoolboy football, family gatherings, and not much else to do other than enjoy a great dinner that reminds us how fortunate we truly are. Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, tracing its roots back almost 400 years to the Pilgrims, long before there was even a...

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Police Briefs 11-11-2014

November 18, 2014
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Oct. 20 Commonwealth Avenue  – Towed Motor Vehicle 899 Boylston St.   -Trespassing 53 Huntington Ave.  – Larceny, Shoplifting, Under $50 10 Huntington Ave.  – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 497 Boylston St.  –  Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 760 Boylston St.  – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 10 Huntington Ave.  – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 117 Newbury...

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Letter to the Editor

November 18, 2014
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Neighbors remember  John W. Sears Mr. Sears died early this morning, Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4,  in his 84th year. He probably would have considered that bad timing, since he never ever missed casting his ballot on Election Day. He was our neighbor for over 30 years, generously sharing his legendary knowledge of facts...

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Mayor Tom Menino

November 18, 2014
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The passing last week of former, long-time Boston Mayor Thomas Menino truly removes from our lives a man whose devotion to his city and its people was second to none. The incredible outpouring of genuine sadness and respect expressed by persons from all walks of life and from stations high and low bore witness...

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Police Briefs 10-28-2014

October 31, 2014
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POLICE LOG Oct. 13 490 Commonwealth Ave. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 535 Boylston St. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 100 Huntington Ave. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 261 Dartmouth St – Investigate Person Newbury Street – Property – Missing 800 Boylston St. – Larceny, Bicycle, $200 & Over 800 Boylston...

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Gordon Hamersley and Kurt Cerulli Honored by Community Music Center

October 31, 2014
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On a brisk fall afternoon, supporters of Community Music Center of Boston were gathered outside the celebrated Hamersley’s Bistro, awaiting one last savory meal from esteemed Boston Chef, Gordon Hamersley. Sunday, Oct. 19, marked the 8th Annual John Kleshinski Luncheon, an event celebrating the Music Center’s late Board President and supporting the faculty and guest artist...

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