News Briefs


  • 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.


  • 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, starting April 26, 5-7 p.m.


  • The Fenway Community is invited to a public meeting on July 19 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. to hear from Boston Parks and Recreation, Boston Police, Recovery Services, and Healthcare for the Homeless about their effort in the Back Bay Fens and how the community can contribute to safety in the neighborhood parks. The meeting is sponsored by the Fenway Civic Association and the Fenway Garden Society and will be held at the Fenway Community Center.
  • The Fenway Victory Gardens is having a Community Participation Day on Saturday, July 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  This is an opportunity for members to satisfy their service hours and for other community volunteers to clean, weed, and turn compost. Coffee and snacks are provided before 9 a.m. Are you a City of Boston resident and interested in joining our waitlist for a garden plot?  If so, send an e-mail to [email protected] with your name, e-mail,  phone number, and waitlist request!


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.

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

July 11, Legends of Summer
July 18, Grupo Fantasia
July 25, Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket
August 1, Booty Vortex
August 8, Pan Neubean Steel
August 15, Gretchen and the Pickpockets
August 22, Slim Jim and the Mad Cows (6:15 p.m. start)

August 29, TBD (6 p.m. start)

  • Childrens’ Concerts, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (rain location, unless noted, basement of Union United Methodist)

July 10, Little Groove (no rain location)
July 17, Matt Heaton
July 24, Karen K & the Jitterbugs
July 31, Vanessa Trien
August 7, Kira Helper
August 14, Wayne Potash (no rain location)



Union Park Neighborhood Association (UPNA) summer Concerts in the Park (formerly Evenings in the Park) are back. UPNA will be kicking off the 2018 season with the first of three concerts on Sunday, July 8, 4-6 p.m.

Come join neighbors and friends in beautiful Union Park for an afternoon of music and fun with the sounds and vocals of the Carl Eisman Group.

Appetizers will be provided compliments of Kava Neo Taverna, followed by pizza compliments of Ameriprise Financial Services, and doughnuts compliments of Blackbird Doughnuts. The event sponsor is Hingham Savings Bank.


The Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) had to cancel its first concert of the season on Thursday, June 28, due to rain.

There will be other concerts on July 19 and Aug. 16.


June was a busy month for Back Bay Councilor Josh Zakim, who has collected several important endorsements in his race for Secretary of State.

Last week, Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas endorsed Zakim, as did Eastie State Rep. Adrian Madaro.

Of course, the largest endorsement came from Mayor Martin Walsh, who endorsed Zakim mid-month.

“Josh is a dedicated public servant who is committed to a transparent and inclusive government. His focus on increasing voting rights and access to the polls is what we need in Massachusetts, particularly in the face of the attacks coming from Washington.” said Mayor Walsh. “Voting is the foundation of our democracy and there is so much more we can and should be doing to improve registration and turnout in our elections. I was proud to work with Josh on the city ordinance to increase Boston residents’ access to voting and voting registration. I know Josh will build on that work as Secretary of State and be the progressive leader we need.”

Meanwhile, South End/Bay Village State Rep. Aaron Michlewicz also endorsed Zakim in June.

“I truly believe that Josh’s progressive platform is exactly what the office needs to bring the state into the modern era,” said Michlewitz. “His focus is on making government more accessible for the people it serves, especially through increased voting rights, including Automatic Voter Registration, holding elections on weekends and expanded early voting.”

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