Fenway Civic is excited to announce the date for our annual tree lighting! Come join your neighbors and friends for cider and cocoa and see the tree light up to start the holiday season! Much more detail to come.

Dear Members and Friends:
Please see the following announcements for the week:

1. Monday, November 8th 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 109 Brookline Avenue virtual public meeting The BPDA will be hosting a public community meeting regarding 109 Brookline Avenue from 6-8 p.m. Project details, including the Draft Impact Report and links for public comment are available at: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/109-brookline-avenue.To join the meeting, register at: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItcuChpj4qHoFHaA8rFxatJ1bw4ckr_q0

2. Tuesday, November 9th 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Urban Informatics Data Training with Northeastern Interested in learning more about your community through data? In partnership with the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI), City and Community Engagement at Northeastern University is hosting an upcoming training on the Boston Data Portal for Boston residents and community-based organizations. The training will cover the Boston Data Portal, an online platform where visitors of all experience levels can browse, map, analyze, and download a variety of data describing the people, places, and neighborhoods of Boston. To register, visit this link – if you have questions, contactc bari@northeastern.edu.

3. Wednesday, November 10th 3:30 p.m. – Fenway Cares

Need food or know someone who does? Interested in volunteering in your community? 

Fenway Cares will be distributing free grains, produce, and more at its Fenway Community Center and Symphony Park locations. 

To learn more or to volunteer, visit bit.ly/FenwayCaresFood

5. Fenway/Kenmore community survey –  https://tinyurl.com/FKsurvey1

Fenway Civic is participating as a Fenway Cares member to promote this survey, part of a health initiative partnership of Fenway Health and Fenway CDC. Your voice matters! Join in sharing your experiences and thoughts on the most pressing community health needs for the Fenway/Kenmore community and provide feedback on what you think is important to a healthy Fenway / Kenmore neighborhood. Your responses will inform how funding will be invested in programs and services to make Fenway / Kenmore a better place for everyone to live, learn, work, and play. Participate and share this survey via your network: https://tinyurl.com/FKsurvey1 (Respondents should work or live in the Fenway / Kenmore to participate).

The Week Ahead

Dear Members and Friends,
There are lots of events happening in and around the Fenway. Please see the following announcements:

1. Tuesday, October 26th 6 p.m. Northeastern IMP Task Force Meeting

The BPDA is hosting a virtual Task Force meeting for the Northeastern IMP located in Roxbury. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss campus updates and future plans for the 840 Columbus Avenue Project. The meeting will include a presentation followed by Q&A and comments.
To learn more and to register to attend, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/news-calendar/calendar/2021/10/26/northeastern-university-task-force-meeting

2. 10/28 Webinar – Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer has been detected in Boston and it serves as a threat to 1,817 street ash trees. The City of Boston is working to:

  • Identify and remove the most infested ash trees
  • Inoculate and protect healthy ash trees
  • Expand the number of trees and biodiversity through the Urban Forest Plan

Join the Parks Department for a webinar to cover the problem, how the City is addressing it, and what you can do to help!
WHEN: Thursday, October 28TIMES: 12 pm or 6 pm

3. 10/23-10/29/21 Early Voting: 

Early voting for the municipal election started 10/23 and runs through 10/29. For more information about how to vote, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/elections/early-voting-boston

4.Wednesday, October 27th Fenway Cares AND COVID Vaccine Clinic 

Need food or know someone who does? Fenway Cares will be distributing free produce at its Fenway Community Center and Symphony Park sites from 3:30 p.m. while supplies last
To learn more, or to sign up for a delivery or to volunteer, visit https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/fenwaycares/

In addition a COVID Vaccine clinic will be offered at Symphony Park, 39 Edgerly Road, 02115 on Wednesday, October 27th from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Both initial vaccines AND boosters to qualifying individuals will be provided. You should bring proof of vaccination to receive your booster.

You may pre-register for a time by visiting https://link.edgepilot.com/s/d4a669dc/63ya6h565UaN41BTNKuqjA?u=https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/cataldo and then selecting the Fenway Cares East site. Pre-registration is recommended but not required.
Please note: While flu shots appear on the website list, they are not an option for this clinic.

For questions, please write to fenwaycares@fenwaycommunitycenter.org

5. Northeastern University Community Engagement – Events

Northeastern University’s Office of City and Community Engagement has put together a page with upcoming events and announcements. Please visit: https://communityengagement.northeastern.edu/events/ for more a list of events and opportunities.

Dear Members and Friends:
Two transit planning/advocacy announcements:

1. Symphony Station upgrades:
Please join the Green Line Transformation team for a virtual meeting on Thursday, October 21st to learn about the Symphony Station Accessibility Improvements project.This project will make Symphony station station safer and more accessible. Project features include:

  • Raised platforms
  • New elevators
  • Accessible bathrooms
  • Improved wayfinding and lighting

For details, including the meeting link, visit: https://www.mbta.com/events/2021-10-21/public-meeting-green-line-transformation-symphony-station-accessibility

2. #55 Bus advocacy
If you haven’t yet weighed in, please consider taking a survey on the #55 bus:
Community groups, residents, and Fenway representatives are working on solutions for the MBTA #55 bus line, which was recently cut and then restored to a limited schedule and route.
We hope you will take a short survey to be used in planning the future of the #55 – please share your feedback on how to improve local transit!

Dear Members and Friends,

Please note the City’s announcements regarding road closures for the Boston Marathon:

We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 9th for the Opening Our Doors festival in Boston’s art + cultural hub, the Fenway Cultural District! 

Performances, activations, art, music, dance, crafts, historic walking tours, nature walks, garden tours, and more. Now in its 20th anniversary year, Opening Our Doors is Boston’s longest running & largest day of free cultural experiences! 

Festival website & schedule: http://www.fenwayculture.org/opening-our-doors

Dear FCA Members and Friends,
Fenway Civic is happy to join with other members of the Fenway Cares collaborative to promote Community Conversations, a series of online focus groups that seek input to inform investments in the Fenway and Kenmore neighborhood through a partnership of Fenway Health and Fenway CDC.
Please see the information below. We hope you might join one of these three conversations to share what matters to you and how investments in the community might be directed. Dates and links for joining below and flyer is attached.

Saturday, October 2, 202111:00 am – 12:30 pm

RSVP: https://qrco.de/HNOct2

Friday, October 8, 202112:00 pm – 1:30 pm

RSVP: https://qrco.de/HNOct8

Wednesday, October 13, 20217:00 pm – 8:30 pm

RSVP: https://qrco.de/HNOct13

Dear Members and Friend

Thanks to all of you whose work has kept the 55 bus alive.FCA continues with neighbors, local organizations, and elected representatives to fight for the future of the bus.We hope you will join us this Sunday @ 2:30 p.m. to Ride the #55 – please see details below.

Can’t join, but want to help? Visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/14cKeFMSgGUnRBc7NHqtSLj1QEg_egYA2Fe8yXgCq4QQ/edit?fbclid=IwAR3Uh8tGr_1EPEitEdrk9YaE-TPW-HljkC_F3mGBRq9edZg_xX1F8XvrRVY  for information about leaving your message with the MBTA.

The week ahead

Dear Members and Friends:

Please see the following announcements – and don’t forget to vote this Tuesday!

1. Tuesday, September 14th, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. citywide: Preliminary Municipal Election Information on voting at: https://www.boston.gov/departments/election Fenway residents will be voting for Mayor, City Councilors At-Large; and for those in District 7, District 7 City CouncilorSome voting locations have changed – to find your polling place visit https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema//bal/myelectioninfo.aspx or see below list (thanks to Sen. Will Brownsberger):

Precinct Location changes


*****  The rest below have the same building, but different room or location within building***** 

Ward 4Precinct 6Same location: (Different entrance and voting room) MATTHEWS ARENA238 SAINT BOTOLPH STREET
Ward 4Precinct 7Same location: (Different entrance and voting room) MATTHEWS ARENA238 SAINT BOTOLPH STREET

2. Wednesday, September 15th 3:30 p.m.: Fenway Cares food distribution Need food or know someone who does? Want to volunteer for a great cause? Join Fenway Cares at 3:30 p.m. at Fenway Community Center (West) and Symphony Community Park (East) for fresh veggies, fruits, grains, and more.Delivery and volunteer sign ups at bit.ly/FenwayCaresFood Volunteers are needed this week! To volunteer, write to fenwaycivic@aol.com

3. Save the Date! Ride the #55 on September 26th @ 2:30 p.m.Come join your neighbors to advocate for your local bus! Up to 30 advocates will ride the #55 at 2:30 p.m. – masks required Meet at the corner of Jersey and Queensberry Street to rally or ride. Can’t join but want to advocate? Call the MBTA: tiny.url/savethe55

Thanks to everyone who participated in yesterday’s Ride the 55 Rally!

Please see the following announcements for the coming week:
1. Indoor Mask Mandate: 
The City of Boston implemented a new indoor mask mandate on August 27th. To learn more, visit: https://www.boston.gov/news/new-mask-mandate-frequently-asked-questions

2. Wednesday, September 1st, 3:30 p.m. – Fenway Cares: Need food or know someone who does? Want to volunteer for a great cause?Fenway Cares will be distributing free produce and grains in the East and West Fenway on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.Please see below for more information or visit bit.ly/FenwayCaresFood

3. Friday, September 3rd, 9-11:30 a.m.: Northeastern University Neighborhood Tree Mulching Event Interested in participating in a neighborhood clean up and helping your urban canopy? Join FCA and Northeastern University Alliance of Civically Engaged Students (ACES) for an East Fenway tree mulching session!Volunteers will meet at the corner of Westland Avenue and Hemenway Street; mulch, gloves, and tools will be provided. Please RSVP to fenwaycivic@aol.com if you’d like to join us! Thank you to Northeastern University for their support of this event.

4. Boston’s Preliminary Municipal Election is September 14th!To learn about early voting by mail or in person, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/elections/vote-early-boston For more information about the election, including your voting location, visit: https://www.boston.gov/voting-boston