Community Guide

2019 Community Guide

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Community Centers/Youth Programs

Boston Center for Youth and Families (BCYF) Blackstone Community Center: 50 West Brookline St., (617)635-5162,

Boston City Lights Foundation Dance Studio, 1154 Washington St., (617)695-2856,

Cooper Community Center, 1891 Washington St., (617)445-1813,

Ellis Memorial and Eldridge House 95 Berkeley St., (617)695-9307,

BCYF Quincy Community Center, 885 Washington St., (617)635-5129

South End Youth Baseball,

South End Soccer,,

South End Football,
St. Stephen's Youth Program, 419 Shawmut Avenue. (617)262-9070

Center for Teen Empowerment, 384 Warren Street (617)536-4266 x 312,

United South End Settlements, 566 Columbus Ave., (617)536-8610,

Community Services and Organizations

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) 554 Columbus Ave., (617)267-7400,,

AIDS Action Committee, 75 Armory Street, Roxbury (617)437-6200
-Boomerangs Special Edition, 1407 Washington Street, (617)456-0996 Thrift shop benefits AIDS Action Committee

Aid to Incarcerated Mothers, 434 Massachusetts Ave # 503, Boston, MA 02118 (617) 536-0058

American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay, 1033 Massachusetts Ave., (617)375-0735,

Animal Rescue League of Boston, 10 Chandler Street (617)426-9170 Shelter and adoption center, veterinary care, law enforcement, animal rescue service

Boston Center for Independent Living, 60 Temple Pl., 5th floor, (617)338-6665, Services for the disabled

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, 780 Albany St., (857)654-1000,

Casa Myrna Vasquez, (617)521-0100,,

City Year, 287 Columbus Ave., (617)927-2500,

Ellis Memorial and Eldredge House 95 Berkeley St., (617)695-9309,

Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 South Bay Avenue, (617) 427-5200

Haley House, 23 Dartmouth St., (617)236-8132, Nutritional services, vocational training for youth and low-income adults

Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, alcohol and drug rehab 407 Shawmut Ave., (617)536-7469

Hope House, 8 Farnham St., (617)971-9360,,

Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción ((BA), 405 Shawmut Ave., (617)927-1707,

MALE Center, gay and bisexual men's drop-in center, 16 Haviland Street, (617) 450-1987,

Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave., (617)892-9100,

Project Place, 1145 Washington St., (617)542-3740,

Rosie's Place, 889 Harrison Ave., (617)442-9322, multi-service organization for poor and homeless women

Salvation Army, 1500 Washington St., (617)536-5260,

South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont Street, (617)536-8241

South End Business Alliance, (617)304-4421,

South End Historical Society, 532 Mass. Ave., (617)536-4445,

South End Technology Center, 359 Columbus Ave., (617)578-0597,

Southampton Street Shelter Clinic, 112 Southampton Street, 617)534-6100

Washington Gateway Main Street, 40 Waltham St., (617)542-1234,

United South End Settlements, 566 Columbus Ave., (617)536-8610,
Woods-Mullen Shelter, 794 Massachusetts Ave., (617)534-7101 Women's shelter

Cultural Organizations

The Art Connection, 551 Tremont St. (617)338-7668,

Boston Ballet, 19 Clarendon St. (617)695-6950,

Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. (617)426-5000,

Boston City Lights Foundation Dance Studio 1154 Washington St. (617)695-2856,

Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave. (617)482-7494,

South End / Lower Roxbury Youth Workers' Alliance, 31 Lenox St. (617)442-9800,,

United South End Artists,
Urbanity Dance, 1180 Washington St #100, (617) 572-3727

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St. (617)927-1735,,

Elderly Services

City of Boston Age Strong Commission, City Hall Room 271 (617)635-4366. Services include:
-Bus Buddies, assistants to help seniors get around on MBTA. (617)635-4366
-Senior shuttle, (617)635-3000, free rides to non-emergency medical appointments in the city.
-Taxi discount coupons, (617)635-4366, half-price coupons for Boston cabs sold in various locations
-Community Café free lunch for seniors, Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM,

Tenants Development Corporation (TDC) 23 Wellington Street Call ETHOS, 617/522-6700 for details

Ellis Memorial and Eldridge House, One Chandler St., (617)695-9310,

Hearth, Inc. Services for homeless and low-income seniors 164 Washington St., (617)369-1559

Elected Officials

Governor: Charlie Baker, (617)725-4005

Congressional representative: Ayanna Pressley No local office as of press time DC office: (202)225-5111


Senator Edward Markey (617)-565-8519

Elizabeth Warren, (617)565-3170

State Representatives

Third Suffolk District: Aaron Michlewitz (Bay Village, parts of Beacon Hill, South End), (617)722-2220

Ninth Suffolk District: Jon Santiago (Fenway, Kenmore Square, Prudential Apartments, Copley Place, South End, St. Botolph), (617)722-2425

State Senator: Sonia Chang Diaz (Parts of Back Bay and Beacon Hill, South End, Fenway, Dorchester, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain), (617)722-1673

Mayor: Martin J. Walsh, (617)635-4500,

District councilors

District 2: Ed Flynn (South Boston, Bay Village, parts of the South End), (617)635-3203

District 3: Frank Baker (much of Dorchester, part of South End including Worcester Square and Mass. Ave., Newmarket) (617)635-3455

District 7: Kim Janey (Roxbury and parts of the South End, Dorchester, Jamaica Plan and the Fenway.), (617)635-3510

City Councilors At Large
Annissa Essaibi-George (617)635-4376
Michael Flaherty (617)635-4205
Althea Garrison (617)635-4217
Michelle Wu (617)635-3115

Emergency Services

Police, District D-4, 650 Harrison Ave., (617)343.4250; Community service office: (617)343-4457

Fire: Engine 3 & Special Unit, 618 Harrison Ave. and Engine 22, W-25 & Haz-Mat Unit, 700 Tremont St., 911 or (617)343-3415

Neighborhood Associations and Friends Groups

Bay Village,

Blackstone/Franklin Square,

Chester Square

Claremont Neighborhood Association,,


Eight Streets,

Ellis South End,

East Berkeley Neighborhood Association

Friends of Blackstone/Franklin Squares

Friends of Childe Hassam Park,

Friends of Hayes Park

Friends of Peters Par,

Friends of Ringgold Park

Friends of South End Branch Library (FOSEL)

Friends of Titus Sparrow Park

Hurley Blocks Neighborhood Association

Old Dover Neighborhood Association

Pilot Block Neighborhood Association

Rutland Square Neighborhood Association

Rutland Street Neighborhood Association

St. Botolph Neighborhood Association

Union Park Neighborhood Association

Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association

Office of Neighborhood Services South End/Bay Village liaison, Faisa Sharif 617)635-4517,

Parking Permits

You may download the necessary Resident Parking Permit and bring it to City Hall. In addition to the application form, the following two pieces of information must be presented at the Office of the Parking Clerk when applying for a permit:

1. A valid Massachusetts automobile registration showing your car registered and principally garaged in your name from your current Boston address.

2. One of the following proofs of residency bearing your name and Boston address. The proof of residency must be current - postmarked within the past 30 days: Gas, Electric or Telephone Bill, Cable Television Bill, Monthly Bank Statement (excluding mortgage), Credit Card Bill, Water and Sewer Bill.

Find an application at

Find general information at or by calling the parking clerk at (617)635-4410.

Parks, Playgrounds and Gardens

Blackstone Square, Washington and West Newton Street

Chester Park, Massachusetts Ave between Shawmut Avenue and Tremont Street
Childe Hassam Park, Dartmouth Street and Columbus Avenue

Franklin Square, Washington and East Newton Street

Hayes Park, West Canton Street between Columbus Avenue and Tremont Street

Hurley School Playground, West Springfield Street between Shawmut Avenue and Tremont Street
Peters Park, Washington Street and East Berkeley Street

Monsignor Reynolds Playground, Washington Street at Monsignor Reynolds Way

O'Day Playground, West Newton Street between Shawmut Avenue and Tremont Street

Ringgold Park, Between Waltham Street, Hanson Street, and Ringgold Street

Rotch Playground, Albany Street and Thayer Street

South End Library Park, Tremont Street and West Newton Street

South End / Lower Roxbury Open Space Land Trust, multiple locations, (617)437.0999

Titus Sparrow Park, West Newton Street between Columbus Avenue and St. Botolph Street

Pet Licenses

You must register your dog using the following guidelines:

Pit Bulls and Pit Bull Mixes: $50. Also required: Proof of ownership of home or letter of permission from landlord stating that you are allowed to have a pit bull or pit bull mix: Recent photo of your dog no older than 30 days; Recent photo of the owner no older than 30 days; Proof of rabies vaccination; Proof of spay/neuter.

Unspayed and/or unneutered dogs $17. Also required: proof of current rabies vaccination.

Spayed and/or neutered dogs $6. Also required: proof of current rabies vaccination; proof of spay/neuter.

Applications can be found at: General information can be found at or by calling the City Hall operator at (617)635-4000.

You can license your dog at the following locations. Bring all the required paperwork, check/money order, completed application.

Animal Control Office, Boston City Hall, Animal Control-Room 811, Boston, MA 02201

Animal Shelter, City of Boston, 26 Mahler Road, Roslindale, MA 021

Places of Worship

Baha'i Center of Boston, 595 Albany St., (617)695-3500,

Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 75 Union Park St., (617)542-5682,

Columbus Ave. AME Zion Church, 600 Columbus Ave., (617)266-2758

Concord Baptist Church, 190 Warren Ave., (617)266-8062,

Ebenezer Baptist Church, 157 W. Springfield St., (617)262-7739,

Emmanuel Gospel Center, 2 San Juan St., (617)262-4567,

Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, 554 Mass Ave.

Grant AME Church, 1906 Washington St., (617)427-0670

First Church of Christ Scientist, 175 Huntington Ave., (617)450-2000,

People's Baptist Church, 134 Camden St., (617)427-0424,

St. John the Baptist Church, 15 Union Park St., (617)536-5692,

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 419 Shawmut Ave., (617)262-9070,

United House of Prayer, 206 Seaver St, Dorchester., (617)442-0105

Union United Methodist Church, 485 Columbus Ave., (617)536-0872,

Post Office

59 West Dedham Street, (617)266-0989, Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Public Health Services

Boston Medical Center, 818 Harrison Ave., (617)638-8000,

United South End Settlements, 566 Columbus Avenue, 617- 536-8610,

South End Community Health Center, 400 Shawmut Avenue, 617- 425-2000,


ABCD South End Head Start, 100 Shawmut Ave., (617)426-2855

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley Street , 877-400-2348,

Boston Public Schools, (617)635-9000,

Cathedral Grammar School, 595 Harrison Ave., (617)422-0042,

Cathedral High School, 74 Union Park St., (617)542-2325,

Escuelita Boriken, 85 West Newton St., (617)927-1740,

J.J. Hurley Elementary, 70 Worcester St., (617)635-8489,

Josiah Quincy Elementary, 885 Washington St. (Chinatown), (617)635-8497

Josiah Quincy Upper School, 152 Arlington Street, (617)635-8940

Samuel Mason Elementary, 150 Norfolk Ave. (Newmarket), (617)635-8405,

William Blackstone Elementary, 380 Shawmut Ave., (617)635-8471,

William E. Carter School, 396 Northampton St., (617)635-9832,

William McKinley Elementary and Technical High School, 90 Warren Ave., 617-635-9976

Street Cleaning

The City's Neighborhood Street Cleaning (Daytime) Program currently runs from April 1 through November 30. In winter months, street cleaning and parking restrictions are nighttime only. The daytime program parking restrictions are not in effect from December 1 through March 31, however, mechanical sweepers operate weather permitting.

Each street has as sign noting the specific day and time cleaning will take place. If your car is on the street during designated street sweeping it will be ticketed and towed.

You can find out when your street will be swept by visiting or by calling 311.

Trash Collection & Recycling

Trash and Recycling: Collection on Tuesdays and Fridays. Trash and recycling should be put out between 5:00 PM the night before and 7:00 AM on pick-up day. Trash and recycling must be contained in plastic trash bags (clear bag for recycling) as described at Failure to dispose of trash in the approved manner can result in a ticket and fine for the household. It is illegal to dispose of household trash in on-street trash cans and compactors, and violators can be fined.

Volunteering Opportunities

Pine Street Inn is looking for volunteers for a multitude of positions. Find descriptions of positions at or by calling (617)892-9186.

Haley House is also looking for volunteers, especially those that can make breakfast, or lunch/dinner throughout the week and on Sundays. They're also looking for volunteers who can help out in their administrative offices by doing data entry, making signs and more. Find out more about these opportunities and download a volunteer application at, or by calling their Volunteer Coordinator at (617)236-8132.

The William E. Carter School is always looking for volunteers. The Carter school serves students with severe developmental disabilities, and each week they head to the pool to wade, use their limbs, loosen up and relax. Volunteers, who would be screened, would be in the water with students, helping them make movements with their arms and legs. To get more information, call the Carter School at (617)635-9832.


Keyspan, (617)469-2300,

Boston Water and Sewer Commission, (617)989-7000,

Comcast, 1.888.633-4266,

NStar, 1(800)592-2000,

Verizon, 1(800)870-9999,

City Services

Mayor's Hotline: now 311
Mobile: download the free BOS:311 app on iOS or Android (previously known as Citizens Connect)
Social media: tweet @BOS311
Phone: dial 3-1-1 (previously the Mayor's 24-hour hotline 617-635-4500. For those with VoIP and for calls from outside Boston, callers should continue to dial 617-635-4500.)

Animal Control (dog licenses), (617)635-5348

Boston Housing Authority, (617)988-4130,
Boston Police Department D-4, 650 Harrison Avenue non-emergency number (617)343-4250

Inspectional Services, (617)635-5300

Garbage/Trash missed pickup, (617)635-7555 x270 or x279

MBTA, (617)222-3200

Office of Housing Stability, (617)635-4200, information, advice and support for tenants and landlords
Office of Neighborhood Services South End/Bay Village Liaison Faisa Sharif, (617)635-4517,

Parking Clerk, (617)635.4295
Party Line (report loud parties between 11:00 PM-7:00 AM to Boston Police Department) (617)635-5500
Planning and Zoning, (617)722-4300

Report a pothole, (617)635-7555

Public Works, (617)635-4900

Recycling, (617)635-4959

Sidewalk/street repairs, (617)635-4950

Snow removal and street sweeping, (617)635-7555 x302

South End Landmark District Commission, (617)635-3850

Traffic signal and street sign repairs, (617)635-3122

If you suspect your car was towed (24-hour hotline), (617)635-3900