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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Donnelly Named Sales Manager of Coldwell Banker Residential Beacon Hill, Back Bay Offices

May 23, 2012
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Boston resident Pauline Donnelly was recently appointed as sales manager of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New England’s Back Bay and Beacon Hill offices. Donnelly, along with current sales manager Ken Tuntunjian, are responsible for the day-to-day sales and operations of more than 100 sales associates in the three Boston offices serving the Back...

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Talking Underground

May 23, 2012
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Back Bay T-riders will be finding it much easier and more reliable when using cell phones while riding on the T in the months to come. This comes as good news to those married to their cell-phones and who become easily disoriented when they aren’t of any use when riding on the T. The...

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Robin Gibb

May 23, 2012
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Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees has died. He was 62. He death is a big loss for those of you old enough to recall the days and the addicting sounds of disco music and the Bee Gee’s “Stayin Alive” and “Night Fever.” Those were great days, a bit simpler when some of us...

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Police Briefs 05-22-2012

May 23, 2012
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May 7 486 Beacon St.    – Investigate Person 344 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 585 Boylston St. – Liquor – Drinking in Public 182 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over Marlborough Street – Investigate Property 26 Exeter St. – Investigate Person May 8  699 Boylston St. – Investigate Person Commonwealth Avenue   ...

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Shining Up Beacon

May 15, 2012
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Shining Up Beacon

Glenda Mattes, Jackie Blombach, Sherley Smith, Cathy Wallace, and Janet Younker, members of the Garden Club of the Back Bay, gathered to finalize plans for their 2nd Annual Tree Pit Tending Day on May 18th. If you’d like to volunteer or learn how to care for a street tree near your home, meet the...

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Attention To Detail

May 15, 2012
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Attention To Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The carved decoration in last week’s clue is on the Massachusetts Avenue entrance to 416 Marlborough Street. Built as an apartment hotel in 1895, it was designed by Willard T. Sears. In his book, Built in Boston, Douglass Shand-Tucci wrote of the luxu­ries advertised for this residence, “…electricity in all rooms,...

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Public Input on Charlesgate Greenway Path Linking Emerald Necklace to Esplanade

May 15, 2012
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Community input is being sought as a long anticipated public-private partnership gets underway to design what could be the first step in reclaiming a pedestrian and bicycle route between the Emerald Necklace and Charles River Esplanade displaced by highway construction a half century ago. The Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation, in partnership with the...

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Boston’s ‘Circle the City’ Selected as a Signature Urban

May 15, 2012
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Project Circle The City, an open-streets project connecting people to parks, has been selected as a 2012 Signature Urban Project of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative (AGO). Circle The City’s (CTC) open streets project will connect people to parks and is intended to increase park use and equity of access for vulnerable populations....

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City Wins Truck Ban; To Take Effect June 13

May 15, 2012
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The city has won its fight with MassDot, the state’s transportation authority, which has ruled that trucks carrying hazardous materials will be banned from Boston’s streets between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. They will instead be forced to use Interstate 95 around the city, unless making a local pickup or delivery. Mayor Thomas Menino...

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NSTAR, Again

May 15, 2012
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In March, a fire at an electrical sub-station in Back Bay caused a costly and potentially dangerous electrical outage for much of Back and parts of Beacon Hill. About 21,000 NSTAR electric customers were without electricity for two days. An unrepentant NSTAR said then it would not reimburse businesses of residential consumers for their...

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Measuring Success

Measuring Success

Arborist Chuck Sherzi Jr. pours water into a device used to simu­late rainfall. He was hired to conduct an assessment of the health of the soil one year after the Landscape Restoration Project on the Hereford Street block of the Mall. The Commonwealth Avenue Mall Committee should have his report in about 6 weeks.

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Attention to Detail

Attention to Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The oriel window in last week’s clue is on 131 Beacon Street which was built in 1861 as a single family home. It was converted to a lodging house in 1948 and then to a Fisher College dormitory in the 1960s. The college attempted to change the use to classrooms in...

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Boston Harbor Hotel Presents ‘Summer in the City’ Series

Savor the beautiful New England summer with relaxing evenings of complimentary entertainment provided by the five-star Boston Harbor Hotel. Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening throughout the summer, the Boston Harbor Hotel invites guests to gather at the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille’s harbor side terrace to enjoy live music and take in the...

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Swans Return to Public Garden

The return of the swans to the Public Garden is one of those rights of spring that makes life worth living, especially if you transit through the Public Garden for your morning walk to work. The return of the swans following a winter at the Franklin Park Zoo is just what the doctor ordered....

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Police Briefs 05-08-2012

April 23  289 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 360 Newbury St – Larceny Shoplifting $200 & Over Larceny Shoplifting $200 & Over April 24  258 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 425 Boylston St. – Property – Missing 342 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 535 Boylston St. – Disturbing the...

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Across the Decades

Across the Decades

From the Public Garden you can look across decades of Back Bay architecture. From left to right: the old Hancock Tower (1947), the new Hancock Tower (1972-1975), 222 Berkeley Street (1991), Arlington Street Church (1859-1861), 399 Boylston Street (1982-1984).

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Attention to Detail

Attention to Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The leader head in last week’s clue is on 213 Commonwealth Avenue, built in 1881 and designed by Peabody and Stearns. A leader, is a box designed to conduct stormwater runoff into downpipes. Some are plain and utiltarian and some are little design jewels adding personality to a structure. Do you...

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Julia’s Opens New Office in Woburn; Free Appraisals Being Offered May 4-5

James D. Julia Auctioneers, based on annual sales, is one of the top 10 antique auction companies in North America. Having been in business for approximately 45 years, it has developed a reputation, which is recognized across North America and throughout the world. In recent years the business has grown dramatically and a decision...

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Back Bay and Beacon Hill Leaders Elected as Officers of Boston Ward 5 Dem. Committee

The Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee on April 10 reorganized according to state law and elected officers. Joshua Dawson of the Back Bay was re-elected chairman of the group. Frances Burke, James Livingstone, Ross Levanto and Greg Timilty, all of Beacon Hill, were elected first vice chairperson, second vice chairperson, secretary and treasurer, respectively....

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