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Dear members and friends,
SCAPE, the proposed developer of the multi-building complex at 1252 – 1270 Boylston St. intends to build a 15-story, 533-unit dormitory and other amenities. A public meeting about the proposal will be held on Monday, April 22 at 6:00 PM at Simmons University’s main building, located at 300 The Fenway, Room C 101.
On Wednesday, April 24, the Project’s IAG member meeting, also open to the public, will convene, same time and place as above.
Article 66 of the Fenway neighborhood zoning legislation forbids the creation of student dormitories on Boylston Street. Our FCA board unanimously supports these zoning standards developed by a multi-year consensus of residents, businesses, institutions, and city officials. The “no dormitory” provision was purposely inserted into our Fenway zoning to limit institutional expansion and preserve neighborhood quality of life. Our board strenuously objects to any stripping of that provision by the City and SCAPE. We encourage residents to read this proposal and participate in the public process for this project.
You may read the project description and send your comments by visiting:
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Dear Members and Friends,
Please see the following events scheduled for this Tuesday, April 9 and the DCRs Street Sweeping schedule
 
1. Muddy River Symposium, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
We would like to let you know about this year’s annual Muddy River Symposium, sponsored by the Muddy River Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee (MMOC) and the Colleges of the Fenway.
The symposium will focus on “Boston’s Urban Ecosystem” — Tuesday, April 9 at Simmons University, 4:30 to 7:30 PM. Free.  To register, visit: 2019muddyriver.eventbrite.com.
For more information on the event, contact Fran Gershwin, Chair – Muddy River Restoration Project Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee (MMOC)
2. Public meeting to discuss a proposed Cannabis Dispensary at 1114 Boylston Street, 6:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Hilton Hotel: Fenway Room, 40 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115
If you have any questions about this meeting or have comments about the proposal please contact: Yissel Guerrero Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services at Yissel.Guerrero@boston.gov or by calling  617-635-2679
3. DCR resumes street sweeping: The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s annual program of monthly street-sweeping along selected roadways in the Boston area to clean those roadways and improve the quality of storm water runoff begins Monday, April 1 and will continue through Friday, November 29. AM sweeping starts at 8 AM unless other arrangements are made. PM sweeping starts at 12 Noon
Dear Members and Friends:

Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s public board meeting.
We have some upcoming announcements as follows:
1. Volunteer opportunity: Saturday, April 6 Pancakes and Partnerships, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
FCA is pleased to partner with Northeastern University for its spring Pancakes and Partnerships clean up event. This annual-clean up and celebration is designed to have residents volunteer alongside student volunteers to beautify the neighborhoods in and around the university. This year, Fenway Civic will be mulching and cleaning tree pits and roads in the Westland Avenue and Hemenway Street area. For more details and to sign up, please see the following:
The Breakfast Club is a clean-up program led by Northeastern students on 16 Sundays during the academic year, beautifying the streets of Mission Hill and Fenway neighborhoods. So far this year: 329 students have volunteered and collected 57 bags of trash!
Please join the effort in this end-of-season event! Sign-up here and we will contact you will more details about the day. The clean-up will be for two hours from 10:00 a.m. to noon, followed by a celebration at the Puddingstone Tavern with food and some honorary thank-you prizes for some well-deserving residents and students from noon to 1:30 p.m. Please join us after volunteering to eat, mingle, and get to know fellow neighbors!
We kindly request that you sign-up for this wonderful annual spring clean-up event so we may plan for food. Please contact me with any questions at 617-373-8480 or r.regan@northeastern.edu
2. Yawkey Station name change: Monday, April 8
Effective Monday, April 8, Yawkey Station on the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line will be renamed Lansdowne Station.
Following the name change of a municipal roadway in the vicinity of the station, the MBTA selected Lansdowne as the station’s new name.  The selection was made in accordance with the MBTA’s station naming policy, which includes guidance to prioritize local geography such as nearby streets, squares, or neighborhoods; the policy also emphasizes that the selection of names be based on simplicity, brevity, and distinctness.
In an effort to avoid potential confusion, the MBTA selected April 8 to ensure the name change takes effect prior to the first Red Sox home game of the season.  In the coming days, the MBTA and Keolis Commuter Services will be updating station and system signage, as well as schedule information on MBTA.com, the Commuter Rail app, and mTicket.  In addition, customers will be notified of the name change through onboard announcements, T Alerts, and on @MBTA and @MBTA_CR.
3. Member renewals:
We are working on our Annual Flower Share program and hope to finalize order forms in early April. If you have not sent in your renewal forms, please do so today!
Dear Members and Friends,

Please see the following meetings and events for the upcoming week:
1. Clemente Field Plan Presentation, Emmanuel College
Date:          Monday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.
Location:    2nd floor of Administration Building, Emmanuel College, 400 The Fenway
Details:       Emmanuel College invites you to learn about their upcoming plans to replace the artificial turf and track at Clemente Field in the Back                          Bay Fens, beginning June 2019.
2. 12-28 Lansdowne Street Impact Advisory Group (IAG) and Public Meeting
Date:         IAG Meeting, Monday March 11, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location:   Fenway Park, 72 Brookline Avenue
Date:          Public Meeting, Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location:    Fenway Park, State Street Pavilion, 12 Jersey Street
Details:       The project proposes the development of a 86,000 square foot, approximately 5,000 person capacity performing arts center adjacent to                               Fenway Park, construction of associated improvements to Fenway Park, and renovation of existing spaces to serve both the Fenway Theater                     and Fenway Park, (collectively, the “Project”), in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.  To read the Project Notification Form and to offer your                             comments, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/fenway-theater. Both the IAG and public meeting are open to                       the public; the IAG meeting prioritizes discussion between the proponent and the IAG members.
3. Love, Fenway event at the Fenway Community Center
Date:         Thursday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location:    1282 Boylston Street (entry on Jersey Street)
Details       Join Mayor Walsh and others in celebrating the Fenway Community Center at a fun evening filled with fun, food, and entertainment!
                   Full bar and live music with silent  auction and raffles. Special honoree Lauren Dewey Platt will be recognized for her contributions to
                   the center. For more information or to buy tickets, visit: bit.ly/LoveFenway 
Dear FCA Members and Friends: 
Emmanuel College invites you to learn about their upcoming plans to replace the artificial turf and track at Clemente Field in the Back Bay Fens, beginning in June 2019, relative to the existing agreement between Emmanuel and the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department.  
A public meeting to discuss the project will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fenway Room on the second floor of the Administration Building at Emmanuel College, located at 400 The Fenway
 
Proposed plans will be presented and comments addressed by Emmanuel College officials, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and Gale Engineering, Inc., the project’s designated architect.
Dear Members and Friends:
Please see the following announcement regarding the Fenway Community Center’s March 14th gala Love, Fenway.
 
This evening event at the Fenway Community Center features an evening of food, drinks, music, a silent auction/raffles and more, highlighting the special place we call home.  This event will also recognize honoree Lauren Dewey Platt, Founding Board President of the FCC.
The Fenway Community Center is a 501c3 charitable organization – your purchase of tickets is tax deductible – all proceeds from this event will benefit the community center and its operations.
For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.fenwaycommunitycenter.org, http://bit.ly/LoveFenway or write to Rkordenbrock@fenwaycommunitycenter.org.
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Dear Members:
 
Please see the following invitation from Representative Jon Santiago to a forum to discuss the opioid epidemic in Boston.
 
My office, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services, is hosting a Town Hall forum to discuss the opioid epidemic from 6pm-8pm on March 7th at the McKinley Elementary School auditorium. This Town Hall aims to bring together local government officials, service providers, and residents to listen, learn about, and explore solutions to the opioid epidemic at Mass & Cass. Please join us to help kick off this new and innovative approach to community engagement. It would be greatly appreciated if you could disseminate this invitation and attached survey to your members and friends.
Agenda
·         Opening remarks delivered by State Representative Jon Santiago
·         Health and Human Services Chief Marty Martinez discusses the City’s response to the opioid issue and current efforts to address the epidemic
·         Discussion about how providers can collaborate with residents and officials to combat the opioid epidemic
·         Public testimony session
Please join us to help kick off this new and innovative approach to community engagement. Details about the event can be found on the attached flyer. To RSVP, please register via this linkPrior to this meeting, please complete this brief survey.