The Long Hot Summer

August 7, 2012
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The scorching heat of the past weekend and of the week before has left the neighborhood very, very hot. In fact, as all of us are completely aware, this has been a long hot summer – perhaps the hottest in recent memory. In other parts of the nation, states are experiencing drought conditions this...

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Police Briefs 08-07-2012

August 7, 2012
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July 23 587 Boylston St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, Under $50 15 Arlington St. – Assault and Battery July 24 199 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle Newbury Street  Larceny, Other, $200 & Over 277 Marlborough St. – License Premise Violation 360 Newbury St.            – Investigate Person 955 Boylston St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle,...

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Screen Play

August 1, 2012
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Screen Play

More park benches are filled with people reading words on screens, large and small. The Pew Institute recently reported that 29% of Americans use digital reading devices. A Harris Poll found that people using e-readers both read and buy more books.

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Back Bay Residents to Ride in 33rd Annual Pan-Mass. Challenge

August 1, 2012
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Back Bay residents Annie Abbruzzese, Peter Adams, Jason Allukian, Tom Beaton, Jackie Bello, Nicholas Berardo, Clyde Bergstresser, Kathleen Bogan, Tom Bogan, Dave Bordeau, Casey Brock-Wilson, Christina Butkiewicus, Steve Cardillo, Clayton Cole, Eleanor Crow, Alexander Cushman, Thomas Defalco, Kevin Dejong, Caitlin Driscoll, Nicole Efron, Matt Evans, Peter Francis, Jess Garnitz, Daniel Ginsburg, William Harrison, Hannah...

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Jazz Up Your Summer with Jazz Books

August 1, 2012
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A great way to enhance your summer is to start a new collection of books and what better way than with than to focus on books about American-born born music: jazz! If you happen to own a rare and used book store, as I do, and you happen to have a wife who collects...

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Bicycling Boston; Becoming the Green and Healthy Thing To Do

August 1, 2012
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The announcement last week by Mayor Menino that the city is allowing the addition of another 400 Hubway bicycles at an additional number of stops in more than several neighborhoods. The additional bicycles and stands will make it easier and easier for tourists and residents and for visitors to Boston who want to bike...

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Police Briefs 07-31-2012

August 1, 2012
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July 16 587 Boylston St.  Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 80 Marlborough St. – Harassing Phone Calls 269 Commonwealth Ave. – Robbery – Unarmed – Street Boylston Street – Larceny, Bicycle, $200 & Over July 17 777 Boylston St.            – Breaking and Entering, Non-Residence, Night – Force 47 Newbury St.  – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200...

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Parasols Are Popping!

July 24, 2012
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Parasols Are Popping!

Parasols, or sun umbrellas, are popping up all over the neighborhood. This woman carries hers with grace and style on Newbury Street. They may not be trending as a fashion accessory quite yet, but they are a very smart way to protect your skin from harmful rays.

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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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