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Downtown View:Jaywalking is Safest

August 29, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Karen is on a break. We’ve not heard much about this bill since last winter. But jaywalking is still a Bostonian’s best bet. It gladdened my heart last week to read that state Senator Harriette Chandler, a Democrat from Worcester and the Senate Majority Leader, proposed raising the fine for...

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Councilor Zakim Votes Not to Oppose Initiative to Raise Charter School Cap

August 29, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen The Boston City Council voted 11–2 to support the charter cap resolution filed by Councilors Tito Jackson and Matt O’Malley opposing the Question 2 ballot initiative to raise the charter cap in Massachusetts. By voting against it, the city council went on record to prevent the raise of the state’s charter...

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Walsh’s Movie Nights Continue Through September 23 on Common

August 29, 2016
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Movie Nights, part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS program, give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular films under the night skies in city parks in August and September. All shows begin at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.) and are sponsored by the Boston Parks and Recreation...

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Boston Center of the Arts Welcomes New President and CEO

August 29, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Bouncing from desk to desk as his new office gets some new carpeting, Gregory Ruffer, the new president and CEO of the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA), was at the end of his second week of work at his new job. “It’s just been two weeks that I’ve been here...

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Lantern Tours Explore the Freedom Trail After Dark Starting on Sept 22

August 29, 2016
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Discover the Freedom Trail in a new light – after dark – on the official Freedom Trail® Lantern Tours. Freedom Trail Foundation announces the return of the unique Freedom Trail® Lantern Tours, offering visitors and residents the opportunity to experience the dark history and mystery of the Freedom Trail by lantern-light! After a successful...

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Swingin’ On The Charles

August 22, 2016
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Swingin’ On The Charles

Instructors Katie and Paolo Piselli demonstrating six-count swing dancing.

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Drought Lowers Ground Water Table Causing Concern for Underground Wood Pilings

August 22, 2016
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Drought Lowers Ground Water Table Causing Concern for Underground Wood Pilings

By Beth Treffeisen Holding up many of the buildings that are found in neighborhoods like the Back Bay and flat of Beacon Hill are underground wood pilings that provide the support needed to keep them from sinking into the marshlands that once surrounded Boston. But, with a drought in effect, the water table that...

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National Parks in Boston Ready to Celebrate 100 Years

August 22, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The National Park Service (NPS) is about to turn 100 years old this summer, and the Boston Parks are planning a major celebration on Aug. 25- 27 in and around the three major Boston parks – including a huge celebration on Aug. 25 in Christopher Columbus Park. The Boston National Historic...

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More Closings Announced Around Longfellow Bridge

August 22, 2016
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project design/build contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), announce that all vehicle, pedestrian, bicycle, and MBTA Red Line travel near the Charles Circle staging area of the Longfellow Bridge will be halted for a brief period of time. The temporary halt is necessary to complete...

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State Approves Six-Year Urban Renewal Plan for BRA,City

August 22, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has approved the six-year extension of 14 urban renewal districts in the City of Boston – per request of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) – and the state agency has an eye to the future of those areas. While the public debate...

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