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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Police Briefs 06-26-2012

June 26, 2012
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From Boston Police Area D-4 June 10 15 Westland Ave. – Larceny in a Building, $50 to $199 Clarendon Street – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over Boylston Street – Property – Found June 11 260 Commonwealth Ave. – Vandalism 382 Commonwealth Ave. – Motor Vehicle Accident – Property Damage Massachusetts Avenue –...

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Rush Hour Row

June 21, 2012
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Rush Hour Row

There’s more than one way to beat gridlock on the Mass Ave Bridge. These rowers found a wide open express lane.

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Hill House Summer Staff Prepared for Safety, Sunshine and Fun!

June 21, 2012
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Yesterday was the season opener for the Hill House summer team. Counselors new and old put last week’s staff training lessons to work when the summer’s first campers arrived at Hill House. This summer will be Hill House’s first as an American Camp Association Accredited program, the only one within Boston city limits. Last...

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Mary Baker Eddy Library’s 10th-year Visit to Boston Recalls Harmony

June 21, 2012
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Ten years ago, I traveled from my agrarian hometown in Washington State to the big city of Boston. After the trip, our local newspaper, the Tri-city Herald, ran an article on my excursion, probably to prove I’d survived the 6,000-mile airline trip. With the New York City Twin-Towers attack of Sept. 11, 2001, still...

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BPL Changes are Coming

June 21, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino revealed two weeks ago that dramatic changes will be coming to the Boylston Street side entrance of the Boston Public Library as part of the city’s overall capital improvement program. The library is apparently set to make much better use of a large amount of empty open space in what is...

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Thank you, University Club

June 21, 2012
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Back Bay’s University Club has awarded 3 Boston Public School Students $5000 annual scholarships for four years – a total of $20,000 per student to aid in defraying tuition and related costs. These awards are consistent with the club’s generosity to the young people of Boston since the inception in 1977 of the University...

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Police Briefs 06-19-2012

June 21, 2012
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From Boston Police Area D-4 June 3 886 Boylston St. – Warrant Arrest 230 Clarendon St. – Towed Motor Vehicle Dartmouth Street – Property – Found 535 Boylston St. – Investigate Person 100 Massachusetts Ave. –  Investigate Property 180 Commonwealth Ave.  – Threats to Do Bodily Harm Gloucester Street – Motor Vehicle Recovered in...

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UClub Awards 3 BPS Students With”Future Leaders of Boston” Scholarships

June 12, 2012
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UClub Awards 3 BPS Students With”Future Leaders of Boston” Scholarships

The University Club of Boston announced today recipients of its “Future Leaders of Boston” scholarship awards.  The winners include three Boston Public High Schools students:  Nancy Figueroa of East Boston High School; Samuel Obanla of Boston Preparatory Charter School and Joana Rosa of Madison Park High School..  Each will receive $5,000 annually for four...

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Editorial

June 12, 2012
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A couple of weeks ago parents in the North End were upset. Homeless people had been sleeping in Christopher Columbus Park’s playground. They were throwing cigarette butts around and urinating beneath the play structure. The parents complained to the parks department, the mayor’s office, the police, and the city’s Department of Emergency Management. They...

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Police Briefs 06-12-2012

June 12, 2012
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Back Bay Police Log From Boston Police Area D-4 May 28 81 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 350 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 50 Dalton St.    – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over 587 Boylston St. – Drugs – Uttering Prescription Controlled Substance Newbury...

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Painting the Town

June 6, 2012
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Painting the Town

Artist Hilary Baldwin had a perfect day to paint this scene of the Public Garden and the Back Bay beyond. This particular work was sold over the weekend at the gala to benefit the Copley Society as part of their annual Fresh Paint event.

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Growing Your Gardening Books Library

June 6, 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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Condo’s Are Selling: Rentals Are High

June 6, 2012
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Back Bay’s condominium marketplace inventory is shrinking as several major projects continue down a path of selling their inventory. By all appearances, inventories are shrinking and market stability is returning as compared with the difficulties that arose in recent years with the recession and all of its accompanying problems. The Beal Company, which built...

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Police Briefs 06-05-2012

June 6, 2012
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From Boston Police Area D-4 May 20 Massachusetts Avenue – Assault and Battery            903 Boylston St. – Assault and Battery Massachusetts Avenue – Motor Vehicle Accident – Property Damage Exeter Street – Towed Motor Vehicle 100 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 229 Newbury St. – Threats to Do Bodily Harm 239...

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Dancing on Water

May 31, 2012
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Dancing on Water

Once again, Bacchante and Infant Faun are dancing on water in the courtyard of the Boston Public Library. Mark your calendars! The popular, free, Friday lunchtime concert series will return to the courtyard June 1st and continue through the end of August.

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Finding That Peaceful Place in Boston

May 31, 2012
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How many tranquil places can you name in Boston? Back Bay resident, Lynn Schweikart can tell you about dozens. In fact, she does in her book, Peaceful Places Boston: 121 Tranquil Sites in the City and Beyond. Seeing with Fresh Eyes Schweikart has a gift for finding words that make you look at a...

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22nd Annual Beacon Hill Art Walk June 3

May 31, 2012
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The 22nd annual Beacon Hill Art Walk will be held Sunday, June 3rd  from noon until 6:00 pm…rain or shine. Each year, only on the first Sunday in June, Beacon Hill residents open their gardens, alleyways and courtyards for this very special event. Visual artists nestle into remarkable and unexpected locations…creating a new landscape...

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The Summer of 2012

May 31, 2012
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It is impossible to know what awaits us at the beginning of another summer of our lives. With Memorial Day past us, the mystery of the coming summer is upon us in full force. Every generation comes to know great songs that last the test of time and remind us of where we were...

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Police Briefs 05-29-2012

May 31, 2012
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May 14  587 Boylston St. – Property – Stolen, then Recovered 290 Commonwealth Ave. –  Investigate Property 755 Boylston St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 587 Boylston St. – Violation – City Ordinance Berkeley Street     – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over May 15  Beacon Street – Vandalism 261 Dartmouth...

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Lunch Lines at Copley

May 23, 2012
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Lunch Lines at Copley

The Copley Square Farmers’ Market season began last week with a warm welcome from residents, tourists, and workers from nearby buildings. By lunchtime, there were lines at most stands and market vendors were serving up big smiles along with their goods.

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A Celebration Through the Ages at Beacon Hill Nursery School

May 23, 2012
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On May 3 and 4, Beacon Hill Nursery School (BHNS) welcomed more than 150 grandparents and special friends, including six legacy families, at the school for its annual “Grandparents and Special Friends Day.” Led by the BHNS Development team, Micki Rowaan and Ali Munroe, grandparents were treated to refreshments in the lunchroom, classroom activities...

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