May 24, to present the initial plans of redeveloping a block in Kenmore Square to local residents and business owners, that aims to reinvigorate the underutilized and partially vacant buildings along Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue. The developers Related Beal proposes to redevelop about 47,000 square-foot site in the heart of Kenmore Square, into a mix of (Kenmore Square Pg. 3)
Back Bay residents petition against Beacon Street redesign By Beth Treffeisen
After a long, confusing construction period over the winter, the redesign of Beacon Street in the Back Bay is finally completed, but many residents are not happy with the result. Over the course of just a few months, Grant Schaumburg collected over 200 signatures of disgruntled Beacon Street residents over the redesign of the street. Everyone who signed the petition believes the street should be
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Kenmore Square is on track for keeping up with the building boom in Boston. Known for being a transportation hub, the traffic-jammed square may soon become a destination in its self, with new hotels, offices, and restaurants planned for this corner of the city. The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) held a public meeting on Thursday,
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restored to its former state. Many of the signers added comments regarding the safety, aesthetics, and practicality of new configuration. “It not as though [the City] was trying to do bad things, they were trying to make it better and more safe,” said Schaumburg. “But they didn’t quite accomplish that.” Because the redesign was recently finished, Schaumburg believes nothing will happen anytime soon. (Beacon Street Redesign Pg. 2)
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Pictured above, elected officials Sheriff Steven Tompkins, State Rep. Byron Rushing, Councilor Ed Flynn and Veteran Agent Giselle Stirling stand at attention on Monday, May 28, as Guillermo Candelario plays ‘Taps.’ The scene came during the annual Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square Memorial Day Exercises at the South End monument. Mayor Martin Walsh and Congressman Michael Capuano made appearances, and the keynote speaker was Sheriff Tompkins. Shown right, the Boston Common is adorned with a 37,268 flags in honor of the soldiers from Massachusetts who gave their life in the line of duty – dating back to the Revolutionary War. See story on Page 2.
Chester Square looks to re-unify A SWEET MATCH: the evens and odds A great product, critical research with Friends group combine for South End bee company By Seth Daniel By Seth Daniel
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Malachi Weir, an actor from the hit Showtime television show ‘Billions,’ came to show his support for the efforts of USES at their annual Neighborhood Gala on Thursday, May 17, at the SoWa Power Station. The Gala greeted those who attended with a carnival-like atmosphere, with games and plenty of fun.
There was East and West Germany. There was the North and South in the United States. And now there’s Chester Square – the latest reunification effort that looks to bring back together the even and odd sides of a beautiful, landscaped square that is currently dissected by the highway-like (Chester Square Pg. 11)
As it turns out, bees happen to be city people. That’s the revelation that South End resident Noah Wilson-Rich stumbled upon while installing a bee hive in the backyard of his landlord’s property on West Concord Street nine years ago. Now, not only has Wilson-Rich produced groundbreaking research worldwide about the success of
bees in urban environments, but also he has founded a pretty sweet company – Best Bees Company – that maintains hives all over the City and sells local honey. “It’s been amazing since we started in 2010 and we’ve been in the South End the whole time,” he said during a recent morning at the Albany Street headquarters. “About nine years ago, I told my (Boston Bees Pg. 5)
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editorial Guest Op-Ed Remembering those who gave all By Rep. Michael E. Capuano
This Memorial Day, we remember and honor the American heroes who gave their lives for our country. Our Gold Star families deserve respect this day, and every day, of the year. My own father, Andrew, was a World War II veteran who enlisted in the Army as a private. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge as Captain Capuano, where he was severely injured. My father was lucky enough to come home to Somerville after the war, unlike so many who served beside him. Captain Capuano left the the Army with medals for valor -and he also left the Army as an 80 percent disabled veteran. My uncle, also a veteran, worked as a veteran service agent. After he passed away, we created an annual award for high school graduates who entered the service, in his honor. With veterans in my own family, I understand the struggles and sacrifices our military families go through today, and I’m committed to protecting all service members and their families. Our women and men in uniform are willing to put themselves in harm’s way to defend the values our country was founded on. As a nation, we owe them a great deal. To honor those we have lost, we must take care of their fellow service members who come back home. We owe all veterans the services and support they need -- it’s unacceptable for service members to return to inadequate care in the United States of America. I take my responsibility to support our veterans very seriously. That’s why I’ve fought
to improve health care services for veterans, expand affordable housing opportunities, increase services related to job training, and ensure that our military has the equipment necessary to safely serve. I fully support expanding the GI Bill, with enhanced education assistance available to veterans, and extending these benefits to military families in certain circumstances. This initiative is an important economic resource for veterans who return from service. It gives them the opportunity to participate in job training or learn a new career so they can better care for themselves, and their families. I’ve also fought to protect the veterans’ health facilities located in Greater Boston. With my colleagues in the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, I’ve ensured the VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, as well as VA clinics in Dorchester and other areas of Boston, are preserved. Access to healthcare is so important to our veterans and their families. The federal government must expand and improve services for veterans, not limit them. As we observe Memorial Day, I know nothing can ever change the loss our Gold Star families feel. But I hope each and every family knows that their loved one’s sacrifice is remembered. The best way to honor the women and men who gave their lives for our country is to take care of their families, friends, and fellow service members. This Memorial Day, I ask everyone to take a moment to thank a veteran, and share an act of service in honor of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Field of Flags on the Common celebrates ninth year, thousands affected far and wide By Seth Daniel
American flags were placed on the Common by volunteers late
In two hours, 400 volunteers transformed a patch of grass on the Boston Common into a moving Memorial Day tribute. After nine years, the field of American flags on the Common never gets old, and that’s exactly the point as 37,268 small
‘When I first saw it, I had to pull over and come see what was going on.’ — Gov. Baker
last week, with a ceremony taking place on Thursday morning after the Flag Garden had been fully assembled. The effort has been going on for nine years, and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund – which is a group of families (Field of Flags Pg. 11)
Beacon Street Redesign (from pg. 1) But Schaumburg said the petition reflects the predominant opinion of people living on Beacon Street, providing a good baseline for evaluating the new configuration. A year from now, Schaumburg will ask the signers whether they have changed their opinion. He hopes the petition will help the City to decide whether to keep the new design or not. “The redesign was well-intended,” said Schaumburg. “But it didn’t quite achieve the right thing. Maybe [the City] will come up with something better.” The construction of the redesign began this past December when crews began work to re-paint lines that shifted the parking lane to a new location, creating a protected bike lane between parked cars and the sidewalk. The new bike lane runs from Berkeley Street down to Massachusetts Avenue. Other major changes included shifting from three lanes to two lanes of travel to encourage people to drive slower, updated walk signal timing, signage for 25 mph,
new ‘no trucks’ signage and no turn on red signage. The project also included daylighting, which helps people see each other at intersections by prohibiting parking at specific corners. The Boston Transportation Department was in charge of the design of the street and the Boston Public Works Department was in charge of implementation. “This is an accident waiting to happen!” said one Beacon Street resident in the petition. Residents voiced that the Beacon Street redesign slows traffic and creates congestion. With the reduced amounts of travel lanes for cars, double-parking by delivery trucks or car share services like Uber, causes further restricted traffic, often narrowing the road down to one lane. The added congestion creates massive loss of time for those who have to drive to work, making the commute twice as long, wasting fuel and increasing exhaust pollution. With another bike lane only a few
blocks away on Commonwealth Avenue, many residents say there are a low percentage of bikers using the protected bike lane. “Commonwealth Avenue looks like it’s set up better,” said Schaumburg, even though it doesn’t have a protected bike lane. Residents said that the new configuration on Beacon Street reduces car and pedestrian safety by making it difficult for cars to see pedestrians and bikes and harder for pedestrians to see cars. The parked cars often block the line of sight. For example, Schaumburg noted that turning right at Exeter Street requires the driver to look across the passenger's side of the car for bikes. It is now also very difficult to drive out of the 180 Beacon St. garage because the view of traffic is blocked in both directions. “It transformed an attractive boulevard into a messy jumble of parked and driving vehicles,” said Schaumburg.
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Kenmore Square (from pg. 1) allow views from Commonwealth Avenue of the Citgo sign to continue. The pedestrian realm along Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street will be enhanced with improved sidewalks, street trees, and benches. A new parking garage will be located underground beneath the proposed Commonwealth Building. Parking access and landing will take place where the current alleyway exists along Commonwealth Avenue, between the two project sites. The driveway off of Beacon Street is the only way into the back alleyway and parking. The developers are exploring options of creating another access point along Deerfield street to take the congestion off of Beacon Street. There will be re-stripping along Beacon Street to allow for a buffered bike lane, which will remove the metered parking spots along the thoroughfare. On Deerfield Street the angled parking will be replaced with parallel parking. Although this project doesn’t include 11-19 Deerfield St. (where the current Kenmore Square Post Office is), the development team plans on renovating the building into office space while adhering to the landmark guidelines for the historic building. Even though the post office building is protected by the Bay State Road/ Back Bay West Area Architectural Commission, the West Gate building on the corner of Commonwealth Avenue, and
A rendering of the proposed office buildings in Kenmore Square, courtesy of the BPDA.
Deerfield Street is not. After it has been sitting as an abandoned apartment building for years, the developers determined that it would be infeasible to renovate it. The demolition of the building will be under the Boston Landmarks Commission purview. “I love that building, even though it’s vacant and sad,” said one Kenmore Square resident. “It would be sad to watch that go. I personally, don’t like the glass.” But Christopher D. Strang, an attorney who used to work on the block, said, “The buildings that are coming down need to come down. There is no way they can be fixed.” Strang, who used to work at 6 Beacon Street before moving offic-
BBAC approves removal of Magnolia Tree on Comm. Ave. By Beth Treffeisen
The Back Bay Architectural Commission voted to approve the removal of a Magnolia tree and re-landscape the area at 393 Commonwealth Ave., at a hearing on Wednesday, May 9. The Dexter House Condo Association has tried for several years to save the diseased Magnolia tree, but due to the lack of light, the conditions have deteriorated the tree, so the condo association have decided to let it go. The Association will replace the tree with a Royal White Eastern Redbud, which they hope will thrive in this environment. The Magnolia was examined by a tree expert that found a severe canker on the main stem, which is more than one third of the diameter. The recommendation was that the tree be replaced based on the size and condition of the tree.
Landscaping work includes removing the tree, and the front fence with planters. It will be repacked by boxwoods in the two front corners with the replacement tree in the center. “The owners in our building consider our courtyard an extension of our homes and take pride in its care and upkeep,” wrote Kenneth Hamberg, president and treasurer of Dexter House Condo Association to BBAC. “We have had wine and cheese parties, pizza parties, bridal shower and one owner held an elegant dinner party there. It is so well used that in our plans for the area, we have increased the amount of seating.” Boiler Vent Problems Despite some concern over the closeness of the intake and exhaust vents of a new boiler at 7 Marlborough St., the BBAC (BBAC Pg. 7)
es elsewhere, said the elevators rattled and the HVAC equipment was loud. “I can attest after listening to that sound for years - it was miserable there,” said Strang. Related Beal does not have any office tenants in mind yet. The famous Cornwall’s Britishstyle pub will remain, with plans to return to the location after the construction is completed. “I’m very excited we get to stay,” said Pam Beale, owner of Cornwall’s. “We might have to have a moving out and moving in party, but the developers have been very helpful throughout the entire process. The end result is going to be amazing.” Not to far away, in a different
corner of Kenmore Square, two new hotels are being proposed at 560-574 Commonwealth Ave. and 655-665 Beacon St. The same teams working on the Related Beal project at the city level are also working with the hotels, to make sure scheduling and the transportation plans run smoothly between the two projects. The Related Beal redevelopment is expected to be a two-year process between both the Beacon Street and Commonwealth Ave buildings. The comment period ends on June 11. Comments can be sent to the BPDA project manager at tim. [email protected]
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PROJECT PROPONENT: 217 Albany II LLC PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Public Meeting meeting to discuss the proposed 217 Albany Street development which is located at Albany and Herald Streets in the South End neighborhood, and consists of the construction of a 14-story, 250-unit co-living multi-family residential building with new outdoor open space for use by building residents.
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commercial uses, including offices, retail and restaurants. “Today’s model shows that we are not only going to enliven what is here but, bring more people out to both sides of the street,” said Kimberly Sherman Stamler, president of Related Beal. The project site includes seven buildings, beginning at the corner of Deerfield Street with frontage wrapping along the northern side of Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street to the east. The project consists of two distinct parcels or components: the “Commonwealth Building” at 533-541 Commonwealth Ave., and the “Beacon Building” at 650660 Beacon St. Six of the seven existing buildings are proposed to be demolished, while the seventh building, 660 Beacon St., which is home to the Citgo sign, will be renovated and joined to new construction that will morph the existing three buildings there into one - encompassing about 142,000 square feet of adaptive re-use space. Related Beal will continue to work with the Boston Landmarks Commission regarding the sign, which is currently being reviewed for landmark status. Directly adjacent to the west is the proposed construction of a new 140,000 square-foot, eight-story building at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue. The project includes new and renovated ground-floor retail space with office space on the upper floors. The glass facade will peel back to
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SOUTH END KICKS FUNDRAISER HOSTED BY SECHC Photos by Keiko Hiromi
The South End Community Health Center (SECHC) hosted a fundraiser dubbed “South End Kicks” at Ink Block on Thursday, May 3. Funds raised this year will support programs and services that improve women’s health and wellness. Guests were invited to don their favorite “kicks” (sneakers) and/or bring a new pair to donate to a patient. About 250 attended the event according to the organizer. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent her video message for the event.
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Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy and Walter Mulligan, the agency’s chief surveyor/resident engineer, standing on top of the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.
Hatch Shell restoration project set to wrap up next month By Dan Murphy
The $2.4 million restoration project entailing the replacement of the exterior panels on the dome of the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade is expected to wrap up in early June, according to Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy. Before this work began, however, two laser scans of the dome were conducted last winter to pinpoint the dome’s imperfections while Folan Waterproofing & Construction Co. of South Easton was tasked with cleaning and waterproofing the band shell. BPDL Precast Concrete - a company based in Quebec, Canada, and one of only two firms in North America that handles this type of specialized work - then used the laser renderings to craft a total of 673 concave panels in 91 different shapes from the composite material terrazzo that fit together to completely encase the dome. Roy likens the process to completing a jigsaw puzzle and said between April and last Thursday, May 17, some 483 pieces had been installed. And this is no easy task, either, considering each weighs between 400 and 150 pounds while the panels on top tip the scales at 500 pounds a piece. When the dome was last restored in 1989, Roy said the technology to accurately estimate the size of each panel didn’t exist, so the pieces fit together more loosely, allowing water to seep into the dome and gradually damage the structure’s interior. “The purpose of this project is to protect it, both structurally and aesthetically,” he said, adding that interior restoration of the dome
will follow the panel-replacement project. “We really want to be good stewards of this historic landmark.” The granite shell that stands on the site today dates back to 1940 and is the structure’s third incarnation. It was designed by venerable Boston architect Richard J. Shaw and underwritten by Maria Hatch, who died in 1926 and bequeathed a $300,000 gift in her will to build a memorial to her brother, Edward A. Hatch. Edward Hatch, who died in 1889, served as a general in the Union Army during the Civil War before becoming the first commander of the 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, a Buffalo soldier regiment with AfricanAmerican troops commanded by white officers. In 1928, the original, wooden shell was erected on the site as a temporary venue for the Boston Pops, and the orchestra performed at an inaugural concert held there July 4, 1929. A second, more permanent shell was built of metal at the location in 1934, but it was irreparably damaged in the 1938 New England hurricane. Roy said the project is particularly timely now not only because May is Preservation Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but also since this year marks the 125th anniversary of DCR, which manages 3,000 properties statewide. “This is a good example of DCR’s work saving our cultural and historic resources,” Roy said. “There’s nothing better than to be here on a warm summer evening when the sun sets over the Charles while enjoying symphonic music. It really is a treasure.”
Bill Walczak, president and CEO of South End Community Health Center (R), with his “unique shoes,” and Barry Zuckerman with his kicks during the fundraiser.
Emcees Jim Braude and Margery Eagan (WBGH Boston Public Radio) during South End Kicks at the Ink Block.
Brad Sprogis, John Neale, with Randi and Bob Lathrop during South End Kicks.
Henry Goodrow, Mayra Negron-Rivera, Charlie Webb and Joe Rizzo.
David Orise, Erik Weissberg, Kim Chan and Isabelle Chase.
SECHC patient and cancer survivor, Itsva Cerritos, speaking during South End Kicks.
David Gleason, Deb Farrar-Parkman, Margery Eagan.
Yaribel and Angel Bruno.
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Boston Bees (from pg. 1)
Cannabis corneR What do the words “marijuana” or “cannabis” conjure up? Stoners getting high? Two movie characters constantly in a daze of pot smoke? How about the ubiquitous, propagandist “Refer Madness?” Well, just like all advances in society or even science, this is not your father’s cannabis. Cancer patients; people with autism; athletes; folks with seizures, joint pain, nausea, inflammation, anxiety, ADHD and a variety of other ailments — they all benefit from cannabis. Cannabis consumption is becoming more closely associated with health and wellness in the United States, with a vast majority of Americans supporting safe and legal access to medical cannabis and a clear majority supporting the regulated, adult-use of the plant.
Best Bees Company’s Jessica O’Keefe examines a hive on the rooftop of the Taj Hotel in the Back Bay recently. The company, based in the South End, combines a great business model with critical research into urban bees.
comes from the Linden Tree, he said). In exchange, Wilson-Rich conducts research on all of the hives – using technology that monitors them in real time and provides critical data for research into urban bees. “It’s really like a complete circle,” he said. “We can enjoy the product, but each hive gives us a look at what’s happening with the bees, and we can get the data to work with, which provides us information we can share with the City about increasing sustainability, and that helps bees and also gives people a lot more honey.” One of the big breaks for the company came when the owner of Beacon Capital decided he wanted hives on all of his properties. Reaching out to Wilson-Rich, the company soon went national and allowed him to enter into a new area of research – bees in high places. As it turns out, again, bees do
Founder Noah Wilson-Rich holds a bee on his finger in the parking lot of the company headquarters on Albany Street in the South End.
even better on skyscrapers. That will also be a Ted Talk on June 30, where Wilson-Rich
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landlord that I was starting this bee research company in my living room at my West Concord Street apartment where I still live. I figured I had better tell him and he was okay with it. Then I asked if he would put a hive in the back and he agreed to that too…After a while, I noticed they were doing so well in the South End. I wanted to know why they were flourishing in an urban environment and doing better than the bees that were in the country setting. They were living longer and producing more and were healthy.” This was particularly interesting because it came at the time when bee colonies were suffering from collapse and disease, and national headlines about the worrisome status of bees had the general public enthralled with that story. Everyone wanted to save the bees. So, as a bee researcher, WilsonRich was particularly curious as to why his bees in the City were doing so well somewhere that one would think isn’t the best place for bees. As it turns out, Wilson-Rich found that the City is actually a good host to bees, and the plant life has more variety to keep bees fed than in the suburbs. They accomplished that by doing DNA testing on the honey produced by bees and finding out what plants were being used to produce the honey. The surprising result was that the City has more food for bees, thus making them healthier. They analyzed bee colonies in Duxbury, and transposed that with colonies in Dorchester and Boston. “Bees weren’t doing as well in Duxbury as they were in Boston, which you wouldn’t think would be the case,” he said. “Duxbury is considered to be so much nicer, but for the environment, it’s not. Those big, green lawns are actually not good for ecological health, which is what hurt the bees.” Those findings were made world famous when Wilson-Rich gave a Ted Talk online, and his findings were picked up all over the place. At one point, he realized he had made it big when he saw himself on the television in an airport while traveling. Yet, even more interesting, is that he transformed that research into a business plan – melding the two into one. The Best Bees Company now has hundreds of hives on rooftops in Boston, Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh and other cities. In Boston, the company has a fleet of seven vans that service hives all over the region. Customer pay for the hives and the maintenance, and they get to keep all of the product – which is the local honey (in Boston, most of the local honey
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Walsh’s Coffee Hour comes to Commonwealth Ave. Mall By Dan Murphy
More than 100 neighbors turned out to the Commonwealth Avenue Mall Thursday morning, May 24, for the return of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Neighborhood Coffee Hour. Now in its 19th year, these events take place each spring and summer at public parks citywide, giving neighbors a chance to speak directly to the mayor and his staff. Guests are treated to coffee and breakfast courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts, as well as fresh fruit from Whole Foods Market, and each family in attendance receives a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses as a gift from the mayor. Information is also provided on city programming sponsored by the Boston Public Library, Boston Public Schools, Boston Police Department and Boston Centers for Youth & Families. At last week’s event in the Back Bay, Walsh discussed the return of “Open Newbury Street” on July 8, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9 – last year’s successful pilot program that jettisoned cars for the day to transform the entire width of the street from Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue into a pedestrian-only walkway. “Most people like it… and it’s great for the businesses down here,” he said. In addition, Walsh detailed how the Boylston Street
In the top photo Mayor Martin J. Walsh speaks to Coffee Hour guests.
Marathon Marker Project has received approvals from both the Boston Arts Commission and the Back Bay Architectural Commission to memorialize the two sites of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings with new public art, adding that the city is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the project. This followed conversations with the Campbell, Collier, Lu and Richard families, Walsh said, and the site between Trinity Church and the Copley Branch of the Boston Public Library is also now being considered as the possible location for a “peace garden.” Meantime, Walsh said $500,000 has been allocated in
the city budget for improvements to the Boston Common, which would likely include new landscaping features designed to help curtail drug dealing and other quality-of-life issues that currently plague the park’s Tremont Street corners. As for the Boston Transportation Department’s pedestrian-safety improvements to Beacon Street, Walsh urged those in attendance to be patient. “It’s a pilot program, and if we don’t try something new, we’ll never know if it works,” he said, adding that a community meeting on the initiative’s progress is already planned for the fall. On another note, Walsh applauded the decision by Hexagon Properties, helmed by Back Bay resident and philanthropist Sandy Edgerley, to
Christian Simonelli of Boston Groundwater Trust, Charlie Neckyfarow and Elliott Laffer.
Hillary Rayport, Pamela Humphrey, State Rep. Jay Livingstone and Margo Newman.
carry on operating its recently acquired Algonquin Club at 217 Commonwealth Ave. “This is an opportunity to continue the existing club that’s there now, rather than find a new location,” he said. And regarding his proposed,
new Airbnb ordinance for Boston, which the City Council is currently mulling over, Walsh said, “There’s no roadmap because every city is different. We want to regulate it in a proper way and make sure it’s done right.”
Boston Parks Department Commissioner Chris Cook addressing the crowd.
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Jessica and Valentine Schmitz along with Ginny MesKell and Ali Hickey of Beacon Hill.
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BBAC (from pg. 3) approved the boiler vent at the basement level. The owners initially looked into placing the vent through the back chimney of the row house, but learned it was too far away to meet code. They then looked to the front chimney, but found that the flues were in use or blocked. In order to open it, they would have to get permission from a different unit that has access to the front chimney. In a last-ditch effort, the owner looked to the back of the building for a solution. “You can barely see it, it’s all in the shadow,” the owner said. The location sits above the owners back window into the alleyway on the first level with two vents in close proximity, worrying one commissioner. “If this was my alley and it was exhausting carbon monoxide, I wouldn’t want this here,” said Commissioner Robert Weintraub. But the owner insisted that the inspector came and ok’d the project as is. The vents were approved as
long as it can be reversible. AC unit upgrades gone awry At the rear of 321 Commonwealth Ave., owners in the basement level asked for replacement of deteriorated oneover-one windows in-kind, installation of a wood bracket, copper-roofed portico at existing entry door and a new heat pump and lattice enclosure to the right side of the entry door. The proposal asked to put the AC unit one foot off the ground in the public alleyway to make it easier to maintain during the winter months. “It just seems funny,” said Commissioner John Christiansen. “It looks like its sticking off the side of the building. It should be on the ground.” Other Commissioners agreed, saying it should sit on a platform closer to the ground to fit with other units down the alleyway. In addition, the Commissioners did not like the light fixture proposed to light the rear entrance door. “It’s a pretty ugly light fix-
ture,” said Christiansen. The Commissioners asked that the owners have two lanterns on either side of the door and to send details to staff. The staff approved the proposal with provisions that they move the AC unit to the ground. A fortress gets taken down At 17 Gloucester St. a new deck at the upper flat roof area was denied after the BBAC determined that it would be visible from multiple public ways including Commonwealth Avenue Mall. The application asked for a flat, glass-roof access hatch, relocation of air-conditioning units, replacement of railings on upper roof deck and construction of a new roof deck on a lower portion of the Mansard roof. “The upper deck seems to have a bit of a problem,” said Commissioner Patti Quinn. “It doesn’t look so romantic - it looks like a fortress or something.” The BBAC approved the overall project with the exception that the upper-deck be deleted and cleaned up.
The tricorne or tricorn hat in the last clue is on the statue of Thaddeus Kosciuszko in the Boston Public Garden. Wikipedia says this hat style was popular in the 18th century and “... ranged from the very simple and cheap to the extravagant, occasionally incorporating gold or silver lace trimming and feathers.” The statue was created by Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson in 1927. Do you have a favorite building or detail you would like featured? Send an email to [email protected] with your suggestion.
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USES ANNUAL GALA AT HARRISON AVENUE POWER STATION Photos by Derek Kouyoumjian
United South End Settlements (USES) held its annual Gala at the Power Station on Harrison Avenue last Thursday, May 17. A carnival atmosphere awaited attendees who gathered to support their efforts in assisting families in the South End.
USES President Maicharia WeirLittle and Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn hold the City Council resolution he presented recognizing the good work USES does.
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Keynote speaker Tiffany Pina speaks to the gathering about how United South End Settlements has helped her and her family.
Keynote speaker Tiffany Pina (center) watches with her husband, Hakeem Abdul Nur, and her mother, Elizabeth Neto, the video presentation about her story.
Toni Marcoux and Danielle Stingone.
Heather Gallerstein, Travis and Zoe Keller.
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PROJECT PLACE ANNUAL OPEN DOOR GALA AT THE WESTIN COPLEY Photos by Keiko Hiromi
Project Place hosted its annual Open Door Gala on May 2 at the Westin Copley Hotel to celebrate the success of the program, its alumni and to fundraise for creating opportunities for future program participants. The 2018 Peter Callaway Scholarship was presented to Rosaivette Baez during the gala. The Peter Callaway Scholarship is named in honored of the Project Place Founder Peter Callaway. The scholarship is given to a Project Place graduate to support their efforts for higher education and further training. More than 250 people attended according to the organizer. Project Place is located in the South End on Washington Street.
Gov. Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin Walsh with Project Place Alumnus Gilbert Costas and Rosaivette Baez, 2018 Peter Callaway scholarship winner.
Suzanne Kenney, executive director of Project Place, speaking during Project Place’s 2018 Open Door Gala.
(L-R) Pam Goncalves, Christina Ruccio, Christina Maynard, Svetla Georgieva, Gabriela Prez-Gil, Heather Hayes and Lauren McKnight.
(Front) Project Place Alumna Amefika Desir, Director Suzanne Kenney, Angela Menino, and First Lady Lauren Baker. (Back) Project Place Alumnus Gilbert Costas, Mayor Martin Walsh, Lorrie Higgins, Jack Connors, Gala Co-Chair Eileen Connors, Gala Co-Chair Mary Kelleher, Gala Co-Chair Heather Wells and Gov. Charlie Baker.
Michael Payge, Project Place Alumna Amefika Desir, State Rep. Byron Rushing, Frieda Garcia, Rick Murphy, Karin Dunnett and Peter Wilson.
David Cowan, Jim Bennette, Raphael Jaimes-Branger, Eliot Wright and Heather Wells.
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Amefika Desir, Project Place alumna, speaking during Project Place’s 2018 Open Door Gala.
Key participant speakers included Alumnus Gilbert Costas and Tommy Walker, 2017 Peter Callaway Scholarship recipient.
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Now + There has big plans for the upcoming year By Beth Treffeisen
This year, Now + There, a non-profit that creates temporary public art projects, introduced its 2018 theme, Common Home. Over the next six months, two female artists and seven Boston artists completing the Now + There Public Art Accelerator will present thought-provoking projects that explore such themes as responsibility and power, memory
and recorded history, and the use and enjoyment of common spaces. “We are in this because we want public art to reach another level,” said Kate Gilbert, executive director of Now + There. “We are going to be a public art city - are you with me?” Gilbert announced the new plans for 2018 at an event on Monday, May 7, at the Hampshire House in Beacon Hill. In its fourth year, Now + There since its inception has commissioned five site-specif-
ic temporary pieces of work and two more are scheduled for this summer. In addition, six more are coming later this year through the Accelerator Artists program.
Host Audrey Foster gives a speech at the event at the Hampshire House.
Kate Gilbert gives a presentation on what Now + There has planned for 2018.
Accelerator artist Joel Lamere and artist Stephanie Carson at the kick-off event.
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“Our pieces have substance, meaning and support highly visible spaces that creates community engagement,” said Gilbert. “Boston wants to be a public art city. Public art educates a city and makes it more compelling to visit. We will invest in public art and see a real return. Our goal is to make Boston a public art city by 2022.” The host of the event Audrey Foster said that public art does a lot for a city. She asked the crowd, “Why don’t we have it here and what can we do to bring it here?” The season will begin at the Prudential Center with “Unless” by Boston-based artist Stephanie Carson. A vibrant, floor-to-ceiling installation, commissioned by Boston Properties, the work will inhabit the iconic space of Center Court and engage visitors on topics of climate change and environmental justice. The project incorporates recycled material, and will showcase text from Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home, Unless” to provoke onlookers to take action toward creating sustainability, climate justice, and community investment. The project is redistributing local resources to serve people who have experienced the current and immediate adverse effects of the climate crisis most deeply. A lot of the budget is being used for production space at the Villa Victoria community in Boston’s South End and to fairly pay for
fabrication labor by students who were displaced by last year’s hurricanes on Puerto Rico. In June, Now + There will unveil a traveling exhibition, Open House, by nationally acclaimed Boston-born artist Liz Glynn. Glynn’s lavish Louis XIV sofas, chairs, and footstools evoke a historic, Fifth Avenue ballroom, but with a twist — these objects are cast in concrete, a populist material more commonly seen in modern architecture. With this revision, the artist invites the public to enjoy a previously exclusive interior space that is now open and accessible to all. “The artwork will ask people who has access to common space?” said Gilbert. Throughout the summer and fall the soon-to-graduate Accelerator Artists will produce six projects developed in, and funded by, the Accelerator. The projects are hyper-local and site-specific and will provoke conversations about memory and loss, ancestry and homeland, and the cultivation of vacant space. The projects will be located in Allston, Roxbury, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester and East Boston. “Because of how we create a public art city, the bar will be set high,” said Gilbert. “All of our works are highly curated, and Boston will be known as a public art city.”
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This week’s featured image is of Berkeley Street, at the corner of Chandler, in 1978. The Theodore Parker Hall is on the right. It was built in 1872 as a Unitarian Meetinghouse in honor of Theodore Parker, a Unitarian minister, abolitionist, and transcendentalist. The building later served the Jewish community as Adath Israel’s religious school in the late 19th Century. Those in the South End perhaps remember it best as the Boston Tea Party concert venue, which attracted famous artists and bands, such as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, and The Who. The South End Historical Society was formed in the 1966 and continues to advocate for the preservation and history in the neighborhood. The organization is located on Chester Square and holds many treasures of the South End’s distant and near past.
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Field of Flags (from pg. 2)
Staff Sgt. Robert Needs played the tuba as part of the Commonwealth Brass Quintet 215th Army Band.
who have lost loved ones in the war on terror since 9/11. Their effort focuses on those soldiers – with 296 flags placed for them at Thursday’s ceremony – but it also focuses on all of those lost in war from the Revolutionary War era on. Gov. Charlie Baker said the first time he saw the display before Memorial Day some years ago, he had to stop his vehicle and come see what it was all about. Of course, he soon found out it was about honoring the sacrifice of thousands of military dead, from the Revolution to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. “I think we can make the stories behind these flags sort of cliché; we shouldn’t,” he said. “The folks
here today and the families represented by the thousands of flags in the Common have a daily struggle to not only put the pieces back together, but also to address the empty chair at the dinner table… Let’s never forget these families here. These families here had the fire, the grit and determination to build a new life after the loss of their loved ones.” Mayor Martin Walsh added, “These flags bring into view something too often invisible – a sea of sacrifice.” One interesting revelation is that the Boston Common Flag Garden has spread far and wide. From Chelsea – which just started their Flag Garden last year - to locales as far away as Houston
and Louisiana, many have been impacted by the Common’s display. In Baton Rouge Janet Broussard and other Blue Star Mothers were inspired by the Boston Flag Garden, and this year, will mark the fourth year they have done the same thing at the Louisiana State Capitol building. They planted more than 11,000 flags. In Beachwood, Ohio, Karen Carmen read about the Boston Common display in a newspaper, and was moved to create a gigantic American flag painting that has been displayed at Beachwood City Hall for seven years. And near Houston, Pastor Chuck Schneider took the idea back to his town after seeing it on
the Common during a vacation to Boston. There, they honor more than 38,000 heroes who served and died since Texas became a state in 1836. “They all saw this display in Boston and wanted to bring it back to their communities and cities,” said Thomas Crohan, president of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund. “I hope everyone in their own communities sign up to do something like this. It is significant.” The flags on the Common were kept watch over all Memorial Day weekend to prevent vandalism and continue the tradition.
Chester Square (from pg. 1) The problem is an old one that began when the City decided to take Massachusetts Avenue through the middle of what was previously a large, oval park with a large fountain in the middle. In the last century, to accommodate highway traffic headed to the Back Bay, the meandering oval was cut in half. That left two sides of Chester Square with two fountains and two different cultures, but all of the same problems. Laboy and Joshua Fiedler said one plan they have discussed is putting a crosswalk through Mass. Ave. in the middle of Chester Square. It would be an on-demand red light that would stop traffic so a pedestrian could cross from side to side safely – and not having to play the improvised, real-life dodge ‘em game with cars. They would call it something like the ‘Chester Connector’ and the idea would simply be to reunify the old neighborhood. In the middle, Laboy said they want to install some sort of public art at the median strip to remind folks of what used to be there – and that the park once occupied the entire Square. Other concerns include possibly eliminating a Mass Ave sidewalk to create a new, protected bike lane. One resident pointed out that there are six sidewalks and six lanes of parking, and perhaps that’s just too much and other uses could be carved out. Michael Rodriguez said he would like to start using the old Chester Square addresses, and remove the Mass. Avenue addresses. “I don’t know if that’s possible, but I think it’s a cool idea,” he said. State Rep. Byron Rushing sug-
Massachusetts Avenue. On Tuesday night, neighbor Roberto Poli – who lives on the even side of Chester Square – jumped one fence, dodged cars in four lanes of fast-moving traffic like he was in the video game Frogger, and then jumped a second fence. It was a full-on effort just to get to the other side of the Square to visit friends and participate in a meeting. The meeting was the first ever of the Friends of Chester Park – an offshot of the Chester Square Neighbors Association (formerly CSANA) – and situations like Poli encountered are one major agenda item for the new and active organization. “That’s the way everyone gets across the square,” said Kyndal Feinman. “The legal way to do it requires that you go all the way to Tremont Street or all the way to Shawmut Street and cross at the crosswalk. That means you have to leave Chester Square to get to Chester Square.” President Michelle Laboy said the group has a major goal of reuniting the two sides through some sort of connecter – something they have already discussed with the City in preliminary conversations. “A long-term goal we have is to unite both sides of the park so there isn’t one side and the other side,” she said. “The goal is to make it feel like one park that is connected in the middle and not two separate parks that are totally separated by Mass. Ave. Unfortunately, we’re also dissected by more than Mass. Ave. The map says the even side is the South End and the odd side is Lower Roxbury…We want to be able to get to the other side of the neighborhood without leaving the neighborhood.”
The new Friends of Chester Park had their first official meeting on Tuesday, May 29, in the park and have a clear goal of re-uniting the two sides of Chester Square. They have a goal of advocating and getting a Connector walkway across Massachusetts Avenue so that residents don’t have to leave the neighborhood to visit the other side. Pictured here are Kelsey Schiller, Michelle Laboy, Alyssa Faria, Kyndal Feinman, Joshua Fiedler, Mark Carrig, Roberto Poli, Michael Rodriguez, and Matthew Martin.
gested that the park could utilize movable chairs, such as at Ink Block Underground – where no one has yet vandalized or stolen those chairs. Mark Carrig had concerns over the plantings, and particularly the evergreen bushes fronting
Mass. Ave. – not to mention the new plantings funded by Boston Medical Center in the median strip. He said he would prefer to have day lilies or some sort of lower planting that doesn’t accumulate trash and drug needles.
Other goals include painting the traffic boxes in the parks, and also having a movie night in July. Laboy said they are a group in their infancy, but they have momentum and a lot of ideas to re-connect the neighborhood.
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MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES AT PUERTO RICAN VETERANS MEMORIAL Photos by Seth Daniel
Scores of veterans, elected officials and community members came together on Monday, May 28, to mark Memorial Day at the Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square in the South End. The annual event has grown in pop-
ularity, and always brings out State Rep. Jeff Sanchez and Mayor Martin Walsh. This year, President Tony Molina announced that they will be constructing a metal archway with the words ‘Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square’ over the entrance on Washington Street. The addition will highlight the memorial bricks that line the path leading to the memorial.
State Rep. Byron Rushing reminded everyone that the Square is hallowed ground.
Mayor Martin Walsh lays the ceremonial wreath at the foot of the monument. Pictured (L-R) are Sheriff Steven Tompkins, Carmen Colombani, State Rep. Jeff Sanchez, Luna Sanchez, Amina Sanchez and Maria Sanchez.
Councilor Ed Flynn, a veteran who served in the Navy for many years, spoke about his experiences in the service.
Mayor Martin Walsh, Sheriff Steven Tompkins, President Tony Molina, and Councilor Ed Flynn.
President Tony Molina, Maria Sanchez and State Rep. Jeff Sanchez unveil a rendering of the new archway that will adorn the Washington Street entrance to the Square.
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As is the annual custom, several families unveiled new memorial bricks honoring loved ones who were veterans. Here, William Cullinane unveils a memorial brick for the Torres family as his mother, Emily Torres-Cullinane, and grandmother, Cristina Torres, look on. William is the son of Dorchester State Rep. Dan Cullinane.
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Back Bay resident receives award for exceptional service to the nonprofit sector By Beth Treffeisen
Boston bees (from pg. 5) will discuss the data he uncovered about why bee colonies thrive on tall buildings – noting that it has a lot to do in his opinion with not having to use as much energy to leave and return to the hive. “Bees are just skydiving off the tops of the buildings and that saves energy,” he said. “When they return, the rising heat lifts them to the hive and they use less energy.” Throughout Boston, though, there have been stalwarts to the
program – including many hotels like the Taj, the Fairmont Copley and the Four Seasons. Most of the hotels use the honey in their recipes or in the bars. Some actually use it as gifts for guests. At the Taj, on a recent morning, Director of Field Operations Jessica O’Keefe checked on the hives on the top of the Back Bay hotel. The bees buzzed around the rooftop and seemed very happy feasting on the flowers in the
Common and Public Gardens. Taj officials said they love the program, which they’ve had for several years, and plan to feature it in an upcoming renovation. Meanwhile, back on Albany Street, Wilson-Rich said he’s glad to have maintained his research and start a thriving business at the same time while keeping a footprint in the South End.
New upgrades are coming to 11 Isabella Street in Bay Village By Beth Treffeisen
Marion Nierintz with ESC Executive Director (ED), Julie Crockford.
“Marion is a true force of nature. She played an instrumental role in designing and facilitating our core programs to help older adults find a stronger sense of purpose in their work, deeper community engagement and more balance in their lives,” said David Guydan, director of ESC Discovery. “I am honored to present her with this award for her commitment to deliver programs that educate, inspire and motivate organizations and their employees, associates and members to engage as volunteers in work with a social purpose.” Nierintz moved to Boston in 1965, and served as the Director of Development, Marketing and PR at Bay Cove Human Services and held various executive positions at John Hancock Financial Services. Nierintz has also been a parttime management school faculty member at both Boston University and Northeastern University and teaches workshops and consults on a variety of topics including fundraising; board governance; strategic planning; and marketing. Marion also has a long history of volunteerism and leadership roles in the nonprofit community. Her past and current affiliations include, among others, the United Way, Women of Means, The Boston Club, Pine Street Inn, Common Cathedral, the Boston Center for Adult Education, and Beacon Hill Village. After being asked if she will continue her work with ESC Discovery she said, “Yes, absolutely! As long as I can!”
Located next to an abandoned building and surface parking lot in the Bay Village, another building is set to get some renovations along Isabella Street. Two brothers, Benjamin and Daniel Moll of Arx Urban architects and active members in the Bay Village community presented their plans to update a four story brick building at 11 Isabella Street. Although the architecture team usually focuses on middle-income housing across different neighborhoods in Boston, this pet project is for Daniel to expand his living space for his family while being able to remain in neighborhood. “It is sandwiched between two depilated buildings,” said Daniel Moll. The team will be converting the currently five unit building to four units and will repurpose the garage, which is currently inaccessible. The garage will be used to add to the square footage of the ground floor unit and a new garden will butt up against the Arlington Parking lot. Moll said they will work with the Bay Village Architectural Commission to make sure the ren-
ovations comply with historical guidelines. “It is not the most beautiful building,” said Daniel Moll. The team will condense the HVAC equipment on the roof and replace it with a head house. In addition, the entire front facade will be restored. By adding the currently unused garage to the building and a penthouse to the roof, the floor-area-ratio will be increased, which worries some in the neighborhood that it may be setting a precedent. They also voiced concerns that it might cause some problems with any future development planned for the parking lot. “Whatever is going to be behind us, it’s very unlikely it’s going to be us blocking their light,” said Benjamin Moll. The building needs to get some zoning relief for setbacks in the front and back and for no on-site parking. There are currently two existing parking spots but in order to use it you have to access it through the Arlington Parking Lot, which the owners of the lot have blocked off. There was also concern that the two-story building next door, at 10 Isabella Street will be replaced
with something that developers want to make as tall, if not taller, than 11 Isabella Street. “There are a lot of buildings on Isabella Street that have head houses,” said Daniel Moll who didn’t think they would be setting any precedent in height. Benjamin Moll added that whatever goes in next door would have to seek zoning relief, which requires community feedback. “We’re just adding a little more square footage to make sure my family can use it,” said Daniel Moll. Benjamin Moll added, “We want to be here.” This development will be down the street from the New Boston Ventures project at the old Our Lady Victories Church and rectory at 25-29 Isabella Street. They bought the property in 2017 with plans to redevelop the properties into a complex called the Marc, which is currently under construction. The Marc will be a boutique style condo building with nine ultra luxury units with garage parking. The Bay Village Neighborhood Association voted to not oppose the 11 Isabella Street project.
Boston Medical to move Newton Pavilion offices to Crosstown \By Seth Daniel
The Crosstown Center on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Albany Street in the South End will lease 23,400 square-feet of space to Boston Medical Center to accommodate the evacuation of the Newton Pavilion to make way for the Shattuck Hospital relocation. The news became public in a filing with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) this month, where the new lease
was approved by the BPDA Board. BMC Spokesman Tim Viall said it was simply part of the hospital campus redesign. “Besides the information that was made public by the BPDA, BMC has always occupied space in the Crosstown Building and the relocation of services is part of the clinical campus redesign,” he said. The new space would be on the sixth floor of the building and include a sleep lab and a general internal-medicine outpatient suite. “The Sublease Uses are being relocated from the BMC-owned
Newton Pavilion building, which is being sold and is scheduled to close in October of this year, and the Shapiro building, to further facilitate the campus reconfiguration and relocation projects,” read the BPDA filing. The BMC Institutional Master Plan includes 2.8 million square feet After the closure of the Newton Pavilion, that will be down to 2.646 million square feet – with both figures including existing leased, owned and proposed facilities.
Empower Success Corps (ESC), an organization dedicated to helping nonprofits in New England succeed, hosted its annual “Celebration of Service” awards at The Landmark Center in Boston on Thursday, May 10. Marion Nierintz, a resident of Boston’s Back Bay, was the recipient of the prestigious Founder’s Award. Established in honor of ESC’s founder, the award recognizes an individual for exceptional contribution to the nonprofit community. “It’s exciting and lovely to be honored, and I’m grateful,” said Nierintz. “But I think it should be me thanking everyone at ESC for giving me the opportunity to come along to make this happen with partners, about 150 people, who donate their time and talent to build the nonprofit community.” ESC is a nonprofit organization that provides expertise to help other nonprofits succeed. ESC’s expert consultants complete high-impact projects, as well as professional development programs to foster creativity and growth for nonprofits. For over 35 years, ESC has been working with nonprofits to help them build capacity and create impact in their communities. Nierintz has been involved with ESC for more than 15 years, having served on both the board of directors and as a consultant. She received this award for her work with ESC Discovery, an initiative that provides programs and resources to help individuals explore options as they approach retirement. Nierintz said she loves working with seniors not only because she is one, but also because she understands a lot of their fears and concerns. “It’s a win-win situation,” said Nierintz. “Through ESC, that has created a really unique and successful model - looked at our experience and expertise to really have impact on individuals to inform them and make them feel confident. In turn, we give time and talent, and that makes us feel good.” She believes seniors have a great deal to offer even after retirement, and shouldn’t just be swept aside or overlooked. Besides making sure they are finically ready by setting them up with a finical planner, ESC Discovery works on thinking beyond just money, on what makes seniors have purpose.
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News Briefs BOSTON PRIDE PARADE & EVENTS
The 48th annual Boston Pride Parade will take place on Saturday, June 9, with step-off at noon from Copley Square. The route starts on Boylston Street and Clarendon Street, turns right onto Clarendon St, left onto Tremont St, left on Berekeley St, right onto Boylston St., left onto Charles St, right onto Beacon St, left onto Tremont St and arrives at City Hall Plaza on Cambridge St. The event is rain or shine. This will be followed by the Boston Pride Festival on City Hall Plaza from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Major events include the Boston Pride Concert from 12-6p.m., Boston Pride Youth Dance from 6-10p.m. on City Hall Plaza. To end the night head to LUSH: Official Womxn Pride Party at ICON Nightclub at 100 Warrenton St., from 9-2a.m. For a full schedule visit bostonpride.org. Black
MAYOR’S GARDEN CONTEST
Mayor Martin J. Walsh is alerting Boston’s green thumbs that they have until Wednesday, July 11, to register for the 2018 Mayor’s Garden Contest presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with a grand prize provided by JetBlue and media support provided by the Boston Herald. Now in its 22nd year, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the process, helped beatify Boston’s neighborhoods. Gardeners or those nominating their favorite Gardners may find printable and online nomination forms at www.boston.gov/ mayors-garden-contest. First place winners will receive the coveted “Golden Trowel” award from Mayor Walsh and prize packages from the Parks Department, Mahoney’s Garden Centers, and other sponsors at an awards ceremony in August in the Public Garden presented with support from Polar Beverages. First place winners in this year’s Garden Contest will also be entered into a drawing for a JetBlue Grand Prize consisting of roundtrip flights for two to any nonstop destination from Boston. Terms, conditions, and blackout dates apply. Gardeners who have won three or more times in the last ten years will be automatically entered into the Hall of Fame and will be recognized at the awards ceremony
in late August. These distinguished Hall-of-Famers will be ineligible to enter as contestants but are welcome to return as judges. For more information call 617961-3051.
BPL CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD RETURN
Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard (www.bpl.org/ concerts) series returns Friday, June 1 and runs through Friday, August 31, bringing a range of free music to one of Boston’s most beautiful spaces during one-hour concerts throughout the summer. Concerts are held twice each week on Wednesdays at 6p.m. and on Fridays at 12:30p.m. Wednesday concerts are presented in partnership with Berklee College of Music and sponsored by Brookline Bank. Concerts will be moved to the newly renovated Rabb Hall in the event of inclement weather. “Boston Public Library is grateful to Brookline Bank for their generous support, as our free summer music series is much loved by people of all ages,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “This year’s artists, a mix of new and returning performers, are sure to entertain and inspire once again.”
COMM AVE BRIDGE CLOSURES
Beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 1, MassDOT will reduce I-90 (Mass Pike) between the Allston Interchange and the Beacon Street Overpass in Boston to two lanes in each direction. I-90 will reopen to four lanes in each direction by 5:00 AM on Sunday, June 3. This will allow MassDOT and its contractor to conduct necessary preparation activities and a “dry run” to test the I-90 traffic logistics for the 2018 Construction Shutdown (July 26 – August 11), with the goal of making sure it will run as smoothly as possible. The I-90 Eastbound on-ramp from Cambridge Street/Soldier’s Field Road will be closed during the dry run. The I-90 Westbound Exit 20 off-ramp to Brighton/ Cambridge will be closed intermittently. During the dry run, a “crossover” on I-90 will direct all vehicles to either the eastbound or westbound roadways at different periods of time. There will be no impacts to the MBTA Green Line, Commuter Rail, or local vehicular traffic during the dry run.
UNTOLD STORIES OF THE PUBLIC GARDEN
Join the Friends of the Public Garden for FREE walking tours of Boston’s iconic Public Garden and learn about the history, sculpture, and horticulture of America’s first public botanical garden. Tours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 4p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10a.m. (weather permitting) beginning May 22 through mid-September. Meet at the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the Garden. For more information, visit friendsofthepublicgarden.org.
SOUTH END DATES
•Did you miss a chance to join ARTSE on May 22, but want to see the incredible work from the 30+ artists who helped make the event possible? Even if one did attend, they can come again. This time, there will be a special presentation during First Friday at SoWa. Come by 460 Harrison from 5-9 p.m. Friday, June 1, in conjunction with SoWa First Friday to view and purchase the art shown at the ARTSE event. All art will be available for sale from now through First Friday - with partial proceeds continuing to benefit Washington Gateway Main Street’s ARTSE public arts initiative. •Cathedral High Art Show at SoWa First Friday. The students from Cathedral High will showcase artwork from the students at 460 Harrison Ave. from 5-9 p.m. The show’s opening will include refreshments and piano music from Cathedral freshman Brandon Grace. •The 15th Annual Haley House Block Party and Fundraiser will take place this Saturday, June 2 from 4-7 p.m. on Montgomery Street between Dartmouth and Union Park. The event will feature a silent auction, games for kids, live music, food, and wine & beer tasting. Tickets are available at the event. •The Chester Square Neighbors (formerly the Chester Square Area Neighborhood Association) will be meeting on Wednesday, June 6, at the Hampton House, 155 Northhampton St., from 7-8:30 p.m. •The South End Forum’s Opiate Working Group will meet next on June 19, and they are expected to invite Compassionate Organics to give a presentation to the group about their Tremont Street plan to
open a medical marijuana facility. •The next Eight Streets monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 12, at 7 p.m. in Project Place, 1145 Washington St. •The East Berkeley Neighborhood Association (EBNA) will meet on Tuesday, June 19. •The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association will hold its Ellis Evening 2018 to celebrate the neighborhood on June 3, at 5:30 p.m., at Mistral, 223 Columbus Ave. Proceeds from this event will be awarded to the Ellis Scholarship Fund and Ellis’s ongoing initiatives for preservation, enhancement & safety of the neighborhood and its operations. •South End Summer Solstice will take place at Blackstone Square, Washington Street, South End on Thursday, June 21st from 4-9p.m. The event will feature live music, food, and a beer garden. •Fete de la Musique will hit the parks and streets of the South End on June 23 this year, courtesy of the Community Music Center of Boston, Warren Avenue. This year, new parks like Watson Park, Ringgold Park and Union Park will be added to the locations for outdoor musical celebration. The event goes from 3-6 p.m. •The Josiah Quincy School will host its 171st Anniversary fundraiser on Thursday, May 31, from 5-9 p.m. at Empire Garden Restaurant in Chinatown. It will be a night to celebrate the school with a traditional 10-course Chinese banquet, a lion dance performed by the students and live entertainment and auction.
BACK BAY HAPPENINGS
•The Friends of the Public Garden are looking for champion volunteer weeders to help maintain the beautiful Boylston Street boarder 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 alternative Thursdays, starting April 26, 5 - 7p.m. •NABB’s next Police Panel/ Public Safety Forum will take place on May 31 from 6-7p.m. in the first floor sanctuary of The First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street. •Tour of Fenway Park will take place on June 2 at 10:30a.m. in front of Fenway Park on Jersey Street. Tickers are on sale for $23 at nabbonline.com.
•The Impact Advisory Group meeting for the development at 1241 Boylston Street will take place on May 31, from 6-8p.m. at the Boston Arts Academy, 174 Ipswich Street. The proposed project consists of 184-room hotel with a ground-floor restaurant. •A public meeting on the proposed 72 Burbank Street development will take place June 6, from 6-8p.m. at the Morville House Community Room, 100 Norway Street. Forest Properties Management, Inc., proposes to construct a 20,834 square foot, 36-unit, six-story compact rental building on a vacant parcel at 72 Burbank Street in the Fenway. •Calling all volunteers for Fenway Porchfest! Interested in volunteering? Volunteers will serve short shifts as site ambassadors and hand out event information. The music festival is on Saturday June 16 from 12-4p.m. For more info, email: [email protected] •The Fenway Civic Association Annual Rose Garden Picnic will take place at the Kelleher Rose Garden across from 85 Park Drive, June 12 from 6-8p.m. •DCR Pedestrian Advisory: Through the month of May 2018, and into June 2018, the Department of Conversation and Recreation (DCR) will commence sidewalk improvement work along Park Drive (the residential side) in the City of Boston between approximately Peterborough Street and Brookline Avenue from 7 - 3p.m. A detour route will be clearly marked and a police detail will be on site.
RED SOX GAMES
The Red Sox will be away this Thursday, May 31to take on the Houston Astros until Sunday, June 3. They will return to Fenway Park for three evening games against the Detroit Tigers from June 5 through June 7.
MASSPORT AIRPLANE NOISE COMPLAINT LINE
Residents who are being disturbed by airplane noise are encouraged to call the MassPort Noise Hotline 24 hours a day. The phone number is (617) 561-3333.
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THE BOSTON SUN
Esplanade Association announces GroundBeat: Esplanade's Free Riverfront Music Series lagoons. This performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. as the sun sets over the Charles River. Finally, on Sunday, Sept. 23, the Celebrity Series of Boston will produce Jazz Along the Charles: A Walkable Concert, as 25 jazz ensembles descend on locations throughout a two-mile loop of the Esplanade to simultaneously perform the same set list with 25 unique interpretations. Park visitors can experience the event from 2:00pm to 4:00pm as they walk through the Esplanade in any direction. “We couldn’t be more excited to add new vibrancy to the Esplanade’s rich musical history by commissioning leading arts organizations from around Boston to perform in locations throughout our park in 2018,” offered Michael Nichols, executive director of the Esplanade Association. “We think GroundBeat will offer something for a variety of musical interests and we’re delighted to partner with a collection of fantastic organizations and artists to offer each performance in this Series to the public free of charge!” “BAMS Fest is truly excited to be a part of GroundBeat as it provides the opportunity to present how underutilized spaces can be transformed into cultural destinations for all to enjoy, explore and play in,” said Catherine T. Morris, Founder, Curator, and Executive Director, Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest.
“The Esplanade is the ideal venue for Water Music at Make Music Boston on the summer solstice!” said Maria Finkelmeier, founder and artistic director, Kadence Arts. “We are honored to present this brand new art-music piece, inspired by the Charles River and featuring over 50 performers and 5 local composers. We are thankful that the Esplanade Association shares our vision of activating all spaces in our city as venues for art creation and presentation.” “Celebrity Series is delighted to produce our next public performance project – Jazz Along the Charles – on the Esplanade this September. The Esplanade is the perfect location for this walkable concert,” said Gary Dunning, president and executive director, Celebrity Series. “It will kick off our 80th season with a celebration of jazz in Boston, with 25 jazz ensembles of local musicians, amateur and professional alike, performing a curated set list that showcases Boston musicians and composers. This will be a wonderful afternoon of music in Boston’s iconic park.” In addition to the three performances above, the Esplanade Association will program small pop-up selections by local artists on the Esplanade docks and other informal – and unannounced – locations throughout the season to foster memorable experiences for visitors to the park. All perfor-
State Rep. Candidate Santiago endorsed by New Politics Staff Report
New Politics, the national organization that recruits and supports national service leaders and military veterans for elected office, this week endorsed Dr. Jon Santiago in his campaign for state representative in Massachusetts’ Ninth Suffolk District. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, captain in the Army Reserve, and emergency room doctor at Boston Medical Center, Santiago is part of New Politics’ first round of national endorsements at the state legislative level. “Dr. Jon Santiago has dedicated his life to serving the community and putting others first, and we’re proud to endorse his campaign,” said Emily Cherniack, executive director and founder of New
Politics. “From the Peace Corps to the emergency room, Jon knows what it means to solve tough problems and put service above self. He’s a tireless advocate for those who too often don’t have a voice in our politics, and we couldn’t be prouder of the grassroots movement he’s built. We look forward to seeing him in the State House.” Dr. Santiago is leading a grassroots campaign that is energizing the Ninth District with face-toface conversations between neighbors. His campaign was the first to collect enough signatures to get on the ballot for the Sept. 4 Democratic Primary. In just a couple of months, Dr. Santiago and his team of volunteers have knocked on 2,000 doors in the district, which includes the South End, Roxbury, Back Bay, and
Fenway. “I’m proud to receive this endorsement from an organization that understands the value of public servants in elected office,” Dr. Santiago said. “Now more than ever, we need bold, engaged leadership to fight for our community.” On Memorial Day, Santiago said New Politics is an organization that believes public service translates to good public policy. He said it’s the same organization that launched Congressman Seth Moulton’s career. “They are unafraid to take on the establishment and they believe in bold change,” he said. Santiago added that he has just concluded a door-knocking campaign in the district that hit up 2,500 doors.
mances in the GroundBeat Series are free to the public. GroundBeat: the Esplanade’s Free Riverfront Music Series is supported through a grant of The Boston Foundation, awarded in late 2017, to allow the Esplanade Association to increase opportunities for live arts and culture events in this park. The Series is an attempt to showcase for art- and music- producing organizations throughout the region seeking a stage to entertain the public that the Esplanade boasts a variety of thoughtful, flexible venues with the Esplanade Association as partner. The Esplanade Association (esplanadeassociation.org) is a 100-percent privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to
revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain its natural green space, and build community in the park by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for everyone. Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Esplanade Association is dedicated to improving the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside park. Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to break down racial and social barriers to arts, music, and culture for marginalized communities of color across Greater Boston.
D-4 POLICE NEWS WHEN NATURE CALLS
On Tuesday, May 22, at about 6:14 a.m., police responded to Abe & Louie’s restaurant at 793 Boylston St. for a reported breaking and entering. Upon arrival, police spoke to a witness, who said he observed the suspect pry open the middle door before entering the restaurant. The suspect told officers he was just looking for somewhere to use the bathroom. Unable to gain entry to the restaurant, police were unable to determine if anything was broken or missing. Officers placed the suspect under arrest for breaking and entering during the daytime before transporting him to District 4 headquarters for booking.
GOT THE BEAT
On Thursday, May 24, at approximately 6:26 p.m., police responded to the Apple store at 815 Boylston St. for an armed robbery call. On arrival, officers spoke to two, plainclothes loss-prevention
employees. The first employee said when he observed the suspect allegedly stealing merchandise at about 6:10 p.m., he engaged the suspect in conversation, which revealed that the two had gone to high school together. Rather than disclosing his role as a security guard, the first employee asked his partner to handle the investigation. When the second security guard approached the suspect, the suspect attempted to exit the store. The security guard tried to block the suspect’s way, at which time the suspect brandished a switchblade knife and swung it at the security guard. The suspect attempted to deflect the blade and sustained lacerations to his left thumb and the palm of his right hand in the process. The suspect then fled down Boylston Street in the direction of Massachusetts Avenue. Paramedics arrived at the scene to treat the victim, who declined transportation to an area hospital at that time. Police determined that the suspect had stolen a pair of Beats by Dre headphones and seized an iPad believed to belong to him as evidence.
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The Esplanade Association (esplanadeassociation.org) is thrilled to announce GroundBeat: The Esplanade’s Free Riverfront Music Series of diverse, carefully-curated, intimate musical performances, which kicks off on June 3. The Charles River Esplanade is already one of the largest outdoor concert venues in United States. Each year, roughly half-a-million people gather to see the beloved Boston Pops 4th of July concert as fireworks burst over the Charles River. Additionally, on Wednesday nights in the summer, Landmarks Orchestra delights hundreds of picnic-goers on the restored Hatch Shell Oval Lawn. In 2018, nearly the entire 3.1 miles of Esplanade parkland will become a venue for enchanting musical performances spread throughout the season, including: GroundBeat kicks off with BAMS Fest will be a family-friendly, high-energy experience representing Boston's best in live dance and music. The event will consist of three performances from local musicians and dancers and will run from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, at Fiedler Field on the Esplanade. On the evening of the Summer Solstice on Thursday, June 21, the Series continues with 59 brass players from Make Music Boston performing Water Music, a site-specific environmental piece inspired by the setting of the Esplanade