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Cambridge Trust announced that its Boston South End office located at 565 Tremont St. will showcase “Water Works,” a collection of oil/cold encaustic paintings by Boston resident and fine artist Walter Baranowski, as part of its ongoing commitment to support and celebrate the cultural and economic importance of art in the community. The South End office will also host a reception, giving clients, neighborhood residents and the public an opportunity to meet the artist.

  • Reception with the artist: June 21, from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit will run through July 31, 2018

Walter Baranowski seeks to prove his thesis that “water is a magnet to light and color” through his paintings; his “Water Works” collection moves beyond typical landscapes to explore other ways of examining water. Some pieces look through and into water, at shadows cast under and across water, or highlight the coolness or warmth of water and evoke wetness or even a briny smell. Other pieces explore the multitude of ways in which water reflects and absorbs light and color. The season, time of day, wind and weather conditions all orchestrate the effects of water perceived by the viewer.

Corey Niswender, Vice President and Manager of the Cambridge Trust South End office noted that, “Cambridge Trust’s continued support for the arts in Boston is exemplified by our current exhibit of Walter Baranowski’s ‘Water Works.’ I invite our clients and the community to a reception with the artist on June 21 at the Cambridge Trust South End office, 565 Tremont Street, where the collection will be on display through July 31.”

Walter Baranowski trained in fine art at the Massachusetts College of Art and also took lessons from Helen M. Pierce. His painting effects continue to emulate the style and contemplative character of renowned painter Miyo Onishi.


  • The Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) will hold its monthly meeting on June 26, at 7 p.m., in the Newton Pavilion on the Boston Medical Center Campus, 2nd floor.
  • Ellis South End Neighborhood Association Board of Directors meeting, June 26, at 6 p.m., in 66 Berkeley St.
  • South End Summer Solstice will take place at Blackstone Square, Washington Street, South End on Thursday, June 21 from 4-9p.m. The event will feature live music, food, and a beer garden.
  • Fete de la Musique will hit the parks and streets of the South End on June 23 this year, courtesy of the Community Music Center of Boston, Warren Avenue. This year, new parks like Watson Park, Ringgold Park and Union Park will be added to the locations for outdoor musical celebration. The event goes from 3-6 p.m.
  • On July 11, a major meeting for the Harrison/Albany Corridor traffic concerns/updates will be held at the AC Hotel in Ink Block from 6-8 p.m. The meeting is seen as a comprehensive look at the many concerns for traffic on the corridor.
  • Councilor Michelle Wu and State Reps. Jay Livingstone and Aaron Michletwitz will host a campaign reception for South End State Rep. Byron Rushing at Shun’s Kitchen (520 Columbus Ave.) on Monday, June 25, from 5:30-8 p.m. For information, e-mail Jeff Ross at [email protected].


  • 2018 NABB-Q at the Clarendon Street Playground, Tuesday, June 26, 5 p.m. until dark (Rain Date: Wednesday, June 27). Enjoy burgers and hotdogs fresh off the grill, picnic salads and ice cream at NABB’s annual summer block party.

Adults:  $10, Children under 12:  $5  Ages 1-4:  Free. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the gate.

  • The Friends of the Public Garden are looking for champion volunteer weeders to help maintain the beautiful Boylston Street boarder 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, starting April 26, 5-7 p.m.


  • DCR Pedestrian Advisory: Through the month of May 2018, and into June 2018, the Department of Conversation and Recreation (DCR) will commence sidewalk improvement work along Park Drive (the residential side) in the City of Boston between approximately Peterborough Street and Brookline Avenue from 7 – 3p.m. A detour route will be clearly marked and a police detail will be on site.
  • Fenway residents and merchants are invited to discuss issues of drug addiction and homelessness on Monday, June 25, at 6 p.m., at an open community meeting organized by the Neighborhood Improvement Committee (NIC). Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president and executive director of the Back Bay Association, will speak about the partnership she has developed with the Boston Police, Pine Street Inn and businesses of Back Bay.

It will take place at the Morville House, 100 Norway St.

The Neighborhood Improvement Committee (NIC) was established in 2011 by Berklee College and Fenway residents as part of the Berklee Institutional Master Plan. NIC Co-chairs are Stephen Sorkin, East Fens resident and Victory Gardens Area Director, and J. Curtis Warner, Associate Vice President of Community and Government Relations at Berklee.


South End Mayoral Liaison Faisa Sharif announced that the Resident Parking signs that were removed on Shawmut Avenue and many other parts of the South End would be restored.

About two months ago, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) removed the Resident Parking/Two Hour signs from the street, replacing them with the green two-hour parking signs. That caused a huge disruption as residents began to get parking tickets for overstaying the two-hour limit – something that wasn’t a concern previously.

“We had a meeting about the signage with BTD and they will be changing those signs back,” said Sharif. “It should be done within a couple of weeks.”


After relative calm for a few years in O’Day Park, neighbors were disheartened to hear that gunshots were fired off in O’Day Park two weekends ago.

D-4 Capt. Steve Sweeney detailed the event during the South End Forum on June 12, and said all his resources were devoted to the matter. The Park has been a focus for area residents and the police, with many events and neighbors combining efforts to have safe, fun activities there. For some time, it worked.

However, it appears that the silence has been broken.


Residents who are being disturbed by airplane noise are encouraged to call the MassPort Noise Hotline 24 hours a day. The phone number is (617) 561-3333.

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