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After a couple of years fighting for a seat at the table, the South End will finally get a place-setting with MassPort.

Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill into law late last week put forth by State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz that guarantees a seat for the South End on the Logan CAC advisory group to MassPort. The issue became a major issue about two years ago when residents noticed that more and more flights were coming over the neighborhood – especially early in the morning (like 5:30 a.m. early). Other neighborhoods with dedicated seats include East Boston and South Boston, putting the South End now in elite airport complaint company.


The Charlesgate Alliance will be hosting its second annual silent auction on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 3 – 6 p.m. at 400 Commonwealth Ave. There is complimentary admission with your R.S.V.P., which can be done at The auction will feature sports tickets, restaurant gift certificates, gift baskets, and more.


The Esplanade Association received a $6,668 grant through the Baker-Polito Administration’s Partnerships Matching Funds Program to combat graffiti. In partnership with local artists, the Esplanade Association will use this money to display new artwork on three concrete pump-houses along the Esplanade.


At about 6:10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for what was thought to be a breaking and entering in progress at a residential address in the Back Bay. As the officers arrived on scene, a brick was thrown towards their cruisers from a fourth-floor balcony, drawing their attention to a male party who had climbed over the railing and was threatening to let go. Officers quickly made their way up to the fourth floor and were able to successfully bring the victim back inside to safety. The male victim was then transported to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation.

This was the second time in as many days that officers assigned to District D-4 responded to this kind of volatile and emotional call with the potential for a woeful outcome.

At about 7:45 p.m. the evening before, on Friday, Jan. 11, officers accompanied by a Boston Emergency Services Team (B.E.S.T.) clinician responded to a residence in the South End where a female victim was threatening to throw herself out of her third-story bedroom window. As officers approached the bedroom door, they heard the sound of breaking glass and wood coming from inside. They gained entry to the room and observed the victim climbing through the broken window. The officers rushed to the victim and attempted to pull her back to safety as she clutched onto the gutter on the side of the house for leverage. Officers were finally able to restrain the victim at which time she was transported to an area hospital for treatment.


At about 6:18 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 18, 2018 officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) recovered a loaded firearm during an investigation in the area of 10 Trotter Court inside the Lenox Street Housing Development in Lower Roxbury. Officers located and safely recovered a loaded .380 caliber Cobra handgun which was then turned over to the BPD Firearms Analysis Unit for processing. Members of the BPD Latent Print Unit were able to locate finger prints on the weapon identifying Chawki Ibrahim, 18, of Lower Roxbury. Further investigation revealed that the suspect, who is currently on a GPS monitoring device, was in the area at the time the firearm was recovered. District D-4 detectives applied for and were granted an arrest warrant for the suspect out of Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

At about 2:30 p.m., on Friday Jan. 11, officers located and arrested the suspect without incident in the area of 617 Shawmut Ave.


•French Cultural Center – Join physician and certified Health and Wellness Coach Martine Vounatsos for a series of three cooking workshops. She will discuss ways to incorporate wellness into every aspect of a woman’s mental and physical health, from exercise and supplements to sleep habits and cooking methods.
Participants will craft and enjoy a traditional and healthy French meal with Martine in a convivial environment. Each workshop will begin promptly at 11:10 a.m. Aprons, ingredients, and will be kitchenware provided.
Please note, this event is intended for women only and in English.

*Friday, JAN. 11, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Come learn about nutrients, water intake, and dietary habits, then enjoy preparing soupe de poireaux et pommes de terre avec une salade en vinaigrette (potato leek soup and salad with homemade vinaigrette).
*Friday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

In this discussion, we will learn about sleeping better and exercising—how and when? For the cooking workshop, attendees will prepare velouté d’asperges et salade de carottes râpées (asparagus soup and homemade carrot salad).
*Friday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

For our last discussion, we will learn about vitamins, supplements, and meditation. For the cooking workshop, attendees will prepare soupe et crème de champignons et salade frisée au vinaigre balsamique (mushroom soup and frisée salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette).

•NABB will host a members reception on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Boston Park Plaza Lobby. Come and meet your fellow NABB members and learn about Committees and Groups. New members are welcome and can join at the door. Please R.S.V.P. by Jan. 20.


• Ward 4 Democratic Committee Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 22, South End Library, 6 p.m.: Want to learn how to help bring our elections into the 21st Century? The Ward 4 Dems’ January meeting will include presentations from local experts and advocates on Election Day Registration, ranked choice voting, and civic design. Email [email protected] with any questions.

•United South End Artists will have hold the perfect cure for the winter blues with an open studios event on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists will be available in their studios for residents to see their works and to make purchases directly from the artists.

•The Blackstone/Franklin Neighborhood Association canceled its January meeting this week due to conflicts with other City events and meetings. However, they will resume meeting in March on the third Tuesday of the month.

•The Smith (Harrison-Albany Block) community meeting will take place on Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the D-4 Station Community room. The meeting will be to address impacts and discuss what is coming up.

•The Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 22, with the location to be determined. WSANA has been meeting in a construction trailer on Albany Street, but that could change.

•Eight Streets Neighborhood Association did cancel its January meeting, but will be back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

•The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association will have its Board Meeting on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at 66 Berkeley St.

•The South End Forum Opiate Working Group has released its meeting schedule for Winter/Spring 2019. The group will meet at 4 p.m. in the Crosstown Hilton on Jan. 29, Feb. 19, March 19, April 23, and May 21.

•The Friends of the South End Library will hold their annual members meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the library. The audience will elected the proposed slate of directors and there will be an update about fundraising efforts for library renovations.

•The South End Community Health Center will have its annual meeting and reception on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the health center, 1601 Washington St. The guest speaker will be new State Rep. Jon Santiago, who is also a doctor and a member of the health center board.



The Boston Red Sox announced that Billy Joel will return to Fenway Park on Sept. 14. He will also be the first artist to be inducted into a Music Hall of Fame display being created this offseason depicting the artists who have had multiple successful shows at Fenway Park. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m.

–Phish will also be playing at Fenway Park on July 5 and 6. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m.

•Friday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 9, – Red Bull Crashed Ice | 20,000 expected per day | TBA- TBA.`


The Fenway Community Center will be hosting a series of thought-provoking, creative conversations to celebrate our uniquely lived lives. Three unique sessions will encompass aspects of personalized storytelling, bucket list building, expressions of gratitude, and open contemplation of our own “last words.” The sessions are from 7-9 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: Jan. 16, 30, and Feb. 13, and the cost of admission is $105 per person and includes a personal copy of Youlo Pages, the award-winning legacy planner/workbook/journal. To register, go to
•Fenway Community Center is hiring! The community center is looking to hire a Program Coordinator. Visit for more information.

•The Fenway Community Center will be hosting a Wellness Weekend on Jan. 26 and 27. Check the FCC website for more details.

•The Peterborough Senior Center holds bingo at 12:30 p.m. and a Tech Café at 11 a.m. every Wednesday. Come play bingo and meet new people, or can get help with your phone or tablet/computer!

•On Jan. 29 at 1 p.m, the Peterborough Senior Center will be hosting Fall Prevention/Safety with Katherine Palms from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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