Developer Files New Plans for the Government Center Garage

June 28, 2011
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A Boston developer filed new plans with the city last week to redevelop the Government Center Garage into a sprawling 2.4 million square-foot, mixed-use complex. In a June 21 letter of intent submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), Boston-based HYM Investment Group LLC outlined its proposal to build “a multi-phased and multi-story development...

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Esplanade Steps to the Front

June 28, 2011
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The City Parks Alliance (CPA) – a Washington, D.C.-based national urban-park advocacy group – has named the Charles River Esplanade a “Frontline Park.” “We selected The Charles River Esplanade for recognition because it exemplifies the power of public-private partnerships to create and maintain urban parks that build community and make our cities sustainable and...

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Nike Way Off Base with Drug use Sloganeering

June 28, 2011
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The “Get High” advertising printed prominently on t-shirts in the window of the Nike store for everyone passing by to see last week caused Mayor Menino to write to the Nike Company and to ask them to remove the display. After a few days of inertia and ambiguity, the sporting wear company most popular...

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The Return of Whitey Bulger

June 28, 2011
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The capture of Whitey Bulger, the alleged commander and chief of the Irish mob in Boston, is being treated like a visit by the Pope. The hoopla surrounding Bulger’s arrest and return to Boston had the close-up effect of an M-80 going off. It made the recent Stanley Cup celebration, by comparison, look like...

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Esplanade Playspace Moves One Step Closer to Reality

June 22, 2011
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Esplanade Playspace Moves One Step Closer to Reality

-By Dan Murphy A dream that began two years ago came one step closer to reality Thursday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Esplanade Playspace. “You guys are the reason we did this, so you can play on one of the greatest playgrounds that’s ever been built,” said Tani Marinovich, president of the nonprofit...

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Esplanade Association Moves into New Office Space

June 22, 2011
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Esplanade Association Moves into New Office Space

-By Times staff The Esplanade Association (TEA) moved to a new fifth-floor office at Boylston and Berkley streets in the Back Bay earlier this month, leaving the Myrtle Street space that the nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and protection of the Charles River Esplanade previously occupied. TEA Organization and Communications Coordinator Christopher Timmel said...

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Boston Man Arrested for Threatening Family at Knifepoint

June 22, 2011
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-By Dan Murphy A 37-year-old Boston man was arrested for allegedly threatening a family, including a toddler, at knifepoint on the Dartmouth Street Footbridge Wednesday, State Police said. A victim contacted State Police barracks at about 11:20 a.m. and reported that the suspect assaulted him, his mother and 2½-year-old daughter on the footbridge. The...

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The City’s Response to the Bruins Victory was on the Mark

June 22, 2011
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Some sports purists and civil libertarians said they felt let down by Boston’s official response to the Bruin’s Stanley Cup victory last week. They were miffed because crowds weren’t allowed to get out of hand on the night of the victory or to roam freely throughout the city burning cars and breaking windows and...

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Police Briefs 06-21-2011

June 22, 2011
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OTHER INCIDENTS June 7 Charles River, Investigate Person 180 Charles St., Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 180 Cambridge St., Larceny in a Building, $200 & Over June 8 5 Grove St., Parking Violation 65 Beacon St., Harassing Phone Calls June 9 12 Chestnut St, Parking Violation 222 Cambridge St., Larceny in a Building, $50 to $199...

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Graphic Boomer Tell All Memoir – The Evening News with Walter Cronkite

June 20, 2011
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Graphic Boomer Tell All Memoir – The Evening News with Walter Cronkite

The Evening News with Walter Cronkite evokes a time, the years 1967-1971, and the shift in ideals and experience through the closely observed eyes of Jack Krivitsky. He goes off to college in 1967 straddling two worlds: the upper middle class Jewish world where he’s grown up privileged on Boston’s North Shore, and is...

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Lord Stanley, Meet Captain Chara

June 16, 2011
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Lord Stanley, Meet Captain Chara

One of our photographers grabbed this historic shot Thursday morning of Boston Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara exiting the charter plane at Logan Airport while hoisting the Stanley Cup into the air. A small group of fans were there to cheer on the team as they arrived back in Boston just after 8:30 a.m. on...

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Dorothy Weinstein (1908–2011)

June 14, 2011
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Dorothy Weinstein (1908–2011)

By Sue Bridge Dorothy Weinstein died quietly at the age of 102 at her home at 48 Temple St., where she had lived for 58 years.  Her two surviving sons, Arthur of Northridge, Calif., and Jordan of Arlington, her large extended family, many Beacon Hill neighbors and other well-wishers bid her farewell at services...

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Roadwork Underway in Temple St. Area

June 14, 2011
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Temple Street residents are facing extensive roadwork as Veolia Energy replaces expansion joints there and on Cambridge and Staniford streets, according to a spokesperson for the Cambridge firm. The company will replace four expansion joints in its steam pipes, which run from Cambridge Street to the Suffolk University’s Donahue Building through June 30. The work,...

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Masked Gunman Robs Cambridge Trust Co. Twice in Past Month

June 14, 2011
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-By Dan Murphy The Cambridge Trust Company at 65 Beacon St. was robbed by a masked gunman twice in the past month, police said. On June 2 at about 5 p.m., a male suspect, dressed in a mask and jumpsuit, entered the bank, brandished a handgun and demanded money. The suspect fled on Beacon...

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The Rev. John Unni Sets a Wonderful Precedent

June 14, 2011
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Father John Unni delivered a homily of historic proportion for a Catholic church in Boston at Sunday’s Mass at St. Cecilia’s Church in the Back Bay, The homily supported St. Cecilia’s gay and lesbian churchgoers as members of the much larger and more diverse congregation. Reverend Unni did not disappoint the men and women...

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Congressman Anthony Weiner

June 14, 2011
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New York Congressman Weiner has apparently checked himself into a rehab of some kind to give him counseling on how to better control himself from doing the kinds of things he has been doing. He has basically ruined his life and has shown himself to be damaged material. What he did is not normal....

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Police Briefs 06-14-2011

June 14, 2011
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Robbery – Bank 06/02/11 – A male suspect robbed a Beacon Street bank at gunpoint at around 5 p.m. The suspect fled the area with an undetermined amount of U.S. currency. Rape 06/05/11 – A female victim reported while walking on Cambridge Street at around 1:45 a.m., two male suspects grabbed her. At that...

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From Nothing to Something – How BHV Made It Happen

From Nothing to Something – How BHV Made It Happen

By Karen Cord Taylor Entrepreneurship is trendy these days. It requires innovation. Everyone wants to be the person who takes an idea, gets it going, and comes out a winner. Downtown Boston has such a winner. Beacon Hill Village, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, serves 375 members 50 years or older who live...

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BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee Votes Not to Opposed Head-house Proposed for 33 Branch St.

By Dan Murphy The Beacon Hill Civic  Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee decided by a vote of 11-1-2 Wednesday not to oppose granting the zoning variances that would allow the owners of a single-family house at 33 Branch St. to build a head-house, with the stipulation that the new structure’s roof is opaque....

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Gas Lamps Going Green

The period gas lanterns that give so much charm to our neighborhood are now being fitted with automatic igniters that will cause them to go on only in the evenings at nightfall rather than flickering wastefully all day. The city will save approximately $140,000 a year in fuel costs for the 2,800 lamps which...

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The Budget

Mayor Menino has presented his $2.4 billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 and he has also presented a five year $1.7 billion Capital Plan, including $168.7 million in new FY 2012 project authorizations. He has presented this to the Boston City Council. Every important base in a big city budget is tweaked and...

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Police Briefs 06-07-2011

Larceny from a Motor Vehicle 05/25/11 – A victim reported her 2005 Volvo S80 parked had its front driver’s side window broken and a plastic radio holder was removed while the vehicle was parked on Lime Street between 8 p.m. and 6:20 a.m. Larceny/Shoplifting 05/30/11 – A male suspect stole a pair of white...

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Joint Charles Street Committee to Launch Tree-guard Pilot Program

Joint Charles Street Committee to Launch Tree-guard Pilot Program

-By Dan Murphy The Joint Charles Street Committee is launching a pilot program to install new tree-guards on Charles Street. Two metal guards, which will measure 66 inches long, 36 inches wide and 18 inches high, will be installed outside of tree pits at 119 and 143 Charles St. and modeled after an existing...

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Construction Workers Help Save Woman Pinned Beneath a Car on Charles Street

-By Dan Murphy A woman who was pinned beneath an unoccupied car on Charles Street Wednesday has alert construction workers working at a nearby site to thank for helping to rescue her. According to published reports, a BMW that was double-parked on Mt. Vernon Street rolled backwards about 200 yards at about 3:15 p.m.,...

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