David Bond: Neighbor and Jazzman

April 17, 2012
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For some Back Bay residents, the upcoming Jazz Week is a once-a-year opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of jazz. For Marlborough Street resident David Bond, jazz is a full-time profession. Performing, composing, or teaching– jazz is part of his days and nights. Inspired by Coltrane Bond was a political science major when...

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Preparation for the Marathon

April 17, 2012
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The Marathon Sports store at the Boston Marathon finish line is a prime example of “location, location, location.” While the placement of the store is a natural advantage for reaching serious runners, the business is also part of a walking neighborhood and serves residents who walk many miles a day and want to protect...

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The Boston Marathon 2012

April 17, 2012
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The great Boston Marathon has come and gone, once again. Once again, tens of thousands made the 26.2 mile route, and this time, in the searing heat of a spring that came very early. Safety warnings not withstanding from public officials and race officials, as well, the legion of runners – men, women, and...

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Police Briefs 04-17-2012

April 17, 2012
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April 2 581 Boylston St. – Liquor – Drinking In Public 15 Newbury St. – Threats to Do Bodily Harm April 3 67 Newbury St. – Service to Other Police Department inside of Mass. 413 Beacon St.    – Verbal Dispute 303 Newbury St. – Investigate Person 331 Newbury St. – Service to Other Police...

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Spring on the Esplanade Canoeway

April 10, 2012
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Spring on the Esplanade Canoeway

“Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.” Ellis Peters (nom de plume of British author, Edith Mary Pargeter)

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Miguel Rosales: Building a Better Bridge for Esplanade

April 10, 2012
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Miguel Rosales: Building a Better Bridge for Esplanade

Anyone to ever gaze upon the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge knows the indelible imprint that architect Miguel Rosales has left on the City of Boston. A native of Guatemala, Rosales came to the Greater Boston area in 1985 to pursue a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute...

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Murphy Looking to Improve 911 Call Center in Boston

April 10, 2012
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Council President Stephen J. Murphy described to his members of the Boston City Council the continuing problem that exists in the decision making process located at the 911 call center in choosing which city departments are asked to respond to an emergency. Murphy said: “Earlier this year a brawl broke out in a local...

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The Marathon

April 10, 2012
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Everything this week coming up will be about preparations made for the single biggest event of the year every year in the Back Bay – The Boston Marathon – which takes place on Patriot’s Day, April 18. The Marathon, in every way, is the signature event in our neighborhood whose finish here is often...

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Easter, 2012

April 10, 2012
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Back Bay churches enjoyed large crowds at their traditional Easter weekend services. Boston’s faithful revealed once again that Easter has a unifying effect for the faithful – and that there is no shortage of the faithful in Boston. The world has changed dramatically and continues to change but Easter, from year to year, remains...

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Police Briefs 04-10-2012

April 10, 2012
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March 26 69 Newbury St. – Assault and Battery 306 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 12 Commonwealth Ave. – Breaking and Entering, Residence, Day – No Force Massachusetts Avenue      Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over 30 Newbury St. – Investigate Person  March 27 240 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50...

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At Your Service

April 3, 2012
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At Your Service

Diane DeMarco, founder and head baker for The Cupcakory, a mobile cupcake truck, serves up a chocolate cupcake with Nutella buttercream. Food trucks are becoming more prevalent in the Back Bay and with the milder weather will be popular.

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Attention to Detail

April 3, 2012
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Attention to Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER Last week’s clue was a frog’s eye view of the corner tower on 295-297 Beacon Street. This apartment house was built in 1885 and designed by prolific Back Bay architect, Samuel D. Kelley. Sadly, I can find little information on this man who added so much to our neighborhood. Should any...

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Swan Boats Return on April 14

April 3, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston’s First Lady, Angela Menino, will host the first ride of the season as the Swan Boats open at the Public Garden Lagoon at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14. “We had such a mild winter that spring is here ahead of schedule,” said Mayor Menino.  “Come on down...

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Police Briefs 04-03-2012

April 3, 2012
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Back Bay Police Log From Boston Police Area D-4 March 19 18 Commonwealth Ave. – Motor Vehicle Accident – Property Damage 362 Commonwealth Ave. -  Robbery – Unarmed – Street 755 Boylston St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 4 Newbury St.   Violation of the Auto Laws – Operating After Revocation/Suspension 129...

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The $600 Million Lottery Wager and Its Lesson

April 3, 2012
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Even those who are aloof about casino gambling coming to Massachusetts had to look with more than just a bit of awe upon the hoopla and the result of last week’s Mega Million Lottery game which took in $39 million in Massachusetts. The take in all the participating states came to more than $600...

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Lecturers, Authors and Poets Series Planned at Boston Public Library in April

April 3, 2012
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Writers and lecturers will visit the Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston St., in April in order to speak on a wide variety of topics, including: Boston Globe staffers John Powers, Ron Driscoll, Janice Page, and Dan Shaughnessy will participate in a discussion with Bill Littlefield of WBUR’s Only a Game about the...

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Public Garden Rehearsal

March 29, 2012
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Public Garden Rehearsal

Micah Woods, a theatre student at The Boston Conservatory, sang along quietly as he polished his role in the musical “Children of Eden.” He will play Cain in an upcoming performance.

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Attention To Detail

March 29, 2012
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Attention To Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The oriel window in last week’s clue is on the Dartmouth Street side of 236 Beacon Street. According to city records, in 1958, three buildings at 236-240 Beacon were combined to become the new 236 Beacon with 29 apartments. Today, it is a 26-unit condominium complex.          ...

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Teaching Proper Manners Will Be Offered at Nichols House Museum, April 3 & 10

March 29, 2012
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On April 3 and 10 (Tuesdays) the Nichols House Museum will host “The ABCs of Etiquette” workshops for children. The workshops, to take place at the Hampshire House at 84 Beacon St., will teach children, ages 8 to 11, skills associated with proper introductions, dining and making comfortable conversation. “There was such an enthusiastic...

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Local House Museums Present ‘letters from Home: Boston Families Correspond’

March 29, 2012
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The House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston has announced its spring 2012 tour series, “Letters from Home: Boston Families Correspond,” featuring correspondence from Boston’s five downtown house museums.  For these special tours, the Paul Revere House, Otis House, Nichols House, Prescott House and Gibson House Museums will draw on their rich collections of personal...

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Woman Assaulted on Public Walkway at Esplanade Near BU on Early Saturday Morning

March 29, 2012
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An 18-year old woman was sexually assaulted early Friday morning, according to State Police, who are asking the public to use caution. The woman, a Boston University student was attacked at 1 a.m. near the Silber Way Footbridge by a man, according to the State Police. She first reported the attack to BU Police....

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Back to Reality with Mark Twain

March 29, 2012
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It was, we are certain, with great difficulty that most homeowners turned their heat on Saturday and Sunday due to the vastly changed weather situation. It is, forecasters predict, a condition appearing certain to continue for much of the week. All is not lost but then, everything about the heat we’ve experienced for the...

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Police Briefs 03-27-2012

March 29, 2012
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From Boston Police Area D-4 Investigate Person 03/14/12 – At about 10:58 p.m., an Area D-4 officer responded to assist other officers detailed to traffic stops at Commonwealth Avenue and Hereford Street, where an altercation had occurred. A victim told police that she had asked a cab driver to let her out at that...

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Springtime Busy Bee

March 20, 2012
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Springtime Busy Bee

“Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.” Oliver Goldsmith, Irish born writer (1730-1774)

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