News Briefs 02-27-2020

BOSTON WARD 4 DEMS CAUCUS: SATURDAY, MARCH 21
Registered Democrats in Boston’s Ward 4, which includes parts of the neighborhoods of Back Bay, Fenway, and the South End, will hold a caucus on Saturday, March 21, at Union Church (485 Columbus Ave) to elect delegates to the 2020 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. This year’s convention will be held May 30th at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, where thousands of Democrats from across the state will come together to discuss Party business and to vote on the US Senate race. The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in the ward. Youth, minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals who are not elected as a delegate may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or online at www.massdems.org. Questions? Email [email protected]
•Boston Ward 4 Dems March Meeting: Tuesday, March 17. The Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, March 17, at 6 pm at Union Church (485 Columbus Ave). Featured speakers include Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz on next steps in education equity and Beth Huang of the MA Voter Table on the importance of the upcoming census. 

TREMONT STREET DESIGN
The Boston Transportation Department invites community members to a series of open houses for the Tremont Street Design Project. Stop by at any time to learn about our current design and to review changes to the curb regulations along Tremont Street. Open houses will include:
•Revolution Hotel, 40 Berkeley St., Monday, March 16, 6-8 p.m.
•South End Library, 685 Tremont St., Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

SOUTH OF MASS AVE TO BE ADDED TO SWEEPING
The areas south of Massachusetts Avenue in the South End will now be part of the general rules for South End street sweeping, Public Works’s Mike Brohel said on Tuesday.
That means streets below Mass Ave. will start street sweeping now on March 1.
The streets include Northampton Street, Reed, Newcombe, East Lenox, and Lenox.
FAMILY GYM AT BLACKSTONE CC
Boston Centers for Youth & Families’ (BCYF) Family Gym Program is coming back for the spring season and will be available at Blackstone Community Center. Family Gym is a free, weekly play program that promotes physical activity for children ages 3-8 and their families.  
Family Gym will run on Saturdays beginning February 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. at BCYF Blackstone Community Center in the South End. Over 3,700 children and caregivers have participated in the program since it began in 2011. More than 360 college students have volunteered for Family Gym contributing more than 9,400 volunteer hours. Children and adults move at their own pace in supervised activities. Colorful play equipment encourages individual, small-, and large-group play. Families can jump rope, play on an obstacle course, do the limbo, or play parachute games or sports. No pre-registration required however caregivers must participate and remain in the gym with their children at all times.

MUDDY RIVER RESTORATION PUBLIC MEETING
Muddy River Project: Climate Resilience through Green Infrastructure, an important gathering and meeting for the public, will be held at the Eisner Administration Building Auditorium, Emmanuel College at 400 The Fenway on Thursday Feb. 27, 2020 from 5:30 to 8 p.m..
The interactive program will provide information and updates on the Army Corps’ Muddy River Flood Risk Management Project, being financed with federal, state and local funds. The Project has been undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (N.E. District), with the support of the local non-federal sponsors, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, City of Boston and Town of Brookline. A free event, all are invited to learn about and discuss project plans and impact.

BACK BAY HAPPENINGS
SOUTH END 15TH ANNUAL PROGRESSIVE DINNER
The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association will hold its 15th Annual Ellis Progressive Dinner on Monday, March 23. It’s a marvelous way to meet new neighbors and sample gourmet offerings from our neighborhood restaurants—all at a very reasonable price. The evening starts at Beehive at 5:30 p.m. for a welcome reception—wine, Hors d‘Oeuvres, Gemütlichkeit and instructions. Participants will enjoy three additional restaurants, two assigned on a random basis from an “electronic hat,” so participants will spend the evening with neighbors they may not have had a chance to meet and restaurants that you may not have visited. The Grand Finale will be at Barcelona with the full group. The restaurants participating are Aquitaine, Banyan, Beehive, Barcelona, Black Lamb, Boston Chops, Burro Bar, Coppa, Elephant Walk, Franklin Café, Frenchie and Metropolis. A glass of wine is offered with the course at each venue. The popular, optional night cap at the Beehive will be held again for intrepid South End jazz fans. Space is limited, so reserve now on the Ellis website http://www.ellisneighborhood.org/ or by sending your check for $85 ($95 for nonENA guests) by March 19. Payable to: “Ellis NA”. Send to: Ellis NA, attention Bill Gregor, 30 Union Park St., Unit 203, Boston, MA, 02118. Please include the name(s) of those who will be attending, whether they would like to dine together and if walking only short distances is highly desirable. Questions? Contact Bill Gregor [email protected] or Betsy Hall at [email protected]

SOUTH END DATES
•There will be a Board meeting of the Ellis South End Neighborhood Association will be on March 24, 6:30 p.m., One Chandler Street.
•The Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) will meet next on March 24 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, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. in Project Place. Meetings in April and June will likely be held at AC Hotel in Ink Block. The agenda will include development at 478 Harrison Ave., Atlantico Restaurant at 600 Harrison Ave., and a safety update.
•Chester Square neighbors will meet on Weds., March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Hampton House, 155 Northampton St. The agenda includes updates on the Melnea Cass reconstruction and the Urban Renewal meeting on March 18.
•The next Alexandra Ball Neighborhood Association meeting is on March 10, 7 p.m., in the Grant AME Church on Washington Street in the basement.
• The Pilot Block Neighborhood Association will have a Potluck Meeting on Tuesday, March 10. Please RSVP to [email protected] for further information. Indicate what dish you will bring to share.
•The BPDA will host a South End Urban Renewal meeting on Weds., March 18, 6 p.m., in the AC Hotel, 225 Albany St. The meeting is intended to gather information and give the community updates on the potential extension, or not, of Urban Rewal in the South End Area.

FENWAY TIMES
•LOVE, FENWAY
There are many great neighborhoods, but there is only one Fenway! Love, Fenway, a benefit to support the Fenway Community Center will take place on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m.Take a break from the frigid Boston winter and join your neighbors, colleagues, and friends for a tropical celebration of Fenway Community Center at Love, Fenway!
Join us for a night filled with :
Live music
Open bar (beer & wine)
Hors’d’oeuvres
Raffle/silent auction
And more!
Additionally, we will present the 2020 Community Spirit Award to Brenda Clark, as well as honor the late Stephen Sorkin. Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
•The Rink at 401 Park is open and 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 Update: MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Concrete pouring began last week at 189 Ipswich, with more internal and some external demolition taking place at Ipswich and Lansdowne streets. The contractor, Gilbane, has set up a time-lapse camera near the Music Hall site, so by the end of the project, we should be getting some great images of the work. As always, please keep an eye out for any new safety signage when walking or driving around the construction sites.
2020 Fenway Concerts Announced To Date
*June 21, : James Taylor with Brandi Carlile and Shawn Colvin
*June 24, : Maroon 5 with Leon bridges and Meghan Trainor
*July 25, : Guns N’ Roses
*Aug. 7 and 8, : Dead & Company
*Aug. 25, : Motley Crue & Def Leppard with Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
*Aug. 27, : Green Day with Fall Out Boy and Weezer
*Aug. 28, : Billy Joel

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