October, 2001
9th Congressional Election Final ~ October 16, 2001

Boston Municipal Election Final ~ November 6, 2001

The Democratic Ward Committees of Dorchester's Wards 13, 14, 15, 16, & 17 
Invite You To Join Them At  A

Continental Breakfast With The Candidates

Boston's Mayoral, District 3, District 4
and Council-at-Large Candidates 

Saturday, October 13
10 AM to Noon
The Great Hall
Dorchester's Codman Square
6 Norfolk Street

This event is open to the public and is free of charge.

Dorchester Girl Scout registrations will  be held at three local sites for girls from Kindergarten age through Grade 12. The registration dates are: September 25th at the Fields Corner Library, October 1st at the Codman Square Library and October 4th at the Uphams Corner Library.  Registration is $7.00 for the year per girl.   All  registrations will be held between 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM.  Adult volunteers are needed for these registrations and throughout the year.  Please contact Vivian Izuchi at the Patriot's Trail Girl Scouts @ 1-617-695-1715 for more information. 

Families in Action  - Memories from Columbia Point
A quilt created by current and former residents of Columbia/Harbor Point under the leadership of fabric artist Clara Wainwright.  A Community Outreach Program of Arts on the Point, a public sculpture park at Umass-Boston.   The exhibition runs from September 17th - October 30th.   The opening reception is Tuesday, October 2nd from 4:30 - 6:00 PM 
in the Healey Library,  5th Floor, UMass-Boston.  For information call 617-287-5347 

Mothers Resources
- St. Margaret's Church, Columbia Road,  has a mother's group meeting every first and third Thursday from 9:00 - 11 :15 AM (corrected times - ed.) in the Dunn Hall. They have all kinds of activities for the kids! For information call the coordinator, Sister Nancy Duffy 617-282-5621

- Need Help?  Call FoodSource!  Are you having trouble making ends meet- Call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline for info. on FREE and Low-cost resources and confidential food stamp eligibility screening.  The hotline is open Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM  (Thursdays until 8 PM),  and Saturdays from 9 AM - 1 PM.  Phone: 1-800-645-8333. 

September, 2001

Starting balance÷. $ 1,628.27 
Expenses÷. $ 61.92
Income÷÷.$177.43    Ending balance÷÷÷÷÷÷÷.$1,743.78

Any member of our civic association is welcome to attend a Planning Committee meeting.  To become a member of the committee, we ask that you attend three meetings in a row to get an understanding of the issues and then not miss more than three consecutive meetings in order to maintain continuity.   The Planning Committee meets on the last Monday of the month from September to May at the Little House at 7:00 PM,  unless there is a holiday.
At the September general meeting, on the recommendation of the Planning Committee, the association voted on the following projects:

224 Savin Hill Ave: vote to support a member of the association who seeks to build a two-story addition to her existing single-family home.

1121 Dorchester Ave: vote to support an auto repair shop that seeks to add a structure behind its existing building.  The committee supported the proponents with the proviso that they will propose a plan with the BRA to improve the landscape around the building to enhance pedestrian views.

8 Crescent Ave: vote to support a local construction company that seeks to use this parking lot for six vehicles.  After meeting with the Planning Committee, a separate meeting was held with abutters and an agreement was made on use and upkeep of the property. The number of spaces was reduced to five and a list of criteria was attached to the letter sent to the ZBA that the civic association will require the proponent to comply with.  In addition, we request a review of the property in two years due to problems we have had with traffic on that street.

Dependable Cleaners: the company would like more visibility on Dorchester Avenue and proposed additional signage that would be placed on the sides of the building above street level.  The association requested that the Planning Committee review the sign with the McLaughlin Center before giving final approval to the project.

10 Romsey Street: the association opposed the proponent's plans to erect a three-family dwelling primarily because the lot appears to be too small for the proposed building.  In addition, the owner has not met with the Planning Committee to review this project.

Visitors scheduled to appear at the September 24 Planning Committee meeting include:

  • 54 Grampian Way: seeks to add a front porch to their single family home.
  • 1031-1035 Dorchester Avenue: seeks to add a travel agency to the restaurant and beauty salon currently in that space.  In addition, the would like to install a 3' x 10' sign to building facade
  • 67-71 Bakersfield Street: the owner will meet again with us to finalize his plans to put up three townhouses on a corner lot prior to his October ZBA hearing.
  • 215 Sydney Street: an attorney for the new owners, Boston Realty Ventures, will discuss future occupants and uses for the building.
  • Ryan Park Renovation: artists seeking support on fundraising for art projects for the park.
  • 65 Bay Street: abutters and DBEDC will discuss the construction and its schedule of the new printing facility.  ~Ruth Davis, Chair, Planning Committee