Of Canines and Things

October 9, 2012
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A few months ago, the state enacted a new law to modernize animal-control laws, which includes the first statewide rules for tethering canines. The bill signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick is especially aimed at those who are convicted of cruelty to animals. The law also bans a person from keeping a dog...

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Police Briefs 09-10-2012

October 9, 2012
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Sept. 24 135 Newbury St.Towed Motor Vehicle Beacon Street       Auto Theft 182 Newbury St. Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over Beacon Street       Larceny, Other, $200 & Over Boylston Street    Property – Lost Sept. 25 277 Marlborough St. Assault and Battery 337 Newbury St.  Motor Vehicle Accident – Personal Injury Commonwealth Avenue    Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle,...

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Lunch at the Fountain

October 2, 2012
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Lunch at the Fountain

Nearby workers have more elbow room around the Copley Square fountain this time of year. With a nice selection of take-out options nearby, people relax to the sound of splashing water with their lunch.

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Four Back Bay Winners Named Among ‘Boston’s Best Businesses’

October 2, 2012
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Boston magazine recognized four Back Bay enterprises last week among the winners in its first annual “Boston’s Best Businesses,” “an award program designed to highlight the innovative small businesses, leaders and organizations making an overwhelmingly positive impact on the city,” according to a statement from the publication. Honorees included Brittany Bang, owner of Audrey’s...

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Back Bay Resident Wins $1,000 Prize in Contest to Recognize Great Teachers

October 2, 2012
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Back Bay resident and Gardner Pilot Academy teacher Susan Fulginiti-Schmidt was awarded a $1,000 prize Saturday as the winner of the “Our Heroes” contest, launched by Stand for Children Leadership Center to recognize and reward great teachers. The award and cash prize, to be used for classroom supplies or professional development, were presented to...

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It is Back to the Redistricting Board for Council as Menino Vetoes Newest Plan

October 2, 2012
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The City Council’s amended redistricting plan that passed 7-6 was vetoed last week by Mayor Thomas Menino as he did the previous plan put forth by the Council. The compromise that was put forth by Councilors Tito Jackson and Matt O’Malley would have left City Councilor Sal LaMattina’s district largely intact. But like the...

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Columbus Day

October 2, 2012
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Monday the 8this the annual celebration of Columbus Day – which commemorates the achievements of Christopher Columbus, chief among them, the discovery of America. No 15thCentury explorer matched the heroism and daring that Christopher Çolumbus brought onto the world stage at a time when most people believed the world was flat. He was, according...

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Register to Vote

October 2, 2012
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Massachusetts voters have until October 13, to register to vote. The presidential election coming up in November is among the most important in decades. In order to vote, one must be registered to make themselves heard and felt – as a single vote has great value in our society. We urge all those who...

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Relaxing on the Esplanade

September 25, 2012
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Relaxing on the Esplanade

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Council Passes New Redistricting Plan

September 25, 2012
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The City Council passed an amended redistricting plan last week with a vote of 7-6 after Mayor Thomas Menino vetoed the last plan earlier this month. The compromise offered by Councilors Tito Jackson and Matt O’Malley leaves City Councilor Sal LaMattina’s district largely intact but loses Beacon Hill Ward 3, Precincts 3 through 6....

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Back Bay Attorney Receives 2013 ‘Best Lawyers in America’ Title

September 25, 2012
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Boston-based intellectual property law-firm Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C. recently announced that Back Bay resident Timothy J. Oyer was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 in the field of Patent Law. Oyer is the firm’s president and managing partner. Since it was first published in 1983, Best...

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A Sign of the Times

September 25, 2012
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There are presently five properties for sale in the Back Bay for $10 million or more according to Group Boston Real Estate. At the top of this list is a single family home with 10 bedrooms and 26,000 square feet of living space available for $18 million. In second place is an 11 bedroom...

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The Day of Atonement

September 25, 2012
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Wednesday will mark the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur. For Jews this is the most sacred and holy day of the year, when God closes the Book of Life after deciding whose names get written into it. The Day of Atonement is indeed the moment all Jews are asked to atone for the...

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Police Briefs 09-25-2012

September 25, 2012
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Sept. 10 Commonwealth Avenue  – Larceny, Bicycle, $50 to $199 388 Beacon St. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 745 Boylston St. – Threats to Do Bodily Harm 102 Beacon St. Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Personal Injury Sept. 11 259 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 545 Boylston St. – Larceny in a...

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Tropical then and Now

September 18, 2012
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Tropical then and Now

In 1862, the Public Garden had a conservatory near Beacon Street that housed tropical plants. That tradition continues with summer tropical plantings in the flower beds. Before the first frost, gardeners will have returned these plants to the city’s greenhouses in Franklin Park for the winter.

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TEA’s Moon Dance Sept. 29

September 18, 2012
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The Esplanade Association (TEA) is celebrating Boston’s historic park and the organization’s vision for its thorough restoration during the Esplanade Moon Dance Gala. The party will take place on Saturday, September 29, from 6:30pm-midnight at the Charles River Esplanade. The Gala is TEA’s largest fundraiser and will help support priorities addressed in Esplanade 2020,...

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EAC Does Not Address Downtown Grammar School

September 18, 2012
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While many applauded the efforts to date of the External Advisory Committee (EAC) on Improving School Choice and School Assignment at Wednesday’s community meeting, a resounding concern among those in attendance was that their work doesn’t address the need for a new grammar school to serve downtown neighborhoods. “We very frustrated again in this...

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Redistricting Veto by Mayor; the Right Thing

September 18, 2012
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Without getting into the Boston neighborhood redistricting minutiae, suffice to say the Boston City Council erred when it went about changing voter lines and city council districts in what appears to have been a highly questionable manner. It was so questionable that Mayor Thomas Menino vetoed the measure. As a result, the redistricting bill...

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The Jewish New Year

September 18, 2012
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Boston’s Jewish community has ushered in the New Year with synagogue services, prayer and with traditional family gatherings. Now comes the ten days of penitence for Jews all over the world, during which time they must atone for their misdeeds during the past year in order to clear the slate for the coming year....

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Police Briefs 09-18-2012

September 18, 2012
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Sept. 3 328 Commonwealth Ave. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 261 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 227 Newbury St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 182 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 939 Boylston St. – Other Offense 425 Boylston St. – Threats to Do Bodily Harm 304 Berkeley St....

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Rush Week Pig Roast

September 11, 2012
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Rush Week Pig Roast

Last week was “Rush Week” for the MIT fraternities with a full schedule of events including this Pig Roast hosted by Phi Chi at their residence on the corner of Hereford Street and Commonwealth Avenue.

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Back Bay Voters Return Incumbents

September 11, 2012
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Incumbents cruised to victory in the Back Bay during last week’s state primary election. Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz who was being challenged by Roy Owens won resoundingly in the district capturing 83 percent of the vote to Owens’s 16 percent. Chang-Diaz ended up with 8,875 votes in the district while Owens only captured 1,771. In...

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Remembering September 11, 2001

September 11, 2012
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The more that time passes, the more we tend to forget the stark terror and horrible outcome of the terrorists attacks which killed so many, while at the same time awakened the nation to the worldwide terrorist threat. The passing of time, however, doesn’t dim the memory of just how bad this attack was,...

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Residents Urged to Attend Meeting to Get Downtown Grammar School

September 11, 2012
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Elected officials and other community leaders are encouraging residents to use tomorrow’s community meeting of the External Advisory Committee on Improving School Choice and School Assignment as a forum to petition for a new public grammar school to serve downtown neighborhoods. “This is an opportunity to advocate for a new public elementary school,” State...

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