Henry Lee’s Example

May 10, 2011
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Henry Lee has stepped down as the Chairman of the Friends of the Public Garden. He has become its president emeritus. His departure after 41 years leaves a void as Mr. Lee came to personify the idea that example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. In every...

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The Mayor is Right about Cable Charges

May 10, 2011
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Mayor Thomas Menino believes Boston’s cable viewers are being ripped off by Comcast, Boston’s major supplier of cable. Cable costs for those with Comcast in the city have doubled in price in the past two years, a situation the mayor does not wish to condone. He wants the city to be able to set...

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Police Briefs 05-10-2011

May 10, 2011
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Investigate Person 04/25/11 – At about 12:03 p.m., an officer responded to Casa Romero restaurant at 30 Gloucester St. for a report of an attempted larceny. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to the victim, who stated that an unknown male entered the business and attempted to steal the victim’s wallet from inside his office....

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What’s Happening on Hereford Street?

What’s Happening on Hereford Street?

A landscape restoration demonstration project has begun on this block of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Crews are “Air Spading”– a process that safely breaks up compacted soil, gets more oxygen to the roots of trees and turf, and increases the absorption of nutrients and water.

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Vandals are Picking Your Pocket

-By Penny Cherubino With the warm weather comes another season of the Graffiti NABBers battle against the chronic graffiti vandalism in the Back Bay. Recently, chairperson Anne Swanson crunched some numbers and prepared a financial impact statement that the Attorney General’s office can use when prosecuting vandalism cases. Out of Pocket Expense “A typical...

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A Sunday to Remember

By all accounts, Sunday was a lovely spring day. A bit cool with a sea breeze all day – but a fabulous day to be alive and, it turns out, to be an American. Boston was resonant with colors bursting everywhere and gardens coming to life with the color green appearing extremely brilliant in...

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Police Briefs 05-03-2011

Motor Vehicle Accident Involving Bicycle 04/21/11 – At about 8:28 a.m., an officer responded to a radio call for a motor vehicle accident with a bicycle at Beacon and Hereford streets. Upon arrival, officer met up with the victim, who stated he was driving his 2010 Toyota Prius on Gloucester Street in the direction...

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Blue Bell

April 28, 2011
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Blue Bell

“The sun does arise,And make happy the skies.The merry bells ringTo welcome the spring.”- William Blake(Eenglish poet 1757-1827)

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Neighborhood Round Up

April 28, 2011
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TONIGHT: ‘Retirement and Income Planning Strategies’ lecture Hertel & Konish Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors invites you and your spouse or guest to attend “Retirement and Income Planning Strategies for the Road Ahead” at the Court Yard Restaurant at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30...

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Board of Election Commissioners brings Voter Registration to Graduating Seniors

April 28, 2011
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Boston’s Board of Election Commissioners is bringing voter registration to the city’s high schools – public, parochial and private – in an effort to add graduating seniors to the voter rolls. “Today’s seniors have so much to do, from finalizing college plans, studying for those last few exams, turning in textbooks, and getting ready...

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New Willows Coming to the Esplanade on Arbor Day

April 28, 2011
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The Esplanade Association (TEA), in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), will be planting 10 Golden Weeping Willow (Salix alba “Tristis”) at the Otis Grove area of the Charles River Esplanade on Arbor Day, Friday, April 29. The weeping willows will be planted according to Landscape Architect Arthur Shurcliff’s original design....

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A Jazz Lesson — with a Distinct Boston Accent

April 28, 2011
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-By Penny Cherubino Boston has played an important role in the history of jazz in Boston. The neighborhood is currently home to two of the area’s important jazz institutions– Berklee College of Music and  JazzBoston, the organizing force behind the annual Jazz Week celebration. This year, the music will be in the air April...

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Increased Payments from Nonprofits makes Sense

April 28, 2011
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The mayor and the city government are absolutely correct in asking the city’s many nonprofits to increase the payments they make in lieu of taxes. For more than a century, the argument about tax exempts being totally exempted from taxes has not been questioned enough to make a difference. The exemptions began with church...

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The Royal Wedding

April 28, 2011
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When Prince William and his bride to be Kate Middleton tie the knot Friday morning, a lot of us will be watching. Americans, and especially Bostonians, have very special feelings about people who are born in castles to become kings and queens versus those of us born in common hospitals to become whomever we...

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A Place to Pause

April 19, 2011
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A Place to Pause

“What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt – it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else.”

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Fabulous Back Bay Picnics

April 19, 2011
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-By Penny Cherubino If you think picnics are something reserved for lazy Sunday afternoons in the country, think again. Surrounded by beautiful green spaces, you can take a quick picnic break any day your senses lure you outside to enjoy Boston’s fleeting moments of perfect weather. Breakfast on a Bench With the first warm...

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Patriots Day 2011

April 19, 2011
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The commemoration of the battles of Lexington and Concord continues another year and frankly the world should be grateful for that. We remain the world’s great shining light of freedom and democracy, even if our national government can’t agree on virtually anything at this point in time. Since April, 1775 and throughout our national...

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Police Briefs 04-18-2011

April 19, 2011
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Willful and Malicious Destruction of Property 04/08/11 – At about 2:13 a.m., officers responded to a radio call for an incident at 409 Marlborough St. On arrival, police observed four individuals fighting at the corner of Marlborough Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Officers also observed that the glass front door at 409 Marlborough St. was...

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Volunteers Go the Distance on Marathon Monday

April 12, 2011
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Volunteers Go the Distance on Marathon Monday

Frank Duncan takes a break in a quiet Copley Square. On Marathon Monday, as the “Clothing Return” Team Captain, he‘ll walk a half-marathonbefore his day is done.

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BAA Volunteers Make a Big Impression

April 12, 2011
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–By Penny Cherubino On Patriots Day more than 8,000 volunteers will spread across the Boston Marathon course to protect, encourage, support, and make it possible for the 26,800 runners to think only about running their race. “Just the way they looked you in the eye and made the experience personal, and showed that they...

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Always Exercise Caution When Alone in the Park

April 12, 2011
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Boston and State Police are urging residents who use the Esplanade to be aware after an alleged assault of a college student during the weekend. The woman told investigators her assailant attacked her shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday night while she was sitting on a park bench. The man apparently talked with her for...

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Street Cleaning Continues

April 12, 2011
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All caution must be observed by automobile owners during street sweeping season which is now in full swing throughout our neighborhoods. Strict attention must be paid to signage and e-mails sent out by the city to avoid the ultimate disaster – a towed automobile or a substantial city of Boston citation. Be careful or...

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Police Briefs 04-12-2011

April 12, 2011
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Property – Found 03/29/11 –        At about 2:33 p.m., officers responded to a call to investigate a person at 234 Berkeley St. Upon arrival, police met the caller, who stated he observed a male suspect rummaging through a woman’s pocketbook in the alley. The suspect then reportedly threw something in the dumpster and...

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A Moment of Luxury

April 5, 2011
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A Moment of Luxury

“Real luxury is time and opportunity to read for pleasure.”~ Jane Brody (American author and newspaper columnist)

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