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Boston College, MWRA celebrate the opening of Pine Tree Preserve

A dedication ceremony on September 25 hosted by Boston College and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority celebrated the opening of Pine Tree Preserve, a previously inaccessible four-acre parcel of land next to the Margot Connell Recreation Center and adjacent to the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.

The site, located on Thomas More Road in Chestnut Hill and owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, had been enclosed by fencing for the past 50 years.  It now features pedestrian walkways, park benches, lighting, and a beautiful view of the reservoir and surrounding area.

Pine Tree Preserve 360 Degree Video

National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Boston College students Meg Lydon and Olivia Vaughn were guests of Boston City Councilor Annisa Essaibi-George at the February 6th City Council meeting. Councilor Essaibi-George introduced a Resolution recognizing National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

Brighton High School Advisory Board's Annual Meeting

BHS Advisory Board
Brighton High Advisory Board members gather for a sculpture dedication created by a collaborative project with Boston College's Neighborhood Improvement Fund Grant and Artists for Humanity
BHS Advisory Board
Brighton High School students share with Advisory Board members and the Boston College Office of Governmental and Community Affairs the many work-based learning opportunities afforded to them thanks to our partners

Baldwin Greets Trick or Treaters

Baldwin Halloween
The Boston College eagle mascot, "Baldwin" greeted youngsters at the Annual Halloween Trick or Treat Walk at the Boston Police, District 14 Police Station. The event draws over 1600 youngsters who parade through the Brighton Center business district collecting candy from the merchants.
Baldwin Halloween
The 23rd Annual Trick or Treat Walk through the Business District is sponsored by Brighton Main Streets and the Brighton Board of Trade in partnership with Boston College, Boston University, the Oak Square YMCA and the Boston Police, District 14 Station.

Boston College Awarded 2017 Community Partnership Award from Brighton High School

Brighton High School Award
Paula Grealish, Bilal Wajid, Karen McDermott, Nachelle Gordon (Work-Based Leadership Program), Rob Rametti (Headmaster, Brighton High) Bill Mills, Jeanne Levesque, and Dan Cuddy (Private Industry Council)

Brighton High School Headmaster Rob Rametti recently recognized Boston College for its longstanding support of the high school and presented the University with the 2017 Community Partner of the Year Award at the annual Brighton High School Advisory Board Luncheon on October 26, 2017.

Headmaster Rametti acknowledged the decade-long partnership and thanked Boston College for its comprehensive support of the high school.  Over the past ten years, the University placed 400 Lynch School of Education students in the classroom and various support service areas, assisted Brighton High Students through BC College Bound, a pre-collegiate enrichment and support program, provided 350 Brighton High students with on-campus jobs during the school year and summer, sponsored the BC-Let’s Get Ready program providing students and their families with free SAT prep and college application assistance and awarded scholarships to Brighton High graduates through the Allston-Brighton and Woods College of Advancing Studies community scholarship programs.

Most recently, Brighton High School and Artists for Humanity were awarded a Boston College Neighborhood Improvement Fund (NIF) grant in the amount of $30,798 to install life-size sculptural art work on the front lawn depicting silhouettes of students engaged in daily academic and recreational activities at the high school.  Additionally, a representative from the University’s Office of Governmental & Community Affairs has served on the Advisory Board for the past ten years and continues to serve and provide guidance today.

BC Awards $325,798 in Neighborhood Improvement Fund (NIF) Grants


Allston Village Main Streets, Inc.--$36,000 to replace 56 tree pits in Allston Village with flexi-pave, a permeable pavement, to create a smooth walking surface, increase accessibility and allow for healthy tree growth.


Artists for Humanity (AFH) and Brighton High School--$30,798 for the installation of life-size sculptural art works on the lawn of Brighton High School to raise the visibility/presence of the school on Warren Street.  AFH will work with art teachers and students at Brighton High to design works reflecting typical student activities such as reading, writing, scientific inquiry, sports and the arts.


The Jackson Mann Community School & Council, Inc.--$100,000 for the creation of safe, new state-of-the-art playgroun at the Jackson Mann Complex for children ages 2 to 5 years old, from the school and the Allsotn-Brighton community.


Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation--$59,000 for improvements to Chestnut Hill Reservation: Plant new trees/vegetation on Beacon Street and Chestnut Hill Driveway, build new paved sloping pathway on Commonwealth Avenue, install chip seal on pathways and new stone dust to address erosion and repair hazardous areas.


VFW Post 669 & Boston Parks and Recreation--$100,000 for the installation of a bronze relief of Allston resident, Army Major General George W. Casey recognizing his heroism and service in WWII, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War where he was killed in action on July 7, 1970.  The relief will be located in the new Smith Park Ampitheater in Boston.


Father William P. Leahy, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston City Councilor Mark Ciommo with Jackson Mann Director Rosie Hanlon and summer campers

$35,115 was distributed to the fourteen organizations who are recipients of the Spring 2017 Cycle of the Allston Brighton/Boston College Community Fund.

Allston Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force: 5K Annual Walk for Recovery

Boston Police Department - District 14: School & Street Safety/Halloween Walk

Brighton Main Streets: Directional Signage & Seating for Brighton Common Events & Farmer's Market

Charles River Conservancy: Conservancy Volunteers

The Civic Conversations Project: Our Issues, Our Voices

Franciscan Children's: Adaptive Sports Program

Friends of The Faneuil Library Branch of the Boston Public Library: Funding of Educational Science Programs

Horace Mann School for the Deaf: Horace Mann Sesquicentennial Archives

Jackson Mann Community Center After School & Preschool Program: STEM Learning Project

Oak Square YMCA: Summer Teen Development Program

Presentation School Foundation (PSF) Community Center: Music & More for Children

Tenacity: Summer, Tennis & Reading Program (STRP)

West End House Boys Camp: Camper Scholarships

West End House Girls Camp: Project Camperships 2017

Beginning in the spring of 2015, as part of a package of public benefits related to its Institutional Master Plan, Boston College established a $2,564,000 Neighborhood Improvement Fund (NIF) grant for projects that enhance the public realm and for which public sources of financing may be unavailable or inadequate.

The NIF grant may be used by public or private non-profit entities to implement improvements on public property. Projects may include improvements in public parks and open space, neighborhood beautification, transportation and roadway improvements, public safety projects, public art, and other projects that achieve the objectives of the fund.

Projects should be of broad public benefit to the Allston-Brighton neighborhood, with particular emphasis on the areas of Brighton closest to Boston College (e.g. Lake Street, Foster Street, Cleveland Circle, Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton Center). Applicants will be expected to garner and demonstrate broad community support for their projects as part of the application and review process.

2018-2019 Boston College Neighborhood Improvement Fund (NIF) Recipients 
$1,104,095 will be awarded to the following organizations:

Allston Village Main Streets: Allston Village Lights Project - $60,000

Allston Brighton CDC & DPW: Bench Project - $20,000

Artists for Humanity: Artistic Bike Racks - $42,846

Boston Parks & Recreation: McKinney Playground Improvements - $750,000

Boston Transportation Department: Two BlueBike Stations - $106,250

Brighton Gateway & Brighton Marine Health Center (Fiscal Agent): Gateway Improvement Project - $100,000

Gardner Pilot Academy & Boston Educational Development Fund (Fiscal Agent) Community Garden & School Grounds Improvement Project - $24,999

2016 Boston College Neighborhood Improvement Fund (NIF) Recipients 
$325,798 was awarded to the following organizations:

Artists for Humanity: Brighton High School Sculptural Art Work - $30,798

Allston Village Main Streets: Tree Pit Initiative  - $36,000

Jackson Mann Community School & Council: Playground Initiative  - $100,000

Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation: Chestnut Hill Reservation & Reservoir Improvements - $59,000

VFW Post 669 & Boston Parks & Recreation (Fiscal Agent): Major General George W. Casey Bronze Relief - Casey Memorial Amphitheater - $100,000

2015 Boston College Neighborhood Improvement Fund (NIF) Recipients
$446,138 was awarded to the following organizations:

Allston-Brighton Veterans & Brighton Marine Health Center (Fiscal Agent): Medal of Honor Statue for Private First Class Ernest W. Prussman killed during WWII - $90,000

Boston Transportation Department-Boston Bikes: Two Hubway Bike-Share Stations - $95,600

Boston Police Department, District 14: Two Speed Alert Display Board Units - $40,000

Brighton Main Streets, Inc.: Gateway signage and an interactive kiosk that will provide information about local businesses, access to public transit, and a community calendar - $100,000

Friends of Chestnut Hill Reservation & DCR (Fiscal Agent): Two solar-operated trash and recyclable compacting stations and an outdoor drinking fountain (also pet friendly) - $25,000

Friends of McKinney Park & Boston Parks & Recreation (Fiscal Agent): Automated, solar-powered scoreboard, three concrete chess tables, and transformation of the street hockey court so it can also be used for soccer and basketball - $95,538