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SoWa Open Market Kicks Off 2017 Season On April 29 with Saturday Expansion

April 7, 2017
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With the mission to build community and support local small businesses, the award-winning SoWa Open Market will kick off its 14th season on Saturday, April 29, and expand its weekly celebration of more than 150 of the region’s best makers to every Saturday and Sunday through October. The announcement is the conclusion of a...
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Patios and Pina Coladas: When a Regulation isn’t Really a Regulation

April 7, 2017
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By Seth Daniel When spring weather arrives, and things warm up, in Boston’s Back Bay, Fenway and South End, restaurant owners are primed to open up their patios for al fresco dining – as patrons clamor to break out of cabin fever and enjoy a meal as soon as the weather cooperates. This week,...
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Training to Fight the Empire

March 31, 2017
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Training to Fight the Empire

WANT TO FIGHT LIKE A JEDI? Jacky Martin (left) battles David Leung in a light saber demonstration last Saturday, March 25, at the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) on Arlington Street. The duo were from Boston Jedi and showed a packed class how to fight with the Star Wars light saber. The free...
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St Botolph’s ‘Shake It Off’ Get Together

March 31, 2017
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St Botolph’s ‘Shake It Off’ Get Together

NOODLES AND NEIGHBORS! Donald Hess and Peter Cahn enjoy their dinner of noodles and chicken last Thursday, March 16, at the St. Botolph Neighborhood Association’s annual ‘Shake it Off’ get-together at the YMCA on Huntington Avenue. The event drew a large crowd to “shake off” the winter blues and prepare for the spring civic...
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When Not to Whisper:BBAC Cited for Open Meeting Law Violation

March 31, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The Attorney General’s Office concluded that the Committee members of the Back Bay Architectural Commission (BBAC) improperly deliberated during the Violations Subcommittee hearing on September 26, by talking in hushed voices among themselves for more than three minutes about a contentious situation on Hereford Street. The Open Meeting Law requires that...
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Project Place, Main Streets Partner for More Job Opportunities in the Neighborhood

March 31, 2017
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By Seth Daniel With tears welling up in this eyes, Joel ‘Speedy’ Reyes told a room full of folks on Monday afternoon, March 27, just how important it is to get clients from Project Place – which he once was – on the streets cleaning up the community and working. Reyes is the supervisor...
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SoWa Saturday Proposal Gets the Nod at City Hall

March 31, 2017
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By Seth Daniel A little-known, but vitally important, roundtable committee at City Hall finally heard and gave the go-ahead for the SoWa Market to proceed with individual permits for the expansion to Saturdays this spring and summer. The Public Events Committee – made up of City and state officials from the MBTA, Boston Police,...
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The Creation of the Community Preservation Committee Begins

March 31, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen The first steps of establishing the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) started to roll out when the Boston City Council’s Committee on Government Operations held a hearing last week at Boston City Hall. “The CPA has three components: affordable housing, parks and historic preservation,” said Liz Vizza the director of Friends of...
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Southampton Shelter Announces Some Recovery Services Cut for Special Homeless Populations

March 31, 2017
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By Seth Daniel Some 40 slots for men in recovery and HIV-postive homeless people in recovery at the Southampton Shelter were cut last week when the City Administration announced the two programs will no longer be funded. It is estimated that the two programs, Safe Harbor and Project SOAR, cost about $800,000 per year,...
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Emerald Necklace Conservancy Holds Annual Meeting

March 31, 2017
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By Beth Treffeisen Last week, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy invited members and guests to the annual meeting to bring updates on important improvements to the parks and say a thank you to its many volunteers. Held on this past Wednesday, March 22 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the Conservancy was glad...
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