2017 BOOKS


City of Boston to partner with the Asian Community Development Corporation and Chinatown Main Streets to improve safety

The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) today announced measures to improve safety on local streets in Boston's bustling Chinatown neighborhood, as well as additional enhancements planned for the coming months. The work is being accomplished in partnership with the Asian Community Development Corporation, Chinatown Main Streets, Chinatown Safety Committee, Chinatown Residents Association and Chinatown Neighborhood Council, with input from Chinatown Summer Youth Leadership students.

"Chinatown is a vibrant community and it is vital the neighborhood's streets are both safe and functional for residents, local businesses, daily commuters, tourists and visitors," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "I'd like to thank the Chinatown community for partnering with us and providing insight into the specific transportation needs of their neighborhood. We look forward to continuing to work with residents to create the best street conditions in Chinatown."

To date, BTD has completed the following improvements at six signalized intersections on Kneeland Street between Washington Street and Atlantic Avenue:

• "Do Not Block" Intersections signs posted and new related pavement markings installed.

•  All crosswalks repainted.

•  Pedestrian crossing times increased.

•  Traffic signals retimed to improve traffic flow on Kneeland Street.

•  Parking meters between Tyler and Hudson Streets relocated to allow for better visibility.

• Two "No Turn on Red" signs added to address conflicts between turning drivers and pedestrians in the crosswalk.

BTD crews have also repainted all crosswalks at the following nearby intersections in the neighborhood:

• Tyler Street and Beach Street

• Hudson Street and Beach Street

• Harrison Avenue and Beach Street

• Harrison Avenue and Essex Street

• Essex Street and Chauncey Street

"The modifications made at these intersections will work to reduce congestion, increase sight distance and enrich the travel environment for all users of the roadway along Kneeland Street and throughout Chinatown," said Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca.  "BTD will continue to monitor safety and movement on local streets in the neighborhood and make adjustments as necessary."

Plans are also underway to repaint pavement markings this upcoming construction season on Kneeland Street, from Washington Street to Atlantic Avenue.



Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the first-ever Food Truck Advisory Committee. Working closely with the Mayor's Office of Economic Development, the Committee consists of industry stakeholders who will provide recommendations on areas of food truck policy, as well as engage relevant City agencies on the current food truck permitting process.

"Supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs is a priority of my administration, and I am eager to engage and receive valuable feedback to support our food truck industry," said Mayor Walsh. "Micro restaurants and retail establishments are crucial employers and revenue generators in Boston's small business economy, and I look forward to an improved program that will enhance neighborhood vibrancy and promote economic inclusion."

Below is a full list of committee members:

    Doug Burrell, Big Daddy Hotdogs

    Rox Freeman, Commonwealth Kitchen

    David Harnick, The Dining Car

    Irene Li, Mei Mei Street Kitchen

    Melissa Lynch, The Roving Lunchbox

    Ky Nguyen, SA PA

    Ian So, Chicken and Rice Guys

    Kevin Toretello, Boston's Baddest Burger

    Diana Vargas, Pomaire Boston Chilean Grill

    Christopher Wandell, Northeast of the Border

The Committee will advise on food truck policy areas including but not limited to, the annual site selection lottery, food truck sites throughout the city, and the truck permitting process. In advance of the annual site selection lottery this spring, the Committee will first focus on lottery and application process improvements that can be implemented immediately.

Released last year, the City of Boston's Small Business Plan identified the needs of Boston's small business economy and provided a roadmap to streamline small business services and address challenges. In Boston, the micro restaurant and retail segment represents nearly ten percent of the city's small businesses.

About the Mayor's Office of Economic Development

The Economic Development Cabinet's mission is to make Boston an appealing and accessible place for working families, entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors to innovate, grow, and thrive in a way that fosters inclusion, broadens opportunity, and shares prosperity, thereby enhancing the quality of life for all Bostonians and the experience for all visitors. Learn more on their website .



Summer youth employment enrollment now available online

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the opening of SuccessLink, an online tool that enables Boston youth to register for summer jobs. The SuccessLink application will be available from Saturday, February 25th until 11:59 pm on Friday, March 31st. Teens can apply 24 hours a day on the BCYF Youth Engagement & Employment Division website on boston.gov.

"A summer job is so much more than just a paycheck," said Mayor Walsh. "It's also a chance to explore career options, experience new things and meet new people. Giving our young people an opportunity to have a summer job builds confidence and sets students on the path for a successful career."

Through SuccessLink, young people can register for the summer Youth Employment Program lottery, get connected to resources and join civic engagement initiatives designed to empower youth. Applicants will be able to manage and update their information online.

Teens interested in applying must meet the following requirements:

    Must be a full-time resident of the City of Boston

    Must turn 15 years old on or before Friday, August 18th, 2017

    Cannot turn 19 years old, on or before Friday, August 18th, 2017

    Must be legally permitted to work in the United States

Boston is a leader in youth employment across the nation with a focus on offering meaningful employment opportunities to young people ages 15-18. Summer opportunities include paid positions with the Boston Police Department, Zoo New England, radio stations, Boston municipal government departments and and as tutors, mentors and counselors at many summer day programs. Last summer nearly 3,000 young people were employed through SuccessLink.

Applying for a summer position with SuccessLink does not guarantee a job. Applicants can visit BCYF Division of Youth Engagement & Employment at 1483 Tremont Street, Roxbury, or call 617-635-4202 for assistance with the application. Visit www.boston.gov/health-and-human-services/youth-employment-programs for more information.


Spring cleaning program encourages residents to get involved in their neighborhoods

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the 2017 program for "Love Your Block," a high-impact spring cleaning program that encourages residents to improve their neighborhoods over the course of three weekends. Spring cleaning activities include community gardens, pocket parks, public schools and sidewalks. Love Your Block, previously known as Boston Shines, will now include year-round cleanups, applications for innovative beautification mini-grants and new uses for City-provided tool sheds.

"When residents take pride in their neighborhoods, Boston becomes a better City for all," said Mayor Walsh. "I encourage residents to participate in Love Your Block, and do their part to keep our City a beautiful, friendly and welcoming place for residents and visitors alike."

Starting on February 6th, residents can sign up to volunteer at Boston.gov.

A full cleaning schedule for 2017 Love Your Block is below:

April 28-30

    Back Bay
    North End
    West End
    Beacon Hill
    East Boston

May 5-7

    Hyde Park
    West Roxbury
    South End
    Bay Village

May 12-14

    South Boston
   Mission Hill
    Jamaica Plain

For more information on Love Your Block, visit: boston.gov/civic-engagement/love-your-block.


Mayor Martin J. Walsh today released the following statement regarding this week's executive orders:

"Preventing people from entering this country based solely on faith runs counter to everything we stand for as Americans. Let's be clear: this is not an effective way to combat terrorism and increase homeland security. It is a reckless policy that is rooted in fear, not substance, and further divides us as a nation and a world. It is simply morally wrong. As Americans, we must move forward together as a country proud of our diverse heritage, and find real solutions to the challenges we face."


In partnership with the City of Lyon, France, Mayor Martin J. Walsh last week welcomed 20 global startups in the biotech, information and cleantech fields at a reception concluding Big Booster's week-long boot camp program intended to accelerate innovation for technology startups globally. Big Booster, launched in April 2015, is the first non-profit, international accelerator program between Boston and Lyon, France, and is intended to foster a creative global entrepreneurial exchange.

"I am thrilled that international entrepreneurs are not only coming to Boston to share innovation ecosystems, but also to highlight and collaborate on sustainability, culture, education and tourism stewardship," said Mayor Walsh. "I am thankful Lyon is such a cooperative and proactive global partner, and Big Booster's robust and continued support of entrepreneurship helps foster our vision of global innovation and economic development."

"We are proud to sustain Big Booster for this second wonderful year," said Karine Dognin-Sauze, Lyon Deputy Mayor. "The quality of the start ups of this year, their ambition, and the way they improved this week is a reflection of the power of Big Booster, and of the dynamism of the ecosystems between Boston and Lyon."

In Big Booster's second boot camp to Boston, industrial partners shared their expertise with startups from France, Italy, Israel, Senegal and Belgium through mentoring sessions and panel discussions that included some of Boston's industry-leading and innovation stakeholders. Last Thursday, nine startups were selected by local industry experts as finalists to compete in the final stage of the Big Booster competition in April in Lyon.

"Thanks to the quality of the Lyon Booster Camp selection and a customized program with specific content crafted for our start-ups by Big Booster, this week in Boston was a real success both for our partners and the companies participating through intense, prolific networking in a kind spirit of efficiency, under the guidance of the Big Booster team," said Anne-Marie Graffin, CEO of Big Booster.

The finalists were announced at a reception in the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building by John Barros, Chief of Economic Development, Lyon Deputy Mayor Dognin-Sauze, French Consul General in Boston Valéry Freland, as well as some of Boston's leaders in innovation and business development. The nine finalists are:

    Clim8, the first clothing to be intelligent enough to regulate your temperature and improve comfort whatever the activity or climatic conditions.

    FineHeart, a medical device company focused on creating innovative technologies in the cardiovascular space.

    ForCity, empowers cities and companies with unique capability of simulating and optimizing the future of their businesses in systemic cities.

    Glomeria Therapeutics, an Innovative Pertoneal Dialysis solution with enhanced patient safety level, preventing peritonitis, membrane rapid degradation and personalization.

    Gulplug, develops disruptive wireless and self-powered energy sensors to help building and industry energy managers save their power consumption.

    HySiLabs, based on an unique modular liquid solution which makes H2 easy to use, enables anywhere, anytime smooth transitions from fossil to clean fuel.

    In Touch, aggregates all mobile payment solutions and digital services available on the African market on one device with one account for all operators.

    Micropep Technologies, provides natural genes silencing boosters for a new generation of biostimulant, biocontrol and plants' biotechnologies solutions.

    Sylfen, integrates energy storage and production solutions for buildings and ecodistricts, willing to secure their energy supplies with local sources.

About the Mayor's Office of Economic Development

The Economic Development Cabinet's mission is to make Boston an appealing and accessible place for working families, entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors to innovate, grow, and thrive in a way that fosters inclusion, broadens opportunity, and shares prosperity, thereby enhancing the quality of life for all Bostonians and the experience for all visitors. Learn more on their website .

About BigBooster

Founded in April 2015, BigBooster is a unique international non-profit acceleration program for early-stage startups with cutting edge innovation in the fields of Bio Health, Informative Tech, and Global Impact. Organized between Lyon (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France) and Boston (Massachusetts, USA), 2 worldwide renowned hubs with strong innovation ecosystems, its goal is to become the largest European competition for early-stage startups with a global outreach and namely from the Europe-Middle East-Africa zone. Bolstered by many public and private partners, BigBooster is organized by the Fondation pour l'Université de Lyon. For additional information, please visit www.bigbooster.org.