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Dear Members and Friends:

Happy June! We have a number of announcements this week as follows:

1. Wednesday, June 8th, 3:30 p.m. Fenway Cares Free food distribution

Need food? Know someone who does or want to volunteer for a good cause?

Fenway Cares will be distributing free fresh produce, grains, and more at two locations:

East Fenway at Symphony Community Park, 39 Edgerly Road and West Fenway at the Fenway Community Center, corner of Boylston and Jersey Streets.

Volunteers are always welcome! Please sign up at: https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/fenwaycaresfood/

2. Wednesday, June 8th 6 p.m. Virtual Citizens Advisory Council meeting, Air Rights Parcel 13

A public meeting will be held by the BPDA to discuss a revised Letter of Intent filing for Air Rights Parcel 13 in the East Fenway/Back Bay neighborhood.

This parcel is located at the intersection of Boylston and Massachusetts Avenue.

To register, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/news-calendar/calendar/2022/06/08/parcel-13-citizens-advisory-committee-meeting

To read the filing, visit: https://bpda.app.box.com/s/r2sxwh0cuoao1gu42u2zkmypwuzqhbbg

3. Thursday, June 9th, 10:00 a.m. Free Chair Yoga at Symphony Park

Boston Parks’  Free Summer Fitness Series is back!

Join neighbors for a gentle chair yoga class at Symphony Park, located at 39 Edgerly Road

Water will be provided – wear comfortable clothing.

This class is fair weather only. For more information and a full listing of fitness events, see the attached flyer

4. Thursday, June 9th 6 p.m. Virtual public meeting regarding the Red Sox #55 Bus Study

This public meeting will present a study regarding existing bus conditions, funded by Fenway Sports Group. Join to be a part of this important conversation!

Join Zoom Meeting https://redsox.zoom.us/j/98988704272?pwd=V3VURkc2ZzlQRkgyTkp6UTRPUG1TQT09 Meeting ID: 989 8870 4272Passcode: 373500One tap mobile+19292056099,,98988704272# US (New York) 13017158592,,98988704272# US +(Washington DC) 

And please save these dates next week!

Dear Members and Friends,

Another light week in the Fenway – please see the following events for the week ahead!

1. Wednesday, May 25th, 12 p.m.: Community Preservation Meet and Greet (virtual)

Interested in learning more about how Boston’s Community Preservation Act works?

Join this virtual session to learn more about the state statute, what CPA funds do to support housing, open space, and historic preservation, and how you can get involved.

Learn more and RSVP at : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdv3RzcnyzyMuIYJ343RuNA4iCYdbDDu_qMHy2EHMQyIn7Ogw/viewform

2. Wednesday, May 25th, 3:30 p.m. – Fenway Cares, East Fenway (39 Edgerly Road) and West Fenway (Fenway Community Center, corner of Jersey and Boylston Street)

Need food? Know someone who does, or want to volunteer for a good cause?

Fenway Cares will be distributing free produce, grains and more at Symphony Park and Fenway Community Center.

To learn more or to request a delivery, visit: 

3. Friday, May 27th 9 a.m.-12 p.m. – Berklee Love Your Block Clean Up – East Fenway

Berklee College will be hosting a staff-led Love Your Block clean-up in the East Fenway.

Neighbors are welcome to join! To sign up to volunteer, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXyqXaxUWR2Gn2Mn4hhlQD9fLLyD5XaK_rHZUxL4xVIMMqxQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

4. Monday, May 30th 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Memorial Day Open House, Museum of Fine Arts

Sticking around for the long weekend? The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will be providing free admission on a first come first served basis.

To learn more and to register, visit: https://www.mfa.org/event/open-house/memorial-day-open-house?event=3182

5. Monday, May 30th 11 a.m.-4 p.m. – Frank Hatch Free Day at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Bring family and friends for a free day of art making, music, art, and more!

To register, visit: https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/frank-hatch-free-day-memorial-day-20220530

And save the date for these events ahead

Dear Members and Friends,

The Bus Network Redesign proposal was released today.

Please see the following link for information, including large changes proposed for the #55 bus.

We encourage you to attend the Bus Network Redesign meeting on May 19th – you may register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_99oZhMAfQKmgLnYsLEvfDA

Can’t attend? Submit your comments online using this link:  https://www.mbta.com/projects/bus-network-redesign/update/bus-network-redesign-proposal#feedback

Dear Members and Friends,

A few announcements for the week and some items to mark on your calendars:

1. Wednesday, May 18th, 9:30 a.m. – Mayor Wu’s Coffee Hour, Ramler Park, 130 Peterbrough Street.

Join neighbors and friends for a cup of coffee with the mayor! Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with Mayor Wu and city officials- it is a good way to express your priorities and concerns, and get to know your city representatives.

Each attendee will receive a free flowering plant. Event is weather permitting

2. Thursday, May 19th, 6:00 p.m. – Virtual Bus Network Redesign Meeting

We strongly encourage you to attend Thursday’s virtual meeting.

The proposed redesign has consequences for the #55 bus route:

  • The route will begin at Longwood Medical Area, down Boylston Street, continue down Mass Ave and end at Kendall Square, Cambridge
  • The bus will no longer stop at Copley and instead will stop at Hynes Convention for Green Line connections (or Kenmore until Hynes is ADA accessible)
  • There will no longer be direct connectivity to downtown via bus
  • The route will no longer go through Queensberry and Jersey St.

To attend this meeting and share your thoughts, register here.

3. Saturday, May 21st 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Household Hazardous Waste, Paper Shredding, and Textiles and e-waste Drop-Off Day, Central DPW Facility, 400 Frontage Rd., Boston 02118

Finishing up your spring cleaning? Take advantage of the city’s waste and drop-off days by bringing hazardous materials, papers for shredding, and your unwanted e-waste and textiles to Public Works. More information, including what you can and can’t drop off at:

https://www.boston.gov/calendar/household-hazardous-waste-paper-shredding-textiles-and-electronics-drop

Finally, Boston’s Summer in the City Guide is out! See this guide to access free concerts, classes, and events across the city: https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/file/2022/05/%2722%20Summer%20Guide_web2_0.pdf

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Save the dates ahead:

Dear Members and Friends,

We are excited to be nearing our Annual Flower Share with Northeastern University and the return of our Birds of the Back Bay Fens Birdwalk!

Please see the following events for the week ahead.

1. Tuesday May 10th, 5:00 p.m. – Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC) Meeting

The BCDC will be hosting a virtual meeting to discuss public realm impacts of proposed development.

Tuesday’s meeting includes discussion of the Longwood Place development at Simmons’ residential campus.

To learn more and to register to attend, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/news-calendar/calendar/2022/05/10/boston-civic-design-commission-meeting

2. Wednesday, May 11th, 3:30 p.m. – Fenway Cares free food distribution, West Fenway (Fenway Community Center, corner of Jersey and Boylston) and East Fenway (Symphony Community Park, 39 Edgerly Road)

Need food? Know someone who does or want to volunteer for a good cause? Fenway Cares will be distribution free product, grains, and more at both East and West Fenway locations. Volunteers are always welcome!

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

3. Wednesday, May 11th 6:00 p.m. –  Fenway Corners Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting

A public meeting will be held with CAC members that includes discussion of the overall project proposal, its impacts, and proposed mitigation. 

Following a presentation, public comments will be accepted. To learn more and to register, visit: https://www.bostonplans.org/news-calendar/calendar/2022/05/11/fenway-corners-community-advisory-committee-meetin

4. Saturday, May 14th – Annual Flower Share with Northeastern University

We are happy to host flower shares with our partners at Northeastern University at two locations in both the East and West Fenway.

All members who ordered flowers should have received a confirmation with reminders about the date, time and location of their pick-up.

If you have not ordered flowers but would like some, or if you did not receive a reminder, please contact us at fenwaycivic@aol.com

Special thanks to Northeastern University for their support of this event!

5. Sunday, May 15th 7:30 a.m.  – Birds of the Back Bay Fens

Please join us for FCA’s annual “Birds of the Back Bay Fens” Guided Spring Bird Walk with Stephen Baird. 

Location: Back Bay Fens park in Boston’s West Fenway neighborhood. Meet at the Japanese Bell outside the Kelleher Rose Garden by the footbridge across from the Museum of Fine Arts at 7:30 a.m. Free parking on Sundays in Boston. 

Thrill to the sights and sounds of the array of birds that inhabit the Back Bay Fens each spring. We will walk along the Muddy River to the Victory Gardens. All levels welcome. Please bring binoculars, if you have them. Loaner binoculars will be available. In the event of heavy rain, the walk will be cancelled. Host: Stephen Baird, Nature’s Zeitgeist has photo-documented wildlife of the Boston area for over 30 years.  Details on the wildlife of the Emerald Necklace area and surrounding watersheds can be accessed on the Nature’s Zeitgeist FaceBook page and Friends of Jamaica Pond web site

Save the dates ahead!

  • 5/18: Mayor’s Coffee Hour at Ramler Park, 9:30 a.m.
  • 5/19: Bus Network  Redesign Public meeting 6 p.m.
  • 5/21: Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off day 9 a.m. -2 p.m.

May news

Dear Members and Friends,

May is upon us! We have light news this week but some save the dates ahead…

1. Wednesday, May 4th 6:00 p.m. Filming First Ladies  at the Massachusetts Historical Society (online event)

 Register and learn more at: https://www.masshist.org/events/filming-first-ladies
Hear from creators at CSPAN and SHOWTIME® as they discuss the process of writing and producing historic documentaries and dramas. Aaron Cooley will speak about his experience creating The First Lady, how the concept for the show came to be and why SHOWTIME® focused on the first ladies who were chosen. It will also touch on how the series strove to share new information to viewers while discussing some of the most famous women in America. Mark Farkas will reflect on C-SPAN’s First Ladies: Influence and Image series, and its portrayal of first ladies Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama and their lives and evolution over their tenure at the White House. The conversation will be moderated by MHS president Catherine Allgor, a scholar of the early republic and noted expert on the life and times of Dolley Madison.

2. Thursday, May 5th, 3:00-9:00 p.m. Free First Thursdays at the Gardner

Join the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on the first Thursday of every month for a restorative evening of discovery and community. Explore art, architecture, and seasonal horticulture displays in the Palace. The Café is open late for dinner and drinks. Calderwood Hall and the Bertucci Education Studio will not be open on May 5. To register, visit: 
https://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/free-first-thursdays-may-2022

3. Saturday, May 7th 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Household e-waste and paper shredding pop up

The City’s Public Works Department is hosting an electronic and paper drop off at 1205 VFW Parkway in West Roxbury this Saturday. 

Get a jump start on your spring cleaning – up to 10 copy-size boxes of documents will be accepted. To learn more about what types of electronics will be accepted, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/recycling-household-electronics. Note- this is not a hazardous waste collection date.

Event details for the May 7th drop off at: https://www.boston.gov/calendar/electronic-waste-drop-and-paper-shredding-pop-event

Coming your way:

  • May 11th – Fenway Cares 3:30 p.m.
  • May 11th – Fenway Corners CAC meeting, 6:00 p.m.
  • May 14th – Fenway Civic Annual Flower Share with Northeastern University 
  • May 15th – Birds of the Back Bay Fens guided bird walk, 7:30 a.m.

Dear Members and Friends,

Fenway Studios will be hosting a Grand Opening of Fenway Gallery at Fenway Studios with two days of festivities:

Saturday, April 30th: Indoor/Outdoor Open Studios, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 1st: Indoor/Outdoor Open Studios, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with a 1:00 p.m. ribbon cutting and speeches by Councilor Kenzie Bok, Representative Jay Livingstone, and Senator Will Brownsberger.

Join the fun and celebration! – Ipswich Street will be closed to traffic on May 1st.

Dear Members and Friends,
Please see the following events and announcements. We also would like to thank Tufts University and the Tufts Community Grants Program for awarding Fenway Civic with a $2,000 grant to support Fenway Cares this year!

1. Tuesday, April 26th 6:00 p.m. (virtual) Neighborhood Improvement Committee meeting: Join Berklee and the Neighborhood Improvement Committee and hear from new Berklee President Erica Muhl. President Muhl will share her leadership vision and will be available to take questions from community members.This meeting will also include discussion on city and state budgets with our elected officials along with other community updates.
Meeting link at: https://berklee.zoom.us/j/95995463982pwd=YnZMdjliYVNNL3hWeHZJTk5pK3lNZz09Meeting ID: 959 9546 3982
Passcode: 187453

2. Wednesday, April 27th 3:30 p.m. Fenway Cares free food distribution: Need food? Know someone who does, or want to volunteer for a good cause?Fenway Cares will be distributing free produce, grains, and more at two locations: Fenway Community Center (corner of Jersey and Boylston Street) and Symphony Community Park (39 Edgerly Road)To learn more or to sign up, visit https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/fenwaycaresfood/

3. Boston Open Space Plan survey: Boston is updating its 7 year open space plan! Do you have ideas and input for what you would like to see? Take a 5 minute survey to share your input. To learn more and to take the survey, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/updating-seven-year-open-space-plan

4. Apply for programming at 401 Park: Applications due by Sunday, May 1 Samuels & Associates are building their first cohort program, an intentional initiative designed for entrepreneurs and practitioners in arts and culture, wellness/public health, and the LGBTQ+ community. Selected cohort members will receive a $2,500 stipend, marketing support, and access to executive mentorship through a communal leadership building program. A steering committee with external partners will manage the selection process. To apply, visit: https://bit.ly/3jSkQ3G


Save the date! Mayor Wu’s Coffee Hours at Ramler Park will be held May 18th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Come meet Mayor Wu and speak to the Mayor and staff from City departments about open space and your neighborhood. Dunkin’ will be on-site with freshly brewed coffee and assorted treats. In addition, each family in attendance will receive a free flowering plant provided by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, while supplies last. Residents at each event will be eligible to win a raffle prize from Dunkin’. Fresh fruit will be provided by Star Market. Additional support by City Express.

Dear Members and Friends:

Please see the following announcements for the week ahead!

1. Boston Marathon Traffic advisory:
Street closures and parking restrictions related to the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18th will be in effect in the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Fenway-Kenmore, North End and Government Center.For information about parking restrictions, road closures, and more, visit: 

https://www.boston.gov/news/2022-boston-marathon-traffic-advisory

2. Wednesday, April 20th, 6:00 p.m. Longwood Place Public meeting (virtual)Join the BPDA and project proponent for a public meeting to discuss proposed development for the Simmons residential campus. The proposed PDAconsists of the redevelopment of the approximately 5.8 acre site located at 305 Brookline Avenue in the Longwood neighborhood of Boston with a phased mixed-use development consisting of approximately 1.75 million gross square feet of residential, office/laboratory, retail, restaurant, commercial, community space, and parking.To join, visit: 

https://www.bostonplans.org/news-calendar/calendar/2022/04/20/longwood-place-public-meeting

Other news:

Dear Members and Friends,

Please see announcements and events for the upcoming week.

1. City of Boston FY’23 budget survey

Interested in sharing your input on the city’s upcoming budget? Visit https://www.boston.gov/departments/budget or take the city survey at this link.

2. Monday, April 11th, 5:30 p.m. Free Poetry Workshop (online)

Celebrate National Poetry Month by participating in a workshop with Boston’s Poet Laureate!

This writing workshop series will explore themes associated with COVID-19, quarantine, health, and joy.

A list of workshops in this series and registration information is at: 

https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/623b1b217acb1a28004470f1

3. Wednesday, April 13th, 3:30 p.m. Fenway Cares (East and West Fenway)

Need food? Know someone who does or want to volunteer for a good cause?

Fenway Cares will be distributing free food bags at Symphony Park (East Fenway, 39 Edgerly Road) and the Fenway Community Center (West Fenway, corner of Jersey and Boylston Street) at 2 p.m.

To sign up to volunteer, request a delivery, or learn more, visit: 

4. Wednesday, April 13th 6:00 p.m. Fenway Corners Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting

Join CAC members, the BPDA, and the Fenway Corners project team for a virtual meeting to discuss the Fenway Corners project.

Your comments are important and due by April 15th! To register for this virtual event, visit: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_dWCWsx_PTrGfOFbDYMyWvQ

To learn more and comment, visit: https://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/fenway-corners

Save the date:

Longwood Place public meeting, April 20th, 6:00 p.m.

And don’t forget to register for your flowers! Registration for the Annual FCA/Northeastern flower share is due April 22nd!

Sign up form at: https://forms.gle/Q1h5iJTQtM5VvFAr5