Come to a hearing on the Community Preservation Act at Boston City Council Chambers in City Hall on Tuesday, March 29th at 1:00 pm. The Community Preservation Act (CPA)is being considered for the ballot this November by the City Council.
CPA is a state program that would allow Boston to raise $20 million/year for parks and recreation, historic preservation and affordable housing by adding a 1% surcharge –a $23.09 average annual cost to a Boston homeowner–to property tax bills. Boston can join 160 cities and towns in Massachusetts that have already passed the CPA and have raised a total of $1.4 billion to develop and restore parks and playgrounds, build affordable housing and rehabilitate historic buildings.
You are welcome to attend the Friends of the Public Garden 46th Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm
First Church in Boston
66 Marlborough Street, Boston MA
Anne Brooke, Chair of the Board of the Friends, will convene the meeting celebrating 46 years of preserving, protecting and improving the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall.
There will be a business portion of the meeting followed by a Review of the Year by Liz Vizza, Executive Director, Friends of the Public Garden.
David Dearinger, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at The Boston Athenaeum and member of the Friends Sculpture Committee, will give a talk entitled “Museums Without Walls: The Sculpture Collection of the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall.” David brings impressive expertise to his subject with a Ph.D. in art history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York with a specialty in nineteenth-century American art. He joined the staff of the National Academy of Design in New York in 1985 and served as Chief Curator there from 1995 until 2004, when he became curator at the Boston Athenæum. He has taught art history at a number of institutions, has lectured and published widely in the field of American art, and has curated and organized a number of exhibitions in New York and Boston. His current projects include the American portraits of the Marquis de Lafayette, the work of the American sculptor Daniel Chester French, and politics and public sculpture in Boston.
With forty-four memorials from plaques to significant monuments, the Common, Garden, and Mall have the largest concentration of outdoor public art in Boston. Come and hear David’s observations and insights into our “museums without walls.” Not to be missed!
Reception to follow. Kindly RSVP by April 6.
617-723-8144 or email@example.com
2015 Annual Meeting Minutes, ByLaws and the Board of Directors nominating slate available at friendsofthepublicgarden.org.
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The Friends of the Public Garden is excited to announce that the following four food trucks have been selected for our 2016 rotating food truck program at the Brewer Fountain Plaza on the Boston Common (near Park Street Station). The program will start in April and run through November. Follow each truck on Twitter to get real-time updates.
Bon Me (Mondays & Wednesdays, 11 am – 3 pm)
Bon Me has been serving bold, fresh, and fun Vietnamese food since they won the City of Boston’s food truck challenge in 2011. Six food trucks and five restaurants later, they’re serving their healthful and exciting sandwiches, noodle salads, and rice bowls to Boston and beyond. Twitter: @bonme
blazing salads on wheels (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11 am – 3 pm)
blazing salads on wheels is committed to the long-standing family tradition of serving their customers as if they were family. Using only the best ingredients, they offer a menu of healthy and delicious homemade Mediterranean inspired dishes in concert with traditional salads and sandwiches. Twitter: @blzonwheels
Heritage Food Truck (Fridays, 11 am – 3 pm)
At the Heritage Food Truck, their mission is championing local farmers, fishermen and foragers, with a dedication to cultural diversity and menus inspired by market-fresh bounty and house-made ingredients. Farm to table cuisine, although they’re calling it “farm to truck!”. Twitter: @HeritageTruck
Cookie Monstah (Saturdays & Sundays, 12- 6 pm)
The Cookie Monstah truck specializes in fresh-baked cookies and brownies. All of their delicious cookies are baked fresh every day and they keep it simple, delicious and healthy. Additionally, they have locally-sourced ice cream to go with their baked goods. Twitter: @MonstahTruck
Berklee College of Music piano performances will be back in late April. Lunchtimes during the week 12-2, and Thursday evening jazz performances at 5 pm.
There is an important bill in the State House that needs to be moved out of committee by March 15, which will have a very important impact on getting gas leaks fixed in Boston. The bill is H2870, “An Act relative to protecting consumers of gas and electricity from paying for leaked gas.” (We were pleased to see that H2871 “An Act relative to gas leak repairs during road projects” made it out of Committee.) The Friends of the Public Garden is interested in this as it relates to trees and the greenspaces we care for and the overall urban health of our community. The impact the leaks have on the trees of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall are of particular concern to us because they are at greatest risk of damage from the leaks.
We have reached out to our representatives and are urging you to do the same. We are pleased to be joined by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, Garden Club of Back Bay, and several other community organizations from across the city. Please feel free to use the template below.
Dear Representative XX:
I respectfully urge you to contact Representative Thomas Golden, the House chairman of the Telecom, Utilities and Energy Committee, and urge him to report out Representative Lori Ehrlich’s gas leak bill H2870 favorably by March 15. We were pleased to see that H2871 was reported out favorably but your support is still needed.
Gas leaks are a major concern in our neighborhood, throughout Boston and the state. One year ago a Harvard-BU study found that leaks from natural gas distribution pipes cost ratepayers $90 million a year in greater Boston. Gas leaks also cause explosions: they blew one Boston home off its foundation in 2014, displacing 11 residents, and another in 2015. Gas leaks contribute to asthma, a major health problem in Boston; kill trees by displacing oxygen in the soil; and they are probably Boston’s #1 greenhouse gas. Methane, the main component of natural gas, is 86 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide during its first 20 years in the atmosphere. Given that, the Boston Climate Action Network estimates that gas leaks are a bigger climate change factor than all the vehicles in Boston.
The Legislature acted on this issue in 2014. The gas leaks bill it passed that year required gas utilities to report all their known leaks to the Department of Public Utilities and to repair or replace hazardous leaks promptly. Unfortunately, those repairs are not keeping pace with new leaks in Boston’s century-old, leak-prone distribution system. Central Boston, including the Back Bay, started 2015 with 201 known leaks and it now has 232.
Rep. Ehrlich’s two bills would incentivize faster repairs and would fix all the leaks within a decade. The first bill, H2870, would require utilities to pay for the gas their pipes are leaking instead of charging their customers. The second, H2871 would require them to fix all leaks when a street is opened up for substantial repairs.
Please contact Representative Golden and urge him to report these two important bills out of TUE favorably before this session’s March 15deadline. Also please contact Speaker DeLeo and tell him of your concern about this issue.
The Friends of the Public Garden is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the following event.
FRIENDS OF FAIRSTED LECTURE SERIES 2015-2016
America’s Best Idea: Fairsted, the Olmsteds and Our National Parks
Parks: Cornerstones of Civic Revitalization
The quality of park systems has long been a measure of a healthy and functional society. Our national parks represent a democratic, and increasingly uncommon, commitment to the common good. This talk will focus on how the tradition of public park making initiated by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.’s seminal Yosemite Report in 1865 continues today as an expression of national and community ideals.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
6:00pm Reception | 7:00pm Lecture
Wheelock College, Brookline Campus
43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA
Seating is limited and reservations are required.
Reserve online or 617-566-1689, ext. 265
Rolf Diamant is a writer, historian and adjunct associate professor at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Rolf enjoyed a 37-year career with the National Park Service as a landscape architect, planner, and park manager. He served as superintendent of Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site and was the first superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, a national park that tells the story of conservation, the evolution of land stewardship and the emergence of a national conservation ethic. As liaison with the National Parks Second Century Commission, he helped re-think the value and function of national parks in a changing world. He is past president of the George Wright Society and his column, “Letter from Woodstock,” addressing the future of national parks, appears regularly in the society’s journal. Copies of A Thinking Person’s Guide to America’s National Parks (George Braziller, 2016) edited by Mr. Diamant and others, will be available for sale and signing by the author.
A Thinking Person’s Guide to America’s National Parks is a guidebook like no other. In twenty-three essays, richly illustrated with more than 350 color photographs, authors with personal and professional connections to the national parks share their deep and invaluable knowledge. This book illuminates the astonishing diversity of America’s more than 400 national parks, bound together into a single national park system that expresses and preserves the nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage.
Attendees of our Celebrate Leap Year at Boston Common Frog Pond event will be treated to special performances by competitive figure skaters Ashley Harkins, Elana Sargent, Juliana Bent, and Nikki Montanaro. Skaters will be donating their time and talent to entertain guests.
Our event welcomes skaters of all ages and abilities. Non-skaters are welcome to mingle over hot cocoa and enjoy the show while supporting parks. We look forward to seeing many of you at this event hosted by our Young Friends group. Register today.