Flash Mob Music Performance by Longwood Symphony Orchestra at DFCI
To recognize National Arts in Health Care Month, on Thursday, November 17, 2011, The Longwood Symphony Orchestra (LSO) surprised patients, visitors and employees at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Yawkey Center with a flash mob performance in the lobby. One by one, musicians seemed to appear from nowhere playing J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. Click here to watch a video of the flash mob.
The LSO is a volunteer non-profit orchestra based in Boston, founded by members of the Harvard Medical School. It is composed of medical professionals, many of whom work in the Longwood Medical and Academic community, who are also musicians who have experienced the role of music as an aid in therapeutic healing. They present four concerts per year, each benefiting a different charity. The next concert takes place on Saturday, December 3, 2011, at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, benefiting the Sharewood Project. For more information on the flash mob and on the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, click here.
CommuteWorks Premiums for MassCommute Car-Free Week Participants
Congratulations to Kelly Dunn of Emmanuel College, Omer Elad of Simmons College, and Lisa Volkening of Joslin Diabetes Center for winning raffle prizes for logging their miles during MassCommute's Car-Free Week! Kelly took home a $100 Amazon gift card, Omer won a $50 Staples gift card, and Lisa won a $50 Dunkin Donuts gift card. Thank you to all who participated in this year's event!
Grant for Car Charging Stations in the MASCO Garage
Car charging stations are coming to the LMA! Working with the City of Boston, MASCO has won grant funding for Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) stations – enhanced parking spaces that allow owners of electric vehicles to charge their cars during visits to the LMA. The Operations Department will locate them in highly visible and well signed spaces in the 375 Longwood garage. We hope to encourage employees and visitors to consider new technologies and to support employees who are already using this option for clean, efficient transportation.
Our grant application highlighted both our willingness to subsidize the stations and our strong collaborative relationships between Boston Transportation Department (BTD) and our members. Thanks to the members of our Area Planning team for their continued work with the Boston Transportation Department to identify creative ways to support the transportation needs of our members.
Our member institutions already do a great deal to support energy efficiency and environmentally friendly behaviors and MASCO is proud to play a role in coordinating some of those efforts so they can occur in an efficient, effective and cost sensitive manner.
Photo Credit: Coulomb Technologies, Inc.
Simmons College Celebrates Halloween
On Friday, October 28, Simmons College and the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service held their annual Safe Halloween Event. Children from local elementary school systems as well as members of the Starlight Children’s Foundation were invited to campus to participate in activities coordinated by student volunteers. The event took place in 3 residence halls on the Simmons campus. Children of all ages participated in arts and crafts, dancing, games, nail/face painting, and trick-or-treating throughout the college dorms. This event was a great way for Simmons students to get involved in their community. It was difficult to tell who was having more fun, the children or the student volunteers! For more information on the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service at Simmons College, click here.
LMA Ushers in October With Mission Hill Road Race
The Mission Hill Road Race was held on Saturday Oct. 1. Despite the gloomy weather, many turned out to participate in the annual 5k race for both walkers and runners. This event is supported by MASCO and several of our members. Students from local colleges including College of the Fenway members, Mission Hill residents, and staff from LMA institution participated in the event. Proceeds from the race benefit the Kevin W. Fitzgerald Park. This park makes a nice walk during lunch for anyone located in the LMA. Click here for a map and directions.
Clover Food Truck Now Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The Clover Food Truck will start serving breakfast and lunch in addition to dinner starting Monday, October 3. Clover prepares a substantial portion of their locally-sourced food on the truck, and features seasonal produce that changes weekly. Their french fries with rosemary, house-cut Prince Edward Island potatoes fried with fresh rosemary, are a particular specialty, and customers love their home-made soups and sandwiches. Breakfast offerings include granola with fruit and yogurt, popovers, breakfast sandwiches and oatmeal.
The truck can be found on Blackfan Street, across from the Emmanuel College Parking Lot, Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm. For more information about Clover, visit their website at www.cloverfoodlab.com.
Hubway Bike Share Program in the LMA
MASCO members were among the first sponsors of the City's new bike share program, the Hubway, launched at the end of July. Boston's Mayor Menino championed Hubway as a way to both improve the environment and encourage physical activity in the city. Area Planning worked with the City, the company and our institutions to locate convenient stations.
With racks of bikes stationed at 61 solar powered stations around the City, riders can check out a bike in one area and return it to another. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Harvard University (Longwood Campus), Colleges of the Fenway and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will sponsor a total of 10 stations: Seven are expected to be in/near the LMA/Fenway area and three outside of the area.
Farm Fresh in the LMA
Feeling hungry? Pick up some fresh, healthy and locally-sourced treats right in the LMA. Every Wednesday from 12 noon to 2 pm Harvard Medical School hosts a farmers’ market that offers fruits and vegetables, local breads, cheeses, jams and spreads. It’s located outside of Elements Café in the new research building on Avenue Louis Pasteur. Beth Israel Deaconess (BIDMC) hosts a farm stand on Wednesdays from noon to 3 pm in the Kirstein lot on the east campus. On Thursdays, the Brigham Circle farmers’ market runs from noon to 6 pm. Three vendors are featured each week, and special appearances include biweekly bicycle tune-ups, a monthly band performance and a health information table.
Share the Bounty One new and innovative program brings fresh, locally grown produce to LMA employees and helps provide healthy food to low-income families. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center coordinated with Bowdoin Street Health Center and The Food Project to bring the Farm to Family program to the LMA. Employees and students from the area can sign up to receive boxes of freshly-harvested produce from Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon, MA. Members pick up boxes at BIDMC on Wednesdays through October 19. Pro-rated memberships are still available. The purchase price includes an optional donation to help cover the cost of subsidized boxes that The Food Project provides to low-income families in Dorchester. For more information and to sign up to receive a weekly produce box, contact Amy Lipman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remembering Mr. Kelley Council
Many people have inquired about Mr. Kelford (Kelley) Council, the driver of the Fenway Shuttle, who died of cardiac arrest on Friday, July 15, 2011. He befriended a great number of riders, who returned his kind words and actions with heartfelt expressions of sympathy. Mr. Council was retired from the MBTA and worked for Paul Revere Transportation as a bus driver. His favorite route was the Fenway Shuttle in the Longwood Area.
For those who would like to share their thoughts with his widow, you may write to her:
4 Balfour Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
In lieu of flowers, please send your donations to the account of:
Kelford Council Jr.
Mass Bay Credit Union
147 West 4th Street
South Boston, MA. 02127
Attn: Kimberly Gunville
New Grads Celebrate
Twenty-four children recently celebrated completion of the preschool program at the Longwood Medical Area Child Care Center (LMACCC). Each year the graduating students develop their own show – complete with hand-made props. This year’s class performed an alphabet skit and sang songs.
New Evans Way Park Pedestrian Island Complete
Jan Henderson, MASCO senior planner, recently met with Conrad Crawford, director of partnerships at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), to see the finished Evans Way Park pedestrian island. Improvements -- traffic signals, crosswalks and landscaping -- provide safer, accessible crossing for pedestrians and add visual appeal to the area. The project is a collaborative effort between MASCO and its members, the DCR, landscape consultants CDM, Just Roses rosarians, and transportation planners Vanasse, Hangen and Brustlin, Inc.
Evans Way Park is part of the Emerald Necklace of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. MASCO is coordinating a multi-phase renovation to the park with foundation, private and state funds. The next phase of improvements, now under design, will include sidewalks near Wentworth Institute of Technology and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. See more information on Evans Way Park and other MASCO open space projects.
Image by Linda Cullivan
Rose Garden in Bloom
June is peak season for the Kelleher Rose Garden, a “jewel” in the Emerald Necklace of parks. The garden was added to the Back Bay Fens in 1930 and contains 200 varieties of roses and almost 1,500 plants, including historic roses and AARS (All-America Rose Selections) winners. Located across from the Museum of Fine Arts, between The Fenway and Park Drive, the rose garden is open from dawn to dusk from May to September. For more information, visit the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's website.
Yawkey Station Groundbreaking
State and city officials, business and community leaders joined to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new $13.5 million Yawkey Commuter Rail Station. The new solar-powered station will significantly improve commuter rail access to the LMA -- increasing stops from 17 to 40 per day. The station reconstruction is part of the $450 million Fenway Center development. Built on air-rights over Interstate 90, it will create significant pedestrian and green space improvements and includes more than 330 apartments, office and retail space, more than 30,000 square feet of parks and more than 1,000 parking spaces.
MASCO has worked with LMA institutions, area businesses and community groups, as well as state officials to help secure the Commonwealth’s economic stimulus funding and build support for the project.
For more information, see MASCO/Now.