Stay Safe

August 20, 2015
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After the long and cold winter that we experienced, all of us are taking every opportunity to get outdoors this summer.  However, everyone (including our children) needs to take a moment before dashing outside in view of the warning recently issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that raises the West Nile Virus...

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Police Briefs 08-04-2015

August 4, 2015
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July 6 53 Huntington Ave. – Larceny – Shoplifting Boylston and Dartmouth streets    Property – Lost 212 Newbury St. – Larceny – Shoplifting 100 Huntington Ave. – Larceny – Theft from Vehicle – 10 Huntington Ave. – Other Offens 32 Dartmouth St. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person July 7 587 Boylston St. – Larceny...

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The Back Bay Architectural Commission will Hold a Public Hearing

August 4, 2015
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DATE:                         Wednesday, 12 August 2015 TIME:                         4:30 P.M. VIOLATIONS  HEARING 5:00 P.M. DESIGN  REVIEW  HEARING PLACE:                                   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 commission,...

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Going for the Mold

August 4, 2015
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So we didn’t go for the gold after all. Instead we retreated to moldy old Boston where you wouldn’t want to do anything brash, imaginative or interesting. “We have our hats,” said the old Yankee lady, but Boston’s other tribes share her attitude. We don’t need anything new. I am usually an optimist, which...

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Police Briefs 07-21-2015

July 22, 2015
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July 1 700 Boylston St. – Larceny – Purse-snatch – No Force 497 Boylston St. – Larceny – Shoplifting 491 Boylston St. – Fraud – False Pretense/Scheme   July 2 279 Newbury St. – Auto Theft – Motorcycle/Scooter 800 Boylston St. – Larceny – Shoplifting 18 Exeter St. – Motor Vehicle Accident – Property...

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Take Advantage of All Our Parks Have to Offer

July 22, 2015
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Now that summer is here, I would like to share with you the free events and programs offered to City residents of all ages by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. As a boy growing up in Dorchester, I learned how important our parks and playgrounds are to the families of our City. We...

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Summer is Here

July 22, 2015
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The excitement and bustle of the Fourth of July weekend has come and gone, and now we can settle into our summer rhythm — whatever that may be for each of us and our families — for the remaining nine weeks before the Labor Day weekend. Mother Nature has cooperated by bringing us the...

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An Ibiza Adventure

July 18, 2015
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An Ibiza Adventure

By Sasha Mishkin The morning’s rosy glow shone through the overhead skylights when my dancing partner said it was 7 a.m. My eyes widened, but my feet kept moving. We were indulging in what Ibiza is known for—the nightlife. In the summer­time, major clubs heat up with nightly parties that feature the world’s top...

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Boston Receives 2015 City Livability Award

July 9, 2015
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Selected by former mayors from a pool of over 200 applicants, Boston was awarded first place in the 2015 City Livability Awards Program at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 83rd annual meeting in San Francisco. The award recognized mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in American cities,...

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Opening the New Lawn at Hatch Shell

July 9, 2015
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On Friday, June 19, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Esplanade Association celebrated the opening of the newly restored Hatch Shell Oval Lawn on the Charles River Esplanade. On hand for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting were Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton, DCR Commissioner Carol Sanchez, State Rep. Jay Livingstone, President...

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Downtown View:Questions You’ve Always Wanted Answered

July 9, 2015
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Recently we’ve noticed small, colored plastic disks embedded in the asphalt on Boston streets, especially in sections that have been repaired. What are those disks doing there? “They signify the utility contractor that did the work” wrote Gabrielle Farrell, associate press secretary in the mayor’s office, in an email. “This gives the Public Works...

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BBAC Agenda

July 9, 2015
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The Back Bay Architectural Commission will meet on Wednesday, July 8 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 900 (BRA Board Room) ninth floor, Boston City hall.  The following items will be heard: 5:00 P.M. Commercial Applications, Application 15.1314       717-725 Boylston Street Applicant:  Choo & Co., Inc. (arch’ts):  Construct rear/roof additions   5:15 P.M. Application 15.1512      ...

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Police Briefs 06-23-2015

June 23, 2015
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June 8 124 Commonwealth Ave.             Motor Vehicle Accident – Involving Bicycle 163 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle Boylston Street – Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage 500 Boylston St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 553 Boylston St. – Property – Lost 921 Boylston St. – Larceny, Bicycle, $200 &...

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Awareness on Alzheimer’s Disease

June 23, 2015
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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain awareness month, and Alzheimer’s disease is a subject that is very personal to me.  My grandmother had Alzheimer’s and I saw firsthand the toll it takes on a family, and the love and patience that is required to care for someone with the disease. My whole family suffered with...

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The More Things Change

June 23, 2015
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Larry DiCara remembers his first encounter with Mayor Kevin White. It was 1971. DiCara was newly elected to the Boston City Council. The mayor phoned. Would DiCara meet with him? The young DiCara, outfitted in his best suit, entered the mayor’s office at the new city hall. White stood at the window overlooking Faneuil...

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Police Briefs 06-09-2015

June 11, 2015
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May 18 10 Huntington Ave. – Larceny in a Building, Under $50 210 Beacon St.  – Towed Motor Vehicle 26 Exeter St.     – Towed Motor Vehicle 222 Berkeley St. – Property – Found 299 Newbury St.  – Fraud – Larceny by Scheme 497 Boylston St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $50 to $199 643 Boylston St....

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Downtown View:Recycle City

May 28, 2015
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We can get pretty depressed at the precarious state of the environment and the steps public officials are not taking to remedy the problem. Even more depressing are the climate change deniers, the clean coal boosters, the natural gas pipeline aficionados and the people who lack concern about fossil fuels damaging our air and...

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Police Briefs 05-26-2015

May 28, 2015
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May 5 450 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over   May 7 130 Dartmouth St. – Larceny, Bon-Accessory from Vehicle, Under $50   May 8 39 Dalton St.  – Property – Lost   May 9 135 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 2 Clarendon St. – Fraud – Larceny by...

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Police Briefs 05-12-2015

May 14, 2015
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April 20 20 Hemenway St. – Verbal Dispute 700 Boylston St. – Property – Accidental Damage Arlington Street – Property – Found 790 Boylston St. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person Stanhope Street – Towed Motor Vehicle Beacon Street – Property – Lost, then Located 119 Commonwealth Ave. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 18 Commonwealth Ave. –...

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New Bridges to Hope in the Wake of Long Island

May 14, 2015
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On October 8th of last year, I had to make a painful but necessary decision. The Long Island Bridge, after years of neglect, had to be shut down. The decaying 63-year-old structure posed imminent danger to the clients and staff of the shelter, transition, detox, and treatment programs housed on Long Island in Boston...

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Downtown View:Old,White and Rich?

May 14, 2015
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The reporting is breathless: Millennium Tower penthouse goes on sale for $37.5 million. A condo in a 19th-century Commonwealth Avenue townhouse sells for $7 million. Luxury apartments, rentable or buyable, going up in the Fenway and in the Seaport. These new projects add expensive housing to the already-pricey neighborhoods in downtown Boston. The buyers...

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Helping Friends Care for Historic Parks

The Friends of the Public Garden was founded in 1970, and is now over 2,500 members strong. Becoming a member of the Friends means helping to care for the 1,700 trees that grow in the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall, as well the historic and beloved sculptures and extensive turf that...

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Police Briefs 04-28-2015

April 6 Boylston Street Investigate Person 212 Newbury St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over\ Dartmouth Street – Bomb Threat 416 Beacon St. – Breaking and Entering, Residence, Day – Force 10 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle Clarendon Street – Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Property Damage Hereford Street...

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Downtown View:Picture L.A.

Picture the skyline of Los Angeles. How about Minneapolis, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Phoenix, even Chicago? You can’t? Oh, well. Now picture Washington D. C., Seattle, Toronto or New York. You know those skylines, don’t you? There might be a gimmick—Seattle’s Space Needle; Toronto’s CN Tower with the scary glass floor. Or there might be...

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