Thursday, July 30, 2015

22 Boston Wharf Road Community Meeting

Update: Submit your comments to Raul Duverge. BRA Project Manager. Deadline is August 21, 2015. 

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is hosting a community meeting regarding the proposed two floor office expansion atop the Stillings Street Garage on: 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
6:30 pm
TRO|Jung Brannen
22 Boston Wharf Road
7th Floor

Stillings Street Garage aka 22 Boston Wharf Rd.Berkeley Investments is presenting a two-story rooftop vertical expansion to the existing eight-story building known as the Stillings Street garage located at 22 Boston Wharf Rd. The site is situated within the Fort Point Landmark District. The project will also include the addition of windows on the northern wall abutting Q Park and the introduction of street level retail on Boston Wharf Road. View the project notification

The FPNA held a special meeting introducing the project to the Fort Point neighborhood on June 16, 2015. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Boston Creates South Boston Community Conversation

Join in and share your opinions and ideas about cultural priorities in the City of Boston 

Saturday, August 1, 2015
10 am
Medicine Wheel Productions
110 K Street, South Boston

This Saturday, the Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture will hold seventeen concurrent community conversations as part of the Boston Creates cultural planning process. Sixteen of the Community Conversations will take place in different neighborhoods across the city and one additional conversation will be dedicated to youth participants. 

The Boston Creates Concurrent Community Conversations are continuing the community engagement phase of the cultural planning process. Visit Boston Creates for the full list of community conversations and locations.

Unable to attend the conversations? Share your thoughts through the Boston Creates Survey.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Artists for Humanity Expansion Project Update

Based upon feedback from the June 23, 2015 community meeting, Artists for Humanity revised their Epicenter expansion project. View revised project presentation. The comment deadline is July 31st. Comments may be sent to Christopher Tracy, Project Manager, BRA.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Rebroadcast of Olympics Debate Sunday Night

In case you missed seeing the Boston Olympics debate live Thursday night, Fox 25 will be rebroadcasting it Sunday night at 5 pm. This is the first debate between Boston 2024 Chairman Steve Pagliuca and the co-chair of No Boston Olympics Chris Dempsey. The hour-long debate is moderated by anchor Maria Stephanos Globe reporter Sacha Pfeiffer,

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Free Friendly's Ice Cream Friday at Lawn on D

The Lawn on D invites their Fort Point neighbors to eat ice cream this Friday, July 24th from 12 pm to 2 pmIn celebration of summer in the city and national ice cream month, Friendly's livens up your Friday lunch hour with a free ice cream pop-up. Friendly’s ambassadors will be handing out a variety of Sundae Snack Cups, including their Original Fudge Sundae Cup and Ice Cream Cake Sundae Cup. Indulge in an afternoon of free frozen treats, lawn games and live music at the Lawn on D. It's Friday in the summer. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Special Fort Point Meeting Introducing Two New Restaurants

Two New Restaurants 
Planned for Fort Point 

Caswell Restaurant Group
Newburyport, MA
To be located at 319 A Street
The City Tap House
Philadelphia & Washington, DC
To be located at 374 Congress Street

Find out more about the food, the amenities, the hours...

Tuesday July 21st
6:00 PM
Factory 63

Nancy Caswell, owner of The Caswell Restaurant Group with two restaurants in Newburyport, is seeking to open an up-scale restaurant and bar.

Brian Harrington, owner of City Tap House restaurant, is seeking to open a restaurant serving elevated American cuisine at reasonable prices.

originally posted 7.10.15

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Boston City Council Looks At Mayoral Appointments, Street Closure Permitting & 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 July 14, 2015 meeting.

Appointments: The City Council received notice from the Mayor of the following appointments:
David Leonard – Interim President of the Boston Public Library
Vivian Li – Chairperson of the Boston Conservation Commission
Christine Pulgini – Interim Director of the Mayor’s Office of Consumer Affairs & Licensing
Maria Fitzpatrick – Associate Commissioner of Parks & Recreation Commission
Sanjay Saini – Associate Commissioner of Parks & Recreation Commission
Kimyata Cambell – Commissioner to Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board
Streamlining Street Closure Permitting: The Council voted to approve the home rule petition introduced by Mayor Walsh in December 2014 to remove the Parks Department from street closure permitting for special events.  Boston Transportation Department and Boston Police Department will remain involved in special events permitting, but this will streamline the process.  The matter will be sent up to the State Legislature for action.

Emergency Impact of Closing Long Island: Councilors Pressley and Yancey reported back on the recent working session to understand impacts of closing Long Island on substance abuse programs and men & women experiencing homelessness. They highlighted four major issues: 1) insurance denied coverage for substance abuse programs during interruption of service, 2) the need for Bill of Rights for shelter guests, 3) the need for staff training around compassion and cultural competency, and 4) inequality for women within the system.

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Building Sand Castles In Southie

On July 15-16, 2015 five Master Sand Sculptors will be creating large Sand Castles at DCR’s Carson Beach near the McCormack Bath House in South Boston and at DCR’s Wollaston Beach near the yacht club in Quincy as part of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Better Beaches Program before competing in the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival.

Marielle Heessels from the Netherlands and Leonardo Ugilini from Italy will be creating a 15-ton Sand Castle on DCR’s Carson Beach in South Boston.

“As a member of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, I’m happy that such great programs are available for the public,” said Rep. Nick Collins, who represents South Boston.  “I’m looking forward to seeing what Marielle and Leonardo will put together and hope that people will come by Carson Beach to see their great work and enjoy our local beaches.” Find out more about events atCarson Beach. 

This year the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival will be held on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 26. This year’s event features 10 Solo Master Sand Sculptors and 5 teams of Two Master Sand Sculptors competing in our expanded Duo Competition. Admission is free and open to the public. We suggest you take the T to Wonderland or Revere Beach stations.  

Monday, July 13, 2015

It's All About Art This Week In Fort Point

Mark your calendars. Art starts Tuesday, July 14, 2015 with the opening of "Islands On The Edge" from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Atlantic Wharf Gallery located at 290 Congress Street. "Islands On The Edge" explores the Boston Harbor Islands and the concepts in the islands’ interpretive theme of isolation and existence on the "edge of society", through drawing, painting, photography, video, mixed media, and sculptural installations by twenty-one Fort Point Arts Community artists. More details.
Christophe Squier
Join the conversation occurring in every neighborhood about Boston's first ever Arts and Culture plan and help create Boston's cultural future.  What will South Boston contribute to Boston's art plan? Grab your neighbor, bring your ideas and discover the possibilities. The conversation takes places Wednesday, July 15th at 6pm at the FPAC Gallery. The gallery is located at 300 Summer Street. R.S.V.P

Be sure to see a truly unique performance when the Channel Center Garage opens its gates to INTER-ACTIONS, Performance Art X Art That Performs on Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th at 8 pm. Dozens of musicians and actors, poets and performance artists will collaborate with an inter-active art installation that billows and changes light and color patterns in response to their movements and sounds. These free performances are produced by the Fort Point Theatre Channel.

Reminder: the comment deadline for Artists For Humanity Epicenter Expansion development is July 31, 2015.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Free Summer Youth Fitness Program

The South Boston Leadership Initiative and Boston Centers for Youth and Families have once again partnered with Regan’s Motivated Fitness to allow for a summer long Youth Fitness and Nutrition Program to be held at the Curley Community Center in South Boston. The program is open to South Boston residents and students between the ages of 12-18 and will be free.  Some highlights include: 

Summer of 2015 (July 7th – August 27th)

  • 3 sessions per week (Tuesday thru Thursday)
  • Additional unique opportunities on Fridays to be introduced to a variety of activities (spinning, yoga, boxing, etc.)
  • Group 1: Ages 15-18 (7:30 am-9:00 am)
  • Group 2: Ages 12-14 (9:00 am-10:00 am)

This unique program, led by South Boston resident Thomas Regan, will look to use fitness and nutrition as a means of instilling healthy lifestyles to the youth in South Boston.  While focusing on everything from flexibility to nutrition to sport-specific weight training, each participant will improve not just physically but mentally as well. 

For more information and to sign up please visit the South Boston Leadership Initiative.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Happy 4th & ONS Neighborhood Upcoming Events

The City of Boston's Office of Neighborhood Services and our South Boston Coordinator Eric Prentis wishes you a Happy Fourth of July weekend.

Mayor Walsh invites you to the FIFA Women's Cup Final Viewing Party  Sunday, July 5, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. on City Hall Plaza, in support of the USA Women's Soccer Team. 
In total, more than 1,500 fans, including members of the Boston Breakers, came out to City Hall Plaza to watch the U.S. ​beat Germany, 2-0, in the semifinals, ​China, 1-0, in the quarterfinals
and Colombia, 2-0, in the Round of 16.

The event is free and open to the public.

​The U.S. features Boston Breakers goalkeeper and 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year Alyssa Naeher.​ The Boston Breakers are one of nine teams in the National Women’s Soccer League and play their home games at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium on the campus of Harvard University. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Mayor's 24-hour hotline at 617-635-4500.

Save the date of July 15, 2015 for Boston Creates South Boston/Fort Point arts and culture conversation. 

Boston City Council Looks At Jurisdiction of MassPort Property

Councillor-At-Large Michelle Wu provides notes from Boston City Council meetings. The Boston City Council considered the item below and more at their June 24, 2015 meeting:

Concurrent Police Jurisdiction of MassPort Property: Boston City Council voted unanimously to pass Councilor Murphy's resolution calling on the State Legislature to pass House Bill 2107, which would authorize shared enforcement jurisdiction between the Boston Police and State Police over MassPort-controlled properties within Boston. The resolution came out of a recent hearing that discussed all the consequences of MassPort's enabling legislation that gives State Police exclusive jurisdiction of MassPort-controlled property, including the Seaport. Thus the only neighborhood in Boston without Boston police protection is the South Boston Waterfront.  The BPD has covenants with some surrounding cities and towns that allow them to pursue suspects across municipal borders. Furthermore, state liquor license laws require Boston police to enforce ID-checking and other related alcohol laws, but they can't do that in the Seaport. In reality, BPD will still respond to calls in the Seaport, especially domestic violence or alcohol-related calls, but the charges can be thrown out in court. Concurrent jurisdiction would resolve these matters.

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