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City Council Candidates:Range of Experiences Will Prepare Essaibi George for City Council

October 15, 2015
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City Council Candidates:Range of Experiences Will Prepare Essaibi George for City Council

By Seth Daniel City Council candidate Annissa Essaibi George is the one person in this year’s City Council at-large race that is on the outside looking in, but her generational roots in the City and vast experience – from being a high school teacher to owning a small business – puts her on the...

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Zoning and Licensing Not to Oppose Church Rehab

October 15, 2015
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By Dan Murphy A plan to repurpose the former Church of St. John the Evangelist and adjacent brick rectory at 33-35 Bowdoin St. for residential and office use was met with a vote of non-opposition Wednesday from the Beacon Hill Civic Association Zoning and Licensing Committee. The applicant is seeking zoning relief from the...

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Resident Goes with MGH Doctors on Trip to Columbia

October 15, 2015
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Over the last 16 years, William (Jay) G. Austen, Jr., MD, chief of Massachusetts General Hospital Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Burn Surgery, and a team of about 20 MGH surgeons, anesthesiologists, residents, recovery room technicians and operating room nurses, have treated hundreds of patients in Colombia — and changed their lives forever. In...

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Downtown View:More Ideas

October 15, 2015
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By Karen Cord Taylor Last week this column offered ideas for improving life in Boston. Several brave souls suggested transportation improvements that would reduce traffic on Boston’s streets. They were happy to be identified. Other suggestions came from people who did not want to be identified or who did not make it clear I...

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Pressley Sees Connections, Solutions in Next Term

October 8, 2015
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Pressley Sees Connections, Solutions in Next Term

If there’s one thing that Councillor Ayanna Pressley has learned over the last three terms in office, it’s the interconnectedness of the City and its issues. In a recent sit-down interview with the councillor, she said she has evolved from being an advocate to being one who is now beginning to make institutional changes...

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Common Elm Gets New Life in Art Auction

October 8, 2015
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Common Elm Gets New Life in Art Auction

After a large Belgian elm located near the corner of Beacon and Charles streets on the Boston Common fell prey to Hurricane Irene in August of 2011, Friends of the Public Garden board member Margaret Pokorny had a novel idea for giving the tree another life. Taking her inspiration the onetree project, which salvaged...

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37 Trees Slated for Removal as Part of Longfellow Bridge Rehab

October 8, 2015
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Thirty-seven trees are slated for removal as part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Longfellow Bridge, state officials said. White-Skanska-Consigli, the project contractor, has begun the final phase of tree removals to prepare for construction of the new pedestrian bridge connecting the Charles River Esplanade with Charles Circle, and to accommodate construction activities in...

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Downtown View:Ideas

October 8, 2015
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This seems to be an ideas era. It’s as if we need a fresh start, that we’ve run out of old ones, that surely there’s something we can do to make this old city come alive. The biggest idea, the Olympics, didn’t do it, except for introducing us to Widett Circle, a large acreage...

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BRA Apologizes for West End Urban Renewal

October 1, 2015
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BRA Apologizes for West End Urban Renewal

By Dan Murphy During the opening reception of an exhibit exploring the impact of urban renewal on the West End in the 1950s and ‘60s, the director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority issued the first formal apology on behalf of the city agency for its role in demolishing vast sections of the old neighborhood....

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Wu Campaigning on Housing and Education Issues

October 1, 2015
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Wu Campaigning on Housing and Education Issues

When Boston City Councillor Michelle Wu entered the race for her first term in office two years ago, she hoped to be able to gain a seat on the Council so she could help people and help them immediately. Wu, 30, is one of four children born to immigrants from Taiwan that came to...

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