December 1 is going to be a busy day along Centre and South streets in Jamaica Plain. There will be two tree lightings with Mayor Walsh, a JP Library Book Sale and a Boston Symphony Orchestra performance and more across the area. The 23rd Annual Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour are tree lightings are taking place from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.
Every year on November 11th, we remember the armistice, signed on November 11th, 1918, that ended the First World War. One hundred years later, it can be easy to forget why we celebrate this day of all days, as the living memory of that war fades. The fact is, thousands of young men from Boston’s neighborhoods, and from all across our country, put their lives on the line to defend our allies in the Great War. Today, the legacy of that courage and sacrifice is alive all around us -- in the men and women in our neighborhoods who continue to serve our country; the families who continue to sacrifice; and veterans who continue to make Boston the great city that it is. It is essential, this year and every year, that we acknowledge and thank these honored members of our community.
Boston is going through a period of historic growth -- the kind our city hasn’t seen in decades. More people are choosing to put down roots and start families here. More businesses are choosing to open their doors here. Students from all over the world come to attend our universities and colleges each year. As Boston grows, we must keep our focus on the families and communities that make our our city the diverse, welcoming and world-class place it is.
Early on in my first campaign for mayor, I realized I had to be open about my recovery from alcoholism. I had been working on addiction prevention and recovery issues for my entire 16 years in the State Legislature, and I knew I wanted to make it a priority for the city if I were elected. But my friends in the recovery community encouraged me to also tell my own story, as a way of breaking down stigma and bringing hope to people suffering from substance use disorders and their families. So I did, and the response was, and still is, profound. Connecting with people in recovery, talking to young people about their choices and their challenges, having people approach me quietly, after an event, about a struggling family member -- these are among my most meaningful experiences as mayor.
Applications for the 2019 Boston Cultural Council Organizational Grants are now open. Building on Mayor Walsh’s commitment to expanding and supporting arts in Boston, this year’s round of funding marks the largest ever and totals nearly $500,000 available to arts organizations. The grants are a partnership by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, the Boston Cultural Council (BCC) and the Mass Cultural Council (MCC). “Boston is home to so many great arts organizations who are making significant impacts on our communities with their programming,” said Mayor Walsh via press release. “I am so proud that we are able to support their efforts through these grants, and I can’t wait to see the variety of arts opportunities that each neighborhood takes advantage of in 2019.”
The BCC works under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and distributes funds annually from the city of Boston and Mass Cultural Council that support innovative arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences programming with the goal of enhancing the quality of life in Boston.