News Briefs

Mayor’s Cup Street Hockey Tournament begins April 21

Mayor Michelle Wu and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host the 2022 Mayor’s Cup Street Hockey Tournament in partnership with the Boston Bruins Foundation during the April public school vacation week.

“We’re looking forward to providing a year-round schedule of healthy outdoor activities for all ages in our neighborhood parks,” said Parks and Recreation Department Commissioner Ryan Woods. “Thanks to our partnership with the Boston Bruins Foundation, our young street hockey players will once again get the opportunity to meet kids from throughout the city and compete for the title of ‘Boston’s Best’ in the Mayor’s Cup.”

The Tournament will begin April 21 and continue through the April school vacation week. All games will be played at Garvey Playground at 340 Neponset Avenue in Dorchester. Additional support is provided by P&G Gillette. 

Teams will compete in three age groups: Mite (ages 6 to 8); Squirt (ages 9 to 10); and Pee Wee (ages 11 and 12). Please note that pre-registration for teams is required with a limit of eight teams per regional division.

To register or for more information, please contact Damien Margardo at [email protected], Jennifer Misiaszek at [email protected], or call (617) 961-3083.

To stay up to date with news, events, and improvements in Boston parks, call (617) 635-4505, visit Boston.gov/Parks, join our email list at bit.ly/Get-Parks-Emails, and follow our social channels @bostonparksdept on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Plant and identify oak trees

Olmstead 2022 Art, Nature and Science Integrated free program to plant and identify oak trees at the Jamaica Plain Pond Gazebo is planned for March 19,  from 2-4 pm. Register by March 13 at [email protected] 

Space is limited.

FEMA Awards more than $1.9 Million to city of Boston

 The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $1.9 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse City of Boston for purchasing and distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) to city workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city will receive a total of $1,941,707 in federal funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program to reimburse the costs of supplying Boston Police Department (BPD), Boston Fire Department (BFD), Boston Emergency Medical Services (BEMS), the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (MOEM), and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) between March 2020 and July 2021, including:

• Purchasing and distributing (PPE) and related supplies like such as N95 masks, surgical masks, gowns, Tyvek suits, face shields, boot covers, hair bouffants, gloves, hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol, Clorox wipes & drapes; and

• Purchasing an electric pallet jack and manual jack required for moving the large amounts of inventory from the loading dock to the storage area where the stock was stored and distributed

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist the City of Boston with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided almost $867 million in Public Assistance grants to Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for pandemic-related expenses.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Traffic Advisory

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, as well as the South Boston Boys and Girls Club Road Race, will be held in South Boston on Sunday, March 20, 2022. The parade and road race will result in street closures and traffic detours in South Boston and reduce on-street parking availability.  Those coming into South Boston for the festivities are strongly encouraged not to drive their personal vehicles. Information on the MBTA may be found at www.mbta.com/,and information on Blue Bikes, the regional bike share system, may be found at https://www.bluebikes.com/. The parade kicks off at 1:00 p.m. and will start at West Broadway, to East Broadway, ending at Farragut Road. Broadway will be closed to traffic from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Saint Patrick’s Day Road Race begins on West Sixth Street at the Boys & Girls Club at 11:00 a.m. and will end at noon. Traffic will be delayed along the route as runners make their way to the finish line.

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Sunday” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows:

•        Dorchester Avenue, both sides, from Gillette Park to Old Colony Avenue

•        Foundry Street, both sides, from Greenbaum Street to Dorchester Avenue

•        West Second Street, both sides, from Dorchester Avenue

•        A Street, both sides, from Binford Street to West Second Street

•        Binford Street, both sides, from A Street heading northwesterly to end at 45 Binford

•        West Fourth Street, both sides, from A Street to Dorchester Avenue

•        West Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Avenue to Dorchester Street

•        East Broadway, both sides, from Dorchester Street to P Street

•        Farragut Road, both sides, from East Fourth Street to East First Street

•        Summer Street, Financial District, Atlantic Avenue to the MBTA bus stop near 245 Summer Street

•        Summer Street, South Boston, East First Street to the end of 776 Summer Street

•        E Street, from West Broadway to Athens Street

•        L Street, from East Third Street to East Broadway

Delays due to Boys & Girls Club Race route are expected as follows:

•        West Sixth Street, both sides, from F Street to Dorchester Street

•        F Street, odd side, West Sixth Street to Bowen Street

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