Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2013
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Happy Thanksgiving!

“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” ~ William Shakespeare

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Amy Ryan to Headline Dec. 3 Women’s Forum

November 25, 2013
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Amy E. Ryan, the first woman to serve as president of the Boston Public Library, will speak at the December 3 meeting of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum, an organization formed last May to connect and inspire neighborhood women. Since assuming the position in 2008, Ryan has worked to keep the BPL at the...

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ASLA Olmsted Medal Awarded to Von Tscharner

November 25, 2013
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Last week, Renata von Tscharner, founder and president of the Charles River Conservancy (CRC), received the 2013 Olmsted Medal Architects (ASLA) on the final day of its national annual meeting, which was held in Boston. Named in honor of renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the medal recognizes individuals, organizations, agencies or programs outside...

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2013
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All across the United States, Americans will be traveling far and wide to visit their families and loved ones to spend Thanksgiving Day, our unique, national holiday that celebrates nothing in particular. But that is the beauty of Thanksgiving. We feel no compulsion to do anything (unless we have to do the cooking!) or...

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Police Briefs 11-26-2013

November 25, 2013
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Nov. 11 745 Boylston St.- Property – Lost Nov. 12 Beacon Street  - Motor Vehicle Accident – Property Damage Dartmouth Street – Towed Motor Vehicle 647 Boylston St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 261 Dartmouth St. – Investigate Person Nov. 13 Beacon Street – Motor Vehicle Accident – Other 157 Newbury...

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Morison in the Mist

November 19, 2013
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Morison in the Mist

Sculptor Penelope Jencks depicted Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison sitting on a granite perch and dressed in oilskins. It’s the perfect outfit for a sunny autumn day when the sprinklers add a misty fog to the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

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A Nice Tradition

November 19, 2013
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The Esplanade Association recently held their third annual canine promenade where more than 100 dogs were on show and almost twice as many owners. Living in the city and especially in our neighborhood, one immediately thinks that there is not enough room to have a dog.  But our neighbors show that this is not...

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Bike Helmets Can Now Be Rented

November 19, 2013
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Boston has become the first bike-friendly city to install new helmet rental vending machines. The HelmetHub machine on the corner of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue will complement the already installed Hubway program at that location. The vending machines will allow users to rent a helmet before they use Hubway—the popular bike sharing service....

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Esplanade Association and Volunteers Plants 4,000 Bulbs for Marathon Daffodils in Park

November 19, 2013
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On Nov. 8, The Esplanade Association, in partnership with Marathon Daffodils and with the help of more than 90 volunteers from Massachusetts Service Alliance, planted 4,000 daffodils in the park along the shoreline and the planting bed by the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge. The Esplanade Association gave special thanks to Diane Valle, volunteer and organizer...

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Police Briefs 11-19-2013

November 19, 2013
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Nov. 4 282 Beacon St.    – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 40 Hereford St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, Under $50 841 Boylston St. – Larceny in a Building, Under $50 Newbury Street – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, Under $50   Nov. 5 51 Commonwealth Avenue – Property – Found Massachusetts Avenue...

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After the Fall

November 12, 2013
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After the Fall

Even with most of its leaves gone, this climbing ivy lends color to the Back Bay. It’s time for the bright red stems and deep blue berries to enjoy their moment in the spotlight.

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Back Bay Voters Back Connolly in Mayoral Election

November 12, 2013
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While registered voters citywide supported State Rep. Marty Walsh in his victorious bid to succeed Thomas M. Menino as the 54th mayor of Boston, Beacon Hill voters favored his rival candidate City Councilor John Connolly in last Tuesday’s municipal election. According to the city’s unofficial election results, an average of approximately 84 percent of...

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Veterans Day: Thank You for Your Service to Our Country

November 12, 2013
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On Monday, November 11, we  joined with our fellow Americans in observing Veteran’s Day, a day set aside to honor the sacrifices made by all of those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. Veteran’s Day originated as a commemoration of the end of World War I, which officially ended on the 11th...

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Police Briefs 11-12-2013

November 12, 2013
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Oct. 27 220 Clarendon St – Towed Motor Vehicle 73 Newbury St. – Towed Motor Vehicle Commonwealth Avenue –                 Motor Vehicle Accident – Property Damage 138 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, $50 to $199 190 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 201 Newbury St. – Property –...

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Golden Commute

November 5, 2013
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Golden Commute

If Boston is “The Walking City,” the Back Bay lives up to the motto. About 40% of the residents walk to work or work at home. The rating service “Walk Score” calls the Back Bay a “Walker’s Paradise” with a score of 95 out of a possible 100 points.

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Events Highlight Blackstone’s Holiday Season

November 5, 2013
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Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill at 46 Charles St., an award-winning gift shop long-known for its unique gifts and handcrafted collectibles, will host three events this holiday season.  Individual events will feature Will Petersen of Wee Forest Folk, a return engagement by famed guitarist John Muratore and a book signing by local children’s author Janet...

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Open Space Panel and Discussion Coming to Copley BPL on Nov. 13

November 5, 2013
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Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia M. Pollak hosts an open space panel and discussion entitled “The Future We Want – Exploring Uses and Values of Public Open Space in Boston” on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Commonwealth Room at the Boston Public Library Central Library in Copley Square. Inspired by...

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Police Briefs 11-05-2013

November 5, 2013
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Oct. 21 Marlborough Street – Property – Found 941 Boylston St. – Property – Found 212 Newbury St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over 587 Boylston St. – Trespassing 165 Commonwealth Ave. – Auto Theft – Other             Auto Theft – Other   Oct. 22 261 Dartmouth St. – Trespassing 90 Commonwealth Ave....

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Happy Halloween!

October 29, 2013
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Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin to the right of them, Pumpkin to the left of them, Pumpkin in the tree above them, Into All Hallows’ Eve rode the carving brigade.

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Boston Architectural College Cuts Ribbon for Green Alley

October 29, 2013
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The Boston Architectural College (BAC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Green Alley, the centerpiece of the College’s Urban Sustainability Initiative, on Friday, Oct. 18, in Alley #444 on Hereford Street between BAC campus buildings on Newbury and Boylston streets. The ceremony was a celebration of the project’s initial success in reducing storm-water runoff...

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City Lists Polling Locations for Nov. 5 Election

October 29, 2013
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In the city’s Nov. 5 municipal election, the Back Bay’s registered voters can cast their ballots at the following polling locations: Ward 5, Precinct 6 – Emmanuel Episcopal Church – 15 Newbury St. (The voter entrance door is located on the right closest to Arlington Street, and voting takes place in the Community Room)....

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Arlington Street Church Decommissions Prayer Flags

October 29, 2013
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The Arlington Street Church decommissioned the prayer flags started after the Boston Marathon bombings on Oct. 20, marking the next step forward in the healing process on the six-month anniversary of the tragedy. Inspired by a Japanese spiritual tradition, church officials said participants wrote prayers on ribbons and tied them to the church fence...

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Don’t Forget to Vote November 5

October 29, 2013
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During the City of Boston municipal primary election and in the final election, the Back Bay Sun has continuously encouraged residents to make it their business to get out and vote. Two candidates are vying to become Mayor of Boston and eight candidates are attempting to secure Boston City Council At Large seats. Polls...

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Police Briefs 10-29-2013

October 29, 2013
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Oct. 14 755 Boylston St. – Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over 139 Newbury St – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 431 Boylston St – Larceny in a Building, Under $50   Oct. 15 800 Boylston St. – Violation of the Auto Laws – Operating After Revocation/Suspension 137 Newbury St. – Assault and...

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