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Dear Members and Friends:
September is quickly approaching its end, and while we have more updates to send you for October, please see the following meetings, events, and opportunities for this month:


1. Tuesday September 22, 4:00 p.m. – Boston Police Task Force Listening Session
The  Boston Police Reform Task Force has completed its initial, draft recommendations to bring lasting, systemic change to the Boston Police Department.There is a two-week public comment period before final recommendations are submitted to Mayor Walsh.[Read the report & learn more on how to submit feedback]or submit your comments by visiting bit.ly/BPD_ENG.For instructions on how to join the meeting, visit: https://www.boston.gov/calendar/boston-police-task-force-community-listening-session

2. Tuesday, September 22, 6:00 p.m.-730 p.m. – Northeastern University Task Force MeetingJoin this meeting of the Northeastern University Task Force to discuss the university’s development, including proposed student housing at 840 Columbus Avenue.The meeting will be hosted online using Zoom. Please register using this link to receive instructions for joining the meeting.You may register in advance at: bit.ly/NUTF9-22


3. Friday, September 25th 7:00 p.m. – Kaji Aso Studio Virtual eventPlease join Kaji Aso Studio as they present OCTOPUS DREAMS*, a free, uplifting presentation of art, music, and poetry
CLICK HERE for OCTOPUS DREAMS on Sept. 25th @ 7pm EDT Program is approximately 45 minutes long.  This event is FREE and open to the public. Contact: administrator@kajiasostudio.com  Website: https://www.kajiasostudioevents.com/
* This program is supported in part by a grant from the City of Boston’s Arts and Culture COVID-19 Fund. ** This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.** This program is supported in part by a grant from the Mission Hill / Fenway Neighborhood Trust.*

4. Saturday, September 26th – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Reopening
The Museum of Fine Arts reopens for limited visits, and includes the Women Take the Floor exhibit in its Art of the Americas wing. To learn more or register for tickets, visit mfa.org/visit

5. Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – Census deadlineHelp make sure Boston’s communities don’t lose out on representation and funding for the next ten years by participating. Visit https://my2020census.gov/ or call 844-330-2020 TODAY. 

In other news:

Past Presentations: For those who missed recent presentations on 60-80 Kilmarnock Street and 819 Beacon Street, you may visit the following links:

60-80 Kilmarnock Street 9/17/20 video:https://bpda.app.box.com/s/dtwg194nfpfz4z610sxl396uxgsryef8

819 Beacon Street 9/14/20 video: https://bpda.app.box.com/s/mb1el7shjuzes6ti30g8axvh72lptt3n

Community Choice Electricity:  Community Choice Electricity is a new City-run program being launched to provide affordable and renewal energy to residents and businesses. There are a number of upcoming meetings – you may sign up to stay informed through this link, or get more information by visiting: https://www.boston.gov/departments/environment/community-choice-electricity

In need of fresh produce or know someone who is? Fenway Cares has organized COVID-related food support and will be hosting a free, fresh product pick up on  September 2 between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m.

West Fenway location is the Fenway Community Center, located at 1282 Boylston Street (pick up on Jersey Street) East Fenway location is Symphony Community Park, located at 39 Edgerly Road (pick up in park)Produce will be first come, first served. 


Need help with a delivery or want to volunteer? Fill out an intake form at bit.ly/FenwayCaresFoodSee the attached poster for more information.
Fenway Cares is a collaborative effort of the Fenway Community Center, Fenway Civic, Fenway AllianceFenway CDCOperation P.E.A.C.E.Audubon Circle Neighborhood Association, and the efforts of Fenway residents.Food distribution is made possible through a generous grant from the Mission Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Trust.

Dear Members and Friends,
Hope you are all well. Please see the following events and announcements:


1. Fenway Cares: East and West Fenway food distribution, August 19th and September 2, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Are you in need of fresh produce? Fenway Cares has organized COVID-related food support and will be hosting a Fair Foods pick up on August 19th and September 2 between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m.
West Fenway location is the Fenway Community Center, located at 1282 Boylston Street (pick up on Jersey Street)East Fenway location is Symphony Community Park, located at 39 Edgerly Road (pick up in park)Produce will be first come, first served. 
Need help with a delivery or want to volunteer? Fill out an intake form at bit.ly/FenwayCaresFoodSee the attached poster for more information.
Fenway Cares is a collaborative effort of the Fenway Community Center, Fenway Civic, Fenway AllianceFenway CDCOperation P.E.A.C.E.Audubon Circle Neighborhood Association, and the efforts of Fenway residents.Food distribution is made possible through a generous grant from the Mission Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Trust.

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2. Voting registration, early voting, and polling location changes:
Voter registration for 2020 state primary elections ends on August 22nd.To register to vote, visit: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/Already registered and want to vote early? Early voting runs from August 22nd-August 28th. For information, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/elections/vote-early-boston. In addition to City Hall, residents can go here to find early voting locations: https://www.boston.gov/news/early-voting-locations-boston-2020-primaries
If you are registered and will be voting by mail, you may request a ballot at: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/2020-Vote-by-Mail-Application.pdfPolling locations have changed for over 20 locations – to review these changes, visit: https://www.boston.gov/news/polling-locations-changes-boston-ahead-september-1-election

3. Councilor Bok District 8 Office Hours:

City Councilor Kenzie Bok will be coordinating socially distanced, in person office hours for the month of August.To sign up for a time, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1f06tNXHFiU6hwzUdyTShXWJN9RUeCu63J4pUO-7cnI_64A/viewform


4. Air Rights Parcel 12 construction information: 
Parcel 12 has started early stage site preparation work and construction activities will be ramping up over the next several weeks.  For information on construction coordination matters, the following resources are available:

  • 24/7 telephone hotline to reach project construction managers for urgent issues (617-356-8149).
  • Construction related inquiries, email: info@buildp12.com
  • Website at www.BuildP12.com.  

The website hosts information on construction and will be updated biweekly with forward looking information on construction activities for residents who wish to stay informed. Community members who wish to receive email updates on construction activities may sign up for updates via the website.

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5. Neighborhood parking permit renewal extension:
Need to renew your Fenway parking permit?The Fenway neighborhood resident parking permit renewal time has been extended until 9/30/2020. If you have requested a new permit, it will be mailed once your request is processed.For information, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/parking-clerk/resident-parking-permits


6. Simmons University Task Force meeting, August 25, 6 p.m.
The BPDA will be hosting a public zoom meeting of the Simmons University Task Force to discuss updates to Simmons University’s proposed Living and Learning Center project and the ten-year Institutional Master Plan.The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 25th from 6-8 p.m. To register to attend, visit:
www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_BxNCtchOTRS1IPFGCNVJuw
For more information, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/simmons-university-2019-imp-projects, or contact Edward.Carmody@boston.gov, (617) 918-4422.

Dear Members and Friends
The 2020 Fenway Porchfest music video is gearing up for a fun online release this Friday, July 31st!  On Friday afternoon, the video will be on the Fenway Porchfest website for all to view.

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Dear Members and Friends:

Please join the City of Boston Transportation Department, Fenway Civic, and Fenway Community Center for an online meeting to hear about transportation improvements planned for Boylston Street between Ipswich Street and the Muddy River.
Join in to view proposed plans and provide your feedback.
Information is attached and below – come and tell a friend!
Meeting date: Tuesday, July 28, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Laptop, desktop, or browser https://zoom.us/j/97983792295  OR
Dial-in: 1-929-436-2866
Meeting ID: 97983792295
Questions? Write to visionzero@boston.gov
20-07-28 Boylston St
Dear Members: Please see the following announcement regarding the Phase 3 policy for parks and open space from the City of Boston. Enjoy your parks safely!

CITY of BOSTON

Parks and Recreation

Latest Updates: Phase 3 Starts July 13, 2020

Visit our COVID-19 service changes page for the most up-to-date information.

PARKS FACILITIES
Park facilities, including athletic fields, courts, splash pads, and playgrounds are OPEN as of July 13, 2020 as part of the City of Boston’s Phase 3 Reopening. Park users are advised to:

  • wear a face covering
  • remain 6 feet away from others, and
  • follow social distancing guidelines recommended by the Boston Public Health Commission.

EVENTS
Outdoor events are limited to 50 people or fewer, by permit only. Events of 50-100 attendees subject to approval by the City of Boston special events committee.

YOUTH AND ADULT SPORTS
For lower contact sports, games are allowed in addition to practices, conditioning and skills drills, and lessons for these sports:

  • Baseball and softball
  • Tennis and pickleball
  • Sailing
  • Track and field
  • Skateboarding

For higher contact sports, ONLY practices, conditioning and skills drills, and lessons in groups of fewer than 25 people, are allowed (no games). These include:

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Basketball
  • Ultimate frisbee

PERMITTING
Regularly scheduled, organized activities — such as games, practices, conditioning and skills drills, and lessons — require a permit.

SPECTATORS
Youth players are allowed one chaperone per child. No spectators are allowed for adult sports.

LIGHTING
Facility lights will be turned on based on the location’s permitting schedule.

To report enforcement issues, please call Boston Police. For maintenance issues, please contact 617-635-4505 or 3-1-1.

Fenway Community Center continues to host a wide range of virtual programs for the community.
To drop in for a class or to learn more, visit: https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/
We are excited to announce a week of upcoming giveaways for Fenway Civic members.
Thanks to the generosity of Samuels & Associates, we will be giving out the following digital gift cards from July 13 to 17 –
  • Monday :       3 $25-gift cards to Fenway Beer Shop 
  • Tuesday:       3 $25-gift cards to Blackbird Doughnuts
  • Wednesday: 3 $25-gift cards to Saloniki
  • Thursday:     3 $25-gift cards to Eventide Fenway
  • Friday:          3 $25-gift cards to Basho 
 
Keep your eyes open each weekday morning at 10:00 a.m. for a quick quiz from FCA – the first three members who respond correctly will receive a digital card.
Each member can ‘win’ up to two times – you must be a member of FCA to play.
 
Thanks to Samuels for this contribution and their following message:
 
“Samuels & Associates recognizes the key role of local businesses within our community, as employers and gathering places. We strive to support our tenants and neighbors at all times, and especially during this challenging period.”

Dear Members and Friends:

Looking for a bright spot to start your July? Please spread the news of these free events on July 7th, courtesy of Kaji Aso Studio.
Take a moment to share your wishes at Symphony Park, and drop by for a virtual event with art, poetry, and music that evening – details below!
TANABATA: An Ancient Story for Modern Times
Presented by Kaji Aso Studio in partnership with Symphony Park
 
Tanabata is a beloved celebration in Japan which recognizes an Ancient Story of separation, longing, hopes, wishes and reunion. It is celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th month (July 7th). Every year Kaji Aso Studio presents art, poetry and music inspired by this story and participants help celebrate by tying wishes to green branches (in Japan – bamboo).  This year Kaji Aso Studio joined in partnership with Symphony Park to help the community learn about and enjoy this story to nourish our hearts.  More than ever we can empathize with the couple’s patience, longing and promise to be together. Find out more here: https://www.kajiasostudioevents.com/
 
Two ways to participate for FREE that are open to the public:
 
  • Tuesday, July 7th – anytime from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. please visit Symphony Park (39 Edgerly Road/behind Whole Foods) to see the 5-color streamers flying and write your own wishes to tie to the bamboo “Wishing Tree”.
  • Tuesday, July 7th starting at 7:00 pm EST join the virtual event inspired by this theme for an Evening of Art, Poetry and Music presented by Kaji Aso Studio CLICK HERE for TANABATA July 7th @ 7 PM
 
 
Acknowledgements: This project is supported by a Transformative Public Art grant from the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.  Kaji Aso Studio programming is also supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture; and a grant from the Mission Hill / Fenway Neighborhood Trust. 
Dear FCA Members:
Save the date!
With work beginning in July on the Phase II project, the Muddy River Maintenance and Management Committee (MMOC) invites you to join in the virtual Phase 2 Construction Preview next Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 6pm to 7pm via Zoom.
See attached for how to register, or go to:
As one of the original MMOC members, Fenway Civic would like to ensure this information is widely available to the public.  See the flyer for more details.