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Terrifyingly Terrific Halloween!

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Dan Fickes at the controls (photo 2) masterminds his automated spooky show in the Cashman family (grave)yard (3). Many thanks to Dan and the Cashmans, and to all the won- derful, hardworking, creative, and generous volunteers from the Clarendon Street Playground for a magical evening in the neigh- borhood (4). Pretty as a pea- cock, Elise Kjestine Fickes looks on (1). Joe the Plumber and Sarah Palin keep it all bipartisan (5). “You betcha!”


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the meantime, for faster service please report new vandalism directly on the www.cityofboston.gov website. although the chemicals used will not work below a certain temperature, the Graffiti Busters continue to remove graffiti on mild days during the winter. they share our concern about keeping the areas they’ve already cleaned in tiptop condition.


a group of volunteers will compile a monthly survey of mailboxes needing repainting for our contact at the U.S. Postal Service. the USPS annual maintenance program begins in May, when we plan to schedule a photo opportunity to publicize this cooperative effort. again, this type of initiative would be useful throughout the city. We hope that creating partnerships like this will allow programs to be easily replicated in other neighborhoods.

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our current graffiti vandalism court cases are long and involved, but we will stay the course as a deterrent for future vandalism. our longtime ally, Boston Police Detective Billy kelley, assures us that

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this strategy is working.

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Become part of the solution! contact us if you want to help (or get help) with graffiti concerns at any level: graffitinabbers@nabbonline.com. thank you!

caused by settling bricks, invasive tree roots, and inattentive contractors. the DPW was joined in this effort by the Mayor’s office, councilor ross’s office, the Parks Department, and NaBB.

Erik Barry of E.J. Clean removes graffiti from the upper story of 26 Exeter Street in Public Alley 434.

NaBB’s role has been to alert affected abut- ters to the impending project, to gather their reac- tions, and to convey them to the city agencies involved. our focus has been on retaining the existing trees if possible, as well as preserving and reusing the historic sidewalk bricks. the city and the contractor have been responsive, in several cases trimming dangerous roots and branches rath- er than removing entire trees. Where trees needed to be removed, new pits and replacement trees have been installed. existing tree pits have been enlarged to improve tree growth, and the result has been a safer, more accessible, and more attractive sidewalk. residents have been in general pleased with the results, and several have improved their streetscape further by adding tree pit fences pur- chased from the Garden club of the Back Bay.

We look forward to the continuation of the program in 2009.



Paris? tangiers? brimfield? even better! once again the crowds turned out to browse, haggle, and buy at NAbb’s Annual Fall Street Fair held on the Dartmouth Street mall in September.

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(Top row, left to right) Greg Hanselman and Janet Hurwitz; Helen Fritz; Jack Gregg. (Immediately below) Michelle Duane and Street Fair Chariman John Boreske.

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