Gas-main Replacement on Commonwealth Avenue Now Underway

July 24, 2012
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National Grid is now replacing 2,000 square feet of gas main on the inbound side of Commonwealth Avenue between Exeter and Hereford streets, according to company spokesman David Graves. Graves said the project, which began July 5 and will continue through mid-October, entails the decommissioning of infrastructure that dates back to the early 20th...

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The Tour Guide’s View

July 24, 2012
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It’s summertime and tourists wander Boston neighborhoods on their own and in tour groups. What is it like to introduce visitors to our city? What surprises them? What do they love about our hometown and its history? We asked Alan Maltzman, founder of Boston CityWalks. He Loves His Work  Alan has always loved taking...

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Woman Charged in Knife Attack

July 24, 2012
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A 28-year-old Boston woman was arrested after she allegedly cut a female victim with a knife after attempting to stab the victim’s son in Thoreau Park last Tuesday, Boston Police said. About 2:05 p.m., an officer received a radio call to the path, located in the West End, for a report of a person...

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The Summer of 2012

July 24, 2012
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The tragedy in Colorado has touched Americans in different ways everywhere during this otherwise lovely summer of 2012. The mass murder and shooting of so many innocents last week at a movie-plex in Aurora goes to prove once again how chance and fate often mix and with the worst possible results. However, it is...

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Police Briefs 07-24-2012

July 24, 2012
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July 9 186 Marlborough St. – Assault and Battery 100 Newbury St.  – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 182 Newbury St.  – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over Back Street – Vandalism 186 Marlborough St. – Assault and Battery 344 Newbury St.  – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 282 Beacon St. – Vandalism July 10...

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Charles River Bass Fishing

July 18, 2012
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Charles River Bass Fishing

All summer long, you’ll see rods and reels along the Esplanade as anglers choose favorite spots for a major bass fishing tournament to be held on the Charles and Mystic Rivers in September.

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Walz’s Bill on Reading Proficiency Unanimously Approved

July 18, 2012
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The House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill filed by State Rep. Martha M. Walz entitled “An Act Relative to Third Grade Reading Proficiency.” The bill addresses a benchmark that strongly predicts children’s chances of academic success and will help ensure that children are proficient readers by the end of third grade. “We...

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City Deploying Big Bellys to Be Greener and to Save Money

July 18, 2012
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Boston is deploying another 400 Big Belly solar powered trash compactors, the mayor reported over the weekend. By doing so, Boston will manage to be a cleaner city and to be a greener place while saving money. All of this is achieved with the barrels, which are enclosed and immune from the elements and...

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Police Briefs 07-17-2012

July 18, 2012
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July 2 140 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 841 Boylston St. – Willful and Malicious Destruction of Property with Arrest July 3  271 Newbury St. – Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage 50 Dalton St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over Beacon Street – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle,...

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Navigating the Back Bay

July 16, 2012
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Navigating the Back Bay

Tourist season opened with lots of sailors visiting the neighborhood. This crew from the USS Gravely made a slight course correction when they found that Commonwealth Avenue Mall was not a shopping center.

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The Empty Neighborhood

July 16, 2012
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The surest sign that the full blossom of the summer is upon us following the July 4 holiday is that one can find a parking space more easily just about everywhere. Anecdotal evidence suggests strongly what many Beacon Hill and Back Bay residents have known for decades – that after the July 4 holiday...

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Naming Public Places in Return for Payment

July 16, 2012
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The T has decided to sell naming rights for its various stations throughout the city in order to bring in more income. It is probably bad public policy to begin naming our public places for a price to virtually any corporation who wishes to pay it. Like everything else having to do with policy,...

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Here Comes Summer

July 16, 2012
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The Supreme Court has ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passes muster with the Constitution. Mitch McConnell and company have had their chance to sputter, spit and go spastic over Justice John Roberts’s betrayal. So summer can now begin. Summer, at least in the way New England celebrates it, is the...

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Police Briefs 07-10-2012

July 16, 2012
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From Boston Police Area D-4 June 25 492 Beacon St.           – Verbal Dispute 841 Boylston St. – \Investigate Person 259 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 123 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 81 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 415 Newbury St. – Larceny, Vehicle Accessory, $50 to $199...

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Remember The Ladies

July 3, 2012
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Remember The Ladies

“I long to hear that you have declared an independancy—and by the way in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors.” Abigail Adams, (March 31, 1776 in...

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Growing Your Gardening Book Library

July 3, 2012
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Pardon the pun, but gardening books are a perennial favorite with  collectors. They have been around from the very first days of writing  because they served as guides for the all-important agricultural tasks  people had to do each day. The earliest versions of gardening books were  nothing like what we think of today. They...

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Hampshire House Breaks Ground for New Restaurant on Waterfront

July 3, 2012
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Hampshire House Corporation breaks ground on its newest restaurant location on Liberty Wharf in the South Boston Seaport District of Boston.  The location of the business is a small kiosk at the west end of the Liberty Wharf development.  This is the last piece of the project that replaces the old Jimmy’s Harborside restaurant...

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The Great July 4 Crush, Again

July 3, 2012
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Back Bay and Beacon Hill are among the very safest of Boston’s up-scale neighborhoods and it is this reality that makes what is ahead in the next few days so compelling. The July 4 celebration will attract about a half-million people to the Esplanade. Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children, old and...

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Police Briefs 07-03-2012

July 3, 2012
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June 18 585 Boylston St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 100 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 745 Boylston St. – Breaking and Entering, Non-Residence, Night – No Force 745 Boylston St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over  June 19 326 Commonwealth Ave.  – Assault and Battery 116 Marlborough...

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Smoke Tree

June 26, 2012
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Smoke Tree

A Cotinus Obovatus in the Public Garden was showing off the hazy look that gives the plant the nickname “Smoke Tree.” This botanical cameleon starts the spring with small greenish, yellow flowers that give way to these billowy, pink plumes. By autumn it will develop yellow, orange, red, or reddish purple leaves that last...

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BAC to Start Renovations at 951 Boylston St.

June 26, 2012
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MassDevelopment has issued a $5.8 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Boston Architectural College (BAC), an independent college of spatial design in the Back Bay. The school will use bond proceeds to finance its third phase of construction and renovations to its 951 Boylston St. building, the former Institute of Contemporary Art Museum and...

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Advent School and MIT Hit the Road Together with ‘Pedal Power’

June 26, 2012
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“We’re definitely making energy with this bike,” a second-grader announced with delight as she realized she could use pedal power for new inventions, not just bicycle riding. On day one of The Advent School + MIT D-Lab (Development, Design and Dissemination) collaborative engineering program, 8- and 9-year-olds experimented with materials and tested out their...

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Pauline Bilsky Named as “Boston Jazz Hero”

June 26, 2012
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Back Bay resident and JazzBoston Executive Director Pauline Bilsky was named “2012 Boston Jazz Hero” by the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) Wednesday during an awards reception at Wally’s Jazz Cafe in the South End. The Back Bay-based nonprofit jazz advocacy organization honored Bilsky, who was part of the group that founded JazzBoston in early...

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The Fourth of July Celebration 2012

June 26, 2012
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This year’s Esplanade Fourth of July celebration will likely be one of the largest in recent years. The combination of great music and fireworks, hundreds of thousands of people joining together and entertainment beyond compare – and all of this free to the public – makes the annual celebration something to behold. The holiday...

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