Another 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.
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.
Have you had packages stolen from your front porch? Local law enforcement may have found yours. Maura Healey, the Massachusetts Attorney General, announced earlier today (bold emphasis added):
“In connection with an extensive investigation into a criminal organization engaged in restaurant break-ins and property theft, state, Boston and local law enforcement have uncovered dozens of stolen Amazon packages and will return them today to ensure that they get back to shoppers before the weekend, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
This week, four individuals were arrested and arraigned in connection with a series of break-ins at restaurants in Quincy and Taunton, allegedly smashing cash boxes and forcibly ripping away safes. During the investigation, authorities uncovered dozens of stolen Amazon packages at one of the suspect’s homes… ason Geddes, 29, of Boston and Dharol Joyner, 33, of Boston, were arraigned yesterday in Quincy District Court in connection with a break-in and theft from a Wendy’s restaurant in Quincy on Dec. 14… While searching Joyner’s home, investigators uncovered dozens of unopened Amazon packages and boxes addressed to customers in Greater Boston. Investigators believe that Joyner stole these packages while working a part-time job as a delivery contractor…”
Investigations are still ongoing. Kudos to the Boston Police Department, Brookline Police Department, and the Massachusetts State Police.
On Sunday, Mayor Martin Walsh signed legislation banning the usage of single-use plastic bags in Boston. The Boston Globe reported:
“Boston joins 59 other municipalities statewide and hundreds across the nation, including Seattle and Washington, D.C., in adopting a ban. It takes effect next December, giving stores and shoppers time to prepare… Walsh’s decision ends more than a year of debate over whether to eliminate disposable shopping bags and steer businesses and consumers toward reusable ones. The goal, supporters say, is to reduce litter and cut the amount of plastic in the environment. Opponents included representatives of the paper and plastic industries as well as critics who say the measure will amount to a tax on the poor. “
Some Boston residents and CSHCA members are participating in a local bag-share program to provide Boston residents with reusable bags.
Joe Costa invites CSHCA members and neighbors to a Christmas Decorations Sale on Saturday, December 16 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at One Maryland Street. Available items include Christmas decorations, ornaments, wreaths, table linens, and china. Quality items at low, affordable prices! Cash sales only.
What’s happening with the South Bay retail center? Below is a construction schedule update dated December 5, 2017 from Keith Hague, Vice President of Construction & Development, at EDENS (21 Custom House Street, Suite 450, Boston, MA 02110. Phone: 617.369.6609). Interested residents can read about the South Bay retail center at the Edens site, and/or follow Edens on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
- First retail tenant openings
- Ulta: Now open
- AMC: December 15th Star Wars release. Get your tickets online now! Theatre may open a few days prior
- Nike: December 8th
- Loft Outlet: December 8th
- Starbucks: TBD
- Boston Street & West Howell Street: Underground utilities complete
- Enterprise Street (Lucy St. to Mass Ave): Complete
- Start remaining off-site roadway improvements (W. Howell, Jan Karski Way to District Ave, Connector Road between Hotel and Scrub a Dub.)
- Residential Building D and ground floor retail tenant openings
- Complete off site roadway improvements (W. Howell, Jan Karski Way to District Ave, Connector Road between Hotel and Scrub-a-Dub.)
- Residential Building C and ground floor retail tenant openings
- Start construction of Hotel E Building
- Completion of Jan Karski Way improvements from District Ave to Enterprise Street
- Completion of Enterprise improvements from Jan Karski Way to Lucy Street
- Completion of Hotel E Building
- JP Licks, Carter’s, Forever 21 Red, MidiCi (Neapolitan pizza), Wahlburgers, Gyu-Kaku (Japanese BBQ), Title Boxing & Chipotle
- Buildings A & B: Four remaining tenant spaces still to be announced
- Buildings C&D: Six remaining tenant spaces still to be announced
The Boomerang Bags Boston Sew-a-thon event will start on November 18!
Sierra Rothberg invites interested persons to participate and help spread the word. The goals are to assemble at least 250 reusable handmade bags this weekend and 1,000 bags before the New Year.
Why reusable handmade bags? Many local residents see a bag-share program as an important solution to fight pollution. The event page explains:
“The City of Boston has been debating banning single use plastic bags for over a year. Meanwhile, the streets of Boston as well as harbor, rivers, and streams drown in the 219 MILLION BAGS that are used in BOSTON each year! Only a small percentage of plastic bags used every year are recycled. One of the big concerns heard from opposition is that a bag ban would negatively affect low income residents as well as senior citizens.
WE HAVE A SOLUTION! Regardless of how the City votes on passing an ordinance, habits and practices need to change. We are launching the first BAG SHARE in Boston this Spring. The idea is that fabric, resources, space, time and people-power will be donated to create reusable cloth bags. These bags will be displayed at stores and people can take one from the box, use one or more and return it.”
A variety of activities are underway. To learn more about ways to participate, visit the local Dorchester event page, or visit the Boomerang Bags website.
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.
The new list of Merchant Members for 2017 is available. These businesses have invested in our community. Please show them the same courtesy by shopping in their stores, eating in their restaurants, and using their services.
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.”