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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City Control of Public Streets Not Ceded to Red Sox

March 8, 2012
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There is a great deal of talk about the lease negotiated by the city with the Red Sox in 2002 that ceded the control of two public streets – Lansdowne and Yawkey Way – to the Red Sox. It has been and continues to be a lucrative deal for the Red Sox. What is...

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MBTA to Avoid Cuts

March 8, 2012
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It is becoming obvious that every effort is being made by the MBTA, and the governor, to avoid cancellation of T services in Greater Boston in return for a fare increase. At an estimated 25 percent raise, we are not exactly sure how fair it is for those Boston residents using the T everyday...

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Police Briefs 03-06-2012

March 8, 2012
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From Boston Police Area D-4 Feb. 20 261 Dartmouth St. – Violation – City Ordinance  182 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 80 Marlborough St. – Investigate Person Feb. 21 338 Newbury St. – Larceny, Other, $200 & Over 5 Commonwealth Ave. – Investigate Property Feb. 22 180 Newbury St. – Frauds...

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And the Work Goes On…

February 29, 2012
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And the Work Goes On…

Warmer winter temperatures and a lack of ice and snow have enabled contractors to continue working on projects like this one on Hereford Street. All over the city, construction projects that budgeted time and money for weather-related delays are enjoying the benefits of this mild season.

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Spotlighting Clover Adams

February 29, 2012
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A special exhibition, “A Gilded & Heartbreaking Life: The Photographs of Clover Adams, 1883-1885” is currently on display at The Massachusetts Historical Society’s Boylston Street headquarters. Guest curator for this event is Natalie Dykstra whose book “Clover Adams” was released earlier this month. Reviewer Martha A. Sandweiss wrote, “At last, Clover Adams has the...

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Restaurant Week in March is a Bonanza for Consumers Going out to Dinner

February 29, 2012
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March signals the coming of restaurant week. This is the week that makes the winter season worth it if you dine outside of your own kitchen. From March 18 to 23 and March 25 to 30, Boston’s best restaurants  including many of the major restaurants in the Back Bay, will be offering tasty and...

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Celebrating the Love in Your Life

February 29, 2012
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Seeing life through the eyes of a child is one of the most rewarding and refreshing experiences. As adults, we rush through life from one “chore” to the next, while children take great pride and joy in exploring every little “mystery” that their day presents. Their innocence and curiosity provide us with hope and...

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Trash Collection Debate

February 29, 2012
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Trash and how it is removed and the area then swept clean is a major cause for concern among residents of Back Bay and neighborhoods throughout the city. Of even greater concern citywide and in the Back Bay, again, is when trash is removed and how residents can have a modicum of control setting...

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Police Briefs 02-28-2012

February 29, 2012
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Feb. 13 815 Boylston St. – Larceny, Other, $200 & Over Commonwealth Avenue – Property – Lost 82 Newbury St.    Property – Missing 322 Commonwealth Av – Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage Feb. 14 259 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 230 Commonwealth Ave. – Towed Motor Vehicle 93 Newbury...

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Unwrapping a Treasure

February 21, 2012
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Unwrapping a Treasure

Workers have begun removing the protective wrap from the Museum of Natural History building on Berkeley Street between Newbury and Boylston. Some of the original details of this 1862 design have been lost over the years, but the current work restores the building’s glory. Imagine this block when the museum and a very similar...

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The US Postal Service

February 21, 2012
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Many of you who use the post office, heard last week that the US Postal Service is suggesting a .50 cent stamp as the standard cost for mailing a letter. We don’t suppose this shocks anyone as the US Postal Service is heading for bankruptcy. Its estimated loss this year is predicted at $13...

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Police Briefs 02-21-2012

February 21, 2012
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From Boston Police Area D-4 Feb. 6 309 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle Newbury Street – Investigate Person 416 Commonwealth Ave. – Motor Vehicle Accident – Involving Bicycle 360 Newbury St.    Fraud – Larceny By Scheme Feb. 7 Arlington St – Bomb Threat 400 Newbury St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 &...

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Monumental Presence

February 14, 2012
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Monumental Presence

Just as his likeness makes a big impact in the Public Garden, as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, Washington played an important role in our local history. Take a tour of “George Washington’s Boston”

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George Washington’s Boston

February 14, 2012
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While the federal holiday celebrated this weekend is called “Presidents’ Day,” in Massachusetts it’s officially “Washington’s Birthday” in recognition of the man who played a large role in local history. The holiday began here in 1856 out of Mrs. Harrison Gray Otis’ determination to honor Washington. “From morn till midnight on February 22, the...

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TEA Unveils Ambitious Vision for the Esplanade in 2112

February 14, 2012
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After two years and more than 100 meetings with citizens, elected officials and other stakeholders, The Esplanade Association (TEA) unveiled “Esplanade 2020” Thursday, outlining the non-profit’s grand vision for restoring and enhancing the state park over the next 100 years. “This is a vision, a group of ideas, not a proposal or specific plan,”...

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Highest Paid in Hub an Upside Down Mish Mash

February 14, 2012
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The wages earned and paid to some city employees is an outrage to other city employees and to many residents and taxpayers unable to fathom how a police Lt. can earn $259,000 while Police Commissioner Ed Davis earned only $177,000. The top money earner in the city, School Superintendent Carol Johnson, presides over a...

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Police Briefs 02-14-2012

February 14, 2012
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Jan. 30 745 Boylston St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 346 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 Newbury Street -  Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 150 Newbury St. -  Trespassing Jan. 31 360 Newbury St. – Investigate Person 939 Boylston St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over 120 Beacon...

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On the Right Path!

February 7, 2012
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On the Right Path!

These bikers are on the Esplanade section of the 17-mile Paul Dudley White Bike Path. Along the Esplanade there are dedicated bike paths like this one, shared paths, and areas where riding bikes is prohibited. Bikes should be walked on the bridges and ramps leading to the park and on the waterside paths where...

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BPL Behind the Scenes: The Conservation Lab

February 7, 2012
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In 1982, the National Endowment for the Humanities gave the Boston Public Library (BPL) a grant for in-house restoration of specific collections. Stuart T. Walker, Book Conservator, explained that the initial work included the John Adams Library, a large collection of manuscripts of the American Revolution, and the important anti-slavery collection that documents Boston’s...

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Safety First

February 7, 2012
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The mayor and the police commissioner both detailed enormous efforts being planned by the city’s public safety and police forces in preparing for possible crowd control containment measures had the Patriots won the Super Bowl. A barrage of news reports containing the stern voice of  Police Commissioner Ed Davis warning that everyone who became...

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