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BRA Hires Company to Help Re-brand Itself as More Approachable

By Seth Daniel Looking to become a more friendly and approachable agency, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) board approved a contract with Boston-based Continuum to help rebrand the agency as more trustworthy. The approval came at the BRA’s Thursday meeting, May 12, and allocated no more that $670,000 to the Continuum contract. The contract...

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Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series to Start

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) will launch the 2016 Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield on Wednesday, June 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Copley Square. The three-month series brings 21 free fitness classes per week to parks in 11...

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Jill Bourne Chosen as New President of the Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees voted last week to extend an offer of employment for President of the Boston Public Library to Jill Bourne, City Librarian for the San Jose Public Library. The decision was made following public interviews of Bourne and David Leonard, Interim President of the BPL, and deliberation amongst...

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Boncore Sworn in as New Senator

By John Lynds Last Thursday in front of a packed Massachusetts Senate Chambers, Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop) was officially sworn in as the new First Suffolk and Middlesex State Senator by Governor Charlie Baker. Boncore won the seven man special election race for the seat during the Democratic Primary in March. With no Republican challenger,...

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Four Decades of Residents Beautifying Temple Street

Four Decades of Residents Beautifying Temple Street

By Suzanne Besser Last weekend Temple Street got all dolled up. More than thirty residents came together to sweep away winter’s debris and dress the gently sloped street in its spring finery. Salmon-colored geraniums, white petunias and purple verbena now spill from its planters, while its hand-tilled tree pits sport red, pink and white...

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Beloved Nursery School Teacher Wins Beacon Award

Beloved Nursery School Teacher Wins Beacon Award

By Suzanne Besser Priscilla Fales, who has touched the lives of hundreds of neighborhood children and their families during her 47 years as a Beacon Hill Nursery School teacher, was awarded the 19th annual Beacon Award at Beacon Hill Civic Association Annual Meeting. In 1969, armed with a brand new early education degree from...

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Downtown View:Fish,Flowers and Fresh Produce

By Karen Taylor Last year for my birthday one of my daughters gave me flowers. These were not the usual birthday flowers. They were delivered to my door for several weeks from the one-eighth acre garden of Ferriss Buck Donham of Arlington. The flowers Ferriss provided were different from those available from even the...

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Friends of the Public Garden Offer Incentive to Join during Membership Month

The Friends of the Public Garden has launched a spring membership drive with an enticing incentive to bring in new members. Anyone who joins the Friends by Wednesday, May 25, will be entered into a drawing to win dinner for four at Toscano. As part of Membership Month, the Friends will host a wine...

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CPA to be on November Ballot

By John Lynds Last Wednesday the Boston City Council voted 12-1 to put the Community Preservation Act (CPA) on the November ballot. The next day, the Boston Park Advocates held a summit to discuss what CPAs could mean for the Boston Common, Public Garden and the Mall on Commonwealth Avenues. “Park advocates are thrilled...

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Tea’s ‘Moondance Gala’ Notes 15 Years of Making Life Better in the Park

Although the warm days are just starting to outnumber the cold, and the daffodils and crocuses are beginning to bloom, the Esplanade Association has already begun the planning for their annual “Moondance Gala” to be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, on the banks of the Charles River. With the theme Back to our Roots,...

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