serving the Fenway, Kenmore square, upper BacK Bay, prudential, longwood area & mission hill since 1974 volume 36, numBer 9 septemBer 3-30, 2010

Welcome—or Welcome Back—to the Fenway
Berklee Photo: Phil Farnsworth

Full ScholarShipS? muSic to 14 StudentS’ earS! worried aBout

losing aFFordaBle units, east Fens tenants organize

by Liz burg

by stephen brophy


ourteen young musicians from Boston neighborhoods and Berklee City Music Network sites around the U.S. accepted full scholarships to attend Berklee College of Music starting this fall at an emotional presentation at the Berklee Performance Center on Tuesday, August 10. The scholarships were handed out at the 17th Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert by President Roger H. Brown; J. Curtis Warner, associate vice president for education outreach/executive director of Berklee City Music; Krystal Banfield, director of City Music Boston; and Lynette Gittens, associate director of City Music. The students all took part in the City

Music program—a scholarship, tutorial and mentoring program that grants teens from Greater Boston and other urban areas across the country access to music education at no cost to them or their families. If all 14 students complete four years of study at the college, the collective amount of the scholarships awarded will be worth $2 million. The 14 recipients were among 82 teens who were took part in Berklee’s five-week Summer Performance Program, also on scholarships from the City Music program. Recipients of the scholarships included: • Matthew Hull, 18, trumpet, Boston • Terrell James, 18, vocalist, Chelsea • Lauren Fuller, 17, pianist and vocalist,

Heading Back to School, Campbell Wraps Up CDC Internship With a Smile


Photo: Valarie seaBrook

Beat by the Heat

At least one new Westland Avenue resident found temperatures in the mid 90s and high humidity a daunting combination on Move-in Day, September 1.

Framingham Bianelys Javier, 19, vocalist, Lawrence Juliana Davis, 18, vocalist, Lynn Joseph Santiago, 19, guitarist, Revere Alexander Macrides, 17, saxophonist and drummer, Roslindale • Franchesca Phillip, 19, vocalist, Roxbury • Kadeem Roberts, 19, guitarist, Roxbury • Tasmine Ballentine, 18, vocalist, Memphis, TN • Brielle Blount, 17, drummer, Valley Village, CA • Austin DeVries, 18, drummer, Edmonds, WA • Reginald Mitchell, 18, bassist, Memphis, TN • Laura Padilla, 19, vocalist, Long Beach, CA Under the direction of Krystal Banfield, Berklee City Music has provided educational and mentoring opportunities to teens from Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Dorchester, Chelsea, Lynn and other urban areas since its inception since 1991. Berklee’s City Music Network—launched in 2001—expanded to include partnerships with community organizations nationwide that actively share the goal of changing teenage lives with contemporary music education. By this month 27 national network sites will be in operation in addition to sites in Greater Boston. The photo shows, left to right, Brown, Banfield, Gittens, the 14 scholarship recipients, and Warner. Liz Burg works in the Office of Public Information at Berklee College of Music. • • • •

n March, tenants of burbank Apartments received a letter from their landlord calling a meeting to talk about the future of the affordable housing subsidies that many of them depend on to help pay their rent. these subsidies are due to expire next April. About 50 tenants went to the meeting, and learned that the owners wanted to phase out the subsidies that were attached to specific units and help the current tenants of those units who qualify move into a different subsidy program involving vouchers. some of the tenants felt unthreatened by this news; others were concerned about the future of subsidized housing in their particular residence and in the rest of the country. these latter formed the burbank Apartments tenant Association. and are now preparing to negotiate with the owners, burbank Apartments Company. it owns seven east Fens buildings—48, 49, and 52 burbank st., 15, 25, and 33 edgerly road, and 18 haviland st.—that contain roughly 170 units of subsidized housing, or about 8.5% of the total in the Fenway. in the section 8 program, the u.s Department of housing and urban Development (huD) contracts with owners to offer affordable housing by paying a portion of the rent of low-income tenants. these tenants typically pay about 30% of their gross monthly income to rent, and huD picks up the rest. through the 221d below-Market interest rate program, huD contracts with owners to subsidize their mortgages and offer subsidies to low-/moderate-income tenants. patrick Murphy, one of the members of the tenant group, characterized the reaction of people at the original meeting as “subdued, with some confusion among some of the tenants.” He got involved after a leaflet was > please turn to tenants on page 5

by stephen brophy

he Fenway Community Development Corporation (FCDC) has had an outstanding intern working for it this summer. Cassandria Campbell came to the organization through Mit’s Department of urban studies and planning, where she is a graduate student, and feels that she has learned a lot from her experience. At the FCDC, Campbell has worked both in housing development and community planning and organizing. in the former she was most involved in helping Director of Housing Lisa Soli prepare for the refinancing and renovation of two FCDC properties—a process that involves filing many applications with city and state agencies, and talking with tenants about the renovation process. her more visible work was with sarah horsley, the CDC’s director of civic engagement, for whom she spent the summer laying the ground work for expanding spaces for community activities in the Fenway. Calling their effort the Common ground campaign, horsley and Campbell have conducted a communityneeds assessment, which organizing involved focus groups with specific communities (such as seniors, Chinese speakers, disabled residents, families); a survey (translated into

spanish, russian, and Mandarin Chinese); and interviewing various service providers and local leaders. the duo also organized the popular starlight Movies in the old McDonalds’ parking lot in the West Fens last month. The goals of this work are to find out what services are lacking in the community and what organized activities residents would like to see, to determine how a community center could be most valuable to the neighborhood and to create the argument for it that leads ultimately to funding for a center. born and raised in roxbury, Campbell currently lives on Mission hill. A graduate of o’bryant high school, she went on to swarthmore College before enrolling at Mit. in between she spent time in ecuador, teaching english to students and professors at the universidad de Loja. she feels that her time at FCDC has helped her to clarify her plans for the future. “this summer has reinforced for me that i want to continue to work in housing and community economic development,” she told The Fenway News recently, in an interview conducted at her FCDC office. “I have come to appreciate more fully how difficult community organizing can be—how many different people have to be pulled together, and how complicated the process is.

“Also, working with Lisa has got me more interested in community development finance—I was an cconomics major at swarthmore, so this kind of work is really appealing. “Working in the Fenway has changed the way i see communities working. i always had the view that some places were for people with high incomes, and others for lowincome folks. if you have resources you have opportunity, and i never questioned that people should try to go against this. i’ve been very interested to see how a community can be so diverse in terms of race and class and sexual orientation, and still be stable. i appreciate the opportunity i’ve had to work with FCDC because i also see how much is involved in maintaining a stable community.” Dharmena Downey, FCDC executive
Photo: Valarie seaBrook

director, says that “the CDC was lucky to have Cassandria serve as an intern with us to substantially advance our work. she exemplifies what’s inspiring about the symbiotic relationship that happens when students apply their energy, time and talents to advance the cause of community development. in the process she gained valuable real life work experience and we [the Fenway] benefited from her talent, work ethic, intelligence and grace. With our work it is always about the connections we make with each other to advance a shared agenda. Cassandria was able to connect with people on a very deep level and make a significant contribution to both FCDC and the people of the Fenway.” Campbell assures the many friends she’s made this summer that she is not going away just because her internship is over. “people will still see me around. i’ll be at the senior Center fundraiser at the baseball tavern on september 26, for instance.”


calling all FenWay Families Puma PoPs uP in the West Fens...
perhaps you’ve noticed the bright-red structure rising on Van ness street between trilogy and Fenway park. that’s the new—but temporary—puma store/restaurant/bar, which had a liquor license hearing scheduled for Aug. 25. puma has created a stir in the design and retail worlds with these stores, which “repurpose” a handful of the millions of containerized shipping units sitting in ports around the world. Manufacturers fill these containers with consumer goods in China and other exporting countries, stack them on ships, and send them off to countries where the goods will be sold, like the us. if the receiving country doesn’t have goods to send back, the empty containers sit in port, creating a huge environmental problem, given the difficulty of storing, disposing or recycling such huge objects. puma set up a similar store on Fan pier for the Volvo ocean race, which stopped in boston last summer. no word as of press time about the status of the liquor license request, but the plan calls for shoe sales on the ground floor, and wining, dining, and just looking hip and fabulous on the two upper floors. it’s tough to raise kids in the Fenway, which is why the Fenway CDC launched the Fenway Family Coalition in 1994—families were feeling isolated. the number of families living in the neighborhood dropped 37% between the 1990 and 2000 censuses, strongly suggesting that housing prices and a dearth of family-friendly infrastructure have pushed families out of the neighborhood. the coalition holds a meeting in the Fensgate Cooperative’s Community room, 73 hemenway st., at 6:30 p.m. on sept. 30. Call ahead for child care or interpretation.

WentWorth students reinvent the West Fens
Fourth-year architecture students at Wentworth institute of technology have come up with new designs for buildings, stores, and public spaces in the West Fens. Working on a class assignment, each student designed a separate component, and then several were combined in models that represented one or more city blocks. the institute’s architecture program held an open studio on August 6 at which students presented their ideas. one of the most intriguing was an elevated walkway that would connect pedestrian destinations from boylston street to Fenway park and back again, all to resolve the danger to pedestrians from the many converging lanes of traffic. The event was cosponsored by the Fenway CDC.

discover roxBury Finds a neW director
Derek Lumpkins, who grew up in the Mission hill, was recently named executive director of Discover roxbury. he had been the organization’s program and marketing manager for three years. he succeeds the group’s founder, Marcia butman, who launched the organization 15 years ago as a way for suburban teachers to become more familiar with the home neighborhoods of students in the MetCo program. Discover roxbury promotes the economic development of roxbury through sustainable cultural tourism that highlights the neighborhood’s rich history, arts, and its contributions to the world. Compiled by Stephen Brophy, Kathy Greenough, and Steve Wolf

...While samuels signals interest in something more Permanent
Samuels & Associates, developers of The Trilogy complex and 1330 Boylston, filed a letter of intent with the boston redevelopment Authority on August 5 announcing its intention to add two more buildings to its growing West Fens footprint. At 132 brookline Ave. it would build 170 residential units stores, while on the northeast corner of boylston and Kilmarnock—site of the puma pop-up and Marshall’s Fenwayd Farm stand—it would add 150 units plus 450,000 sq. ft. of office and retail space. Steven Samuels, chief executive officer, told The Boston Globe that the buildings advance his firm’s “master plan” for beefing up Fenway retail. The Globe reported earlier this year that target and Cb2 might stake a claim to the new retail space.

Jazz Festival makes a JoyFul noise this month
The first college of jazz celebrates the birthplace of jazz as the 10th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival pays tribute to music and culture of New Orleans five years after Hurricanes Katrina and rita. From september 15 to 25, world-renowned superstars and popular local acts present free and ticketed concerts across the city. the 10-day event culminates on saturday, september 25, in a free festival on three stages over six blocks in the south end. to browse a list of festival concerts, visit:

west Fens celebrates its 28th national night out
MAtti KniVA spenCer

Women students, BeWare esPlanade attacker
since 2007, four young women have been attacked on or close to the esplanade, the linear park that stretches between the Mass. Ave. and Longfellow bridges on the banks of the Charles. three of those attacks culminated in rape; the most recent attack was on July 14, 2009. “each late summer brings to boston and Cambridge a new crop of students unaware of these attacks,” said suffolk County DA Daniel Conley in a statement released late last month. “As we educate them on basic safety and how to approach the esplanade at night, we’re also reminding longterm residents that this attacker remains at large and could still be active in the area.”

On Tuesday, August 3, over 400 people celebrated the 28th National Night Out in the West FensThe event, held yearly throughout the city, celebrates the abilily of neighborhood residents to take over a section of their neighborhood and make it safe for all. The 7th-Day Adventist Church again graciously provided its parking lot for residents to gather in. All the food was generously donated by Bradley Liquor, with Shaw’s providing a huge cake. Many businesses provided certificates that were raffled off, with the proceeds going to Operation P.E.A.C.E., a program in the neighborhood geared toward giving children and adults opportunites to enjoy Left to right, Officer Bill Slyne, event organizer after-school care, free computer classes, and ESL classes. Matti Kniva Spencer, and Betty Gillis. Slyne Special certificates were and Gillis received certificates for their work. presented to Bill Slyne, the District 4 police officer who represents the West Fens, and Betty Gillis, longtime resident/activist and a founding member of Peterborough Street Crime Watch Unit. Tickets to a Red Sox game were generously provided by The Baseball Tavern. Anyone interested in learning more about crime in their neighborhood and ways they can combat it can e-mail Matti Kniva Spencer at comeshome@ or Officer Slyne at

Farmer’s Markets
CoPley square Tuesday & Friday 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Prudential Center: 800 Boylston, across from walgreen’s Thursday 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Mission hill: Brigham Circle Thursday 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. JaMaiCa Plain: Bank of america lot, Centre street Wednesday 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Saturday 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. south end: 540 harrison avenue (at sowa arts market) Sunday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Photo: MahMoud gaMil

We’re still seeing peaches and corn—not to mention a bumper crop of heirloom and regular tomatoes. We’ll likely continue to find them well into September. Meanwhile, as apples proliferate...can fall be far behind?


Photo: steVe wolF

Welcome to the Fenway?

Incoming Berklee student Yasuhisa Inoue drew a handful of appreciative listeners as he played his sax in the Victory Gardens last month—until a cranky West Fens resident chased him off, complaining about the noise. Welcome to the Fenway, indeed.

> tenants from page 1 slipped under his door announcing a meeting at the Fenway Community Development Corporation (FCDC) for tenants to consider their options. “After that meeting, the core group of about a dozen tenants started meeting regularly, sometimes weekly. A number of others attend more sporadically, as their schedules permit.” Murphy, who spoke with The Fenway News by telephone, said that the main concern of the tenants was “that subsidized housing would eventually disappear from the neighborhood, leading to a long-term gentrification of the Fenway.” He says that many of the tenants feel quite a bit of loyalty to the current management “because this is a really nice place to live, and a lot of people don’t want to rock the boat.” William Kargman, one of the owners, told The Fenway News by telephone that “what we are trying to do is provide a subsidy to everyone that is eligible. We’ve done this in other properties and have had good results. We feel that we are protecting all of our tenants in this process.” he said that the owners have worked with huD to provide housing to people with subsidies since 1971, and will continue to do so. “We prefer to work

with vouchers for current tenants because we think owners should have a right to choose what to do in the future, once a tenant with a portable voucher has moved on.” Another tenant, who prefers to remain anonymous, says that many people are alarmed by the change. “some worry about changes in eligibility from one program to another. others are concerned about the long term affordability of housing in the Fenway.” this tenant argues that “we would like the owner to renew the section 8 subsidies for at least 20 more years, and to extend the regulation of rents for non-section 8 apartments.” the tenant also asserts that “basically in the current state of the economy— employment issues, lower wages—now is not the time to reduce the quantity of affordable housing. people are already suffering, so loss at this time will be devastating to the community and the economy overall.” Dharmena Downey, the executive director of the FCDC, believes that “the need to produce and preserve affordable housing has never been greater. Twenty-five percent, or 30 million, American households face severe housing challenges, including insufficient funds for monthly rent or

mortgage payments, maintenance, and repairs; overcrowding, both within in dwellings and in high-density multifamily developments; and structural deficiencies. We’re not talking only about the poorest among us or those without jobs, but also teachers, clergy, librarians, firefighters, health-care workers, and many others who make significant contributions to our communities. “preserving affordable housing,” she said, “is critical for improving the life chances of low- and moderate- income families. in the Fenway, we need to be clear about what the loss of the burbank Apartments means for the tenants it displaces and for the gentrification of the neighborhood.”

ardeners and neighbors alike will gather in the Victory gardens on saturday, september 11 (rain date is september 12), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enjoy the annual FensFest harvest celebration. the afternoon will include a free bbQ lunch, live music, white elephant tables, awards for top gardens in a variety of categories, a raffle with fabulous prizes, and a state-fair-style produce contest. the gardens will be alive with the music of priceless, a trio playing a variety of dinner music, oldies, soul and jazz. performer and naturalist stephen baird will add his talents to provide stories, songs and music for children and adults alike. A special display this year will highlight work by northeastern university’s American society of Civil engineers student chapter, which has worked to improve the special needs garden plot. you don’t have to have a garden to join your neighbors for this terrific afternoon of food, fun, live music, and a chance to see some of the most beautiful gardens in boston. FensFest is sponsored by the Fenway Garden Society and made possible with the help of raffle donors and event support from samuels & Associates. A raffle winner accepts her prize at the 2007 FensFest.


Food, Music, and Monster Veggies Wrap Up Summer at FensFest, Sept. 11

the city cleans Fenway residential streets between 12 and 4 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays each month (odd-numbered side) and the second and fourth wednesdays (evennumbered sides). get more info at 617-635-4900 or www.cityofboston. gov/publicworks/sweeping. the state cleans streets bordering the park on this schedule: • seCond thursday the riverway, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
• Second Friday

street Cleaning

the Fenway (includes inside lane), charlesgate, and Forsyth way, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 8 to 54 the Fenway (includes inside lane), charlesgate, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

• Second Friday

• Third TueSday

> park drive (includes inside lane), upper Boylston street, 8:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. > park drive, holy trinity orthodox cathedral to Kilmarnock street and the riverside line to Beacon street, 12:00–3:00 p.m. has a complete schedule and maps.


Please remember to vote on September 14!
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Leaf & Yard Waste 6-Week Collection
Boston Public Works will collect and compost residents’ yard waste

Six weeks: October 18 - November 27 ON YOUR RECYCLING DAY. Place leaves in large paper leaf bags or open barrels marked “yard waste.” For free “yard waste” stickers, call 617-635-4500 (up to 2 stickers available per household). Cut branches to 3’ maximum length and 1” maximum diameter. Tie branches with string. Place leaves and yard waste at the curb by 7am ON YOUR RECYCLING DAY.
Yard waste will not be collected during the two weeks before the Oct. 18 start date. Please hold onto your yard waste from Oct. 1 to Oct. 18, when collection begins.


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Comfort? Afflict? What’s a Newspaper to Do?
he Fenway News started back in 1974 as part of the community’s response to a form of destruction known as “urban renewal.” back then the boston redevelopment Authority would huddle with the biggest institutions to plan for the “improvement” of the neighborhood, and input from the people who actually lived here was neither solicited nor listened to. given the David-and-goliath nature of the struggle, it made a certain emotional sense for the nascent paper to adopt the motto “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable” as an all-purpose statement of principle. but that motto does not really fit the situation we are in now or the different way we are trying to work for our community. So as of this issue you will no longer find it on our nameplate. We have moved it to this page and may decide to permanently drop it. What do you think? this editorial will be posted as a separate article at Fenway news online—leave a comment there about the decision. the phrase has an interesting history. it apparently traces to a 19th-century Chicago newspaper columnist, Finley peter Dunne. he wrote: “th newspaper does ivrything f’r us. it runs th’ polis foorce an’ th’ banks, commands th’ milishy, controls th’ ligislachure, baptizes th’ young, marries th’ foolish, comforts th’ afflicted, afflicts th’ comfortable, buries th’ dead an’ roasts thim aftherward.” it’s pretty obvious that Dunne had satirical intent here, and that he was satirizing the inflated self-assessment of his fellow journalists. (Less effective than his satire was his attempt at reproducing an


by stephen brophy

from the editor

irish immigrant’s pronunciation.) Later newspaper people, like h. L. Mencken, took the slogan as a serious mission statement. our situation as residents of a city dealing with the government and our neighboring institutions has changed quite a bit since the 1970s. We have a lot more opportunity to participate in the decisions made about our surroundings. (there is, of course, always room for improvement.) And we have several decades of history of working with the leaders of the institutions around us to fashion solutions to problems that allow both sides to benefit. Back in the day the other side had to lose for us to win, but that’s no longer the case. We will still speak up whenever we hear about powerful people trying to put something over on those who have less power. see, for example, our page 1 article about the threat to affordable housing subsidies on burbank street. but we also work hard to be a newspaper/website that allows all the voices in the neighborhood to be heard. nearly all of our content is generated by volunteers, writing about things that interest or affect them. you can also expect to see articles about what’s going on at northeastern or MassArt or the Christian science Church that are written by representatives of those organizations, like the berklee scholarships article, also on page 1. expect also, from time to time, to see other articles that disagree with them. We are all neighbors hoping to maximize our use and enjoyment of the community we share. We will disagree often, but we will try to minimize the afflicting of one side by the other, and aim for the comfort of all.

Serving the Fenway, Kenmore Square, Audubon Circle, upper Back Bay, lower Roxbury, Prudential, Mission Hill, and Longwood since 1974 Steve Chase • Helen Cox, president Tracey Cusick • Joyce Foster • Steven Harnish John Kelly • Barbara Brook Simons Steve Wolf, treasurer editor: stephen brophy weB editor: Jonathan Kim associate editor: Chelsea brown Production designer: steve Wolf writers: Jon ball, Liz burg, helen Cox,
Fenway news association Board oF directors

Keeping the Fenway Classy, Not Trashy: Eight Simple Tips
ith the population of the Fenway increasing dramatically as it does every fall, after a summer with fewer students in the neighborhood, let’s review the do’s and don’ts of getting rid of stuff so we can have a sanitary, pleasant, environmentally friendlier neighborhood.
Photo: eriCa Mattison


by eriCA MAttison

reporting system at
3. if you have items to get rid of that someone else can use, such as a futon frame, post them online through or

guest opinion


1. there is no curb-side pick-

up for trash and recycling in the Fenway. please
do not leave items on the sidewalks. residential



buildings have dumpsters and should have recycling as well. if your building doesn’t provide recycling, follow the steps on the City’s website to get recycling at your building: http://www.cityofboston. gov/publicworks/ recyclingandsanitation/recycling.asp.
2. trashcans on the street are not for household trash, they’re for the



item in your hand that you want to dispose of before hopping on the 55 bus, for instance. individuals who stuff bags of household trash in city trash cans can be fined. To report improper disposal of trash in a municipal trashcan, contact the Mayor’s 24-hour hotline at 617-635-4500. Make sure to have the address of the trashcan on hand when you call. you can also use the online

so someone else can use them instead of having them taken away as trash. you may have some items, such as paint, that are hazardous waste. Make sure you dispose of them properly. the City organizes hazardous-waste drop-offs; the next is in early october. Check out the City’s information here: publicworks/recyclingandsanitation/hazardous.asp. not a fan of seeing rats in our neighborhood constantly? help discourage their presence by discarding food in your kitchen sink’s garbage disposal (if you have one) instead of the trash. Discourage rats and other animals from visiting your building by rinsing your recyclables. remember that boston has single-stream recycling, so all your recyclables can go together, making it easy to recycle your containers, papers, and cardboard. For details, visit if you see an overflowing dumpster, report the address to the City’s code enforcement division. Contact the Mayor’s 24-hour hotline at 617-635-4500 or you can use the Mayor’s hotline to request pick up for recycling old appliances (call the DCr’s 24-hour hotline, 617-722-1188, if you live on the Fenway and park Drive, which are state-maintained roads). you can take used and unwanted electronics to best buy, radio shack, or staples for recycling, shaw’s and Whole Foods accept plastic shopping bags for recycling (or, better yet, skip plastic altogether with reusable totes, which are widely available these days; shaw’s, Whole Foods, and trader Joe’s all sell them).

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vouch for his character? chuck turner wants to talk to you
City Councilor Chuck Turner recently sent this letter to his constituents. of barry Wilson, John pavlos, Michelle brennan, and Kazi toure will be successful DeAr FrienDs, in proving my innocence. Also, i believe the Despite 45 years of dedicated service to trial will enable the public to recognize the unethical and immoral behavior of those who the people of my community and the people of boston, the federal government on october are conspiring to silence me. in addition to exposing the corruption 12 at the Moakley Court house will continue of the government’s actions, my defense will its attempt to convince the public that i am guilty of extortion of $1,000 and lying to Fbi focus on my 45 years of dedicated service. My lawyers plan to put on the stand those officials. who can testify regarding help received from i have no doubt that my legal team

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Wet Night Dampens Turnout But Doesn’t Stop Tolman Forum

Relaxed and among some of his many Fenway friends, State Senator Steven Tolman said that it felt good to be campaigning in the upcoming Democratic primary, to be held on September 14. With drenching rain holding down attendance, the senator’s “Town Hall Forum”—held August 24 in the Fensgate Cooperative’s community room—felt more like an intimate give-and-take between senator and constituents than between candidate and voters. Tolman showed off his labor union background and progressive record, upholding as the highest priority the “human capital” of the Commonwealth. Tolman appears to face little threat from an opponent, 40-year-old William Feegbeh of Brighton, who has neither website nor organization, and mustered but two write-in votes in last year’s mayoral race.

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PriMary eleCtions, sePt. 14
as the item at left reminds us, party primaries take place tuesday, september 14, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with an unusual number of contested democratic races.

A Tale of Two Fenways—and What It Means for Boston


hile it is known around the but as time goes on, we’re beginning country for being home to our to see the emergence of what i call “two beloved Fenway park, those Fenways”—east and West. of us who live in boston know the West that the Fenway neighborhood is so much Fenway—near Fenway more. its parks are some of the most beautiful park and home to stretches of open space in the emerald young professionals, necklace. the neighborhood is home to couples, and senior cultural institutions like the Museum of Fine citizens who have Arts, and world-class colleges and universities lived in the area like berklee College of Music. for years—has become an example of what responsible development can do for boston. Developers work with the community on new the Fenway news has invited projects to achieve a shared vision. With elected officials who represent the the positive changes neighborhood to started in 2002 by contribute columns new red sox owners, the West Fens has on issues of concern. these will undergone a successful appear on a regular transformation. basis in FensViews. projects like trilogy, 1330 boylston, and the Landmark Center have shown that development can transform neighborhoods for the better—bringing in street-level restaurants and retail. the West Fenway is also a place where “fun” is allowed and embraced—puma City and tasty burger being two recent examples. Across the Muddy river, the east Fenway is at a crossroads. When i graduated

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he east Fenway can offer just as much as the West Fenway, but not without help from neighborhood institutions. At a minimum, Northeastern University needs to fulfill the promise of its institutional Master plan and start construction on the new dorms it plans for roxbury, Mission hill, and part of the Fenway. that will open up apartments in the area for graduates, young professionals, new families, and others, easing housing gridlock. in addition, landlords who are in the studentonly rental business should consider other ways to improve, market, sell or rent their housing stock. there’s another opportunity to revitalize the east Fens—Forsyth park. After the Museum of Fine Arts acquired the Forsyth institute’s land two years ago it agreed to return a portion of Forsyth park—long used illegally as a parking lot by the previous owner—to the parks Department. this is a good first step. But an institution as vibrant


from college, i moved to a well-priced studio in one of the dozens of apartment buildings there. this is becoming harder for young graduates today because of housing gridlock. our colleges and universities attract students from around the world, which is good news. but the schools are struggling to keep pace with the demand for on-campus housing. this forces undergraduates into off-campus apartments, drives up rents and property values, and prices recent graduates out of the neighborhood—and our city. these young people are deciding to leave boston after graduation, taking their skills and ideas with them. As a result, boston has lost a greater percentage of 20-to-34-year-olds than the nation as a whole in the past 20 years.

and progressive as the MFA could do so much more. imagine a place where residents could enjoy free public art. i believe that the ground floor of the Forsyth building should be activated for pedestrian use—perhaps as a top-tier restaurant, with an outdoor café looking out over the park—turning this dead corner into a vibrant space. We must also ensure that we do not leave vulnerable residents behind as we continue to bring new life to this great neighborhood. As the Fenway evolves—including the recent proposal to redevelop the former goodyear store site into a mixed-use complex—we must consider the needs of the residents who have called Fenway home for decades, and those who plan to live there for decades to come. We must ensure that there are affordable housing opportunities in these new developments. Also, strong neighborhoods require an investment by residents. the percentage of home ownership in the Fenway is among the lowest of any neighborhood in the city. We need to find ways to create additional home ownership opportunities. Finally, the peterborough senior Center is a valuable resource for neighborhood’s elderly residents, but its current space is too small for all the activities it sponsors. both sides of the Fenway have so much to offer—convenience to downtown, historic open spaces, and a diverse community in which people of all ages want to live. but as the West Fenway embraces new development, the east Fenway is being passed by due to a lack of available housing. As the economy turns around and development begins anew, we must ensure that city leaders, residents, developers, and our cultural institutions work together to maintain the vitality of this great place for generations to come.

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Brigham & Women’s institutional master Plan
STATUS: Board-approved DEVELOPER: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Inc.


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BRA PROJECT MANAGER: Sonal Gandhi ( DESCRIPTION: Seven-year master plan to address patient care, bio research, and education through leasing off-site space and additions to and updating of obsolescent facilities in conjunction with a a new construction program. No further movement by proponent.

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STATUS: Under construction DEVELOPER: Dana Farber Cancer Institute

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BRA PROJECT MANAGER: Sonal Gandhi ( DESCRIPTION: 275,000GSF of clinical and research development space plus approx. 215,000GSF below-grade parking and support space.

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STATUS: Board-approved DEVELOPER: Harvard University

BRA PROJECT MANAGER:Gerald Autler DESCRIPTION: IMP runs in conjunction with first proposed project—new dental school—which underwent Article 80B process. Proceeding to Zoning Commission.

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BRA PROJECT MANAGER: Sonal Gandhi ( DESCRIPTION: A 9-story, 350,000SF building that includes research lab and office and clinical usues. Includes ground-floor retail/restaurant space and 290 parking spaces.

lonGwood noRth REsEaRch cEntER
STATUS: Board-approved DEVELOPER: BIDMC DESCRIPTION: Proposal for 440,000SF of research uses. Lyme Properties (Blackfan Research Center) will construct and own the LNRC through a joint planning effort with BIDMC.

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STATUS: Board Approved DEVELOPER: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)


BRA PROJECT MANAGER: Sonal Gandhi ( DESCRIPTION: Received IMP notification on 10/10/02 in conjunction with a PNF for the LNRC. The proposed 5-year master plan is for development of BIDMCs West and East campuse and consolidation of services.


Joslin cEntER institutional mastER Plan
STATUS: Board-approved DEVELOPER: The Keefe Company


isaBElla stEwaRt GaRdnER musEum
STATUS: Under construction DEVELOPER: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum BRA PROJECT MANAGER: Kristin Kara (


BRA PROJECT MANAGER: Sonal Gandhi ( DESCRIPTION: The BRA issued a request for supplemental information 2/18/03, Joslin submitted RSI 2/25/02.

EmmanuEl FEnway REsidEncEs
STATUS: Board-approved DEVELOPER n/a


DESCRIPTION: Roughly 60,000SF facility will include a gallery, orientation space, classrooms, café, gift shop, greenhouse, offices, conservation lab, storage areas and concert hall.


musEum oF FinE aRts mastER Plan
STATUS: Board-approved DEVELOPER: Museum of Fine Arts Boston BRA PROJECT MANAGER: Sonal Gandhi (Sonal.Gandhi.BRA@CityofBoston. gov)

BRA PROJECT MANAGER: John Fitzgerald (John.Fitzgerald.BRA@CityofBoston. gov) DESCRIPTION: Seven stories with 7th-floor setback (in accordance with approved IMP); 77,500 SF, approximately 200 beds.


mass mEntal hEalth cEntER REdEvEloPmEnt (off map)
STATUS: Board-approved DEVELOPER: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Inc. BRA PROJECT MANAGER: Sonal Gandhi ( DESCRIPTION: Four new buildings on three parcels in three phases: 42- bed transitiona-shelter program, 56,540SF of clinical and office space, 136 housing units, (66 affordable rentals and 70 condos), and a 358,670SF R+D, clinical and office building.

DESCRIPTION: The MFA master plan is a voluntary plan to enable the community and the BRA to review the proposed project. The proposal includes approximately 500,000SF of phased development.

mass collEGE oF PhaRmacy—huntinGton avE
STATUS: Board-approved DEVELOPER: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy DESCRIPTION: MCP seeks to develop an academic building consisting of six stories plus a basement for an auditorium.



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> BASILICA COURT (approved): Demolition of St. Alphonsus Hall and convent and renovation of the former Mission School for 229 residential units in three buildings.


> EBLANA BREWERy PROJECT (approved) Renovation of two buildings and construction of three new buildings with 83 condos


nd effort by The Fenway News to compile a comprehensive overview and around the Fenway. The information is adapted from the BRA’s ment around the city. (The BRA board must approve all development ergo modification while being reviewed by the BRA staff.) map provide details on projects under construction in or near the e nearby projects—particularly in the LMA—because they will likely om added traffic to increased demand for market-rate housing. We did o formal proposals have yet been submitted, even though we know lude Samuels & Associates’ two proposed mixed-use buildings in the nt of the Christian Science Plaza.

121 BRooklinE avEnuE
STATUS: Board-approved DEVELOPER: n/a PROJECT MANAGER: Jay Rourke (


Description:117,000sf, six-story research facility with approx 6,000sf of retail at ground level.

1271 Boylston stREEt
STATUS: Letter of intent filed DEVELOPER: Weiner Ventures LLC


BRA PROJECT MANAGER: John Fitzgerald (John.Fitzgerald.BRA@cCityofBoston. gov) DESCRIPTION: Project includes a 350,000sf building with hotel and residential uses and two levels of below-grade parking spaces for approximately 280 vehicles.

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BRA PROJECT MANAGER: John Fitzgerald (John.Fitzgerald.BRA@cCityofBoston. gov) DESCRIPTION: Four buildings and parking to be built on Mass Pike air rights; 7-story residential, 10-story office, 22-story mixed residential/office, and another 7-story residential building. 780-space parking lot (700 public, 80 private). 330 housing units total; affordable units: 33 onsite, 16 offsite.

stonEwall auduBon ciRclE
STATUS: Board-approved DEVELOPER: Abbott Real Estate Development LLC


BRA PROJECT MANAGER: John Fitzgerald (John.Fitzgerald.BRA@CityofBoston. gov) DESCRIPTION: The proponent proposes to construct a residential development containing approximately 53 one- and two-bedroom units, and 26 underground parking spaces at 9 and 23 Miner Street in the Fenway/Audubon Circle neighborhood. [Note that the project is officially on hold and in all likelihood will not proceed, since financing fell apart in 2007.]

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STATUS: Under review DEVELOPER: Berklee College of Music


BRA PROJECT MANAGER: Gerald Autler ( DESCRIPTION: Berklee’s Institutional Master Plan (IMP) describes the new Crossroads project, which contains performance space, residences, and student life space; the 161-171 Mass Ave. project, which contains academic space; a Music Technology Facility; and other on-going campus developments.

Boston consERvatoRy REnovation/addition
STATUS: Under construction DEVELOPER: New England Conservatory


noRthEastERn imP amEndmEnt
STATUS: Board-approved DEVELOPER: New England Development BRA PROJECT MANAGER: Gerald Autler (Gerald.Autler.BRA@CityofBoston. gov)


BRA PROJECT MANAGER: John Fitzgerald (John.Fitzgerald.BRA@CityofBoston. gov) DESCRIPTION: Renovation of 23,000SF existing theater and 15,000sf of new construction to house performance space and classrooms. Scheduled to open in November.

DESCRIPTION: Amendment of the existing plan by changing the size to two buildings, which is the project. These buildings are West Village Residence Hall G and Computer Science Building. [The current amendment has expired. The university has been holding community meetings and is expected to request an extension.]

44 BuRBank stREEt
STATUS: Board-approved DEVELOPER: Catamount Westland LLC BRA PROJECT MANAGER: Jay Rourke ( DESCRIPTION: 45 ownership units. Parking provided in the adjacent parking garage.


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STATUS: Under review DEVELOPER: Wentworth Institute of Technology BRA PROJECT MANAGER: Katelyn Sullivan (Katelyn.Sullivan.BRA@


landmaRk cEntER noRth addition
STATUS: Under review DEVELOPER: The Abbey Group

DESCRIPTION: Wentworth proposes a new 10-year IMP with campus goals and objectives and four proposed projects: 46,000SF student center; new student residence; 40,000SF academic addition, and a 400-space parking structure.


BRA PROJECT MANAGER: John Fitzgerald (John.Fitzgerald.BRA@CityofBoston. gov) DESCRIPTION: 325,000SF of office space in an 8-story addition to the existing Landmark Center north parking lot.

wEntwoRth inst. oF tEchnoloGy—2nd amEndmEnt
STATUS: Board-approved DEVELOPER: Wentworth Institute of Technology


BRA PROJECT MANAGER: John Fitzgerald (John.Fitzgerald.BRA@CityofBoston. gov) DESCRIPTION: Two former gas station sites to be converted into open space, as well as have that land be incorporated into Wentworth’s institutional sub-district


Ballot questions raise Big questions for voters
As kids (and college students!) return to class, Fenway voters may want to start working on their own homework. Three statewide referendum questions will appear on our November ballots, and the questions they raise will require careful consideration. We plan to publish more on the referendum questions in our October and November issues. This month we offer the summaries of each question provided by the Secretary of State’s office. Worth noting: some of this benign-sounding language masks explosive impacts: Approval of Question 2 would cripple affordable-housing efforts outside of the state’s cities, and approval of Question 3 would cut billions of dollars in state revenues, forcing across-the-board service cutbacks. Visit pip10idx.htm for the full text of each question. (Compiled by Valarie Seabrook)

Before Bells,Whistles…Get Bus Basics Right
aturday, August 7, was a day strange things were happening on the #1 bus route, (Dudley-harvard). At 3:00 p.m., while waiting for a bus to harvard square, i noticed that the bulk of MbtA vehicles on the line were longer, larger capacity buses from the 600 to 800 series. these buses are not often used on route 1, but on this day i saw six running back and forth for several hours. Finally, i thought— t management was listening. i write to the MbtA management on a regular basis about various aspects of the operation of Route 1. It is one of the top five bus lines in the system in terms of usage. The passenger load is diverse in both directions and the socio-economic backdrops at each terminus are generally considered to be at polar opposites. the commercial and entertainment venues, the educational, research and medical institutions that line the route generate a ridership that deserves an analytical upgrade that includes not just rush hours. Jam-packed buses can be encountered on route 1 at odd times: sundays between noon and 6pm, during similar hours on active holidays such as Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day and Veterans Day. the route intersects stations on the red, green, orange and silver lines. A simple, but partial solution to remedying the crowding on the #1 bus would be the use of larger-capacity buses, such as the aforementioned models. the 2100 and 2200 series compressed natural gas (Cng) models that dominate the Dudley-harvard route are shorter and narrower. thus, when the route 1 buses are off schedule after 11:00 p.m. Friday and saturday nights, as they frequently are, the vehicles that do show up would be able to haul more individuals. scheduling after 11:00 p.m. on Friday and saturday nights has improved to a degree in recent months, and i have actually advised t management of this from my ground-level observation post. When whatever is passing as dispatching does fall apart at Dudley (there is no dispatcher at harvard), one can see, literally, three buses in three minutes heading toward Cambridge, or 40-minute service gaps in one direction or the other. saturday morning, August 21, anyone on Mass. Ave at newbury street at 2:00 a.m. would have seen what may have been a gift to late-night revelers: two “last” buses, one headed to harvard, the other toward Dudley. Who the devil is in charge of MbtA bus operations—someone named Lucifer? no route 1 bus has been scheduled to be on the street at 2:00 a.m. since the elimination of the short-lived night owl service in 2005. it is bothersome to see the new t general manager, richard Davey, in photo ops with the new 60-foot buses that are now assigned to Route 28 or reassuring riders of the efficacy of the pending real-time bus-trackng system that will allow waiting riders to locate buses in motion. sounds good, but neglecting long-standing problems on route 1 undermines the effectiveness of the system as a whole. And those larger-capacity buses on route 1? they are now back to the status of rarely seen. Richard Pendleton lives in the East Fenway.


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This proposed law would remove the Massachusetts sales tax on alcoholic beverages and alcohol, where the sale of such beverages and alcohol or their importation into the state is already subject to a separate excise tax under state law. The proposed law would take effect on January 1, 2011. This proposed law would repeal an existing state law that allows a qualified organization wishing to build government-subsidized housing that includes lowor moderate-income units to apply for a single comprehensive permit from a city or town’s zoning board of appeals (ZBA), instead of separate permits from each local agency or official having jurisdiction over any aspect of the proposed housing. Under the existing law, the ZBA holds a public hearing on the application and considers the recommendations of local agencies and officials. The ZBA may grant a comprehensive permit that may include conditions or requirements concerning the height, site plan, size, shape, or building materials of the housing. Persons aggrieved by the ZBA’s decision to grant a permit may appeal it to a court. If the ZBA denies the permit or grants it with conditions or requirements that make the housing uneconomic to build or to operate, the applicant may appeal to the state Housing Appeals Committee (HAC). This proposed law would reduce the state sales and use tax rates (which were 6.25% as of September 2009) to 3% as of January 1, 2011. It would make the same reduction in the rate used to determine the amount to be deposited with the state Commissioner of Revenue by non-resident building contractors as security for the payment of sales and use tax on tangible personal property used in carrying out their contracts. The proposed law provides that if the 3% rates would not produce enough revenues to satisfy any lawful pledge of sales and use tax revenues in connection with any bond, note, or other contractual obligation, then the rates would instead be reduced to the lowest level allowed by law.

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Northeastern University Move-In Parking Restrictions
Hemenway St., Forsyth St., St. Stephen St., Opera Place, Columbus Ave., Coventry St. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 to Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010
Northeastern University has made arrangements through the City of Boston and the Fenway community to restrict parking in the Fenway area during the Neighborhood Move-In period, September 2, 2010 to September 5, 2010. Parking will be restricted in the following streets: • The north side of Hemenway St. from Forsyth Dental Parking Lot to Symphony Rd. (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) • Both sides of Forsyth St. from Hemenway St. to Forsyth Circle (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) • Both sides of St. Stephen St. from Gainsborough St. to Opera Place (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) • Both sides of Opera Place from St. Stephen St. to Huntington Ave. (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) • The south side of Columbus Ave. from Benton St. to Douglass Park (Friday, Saturday) • The west side of Coventry St. (Sunday) As in past years, the University has made a concerted effort to plan fall opening so that it will go smoothly for our neighbors and our students. If you have questions or need further information, please contact the Northeastern University Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs at 617.373.3168, or the Northeastern University Police Department at 617.373.2121.


Red Sox Wives Rake in Food Bank Dough

prowling the concrete Jungle with annie mulz
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he Concrete Jungle at 297 newbury street is bringing underground style to the fashion forward—but only until september 25. Annie Mulz, a clothing company created by two northeastern seniors, is the force behind the eight-week shop. the name Annie Mulz is a personification of the word animals, and the brand celebrates the concept of animal in man, inspired by Darwin’s observation that “we are all bound in nature.” Growing up in urban Providence and Boston, Annie Mulz founders Matthew Osofisan and Michael toney learned the harsh lessons of the street. the images depicted on their teeshirts parallel what they saw. the “eyes Wide shut” shirt that says “all you see is crime in the city, all we see is survival in the jungle” demonstrates each day can be a struggle. “We are survivors, our brand embodies it,” said Osofisan. In January 2009, Osofisan and Toney launched Annie Mulz. Osofisan applied his sales and marketing skills to the line and toney created designs that embodied the spirit of the brand. “i have deeply been interested in art and found a functional way of using it,” said toney. While the graphic tees continue to draw the college crowd, Annie Mulz plans to move into the classical realm by creating a line of button-downs. “We want to create new avant-garde pieces and use architectural elements to give it the edge,” said toney. each weekend since its opening, the Concrete Jungle has held events featuring live music and brand showcases. the Concrete Jungle is open from noon to midnight, tuesday through Sunday. “We envision using this shop to step out and say we are a real brand,” said Osofisan. Chelsea Brown is an associate editor at the Fenway News. For more information on Annie Mulz and the Concrete Jungle visit

Ashley Papelbon and Kelli Pedroia worked with other baseball spouses on July 30 for the 19th annual Red Sox Wives’ Can & Cash Drive at Fenway Park. For two hours before the game, the wives collected canned goods and cash donations for The Greater Boston Food Bank in exchange for autographed photos of the players. Last year’s promotion raised more than $25,000 (more than 50,000 meals) for the food bank.


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Hunting Down the Origins of Huntington Ave.
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it began in Art square and wended its way toward brookline. it was called Western Avenue. in 1883 the square that had been named for the adjacent Museum of Fine Arts was now called Copley square. At that time the avenue began at boylston street and ran diagonally across the square past Trinity Church. After the Back Bay had been filled in, that first part was eliminated and the street was gradually developed. It was renamed huntington Avenue. now who was the gentleman for whom it was named? ralph huntington (1784–1866) came from a small Massachusetts town, taught school and then worked for a bank. For ten years ralph Mechanics Hall and his brother samuel lived in santo Domingo in the West indies, where their business was shipping rum to the united states. After samuel’s death, ralph returned to boston where his talents in banking and other ventures made him a prosperous man and a community leader. huntington was one of the men who moved to have the Back Bay filled in. This, it was said, would give wealthier people the incentive to stay in a lovely neighborhood rather than move to the suburbs. First, he donated money to the Massachusetts institute of technology, which was then located by Copley square. A grateful Mit named a large auditorium for him. in his will, huntington left provisions for a boston orphanage. it was decided that there were not enough orphans to warrant this, so the money was distributed through children’s aid societies. the amount of the legacy was $200,000 (now equal to about three million dollars). Along huntington Avenue there were many institutions. some have disappeared, some moved to other locations, and some remain. Among them were Fannie Farmer’s school of Cookery, Mechanics hall, new england Conservatory, the yMCA, Children’s hospital, the hospital for Women, the opera house, tufts school of Medicine, circus and rodeo grounds and the site where the first World Series was played in 1903. Elizabeth Gillis lives in the West Fenway.

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patron saint oF urBan parKs (and shaper oF the Fenway) gets his due in new documentary at the mFa, septemBer 22
n september 22, the Museum of Fine Arts will show The Olmsted Legacy: America’s Urban Parks, a new documentary on Frederick Law olmsted, whose visionary design of the back bay Fens did so much to shape the neighborhood around it. The film features award-winning actor Kevin Kline as the voice of Olmsted and stage and film actress Kerry Washington as narrator. Following the film, there will be a Q&A session with director rebecca Messner and several olmsted experts featured in the documentary: Alan banks of the Frederick Law olmsted national historic site; Margaret Dyson, director of historic parks at the boston parks Department; and
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betsy shure gross, board member of the City parks Alliance. olmsted and his landscape design practice created nearly 100 public parks across the united states, among more than 500 landscape commissions. Most famously, beginning in the late 1850s, he and architect Calvert Vaux designed and supervised creation of new york’s Central park. in boston, olmsted is best known for creating the emerald necklace of parks that includes the Fens, the riverway, olmsted park, Jamaica pond, Arnold Arboretum and Franklin park. he designed them to extend the corridor established by the boston Common, public garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. “Frankly, he gave the city of boston its

Phragmites-free view across the Fens toward the Boylston Street Bridge in the 1890s. Olmsted’s initial assignment was to clean up marshlands filled with sewage.

Avedon Photo Show Captures the Spirit of an Age
in its long skirts and elaborate tailoring—a isitors at the Museum of Fine Arts release from the privations that World War ii had imposed on europe and north America. in the next few months can take a look through the lens of pioneering the 1955 image, Dovima with Elephants, is the ultimate example of Avedon’s eye for fashion photographer richard detail. Dovima, who is dressed in a sleek Avedon, a retrospective of whose work is on evening gown, curves her body to imitate the display through mid-January. Walking into the Foster gallery, the visitor is taken into Avedon’s world, beginning as World War ii was ending. “Avedon Fashion: 1944-2000” displays his impressive black-and-white photos, as well as his “in Memory of the late Mr. & Mrs. Comfort” color photo series published in The New Yorker in 1995. the series pairs german model nadja Auermann, with a skeleton figure that represents her deceased husband. the photos are vivid, sensual, and show the realms of human emotion. Avedon flawlessly brings together the world of high fashion and the afterlife. Avedon once said “you cannot separate fashion from the world… fashion is the way we live.” he turned models into icons with the click of his camera. From Veruschka Model Dorian Leigh prepares for a 1949 photo shoot to twiggy, Avedon helped these women become forces in the fashion in Paris in a photo from the new Richard Avedon show at the MFA. industry. in the 1950s, Avedon brought movements of the elephants. a new glamour and energy to haute couture Avedon used the human body to create when he photographed the “new Look of lines and geometric shapes. he captured Dior” in paris. the “new Look,” unveiled in 1949, introduced a female silhouette that was human movement in a groundbreaking way. the 1958 image, Homage to Munkacsi, both feminine and refined and represented—
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aesthetic shape,” these parks].” says olmsted Alan banks, historian Arleyn supervisory park Levee, who appears ranger for the in the film. olmsted national the historic site documentary in brookline, shows that the says that what road to becoming is remarkable America’s premier about olmsted landscape architect is that 130 was not smooth. years ago, when olmsted and Vaux circumstances battled rigidity and were far different, corruption as they he recognized shaped Central that “people park. For a time, needed to have a discouraged nature in their olmsted did other lives, they needed things, like manage to have an escape a California gold from city living, a Former Gov. Dukakis responds to interview mine. but Vaux space where they questions during filming of the olmsted encouraged him could gather as a Legacy. The Brookline resident famously walks community.” to return to new throuugh the Riverway and the Fens en route to york to help olmsted his classes at Northeastern.; design brooklyn’s began in monumental boston with prospect park, after which olmsted settled the task of cleaning up filthy waterways. In into the role he would be known for—carving the documentary, the parks Department’s out parks in growing American cities. Margaret Dyson notes that his first Director Messner sees olmsted as assignments, the Fens and the riverway, were “someone who [ultimately] devoted his life to “engineering projects as well as parkland.” creating these green spaces of refuge for the in 1883, while working on the emerald city dweller. he thought that every citizen, no necklace, olmsted himself moved to the matter of what background [deserved to enjoy boston area to a home he called Fairsted, in brookline. the program, co-hosted by the emerald necklace Conservancy and the MFA, will begin at 7 p.m. tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors, students, and MFA members). tickets may Avedon captures model Carmen Dell’Orefice be purchased by phone at 1-800-440-6975 in midair as she steps off a sidewalk with her or online at, or at MFA umbrella open. the tilted umbrella, pointed ticket desks. The film was funded by The toes, and hand in her front pocket pop out at speedwell Foundation, which is supporting its the viewer. presentation in boston. Looking at the photos decade by decade, David Hugh Smith is a volunteer for the the viewer is able to see how the modern Emerald Necklace Conservancy. woman has evolved. From brigitte bardot to Kate Moss, Avedon captured not only their beauty but their power. his photos demonstrate that women are more than objects of beauty, they are forces of nature. so whether you are a fashion devotee, photographer lover, or simply enjoy-going to museums, the Avedon exhibit is a must see. Chelsea Brown, a graduate student in journalism at Emerson College, is an associate editor of the Fenway news. For more information on the Avedon exhibit visit: asp?key=15&subkey=10331.

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go west, Baby Boomers
had the good fortune to take a trip to the big sky Country of Montana this summer. My friend, Jana Mackin, invited me to a party to celebrate her 10th wedding anniversary and her husband’s Jim retirement from tulane university as a communications professor. As it turns out, Montana is nothing like i have ever encountered. We have the notion, living on the eastern seaboard, that the united states is fully developed, but butte is sparsely populated, very mountainous—and has free and ample parking. My friends bought two houses about $10,000 apiece more than a decade ago. they live in one and rent out the other one. they were able to buy cheaply due to the demise of mining. When copper mining went under, people couldn’t afford their mortgages and so they left town. butte had 80 mines running at one time and was the second city in the u.s. to have electricity after new york City. My friends and I partied three nights straight. The first night was a friendly get-together at sparky’s, once a garage. the second night was the retirement/anniversary at the silver Dollar saloon, and the third was the family get-together at a lodge. it figures Jana and i would party this much—after all, we met at a bar in Dublin. i stayed at the Finlen Motor inn, in back of the Finlen hotel, where senator John Kennedy stayed when he was running for president in 1960. Charles Lindbergh was a guest earlier in the century. the place that intrigued me most, though, was the Dumas hotel near the Finlen. it’s not a place anyone would take their mother—it’s a brothel known the world over and used by businessman and workers alike since 1982. the title refers to what i told rosie and sajed Kamal to do so they could afford to live in retirement, compared to boston. Lisa Fay lives in the West Fenway.

2 – may 7
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by LisA FAy

Oct 2 – May 7

opEnIng nIghT aT SyMphony

James levine, conductor Bryn terfel, bass-baritone
ALL WAGNER PROGRAM (The Dutchman’s Monologue) from The Flying Dutchman Ride of the Valkyries, Wotan’s Farewell, and Magic Fire Music from Die Walküre Siegfried Idyll Monologue (Hans Sachs) and Act 1 Prelude from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
*Supported by The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel



6 pm * Overture and “Die Frist ist um”


james levine

bryn terfel

MahlEr rESurrECTIon

7 thur 10:30am oct 7 thur 8pm oct 8 fri 1:30pm oct 9 sat 8pm oct 12 tue 8pm

James levine, conductor layla claire, soprano karen cargill, mezzo-soprano tanglewood Festival chorus, John oliver, conductor

MAHLER Symphony No. 2, Resurrection

new art From newly minted artists
by stephen brophy
l ay l a c l a i r e k aren cargill

james levine music director

The Muddy River Gallery will host an exhibit of paintings and other artwork by seven local artists in September. “The Senior Women of Russia: 60 Going on 25” will feature monoprints, portraits, still lifes and landscapes in acrylic, water color, and ink. The artists, all women in their 60s who recently started taking art classes, are Liliya S., Mariam V., Mila R., Natasha D., Olga G., Polina M., and Yelena S. Olga G. had a very successful exhibit in the same venue a few months ago. The opening reception for the exhibition will take place on Sunday, September 12, from 5-7 p.m., with refreshments served. It will run through November 12. The Muddy River Gallery is in the Peterborough Senior Center, which is open from Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center’s entrance is in the alley between 100 and 108 Jersey St. Call ahead, 617-536-7154, to learn the best viewing times.

harbISon & MahlEr SyMphonIES
oct oct

James levine, conductor

14 thur 8pm 15 fri 1:30pm oct 16 sat 8pm

HARBISON Symphony No. 3 MAHLER Symphony No. 5

james levine

Historical Society Shows Off Heavy Metals
by CAroL KnAuFF

pInChaS ZuKErMan
oct oct

roller polo, little known today, had a vast following and great popularity from its beginning in the late 1870s to its end in the 1920s. today, all that remain are memories, newspaper clippings, and a few mementos—like the 1885 brockton shoe & Leather tournament 1st-prize roller polo medal now on view at the Massachusetts historical society. (If you can’t make the exhibit but want to read more about roller polo—we sure did—visit—Editor) other interesting pieces on display in the free exhibit “precious Metals: From Au to zn” include a 1912 boston red sox World Champions medal; Count rumford’s order of the holy roman empire from 1792; the Massachusetts pine tree copper penny attributed to silversmith (and revolutionary rider) Paul Revere; examples of the first coins struck in Massachusetts in 1652; and a bronze version of the 1909 Congressional gold Medal given to the Wright brothers in recognition of their pioneering work in developing powered human flight. see the show Monday-saturday, 1-4 p.m., through october 2, at 1154 boylston street. Carol W. Knauff is the assistant director of development for communications at the Massachusetts Historical Society

20 wed 7:30pm* BARBER Overture to The School 21 thur 8pm for Scandal oct 22 fri 1:30 pm BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto oct 23 sat 8 pm TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 oct 26 tue 8pm *Sponsored by Harvard University Extension School

Marcelo lehninger, conductor pinchas Zukerman, violin

marcelo lehninger

pinchas zukerman

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BPL’s Show Celebrates the Golden Age of Postcards
showcases the work of incoming students from all programs. in the atrium; call 617369-3605 or email bwitkowski@ for more info. FRee
thu, seP 2-Mon, seP 13: The Museum School


wed, seP 8: if you haven’t yet seen Waltz with Bashir, the acclaimed 2008 movie about an israeli soldier trying to find out why there are so many gaps in his memories of his wartime experience in Lebanon, you have a chance to watch it for free at the Lucy Parsons Center’s Radical Film Night. The center is at 549 Columbus ave. in the South end, and the film gets underway at 7p.m. Call 617-267-6272 or visit http:// for more info. FRee

souvenir picture postcards made their american debut in 1893, and within a decade constituted a veritable craze: in 1908 alone, americans mailed more than 677 million cards. The new cards caught on immediately as inexpensive keepsakes and an economical means of

communication. although the “golden age” of postcards ended with world war i, postcard collecting is still one of the most popular hobbies in the world. The Boston Public Library celebrates this medium with its new show, Greetings from Boston. Visitors cam tour some of the city’s most famous places and spaces of bygone days—many of them now long gone—and study some of our most enduring icons, from the Bunker hill Monument to the state house to, somewhat surprisingly, the christian science Mother church. one section of the exhibition features framed

vintage cards and more than 200 photo reproductions of old-time Boston and its neighborhoods, everything from main streets to churches, stores, schools, factories, parks, transportation, and even prisons.


another section highlights five decades of images of copley square, a popular scene to send when commemorating a Boston visit. This close study of one location illustrates the evolution of the square’s architecture and design as well as improvements in postcard production itself. a large-scale 1928 map of the city is dotted with striking postcards of Boston’s most famous historic sites and iconic institutions. The exhibit continues through March 2011.

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tues, seP 28: To mark the centennial of composer Samuel Barber’s birth, BU’s College of Fine arts offers a concert performance of the poignant Pulitzer Prizesat, seP 18: The Navy Band Northeast Show- Mon, seP 20: Celebrate Ran Blake’s 75th winning opera Vanessa, featuring BU band presents a free concert at 4:00 p.m. birthday at a concert in Jordan Hall. alumna Lauren Flanigan. William Lumpkin in Riverway Park at the intersection of The Performers include NeC faculty members conducts. Tsai Performance Center Riverway, Brookline avenue and NetherBruce Brubaker, Frank Carlberg, Dominique at 8p.m.; call 617-353-8724 for more lands Road, near the Longwood Green Line eade, Cecil McBee, Hankus Netsky, and Ken information. FRee stop. Handicapped accessible. Sponsored by Schaphorst, as well as Christine Correa ’81, thu, seP 16-sun seP 26: Guerilla opera the Friends of the Muddy River. inalonzo Harris ’06 M.M., and Sara Serpa ’08 wed, seP 29: Hugh Wolf conducts NeC’s sestages Heart of a Dog in Boston Conservaformation 617-566-9720. M.M. in addition to musical performances, nior-most orchestra in Berlioz’s Symphonie tory’s Zack Box Theatre, 8 the Fenway. This expect spoken tributes, archival audio fantastique, op 14. also on the program are sat, seP 18: The John Coltrane Memorial is a new production of composer Rudolf Ro- Concert celebrates 25 years at Northeastern and video. 8 p.m. FRee John adams’ Lollapalooza and Beethoven’s jahn’s work, which was first staged in 2007. Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, op. Fri, seP 24: Paula Cole graces the Berklee University with “india & africa: a Tribute Tickets $10-$15, free to students with iD. 60. Jordan Hall at 8 p.m. FRee Performance Center as part of the to John Coltrane,” a concert by anthony More info at Brown’s asian american orchestra. Hosted Beantown Jazz Festival. Her new album, Fri, seP 17: Huntington Theatre Company Ithaca, will have been released the previous by eric Jackson of WGBH’s “eric in the opens its 2010 season with Bus Stop, William evening.” 7:30p.m. at Blackman Theatre in Tuesday. Tickets are $26-$36, and the show inge’s classic comedy. Former artistic ell Hall at 360 Huntington ave. Tickets $15- starts at 8:15p.m. Visit Director Nicholas Martin returns to direct. $20. Visit for info about events for more info. The following events take place at the Tickets are $25-$89 at huntingtontheatre. other Coltrane-related events (mostly free) Peterborough Senior Center, located two sun, seP 26: Piano legend Leon Fleisher org; by phone at 617-266-0800, or in earlier in the week. For tickets and informa- headlines the Terezin Music Foundation blocks from Boylston between 100 and 108 person at the B.U. Theatre Box office, 264 tion: 617-373-4700 (TTy 617-373-2184), or Jersey St. (walk down the alley and look left). 2010 gala at Symphony Hall. Joining him Huntington avenue. Through oct 17. For more information, call 617-536-7154. will be BSo principal cellist Jules eskin, sat, seP 18: in 1952 an army lieutenant and sun, seP 19: a Far Cry string ensemble—JPviolin virtuoso Michael Ludwig, and TMF reCurring his sergeant came out together to their based, self-conducted, and newly appointed director and BSo violist Mark Ludwig Mondays troops; they’ve been together ever since. the Gardner Museum’s resident chamber performing the Brahms Piano Quartet No. Join Boston Prime Timers for Bob and Jack’s orchestra—opens the museum’s Sunday • 9:30 a.m: Breakfast Club with Matti 2 in a Major, op. 26. also on the program 52-Year Adventure, a self-told, 42-minute Concert Series, the last in the Tapestry is the world premiere of Czech composer • 11 a.m: Films—Sep 6 (Labor Day), Center documentary about their life together. The Gallery. The museum addition, which opens Miroslav Srnka’s new TMF commission, closed; Sep 13: Sherlock Holmes (2009); Sep educational, cultural, and social activities early in 2012, has a concert hall. Tickets $5 featuring BSo harpist Jessica Zhou and 20: Driving Miss Daisy (1989); Sep 27: The network of mature gay and bisexual men (children 5-17)–$23 BSo clarinetist Thomas Martin. as this is a Secret Life of Bees (2008) meet monthly at the USeS Harriet Tubman Mon, seP 20: The Barnes & Noble at BU Book benefit, ticket prices begin at $150. For more tuesdays House, 566 Columbus ave. (corner of Mass Club meets to discuss its latest selection— info, visit • 11 a.m: exercise with Mahmoud ave.) Hospitality at 2:30p.m; business meet- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay calendar,write, or • 12 noon: Documentaries—Sep 7: Dirt ing and program at 3:15; refreshments and call 857-222-8262. Concert at 3 p.m. (2009); Sep 14: Stravinsky and the Ballets by Michael Chabon—over complimentary Russes (2009 ); Sep 21: Objectified (2009); Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (2003)

Play: The Music of Kander and Ebb. Theater student Joe Longthorne leads 14 students through the work of the stellar Broadway composer/lyricist team Kander and ebb (Cabaret, Chicago). The cast sings new arrangements of Kander and ebb favorites and some lesss-known work. Seully Hall, $15 general public, $10 seniors/students. Cash only at the door. For information, call Boston Conservatory event line, 617-9129240 or visit

sat-sun, seP 11-12: Come Hear the Music

socializing until 5:30; $2 donation at the door. For information, phone 617-447-2344 or visit


coffee, tea, and treats. The club meets one Monday a month and is open to all.

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wednesdays tue, seP 7: • Ward 4 Democratic Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m., South end thu, seP 16: Congressman Capuano’s representative holds office

Public Library, 685 Tremont St. • Ward 5 Democratic Committee meets to endorse 8th and 9th congressional district candidates. all candidates will be invited to speak. 7 p.m. Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St., Copley Square.

hours, 1-2 p.m. Fenway Health Center, 1340 Boylston St.

Fri, seP 17: Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz’s representative holds

office hours, 8-9 a.m. expresso Royale Cafe, 44 Gainsboro St. For more info, call Melina Munoz at 617-722-1673 or email her at

• 9:30 a.m: yoga with Carmen • 10 a.m.-noon: Blood pressure check with Joyce • 12 noon: indian lunch with Santosh

sPeCial eVents
seP 7

Society, with food, music, tag sale and raffle. 11-4 p.m. Victory Gardens (across from 11–15 Park Drive).
sun, seP 12: opening reception for Seven Fenway Residents,

sat, seP 11: annual FeNSFeST sponsored by the Fenway Garden

tue, seP 21: east Fens Community/Police meeting, 6 p.m.

Morville House,100 Norway St.

60 and Over, Exploring their Creativity in Art. 5-7 p.m. Peterborough Senior Center. For more info, call 617-536-7154 (M-TH, 9:30-2pm) or email Penina at

tue, seP 21: audubon Circle Neighborhood assoc board meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Harvard Vanguard, 131 Brookline ave., annex Bldg., Rm 3D. For more info, call 617-262-0657.

• 10 a.m., Planning meeting • 11:30-1 p.m. end-of-summer BBQ
seP 8, 12:30 p.m.–Rosh HaShana celebration seP 12, 5-7 p.m.–opening reception of new

Science Revitalization Project holds a working session at 8 a.m. in the Publishing House Building at 210 Mass. ave. (Use the Christian Science Monitor entrance.)
wed, seP 15: Fenway liaison for the Mayor’s office of Neighborhood Services, William onuoha holds office hours, 3:30-5:30 p.m. yMCa, 316 Huntington ave. No appointment necessary.

Mon, seP 13: The Citizen advisory Committee for the Christian

Task Force meets, 6 p.m. Faculty/Staff dining room, lst floor, Beatty Hall. For more info, call 617-989-4247.

wed, seP 22: Wentworth institute of Technology’s Community

art exhibit, works of seven Russian women

seP 14, 10 a.m.–Task Force meeting seP 15, 11 a.m.–SHiNe counselor answers your questions seP 16, 10 a.m.–Mass College of Pharmacy

sun, seP 26: BeneFit BrunCh for the Peterborough Senior Center. 12-3 p.m., Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston St., Tickets: $25 (or more if you can). For info or to RSVP, call 617-536-7154 (M-Th, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) or email Penina at Mon, seP 27: Longwood Medical area Forum, 6:30-8 p.m. For location or to verify if meeting will be held, email Laura at . tue, seP 28: Symphony Neighborhood Task Force, 6 p.m. To

presents “Medication Safety”


seP 22, 12:30–Sukkot (harvest festival) seP 23, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.–Presentation on

Landmark Center (401 Park Drive at Brookline ave.), 2nd fl, District 4 Police Substation, next to security desk.

wed, seP 15: West Fens Community/Police meeting, 5 p.m.

Lucian Freud, artist

verify location, call Councilor Mike Ross’ office at 617-6354225. Neighborhood residents invited.

FUNDRaiSeR at the Baseball Tavern
seP 29, 11 a.m.–Current events

seP 26, 12-3 p.m.–SeNioR CeNTeR

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