News Briefs


Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) announced Friday, March 30 the release of applications for a spring pilot program for CPA funding. The application calls for CPA supposed projects to begin construction by Fall 2018, bringing new investments in housing, parks and open space and preservation of historic sites to Boston’s neighborhoods.

The pilot program application seeks “shovel-ready” projects that require $500,000 or less in funding, where construction can begin soon after funds are received.

CPC will meet in June to review applications, and recommended projects will be submitted to the Mayor and City Council for approval.

In anticipation of CPA Pilot funding decisions for the pilot program this summer, the CPC will hold a Public Hearing Monday, April 9 from 6-7p.m. in the Winter Chamber, 26 Court Street, Boston to hear from Boston residents about needs and ideas for CPA projects in their neighborhoods.

All applications must be submitted by April 27. Visit for application forms.


On April 11, IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción – will host a history forum on the organization’s foundation. In celebration of IBA’s 50th Anniversary, the event will feature the amazing activists, designers, philanthropists, academics and community members that, since day one, have supported IBA’s develo p.m.ent of affordable housing, learning opportunities, economic mobility and creative spaces.

The History Forum: “Stories of Villa Victoria” on Wednesday, April 11, from 6-8p.m. at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts at 85 West Newton Street.


The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is reminding members of the public that throughout the spring and into the summer months, crews will be conducting work-related activities as part of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge ReplacementProject in Boston. These activities are in advance of the accelerated construction work that is expected to take place over approximately two weeks this summer to replace the westbound side of the bridge (Stage 4 – 2018 Construction Shutdown). The full list of traffic impacts occurring in the area of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge throughout the spring is as follows:

  • Overnight lane closures on I-90 east and westbound from 9 p.m. to 5 AM. These impacts are expected to begin next week and occur as operations require.
  • Overnight lane closures on Commonwealth Avenue east and westbound from 7 p.m. to 5 AM. These impacts are beginning this week and will occur as operations require.
  • Off-peak daytime lane closures on Commonwealth Avenue east and westbound from 9 AM to 3 p.m.. These impacts are beginning this week and will occur as operations require.

For more information, please visit the project website:


The Old Dover Neighborhood Association announced that it would vote on its name change at the April meeting, which comes on April 17. Up for a decision is the choice between leaving the name the same – the Old Dover Neighborhood Association – or changing it to the East Berkeley Neighborhood Association (EBNA).

President Ken Smith said to be eligible to vote in April, one must have a membership with Old Dover as of Friday, April 13, and be in attendance at the meeting. Voting by proxy will not be permitted.


B/SPOKE Wellesley is located on mile 13.1, exactly halfway on the Marathon route, and will be cheering on runners as they host their second annual Marathon Monday Watch Party on Monday, April 16. Throughout the week, B/SPOKE will be offering ways for runners and supporters to recover with two special classes while enjoying a special trunk show and limited-edition Marathon Tank.

The calendar of festivities is as follows:

  • Beginning Friday, April 6 guests can purchase a limited-edition Marathon Tank for $35 available at B/SPOKE’s online retail shop. The tank will then be available in both studios starting Monday, April 9th for purchase while supplies last.
  • On Saturday April 14, 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and Sunday April 15 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., CLN & DRTY will host a special trunk show where guests can experience and purchase the 100% natural, cruelty-free skincare products from founder Paula Hoss.
  • On Marathon Monday, guests can R/DE with Christina Muccio at 8 a.m., Aly Raymer at 9 a.m. or TRAIN with Tomas Rodgers at 9:25AM and are invited to join the festivities in the upstairs lobby and outside. The party will be complete with DJ Sprino, snacks, food, products from FIJI & DRINKmaple, and outdoor bikes for guests to R/DE while showing their support. Kara Lennon will then teach a Hip Hop R/DE at 6:30 p.m..
  • On Thursday, April 19, from 6:45-8:15 p.m. guest instructor Josh Nunn of South Boston Yoga will be hosting a Deep Tissue Ball Rolling & Restorative Meditation workshop. Part 1 (6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) will feature guided myofascial ball-rolling and Part 2 (7:45 p.m.-8:15 p.m.) will feature a restorative meditation with crystal singing bowls. Guests can reserve a mat through the regular schedule sign-ups on or through the B/SPOKE app. Please note that there will be a special credit available for this workshop.
  • On Saturday, April 21, from 1:15-2 p.m., Alice will be teaching a Marathon Recovery R/DE that is open to the community and co-sponsored by lululemon. Lululemon will hold a trunk show before and after the ride where guests can shop and enjoy recovery drinks and refreshments. Signups will be available beginning Sunday, April 15 on or through the B/SPOKE app.


With National Volunteer Week coming up April 15-21, Prudential Center will host its annual Volunteer Expo on April 12 from 5 – 7p.m. Meet with more than 60 nonprofit groups from the Boston and Greater Boston areas that are looking for volunteers. Whether someone is looking for an opportunity in the area but are not sure what is available, or for someone trying to find a group that best fits certain interests, the Volunteer Expo provides a great forum to identify the perfect opportunities.


  • Kelsey Debner, Soprano will be performing on Wednesday, April 11 at 7p.m. at Saint Cecilia’s. She will be performing works by W.A. Mozart, Josefine Lang, Libby Larsen, Lili Boulanger, and Joseph Canteloube. Admission is free and donations are gratefully accepted.
  • Jeremy Bruns, Concert Organist and Associate Director of Music, St. Paul’s Harvard Square will be performing varied composers including J.S. Bach, Ad Wammes, and Marcel Dupre on Friday, May 4, at 8p.m. at St. Cecilia’s. Admission is free and donations gratefully accepted.


  • The Old Dover Neighborhood Association will be meeting at the New AC Hotel at Ink Block, 225 Albany Street on Tuesday April 17 at 6:30p.m. for their monthly meeting.
  • Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) will host a social with the Blackstone/Franklin Square Neighborhood Association on April 17, at Southern Proper at 7p.m.
  • Join the Boston Transportation Department to discuss transportation safety improvements for Tremont St. from Melnea Cass Blvd to Herald St on Thursday, April 12 from 6 to 8p.m. at Castle Square Community Center located at 464 Tremont Street, 2nd floor.


  • The Back Bay easter egg hunt will take place Saturday, April 7 at 10a.m. at the Clarendon Street Playground.
  • NABB’s Green Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 11 at The Learning Project, located at 107 Marlborough Street at 5:30p.m.
  • The 23rd Annual Taste of the Back Bay will take place on Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30 – 9:30p.m. at the Prudential Skywalk. This year a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Women’s Lunch Place. Tickets can be found online at


  • [ bitsandflow ] presents an evening with Fenway musicians Akili Jamal Haynes and producer Nina LaNegra. Music and discussion on their upcoming piece, “Becoming Chibuzo.” An evening of community engagement, where you are an integral part of the equation. Free event will take place at Morville House at 100 Norway Street on Friday, April 6 at 7p.m.
  • The Fenway Civic Association is partnering with Northeastern University for their annual neighborhood spring clean up event on Sunday, April 8. The clean-up will take place from 10-12p.m. with a celebration following from 12 -1 p.m. at Mission Bar and Grill. Sign up in advance at tiny
  • The Fenway Garden Society invites you to their First Annual Volunteer Sign Up Plot Renewal and Seed Swap on Saturday, April 7 from 2 to 5p.m. at the Lansdowne Pub at 9 Lansdowne Street, Fenway.
  • The Fenway Garden Society Annual Spring meeting will take place Saturday, April 14 at Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston Street. Coffee Hour will take place 9-10a.m. with meeting following from 10 to 11a.m.
  • CANCELED: The public meeting on 560-574 Commonwealth Avenue/ 645-665 Beacon Street (Kenmore Hotels) that was supposed to take place Monday, April 9 has been canceled and the new date has yet to be announced.
  • The Fenway Community Center will be hosting Kid Zone, the first Saturday of the month at 1282 Boylston Street.


The American Red Cross will join community leaders to mark the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and to pay tribute to the strength and resilience shown by so many with a blood drive on April 15 from 9 to 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St.

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