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As we mentioned at our annual meeting, this year the Fenway Civic Association is renewing our focus on member engagement. We would like both to enhance our connection with our members and to strengthen the voice of our neighborhood in decision making at the city and state level. This year we’re hosting a series of quarterly public meetings, to which all our members are invited. We welcome you to join us to learn about the day-to-day work of the board in shaping our neighborhood’s development, preserving our parks and open spaces, and addressing needs for infrastructure and other city services.

The topic of the spring meeting will be Neighborhood Engagement.

Please join us to learn how you can get involved with FCA’s newly formed committees on Event PlanningLicensing, and Parks and Open Space. We’ll give you an overview of FCA’s role in each of these spheres and you can sign up to be a part of the team.
 
Looking for other simple ways to improve your neighborhood? The meeting will also feature a presentation from John Laadt, the City’s Director of 311, on using the City’s 311 app to connect with Constituent Services to fix things in your neighborhood.

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You’re invited to join City Councilor Josh Zakim at our first District 8 Community Night of 2017! Feel free to swing by the Fenway Community Center (1282 Boylston Street) any time between 5:00 and 7:00pm on Thursday, February 23rd.
 
Councilor Zakim started hosting these District Community Nights in 2016 in an effort to further increase his accessibility, especially for those who are unable to attend his weekly morning office hours. The event is free and open to all to meet the Councilor and staff, discuss any neighborhood concerns, enjoy some pizza and other light refreshments, and to get to know other members of the community! We will also be joined this month by a special guest, newly-elected State Representative Chynah Tyler.
 
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at kyndal.henicke@boston.gov, or at (617) 635-4225. We hope to see you next Thursday!

The city of Boston maintains a list of parking garages that offer discounts during snow emergencies. Stay safe during the upcoming snow storm.

A big Thank You to everyone who attended the annual meeting on January 11th. For those of you who could not make it, here is a brief recap:

  • This year we will be hosting quarterly public meetings that will be open to all members. In addition to taking care of
    routine board business, including planning, licensing, and zoning matters, we plan to host speakers on topics of general interest for the neighborhood. Please stay tuned for more information on those meetings which will be held at the Fenway Community Center.
  • To further our members’ connections with the business community, we’re excited to announce a new position of Business Liaison. Peter Sougarides of Samuels & Associates has generously offered to step into this new role.
  • We honored Ed Burke, a life-long resident of Boston, and a tireless advocate for the Fenway and its parks.
Join in the celebration – Fenway Community Center 1st Birthday Celebration, January 26th, 2017.
1282 Boylston Street
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
 
Come celebrate the Fenway Community Center’s 1st birthday, featuring a silent auction, raffle, live jazz, drinks, and food! Your ticket helps to provide programming and to support the center as a neighborhood resource for the Fenway.
 
We invite you to attend Fenway Civic Association’s 55th Annual Meeting, to be held on Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30 p.m. for an exciting evening at the Massachusetts Historical Society, located at 1154 Boylston Street.
 
Come join neighbors and friends for a reception and social time, followed by a special presentation by Boston’s Chief of the Streets, Chris Osgood. Learn about different departments in the City, how they work in the Fenway, and how you can get involved.
 
This event is free and open to the public – come and bring a friend!
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