Volunteer This Weekend: One Boston Day – MR8

In conjunction with the Martin Richard Foundation, the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association has planned a weekend of service at Ryan’s Park (960 Dorchester Avenue). The schedule of events:

  • Friday, April 13th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm: with the assistance of employees of John Hancock and ATS Equipment, we will do the heavy lifting of preparing for planting and the critical prep work for a new paint mural.  All are welcome to assist! Other activities include painting, raking and mulch. Please meet at the park!
  • Sunday, April 15th from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: we will paint the mural, plant a new tree and other plantings along with painting park benches, and retaining wall. All levels invited and BRING THE KIDS! Again, meet at the park and bring a water bottle.
  • Sunday, April 15th from 12:30 – 3:30 pm: listen to live music, paint for peace with Dot Art, and enjoy other activities for ALL AGES! This activity will occur in FIELDS CORNER at Town Field.

You can register in advance at: www.teammr8.org/onebostonday. You can also just show up… registration may close by end of day TODAY, but please show up Friday and/or Sunday.

More information visit: www.teammr8.org/onebostonday.

Street Sweeping Has Resumed. Try This Handy Online Tool

In Boston, street sweeping resumed on March 27th. If you own a car, that means you’ll have to move it on designated days and times for the street sweepers to do their jobs. If not, then your car gets ticketed and towed.

When to move your car? It’s posted on street signs, or you can use the online street sweeping tool by the City of Boston. Simply, enter the name of your street. The site will display the street sweeping days and times for your street.

State Legislation Proposed To Ensure Local Input Into Digital Billboard Conversions By MBTA

A state representative representing Dorchester has filed legislation to ensure public input into the digital billboard conversion process by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). According to the Dorchester Reporter:

“As the MBTA and residents butt heads over the possible conversion of existing MBTA billboards to digital displays and the proposed installations of smaller digital screens by MBTA stations, legislation is moving forward to ensure that any digitization plans will be subject to local approval processes.

State Rep. Dan Hunt of Dorchester filed a bill last September that would change a few things about how the T manages its billboards. Even if the displays are on state land, the legislation would require the MBTA or its representatives to come before the community and have a discussion about local benefits, whether that be in donations to neighborhood groups or the removal of existing billboards in compensation… the Office of Outdoor Advertising reviews such proposals, but the T, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the state highway division are not subject to local zoning.”

Reportedly, the MBTA has outsourced management of 125 roadside billboards on its properties to Outfront Media, in a six-month contract. According to a March 1st press release, Outfront began work for the MBTA on March 4th.

This seems to be part of a strategic move by Outfront into the greater Boston area. It completed in July, 2017 an an asset swap with Independent Outdoor Network, by acquiring digital billboards in the Boston metro area in exchange for static billboards in four non-metro market clusters:

“The acquired assets include 16 digital billboard displays, including two displays in-development, and two static billboard displays… The divested assets include several hundred static displays in predominantly non-metro areas of Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee and South Carolina.”

In September of 2017, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) awarded Outfront a long-term contract to manage its, advertising and communications concession agreements for subway, commuter rail and buses, including billboards. That contract included modernizing 500 billboards, and the deployment, starting in 2018, of 50,000 digital displays across the MTA transit system of 472 subway stations, 6,407 subway cars, 247 commuter rail stations, 2,429 commuter rail cars, and 1,255 buses.

A status and text of proposed legislation, H 3910, is available at the Massachusetts Legislature site.

Agenda For April 2 General Meeting

Below is the agenda for this evening’s general meeting:

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Police Report ( new Captain assigned to Columbia Savin Hill C-11- Captain Stephen McLaughlin)
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  1. Martin Richard Foundation… “do more serve more” is Sunday April 15th. We need several volunteers to assist at Ryan’s Playground. The Foundation is providing financial resources to purchase paint, trees, bulbs and mulch to beautify the park. The 2 hours on Sunday will be followed by a celebratory gathering later in day in Fields Corner. SIGN UP at meeting to help or thru this LINK… register for team Columbia Savin Hill Civic!
    REGISTER for One Boston DAY
  2. Special Senate Election-  to replace Linda Dorcena Forry. The Primary Election will still occur on April 3rd followed by the Election on May 1st. More details on election can be found here: Special Senate Election Details.
  3. Town Hall with Senator Elizabeth Warren. Hosted by the Dorchester Reporter will be Thursday April 5th at 6:30 pm at the Boston Teachers Union Hall on Columbia Point, with access from Day Boulevard. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, see Warren Town Hall details.
  4. Moakley Park Vision Plan. CSHCA will be represented (hopefully) in an Advisory Group to look at the park in assisting the Park & Recreations Department to discuss and develop an updated vision for the park. A public meeting is scheduled for April 11, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Tierney Learning Center (125 Mercer Street, South Boston). More information is available at the City Of Boston .
  5. LOVE YOUR BLOCK – former Boston Shines will be Saturday May 5th. More details will be provided at the meeting.
  6. Thank you to the Banshee for providing an award winning Chili to support Dorchester Day (a/k/a Dot Day). Chili was great and feedback on taste was great. Thanks to volunteers from CSHCA who assisted. The Dot Day $10K drawing and fundraising event is scheduled for Friday, April 6th at Florian Hall at 7:00 pm.
    Also, thank you to Nordblom and Globe employees for doing a neighborhood tour of the former Globe… feedback was great!
  7. CSHCA Election/Nominating Committee. Membership will vote for 3 members to act as nominating committee to solicit and accept interest in a board position for next year. Nominations are due by next meeting with vote in June.

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Representative Evandro Carvalho, a current candidate for the District Attorney’s Office, will address the membership and discuss his goals and objectives if elected the next DA.

Irene McSweeney from the Boston Water & Sewer Commission (BWSC) on a water, sewer and drain replacement project on Bay Street. The project engineer and contractor will also be in attendance to address any questions.
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Active Large Projects in the Neighborhood
These are listed as an FYI only. No formal presentation at the meeting.

  • Dot Block (change in ownership)
  • Morrissey Boulevard Redesign
  • 135 Morrissey – former Globe site
  • UMASS RFP – Bayside – For Sale
  • 110 Savin Hill Ave update (Update coming in MAY)
  • Billboard zoning (Recent updates)
  • Redevelopment of Maryellen McCormack BHA property
  • Waymark Church – Parking lot conversion

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Planning Committee
Eileen Fenton – Chair

27 Sagamore: Legalize basement as finished space.

12 Carson Street: Refurbish existing building with addition and convert from a single to a 3 unit condo complex.

Tom English/Dot Market: 951-959 Dorchester Avenue will present a final proposal for membership vote for a 38-unit/26-parking spot complex with retail. Comment letters are due on the project by April 6th. More information about the project can be found here and at the BPDA website.

(Agenda to be discussed at meeting)
Meeting held at Savin Hill Apartments, 130 Auckland Street at 7:00pm
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Old Business
New Business
50/50 raffle
Meeting Adjourn

Open House: Moakley Park Vision Plan

Please join Boston Parks & Recreation in the first of a series of public engagement events and share thoughts on what you would like to see in the Moakley Park Vision Plan. According to the City of Boston site:

“A Vision Plan for Moakley Park will begin in 2018. This study will evaluate the entire park, all structures (including buildings), and infrastructure to assess future park renovations and climate resiliency potential… Develop a comprehensive Vision Plan addressing recreational needs, park opportunities, and coastal and storm water flooding concerns.”

The next community meeting:
Where: Tierney Learning Center (125 Mercer Street, South Boston)
When: Tuesday March 13th
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

We will provide an update if there is a schedule change due to weather.

March 13, 2018 open house. Moakley Park Vision Plan

[March 12th 4:30 pm Update: Due to the weather forecast of a coming nor-Easter snow storm, this meeting has been cancelled.]

Meeting Minutes: February 2018 General Meeting

Meeting minutes from the February 5th general meeting:

  • Meeting called to order
  • Police report
  • Update on resident parking from Desmond Rohan
  • A speaker from McCormack Civic Association asked members to sign a petition against the liquor store Stop and Shop is seeking to open.
  • Nick Collins spoke about his campaign for State Senate. The special election primary will be held on April 3rd and the general on May 1, 2018.
  • Announcements: the City of Boston Scholarship Fund awards scholarships up to $2,500.00 for new college-goers and continuing education students. See Boston.gov for more information.
  • The Dorchester Chili Cookoff will be March 11th at 4:00 pm at the IBEW 103 Hall. The Banshee is providing our chili for this year.
  • Eileen Boyle updated us about the plans for the Savin Hill playground.
  • A representative from the new owners of the former Boston Globe site provided an update about the plans for the site. More information is available at the News & Events section of the CSHCA site.
  • Update from Eileen Fenton regarding the Planning Committee. No votes taken.
  • Update from Don Walsh about the Visioning Committee.
  • Update about the billboards
  • A motion to pay $50.00 for the Dorchester Chili Cookoff registration fee passed
  • Meeting adjourned.

Meet The State Senate Candidates Night: March 19

On April 3, 2018 there will be a Primary Election to replace Linda Dorcena Forry, followed by the Election on May 1, 2018. The First Suffolk Senate candidates include Nick Collins (Democrat), Althea Garrison (independent), and Donald Osgood (Independent).

Interested residents can learn about the candidates’ positions, and ask question at an event on March 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the First Parish Church (10 Parish Street, Dorchester). Refreshments will be served. For more information, download the Meet Our Next Senator flyer (Adobe PDF;  353 k bytes).

Draft Residential Paving Ordinance For Review

In 2005, the Boston City Council drafted an ordinance, “prohibiting the paving of yards in areas zoned for residential use.” That ordinance was never approved by the City Council. A vote will be taken at the March 5, 2018 CSHCA general meeting about whether to ask our city councilor to take this draft ordinance to the council for approval.

Download the residential Paving Ordinance draft (Adobe PDF; 586 k bytes).