2010 President's Messages



November 2010

Dear Neighbors,


I hope everyone enjoyed a safe and fun Halloween. Thanks to Sallie Permar and Matt Ferraguto for organizing the increasingly popular Savin Hill Halloween ‘Parade’.

Joe Walsh from Renew Boston will speak about programs which allow eligible Boston residents to make subsidized energy efficiency home improvements. Don Walsh will discuss a Dorchester-wide initiative to promote and implement these programs. After overwhelming opposition voiced at several meetings, RSA Media has withdrawn their proposal to erect an electronic billboard on the NStar property off Dewar St.

December is our annual Holiday celebration. Volunteers are needed to help organize event; please contact me if you can help. Remember to invite a neighbor to our monthly meetings. Thanks! See you MONDAY NIGHT! Please vote on Election Day, Nov. 2nd.

-Maureen



October 2010

Dear Neighbors,


Our September meeting was informative and enjoyable as attendees sampled refreshments and some went home with raffle prizes thanks to several generous neighborhood merchants. Thank you to all who contributed to the evening’s success. We heard Peter Meade, President & CEO of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate describe this exciting addition to Columbia Point. We also learned about another wonderful resource on the Point, the Commonwealth Museum. Ice-cream samples from the soon to be open Savin Scoop were a crowd favorite.

Thank you to the following merchants who donated items or services to our raffle during the September meeting:

• Commonwealth Museum (Columbia Point)
• Dorchester Market (Dorchester Ave & East Cottage St)
• Eagle Liquors (936 Dorchester Ave)
• John F Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum (Columbia Pt)
• McKenna’s Café (Savin Hill Ave & South Sydney St)
• Savin Scoop (107 Savin Hill Ave)
• Spire (65 Bay St)

This month we will hear from a group of Tufts University researchers who are embarking on an air quality study which measures the effects of air pollutants along I-93. The CAFEH (Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure & Health) study will explore the potential heart and respiratory health effects linked with traffic along this strip. Outreach workers will visit randomly selected homes and ask residents a variety of questions; a white research van will be checking air quality in the neighborhood. Come to the meeting to learn details.

Hard to believe it is almost October. Fall is the perfect time to clean out your basement, garage, shed and yard in preparation for that dreaded season (dreaded by me at least). The City of Boston offers several opportunities to assist with disposal of items during its Electronics Recycling event on October 8th at the Bayside Expo Center parking lot, the Household Hazardous Materials Drop-Off on October 9th at UMB Marine Campus, or the free shredding event also on October 9th at the Bayside Expo parking lot. Leaf and yard waste pickup program is 10/18-11/27. See newsletter for details.

Please reach out to neighbors, roommates, area business owners and friends and invite them to attend our monthly meetings. The CSHCA provides an effective voice and efficient vehicle to voice neighborhood concerns, celebrate its accomplishments and share news of upcoming events and new business openings. Our Elected Officials and/or their representatives and public safety officials regularly attend our meetings and are responsive. Please invite a neighbor. See you MONDAY NIGHT!

-Maureen





September 2010

Dear Neighbors,


It’s still summer but fall is ‘in the air’ as I type this note. Hopefully we enjoy a long warm fall and a brief and mild winter. Labor Day signals the start of school and the return to typical routines. Your civic association resumes its monthly general membership meetings on Monday, September 13th at 7pm at College Bound/Little House, 275 East Cottage St. The Executive Board, Planning Committee and Beautification Committees met through the summer hiatus and we have much to report next week.

Please reach out to neighbors, roommates, area business owners and friends and invite them to attend our monthly meetings. The CSHCA provides an effective voice and efficient vehicle to voice neighborhood concerns, celebrate its accomplishments and share news of upcoming events and new business openings.

Each month we will try to offer a brief presentation from an institution, agency or person with ties to our neighborhood. I am excited to announce we have a very special speaker scheduled for our September meeting. Please join us and enjoy Peter Meade, President & CEO of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate as he details this exciting addition to Columbia Point. Together we will learn about their innovative building design, educational concept and development timeline.

Continuing with the Columbia Point educational resource theme we will also hear a brief presentation from a representative at the Commonwealth Museum and MA Archives. We will also host City Councilor at Large, Ayanna Pressley.

Updates regarding the Boston Collegiate Charter School, the BRA’s Dorchester Avenue Zoning Initiative, development proposals in the neighborhood and more will be shared.

To celebrate the start of our new meeting season and to welcome back current and encourage new members, we will offer light refreshments and raffle gift certificates and products from some of our generous businesses. Please remember to support your local businesses. Merchant members are welcome to join the association.

Thanks to Heidi Moesinger for organizing a neighborhood yard sale this past weekend. Hopefully everyone found new treasures and sold unneeded items. Boston’s Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off is October 9th at UMass Boston’s Harbor Campus and is another opportunity to clear out the cellar, garage, etc and prep for Winter.

Please come to the meeting on Monday and learn about your neighborhood, ask a question or voice a concern. Our Elected Officials and/or their representatives and public safety officials regularly attend our meetings and are responsive. Please invite a neighbor. See you MONDAY NIGHT!

-Maureen





February 2010

Dear Neighbors,


I hope everyone is well rested after the Holidays and most are still observing their New Year’s resolutions.

It is only February but community organizers are already at work planning some exciting spring and summer events. Savin Hill Little League leaders will host two fundraisers (see below) and the Pacitti Cup while the Dorchester Beach Festival committee is beginning to lay plans for a fundraiser as well as their main event in August. The Beautification Committee is developing their spring slate of events. Updates will be posted on our website and via email blasts.

A status report on the Leo Lydon Memorial Clock installation at the Savin Hill MBTA Station will be shared during our February meeting.

After numerous meetings with abutters, Elected Officials and the Planning Committee, the Church in Boston has decided to abandon plans to utilize their recent purchase at 202 Savin Hill Avenue as an assembly space and elder residence. Instead they plan to convert the home to 3 condominiums and sell the units. They are seeking assembly space in a more commercial part of Dorchester. Abutters and the civic association’s planning committee will be kept involved/updated with this project.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday, February 1st at the General Meeting. Happy Valentine’s Day!

-Maureen






January 2010


Dear Neighbors,

I hope you all had a joyful and restful Holiday season. Best wishes for health and happiness in the New Year!

Thank you to all the merchants who donated gifts or services to our association’s December Holiday party: Allard Farm Custom Sportswear, Avenue Liquors, Cedar Grove Gardens, Coleen’s Flower Shop, CSHCA Beautification Committee, Harp & Bard Restaurant, Pantry’s Pizza, Stitch House Dorchester, Sugar Bowl, University of Massachusetts Boston. Thanks to members who donated food & special thanks to Anne Riley for coordinating many of the donations.

Much has happened in our neighborhood since we last met: UMASS Boston signed a letter of intent to purchase 20 acres of commercial property at Bayside Expo Center, North Cambridge Catholic High School finalized a deal with the archdiocese and the local parish to acquire the old St. William’s School at 100 Savin Hill Avenue and launch the Christo Rey Boston School next Fall, the BRA/Columbia Point Task Force held a meeting to review latest draft of master plan (pre-UMASS Boston announcement) and several proponents came before the Planning Committee’s December meeting seeking zoning relief and/or presenting future plans for their property. The Church in Boston presented initial plans for their recent purchase at 202 Savin Hill Avenue. Based on feedback from the committee and abutters they advised they would regroup and submit revised plans sometime in the future. An announcement of meeting date will be made once the church contacts us.

The civic associations pledges to reach out and work with the institutions, developers, agencies and fellow residents with projects in our neighborhood. We encourage everyone to become involved to ensure your voice and point-of-view is represented. If you cannot attend meetings please send me an email, letter or call to voice your opinion. I will forward your comments to the proponent, committees, elected officials involved. It is our neighborhood and I hope you can find the time to take an active role in shaping its future.

Have a safe, healthy New Year!

-Maureen