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Dear Members and Friends:

Looking for a bright spot to start your July? Please spread the news of these free events on July 7th, courtesy of Kaji Aso Studio.
Take a moment to share your wishes at Symphony Park, and drop by for a virtual event with art, poetry, and music that evening – details below!
TANABATA: An Ancient Story for Modern Times
Presented by Kaji Aso Studio in partnership with Symphony Park
 
Tanabata is a beloved celebration in Japan which recognizes an Ancient Story of separation, longing, hopes, wishes and reunion. It is celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th month (July 7th). Every year Kaji Aso Studio presents art, poetry and music inspired by this story and participants help celebrate by tying wishes to green branches (in Japan – bamboo).  This year Kaji Aso Studio joined in partnership with Symphony Park to help the community learn about and enjoy this story to nourish our hearts.  More than ever we can empathize with the couple’s patience, longing and promise to be together. Find out more here: https://www.kajiasostudioevents.com/
 
Two ways to participate for FREE that are open to the public:
 
  • Tuesday, July 7th – anytime from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. please visit Symphony Park (39 Edgerly Road/behind Whole Foods) to see the 5-color streamers flying and write your own wishes to tie to the bamboo “Wishing Tree”.
  • Tuesday, July 7th starting at 7:00 pm EST join the virtual event inspired by this theme for an Evening of Art, Poetry and Music presented by Kaji Aso Studio CLICK HERE for TANABATA July 7th @ 7 PM
 
 
Acknowledgements: This project is supported by a Transformative Public Art grant from the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.  Kaji Aso Studio programming is also supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture; and a grant from the Mission Hill / Fenway Neighborhood Trust. 

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Dear FCA Members:
Save the date!
With work beginning in July on the Phase II project, the Muddy River Maintenance and Management Committee (MMOC) invites you to join in the virtual Phase 2 Construction Preview next Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 6pm to 7pm via Zoom.
See attached for how to register, or go to:
As one of the original MMOC members, Fenway Civic would like to ensure this information is widely available to the public.  See the flyer for more details.

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Dear Members:

Please see the following announcement from Mayor Walsh regarding today’s Census Day of Action.
We hope you will take time to register if you have not done so.
Links for completing by phone or online are below.
CITY of BOSTON

Have you completed the 2020 Federal Census?

Every ten years, the federal government conducts a census, with a goal of counting every person living in the United States. The data collected ensures that our communities get fair representation in Congress. It also determines where billions of dollars in federal funding will go over the next decade. This funding supports things like healthcare, food and nutrition programs, education, childcare, and housing. In the video below, I discuss the importance of the Census:
As our City continues to battle the COVID-19 crisis and works toward an equitable recovery, it’s more important than ever that everyone fills out the census so that we get the resources we need. In the years to come, federal funding will play a key role in providing relief to local families, veterans, the homeless, schools, small businesses, and more. Filling out the 2020 Census is an immediate action you can take to help with our relief efforts from the safety of your home. 

So I’m asking everyone to fill out the census, if they haven’t already. It takes just a few minutes, and you can do it online or over the phone. It’s also available in 13 languages. Go to my2020Census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to participate. In the event you misplaced or never received your census ID, this guide will explain how you can still respond without it.

Please remember, your responses are safe and confidential. You will not be asked about your immigration status, and your answers will not affect any public benefits you receive.

We want to make sure that everyone gets counted, because in Boston, everyone counts. This is a time to make your voices heard, own your power, and help keep Boston strong for years to come.

Thank you,

Mayor Walsh

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Dear FCA members and friends:

The Army Corps has issued its first 90 day look-ahead for Phase 2.  There will likely be questions along the way as Phase two begins implementation in designated areas.  We will do our best to keep you informed through our representation on the Muddy River Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee and also point out that the address for questions directly to the Corps MuddyRiver@USACE.army.mil.

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All are invited to this virtual event – details at: https://www.emeraldnecklace.org/events/annualmeeting/

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While classes at Symphony Park and Clemente Field have paused, Boston Parks and Recreation have put together free virtual classes for everyone.

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Event: Check-in Town Meeting with Fenway Legislators

Time: Jun 9, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Description: Representatives Jon Santiago, Chynah Tyler, and Jay Livingstone and Senator Will Brownsberger will be holding a town hall style meeting on Zoom to hear questions, thoughts and concerns and share views about legislation and current events.
 
Meeting ID: 939 1752 2335
Password: 704329

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Dear Members and Friends:

Please take a moment to fill out this survey from the Fenway Community Center and help shape the center’s services and programs.
FCC continues to offer programs and events online – for more information, visit: https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/ or follow it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fenwaycommunitycenter/

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Please find the latest updates from The City of Boston regarding COVID-19 and re-opening The City.

 

COVID-19 CASES

TESTING UPDATE

REOPENING

2020 CENSUS

OPEN SPACE SURVEY

RENTERS RIGHTS TOWN HALL MEETING

FRESH TRUCK OPEN AIR MARKET

BOSTON RESILIENCY FUND REMINDER

CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS

GENERAL REMINDERS

STAY INFORMED

 

COVID-19 CASES

The City of Boston has 12,050 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive). So far, 5,121 of these 12,050 residents have fully recovered. Unfortunately, there have been 588 COVID-19 related deaths in Boston. 

 

The City posts race and ethnicity data for deaths, as well as for confirmed cases here.

 

The Boston Public Health Commission will be providing the updated total of cases in Boston residents as it is received from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Information can be found at boston.gov/coronavirus or bphc.org.

 

Massachusetts has 87,052 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) and 5,862 deaths reported at this time. Massachusetts has also tested 460,826 individuals to date. 

 

The City of Boston has two dashboards to provide statistics on COVID19 cases in Boston and throughout Massachusetts. View them here.

 

The City of Boston has a free texting service to provide daily updates and information about the coronavirus. Text BOSCOVID to 888-777 to opt-in for English. Language and communications access remains a priority for Mayor Walsh, so this text service which was available in Spanish, Haitan Creole, French, Cabo Verdean Creole, and Portuguese, now includes Somali, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Russian.

  • Text BOSEspanol to 888-777 for Spanish

  • Text BOSKreyol to 888-777 for Haitian Kreyol

  • Text BOSFrancais to 888-777 for French

  • Text BOSKriolu to 888-777 for Cabo Verdean Creole

  • Text BOSPortugues to 888-777 for Portuguese

  • Text BOSSoomali to 888-777 for Somali

  • Text BOSChi to 888-777 for Simplified Chinese

  • Text BOSbilAraby to 888-777 for Arabic

  • Text BOSViet to 888-777 for Vietnamese

  • Text BOSRus to 888-777 for Russian

Updates in 10 total languages can additionally be accessed through boston.gov/coronavirus#multilingual-help. Each language has its own page and hosts multilingual print materials distributed citywide. 

 

TESTING UPDATE

  • Last week, the citywide positive test rate was 13.9%. This was a new low and brings the city’s cumulative positive test rate to 27%, down 2 percentage points from the week before. The City has continued targeted outreach and testing in neighborhoods seeing the most cases, and as a result, those communities’ positive rates continue to go down.

  • The City also continues to build a citywide strategy for increased testing, which includes an effort that starts next week to test all first responders. 

  • Overall, the data tells us that we have been moving in the right direction on new cases, positive test rates, and hospitalization for about 3 weeks. 

  • Every data trend gives a reason for caution, in terms of how gradual our progress is, how necessary our precautions have been, and how much potential there is for new outbreaks if we don’t keep doing the right things. 

 

REOPENING

Implementing Phase 1 of the State’s Reopening Plan in Boston:

On Monday, May 18, the Governor launched Phase 1 of a statewide reopening plan.The Mayor stressed that reopening does not mean “back to normal”—it means bringing caution and a commitment to stopping the spread of COVID-19 into workplaces and community spaces.

  • Boston will continue to meet the needs of families, seniors, and small businesses, as well as continue to follow the science and public health guidance, while monitoring the data at the city and state levels.

  • The Public Health Emergency declared on March 15 in the City of Boston remains in place until further notice. The same applies to the guidelines for physical distancing and face coverings, as well as the citywide recommended curfew of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

  • The City will continue to focus on equity and meeting the needs of vulnerable communities, families with children, seniors, and small businesses. 

 

Reopening construction:

  • Under the statewide plan: Construction can start the week of May 18.

  • Boston’s approach: Boston has a phased-in approach with comprehensive health and safety requirements. 

    • Starting this week of May 18: Work on schools, hospitals, smaller residential projects, and open-air construction can restart.

    • Starting on May 26: Other work allowed by the state may resume.

  • Contractors must submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan before returning to work. 

 

Reopening office spaces:

  • Under the statewide plan: Office spaces will be allowed to open with 25% capacity starting on May 25. 

  • Boston’s approach: The City will take this step on June 1.

  • This timeline allows the City to work in collaboration with building owners and employers on safety plans that meet robust public health standards.

  • Every employer must create and implement plans for workplaces to minimize the spread of the virus, as outlined by the State.

  • The City is creating guidelines for offices to follow, based on national best practices and expert input.

    • These guidelines include shift scheduling, work-from-home policies, physical spacing, PPE, cleaning protocols, ventilation, employee communication, and more. These guidelines will be shared next week (week of May 25).

 

Reopening small businesses:

  • Under the statewide plan: Retail stores are allowed to open for curbside pickup on May 25, as well as some services, including hair care and car washes. 

  • Boston’s approach: The City is ready to help small businesses create plans that not only meet state guidelines, but go beyond them. However, we are also urging caution. 

  • The Boston Transportation Department has helped facilitate safe curbside pickup for essential businesses, and will expand that work as needed. The City is also developing creative public space solutions for pedestrians in business districts.

  • If businesses don’t feel comfortable opening, the City will back them in that decision and continue to make services and resources available to them. 

  • The City will provide more information in the days and weeks ahead to help employers and community organizations stay safe and connected. Small business owners can reach out to our Office of Small Business

 

Reopening houses of worship:

  • Under the statewide plan: Places of worship are allowed to open starting this week, at 40% capacity and with strict distancing practices and face coverings.

  • Boston’s approach: Places of worship must take a very cautious approach and are urged to not reopen if they have doubts about being able to plan, implement, and monitor strict safety guidelines. 

  • The Statewide “Safer at Home” policy remains in place, which advises against people 65 and older leaving home unless absolutely necessary. The Mayor urged seniors to adhere to the advisory and hold off on going back to places of worship, even if services restart. He also asked faith leaders to reach out to their elderly parishioners, to guide them and support them in putting safety first, and keep them connected in other ways.

  • The City has been getting questions about church choirs and hymns. The Mayor says they shouldn’t happen yet, given the added risk of virus transmission from singing in addition to speaking. Face coverings must be worn at all times.

 

2020 CENSUS

We are reminding residents to take the 2020 Census during this time of physical distancing. To date, only 49.8% of households have responded, which is lower than the statewide average response rate of 64.4%. We need to increase the rate of response.

  • Much of the funding that comes from the Census count helps the most vulnerable among us. It provides, for instance, health care (Medicare and Medicaid), public education (grants for special education and Boston Public Schools), food and nutrition programs (SNAP and free school breakfast/lunch programs), affordable housing (Section 8 vouchers), and child care (Head Start) for low-income families.

  • The 2020 Census is a way to directly increase community power. It will impact our daily lives for the next 10 years. Many of Boston’s communities are at risk of an undercount. We need a complete and accurate count because all of Boston deserves to be seen, heard, and invested in.

  • The Census has never been more accessible. You can respond to the 2020 Census online (my2020census.gov), over the phone, or by mail. You can respond to the 2020 Census online or over the phone in 13 different languages.

 

OPEN SPACE SURVEY

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is undertaking a Parcel Priority Plan to identify and evaluate land that should be protected as open space. Creating new open space and protecting existing open space will depend on practical concerns and available resources. Please consider sharing your feedback with the Parks Dept about where you would like to see more open space in our neighborhood! Learn more here

 

RENTERS RIGHTS TOWN HALL MEETING

If you have any questions about your rights as a tenant, join the The Department of Neighborhood Development and Greater Boston Legal Services on Tuesday, May 26, at 6 p.m. for a virtual town hall, where we will discuss tenants’ rights during and after COVID-19. The town hall will be a WebEx event and can be accessed here.

 

FRESH TRUCK OPEN AIR MARKET

The Mayor’s Office of Food Access has modified the Fresh Truck weekly markets to provide fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables while keeping our staff, volunteers, and shoppers safe during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information visit www.thefreshtruck.org, email info@thefreshtruck.org, or call (617) 297-7685.

 

Important points on the markets:

  • Fresh Truck Open Air Markets are a safe and convenient way to purchase fresh produce at low prices.

  • Customers can choose from several options of pre-packed $10 bags that obtain a mix of fruits and vegetables.

  • Fresh Truck Open Air Market accepts cash, credit, EBT, and HIP.

  • Markets are conveniently located in various neighborhoods. 

 

Schedule:

Monday: 11am-1pm | Charlestown BHA & Newtown 38 O’Reilly Way  

Tuesday: 2-4pm | East Boston PJK School 343 Saratoga Street   

Wednesday: 11am-1pm | South Boston West Broadway BHA 7 Joyce Hayes Way          Thursday: 10am-12pm | South Boston Mary Ellen McCormack BHA Sterling Square   

Friday: 11am-1pm | Dorchester Franklin Field BHA 9O Ames Street; 11am-1pm | Brighton Faneuil Gardens BHA 45 Faneuil Street

 

BOSTON RESILIENCY FUND REMINDER

The Boston Resiliency Fund provides grant funding to nonprofits supporting communities, families, & individuals in the City of Boston who are most immediately and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. For more information including translated materials, visit boston.gov/resiliency-fund.

 

CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS

All essential City of Boston services such as public safety, public health and maintenance operations including street cleaning, parks maintenance, trash and recycling pick up, etc will continue to be in operation.

  • City Hall is open to the public only on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am – 5 pm.

  • Public access to 1010 Massachusetts Avenue is limited to the Boston Public Health Commission on the 2nd Floor and residents must be accompanied when entering the building. 

  • Everyone entering City Hall, including employees and members of the public, will be required to complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms, including elevated temperature.

  • Residents are required to make appointments if they need to visit any of the essential services offered out of City Hall, and can learn more about the status of city departments and hours of operation here

 

GENERAL REMINDERS

  • Stay home. If you must go outside, practice physical distancing from others (6 feet apart); avoid crowded places.

  • Wear a face covering if you absolutely must go outside. Face covers help reduce the risk of a person spreading the virus, especially if they are asymptomatic. Visit CDC guidelines on face coverings for more information and guidance. 

  • Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 911. The City of Boston’s EMTs and hospitals have the capacity and ability to treat everyone.

  • Observe the recommended curfew for everyone in Boston except for essential workers to stay at home from 9 pm to 6 am daily. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol; avoid shaking hands

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • If you think you might be sick, please call your doctor or 311 to be connected to the Mayor’s Health Line 617-534-5050. Buoy Health has created a free online diagnostic tool which screens for COVID19 at buoy.com/mass.

  • Donate supplies to first responders here.

  • Donate to the City of Boston Resiliency Fund here.

  • Volunteer with the City of Boston here

  • For Food access needs, visit our Food Resources Map or call 3-1-1.

  • Fill out the 2020 Census. The Census informs how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years. It’s more critical than ever to ensure that all Bostonians are counted. 

 

STAY INFORMED

Receive the latest COVID19 info from reliable sources. 

Visit: bphc.org/coronavirus; boston.gov/coronavirus; mass.gov/2019coronavirus

Call: 311 or 211.

 

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New Trees in Fenway

Some good news!
After years of advocating for street tree replacements along Park Drive in the Fenway, Fenway Civic Association is happy to report that some 50 trees have been planted by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in partnership with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. This is an example of what coordination between public, private, and citizen efforts can yield.
We would like to recognize the special efforts of Conservancy Field Operations Manager Ellen Arnstein, landscape architects Kyle Zick and Mike Doucette, and DCR’s Stella Lensing and Jeff Enochs.
The handsome specimens consist of hornbeam, redbud, serviceberry, linden, tupelo, and elms.
These trees will need everyone’s care and attention as they become established in the next few years.
Please encourage your building and your neighbors to water them 20 gallons once a week in times of heat stress.

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