News Briefs

George Wright GC Junior Golf Lessons Registration Now Open

 The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is offering free golf clinics at the George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park for ages 7 to 14 years old.

The first-rate Junior Golf Lessons program provides basic instruction in the fundamentals of golf taught by professionals. Equipment is provided, if needed, but you may bring your own clubs. Pre-registration is required.

Founded in 1938, the 18-hole par 70 Donald Ross-designed George Wright Golf Course is a hidden gem located at 420 West Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston.

The lessons take place Tuesdays through Thursdays with classes at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The series repeats weekly starting from July 6, 2021, until August 12, 2021.

Clinicians are highly qualified golf instructors.  To register, go to the “Parks Online Activity Search” link at 

 For more info, please contact Jennifer Widener at (617) 961-3047 or [email protected]

Parks Dept. Announces East Boston Virtual Tree Removal Hearing

In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 87, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will hold a virtual public hearing on Thursday, May 6, at 10:00 a.m. on a request to remove one public shade tree in East Boston. 

The request is for the removal of one Norway maple tree measuring 14 inches dbh (diameter at breast height) due to a building construction project at 69 Lubec Street in East Boston.

The hearing will be held by the City of Boston’s Tree Warden (or designee).  Please note that due to the current pandemic the hearing will be a virtual meeting via ZOOM.  Written comments or questions may be submitted to [email protected] prior to the hearing.  The information for the ZOOM hearing is as follows:

To participate by computer:

To participate by phone:


Webinar ID: 827 0887 3991

Public testimony will be taken or may be provided prior to the hearing in writing to the Tree Warden, Boston Parks and Recreation Department, 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd floor, Roxbury, MA 02118 or by emailing [email protected] with “East Boston Tree Hearing” in the subject line. 

A final decision regarding the request will be made within two weeks of the hearing.  For further information, please contact the Tree Warden at (617) 635-7275. 

TSA Seeks Input on Mobile Driver’s Licenses to Inform Real ID Rulemaking

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published a request for information in the Federal Register seeking information about security standards and technologies concerning mobile driver’s licenses. Responses to the request for information will support future DHS/TSA rulemaking to update the REAL ID Act implementing regulation to accommodate mobile driver’s licenses.  

Mobile driver’s licenses are digital representations of physical driver’s licenses, and are typically accessed via an app installed on a smartphone. Conceptually, mobile driver’s licenses are similar to digital representations of physical credit cards that are accessed via apps installed on smartphones. DHS and TSA are interested in mobile driver’s licenses because, compared to physical driver’s licenses, mobile driver’s licenses could provide greater security to TSA and all federal agencies verifying an individual’s identity, stronger privacy protections to individuals, and health and safety benefits to all users by enabling touchless identity verification.

“The TSA workforce comprises teams of security-focused innovators who look for opportunities to improve security and the traveler experience across the nation’s transportation network,” said Darby LaJoye, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the TSA Administrator. “The mobile driver’s license is one emerging technology example, and TSA is interested in exploring its incorporation into our identity verification processes.”

The Request for Information, solicits comments and input regarding technical approaches, applicable industry standards and best practices to ensure that mobile driver’s licenses can be issued and authenticated with features that ensure security, privacy and identity fraud detection. Comments may be submitted until June 18, 2021.

The REAL ID Act applies to mobile and digital driver’s licenses and identification cards. To enable federal agency acceptance of mobile driver’s licenses for “official purposes,” which the REAL ID Act defines as including access to federal facilities, nuclear power plants, and boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft, the REAL ID Act implementing regulation requires an update to accommodate mobile driver’s licenses. This request for information will inform potential updates to the regulation.

For more information on REAL ID, please visit

GSCA Virtual Meeting Agenda

The Gove Street Citizens Association (GSCA) monthly meeting agenda for Monday, April 26 is as follows:

GSCA monthly meeting will be held ONLINE (and on phone) via ZOOM.  The meeting will be start at 6:30 p.m.  Registration is required.  If you have not received an invitation to register or have difficulty registering or attending, please go to, send an email to [email protected] or contact (781) 951-4111.  

Though the agenda is subject to change, we plan to discuss the following items:

Attendance Roll Call

Welcome & Announcements

Boston Police Updates  

Office of Neighborhood Services Updates – Lina Tramelli

Neighborhood Updates – Nat Taylor

2021 Love Your Block Spring Clean Up

Project Presentations:  

77 Lubec Street – 2nd Presentation & VOTE

Aaron Daigneault – Vote to approve that the 77 Lubec Street is zoned for nine units.  Mr. Daigneault has conflicting documentation from the City of Boston. We will vote to oppose or support 77 Lubec Street as a nine-unit building.   

14B Geneva Street – Encore Presentation & VOTE

Marc Savatsky and Phil Sima – Construct 4 family building on vacant lot with 4 parking spaces in enclosed garage.  Attorney Jeff Drago presenter- 4 Unit condo (3 stories, 34 ft high – 35 ft allowed) with 4 parking spots

229 Maverick Street – Informational Presentation

Meggan Ayres – Roof Deck Addition 

Legislative Update – Senator Joseph Boncore and Representative Adrian Madaro

Next Meeting – Monday, May 24.

JPNA P&Z Meeting Agenda

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Agenda will be held on Wednesday April 21 starting at 7:00 p,m. and is as follows:

The JPNA P&Z Meeting will be held ONLINE via ZOOM.  The registration link is provided in the meeting notice below. If you have any difficulty registering or attending, please contact us at [email protected]

If you are an abutter within the 300’ radius to a development project and wish to be considered to speak aloud (not via chat), you must register at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. This is so we may verify your abutter status.

 The JPNA will be recording these meetings and may post the recordings online.  

Zoom Video Conference

Registration Required! Please Visit The Website To Register For This Meeting.


(subject to change)

304 Sumner Street – First Presentation – Erect addition and change occupancy from 3 to 4 units

Developer: 304 Sumner St, LLC-  Represented by: Richard C. Lynds

64 Haynes Street – Second Presentation  – Erect a four (4) story three (3) unit residential dwelling with parking for two (2) vehicles.

Developer: Francesco Chieregatti Spoldi Represented by: Richard C. Lynds

1 Everett Street – Second Presentation – Erect a five (5) story mixed-use residential building

Developer: Richard Garaffo Represented by: Joseph P. Hanley and Thomas P. Miller

Friends of the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway Council Meeting Minutes

Friends of the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway Council Meeting minutes for the meeting held on March 25 are as follows:

Police Report

• Reduce in vandalism

• Some arrests

• Confiscated around 10 guns in the past months. 5 in one arrest.

• Still seeing scams

• 647-xxx number (not sure how they got it, but that isn’t the Police Department)

• Just hang up on them and call the police to report

• When there is something concerning, they would email all the community contacts they have

• No issues around Wood Island to Constitution Beach

PLAN East Boston Update

• Usually, Kristina Rico would give the update (role in East Boston). Today Nick Schmidt talked to us

• East Boston Neighborhood plan is still happening. It was started 2.5 years ago.

• There will be community process involving several topics

• Commence from Imagine Boston 2030 and encompass and distill this plan and the transportation overall vision

• More information about Plan East Boston is in English and Spanish on the BPDA website

• BPDA Will be presenting recommendations for the future

• Excited to get out of the 1-year slumber we have been in (we blame covid)

• East Boston has a lot to consider because of the pandemic

• BPDA has been in communication with other agencies to keep everybody in the loop and updated with the process.

• However, we are in the starting process, so we don’t meet week to week

• Wouldn’t like to see marine jobs badly affected due to redevelopment (Karen)

MEWG Garden Update

• The Executive Committee, Luli and Michelle have been talking with Parks about the Mary Ellen Welch Memorial Garden.

• The project has been scaled back a bit to remove the pavement, but keep plants. Luli is working on updating the design with the changes to work on getting approval from Parks.

• Hopefully we can still plant the garden this spring and have volunteers help with the planiting.

• Karen mentioned that we won’t accept anything that is not up to Mary Ellen, but that we are willing to compromise Spring Clean-Up + Painting Stencils

• There will be a clean-up on the Greenway for trash pick up, weeding, and maybe painting stencils.

• Saturday, 04/17 from 10-12.

Spring program

•  There will be a COVID and Family Friendly event on Saturday 04/03 in front of the East Boston Library to make flowers and write poems.

• Michelle has reached out to the library and parent groups to help promote the event.

Piers Park Update

• The community organizer position is still open

Chelsea Creek

• Magdalena did a shorter presentation of vision Chelsea Creek

• Collaborative planning (public-private partnership)

• Abandoned area

• Started from scratch wondering what can we do here? While making it inclusive and equitable. Create resiliency and accessibility

• Tried to really understand what it’s happening planning wise

• Looked at the regulatory overlay

• Doesn’t look at the Cargo Venture area

• Magdalena is doing and will keep doing site visits. Just call her to coordinate a small group visit.

• Intend to balance the community and industrial needs

• Had several workshops, some members of the council and greenway consultants participated

• Almost everyone agreed that this site should be accessible to the public and include ecological restoration

• Include civic use

• Have a greenway loop in East Boston

• Intend to soften route 1A

• Include traffic calming and green infrastructure

• EB medium-low income is lower than the state and country average, so we need to consider this in our process

• We want to assure that works that come from this project go to the local

community workers

• Would be restoring some wetlands


• Jane O’Reilly commented on how the greenway is mentioned in all community meetings of the area. And she doesn’t want to exploit it.

The next Greenway Council meeting will be on Thursday, April  22nd at 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Zoom Link

Register in advance for this meeting:

2021 Planning & Zoning Meeting dates are available at

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