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Some 60 supporters of The Fenway News enjoyed a memorable brunch at Casa Romero on Sunday, October 24. Above, chef-owner Leo Romero. ortheastern University announced on october 22 that it has reached agreement with the Boston yMCA and phoenix properties to build a 16-floor, 720-bed dormitory on St. Botolph Street, behind the y’s main building on Huntington Avenue. Phoenix Properties will buy two buildings from the y—the hastings and St. Botolph wings—and replace them with the new building, which nU will then lease with an option to buy later. The project is slated to break ground in spring 2011 with completion in 2013, assuming neighborhood support and city approvals. the announcement was made in the lobby of the yMCA building by nU president Joseph Aoun and Mayor thomas Menino; Menino is reported to have been involved in the negotiations. Kevin Washington, newly installed as president and Ceo of the Boston YMCA, hosted the event. phoenix properties had proposed a similar project in 2006, but that plan went down in the flames of universal neighborhood

By Stephen Brophy, editor

esidents of the West Fens have been heartened by the sight of workers cleaning out the vacant shell of the burned-out restaurants on the corner of Peterborough and Kilmarnock streets. A fast-spreading electrical fire gutted the businesses in January 2009, and a period of indecision among the partners who owned the site prevented a more rapid rehabilitation. The Fenway News caught up with principal owner Monty Gold recently to find out what is happening and what’s in store. “Work started a week ago, Monday [Oct.

18], and we’re basically going to be putting back what was there before—a single-story building with seven 800-square-foot spaces for small businesses. Right now the workers are taking out the old floor, replacing joists, and putting in new sub-flooring. When they are finished with that, they will start the roof work, gutting the old one and replacing the steel beams that hold it up—the heat of the fire was so intense that it twisted them out of shape.” Gold has hired International Construction and Development as contractor. Gold hopes—but he does not want to predict—that the work will be finished in

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opposition. In that plan a 30-story dormitory would have housed students from several different colleges, and would have lacked reliable supervision of its tenants. In this iteration, the building will house nU students exclusively and be staffed and maintained by resident advisors and other university employees. Jason Runnels spoke for Phoenix Properties at the press conference. the announcement comes in the wake of substantial anger from the Mission hill and Fenway neighborhoods, expressed at community meetings earlier this year. residents denounced northeastern for not following through on previous commitments to house more students on campus. The university itself called the spring meetings in an effort to win neighborhood support for an extension of its institutional master plan. At the meetings, residents assailed the university for reneging on its promise to build a dormitory on its own property, but Northeastern officials asserted that the economic downturn of 2008 had made it impossible to get construction financing.

At the press conference, president Aoun was effusive in talking about Menino’s role in helping to reach a solution to the dormbuilding problem. Unacknowledged by anyof the speakers was the role of the Fenway Community Development Corporation (FCDC) in suggesting this solution. The FCDC sent a letter to president Aoun in July outlining a lease-to-own financing plan very much like the one in the new agreement (the letter appeared in our August issue). According to FCDC members present at the press conference, the July letter has never received any form of acknowledgment from Northeastern. Several speakers pointed to a need for colleges and universities across the city to make greater efforts to house more of their students on campus. Menino asserted that 10,000 new dormitory beds have been created since 2000, freeing up approximately 2,500 housing units for nonstudent tenants. Members of the Mission hill community—who have detailed how exploitation of demand for off-campus housing has seriously frayed the social fabric

3-4 months so that the spaces can be turned over to the business owners, who will then probably need an additional 2-3 months to get infrastructure and décor ready for opening. “the biggest potential roadblock is digging up the street to install new pipes for the sprinkler system. We will be doing that in the middle of winter, and if the ground is frozen it will delay us,” Gold said. He is also planning on a new configuration for the patio in front of the stores, but has not yet settled on what materials will be used for it. “i’ve got verbal agreements with three of the businesses to return—thornton’s, el Pelon, and Rod Dee. I’m looking around for other ‘mom-and-pop’ operations for the other spaces, because i really don’t want to rent to some chain or other,” Gold said. He hopes to capitalize on the renown that “restaurant Row” has gained since the fire, and hopes to attract other establishments with an “international flair.” Asked about an earlier plan for building a boutique hotel, Gold replied that “it turned out to be unworkable. I still think that something like that would do well here, but no one could make it cost-effective.” Asked about the future of the murals that McKinley high School students, under the guidance of West Fens resident Kerry Mooney, painted on plywood to make the burnt-out shell more attractive, Gold replied that no decision has been made. “Why don’t you ask your readers what they think we should do with them?” Readers, post your suggestions for the murals at www.FenwayNews.org. of their neighborhood—cautiously applauded this new announcement. Almost immediately, however, they questioned the likelihood of the university’s living up to a different commitment to neighbors—to cap enrollment at 15,000. That hasn’t happened yet.

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Question 1: rePeal tax on alcohol
If passed, Question 1 would remove the sales tax on alcoholic beverages and alcohol if they are already subject to an excise tax under state law (and most are). Because some alcohol and drug-treatment programs are funded directly by this tax, which raised roughly $93 million last year, these programs would likely end. > A yes vote eliminates the sales tax on alcohol and alcoholic beverages. > A no vote leaves the sales tax on alcohol in place.

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Question Two would repeal a Mass. law that allows a qualified organization that wants to build government-subsidized housing with a minimum percentage of low- or moderate-income units to apply for a single unified permit from a city or town zoning board of appeals, instead of having to obtain separate permits from each agency or official with jurisdiction over any aspect of the housing. Enacted in 1969, the law primarily affects suburban communities in which fewer than 10% of housing units are affordable; towns that have reached the 10% threshhold are exempt from the law. > A yes vote repeals the affordablehousing law, known as Chapter 40b. > A no vote leaves Chapter 40b in place.

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This measure would cut the state sales tax from 6.25% to 3%, beginning in 2011. Such a cut would eliminate $2.5 billion in revenue from a state budget of roughly $28 billion, requiring significant cutbacks in a range of state programs.

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ChuCk Turner resTs his Case
As The Fenway News went to press, the trial of City Councilor Chuck turner was reaching its final phase. The defense rested its case on October 27, which means that the jury would begin deliberations on October 28. Turner has been accused of extortion and perjury involving a $1,000 “bribe” that the FBI got an informant, who was paid $30,000, to pass to Turner. Turner emailed a statement to supporters on the 27th, saying: “The trial is nearly over. Closing arguments will be made tomorrow. Any and all supporters can attend. See you tomorrow. —Chuck”

application to widen the bullpen by about 9 feet—reducing the right-field wall’s distance from home plate to about 371 feet. Finally, Red Sox management announced late last month that they would freeze most ticket prices for the 2011 season.

naTure goes eleCTroniC in gardner landsCaPe leCTure
Eelco Hooftman, an award-winning Scottish landscape architect, will “question conventional assumptions about urban spaces, landscape and nature” in a lecture in the Gardner Museum’s Tapestry Room on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 1:30 p.m. “Landscape architecture is a visual art defined in part by the representation of nature,” says Hooftman. “Landscape painting was the direct inspiration for the constructed landscape. The digital landscape of the 21st century is about new ways to visualize the landscape and to create a change of scenery. The pixel is our pigment; the computer screen is our canvas.” Tickets range from $15 for the general public to free for students. For more information, visit connect.gardnermuseum.org/.

ConservanCy PiCks uP The Tab for Park horses— for now
the Jamaica Plain Gazette reports that the City of Boston has agreed to a year-long extension of mounted police patrols in the the emerald necklace—if the emerald necklace Conservancy pays for it. The group will raise $155,000 from private sources to cover the the annual cost of stabling the seven-horse unit. Conservancy president Julie Crockford told Gazette reporter David Taber that continuing the mounted patrols “matters to a lot of people.... We were looking at what is the best way for us to keep attention on this issue.” (In a vaguely related note, the Conservancy is in the midst of renovating of the abandoned Stony Brook gatehouse in the Fens, which it will house the group’s headquarters and a visitor center.)

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The Fenway CDC will launch Member Teas, hosted by member Valarie Seabrook, beginning Friday, November 5. From 6 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month, Seabrook will be at Pavement Coffeehouse at 1096 Boylston St. in the East Fens. Sip tea or coffee and enjoy conversation with fellow FCDC members. Current members are encouraged to bring a friend or neighbor who might want to learn more about the FCDC. The first person to join the group (as a new member) at each tea gets a free piece of Valarie’s photography (and we at The Fenway News admit to being partial to her photography, since she volunteers for us).

bso rePlenishes TrusTees and overseers
The Boston Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees, led by co-chairmen Stephen Kay and robert o’Block, has elected three new trustees and 12 new overseers to terms that began on September 1. The new trustees are William F. Achtmeyer, Joyce G. Linde, and Theresa M. Stone. Newly-elected overseers are Richard E. Cavanagh, Jonathan G. Davis, Philip J. Edmundson, Sanford Fisher, Stuart Hirshfield, John L. Klinck, Jr., J. Keith Motley, Cecile Higginson Murphy, Wendy Phlibrick, Lina S. Plantilla, Donald L. Shapiro, and Michael Sporn.

Prime Timers see The lighT—in The waTer Colors
Paul Hayward, a retired art teacher, will demonstrate watercolor painting techniques for the Prime Timers at the group’s November 20 gathering. Hayward will explain, among other things, why water colors look different from oil paintings and why there is more light in watercolors than in other types of paintings. Prime Timers—an educational, cultural and social network of adult gay and bisexual men and their friends—meets at 2:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the USES Harriet Tubman House on the corner of Mass. and Columbus avenues.

free fCdC Training foCuses on Job-searCh ComPuTer skills
The Fenway Community Development Corporation will sponsor free job-search workshops over three Saturdays this month. The series, which runs November 6, 13, and 20, includes “Online Presence for Employment,” “Online Resources,” and “Technology Skills,” and is funded by the Timothy Smith Network under a grant from Microsoft. To learn more and to sign up, contact Margarita at 617-267-4637 ext. 10 or cmargarita@fenwaycdc.org. The workshops runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will need to: bring a resume in electronic format, be able to format text with Microsoft Word; have an email account; know how to search the Internet; and be able to read English-language newspapers.

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The Xi-Beta Chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at Northeastern University held its 8th annual Comedy Night, featuring Kevin Hart, on October 17. Previous guests have included such names as Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers and the king of funny home videos, Bob Saget. Hart stopped at Northeastern on his “Laugh at My Pain” comedy tour. stories about his CaPuano headlines fenway healTh meeTing past and puts a humorous spin on some of the less fortunate events in his life. More than 100 people attended the Tyler Dillman, major events coordinator for Xi-Beta, spent months organizing and annual Board of Visitors meeting on october planning the night. Co-hosted by the Resident Student Association and Sigma Sigma Sigma 19 at Fenway Health’s Ansin Building at Sorority, the evening filled Northeastern’s Blackman Auditorium. The event was a complete 1340 Boylston Street. The theme of the success and left everyone in attendance with a smile on their face. —Ian Hadley, Director of meeting was “Healthcare: Real or At-Risk?” Public Relations, Kappa Sigma Congressman Michael Capuano provided an update from Washington that focused on berklee sTudenT’s hoT idea : aTTend violin ConCerT, win violin healthcare, HIV/AIDS, and LGBT issues. Jakub trasak, a seventh-semester violin student at Berklee College of Music, has Following Capuano’s keynote, Jeffrey Crowley, director of the White House Office organized the school’s first String Showcase on Thursday, November 4, at 8:15 p.m. in the of national AidS policy and senior advisor Performance Center. One lucky audience member will win a Yamaha electric violin. The rest of the audience will have to “settle” for a concert by small ensembles showcasing the on disability policy, profivded an overview of the National AIDS Strategy. Crowley then wide vocabulary of Berklee string students. The groups will play in a range of styles, from bluegrass, Americana, chambergrass and Irish to jazz, R&B, Latin, and swing. Close to 50 joined a panel discussion—moderated by students playing violins, violas, cellos, mandolins, banjos, and harps will share the stage. (Left to right) Panelists Harold Cox, Douglas harold Cox, associate dean of public health Brooks, Henia Handler, Jeffrey Crowley, practice at Boston University—with douglas and Jean McGuire, panelists at the Fenway Brooks, senior vice president for community google Ceo helPs miT media lab blow ouT The Candles Health meeting health and public policy at the Justice Google Ceo eric Schmidt visited Mit october 15 to help celebrate the 25th anniversary Resource Institute; Henia Handler, director of government affairs at Fenway Health; and Jean of the Media Lab, MIT’s high-profile facility that explores the edges of new media as both McGuire, assistant secretary of the Massachusetts Office of Health & Human Services. art and applied science. According to the MIT student newspaper, The Tech, the daylong celebration of tfeatured Schmidt, TV and radio journalist John Hockenberry, and Media Lab neC TaPs ann beha arChiTeCTs To draw uP CamPus masTer Plan cofounder Nicholas P. Negroponte. new england Conservatory announced last month that it has chosen Boston-based haley house offers feel-good Pies for Thanksgiving Ann Beha Architects (ABA) to design its proposed campus master plan. ABA, which will collaborate with the national firm of Gensler, was chosen from a field of six short-listed firms Haley House Bakery Café, celebrating its fifth year, is hoping to sell at least 1,000 invited to make presentations on their ideas and experience. Beha’s firm is familiar with the Thanksgiving pies this year in support of Transitional Employment Program. This program Fenway, having completed a four-phase renovation of the Mass Historical Society headquarters assists people recently released from prison by giving them work experience and job on Boylston Street and designed the 90,000-square-foot Mary Baker Eddy Library for the opportunities. This year Haley offers five pie varieties—apple crumb, blueberry crumb, pecan, Betterment of Humanity at the Christian Science Center on Mass. Ave. pumpkin, and sweet potato—for $18 each. Orders of 10 or more pies can be delivered; all others can be picked up at the café, 12 Dade St. in Dudley Square. Pie deliveries will take place sox Take a final swing aT sTadium renovaTions between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday to Wednesday, November 22-24. Pies will be available from pick-up from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. Place your order by phone (617The Boston Red Sox held a community meeting on October 12 to explain the final round 939-6837) or fax to (617-445-0985) by Monday, Nov. 15. For more information, visit www. of off-season renovations at the ballpark. The team’s punch list includes repairs of right field haleyhouse.org/cafe/ or call 617-445-0900. seating, flashy new centerfield scoreboards, and safety improvements and utility upgrades CONTRIBUTORS: STEPHEN BROPHY; CHRIS VIVEIROS; ELLEN PFEIFER; LIz BURG on the Concourse. The scoreboard work will require the use of cranes, some of which will be stationed on Lansdowne St. near Gate C and on Yawkey Way near Gate D. Fenway residents with concerns about the work can contact Beth Krudys, Sox director of Fenway affair, at 6172008 226-6424. The team also announced that the Boston Landmarks Commission has approved an gAziNE N ON mA

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vast new wing transForms the mFa; oFFicial opening is set For novemBer 18
he long-awaited American wing of the Museum of Fine Arts finally opens this month, on Nov. 18. Designed by Foster + Partners, a London architectural firm, the wing is built around the glass-enclosed Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard. This courtyard links the expansion to the main building, maintaining the strong north-south axis envisioned by Guy Lowell, the MFA’s original architect. The new construction adds more than 133,000 square feet to the museum, increasing space for collections of North, Central, and South American art, and providing new space for special exhibitions and educational programs. About 5,000 works will be on view, more than doubling the number of American objects previously displayed. These works—including furniture, musical instruments, and textiles as well as the more familiar painting and sculpture—occupy 53 galleries spread across four floors. A new Gund Gallery occupies the floor below the courtyard. Sharing the floor with the Gund are galleries devoted to Ancient and Native American art and to artifacts of Colonial New England. Older patrons will be delighted to hear that the much-beloved ship models will be brought out into light again; their children and grandchildren will also be pleased. The ground floor accommodate a 150-seat auditorium, two studio-arts classrooms, and a seminar room. Moving upstairs (elevators will be available) the next level focuses on 18thand early-19th-century American arts, mostly from New England and the Northeast,

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but also from Spanish Colonial America. The third level gives space to 19th- and early 20th-century works, and the fourth level completes the tour through American art creation up to the 1970s. Old friends of the museum will rejoice to see familiar objects in new settings, and new visitors will likely wander around slack-jawed at the breadth and depth of these collections. Stephen Brophy is editor of The Fenway News (and ardent fan of the MFA)

Planners of East Fens Park Upgrade Want Your Input at November 3 Meeting
By tiM horn

Under the most recent version of the plan, the revamped park would sport new plantings, an area that could host small concerts, ornamental gates, and an area for dogs.

Fenway Civic Association (FCA) will host the third and final community meeting about Symphony Park on Wednesday, November 3, at Morville House, 100 Norway Street, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Like the two previous meetings, this one will focus on improving the 1970s-era city-owned park. Landscape architects Jon Pate and Lisa Esterrich of Carol R. Johnson and Associates are providing pro bono landscape design services as a result of an FCA application for services to Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design (COGdesign). the landscape architects have taken community input provided so far to arrive at a design that enhances the park, reflects its users and focuses on community needs. A primary open space for many of the east Fens’ elderly resident, FCA has worked

with existing park partners and the City to address safety and health issues over the past four years, with the goal of eventual park restoration. “Everyone deserves to have peaceful, beautiful and well-cared for parks, especially those who cannot physically travel outside their neighborhood,” said Marie Fukuda, a member of FCA’s board of directors. All residents are welcome to attend and provide final input at this meeting, which will result in an agreed-upon plan for park redesign. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Special thanks to COGdesign, landscape architects pate and esterrich and to Morville House for making this project possible. Tim Horn lives in the East Fens.

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hree ballot questions on the November 2 ballot threaten to destroy state services and decimate the building of affordable housing in Massachusetts. The Fenway News urges our readers to vote no! No! No! on these referendum questions. question 1 would eliminate the sales tax on alcoholic beverages. Not only would this pull nearly $100 million out of state drug- and alcohol-treatment programs (revenue from the tax by law funds these services), but it would give alcohol a special tax-free status traditionally reserved for essential consumer goods like food and basic clothing. Abuse of alcohol already costs the Commonwealth significant money—lost productivity and extra health care costs for alcohol-dependent residents and the victims of drunk drivers. The purchase of alcohol does not deserve special tax-free status. The Fenway News urges you to Vote no on 1. question 2 would eliminate the primary law that encourages the construction of affordable housing. Chapter 40B has helped create 58,000 units of affordable
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housing—that’s 80% of the affordable housing built in the Commonwealth in the last ten years outside of major cities. 12,000 housing units now in the pipeline would be scrapped if the question were to pass, taking thousands of construction jobs with them. (imagine the impact that would have on the state’s wobbly economy.) The Fenway News joins religious and business leaders in urging a NO vote on 2. question 3 would cut more than $2.5 billion from the state budget by reducing the sales tax rate from 6.25% to 3%. In real terms, that’s the same as cutting every public school budget in the state in half. Although that likely wouldn’t happen, we would see drastic cuts in funding for schools, parks, roads, youth programs, and services for seniors—many of which have already endured steep budget cuts over the last two years. In short, it would be a disaster that would affect everyone in the state. While it’s true that a sales tax cut most benefits the poorest people, we think the loss of vital services and safety-net programs is to high a price to pay to put a few extra bucks in anyone’s pocket. The Fenway News urges you vote no on 3.
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THANK YOU! I am profoundly grateful and humbled by the results of September’s primary election. in September, the democratic voters of the Second Suffolk and Middlesex district sent a clear message. They approve of my representation of their interest and concerns on Beacon Hill. registered democrats in Allston-Brighton, Cambridge, Watertown, Belmont, the Fenway and the Back Bay want a senator who is not afraid of standing up for them and who works everyday to make Massachusetts a better place to live and work. i am extremely grateful to the voters for their confidence in me, and look forward to continuing to represent our neighborhoods for two more years. please remember to vote in the General Election on Tuesday, November 2nd. in friendship,
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Street in the West Fens. We have had a break in sewer line in front of our building for almost three years and the City’s water and sewer department has not fixed it. Because the effluent seeps into the ground water, the smell has been leaching in through our basement. We have had to put up with the smell of sewer inside our home on and off for three years. Our building manager has done all that he can to coerce the sewer department to address the problem, but they have not. I’m concerned that the city may have issued permits for the larger buildings in the Fenway without adequately upgrading the sewer systems to handle the extra flow. I think there may be a genuine story here and i wanted to bring to your attention. Sincerely,
DOUGLAS McCLENNEN, WEST FENS TO THE EDITOR:

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early last Saturday morning an army of absolutely wonderful neU student volunteers appeared at the Symphony road Community Garden fall cleanup. Wearing bright red nU shirts, and armed with rakes, shovels, brooms, trash bags and gloves, these

We live in a beautiful area here in the Fenway. There are a lot of green spaces, nice playgrounds and lovely gardens. We have a wonderful neighborhood. The problem we face is the litter. The dumpsters are never closed, so there is a lot of litter on the ground. The rats, mice, roaches and birds feed on this garbage. You should realize that these rodents can go in your building and right into your apartment. Please put your trash directly into the dumpster. If the dumpster is not closed, it is everybody’s responsibility to close it. Please make this your concern. Keep our neighborhood clean.
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Boston should invest in Banks that invest in Boston
years and simply need a loan for reasonable upkeep and expenses. ast month I filed the “Invest in every taxpayer in this country bailed Boston” ordinance. When passed, out the banks, and we were told that as the this ordinance will ensure that the banks got bailed out they would invest in City of Boston only invests in banks our communities. Yet, while Wall Street was that invest in Boston. bailed out our Main Streets were not. Most We are in the worst economic recession economists agree that we will of our lifetime. People not get out of this recession until are losing their jobs and banks start making credit available unable to find new ones. to qualified applicants. We are experiencing more When banks invest in our foreclosures in Boston city again, we’ll see more jobs, a than ever before, and small stronger housing market, fewer business owners are having a foreclosures, and vibrant small hard time simply staying open. business districts. This is why I Jimmy Coyle of the authored the “Invest in Boston” Boston Building trades An 1888 check drawn on Boston-based Blackstone National Bank. ordinance. As of December 31, Council informed us that the 2009, the City of Boston had over trades are facing 50 percent districts over the last three months, i heard $1 billion dollars deposited in various banks. I unemployment, and the difficulty in gaining firsthand of the difficulties small business believe that the public money—your money— access to loans for construction projects is a owners are facing and, in particular, how should only be invested in banks that invest in major reason for the high unemployment rate. hard it is for them to get credit. Many of these your community. Lifelong Boston residents Nancy and small businesses have been operating for Investing in Boston means: Abby Cook have lived in their home for 39

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years but are at risk of losing it to foreclosure. there are thousands of other Boston families in the same situation. Not only do those families face the possibility of homelessness, but foreclosed properties often stay vacant or, worse, become dens of criminal activity. In tours of more than 20 small business

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lending to qualified homebuyers refinancing loans lending to small businesses investing in development projects participating in foreclosure-prevention programs in addition, this ordinance would create a Municipal Banking Community investment Commission that would rank the banks. This commission would hold its meetings in public and issue public reports ensuring that the process by which the City of Boston chooses who to bank with is completely transparent. i look forward to working with all my colleagues in government to pass this ordinance. However, the most important voice in this process is yours. Please feel free to call us at 617-635-4205 or email me at felix. arroyo@cityofboston.gov. together, we can ensure that the City of Boston only invests in banks that invest in Boston. Felix G. Arroyo is an at-larger member of the Boston City Council.

his column should not be about Boston University, an institution that has largely been a great partner with the City of Boston. Sixty-five percent of its students live on campus and it payment in lieu of taxes in 2009 reached $4.9 million, the most of any higher education institution in our city. yet, despite having good relations with many of its neighbors, for years Boston University has ignored a smaller one. Audubon Circle—a small neighborhood of several thousand people—has been contending with the impact of BU’s

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BU, Audubon Circle, and the Future of Non-student Housing
expansion for decades. To the extent you marginalize one neighborhood, you marginalize all of them. The history is long here. In 1980, B.U. agreed not to expand to the south side of Beacon Street, where it already owned 11 apartment-style residences. According to the agreement the university signed, these buildings would have to comply with existing city zoning. zoned as multifamily housing, they should have remained as such. Fast-forward 30 years and those residences are now being utilized as “small dormitories,” as Boston University likes to call them. They house undergraduate students, a situation that violates a Boston ordinance in effect since 1982 that prohibits institutions from housing more than 25 percent of students, faculty or staff in a single building without its being licensed as a dormitory. This also violates the 1980 agreement as well as existing zoning, yet the city’s recent approval of Boston University’s instituional master plan allows this misuse to continue. it’s in the nature of institutions to expand—it’s what they do. It is the role of government to place reasonable regulations on that expansion—it’s what we do. We’ve done it with other schools. Fisher College also owns property in an area zoned for multifamily housing, but unlike BU it is not allowed to house undergrads in the building. Northeastern University was also required to end its practice of master-leasing apartments in the Fenway. B.U. should be required to play

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on the rental market. The paper identifies 177,000 students currently living off-campus in Greater Boston, and predicts tens of by the same rules as all other institutions. thousands more will move here in the years the residents of Audubon Circle and to come. The vast majority of these students i believe that this community can be home live in areas like Mission Hill, the Fenway, to a wide range of people. We believe that Audubon Circle, Allston, and Brighton. “As it is a place where longtime residents can the number of students grows in the face of continue to live. little new housing supply, rents will almost it’s a place where certainly continue to climb almost regardless recent graduates can of economic conditions,” the report states. put down roots in the Boston City Council will hold a our city, becoming hearing, tentatively scheduled for november the next generation 22 at 4 p.m., to hear from residents in of innovators and these neighborhoods about the effect that business owners. ballooning numbers of students living Audubon Circle is a off-campus has had on the rental market. wonderful place for professor Bluestone, author of the Housing families to thrive. Report Card will be invited to testify, And, yes, it’s a and representatives from the BrA will community in which attend to inform the Council and residents students should also the fenway about the agency’s plans for increasing the be able to live. news has invited housing stock—both on-campus dorms and Boston is a elected officials affordable rental units—in our city. college town, and we who represent the Boston cannot be a world-renowned should celebrate that neighborhood to college town without a long-term plan to fact, but it doesn’t contribute columns accommodate its students while protecting have to come at the on issues of expense of residential concern. these will the affordability and quality of life for other communities With appear on a regular residents. Our city continues to get older— additional housing basis in fensviews. Boston lost 1.5 percent of its 20-24 year olds in the past ten years, while the top 25 creation and most populous cities gained an average of responsible planning we can and should do 11.7 percent in this age range. By building both successfully. The Boston Foundation recently released more on-campus housing and setting its 2010 Greater Boston Housing Report Card, reasonable limits on our institutions, Boston can maintain its unique neighborhoods and written by Professor Barry Bluestone. For accommodate the students who bring so the first time, this report dedicated an entire chapter to the effect off-campus students have much energy to our city.

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record haul Funds city music program

nec, handel & haydn join Forces to put apprentice conductors at the podium

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ore than 800 guests filled the ballrooms and event spaces of the Westin Copley Place on Saturday, October 23, for Berklee College of Music’s 16th Encore Gala to benefit the Berklee City Music Program. Berklee City Music brings year-round music education and individualized mentoring to underserved fourth- through twelfth-graders. The Boston-born grants— now in 29 cities nationwide—secure a music education for talented young people regardless of financial means or location, and awards scholarships for summer and full-time study at Berklee’s Boston campus. This year’s event set a record, raising $1.4 million for the program. Emmy Award-winning actor and Berklee parent John Larroquette served as master of ceremonies. Berklee City Music alumna, Berklee graduate, and American Idol veteran Ashley rodriguez performed as a guest vocalist with the City Music Allstars. Other guest performers included singer-songwriter Patti Larkin, a Berklee grad, and the original Tower of Power. Partygoers had their choice of musical styles: world music, rock, neo-soul, salsa, folk, Middle Eastern fusion, jazz, classical, and Entertainers at the Berklee bluegrass, performed by more than 150 faculty, City Music fundraiser last alumni, and student musicians. month included singer/ Beyond the usual array of sports tickets songwriter Patty Larkin, a and exotic vacations, the live and silent auctions Berkleee alum. feautred prizes with a musical focus—trips to the Monterey Jazz Festival and to the 2011 Grammy Awards; an opportunity to attend a scoring session for The Simpsons; a VIP package for Lady Gaga’s 2011 concert in Boston; and top-ofthe-line musical equipment. Liz Burg is part of the Media Relations staff at Berklee College of Music.

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n what may be a first of its kind, the handel and haydn Society and new england Conservatory have inaugurated a conducting apprenticeship in Historically Informed Performance (HIP). The project pairs students in NEC’s elite orchestral Conducting program with handel and Haydn Society (H&H) Artistic Director harry Christophers and guest conductors. French-Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie and neC master’s degree candidate Joshua Weilerstein kicked off the program as part of preparations for handel and haydn’s concerts of music by haydn and Beethoven, Oct. 29 and 31 at Symphony Hall. the program offers student conductors practical experience working with a stellar period instrument orchestra and chorus on core Baroque and Classical repertoire under the tutelage of world-renowned specialists in the genre. Each apprentice will study a program’s repertoire in advance, meet with Christophers or the guest conductor for at least one 30-minute session to review rehearsal plans and address artistic questions, and assist H&H’s conductor during rehearsals
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Visuals Match Music as Met Opens New HD Opera Season
rom the depths of the rhine river to the Great Wall of China to a frontier saloon — once again local opera fans can travel the world and the world of music with hd broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera. Best of all, they’re in the Fenway! The fifth season of high-definition (HD) simulcasts from the Met began at the regal
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Fenway 13 theatre on Saturday, October 9. Met Music Director James Levine, returning after health problems, was the conductor. Critics across the country had already raved about the stunning new staging of Das Rheingold, the first opera in Richard

Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung” cycle. Fenway audiences agreed. Although great singing is the heart of any opera, this spectacular production also featured a massive (45-ton!) moving set and direction by Robert LePage of Cirque du Soleil. digital technology allowed rhinemaidens to swim, dragons to fly, and Nordic gods to cross a rainbow bridge to Valhalla. At least ten cameras are used in the hd productions, giving viewers many angles, from close-ups to full-stage images. That was just the beginning. This season of HD simulcasts from the Met Saturday matinees includes twelve performances. The satellite broadcasts are sent live to hundreds of movie theatres in north America as well as many in Japan, Australia, and several European countries. The “live” season continues until May 14, and each Saturday simulcast has an encore performance, usually on a Wednesday night two or three weeks later. The HD season will close with the second opera in the “Ring” cycle, Die Walküre. this simulcast season includes two operas that even longtime opera lovers may not know: Rossini’s Le Comte Ory, with supertenor Juan Diego Florez (April 9), and John Ad-

ams’ Nixon in China (February 12). But it also includes traditional favorites such as Boris Godunov, Don Pasquale, Don Carlo, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Il Trovatore. other productions feature superstar singers such as placido domingo in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride; Renée Fleming in Richard Strauss’s delicate Capriccio; and deborah Voigt in La Fanciulla del West, a romantic tale of cowboys, outlaws, and a lovely saloonkeeper. Tickets for many simulcasts at Fenway sold out during advance sales in August. Some become available on the day of performance; tickets may also be available for the encores. Other local theatres carrying the Met broadcasts are in Burlington, dedham, Framingham, and Revere. More information is at www.metopera.org. Barbara Brooks Simons lives in the East Fens.

and performances. At the end of the concert schedule, the apprentice will write a short essay detailing the experience. In the second year of the program, H&H hopes to offer one candidate the opportunity to conduct one piece on a handel and haydn Society subscription concert or in the Society’s education program. The conductor must be a second-year master’s candidate who has worked Through the with the NEC program, Society in Canadian the previous conductor season. Bernard Labadie repertoire worked with H&H will be on its October selected concerts. by mutual agreement between neC and H&H. Following Weilerstein’s apprenticeship this week, Aram demirjian will work with Christophers for the concerts in February 2011 of Handel’s Israel in Egypt; and Andres Lopera will work with Richard egarr for Mozart and Beethoven concerts scheduled for March 2011. now in its second year, neC’s orchestral Conducting program is one facet of the school’s effort to take orchestral performance to the next level of eminence. In 2009, internationally recognized conductor Hugh Wolff became the Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood director of orchestras and began putting his stamp on the program. Last year, Wolff initiated the two-year orchestral Conducting program, choosing two extraordinary young musicians—Weilerstein and Demirjian—for intensive, hands-on training. This year Lopera was invited to join the program. Each young conductor works closely with Wolff and rehearses weekly with a specially created Lab Orchestra, honing his craft and gaining critical experience. The H&H program supplements this training by offering the apprentices an opportunity to observe and study the conventions and styles of earlier musical eras. Ellen Pfeifer is the Public Relations Manager for New England Conservatory

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ust in time for Halloween: a show about one of the scariest TV characters of all time. Alison Arngrim has turned her experiences playing bratty Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie into a one-woman show, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch. The comic, multimedia evening promises an inside look at making the show and “offcolor jokes about child stars and TV icons of the 1970s and 80s.” That sounds like a trip down Memory Lane we’d especially enjoy taking. At Machine, 1254 Boylston Street. Fri-Sat, Oct. 29-30, at 8 p.m. and Sun., Oct 31, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $35-45 from www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118693

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BY ELIzABETH GILLIS

re you crazy?” asked his wife. “Have you lost your senses?” patrick Gilmore had a dream of organizing a massive national peace Jubilee. It was supposed to celebrate the end of the Civil War but there was a long road in getting the financial support he needed, since many agreed with

his wife. It wasn’t until 1869 that Gilmore, after many refusals, attracted those who could make it happen. Eben Jordan, head of the Jordan Marsh department store, realized that the proposed Jubilee would be a boon to local businesses. He agreed to help organize it and serve as treasurer. Others stepped up with financial contributions—hotel owners and others who felt they would benefit. plans had to be changed when residents of Beacon hill complained about the proposed setting on Boston Common, since that was a playground for children. So the area called St. James Park, now occupied by the Copley Plaza and Trinity Church, was chosen. The Back Bay had recently been filled in, so the space was available. The great day came on June 15. It had taken three months to build what was called the Temple of Peace. The 500-by-300 foot building would hold 50,000 people. For a $2 general admission ticket crowds came for the five-day performances. The ten-thousand-member choir sang beneath an arch of two angels. One hundred firemen dressed in red shirts and brass helmets banged on one hundred anvils to the music of Verdi’s Anvil Chorus. There was a drum that was eight feet in diameter. There were one thousand musicians, many from europe, and there were cannons outside along with church bells ringing across the city. The noise must have been deafening, but the crowds were enthusiastic. The city was electrified. there was a tent city surrounding the coliseum where people could get lodging, food and souvenirs. People came from all over the nation to see the spectacular show. One of Gilmore’s dreams came true when President Ulysses S. Grant strode down the main aisle followed by his cabinet members. So Gilmore had his finest moment but he never reached that kind of success again. There wasn’t much in the Fenway at that time but there were a few later connections. Eben Jordan housed some of his horses in a horse barn on Lansdowne Street and Eben Tourjee who supervised the recruiting of the choir was the founder of the New England Conservatory of Music. Elizabeth Gillis lives in the West Fenway.

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nov 4 thur 10:30am nov 4 thur 8pm nov 5 fri 8pm nov 6 sat 8pm nov 9 tue 8pm

rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor Alexandra coku, soprano nathalie stutzmann, contralto philip cutlip, baritone ryan Williams, boy soprano tanglewood Festival chorus, John oliver, conductor
FALLA Suite from Atlàntida BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

haydn & mozarT
nov 11 thur 8pm nov 12 fri 1:30pm nov 13 sat 8pm

christian Zacharias, conductor and piano
HAYDN Symphony No. 80 MOZART Piano Concerto No. 15 in B-flat, K.450 MOZART Piano Concerto No. 16 in D, K.451 HAYDN Symphony No. 95

james levine music director

ears ago, when I had quit high school to become a stand-up comic, i was working in Maine when a young lady presented me with a poem she had written and asked if i would mind reciting it for the audience. It was an instant hit and I’d like to pass it on to you.

life. Greek and Roman literature contain many references to magic elixirs for living longer and often equally important, improved sexual potency. Immortality was something only to be found among the gods. the key to reversing aging is the ability to alter our hormones. Why are we living longer? That’s a good question. Genetically, man hasn’t changed much in the last 100,000 The Alcoholic Alphabet years, so the answer can’t be better genes. A is for adultery—the sport of adults What else may explain our increased B is for you know the results longevity? An average life-time is simply C is for chastity, no longer taught the average age at which fifty percent of a D is for divorce after couples have fought given population have died. Obviously, if you E is for eunuch, no good on a date F is for fun, fortune and fame (fooled you that have a lot of childhood mortality, the average lifetime would be short. Next is maximum life time) G is a gigolo, a young man with strong glands span, the upper limit of age that is unlikely to be surpassed. The third is longevity, which is H is for husbands, not much in demand how close you get to the maximum life span I is for innocence, way out of date before you die. J is for jitters, that passionate Let’s go back to our basic state question. Why are we living K is for kale, a word known as longer? money the best estimates are the avL is for love, or a lust for a honey erage life span of neo-paleolithic, M is for marriage, because ten to fifteen thousand years ago sometimes we must was approximately eighteen years. N is for no, a word to disgust Can you imagine that? however, O is for often, but not by the hour this is very misleading, since high P is for pregnancy, potency, childhood mortality, primarily power at birth, skewed the figure much Q is for quintuplets, a very fine lower. Obviously, you have to inning have a long enough time to give R is for remorse, but not for our West Fens resident sinning Clyde Whalen gives birth to the next generation and S is for seduction, a matter of “The Fenway Report” raise the young in order for a continuation of the species. speech every other week the maximum life span for T is for triumph, a matter of on cable channel humans appears to be 120 years, reach 9’s Neighborhood which probably hasn’t changed in U is for urge, which one cannot Network News. the last 100,000 years. And it is abate unlikely to change soon. V is for virgin, any girl under it turns out the maximum life span of eight any species can be predicted by the relative W is for willingness, when it comes night size of the brain compared to the body weight. X is for ex-husband, ex-lover, ex-wife the brain size of man has been constant for Y is for yen, a passion untamed the last 100,000 years. The number of people, Z is for zest, confirmation of same. with legitimate verifiable birth records, who have reached the age of 120 in the past centuthis obviously wasn’t the young poet’s ry can be counted on the fingers of one hand. first poem. I thanked her and joined her in a If you could understand what I just wrote, drink. you’re better off than I am. So let’s hope it Since the beginning of written history, the quest for a longer life has been a constant comes out a big plus for the people anyway. in case some of you people, who’ve been theme. The average life span through Roman digesting my inedible script, may think it was times was about 22 years of age. Transformwritten by somebody else—it was, by Barry ing an old man into a youth of 20, written nearly 2,600 years ago, the promise to change Sears, Ph.D. See you next month, if i get past the the aging process, not to achieve longer life. Women nearly 2,600 years ago sought to 91 goal. Thanks to Mary for making all this reverse the aging process, not to achieve longer possible.

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kurt Masur, conductor nelson Freire, piano

nov 18 thur 8pm nov 20 sat 8pm

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 1, Spring SCHUMANN Piano Concerto SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4

SChumann, harbISon & WagnEr
nov 26 fri 1:30pm nov 27 sat 8pm nov 30 tue 8pm

James levine, conductor

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3, Rhenish HARBISON Symphony No. 1 WAGNER Prelude and Love-death from Tristan und Isolde

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through sun, nov 21: Annie continues its family-friendly run at Wheelock Family Theater. Fri-Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sat-Sun at 3 p.m. 200 The Riverway. Tickets $20-25-30. Info at www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/776935 or call 617-879-2300. Mon, nov 8: British journalist nick Bunker delves into the earliest history of Massachusetts in “The Mayflower Compact: Where it Came From and What it Meant” at Mass Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street. The lecture will draw on Bunker’s research for his recent book about the Pilgrims voyage to new england, Making Haste from Babylon. Co-sponsored by the British Consulate and Plimoth Plantation. 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:00 p.m. lecture. Reservations at 617-646-0560 or www.masshist.org/events. FRee.

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every year art lovers eagerly await the open studios celebration at Fenway studios, which takes place saturday, nov. 6, and sunday, nov. 7. The event offers a taste of la vie bohème, Boston-style, and a showcase for the beautiful work created in the live/work studios. The building itself, built in the arts & craft style, deserves special attention. a national historic Landmark, it’s the oldest structure in the country built for and continuously operated as artists’ space. The units offer vast open work spaces lit by enormous north-facing windows looking out on ipswich street and the Mass Pike. sleeping quarters and living space are tucked onto two levels next to and below the entrance. to keep rents affordable, artist/residents cannot profit when they sell their unit, save for an adjustment to reflect inflation.
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A Peek in Those Big Windows on Ipswich St.

begins at 6:45 p.m. Tickets $27-47-67-87 at the box office or www.bostonphil.org/cgi/ BPo.cgi?action=concerts&season=20102011&concert=2 ebrates the 100th birthday of violinist and professor Roman Totenberg in a special concert at Symphony Hall. The BU Symphony orchestra, conducted by David Hoose, will play works by Beethoven, Bartók, and elgar; journalist Cokie Roberts will present a special tribute (the choice of Roberts—not immediately an obvious one—may have to do with the fact she has long worked with Totenberg’s daughter nina, at nPR). Tickets: free to BU community; $10 for non-BU students; $25 general admission. www.bu.edu/ cfa/totenberg100/
tue, nov 23: William Drury leads neC’s sun, nov 21: BU’s College of Fine arts cel-

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Mon, nov 8: If you love the jaunty

marimba (and who doesn’t?), this concert’s for you. Students from marimba classes taught by Berklee’s nancy Zeltsman perform at David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston. 4 p.m. FRee.

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gram screens Eggsploitation, a documentary about the fertility industry in the United States directed by Jennifer Lahl. Following the film, join a discussion with Our Bodies Ourselves co-founder, Judy norsigian. at Fenway Health, 10th floor auditorium, 1340 Boylston, 6-8 p.m. $5. who worked with both Marcel Breuer and Richard Meier, has turned his attention to what makes a public gathering space tick. Drawing on his new book, “Stories about Squares—and What Makes Some of Them Great,” Gatje explores why certain public places are memorable and how each fits its context, from the energetic piazzas of Rome to Boston’s prim Louisburg Square. Booksigning to follow. 7 p.m. at Trinity Church in Copley Square. Tickets at the The Shop at Trinity ($15 or $10 for students) or through www.eventbrite.com (enter “Gatje” in the search box at the top).
Wed, nov 10: Adam Richman, host of the Travel Channel series “Man. v. Food” and author of America the Edible: My Hungry History, from Sea to Dining Sea, appears at the BU Barnes & noble in Kenmore Square to discuss and sign his book, America the Edible. 660 Beacon St., 7 p.m. FRee Wed, nov 10. architect Robert F. Gatje,

Mon, nov 8: Fenway’s Women’s Health Pro-

For more information about the open studios or the building, visit www. friendsoffenwaystudios.org/events.php. The studios are at 30 ipswich street. Planets; Philip Glass’s Heroes symphony; and two pieces by Berklee professor neil Leonard. 8 p.m. at northeastern’s Fenway Center (the former St. ann’s Church at Gainsborough and St. Stephen) 8 p.m. FREE Light fare, soft drinks, wine and beer will be served. RSVP requested, but not required, to Chris Chernicki at cchernicki@fenwayhealth.org. FREE

From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both days you can visit more than two dozen artists and view their work—and, of course, buy something if you’re inspired to. The Friends of Fenway studios, who organize the annual affair, ask request that visitors this year bring a nonperishable food item to contribute to the studios’ food drive for the greater Boston Food Bank.

Jordan Winds in music by John adams and Jerzy Sapieyevski, with viola soloist William Frampton ’08. at Jordan Hall, 8 p.m., FRee.

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Masters Series presents faculty member Sharan Leventhal, violin, and guest Randall Hodgkinson, piano, performing works by Copland, Wheeler, Seymour Shifrin, and Thomson. 5 p.m. at Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway (4th floor)/. More information and tickets at www.bostonconservatory.edu or from the box office, 617-912-9222. Free to Conservatory members, $10-15 for everyone else.

works to appeal to a broad audience with popular programming and moderate ticket prices. BCS presents an all-Beethoven program at neC’s Jordan Hall: the Egmont overture; Largo from oboe Concerto, featuring andrew Price; the Piano Concerto no. 1 in C, featuring David Deveau; and Symphony no. 6, the Pastoral. 2 p.m. $27-32 (adults); $22-27 (seniors); and $14 (students). Purchase tickets at 617-923-6333 or from www.csob.org/tickets.html

sat, nov 14: The Boston Civic Symphony

Museum of Fine arts holds its 30th annual art Sale. Free parking with a purchase of $50 or more. nov. 17, 18, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; nov. 19–21, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. For more information, visit www.smfa.edu/artsale or call 617-369-3204.

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fri, nov 12: The Berklee Contemporary Symphony orchestra performs a program that includes Mars and Jupiter from Holst’s

Wed, nov 17: Berklee grad Joe Mardin screens a The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story, a documentary about his legendary father, arif. Mardin senior produced a gold-plated roster of pop music stars, ranging from aretha Franklin, Bette Miller, and Queen to norah Jones, Willie tue, nov 16: Fenway Health marks Transgen- nelson, and the BeeGees (he “discovered” Barry Gibbs’ falsetto). The film also delves der awareness Week with an open house, 6:30-8:30 p.m., featuring a brief overview of into arif’s final project, a recording in which he collaborated with many of his Fenway Health’s Transgender Health Prosuperstar protégés. Q&a with Joe Mardin gram, alternative insemination Program, Health navigation Program, Sidney Borum, after the film. 7 p.m. at Berklee Performance Center; tickets required and available Jr. Health Center, Violence Recovery Proonly through the box office. FRee. gram, and The Fenway institute. Fenway Health board member Joanne Herman will sat, nov 20: Benjamin Zander and the esemcee the event and free HiV testing will timable Boston Philharmonic Orchestra be offered. After the formal program you tackle Bruckner’s eighth Symphony in can socialize or tour of the new biuilding. Jordan Hall at 8 p.m. a pre-concert talk

The following events take place at the Peterborough Senior Center, located two blocks from Boylston between 100 and 108 Jersey St. (walk down the alley and look left). For more information, call 617-536-7154.

recurring
Mondays

• 9:30 a.m: Breakfast Club with Matti • 11 a.m: Films—Nov 1: The Invention of Lying (2009); Nov 8: Juno (2007); Nov 15: The Terminal (2004); Nov 22: Om Shanti Om (2007); Nov 29: The Hours (2002)
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• 11 a.m: exercise with Mahmoud • 12 noon: Documentaries—Nov 2: Mozart: Requiem (2002); Nov 9: New Year’s Gala 1996; Nov 16: Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980); nov 23: no FiLM—Thanksgiving Potluck; nov 30: The Miles Davis Story (2001)
Wednesdays

by Fenway CDC. 4:00–6:00 p.m. Fensgate Community Room, 73 Hemenway St. (use side entrance), Family-oriented fun and refreshments. For more info, call Sarah at 617-267-4637x19. page 1 and see The Fenway News recommendations on the ballot questions, page 4.
tue, nov 2: GeneRaL eLeCTionS. See voting information on

sun, oct 31: Safe trick-or-treating and Halloween party sponsored

6:30-8:30 p.m., Harvard Vanguard, 131 Brookline ave., annex Bldg., Room 3D. For more info, call 617-262-0657.
Mon, nov 15: LMa Forum, 6:30-8 p.m. For location or to verify if meeting will be held, email Laura at lfogerty@masco.harvard.edu. tue, nov 15: east Fens Community/Police meeting, 6 p.m. Morville House, 100 norway St. tue, nov 15: Ward 5 Democratic Committee meeting, 7 p.m.

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

sPecial events
nov 2, 10 a.m., Planning meeting nov 3, 11 a.m. Short story discussion—

nov 4

Garcia Marquez and Vargas Llosa • 1 p.m. TaXi CoUPonS

hours: 9-11 a.m., 9th fl, Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston St. Let the rep know if you need help with a state agency or have concerns or questions re: a statewide or legislative issue. Constituents who are unable to drop by during office Hours, should not hesitate to call Senator Tolman’s office at 617-722-1280.
Wed, nov 3: 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.

Wed, nov 3: State Sen. Steven Tolman’s representative holds office

Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St., Copley Square.

Wed, nov 17: 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. Wed, nov 17: West Fens Community/Police meeting., 5 p.m.

• 11 a.m. Berklee singalong • noon. Russian artists discuss current exhibit
nov 9, 10 a.m. Senior Task Force meeting nov 10

Landmark Center (Park Drive and Brookline ave.), 2nd fl, District 4 police Substation, next to security desk. 6-9 p.m., Susan Bailis Center, 352 Mass ave. RSVP required. For tickets or info, call 627-267-4637 after 10:00 a.m.

• 10 a.m. SHine counselor • 11:30 a.m. neC concert
nov 11, veteran’s day—center closed nov 17, 11 a.m. Short story discussion— Pirandello and Babel nov 18

Wed, nov 17: Fenway CDC honors Sajed Kamal, local solar hero.

6:30 p.m.; reception follows. RSVP to: annualmeeting@emeraldnecklace.org or call 617-522-2700. Watson auditorium, Wentworth Hall, Wentworth institute, 550 Huntington ave, FRee.
tue, nov 9: Crime watch meeting, east Fens, 6:30 p.m., Commu-

Wed, nov 3: emerald necklace Conservancy annual meeting, 5:30-

thu, nov 18: Congressman Michael Capuano’s staffer holds

office hours, 1-2 p.m. Fenway Health Center, 1340 Boylston St. Questions/concerns about federal agencies, issues or legislation.

• 10 a.m., eSL Coffee & Conversation • noon, Wingate Thanksgiving
nov 23, noon, Thanksgiving Potluck. guests:

8-9 a.m., at espresso Royale Cafe, 44 Gainsborough St. For info, call Melina Munoz at 617-722-1673 or email melina.munoz@ tue, nov 15: audubon Circle neighborhood assoc. board meeting, state.ma.us.

nity Room, 73 Hemenway St., (use side entrance). For more info, call 617-238-0833, and someone will call you back.

fri, nov 19: State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz’s rep holds office hours,.

Mike Ross and Peter Sougarides

nov 24, 1 p.m. Center closes for Thanksgiving nov 25, thanksgiving—center closed

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