Friday, October 31, 2008

Pedestrian Hit and Killed on Seaport Blvd

From BPD News:


At about 5:35pm, on Thursday, October 30, 2008, officers from Area C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for a pedestrian struck in the area of 73 Seaport Blvd. On arrival, officers located a 35 year-old female lying on the ground unconscious. According to witnesses, the victim was struck by a shuttle bus or a min-bus. Passengers on the bus say the victim fell into the side of the bus. Witnesses further state that they saw the victim lose her balance and fall backwards from the sidewalk into the side of the passing bus. The victim was immediately transported to Mass General Hospital where she was later pronounced. At this point, the preliminary investigation indicates that the incident was accidental. No charges are pending at this time.

South Boston Open Studios This Weekend

South Boston Open Studios
November 1st and 2nd, 2008
Noon - 6pm each day
Free to the Public

Artists and craftspeople of South Boston will open their doors to the public Saturday and Sunday, November 1st and 2nd, 2008 as part of the annual South Boston Open Studios event. Visitors will be able to talk to and make purchases directly from the artists and visit the creative environments in which the artwork is produced. The weekend-long event also provides a great opportunity to sample many of this historic neighborhood's restaurants, cafes, pubs, and retail shops.

Numerous disciplines will be represented throughout the dozens of participants, including: sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, photography, video, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, fabric and performance art. Much of the work will be in-process and the artists will be on hand for questions and conversations. Participating organizations and galleries include the SBAA (South Boston Arts Association), which will be exhibiting in the Laboure Center at 275 West Broadway, The Distillery (which will showcase three galleries and over 50 artists) located at 516 East 2nd Street, King Terminal at 110 K Street, and Norman Crump Studio at 793 East Sixth Street.

The event is free to the public, rain or shine, noon to 6pm each day. Public transportation is easy, take the Red Line to Broadway.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Important Community Meeting on Landmarking, Wed, 10/29

There's an important community meeting on landmarking coming up. The Study Committee is giving a final presentation of the proposed Landmark District for our neighborhood before the hearing on November 10th, 2008. It defines a set of boundaries in Fort Point which will receive the Landmark designation as well as a set of guidelines for how development of these buildings need to be handled. This is a critical step to preserving the history and character of our neighborhood.

The Fort Point Landmark Study Committee's homepage is:

Final Presentation by the Landmarking Study Committee

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
6:30 PM
Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress Street

This is a public presentation of the work of the Study Committee to create a Study Report for the Fort Point Channel Landmark District as completed September 10, 2008. This meeting will be an informational presentation to the community and other interested parties prior to the Boston Landmarks Commission designation hearing for the Fort Point Channel Landmark District on November 10, 2008. (No further revision of the Study Report will be considered at this meeting).

1. Introduction to the Designation Process

2. History and Significance of the District

3. History of the Petition Process and Recent Activity in the District

4. Overview of the Standards and Criteria

5. Next Steps

6. Question and Answer Session

Projected Adjournment: 8:30 pm

The public hearing for the petition to make Fort Point a Landmark District will be held in a few weeks:

Petition #201.01, Fort Point Channel Landmark District
November 10th, 2008
5:30 PM
BRA Boardroom, 9th Floor
Boston City Hall

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Liquor Licenses for 241 A St.

I'm late in posting this, but the licensing board has ruled on the liquor license for 241 A St. (aka Devlin's), listening to all of the community feedback and curbing it to 12:30 AM on weekends and 10 PM for the patio area. Thanks to everyone who spoke at the hearing and wrote letters, as well as to our local politicians who backed the community's concern over the original 2 AM closing time: Senator Jack Hart, Representative Brian Wallace, and Councilor Bill Linehan.

Photos from Open Studios

Tom Wojciechowski in front of some of his new work.

Visitors check out Justin Viglianti's photography.

Congratulations to all of the artists and volunteers for another great Open Studios!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Boston Virtuosi Concert Sunday

Boston Virtuosi will be giving a performance at Midway Theater this Sunday at 2pm at Midway Studios Theatre (15 Channel Center St.). Selections range from Bluegrass and Tangos to Mozart!

Open Studios This Weekend

Open Studios is this weekend and more than 200 artists will be participating. There will also be a number of public art installations. "House of Cards" by Lisa Greenfield will be floating in the Fort Point Channel between Summer and Congress Streets. Tom Wojchiehowski's 100' "Light Words" will use the light from Fort Point landmarks and cityscape to spell out words with images that celebrate the neighborhood. And Nicole Seisler will physically tie together opposite ends of the Fort Point neighborhood with "Out in the Studio", a performance and installation using hand-thrown, raw clay vessels.

In addition, at Midway Studios, 8:00 pm October 17 and 18, 2008, Fort Point Theatre Channel will present two evenings of contemporary music featuring Ensemble Warhol. The program includes Tierkreis, by Karlheinz Stockhausen, and the Voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle, by Mark Warhol. Ensemble Warhol consists of Naomi Gurt Lind, soprano, Donald Wilkinson, baritone, and Meghan Miller, flute.

For a map of map of studio buildings and more information, see the FPAC website: Hope to see everyone out this weekend!