Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fort Point Night At Lyric Stage


Step back in time to the seductive Hollywood of the 1940's with the Lyric Stage's production of City of Angels. You are invited to celebrate the beginning of May with a special Fort Point Night at the Lyric Stage complete with a champagne reception and discounted ticket offer.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Performance starts at 8 pm
Private Champagne & Dessert Reception To Follow
Lyric Stage
114 Clarendon St. Boston, MA 02116


Grab a friend and join your neighbors for an entertaining evening of theater. Use code FORTPOINT to save $20 per ticket. Buy online or call 617-585-5678. Transportation generously provided by Southie Shuttle. Meet up at 7 pm at Barlow's Restaurant (A & Binford Streets) to catch the Southie Shuttle to Lyric Stage.




City of Angels, winner of 6 Tonys including best musical, chronicles the misadventures of Stine, a disillusioned young novelist attempting to write a screenplay for a tyrannical movie producer. As his marriage falls apart, we follow Stine’s film alter-ego, the dashing detective Stone, who is haunted by the memory of the girl that got away. With a jazzy, brassy score, City of Angels simultaneously spoofs the glamorous real world of old Hollywood and the film noir “reel” world of thugs and femme fatales.

Boston City Council Looks At Logan Flight Patterns, Small Businesses Week & Artists, Elections & More

Councillor-At-Large Michelle Wu provides notes from Boston City Council meetings. The Boston City Council considered the items below and more at their April 15th and April 22nd, 2015 meetings:

2015 Preliminary Municipal Elections: The Council voted unanimously to move the date of the Preliminary Elections in Boston from September 22nd, 2015 (the 3rd Tuesday after the 1st Monday in September), to September 8th, 2015, in observance of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays. September 29th, 2015 was not an option because by law there must be 60 days between the Preliminary and Final elections, so this would keep the rest of the Election calendar intact. 

Logan Airport Flight Patterns: Councilors Zakim and McCarthy reported back on a hearing held by the Special Committee on Transportation, Public Infrastructure, Planning & Investment on the FAA's changes to flight paths at Logan Airport that have resulted in a concentration of flights over Boston neighborhoods. This recent change has the planes flying low over neighborhoods and leading to increased noise and pollution. Councilor McCarthy asked that this issue remain in committee to give the FAA an opportunity to respond and to have working sessions. He also recommended that we include our federal representatives in those working sessions.

Boston Arts Academy Renovations: The Council voted unanimously to approve the $1.7 million dollar feasibility study and design of Boston Arts Academy. The item received its first reading and vote on April 1, 2015. Today was the 2nd vote, in accordance with the proceducre for approving appropriations and loan orders. 

Acoustic on Main: Acoustic on Main is a 10-day initiative to help neighborhood small businesses recover from a tough winter, while also showcasing the city’s arts and culture talent by encouraging acoustic performances throughout Main Streets districts (no permitting involved!).
In concert with National Small Business week May 1st-10th, any Main Streets small business is invited to host acoustic performances with up to 5 instrumental or vocal performers between 4-9 PM - no need to apply for a live entertainment license and no fees.  The below registration links are to help the City track and promote participation.  An official promotional website will be coming soon.  Please help encourage businesses and performers to register, and save the dates to spend time in our neighborhood small business districts May 1st-10th!
Musician Registration and Business Registration

Paid Parental Leave: Today the Council's Government Operations committee held a public hearing on the Paid Parental Leave ordinance that Councilors McCarthy, Jackson, and Wu introduced in partnership with Mayor Walsh at the March 25th City Council meeting.  The ordinance would require the City to offer paid leave to new parents—moms AND dads—for birth, stillbirth, or adoption, and including same-sex couples.  Currently, there is no paid leave available, so new parents must use vacation or sick days if they wish to spend time with their new baby but can’t afford to take unpaid leave. (See more details of the ordinance and the text at www.michelleforboston.com/paid-parental-leave).

For complete notes from the April 15th and April 22nd meetings, visit www.michelleforboston.com/notes or sign up to receive these notes automatically each week by email at www.michelleforboston.com/sendmenotes.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Latest Buzz From Bee's Knees


Bee's Knees & Supply Company and the Fort Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA) invite our neighbors to join us for a special shopping night and reception: 

Thursday, April 30, 2015
5 pm - 8 pm
12 Farnsworth Street

FPNA members will receive a special 30% savings on Bee's Knees' gourmet specialties*. All neighbors will receive 10% off purchases*. 

FPNA board members will be on hand to answer questions and take memberships ($35/individual and $50/family). By becoming an FPNA member, you help support FPNA's continued advocacy for Fort Point, monthly neighborhood meetings, and signature projects including our flowers and vines along A Street. Members will also receive special discounts and events from select Fort Point businesses. 

Special thanks to Bee's Knees for being FPNA's inaugural Fort Point business partner and for their ongoing support of our Fort Point neighborhood.

The FPNA is dedicated to enhancing and preserving the quality of life in our community, to broadening citizen awareness and participation within our growing neighborhood, and to building a socially interactive civic life in Fort Point.  @FPNA_Boston.

Bee's Knees is a gourmet grocery, offering a full cafe, wine and craft beer shop, full delicatessen and house goods for Fort Point residents and businesses. @BeesKneesSupply 

*Discounts exclude alcohol.

Friday, April 17, 2015

FPNA April 2015 Neighborhood Meeting

The Fort Point Neighborhood Association
Monthly Meeting for the Neighborhood

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
6pm
Factory 63
63 Melcher Street

6:00 pm
Featured Restaurant, Barking Crab

6:10 pm
Special Guest
Jerome Smith
Chief of Civic Engagement
City of Boston

6:45  Fort Point Hot Topics 

7:00 pm Special Presentations

by

Andrew Motta, Director of Operations
Artist for Humanity
EpiCenter Expansion

and

Christopher Markey
ZipCar 
FPNA Special Promotion


*special thanks for tasty treats by Barking Crab*

Monday, April 13, 2015

Bastille Kitchen Launches Valet Parking on Necco

For the better part of 2014, FPNA worked on behalf of the Fort Point neighborhood to organize several community meetings for residents to hear the proposed valet parking plan and to have their questions answered and voice their opinions, with our elected representatives present, to gauge the communities response.

The message was clear, for many reasons a valet parking zone on Melcher Street was not a good idea, and the originally suggested Valet Parking option on Necco Street was the only reasonable solution, if Bastille Kitchen wanted to offer their clients Valet Parking.

We learned in late March that Bastille Kitchen had worked out the necessary details to begin offering valet parking by Boston Valet and the valet stand is, as the neighborhood requested on Necco Street.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Boston City Council Tackles Budget, Art Feasibility, Parking Fines & More

Councillor-At-Large Michelle Wu provides notes from Boston City Council meetings. The Boston City Council considered the items below and more at their April 1 and April 8, 2015 meetings:

Annual Boston Health Assessment: The Boston Public Health Commission filed the completed 2014-2015 annual assessment of the health of Boston residents. This should be available online shortly.

Boston Arts Academy & Josiah Quincy Upper School: We voted to approve orders to conduct new feasibility studies for separate buildings for the Boston Arts Academy (Fenway) and Josiah Quincy Upper School (Chinatown) with applications for reimbursement from the Massachusetts School Building Authority where appropriate. The City had conducted a feasibility study for $4M ($3M of it reimbursed by the MSBA) to co-locate the schools in Chinatown, but the resulting design ended up being too expensive and the joint project was stalled. These new orders would authorize appropriations for new feasibility studies. 

FY16 Budget: Mayor Walsh and his team presented the first version of their FY16 budget to the Council this morning. It is a $2.86B operating budget, up 4.4% from last year.  67% of revenues come from property tax levy, with additional new revenue from building permits.  Boston Public Schools make up 36% of expenditures, about $1B. You can find the whole budget, executive summary, and departmental details at www.cityofboston.gov/budget. Key highlights include:

  • 100 more pre-K seats and 16 schools implementing an extended day, with a total phase in over the next three years
  • Parks Department funding at highest-ever, with tree-pruning funds and 2nd shift of crew for parks maintenance, allowing more turnover and use of parks. 
  • $1.75M for affordable housing focused on elderly housing
  • Arts funding has increased 33%, with the City nearly doubling their match for the Mass. Cultural Council's grants to arts organizations
  • $22M snow budget increase, along with some key equipment purchases planned
  • Creation of a diversity officer position for the Boston Fire Department
  • Fully funding the City's youth summer jobs at the same level as last year, even with increased costs due to the minimum wage increase
  • Innovation: Creation of a 311 centralized hotline for the City, $6M for new smart parking meters, and $500K to create an electronic bluebook of street signs and regulations citywide to better analyze parking policies

Parking Fines & Towing: Mayor Walsh filed an ordinance that would allow the Transportation Commissioner to designate Pilot Zones where fines for not moving your car during posted street cleaning times would be increased from $40 to $90 while making it a non-towable offense.  The neighborhoods that would be Pilot Zones have not been set.  The matter was referred to the Government Operations committee for a hearing.

Fenway Parking Fines: We voted to pass an amended version of Councilor Zakim's ordinance to increase the fines for parking in residential spots without a resident parking sticker 2 hours before, during, and after a Red Sox game and also during other events as designated by the City.  The penalty will be increased from $40 (which is comparable or even cheaper than Game Day parking in the area) to $100.  To address concerns voiced at the hearing about confusion from having special parking rules in a single neighborhood and a potential negative impact on small businesses, a sunset clause was added that would have the ordinance expire December 31, 2015 for more evaluation on the data.

For complete notes from the April 1st and April 8th meetings, visit www.michelleforboston.com/notes or sign up to receive these notes automatically each week by email at www.michelleforboston.com/sendmenotes.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

45 West Third Community Meeting

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is hosting a community meeting regarding the development at 45 West Third Street in South Boston. The meeting will be held: 


Monday, April 6, 2015
6:30 pm - 8 pm
Artists For Humanity
100 W 2nd St


The proposed development calls for the construction of 164 residential units with 3,000 sf of retail space and 115 parking spaces The building will be situated on the corner of A Street next to KO Pies and on West Third Street. More details.

Comment Deadline is April 13, 2015. Email your comments to Gary Uter, Project Manager, BRA or submit comments online at the bottom of the BRA's project page.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

You Know It Is Spring When

Street cleaning begins on April 1, 2015.  Mayor Martin J. Walsh reminds residents that Boston's Daytime Neighborhood Street Cleaning Program will officially kick-off citywide for the season on Wednesday, April 1. Street sweeping had been postponed in neighborhoods with March street sweeping due to ice and snow covering gutters. Residents are asked to obey parking restrictions in order to assist with the City's efforts to clean the streets after the snow has begun to melt. Violators who do not move their cars during street sweeping hours will be subject to a $40 ticket and towing. Street Sweeping Schedule Look Up.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

FPNA March 2015 Neighborhood Meeting

The Fort Point Neighborhood Association
Monthly Meeting for the Neighborhood

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
6pm
Factory 63
63 Melcher Street

6 pm General Meeting
Neighborhood Updates & Discussion

including a presentation by
Rachel Borgatti, Friends of Fort Point Channel
Fort Point Community Branding Update

and special offers by
Bee's Knees 
The Lyric Stage

7:00 pm Featured Guest

Mark McGonagle
Community Affairs Liaison
Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)
The New BRA: Transparency, Community Process 
& Boston 2030

originally published 3.18.15

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boston Through Vanderwarker's Lens: New Ideas About An Old City


Renowned photographer Peter Vandwarker will share his unique perspective gained from years of capturing the heart of Boston with his camera at the Boston Preservation Alliance annual meeting on  March 30, 2015. He will discuss how preparation for 2024 and beyond might impact the evolution of the city’s character.

The event will take place Monday night at 6pm at District Hall located at 75 Northern Ave, Boston. Current Boston Preservation Alliance members attend for free! Please RSVP. Not a member? Register to attend for $60 ($40 for Young Professionals), and receive a complimentary one-year membership. Register now!

Following the business meeting and guest speaker, please join the Boston Preservation Alliance for drinks and refreshments.

Mayor Appoints Dan McCole & City Council Reviews Long Island Impacts, Marijuana & More

The Boston City Council in celebration of Women's History Month honored all the women who have previously served on the Council this past Wednesday.  Including Councilors Pressley and Wu, eleven women have served on the Council.  Former Councilors Maura Hennigan, Diane Modica, and Maureen Feeney were able to attend and offered beautiful remarks. 

Appointments

  • Living Wage Advisory Committee: Mayor Walsh appointed Darlene Lombos, Father James Flavin, Jr, and Katherine Belgard for terms until March 2018
  • Boston Cultural Council: Mayor Walsh appointed Daniel McCole and Matt McArthur for terms expiring October 2018
  • Assistant City Clerk: The Council unanimously reelected Alex Geourntas to the position after his contract lapsed

Fire Hydrant Flags: Councilor McCarthy reported back on a hearing this past Monday on installing identifying markers on fire hydrants in Boston, which would help firefighters and others locate fire hydrants under snow. At the hearing, the Fire Department and Boston Water & Sewer testified about the prohibitive cost of ~12,000 hydrant flags (the city has about 13,000 hydrants, including 1,000 that are privately maintained) given limited City funds. Councilor McCarthy noted that we should focus on outreach and encouraging residents and organizations to adopt a hydrant.  The matter will stay in Committee for further working sessions.

Student Vote on School Committee: Councilor Jackson reported back on Monday's hearing on allowing two student representatives full voting rights on the School Committee. Currently there is one student representative, and he does not have voting privileges. The Boston Student Advisory Council came out in full force to advocate for the change. This would require state legislative action and ballot initiative to change. 

Social Impact Bonds & State Procurement: Councilor Jackson called for a hearing to review how the Commonwealth's $27M social impact bond targeting recidivism will affect service delivery at the city level, especially around chronic homelessness, court-involved youth, and basic adult education. Social impact bonds are also known as "pay for success bonds", where private investors contract to pay for improved social outcomes that result in government savings. More info on the State's social impact bond.The matter was referred to the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities for a hearing.

Long Island Impacts: Councilor Yancey filed two hearing orders to examine the emergency impact of closing Long Island related to 1) the displaced substance abuse programs, and 2) Boston's homeless community. Several Councilors questioned the wisdom of putting $90M toward reconstructing the bridge when those dollars could be used for other priorities, such as affordable housing. Councilor Murphy suggested that a ferry would be $4M and allow the City to continue accessing the island while saving money for other programs. Councilor Pressley noted that the goal should be to end homelessness and not to focus on a singular shelter model, but a variety of shelter models e.g. for veterans, women, the working poor.

Parks Development & Redevelopment: Councilors LaMattina and Linehan refiled a hearing order from March 5, 2014, on identifying funding sources for the City's parks system.  He had noted that of the Parks Dept's $17M budget, $11M is for staff salaries, so very little actual funding remains for maintenance and redevelopment of our parks, which support health, community development, social and environmental well-being.  The order was assigned to the Environment & Parks Committee for a hearing.

 LGBT-Friendly Affordable Senior Housing: Councilor Zakim called for a hearing to examine how better to protect the right to fair and safe housing for Boston's LGBT seniors. He noted that many LGBT seniors, after facing discrimination over their lives, then face extreme difficulty in finding safe and affordable housing. City departments and community advocacy organizations can help with training for staff at senior housing developments and other protections to ensure senior housing developments are LGBT-friendly. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Human and Civil Rights for a hearing.

Paid Parental Leave: Councilor Wu was thrilled and proud to introduce an ordinance developed in collaboration with Mayor Walsh and co-sponsored by Councilors McCarthy & Jackson that would offer 6 weeks of paid leave for city employees who become new parents - 100% of salary for the first two weeks, then 75% for the next two, and 50% for the following two. This would apply to employees who have worked at least one year for the City, both women and men, childbirth (including stillbirth) or adoption. As a new mom, I know how drastically life changes with the arrival of a child.  Although we would ideally offer more than six weeks and at full pay, the budgetary impact is hard to predict, so we worked with the Administration to craft something that would be substantive and affordable for the City in Year 1. Councilor McCarthy noted the importance of including dads too. Councilor Jackson described how he reviewed the policies after learning that one of his staff members was pregnant, and described the benefits for employers of offering paid parental leave, including lower turnover, increased productivity, etc. Councilor Murphy described it as a human rights issue that the Council should help Boston take the lead on. Councilor Yancey noted that he had filed what could be a companion piece of legislation offering paid leave for parents to participate in their children's schools. As Councilor Pressley said, good family policy is good economic policy. Read the details of the ordinance here: http://michelleforboston.com/paid-parental-leave. Our hope is that all employers in Boston will follow suit in offering some version of paid parental leave for employees. The matter was assigned to the Government Operations Committee for a hearing.

Medical Marijuana Zoning: Councilor Flaherty filed an order that would amend the Boston Zoning Code to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries from being sited within 2,500 feet of an existing dispensary. The goal, he said, was to prevent any single neighborhood from bearing all the burden of medical marijuana implementation in Boston. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Economic Development, Planning, and Tourism.

Recycling Styrofoam: Councilor Murphy called for a hearing on recycling #6 Plastics (polystyrene, commonly known by the trademarked name, Styrofoam). He described previously having been part of efforts to ban this as other cities and towns have done, because it was not possible to recycle. New technology now makes it possible to recycle styrofoam, and implementing this could help the City save money by reducing the tonnage sent to landfills. The matter was referred the Committee on Environment & Parks for a hearing.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pastoral First Anniversary Party

Pastoral is celebrating their first anniversary in Fort Point. Owner and Co-Founder George Lewis, Jr., and Chef and Co-owner Todd Winer along with the Fort Point Neighborhood Association, the Fort Point Arts Community and Friends of the Fort Point Channel invite you to help celebrate. 


Please join

Friends of Fort Point Channel
Fort Point Arts Community
and
Fort Point Neighborhood Association

in celebration of

Pastoral’s First Anniversary
Sunday, March 29th 4 pm – 6 pm
Light hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served

RSVP via Eventbrite

Hosted by Pastoral
345 Congress Street
Fort Point

Located in Boston’s burgeoning Fort Point neighborhood, Pastoral is an innovative dining destination featuring rustic yet refined food, creative cocktails, communal dining, and a takeout area. Pastoral works to celebrate food and family, and specializes in delicious quality authentic Neapolitan pizza cooked in their wood-fired oven. Pastoral is open daily for lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, late-night dining and takeout.

originally published 3.13.15