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By Lori A. FrAnkiAn
M
onty Gold, owner of the West
Fens building that burned in
January 2009, held a long-
awaited information session
on november 22 at the kilmarnock Street
restaurant/bar, Church. Gold was armed
with redevelopment plans to share with 35
residents, business owners, and politicians
who came to hear the “offcial” plan of action
for his much-talked-about property.
if you haven’t noticed yet, “restaurant
Row” is nearly empty of charred remains.
Take a peek inside from the sidewalk and you
will see a hard-working crew from interna-
tional Construction & Development working
every day, weather permitting, to get the
building put together again. The hammering,
grinding, drilling, and buzzing saws are beau-
tiful sounds for those who have been longing
for the return of the street’s restaurants. Tools
are strewn across the dusty, worn patio. A
wooden bump-out was built on each storefront
to protect passersby from the loud sounds and
the possibility of falling debris.
narly two years after the blaze destroyed
the row of small businesses, mostly restau-
rants, many within and outside of the West
Fens have wondered when their replacements
would light Peterborough Street the way it’s
supposed to be lit—by the multicolored ambi-
ance shining out of each eating establishment
on restaurant row?
Gold was upbeat and direct when he told
those in attendance that he will be “putting
the building back as it was—nothing is
going on top.” Rumors milling around the
neighborhood of a multilevel building can
now be put to rest. Between the reconstruction
and the owners’ work that needs to be
completed, it may be up to seven months
before any businesses open. So far, Gold
has commitments to return from El Pelón,
Thorton’s Fenway Grill, and rodee Thai. He
is actively seeking ideas from the community
as to what might fll the two vacant spaces.
Gold is open to all favors as long as they
are mom-amd-pop style restaurants. During
the 45-minute meeting, Monty genuinely
apologized for the delay in movement on
reconstruction, attributing the lag in time to
“personal reasons.”
Throughout the meeting people had the
opportunity to see that Gold is kind, really
Restaurant Row Owner Fleshes Out Reconstruction Details at Meeting
A citizen advisory committee (CAC) convened by the City of Boston met for nearly
two years to review plans by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, to redevelop part of its
landmark plaza. The Church has proposed building as much as 900,000 square feet of
mixed-use and offce space on its campus—which stretches from Symphony Hall to the
Prudential Center—as a way to stabilize its shaky fnances. The Church began subletting
parts of its buildings to tenants, including Northeastern University, at least two years ago.
In an unusual move, three community groups represented on the CAC—Fenway
Community Development Corp., Fenway Civic Association, and the Neighborhood
Association of the Back Bay—submitted a joint “minority report” to the BRA in late
October, outlining points on which the three dissented from the offcial fndings submitted
earlier in the fall. We reprint most of their letter here.—EDiTor
On
several issues the “Minority” fndings and the “Majority” fndings
coincide, specifcally regarding the omission of the Midtown Hotel
property in the plan, the concerns regarding environmental impacts of
pedestrian-level wind and abutters concerns about construction impacts.
Further, we agree that the Belvedere and Dalton Street site is the most appropriate
location for additional development, although the current zoning height limit should be
further studied in the context of the adjacent historic buildings and other proposed/
considered nearby projects.
We acknowledge the right of the Church to develop its privately owned land to its
economic beneft. However, as you have heard through the series of meeting of the CAC,
we remain concerned about the following:
• the scale of the requested development and the failure to ensure protections on
other CSC [Christian Science Church] land and adjacent small-scale residential
neighborhoods through deed restrictions or other protective measures.
• the protection of the historic plaza and refecting pool with its civic fountain and the
bosque area as a virtual public park for a long term.
• the arbitrary increase in the current as-of-right zoning and FAR from 650,000 square
feet, which seems to be a reasonable amount of development for this site.
• specifc protection be given to the existing small-scale residential neighborhood
on Clearway and St Germain Streets and to preventing this neighborhood from
becoming an extension of the large-scale development that exists at the corner of
Belvedere and Dalton Streets and eastward.
• the exclusion of Huntington Avenue, specifcally the Sunday school site adjacent to
the historic Horticultural Hall and in close proximity to Symphony Hall, as a tower
location.
• future protections once these development rights are granted, such as deed
very approachable, and wants what everyone
wants—for restaurant row to be “back in the
saddle again” He felded structural and design
questions and noted that the layout within
each restaurant will for the most part remain
the same. The façade will include existing
brick and glass and granite fronts. of course
all designs will be up to ADA codes.
one not-so-typical question was, “What
happened to the murals?” Gold shared
that prior to the start of reconstruction, he
approached the Mckinley School, one of
the collaborators on the mural project, and
let them know that the murals were screwed
into the building so tightly that it would take
a great amount of time to remove each and
every screw—time that would take away
from the job at hand. The
school gave him a green
light for their removal in
whatever way necessary.
Due to the complexity
and time needed to
remove each panel, the
murals could not be
saved and had to come
down with the rest of the
damaged structure.
A lovely surprise
was to see Jim Hoben,
owner of El Pelón, in
attendance. He couldn’t
express enough that he is
“really glad to be coming
back —i am excited to
see the progress.” Hoben wants to hear from
people with pictures of themselves wearing
an El Pelón t-shirt, which he plans to use to
redecorate the restaurant’s walls. you can
contact Jim at ElPelonBC@gmail.com.
Jim stated his gratitude for support
from the Small Business Administration’s
Disaster Assistance Program, which extended
attractive loan rates that allowed for 12
original employees to return to Peterborough
Street. He is also expressed thanks for the
wonderful support from the city’s Economic
Development Offce, which walked his
employees through the unemployment process
and continued to follow-up with them to make
sure they were ok. “i am also thankful for
the continued support [from the city] through
the permitting process.”
Ben Franco from Senator Steve Tolman’s
offce stated that Tolman fully backs
“reopening the collection of institutions.”
Steve Blake, construction foreman,
shared that working on the restaurant row
project is “great, because i’m working on a
landmark piece of property—i’m one of the
guys putting this back together. It feels good!”
When asked what the next steps are, he ex-
plained a detailed process: “We are removing
and replacing rotted and burnt joists, laying
plywood across the entire foor from one end
to the other, and prepping for the roof joists.
After this phase, which is almost complete,
we will be adding a rubber roof and then cre-
ating a frewall that separates each restaurant
from one another.” The building needs to be
weather-tight before the electricity can be run,
Blake says. Generators are providing electric-
ity at this point. once the electricity is in-
stalled, the restaurants can come in and begin
their work, in their new space. The sprinkler
system, plumbing and sheet-rocking are the
fnal stages.
The winter months play a very important
role: a gentle winter will mean few delays,
especially when it’s time to dig into the
ground to install the sprinkler system. Lets
use our collective, positive energy to ask
Mother nature for a kind, warm and snow-
less season so that when spring arrives,
the fnal touches will be potting plants and
spreading the word that restaurant row is
back on tap!
Lori Frankian lives in the West Fens.
If winter weather cooperates, Peterborough Street’s restaurants
could be back in operation by mid-summer of next year.
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The traditional Thanksgiving-
morning clash between Boston
Latin and Boston English
yielded a 54-12 victory for Latin
at Harvard Stadium this year.
Latin ends the season at 4-7;
English ends at 0-11 and hopes
for a better season next year,
when the two schools will meet
for the 125th time at Harvard.
Both teams are grateful to the
many fans, alumni and students
who came out to cheer on their
teams. —Patrick O’Connor
Gratia Victoria for Latin Footballers
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showing rare unity, Fca and Fcdc Join
to dispute Findings on church’s expansion
> Turn to Dissenting opinion on page 2
Berklee released this
rendering of a, 16-story
structure it hopes to build
on the east side of Mass Ave
between Belvidere and St.
Germain streets. The building
would include student housing,
a ftness center, a sophisticated
sound studio, and street-level
retail. Berklee hopes to open
the building in the fall of 2013.
new dorm Building would put a Firm BerKlee stamp on mass ave streetscape
By STEPHEn BroPHy
Berklee College of Music announced
plans for a new building on Mass Ave at a
november 29 meeting of the Berklee Task
Force. The task force comprises Fenway/Back
Bay residents, elected offcials, and Berklee
administrators assembled by the Boston
redevelopment Authority to work out details
of the school’s institutional master plan. The
group’s main focus has been a proposed high-
rise dorm on the corner of Mass. Ave. and
Boylston St., but Berklee’s footprint in other
parts of the community has also been part of
the discussion.
replacing the McDonald’s and Arirang
restaurants now on the site, the proposed
16-story, $65 million building would provide
350 beds and a two-story dining hall for
400 along with many other amenities. Bill
Whitney, Berklee’s vice president for real
estate, told The Fenway News that “this
gives Berklee the ability to house our entire
incoming class of freshmen, which is good
for the school, the neighbors, the parents,
and—not least—the students.” He also said
> Turn to Berklee Dorm on page 2
2 | FENWAY NEWS |DECEMBER 2010
By ZAC ESTrADA
northeastern students and faculty remember recent graduate Andy Prior as a
remarkable man who went out of his way to help others, from fellow sign-language
interpreters to deaf children and students.
The 23-year-old American Sign Language/English interpretation major, who
graduated in May with a bachelor of arts degree, was struck
by an SUV at around 11:45 p.m. on november 14 near the
roxbury Crossing MBTA station while riding his Vespa
scooter.
The driver of the unidentifed vehicle fed the scene. Mr.
Prior later died at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Professor Dennis Cokely, director of northeastern’s
ASL program, heard of Mr. Prior’s death Monday after police
contacted the university when they found Mr. Prior’s Husky
Card ID. “He was a just a terrifc kid,” Cokely said. “He
made a huge impact on the people in his cohort but also the
students still in the program.”
Members of the interpreting Club of northeastern University (iCnU) gathered at
an informal meeting, sharing memories mixed with humorous stories about Mr. Prior,
choking back tears at times. Anecdotes ranged from how Mr. Prior made an effort to
reach out to many different people, to his energetic personality. one woman remarked
light-heartedly that he was “really well-dressed.”
“He was a mentor for me,” ICNU President Andrew Russo said. “He really
touched my life.”
russo said Mr. Prior, who was openly gay and had been out for several years,
reached out especially to other men, some of whom were still insecure with their
homosexuality. “Andy was really comfortable with himself,” he remarked, saying the
two would sometimes mentor young men who had recently come out.
“That was Andy,” he said. “He was always helping people.”
The Boston Police Department is still looking for information about the person
who killed Mr. Prior. The driver is believed to have driven a gray Hyundai Santa Fe.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the BPD at 617-343-4470 or anonymously
at 1-800-494-TiPS.
A longer version of this obituary ran in The Huntington news, the independent
weekly student newspaper at Northeastern, on November 18
Wendall Brady
By Jon BALL
on november 1 the Fenway lost a longtime friend, Wendall Brady.
Wendall was the frst person I met in the neighborhood. When I moved into
Queensberry Street, back in 1985, he helped me, a perfect stranger, move my furniture
into a fourth-foor apartment.
Wendall was a wonderful neighbor. He was always helping people in any way
he could—giving rides, fxing bikes, and helping people in the Victory Gardens. A
favorite treat of mine was the tomatoes he loved to grow. He used to take care of my
tropical fsh any time I had to leave town and miraculously nursed Charlie, the Black
Tetra, back to health from death’s door. Wendall also had an incredibly strong sense
of justice, and many of our conversations were about how mean-spirited America, and
even Boston, had become in recent years.
After more than 20 years in the Fenway, he moved to Dorchester two years ago,
yet Wendall remained a constant presence in the Fenway. He shared a garden with
his longtime partner, Anne Barker. Until his fnal illness Wendall worked for Modica
Associates on Park Drive. it’s hard to imagine the streets of the Fenway without
Wendall Brady.
Wendall left four sisters and four brothers and many friends. i never got a chance
to say good-bye because Wendall Brady, never wanting to trouble anybody, concealed
the knowledge of his fnal illness. Wendall, I miss you.
Jon Ball, a long-time Fenway resident and Fenway news contributor, lives in
Jamaica Plain.
Andy Prior
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restrictions, to protect the plaza and its public access in perpetuity and on
development on the Midtown Hotel site.
• What are the next steps and the time frame for these next steps?
We extended our expertise and service to this project and after two years are not
certain about the how the process fts into the BRA or the City’s development process.
We believe that the completed document, with the related meeting notes and many
comment letters, is a private record for the Church.
We request assurances from the Church and the BRA that any future development
[will] conform to a full BRA Article 80 and Massachusetts Environment Department
large-project review. Once a specifc building and use is selected we expect that no
zoning change be considered without prior, complete environmental impacts analysis
for sunlight (shadow), pedestrian-level winds, pedestrian, vehicular, and service traffc,
groundwater, air quality, etc.
In conclusion, we support the Church in looking to the future and in developing
their sites in harmony with the context of this special area of Boston at the intersection
of several low-scale residential neighborhoods and at the terminus of the tall buildings
extending from the Old John Hancock building. We support locating the identifed
650,000 square feet of development at the Belvedere and Dalton streets site and we
support the efforts of the Boston Landmarks Commission to protect the ensemble of
buildings and particularly the Refecting Pool and Fountain.
(SIGnED)
• BILL RICHARDSOn, Fenway Civic Association
• JOAnnE McKEnnA, Fenway Community Development Corporation
• SyBIL COOPER-KInG, neighborhood Association of the Back Bay
> Dissenting opinion from page 1
FCDC Honors ‘Local Hero’ Sajed Kamal
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house
at the Susan Bailis Center on Nov.
17 as Sajed Kamal accepted the
accolades of his neighbors for
a lifetime of work on solar and
alternative-energy projects. Speaker
after speaker told how Kamal had
helped them in many different
ways, but most moving was his son,
Ashok—who started off by saying
“I’m glad I’m not delivering your
eulogy.” Pictured with Kamal are,
from left, City Councilor Mike Ross
and State Rep. Byron Rushing.
that Berklee President roger Brown had
“charged the architect to think of the dining
hall as a performing venue where you can get
something to eat.”
This dining hall would be visible from
the street and open to the public; it replaces
a 250-seat cafeteria in Berklee’s dorm at 150
Mass Ave, where students also play for din-
ers. The project architect is William rawn
Associates, which has designed a number of
award-winning performing-arts and cam-
pus buildings, including Seiji ozawa Hall at
Tanglewood, and northeastern’s West Village.
Construction would start in fall 2011 and be
completed in time for the 2013 fall semester.
Community response has so far been
mostly positive. Tim Horn, a task force
member from Fenway Civic Association,
welcomes the increase in on-campus housing,
but worries about the other tall buildings
being contemplated nearby—the Crossroads
project to the north and possible development
on the Christian Science complex to the south.
“i do feel that Mass Ave is the proper place to
have height,” he added.
Susan Ashbrook, who represents the
neighborhood Association of the Back Bay,
and co-chairs the task force (speaking in the
latter capacity) argues that “The project has
the potential to revitalize an undistinguished
block of Mass Ave. i am also encouraged by
the movement toward reducing the size of
the Crossroads project, which this proposal
would allow.” The other co-chair, Karla
rideout, who lives across the street from the
development, echoes that sentiment. “i believe
the building at 168 Mass. Ave. will ultimately
be interesting and attractive—also an
improvement. However, i think the addition
of a 16-story building should have lowered
the Crossroads project more than fve stories.
There is so much tall construction going on in
this very small area.”
Stephen Brophy edits The Fenway news.
> Berklee Dorm from page 1
FENWAY NEWS | DECEMBER 2010 | 3
By MATTi kniVA SPEnCEr
F
enway Community Health Center
(FCHC or Fenway Health) held
a Transgender open House on
november 16. Part of the transgender
week held throughout the city, Fenway
Health’s event attracted nearly 100 people
and featured brief overviews of the center’s
Transgender Health Program, Medical
Department, Alternative insemination
Program, Health navigation Program, Sidney
Borum Jr. Health Center, Violence recovery
Program, and the Fenway institute. Special
guest, Fenway Health board member Joanne
Herman, emceed the event and free HiV
testing was offered to anyone interested.
Emilia Dunham gave much of her time
promoting the event, which was very focused,
fnding attendees mingling together in a
fun way...enjoying the guest speakers and
basically relishing each other’s company in a
safe, welcoming and loving environment.
ruben Hopwood, coordinator of
transgender health programs, gave opening
remarks, accompanied by Herman. Several
other guest speakers gave short summaries of
services available at the various departments
they work at, all dealing with issues trans
people might face as individuals.
Hopwood, who himself is part of the
transgender community, identifes as trans.
He was formerly a doctoral student at B.U.
and started working at HCHC through an
internship. He has trained 100 psychologists
in dealing with trans issues. He states, “i’m
not a visible trans...i have a wife and kids
and i look heterosexual. i knew i was trans
Spotlighting Its Range of Services, FCHC
Welcomes Trans Community at Open House
By MATTi kniVA SPEnCEr
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n Saturday, november 13,
West Fens resident Maritza
Barreta made her debut...as a
philanthropist. The event was held
at 70 Queensberry Street, and several Berklee
musicians were invited to perform some of
the music they composed. The event, Music
Heals The Soul, enables families that have a
child battling cancer to celebrate Christmas
with music. States Barreta, “i myself lost my
son to cerebral lymphoma in 1995, and i want
to acknowledge that cancer is still very much
alive in this worlds. Events like mine offer
hope to those who still live with and suffer
from this disease.”
The Berklee students and alumni
who performed played to a quaint group
of guests. Musicians performing included
Jessica Brizuela, harpist; Jessica Wilkes,
fautist; Adam Brown, pianist; Benjamin
rhodes; singer/songwriter oleg ostapchuk,
saxophonist; Aaron Colverson, violinist;
Maritza Barreta Redefnes ‘The Big C’ as Christmas Music for Kids Fighting Cancer
27 years ago...when i was 20. When i started
the transition from one sex to the other, i was
very fortunate in that i had great support of
family and friends...which, sadly, is not the
case with all trans. That’s why the services
we’ve put in place are so important to the
trans community.”
Alex Gonzalez, Fenway Health’s medical
director, adds, “ now, more than ever, it’s
especially true FCHC is here to provide
care for all gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender
(GLBT) with more support services
available to trans people. Tonight is a good
example of what we do, the work we offer to
everyone, etc... our primary focus is to give
support to trans in a very non-judgemental,
unconditional way. They come to our clinic
for help, advice and services, and feel safe in
the environment they’re in. in 1997, FCHC
had 11 [trans] clients and we now serve 550.
Trans services are far better now and more
readily available.”
FCHC has made great strides in its work
with the trans community, having elected its
frst trans member, Herman, to their board.
Clients who come to get care at the clinic
are treated in a dignifed way, and whatever
services not available through FCHC are
provided through referrals to other agencies.
Sadly, the trans equality bill that was
presented to the state legislature this year,
died on the foor (no state yet offcially
recognizes trans equality). Despite this,
Massachusetts is one of the better states for
trans people to live in. Problems most often
faced by trans people are rejection by parents,
signifcant others, and strangers (society at
large), and, often, suicide. Trans people have
a long way to go to receive the important
services they need to lead normal, productive
lives. There are many trans who are able to
adjust well and can blend in with society, but
there are many more who cannot, due to the
prejudices that still exist towards them. They
are human beings just like everyone else in
the world. All they want is to be accepted
like everyone else. However, society does not
make this easy for many.
Anyone needing help with or services for
trans issues can call FCHC at 617-267-0900 or
check out www.fenwayhealth.org.
Fenway Health staff members at the Transgender Open House on November 16.
Boston’s best aspiring musicians [who] played
with gutsy soul.” Another performer added,
“Maritza, a community leader, took action in
bringing everyone together to show how the
music can be used as therapy...not only for
hospital patients but for everyone in need.”
Barreta is a strong, courageous woman
with compassion and a generous heart to help
others out. She states, “When my son David
was in the hospital, music was played in the
afternoon, and i remember my son smiling
and moving his head...and i could see the
cheerfulness and relaxation he was enjoying.”
David’s Friends is the name Barreta gives
to people who help her in her vision. Started
in 1997, the organization has helped many
needy kids battling cancer during the holiday
season, making sure they all recieve gifts.
Anyone wishing to volunteer or donate a
toy can send Maritza an e-mail at iloveparis@
aol.com or call her at 617-756-9776.
Matti Kniva Spencer lives in the West Fens.
Philip young, saxophonist; and Halley
Feaster, cellist.
The artists believe strongly in Barreta’s
cause and were all happy to donate their
time and energy, performing for free. Said
one, “Music Heals The Soul is one of the
greatest fund-raising events i performed at
this year. Maritza brought together some of
Maritza Barreto (back row, left) with Berklee musicians Philip Young (standing) and,
seated from left, Jessica Wilkes, Aaron Colverson, Benjamin Rhodes, and Adam Brown.
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By LAUrA FinALDi
Boston University has reached an
agreement to no longer house students on the
south side of Beacon Street at Audubon Circle
starting in the fall of 2011.
City Council President Michael ross
said in a press release that representatives
from BU agreed to move undergraduates out
of nine of the eleven “small dormitories,”
located on Beacon Street, Aberdeen Street,
and Park Drive in Audubon Circle. ross’s
assistant, Johanna Sena, said it is likely that
BU will use the properties instead for faculty
housing.
“We would ideally want institutions
to build and own properties within their
campuses, so ideally we would like
[BU] to divest properties in a residential
neighborhood,” Sena said.
BU students have been living in
Audubon Circle since 1982, when the
school—which had signed an agreement
with the City of Boston not to expand south
of the alley between Buswell and Beacon
streets—began purchasing properties under
false names, hoping that neighbors would not
discover its identity. The university housed
students in the buildings.
Sena said BU applied for a two-year
extension to its ten-year master plan, which
recently expired. This means that the school
was not quite ready to put out a new, ten-year
master plan. All institutions in the city are
required to have an updated master plan in
order to do anything, even things like replace
a window. The city will not grant a permit
for any renovations to an institution with an
expired master plan.
According to kathy Greenough, a
member of the Audubon Circle neighborhood
Association, there was a small side note in
BU’s master plan that said the school would
expand into all of Audubon Circle, from
South Beacon Street to the riverside tracks.
Greenough said she spotted the note and
brought it to the attention of ross, who met
with BU to raise the issue.
Greenough said the possibility of BU’s
expanding further into Audubon Circle
would be severely detrimental to the value of
property there.
“in order to protect the quality of life
in Boston, the residential areas have to be
protected by zoning.” Greenough said. “BU
has been lusting after Audubon Circle for
over 30 years. Having dorms in that area is a
threat to the quality of life in the area.”
BU offcials were given several
opportunities to comment on the situation for
this article, but declined to take them.
Laura Finaldi is a journalism major at
Northeastern.
ACTIVISTS, ROSS FORCE PARTIAL
B.U. RETREAT IN AUDUBON CIRCLE
By STEPHEn BroPHy
northeastern and its surrounding com-
munities are getting along a little better since
the announcement last month that the school
would work with a private developer to build
a dormitory behind the yMCA. Many ques-
tions remain, and trust has not been totally
re-established, but school offcials are conf-
dent enough that they have asked the Boston
Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for a fnal
extension of their master plan. The extension
needs community approval, and the acrimony
over this during three community meetings
earlier this year motivated the university to
fnd a way to get the dorm built.
Gerald Autler of the BrA convened
a community meeting on nov. 15 in nU’s
kerr Hall to help the school and its neighbors
fgure out their next steps. Getting approval
for the new construction involves some weeks
of mandatory public comment time, and a
Bra reconvenes northeastern task Force
series of approvals; if all goes well the new
dormitory will be signed off on by all relevant
parties and construction can begin in the
spring of 2011. Completion by August 2012
is the goal, as nU has promised that it will
begin housing all freshman and sophomores
on campus starting in September of that year.
The BrA will also dust off the old
northeastern Task Force to monitor develop-
ments. This is a group of community mem-
bers from the Fenway, Mission Hill, and Low-
er roxbury who hammered out the details
of the current master plan several years ago
(and felt betrayed when nU announced that
it couldn’t afford the dorm it had promised in
that plan). The frst meeting of the reconvened
group will take place on Wednesday, Decem-
ber 8, from 6-8 p.m., in the Fenway Center on
the corner of St. Stephen and Gainsborough
streets.
Stephen Brophy edits The Fenway news.
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‘Horrifed Beyond Horror’: Beautiful
Murals, Thoughtlessly Destroyed
To THE EDiTor
After that horrible fre on Peterbororough
and kilmarnock Streets that leveled a row of
small business restaurants and dry cleaner
place...the area remained untouched for over
a year...making this horrible to see all the
charred buildings. The landlords, the city,
etc... did nothing to rectify that horrible
charred spectacle.
These are my feelings...i’ll tell you what.
one day, at the Peterborough Senior Center,
I was having a coffee and a muffn when out
of nowhere...Jana Peretz, a former art teacher,
said, “We have to do something about that
awful, burnt-out, charred area. i think we
should organize and paint murals to cover
up that charred area.” I thought this was a
fantastic idea but who could do that? it would
take a lot of plywood, paint and paintbrushes,
etc... However, somehow as i later walked by
the charred area, someone had already put up
the plywood and begun the work.
Guess who was the master artist in
charge of that Herculean paint project with
students from the Mckinley School? That
master artist was kerry Mooney! Many times,
on my walks in the cold winter days, i would
see kerry painting. Eventually, that row of
burnt, charred buildings was completed.
Bravo, Jana...bravo, kerry..bravo, Mckinley
School!
And so...those majestic art murals
transformed that whole section of the burnt
charred building for well over a year...until a
few days ago, “someone” hired construction
workers to knock and smash and cut down
all the murals...with a chain saw!
i must say, many people in the West
Fens are horrifed beyond horror that they
know that our master artist, kerry Mooney,
helplessly stood there seeing her work and
that of the Mckinley School students get
piled up as trash. The construction workers
sneered at her while she was standing,
telling her “we’re only doing our job. We’re
doing what we’re told and move away,
okay!”
i and many of the Fenway people are
shattered by this barbaric action. There
murals were a Diego rivera achievement.
Sincerely,
JoE Don MATHiEU,
The writer is a longtime resident of the
East Fens.
By STEPHEn BroPHy
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any nonproft organizations, certainly most of those
in the Fenway, are governed by elected boards of
directors, most of whom never face any opposition
in the process of election. Typically when a group’s
annual meeting rolls around, some subset of the
board or membership pulls together a slate of candidates to fll any
vacancies, and this slate is offered to the membership as a group.
At the meeting, a pro forma call for nominations from the foor is
usually offered, and this is sometimes the most nervous-making few
seconds for many members—what if such a nomination actually
happens? What a horrifying possibility!
The Fenway News board works like this, and i sit on a
committee for another organization that pulls together that group’s
annual slate. one rationale for this abrogation of democracy is that
contested elections have losers as well as winners, and we don’t
like to put people in the position of being potential losers. This has
become standard operating procedure for so many groups that we
don’t have many good models for what to do when a board position is
actually contested. Sometimes we melt down.
i bring this up because the Fenway Garden Society will hold an
election on Saturday, December 4, in which members will have two
choices for president. Both candidates have been members in good
standing of the society—one a “master gardener” and the other a
vice president. An insurgent candidate, Mike Mennonno, has ruffed
a few feathers with his vision for the organization, because that
vision implies criticism of those currently running the group. The
“establishment” candidate, David St. Jean, has, perhaps, taken this
too personally, and his campaign has veered off from presenting his
vision to making personal attacks on his opponent.
The geographical and sociological location of the Victory
Gardens, which the society manages for the City of Boston, creates
a context for some of the animosity. For as long as anyone can
remember, gay men have come to the area around the Victory
Gardens to “cruise” for other gay men who want to have anonymous
sex. This generally happens in the reeds by the Muddy river, but
it frequently spills over into the gardens themselves. Sometimes
illegal drug use is also part of this behavior, so gardeners have found
discarded condoms and used hypodermic needles in their plots.
While this thoughtless behavior irritates all of the gardeners,
a large percentage of the society’s membership is gay, lesbian,
bisexual, or transgender, so the antagonism between gardeners and
cruisers seldom boils over. Mennonno is gay, and St. Jean has said
some things that many FGS members interpret as a confation of his
orientation with all of that destructive behavior.
All of this has placed many members in a quandary—they have
worked with both candidates and like both, and they don’t like the
level of animosity that the election has generated. Both candidates
were invited to present a campaign statement to The Fenway News,
but St. Jean’s was so intemperate that we have decided not to print it.
We believe that when he becomes more objective about the situation
he would be embarrassed by having the words he offered in the heat
of the moment in permanent print. Because of this, we are also not
printing Mennonno’s comments.
The Fenway News does not endorse candidates for public offce,
and we don’t propose to advise Garden Society members on how to
vote. But we do call on both candidates to consider what impacts
their campaign strategies and tactics will have on the organization
after all of this is over. Beyond that, we ask that they consider
themselves, and ask themselves is it worth the damage to their
reputations to indulge in personal attacks. if they can rise above the
level that the race has descended to, they can both be winners, even if
only one can be president.
Garden Society Election Generates More Heat than Light
FENWAY NEWS | DECEMBER 2010 | 5
have someone with my skills and experience
urging people to stand up and fght back. Any
doubt that Sullivan’s objective was to silence
me was wiped away on January 5, 2008.
on that date, Sullivan’s protégé, Mcneil,
requested from the court and eventually
received a gag order that said that if i
accepted the evidence the feds had against
me i had to stop talking about
the case. Because of the order,
which i refused to sign while
running for reelection, my
lawyers didn’t receive any
of the evidence until a year
after i was arrested. Since i
know that the governmental
attack on me was not about
justice but about attempting
to take me down, why would i
cooperate by resigning?
The third reason i would not
resign is that i am innocent.
The fourth reason is that i
believe the jury’s acceptance of
the picture set up by the US at-
torney cannot eliminate the fact
that during my eleven years on
the council i have been a pillar
of moral and political integrity.
i’m the only council member
who fnances from his salary
and donations an offce in his
district that is open a minimum
of 40 hours a week. records at
the Offce of Campaign Political
Finance will show at the end of
the year that my wife, Terri, and i have loaned
my campaign, $180,000 to maintain the dis-
trict offce.
in addition, Felix Arroyo and i were the
only councilors to vote against a pay raise
in 2006. in 2008, after failing to persuade
the council to investigate Arthur Winn’s
machinations with the Columbus Center
project, i voted against the project. This year,
i was the only councilor to vote against giving
bond money to Liberty Mutual. i thought
that it was absurd for us to help a corporation
build a building in Boston when it had made
a proft of $31 billion ($31,000,000,000) the
year before. i also was the only councilor to
vote against paying fre fghters for taking
drug tests when we were about to lay off
hundreds of low-paid City workers.
The ffth reason I would not resign is that
by not resigning i am forcing the public to
continue to look at the corruption perpetrated
in this case by former US Attorney Sullivan.
it is amazing to me how quickly the public
forgets. remember the fact that Bush’s
Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, after
John Ashcroft, had to resign because of his
involvement in fring eight U.S. attorneys
who refused to use their legal power to attack
political enemies. Sullivan wasn’t fred; in
fact, he got a promotion.
After the dust cleared, Sullivan was
appointed to be director of the Alcohol,
Tobacco, and Firearms unit, in addition to
being the US attorney. I also fnd it very
interesting that former Attorney General John
“Patriot Act” Ashcroft opened an
offce of his national law/lobbying
frm in Boston with Sullivan as its
operating partner.
People seem also to have
forgotten that in January of last year
Sullivan was told by the federal
Judge Mark Wolf that he was tired
of Sullivan’s protégés lying in his
courtroom, causing cases to be
thrown out based on the defendants’
not receiving fair prosecution. in
fact, he demanded an affdavit from
Sullivan explaining why he shouldn’t
censure him.
Have people forgotten that Wilburn’s
partner received through Sullivan’s largess
seven years’ probation for selling 200 grams
of cocaine while the person who bought it
from him was given ten years in prison. in-
terestingly, Wilburn signed his contract with
feds four months after his partner received
probation.
Fifty fve years ago, Rosa Parks on
December 1, 1955 refused to give up her seat
in the front of the bus rather than submit to
the tyranny of the discrimination of the South.
Fifty-fve years later on December 1, 2010,
i am refusing to give up my seat on the city
council rather than submit to the prosecutorial
tyranny of former US Attorney Sullivan.
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n november 4, i had the pleasure
of attending a reading by best-
selling author Dennis Lehane at
the Boston Public Library Copley
branch. His new book, Moonlight Mile, is a
sequel to Gone Baby, Gone, Mr. Lehane’s
fourth kenzie-Gennaro mystery. Gone
Baby, Gone was made into a major motion
picture in 2007. if you have not already seen
the movie or read the book, it is the story
of Amanda McCreedy, who is kidnapped
from her Dorchester home at the age of 4.
Moonlight Mile takes place 12 years after the
kidnapping, and she has gone missing again at
the age of 16.
Lehane frst told the crowd in Rabb
Lecture Hall that if they didn’t enjoy humor,
violence, or profanity, to please leave. And
the passage he recited contained all those
elements. Bubba rogowski, a local thug and
an old friend of Kenzie, helps him fnd his
stolen laptop. in the previous stories, a stolen
laptop would not be something kenzie or
Gennaro would search for, but now they are
no longer paid private investigators and the
general economy is making things worse for
them as well.
The story goes
on to talk about
the people they
meet along the
way, and Bubba’s
background, and
how he conducts
interviews. The
audience roared
with every sen-
tence, showing
that Lehane
hasn’t lost his
touch.
After read-
ing the chapter,
the author took
questions from
the audience. one woman asked if he created
the character Angie from anyone he knew; he
responded “ever since i was little, i always
dreamed of a petite, beautiful italian chick
from the North End that was tough.” Another
woman who said she was from the press, in-
quired about Billy Bulger’s association with
the BPL. Lehane was indifferent, yet got a little
agitated because the
woman was persistent.
i had the honor to
ask the last question
before the book signing.
i asked if he had done
any psychological
research for any of his
books, since he made
the criminals and
murderers so intense.
He responded that
he had always been
intrigued with the
human subconscious
and believed that things
in the human world
happened completely at
random.
The book-signing line seemed endless,
but his assistants kept the crowd moving;
he spoke kindly and thanked every fan for
coming by. i had asked him about doing a
Q&A at Boston Latin School, which i attend,
and he hopes to be making a stop there at the
beginning of next year.
Camille Platt lives in the West Fens.
audience laps up lehane’s new BooK at Bpl lecture
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eporters keep asking me why i
won’t resign since i have been
convicted on one count of extortion
of $1,000 and three counts of lying
to FBI offcials. I appreciate The Fenway
News’s giving me the space to explain in
detail why i think it would be absurd for me
to resign from the City Council
The frst
reason is that my
constituents elected
me last year, after i
was indicted, with
a larger plurality in
my district than the
mayor received in
the city, and despite
my conviction they
have continued to
support me. While
The Boston Globe and Mayor Menino have
tried to coax people in my community to
stand up and speak out against me, they fnd
themselves virtually standing alone.
The second reason that i would never
resign is that i was found guilty of a crime
that was planned by US Attorney Sullivan
and executed by his paid agent, ron Wilburn.
Even though Sullivan tried to convince the
public that there was a conspiracy between
the senator [Senator Dianne Wilkerson—
EDiTor] and me. At the trial, it became clear
that the conspiracy was between Sullivan and
Wilburn as they conspired to take me down.
Some may ask, Why? That is, what
was Sullivan’s purpose in using Wilburn to
create the picture that i was a corrupt elected
offcial? He knew there has never been even
the hint of me being corrupt during my 33
years of activism and 11 years on the Council.
obviously, he did it because he and others
wanted to silence me in my advocacy for the
working class and poor of Boston.
At a time when the rich are getting richer
in Boston and the working class and poor of
all races are getting poorer, it is dangerous to
By SARAH HORSLEy
O
n Sunday October 31, the Fenway
Family Coalition and the Fenway
CDC held another spectacular
Halloween Eat & Treat event. Over 75
families attended, and the creativity of
the costumes and energy of the crowd
was top-notch. In addition to pizza, the
party featured face painting and a raffe.
Families then went off to trick or treat at
more than 50 area businesses.
Special thanks to volunteers who
helped to decorate the room and serve
drinks and pizza. Fenway CDC members
deserving special praise include Tracey
Hunt, who organized the event, and
Valarie Seabrook, who took terrifc
photos (which may be viewed at www.
fenwaynews.org ).
Fenway CDC and the Fenway Fam-
ily Coalition want to express their deep
gratitude to businesses that donated
pizza and other items to Eat & Treat
2010: Blockbuster Video, Cappy’s Con-
venience, Cappy’s Pizza, Crazy Dough’s,
CVS, Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Pie-er,
Shaw’s (Kilmarnock Street and Hun-
tington Ave.), Stop & Shop (Mission Hill),
Symphony Market, Upper Crust Pizzeria,
Walgreen’s, Whole Foods Market, and
Woody’s Grill & Tap.
The next Fenway Family Coalition
meeting will take place Thursday,
January 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fensgate
Community Room, 73 Hemenway Street,
side entrance.
Sarah Horsley is Civic Engagement
director at the Fenway Community
Development Corporation.
Eat & Treat 2010
Author Dennis Lehane spoke about his new
novel at the Boston Public Library (this photo
shows him at a previous appearance).
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By TrACEy CUSiCk
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laywrite Bob Glaudini’s Vengeance
is the Lord’s explores emotions
experienced or contemplated by
many: when someone harms a
loved one, how does a survivor react? Can a
person who inficts unspeakable harm ever
be forgiven, and if so, when and why? When
a crime of violence occurs, should survivors
be satisfed with the justice the legal system
metes out? What happens when survivors
don’t agree? Should survivors be content
to wait for justice to be sorted out in the
hereafter?
The play is set in a modest suburban
home. The furnishings seem slightly dated—
they could be from the 1980s, even though
the events on stage seem to take place in the
present day. This suggests both satisfaction
with the way things are and a shrine to the
past. Most of the action takes place in the
kitchen and dining areas; the set itself rotates
on the stage, allowing the audience to fully
see the kitchen, bedroom, and side entrance
where other scenes take place. The rotation is
well-executed and not gimmicky, and seeing
the other rooms makes the set feel like a real
home.
All but two characters are members
of the Horvath family: divorced parents
and their three adult children. Despite their
divorce, parents Mathew and Margaret spend
much time together with sons Woody and
Donnie, and daughter roanne. Mathew, at the
family home to celebrate holidays and other
important family events, is invited to stay
overnight rather then head out into dangerous
driving conditions. it’s clear the people in this
family care dearly for each other.
There’s an undercurrent of tragedy,
though: another daughter was murdered
a decade earlier, and the family struggles
with remembering her at the holidays and
contemplating the fact that her killer could
soon be released from prison. But the
Horvaths are not model citizens; they secured
their comfortable lifestyle by operating
illegal and seemingly seedy businesses.
nevertheless, despite the fact that they
themselves are not always law-abiding, the
Horvaths hope for fairness from the criminal
justice system and for justice for their
deceased daughter.
Another man’s
tragic loss of his
son triggers a crisis.
The events that
culminated in the
tragedy were the
result of the son’s
involvement with
the Horvath’s illegal
activities. if the facts
become known,
the Horvaths may
become the object
of someone else’s
desire for vengeance.
idealistic younger son
Donnie ponders the
extent of his family’s
responsibility. other
family members
pragmatically worry
about the implications of their activities being
exposed.
religious themes abound, Mathew’s
reading from the old Testament suggests
“an-eye-for-an-eye” justice, in contrast to
the Christian theme of forgiveness evoked
by Margaret’s Ash Wednesday ashes on
her forehead. How these concepts apply
to the Horvaths themselves is illustrated
by son Donnie’s attempt to understand the
implications of everything that happened.
Some important events occur offstage,
and along with son Donnie, the audience is
left to contemplate what role the Horvath
family may have played in those events.
While retribution may ultimately be doled
out only after death, the play acknowledges
that vengeance is a very real consideration
for the living and gives the audience much
to think about. The thought-provoking two-
act play moves quickly and is never dull;
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even characters from outside the family who
appear only briefy are memorable.
Vengeance is the Lord’s plays at the
When members of the Kaji Aso Studio took
down their recent annual exhibit at the
Prudential Center, they noticed that one of
the paintings had gone missing. The 8x10-inch
image, reproduced here, is in a 13x15-inch
frame. If you should see this picture, please call
617-247-1719 and ask for Kate; the artist would
be seriously relieved to know that it has been
recovered.
Painting Disappears from Kaji Aso Exhibit
By STEPHEn BroPHy
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he new American Wing of the
Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is
fnally open! And I have to say—it
was defnitely worth the wait.
As a longtime MFA member who has
been frequently discombobulated by the
disruption to the permanent collections that
this project caused, i am not only relieved
but also excited by the opportunity to visit
again with paintings (and some sculpture and
furniture) that i have missed for months, or in
some cases years.
i attended the dedicatory celebration
with a certain impatience, not only because i
tend to be uncomfortable in large gatherings
of rich people, but also because i wanted
to get into the galleries and see how new
surroundings might change my experience of
familiar art works. As an aside, back in the
1980s i took a museology course at Harvard
Extension School, thinking that i would love
to be a curator. When i learned that i would
be spending a large part of my curatorial time
schmoozing potential donors, that career path
developed a permanent roadblock.
i don’t hate all rich people, but i do hate
that many members of that bracket have been
indulging in legislative and regulatory class
welfare against the rest of us since ronald
reagan’s presidency. i hate that the income
disparity between the top 2% of the American
population and everyone else has risen to a
level not seen since the 1920s. And i hate that
if anyone who points this out gets accused of
indulging in class warfare. So i don’t much
enjoy their company, especially when they are
in a self-congratulatory mood.
But i digress.
As soon as the dedication was fnished
and we were free to invade the galleries, i
went directly to the third foor, which holds
the rooms dedicated to American art of the
19th century, my favorite period in American
and European art and literature. Although the
space was new, i felt like i was visiting my
hometown after a long absence, seeing friends
i hadn’t seen for years.
Each of the new foors has a central
gallery in which an iconic piece from the
period concerned greets you as you enter,
and other galleries branch off on three
sides. There is no correct way to wander
through, so you can feel free to follow your
inclinations. Since this is all in a big glass
box, and the galleries don’t have the feeling of
enclosure that normal rooms do, this freedom
and lightness contribute to the feelings
engendered by great art, effectively creating
a sense of exaltation that stays with you long
after you’ve left the building.
To get to the new wing you pass from
the Scharf Visitors Center—the entrance that
faces the Fens—through a large enclosed
courtyard that plays very effectively with
whatever light is coming through the daytime
walls. This is yet another marker of the theme
of openness that MFA Director Malcolm
rogers has emphasized all through the
process of getting the new wing built and
populated. He has reopened entrances to
the museum that were closed for decades.
Perhaps most important, he has presided over
refurbishment of a website that works to make
the collections open to visitors in ways they
might never have imagined. Watch Fenway
news online for an essay about navigating
this great website, which we hope to publish
later this month.
Huntington Theater through December
12th. Go to huntingtontheatre.org for ticket
information.
Tracey Cusick lives in the East Fens.
New Wing Restores Old Treasures and
Highlights a New Openness at MFA
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While we’re still wondering how
Christmas and Hanukkah sneaked up
on us, First night is just around the
corner, and loads of cool stuff will be
presented at various venues in the
Fenway, including the MFA, Symphony
Hall (Bettye LaVette!), Berklee, and
the Hynes Auditorium. For a complete
schedule, including times and room
locations, visit www.frstnight.org. you
can buy entry buttons online or, staying
local, at Tedeschi’s or Au Bon Pain,
both on Mass Ave.
Roberta Wallach, Lee Tergesen, Katie Kreisler, Karl Baker Olson,
and Larry Pine play members of a family wrestling with issues of
retribution and responsibility in Vengeance is The Lord’s at the
Huntington Theatre Company through December 12.
FENWAY NEWS | DECEMBER 2010 | 7
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By CLyDE WHALEn
W
elcome to Producer’s Spotlight;
the greatest thing to happen
to the Fenway since they built
this handsome area—on what
was once polluted water—loaded with college
kids and medical professionals. Some people
feel the constant talk about Channel 9 is
boring; others see it as the realization that
progress is often questionable. no one can
deny that Channel 9 has brought new action
in what was once dull repetition. Probably
the outstanding feature of the new Channel
9 is its Producers Spotlight, featuring the
voice of the neighborhoods, something
unheard of before. Unfortunately, some of the
bad things that always existed in television
remain unchallenged, such as the use of the
hands while talking, which results in the
misunderstanding of what’s really
spoken; such as hemming and
hawing and lots of repetition.
Let’s hope this new addition to
the peoples’ voice will bring on
a fresh public view to surpass
anything that was here before.
Do we need seatbelts on
automobiles, or should we simply
ask people to slow down?
if it knocks more than once,
chances are it’s not opportunity.
Here’s a new thought. i was
brought up on St. Mary’s Street,
went to the Mckinley School and
had the pleasure of enjoying three
names: Clyde, at home; Alden, by
the family; and red, out on the
street.
Hickory, Dickory, Dock,
three mice ran up the clock. The
clock struck one; the other two recovered from
minor injuries.
Education never interfered with my
thinking.
Just remember, if you start in the middle,
you’re half-way there.
i’d like to thank the space administration
for providing this space.
Things are so tough in Death Valley, the
Borax people have cut down to ten mules.
There’s a lady whose sending three pairs
of socks to her son in the service, after she
By JoyCE FoSTEr
athy Jacobowitz, who has lived in the Fenway with her partner, Kyle
Katz, for ten years, received a prestigious Mass Cultural Council Artist
Fellowship Award in november in a ceremony at the State House.
Cathy was joined by 39 Massachusetts artists who were selected from
thousands of applicants for the award, which honors the creativity of artists
across a range of disciplines.
According to the MCC, the Fellowships
recognize exceptional work by Massachusetts
artists. The highly competitive awards provide
artists crucial validation among their peers and
the public. They catalyze artistic advancement
and pave the way for creative innovation of
enduring cultural value.
In her application to the MCC, Cathy
submitted excerpts from a novel, Melly
Mockingbird, a beautifully crafted work about
baseball, hard living, Austin, bad behavior and
the blues. Fenwickians who read Melly will be
certain to enjoy Cathy’s impressive knowledge
of the ins and outs of the world of baseball,
along with a somewhat unusual peek at the
fctional life of a rookie Red Sox player. you can
read excerpts from the book, which is currently
making the rounds of potential publishers, at www.cathyjacobowitz.net. A short
story is forthcoming in the literary journal Santa Monica Review.
Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz presented the citation to Cathy in a ceremony
held in the Member’s Lounge of the House of Representatives and publicly
acknowledged Massachusetts’s appreciation of Cathy’s talents.
The Mass Cultural Council recognizes that few artists can make ends meet
through their creative work alone, so it includes an unrestricted grant with the
fellowship. We at The Fenway News are pleased and proud to afford our local
novelist some of the tangible support she needs. As stalwart bookkeeper for
our community newspaper, Cathy performs a critical service for us and we are
honored to know that she is reported to have said that she loves the work. We
think she means she loves the newspaper, as do we all.
Congratulations, Cathy.
Joyce Foster lives in the East Fens and is president of The Fenway news
board of directors.
Fenway writer wins cultural council award
Cathy Jacobowitz and State
Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz at
the November awards ceremony.
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another foot.
And just remember, all that Hell needs is a
little water and a better class of people.
i rarely use this column for anything but
laughs, but unfortunately this edition has a focus
on something serious, which must be exposed
to the public so it won’t happen again. This past
April 8, due to a medical problem, i was forced
to call an ambulance. This ambulance came to
my kilmarnock Street apartment and took me
to the hospital. i was ushered into a room and
left there for hours, at the end of which i was
treated and turned loose to walk around and
wonder what was happening. in the middle
of all this, a nurse asked me if i would like a
ride home. Expecting that it was a measure
of kindness, I answered “Yes,” at which time
i wasn’t carried but walked to the ambulance
and chatted with one of the nurses
as we drove back to kilmarnock
Street.
A short time later i received
a bill for $875 for the ride home.
i was shocked. Cab companies
don’t charge over $800 for a half-
mile trip. i refuse to pay and they
threatened to take me to court.
Shocked by this unfeeling, sneaky
way of doing business, i decided
to wait out future results. i offer
you, my reading audience, an
apology for being confused and
lacking the common sense to ask,
what will it cost me? This is my
message to you, the readers: The
next time you may be forced to
call an ambulance, and they offer
you something, ask them, What’s
it going to cost me? in other words,
don’t except a gesture of kindness.
Thanks to Mary Finn for her efforts in
trying to make this nonsense acceptable. Her
thought this month is that they should put hand
sanitizer in all restaurants.
We say so long and thanks again to Mary
for her efforts on my behalf. And i hope that
Channel 9 will consider my offer to help with
the new sit-in-the-chair exercise program,
guaranteed to make old age feel like being a
kid again. Till we meet again, we’ll see you
later. And all the best.
8 | FENWAY NEWS |DECEMBER 2010
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+
Te 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—Dec 6: The Fugitive Kind
(1960); Dec 13: The Dead (1987); Dec 20:
A Christmas Story (1983); Dec 27: 50 First
Dates (2004)
tuesDays
• 11 a.m: Exercise with Mahmoud
• 12 noon: Documentaries—Dec 7: Animals
are Beautiful People (1975); Dec 14: In the
Womb: Animals (2006); Dec 21: no movie;
Dec 28: The Children of Chabanes (1999)
weDnesDays
• 9:30 a.m: yoga with Carmen
• 10 a.m.-noon: Blood pressure check with
Joyce
• 12 noon: indian lunch with Santosh
special events
mon, Dec 6: 10:30 a.m. Evercare presentation
tue, Dec 7:
• 10 a.m.—Planning meeting
• 11 a.m.: Dan from Berklee plays piano
weD, Dec 8:
• 9:15–11 a.m.—Berklee presentations,
Haviland St.
• 11 a.m. —Short story discussion of James
Joyce’s Te Dead
• noon—Watercolor class
thu, Dec 9:
• 10 a.m. —Dr. Paul Beran, Harvard Center
for Middle East Studies, speaks about islam
• 11 a.m. —Last Berklee Singalong for 2010
• noon—Pie baking with Richard
Dec 13: 1:15 p.m.—Last yoga session of 2010
Dec 14: 10 a.m.—Task Force meeting
Dec 15: 10 a.m.—Concert with NEC students
•11 a.m.—Short story discussion of a work
by Jean Shepherd
Dec 16: 11 a.m. —Attorney Ellen Wade
speaks on “Eligibility for Medicaid”
Dec 20: 10:30 a.m.—Fire safety discussion
with a representative from Wingate
Dec 21: 9 a.m.—Trip to Peabody Essex
Museum in Salem; $20 pays for bus and
museum entry; lunch will be extra.
Dec 22: noon—Holiday Party with John
O’Neil—stories and music
Dec 23:
• 11 a.m.—Bingo
• noon—Center closes for holiday
Dec 30:
• 11 a.m. – Bingo
• noon – Center closes for holiday
fri Dec 3–sun Dec 19: Ryan Landry’s Gold
Dust Orphans have their waywith yet
more classics, and fortunately there’s no
stopping them. Tis year they mash up Dr.
Seuss and Charles Dickens—and throw in
Justin Bieber, Liza Minnelli, and some male
strippers—in Mrs. Grinchley’s Christmas
Carol. At Machine, 1254 Boylston Street.
Tu-Fri at 8 p.m.; Sun at 5:00 p.m. Tickets
$35-45 from www.brownpapertickets.com/
event/137611. information at 617-265-6222.
fri Dec 3–sun Dec 19: Te BalletRox
presentation of the Urban Nutcracker, a
celebration of the holiday classic but with an
urban edge, moves to the Wheelock Family
Teatre for its 10th anniversary season.
Tickets: $20-$50. Order online through
www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org or by
calling 617-879-2300. More info can be
found at www.urbannutcracker.org.
sat, Dec 4: Te bimonthly BPL book sale
moves to a new location—Conference Room
B in the McKim Building on Dartmouth
Street. Most hardcovers still $2, most
paperbacks $1. Magazines, records, CDs,
DVDs, cassettes and books on tape, and
VHS tapes all available. All proceeds beneft
of-budget needs and programming of the
library and its neighborhood branches. For
further information please call 617 859-2341
or e-mail CWFBPL@hotmail.com.
sat, Dec 4: Longwood Symphony Orchestra
performs Borodin’s Symphony No. 2, Wag-
ner’s Dawn & Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, and
Wagner’s immolation Scene from Gotter-
dammerung with soprano Joanna Porackova.
Presented jointly with the LSO’s community
partner, the Art Connection, which places
visual art in healing spaces across Massa-
tue, Dec 7: Fenway Civic Association annual
meeting. Presentation by Sajed Kamal of
Solar Fenway. 6:30-8 p.m., NU Kerr Hall, 96
Te Fenway. Light refreshments and door
prizes.
weD., Dec 8: NU Task Force meeting will
focus on three projects currently under
review. 6-8 p.m. Fenway Center (former St
Ann’s Church), 77 St. Stephen St., For more
info, call Gerald Autler at 617-918-4438.
mon, Dec 13: Ward 4 Democratic Caucus,
6:30 p.m. South End Library, 685 Tremont
Street.
mon, Dec 13: Longwood Medical Area
Forum, 6:30-8 p.m. For location or to verify
if meeting. will be held, email Laura at
lfogerty@masco.harvard.edu.
tue, Dec 14: Fenway tree lighting co
sponsored by Fenway Civic & Mayor’s Ofce
of Neighborhood Service, 6:30 p.m., Back
Bay Fens at Kelleher Rose Garden (across
from 77 Park Drive). Refreshments.
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chusetts. At Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington
Ave. tickets from $20-$40. All tickets are
available online at www.longwoodsympho-
ny.org or by phone at 617-667-1527.
sun, Dec 5: Fenway young Professionals
Night—Come meet neighbors, discover
ways to get involved, and enjoy free (edible)
apps. Fenway young Professionals, a
subdivision of the Fenway Civic Association,
helps 20- and 30-somethings develop a
connection to the neighborhood. For info
and to sign up to attend, email fenwayyp@
gmail.com. 6:30pm-8pm, Tasty Burger, 1301
Boylston Street.
mon-tue, Dec 6-7: Te BU School of Teatre
presents Aurora Borealis: A Laboratory
of Light and Dance, an exploration of the
relationship between light and movement,
featuring dances and improvisations by
faculty and students. At the new B.U. Dance
Teater, 915 Comm Ave (entrance on Buick
Street). Open dress rehearsal on Monday at
8:30 p.m. and two performances on Tuesday,
December 7 at 7 and 9 p.m. FREE
weDs, Dec 8, 15, 22, 29: State Street Financial
sponsors free nights at the MFA—including
the heralded new wing—every Wednesday
in December. Entry is free from 4:00 to 9:45
p.m. on all four nights. Visit www.mfa.org
for information on exhibits and programs.
weD–sat, Dec 8-11: Te Boston Conservatory
Teater Ensemble presents one of Shake-
speare’s most beloved comedies, Twelfth
Night, at the newly-renovated Boston Con-
servatory Teater, 31 Hemenway St. Perfor-
mances Tu, Fri, Sat at 8 p.m. Tickets are
$25 general, $15 for senior citizens and $10
for students with valid iD. Box Ofce: 617-
912-9222 or http://bostonconservatory.
ticketforce.com/.
thu Dec 9: Moisès Fernández Via, winner
of the Richmond Piano Competition,
performs at BU’s Tsai Performance Center,
685 Comm Ave. 8 p.m. More info at www.
bu.edu/cfa/events. FREE
thu, Dec 9: Te frst major movie made in
sign language, Universal Signs (2008), pres-
ents itself as a “foreign language flm” for
hearing audiences. Deafness is seen here as
as a culture with its own language and range
of expression. At the MFA in the Remis Au-
ditorium, 8 p.m. Tickets $8-$10
fri Dec 10-fri Dec 17: BU’s College of Fine
Arts presents the Obie-Award-winning play
Marisol, by José Rivera. in a post-apocalyp-
tic future, characters struggle to survive in
an urban wasteland while angels battle with
God. At the South End’s Calderwood Pavil-
ion. Tickets $12 or $10 for seniors, students,
BU alums, WGBH members. Fri-Sat, Dec
10-11 at 8 p.m.; Sun, Dec 12 at 2:00 p.m.;
Tues, Dec 14 at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Tu,
Dec 16 at 7:30 p.m.; and Fri, Dec 17 at 8:00
p.m. Visit www.bu.edu/cfa/events.
sat, Dec 11: World Music/CRASHarts
presents Te Blind Boys of Alabama
Christmas Show Go Tell It on the Mountain
at 8 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center,
136 Massachusetts Ave. Tickets $42, $37
and $30. For tickets and information call
World Music/CRASHarts at 617-876-4275
or buy online at www.worldMusic.org.
sun, Dec 12: We love New England Conser-
vatory violist Kim Kashkashian’s series of
chamber concerts to beneft the Greater
Boston Food Bank, in part because it pushes
the donating impulse beyond the short
holiday season. Tonight’s concert features
Mozart’s C-major Quintet (in which Kash-
kashian is joined by the Parker String Quar-
tet) and Bach’s D-minor Partita. Admission
is a donation of nonperishable food or a
check made out to the food bank 6 p.m. at
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street.
weD, Dec 15: Te frst of a series of isabelle
Huppert movies by great European direc-
tors screens at the MFA. Every Man for
Himself (1980), by Jean-Luc Godard, stars
a young Huppert as a prostitute who gets
mixed up with a married man and his wife.
Other directors in the series, which runs
through the month, include Claude Cha-
brol, Otto Preminger (born in Europe), and
François Ozon. At the MFA in the Remis-
Auditorium, 8 p.m. Tickets $8-$10
thu, Dec 16: Gardner Museum Artist-in-
Residence Adam Pendleton premieres a new
work entitled three scenes (variation one) in
the Tapestry Room of the isabella Stewart
Gardner Museum. Te performance, which
incorporates music and spoken text, is the
centerpiece of December’s Gardner After
Hours celebration, the fnal After Hours
event to be held in the museum before a
year-long hiatus in preparation for the open-
ing of the new Renzo Piano-designed wing
in early 2012. Free for members; $12 general
public; $10 seniors; $5 students. Tickets
include admission to three scenes, all After
Hours activities, and three foors of galleries.
fri Dec 17: Chorus pro Musica premieres
a new work by composer Stephen Paulus
and then rings in the holiday with a carol
sing-along at Old South Church, 645
Boylston Street. Te Triton Brass Quintet
will provide suitably holly-and-ivy-ish
accompaniment. Tickets $25, 35, 45;
discounts for seniors, students, WGBH
members. info at 800-658-4276 or www.
choruspromusica.org.
sun–tue, Dec 26-28: Te Mighty Mighty
Bosstones stage their 13th Annual
Hometown Trowdown at the House of
weD, Dec 15: West Fens Community/Police
meeting., 5 p.m. Landmark Center (corner of
Park Drive & Brookline Ave.), 2nd foor, Dis-
trict 4 police substation (next to security desk).
thu, Dec 16: Congressman Michael
Capuano’s representative holds ofce hours,
1-2 p.m., at Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston
St. Residents’ questions/concerns about
federal issues or legislation welcome.
thu, Dec 16: Mass Alliance of HUD Tenant’s
annual holiday party honors Congressman
Barney Frank. 6-9 p.m., Susan Bailis Center,
352 Mass Ave. Tickets, $25 or $5 for HUD
tenants. To RSVP or for more info, call
MAHT at 617-267-2949.
thu, Dec 16: Audubon Circle Neighborhood
Assoc. holiday party, 6:30 p.m., Beacon
Street Tavern, 1038 Beacon Street.
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar.
tue, Dec 21: East Fens Community/Police
Meeting., 6 p.m. Morville House, 100
Norway St.
Blues. Tickets are available at Livenation.
com or houseofBlues.com/Boston, or by
calling 800-745–3000.
sat, Jan 1: Each New years Day, the isabella
Stewart Gardner Museum ofers a FREE day
of admission in conjunction with Boston’s
First Night celebration, inviting Bostonians
and visitors to kick of the new year in style.
Tis annual event honors the late Frank
Hatch, former board member and president
of the museum, for his lifelong dedication to
public service and the arts. 11 a.m. to 5p.m.
hoping to draw more new visitors—and persuade free-spending holiday shoppers
to drop a few more dollars in Boston—the City of Boston runs a website in
collaboration with artsBoston (the folks who run the Bostix booths) where you
can fnd half-price tickets for dozens of music, dance and theatre events through
January 1. oferings include Ballet Rox’s Urban Nutcracker, A Celtic Sojourn at
the Cutler Majestic, the Lyric stage’s critically praised Nicholas Nickelby, Boston
Conservatory’s Twelfth Night, handel & haydn’s Messiah at symphony hall,
concerts at the gardner, and much more. new this year are $10 vouchers, good
when you spend $40 or more at a dozen restaurants, including Brasserie Jo at
the Colonnade and asana in the Mandarin hotel. Find the full list of events and
restaurants at www.mayorsholidayspecial.com or the Bostix booth at Copley sq.
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