The Fire on Beacon Street

March 31, 2014
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With two major fires in the same number of months in the Back Bay, the need to change the residential codes for multi-unit buildings is a fact that can no longer be ignored. Wednesday’s fire took a tragic turn when two firefighters lost their lives battling the 9-alarm fire in the eight-unit townhouse and...

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Police Briefs 04-01-2014

March 31, 2014
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March 10 Commonwealth Avenue    – Motor Vehicle Accident – Personal Injury 333 Newbury St. – Frauds – All Other 483 Beacon St. – Investigate Property March 11 224 Newbury St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over 221 Newbury St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over 815 Boylston St. – Fraud...

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Sunday in the Park with Dog

March 18, 2014
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Sunday in the Park with Dog

As the weekends warm up, neighborhood dogs have more opportunities for a little canine time. Here, a Sunday photo session was interrupted by a passing pup. The smiling photographer took the opportunity to capture the tail wagging meet-up as they greeted one another.

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Park Street School Students Explore, Hypothesize and Conclude at Science Fair

March 18, 2014
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The Park Street School (PSS) celebrated science on March 6, with students from the first through sixth grades and kindergarten participating in its biennial fair. Led by Science Faculty John Loefstedt, PSS students exhibited their research and findings during two general exhibits from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and from 2:30 to 3 p.m., with...

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Boylston St. Bike Kiosks Won’t Open until after Running of the Marathon

March 18, 2014
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Boston Bikes could launch its season by early next month, but for security reasons, four to six stations in the Back Bay won’t open until after the Boston Marathon, according to Nicole Freedman, director of bicycle programs for the city. Four impacted stations on Boylston Street are located near City Sports, the Apple Store,...

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Something Special Is Happening at Conventures

March 18, 2014
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If there is a major event happening in Boston, there’s a very good chance that Dusty Rhodes is planning it. Rhodes is the founder and president of Conventures, the leading special events company in New England. The firm, which produces events of all kinds, celebrates its 38th anniversary this week. This past Sunday morning,...

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MassDOT Starts Dismantling Process of Longfellow Bridge Tower for Repairs

March 18, 2014
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More than 100 years after the last stone was set on the “salt and pepper” towers of the Longfellow Bridge, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has begun dismantling them for storage, cleaning and repair using a barge-mounted crane on the Charles River. On March 6, MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV, began preparations by moving...

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Living in a Postcard Scene

March 4, 2014
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Living in a Postcard Scene

Watching visitors stop to admire and photograph homes in the Back Bay Historic District is a reminder that residents here live in a very special place. These Bostonians can enjoy their ever changing postcard view of the city from snowy winter scenes to the glory of the spring magnolia bloom.

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As Muggings Increase in Other Neighborhoods, Boston Police Tell Citizens to Remain Vigiliant

March 4, 2014
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In light of the recent incidents reported in East Boston and the North End, the Boston Police Department would like to remind both women and men to be vigilant and to be aware of their surroundings. The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding the recent incidents in East Boston and...

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New Management Planned At Esplanade Cafe in Spring

March 4, 2014
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The former Café Esplanade will reopen under new management as the Charles River Bistro on March 21, according to Anthem Hospitality. Boston-based Anthem Hospitality and its parent company The Anthem Group assumed control of the café located near the DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade last year and invested more than $250,000 in...

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Park Street School Celebrates Science at Student Fair on March 6

March 4, 2014
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From insects to planets, musical instruments to the rainforest and desert, Park Street School (PSS) students are busily preparing for a dynamic science fair exhibition on Thursday, March 6, which will include displays, presentations and interactive experiments and engaging conversation. At that time, PSS students will exhibit their research and findings on display boards, through...

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Snow Budget Still Has Small Surplus

March 4, 2014
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Already 50 inches of snow have fallen in Boston this winter pushing the city’s snow budget to the brink. With a little over two months left before the city is out of the woods this winter the city’s Department of Public Works (BPW) has spent $16.1 million of the $18.5 million in its snow...

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Police Briefs 03-04-2014

March 4, 2014
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Feb. 10 251 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 28 Exeter St. – Towed Motor Vehicle Beacon Street Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over 761 Boylston St. – Frauds – All Other Feb. 11 25 Exeter St. – Motor Vehicle Recovered in Boston (Stolen in Boston) 239 Newbury St.  Larceny, Other, $200 &...

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Chilly Seat

February 18, 2014
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Chilly Seat

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” (Hal Borland, American Journalist, 1900-1978)

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Boston Jewish Music Festival Begins on February 23

February 18, 2014
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Joey Baron had been serving as the concert chairman at his synagogue in Needham and the annual Jewish concerts he organized were growing in popularity each year. “I had a funny feeling that there was an interest in this type of event,” said Baron. “I did some research and discovered that Boston was the...

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Summer Offers Wide Range of Programs for Children

February 18, 2014
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While winter is still upon us, it’s already time for parents to look past the current school year and begin considering summer alternatives for their children. Boston-area kids can choose from a wide selection of offerings this year, including some half- and extended-day options, but enrollment for the unique programs described below is limited....

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Snow and Cold: A Tough Winter, but We’re up for It

February 18, 2014
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When we were younger, we never truly understood what our grandmother meant when she would say, “It’s been a long, hard winter.” In a child’s world, a big snowstorm meant no school, which would leave us free to go sledding, build igloos in the mounds of snow created by the snow plows, and roam...

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Police Briefs 02-18-2014

February 18, 2014
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Jan. 27 855 Boylston St. – License Premise Violation 69 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over Newbury Street – Auto Theft Newbury Street – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over Jan. 28 901 Boylston St. – Property – Lost 501 Boylston St. – License Premise Violation 226 Marlborough St. – Motor...

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Making the Rounds

February 3, 2014
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Making the Rounds

This ranger and horse team take a turn around the Boston Women’s Memorial. Each year, the Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit must raise $155,000 to keep these guardians in Boston Parks.

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Homeless Face Many Dangers from Elements Living Outside in Cold

February 3, 2014
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As president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, which he helped found in 1985, Jim O’Connell, M.D., spends two nights a week on Pine Street Inn’s van visiting homeless patients throughout Boston. In this edited Q&A, he addresses the impact of extreme cold on people living without shelter. You’re invited to a discussion...

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A Warning

February 3, 2014
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The fire that was caused by the careless disposal of a cigarette on  Saturday afternoon in a multi-family building on Massachusetts Avenue. is a warning for all landlords.  The smoke alarms functioned and no one was injured, but the fire caused extensive damage that will keep the building from being inhabited for several months....

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Police Briefs 02-04-2014

February 3, 2014
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Jan. 13 899 Boylston St. – Investigate Person Boylston Street    – Motor Vehicle Accident – Personal Injury 587 Boylston St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 28 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 45 Fairfield St.      – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over 285 Newbury St. – Property – Missing 583...

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We Served You Well…

January 21, 2014
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We Served You Well…

“When duty called with striking bell… We did our best… We served you well…” Cornelius J. O’Brien (Deputy Fire Chief, Retired, Cambridge Fire Department, From the Vendome Memorial Program, June 17, 1997) On January 27, 1678 Boston’s first paid, municipal fire department was organized.

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Tompkins Applauds Appointments of Evans and Gross

January 21, 2014
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Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins joined City of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley in congratulating the Boston Police Department’s new Commissioner, William Evans and Superintendent In-Chief, William Gross. Standing with Mayor Walsh inside of Boston Police Headquarters in Roxbury to help usher in this new era for...

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