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New Commission Tasked with Working to Prevent Tragedies like the 2014 Beacon Street Fire

November 4, 2016
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Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed H.4455, An Act creating a special commission studying cutting, welding and hot work processes regulated by the State Fire Code, to prevent the loss of life resulting from tragedies such as the deadly nine-alarm brownstone fire on Beacon Street in March 2014. That fire, caused by welding on the...
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Worth 1,000 + 1 Words:Presidential Campaign Photos at BCAE a Must See Before Tuesday

November 4, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Since September, gigantic close ups of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have graced the front windows of the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) on Arlington Street in Bay Village, and the reactions have ranged from happy, to angry to confused. Not much different than how most are reacting...
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Parking is Reduced Significantly at the Proposed Immaculate Conception Church Project

November 4, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Residents of the South End spoke out against the newly proposed reduction of parking from 73 parking spaces to 25 at the third public meeting on October 26, to discuss the project at the former Immaculate Conception Church at 771 Harrison Ave. The proposal includes converting the existing Immaculate Conception Church...
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Previous Violators at 40 Clarendon St Bring up Debated Proposal at South End Landmark District Commission Hearing

November 4, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen White tarp that wraps around scaffolding billows in the wind as it covers up the front façade at 40 Clarendon St., in the South End. The scaffolding that forms a narrow passageway on the brick side- walk in front has been an eyesore for many in the neighborhood for close to...
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Mayor Holds Meet and Greet, Says He’s All in for Reelection

November 4, 2016
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By John Lynds While he’s not on the ballot next week, Mayor Martin Walsh will run for reelection in 2017 and already has his sights set on another term as Boston’s mayor. On Sunday, Walsh held a meet and greet in East Boston with supporters and signaled he wants his reelection to not only...
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Police Briefs 11-03-2016

November 4, 2016
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Oct. 24 245 Shawmut Ave. – Robbery – Street Beacon St/Massachusetts Ave – Verbal Dispute 500 Boylston St. – Larceny – Shoplifting 136 Hemenway St. – Credit Card/ATM Fraud 200 Newbury St. – Larceny – Shoplifting 277 Marlborough St. – Fire Report – House, Building, etc. 400 Massachusetts Ave. – Investigate Person 1053 Tremont...
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Study the Ballot Questions

November 4, 2016
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Q.1 Expanded Slot Machine Gambling This proposed law would allow the state Gaming Commission to issue one additional category 2 license which would permit operation of a gaming establishment with no table games and not more than 1,250 slot machines. The proposed law would authorize the Commission to request applications for additional license to...
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Gov Baker — A Profile in Courage

November 4, 2016
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With Republican office-holders abandoning their support of GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump like the proverbial rats leaving a sinking ship, Massachusetts residents can be proud that our Governor, Charlie Baker, was among the very first prominent Republicans (he was number four, according to a recent article in the New York Times) to state on...
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Boston Parents Say No on 2

November 4, 2016
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Mary Battenfeld and Odette Williamson As Boston parents with deep commitments to improving educational opportunities for all children, we oppose ballot Question 2.  This extreme lift of the state charter cap will destroy opportunities for many children, in order to create options for some others. Our children have been Boston Public Schools students since...
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Debate Watch Party at Ink Block

October 28, 2016
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Debate Watch Party at Ink Block

Members of SparkBoston gathered at Ink Block to watch the third and final debate between candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
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