Updated: President Barack Obama in Brookline Tonight
After his South End fundraiser, President Barack Obama stops by for dinner with a Brookline resident.
[Update: 5:26 p.m. The official word from police is that they are not giving out traffic advisories or information.]
[Update: 4:30 p.m. No word yet from Police on official road closings. Earlier today, Brookline Selectman Jesse Mermell commented on her Twitter that people going to South Brookline can expect to see roadblocks. Beacon Street, she added, will not be impacted to her knowledge. Police also confirmed to one reader headed to Coolidge via Beacon that he should "be fine."]
Wednesday evening in Brookline will be a little more presidential than usual, at least for one home. Advertising executive Jack Connors will host President Barack Obama for dinner at his home tonight, after the President finishes his fundraiser at Cyclorama in the South End. WBUR reports that the dinner with Connors will raise an estimated $2 million for the campaign.
President Obama is also holding a campaign fundraiser in South End, with nosebleed seats available for a $500 contribution. A donation of $1,000 earns you the title of “Friend” and a seat in the premium section, while $10,000 contributors will be invited to a “photoline” reception.
The Cyclorama fundraiser is one of the President’s first in his newly launched 2012 re-election campaign. Details of the event, which is scheduled to start at 3 p.m., have not been released. According to the Globe, Celtics shooter Ray Allen and Hall of Famer Bill Russell will join Obama at the event.
For South End visitors, the presidential visit means crowds and parking restrictions. Parking signs went up on Monday and leaflets will be distributed prior to Wednesday’s event. Parking is prohibited on the following streets from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday:
- Tremont Street from Berkeley Street to Dartmouth Street
- Clarendon Street from Tremont Street to Appleton Street
- Warren Avenue from Berkeley Street to Dartmouth Street
- Montgomery Street from Clarendon Street to Dartmouth Street
A portion of Tremont Street in front of the Boston Center for the Arts will be closed to traffic on Wednesday.
Patch will post information about Brookline road closings and parking bans as it becomes available.