The Algonquin Club

January 17, 2012
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In the heart of the Back Bay, stands the Italian Renaissance Revival clubhouse that architects McKim, Mead & White designed for the Algonquin Club. Author Donlyn Lyndon, in his book Boston Observed, said, “There are few buildings in Boston of comparable opulence and scope.” The Beginning In the late 1800s, the popular Boston social...

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UClub’s Pro-am Attracts Top Squash Players

January 17, 2012
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While Tom Brady and crew were doing their thing in Foxboro this weekend, the best squash doubles players in the world were competing in the Putnam Pro-Am Doubles Championships at the University Club of Boston. And just like the No. 1-seeded Patriots prevailed, the No. 1-seeded team of Damien Mudge and Ben Gould successfully...

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Martin Luther King’s Birthday

January 17, 2012
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Had he not been cut down by an assassin’s bullet in 1968, Martin Luther King would have been 83 this week. For those of us old enough to remember, MLK was in his prime when this nation was racially divided, blacks against whites, gender divided, men against women, age divided, old against young, divided...

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MLK Spent Years in Back Bay

January 17, 2012
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Younger people are largely unaware that Martin Luther King studied at Boston University and received his doctorate from BU. His personal papers are housed at BU and the legacy of his years in Boston gave MLK the edge when dealing with President John Kennedy in the years he knew him before Kennedy was assassinated....

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Police Briefs 01-17-2012

January 17, 2012
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Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 01/05/12 – At about 12:18 p/m., an Area D-4 officer responded to a radio call for a larceny in progress at the Sunglass Hut, located at 86 Newbury St. On arrival, the officer met with the store manager, who stated a male suspect concealed two pairs of Prada sunglasses...

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Off to Morning Yoga

January 10, 2012
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Off to Morning Yoga

“We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down.” (Robert Sweetgall, walking guru)

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Attention to Detail

January 10, 2012
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Attention to Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The dated cornerstone in last week’s clue is on Old South Church designed by Cummings and Sears. This has also been called “New Old South Church” or “Third Church” in keeping with the dates carved into that stone. The congregation was gathered in 1670 at the Cedar Meeting House, moved to...

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Boston’s Other Club Scene

January 10, 2012
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In 1892, author and editor Edwin Monroe Bacon declared that Boston was a “club town.” In his book “Boston of To-day” he wrote, “It has clubs of every sort known in modern club life. There are the great social clubs the hospitalities of which are enjoyed by men of distinction in various walks; professional...

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Chyten Educational Services Opens Center on Newbury St.

January 10, 2012
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Chyten Educational Services – one of the fastest growing education franchises in the U.S. recently announced its continued expansion in Massachusetts with the opening of a new center on Newbury Street. Neil Chyten, founder and president of the premium tutoring and test preparation franchise, is ecstatic about opening the new location. “I’m so proud...

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Feeling Grateful for the Weather

January 10, 2012
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We are into the second week of January during a season with no snow, no ice, no biting cold and frankly, with no sign of winter. Obviously, most of us don’t feel or believe that we’re missing anything. There is also the mass belief held inside that the remainder of the winter in front...

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The Patriots

January 10, 2012
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Many of the national sports mavens and experts do not give the Patriots much of a chance to make it to the Super Bowl. For the record, if the Pats don’t make it to the Superbowl this year, their stellar season will have meant absolutely nothing. After last year’s horrendous gaffe with the Giants,...

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Police Briefs 01-10-2012

January 10, 2012
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Larceny, Pick-pocket, $200 & Over 12/26/11 – At about 6:07 p.m., officers responded to a radio call for a robbery in progress at CVS Pharmacy, located at 587 Boylston St. Upon arrival, police met with the victim, who stated that the suspect ran up behind her and removed the victim’s cell phone from her...

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Strolling & Skating Encouraged!

January 3, 2012
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Strolling & Skating Encouraged!

When deciding on the final plan for the bridge over the Public Garden Lagoon, a special committee from the Boston City Council, appointed in 1866, decided that, “…the bridge should be high enough to allow skaters to pass under.” and, “That the paths along the edges of the pond should not be closed up.”

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Attention to Detail

January 3, 2012
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Attention to Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The clock in last week’s clue was seen by thousands over the weekend, because it is on the Arlington Street Church in a key location for First Night. The first week of the year features the first building constructed in the Back Bay. It was built between 1859-1861 under the direction...

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Smoke-free Homes for 2012

January 3, 2012
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New years bring resolutions to live a healthier life. Changes in social attitudes create new ways to improve your health. By converting your building to a smoke-free zone, you can improve both your physical and fiscal health in 2012. The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) has made access to smoke-free housing a priority. A...

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A Food Resolution

January 3, 2012
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A new year is always a time of new beginnings and resolutions. Many annual vows have to do with eating better. If we combine that thought with the common desire to spend more time with family and friends, you have the perfect excuse to make 2012 the year when you have more meals at...

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Thank You Marty Walz

January 3, 2012
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Beacon Hill Representative Marty Walz has done the right thing in filing legislation that will return all wedding officiating fees derived by the Boston City Clerk’s office to the general fund. In fact, her bill requires all city and town clerks to do the same. She along with City Council President Steven Murphy and...

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Filene’s Basement

January 3, 2012
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The final death knell for Filene’s basement last week is like a stab in the heart for those of us who grew-up with parents who considered Filene’s Basement every bit as good as brand name stores with the most expensive and high quality clothing and accessory items. If you are over 45, most likely...

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Once Again, First Night Went off Well.

January 3, 2012
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The Pop’s was brilliant. The Fireworks were dazzling. The New Year, as usual, came in with a bang instead of a whimper. Hundreds of thousands descended into the city and filled neighborhoods like ours almost without a single negative event except for the sidewalk trash that so many people tend to leave behind or...

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Police Briefs 01-03-2012

January 3, 2012
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Investigate Person 12/21/11 – At about 8:38 a.m., police responded to a radio call for a suspicious person at the Apple Store, located at 815 Boylston St. On arrival, the officer spoke to the caller, who stated an unknown suspect walked into the store and told an employee that his phone was stolen. The...

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Seasons Greetings

December 28, 2011
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Seasons Greetings

May your holidays be bright and cheerful like this spot in the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.

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Attention to Detail

December 28, 2011
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Attention to Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The doorway in last week’s clue is on 206 Beacon Street, built circa 1862. This was a single family home until the late 1950s. In the early 1960’s, it became a lodging house for 35 female college students, according to the website www.bosarchitecture.com. In 1961, the building was converted to a...

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Looking Back at 2011

December 28, 2011
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• On Feb. 7, Edward M. Lambert Jr. took the position of commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). • On March 11, Mayor Thomas M. Menino visited the Kingsley Montessori School, where he discussed his link to the Boston Medical Center and fielded questions from students. • On March 23, the...

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Walz Files Bill on Municipal Clerks Not Keeping Marriage Fees

December 28, 2011
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State Rep. Martha M. Walz (D-Boston) announced last week that she is filing legislation banning all public employees, including city and town clerks, from pocketing marriage fees they earn on work time. The bill would also prohibit all public employees from using their government offices to perform marriages at any time if they keep...

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