News Briefs

Bay Village Historical District Commission Guidelines Update

The Bay Village Historic District Commission (BVHDC) has been working for around three years on updating its guidelines, and Joe Cornish, Director of Design Review for the Boston Landmarks Commission, said that the BVHDC hopes to adopt the finalized revised guidelines at a public hearing this spring.

Top of the Hub and Skywalk Set to Close

The Top of the Hub restaurant along with the Skywalk Observatory in the Prudential Tower are slated to close in April. However, The Boston Globe reported on Wednesday afternoon. Boston Properties Inc., which owns the Prudential Tower, saidthat “they are planning an exciting new design for an observatory.”

Back Bay Happenings

• SAVE THE DATE for a new winter event on Boston Common! To celebrate our 50th Anniversary, on Sunday, February 9, the Friends of the Public Garden will be sponsoring Skating with Friends, FREE skating for all on the Frog Pond! Stay tuned for more updates.

South End Dates

•The Sound End Forum Opiate Working Group meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 4 p.m. in the Hampton Inn and Suites, Mass/Cass. Look for updates as the meeting might change.

•The Blackstone/Franklin Square Neighborhood Association meeting will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. in the D-4 Police Community Roohm, Harrison Avenue. There will be a discussion and presentation on a new neighborhood association starting below Mass Ave, and an update on Mass/Cass 2.0 by City Health Chief Marty Martinez.

•The South End Forum will not meet at its regularly scheduled January date. The first quarter meeting is still up in the air, but a date of Feb. 4 is being discussed.

•The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association will have a board meeting on Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m. in 66 Berkeley St.

•The Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) will host its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the Boston Medical Center’s Menino Pavilion in the conference room, next to the surgical suite waiting-room.

•The East Berkeley Neighborhood Association (EBNA) will have its next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Project Place.

•The Eight Streets Neighborhood Association has scheduled its Winter Meeting for Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6:45 p.m. in Project Place, Washington/East Berkeley Street.

•Come join St. Stephen’s Youth Programs, The Blackstone School, and other partners for the MLK Day of Action on Monday, Jan. 20. In the morning, volunteers work on projects to improve the learning environment at the Blackstone School and St. Stephen’s Youth Programs. In the afternoon, volunteers reflect on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and take action to honor and make real his vision for justice and equity. This year’s learning and action will focus on supporting the safety and inclusion of immigrant students within Boston Public Schools.

Details for the Day

All volunteers report to St. Stephen’s at 419 Shawmut Ave.

9:30-10 a.m. – Volunteer Check In and Breakfast at St. Stephen’s (419 Shawmut Ave.)

10 a.m. – noon – Work on Physical Projects (at one of three locations)

noon-12:45pm – Lunch & Conversations about MLK’s Legacy (at St. Stephen’s, 419 Shawmut Ave.)

12:45-1:30 p.m. – MLK Day Reflection and Workshop (at St. Stephen’s, 419 Shawmut Ave.)

1:30-2:30 p.m. Action for Education Equity

Fenway Times

• Elizabeth Bertolozzi, President of the Fenway Garden Society, and Rick Richter, Vice President, were re-elected to their positions on the board for another year this past Saturday.

•Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – MLK Day Celebration – Jan. 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. Free attendance to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston includes, performances, tours, art-making activities, and more.

•MLK Day of Service – Helping Hands Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon, Fenway Community Center. Plant the seed of service with a variety of arts and crafts and activities designed for children to be able to reach out and help others.

•Fenway Sound. Dr. Erica Walker presents the results of her 2019 study on noise levels in the Fenway. Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m., Fenway Community Center. 1282 Boylston St. – enter on Jersey Street.

•Artist Reception. Kaji Aso Studio Art Exhibition – Sprites & Spirits, Opening Reception, Jan. 18, 7-9 p.m. Visit the studio, located at 40 St. Stephen St. in the East Fenway, for a free evening featuring art, poetry, and music. For more information, contact [email protected].

•Fenway Center Citizen’s Advisory Committee meeting, Jan. 21, 6 p.m., in the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. The CAC meeting will be held to discuss a Notice of Project Change and PDA amendment for the Fenway Center air rights project at Parcel 7.

•The Rink at 401 Park is open an operating (weather dependent). The rink is open seven days a week. Monday-Friday, 3-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. $10 for adults, $6 for college students, seniors and kids under 12. Skate rentals are $6.

•Construction begins on Van Ness Lot

Work has started on the parking lot on the corner of Van Ness and Ipswich streets behind CVS as part of the overall Fenway Music Hall and bleacher improvement projects project. This will be a new designated area for TV trucks and other storage related to Fenway Park that was previously located on the site of the future MGM Music Hall at Fenway. This part of the project mostly involves leveling and resealing.

•Select Red Sox 2020 Tickets on Sale Now

Red Sox 2020 “Sox Pax” and single-game tickets for select April, May, and September games are on sale as of today. Tickets are available online at and by phone at (877) RED-SOX9. “Sox Pax” are packs of three or four games with a variety of date and seat options, including Interleague games, summer weekend games, and matchups against the Yankees and Cardinals. You can view these purchase options here. There will be a limit of three Sox Pax (up to four tickets each) per person, and 12 single-game tickets per transaction.

• 2020 Fenway Concerts Announced To Date

• June 21, 2020: James Taylor with Brandi Carlile and Shawn Colvin

• June 24, 2020: Maroon 5 with Leon bridges and Meghan Trainor

• August 25, 2020: Motley Crue & Def Leppard with Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

• August 27, 2020: Green Day with Fall Out Boy and Weezer

• August 28, 2020: Billy Joel

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