Coronavirus Update: Due to public health concerns, the hearings that nor-mally would be held on a week have been postponed or canceled due to the guidance of Mayor Martin Walsh and the order of Gov. Charlie Baker. Some meetings, however, have been moved to an online or teleconference format under the emergency order on the Open Meeting Law issued by Gov. Baker.
From the Sept. 23 Election Advisory Meeting, 10 a.m., online:
•Agenda to Include: Report on September 1, 2020 State Primary; Report on Preparations for November 3, State Election; Voter Registration Report.
From the Sept. 24 Public Improvement Commission meeting, 10 a.m., City Hall Rm. 801 or Remote:
•On a petition by Arlington-Boylston Realty Trust for the granting of a Projec-tion License for the installation of canopies and awnings over portions of the sidewalks within the following public ways in Boston Proper:
*Boylston Street – on its southerly side at address no. 350, west of Arlington Street;
*Arlington Street – on its westerly side between Boylston Street and Providence Street;
*Providence Street – on its northerly side west of Arlington Street.
From the Sept. 25, 10 a.m., Committee on City and Neighborhood Services Hearing(via Zoom): A hearing on the safety of construction sites in the City of Boston. This matter is sponsored by Councilor Ed Flynn and was referred to the Committee on City and Neighborhood Services on January 29, 2020.
From the Sept. 29 Zoning Board of Appeals hearing, 9:30 a.m., Online via WebEx:
•10 Claremont Park, South End. Applicant: 10 Claremont Park, LLC. Purpose: Remodel existing Brownstone. All new framing, MEP’s, new Fire Alarm and Sprinkler system, and all new finishes. Change Occupancy from a Four (4) Family Dwelling to a Two (2) Family Dwelling.
•264 Huntington Ave., Fenway. Applicant: Regina Olivieri. Purpose: Huntington Theatre Renovation and Expansion to theatre building to modernize the front and back of house spaces. Work to include; involves restoring the façade of the building, demo, MEP’s, structural and architectural upgrades. Expansion to in-clude arcade area.
•22 Braddock Park, South End. Applicant: Tait and Laura Nielson. Purpose: Con-firm occupancy as existing single family. Construct a new rear deck and roof deck also extend living space into basement and propose rear patio and 2 off street parking.
From the Sept. 29 Licensed Premise Violation hearing, 10 a.m., Online:
•St. Entertainment Group, Inc., doing business as: Tunnel. Location: 100 Stuart St., Bay Village. Date: 02/14/2020. Underage patron service.
From the Oct. 1, 10 a.m.,City Council Committee on Government Oper-ations Working Session : The Committee will hold a working session on Docket #0225, ordinance to create the Special Commission on Ending Family Homelessness. The Chair of the Committee is Councilor Lydia Edwards. The Sponsor of the docket is Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George. This matter was sponsored by Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George and was referred to the Com-mittee on January 29, 2020.
Citizenship Fees to Increase
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is making significant changes to the naturalization application. Starting October 2, it is raising the cost of application from $725 to $1,200 and eliminating the fee waiver for most low-income residents. USCIS is also increasing the permanent residence (green card) application fee and implementing an asylum application fee, making the United States one of four countries to do so. The City of Boston and the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA) are encouraging eligible Boston immigrants to apply for citizenship before the October 2 fee increases. They can contact Project Citizenship at 617-694-5949 for free, high quality legal help with their application.
OUTDOOR DINING EXTENSION
The Mayor announced an extension of the Outdoor Dining Program beyond its original end date of October 31. Restaurants using private outdoor space can continue to do so for the duration of the public health emergency. And restau-rants using public space on streets and sidewalks can continue until December 1. The City will also waive application fees for the use of outdoor propane heat-ers in dining areas. Restaurants will still need a permit from the Fire Depart-ment, and safety regulations around their use will remain in place. Restaurants can use electric heaters without a permit, as long as no cords are crossing sidewalks.
Free BPS Breakfast in South End/Fenway
Students who wish to get a free breakfast Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 11:30 am., have three sites to choose from in the South End and Fenway. This is the BPS initiative, but other organizations are also serving meals in the area as well.
•Blackstone Elementary School – 380 Shawmut Ave. (South End).
•Boston Chinese Evangelical Church, 120 Shawmut Ave. (Monday, Weds., and Friday only – South End).
•Boston Latin School – 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur (Fenway).
Reporting Workplace Safety Concerns
•Workers in any size organization have options if they feel they are being pres-sured into an unsafe situation. Attorney General Maura Healey has created re-sources for workers to report safety concerns during reopening. They include an online form at the Attorney General’s website and a dedicated Fair Labor hotline at 617-727-3465. People can also find those resources by calling 311.
How to Report a Problem Property
Since taking office in 2014, Mayor Walsh has made fixing quality of life issues a priority in his administration. From investing in Public Works to making sure community policing is a staple in every neighborhood, we are making sure every neighborhood is clean, safe and a great place to live and work in. Unfortunately some properties in Boston need more help than others, and that’s why we are here. If you know of a property that fits one of the following criteria: multiple calls to 911, one that’s blighted or just a general concern, we encourage you to reach out to your neighborhood liaison.