Le Tour De France Viticole 2013 “a Taste of the Rhone Valley” Benefit Wine Dinner

December 10, 2013
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The French Cultural Center hosted “A Taste of the Rhone Valley” black-tie benefit wine dinner on Monday, November 18th, for 110 guests at a private club in Boston. The dinner featured world famous M. Chapoutier wines and guest of honor, Michel Chapoutier, CEO and head winemaker of M. Chapoutier. Ten wines were presented during...

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Police Briefs 12-10-2013

December 10, 2013
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Nov. 25 251 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 119 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 15 Boylston St.    – Frauds – All Other Nov. 26 275 Newbury St. – Investigate Property 223 Beacon St.    – Towed Motor Vehicle 361 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 335 Newbury St. –...

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The Hope of Spring

December 2, 2013
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The Hope of Spring

As temperatures dipped, gardener Susan Juretschke (right) and Violet Byrd spent their days planting bulbs in Back Bay gardens. A few months from now, their work will deliver the first sign of spring as snowdrops, crocus, tulips, daffodils, and more push their way through the earth and snow.

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Holiday Parking Changes to Help Holiday Shoppers

December 2, 2013
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Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino  announced that the City of Boston will once again be providing parking incentives for local drivers during the holiday season.  Boston drivers will be offered two hours of free parking at the City’s 9,000 metered spaces, the opportunity to participate in the popular “Toys for Tickets” program and the...

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Boston Common Tree Lighting to Take Place on December 5

December 2, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino joins the Honourable Andrew Younger, Minister with the Government of Nova Scotia, for Boston’s 72nd annual Official Tree Lighting on Boston Common on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. The celebration is hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, title sponsor the Province of Nova Scotia, lead...

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Police Briefs 12-03-2013

December 2, 2013
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Nov. 18 294 Newbury St. Breaking and Entering, Non-Residence, Night – No Force 755 Boylston St.Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 274 Clarendon St.  Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Personal Injury 167 Newbury St. Towed Motor Vehicle Massachusetts Avenue Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage   Nov. 19...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2013
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Happy Thanksgiving!

“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” ~ William Shakespeare

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Amy Ryan to Headline Dec. 3 Women’s Forum

November 25, 2013
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Amy E. Ryan, the first woman to serve as president of the Boston Public Library, will speak at the December 3 meeting of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum, an organization formed last May to connect and inspire neighborhood women. Since assuming the position in 2008, Ryan has worked to keep the BPL at the...

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ASLA Olmsted Medal Awarded to Von Tscharner

November 25, 2013
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Last week, Renata von Tscharner, founder and president of the Charles River Conservancy (CRC), received the 2013 Olmsted Medal Architects (ASLA) on the final day of its national annual meeting, which was held in Boston. Named in honor of renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the medal recognizes individuals, organizations, agencies or programs outside...

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2013
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All across the United States, Americans will be traveling far and wide to visit their families and loved ones to spend Thanksgiving Day, our unique, national holiday that celebrates nothing in particular. But that is the beauty of Thanksgiving. We feel no compulsion to do anything (unless we have to do the cooking!) or...

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Police Briefs 11-26-2013

November 25, 2013
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Nov. 11 745 Boylston St.- Property – Lost Nov. 12 Beacon Street  - Motor Vehicle Accident – Property Damage Dartmouth Street – Towed Motor Vehicle 647 Boylston St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 261 Dartmouth St. – Investigate Person Nov. 13 Beacon Street – Motor Vehicle Accident – Other 157 Newbury...

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Morison in the Mist

November 19, 2013
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Morison in the Mist

Sculptor Penelope Jencks depicted Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison sitting on a granite perch and dressed in oilskins. It’s the perfect outfit for a sunny autumn day when the sprinklers add a misty fog to the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

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A Nice Tradition

November 19, 2013
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The Esplanade Association recently held their third annual canine promenade where more than 100 dogs were on show and almost twice as many owners. Living in the city and especially in our neighborhood, one immediately thinks that there is not enough room to have a dog.  But our neighbors show that this is not...

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Bike Helmets Can Now Be Rented

November 19, 2013
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Boston has become the first bike-friendly city to install new helmet rental vending machines. The HelmetHub machine on the corner of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue will complement the already installed Hubway program at that location. The vending machines will allow users to rent a helmet before they use Hubway—the popular bike sharing service....

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Esplanade Association and Volunteers Plants 4,000 Bulbs for Marathon Daffodils in Park

November 19, 2013
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On Nov. 8, The Esplanade Association, in partnership with Marathon Daffodils and with the help of more than 90 volunteers from Massachusetts Service Alliance, planted 4,000 daffodils in the park along the shoreline and the planting bed by the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge. The Esplanade Association gave special thanks to Diane Valle, volunteer and organizer...

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Police Briefs 11-19-2013

November 19, 2013
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Nov. 4 282 Beacon St.    – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 40 Hereford St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, Under $50 841 Boylston St. – Larceny in a Building, Under $50 Newbury Street – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, Under $50   Nov. 5 51 Commonwealth Avenue – Property – Found Massachusetts Avenue...

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After the Fall

November 12, 2013
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After the Fall

Even with most of its leaves gone, this climbing ivy lends color to the Back Bay. It’s time for the bright red stems and deep blue berries to enjoy their moment in the spotlight.

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Back Bay Voters Back Connolly in Mayoral Election

November 12, 2013
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While registered voters citywide supported State Rep. Marty Walsh in his victorious bid to succeed Thomas M. Menino as the 54th mayor of Boston, Beacon Hill voters favored his rival candidate City Councilor John Connolly in last Tuesday’s municipal election. According to the city’s unofficial election results, an average of approximately 84 percent of...

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Veterans Day: Thank You for Your Service to Our Country

November 12, 2013
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On Monday, November 11, we  joined with our fellow Americans in observing Veteran’s Day, a day set aside to honor the sacrifices made by all of those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. Veteran’s Day originated as a commemoration of the end of World War I, which officially ended on the 11th...

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Police Briefs 11-12-2013

November 12, 2013
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Oct. 27 220 Clarendon St – Towed Motor Vehicle 73 Newbury St. – Towed Motor Vehicle Commonwealth Avenue –                 Motor Vehicle Accident – Property Damage 138 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, $50 to $199 190 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 201 Newbury St. – Property –...

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Golden Commute

November 5, 2013
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Golden Commute

If Boston is “The Walking City,” the Back Bay lives up to the motto. About 40% of the residents walk to work or work at home. The rating service “Walk Score” calls the Back Bay a “Walker’s Paradise” with a score of 95 out of a possible 100 points.

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Events Highlight Blackstone’s Holiday Season

November 5, 2013
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Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill at 46 Charles St., an award-winning gift shop long-known for its unique gifts and handcrafted collectibles, will host three events this holiday season.  Individual events will feature Will Petersen of Wee Forest Folk, a return engagement by famed guitarist John Muratore and a book signing by local children’s author Janet...

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Open Space Panel and Discussion Coming to Copley BPL on Nov. 13

November 5, 2013
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Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia M. Pollak hosts an open space panel and discussion entitled “The Future We Want – Exploring Uses and Values of Public Open Space in Boston” on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Commonwealth Room at the Boston Public Library Central Library in Copley Square. Inspired by...

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Police Briefs 11-05-2013

November 5, 2013
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Oct. 21 Marlborough Street – Property – Found 941 Boylston St. – Property – Found 212 Newbury St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over 587 Boylston St. – Trespassing 165 Commonwealth Ave. – Auto Theft – Other             Auto Theft – Other   Oct. 22 261 Dartmouth St. – Trespassing 90 Commonwealth Ave....

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