Romney Tops GOP Presidential Primary with Back Bay Voters

March 16, 2012
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As was the case throughout the Commonwealth and city, Beacon Back Bay voters put Mitt Romney atop the GOP ballot in Super Tuesday’s presidential primary. According to the city’s unofficial election results, approximately 78 percent of Republican voters in the Back Bay (Ward 5, Precincts 6, 7, 8 and 9) supported Romney. Ron Paul,...

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Colonnade Hotel Named Winner of MLA Stars

March 16, 2012
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The Colonnade Hotel was recently named winner of the Massachusetts Lodging Association’s (MLA) Good Earthkeeping Award. The MLA Stars of the Industry awards program was created to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the lodging industry, and the Good Earthkeeping Award recognizes development of a culture toward integrating environmental management practices that improve everyday operations and...

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State Committee Reps Elected on Super Tuesday

March 16, 2012
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Brad Marston won the race for Republican State Committee Man in the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex senatorial district, receiving approximately 83 percent of votes and besting his challenger, Paul J. Ronukaitus. Eva Burnank Murphy garnered 38 percent of the votes to narrowly edge out her opponents – Joyce M. Kelly and Caroline Beauregard Shinkle...

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Is the Winter Finished?

March 16, 2012
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The clocks have been changed and we’ve gained an hour. The sun is out longer during the day and it comes out earlier in the morning. By all first appearances the cold has been pushed back. It is in a literal retreat. The warmer air of the past few days gives us all the...

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Police Briefs 03-14-2012

March 16, 2012
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From Boston Police Area D-4 Feb. 27 240 Newbury St. -Larceny, Shoplifting, Under $50 495 Beacon St. – License Premise Violation Feb. 28 359 Newbury St. – Investigate Property 855 Boylston St. – Forgery or Uttering Feb. 29 271 Dartmouth St. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person March 1 Commonwealth Avenue – Motor Vehicle Accident –...

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Witch Hazel Blooms

March 8, 2012
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Witch Hazel Blooms

In addition to a beautiful burst of winter color, witch hazel has a long history of practical uses. Medicinally, it’s used to stop bleeding and reduce swelling, and is found in many commercial preparations. Early settlers made dowsing rods from its pliant branches to search for water.

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Attention to Detail

March 8, 2012
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Attention to Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The carved decoration in last week’s clue is on 222 Commonwealth Avenue, built in 1879. This is one of 19 existing Back Bay buildings by architect William Whitney Lewis who was also an inventor. He patented the “Joy-0 Irrigator Flower Pot.” In describing his creation he said, “My patent covers the...

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Boston Public Library Officials Announces Dates for Authors and Lecturers in March

March 8, 2012
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The Boston Public Library will host authors and speakers throughout March at the Central Library, 700 Boylston St., including: • Brian Miller and Mike Lapham, authors of “Self-Made Myth: the Truth about How Government Helps Individuals and Businesses Succeed,” will talk about the myth that business success is the result of heroic individual effort...

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Semonian Seeks Re-election to Gop State Comm.

March 8, 2012
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Robert A. Semonian is seeking another term as the Republican State Committeeman for the Second Suffolk and Middlesex district, which includes Beacon Hill and Back Bay. Semonian is one of the owners of the Improper Bostonian, the popular magazine which has a large distribution and readership throughout Greater Boston. Semonian,  the State Chairman of...

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Mayor Menino Celebrates Boston Groundwater Conservation Efforts

March 8, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino celebrated the significant progress the City of Boston has made in addressing the issue of groundwater levels in areas of the city where wood-piling building foundations can be damaged by low groundwater levels last week. Residents in several neighborhoods will also receive a brochure on the importance of groundwater levels....

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MassDot Unveils Alternative for Longfellow Bridge

March 8, 2012
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) unveiled its preferred alternative for the state’s planned $260 million reconfiguration of the Longfellow Bridge Thursday at a public meeting to vet the environmental consequences of the project. The plan includes “rehabilitation and restoration in place of the existing historic bridge, reduction in outbound lanes to one vehicular...

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Menino Plans More Growth for Boston Bikes Initiatives

March 8, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino released the annual Boston Bikes Annual Report last week, highlighting the success of Boston’s biking initiatives and previewing plans for its continued growth. Menino launched Boston Bikes in 2007 with the goal of making Boston a world-class cycling city. Four years later, Boston has officially gained recognition as one of...

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City Control of Public Streets Not Ceded to Red Sox

March 8, 2012
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There is a great deal of talk about the lease negotiated by the city with the Red Sox in 2002 that ceded the control of two public streets – Lansdowne and Yawkey Way – to the Red Sox. It has been and continues to be a lucrative deal for the Red Sox. What is...

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MBTA to Avoid Cuts

March 8, 2012
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It is becoming obvious that every effort is being made by the MBTA, and the governor, to avoid cancellation of T services in Greater Boston in return for a fare increase. At an estimated 25 percent raise, we are not exactly sure how fair it is for those Boston residents using the T everyday...

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Police Briefs 03-06-2012

March 8, 2012
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From Boston Police Area D-4 Feb. 20 261 Dartmouth St. – Violation – City Ordinance  182 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 80 Marlborough St. – Investigate Person Feb. 21 338 Newbury St. – Larceny, Other, $200 & Over 5 Commonwealth Ave. – Investigate Property Feb. 22 180 Newbury St. – Frauds...

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And the Work Goes On…

February 29, 2012
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And the Work Goes On…

Warmer winter temperatures and a lack of ice and snow have enabled contractors to continue working on projects like this one on Hereford Street. All over the city, construction projects that budgeted time and money for weather-related delays are enjoying the benefits of this mild season.

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Spotlighting Clover Adams

February 29, 2012
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A special exhibition, “A Gilded & Heartbreaking Life: The Photographs of Clover Adams, 1883-1885” is currently on display at The Massachusetts Historical Society’s Boylston Street headquarters. Guest curator for this event is Natalie Dykstra whose book “Clover Adams” was released earlier this month. Reviewer Martha A. Sandweiss wrote, “At last, Clover Adams has the...

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Restaurant Week in March is a Bonanza for Consumers Going out to Dinner

February 29, 2012
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March signals the coming of restaurant week. This is the week that makes the winter season worth it if you dine outside of your own kitchen. From March 18 to 23 and March 25 to 30, Boston’s best restaurants  including many of the major restaurants in the Back Bay, will be offering tasty and...

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Celebrating the Love in Your Life

February 29, 2012
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Seeing life through the eyes of a child is one of the most rewarding and refreshing experiences. As adults, we rush through life from one “chore” to the next, while children take great pride and joy in exploring every little “mystery” that their day presents. Their innocence and curiosity provide us with hope and...

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Trash Collection Debate

February 29, 2012
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Trash and how it is removed and the area then swept clean is a major cause for concern among residents of Back Bay and neighborhoods throughout the city. Of even greater concern citywide and in the Back Bay, again, is when trash is removed and how residents can have a modicum of control setting...

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Police Briefs 02-28-2012

February 29, 2012
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Feb. 13 815 Boylston St. – Larceny, Other, $200 & Over Commonwealth Avenue – Property – Lost 82 Newbury St.    Property – Missing 322 Commonwealth Av – Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage Feb. 14 259 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 230 Commonwealth Ave. – Towed Motor Vehicle 93 Newbury...

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Unwrapping a Treasure

February 21, 2012
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Unwrapping a Treasure

Workers have begun removing the protective wrap from the Museum of Natural History building on Berkeley Street between Newbury and Boylston. Some of the original details of this 1862 design have been lost over the years, but the current work restores the building’s glory. Imagine this block when the museum and a very similar...

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The US Postal Service

February 21, 2012
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Many of you who use the post office, heard last week that the US Postal Service is suggesting a .50 cent stamp as the standard cost for mailing a letter. We don’t suppose this shocks anyone as the US Postal Service is heading for bankruptcy. Its estimated loss this year is predicted at $13...

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Police Briefs 02-21-2012

February 21, 2012
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From Boston Police Area D-4 Feb. 6 309 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle Newbury Street – Investigate Person 416 Commonwealth Ave. – Motor Vehicle Accident – Involving Bicycle 360 Newbury St.    Fraud – Larceny By Scheme Feb. 7 Arlington St – Bomb Threat 400 Newbury St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 &...

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