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City Streets: For information, see https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/street-sweeping-city or enter your street name here: https://www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks/sweeping/

DCR Parkways: For information, see https://www.mass.gov/guides/dcr-street-sweeping

Need food? Know someone who does?Fenway Cares volunteers will be at Fenway Community Center at the corner of Jersey and Boylston Street and Symphony Community Park, as well as delivering food to those who sign up at bit.ly/FenwayCaresFood

For more information, visit https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/fenwaycares/

SPECIAL THANKS TO FUNDERS AND SUPPORTERS, INCLUDING EL JEFE’S TAQUERIA FOR SPONSORING THE 4/14 FOOD SHARE!

Full details: https://www.boston.gov/health-and-human-services/covid-19-reopening-city-boston

The City of Boston will move into a modified Phase 4, Step 1 of the state’s Reopening Massachusetts plan, effective Monday, March 22, 2021.

The City will not advance beyond the current reopening steps until the citywide testing positivity rate stays below 2.75% — as calculated by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) — for two consecutive weeks.

GATHERINGS AND EVENTS:

  • In Boston, all private gatherings and events will remain subject to current capacity limits of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
  • Public gatherings in Boston may increase to 60 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, lower than the state’s limits of 100 and 150 people, respectively.

INDUSTRY UPDATE:In alignment with the state, the following industries in Boston may reopen or resume on Monday, March 22, subject to certain capacity limits and safety measures: 

  • Indoor performance venues (such as concert halls, theaters, and other seated indoor performance spaces) can open at 50% capacity, with a 500-person maximum capacity.
  • Indoor recreational activities with greater potential for contact (such as laser tag, roller skating, trampolines, and obstacle courses) can open at 50% capacity.
  • Approved live entertainment may resume in restaurants, except singing.
  • Indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas, and ballparks can host spectators at 12%  capacity. These venues must submit a COVID Response Plan to the City of Boston’s Licensing Board before beginning to host events.
  • Overnight summer camps will be allowed to operate.
  • Exhibition and convention halls can reopen, subject to gathering limits and event rules.
  • Dance floors will be permitted at weddings and approved events only.

ACTIVITIES AND BUSINESSES THAT REMAIN CLOSED:The following activities and businesses will not be allowed to reopen until further notice:

  • Road races, street festivals, parades, and fairs
  • Amusement parks, theme parks, outdoor and indoor water parks
  • Indoor and outdoor ball pits
  • Saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms at fitness centers, health clubs, and other facilities
  • Beer gardens, breweries, wineries, and distilleries
  • Bars, dance clubs, and nightclubs offering entertainment, beverages, or dancing without seated food service

Dear Members and Friends,
Please see the following petition advanced by Representative Jon Santiago together with Senator William Brownsberger, Rep. Jay Livingstone, Rep. Chynah Tyler, and Councilor Kenzie Bok, in partnership with FCA to oppose the installation of metered parking along our historic parkways. We hope you will take a minute to sign this form for our representatives to present to the DCR. Thank you!


Save Our Parking Spaces
The Department of Conservation and Recreation released a plan to replace “Resident Permit Parking’ spaces with DCR metered parking. According to DCR’s presentation, there are currently 232 parking spaces in the Fenway designated to be converted to metered parking. See plan here

Our neighborhood will be severely impacted as a result. Many of our elderly and disabled residents who rely on easy access to their cars will be disproportionately harmed. Additionally, the recent cut of the #55 bus has further isolated the Fenway neighborhood, forcing many more residents to rely on their cars in order to perform daily tasks.
The Fenway is one of the densest neighborhoods in the City and is one of the fastest growing. With parking already difficult to find or expensive to obtain, we must preserve the existing infrastructure that currently serves our residents. As the Fenway continues to grow and prosper, we must make sure that our elderly and disabled residents are not left behind.
Your elected officials, State Senator Will Brosnwberger, State Representatives Jon Santiago, Jay Livingstone, Chynah Tyler, and City Councilor Kenzie Bok are partnering with the Fenway Civic Association and other neighborhood leaders to mobilize public opposition to this plan. We ask that you join us to protect the resident parking spaces in the Fenway and prevent DCR from installing meters. 

Please sign this petition promptly and share it with your neighbors.
CLICK THIS LINK TO ACCESS AND SIGN THIS PETITION

You can submit comments to the DCR directly at this email address: Jennifer.Norwood@mass.gov
You can also submit feedback to DCR by filling out this form: https://www.mass.gov/forms/dcr-public-comments

Since the roll-out of the vaccine back in late January I have been tirelessly advocating for a pre-registration system to be created in order to ease the process for folks to get an appointment. It would allow people to enter their information one time and once an appointment was made available they would be notified. Finally, as of today, Friday March 12th, there is a pre-registration system up and running. 

Currently the system will allow eligible residents to book an appointment at one of the state’s 7 mass vaccination sites. The Administration did say they will add more sites in the coming weeks. This means, unfortunately, that this system is not the only place you should look for appointments. 

I recommend you continue to use the other booking websites and to look at other sites including pharmacies, hospitals and community health centers. Many hospitals and health centers are not listed on websites, but are distributing vaccines to eligible members of the general public. You may want to call for an appointment. MGH, BMC are distributing vaccines. We are working on having CHA secure more vaccines so it can do the same.  

Here are the steps on how to pre-register with the new system: 

  • Eligible residents will complete the online form at mass.gov/COVIDVaccine to request to book an appointment at a mass vaccination site nearby.
  • After completing the form, residents will get a confirmation via their preferred method of contact (text, e-mail, phone) and receive a weekly update about their status. Residents may opt out of their pre-registration at any time if they secure an appointment elsewhere. 
  • When an appointment becomes available at a mass vaccination site, the resident will be notified and will have 24 hours to accept the appointment once it is offered to them. If an appointment is not accepted after 24 hours, the resident will go back into the queue to wait for another appointment.
  • To accommodate older residents and others who are unable to use the form, the pre-registration form allows family members, caregivers or other companions to fill out the form on behalf of someone else. Residents who do not have internet access or someone to fill the form out for them can call 2-1-1 to preregister.

Vaccine Quick Links:

Pre-registration form: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine

Gov. Baker’s press release: https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-preregistration-system-for-mass-vaccination-locations-to

Where to book appointments at other sites: https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/

Also check through CVS’ website: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

Dates for K-12 staff and childcare workers ONLY at mass vax sites: March 27, April 3, April 10, April 11.

Boston Resiliency Fund

Thank you to Mayor Walsh and the Boston Resiliency Fund for funding our application for food supports in the Fenway!


With the partnership of the Fenway Cares collaborative, this award will help provide free bi-weekly food boxes and supplies for residents in the East and West Fenway.We are delighted to work with the Fenway Community Center as a partner in this award, and will continue efforts to secure supports for this important program.Interested in supporting Fenway Cares? Need food or know someone who does? Visit: bit.ly/FenwayCaresFood to sign up.

Dear Members:

Thanks to those of you who attended MBTA hearings or sent comments about the suspension of the #55 bus.

Here are three last opportunities to save the bus line – we encourage you to participate. Other communities have saved their bus services through public participation, so please take the time to advocate!

1. Tuesday, February 23rd 6 p.m.: State Environmental Notification Form (ENF) Consultation Session. To learn more and register to attend:
https://www.mbta.com/events/2021-02-23/forging-ahead-service-level-reduction-environmental-notification-form-enf

2. Wednesday, February 24th 6 p.m.: Virtual public meeting on MBTA service changes (including the #55 bus suspension). To learn more and register to attend:
http://www.mbta.com/events/2021-02-24/spring-2021-service-changes-virtual-public-meeting 

3. Tuesday, March 2nd: Deadline for commenting on the ENF:
Written comments  can be sent  to Erin.Flaherty@mass.gov or sent to the general MEPA email address, MEPA@mass.gov. Reference the EEA project number (#16324) in the subject line. 

MBTA meeting

Wednesday February 17th 6:00 p.m.: MBTA meeting


Please note the Symphony Station meeting planned for the same date has been canceled.

Please join this important meeting. The MBTA will be presenting planned schedule changes for March and April. As many know, the #55 bus is planned for removal. Please take this opportunity to advocate for your community’s transportation. For information and the meeting link, visit: https://www.mbta.com/events/2021-02-17/spring-2021-service-changes-virtual-public-meeting

FCA Annual Meeting

Thanks to the many members and friends who attended our 59th Annual Meeting! We enjoyed seeing everyone, hearing from our presenters, and learning about the work of our elected representatives.

Please click here to view these presentations:
Commissioner Ryan Woods, Boston Parks and Recreation Department: The Back Bay Fens Restoration Plan

City Councilor Kenzie Bok, District 8: A Citywide Conservation Corps

Dear Members and Friends: Please see the following announcement regarding Monday’s snow emergency, including the city’s emergency parking and towing information:

What this means for you: A snow emergency has been declared, starting Monday, February 1, 2021 at noon. A parking ban will also take effect at noon tomorrow. All vehicles parked on a posted snow emergency artery will be towed beginning at noon on Monday. Residents can find a list of free and discounted garages online. Parking at participating garages will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday. Trash and recycling pick-up will continue on a regular schedule on Monday, February 1, and Tuesday, February 2. Residents are encouraged to download the Trash Day App for more information on their trash and recycling pick-up schedule.Overnight street sweeping on main roads, arterials, and commercial roads is canceled until further notice. Updates will be provided on Boston.gov when nighttime street sweeping is scheduled to resume.All Boston Public Schools (BPS) students, including students who were scheduled to report for in-person learning, will attend classes online on both Monday and Tuesday for a partial day that will end 2.5 hours earlier than the regularly scheduled dismissal time. There will be no in-person learning on Monday and Tuesday, and all BPS buildings will be closed on those days.In-person learning for Boston Public Schools students will resume on Thursday, February 4, 2021. As indicated in signage posted in BPS school parking lots, parking is not allowed in these lots during snowstorms. Vehicles may be towed if they are parked in BPS parking lots during the snow emergency. BPS meal distribution sites will be open on Monday, February 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BYCF) meal sites will be closed on Monday. Residents are encouraged to check with their non-BPS meal sites for hours.The City-sponsored mobile COVID-19 testing site at the Anna M. Cole Community Center in Jamaica Plain will be closed on Monday. For other updates on testing site availability and closures, please check our testing website.The City-sponsored COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College is opening as scheduled on Monday, February 1, and Tuesday, February 2, for people with appointments.
Snow rules and safety information: Property owners must fully clear snow, sleet and ice from sidewalks and curb ramps abutting the property within three hours after the snowfall ends or three hours after sunrise if the snow ends overnight. Curb and pedestrian ramps to the street should be cleared fully and continually over the duration of the storm to ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities. If a storm will last over an extended period of time, property owners are asked to continually check ramps abutting their property for compliance.Removal of snow, ice from a private property to the street or sidewalk is prohibited.Note: Failure to comply with the rules can result in fines issued by the Public Works Department’s Code Enforcement Division. Fines associated with improper removal of snow can be found online.

“I am urging everyone to be ready and prepared for tomorrow’s forecasted snowstorm,” said Mayor Walsh. “All of our residents and workers should take precautions on our roads and sidewalks, particularly during the Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes. Our Public Works Department will be working around the clock to pre-treat and clean our roads, and I thank them for their hard work. We are asking residents and businesses to do their part by staying safe, shoveling their sidewalks and walkways, clearing catch basins and the area around fire hydrants, and by offering help to your older neighbors and residents with disabilities. The City of Boston will continue to share updates throughout the storm.”

Please check our website for the latest information on the snow emergency in the City of Boston.