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Eviction rights

Dear Members & Friends,
If you or someone you know are facing eviction, you have rights and there are emergency financial resources available. 

You have rights:

-A Notice to Quit is NOT an eviction.
-Only a judge can formally evict you from your home.
-If you live in Massachusetts and are being evicted for non-payment of rent, you cannot be evicted if you have a pending rental assistance application.
-If you need legal assistance, Greater Boston Legal Services can provide FREE legal services. Call (617) 603-1807 or email housinghelp@gbls.org
Emergency resources are available:

Massachusetts residents can call 211 to get answers to any urgent questions and resources are available in multiple languages. If you live in Boston, the Office of Housing Stability can connect you with financial relief application assistance and connect with legal help. To reach out call (617) 635-4200.

-Thanks to Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley for this information

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Dear Members and Friends, 


Please see the below announcement from Representative Jon Santiago regarding an upcoming virtual public meeting on August 5th at 6 p.m. to discuss MBTA service changes. We encourage everyone to sign up and testify on behalf of the Fenway and the #55 bus.

I wanted to inform you of an upcoming public meeting hosted by the MBTA to discuss the recent service changes, including the #55 bus. I encourage you to attend and sign up to testify. 

Here is the link to the information for the meeting: https://www.mbta.com/events/2021-08-05/public-meeting-fall-2021-service-changes-virtual

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At the corner of Jersey Street and Queensberry Street. Join residents, representatives, and local neighborhood groups in calling for the full return of this important service at this quick rally – show your support and bring a friend!

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Eviction resources

Dear Members & Friends,
If you or someone you know are facing eviction, you have rights and there are emergency financial resources available. 

You have rights:

-A Notice to Quit is NOT an eviction.
-Only a judge can formally evict you from your home.
-If you live in Massachusetts and are being evicted for non-payment of rent, you cannot be evicted if you have a pending rental assistance application.
-If you need legal assistance, Greater Boston Legal Services can provide FREE legal services. Call (617) 603-1807 or email housinghelp@gbls.org
Emergency resources are available:

Massachusetts residents can call 211 to get answers to any urgent questions and resources are available in multiple languages. If you live in Boston, the Office of Housing Stability can connect you with financial relief application assistance and connect with legal help. To reach out call (617) 635-4200.

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Weekly events

Dear Members and Friends,
Please see the following events and information for the upcoming week:

1. Tuesday, August 3rd, 6:00 p.m., Sunset Concert at Symphony Park – Amaury Cabral Quintet          39 Edgerly Road, Boston 02115, fair weather only
From Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Amaury Cabral Jorge has touched many hearts with his music. The guitarist started playing music at an early age, grabbing a guitar for the first time when he was 6 years old. In 2019 Cabral was selected as a winner of the AES Scholarship, a Presidential Scholarship for Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive, where he auditioned for Berklee’s undergraduate program. He was accepted and started his studies at Berklee in the spring of 2021. 

This series is brought to you by Berklee College of Music, Fenway Civic Association, Friends of Symphony Park, and the City of Boston.

2. Tuesday, August 3rd, 6:30 p.m., Jazz at Ramler Park with the Rusty Scott Quartet           

130 Peterborough Street, Boston 02215, fair weather only    
Enjoy jazz with these Boston Music Award nominees. Performing in Boston, New York, and throughout New England, Boston Music Award Nominees (Best Jazz Artist), The Rusty Scott Quartet delivers!              

The Rusty Scott Quartet plays a variety of jazz music from the 30’s to the 90’s by some of America’s finest composers: Swing by Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Glenn Miller and others of the Big Band era; Latin by Jobim; and Be-bop by artists such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Johnny Griffin, and Thelonious Monk.

3. Wednesday, August 4th, 3:30 p.m. Fenway Cares Free Food Distribution – East and West Fenway
Need food? Know someone who does or want to volunteer? Fenway Cares volunteers will be distributing fresh produce and grains at two locations:West Fenway: Fenway Community Center (corner of Jersey and Boylston Streets)East Fenway: Symphony Park, 39 Edgerly RoadTo learn more, sign up for a delivery, or to volunteer, visit bit.ly/FenwayCaresFood

4. Sunday, August 8th, 5:30 p.m. Save the #55 Bus Rally, corner of Jersey Street and Queensberry Street

Join residents, representatives, and local neighborhood groups in calling for the full return of this important service at this quick rally – show your support and bring a friend!

Red Sox Concerts: Fenway Park has a number of concerts scheduled through the week. For noise or other event-related complaints, you may contact these numbers:City of Boston hotline: 311Red Sox Complaint Line: 617-226-6424City of Boston Licensing: 617-635-4170

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Cancelled due to rain.

Come enjoy free concerts at Ramler Park – Jazz in July with a Latin flair!This concert is fair weather only and made possible by the Friends of Ramler Park and The Robert and Naomi Waldman Foundation.

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Dear Members and Friends,


Public meetings continue for local development and so do Save the #55 bus rallies, along with free concerts, fitness, and food sharing. It’s been a busy summer – we appreciate everyone staying involved!
Please see the below announcements for the upcoming week:


1. Monday, July 19th, 6-8 p.m. Fenway Project Virtual Public Meeting: A massive development proposal is under review that would dramatically affect streets around Fenway Park, changing Jersey Street, Van Ness Street, and connecting Brookline Ave and Richard Ross Way. In total, the project totals 13 parcels of land over 5 acres, and contemplates over 2 million square feet of new development, as much as the last 15 years of West Fenway development projects combined. The comment deadline for the Project Notification Form is July 23rd. We strongly encourage all residents to participate in the process. To register for the meeting, read the project notification form, and submit comments, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/fenway-project or email Aisling Kerr at Aisling.Kerr@boston.gov.


2. Tuesday, July 20th 6 p.m. Symphony Park Sunset Concert Series kick-off, 39 Edgerly Road: All are invited for an evening of summer music at Symphony Park, hosted by Fenway Civic, Berklee College of Music, and the Friends of Symphony Park. Join neighbors to hear the music of Mestizas, a group specializing in a fusion of flamenco, Latin, and jazz genres, with an extended repertoire of covers and originals. This is the first of 4 weekly concerts held on July 20th, 27th, August 3rd, and 10th. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy great music in your local park!Concerts are fair weather only; cancellations will be posted on fenwaycivic.org


3. Tuesday, July 20th, 6 p.m., Red Sox Public Neighborhood Meeting, 20 Jersey Street: Join the Red Sox for an in-person public meeting! It’ll be the first in-person neighborhood meeting since October 2019. Doors will open at 6pm, with the program to begin at 6:30pm. The Red Sox will recap recent and upcoming news and changes coming to the neighborhood, before opening up to questions and discussion from participants.


4. Wednesday, July 21st 10 a.m., Free Chair Yoga at Symphony Park, 39 Edgerly Road: Join us for free fitness in Symphony Park. This gentle yoga class will relax and energize you while you enjoy a chance to meet your neighbors.These classes are weekly and held as part of the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series. For the full Summer Fitness Series schedule, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/boston-parks-fitness-seriesThese classes are fair weather only.


5. Wednesday, July 21st 3:30 p.m. Fenway Cares food share, 1282 Boylston Street (West Fenway), 39 Edgerly Road (East Fenway): Need food? Know someone who does or want to volunteer? Fenway Cares will be hosting its bi-weekly food shares at the Fenway Community Center and Symphony Community Park at 3:30 p.m.To learn more or to sign up for a delivery or volunteer, visit: bit.ly/FenwayCaresFood


6. Thursday, July 22nd 6-8 p.m.: 819 Beacon Street IAG Virtual Public Meeting:
An Impact Advisory Group meeting will be held for 819 Beacon Street, a project consisting of 280,900 square feet of mixed-use programming in partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital. To register for the meeting, read the Draft Project Impact Report, or submit your comments, visit http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/819-beacon-street or email Edward Carmody at Edward.Carmody@boston.gov.


7. Thursday, July 22nd 6:30 p.m.: Jazz at Ramler Park with the International Jazz Quartet, Featuring Tim Mayer, 130 Peterborough Street: Come enjoy free concerts at Ramler Park – Jazz in July with a Latin flair! This concert is fair weather only and made possible by the Friends of Ramler Park and The Robert and Naomi Waldman Foundation


8. Sunday, July 25th, 5:30 p.m.: Save the #55 Bus Rally, corner of Queensberry and Jersey Street Stand up for your community transit! Join Fenway Civic, Fenway CDC, Operation PEACE, and your representatives to protest the cuts to the MBTA #55 bus and route.These bi-weekly protests take just 30 minutes of your time and help build solidarity and exposure about the need for our community bus.

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Fenway Art Walk

Dear Members and Friends, please see this free event announcement below from Samuels & Associates:

Samuels & Associates is proud to announce The Fenway Art Walk: A self-guided walking tour with a special tie-in to the 2021 Sea Walls program. From hyper local to global, we’ve taken a thoughtful approach to bringing art to the community to spark joy at a time when the City is waking up.  The Fenway is already home to world-class museums; this six-stop self-guided tour complements the neighborhood’s cultural vibrancy with a new public art experience, covering an expansive range of artistic style and message – from unique sculptures to cause-inspired street art murals and installations by local artists. You can find The Fenway Art Walk map attached, here are the participating artists and locations:

  • Fountain, Nicole Eisenman, 401 Park
  • Plaza (Arcade), Alexandre da Cunha, Pierce Boston
  • Reflection III, Yellena James, 100 Van Ness St.
  • Rotating artwork by Fenway Studios local artists, Space 120
  • Untitled, Rob Stull, 86-88 Van Ness St.
  • Untitled, Dragon76, alleyway between 120-126 Brookline Ave.

Read more about The Fenway Art Walk and the artists here. More free events in and around 401 Park at: https://thefenway.com/news/article/2021/get-the-411-on-401-park

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Fenway Civic Picnic!

All are invited to the Fenway Civic Association’s picnic, Wednesday July 14th from 6-8 p.m. outside the Kelleher Rose Garden. We’re hoping the weather cooperates and have a great evening in store with Bluegrass/Americana music from The BagBoys supported by The Mission Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Trust, boxed meals thanks to Samuels&Associates, beverages from Star Market Fenway, and support from the Boston Police Hood Ice Cream Truck and chairs, tables, and more from Suffolk Construction. Come hear from your neighborhood representatives and enjoy a stroll in the Kelleher Rose Garden. For more details, see below or write to fenwaycivic@aol.com. This event is free and all are welcome! Special thanks to the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Boston Mounted Rangers for helping make this event possible.

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Upcoming Events

Dear Members and Friends:Please see the following information about upcoming events!


1. Sunday, July 11th, “Waiting for the 55” Rally to Fully Restore the 55 Bus, 5:30 – 6 p.m
Join your neighbors at the corner of Jersey and Queensberry Streets for the latest rally for the 55 bus this Sunday at 5:30pm! The 55 has returned to active service but on a limited schedule, without service during rush hour and only as far as Copley Square. FCA is partnering with Fenway CDC and other community members to continue biweekly rallies until the 55 is fully restored! Please come make your voice heard. You can also call the MBTA and Governor Baker, and email the MBTA and elected officials, details at http://www.tinyurl.com/savethe55

2. Tuesday, July 13th, WS Development-Fenway Sports Group-Twins Realty Development Project Public Meeting, 6 – 8 p.m

A massive development project is under review! The proposed project would dramatically affect streets around Fenway Park, changing Jersey Street, Van Ness Street, and connecting Brookline Ave and Richard Ross Way. In total, the project totals 13 parcels of land over 5 acres, and contemplates over 2 million square feet of new development, as much as the last 15 years of West Fenway development projects combined! We strongly encourage all residents to participate in the process. This is the first of two public meetings for this project, the second will be July 19th. To register for the meeting, read the project notification form, and submit comments, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/fenway-project or email Aisling Kerr at Aisling.Kerr@boston.gov.


3. Wednesday, July 14th, FCA Annual Rose Garden Picnic, 6 – 8 p.m

Fenway Civic is delighted to announce the return of our Annual Rose Garden Picnic! Hear from your Fenway elected representatives, and join your neighbors and friends to listen to bluegrass music from The Bagboys, enjoy a boxed picnic meal, ice cream from the Boston Police Department’s Hood Ice Cream truck, and take in Kelleher Rose Garden’s famously beautiful roses. This is a completely free event, and all are welcome. Please spread the word! Rain date is Thursday, July 15th.

4. Thursday, July 15th, Boston City Council District 7 Candidate Forum, 6:30 – 8 p.m

Fenway Civic is one of many groups co-sponsoring the Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee’s virtual District 7 City Councilor candidate forum. District 7 is currently represented by Acting Mayor Kim Janey, who is giving up the seat for a run for a full term as mayor. The event will be on Zoom, and former City Councilor Tito Jackson will be moderating. Topics will include transportation, housing, law enforcement, and workforce development. Please see the Facebook event for further information, and sign up to attend the event by visiting http://www.tinyurl.com/2021D7Forum.


5. Saturday, July 17th and Sunday, July 18th, Free Admission to Museum of Fine Arts

To celebrate the opening of “Paper Stories, Layered Dreams: The Art of Ekua Holmes,” general admission to the MFA is free on Saturday, July 17, and Sunday, July 18. Free tickets for general admission will be available to reserve at 10 am on July 13. Tickets for special exhibitions are available to purchase now at http://www.mfa.org/tickets. A timed-entry ticket is required for special exhibitions for all visitors, including members and children. Special exhibition tickets include general admission for the entire visit day. Exhibitions can sell out, so plan ahead and reserve your ticket in advance!

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