Community News

Please check back here for the latest news and notes on activities happening in the Charlesgate neighborhood.

To view information and images from Community News events, click on the links below.

Boston Globe Article

The first coverage of our project in the Boston Globe appeared in an editorial on Sunday, August 5th, 2018.

Here is the response letter to the Boston Globe from Parker James, Pam Beale and Karen Mauney-Brodek.

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Kenmore Mall Improvements

The Friends of the Public Garden received a grant for $15,000 for improvements to the Kenmore section of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. This money will go towards planting four trees, painting the fence, and repairing the Lombard Light. Work is scheduled to commence on August 8th.

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$250,000 for Charlesgate Work Included in Budget for Fiscal Year 2019

On July 30, 2018, the Massachusetts Legislature overrode Governor Baker’s veto of a bill that included $250,000 for Charlesgate design and engineering work in the 2019 fiscal year. However, we still need to make sure that the Governor funds the earmark.

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New Art Installation in the Area

A new art installation is in the Charlesgate community. Liz Glynn’s Open House is in the Kenmore part of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall immediately adjacent to Charlesgate Park, having opened on July 26th and going through November 4th.

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Charlesgate Alliance Represented at Red Sox Fenway Neighborhood Night on May 18th

Co-founder Pam Beale and Sam Wertheimer represented Charlesgate Alliance at the Red Sox Fenway Neighborhood Night on May 18th. Also in attendance were State Senator Will Brownsberger and State Representative Byron Rushing. Pam was one of two people to announce “Play Ball!” to begin the game.

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Marlborough Street by Charlesgate East Gets 21 New Trees in Sidewalks Where No Street Trees Had Been Planted Before

Thanks to the advocacy of members of the Charlesgate Alliance, particularly Margaret Pokorny, and Chris Cook, Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for the City of Boston, the last block of Marlborough Street from Massachusetts Ave. to Charlesgate East is got greener this Spring.

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Charlesgate Alliance Awarded Grant For Improving the Area

The Charlesgate Alliance is very happy to find out that we were awarded $15,000 to be used for tree pruning in the Charlesgate area. This came from the Fenway Park Demonstration Project and is administered by the Boston Planning and Development Agency. Our friends at the Friends of the Public Garden also received a grant for $15,000 to plant new trees and do fence repair in the Kenmore Mall of Commonwealth Avenue.

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Other Area News

  • Pam Beale, co-founder of the Charlesgate Alliance, was on hand for the groundbreaking of the new Fenway Center on January 30th. Pam spoke in her role as chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Parcel 7 air rights over the Massachusetts Turnpike. The name of that project became Fenway Center. Also speaking were Kelly Saito, Managing Partner of Gerding Edlen, John Rosenthal, president of Meredith Management, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, and Brian Golden, Director of Boston Planning and Development Agency, The Boston Arts Academy Chorus then performed before the groundbreaking. For more information, see this Boston Globe article.IMG_8262
  • The Citgo sign will remain visible with new development around it.
  • Traffic in the Charlesgate neighborhood is being affected by two Massachusetts Department of Transportation bridge projects. Use the links below for more information and to see project updates.

Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement

Massachusetts Avenue Bridge Replacement

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