Police Briefs 02-01-2011

February 1, 2011
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Counterfeiting 01/18/11 – At about 5:30 p.m., an officer responded to Starbucks at 443 Boylston St. On arrival, the officers spoke with two store employees, who stated that a counterfeit $20 bill was used to make a purchase at the location. The first employee said a male suspect entered the store and ordered a...

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Year-round Tree Care

January 25, 2011
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Year-round Tree Care

By Penny Cherubino Caring for trees on your property requires a year-round plan. The recent blizzard damaged trees throughout the city including some of Commonwealth Avenue’s famous magnolias. Arborists Can Save Trees “Trees should be cared for by professionals and proper pruning can reduce damage in extreme weather conditions, though no amount of pruning...

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The Winter of 2011

January 25, 2011
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One gets the rather strong feeling that the Winter of 2011 is destined to be a memorable one. With another week of January remaining, with the temperature slipping below zero and with more snow forecast for later in the week, February is looking to be an extension of everything that has come before. Not...

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Police Briefs 01-25-2011

January 25, 2011
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Death Investigation 01/15/11 – At about 9:45 p.m., officers responded to a radio call for a sudden death at 86 Commonwealth Ave. Upon arrival, the officers observed a male, who was motionless and unresponsive. He was sitting upright in a chair with his feet crossed and propped up on a footrest. Boston Health and...

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Wintry Walk

January 18, 2011
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Wintry Walk

Along Commonwealth Avenue, winter fruit sparkled under a coating of ice and snow. Sadly, in other spots, the heavy load from last week’s storm took down boughs from the avenue’sfamous magnolia trees.

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Meet Mr. Groundwater, Elliott Laffer

January 18, 2011
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Meet Mr. Groundwater, Elliott Laffer

-By Penny Cherubino In Boston, when you hear “groundwater,” you think of Elliott Laffer. In 2004, he becameExecutive Director of the Boston Groundwater Trust (BGT). Since then, he’s been the point person fighting to protect Boston buildings from the damage caused by low ground water levels. In landfill areas, wooden pilings were driven through...

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Police Briefs 01-18-2011

January 18, 2011
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Investigate Person 01/05/11 – At about 10:23 a.m., officers were dispatched to Borders bookstore at 511 Boylston St. for a report of a suspected shoplifter on the premises. Upon arrival, officers spoke to an employee, who reported that an unknown male, suspected of shoplifting on Nov. 26 and Dec. 31, 2010, was in the...

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The Mayor’s Address

January 18, 2011
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Mayor Menino touched on what is certain to be one of the major issues confronting Boston and all the cities and towns in Massachusetts this year at his state of the city address given at Faneuil Hall last week. He said that Boston would be fighting to make changes with its union employees who...

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The Snowstorm’s Residue

January 18, 2011
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All of us have noticed the huge amounts of snow that fell on us, and the giant snow piles created by plows with virtually nowhere to put it. Automobiles in our neighborhoods on some streets will not move for the remainder of the winter due to the sheer weight and volume of the snow...

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Fun and Games

January 11, 2011
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Fun and Games

Back Bay sports bars are primed for the Patriots’ pursuit of Super Bowl glory. Above, the sleek, modern Champions, which features the largest HD projection screen in Boston (at 12 x 24 feet), 35 flat panel televisions and a technologically advanced sound system. At left, the staff of Champions Sports Bar and Restaurant is...

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A Great Seen

January 11, 2011
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Champions and McGreevy’s offer first-class viewing experiences for Patriots fans By Cary Shuman New England Patriot fans are bracing for what should be an exciting month of NFL playoff football. And Patriot Nation has some great choices where to watch Tom Brady and Company on the road to the Super Bowl. Two excellent choices...

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Prepare Your Shovels

January 11, 2011
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All the local weathermen and ladies agree – there is a major storm bearing down on us and preparing to land along the length of our coast and inland beginning late Tuesday and lasting through Wednesday. We urge all homeowners and business owners to clear your sidewalks and walkways or to face the possible...

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Mayor Thomas Menino

January 11, 2011
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Mayor Thomas Menino is again recovering from yet another operation. This time, it was to correct difficulties he was having with one of his knees. As the mayor said succinctly in a Boston Globe piece on his health over the weekend, nearly everything he has faced in the past few years has been more...

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Nightmare in Tuscon

January 11, 2011
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It is being pieced together what exactly caused Jared Lee Loughner to kill six people and to wound 13 others at a public get-together for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. We would like to think it was a simple insane act by an insane man but we know it runs deeper and is more ominous...

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Police Briefs 01-11-2011

January 11, 2011
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Investigate Person 12/28/10 – At about 10:52 a.m., office responded to a radio call for a disturbance at Filene’s Basement at 497 Boylston St. While en route, an update was given of one customer accusing another of stealing his phone on the second floor of the store. Upon arrival, officers met with the victim,...

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Love that Frozen Water!

January 4, 2011
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Love that Frozen Water!

Today, a frozen Charles is a thing of beauty to be observed from afar. But, many years ago, the river sometimes froze solidly enough to allow ice skating.

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Meet Samuel Eliot Morison

January 4, 2011
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Meet Samuel Eliot Morison

-By Penny Cherubino Each year thousands of residents and visitors take photographs of the sculpture of Samuel Eliot Morison that sits on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall near Exeter Street. Many neighbors, like Patti Quinn, say this is their favorite statue in the park. But, just how much do these fans know about the man...

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Resolutions

January 4, 2011
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During this, the first week of the New Year, many of us will attempt to keep resolutions made in the heat of the moment shortly before the clock struck midnight over the weekend. Resolutions, as we have come to understand them in practice and reality, are much harder to keep than to make. New...

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First Night at 35

January 4, 2011
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Enormous crowds again descended upon our neighborhoods for First Night. Boston Police estimated as many as 1 million people attended the 35th Annual New Year’s Eve night out – and all day affair offering ice-sculptures, music, dancing, and a Grand Parade. Once again, there was general amazement among those who attended as well as...

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Police Briefs 01-04-11

January 4, 2011
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Robbery – Unarmed – Miscellaneous 12/20/10 – At about 10 a.m., officers responded to a radio call for a larceny in progress at the Church of the Covenant, located at 67 Newbury St. Upon arrival, police spoke with the victim, who stated while she was attending a Women’s Lunch at the aforementioned address, the...

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Year in Review

January 4, 2011
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Year in Review

In January, the University Club hosted its annual Professional/Amateur Doubles Squash Tournament as part of the International Squash Doubles Association Pro Tour Championships. On Jan. 4, Felix G. Arroyo was sworn in as a Boston city councilor at-large. On Feb. 11, Gov. Deval Patrick approved the “green ticket bill,” providing municipalities with a more...

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New Year’s Traditions and Resolutions

December 28, 2010
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New Year’s Traditions and Resolutions

Gather your grapes, choose your bottle of bubbles, and soak the black-eyed peas. A new year is coming. Let the preparations for a traditional celebration begin. The grapes are for those who wish to adopt a custom from Spain. There, you toast the New Year by eating twelve grapes, one at each stroke of...

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Out with the Old, in with the New

December 28, 2010
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Another year of our lives is coming to a close. The year is ending not with a bang, but rather, with a whimper, as TS Eliot might have written of it. It was the best of years. It was the worst of years as Charles Dickens might have put it. Mark Twain wrote that...

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Police Blotter 12-28-2010

December 28, 2010
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Dec. 12 40 Massachusetts Ave.      Motor Vehicle Accident – Personal Injury Gloucester Street                  Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, Under $50 229 Newbury St.                  Verbal Dispute 229 Newbury St.                  Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 535 Boylston St.                  Robbery – Firearm – Street 159 Newbury St.                  Towed Motor Vehicle 115 Beacon St.                    Fire Report/Alarm – False Boylston...

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