Tuesday, March 31, 2020

What Do You Want Our Waterfront Parks To Look Like?

Out of the Fall 2019 Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Fort Point 100 Acres Community Workshop, three themes emerged for our consideration: Urban Wilderness, Community Living Room and Flex Space/Outdoor Gallery. 

At the February 29, 2020 Second BPDA Fort Point 100 Acres Community Workshop these themes were explored in greater detail. 
Each theme focused on connectivity, community and unstructured space that is open and welcoming to all. 


Please complete the online survey to give your input on our future parks & open green spaces. 

100 Acres Open Space Plan

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You Are Invite To A Virtual Neighborhood Gathering: 3/31 at 6pm


You are invited to

FPNA's Inaugural Virtual
Neighborhood Gathering

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
6 pm sharp
Zoom Neighborhood Gathering Link 


featuring
Stone Provisions
21 Wormwood Street
transfer of  Sagorino's Market's package store license


P&G Gillette
 Chapter 91 Licenses Consolidation


ICA Boston Summer Events
requesting a sound level increase for select outdoor events

&


Summer Street Transit Improvements
Boston Transportation Department


with 

Neighborhood Updates & Announcements


To join click on the invitation link. For audio only, call 929-205-6099 and enter meeting id 635702048 followed by # (pound or number sign). We recommend you join us a few minutes in advance of our 6 pm kickoff.

If you have not used Zoom before, once you click on the invitation link above, you will be prompted to install the software or app. 
  • On a computer, you will be prompted to install the software from the Zoom website.
  • On a mobile device, you will directed to the appropriate App store and asked to install the Zoom Cloud Meeting app. 

NOTE: You will need the software or the App to view our speakers' presentations. 

Why did we choose Zoom? Zoom is being used by the Boston City Council, educators and many others. In this time of physical distancing, we want to stay connected with our neighbors and keep you informed on developments in the neighborhood. 

Volunteer Opportunities In The Neighborhood

NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS

Calling All Seniors: from District Councilor Ed Flynn

With the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most affected populations has been our seniors, who are at high risk for severe illnesses or complications from the virus. As a result, many of our seniors are advised not to leave their homes, so they might not be able to access the services and resources they need, or feel increasingly isolated during this pandemic. 

During this time, it is critical that we reach out to our seniors. My team and I are planning to make calls to our seniors in District 2, and we are looking for volunteers to assist us with this important task. The calls will serve as a way of checking in with our neighbors to see what their needs are, and to make them feel supported. In a time of social isolation and physical distancing, a phone call may just be the assurance that they need to know that we are always here for them.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form here . 

Once the form is complete, our office will connect with you in the near future regarding contact information for seniors living in the neighborhoods of District 2. You will be provided a script that includes helpful information you may pass along to our seniors. I have cc'd here Vanessa Woo from my office who is coordinating this volunteer effort for our seniors.

Please feel free to share the form with anyone you know who may be interested. Every little step we take in reaching out to folks will go a long way in helping to combat COVID-19!

Thank you,

Ed Flynn
Boston City Councilor, District 2
Office: 617-635-3203



South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network

South Boston Neighborhood Aid Network is a group of community members working together to collect information and resources in one place, and help neighbors connect with each other to ask for and offer assistance.

To Get Help: 
Find neighbors who have volunteered to help, make a request and get information:
To Give Help:
Volunteer to help neighbors and find information and resources to share.

Fort Point Landmarks April 2020 Meeting Goes Virtual

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

Thursday, April 9, 2020
6:00 PM

This hearing will be held virtually and NOT in person. 
You can participate in this hearing by going to our Zoom meeting link or by calling 301-715-8592 and entering meeting id 870 013 882 #. 
You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.gov or via Twitter @bostonlandmarks.


I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 20.889 FPC  311 Summer Street. 
Applicant: Suite Six Medical Aesthetics 
Proposed Work: At the Summer Street facade second level install a blade sign.

APP # 20.856 FPC   26, 30, 36 Thomson Place. 
Previously reviewed at the March 12, 2020 FPCLDC Public Hearing. Proposed Work: At the 30 Thomson Place fa├žade remove a storefront system and install an entry; and replace two (2) overhead doors with new doors and infill.

II. Administrative Review/ Approval: In order to expedite the review process, the commission has delegated the approval of certain work items, such as those involving ordinary maintenance and repair, restoration or replacement, or which otherwise have a minimal impact on a building's appearance, to commission staff pending ratification at its monthly public hearing. Having been identified as meeting these eligibility criteria and all applicable guidelines, the following applications will be approved at this hearing:

APP # 20.939 FPC  321 Summer Street
At the roof level, replace a cooling tower, associated piping and wiring in kind.  

III.  Ratification of 2/13/2020 and 3/1220 Public Hearing minutes

IV.   Staff Updates

V. Projected Adjournment: 7:00 PM


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

COVID 19: Parks, Health Services, Blood Drives & 2020 Census

COVID19 CASES
The City of Boston has 825 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) in Boston residents. So far, 59 of these 825 residents have fully recovered. There have been 2 COVID-19 related deaths in Boston residents.

The Boston Public Health Commission will be providing the updated total of cases in Boston residents as it is received from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Information can be found at boston.gov/coronavirus or bphc.org

Massachusetts has 5,752 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) and 56 deaths reported at this time. 

The City of Boston has two dashboards to provide statistics on COVID19 cases in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.  View them here.

The City of Boston has a free texting service to provide daily updates and information about the coronavirus. Text BOSCOVID to 99411.

BUOY HEALTH ONLINE COVID19 SCREENINGS
The State of Massachusetts has partnered with South End based Buoy Health: a free health assistance tool to provide medical advice remotely. Buoy Health is not a replacement for emergency care. It provides a free online diagnostic tool which screens for COVID19. Additional information can be found at buoy.com/mass.

ONGOING BLOOD PRODUCT SHORTAGE The Red Cross is facing a critical shortage of blood products due to cancellations of blood drives across the Commonwealth because of implementation of necessary prevention and mitigation actions during COVID-19 outbreak. The Governor has deemed “Blood and plasma donors and the employees of the organizations that operate and manage related activities” as an essential service.

Those who are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets are urged to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To schedule a new blood drive contact Bill Forsyth at (617) 699-3808 or via email .

CITY OF BOSTON COVID19 OPERATIONS
All essential City of Boston services such as public safety, public health and maintenance operations including street cleaning, parks maintenance, trash and recycling pick up, etc will continue to be in operation.

While City Hall is still open and running for critical operations, we discourage anyone from coming into City Hall or any municipal building unless they have an urgent need for services that cannot be done by phone or online. If you have questions about whether a department is open to the public, please call the City's hotline at 3-1-1 to get connected to a department.

Residents are asked not to call 9-1-1 unless you are experiencing a medical emergency. All COVID-19 questions should be directed to the Mayor's Health Line at 617-534-5050 or 311. The City and BPHC will continue to provide updated information on bphc.org and boston.gov/coronavirus.

PARKS UPDATE
On March 29th, Mayor Walsh announced that the City of Boston will be taking new measures to discourage anyone from engaging in activities in our parks that put themselves and others at risk. This includes soccer, street hockey, basketball, and all group sports. To start, we’ve begun to temporarily put zip-ties on basketball hoops and we’re temporarily removing street hockey and tennis nets. The Parks Dept will also have new signage up this week. 

While our parks are open for solitary activities such as walks, we urge everyone to practice physical distancing of at least 6ft. The tot lots are closed and there should be no gatherings or contact sports. We are asking for your help communicating this to friends, families and neighbors. Full details about Boston Parks & Rec Dept COVID19 Operations can be found here

FOOD ACCESS
Food pantries are up and running, using grab-and-go packages and with special precautions. The Greater Boston Food Bank website has updated info on food pantries and other food resources, including a link to our meal sites for children and youth. Anyone facing food insecurity can also contact Project Bread at ProjectBread.org, or the Greater Boston Food Bank at GBFB.org. 

We are recommending that seniors with food access needs to call 311 to be connected to our Age Strong department.  

2020 CENSUS
While we are practicing physical distancing, please take some time to fill out the 2020 Census online at https://my2020census.gov/. You may respond online in 13 different languages. The Census Bureau also offers web pages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in Braille and large print. Visit Language Support to learn more.

It has never been more important that every Bostonian is counted. The information collected helps determine billions of dollars in federal funds to our communities for emergency response, schools, roads, and other public services for the next 10 years. The response rate is currently at 26.4% of Boston households and it is critical we have an accurate count. 

HOMELESS SERVICES PLAN UPDATE
On March 30th, Mayor Walsh announced the Boston Housing Authority and the Boston Public Schools are creating a new partnership to house up to 1,000 families with BPS students at risk of displacement and experiencing homelessness over the next year. Outreach to get families into the application process will begin immediately to expand housing support for Bostonians during and after the COVID-19 public health emergency. The first housing placements are expected to begin in May 2020. Learn more.

On March 29th, Mayor Walsh announced that the City of Boston has secured over 240 additional beds to increase physical distancing in existing shelters and aid those in need of a home to safely quarantine or isolate themselves and reduce the further spread of COVID-19 in Boston.
  • Suffolk University will be repurposing a dormitory to provide at least 172 beds, helping reduce congestion and increase physical distancing in existing shelters in Boston. This facility will be managed in collaboration between the Pine Street Inn and the Boston Public Health Commission. This facility is not for quarantine—it’s being used to relieve pressure for regular use on our existing shelters.
  • The Davis Companies has provided another 70 beds at the site of a former long-term acute care hospital in Brighton (Commonwealth Avenue). This facility will be operated by the Boston Public Health Commission in partnership with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. This facility is for quarantining purposes. 
People in need of homeless services should not go directly to Suffolk University or the new site in Brighton. They should go to one of the existing homeless shelters, which all remain open, including: Pine Street Inn, Woods Mullen, 112 Southampton, the Boston Rescue Mission, and Rosie's Place.

These 240 new beds are in addition to the 55 beds we already created for COVID-19 purposes in the South End near our shelters for isolation.

The City is also working closely with the State to re-purpose the Newton Pavilion site at Boston Medical Center. We will temporarily reopen it to meet the medical needs of homeless residents affected by coronavirus.  It will have a capacity of 250 beds. This facility is for medical care

To date, the City of Boston has secured close to 550 beds to make sure our residents experiencing homelessness are protected during the coronavirus public health emergency.

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
As of March 30th, Boston Public Schools has distributed 22,161 Chromebooks to students who do not have consistent access to a computer at home.

The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, has served over 100,000 meals since last week, averaging 13,000 meals per day.

More information about how we’re supporting Boston Public School families can be found here.

Please view Related Posts for information on City  and State Services from prior updates.

Monday, March 30, 2020

What Is Open In Fort Point & Seaport?

latest update 3/30/20: Caffe Nero closes temporarily. 

Reminder: Gatherings are limited to 10 people including staff at essential businesses and reusable bags are prohibited. View order. While practicing physical distancing in line, please be patient. Leave your reusable bags at home for now and get free bags (no fee) at the store

Thank you to the many neighbors who contributed to this list, especially Fan Pier Boston. If you know of a retail store or restaurant that is open or if there are updates, email us so that we may include them. Please support our neighborhood businesses and check in on your neighbors to see if they need anything.

GROCERY & PHARMACY

CVS is open with same day delivery via Instacart. CVS offers prescription delivery for free. 85 Seaport Blvd. 

Trader Joe's is open from 9 am to 10:00 am for senior customers and customers needing extra assistance. General public store hours are 10 am to 7 pm. 44 Thomson Place. 

Stop & Shop will be opening from 6 am to 7:30 am daily starting Thursday, March 19th to serve customers 60 years old and over.  General public store hours are 7:30 am to 8 pm. 713 East Broadway and 1100 Mass Ave.

Wholefoods is opening an hour earlier for customers 60 plus. General public store hours are 8 am to 8 pm. 348 Harrison Ave. 

Cardullo's Gourmet Shoppe is open Monday - Saturday from 9 am - 8 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm.  When possible, Cardullo's will make deliveries or assemble any of your grocery/deli needs for pick up in store. 99 Seaport Blvd.

Frank Anthony's Market is open regular hours (M-F 7 am - 8 pm & S-S 8 am - 7 pm) and is offering free home delivery.  9 Fan Pier Blvd. 

Fort Point Market is open Monday - Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm. Your favorite beer and wine can be delivered via Drizly. 369 Congress St. 

James Hook is open. Call first for hours. 617-423
-5501. 440 Atlantic Ave.

Mayhew Wine Shop is open regular hours and offers free delivery of your favorite wine and craft beer. 20 Melcher St.

Red's Best is now offering fresh fish from local fleets three days a week for curbside pick up at 37 Fish Pier St. 

Sagorino's Market is open new hours: Monday - Saturday 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. 21 Wormwood St.  

Sunny's Seafood at Fish Pier is offering seafood at wholesale prices and home delivery. Select from three seafood packages daily. Call 617-261-7123 by 10 am for free delivery the same day. 

Trillium Brewing is offering beer-to-go, online ordering for pickup and delivery.

RESTAURANTS

Bartaco is open with online ordering and curbside pick up. Delivery now available.

Better Bagels is open 7 am to 2 pm. Regular menu offerings and pizza kits too. 83 Seaport Blvd. 

By Chloe is offering contact free pick up at 107 Seaport Blvd.

Blue Dragon is offering contact free take out and free delivery with their To-Go menu available Monday - Saturday from 12 pm to 8 pm. 324 A Street.

Bon Me  Starting next week we will be running a small delivery operation out of our commissary kitchen, so be on the lookout for that.

Del Frisco's is offering a To-Go menu starting at 11 am. 250 Northern Ave. 

DigInn is open for take out. There is no excuse not to eat your broccoli. 25 Thomson Place.

Dunkin Donuts is open for carryout M-F 6 am - 3 pm, Sat 6 am - 2 pm & Sun 7 am - 2 pm at 330 Congress. At World Trade Center, the hours are M-F 5 am - 2 pm. 

Greco is open for pickup and delivery at 200 Pier 4 Blvd.

HoneyGrow is offering free delivery, "White Glove” curbside pickup (call the store upon arrival, an employee wearing gloves will bring your order to you) and catering orders that are packaged individually. 100 Northern Ave. 

Lola 42 is offering 30% off sushi take out from 11:30 am to 8 pm. Call 617-951-4002 or order through Toast App and use discount lola30.

Mastro's Restaurant is offering a To-Go menu from 12 pm to 8 pm for take out. Call 617-530-1295 and mention this offer to get 10% off your take out order when you call. Not valid on delivery. 25 Fan Pier Blvd. 

Paris Creperie is open 11 am to 7 pm for pickup and delivery. Text your order to 978-835-8613 or order online60 Seaport Blvd. 

Shakeshack is open for pick up and delivery. 77 Seaport Blvd. 

Tatte Bakery & Cafe is accepting online orders for pick up at 200 Pier 4 Blvd.

Tuscan Kitchen is open from 11 am to 8 pm for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery via Doordash.  64 Seaport Blvd. 

SPIRITUAL SUPPORT

Our Lady of Good Voyage is temporarily closed until April 7. Check here for updates. 


originally published 03.18.20

Sunday, March 29, 2020

City of Boston & State of MA Updates

COVID19 CASES as of March 28, 2020
The City of Boston has 614 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive). To date 40 of these 477 residents have fully recovered. There have been 2 COVID-19 related deaths in Boston residents.
Massachusetts has 4,257 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) and 44 deaths reported at this time. 

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS UPDATES
On Friday, March 27th, Governor Baker issued travel recommendations instructing all travelers entering the Commonwealth to self-quarantine for 14 days. The State is also asking people outside of Massachusetts not to travel here with the exception of first responders and front line workers. Information is being distributed at        port, South Station, truck stops, gas stations and highway signs.

On March 27th, the State announced that the tax filing deadline will be extended to July 15th to ease the financial burden on taxpayers during this ongoing state of emergency. Those with questions can call the Department of Revenue at 617-887-6367, or send a secure e-message. I (Senator Collins) had recently called on the DOR to delay the deadline and am glad that individuals and families will have more time to adapt to this rapidly changing financial reality. View Senator Collins Covid 19 Legislative Update in its entirety.

The State of Massachusetts has partnered with South End based Buoy Health: a free health assistance tool to provide medical advice remotely. Buoy Health is not a replacement for emergency care. It provides a free online diagnostic tool which screens for COVID19. Additional information can be found at buoy.com/mass.

On Tuesday, March 24th at noon, Governor Baker ordered all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24 at noon until Tuesday, April 7 at noon. A full list of “COVID-19 Essential Services” can be found here.

On March 24th, Governor Baker directed the Department of Public Health to issue a Stay at Home advisory outlining self-isolation and social distancing protocols. This advisory goes into effect as of Tuesday, March 24 at noon until Tuesday, April 7 at noon. The Order limits gatherings to 10 people during the state of emergency, a reduction from the 25-person limit established in an earlier order.

Residents are advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities during this two-week time period.  Residents over 70 years of age or with underlying health conditions, who are considered at high risk when exposed to COVID-19, should limit social interactions with other people as much as possible.  

CITY OF BOSTON COVID 19 OPERATIONS
All essential City of Boston services such as public safety, public health and maintenance operations including street cleaning, parks maintenance, trash and recycling pick up, etc will continue to be in operation.

While City Hall is still open and running for critical operations, we discourage anyone from coming into City Hall or any municipal building unless they have an urgent need for services that cannot be done by phone or online. If you have questions about whether a department is open to the public, please call the City's hotline at 3-1-1 to get connected to a department.

The following departments have moved to by appointment only: 
  • Registry
  • Parking Clerk
  • Age Strong
  • Elections
  • City Clerk 
  • Assessing
  • Collecting
  • Bid counter for Public Facilities 
  • Inspectional Services Department

If constituents would like to schedule an appointment at these departments, they should reach out via phone or email. Department contacts can be found on boston.gov

Residents are asked not to call 9-1-1 unless you are experiencing a medical emergency. All COVID-19 questions should be directed to the Mayor's Health Line at 617-534-5050 or 311. The City and BPHC will continue to provide updated information on bphc.org and boston.gov/coronavirus.

ZONING BOARD OF APPEAL / LICENSING BOARD APRIL HEARINGS
Please be advised that the following Zoning Board of Appeal April Hearings have been canceled due to the ongoing COVID19 Public Health Emergency:
  • April 7th, 2020 ZBA Hearing
  • April 16th, 2020 ZBA Subcommittee Hearing
  • April 28th, 2020 ZBA Hearing
To mitigate the spread of COVID19, public access to the Inspectional Services Dept offices at 1010 Massachusetts Ave is restricted to appointment only. Applicants requesting relief of the zoning or building code, or anyone inquiring about upcoming hearings, should email ISDBoardOfAppeal@boston.gov or call 617-635-4775.

The City of Boston’s Licensing Board has canceled hearings until further notice. Any Licensing Board questions should be directed to the Board’s Executive Secretary, Lesley Delaney Hawkins, Esq., who can be reached at (617) 635-4170 or Lesley.hawkins@boston.gov.

FIRST RESPONDERS TESTING SITE AT SUFFOLK DOWNS
Mayor Walsh announced that the City of Boston will be opening a COVID19 testing site for Boston’s first responders at Suffolk Downs in East Boston. This testing site will serve qualified EMTs, firefighters, and police officers only. This is a joint effort between the Boston Public Health Commission and the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. First responders will first be screened to make sure they meet the State criteria for testing. This is an important step to keep our first responders healthy. This facility will not be open to the public or media.

NEWTON PAVILION
The former Boston Medical Center hospital building known as the Newton Pavilion will be temporarily reopened and used to meet COVID-19 related medical needs of local homeless residents. Newton Pavilion is currently owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The facility will be operated by a consortium of providers, including Boston Medical Center, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, shelters including the Pine Street Inn, and the City of Boston’s COVID-19 response team. The 250 hospital beds at this facility will be essential to relieving stress on our health care system and increasing medical care for our homeless population as we continue to respond to this public health crisis.

BOSTON TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT:
Click here for updates to parking enforcement policies, which are in effect until further notice in the City of Boston

HIRING BPHC POSITIONS
The City is actively hiring candidates for critical positions such as homeless counselors, recovery services, public health advocates and public safety officers. Please go to bphc.org for job listings. 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Coronavirus: An Important Message To Residents From Mayor Walsh

Dear Residents,

This is a difficult time for our families, our friends, our neighborhoods and our communities. As a City, now is the time to come together, and look out for one another. I want to explain what the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic means for you and your family, and how you help stop the spread of the virus in Boston.

We’re urging people to exercise caution and take care of themselves. There are simple things everyone can do that will make a big difference:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes into your elbow or with a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Please remember what social distancing involves: avoid crowds of any kind, and keep a distance of at least 6 feet from other people when you’re out.
  • If you think you are sick, call your doctor or 311 to be connected to the Mayor’s Health Line. We’re asking people to call first, before going to the emergency rooms so our ERs don’t get overwhelmed.
  • We’re also asking people not to call 911 unless they have a medical emergency. Boston EMS does not conduct testing for COVID-19.
What I want people to remember is that it’s not just about keeping yourself healthy. By taking these precautions, you’re also helping to keep our entire city healthy. And most importantly, you’re helping to keep the most vulnerable people in our community safe: especially the elderly, and people with underlying medical issues.

In Boston, we’re taking this situation extremely seriously. Boston Public Schools are closed until at least May 4th. A list of meal pick up locations is attached for families who need to pick up meals for their children. We are following Governor Baker’s statewide emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon.

I thank everyone who’s helping us: the first responders and medical professionals, the families and neighbors, the teachers, the community leaders, and all who are showing what it means to be Boston strong. We’re doing all we can to keep Boston healthy and safe. On behalf of the city we love, thank you for doing your part.

Sincerely,

Mayor Walsh