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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

Ward 4Precinct 5New location:SYMPHONY PLAZA EAST334 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, VOTE IN COMMUNITY ROOM
Ward 4Precinct 8New location:SYMPHONY PLAZA WEST333 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, VOTE IN COMMUNITY ROOM.
Ward 4Precinct 10New location:SIMMONS UNIVERSITY – PARK SCIENCE BUILDING 6 AVENUE LOUIS PASTEURVOTE IN LOBBY.

*****  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

Dear Members and Friends:


We invite you to join neighbors, candidates, and elected officials to Ride the 55 this Sunday at 12:45 p.m.
Thanks to the hard work of our representatives and neighbors, the #55 has been restored, but to a reduced schedule and route. Come support your local bus and show why public transit matters for the Fenway!

Details below – see you Sunday!

Dear Members and FriendsPlease see the following events and information for the upcoming week:


8/22 Sunday – Hurricane Henri – storm watch – The AlertBoston system is for residents, businesses, and visitors to the City of Boston. We’ll notify you by phone, text, or email in the event of an emergency. By enrolling in AlertBoston, you’re taking an important step to keep you and your family safe.

Sign up for emergency alerts herehttps://www.boston.gov/departments/emergency-management

8/23 Monday 6-8 p.m – Virtual Public zoom meeting re development

Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the proposed project at 220 Huntington Avenue. This meeting will focus on proposed mitigation as well as the pocket park at 1 Cumberland Street. The meeting will begin with a 30-minute presentation by the development team, followed by a 45-min discussion of the IAG, followed by a 15-minute Q&A with the public. Register in advance for this meeting: https://bit.ly/3iQivGF

8/26 6 PM – Virtual Public meeting re bus transportation Better Bus Project open house (on Zoom) on Thursday, August 26th, at 6pm. This will be an opportunity for riders to learn about all initiatives within the Better Bus Project. For more information visit https://www.mbta.com/projects/better-bus-project.You can register for the event here

8/27-8/29 – Berklee Students move-in dates.

Dear Members and Friends,


The Department of Public Works will be performing pavement repairs over the next three Saturdays along Boylston Street in the West Fenway as part of a bike lane project.

Please see the above notice for more details.

Eviction rights

Dear Members & Friends,
If you or someone you know are facing eviction, you have rights and there are emergency financial resources available. 

You have rights:

-A Notice to Quit is NOT an eviction.
-Only a judge can formally evict you from your home.
-If you live in Massachusetts and are being evicted for non-payment of rent, you cannot be evicted if you have a pending rental assistance application.
-If you need legal assistance, Greater Boston Legal Services can provide FREE legal services. Call (617) 603-1807 or email housinghelp@gbls.org
Emergency resources are available:

Massachusetts residents can call 211 to get answers to any urgent questions and resources are available in multiple languages. If you live in Boston, the Office of Housing Stability can connect you with financial relief application assistance and connect with legal help. To reach out call (617) 635-4200.

-Thanks to Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley for this information

Dear Members and Friends, 


Please see the below announcement from Representative Jon Santiago regarding an upcoming virtual public meeting on August 5th at 6 p.m. to discuss MBTA service changes. We encourage everyone to sign up and testify on behalf of the Fenway and the #55 bus.

I wanted to inform you of an upcoming public meeting hosted by the MBTA to discuss the recent service changes, including the #55 bus. I encourage you to attend and sign up to testify. 

Here is the link to the information for the meeting: https://www.mbta.com/events/2021-08-05/public-meeting-fall-2021-service-changes-virtual

At the corner of Jersey Street and Queensberry Street. Join residents, representatives, and local neighborhood groups in calling for the full return of this important service at this quick rally – show your support and bring a friend!

Eviction resources

Dear Members & Friends,
If you or someone you know are facing eviction, you have rights and there are emergency financial resources available. 

You have rights:

-A Notice to Quit is NOT an eviction.
-Only a judge can formally evict you from your home.
-If you live in Massachusetts and are being evicted for non-payment of rent, you cannot be evicted if you have a pending rental assistance application.
-If you need legal assistance, Greater Boston Legal Services can provide FREE legal services. Call (617) 603-1807 or email housinghelp@gbls.org
Emergency resources are available:

Massachusetts residents can call 211 to get answers to any urgent questions and resources are available in multiple languages. If you live in Boston, the Office of Housing Stability can connect you with financial relief application assistance and connect with legal help. To reach out call (617) 635-4200.

Weekly events

Dear Members and Friends,
Please see the following events and information for the upcoming week:

1. Tuesday, August 3rd, 6:00 p.m., Sunset Concert at Symphony Park – Amaury Cabral Quintet          39 Edgerly Road, Boston 02115, fair weather only
From Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Amaury Cabral Jorge has touched many hearts with his music. The guitarist started playing music at an early age, grabbing a guitar for the first time when he was 6 years old. In 2019 Cabral was selected as a winner of the AES Scholarship, a Presidential Scholarship for Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive, where he auditioned for Berklee’s undergraduate program. He was accepted and started his studies at Berklee in the spring of 2021. 

This series is brought to you by Berklee College of Music, Fenway Civic Association, Friends of Symphony Park, and the City of Boston.

2. Tuesday, August 3rd, 6:30 p.m., Jazz at Ramler Park with the Rusty Scott Quartet           

130 Peterborough Street, Boston 02215, fair weather only    
Enjoy jazz with these Boston Music Award nominees. Performing in Boston, New York, and throughout New England, Boston Music Award Nominees (Best Jazz Artist), The Rusty Scott Quartet delivers!              

The Rusty Scott Quartet plays a variety of jazz music from the 30’s to the 90’s by some of America’s finest composers: Swing by Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Glenn Miller and others of the Big Band era; Latin by Jobim; and Be-bop by artists such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Johnny Griffin, and Thelonious Monk.

3. Wednesday, August 4th, 3:30 p.m. Fenway Cares Free Food Distribution – East and West Fenway
Need food? Know someone who does or want to volunteer? Fenway Cares volunteers will be distributing fresh produce and grains at two locations:West Fenway: Fenway Community Center (corner of Jersey and Boylston Streets)East Fenway: Symphony Park, 39 Edgerly RoadTo learn more, sign up for a delivery, or to volunteer, visit bit.ly/FenwayCaresFood

4. Sunday, August 8th, 5:30 p.m. Save the #55 Bus Rally, corner of Jersey Street and Queensberry Street

Join residents, representatives, and local neighborhood groups in calling for the full return of this important service at this quick rally – show your support and bring a friend!

Red Sox Concerts: Fenway Park has a number of concerts scheduled through the week. For noise or other event-related complaints, you may contact these numbers:City of Boston hotline: 311Red Sox Complaint Line: 617-226-6424City of Boston Licensing: 617-635-4170