Boston Common Elm Gets New Life in Art Auction for FOPG

October 16, 2015
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By Dan Murphy After a large Belgian elm located near the corner of Beacon and Charles streets on the Boston Common fell prey to Hurricane Irene in August of 2011, Friends of the Public Garden board member Margaret Pokorny had a novel idea for giving the tree another life. Taking her inspiration the onetree...

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37 Trees Slated for Removal as Part of Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation

October 16, 2015
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Thirty-seven trees are slated for removal as part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Longfellow Bridge, state officials said. White-Skanska-Consigli, the project contractor, has begun the final phase of tree removals to prepare for construction of the new pedestrian bridge connecting the Charles River Esplanade with Charles Circle, and to accommodate construction activities in...

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Pressley Sees Connections, Solutions in Next Term

October 16, 2015
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By Seth Daniel If there’s one thing that Councillor Ayanna Pressley has learned over the last three terms in office, it’s the interconnectedness of the City and its issues. In a recent sit-down interview with the councillor, she said she has evolved from being an advocate to being one who is now beginning to...

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Range of Experiences Will Prepare Essaibi George for Council

October 15, 2015
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By Seth Daniel City Council candidate Annissa Essaibi George is the one person in this year’s City Council at-large race that is on the outside looking in, but her generational roots in the City and vast experience – from being a high school teacher to owning a small business – puts her on the...

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Police Briefs 10-13-2015

October 15, 2015
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Sept. 19 89 Marlborough St. – Auto Theft – Motorcycle/Scooter 129 Newbury St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 53 Huntington Ave. – Larceny – Shoplifting 326 Beacon St.  – Motor Vehicle Accident – Other City Vehicle 497 Boylston St. – Assault – Aggravated – Battery; Credit Card/ATM Fraud; Larceny – Shoplifting 383 Commonwealth Ave. –...

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Downtown View:Your House.Think Again.

October 1, 2015
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It is September so my thoughts naturally turn to property rights. It’s not so outlandish. In September, downtown Boston has many new permanent residents—new owners of houses, condominiums, lofts. Those new to downtown Boston may have to learn new attitudes toward their property. You may be one of these new owners. You may have...

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Wu Campaigning on Housing and Education Issues

October 1, 2015
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When Boston City Councillor Michelle Wu entered the race for her first term in office two years ago, she hoped to be able to gain a seat on the Council so she could help people and help them immediately. Wu, 30, is one of four children born to immigrants from Taiwan that came to...

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Pumpkin Fest at Frog Pond on October 17

October 1, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced the Fall Pumpkin Festival coming to the Boston Common Frog Pond on Saturday, October 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Hundreds of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns will float on the water and festive family activities will be offered. Attendees are asked to bring 8-inch or smaller carved pumpkins that...

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Police Briefs 09-29-2015

October 1, 2015
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Back Bay Police Log Sept. 8 253 Commonwealth Ave. – Auto Theft – Motorcycle/Scooter 405 Marlborough St. – Larceny from Motor Vehicle – Non-Accessory 800 Boylston St. – Larceny – False Pretense/Scheme 133 Newbury St. – Larceny – Shoplifting 760 Boylston St. – Larceny – All Others 497 Boylston St. – Larceny – Shoplifting...

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Police Briefs 09-15-2015

September 17, 2015
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BACK BAY POLICE LOG Aug. 24 120 Huntington Ave. – Larceny – All Others Exeter/Newbury streets – Auto Theft 450 Boylston St. – Larceny – All Others; Motor Vehicle Recovered in Boston (Stolen outside Boston) 201 Newbury St. – Larceny – Shoplifting 10 Huntington Ave. – Larceny – Theft from Building 421 Marlborough St....

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BRA and West End Museum Partner on Urban Renewal Exhibit

September 17, 2015
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In what might have been an unlikely partnership until recently, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the West End Museum are collaborating on an exhibition about urban renewal. The museum, dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the West End and the BRA, which played a controversial role in dramatically reshaping the neighborhood by...

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Downtown View:City Council Blahs

September 17, 2015
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So last Tuesday, I go to vote in the city council preliminary election. I think I’m pretty smart, but not smart enough I guess. There was no election—at least in my precinct. My district city councilor had no opposition. There were not enough candidates running at-large to hold a preliminary election anywhere. “For an...

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Police Briefs 09-01-2015

September 1, 2015
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Aug. 10 16 Hereford St. – Larceny – Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories 50 Commonwealth Ave. – Vandalism 10 Dartmouth St. – Verbal Dispute 295 Newbury St. – Assault – Simple 181 Newbury St. – Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage 173 Newbury St. – Larceny – Theft from...

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Mayor’s New Number is 311

September 1, 2015
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Bostonians are the eyes and ears of their communities. That’s why, in every neighborhood, I’m always asking residents what we can do better. I count on your responses to make our city services the best they can be. But I can’t take every request myself. That’s why the Mayor’s 24-hour Hotline is one of...

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Downtown View:More Children Downtown. Now What?

September 1, 2015
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Mayor Menino has once again focused on the schools, and we hope he is more successful this year than in the past. Transforming Madison Park into an effective technical and vocational high school with adult education at night is inspired. Reducing busing and creating new improved neighborhood schools is necessary. And it’s obvious that...

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Can the Drug Epidemic be Stopped?

September 1, 2015
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A heroin epidemic is running rapid  throughout every neighborhood in the City of Boston. It’s cheap enough and readily available at the drop of a hat. While police are faced with a monumental task of taking drugs off the streets their efforts continue because most of the time the usual suspects are released by...

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DCF Needs a Complete Overhaul

September 1, 2015
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Governor Charlie Baker has publicly stated that the embattled Department of Children and Families (DCF) still needs to improve but he feels DCF is heading in the right direction. What direction? North, South, East, West or the usual merry-go-round circling approach. In fairness, his administration has inherited the problems facing DCF. That certainly does...

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Mayor Committed to End Human Trafficking and Dealing with Climate Change

September 1, 2015
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Organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, a conference to discuss human trafficking and climate change, was held at Vatican City with leaders from around the world, including Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The workshops entitled “The Modern Slavery and Climate Change” and “Prosperity, People, and Planet: Achieving Sustainable Development in Our Cities” brought...

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‘Moondance Gala’ Returns Sept. 26

August 20, 2015
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The Esplanade Association’s annual “Moondance Gala” takes place along the banks of the Charles River in Boston on Saturday, Sept. 26. Beginning at 9 p.m., the event will open for the “Moondance After Dark” portion of the gala.  Co-chaired by Ashlee Robertson and Carolina Save, it is organized by the Esplanade Friends Council and...

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Blackstone’s Beacon Hill Announces the Rebranding of Reflections

August 20, 2015
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KrzysHill Stores Group, the Boston based retail entrepreneurs behind award winning Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill and Kitchenwares by Blackstones, have announced the rebranding of the their 3rd retail location — Blackstone’s Back Bay — (formerly Reflections) at 223 Newbury Street.  Changing the name on the newest store extends the 33 year legacy of Blackstone’s to the Back...

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Bill Geary Elected to Board of Trustees at MGH Institute of Health Professions

August 20, 2015
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Back Bay resident Bill Geary, a partner at Flare Capital Partners, a leading healthcare technology venture capital firm, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. “We are excited about Bill joining the Board,” said George E. Thibault, MD, Board of Trustees chair at the Boston...

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Police Briefs 08-18-2015

August 20, 2015
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July 26 300 Newbury St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 62 Clarendon St. – Larceny – All Others 343 Newbury St. – Larceny – Shoplifting 199 Commonwealth Ave. – Property – Lost 955 Boylston St. – Larceny – All Others   July 27 53 Huntington Ave. – Larceny – Theft from a Building 2 Clarendon...

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Downtown View:Is There Hope for Downtown?

August 20, 2015
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Karen is taking a break. Here is a column from 2010. Isn’t it interesting how times have changed? Even though Downtown Crossing’s central location should make it a convenient destination for Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, North End and Waterfront residents, few choose to go there, even though a good number work nearby. I...

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Saving Millions

August 20, 2015
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Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston Department of Public Works are to be congratulated for seizing the opportunity to convert about 70% of the city’s street lighting into LED lights. The initial cost for this project was estimated to be just north of $15 million.  However, between the special federal grant program and savings,...

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