Monday, June 18, 2018

Neighborhood Summer Gathering: Seaplanes, State Rep Candidates, Marijuana Dispensaries, Neighborhood Updates & Rooftop Mingle

Join the Fort Point Neighborhood Association's
Kickoff to Summer*

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
6 pm sharp
315 on A
Sky Lounge, 20th Floor


featuring
Pier 4 Marina: Slips to Seaplanes
Marina Operators Ann & Chuck Lagasse
Ken Fields, Fort Point Associates


a community conversation regarding
Retail Marijuana Dispensaries
What is your POV? Will there be dispensaries in Fort Point or the Seaport? 

meet the candidates for
State Representative

David Biele
&
Matt Rusteika

plus 
Neighborhood Announcements & Updates
with special guests
WS Development & ShowPlace Icon Theatre

enjoy tasty bites by America's Test Kitchen & honeygrow
Popcorn from ShowPlace IconTheatre
refreshments by Craft Beer Cellars & Mayhew Wine Shop


* Our summer kickoff will be our last regularly scheduled monthly gathering until September.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Boston City Council Looks At Salary Increases & CPA Fund, Votes on AirBNB & Upcoming Hearings

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. The Boston City Council considered the following items and more at their June 13, 2018 meeting:

Salary Increases: Mayor Walsh filed legislation to amend the Salary Categories for Certain Offices following the recommendations of the City of Boston Compensation Advisory Board. These include increasing the Mayor’s salary from $199,000 to $207,000, City Councilors from $99,500 to $103,500, and various department heads’ salary ranges. The salary for elected officials, including the Mayor, would take effect after the next relevant municipal election. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Government Operations for a hearing.

Community Preservation Fund: Mayor Walsh filed an appropriation order to transfer $8,035,055 from the FY18 community preservation fund revenues for community preservation projects at the recommendation of the Community Preservation Committee. As part of the Community Preservation Act, the City Council must approve such authorization orders from the Community Preservation Fund in order to implement the recommendations of the Committee. The funds will be used towards affordable housing, historic preservation, and parks and open space projects around Boston. You can find details on all the proposed capital projects here. The matter was assigned to the Committee on the Community Preservation Act for a hearing.

Short-Term Rentals: The Council voted to pass an amended Short Term Rentals ordinance after seven rounds of amendments! Here’s the play-by-play:
  • Councilor Flaherty, as Chair of the Committee on Government Operations, reported out of committee an amended ordinance (read the committee report and language here). The main changes included removing the 120-day cap on owner-adjacent units, requiring that the information in the new Short Term Rentals registry be made public and reporting every year.
  • 120-Day Cap (rejected 7-6, Councilors Essaibi George, Flynn, O’Malley, Pressley, Wu, Zakim voting in the minority): Councilor O’Malley moved to reinstate the 120-day cap on Owner-Adjacent Units, expressing concerns that closing down the downtown investor market for Short Term Rentals would push demand to the neighborhoods and destabilize the outer neighborhoods with a higher proportion of 2- and 3-family homes, including in his district.
  • Biannual Reporting (passed 12-1, Councilor Flaherty voting against): Councilor O’Malley moved to require reporting with specific data every six months, rather than yearly as in the draft ordinance.
  • One Whole Unit at a Time (passed 8-5, Councilors Baker, Campbell, Ciommo, Flaherty, McCarthy voting against): I filed an amendment (split into two provisions after a challenge from Councilor Flaherty to Divide the Question and affirmed by Councilor Campbell; this is the first part) to limit operators to listing one whole unit at a time. This means that an owner-occupant of a 2- or 3-family home could list an owner-adjacent unit 365 days per year, and extra bedrooms in his or her primary resident unit 365 days per year, but if that person intends to list the entire primary resident unit while on vacation or out of town for up to 90 days, s/he can’t additionally list the owner-adjacent unit and leave a hotel-like situation for 90 days of the year.
  • Wind-Down Provision (passed 10-2, Councilors Flaherty and Janey against): The second part of my amendment, which I was happy to add Councilor Baker as a co-sponsor on since it was similar to one he was intending to propose, creates a mechanism to ease the transition for those whose economic opportunities will be eliminated or limited by our new ordinance. The language maintains the January 1st, 2019, implementation date, but allows existing units contracted for Short Term Rentals with a lease in place as of June 1, 2018, to continue operating until the expiration of the lease or September 1, 2019, whichever date comes first. That means that the units contracted long-term could transition back to the housing market when renters are looking, most often in September or one of the summer months. Other cities that have passed similar regulations have provided for a wind-down period of 1-3 years.
  • Buildings with Up to 6 Units (rejected 9-4, Councilors Baker, Ciommo, Essaibi George, McCarthy voting in favor): Councilor Baker proposed amending the provision that allows for owner-adjacent units for owner-occupants of 2- or 3-family homes, to increase that eligibility for owner-occupants of 4-, 5-, and 6-unit buildings. Councilors Baker and Ciommo noted that the City’s current Rental Registry distinguishes between landlords at 6+ vs. under 6-unit buildings.
  • Investor Units with 5% Cap (rejected, only by voice vote, not roll call): Councilor Ciommo moved to add a provision that would allow investor units for Short Term Rentals, provided that the total number of investor units per building would not exceed 5% of the total units. He expressed concern that shutting down downtown demand would shift all demand to neighborhoods, and said his solution would be to increase competition by allowing some investor units with a reasonable cap.
  • Tenants (rejected 10-3, Councilors Baker, Ciommo, McCarthy in favor): Councilor McCarthy proposed an amendment to allow tenants to offer short-term rentals as well, stating that he believed this would help ensure equity.
  • Process: Councilor Essaibi George expressed frustration that there was not an additional working session before today’s vote.
  • FINAL vote on amended version, including the 3 successful amendments: PASSED 11-2, Councilors Baker and Ciommo voting against.
Upcoming Hearings (Livestream)
  • Monday, 6/18 at 10AM: Hearing on Tree Coverage (Environment, Sustainability & Parks)
  • Monday, 6/18 at 3PM: Hearing on Teacher Diversity in BPS (Education)
  • Tuesday, 6/19 at 4PM: Hearing on Usage of Surveillance Technology (Public Safety & Criminal Justice)
  • Friday, 6/22 at 1PM: Hearing on Equitable Access to Public Transportation & Cashless MBTA Fares (Planning, Development & Transportation)
  • Monday, 6/25 at 10AM: Hearing on Curbside Composting (Environment, Sustainability & Parks)
  • Thursday, 6/28 at 2PM: Hearing on Resident Parking (Planning, Development & Transportation)
For complete notes on Boston City Council meetings, visit MichelleForBoston.com or sign up to receive these notes automatically.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fort Point Landmarks June 2018 Meeting

The FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION will hold a public hearing on:

Thursday, June 14, 2018
6:00 PM
Boston City Hall - Piemonte Room (5th Floor)
After 5:30 pm, enter and exit City Hall at the Dock Square entrance on Congress Street 
(across from Faneuil Hall).

Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Design Approval on the agenda below, review of architectural violations and such business as may come before the commission, in accordance with Ch. 772 of the Acts of 1975, as amended.from Faneuil Hall).

I. Violation
63 Melcher Street: Ratification of unapproved temporary banners installed on façade.


II. DESIGN REVIEW 
18.1379 FPC          338 Congress Street (10 Farnsworth) 
Applicant: Hazel Wood-Hopkins; Citizen's Bank 
Proposed Work: At Congress St. elevation, install vinyl window signage, non-illuminated plate signage, face-lit channel letter signage, and door pull signage.  At Farnsworth Façade, install vinyl window and face-lit signage.

18.1381 FPC          374 Congress Street Proposed Work: 
Applicant: Bill Whitlock, Whitlock Design Group for Pink Taco
At Congress Street façade; install channel and flag signage. At the corner of Boston Wharf Road and Congress Street; install marquee signage. At Boston Wharf Road; install enclosed patio.

III. ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW/APPROVAL 
  18.1378 FPC             300 Summer Street  Proposed Work: Replace existing roof chiller in kind on modified steel dunnage.

IV. REVIEW and RATIFICATION OF May 10, 2018 HEARING MINUTES

V. STAFF UPDATES

PROJECTED ADJOURNMENT: 6:45 PM 

FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION  
David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, John Karoff, Lynn Smiledge, Vacancy Alternates: Thomas Rodde, Vacancy 


originally 6.5.18

Monday, June 11, 2018

Boston City Council Looks At Parking Fines, Jitney Licenses, City Budget & More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. The Boston City Council considered the following items and more at their June 6, 2018 meeting:

FY19 Capital Budget: The Council voted 12-0 (Councilor Edwards absent) for the first of two required votes to pass the City’s FY19 Capital Budget. [Any capital appropriations require two affirmative 2/3 votes at least two weeks apart.] You can find details on all the proposed capital projects here.

Parking Fines: The Council voted to pass an amended version of the Mayor’s proposed ordinance to increase fines for specific categories of parking violations, as well as create a new category of violation for overnight street sweeping, which will be a no-tow violation. The goal is to better align fines to deter violations; many of the previous fine levels were cheaper than the cost of parking in a garage. The revenue from increased fines would go to support a major investment in active transportation initiatives in the FY19 budget. After the hearing, the amended version reduced the fee for double parking within Zone A from $75 proposed by the Mayor to $55, and from $55 to $35 in Zone B. Councilor Flaherty stated that these changes would ensure that the fee increases will not be overly burdensome to residents and businesses. Councilor Zakim noted that he opposed designating overnight street sweeping as a no-tow violation, because many residents in several of his neighborhoods believe that towing is necessary for effective street-sweeping; otherwise parked cars will prevent street sweeping to the curb.
 
Short-Term Rentals: The Council did not vote today on the Mayor’s proposed Short-Term Rentals ordinance. The next opportunity to vote will be at the Council meeting next Wednesday, June 13th.

Local Motion of Boston: Local Motion of Boston filed a petition for a jitney license to operate motor vehicles for the carriage of passengers for hire over certain streets in Boston. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Planning, Transportation and Development for a hearing. This petition is the 2nd filed by Local Motion in the last month. Two weeks ago, I held a hearing on their first petition for a corporate shuttle between Brighton and Kenmore Square, which the Transportation Department recommended denying because the route is redundant to public transit (with commuter rail stops near the origin and terminus) and because the planned pickup and dropoff locations are in No Stopping Zones. As Committee Chair, I wanted to give some time for the petitioner to follow up with the Transportation Department as well as local neighborhood groups, but may bring the matter before the Council at our next meeting. Over the course of the hearing, we also learned that the petitioner was already operating another route that they did not have a license for, and that is the 2nd petition.
 
Upcoming Hearings (Livestream: )

  • Tuesday, 6/12 at 2PM: Hearing on Vacant Properties in the City of Boston (City, Neighborhood Services, and Veterans & Military Affairs)
  • Thursday, 6/14 at 10AM: Policy Briefing on Diversity Initiatives for Boston’s Public Safety Agencies (Public Safety & Criminal Justice)
  • Thursday, 6/14 at 1PM: Hearing on Summer Violence and Community Engagement (Public Safety and Criminal Justice)
  • Monday, 6/18 at 10AM: Hearing on Tree Coverage (Environment, Sustainability & Parks)
  • Monday, 6/18 at 3PM: Hearing on Teacher Diversity in BPS (Education)
  • Tuesday, 6/19 at 4PM: Hearing on Usage of Surveillance Technology (Public Safety & Criminal Justice)
  • Friday, 6/22 at 1PM: Hearing on Equitable Access to Public Transportation & Cashless MBTA Fares (Planning, Development & Transportation)
  • Monday, 6/25 at 10AM: Hearing on Curbside Composting (Environment, Sustainability & Parks)
  • Thursday, 6/28 at 2PM: Hearing on Resident Parking (Planning, Development & Transportation)
For complete notes on Boston City Council meetings, visit MichelleForBoston.com or sign up to receive these notes automatically.

Fort Point Channel Opens To Rowers & Painters Plus Fireworks Tonight

Updated 6/11/18: The Tuesday, June 12th World Trade Center fireworks show is confirmed at 9 pm. Earlier that evening from 5 pm - 7:30 pm is the Taste of Seaport at Fan Pier featuring 25 restaurants, lawn games and music. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the event. If that is not enough the Portuguese tall ship Sagres is in dock and available for tours.

Look up to the sky tonight, Friday June 8, beginning at 9:30 pm to see fireworks over the Boston Harbor. Fireworks will be launched from Columbia Point, displayed over Dorchester Bay and viewable from beaches along Dorchester and South Boston.The fireworks show is a part of a series of public activations and celebratory events being offered in part of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Annual Meeting being hosted in Boston this week. There is also talk of fireworks on Tuesday, June 12th around 9 pm in the vicinity of the Seaport World Trade Center.

Paint The Channel
Saturday, June 9, 2018
8 am - 4 pm
Intercontinental
Register 

Artists are invited to paint (or draw!) the vibrant Fort Point Channel scene, including the museum’s traditional wooden boats and colorful race day. The Paint Out will take place at InterContinental Boston on Friday and Saturday, June 8th & 9th from 8 am to 4 pm.  A reception at InterContinental Boston will immediately follow the conclusion of the Fort Point Channel Open race on Saturday, June 9th, during which all works of art will be sold by silent auction.  The museum will receive a 30% commission on all auction sales to support our Boston Rowing Center, which provides free rowing to more than 300 Boston Public School students each year.


Fort Point Channel Open
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Boston Rowing Center
at the Barking Crab Marina
88 Sleeper Street, Boston
Race Start: 11 am

The Fort Point Channel Open will take place on Saturday, June 9th at the Hull Lifesaving Museum's Boston Rowing Center. Entering its 7th year, the Fort Point Channel Open is a community-wide event, bringing rowers and spectators from all over the region to Fort Point.  Competitors from across New England and New York come primed and ready to lay claim to the title of crewmaster.
This event is a Coxed Four challenge.  Teams line up side by side in a series of round-robin style heats. The course runs around the Boston Tea Party Museum ships, blasting under bridges and around tight turns, ending in a sprint for the finish line in front of Martin Richard's park next to the Boston Children's Museum.  
The race is open to crews of all skill levels. 

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Seaport Farmers Market Opens Today & South Boston Farmers Market Opens Monday

The Boston Public Market Association is in the Seaport for this summer’s farmers market at One Seaport every Wednesday, 11:30 am - 6:30 pm, June through October. Find fresh, seasonal food from local Massachusetts and New England vendors offering produce, meat, seafood, bread, prepared food, and more for food on the go and your dining table.


Baking With Joy
A Rockland-based café and bakery known for providing nearly a dozen flavors of tea-breads, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, muffins, bars, and granola to local suppliers. All items are natural, made from scratch, and free of trans fat, preservatives, artificial ingredients, and GMOs.
*Will alternate weekly with Yummy Mummy Brownies.

Nutty Concept
A local family owned business that makes snacking healthy and delicious with creative variations on nuts.

Red’s Best
A Boston based seafood wholesaler carrying seafood from over 1,000 small, independent New England fishing boats and sustaining the livelihoods of American fishermen and their families.

Stillman’s Farm
A family-owned farm from in Lunenburg and Braintree, taking great pride in providing the freshest, most beautiful fruits and vegetables, amazing plants, and healthful meats.

Stillman’s Quality Meats
A true family farm that produces premium grass-fed meats and pastured poultry from farmsteads in Hardwick. Animals are raised in natural environments and all-natural diets.

Tuscan Kitchen
Embracing regional Italian cooking and its varied culinary traditions with freshly made pastas, breads and desserts alongside cured meats, poultry, and beef.

When Pigs Fly
A New England bakery representing old-world, artisan breads baked fresh from scratch every day, and using the finest organic, natural ingredients.

Yummy Mummy Brownies
A Westborough bakery featuring brownies, donut muffins, whoopie pies, coconut cake, freshly baked cookies, and brownie bark. All brownies are handmade in small batches, made with all-natural ingredients, and preservative free. *Will alternate weekly with Baking with Joy.

The South Boston Farmer’s Market kicks off its season on Monday, June 11th at 12 pm.

Get early spring vegetables and potted flowers, from returning Massachusetts based Freitas’ & Wenger’s Farms. Try local and fresh meat, like grass-fed beef and naturally raised pork from Shamrock Hives Farm this season. Wenger’s will also carry their famous baked goods.

Enjoy live music with Jan and Lou Borelli from 12 pm - 3:00 pm and the SBNDC will give away $2 coupons to its market shoppers, valid for fresh and healthy market products (as long as supplies last). Come to the market manager’s tent to get the coupon, including our market loyalty card! 

The South Boston Farmer's Market runs through October 30, and is held every Monday from 12 pm - 6 pm at 446 Broadway, on the sidewalk in front of the municipal parking lot.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Boston City Council Looks At AirBnBs, City Land Disposition, Seaport BPD Jurisdiction, Net-Zero Carbon Standards & More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. The Boston City Council considered the following items and more at their May 9th, 16th and 23, 2018 meetings (NOTE: There will be no City Council meeting on May 30th):
PILOT: City Council received the contract for Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement entered into by and among the City of Boston, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Seaport L-4 Title Holder LLC, and Amazon.com Services, Inc. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Ways and Means. Short-Term Residential Rentals: Councilor Flaherty reported back on Monday’s working session on the proposed short-term rentals ordinance. As a review, this revised proposal eliminates investor units from the ordinance and restricts short-term rentals (defined as fewer than 28-night stays) to owner-occupied properties, except that owner-occupants of 2- and 3-family homes may list an additional owner-adjacent unit for up to 120 days per year. The previously proposed exemption for medical stays is still included, as well as an exemption for corporate or institutional furnished stays of 10 or more consecutive nights. Property owners that want to use residential units for short-term rentals outside the bounds of this ordinance will still have the option of applying for and securing a change of use and occupancy for those units. The matter remains in committee for potential amendments. The next opportunity for a vote would be at our next meeting, June 6th. Land Disposition and Stewardship: Councilor Edwards filed a hearing order regarding public land disposition and stewardship in the City of Boston. She stated that public land is a public good whose protection and use or disposition should further a greater purpose, such as promoting open space, enhancing cultural activity, creating recreational opportunities or expanding and preserving affordable housing in perpetuity. Currently, Boston lacks a uniform policy for land disposition that would further these community-defined priorities, including affordable housing goals that match that community’s needs and provide for the longest term of affordability, and offer the highest level of community resident ownership and control. In 2017, the Department of Neighborhood Development reported 186 land parcels and buildings sold or transferred for development or open space. Boston may have additional tools at its disposal to optimize the stewardship of land or promote long-term affordability. The matter was assigned to the Planning, Development, & Transportation Committee for a hearing. Concurrent BPD Jurisdiction: The Council voted to pass a home-rule petition filed by Councilor McCarthy to create concurrent police jurisdiction for State and Boston police at certain Massachusetts Port Authority properties in Boston. This legislation follows a recent public hearing and many years of conversations--the Seaport neighborhood of the South Boston Waterfront is the only place in the state where the municipal police do not have at least concurrent jurisdiction; State police have full and exclusive jurisdiction currently. As the residential population continues to grow quickly and more visitors spend time at companies and retail businesses in the area, having BPD jurisdiction (including ability to collect data, make arrests, and respond to calls) is urgent. Councilor McCarthy noted that this is an emergency law needed for the immediate preservation of public safety.  Sandwich Board Signs: The Council voted to pass an amended version of Mayor Walsh’s ordinance regulating free-standing signs, also known as sandwich board signs, after the pilot program passed in 2015 expired. Today’s vote reinstates the ordinance for another year, with a new sunset date one year after it will be signed into law. The ordinance allows all businesses to use free-standing signs on public walkways provided that the business meets certain requirements as listed in the ordinance. As Councilor Zakim noted, the one year extension will give community stakeholders in the Back Bay, including residents and business-owners, the opportunity to work alongside other city departments to create specific guidelines for the Back Bay. This could include looking at a directory system and uniform signage to uphold the historical and architectural integrity of the neighborhood. Net-Zero Carbon Requirements: Councilor O’Malley reported back on the recent working session to discuss how Boston might set policy to encourage net-zero carbon standards for future development as we continue to see increasing harm from climate change. He spoke on the City’s robust construction boom and the significant demand for innovative and modern designs that would be energy independent and not reliant on carbon, especially with the City of Boston’s commitment to making its buildings carbon neutral by 2050. 53% of Greenhouse Gas emissions come from free-standing buildings. Experts presented ideas for incentivizing developers to use Net Zero Carbon strategies, which including an expedited planning process, lower permitting fees, density bonuses or a potential Net Zero Carbon Overlay District. We can protect all residents from the impacts of climate change while also saving on costs by improving energy efficiency and increasing access to good jobs. The matter remains in the Committee on Environment, Sustainability & Parks.
Historic Boston: Councilor Edwards filed a hearing order to preserve historic Boston. She noted that Boston is a historic city with hundreds of sites, including churches, monuments, forts, wharves and marine areas, open spaces, performance areas, places of business, commercial districts and historic homes are listed on the state and National Registers of Historic Places, designated as City or National Landmarks and showcase the character of the community. Additionally, Boston’s historical sites provide a key backdrop for the state’s $1.2 billion tourism industry while attracting long-term residents, entrepreneurs and academic institutions to make Boston their home. Failure to protect historic sites today may result in the permanent loss of invaluable and irreplaceable neighborhood assets and physical manifestations of our country’s origins and culture. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Planning, Development & Transportation for a hearing.
Upcoming Hearings (Livestream)
  • Wednesday, 5/30: No Boston City Council Meeting (Memorial Day holiday)
  • Wednesday, 5/30 at 11:00 AM: Hearing re: implementation of Community Choice Energy in Boston (Environment, Sustainability & Parks)
  • Wednesday, 5/30 at 3:00 PM: Working Session re: implementation of Plastic Bag Ban in Boston (Environment, Sustainability & Parks)
  • Thursday, 5/31 at 2:00 PM: Hearing re: flexible payment plans for property tax arrears (Ways & Means)
Upcoming Budget Hearings (Livestream)
  • Monday, 6/4 at 11:00 AM: FY19 Budget: Carryover
  • Tuesday, 6/5 at 2:00 PM: FY19 Budget: Public Testimony
For complete notes on Boston City Council meetings, visit MichelleForBoston.com or sign up to receive these notes automatically.

Monday, May 21, 2018

FPNA Neighborhood Gathering: Reducing Flood Risk, Neighborhood Updates & Your Top Wishes


Join the Fort Point Neighborhood Association
for
A Fort Point/Seaport Neighborhood Gathering 


Tuesday, May 22, 2018
6 pm - 8 pm
District Hall
75 Northern Ave
(entrance available off Seaport Blvd)

featuring
Climate Ready Fort Point/ Seaport: The Next Steps
Richard McGuinness

Deputy Director for Climate Change & Environmental Planning
Boston Planning & Development Agency


and

Reducing The Risk of Storm Water Back Surge Flooding
John Sullivan
Chief Engineer, Boston Water & Sewer Commission

plus

Top Wishes for The Neighborhood: Setting Priorities
Bring Your Top Wishes


&

Neighborhood Updates

originally published 5.17.18

Friday, May 18, 2018

Love Your Block Is Back

updated 5/19/18: Thank you to all who volunteered this morning.  To those who couldn't join us and to our returning neighbors, planting in Wormwood Park continues on Sunday, May 20th from 10:30 am - 2:00 pm.  Thank You Picnic starts at 5pm. For event changes due to weather, check here for updates or follow us on Twitter.

Updated 5/18/18:  Resident Volunteer Day starts Saturday May 19th at 10 am at Wormwood Park (Wormwood & A Streets) and planting may continue Sunday afternoon weather permitting. 
Street sweeping on Melcher Street is Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm rain or shine. Remember to move your car. Thank You Picnic is currently rescheduled to Sunday 5/20 at 5 pm in Wormwood Park. 

What is Love Your Block? Love Your Block is a spring citywide program to beautify and clean up Boston one block at a time.

What is Love Your Block FPNA Style?

It is Fort Point and Seaport businesses and residents creating a living tapestry together. With your continuous support, FPNA is celebrating the fourteenth annual neighborhood beautification event. Please join us as we plant, sweep and rake our way into spring. 

It is two volunteer events: one for businesses and one for residents.

FPNA Corporate Volunteer Day On Friday, May 18th from 11 am - 2 pm over 50 employees volunteered for Love Your Block. Companies participated by sponsoring a tree circle or street panel or as a tree angel, and by giving their employees an opportunity to volunteer for an hour or two in their work neighborhood.  Volunteers from neighborhood companies planted flowers and designed tree circles along A Street and Congress St.  Tools, gloves, commemorative t-shirt and lunch were provided in Wormwood Park (Wormwood & A Streets) for those who volunteer (green thumb not required). Take a look at all the flowers along A Street from Melcher to Wormwood Park.

FPNA Residents Volunteer Day: Saturday, May 19th from 10 am -1 pm. Gather for coffee and pastries in Wormwood Park (Wormwood & A Streets) starting at 10 am. Tools, gloves and commemorative t-shirt provided. Come meet your neighbors and plant, sweep or rake for an hour or stay all day. We will be gardening primarily in Wormwood Park and along A Street fence from Melcher St to Wormwood St. Donations are gratefully accepted to help repair winter damage to plants and vines, and to beautify Wormwood Park.  We recommend people wear gardening clothes or clothes and footwear you don't mind getting into the dirt.

Annual Melcher Street Cleaning Day is Saturday, May 19th from 9 am to 1 pm. By moving your car off Melcher St, you will allow street sweepers to clean the street. With 24/7 resident parking, Saturday is a once a year opportunity. Free parking provided courtesy of P&G Gillette Channelside parking. View your car flyer for special instructions. 

FPNA Residents Volunteer Sunday: May 20th from 10:30 am - 2:00 pm. Thank You Picnic starts 5 pm in Wormwood Park. Enjoy delicious treats and beverages from local restaurants and shops. 

Check back for event and weather updates. 


Special thanks to the City of Boston, P&G Gillette, Channelside Parking, and all our corporate sponsors and volunteers.