Inside view of the DOR’s New Digs….

We took a tour of the new office space where our Director of Residences  runs the command center and hangs his hat to keep our building running as smoothly as possible.

Well, not actually a tour as you couldn’t swing a cat in the space ( an old Irish saying). No worries, no actual cats were used here to make that determination.

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Located on the 18 the floor of the South Building, the long and narrow office was creatively carved out of space adjacent to the elevator room. Complete with a marble foyer and windows that actually open!

I was impressed.

Perhaps James will be offering office hours soon.



A Fragrance Dinner Invitation…


A Fragrance Dinner – All Residents are invited to attend “A Fragrance Dinner” on Thursday, Octomber 8 th from 6-9pm at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. This event has been designed by the House of Creed Fragrances, Neiman Marcus, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Residents will enjoy a four course meal designed around the House of Creed fragrance line by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel’s Chef, Frank Kassner. Representatives from the House of Creed will be flying over from the United Kingdom to discuss how the menu items pair with each of their fragrances.



A signature cocktail and wine pairings will also be included with this event. Tickets are $225 per person and are extremely limited due to the structure of the event. Please email to RSVP and purchase tickets as they are going fast!

Smoking Now Snuffed Out…

After several failed  attempts over the past few years to implement a no smoking policy for the South Tower Residential units at 2 Avery Street of the Ritz-Carlton Residences, owners have voted to do just that.


Back in June earlier this year, the Board of Managers decided to continue the annual meeting to leave the voting open  on a no smoking amendment . That vote ended officially on September 15 th . The results were announced at the September 21 st  meeting.

Sometime later this fall, the policy will go into effect with a “grandfather” clause for those current residents who register as smokers.


How Do You Like Them Apples?

Enjoy The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common
Pop-Up Urban Apple Orchard


For the next three Saturdays (Sept. 26th, Oct. 3rd and 10th), The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common (10 Avery St.) is hosting a pop-up urban apple orchard that is open to guests and the public.

The urban apple orchard will feature apple galettes, caramel apples, cider donuts and spiced apple cider. Farm-picked apples from Russell Orchards in Ipswich will be available for purchase. Fresh-picked apples, homemade vinegar and pressed apple cider will also be available for purchase. It is free to visit the urban apple orchard. For more info please call 617-574-7100.

South Tower Residents’ Meeting 9/21


The Board of Directors for he Ritz-Carlton South Tower Residences (2 Avery Street ) has scheduled the Annual Meeting Continuation for Monday, September 21 st at 7:00pm in the Boylston Room at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The primary goal of this meeting continuation will be to announce the final vote on the proposed non-smoking amendment.

At the annual meeting back in June, the Board voted to keep the meeting open to allow for all residents who had not yet voted , additional time to weigh in on issue.

Following this meeting will be a brief Town Hall Meeting that will discuss building updates, changes in the community and a status update on the proposed 171-172 Tremont development.

She Did it Again…

“Congratulations to Kathleen Cook of Atlantic Associates Real Estate-Boston Top 20 Again!”

Congratulations to Kathleen who continues to be listed on this coveted Boston Top 20 brokers list. Coming in at #19 with $5,280,000 in sales for the month of July.

Kathleen is an upstanding member of the Massachusetts Board of Realtors, MLS, and National Association of Realtors, and we congratulate  her on her continued success.

To view her entire profile for Boston Top 20 please view the link below:

Kathleen Cook #19 Boston Top 20


Smack down! BRA meets the Skinny Building…

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Public Meeting hosted by BRA
171 Tremont Street Public Meeting
Description: Public meeting to discuss 171 Tremont Steert, LLC’s proposal to replace the existing building with a new boutique luxury residential condominium building, containing 19 residential units with off-street parking for 28 vehicles.

Time: 9/09/2015 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 1 City Hall Square, BRA Board Room, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02201


A Great Loss for our Community…

Very sad to loose a great neighbor and friend.




LEAHY, James M. Of Boston, MA, February 19, 1927-August 26, 2015, a retired financial executive and decorated veteran of World War II and Korea, passed away Wednesday at home in Boston, MA. He was 88. James graduated from St. Raphael Academy, Pawtucket, RI in 1944 before entering military service. He served in the Philippines during WWII, and later in the Far East Command during the Korean War. He earned the Bronze Star for his service in Korea. After returning from war, James earned his Bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 1950, and an MBA degree from Harvard in 1958. He had a distinguished career as a financial executive. Starting at CBS in New York City in 1960, he rose to Controller in 1967, and later Senior Vice President at VIACOM, before being named Treasurer at Federated Department Stores in 1977. At Federated he earned the title of Senior Vice President in 1986, before retiring in 1988. While living in Cincinnati, James served on the board of Hospice of Cincinnati. He is predeceased by his mother, Marion, father, John Sr. and brother, John Jr. Surviving are his sister-in-law, Mary, two nephews, John III and Dennis; three nieces Colleen, Kathy and Maureen; two grandnephews and seven grandnieces. Viewing hours are Wednesday, September 2nd, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, 1479 Washington St., (Rte. 16), WEST NEWTON, MA. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3rd, at St. Bernard Parish, 1529 Washington St., Newton, MA. Burial will be at 1:30pm, at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Avenue, Bourne, MA. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your local hospice care organization at James’ request.

Gonna Miss the Big Guy…

Michael James Connors, 55, Resident,
Owner of Intermission Tavern

Michael James Connors, 55, of Boston, passed away on August 22nd. Connors was a fixture on the Downtown Boston scene for many years through his work with theaters, Local #11 and as owner of the Intermission Tavern. He was very active in the community and could always be counted on for charitable events. He will be missed.

Connors was a brother in I.A.T.S.E. Local #11 since 1983. He worked locally on movies, stage and concerts before traveling for 16 years as a production technician on Broadway shows and rock and award shows before coming back to Boston where he became the property master at the Colonial Theater. In 2005, Connors became a restaurateur when he opened the Intermission Tavern at 228 Tremont St. He proudly celebrated 10 years in business with his loyal staff and friends in June.

CONNORS Michael James, 55 of Boston formerly of Hanover. April 14, 1960 – August 22, 2015. To the sadness of his loving family and friends, Michael died suddenly Saturday. Michael grew up in the Indian Head Village neighborhood of Hanover, MA and graduated with class of 1978. Michael was a brother in I.A.T.S.E. Local #11 since 1983. He worked locally on movies, stage and concerts before traveling for 16 years as a Production Technician on Broadway Shows, Rock and Award Shows before coming back to Boston and taking the Property Master position in the Colonial Theater. In 2005 Michael became a restaurateur when he established the Intermission Tavern in Boston’s Theater District. He proudly celebrated 10 years in business with his loyal staff and friends in June. Michael achieved an Associate’s Degree from the College of Basic Studies at Boston University and further studies at Framingham State University. Pre-deceased by his father Paul F Connors. Michael is lovingly survived by his mother Barbara A. Connors of Boston, his siblings Paul F. Jr. and Margaret of Johns Creek, GA, Margery A. of Brookline, Kevin M. and Mariann of Abington, Deborah M. of Atlanta, GA, Barbara A. of Rockland and his nephews and nieces, Paul III, Matthew, Kayla Schone, Leah Burke, Kevin Jr., Samantha and Cameron. Also survived by many extended family. Visiting hours in the Sullivan Funeral Home, 551 Washington Street, Rte. 53 HANOVER, MA Wednesday August 26, 2:00-4:00 P.M. and 7:00-9:00 P.M. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary of the Sacred Heart, 392 Hanover Street, Rte 139 in Hanover, Thursday August 27 at time to announced in Tuesdays paper. In lieu of flowers donations in Michael’s memory may be made to The Hanover Permanent Scholarship Fund for the Paul F. Connors Scholarship, PO Box 67, Hanover, MA 02339. For directions and time sign Michael’s online guest book, please visit 781-878-0920 781-293-2020

Still Time to Sign Up…

A Seminar on Great Female Singers of the 1940s and 1950s

David Maister is offering a series of seven weekly 2-hour talks, held on Mondays at 7pm – 9pm, beginning on September 21, 2015 at the The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Boston Common (10 Avery Street).

The talks will cover such performers as Ella Fitzgerald, the Andrews Sisters, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland and Doris Day.

By watching live-performance videos and by reviewing biographical and historical information, David will examine these performers’ works and lives, as well as of the culture of their times.

In addition to the videos shown during the talks, David will send each participant an email every day introducing a new singer from the period, together with some intriguing biographical facts, so that over the course of seven weeks he will have examined more than 80 singers.

David Maister, a former Harvard Business school professor, was an international management consultant for over 25 years before his retirement. He has more than 300,000 pieces of music in his collection.

The fee for the course is $30. To sign up, or for more information, contact David at

So Who Actually Lives There…

BRA’s New Neighborhood Report


By Olivia Rassow | Home & Property Boston Magazine

While it’s no surprise that young students live in Allston or that housing development is booming in South Boston, data from the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s new report, Boston in Context, takes a deeper dive into just who lives where in the city. In the report, neighborhoods (defined by zip code and zoning boundaries) are compared using demographic and economic data from the 2010 Census and 2009-2013 American Community Survey. There’s no shortage of information in the publication, but here are some water cooler facts to share on Boston’s neighborhoods:


Youngest neighbors: The Longwood Medical area, with a median resident age of 20.7 years old. Fenway and Allston are next in line for most youthful neighborhood.
Company for baby boomers: West Roxbury, with a 65+ population of 18%.
Greatest population growth: The South Boston Waterfront, with 271.1% growth between 2000 and 2010. The Leather District is a close second.
Neighbors who speak a second language: East Boston, where only 31.5% of residents speak English and no additional languages.
Most educated residents: Beacon Hill, where 88.7% of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Most likely to bike to work: Jamaica Plain, where 1,197 residents bike to work.
Where nursery schoolers hang out: Charlestown, with 12.8% of the population over the age of three enrolled in nursery school.
Least likely to move: Hyde Park and West Roxbury, where 90.3% of the population lives in the same house that they did a year ago.
Most likely to rent: Chinatown, where 93.3% of residents rent.
Most new-build homes: The South Boston Waterfront, which had 270 housing units in 2000, and 1,214 in 2010.

What’s Your Problem…

The Mayor wants to know!

The Mayor’s Hotline is now Boston 311

We’re sharing this news because many of you have reported an issue to the City of Boston in the past by phone, social media, or through the Citizens Connect mobile app. Today we aligned our reporting services under one name and number: Boston 311.

We also want to thank you. Every report you make helps us maintain and improve this great city. We couldn’t do it without you.


CALL 311

Dial 311 within Boston City limits to connect with our agents. 617-635-4500 still works too.


We renamed Citizens Connect to BOS:311 and added new features. Download the app for iOS or Android.


Tweet @BOS311 with specifics like the location and a photo.


City services and information about 311 are online at
Do you want to receive news, alerts, and job opportunities from the City of Boston?
1 City Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02201 Hours & Directions


“Missing Tooth” ????

My understanding is a proposal for 25 stories but here goes…
Swiss developer proposes boutique condos to fill in Tremont Street’s ‘missing tooth’ .

By Catherine Carlock
Real Estate Editor
Boston Business Journal
171 Tremont Street LLC, an entity owned by Swiss real estate developer Maurice Dabbah, has proposed a 255-foot, 20-story luxury boutique condominium tower at 171 Tremont St. facing the Boston Common.


To Ross Cameron, a well-designed building should weather “like a good suit that doesn’t go out of fashion.”
And Cameron, a senior associate with Elkus Manfredi Architects in Boston, thinks that’s the case for 171 Tremont St.

Swiss real estate developer Maurice Dabbah has proposed a 20-story, 255-foot luxury boutique condominium tower at 171 Tremont St. facing the Boston Common under the entity 171 Tremont Street LLC. Cameron with Elkus Manfredi Architects and New York-based Grade Architecture have collaborated on the project’s design, which was presented last week at the Boston Civic Design Commission.

“Maurice Dabbah, who obviously is the key figure in this, really had a very strong vision for the project, which kind of makes it somewhat easier from our sense,” Cameron said in an interview with the BBJ. “He really is looking for something that speaks to the highest level of quality and unique kind of boutique luxury lifestyle.”
The 20-story tower would include just 19 units and a “grand lobby,” with dedicated below-grade parking. The design incorporates natural stone, glass and bronze metal components, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows will offer panoramic views of Boston Common.

The initial project scope called for a 355-foot, 31-story tower. That has since been lowered to 255 feet and 20 stories after outreach with community groups, said Sean O’Donovan of O’Donovan Law Office, an attorney for the project.
Beyond the residential tower, the project will include a “pocket park” that Cameron says will provide respite from the busy Tremont Street. The park is is set to live up to its name, given that the parcel at 171 Tremont St. itself is just 0.1 acres — or 4,356 square feet.

As it stands now, 171 Tremont St. is a four-story office building previously used as a leasing office by Millennium Partners.
“The building that’s there right now is a missing tooth, and Maurice saw an opportunity,” Cameron said. “We have an opportunity to go back and really complete the fabric of this area. I think it’s going to be in concert with a lot of the other residential development. It seems like it’s the right time and the right location.”
The tower needs approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the zoning board on a height variance and denser floor area ratio. The project team hopes to receive approval and get through permitting by this fall. The Impact Advisory Group, a group which advises the BRA and is part of a project’s design review process, is discussing the project on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at 171 Tremont St.

The team declined to comment on the project’s financing. Dennis E. McKenna, an attorney with Riemer  Braunstein LLP in Boston representing the project, said that Dabbah “purchased the building in 2014 without financing” and that construction “is not dependent on independent third-party financing.”
The 171 Tremont project comes at a time when developers are pouring money into Downtown Crossing, including Millennium Partners’ 60-story Millennium Tower project and related Burnham Building redevelopment and The Abbey Group’s redevelopment of Lafayette City Center.

More Skinny on the Skinny Building…

AUG 11, 2015
3:00 PM – 4:30 AM
Contact Name:
Lance Campbell
Contact Email Address:
Contact Phone:
Impact Advisory Group (IAG)
171 Tremont St (use Avery St entrance)
Boston, MA 02108
Impact Advisory Group (IAG) Meeting for the proposed development at 171–172 Tremont Street.



Please note that the purpose of this meeting is different than that of a traditional community meeting. As part of the development review process, Impact Advisory Group (IAG) members work closely with BRA staff to identify the impacts of a project and recommend appropriate community benefits to offset those impacts. IAG meetings prioritize discussion between the project proponent (i.e. the developer) and IAG members. If time remains at the end of the meeting, BRA staff will open the floor to other community members in attendance.

Although anyone is welcome to attend IAG meetings and listen to the discussion, traditional community meetings, which occur after the IAG has met, are the more appropriate forum for the broader public to provide feedback about a project.


Give Peace a Chance…


Time for a little boasting  from the McCue family…




Rochester Town Administrator Michael McCue ( left) represented Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH), a United Nations sponsored agency, at an International Day of Peace in New Haven Conneticut on August 6, 2015. Mr. McCue is the United States East Coast representative for GLH and is the current custodian for saplings grown from a Gingko tree that survived the 1945 Hiroshima bombing.

The sapling is planned to be planted in the United Nations Peace Garden at the entrance of the City of New Haven. The Yale School of Forestry will oversee the nurturing of the seedling.

Mr. McCue took possesion of several seedlings in 2014 after GLH co-founder Nassrine Azimi, located in Hiroshima, and he coordinated a delivery of twelve to to Boston. Ms. Azimi’s brother Robert took possession of the saplings in San Diego from his sister and delivered them to Mr. McCue.

Under the care of Mr. Stephen Schneider, Curator of the Arnold Arboritum in Boston, and his staff, the saplings are also destined for the towns of Rochester and Avon, Tufts University and Saint Anselm College. However, these plantings will only occur once the experts at the Arboritum are sure they will remain viable. Additionally, they will add two to there permenent collection.


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