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September 27, 2018
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CORRECTION

In an article in the September 13th edition of The Boston Sun, the name of the owner of BrowMuse was misspelled. Her name is Mila Kalik, not Mila Kaluk.

 

ESPLANADE MURAL EXPERIENCES MAJOR VANDALISM

The revered and critically-acclaimed Patterned Behavior art mural on the Esplanade experienced a significant amount of vandalism sometime overnight on Thursday, September 20 into Friday, September 21. The mural, which has been installed beneath the Bowker Overpass on the Esplanade since July 2017, was commissioned by the non-profit Esplanade Association working in partnership with Now + There, MassDOT, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The Esplanade Association commissioned local artist Silvia Lopez Chavez to install the work on three pillars and an adjacent wall at the intersection of the Emerald Necklace and Charles River Esplanade, along Storrow Drive.

“We’re devastated that someone would choose to vandalize what has become a popular, uplifting and colorful addition to the Esplanade,” offered Michael Nichols, Executive Director of the Esplanade Association. “We’re working with Now + There and Ms. Lopez Chavez to assess the cost of repairs to the artwork, and we hope to restore the work as soon as possible.”

A police report has been filed with the Massachusetts State Police, who maintain jurisdiction over criminal activities on the Esplanade. The Esplanade Association encourages members of the public with information about the vandalism to contact the Massachusetts State Police.

The Esplanade Association has started a GoFundMe page to help cover the expense of restoring the mural and preserving it through the rest of its commission, which currently is set to expire in July 2019.

 

CATALOGING TREES IN CHESTER SQ.

Would you like to see our neighborhood trees grow big and strong in Chester Square? The neighborhood association is working with Claremont Neighborhood Association, Friends of Chester Park and Speak for the Trees to create a digital inventory of street trees.

Join Speak-for-the-Trees, Boston this Saturday, Sept. 22, to test out the new tree cataloguing app and begin an inventory of trees in the Mass Ave – Melnea Cass – Southwest Corridor Triangle. The meet up location will be at the YMCA building at 316 Huntington Ave. from 1-4 p.m.

Please RSVP for a free ticket at [email protected]

 

BACK BAY HAPPENINGS

NABB is holding an informational Forum on Marijuana on Tuesday, October 2, at 6:30pm. The forum will be at the First Lutheran Church, corner of Berkeley and Marlborough Street.

 

SOUTH END DATES

  • The next UPNA General Meeting, open to all in the neighborhood, will be held on Weds., October 3, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Community Music Center of Boston, 537 Tremont St.

Details on the agenda will follow in a few weeks, but it will include these items:

*Consideration of the proposed development project for 24 Union Park

*Discussion of the proposal to open a medical marijuana facility close to our neighborhood

*A presentation and update on the development at the site of the former Flower Exchange on Albany Street

*A ‘State of the Park’ discussion regarding the care and maintenance of Union Park.

  • The South End Forum Opiate Working Group will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Hampton Inn on Mass/Cass.
  • The East Berkeley Neighborhood Association (EBNA) cancelled its September meeting to observe Yom Kippur and will resume its regular schedule in October. Next meeting will be on Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. They will have a Development Update from The Abbey Group, the proponents of Exchange South End. Also plan on a discussion about the 200 Shawmut Ave. parking lot at the corner of Shawmut and East Berkeley regarding their bid to continue operating as a parking lot. Location TBA.
  • The Blackstone Franklin Square Neighborhood Association has moved its meeting to Thursday, Sept. 27, at the D-4 Police Station. They will have a presentation from the Liberty Compassionates marijuana store proposal on Albany Street.
  • Friends of Childe Hassam Park has unveiled a fun fall full of events in the park. First, there is a public art installation by Rosa Weinberg in the park. There will also be several art in the park events as well. Romula; Sept. 29, Laura Bravo; Oct. 6, Liliana Marquez; and Oct. 14, Jesica Perry Lang. All events are 3-6 p.m.

On Sunday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m., there will be a pumpkin carving event, and then on Saturday, Dec. 1, there will be a Park Lighting Ceremony at 4 p.m.

  • United South End Settlements (USES) will have its 3rd community meeting for its Vision125 plan on Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m., in the South End House, 48 Rutland St. The meeting will discuss the strategic plan, an update on programming and the future of the Harriet Tubman House, Children’s Art Centre and the South End House. Tours will be offered at 6 p.m. for those interested.
  • Join the Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee to discuss the ballot questions this November and to learn about how to get out the vote for Democratic candidates locally in the Back Bay, Fenway, and the South End. Learn more at https://bostonward4dems.org/. The meeting will take place on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. in the South End Branch Library.

 

FENWAY TIMES

  • New summer hours for Fenway Community Center. Monday through Saturday open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, also open 5-8 p.m. Closed Sunday.
  • Upcoming Fenway Park Events: Saturday, 11/10/18 & Sunday, 11/11/18—Spartan Race, 10,000 expected, times TBA

Saturday, 11/17/18—“The Game” Harvard v. Yale, 35,000 expected, 12:00pm-3:30 p.m.

The Fenway victory Gardens will be having a Community Participation Day on Sunday, September 30 from 9am to 12pm. Coffee and snacks are provided. There are still plots available, so interested gardeners should email [email protected] ASAP!

 

IRISH HURLING RETURNS TO FENWAY PARK

Fenway Sports Management (FSM) announced today that the popular Irish sport of hurling will return to Fenway Park with a four-team tournament on Sunday, November 18. Building off the highly successful Fenway Park events of 2015 and 2017, the four counties will compete for the Players Champions Cup, which was introduced at the 2017 event. Tickets for the three-game hurling tournament will go on sale Thursday, September 20 at noon at www.redsox.com/hurling.

In partnership with the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and supported by Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national carrier, FSM will bring ‘Ireland’s Ancient Warrior Sport’ back to Fenway for the third time in four years after a 61-year absence dating back to 1954. Hurling, widely believed to be the world’s oldest field game, combines agility, strength and intensity, earning it the reputation as the “fastest game on grass” among its loyal and passionate followers.

Clare returns to Fenway to defend its title from the inaugural Players Champions Cup, having defeated Galway, 50-33, in the 2017 final. Clare is joined by 2018 All-Ireland champion Limerick, with Cork and Wexford also vying for the trophy.

The Fenway hurling event will feature the very best and most competitive hurling rivals from Ireland beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. In addition to the hurling tournament, the event will feature a lively Irish festival complete with Irish food, music and dancing.

 

RED SOX NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY MEETING OCTOBER 1

Before the baseball post-season kicks into full gear, we’d like to invite you to a neighborhood meeting here at Fenway Park. As with our previous meetings over the years, we will provide updates on our events and operations, and offer you the chance to ask questions and provide any feedback and suggestions that you have.  We hope that, despite the relatively short notice, you’ll be able to join us.The meeting is open to all, and food and beverages will be served.  If you plan to attend, please rsvp to Claire at [email protected]

Monday, October 1; doors open at 6:00pm, formal meeting program 6:30-7:30pm at the Wheels Up Clubhouse—72 Brookline Ave.

 

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF BOSTON EVENTS

  • Nov. 10 – Moonlight Masquerade, Aloft Boston Seaport

The night will include dancing, drinks and a raffle to raise funds for the League’s community programs.

  • February 28, 2019-March 2, 2019

LBDI (Little Black Dress Initiative), Kick off TBA.  LBDI is an advocacy campaign that seeks to raise community awareness on the issues of poverty in Boston. During the week, LBDI advocates will wear the same black dress for five consecutive days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, her confidence and professional opportunities.

  • March 30, 2019 – Annual Charity Gala, JFK Museum.

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