Library Access 24/7

April 5, 2011
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-By Penny Cherubino With the proposal to close the Copley Square Library an additional 27 Sundays a year, users would have to turn to remote access more often. In addition to 6 million books, 17 thousand magazines, a landmark architectural building, free WiFi, computer access, and a staff of experts that patrons depend on...

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Police Briefs 04-05-2011

April 5, 2011
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March 21 Newbury Street   Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Gun 194 Marlborough St.   Towed Motor Vehicle Fairfield Street  Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $50 to $199 295 Commonwealth Ave. Motor Vehicle Accident – Leaving Scene – Personal Injury 256 Beacon St.    Vandalism 217 Newbury St.  Larceny, Other, $200 & Over March 22...

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Restoration of Brewer Fountain Appropriate and Underway

April 5, 2011
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The restoration of one of Boston’s most conspicuous objects de art  donated to the city by Gardner Brewer in 1868 has been long overdue and is about to begin. Brewer Fountain, which stands near the wall at Park and Tremont Streets, was sculpted for the Paris World’s Fair of 1855 where it was awarded...

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Rally for Nuclear Safety

April 5, 2011
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Many, many residents have been shocked by the nuclear disaster in Japan. It can happen here, is the message for those living here who are going to take part in an April 6 rally at the State House which is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. At the very least, every reactor in New...

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Clear the Streets!

March 30, 2011
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Clear the Streets!

Street sweeping returns on April 1. A mechanical street sweeper was patented by C. B. Brooks in 1896. Before that, streets were cleaned with brooms by men who were also called street sweepers.

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Avoiding Tickets and Tows

March 30, 2011
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-By Penny Cherubino Within the next two weeks, some cars will have to shift out of the resident parking spaces where they’ve camped all winter. Street sweeping currently runs from April 1st through November 30th. Help From The City In addition to street signs, the Boston Transportation Department offers other ways to avoid a...

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Library Closing Sunday not Befitting a Great City

March 30, 2011
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The trustees of the Boston Public Library have submitted a budget for the coming year which includes closing the Boston Public Library in Copley Square on Sundays as a money saver. According to the library trustees, it costs $243,000 annually to keep the library open on Sundays. Although the trustees released no statistics, it...

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Radiation from Japan

March 30, 2011
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Forgive us if we are less than buoyed with good feeling by hearing from our public officials who check such things that radiation from the badly damaged Japanese nuclear reactors has been found in rain that has recently fallen in New England. We hear our public officials telling us not to worry, the radiation...

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Spring Cleaning

March 30, 2011
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The city begins its weekly street cleaning extravaganza this week. Everyone is reminded to pay close attention to postings and to signage indicating where street cleaning is to occur and at what time. To do any less is to put your automobile and state of mind at risk.

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National Sandwich Chain to Lease Pink Palace on Boston Common

March 30, 2011
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-By Dan Murphy The city has selected a Florida-based national chain of sandwich shops as the next tenant of the Pink Palace on the Boston Common. Earl of Sandwich of Orlando, Fla., has agreed to sign a 15-year lease to run a small takeout operation out of the octagonal, 660-square-foot structure, located near the...

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Police Briefs 03-29-2011

March 30, 2011
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Assault and Battery 03/13/11 – At about 3:17 a.m., officers responded to the Pour House at 907 Boylston St. for a report of an assault and battery in progress. On arrival, police spoke with the victim, who stated that he was working as a security guard at the bar when he attempted to escort...

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Waiting With the Red Wood

March 22, 2011
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Waiting With the Red Wood

Soon this bench in the Public Garden will be shaded by the freshly-needled branches of the Dawn Redwood beside it. In its native China, this giant, deciduous conifer can grow taller than a 10-story building.

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Come Meet Your Ancestors!

March 22, 2011
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-By Penny Cherubino The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has been a Back Bay neighbor since 1964, and yet many residents have never ventured into this storehouse of information about the history of families. Others, curious about their own family, or the families who once lived in our neighborhood, have experienced how accommodating...

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Five Individuals Get Pre-trial Probation for Spray-painting Obscenities in the Back Bay

March 22, 2011
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-By Dan Murphy Five individuals received six months of pre-trial probation in Boston Municipal Court last Tuesday for allegedly spay-painting obscenities in the Back Bay last November. Dana Cataldo, 25, of Halifax, William Grady, 24 of Milford, Timothy O’Brien, 23, of Hanson, Daniel Craig Shannon, 24 of Plympton and Patricia Nelson, 23, of Jamaica...

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New Parking Meters Cause for Rejoicing

March 22, 2011
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How many occasions in a lifetime have we parked our automobiles on a Boston street at a metered space only to find that we did not have quarters to put into the meter? We would stand there searching our pockets and rummaging in our handbags for quarters. Some of us after that futile effort...

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Police Briefs 03-22-2011

March 22, 2011
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Threats to Do Bodily Harm 03/10/11 – A victim stated that a suspect threatened him at Borders bookstore at 511 Boylston St. after he would not left the suspect return toys that were listed as final sales and non-returnable because the store is going out of business. According to the victim, the suspect became...

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The Big Clean-up

March 15, 2011
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The Big Clean-up

-By Penny Cherubino As neighbors come out of winter hibernation and meet on the street, the big topic of conversation is how unsightly and gritty the neighborhood looks. “I don’t think the litter we see today is intentional,” said Cathy Youngman, Co-Chair of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay’s (NABB) City Services Committee....

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Helping Japan Recover

March 15, 2011
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The ongoing disaster in Japan brings home to all of us the fragile nature of everything we build and create for ourselves as a society and how quickly all of it can be reduced to a pile of rubble. The 8.9 Richter scale earthquake, followed by the 23 foot tsunami, followed by extraordinary and...

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Back Bay Family Makes Play Possible for Weymouth’s Homeless Children

March 15, 2011
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On March 3, Horizons for Homeless Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of homeless children in Massachusetts, rededicated a “Playspace” (educational and recreational space) for homeless children living at Friends of the Homeless family shelter in Weymouth, a program that provides housing for families and/or pregnant women in need of temporary...

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Police Briefs 03-15-2011

March 15, 2011
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Robbery – Firearm – Street 03/01/11 – At about 3:06 p.m., officers responded to a radio call for an armed robbery at Snowden High School at 150 Newbury St. On arrival, the officers met with school police on the third floor and spoke with three victims, who were reportedly robbed in the alley behind...

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Morning Walk with a View

March 8, 2011
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Morning Walk with a View

“Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us.” – Bruce Jackson, public Servant

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Trident Remains a Back Bay Institution

March 8, 2011
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Trident Remains a Back Bay Institution

By Dan Murphy Despite the imminent closure of Borders on Boylston Street, business remains brisk at Trident Booksellers & Café – a Back Bay institution and the last remaining independent bookstore in the city.   “We only have to worry about one location, so we can maintain our identity well,” Trident General Manger Michael...

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Women’s History – Still Going Strong

March 8, 2011
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Women’s History – Still Going Strong

-By Penny Cherubino March is Women’s History Month and this year’s theme is “Our History is Our Strength.” It’s a good time to look at some of the places in the Back Bay that are part of that history. The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail has tours of the neighborhood. These routes focus on the...

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A Taste of What’s to Come

March 8, 2011
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The unusual warmth over the weekend proved to us that the spring will soon be upon us. Those of us who have been around New England for a while – like all our lives – understand something about the end of winter. It almost never ends in March, and certainly not during the first...

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