Boston Boomerang Bags Event This Weekend

Boomerang bags logoAnother Boston Boomerang Bags event is scheduled this weekend at the Stitch House on January 20th and 21st from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The event is to assemble more reusable bags as part of the local bag-share program. Mayor Walsh signed legislation in December banning single-use plastic bags.

According to the event announcement on Facebook:

“On the anniversary weekend of the Women’s March, this sew-a-thon will double as a “Resistitch” event. Creating bags helps our planet, AND, we’ll have opportunities to write postcards to elected officials, find ways to support progressives in the mid-term elections…”

Learn more at the Boomerang Bags website.

Proposed Development Plans For 959 Dot Ave

Image of proposed development at 959 Dot Ave

A brief note from Eileen, the Chair of the Planning Committee:

“Hi! Attached please find the plans for the Tom English bar/Dorchester Market site that were filed with the City this week. I direct your attention to page 2 of the document (page after cover sheet) for the zoning analysis and summary of violations. I quickly reviewed and to summarize:

  1. 5 Stories: 60.5’ in height
  2. Level 1: two commercial spaces – one for restaurant/bar and other for existing Dorchester Market
  3. 4 Levels of rental apartments: 38 Units, mostly studios and one-bedrooms
  4. Parking: 26 parking spots in the basement level, many of which appear to be tandem. Does not appear that they are considering stackable parking structures.”

Download the 959 Dorchester Ave Content Package (Adobe PDF, 4.4 MB). There is an abutters meeting scheduled for Saturday, January 20th.

Abutters Meeting Scheduled For 951-959 Dot Ave Development

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, along with the proponents of 951-959 Dorchester Ave, invites surrounding neighbors of this address to a meeting to discuss a proposal to build a 5-story mixed-use building with 38 residential units, a restaurant, and a market.

Where: Catherine Clark Apartments (915 Dorchester Ave)
When: Saturday, January 20th
Time:              10:00 am

951-959 do ave development project image

Questions/Concerns, contact:
David Cotter
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services

Winter Farmer’s Market Opens January 27

Looking for fresh, local produce? The Dorchester Winter Farmer’s Market, sponsored by Codman Square Neighborhood Council and the Codman Square Health Center, will operate Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, beginning January 27th at The Great Hall in Codman Square (6 Norfolk Street). According to The Dorchester Reporter:

“The market launched in 2008 as the Codman Square Farmers Market and re-invented itself as the Dorchester Winter Farmers Market in 2012. There is no admission price and all are welcome… The vendors involved in this year’s market include Oakdale Farms, Farmer Dave’s, Moonlight Farms, Stonycreek Farms, Mycoterra, and City Compost. The remaining vendors are still being finalized…”

For more information, visit the Do Winter Farmer’s Market Facebook page and/or Twitter account.

Agenda For January 8 General Meeting

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

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Police Report

  1. RENEW your membership for 2018: $5 Individual or $25/merchant. You can pay at meeting or send Checks payable to CSHCA can be sent to attention of Treasurer: Nicole Chelkowski, 5 Caspian Way #2, Dorchester MA  02125.  Additional donations always accepted: CSHCA Membership Form
  2. Real Estate Taxes for 2018 have been mailed. Deadlines for abatement is February 1st, and personal and residential exemptions by April 2nd. More information at the City of Boston Assessing Online site.
  3. Community Preservation Forum: Voters approved a new tax last election that appears on your real estate tax bill. Learn more about how these funds ($20 Million) will be used. Forum will be Thursday, January 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Lilla Frederick Middle School (270 Columbia Road)
  4. City of Boston – Winter Guide: If you have issues from parking to un-shoveled sidewalks to no heat, the city has a resourceful web page to assist: Winter In Boston Guide.
  5. At-Large Councilor, Annissa Essaibi-George has issued a newsletter and a survey about assessing constituent thoughts on a variety of topics.
  6. Glovers Corner Update meeting: Scheduled for January 10th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Local 103 IBEW Hall (256 Freeport Street). More about the project can be found at the BPDA Glover’s Corner Plan site.
  7. DCR is hosting several community meetings about area parks. One such park up for discussion is McConnell Park. A community meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 25th at 6:30 pm at the Cristo Rey school. More information can be found in this CSHCA post.
  8. The 12th Annual Chili Cook-off is scheduled for March 11th at the IBEW Hall on Freeport Street from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Come support CSHCA who will be looking for a local restaurant to cook Chili on behalf of the membership. More information can be found in this CSHCA post.


Eileen Donovan and Diane Crabtree Volunteer and Intern Program and Visitor Services Managers will speak about the work at the Edward Kennedy Institute over at Columbia Point and opportunities for members to actively participate. More info. about the institute can be found thru the Edward Kennedy Institute For U.S. Senate site:
Don Walsh will provide an update on the new Visioning Committee. The committee has confirmed select sites in the neighborhood to start the focus.

Keith Hague VP of Construction and Development for Eden’s will be updating the community on South Bay commercial and residential build out.
Active Large Projects in the Neighborhood. These are listed as an FYI only. No formal presentation at the meeting:

  • Dot Block
  • Morrissey Blvd. Redesign
  • Globe Purchase – developers coming in Feb. with update
  • UMass RFP-Bayside
  • Addiction/ Homelessness Taskforce for Newmarket
  • Billboard zoning
  • Redevelopment of Maryellen McCormack BHA property

Eileen Fenton – Chair

  • 5 Spring Garden: legalize the enclosure of rear porches
  • 12 Carson Street: Single family conversion to multi family condos

(subject to change)
Meeting held at Savin Hill Apts. 130 Auckland St

  • 951-959 Dorchester Ave.( Tom English/Dot Market): Update on residential and commercial build out
  • 1048 Dorchester Ave: Waymark Church – Parking lot proposal at back of church
  • 92 Auckland Street: Demolish Existing structure


Old Business
New Business
50/50 raffle
Meeting Adjourn

Minutes: December 2017 General Membership Meeting

Meeting minutes from the December 4th general membership meeting:

  • Meeting called to order
  • Police report
  • Motion to give $100 to the tree lighting committee passed
  • Representative Hunt gave an update on his work
  • Recognition of small business donations
  • Phil Carver and another representative of UMass Boston spoke about the university’s ongoing construction and its chancellor search.
  • Eileen Fenton gave an update on work by the Planning Committee. No vote has been taken on the Waymark Church parking proposal.
  • A representative of Pine Street Inn spoke about their transfer of 136-140 Pleasant Street to Family Aid Boston.
  • Don Walsh gave an update on work by the Visioning Committee.
  • George Jenkins gave an update about the CSHCA website.
  • The owners of Honeycomb Cafe spoke about their progress.
  • Brief updates on South Bay and Dot Block
  • Holiday Raffle
  • Meeting adjourned.

Date Set For 2018 Dorchester Chili Cook-off

Dorchester Chili Cook-off eventSave the date!

The 12th annual Dorchester Chili Cook-off will be on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the I.B.E.W. Local 103 Hall (256 Freeport Street). The event, with prizes awarded to dishes in several categories, is a major fundraiser for the Dorchester Day Parade.

Thanks to the Ashmont Adams Neighborhood Association for the alert. We will share more information here when available.

How To Prevent Frozen Water Pipes And Avoid Costly Home Repair Bills

Nobody wants the headaches and expensive plumbing bills to repair water damage in your home from water pipes that have frozen and burst. According to experts, local temperatures recently have remained consistently below the threshold at which the risk of frozen pipes rises. According to Consumer Reports, that risk also includes pipes inside your home:

“The pipes most at risk are those in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, and garages. But even pipes running through cabinets or exterior walls can freeze… Research conducted by the Building Research Council at the University of Illinois shows that the “temperature alert threshold” is 20° F, especially if you have uninsulated pipes running through an uninsulated space. “

Some of the prevention tips:

“Keep garage doors closed… Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors… Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes… Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature…”

Read the full article by Consumer Reports for the complete list of prevention tips, and the explanations for each prevention tip. The article also explains how to safely thaw frozen pipes, so you don’t accidentally start a house fire.