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After numerous subcommittee meetings regarding the CITGO Sign, the Boston Landmarks Commission subcommittee voted on Aug. 14 to refer the draft of the Landmark Study Report to the full commission. The petition to designate the CITGO Sign as a Boston Landmark was accepted for further study at the Boston Landmarks Commission public hearing on July 12, 2016, and has been through extensive public comment and changes in the two years since. The study report that is being referred to the full commission reflects all the changes that were made at the last subcommittee meeting, as well as the correspondence received prior to that meeting.



The Sriberg furniture building on Washington Street has apparently sold to a group out of South Boston for $5.19 million.

The building is officially at 1930-1946 Washington St., and sold recently to an LLC registered to South Boston broker Timothy Long. Long could not be reached for comment.

Currently, the building is occupied by Restoration Resources, which sells architectural antiques for homes and buildings.



With closure of Morse Fish and Harry O’s earlier this summer, the new owner, Peter Gregorious, has now located two new tenants for the three-unit commercial building.

Black Jack Pasta will be moving into the old Morse Fish location, and a flatbread pizza company – as yet unnamed – will occupy Harry O’s old location.

The Gallow’s Restaurant has another seven years on its lease, and will not be moving.



  • Summer movies at the Pru. With free, family-friendly movies shown under the stars, the Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival is a great summer night out. Entertainment, children’s activities and giveaways will start at 6 p.m. All movies will start every Saturday at sundown. Rain dates will be held the following Tuesday. 2018 remaining movie Schedule:

*Aug. 18: “Tarzan”

*Aug. 25: “A Wrinkle in Time”

Picnic blankets and beach chairs are welcome. Spend just $10 at the Pru and receive discounted parking in the Prudential Center Garage. Closed captioning will be provided for all movies.

  • The Friends of the Public Garden are looking for champion volunteer weeders to help maintain the beautiful Boylston Street border and the Beacon Street border in the Public Garden. ‘You supply the enthusiasm, we supply the gloves, kneepads, and some brief instructions on weed identification!’ Volunteers meet up on alternating Thursdays, , 5-7 p.m.



  • Enjoy free outdoor yoga every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. in Blackstone Square through the month of August, compliments of Coolidge Yoga South End. Bring a mat and water, and enjoy an hour of all-levels vinyasa.
  • The next quarterly project construction update for the Harrison Albany Block project will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Suffolk Construction trailer at East Dedham Street. Some of the work coming in August includes the slurry wall finalization for the foundation and the erection of the tower crane in mid-August.
  • City Councilor Michelle Wu and the Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee will be co-hosting an ice cream social in Titus Sparrow Park on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 2-4 p.m. Join neighbors, friends, and local Democrats for good ice cream, good toppings, good weather, and good company. For more information, email Jonathan at [email protected] or Sharon at [email protected].
  • Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee August Meeting: Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m., South End Library, 685 Tremont St. Join fellow Democrats from Back Bay, Fenway, and the South End to learn about the statewide ballot questions coming up this November.



  • New summer hours for Fenway Community Center. Monday through Saturday open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, also open 5-8 p.m. Close Sunday.
  • Upcoming Red Sox Home Games:

The final Fenway Concert will be Pearl Jam on Sept. 2 and 4. The Red Sox will return home after a road trip on Aug. 17. Home games this week include:  August 17 vs. Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.; Aug. 18 vs. Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.; Aug. 19 vs. Tampa Bay, 1:05 p.m.; Aug. 20 vs. Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.; Aug. 21 vs. Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.; Aug. 22 vs. Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.; and Aug. 23 vs. Cleveland, 1:05 p.m. (*note weekday daytime game).

  • Audubon Circle Neighborhood Association will have a board meeting on Tues., Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Harvard Vanguard Building, 133 Brookline Ave.
  • The Fenway Victory Gardens is having a Community Participation Day on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. This is an opportunity for members to satisfy their service hours and for other community volunteers to clean, weed, and turn compost in the Gardens! Snacks are provided before 9 a.m.
  • Join us in The Victory Gardens for our annual harvest festival, “Fensfest” on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate with food, music, raffles and lots of fun stuff. Learn about butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

Are you a City of Boston resident and interested in joining our waitlist for a garden plot of your own? If so, send an e-mail to [email protected] with your name, preferred contact e-mail,  phone number, and waitlist request.



  • Sunday, Aug. 19, – Red Sox Foundation Picnic in the Park | 1,000 expected

End of game- 9 p.m.

  • Friday, Aug. 24 – Red Sox Foundation Fenway Park Marathon | 300 expected 5 -11 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 26 – Latino Family Festival | 5,000 expected

11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.



The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park have once again brought a slate of great summer concerts to the South End park. Below is the remaining lineup of concerts for the summer – including kids’ concerts in the mornings.

  • Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. (unless noted):

Aug. 22, Slim Jim and the Mad Cows (6:15 p.m. start)

Aug. 29, TBD (6 p.m. start)



Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard series continues through Friday, Aug. 31, bringing a range of free music to one of Boston’s most beautiful spaces during one-hour concerts throughout the summer. Concerts are held twice each week on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and on Fridays at 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday concerts are presented in partnership with Berklee College of Music and sponsored by Brookline Bank. Concerts will be moved to the newly renovated Rabb Hall in the event of inclement weather.

  • Boston Saxophone Quartet, Friday, August 17, 12:30 p.m.
  • Autumn Jones, Wednesday, August 22, 6 p.m.
  • Cold Chocolate, Friday, August 24, 12:30 p.m.
  • Mariano Escalona, Wednesday, August 29, 6 p.m.
  • Boston Lyric Opera, Friday, August 31, 12:30 p.m.



Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that applications for the 2018 Neighborhood Slow Streets program are now available. The Neighborhood Slow Streets program is a community-based effort to reduce speeds and improve the quality of life on Boston’s local streets. Neighborhoods associations, community groups, faith-based institutions and other organized groups of neighbors are invited to apply to the program.

All completed applications will be evaluated using the same objective criteria.  The top-scoring three to five neighborhoods will be selected, and the community process and design of each new zone is expected to be completed by early 2020.  Applications must be submitted, or postmarked and mailed, by no later than Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.

Please note that returning applicants only need to supply contact information and signatures from community members, and returning applicants may submit a new map if they choose to make adjustments to their zone.



Over the years, truck traffic on both Mass Avenue and Northampton Street have resulted in complaints of excessive noise and vibration in the Chester Square area of the South End. The neighborhood now has the ear of the City, and the City is asking for specifics on the noise. Anyone disturbed by truck noise is urged to submit details of those concerns to the Chester Square Neighbors. The email address is [email protected].



  • Nov. 10 – Moonlight Masquerade, Aloft Boston Seaport

The night will include dancing, drinks and a raffle to raise funds for the League’s community programs.

  • Feb. 28, 2019-March 2, 2019

LBDI (Little Black Dress Initiative), Kick off TBA.  LBDI is an advocacy campaign that seeks to raise community awareness on the issues of poverty in Boston. During the week, LBDI advocates will wear the same black dress for five consecutive days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, her confidence and professional opportunities.

  • March 30, 2019 – Annual Charity Gala, JFK Museum.

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