News Briefs

Bark Block! Urban Hound to Move

It seems barking dogs below luxury apartments don’t mix, even with what was thought to be the best soundproofing.

National Development’s Ted Tye reported at the East Berkeley Neighborhood Association (EBNA) that the Urban Hound dog care service within the Ink Block buildings will be moving.

“While she is still providing services to our Ink Block residents, the issue is we kind of miscalculated the sound of baking dogs in the building,” said Tye. “Despite advice from our acoustic experts, that did not work. She will still be in business, just not in our building.”

7 Ink to Commence

The final piece of the Ink Block is set to get underway this summer, said Ted Tye of National Development.

The innovative co-living space called 7 Ink – and on the corner of Albany and Herald streets – will get underway this summer.

“We’re planning a summer constructions start,” said Ted Tye of National Development. “We’re starting our infrastructure work first and we’re excited to get it going and be the last piece of Ink Block.”

Massage Gone Wrong

An older man living in the 345 Harrison Ave. building ordered a massage on March 14 that went bad, but through creative police work, officers were able to make an arrest.

The man ordered a massage from a woman who came to his apartment. However, an issue arose at some point and she allegedly pulled a knife and robbed him. The woman also bit the man, while taking his wallet and money. Officers conducted an investigation with the victim and were able to identify the woman. They tried to book a massage covertly, but she refused saying that they had to be at a hotel or apartment.

Working with the owners of the new hotel on Melnea Cass, police were able to set up a sting and lure the suspect to a room there.

It worked.

When the woman arrived, officers were able to get a positive ID on her and make the arrest.

Esplanade Association Annual Meeting

The Esplanade Association will be holding their annual meeting on Tuesday, April 2 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Boston Park Plaza. Join us for an update on our work to program, enhance, revitalize, and maintain the Charles River Esplanade.With remarks by Miguel Rosales. Miguel is president and principal designer of Rosales + Partners, a transportation architecture and bridge design firm based in Boston. He is an architect specialized in bridge aesthetics and design, with more than 30 years of experience in urban design and bridge architecture. Some examples of these bridges include: Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Bridge, Christina and John Markey Memorial Pedestrian Bridge, and Liberty Bridge at Falls Park on the Reedy River. He will be speaking on: The Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Frances Elizabeth Appleton Bridges: A Perfect Match

Officer Pagan Passes on GLBT Liaison Post

Officer Javier Pagan has been the GLBT Liaison on the Boston Police Department for 18 years now, and he recently reported to the East Berkeley Neighborhood Association (EBNA) – where he is also the Community Resource Officer – that he would be retiring from the liaison post.

He will continue to be the CSO and continue with his police officer roles.

Pagan said they would be appointing Deputy Rich Dahill as the new laison.

Back Bay Happenings

•Spring Fun Party! Come celebrate spring with the Friends of the Clarendon Street Playground. Join us for an egg hunt, coffee and donuts and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The fun all takes place on Sunday, April 13, at 11 a.m. in the Clarendon Street Playground. Volunteers are needed to hide eggs at 9 a.m. To help with the event, please call (617) 247-3961 or email [email protected].

•Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lighting: Dark stretches of Commonwealth Avenue Mall will stay bright year round, thanks to the launch of a plan to design and install permanent lighting of the statues on each block of the Mall. The first project will be the Morison statue in the Spring of 2019, followed by the Garrison and Collins statues. We are currently raising funds for the Commonwealth Avenue Mall Statue Lighting. If you’d like to help, you can donate online at or by sending a check in the mail. For more information, email Margaret Pokorny at [email protected], or call 617-723-8144.

•Friends of the Public Garden Annual Meeting: Save the date for our 49th Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 28, featuring a presentation by Chris Cook, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Omni-Parker House, 60 School St. R.S.V.P. at

South End Dates

•The Chester Square Neighbors will have their monthly meeting on Weds., April 3, at 7 p.m. in the Hampton House, 155 Northampton St. The group will be discussion Hotel Alexandra mitigation, developments at 770 Tremont St. and 223 Northampton St. (which will also be discussed on April 2 at 6 p.m.), and potential CPA money to help save the League of Women for Community Service building on the Square. Full agenda on hand.

•The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association Executive Committee will meet on Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m.

•Eight Streets Neighborhood Association will meet on Tuesday, April 9, in Project Place at 6:45 p.m. in the second floor.

•The East Berkeley Neighborhood Association (EBNA) will meet on April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Project Place, second floor.

•The Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) will meet on April 23 at 7 p.m.

•Celebrate the Year of the Pig…Chinese Traditional music at the South End Library on March 30 at 10:30 a.m. Performance will be by the Berklee CTM Ensemble, directed by Dr. Rosey Lee.

•Boston Center for Youth and Families has brought back its free, Family Gym time to the Blackstone Community Center. The program is a weekly activity for children ages 3-8. It runs on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. This session of Family Gym will run through April 13. In the fall the program will expand to additional BCYF community centers. For updated information or program cancellations follow @BCYFCenters.

•United South End Artists will present an Art Marathon on Sunday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in studios throughout the South End. Log on to for details and locations.

•The South End Forum Opiate Working Group has released its meeting schedule for Winter/Spring 2019. The group will meet at 4 p.m. in the Crosstown Hilton on April 23 and May 21.

•On Tuesday, April 2, from 6:30– 8:30 p.m., The Beehive’s co-owner and resident curator, Jennifer Epstein, alongside guest curator, Jessica Curran will present the 29th installment in the South End landmark’s continuing art series, Sting! entitled, Unveiled. This exhibit features the work of eight emerging female artists from the greater Boston area, including three talented high school artists employed by the Artists for Humanity program. Artists represented include Ana Loor, Ariel Freiberg, Danielle Robins, Marisa Adesman and Rebecca Greene, along with visionary student artists, Madeline Murphy, Ananda Toulon, and Yajun He.

•Tuesday, April 16: Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee Meeting with Karilyn Crockett (author of People Before Highways), State Sen. William Brownsberger, State Rep. Jon Santiago, and Councilor Ed Flynn. All are welcome. The meeting will be at the South End Library (685 Tremont St.). Questions? Email [email protected]

•The South End Forum will have its quarterly meetings before the summer break on May 7 and June 11.

•USES will have continuing community conversations with its president, Maicharia Weir Lytle at the Tubman House, Wednesday, April 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; or on Thursday, May 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

•SAVE THE DATE: The City’s Love Your Block clean-up effort for the spring will take place on Saturday, May 4, at several locations across the South End, Back Bay and Bay Village.

•MARKET TIME: The SoWa Sunday Market will have its opening day on Sunday, May 5, this spring.

Fenway Times

•The Peterborough Senior Center holds bingo at 12:30 p.m. and a Tech Café at 11 a.m. every Wednesday. Come play bingo and meet new people, or can get help with your phone or tablet/computer.

•The Fenway CDC’s 46th Annual Meeting will be on Thursday, March 28m from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Fenway Health. For more information and to register, go to Join us for light dinner, celebrate our community awardees, and welcome new board members.

South End Authors Book Fest

On Thursday, April 4, from 4-8 p.m., the South End Authors Book Festival committee will be holding its fourth annual event.
The event will be held at Tent City, 130 Dartmouth St., in the Harry Dow Community Room – across the street from the Back Bay Transit Station.
This event is held every year, so that local authors can present their writings to the General Public for sale. Through the years the itinerary has been pretty much the same, authors introducing themselves and their books to the attendees. Guests intermingling with each other discussing the books being presented. All enjoying good conversation centered around a bit of light refreshments and drink. Also, sometime during the evening, a short presentation by a guest speaker. All and all everyone, authors and guests always end up having a good time.
The Festival Committee would like, this year, to offer a special invitation to all the would be young adult/teenage writers in the community to come to the festival to discuss their writings, the authors’ writings, or just writing in general.

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