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City of Boston Seeking Applicants for Boston School Committee

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that applications are being accepted by the Citizens Nominating Panel, for two open positions on the Boston School Committee. The individuals selected will serve a four-year term beginning on January 6, 2020. The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. The application, along with more info, can be found at

South End Forum Changes Date

Due to the City Election on Nov. 5, the South End Forum has changed the date of its quarterly Fall meeting to Nov. 19, 6 pm. with a location to be announced. Moderator Steve Fox said that with the election, many in the Forum wanted to be able to participate in the events of the day – and elected officials would be too busy to attend. Another event is scheduled already for Nov. 12, so the date of Nov. 19 was chosen.

With the South End Library closed by then, the Forum will have to find an alternate location.

Back Bay Happenings

•The Back Bay/South End Gateway project Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) will hold an update meeting on Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. in 10 Park Plaza, 5th floor Suite 5170, Boston. The meeting will be held to discuss project updates and construction timelines and information with the Boston Properties team, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), and MassDOT. he Back Bay/South End Gateway Project was approved by the BPDA Board in November 2017, and the development team has spent the last two years working through additional permitting approvals and design review/refinements.

•Homeward Bound: A Fun-Filled Community Gathering Co-Sponsored by Women’s Lunch Place and the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay

On Wednesday, November 13 from 6:00-9:00pm, there will be a benefit to support Women’s Lunch Place at 67 Newbury St. The pleasure of your company is requested at this joint benefit to support Women’s Lunch Place in providing services to the homeless and NABB in preserving the quality of life in the neighborhood, including a new homelessness initiative. General admission is $75, advanced registration required. Purchase tickets online at or by mailing payment to P.O. Box 170900, Boston, MA 02117

•43rd Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

The annual book fair will take place at the Hynes Convention Center from November 15-17 at the Hynes Convention Center. Highlighted items include a rare extend copy of the second folio of Shakespeare’s “Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies” from 1632, one of the most spectacular bird’s eye view maps of Boston ever published, and the first edition of the 1611 King James “The Great he Bible.” On Sunday, November 17 there will be free book appraisals from 1:00-3:00pm, and free admission on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25 on opening night, Friday, November 15, and the event will take place from 4:00-8:00pm. Hours are 12:00-7:00pm on Saturday, and 12:00-5:00pm on Sunday.

South End Dates

•Chester Square Neighbors monthly meeting, Nov. 6, Hampton House, 155 Northampton St., 7 p.m. Agenda items include Washington Street Parking, “Northampton St Residences,” and the Evolution of Chester Square presentation. Next meeting is Dec. 4.

•The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association is pleased to announce our Fall tasting—“Tango Argentina Tasting”. We’ll be tasting a creative selection of Argentine wines (white, rosé and red) made from a variety of varietals complemented with appropriate fare. We’ll also enjoy a tango demonstration by AnaLinda Marcus and her partner Paul Walcott all in their beautiful Fine Arts Gallery and Tango Studio on the top floor of the SoWa arts complex. The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at AnaLinda Marcus Tango Embrace studio and Paul Walcott Art Gallergy, 450 Harrison Ave. Suite 405A (enter through the lobby). Space is limited and our prior tasting with AnaLinda & Paul sold out, so reserve now for $25 ($35 for non-ENA guests) by Nov. 9 on the Ellis website: Questions?  Bill Gregor at [email protected] or Stacy Koeppel at [email protected].

•The Blackstone/Franklin Squares Neighborhood Association will hold its monthly meeting on Nov. 19, 7 p.m., in the D-4 Police Station Community room.

•The Eight Streets Neighborhood Association will hold its annual Holiday Party at the Eagle on Tremont Street, Dec. 10. Save the date.

•The Blackstone/Franklin Neighborhood Association tree and wreath sale will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 9 a.m.

Fenway Times

•1252-1270 Boylston St. Public Meeting: Scape Boylston, LLC proposes to build an approximately 226,700 square foot mixed-use programming, comprised of approximately 477 residential rental housing units and an activated ground-floor retail podium fronting on Boylston Street.

The Project also includes the ‘Boylston Black Box’, a 10,000-square-foot LGBTQ-centric venue for the performing arts – anchored by a 156-seat theater which will be delivered and operated on a not-for-profit basis. The meeting will be held on Monday, November 4 from 6:00-8:00pm at 2 Charlesgate West, 5th floor.

•Spartan Race at Fenway Park: Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, 7:00am-9:00pm, 20,000 expected per day

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