Police Briefs 03-08-2011

March 8, 2011
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Assault and Battery 02/25/11 – At about 8 p.m., a victim walked into Area D-4 headquarters and reported that he was assaulted and knocked to the ground while working at Au Bon Pain at 431 Boylston St. The victim stated that a frequent customer had harassed the store’s female manager. After the victim chastised...

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Marching Ahead

March 1, 2011
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Marching Ahead

‘It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.’ – Charles Dickens 1812-1870

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The Other Sides of Jackie Blombach

March 1, 2011
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By Penny Cherubino When you hear the name Jackie Blombach, you may think of her as the Co-President of the Garden Club of the Back Bay and a devoted board member of the Gibson House Museum. But, there are another sides to this neighbor that are less well known. For example, she spent 25...

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The Saga of the Bunker Hill Day Holiday

March 1, 2011
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Last year, there was a celebration among budget cutting members of the State Legislature when Governor Deval Patrick signed a law requiring government offices in Suffolk County to open on Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day. We have our own questions about Evacuation Day remaining as a paid Suffolk County holiday. Forcing the British...

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Police Briefs 03-01-2011

March 1, 2011
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Dangerous or Hazardous Condition 02/15/11 – At about 6:49 a.m., an Area D-4 officer received a radio call for wires down at the rear of 294 Commonwealth Ave. that were blocking Public Alley 431. On arrival, the officer observed a tree down at that location that caused damage to a vehicle parked in the...

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Send in the Jugglers!

February 22, 2011
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Send in the Jugglers!

With last week’s warm days came fun in the parks. Kate Proctor had been watching the forecast because she wanted Back Bay resident, Basil Simon to continue her juggling lessons. When he’s not juggling with friends, Simon is an entertainer, DJ, and stilt-walker who performs as “The Amazing Baz.”

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NABB News and Notes: Melting Snow Brings the Trash

February 22, 2011
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As the snow melts and you walk around our neighborhood it is impossible to miss seeing all the trash on our streets and in our alley’s. In many cases, trash was buried by a snowfall. In others, it was blown around during a blizzard. And, in some cases it was carelessly thrown on the...

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Busy Year Ahead for Sarmiento

February 22, 2011
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By Penny Cherubino This will be a busy year around the statue of Domingo Sarmiento on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. The bi-centennial of his birth was last week. More visitors have been stopping to view and photograph the statue– including vans full of tourists from “Don Quijote Tours.” When you find a wreath of...

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Staying Safe

February 22, 2011
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A lecture given on Beacon Hill Thursday evening by Sgt. Gary Eblan of the Boston Police Department was extremely well attended and rightly so. It is the type lecture that should be given at least four times a year in the Back Bay. Nearly all Back Bay residents want to increase the odds when...

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Police Briefs 02-22-2011

February 22, 2011
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Frauds – All Other 02/06/11 – A victim reported to police that he left his Chase credit card at Steve’s Greek Restaurant, located at 316 Newbury St., around noon after eating lunch there. The victim later discovered that two charges were fraudulently made on his credit card, totaling $620.19. Assault with a Dangerous Weapon...

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2011 Saluting winter runners

February 15, 2011
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2011 Saluting winter runners

“I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction,  fast or  slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” –...

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A Dog Walker in Winter

February 15, 2011
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-By Penny Cherubino Dan Hazelwood is an “essential person” who must work through snow emergencies. He’s better known around the neighborhood as “Dan the Dog Walker.” With storm after storm making it hard to get area dogs the exercise they need, Boston Pet Sitters owner Jennifer North said she woke up each day expecting...

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Banning Smoking in Public Places

February 15, 2011
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Society has come to a place where many of us who might be inclined to light up a cigarette or a cigar in our own homes would be ordered instantly and without regard for protocol, in most instances, to put out the cigarette or the cigar or be asked to leave the house immediately....

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BWSC Outlines Upcoming Work on Newbury and Dartmouth Streets

February 15, 2011
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By Dan Murphy Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) officials met with residents last week to outline its upcoming work on Newbury and Dartmouth streets. The project includes the replacement of the water main between on Newbury Street between Arlington and Gloucester streets, as well as rehabilitation of the main on Dartmouth Street between...

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Police Briefs 02-15-2011

February 15, 2011
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Assault with a Dangerous Weapon 02/01/11 – At about 6:40 p.m., officers responded to a radio call for a person with a knife at the rear of 175 Commonwealth Ave. Prior to the officers’ arrival, Boston Police Operations notified them that the suspect had gone inside the residence and provided them with a description...

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Towering Award

February 8, 2011
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Towering Award

The John Hancock Tower has been awarded the American Institute of Architects 2011 Twenty-five Year Award. This exceptional honor, ‘is conferred on a project that has stood the test of time for 25 to 35 years as an embodiment of architectural excellence.

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Profile in Style – The Growth of Winston Flowers

February 8, 2011
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Profile in Style – The Growth of Winston Flowers

Giving flowers is a Valentine’s Day custom. In Boston, buying that gift from Winston Flowers is a 67-year tradition. This third-generation neighborhood business began in 1944 with Robert Winston and his teenaged son Maynard selling flowers from a pushcart near the Ritz Hotel on Newbury Street. Setting up Shop Julie Sullivan, Winston’s Marketing &...

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Snow, Rain, Ice, Disaster

February 8, 2011
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Homeowners and property owners throughout the region are now dealing the very real possibility of roof collapse. The heavy snow, followed by recent rain, and the turning the snow into ice, has created a perfect storm of sorts for roof collapse. Most flat roofs on Beacon Hill and in the Back Bay are built...

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Egypt’s Democratic Revolution

February 8, 2011
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We are not diplomats and we certainly have no way to tell President Obama what we believe ought to be done except to say that the United States should let the Egyptian people decide exclusively what they want to do with their nation. The protestors in Cairo and in Alexandria have brought life as...

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Police Briefs 02-08-2011

February 8, 2011
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Bomb Threat 01/24/11 – At about 1:27 p.m., members of the Explosives Ordinance Unit responded to 501 Boylston St. for a report of a suspicious package. On arrival, an officer spoke to the security officers, who stated that the department supervisor received an unexpected piece of mail that wasn’t addressed to anyone working in...

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Bench Warmers

February 1, 2011
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Bench Warmers

Commonwealth Avenue neighbors, Paige Carey and Jillian Rinehimer were not about to let a little snow spoil their coffee break on the Mall – especially on Jillian’s birthday! Penny CcherubBino Photo Commonwealth Avenue neighbors, Paige Carey and Jillian Rinehimer were not about to let a little snow spoil their coffee break on the Mall...

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Give an Experience for Valentine’s Day

February 1, 2011
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Give an Experience for Valentine’s Day

-By Penny Cherubino The Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) has a catalog full of great experiences that could be perfect for Valentine gifting. You could select a class like “Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People” for someone who’s always dreamed of sitting at the keyboard. If you want to spend more time with a...

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The Beauty and the Reality

February 1, 2011
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This winter’s snow storms have transformed the neighborhood. It has changed our habits, how we shop, where we expect to park, when we go out and who can come to visit. For retailers along Newbury Street and Boylston Street, the heavy snow of January has caused business to stall just a bit. The snowy...

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Turner Sentenced

February 1, 2011
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Former Boston City Councillor Chuck Turner was sentenced to three years in federal prison last week in Federal District Court. He has received exactly what he deserves – and residents of this city and voters should be pleased with the decision. Our public officials may not be saints but they cannot be allowed to...

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