Upcoming events!

1. Tree mulching event with NIC, Friday March 14th, 12:00 p.m. (Massachusetts Avenue, East Fenway)

Interested in supporting the urban canopy in your neighborhood? Berklee College of Music and the Neighborhood Improvement Committee will be mulching street trees on Massachusetts Avenue between Boylston Street and Westland Avenue starting at noon on Friday, March 14th.To sign up to help, write to fenwaynic@gmail.com!

2. Flower Share with Northeastern University, Saturday, March 15th (times and locations below)
FCA members who signed up to receive flowers at our annual flower share were sent a message with locations and pick up times as follows: East Fenway: Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen Street from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. West Fenway: Exterior of Fenway Victory Gardens, junction of Boylston Street and Park Drive from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.A map with locations and times here. Thank you to Northeastern University for continuing this annual tradition! If you had problems signing up, signed up but did not receive a confirmation, or cannot pick up your flowers, please write to us at fenwaycivic@aol.com

3. Upcoming development meetings:

  • 109 Brookline Avenue
    • May 17th Community Advisory Committee meeting, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    • May 25th Public meeting, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Virtual meetings will be held to discuss development at 109 Brookline Avenue; with plans for 250,000 s.f. for office, laboratory, research and development use. To read the filings, find out more about how to attend, or to submit your comments online, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/109-brookline-avenue or write to Edward Carmody at edward.carmody@boston.gov

  • Northeastern University
    • May 24th Institutional Master Plan Task Force Meeting 6:00-8:00 p.m.

A virtual meeting will be held to review Northeastern University’s proposed dormitory and academic building at 840 Columbus Avenue. To read the filings, find out more about how to attend, or submit your comments online, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/840-columbus-avenue or write to Gerald Autler at gerald.autler@boston.gov

4. Fenway Health COVID vaccines
Fenway Health is now vaccinating residents aged 18+ at both their 1340 Boylston Street and South End locations. To learn more, visit: https://fenwayhealth.org/care/medical/covid-19-vaccines/

Dear Members and Friends:

Thanks to hard work by our representatives, an amendment prohibiting the Department of Conservation and Recreation from installing parking meters along public ways without the prior approval of a municipality was adopted in the House budget and passed early morning, April 29th, 2021. The next step will be ensuring this language is included throughout the remainder of the legislative process.

The amendment is attached and a letter to petition signatories from representatives below. Thanks to all members who attended meetings, wrote to DCR and signed petitions. If you would like to thank our state representatives for their work, please contact:
Representative Jon Santiago: jon.santiago@mahouse.gov

Representative Jay Livingstone:  jay.livingstone@mahouse.gov

Representative Chynah Tyler: chynah.tyler@mahouse.gov

Senator Will Brownsberger:  william.brownsberger@masenate.gov

Dear Members and Friends,

Please see the following announcements and events:

1. Vaccine registration updates:Registration is now open for COVID-19 vaccinations for people ages 16+ who live, work, or study in Massachusetts. For more information, visit: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine

2. Boston Mayoral Forum, Tuesday, April 20th 6:30 p.m.:

The Ward 4 and Ward 5 Democratic Committees have organized a Mayoral Forum Tuesday evening, moderated by Callie Crossley.

This zoom forum is open to the public; to attend, register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-mayoral-candidate-forum-moderated-by-callie-crossley-tickets-146638705315

3. Boston University Fenway Campus Task Force meeting, Wednesday, April 21st, 6:00 p.m.

A public meeting will be held to discuss the proposed Fenway Campus Institutional Master Plan for Boston University (formerly Wheelock College). This meeting will be hosted online, using Zoom. You must register using this link, then you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting. Register in advance for this webinar:

Toll-free call-in number: 833.568.8864
Meeting ID: 161 734 9858

City Streets: For information, see https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/street-sweeping-city or enter your street name here: https://www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks/sweeping/

DCR Parkways: For information, see https://www.mass.gov/guides/dcr-street-sweeping

Need food? Know someone who does?Fenway Cares volunteers will be at Fenway Community Center at the corner of Jersey and Boylston Street and Symphony Community Park, as well as delivering food to those who sign up at bit.ly/FenwayCaresFood

For more information, visit https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/fenwaycares/


Full details: https://www.boston.gov/health-and-human-services/covid-19-reopening-city-boston

The City of Boston will move into a modified Phase 4, Step 1 of the state’s Reopening Massachusetts plan, effective Monday, March 22, 2021.

The City will not advance beyond the current reopening steps until the citywide testing positivity rate stays below 2.75% — as calculated by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) — for two consecutive weeks.


  • In Boston, all private gatherings and events will remain subject to current capacity limits of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
  • Public gatherings in Boston may increase to 60 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, lower than the state’s limits of 100 and 150 people, respectively.

INDUSTRY UPDATE:In alignment with the state, the following industries in Boston may reopen or resume on Monday, March 22, subject to certain capacity limits and safety measures: 

  • Indoor performance venues (such as concert halls, theaters, and other seated indoor performance spaces) can open at 50% capacity, with a 500-person maximum capacity.
  • Indoor recreational activities with greater potential for contact (such as laser tag, roller skating, trampolines, and obstacle courses) can open at 50% capacity.
  • Approved live entertainment may resume in restaurants, except singing.
  • Indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas, and ballparks can host spectators at 12%  capacity. These venues must submit a COVID Response Plan to the City of Boston’s Licensing Board before beginning to host events.
  • Overnight summer camps will be allowed to operate.
  • Exhibition and convention halls can reopen, subject to gathering limits and event rules.
  • Dance floors will be permitted at weddings and approved events only.

ACTIVITIES AND BUSINESSES THAT REMAIN CLOSED:The following activities and businesses will not be allowed to reopen until further notice:

  • Road races, street festivals, parades, and fairs
  • Amusement parks, theme parks, outdoor and indoor water parks
  • Indoor and outdoor ball pits
  • Saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms at fitness centers, health clubs, and other facilities
  • Beer gardens, breweries, wineries, and distilleries
  • Bars, dance clubs, and nightclubs offering entertainment, beverages, or dancing without seated food service

Dear Members and Friends,
Please see the following petition advanced by Representative Jon Santiago together with Senator William Brownsberger, Rep. Jay Livingstone, Rep. Chynah Tyler, and Councilor Kenzie Bok, in partnership with FCA to oppose the installation of metered parking along our historic parkways. We hope you will take a minute to sign this form for our representatives to present to the DCR. Thank you!

Save Our Parking Spaces
The Department of Conservation and Recreation released a plan to replace “Resident Permit Parking’ spaces with DCR metered parking. According to DCR’s presentation, there are currently 232 parking spaces in the Fenway designated to be converted to metered parking. See plan here

Our neighborhood will be severely impacted as a result. Many of our elderly and disabled residents who rely on easy access to their cars will be disproportionately harmed. Additionally, the recent cut of the #55 bus has further isolated the Fenway neighborhood, forcing many more residents to rely on their cars in order to perform daily tasks.
The Fenway is one of the densest neighborhoods in the City and is one of the fastest growing. With parking already difficult to find or expensive to obtain, we must preserve the existing infrastructure that currently serves our residents. As the Fenway continues to grow and prosper, we must make sure that our elderly and disabled residents are not left behind.
Your elected officials, State Senator Will Brosnwberger, State Representatives Jon Santiago, Jay Livingstone, Chynah Tyler, and City Councilor Kenzie Bok are partnering with the Fenway Civic Association and other neighborhood leaders to mobilize public opposition to this plan. We ask that you join us to protect the resident parking spaces in the Fenway and prevent DCR from installing meters. 

Please sign this petition promptly and share it with your neighbors.

You can submit comments to the DCR directly at this email address: Jennifer.Norwood@mass.gov
You can also submit feedback to DCR by filling out this form: https://www.mass.gov/forms/dcr-public-comments

Since the roll-out of the vaccine back in late January I have been tirelessly advocating for a pre-registration system to be created in order to ease the process for folks to get an appointment. It would allow people to enter their information one time and once an appointment was made available they would be notified. Finally, as of today, Friday March 12th, there is a pre-registration system up and running. 

Currently the system will allow eligible residents to book an appointment at one of the state’s 7 mass vaccination sites. The Administration did say they will add more sites in the coming weeks. This means, unfortunately, that this system is not the only place you should look for appointments. 

I recommend you continue to use the other booking websites and to look at other sites including pharmacies, hospitals and community health centers. Many hospitals and health centers are not listed on websites, but are distributing vaccines to eligible members of the general public. You may want to call for an appointment. MGH, BMC are distributing vaccines. We are working on having CHA secure more vaccines so it can do the same.  

Here are the steps on how to pre-register with the new system: 

  • Eligible residents will complete the online form at mass.gov/COVIDVaccine to request to book an appointment at a mass vaccination site nearby.
  • After completing the form, residents will get a confirmation via their preferred method of contact (text, e-mail, phone) and receive a weekly update about their status. Residents may opt out of their pre-registration at any time if they secure an appointment elsewhere. 
  • When an appointment becomes available at a mass vaccination site, the resident will be notified and will have 24 hours to accept the appointment once it is offered to them. If an appointment is not accepted after 24 hours, the resident will go back into the queue to wait for another appointment.
  • To accommodate older residents and others who are unable to use the form, the pre-registration form allows family members, caregivers or other companions to fill out the form on behalf of someone else. Residents who do not have internet access or someone to fill the form out for them can call 2-1-1 to preregister.

Vaccine Quick Links:

Pre-registration form: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine

Gov. Baker’s press release: https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-preregistration-system-for-mass-vaccination-locations-to

Where to book appointments at other sites: https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/

Also check through CVS’ website: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

Dates for K-12 staff and childcare workers ONLY at mass vax sites: March 27, April 3, April 10, April 11.

Boston Resiliency Fund

Thank you to Mayor Walsh and the Boston Resiliency Fund for funding our application for food supports in the Fenway!

With the partnership of the Fenway Cares collaborative, this award will help provide free bi-weekly food boxes and supplies for residents in the East and West Fenway.We are delighted to work with the Fenway Community Center as a partner in this award, and will continue efforts to secure supports for this important program.Interested in supporting Fenway Cares? Need food or know someone who does? Visit: bit.ly/FenwayCaresFood to sign up.

Dear Members:

Thanks to those of you who attended MBTA hearings or sent comments about the suspension of the #55 bus.

Here are three last opportunities to save the bus line – we encourage you to participate. Other communities have saved their bus services through public participation, so please take the time to advocate!

1. Tuesday, February 23rd 6 p.m.: State Environmental Notification Form (ENF) Consultation Session. To learn more and register to attend:

2. Wednesday, February 24th 6 p.m.: Virtual public meeting on MBTA service changes (including the #55 bus suspension). To learn more and register to attend:

3. Tuesday, March 2nd: Deadline for commenting on the ENF:
Written comments  can be sent  to Erin.Flaherty@mass.gov or sent to the general MEPA email address, MEPA@mass.gov. Reference the EEA project number (#16324) in the subject line.