Tuesday, August 26, 2008

2 AM Liquor License for 241 A Street

The owners of the soon-to-open Fort Point Restaurant and Grille at 241 A Street have applied to transfer the liquor license from the Quiet Man. This would allow them to serve until 2 AM, 7 days a week. In addition, they're going to have an outdoor patio which would be open and able to serve 11 AM to 10 PM.

The licensing board will meet on it on September 10th:

Room 809A - City Hall, Boston

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

10:00 AM

Transfer of a C.V. 7-Day All Alc. Bev. License to:
Van Lin Corp d/b/a "Fort Point Restaurant and Grill"
Thomas Devlin, Mgr
241 A Street
South Boston, MA

In one room on first floor; kitchen and storage in cellar and to include an outdoor patio on Private Property between the hours of 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM for sixty (60) patrons with a 2:00 AM Closing Hour.

If you have concerns, make your voice heard at this meeting. You may also contact Cynthia Fulton from the Licensing Board office with questions: 617.635.41700.

Outdoor Movie Tonight: Persepolis

Fort Point Stage presents the 2008 Fort Point Outdoor Movie Series

Join us for a moonlit screening of Persepolis (2007).

Tuesday August 26, 2008 at 9:00 PM
Wormwood Park
(corner of Wormwood Street and A Street)

Visit http://www.fortpoint.org for info and complete schedule


Persepolis (2007)
Animation, directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
Marjane (voiced by Chiara Mastroianni) just wants to be an ordinary kid, but that isn't easy in 1978 Iran. This profound animated film follows Marjane's childhood in a repressive society, her adolescence in France and return to Tehran as an adult. Based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel, this Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film also features the vocal talents of Catherine Deneuve and Simon Abkarian. [imdb]

"A perfect expression of the imagination's resistance to the literal-minded and the power-mad" -- A. O. Scott, The New York Times


See you at the movies!!!

Steve Hollinger
Fort Point Stage

Monday, August 25, 2008

Heliport Community Meeting, Sept 17th and 24th

There's two meetings in September on the proposal to create a new heliport on the waterfront for helicopters and tiltrotor planes (like the one pictured here). One on Sept 17 and one on Sept 24, both at 6:30 at the Condon School.

This is an important issue and worth your attention. Southie already gets more than its fair share of noise/pollution due to city infrastructure. In addition, this is particularly relevant to Fort Point as the channel itself is currently a flight path for helicopters. Please come to one of the meetings or send your thoughts to the BRA via Valerie Gingrich (Valerie.Gingrich.BRA@cityofboston.gov).

Heliport Community Meetings

Wednesday, September 17th and Wednesday September 24th
6:30 PM, Condon School on D Street

Description: A community meeting will be held to discuss a proposed public-use heliport in the South Boston Marine Industrial Park. Air Pegasus has been tentatively designated as the developer and operator on the South Boston Waterfront subject to public review and permitting. Representatives from Air Pegasus and the BRA will be present to explain the proposal, answer questions and solicit input.
Contact: Valerie Gingrich, 617.918.4292, Valerie.Gingrich.BRA@cityofboston.gov

Monday, August 18, 2008

Landmark Meeting Wednesday - Final Review of Draft Guidelines

The next Fort Point Landmark Study Committee meeting will take place on

Wed, August 20, 2008
Boston Convention Center
415 Summer Street

Neighborhood reps on the committee are Valerie Burns, Steve Hollinger, Pratap Talwar and Michele Yeles. The final review of the draft guidelines are underway. Please send your feedback on the draft guidelines to the BLC Study Committee through the Boston Landmarks Commission. Draft guidelines and info at

Our support is critical. Check the website for upcoming meetings and locations http://www.cityofboston.gov/environment/fpc/meeting.asp

Please attend!

Monday, August 11, 2008

P&G Cutting 215 Jobs from Gillette Plant

Procter & Gamble unveils plans to cut 215 jobs from its Gillette factory in South Boston over five years
By Jon Chesto
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Aug 07, 2008 @ 09:14 AM

Procter & Gamble is continuing to trim its work force in Massachusetts with a plan to cut 215 jobs at its main Gillette plant in South Boston by mid-2013.

Kelly Vanasse, director of external relations for Gillette, said the company expects most, if not all, of the jobs will be eliminated through attrition, early retirements and voluntary buyouts.

Vanasse said the company is shifting the manufacturing of its Mach3 and older kinds of Venus cartridges and razor handles to other plants, such as those in Poland and Mexico.

The company will continue to make Gillette Fusion and Venus Embrace products at the South Boston factory. Vanasse said the company will also continue making individual blades for a range of its shaving products – including the Mach3, Venus and Fusion lines – in South Boston.

P&G will still use the South Boston factory, along with one in Berlin, Germany, as a “flagship site” to develop and launch its newest shaving products, Vanasse said.

P&G has steadily shaved jobs from its payroll in Massachusetts since the Cincinnati-based conglomerate bought Gillette in the fall of 2005. At the time of the acquisition, nearly 4,000 people worked for Gillette in the state. By early 2007, that number had dropped to about 3,000.

Vanasse said P&G currently employs about 2,400 people in the state. She declined to provide a breakdown of how many people work at the company’s various locations. She said those locations include the Prudential Tower in Boston’s Back Bay, the South Boston campus, plants in Needham and Andover, and a Quincy sales office.

The company is also cutting jobs at one of its contractors by closing a Gillette warehouse at the former Fort Devens. Vanasse said P&G plans to close the warehouse – which is operated by Sonoco – in the next two years. About 50 to 60 of those jobs will move to P&G’s Andover site, while the remaining work will be shifted to a Mexican plant.

Vanasse said P&G remains committed to the sprawling, 1.6 million-square-foot South Boston campus, which overlooks the southern end of the Fort Point Channel. The company is in the midst of a $50 million project to prepare the site for a move in October 2009 of the corporate jobs in the Pru tower to South Boston.

The company also revealed on Wednesday that it would spend $35 million to build a new gas-fired turbine during the next two years to complement a steam-fired turbine at the South Boston site. Once the second turbine is complete, Vanasse said the South Boston plant will be able to operate independently without electricity from the region’s power grid.