Renovations Underway at Myrtle Street Playground

September 6, 2011
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Through a partnership between the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of the Myrtle Street Playground, the Beacon Hill play area is receiving an approximately $75,000 makeover. Friends group board member Tara Gohlmann said the project entails constructing a permanent playhouse at the location, as well as installing new  “rubber safety surfacing” on...

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Police Briefs 09-06-2011

September 6, 2011
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Assault with a Dangerous Weapon – Knife 08/23/11 – A male victim reports an unknown male suspect who he believes to be his neighbor pulled a knife on him in front of a Bowdoin Street church between 9:04 and 9:37 p.m. The suspect demanded money, but then fled the area on foot without any...

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The End of Summer

September 6, 2011
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The summer of 2011 is easing itself into the history books. It will go down as a summer marked by deepening discontent over the national predicament – which is, simply put – it appears we’ve come nearly the end of the line of leading lives continually spending and borrowing more than we have or...

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Summer Scene from the Public Garden

August 30, 2011
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Summer Scene from the Public Garden

As the summer of 2011 drew to close, throngs of people descended on the Public Garden Wednesday to enjoy the seasonable warm weather. See page 12 for more photos.

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Remembering Gail Weesner

August 30, 2011
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Remembering Gail Weesner

Gail (Gruner) Weesner of Boston died on Aug. 19 after a brave fight against cancer. She was 75. Born on Sept. 7, 1935, in Danville, Ill., Mrs. Weesner was the daughter of Earnest and Eunice (Foss) Gruner. She was a 1953 graduate of Watertown High School in Watertown, Wis., and a 1957 graduate of...

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Hurricane Irene

August 30, 2011
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Hurricane Irene has come and gone, just like that, like the snap of a finger. In truth, for all our preparations, Hurricane Irene was a no-show. She never came to dinner nor stay around a while to wreak her havoc. She came and went like a ghost, diminished by half of what she was...

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Police Briefs 08-30-2011

August 30, 2011
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Vandalism 08/16/11 – At around 5:20 p.m., a victim reported that she parked her 2007 Toyota Yaris on Beacon Street, and unknown person(s) broke the rear driver’s side window. No property taken from the motor vehicle. Robbery – Bank – Firearm 08/17/11 – A male suspect was arrested at around 5:20 p.m. after an...

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Fun in the Park

August 23, 2011
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Fun in the Park

The Esplanade Association held its first Sunday in the Park community day on Aug. 21 on the Esplanade. Above, children and adults are shown participating in a yoga exercise.

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Future of Hubway Stations Uncertain

August 23, 2011
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More than three weeks after Hubway got underway, the future of stations for Boston’s bike-share program on Beacon Hill remains uncertain. Nicole Freedman, the city’s director of bicycle programs, told the Times last week that Hubway was awaiting approval from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) on two proposed locations – one on...

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Boston Athenæum to Digitize Confederate Imprints Collection

August 23, 2011
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Thanks to a generous gift from Trustee Emeritus Caleb Loring Jr., the Boston Athenæum will conserve, catalogue, photograph, digitize and release on the Internet important selections from its world-renowned Confederate Imprints Collection. The collection, with more than 12,000 items,  is one of the largest and most important of its kind in existence. It includes...

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Suspect in Hill Bank Robberies held on $750,000 Bail

August 23, 2011
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A 54-year-old man was held on $750,000 cash bail on charges that he robbed a Beacon Hill bank Thursday after allegedly telling authorities that he held the same bank up on two prior occasions, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley s Patrick Cannon of Boston was charged with masked and armed robbery for...

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The Longfellow Bridge

August 23, 2011
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The costly and intricate rehabilitation of the rusted and soot-faced Longfellow Bridge is well underway. Boston’s most significant older bridge is being remade, and in such a way, that it will shine and stand out and be noted for its architectural brilliance. The bridge today is like a gorgeous, stunning woman covered in rags....

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Police Get Their Man

August 23, 2011
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Boston Police are to be congratulated for the great bit of work they did apprehending a bank robber following last week’s bank robbery. The robbery took place around 5:20 p.m. last Wednesday. The apprehension of the bank robber came to pass at 11:27 p.m. that night at Yawkey Way and Van Ness Street, according...

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Police Briefs 08-23-2011

August 23, 2011
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Breaking and Entering – Non-Residence 08/11/11 – A male suspect was arrested for breaking and entering at a Joy Street building at around 12:47 a.m. Larceny – Bike 08/13/11 – A victim reported that his green bicycle was stolen from the trunk of his 2005 Audi A5, which was parked on Charles Street, between...

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Reception Held at Scampo for Talk Show Sensation Ellen DeGeneres

August 16, 2011
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Reception Held at Scampo for Talk Show Sensation Ellen DeGeneres

Talk show host and comedienne extraordinaire Ellen DeGeneres attended a private reception held in her honor last Wednesday at Scampo at The Liberty Hotel on Charles Street. DeGeneres was in Boston promoting the “Ellen” show’s change in time slot to 4 p.m. weekdays on WCVB-TV Channel 5. The show will begin airing at its...

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The Summer of Our Discontent

August 16, 2011
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Where did the summer go ? What has happened to the economic recovery ? How did the easy and seemingly pleasant and uneventful spring devolve into the plunging stock market and volatile mix of  bad economic news from around the globe ? At the beginning of summer everything about our lives in Boston appeared...

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Police Briefs 08-16-2011

August 16, 2011
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Drugs 08/05/11n – Officers responded to a Charles Street South garage for a report of found drugs at around 8:35pm. Garage security handed over a bag of marijuana, which was found in the trunk of a 2000 Toyota Zipcar. The operator of the motor vehicle turned it over to garage security then left the...

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Lights, Camera … Canadian TV Film Crew Documents the Beacon Hill Village Action

August 16, 2011
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Beacon Hill Village (BHV) will be a star attraction in a documentary about aging-in-place communities being produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., (CBC) which dispatched a camera crew to Boston late last month to record a sampling of the Village’s myriad services and activities. From an early-morning political discussion group to a night at...

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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee Votes not to Oppose Transfer of Liquor License to Parish Café Proprietor

August 9, 2011
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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee Votes not to Oppose Transfer of Liquor License to Parish Café Proprietor

The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose the transfer of the liquor license presently held by Shangri-La at 183 Cambridge St. to a new pub-style restaurant proposed for the site on the condition that the owner enter into a “good neighbor” agreement.   Gordon F. Wilcox, who...

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MassDOT to Release Environmental Assessment for Longfellow Rehab Project

August 9, 2011
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has filed an Environmental Assessment report for the Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project and will make the make the document available to the public upon completion of its review by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), MassDOT spokesman Richard Nangle said.  “The next step will be publication in compliance with...

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Bike Sharing for Boston is a Novel Transportation Venture

August 9, 2011
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Going from place to place around downtown Boston and some of its neighborhoods on rented bicycles available at various locations is a novel idea whose time has arrived. Bicycling this city, or for that matter, any great city, gives one a better perspective on city life and the experience injects a bit of the...

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Police Briefs 08-09-2011

August 9, 2011
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Larceny from Motor Vehicle 07/26/11 – A victim reported unknown person(s) broke into her 1998 Volvo S70 that was parked on Charles Street between 6 and 9:45 p.m. A purse, backpack, jewelry, iPod, U.S. currency and credit cards were reportedly removed from the vehicle. Larceny in a Building 07/28/11 – A Charles Street antique...

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Puppet Shows Return to Common After 16-year Absence

August 3, 2011
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Puppet Shows Return to Common After 16-year Absence

This month marks the return of a unique tradition as Friends of the Public Garden brings puppet shows back to the Boston Common for the first time in 16 years. “Puppet theatre is popular globally, and it’s great to bring it back to the Common after all these years,” said Liz Vizza, executive director...

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Councilor Connolly Participates in Hubway Launch

August 3, 2011
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Councilor Connolly Participates in Hubway Launch

On Thursday, City Councilor at-Large John Connolly participated in the inaugural ride of Boston’s bike share program – Hubway. Connolly rode with the Children’s Hospital team from City Hall Plaza to Yawkey Way. Riders helped distribute bikes to stations around the city. More than 40 stations are currently operational, with plans to install more....

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