welcome to the first CPS e-newsletter.
It’s our attempt to save trees and postage while bringing you the latest preservation news in Charlestown.
Check out Preservation and Development in Charlestown:
A Practical Guide for Charlestown Residents
This new CPS guide offers practical help in navigating Charlestown’s complicated preservation and development process. It’s useful if you’re building or renovating property, or if you’re concerned about a development or renovation project.
Here’s what’s in the guide:
- Who’s in charge of preservation and development in Charlestown?
- Types of preservation protection
- Requirements for developing or renovating property here
- The nitty-gritty: How to apply for a building permit
- Preservation and development advice from the experts
- Suggestions for building and renovating in Charlestown
- What to do if you’re concerned about a development project
- Frequently-asked questions
- Useful contact information
For your copy, just click here.
Phipps Street Burying Ground Clean-Up and Tour – May 2
Mark your calendar for the annual Phipps Street Burying Ground Clean-up and Tour on Sat. May 2 at 10am. It’s a rare chance to help tidy up a piece of history and take a self-guided tour of one of Boston's oldest cemeteries, which dates from 1630.
Join us at the front gate on the corner of Phipps and Lawrence Streets (between the Zelma Lacey House and Mishawum Park). Rain date is Saturday, May 9.
Share Your Stories About the Training Field
By this time next year our beloved Training Field will boast interpretive panels like the ones in Boston’s historic burying grounds, thanks to a $50,000 grant to CPS from the City of Boston’s Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund.
Do you have stories, photos and maps of the Training Field? Let us know and we’ll pass them on to the professionals creating the panels and post them on the CPS website. To share your stories, photos, etc, just:
- write CPS at Box 290201, Charlestown, MA 02129
- call us at 617.241.7500 (leave a message)
- email CPS at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re in the process of hiring a team of preservation professionals to research, write, design, fabricate and install the panels, with plans to have them in place by fall 2009 or spring 2010.
St. John’s “Saints Preserve Us” Capital Campaign
Our friends and neighbors at St. John’s Episcopal Church are raising funds to restore the interior and stained glass windows of its historic 1841 Gothic Revival church, make the altar handicapped accessible, and repair leaks and water damage to the 1871 Stick-Style Parish House.
To find out more, go to www.stjohns02129.org or send your contribution to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 27 Devens St., Charlestown, MA 02129.
CPS College Scholarship – May 31st Deadline
Every year CPS awards two $1,500 college scholarships to high school seniors: one to a Charlestown resident, and one to a Charlestown High School senior who doesn’t need to be a Charlestown resident. This year’s deadline is May 31st.
To read some of the winning scholarship essays or download an application, click here.
CPS Mini-Grant – May 4 Deadline
The CPS Mini-Grant program supports projects that help preserve Charlestown’s quality of life with small grants of up to $250. Any Charlestown nonprofit is eligible. The next Mini-Grant application deadline is May 4, 2009.
To learn more about the program or download an application, click here.
CPS Annual Meeting
This year’s CPS Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 17th at 6:30pm at the USS Constitution Museum. There will be updates on preservation activities in town, election of new officers and board, good food and good conversation with your preservation-minded friends and neighbors. We hope you’ll come!
9th Annual Framingham House Tour – Sunday, May 17
This year’s Tour celebrates eight historically intriguing residences in diverse settings for which Framingham is proudly famous. The John Bent House (c. 1662) is Framingham’s longest standing house and is a must see! To learn more, go to www.framinghamhistory.org.