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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Police Briefs 08-05-2014

August 8, 2014
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Larceny, Other, Under $50 07/13/14 – At about 4:45 a.m., an officer responded to 83 Newbury St. for a larceny report. At that location, the victim told the officer that he parked his scooter on the sidewalk at 83 Newbury St., and that some time between 1 and 4 a.m., someone stole its cover,...

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Read a Little Every Day

July 25, 2014
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Read a Little Every Day

“Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.” Horace Mann US educator (1796 – 1859)

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A New Trail to Follow

July 25, 2014
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I love it when one person decides to do a good deed for the rest of us just because he or she is interested in a topic. Vincent Licenziato, 64, of Phillips Street on Beacon Hill, decided to celebrate art, social justice and education by calling attention to the many statues and memorials around...

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The Vibrant Copley Square Market

June 24, 2014
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The Vibrant Copley Square Market

On Tuesdays and Fridays, tempting mounds of fresh, local produce add to the vibrant scene in Copley Square. The team from Siena Farms always creates a colorful and artistic display of seasonal goods.

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Couple Killed in Back Bay Car Crash

June 24, 2014
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Two pedestrians were killed on Saturday following a car crash in the Back Bay. Boston Police said one motor vehicle collided with another at the corner of Beacon and Fairfield streets at about 9:13 p.m. before rolling over and striking two pedestrians. The pedestrians were later identified John Lanzillotti, a 28-year-old who served as ...

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Back Bay Youths Perform in Concert Choir in Ireland

June 24, 2014
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Navide Aminpour and Arlyand Aminpour of the Back Bay, students at Boston College High School and members of the Boston College High School Concert/Chamber Choir, led by Choir Director Dr. Marina Rozenberg, returned recently from their concert tour in Ireland. While in Ireland the Aminpours visited Trinity College and the famous Book of Kells...

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Police Briefs 06-24-2014

June 24, 2014
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Motor Vehicle Accident – Inolving Bicycle 06/06/14 – At approximately 12:02 a.m., officers responded to a radio call for an assault in progress at Towne Stove and Spirits at 900 Boylston St. At that location, police spoke to the victim, who said an unknown male suspect approached him and attempted to punch him. The...

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Garden Glory

June 10, 2014
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Garden Glory

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” Robin Williams

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New Off-leash Dog Areas Designated on Common

June 10, 2014
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After more than a decade of lobbying for an off-leash dog park in the Boston Common, Boston dog owners finally have a place – or places – to let their doodles, dachshund and Dalmatians romp freely without having to keep an eye out for an approaching Park Ranger. Freely, that is, as long as...

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Bike Pump Installed on Esplanade Park

June 10, 2014
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Just in time for bike season, the Esplanade Association has installed a new permanent bike pump in the park.  Much to the delight of the thousands of people who bike through the park daily, the pump will act as a free public resource for bikers who need to fix up a flat or re-inflate...

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Shuttle Service Offered from Back Bay to Logan

June 10, 2014
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The public commute from Logan International Airport to the Back Bay has grown considerably easier since the launch of shuttle-bus service between the two destinations earlier this spring. As part of a two-year pilot program, Massport is now offering service between the airport Hynes Convention Center and the Copley MBTA Station on Boylston Street...

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Congratulations to Our Graduates

June 10, 2014
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Graduation season is upon us, the time of year in which communities all across America celebrate the accomplishments of our young adults who will be receiving their high school diplomas. Graduation is a bittersweet time, marking both an ending and a beginning. For the grads, they will realize that the past four years, which...

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Police Briefs 06-10-2014

June 10, 2014
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May 19 341 Newbury St. – Verbal Dispute 46 Commonwealth Av – Towed Motor Vehicle 505 Boynton St.- Larceny in a Building, $50 to $199 259 Beacon St.    – Breaking and Entering, Residence, Day – No Force 155 Beacon St.    – Auto Theft 88 Beacon St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over...

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An Attractive Tree

May 28, 2014
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An Attractive Tree

In spring, this Hopa Crabtree in the Public Garden attracts both bees and photographers. In fall and winter, its fruit will attract and feed the birds that gather in the park.

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Zakim Files Ordinances to Protect College Athletes

May 28, 2014
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City Councilor Josh Zakim has filed a pair of ordinances that will provide long-awaited and much-needed rights and protections to college athletes in the City of Boston. In the absence of any federal or state regulations regarding the treatment of college athletes, Zakim has taken the unique step of filing legislation at a local...

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Five-thousand Daffodils Blooming on the Esplanade

May 28, 2014
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Each year, thousands of flowers grace the city and mark the arrival of spring in Boston. Beginning this month, Esplanade visitors can enjoy the arrival of 5,000 new daffodils that were planted in the park as part of Marathon Daffodils. The bulbs were planted along the banks of the Charles River Esplanade last fall,...

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