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The full fleet of 44 Silver Line buses that run through the South End were replaced earlier this spring, and state transportation officials made the grand announcement of the new vehicles on Tuesday morning.

State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said the 44 new Hybrid buses – all 66 foot long – have replaced the older vehicles, which means the South End Silver Line has an entirely new fleet.

The buses were provided by New Flyer Industries in a bid that came out October 2015. The cost of the new fleet was $60 million.

The new fleet is more fuel efficient, more reliable and has improved ADA accommodations.

The first of the new vehicles began running on the line in May.


Old Dover Neighborhood Association may not be meeting this summer, but there are some decisions to be made.

Old Dover President Ken Smith has sent out a letter this week to poll the Association’s members about meeting on a different day.

Last year, Old Dover switched its meeting date to the third Tuesday of every month, but that wasn’t working out so great. The new options are the first Tuesday of the month, or the second Tuesday of the month. Those with an opinion should e-mail Old Dover at [email protected].


The South End National Night Out will take place at the Castle Square Tenants Organization (CSTO) courtyard on Aug. 1, 5-8 p.m.

Please join and celebrate CSTO’s 21st year of hosting the neighborhood safety event. There will be community service awards, food, entertainment, a cook out and inflatables for kids.


Join the Fenway CDC’s free Salsa class to learn a generic style of Salsa, a flowing fun social dance danced to Latin Salsa music, and popular throughout the world. Although this class is for beginners, salsa dancers of all levels are welcomed to attend.

The salsa class will be held on Friday, July 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1340 Boylston St., 9th Floor, Boston.

The event is free for members and $5 with pre-registration for non-members. Visit the to learn more.


Moana Movie Night in the Victory Gardens will be held on August 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Back Bay Fens.


National Night Out will be held on Aug. 9, from 4–7:30 p.m. between Jersey St. & Kilmarnock St. More details are to come.


On Tuesday, August 1, everyone is invited to take part of the Walk for Renewables from the Boston Public Library (Dartmouth Street entrance) to the Fountain at the Christian Science Church Plaza from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dogs on leash, decorated strollers, and bathing suits for kids are optional. Participants are asked to wear navy, black or green t-shirts. Free water and lemonade will be provided.

The event is hosted by Boston Clean Energy Coalition, which includes Mothers Out Front, Sierra Club, HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team) and the Green Committee of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay.



The 2017 Free Shakespeare on the Common presents Romeo & Juliet directed by Allegra Libonati. Performances are free and open to the public.

The play will run from July 19 through Aug. 9 at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common. Performances will run Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 7 p.m. (Off Mondays). There will be one 3 p.m. matinee performances on Saturday, August 5.

The play Romeo & Juliet proves that the power of love triumphs over divisions and differences.

Free Shakespeare on the Common is made possible each year through a combination of grants, sponsorships, and donations collected through the Friends Section program, which consists of lawn chairs set in front of the stage.

Individuals can reserve a chair at a performance with a donation of $60 to $75 per chair, with all proceeds going directly towards the costs of production. Online reservations can be made in advance.


Join PRX Podcast Garage and the Trustees for a night of live storytelling in the iconic Berkeley Community Garden in the South End.

The event will take place on Weds., Aug. 16, 6-9 p.m. at 500 Tremont St.

The evening will begin by meeting neighbors and guided storytelling, followed by a live performance of personal stories on the theme of “Roots.”  Bring a picnic dinner with snacks available for sale. Free and open to all. No dogs allowed in the garden.


Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard series continues this month and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 30, showcasing a variety of artists and musical genres in the library’s iconic Italianesque courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Concerts are held on Weds. at 6 p.m. and on Fridays at 12:30 p.m.; the performances are free and last approximately one hour.

Concerts will be moved to the newly renovated Rabb Hall in the event of inclement weather. Concerts in the Courtyard are generously supported by Deloitte.

July schedule:

  • Joel LaRue Smith, Friday, July 21, 12:30 p.m. Pianist/composer Joel LaRue Smith tours extensively, performing jazz, classical, gospel, and Afro Cuban repertoire throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean.
  • BEARD, Wednesday, July 26, 6 p.m. As musicians raised in the legacy of Berklee College of Music, their primary purpose as BEARD is to impact their audience through genre-defying progressive folk, fusing together traces of jazz, Americana, classical, R&B, and rhythms influenced by world music.
  • Properly Unprepared, Friday, July 28, 12:30 p.m. Properly Unprepared is a five-piece jazz combo, consisting of two alumni and two current students from King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, and an alumnus from Foxboro High School. This Concert in the Courtyard performance is underwritten by Brookline Bank.

August schedule:

  • Harshitha Krishnan, Wednesday, August 2, 6 p.m.
  • Kenn Morr Band, Friday, August 4, 12:30 p.m.
  • Sleeping Lion, Wednesday, August 9, 6 p.m.
  • Boston Philharmonic, Friday, August 11, 12:30 p.m.
  • Venezuelan Project, Wednesday, August 16, 6 p.m.
  • Night Tree, Friday, August 18, 12:30 p.m.
  • Abby Carey, Wednesday, August 23, 6 p.m.
  • Boston Lyric Opera, Friday, August 25, 12:30 p.m.
  • Amber Olivia Kiner, Wednesday, August 30, 6 p.m.


“Waiting for Godot” by Dave Hanson and directed by Paula Plum will be playing at Club Café in the Bay Village for select times throughout the month of July. The show features Gabriel Graetz, Robert Orzalli and Lauren Elias.

This madcap, laugh-filled love letter to the theater and hysterical homage to Samuel Beckett’s classic drama makes its Boston debut after critically acclaimed runs in both New York and London.

According to The New York Times, it is witty, wise, and endearing, this is a show for theater lovers and haters alike.

Club Café is located at 209 Columbus Ave., in Boston. Audience members receive 20 percent off their total food bill at Club Café. In addition donations of non-perishable food items will be collected at each show for local charities.

All tickets for all shows are PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN. For tickets and more information visit


Fenway Civic Association and the Friends of Symphony Park in collaboration with Berklee College of Music and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department are delighted to bring the return of summer concerts to Symphony Park.

Concerts will be held four Tuesdays starting on July 11. All concerts start at 5:30 p.m. and are fair weather only. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy musical entertainment with neighbors.

These events are free and open to the public. Symphony Park is located at 39 Edgerly Road at the corner of Edgerly Road and Norway Street in the East Fenway.

List of performers is as follows:

July 25: Hunter Burgamy and Sarah Messias

August 1: Alea


The Friends of Ringgold Park thought it’d be nice to hold a few adult Tuesdays in the park. The group is proposing the second Tuesday of July, August and September. The idea is to mix and mingle with neighbors – meet new friends and connect with old friends.

The next one is tentatively set for Aug. 8, from 7-8 p.m. in the Park.


Created in honor of Latin music icon, Tito Puente, this series is celebrating 11 years of bringing live Latin music with a strong salsa influence to Boston parks.

This series is sponsored in part by Berklee College of Music, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Zumix, Hyde Square Task Force, and Sociadad Latina.

Free salsa lessons led by MetaMovements at select concerts.

  • Thursday, August 3, 7 p.m.

O’Day Playground, South End

Conjunto Barrio


Jon Santiago, the Ward 4 Democratic chair, reported that the Committee will hold a candidate nights for City Council District 2

The District 2 race will have a candidate night on July 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Calderwood Pavilion. The event is in association with the Ellis South End Neighborhood Association.


Boston’s largest outdoor market is in full swing, with the SoWa Open Market now bringing 100+ artisans, 50+ local farmers and food makers, a dozen iconic food trucks, craft beers, live music, and good vibes every weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October.

As part of the weekly beer garden and food truck bazaar, attendees will be able to enjoy themed dishes from food truck favorites on seven special weekends throughout the summer alongside tasty beers and ciders from top local breweries.

“The SoWa Beer Garden and Food Truck Bazaar is a great place every Saturday and Sunday and the family friendly block parties make weekends in the SoWa Arts & Design District even more fun,” said Aaron Cohen, Founder of Eat Boston. “I look forward to bringing back the popular Boston Lobster Party and Tacopocalypse and many more themed parties throughout the summer.”

To kick off the themed block party series by Eat Boston, more than 20 food trucks will gather at the SoWa Open Market on Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th for a Backyard BBQ followed up by additional themed block parties throughout the summer.

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