We are a Volunteer Community Organization open to all residents
We are the Saint Botolph Neighborhood Association and we strive to:
Thankful for all our neighborhood helpers
“How can I help?” is a phrase we often hear and we at the SBNA appreciate all those who offer their help and their services to help us help the neighborhood. And then there are those who contribute and help their neighbors quietly and mostly under the radar. Not only do we recognize all our official helpers, but let’s give a hearty shout-out of thanks to people like the Pasqualinis, who regularly walk the St Botolph neighborhood to pick up trash.. Thank you Kathy and Marty for helping and for giving of yourself to make our neighborhood cleaner and more beautiful. Know anyone who should get a shout out? Let us know!
Remembering Marty Samuels: accomplished doctor, wonderful person, and beloved neighbor.
We are very saddened to relay the news that we have lost a long-time neighbor, Dr. Marty Samuels of Durham Street on June 6, 2023. Maybe you knew him professionally, due to his groundbreaking work in neurology. Maybe you knew him as the friendly, engaging, neighbor out walking his dogs Sydney and Ralphie with his beloved wife Susan Pioli. Perhaps you knew him as the owner of the cute sportscar with the “Neuron” license plate. If you knew him even a little, you liked him. If you knew him well, you loved him. He passed this month and he will be missed by all. Please keep Marty’s wife Susan in your thoughts and for a reminder of what an extraordinary human being Marty was, here's a link to a thoughtful tribute in the Boston Globe.
Our friend and neighbor John Morse
John a longtime resident and neighborhood friend passed away on Monday, January 11th, 2021. John moved to Durham Street in the 1970’s and was actively involved with the first neighborhood association (SBCC) and the SBNA during his longtime residency. As an appointed member to the St. Botolph Architectural Conservation District Commission for many years, John was vigilant in providing guidance to neighbors and developers on the architectural requirements of our historic district. He and Virginia were always out with their brooms and dustpans on clean up days beautifying the neighborhood and, for those of us who remember the St. Botolph Street Fairs, many of the signs were created by John. We are lucky enough to still have some of those signs and we use them for social events. After John retired from Polaroid, he could always be seen chatting with neighbors on his walks or while on his way to volunteer somewhere. John’s friendly manner and big smile was a joy to everyone and he will be missed. John is survived by his lovely wife, Virginia who resides at 9 Durham Street.
The Scoop on the Stoop
We focus being an informational site for our neighborhood and use our communication methods to be a guide to city services, local issues and keeping connected in our community.
We do not promote businesses as a rule. However, occasionally we hear about a promotion or news about a resident or nearby business that we think might be of interest to our community.
If you have something of interest to promote email us and if appropriate we'll highlight it here!
We were contacted by Priya, working to distribute a survey among association members to get a sense of how often they participate in their groups, what reasons might prevent them from being more involved, etc.
The survey is here: https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5C4w8OZ4qUVmKdo
Look who's arrived!
Charlotte Lucille Wheeler was born at 3:05 PM on Tuesday February 21, 2023 (Fat Tuesday). She weighed 7 pounds, 8.8 ounces and was 19 inches long.
Welcome home Charlotte!
was born on Friday, September 23, 2022
Ellie's big sister Copley, is having a hard time sharing the attention but nonetheless taking her new duties seriously!
We see you Copley. What a good girl, hang in there.....
Did you know?
The neighborhood was known for two crafts in particular - Binding of book by hand with fine leathers and the fashioning of Stained Glass .
Martin Luther King was a resident in the 50's and lived at 170 St. Botolph St.!
Edwin Arlington Robinson lived at 99 St Botolph St ( now the Inn at St. Botolph) and is credited with leading a revival of poetry early in the twentieth century together with Robert Frost. He was awarded three Pulitzer prizes in 1921, 1924, and 1927.
Here’s one: Judy Garland, Anthony Perkins and Liberace walk into a bar… the bar was Charlie Trafton's place at 124 Saint Botolph St click here for the details!
Garrison Hall and Garrison St are named for William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist and journalistic crusader.