News Briefs


On Saturday, November 18, the Third Annual South End Authors’ Book Festival will be held at the Harry Dow Community Room at Tent City, 130 Dartmouth St. The event will run from 2-5 p.m. and is free. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

“We have a great line up this year,” said Alison Barnet, one of the organizers of the event. “We have so many authors participating that we are organizing the room by fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books.”

Last year more than 25 authors and 250 book loving people attended the event. With the Festival moving to a Saturday, we anticipate an even larger turnout to what has become one of the South End’s major cultural attractions. It is a chance to talk with favorite authors and learn about new books. It brings people together from all parts of the neighborhood.

Co-organizer Russ Lopez said, “The Festival is great for authors because we can meet the people who read our books. And it is a good time for readers because it puts a face on the writers who have entertained and educated us.”



The South End Forum’s Working Group on opiates will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, November 15, at 6:30 p.m. for the South End, Newmarket, St. Botolph and other adjacent neighborhood. The meeting will be an opportunity to ask questions, share ideas, and learn about what the Forum’s Working Group on Addiction, Recovery, and Homelessness has learned after a year of collaboration, education, and consideration of various initiatives and solutions that confront our neighborhoods in the wake of the unprecedented opioid epidemic everyone faces.

The venue is still being finalized, but the format for this Public Meeting is designed to offer neighbors ample opportunity to ask thoughtful questions and to hear from a wide range of Working Group members representing an expansive cross-section of disciplines and expertise including Public Health, Addiction Medicine, Law Enforcement, Urban Design, Recovery Providers, Homelessness Specialists, Outreach Workers, Policy Makers, City Councilors, Neighborhood Association representatives, and others who will be part in an on-stage panel to directly respond to questions and comments from the neighborhood on behalf of the Working Group.

Rather than have various disciplines make formal presentations, the format instead will include a few moments to welcome attendees, make introductions, and then offer a brief 15-20 minute introductory summary of what we have learned and done over the past year, to include some of our key observations, and a brief review of some of the ideas that we believe hold promise going forward.


The former Boston Shines, now dubbed Love Your Block, for the fall season will take place in the South End on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Faisa Sharif, neighborhood coordinator, told the Eight Streets Neighborhood Association and the Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) that details are still being ironed out, but that there would be information coming very soon.


On Friday, Nov. 10, Fenway Studios artists Nan Hass and Peter Scott will participate in Jim and Margery’s ‘News Quiz’ segment on their radio show on WGBH. They will also discuss the history of the Fenway Studios National Landmark. The segment will be live from the Newsfeed Café in the Boston Public Library, and visitors are welcome to observe the show from the café.

“It is very exciting to have the Fenway Studios artists partake in the NEWS QUIZ; everyone is such a fan of Margery and Jim’s show,” said Lynda McNally, founding president of Friends of Fenway Studios who coordinated the WGBH opportunity. “Their shows are always topical, thought-provoking, and informative, it will definitely be a wonderfully engaging afternoon.”


The Boston Public Schools has scheduled three pop-up centers to help welcome students coming from the devastated island of Puerto Rico to live in Boston.

Reportedly numerous young people and their families are flocking to Boston to live with extended family as their island continues to prepare.

One of the BPS pop-up centers will be in the South End at IBA, 100 W. Dedham St. The times will be on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Tuesdays, from 1-4 p.m.


  • The next Harrison Albany Block construction update meeting will take place on Weds., Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the D-4 Station community room, 650 Harrison Ave.
  • SoWa First Friday will take place on Nov. 3 from 5-9 p.m. Explore more than 200 artist studios, galleries, design showrooms and boutiques, 450-460 Harrison Ave.
  • The next Working Group on Addiction, Recovery, and Homelessness in the South End will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m. in the Hampton Inn and Suites meeting room. Other meetings will include Jan. 16.
  • The Eight Streets Neighborhood Association will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Project Place at 7 p.m.
  • The Blackstone/Franklin Square Neighborhood Association will have its General Meeting on Nov. 14, 7 p.m., at D-4 Police Station Community Room.
  • The next meeting of the Old Dover Neighborhood Association will be on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The regular time was to be Nov. 21, but due to Thanksgiving, the date has been pushed back one week.
  • The Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the community room of 88 E. Newton St., 7 p.m. Council President Michelle Wu is scheduled to be a guest for the meeting.
  • Walden Local Meats butcher shop on 316 Shawmut Ave. will have an open house on Friday, Nov. 3, from 4-7 p.m.
  • More than Word, 242 E. Berkeley St., will host New York Times best-selling author Dick Lehr on Satuday, Nov. 4, from 2-4 p.m. on the second floor. More than Words is a non-profit social enterprise that empowers system-involved young adults to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.
  • Christmas is in the air at Worcester Square. The WSANA has scheduled its Tree Lighting for Dec. 3, 4-6 p.m. in Worcester Square with a special visit from Santa Claus on a Fire Truck. Fundraising tickets are now available from WSANA members. It is the only fundraising even for WSANA of the year, and it promises to be a fun time once again. President George Stergios said one neighbor has volunteered to put new icicle lights around the Square for the season, which is much appreciated.
  • Hayes Park will be holding the fall geranium removal on Saturday Nov. 4 at 9:00a.m. Any geraniums removed are free to take home so that you can enjoy a little piece of Hayes Park in your own garden next summer.
  • SoWa Winter Festival will take place on Dec. 2 and 3 at the Power Station.


The South End Forum Fall Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. at the South End Library. This meeting will have “South End Transportation Impacts and Issues” as a key focus and will include senior representatives from Massport, the FAA, Chris Osgood (Chief of Streets) and Gina Fiandaca (Commissioner of Transportation) among several other guests and agenda topics.


The Union Park Neighborhood Association (UPNA) announced its upcoming social events throughout the rest of the year. Some of the events include:

  • Friday, December 1, 6-8 p.m., Holiday Party, Benjamin Franklin Institute.


Residents who are being disturbed by airplane noise are encouraged to call the MassPort Noise Hotline 24 hours a day. The phone number is (617) 561-3333.


The Kaji Aso Studio in the Fenway will be presenting, “A Spot of Beauty” at the Prudential Center’s Newbury Arcade from November 2 – 18. It is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will be highlighting works by Mr. Kaji Aso, an artist, teacher, and mentor, along with other works from members of the studio.

The opening reception is Saturday, November 4 from 3-5p.m. An evening of music will be Friday, November 11 from 7:30p.m. to 8:30p.m. and Artists at Work will take place Saturday, November 11 from 2 – 5p.m.

For more information e-mail [email protected]


Saint Cecilia Choir & Orchestra will present Timothy Edward Smith on organ and Jaime Korkos, mezzo-soprano on Friday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. at 18 Belvidere St.

Korkos has been heard worldwide, including performing with Gare St. Lazare Ireland, The Boston Lyric opera, St. Louis Opera and more.

Smith has been heard on NPR’s “Pipedreams” and has performed with The Boston Symphony Orchestra under Director Seiji Ozawa.

The Saint Cecilia Choir has been featured on the radio program “Sounds from the Spires” hosted by Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Music Director of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

Admission is free and donations are gratefully accepted.


The film titled, ‘An American Story – Race Amity and the Other Tradition’ that tackles racism through friendship and collaboration is slated for 2018 broadcast on WGBH and nationwide on public television.

Pre-broadcast screening for media, notaries and public is from 6p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 10 at WGBH, Boston.

Tickets for public purchase are $150 each and can be found at



The Fenway Garden Society’s Annual Winter Meeting is set for Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 – 10 a.m. at Fenway Health, 10th floor located at 1340 Boylston St.

The Annual Winter Meeting will hold the annual elections for the Executive Board and Area Directors, as well as providing updates, answering questions and closing out the season. There will be a nomination for Honorary Membership Status for one of the former members and FGS merchandise available for purchase.

Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.


Fenway Open Studios will take place Nov. 11 – 12 from 11 – 5p.m. at 30 Ipswich St.

The Fenway Studios artists work in a variety of styles from portraiture, to abstract expressionism, to printmaking, and decorative art, to realism, as well as postmodern realism, and other modes and styles; additionally, some Fenway Studio artists are art conservators and restorers.

Artist’s work will be available for purchase.

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