Minutes: September 2017 General Membership Meeting

Meeting minutes of the September 11, 2017 general membership meeting:

  • Meeting called to order
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Police report
  • Pledge/moment of silence
  • Police report
  • Introduction of this year’s E-Board
  • Tito Jackson spoke about his campaign, followed by q&a
  • David Cotter from the Mayor’s office gave an update on 410 Savin Hill Ave
  • Acknowledgement of elected officials/staffers
  • Motion to get engaged in Savin Hill initiative from Mayor’s office — Passed
  • Motion to appropriate $400 to be register with IRS as 501(c)(4) — Passed
  • Daffodil bulb sale will be November 4
  • Discussion with elected officials regarding neighborhood issues, especially UMass
  • James Baker presented on his proposed project at 110 Savin Hill Ave, which had a ZBA date Sept 19. Has reduced density and height, increased parking. Combining 3 lots into 2. Three story commercial plus a 9 unit, 13 parking spot residential.
  • Motion to support 110 Savin Hill Ave proposal at ZBA if remains the concept as presented, and he keeps the community engaged (Planning Committee previously supported subject to the same conditions) — Passed
  • Introduction of new webmaster
  • 50/50 raffle
  • Meeting adjourned.

Minutes: June 2017 General Membership Meeting

Meeting minutes of the June 5, 2017 general membership meeting:

  • Meeting called to order
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Police report
  • Recognition of the late William Lynch
  • Announcement: Dan Brennan not seeking re-election as Treasurer, contrary to announcement at May meeting. Nicole Chelkowski was nominated to take his place
  • Motion to elect Nicole Chelkowski as Treasurer — Passed
  • Motion to give Executive Board/Planning Committee authority to conduct the Association’s business until September general meeting — Passed
  • Motion to support Port Norfolk in opposing a billboard there — Passed
  • Planning– after robust discussion, a motion in support of the proposal to change 147 Grampian Way to 7 units — Passed 17-7
  • 110 Savin Hill Ave was discussed but no vote taken
  • Chris Osgood from the City of Boston spoke regarding traffic and related matters
  • Meeting adjourned

What Consumers Need To Know About Home Improvement Contracts

Considering a repair or remodeling project for your home or property? Know your rights. The local CBS affiliate in Boston, WBZ-TV reported about problem consumers experienced with a national home-improvement chain:

“… the I-Team took a closer look at the Lowe’s home improvement contract, which required Sullivan to pay for her deck in full before work began, more than $12,000. “I was told that was the only way that they would do business,” explained Sullivan.

Ivy Schutt of Littleton said she was told the same story when she handed over $41,000 before any work began on her kitchen remodel. “I thought it was one-third, one-third, one-third. And they said that’s not Lowe’s policy,” said Schutt. Same story from Susan Bartzak-Graham of Newton…”

WBZ-TV didn’t stop there. It investigated further:

“The I-Team took the Lowe’s contract to the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation to ask if it was legal. “As written now, no it is not,” said John Chapman, the Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs. “What was wrong with it, is that it was requiring consumers to pay 100-percent upfront and that’s not what the law states,” said Chapman.

The law states “any deposit… cannot exceed one-third of the total contract price” before work begins. Consumer Affairs immediately reached out to Lowe’s and Lowe’s agreed to make changes.”

The news report includes links to several important resources for consumers: the Massachusetts Home Improvement Contract Law, Required Home Improvement Contract Terms, how to check if a contractor has a license, and more.

Good. Kudos to WBZ-TV for looking out for consumers.

12 Carson Street Abutters Meeting Rescheduled

The 12 Carson Street formal abutters meeting has been moved to Monday, October 30 at 6:00 pm. Residents living within 300 feet of the property should receive flyers about the upcoming meeting, according to an e-mail from David Cotter, the Dorchester Liaison in the Boston Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (City Hall Room 805; phone 617-635-4819).

The proposed development is to convert an existing single-family home into two or three units.

Local Meeting To Discuss How Community Preservation Money Will Be Spent

Last year, the Yes for a Better Boston (YBB) coalition successfully campaigned for the Community Preservation Act. Now, it is time to start spending the money. The Community Preservation Committee has set up a meeting on Thursday, October 19 to get your input about how money should be spent locally. See below for the meeting location, time and details.

Oktoberfest Events In And Near Boston

You’ve probably heard about Oktoberfest — the citywide party every year in Munich, Germany. It starts near the end of September and millions attend. Want to join in on the fun, but can’t travel to Germany? No problem. We’ve created a handy list. You can start your celebration at a local bar in Dorchester (there are plenty), and continue at one or more upcoming events in or near Boston.

While the Dorchester Brewing Company (1250 Massachusetts Ave, Dorchester) held its official Oktoberfest celebration on September 23, you can start yours with something healthy: “Yoga With Erin Madore” from 10:15 to 11:30 am on Saturday, September 30th. Hungry after yoga? The brewery will offer the “Munch Mobile Kitchen Popup” from 1:00 to 8:00 pm.

This event, and the ones listed below, are only for persons 21 years of age or older.

In Boston, the Harpoon Brewery (306 Northern Ave) will celebrate with German beers, bratwurst sausages, pretzels, and an Oompah band on Friday, September 29 from 5:30 to 11:30 pm and Saturday, September 30th from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. Tours of the brewery are also available. Tickets should be purchased in advance.

Also in Boston, the City Tap House Boston (10 Boston Wharf Road) bar and restaurant will celebrate with an “Ain’t Firkin Around About Oktoberfest” event all day on Sunday, October 1st.

In Cambridge, the Cambridge 5K Oktoberfest run will start on Sunday October 1st at 9:30 am at the Cambridgeside Galleria. Participating runners will receive a race shirt plus food and beer from Jacob Wirth, swissbäkers, Cambridge Brewing Co, Notch, Slumbrew & Bantam Cider. Advance registration is required for participating runners.

In Somerville, Redbones Restaurant (55 Chester Street, Davis Square) will sponsor a “30th Birthday Oktoberfest” on Sunday, October 1 from Noon to 6:00 pm. The event will include cider, German beers, live music, and items from the restaurant’s famous barbecue menu.

Also in Somerville, the celebration will continue at the Bronwyn Restaurant (255 Washington Street), a popular restaurant which serves authentic German food and beer. It also features an actual outdoor biergarten in the back, which is open weather permitting.

Later in October, the Samuel Adams Octoberfest (World Trade Center Concourse, Boulevard of Flags, One Seaport Lane) will be held on Friday, October 27 starting at 4:00 pm. The event will feature live music, food, beer, a “Hops Slide,” lawn games, and a “Stein Hoisting” competition. Tickets should be purchased in advance.

Mayor Walsh Skeptical About Proposed Morrissey Boulevard Changes

According to the Dorchester Reporter:

“Mayor Martin Walsh has reservations about a controversial proposal by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to remove a lane on oft-jammed and oft-flooded Morrissey Boulevard as part of its ongoing redesign. The mayor was briefed by DCR officials last week on overall design plans for the boulevard that are still in the design phase and not yet funded for construction.”

Concerns focus upon potential impacts from the proposed land drop, which could force more commuter traffic onto local streets:

“DCR hopes to transform the boulevard into a urban parkway from just below Kosciuszko Circle to Neponset, eliminating a lane to add protected bike and pedestrian lanes and greenery, and shoring up the road against increasing incidents of flooding. Walsh theorized that the boulevard should have enough space to add non-automotive infrastructure without losing a lane.”

Proposed Medical Marijuana Store on Clapp Street

According to the Dorchester Reporter:

“The McCormack civic group held a meeting last Thursday at the Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 12 Hall on Massachusetts Avenue, which was attended by about 40 people…  A proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary on Clapp Street was met with some trepidation by community members… Attendees expressed worry about safety, proximity to children, and protecting the increasingly desirable areas of Dorchester… Aidan O’Donovan and his company, Natural Selections, have tested the waters on the neighborhood’s openness to the project over the past week. They hope to lease the property at 50 Clapp St., a free-standing building of about 6,000 square feet, and operate for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.”