Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014
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Another Thanksgiving is upon us, a day for schoolboy football, family gatherings, and not much else to do other than enjoy a great dinner that reminds us how fortunate we truly are. Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, tracing its roots back almost 400 years to the Pilgrims, long before there was even a...

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Police Briefs 11-11-2014

November 18, 2014
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Oct. 20 Commonwealth Avenue  – Towed Motor Vehicle 899 Boylston St.   -Trespassing 53 Huntington Ave.  – Larceny, Shoplifting, Under $50 10 Huntington Ave.  – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 497 Boylston St.  –  Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 760 Boylston St.  – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 10 Huntington Ave.  – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 117 Newbury...

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Letter to the Editor

November 18, 2014
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Neighbors remember  John W. Sears Mr. Sears died early this morning, Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4,  in his 84th year. He probably would have considered that bad timing, since he never ever missed casting his ballot on Election Day. He was our neighbor for over 30 years, generously sharing his legendary knowledge of facts...

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Mayor Tom Menino

November 18, 2014
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The passing last week of former, long-time Boston Mayor Thomas Menino truly removes from our lives a man whose devotion to his city and its people was second to none. The incredible outpouring of genuine sadness and respect expressed by persons from all walks of life and from stations high and low bore witness...

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Police Briefs 10-28-2014

October 31, 2014
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POLICE LOG Oct. 13 490 Commonwealth Ave. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 535 Boylston St. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 100 Huntington Ave. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 261 Dartmouth St – Investigate Person Newbury Street – Property – Missing 800 Boylston St. – Larceny, Bicycle, $200 & Over 800 Boylston...

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Gordon Hamersley and Kurt Cerulli Honored by Community Music Center

October 31, 2014
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On a brisk fall afternoon, supporters of Community Music Center of Boston were gathered outside the celebrated Hamersley’s Bistro, awaiting one last savory meal from esteemed Boston Chef, Gordon Hamersley. Sunday, Oct. 19, marked the 8th Annual John Kleshinski Luncheon, an event celebrating the Music Center’s late Board President and supporting the faculty and guest artist...

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Voters Set to Cast their Ballots on Election Day Tuesday Nov. 4

October 31, 2014
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The campaigns are winding down and on Tuesday, Nov. 4 Back Bay residents will join voters statewide in selecting our leaders in government for the next four years. Gov. Deval Patrick decided not to seek re-election after two terms in office so there will be a new chief executive in the corner office at...

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Art & Science Restored

October 14, 2014
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Art & Science Restored

In the last few weeks, conservators have performed restoration work on the the sculptures of Art and Science that welcome patrons to the McKim Building of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Here is the revitalized Science clasping a globe in her hand.

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The Bridges of Suffolk County

October 14, 2014
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Everyone knows the Longfellow Bridge is being rebuilt. It is scheduled for completion in late 2016. But other bridges across the Charles and other waterways are also undergoing changes. Here’s an update of what is happening, starting with the bridge farthest away from the downtown and moving east. Prepare yourself for lots of new...

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Obituaries 10-14-2014

October 14, 2014
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Paul Nachtwey Attorney Attorney Paul D . Nachtwey of Chelsea, formerly of Boston, died unexpectedly on September 29. Paul was a member of Westford Sportsman Club, Boston Big Game Fishing Assocation and the Sports Car Club of America. He was the loving son of the late James and Anna (Stockton)Nachtwey; dear brother of James...

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BBAC Agenda

October 6, 2014
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The Back Bay Architectural Commission will hold a public hearingon Wednesday, October 8 at 5:00 P.M. in Room 900 (BRA Board Room), ninth floor, Boston City Hall Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Appropriateness on the agenda below, review of architectural violations, and such business as may come before the...

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Police Briefs 09-30-2014

October 6, 2014
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Sept. 8 497 Boylston St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over Sept. 9 30 St. James Ave. – Motor Vehicle Recovered in Boston (Stolen in Boston) 53 Huntington Ave. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 53 Huntington Ave. – Larceny, Shoplifting, Under $50 139 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over Sept. 10...

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Downtown View: Seeing Boston from the Water

October 6, 2014
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If you’re a traveler and an architecture enthusiast, you may have been on the Chicago River architectural boat tour. It is splendid, with good stories about the Windy City’s fine buildings. You may be surprised to learn that Boston also has an architectural river (and harbor) trip. You’ll also be surprised to find that...

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Posing with Abigail

September 20, 2014
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Posing with Abigail

Sculptor Meredith Bergmann wanted the figures on the Boston Women’s Memorial to be approachable. She succeeded. Visitors are often seen copying the poses of each of the figures as they create their Boston photo memories.

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Police Briefs 09-16-2014

September 20, 2014
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August. 24 St James Avenue – Assault and Battery 569 Boylston St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 760 Boylston St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over Exeter Street – Larceny, Bicycle, $200 & Over 327 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, Under $50 900 Boylston St. – Motor Vehicle Accident...

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Glorious Morning

September 5, 2014
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Glorious Morning

The wrought iron fences of the Back Bay make perfect trellises for Morning Glory vines. In summer and fall, passersby can enjoy beautiful, velvety blooms like this one on Marlborough Street.

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New Season Brings Ways to Connect at BHWF

September 5, 2014
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The Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) was formed last year to bring together the community’s diverse group of women to connect, inspire and enjoy each other. This year there will be even more ways to connect, thanks to the creativity of the organization’s board of directors. “What a phenomenal charter year we had last...

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Downtown View: Glad that August has Ended

September 5, 2014
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August is the melancholy month, and I’m glad it’s over. It’s all about ends. The end of the tomatoes, fresh home-grown basil, and corn on the cob. The end of Esplanade concerts, outdoor swimming, and listening to people laugh as they dine outdoors on the sidewalks. It’s during August that the ferns dry up...

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Police Briefs – 09-02-2014

September 5, 2014
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Aug. 11 330 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 11 Dartmouth Place – Larceny, Bicycle, $200 & Over Massachusetts Avenue – Larceny, Other, Under $50 38 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 60 Commonwealth Ave. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over 100 Huntington Ave. – Larceny,...

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Ideal Models

August 25, 2014
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Ideal Models

Both as role models and artists’ models the figures on the Boston Women’s Memorial can be inspirational for the young women in Teresa Higgins’ summer art program. This artist and art teacher has been spotted from time to time on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall working with her students.

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Downtown View: How High Is Our Status?

August 25, 2014
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Karen is taking her first break since beginning to write in this space. She is offering some of her most remarked-upon columns for you to enjoy again. How high is our status (first published in May, 2011) Recently, in another part of the country, I found myself in an unusual conversation. One person told...

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Police Briefs 08-19-2014

August 25, 2014
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Larceny, Other, $200 & Over 08/07/14 – A victim walked into police headquarters to report that she had left her black wallet on a condiment table at Starbucks at 350 Newbury St. at around 4:45 p.m. before leaving the store. A short while later, the victim received several bank alerts about possible fraudulent transactions...

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Bread upon the Waters

August 8, 2014
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Bread upon the Waters

The words “Cast thy bread upon the waters…” are on the base of the George Robert White Memorial. The sculptor, Daniel Chester French, originally titled this work “The Spirit of Giving.” The Friends of the Public Garden are raising funds to restore water to this monument. Donations for this project may be made to...

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A Month in the Country

August 8, 2014
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(first published in August 2013) For the first time since I was 18 years old, I have spent a month in the country. And what a beautiful country it is. Fifty shades of green complimented by the bluest sky ever. Puffy clouds ranging from gray to bright white. Dozens of goldfinches, which my father-in-law...

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