A Local Chocolatier’s Script ….

January 31, 2012
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Commonwealth Avenue resident Valerie Conyngham has an alter ego. It’s Vianne, the lead character and chocolatier from the movie, Chocolat. Valerie even named her company Vianne Chocolat in honor of that magical persona. The Making of a Chocolatier The script for Valerie’s own story opened as she graduated from the Cambridge School of Culinary...

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In Memoriam

January 31, 2012
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Mayor Kevin White’s death is a moment for all of us to remember him and the days when he managed this city with an iron fist. He was above all, a real Bostonian with his early roots in West Roxbury and his adult life spent on Beacon Hill. He loved Boston. He loved downtown...

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Police Briefs 01-31-2012

January 31, 2012
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Jan. 16 Hereford Street – Violation of the Auto Laws – Operating After Revocation/Suspension 45 Fairfield St. – Towed Motor Vehicle Commonwealth Avenue    Motor Vehicle Accident – Police Vehicle 303 Berkeley St. – Dangerous or Hazardous Condition 15 Arlington St. – Investigate Person Massachusetts Avenue – Motor Vehicle Accident – Other Jan. 17 245...

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BosTix Budget Entertainment

January 24, 2012
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BosTix Budget Entertainment

This little booth in Copley Square can stretch your entertainment budget. The nonprofit champion of the local arts community, Arts Boston runs the BosTix program. It lets you walk up and buy half price day-of-the-show tickets to performances around town.

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Mrs. Gardner & Mr. Sears

January 24, 2012
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The reopening of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum shined a spotlight on the home Mrs. Gardner built in the Fenway with the assistance of architect Willard Thomas Sears. It’s a good time to remember that for 40 years Mrs. Gardner’s principal residence was on Beacon Street in the Back Bay. And, that Mr. Sears’...

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Friends of the Public Garden to Open New Office at 69 Beacon St.

January 24, 2012
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Patti Quinn, vice president of The Friends of the Public Garden, the 41-year-old citizens organization that works to preserve and enhance the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, recently announced its office will move from 87 Mount Vernon St., where it has been for nine years, to 69 Beacon St.,...

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From Boston Police Area D-4

January 24, 2012
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*Firearm/Weapon–Found or Confiscated 01/09/12 – At about 9:21 a.m., Area D-4 officers responded to a radio call for the recovery of a firearm magazine outside of 26 Marlborough St. Upon arrival, officers were directed to a doctor’s office at that address and spoke with the receptionist, who stated the office housekeeper found a firearm...

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First Snow

January 24, 2012
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The first real snowfall of the year over the weekend has turned Back Bay and Boston’s other neighborhoods into a winter wonderland. It wasn’t a heavy snowfall as snowfalls go around here. But at least it reminded us that the New England winter guarantees the beauty and the inconvenience of the white stuff. In...

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Mayor Menino’s Address

January 24, 2012
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Mayor Menino’s 19th annual address last week at Faneuil Hall was vintage Menino. There wasn’t much in it for Back Bay, but then, Back Bay doesn’t have some of the nagging and dramatic needs of the rest of the neighborhoods of this city. Back Bay stands almost alone as the city’s greatest success story,...

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The Patriots Super Bowl Bound

January 24, 2012
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The New England Patriots pulled off a classic victory Sunday at Gillette Stadium. In a skin of their teeth victory following one of the team’s less than stellar performances, they beat the Baltimore Ravens in a thriller that came down to field goal kick the Ravens missed with 11 seconds remaining in the game....

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Treats Please!

January 17, 2012
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Treats Please!

Allie Lopez-Cuadra said that her dogs think every mail carrier has treats for them since one of their favorite postal employees always does.

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Attention to Detail

January 17, 2012
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Attention to Detail

LAST WEEK’S ANSWER The carved, stone panel in last week’s clue is on 393 Commonwealth Avenue. Built in 1899, it was designed by architect, Arthur Little. Over the years, the building has been a single family home, professional offices, and an advertising agency. Today, it contains six condominiums. Do you have a favorite building...

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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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