News Briefs


The free Family Film Festival series is returning this summer to Prudential Center and the list of great family movies is below. Saturdays starting July 2 through August 27, beginning with fun kid activities at 6 p.m. and then the outdoor movies begin at sundown.

Movie Schedule for 2016:

  • 7/2- Minions
  • 7/9- Wizard of Oz
  • 7/16- The Good Dinosaur
  • 7/23- Tangled
  • 7/30- Inside Out
  • 8/6- Brave
  • 8/13- Zootopia
  • 8/20- A Bugs Life
  • 8/27- Mary Poppins


The Old Dover Neighborhood Association will host the developer of the Quinzani’s project, Related Beale Companies, at its June 7 meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Project Place.

The developer is scheduled to present their plans and take questions from the membership. The project has had one meeting of the impact advisory committee, and at the May meeting, a representative from Old Dover said the company is “first rate,” though there are some concerns. Other agenda items include:

  • Safety and Security Update
  • Transportation and Parking – a representative from Boston Transportation is expected to be present to discuss changes to the forthcoming bicycle lane on East Berkeley Street and also the proposal floated by Old Dover to alleviate parking.
  • Discussion of Monthly Meeting Schedule for September and fall
  • Event Planning – There has been discussion within the Old Dover Board of planning a fundraising event, as a way to bring together the community and contribute to a worthy local cause.


Starting at noon on June 11, an estimated million spectators will cheer over 25,000 people marching from Boylston Street to City Hall Plaza (by way of the South End) in Boston’s Pride Parade.  They will represent numerous churches, schools, associations, clubs, companies, politicians, bars and sports teams.

The route will start somewhere near or on Boylston Street close to Copley Square, from there onto Clarendon to Tremont to Berkeley, back to Boylston, down to Charles, up Beacon by the State House and on to City Hall Plaza—about two miles.  The parade does take place rain or shine.


On Friday, June 17, from 4:30 to 10 p.m., join Washington Gateway Mainstreets in Blackstone Square for an evening of live music and performance in the park and food trucks and a beer garden on W. Brookline adjacent to it. Every year, the organization celebrates the start of summer and the long days with a variety of musical and culinary experiences. Bring your friends and meet some neighbors while picnicking in this historic park at the heart of the district.


City officials talking about the Vision Zero Campaign at the St. Botolph Neighborhood Association meeting on Tuesday revealed a refreshing fact for many neighbors – the left turn from West Newton Street to Huntington will be restored.

As part of the Symphony reconstruction project, a City official indicated to the audience that the left turn – which was prohibited some years ago and caused speeding on St. Botolph Street – would be restored.

The announcement was followed by heavy applause from neighbors who had just testified about numerous near-death experiences at the tricky intersection.


Congressman Michael Capuano will hold office hours for the Fenway and South End neighborhoods on the second Thursday of every month at the Fenway Community Health Center, 1340 Boylston St.

The hours are from noon to 1 p.m. and will have a representative from Capuano’s office in attendance.


The owners of a national, high-end coffee chain announced their intentions to open a new coffee shop at the corner of West Newton Street and St. Botolph Street during a neighborhood association meeting on Tuesday.

The shop, which still has zoning changes to get through, would be where the laundromat formerly was located.

La Colombe, which is based in Philadelphia and recently opened in Boston’s South Station, seeks to open its second Massachusetts location in the South End.

Property owner Dave Schwartz introduced Michael Grey and Derek Craig to the St. Botolph Neighborhood Association on Tuesday and the duo explained that they offer a very high-end product and even a patent pending non-alcoholic draft coffee – similar to a Guinness Stout but without the booze.

One issue that emerged is the plan to place trash on the curb at night for a hauler. Without access to an alleyway, there would be trouble conforming to the City’s direction to businesses in the area not to place trash of any kind on the curb. That, neighbors explained, was a long-standing fight they won that has seriously alleviated the mice and rat problem in the area.


The City will conduct a Vision Zero project meeting for transportation improvements to the pilot area of Massachusetts Avenue (from Beacon Street to Melnea Cass Blvd.) at a public meeting on Weds., June 15.

The meeting will take place at St. Cecilia Parish, 18 Belvidere St., at 6 p.m.


On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6 p.m.,  the Forum’s Parking Task Force will be holding a public meeting at the South End Library to discuss the recommendations of the Task Force (which are published on the Forum’s Facebook page). All neighbors are welcome to come to this meeting to seek clarity, offer their views, suggest additions or alternatives, and in general give these recommendations a good hearing.Following this public meeting, the Task Force will consider all the input received and then make any final revisions to the report, submit to the full Forum for final approval, and then pass on to our partners in City government.


  • On Sunday, June 19, the annual fundraiser for The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association will take place at Mistral, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Old Dover Spring Social – The Old Dover will have its spring social event on Thursday, June 9, at the Gateway Terrace Courtyard. The rain date will be June 10.
  • Franklin Square clean up – Blackstone/Franklin Square NA is sponsoring a cleanup. Friends of Blackstone and Franklin Squares at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, will conduct an hour-long tidying-up session of Franklin to prepare the park for a summer of fun. The Friends will be at Estragon afterward.


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