Library Closing Sunday not Befitting a Great City

March 31, 2011
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The trustees of the Boston Public Library have submitted a budget for the coming year which includes closing the Boston Public Library in Copley Square on Sundays as a money saver. According to the library trustees, it costs $243,000 annually to keep the library open on Sundays. Although the trustees released no statistics, it...

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Radiation from Japan

March 31, 2011
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Forgive us if we are less than buoyed with good feeling by hearing from our public officials who check such things that radiation from the badly damaged Japanese nuclear reactors has been found in rain that has recently fallen in New England. We hear our public officials telling us not to worry, the radiation...

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Spring Cleaning

March 31, 2011
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The city begins its annual weekly street cleaning extravaganza this week. Everyone is reminded to pay close attention to postings and to signage indicating where street cleaning is to occur and at what time. To do any less is to put your automobile and state of mind at risk.

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Obituaries 03-29-2011

March 31, 2011
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Beatrice Lombardi Coyne Longtime West End resident Longtime West End resident Beatrice Lombardi Coyne died in Brighton on March 11. She was 89. Born on Nov. 4, 1921, Mrs. Coyne was raised in the Orient Heights section of East Boston. She married the late James F. Coyne in 1950. Four years later, the couple...

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Police Briefs 03-29-2011

March 31, 2011
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Larceny/Purse 03/17/11 – A victim reported that she placed her purse down in front of a Garden Street residence to help a person in the door at around 11:57 p.m. When she returned, her purse was gone. Larceny – Over $200 03/17/11 – The owner of a Cambridge Street gas station reported that unknown...

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Work on Esplanade Playspace Set to Begin Next Month

March 22, 2011
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Work on Esplanade Playspace Set to Begin Next Month

-By Dan Murphy With all the necessary permits in hand from the city and state, Friends of the Esplanade Playspace is scheduled to break ground on its new playground on the Charles River Esplanade in mid-April. The non-profit is building an approximately 10,000 square-foot playground for 5- to 12-year-olds on state land a short...

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Common Garage Rep Addresses Community Concerns

March 22, 2011
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-By Dan Murphy A representative of the Boston Common Garage was on hand at the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Traffic and Parking Committee meeting Thursday to address community concerns with the operation. Fred Peterson, director of facilities and operations for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), which owns the underground garage, said the...

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New Parking Meters Cause for Rejoicing

March 22, 2011
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How many occasions in a lifetime have we parked our automobiles on a Boston street at a metered space only to find that we did not have quarters to put into the meter? We would stand there searching our pockets and rummaging in our handbags for quarters. Some of us after that futile effort...

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Police Briefs 03-22-2011

March 22, 2011
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Auto Theft 03/08/11 – An employee of the victim reported that the victim’s 2011 Subaru Outback was stolen from Chestnut Street between 1 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. Vandalism/Graffiti 03/08/11 – A representative of a Beacon Street condominium complex reported that unknown person(s) spray-painted blue paint on two columns and the intercom system of the...

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BHCA Board Votes to Support Request for Anderson Memorial Bridge Underpass

March 15, 2011
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BHCA Board Votes to Support Request for Anderson Memorial Bridge Underpass

-By Dan Murphy The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors voted unanimously last week to support the position of the Charles River Conservancy, requesting that an underpass be included in the planned restoration of the Anderson Memorial Bridge. In a March 4 letter to Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and...

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TEA Prepares for Charles Eliot Memorial Plaza Rehab

March 15, 2011
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TEA Prepares for Charles Eliot Memorial Plaza Rehab

-By Dan Murphy After receiving a matching grant from the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s partnership program, The Esplanade Association (TEA) is preparing to re-landscape and revitalize the Charles Eliot Memorial Plaza on the Charles River Esplanade. The plaza, located between Community Boating and Commissioners’ Landing, currently has “severely compacted soil and a shoreline...

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Helping Japan Recover

March 15, 2011
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The ongoing disaster in Japan brings home to all of us the fragile nature of everything we build and create for ourselves as a society and how quickly all of it can be reduced to a pile of rubble. The 8.9 Richter scale earthquake, followed by the 23 foot tsunami, followed by extraordinary and...

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Police Briefs 03-15-2011

March 15, 2011
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Larceny in a Building 03/02/11 – A Charles Street jewelry store reported unknown person(s) stole a brass necklace from the store at around 3:30 p.m. Vandalism 03/05/11 – A victim reported her 2010 Mercury Milan had the right passenger-side mirror and door damaged at around 11:30 p.m. OThER INCIDENTS March 2 48 Pinckney St., Frauds...

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New Book Details Nichols House Museum Collection Item

March 9, 2011
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New Book Details Nichols House Museum Collection Item

-By Dan Murphy The Nichols House Museum is receiving new recognition, thanks to the recent publication of  “American Furniture,” which devotes an entire chapter to the significance of one piece in its collection. The book, which was published by the Chipstone Foundation in January and is distributed through the University Press of New England,...

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A Taste of What’s to Come

March 9, 2011
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The unusual warmth over the weekend proved to us that the spring will soon be upon us. Those of us who have been around New England for a while – like all our lives – understand something about the end of winter. It almost never ends in March, and certainly not during the first...

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Ward 5 Democratic Ccommittee Selects Delegates

March 9, 2011
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Ward 5 Democratic Ccommittee Selects Delegates

The Ward 5 Democratic Committee selected 23 delegates last month to represent the ward’s registered Democrats at the Democratic State Convention in Lowell on June 4.The newly named delegates are seen with Sen. John Kerry (second from left) at the Ward 5 Democratic Caucus on Feb. 19.

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Police Briefs 03-08-2011

March 9, 2011
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Demonstration 02/22/11 – A demonstration took place on Beacon Street in front of the State House between 3 and 6 p.m., with a group in support of the union members in Wisconsin. Vandalism 02/23/11 – A victim reported that his 2008 Saturn Astra was vandalized on Temple Street between 5 p.m. and 6:45 a.m....

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Friends of the Phillips Street Play Area 2011 Kick-off Planning Meeting

March 1, 2011
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Friends of the Phillips Street Play Area 2011 Kick-off Planning Meeting

Spring is almost here, and the Friends of the Phillips Street Play Area (PSPA) would like to invite all neighbors and friends to its first meeting of 2011 at the Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips St. (across from the playground) on Monday, March 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. In one short year, the PSPA...

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Public Joins in Planning Process for Proposed Public Market

March 1, 2011
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By Dan Murphy Around 130 citizens met at the Stansoll Building on Wednesday to share their ideas for the proposed Boston Public Market – an indoor, year-round public market that would showcase local produce, cheeses, seafood and meat. The approximately 40,000 square-foot market would be located on the first floor of 136 Blackstone St.,...

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The Saga of the Bunker Hill Day Holiday

March 1, 2011
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Last year, there was a celebration among budget cutting members of the State Legislature when Governor Deval Patrick signed a law requiring government offices in Suffolk County to open on Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day. We have our own questions about Evacuation Day remaining as a paid Suffolk County holiday. Forcing the British...

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Police Briefs 03-01-2011

March 1, 2011
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Breaking and Entering – Residence 02/15/11 – A Garden Street resident reported that unknown person(s) entered the apartment between noon and 3 p.m. from an unknown point and removed a TV, la laptop, an Xbox and U.S. currency. The front door was wide open, but there was no sign that the door was forced...

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Proposed Mass. Eye and Ear Expansion Remains Controversial

February 22, 2011
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By Dan Murphy The planned expansion of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) campus remained a controversial topic last week at the second public meeting to vet the proposal. According to hospital officials, the development would consist of three projects, including a new approximately research facility at 325 Cambridge St. to replace of three...

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Neighbors Express Concerns over Garden Garage Proposal

February 22, 2011
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By Dan Murphy Around 40 West End residents met at the Amy Lowell Apartments Wednesday to discuss their concerns with the approximately $300 million proposal to replace the Garden Garage with two residential towers and an underground parking structure. Chicago-based Equity Residential has filed plans with the city to raze the existing five-story, 710-spot...

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Arroyo and LaMattina Move to Create Smoke-free Parks

February 22, 2011
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The City Council took the first step towards banning smoking in public parks in the city last week when City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina and City Councilor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo introduced a hearing order to investigate and propose policies to limit or restrict smoking in public parks and greenways. “As a youth baseball coach,...

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