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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Attention To Detail

March 20, 2012
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Attention To Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The decorative brickwork in last week’s clue is on 1 Fairfield Street, built in 1871. This is an example of the “Brick Panel” architectural style that became popular in this area in the 1870s. The distinctive architec­tural details of this residence are created by placement of bricks into window and door...

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Laura Dwight’s Vision of Magnolias

March 20, 2012
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Each spring, the beauty of the Back Bay is enriched by the bloom of magnolia trees gracing the front yards of historic buildings. The first generation of these trees was planted in the 1960s, a gift to the future from a woman named Laura Dwight. The Garden Club of the Back Bay will celebrate...

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William Rimmer’s Alexander Hamilton

March 20, 2012
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As you enter the Commonwealth Avenue Mall at Arlington Street, you face a statue of Alexander Hamilton. This was the first piece of public art placed in that park. But, the story of the sculptor, William Rimmer is as interesting as the revolutionary hero the monument honors. Alexander Hamilton During the war and for...

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Chaos Just Around the Corner

March 20, 2012
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The transformer fire that plunged nearly the entirety of the Back Bay into darkness last week reveals how fragile our existence is and also how our lives can be altered dramatically in a matter of a few minutes. It also revealed how unprepared all of us are for life without electricity and to what...

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Alley Perspective

March 16, 2012
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Alley Perspective

Glancing down the alleyways of the Back Bay usually gives you a long view of the neighborhood. Here at Public Alley 439, between Boylston and Newbury Streets, “The Newbry” building covers an entire block of Clarendon Street and the alley is not contiguous.

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Attention to Detail

March 16, 2012
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Attention to Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The door surround in last week’s clue is on 365 Beacon Street. Architect F. H. Jackson oversaw the creation of this home in 1872. The reader who requested that I feature this home said, “My favorite architectural detail is the brownstone arch and surround above and on each side of the...

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Romney Tops GOP Presidential Primary with Back Bay Voters

March 16, 2012
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As was the case throughout the Commonwealth and city, Beacon Back Bay voters put Mitt Romney atop the GOP ballot in Super Tuesday’s presidential primary. According to the city’s unofficial election results, approximately 78 percent of Republican voters in the Back Bay (Ward 5, Precincts 6, 7, 8 and 9) supported Romney. Ron Paul,...

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Colonnade Hotel Named Winner of MLA Stars

March 16, 2012
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The Colonnade Hotel was recently named winner of the Massachusetts Lodging Association’s (MLA) Good Earthkeeping Award. The MLA Stars of the Industry awards program was created to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the lodging industry, and the Good Earthkeeping Award recognizes development of a culture toward integrating environmental management practices that improve everyday operations and...

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State Committee Reps Elected on Super Tuesday

March 16, 2012
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Brad Marston won the race for Republican State Committee Man in the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex senatorial district, receiving approximately 83 percent of votes and besting his challenger, Paul J. Ronukaitus. Eva Burnank Murphy garnered 38 percent of the votes to narrowly edge out her opponents – Joyce M. Kelly and Caroline Beauregard Shinkle...

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Is the Winter Finished?

March 16, 2012
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The clocks have been changed and we’ve gained an hour. The sun is out longer during the day and it comes out earlier in the morning. By all first appearances the cold has been pushed back. It is in a literal retreat. The warmer air of the past few days gives us all the...

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Police Briefs 03-14-2012

March 16, 2012
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From Boston Police Area D-4 Feb. 27 240 Newbury St. -Larceny, Shoplifting, Under $50 495 Beacon St. – License Premise Violation Feb. 28 359 Newbury St. – Investigate Property 855 Boylston St. – Forgery or Uttering Feb. 29 271 Dartmouth St. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person March 1 Commonwealth Avenue – Motor Vehicle Accident –...

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Witch Hazel Blooms

March 8, 2012
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Witch Hazel Blooms

In addition to a beautiful burst of winter color, witch hazel has a long history of practical uses. Medicinally, it’s used to stop bleeding and reduce swelling, and is found in many commercial preparations. Early settlers made dowsing rods from its pliant branches to search for water.

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Attention to Detail

March 8, 2012
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Attention to Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The carved decoration in last week’s clue is on 222 Commonwealth Avenue, built in 1879. This is one of 19 existing Back Bay buildings by architect William Whitney Lewis who was also an inventor. He patented the “Joy-0 Irrigator Flower Pot.” In describing his creation he said, “My patent covers the...

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Boston Public Library Officials Announces Dates for Authors and Lecturers in March

March 8, 2012
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The Boston Public Library will host authors and speakers throughout March at the Central Library, 700 Boylston St., including: • Brian Miller and Mike Lapham, authors of “Self-Made Myth: the Truth about How Government Helps Individuals and Businesses Succeed,” will talk about the myth that business success is the result of heroic individual effort...

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Semonian Seeks Re-election to Gop State Comm.

March 8, 2012
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Robert A. Semonian is seeking another term as the Republican State Committeeman for the Second Suffolk and Middlesex district, which includes Beacon Hill and Back Bay. Semonian is one of the owners of the Improper Bostonian, the popular magazine which has a large distribution and readership throughout Greater Boston. Semonian,  the State Chairman of...

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Mayor Menino Celebrates Boston Groundwater Conservation Efforts

March 8, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino celebrated the significant progress the City of Boston has made in addressing the issue of groundwater levels in areas of the city where wood-piling building foundations can be damaged by low groundwater levels last week. Residents in several neighborhoods will also receive a brochure on the importance of groundwater levels....

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MassDot Unveils Alternative for Longfellow Bridge

March 8, 2012
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) unveiled its preferred alternative for the state’s planned $260 million reconfiguration of the Longfellow Bridge Thursday at a public meeting to vet the environmental consequences of the project. The plan includes “rehabilitation and restoration in place of the existing historic bridge, reduction in outbound lanes to one vehicular...

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Menino Plans More Growth for Boston Bikes Initiatives

March 8, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino released the annual Boston Bikes Annual Report last week, highlighting the success of Boston’s biking initiatives and previewing plans for its continued growth. Menino launched Boston Bikes in 2007 with the goal of making Boston a world-class cycling city. Four years later, Boston has officially gained recognition as one of...

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