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In fair 303 Commonwealth, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A Back Bay condo takes its life;

Looks like a real storm is brewing over at 303 Commonwealth between condo owner Jerry and Bernadette Wodinsky and infamous landowners Michael Kettenbach and Gary Crossen.  Both Kettenbach and Crossen should be ashamed of themselves – TEAM WODINSKY all the way. The Boston Globe reports, “

Last we saw Kettenbach, one of the more prominent in-laws in the feuding Demoulas family, he was on the losing end of a string of rulings in the fight over control of the $1 billion-plus supermarket fortune. At the same time, Crossen, one of his lawyers, was stripped of his law license for engineering a Grishamesque scheme involving secret recordings, a young law clerk, a sham job interview, and a judge in the Demoulas trial.

So you might logically think they’d take it down a notch, right? Not exactly.

Kettenbach and Crossen now find themselves reunited in court, codefendants in a civil suit in which they are accused of scheming to drive an elderly Brandeis professor and his wife out of the Back Bay condominium where they’ve lived for 32 years. Think constant construction noise, astronomical assessments, and a decommissioned elevator that has left the plaintiffs constantly climbing the stairs.

In short, Jerome and Bernadette Wodinsky own the fourth floor of a magnificent Commonwealth Avenue building that Michael and Frances (Demoulas) Kettenbach seem to want all to themselves. The Kettenbachs have bought every other unit in the building, but the Wodinskys, who do not appear eager to sell, stand between them and what could be one of the city’s grandest single-owner homes.

The fallout has raised the ire of a Suffolk Superior Court judge, who issued an order and injunction last month against Kettenbach and Crossen in which she strongly expressed the view that the Wodinskys would probably win their case.

For starters, contractors for Kettenbach and Crossen, who handles real estate issues for the family, summoned state inspectors last spring. They condemned the elevator, the Kettenbachs quickly removed it, and seven months later, there’s no replacement in sight.

That leaves the Wodinskys to negotiate four flights of steep and narrow back stairs (their entry point is in the basement) every time they come and go.

Jerry Wodinsky, by the way, is legally handicapped. At 82, he suffers from emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, peripheral vascular disease, high cholesterol, diabetes 2, and has three stents implanted in his legs, according to filings in Suffolk Superior Court. Except for that, he’s in perfect health.“  (FULL STORY HERE)


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Construction has begun on the new Louis Boston in the Seaport.  The chic Boston store will leave it’s current home on Newbury Street and begin a new life in the soon to be happening Seaport District.

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Legendary Channel 5 (Boston WCVB) news anchor Natalie Jacobson has just put one of her Boston homes under agreement. Her Trinity Place condo only had a 92 day stint on the market with an asking price of $1,995,000.

According to the listing in MLS the 3 bedroom 2.5 bath unit features “a large eat-in kitchen, spacious living and dining areas, ample closet spaces including master-bedroom walk-in. Trinity Place features uniformed door-attendant, on-site first-class restaurant Sorellina, 24-hour concierge, resident’s fitness area and valet parking.”

Jacobson purchased the home in 2000 for $1,525,000.  The homes in Trinity Place have held their value and are commanding close to asking so we are pretty sure Natalie got what she was looking for.  Since her retirement in 2007 my newscast is just not the same, but at least I can be thankful that she is still making real estate news.  Photos of Jacobson’s condo (and hand towels) below.

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There was a time in our country’s infancy when heading out for several pints of ale involved long evenings spent in taverns built right into a friend’s home. It’s a legacy few have paid tribute to.

Until now, that is.

Welcome to the Woodward Taverna two-floor throwback saloon built right into the brand-new Ames Hotel in Downtown Crossing, opening next Friday. Brought to you by nightlife kingpin Seth Greenberg—of Mistral fame and M-80 infamy—it’s your newest watering hole to embrace the rustic spirit of our revolutionary forebears (with none of the scurvy).

Upon arrival, you’ll want to head straight upstairs and sink into one of the leather-cushioned thrones at the upstairs bar, or better yet claim land on the couch (you’re going to want to stay a while) in front of the corner fireplace for outstanding views of the Old State House and Custom House clock tower to go with your Short Rib Pot Roast.

Feel free to savor the moment, as well as the excellently named Ames Addiction, a raucous cocktail made with 23-year-old rum, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur and vermouth. But as you drink in the surrounding old-world vibe, don’t leave without sampling one of their Smuttynose-brewed Woodward Ale growlers, which by our drinking math is the best way to go.

And by math we mean: ale + large jug = more ale in you.

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For three decades, Polish artist Krzysztof Wodiczko has addressed timely political, social, and psychological issues in his artwork, creating over 80 large-scale public projections around the world. In these works, he transforms the stories, voices, and gestures of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances by projecting them onto public monuments and landmarks.

In a new, projection-based work for the ICA, Wodiczko focuses on veterans engaged in active combat in Iraq, as well as Iraqi civilians. In …OUT OF HERE: The Veterans Project, the routine sounds of life are interrupted by the noise of destruction and chaos as Wodiczko’s narrative unfolds across three walls of the gallery.

This immersive chronicle is based on the artist’s contact with medics, soldiers and refugees affected by the current conflict in Iraq, who described their experiences and shared with the artist video and audio of life during wartime. Created from their stories and accounts, the projected scenario reflects physical and psychological environment of combat, as well as the fragmented way experiences are perceived in distressing or uncertain situations.

November 4, 2009 – March 28, 2010

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