Bread upon the Waters

August 8, 2014
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Bread upon the Waters

The words “Cast thy bread upon the waters…” are on the base of the George Robert White Memorial. The sculptor, Daniel Chester French, originally titled this work “The Spirit of Giving.” The Friends of the Public Garden are raising funds to restore water to this monument. Donations for this project may be made to...

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A Month in the Country

August 8, 2014
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(first published in August 2013) For the first time since I was 18 years old, I have spent a month in the country. And what a beautiful country it is. Fifty shades of green complimented by the bluest sky ever. Puffy clouds ranging from gray to bright white. Dozens of goldfinches, which my father-in-law...

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Police Briefs 08-05-2014

August 8, 2014
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Larceny, Other, Under $50 07/13/14 – At about 4:45 a.m., an officer responded to 83 Newbury St. for a larceny report. At that location, the victim told the officer that he parked his scooter on the sidewalk at 83 Newbury St., and that some time between 1 and 4 a.m., someone stole its cover,...

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Read a Little Every Day

July 25, 2014
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Read a Little Every Day

“Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.” Horace Mann US educator (1796 – 1859)

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A New Trail to Follow

July 25, 2014
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I love it when one person decides to do a good deed for the rest of us just because he or she is interested in a topic. Vincent Licenziato, 64, of Phillips Street on Beacon Hill, decided to celebrate art, social justice and education by calling attention to the many statues and memorials around...

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The Vibrant Copley Square Market

June 24, 2014
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The Vibrant Copley Square Market

On Tuesdays and Fridays, tempting mounds of fresh, local produce add to the vibrant scene in Copley Square. The team from Siena Farms always creates a colorful and artistic display of seasonal goods.

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Couple Killed in Back Bay Car Crash

June 24, 2014
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Two pedestrians were killed on Saturday following a car crash in the Back Bay. Boston Police said one motor vehicle collided with another at the corner of Beacon and Fairfield streets at about 9:13 p.m. before rolling over and striking two pedestrians. The pedestrians were later identified John Lanzillotti, a 28-year-old who served as ...

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Back Bay Youths Perform in Concert Choir in Ireland

June 24, 2014
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Navide Aminpour and Arlyand Aminpour of the Back Bay, students at Boston College High School and members of the Boston College High School Concert/Chamber Choir, led by Choir Director Dr. Marina Rozenberg, returned recently from their concert tour in Ireland. While in Ireland the Aminpours visited Trinity College and the famous Book of Kells...

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Police Briefs 06-24-2014

June 24, 2014
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Motor Vehicle Accident – Inolving Bicycle 06/06/14 – At approximately 12:02 a.m., officers responded to a radio call for an assault in progress at Towne Stove and Spirits at 900 Boylston St. At that location, police spoke to the victim, who said an unknown male suspect approached him and attempted to punch him. The...

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Garden Glory

June 10, 2014
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Garden Glory

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” Robin Williams

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New Off-leash Dog Areas Designated on Common

June 10, 2014
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After more than a decade of lobbying for an off-leash dog park in the Boston Common, Boston dog owners finally have a place – or places – to let their doodles, dachshund and Dalmatians romp freely without having to keep an eye out for an approaching Park Ranger. Freely, that is, as long as...

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Bike Pump Installed on Esplanade Park

June 10, 2014
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Just in time for bike season, the Esplanade Association has installed a new permanent bike pump in the park.  Much to the delight of the thousands of people who bike through the park daily, the pump will act as a free public resource for bikers who need to fix up a flat or re-inflate...

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Shuttle Service Offered from Back Bay to Logan

June 10, 2014
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The public commute from Logan International Airport to the Back Bay has grown considerably easier since the launch of shuttle-bus service between the two destinations earlier this spring. As part of a two-year pilot program, Massport is now offering service between the airport Hynes Convention Center and the Copley MBTA Station on Boylston Street...

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Congratulations to Our Graduates

June 10, 2014
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Graduation season is upon us, the time of year in which communities all across America celebrate the accomplishments of our young adults who will be receiving their high school diplomas. Graduation is a bittersweet time, marking both an ending and a beginning. For the grads, they will realize that the past four years, which...

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Police Briefs 06-10-2014

June 10, 2014
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May 19 341 Newbury St. – Verbal Dispute 46 Commonwealth Av – Towed Motor Vehicle 505 Boynton St.- Larceny in a Building, $50 to $199 259 Beacon St.    – Breaking and Entering, Residence, Day – No Force 155 Beacon St.    – Auto Theft 88 Beacon St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over...

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An Attractive Tree

May 28, 2014
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An Attractive Tree

In spring, this Hopa Crabtree in the Public Garden attracts both bees and photographers. In fall and winter, its fruit will attract and feed the birds that gather in the park.

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Zakim Files Ordinances to Protect College Athletes

May 28, 2014
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City Councilor Josh Zakim has filed a pair of ordinances that will provide long-awaited and much-needed rights and protections to college athletes in the City of Boston. In the absence of any federal or state regulations regarding the treatment of college athletes, Zakim has taken the unique step of filing legislation at a local...

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Five-thousand Daffodils Blooming on the Esplanade

May 28, 2014
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Each year, thousands of flowers grace the city and mark the arrival of spring in Boston. Beginning this month, Esplanade visitors can enjoy the arrival of 5,000 new daffodils that were planted in the park as part of Marathon Daffodils. The bulbs were planted along the banks of the Charles River Esplanade last fall,...

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Traffic Woes Will Increase in Neighborhood

May 28, 2014
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Once all the projects are completed in the North Station area, the vehicle traffic will increase dramatically on Causeway, Commercial and North Margin Streets as well as the Charlestown Bridge and Atlantic Avenue. Several commercial buildings including a hotel and a new Converse headquarters will appear on the horizon and many residential units will...

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Police Briefs 05-27-2014

May 28, 2014
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May 5 30 Fairfield St. – Vandalism 645 Boylston St. – Investigate Property 44 Commonwealth Ave – License Premise Violation 82 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over Newbury Street – Vandalism May 6 Massachusetts Avenue – Motor Vehicle Accident – Involving Bicycle 178 Commonwealth Ave. – Breaking and Entering, Residence, Day –...

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Tales of Ode Release Party Set for May 28

May 28, 2014
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Check out their latest single, “Why” RIYL: Of Monsters and Men, Kings of Leon, MuteMath Who: Indie folk-rock band Tales of Olde “mix earnest songwriting, tight musicianship, and beautiful harmonies creating sonic atmospheres that toe the line between folk and pop” (My Old Kentucky Blog). What: Album release party for their debut EP, out 6/3 Where: Great Scott, Allston,...

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Early Spring Window

May 13, 2014
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Early Spring Window

Without foliage to hide the lovely things neighbors place in their windows, budding blossoms and bare branches add a perfect frame to displays like this one.

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PPS Holds Successful Spring Fundraiser

May 13, 2014
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This year’s Park Street School (PSS) | Park Street Kids (PSK) Spring Fundraiser, with the theme “No Ceilings, No Walls,” was a resounding success, raising more than $300,000 for the school’s annual fund. The event was held at the Boston Park Plaza on Friday, April 4. As guests entered the hotel mezzanine, they were...

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Volunteers Brave Rain for Annual Cleanup

May 13, 2014
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On the morning of Saturday, April 26, The Esplanade Association (TEA) helped to host the 14th annual Charles River Cleanup. Since 2000, TEA has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Conversation and Recreation, the Charles River Watershed Association (the lead organizer) and numerous other Charles River stakeholders to coordinate this event, which attracts volunteers from...

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