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How Hard Can It Be?

July 22, 2016
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How Hard Can It Be?

Franklin Correa and Raul Ortiz hold on tightly to the greased up flag pole as teammate Jordan Dickerson climbs up over them on his way to the top. This group was the first group to attempt the climb during Sunday’s annual Greased Pole Competition at the Festival Betances in the South End last weekend....
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Dancing the Night Away

July 22, 2016
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Dancing the Night Away

J.D. Smith of the South End enjoys Salsa in the Park on a recent Monday night in front of the Blackstone Community Center. Smith said he has been coming to the popular community outdoor dance night since its inception eight years ago. The Blackstone began the programming to make the park safer and promote...
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Looking to Shorten Methadone Mile

July 22, 2016
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By Seth Daniel An army of new triage workers for the City’s two homeless shelters in the Worcester Square area of the South End will hopefully curb some of the addiction-related issues that have grown exponentially over the past couple of years. The final City Budget document contains 24 new triage workers for Woods-Mullen...
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Glowing: Aquitaine Re-Opening Features Brighter,Exciting Space

July 22, 2016
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By Seth Daniel About three minutes into a martini at the bar of the newly re-opened Aquitaine Restaurant on Tremont Street in the South End last week, a customer turned to his neighbor at the bar and proclaimed astonishment at the unrealized window in front of him. “Hey, that’s a window behind the bar,...
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‘Open Newbury’ Draws Mixed Reaction from Business Community

July 22, 2016
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By Dan Murphy The city’s decision to shut down Newbury Street to vehicular traffic on Sunday, Aug. 7, is drawing mixed reactions from the Back Bay’s business community, with some representatives steadfast against the idea and others enthusiastically embracing this first-time initiative. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., “Open Newbury Street” will transform the...
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Neighbors to Weigh in on Liquor Store

July 22, 2016
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By Seth Daniel A high-end liquor store concept on Washington Street and Massachusetts Avenue had a neighborhood meeting last week and will be on the docket for the Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) this month. The concept, called Bullfinch, is brought by Vikesh and Jat Patel and reportedly has some pretty staunch opposition...
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With No Tax-Free Holiday,Local Businesses Maybe Just Fine

July 22, 2016
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Beth Treffeisen For the first time since 2009, the August sales tax reprieve of 6.25 percent will not greet Massachusetts’s residents this year. Due to falling short fall of tax collections for the fiscal 2016 and a lowered expectation for the fiscal year 2017 by $750 million,  the holiday sales tax proposal didn’t go...
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Downtown View:Words to Get Rid Of

July 22, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor This week is going to be pretty exciting. First, we’ll learn how many Republicans are packing guns at their convention. And, mercifully, we’ll also start to get rid of a dreadful word. The word is “presumptive.” We must endure that word every time Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is mentioned....
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Where is Your Sting?

July 22, 2016
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By Phineas J. Stone Death is something we don’t often confront that much in these neighborhoods, not as much as in other places around Boston. Though hundreds die around us every week, Boston – and especially the downtown neighborhoods and the South End – are very young places. They are full of people who...
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Almost An Official Landmark:Petition to Designate Citgo Sign Gets Unanimous Nod from Commission

July 18, 2016
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Almost An Official Landmark:Petition to Designate Citgo Sign Gets Unanimous Nod from Commission

By Beth Treffeisen The red, white, and blue LED lights that make up the famous CITGO sign in Kenmore Square may soon continue to shine as an official landmark. On Tuesday, the Boston Landmarks Commission voted unanimously to accept the petition submitted by one of the commissioners to make sure that the sign stays...
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