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Dear Members and Friends:

Please see the following link for writing workshops and other classes offered by Northeastern Crossing this week. Develop your resume and cover letter, hone your advocacy writing skills, focus on creative writing, or attend a five-hour One Day, One Goal workshop to advance your writing project!

https://www.northeastern.edu/crossing/crossing-events/

Northeastern Crossing is located at 1175 Tremont Street in Roxbury.
For more information, email info@northeasterncrossing.org or call 617-373-2555

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You’re Invited!
Northeastern Breakfast Club Neighborhood Clean-Up & Celebration
Sunday, April 8
Clean-up 10am-12pm, Celebration 12-1pm
Partners: Mission Hill Community Garden, Mission Main Streets, and Fenway Civic Association

Hello Residents and Neighbors,

Please join fellow residents and neighbors and Northeastern student volunteers for our annual clean-up event in Mission Hill and Fenway on April 8! We would love to have you volunteer alongside student volunteers to beautify areas that have been designated by local community organizations. The clean-ups will include spring activities such as raking, weeding, leaf pickup, painting, etc.

The Breakfast Club is a clean-up program lead by Northeastern students on 16 Sundays during the academic year, picking up trash along the streets of Mission Hill and Fenway neighborhoods. So far this year: 543 students have volunteered and collected 135 bags of trash!

Please join the effort in this end-of-year event! Sign-up here and we will contact you will more details about the day. The clean-up will be for two hours, then from 12-1/1:30 we will be hosting a celebration at the Mission Bar and Grill with food and some honorary thank-you prizes for some well-deserving residents and students.Please come after volunteering to eat, mingle and get to know fellow neighbors!

We kindly request that you sign-up for this wonderful annual spring clean-up event so we may plan for food. Please contact me with any questions at 617-373-8480 or r.regan@northeastern.edu

tinyurl.com/neighborhoodcleanup2018

Dear Members:

You are invited to attend the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) meeting for 1241 Boylston Street on Tuesday, March 27th, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Boston Arts Academy, located at 174 Ipswich Street. IAG meetings are public meetings that prioritize discussion between the project proponent and the IAG members.

Please see the meeting announcement below. Comments are being accepted through the Boston Planning and Development Agency link at:

http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/1241-boylston-street?utm_source=Neighborhoods&utm_campaign=49fad3e93f-1241_Boylston_IAG_Meeting3_20_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bccda74844-49fad3e93f-137521641#comment_Form

Dear Members:

For those of you who missed our Annual Meeting, Community Preservation Director Christine Poff will be making a second Fenway presentation about the Community Preservation Act and neighborhood funding opportunities on Tuesday, March 27th, from 6-8 p.m. at the Huntington YMCA, located at 316 Huntington Avenue. Please see the below message from The Fenway Alliance for details.

In partnership with FA-Member the YMCA of Greater Boston, the Fenway Alliance is hosting a Community Preservation Act Forum led by Christine Poff, City of Boston Director of CPA. See details below. You are welcomed to attend this event to learn more about this funding source.

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Dear Members and Friends:

We are excited to announce that we are planning an event coordinated by FCA, Fenway Community Development Corporation, and the Fenway Alliance – a first ever Fenway Porchfest!

Fenway Porchfest will be a community wide, 4 hour event on June 16th that brings music and the arts to the Fenway. By promoting local spaces and local artists, we hope to connect neighbors and showcase the creativity of our residents.

Please join us on March 22nd from 6-8 p.m. at the Fenway Community Center, located at 1282 Boylston Street.
We will present our plans for Porchfest and listen to community input – we look forward to hearing from you! You can register for the meeting here: Fenway Porchfest Community Meeting

Porchfest Meeting Flyer

Dear Members:
On February 21st, the Boston Licensing Board granted the Boston Red Sox with a license for twelve (12) concert dates for the 2018 season. This decision is attached.

FCA has consistently requested that events at Fenway Park consider the needs of our community. We believe there should be a limit to the number of events, in order to ensure residents’ access to and enjoyment of their neighborhood, parks, and homes.

We also believe there are many issues, including traffic, noise, and parkland degradation that remain unaddressed in this decision. We are disappointed in the Licensing Board determination, and will be working with our elected representatives to continue advocating for what we believe is a reasonable request to have community needs and impacts reflected in licensing decisions.

Noise concerns
The Licensing Board stated that in 2017, only two complaints were made for noise during concerts. We ask that this year, residents who experience problems with noise during concert events report this to the City of Boston 311 line by calling 311 or using the 311 app, and to write to fenwaycivic@aol.com. We will be compiling a list of reports to submit to the Licensing Committee this fall.

Parking and Trash Cleanup
In the licensing determination, the Red Sox state that they will meet with representatives of any and all neighborhood groups who wish to review 1) the area covered by Project Place for post-concert cleanups and 2)traffic and parking issues. We ask that members submit their concerns about post-concert trash and parking issues associated with concert events.

Our position to the City and Licensing Board has been that we accept our role as residents of a vibrant community that houses a venerable ballpark; we ask that our voices also be heard as the uses and economics of stadiums change in a way that significantly impacts our quality of life.

As always, feel free to write us with your thoughts and concerns.
The Fenway Civic Association Board

On February 13th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., Boston City Council Committee on Government Operations will hold a hearing on an ordinance regarding short term rentals in the City of Boston. Information is here: https://www.boston.gov/public- notices/38266

The Alliance of Downtown Neighborhood Associations (ADCO), of which FCA is a member, is working to inform residents about the impacts of short term rentals and push for laws that reverse large scale abuse without infringing on the ability of permanent residents to lease their apartment for short periods of time.

To better understand the impacts, please see attached the ADCO study on short term rental regulations, position letter, and press release. Letters may be sent by email to ccc.go@boston.gov, or faxed to 617-635-4203. Please insert Docket #0129 in the reference.
In-person testimony is encouraged.

    • Let the Mayor know how you are impacted by short term rentals, whether by strangers in your building, disruption to quiet enjoyment, increases to your cost, or other.

 

    • Ask that that that ordinance not allow investor units to be rented by Air BNB and similar short term rental vehicles.

 

    • State your support for stable neighborhoods and housing for permanent residents through regulation of short term rentals.

Fenway Civic has worked hard to create and preserve housing in the Fenway. We thought you would want to be informed about the hearing and consider your own response.

 

ADCO background on Short Term Rentals