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The week ahead

Dear Members and Friends,

Happy Spring! Here are a few announcements and save the dates for the week ahead.

1. Thursday, March 24th, 6:00 p.m. Longwood Place Impact Advisory Group (IMP) Meeting

The BPDA is hosting an IMP meeting for the Longwood Place (305 Brookline Avenue) proposal to discuss its filing for redevelopment. This 5.8 acre site is planned for 1.75 million gross s.f. of development including office/laboratory, commercial/retail/restaurant, residential space and parking. A presentation will be followed by Q&A with IAG members as well as the public, time allowing. To attend, register at: zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_Z31-gD9yRKmqmV6jTijgcQ

2. Tufts Community Programs

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts offers discounted courses to residents of the Fenway. To view these offerings and learn more about the community audit program, visit: https://communityrelations.tufts.edu/community-programs/community-audit-program/

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Fenway Corners public meeting

Dear Members and Friends,

Please see the following announcement for a public meeting on the Fenway Corners/WS  Fenway-Twins Realty Venture project this Wednesday:

When: Wednesday, March 9, 6:00 p.m. via zoom

What: Virtual public meeting to discuss the Draft Project Impact Report submission for the Fenway Corners Project. A project description as follows:

WS Development, on behalf of WS-Fenway-Twins Realty Venture LLC (the “Proponent”) is proposing a 5.32-acre redevelopment (the “Project”) of 13 privately-owned parcels of land on four primary development blocks located south of the Massachusetts Turnpike in the vicinity of the historic Fenway Park. The Project will consist of approximately 2 million square feet of Gross Floor Area of building area for office/research, residential, and retail uses, and will involve the reconstruction and improvement of approximately 3.7 acres of other public roadways, sidewalks, and other areas of public ownership as part of the Project’s overall commitment to making extraordinary public realm improvements in the Fenway neighborhood. The Project will also include 1,740 new parking spaces, along with the extension of Richard B. Ross Way from Van Ness Street to Brookline Avenue, achieving one of the City of Boston’s long-planned transportation goals for the neighborhood.

This is a public meeting – your comments and questions are welcome!

To sign up, register at:

zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItfuyqrDkvGHIhpFrOtyK0SsjVdhH81joToll-Free Call-in Number: 833.568.8864
Meeting ID: 160 952 2252

You may learn more about this project and submit comments online at: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/fenway-corners

For questions, contact BPDA project manager Aisling Kerr at: Aisling.Kerr@Boston.gov

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The week ahead

Dear Members and Friends,

Please see the following upcoming news and events

1. Tuesday, March 1st, 6:00 p.m. –  Fenway Corners virtual CAC meeting WS-Fenway-Twins Realty Venture LLC is proposing development of 13 parcels of land equaling 5.32 acres in the West Fenway adjacent to Fenway Park. A public meeting by the BPDA will be held to review the proposed project’s Draft Project Impact Report  (DPIR) with Community Advisory Committee members.Public comments on the DPIR can be made by submitting comments either online or by email to BPDA Project Manager Aisling Kerr at Aisling.Kerr@boston.gov To register for this meeting, visit: 

http://www.bostonplans.org/news-calendar/calendar/2022/03/01/brookline-ave-cac-meeting-fenway-corners-project

More information available at: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/fenway-corners

2. Wednesday, March 2nd, 3:30 p.m. – Fenway Cares

Need food? Know someone who does or want to volunteer?

Fenway Cares will be distributing free produce, grains, and more at Symphony Park (39 Edgerly Road) and the Fenway Community Center (corner of Jersey and Boylston Street) from 3:30 p.m.

To learn more, visit: https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/fenwaycares/

3. Wednesday, March 2nd, 4:00 p.m. – Virtual Licensing Hearing for Fenway Park 2022 concerts

The Mayor’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing (MOCAL) will hold a virtual public hearing to discuss 2022 Fenway Park concert applications.

For a link to the meeting and information about this application, visit: https://www.boston.gov/public-notices/15809066

Public testimony will be accepted during this hearing – those who wish to testify should complete this form

For questions, please reach out to Molly Griffin at molly.griffin2@boston.gov or to MOCAL at mocal@boston.gov

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BOSTON — Friday, February 18, 2022 – Mayor Michelle Wu and Dr. Bisola Ojikutu today announced that the City’s B Together policy, which requires patrons and staff of certain indoor spaces to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19, will be lifted effective immediately. Today’s public health data shows Boston has a 4.0% community positivity rate; 90.7% occupancy rate of adult ICU beds, and 7-day average of adult COVID-19 hospitalizations at 195.9 per day, falling below all three previously announced thresholds.

“The public health data shows that we’re ready to take this step in our recovery,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “This news highlights how much progress we’ve made in our fight against COVID-19 thanks to vaccines & boosters—which have always been our most effective weapon against the pandemic. It’s a win for every Bostonian who’s done their part to keep our communities safe, and we have to keep going. I want to thank all of our small businesses who have been working to keep our communities healthy through challenging times.”

“I’m encouraged by our COVID-19 data and optimistic about where our city is headed. The City’s COVID-19 response has been guided by science throughout the pandemic, and we will continue to make data-driven decisions in our mitigation and response strategies in order to keep everyone safe,” said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Commissioner of Public Health and Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. “The Boston Public Health Commission remains focused on ensuring equitable access to vaccination and supporting communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.”

“Thanks to the discipline and hard work of Boston residents and public health professionals, as well as careful planning and strong leadership from Mayor Wu and City officials, we have come together as a city to significantly increase vaccination and testing for residents,” said City Council President Ed Flynn. “Let’s continue working together.”

The requirement to wear masks in public indoor spaces remains in place. In the coming days, the Boston Public Health Commission will be reviewing the masking order in consultation with the Board of Health. Since early in the pandemic, the Boston Public Health Commission has continuously tracked health metrics to guide the city’s response.

The City of Boston and the Boston Public Health Commission continue to support easily accessible, free walk-in vaccination clinics across the city, including at many community centers, schools, and community health centers. A full list of vaccination sites, including walk-in facilities, can be found here.

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The week ahead

Dear Members and Friends,

Please see the following announcements including some great opportunities to weigh in on the city budget and a new curbside textile program.

Have a wonderful week!

1. Tuesday, February 15th, 6-7 p.m. – Mayor Wu’s Budget listening tour

Mayor Michelle Wu and the Office of Budget management have announced a budget listening tour in partnership with the Boston City Council.

If you are interested in learning about the city’s budget process and offering your input on budget, priorities, you may register to join and to learn more here: 

https://www.boston.gov/news/mayor-wu-announces-budget-listening-tour

Can’t attend but want to provide feedback? Take the survey at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdaPlAKb8UygwdLkEUmjTnUM6dLrhIr8dVls2AN-bEqFKCmYg/viewform

2. Wednesday, February 16th 3:30 p.m. (while supplies last) – Fenway Cares food distribution

Need food or know someone who does? Want to volunteer for a good cause?

Join us for Fenway Cares free food distribution – fresh produce, grains, and more will be distributed at both the Fenway Community Center (West Fenway) and Symphony Community Park (East Fenway) sites.

To learn more visit: 

3. Wednesday, February 16th, 6:00 p.m. – Northeastern University Dorm Upsizing Public Meeting The BPDA is hosting a Public Meeting to discuss the proposed dorm upsizing of two existing Northeastern University residence halls, East Village and International Village. This is a follow-up to a October 26, 2021 Task Force Meeting in which the proposal to increase the bed count in these two residence halls was discussed. Northeastern will be answering questions relating to the need for these additional beds and responding to the neighborhood concerns raised at the last meeting surrounding housing of these students. Please note: this meeting is not focused on the proposed 840 Columbus Avenue project.To learn more or to register, visit:

http://www.bostonplans.org/news-calendar/calendar/2022/02/16/northeastern-dorm-upsizing-public-meeting

4. Boston rolls out curbside textile recycling Building on the success of the neighborhood textile dropbox program, Mayor Michelle Wu announced today that the City of Boston will begin offering weekend curbside collection of household textiles at no cost to residents. The Boston Public Works Department has again partnered with Northeast textile recycling company, Helpsy, which will coordinate pick-ups across the city.      
Residents looking to schedule a pick-up can fill-out an online request form at boston.gov/textiles. Once a date is scheduled and confirmed, household textiles should be left on the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled pick-up day. Textiles should be clean, dry, and properly bagged to allow for a quick pick-up for Helpsy drivers. Acceptable textile items include dresses, shirts, pants, suits, coats, towels, bedding, costumes, curtains, placemats, tablecloths and throw rugs. Items that will not be accepted include breakable houseware or glass, electronics, furniture, construction material, scrap metal, appliances, mattresses, books or magazines.To learn more, visit: 

https://www.boston.gov/news/mayor-wu-announces-boston-offer-residents-weekend-curbside-textile-collection

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Annual meeting and upcoming events

Dear Members and Friends,

We’re excited to welcome Mayor Wu to our 60th Annual meeting on Tuesday!

Along with the chance to hear from your elected representatives the evening features a talk on famed Irish American John Boyle O’Reilly.

Don’t forget to register – all are welcome to this free public meeting.

Fenway Civic Association 60th Annual Meeting, Tuesday, February 8th, 6:00 p.m.

(register at bit.ly/FCAMeeting)

With feature presentation: John Boyle O’Reilly: Life, Work, and Arta panel discussion with Brian O’Donovan, Peter Drummey, and Patricia Gilrein

Join neighbors and Fenway representatives for this virtual annual meeting with remarks from elected officials followed by a lively discussion on the life of famed Irish American John Boyle O’Reilly. Facilitated by GBH’s Brian O’Donovan with Peter Drummey and Patricia Gilrein, this interview style presentation covers O’Reilly’s life, works, and singular place in Boston history as well as information about upcoming repairs to the O’Reilly monument in the Back Bay Fens.

2. Monday, February 7th, Meeting with Senator Will Brownsberger, 7:00 p.m.

The Special Commission on Correctional Funding has completed a major study on jail and prison spending in Massachusetts.

Join Senator Brownsberger for a discussion of those findings – meeting link is below: Topic: Correctional SpendingTime: Feb 7, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82476372859?pwd=SEVKLzU3MVVCMFltMVBISVRQNGR1UT09 

Meeting ID: 824 7637 2859 Passcode: 276342

3. Thursday, February 10th, MBTA Public Meeting on Proposed Fare Changes, 6:00 p.m. (2nd meeting schedule for 2/17)

Join the MBTA to hear about proposed fare changes for 2022. Public comment is also being accepted through the MBTA site.

For details, visit: https://www.mbta.com/fares/2022-proposed-fare-changes

4. Boston Public Works Department Street Cleaning input

The Boston Public Works Department is seeking street names, boundaries and times/days for areas that should be added to the city’s list for street cleaning in 2022. 

Street cleaning runs from April 1 through to Nov 30 in most areas.

Individuals with proposals to add should email Kennedy Avery from Councilor Kenzie Bok’s Office at kennedy.avery@boston.gov 

For more information about street cleaning, to download the cleaning schedule, and to sign up for street cleaning updates from the city, visit https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/street-sweeping-city

5. Tufts University Community Survey Tufts University is inviting neighbors in Boston (Chinatown, Fenway & Mission Hill), Medford, and Somerville to take a brief survey to learn more about the Tufts programs and events you most enjoy and what new programs or events you would like to see them offer in the future. At the conclusion of the survey, participants will have the option to enter their name into a raffle for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Goldilox Bagels (Medford), Taco Party (Somerville), or Irashai (Boston’s Chinatown). To take the survey, visit: https://tufts.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7VVG3oalWDRKAPI

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This week’s events

Dear Members and Friends,
Please see these announcements and events for the week – and don’t forget to register for our Annual Meeting on February 8th.
1. Monday, January 31st, 7 p.m. – Kaji Aso Studio virtual “Mame-maki” event    Join friends at Kaji Aso Studio for this annual bean throwing event for children and adults.
    To learn more , visit: https://www.kajiasostudioevents.com/

2. Tuesday, February 1st – Emerald Necklace Conservancy Lights    Looking for a little light this winter? The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is lighting up select areas with their “Lights in the Necklace” program.
    To learn more, visit: https://www.emeraldnecklace.org/necklacelights

3. Wednesday, February 2nd , 3:30 p.m. – Fenway Cares free food distribution    Need food? Know someone who does or want to volunteer?
    Fenway Cares volunteers will be distributing fresh produce, grains at more at Fenway Community Center (1282 Boylston Street) and Symphony Park (39 Edgerly Road) from 3:30 p.m. while supplies last.
    To learn more, or to volunteer, visit https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/fenwaycaresfood/

4. Thursday, February 3rd, 3-9 p.m. – Free First Thursdays at the Gardner Museum    Take in art, architecture and horticulture at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on their First Thursdays free event.
    For more information, visit: https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/event/free-first-thursdays-february-2022

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Dear Members and Friends,
Boston’s snow emergency and parking ban will be lifted Monday, January 31st at 6:00 a.m.Residents parking in participating discounted lots and garages must remove their cars by 8:00 a.m. to avoid being charged regular rates.

For more information, visit: https://www.boston.gov/news/mayor-wu-lift-snow-emergency-and-parking-ban-monday-january-31-6-am


We encourage residents to keep updated about Department of Conservation and Recreation managed roadways and parking restrictions by visiting: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-conservation-recreation

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Dear Members and Friends,
Please be advised that Mayor Wu has declared a snow emergency starting at 9 p.m. this evening.
Parking bans for certain roads will be in effect from the start of the emergency at 9 p.m.For a list of restricted parking and available garages, please visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/311/snow-emergency-parkingYou may park at listed garages two hours before the emergency goes into effect.For more information, visit Boston.gov/snow

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FENWAY CIVIC ASSOCIATION 60TH ANNUAL MEETING

February 8, 2022 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – FREE 

(register at bit.ly/FCAMeeting)

With feature presentation: John Boyle O’Reilly: Life, Work, and Arta panel discussion with Brian O’Donovan, Peter Drummey, and Patricia Gilrein

Join neighbors and Fenway representatives for this virtual annual meeting with remarks from elected officials followed by a lively discussion on the life of famed Irish American John Boyle O’Reilly. Facilitated by GBH’s Brian O’Donovan with Peter Drummey and Patricia Gilrein, this interview style presentation covers O’Reilly’s life, works, and singular place in Boston history as well as information about upcoming repairs to the O’Reilly monument in the Back Bay Fens.

Presenters:

Brian O’Donovan Executive Producer GBHPeter Drummey Chief Historian Massachusetts Historical SocietyPatricia Gilrein Art Collections ManagerCity of Boston

John Boyle O’Reilly monument, Back Bay Fens; Daniel Chester French, artist.“John Boyle O’Reilly Memorial; Allegorical figures representing Patriotism, Erin (Ireland) and Poetry,” photograph by Baldwin Coolidge, circa 1896From Photographic Views of Boston, Mass.; Photo.12.225, Massachusetts Historical Society
This meeting is free and open to all. 

To register, scan the following code with your smartphone or register at: bit.ly/FCAMeeting
Peter Drummey – Peter is Chief Historian and Stephen T. Riley at the Massachusetts Historical Society. For over 40 years Drummey has assisted more than 50,000 researchers, prepared exhibitions, transcribed historical documents, and written manuscript collection guides and subject surveys, including Collecting History, a guide to landmark documents and artifacts in the Society’s collections.  In addition, he has contributed book reviews and bibliographic essays to professional and historical journals.Drummey has served as a technical adviser for documentary films and television programs with historical themes, including the HBO miniseries, John Adams; and as a commentator for BBC, C-Span, PBS, and commercial cable television programs on Charles Dickens in America, Thomas Jefferson, historian Henry Adams, the end of slavery in Massachusetts, the Boston Irish, and, most recently, the Gettysburg Address.
Patricia Gilrein – Patricia is the Art Collections manager for the City of Boston’s Office of Arts and Culture. Her work includes managing the physical and intellectual care of the City’s existing collection, including sculptures, fountains, murals, and items associated with public buildings. Patricia also administers the Boston Art Commission. Patricia grew up in Western Massachusetts and lives in Dorchester. She has worked with collections of art and design in the US and the UK for nearly two decades. For the past 10 years, she has worked with Boston-area museums to lead several large-scale collections re-locations as well as storage design and improvement projects. Prior to moving to Boston, she assisted in establishing a physical archive and records management system for Coach in NYC. Patricia graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a degree in art history, and the University of St. Andrews with an M.A. in museum studies.

Fenway Civic is a board-driven, all-volunteer, member-supported organization whose goal is to promote and sustain a vital, livable neighborhood.

Web: www.fenwaycivic.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FenwayCivic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fenwaycivic 

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