Neighborhood News & Notes
Mayorâ€™s Youth Council: Applications for the 2016-2017 session for the Mayor's Youth Council are now available. The Mayor's Youth Council is a year-round commitment where young people will devote 8 to 13 hours a month to meetings, events, projects, and outreach. To be eligible, you only have to meet two requirements: be entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in September 2016 (or comparable age if you're not currently in school) and a resident of the City of Boston. Deadline: May 6. Apply at www.youth.boston.gov
BCYF Summer Guide 2016: Across every neighborhood of Boston, BCYF community centers offer a rich menu of summer opportunities for families. Whether itâ€™s a traditional summer day camp or a sports league, a new rock climbing instruction program or an educational offering, you'll find it at BCYF! Check out the guide at www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf
Saint Brendanâ€™s Night Out: A Corn-hole Tournament, DJ, Dancing and many raffle prizes will be held on Saturday, May 21st in the Lower Church Hall (adults only 21+). All proceeds will go towards a new security system at the school. More information, purchase tickets and/or to register, email: email@example.com
Spring Volleyball League: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester will offer a co-ed Spring Volleyball League! Games will be played on Mondays and Fridays, and the league is open to both new and experienced players. To register: contact Evandro Miranda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling All St. Bâ€™s Alums: Where are you Saint Brendan School Alumni? A list of alumni names and addresses is currently being gathered by the Parrish. If you are alumni, please email your information to email@example.com and help spread the word to family and friends!
April Meeting Minutes
It is with great sadness one of Cedar Groveâ€™s finest citizens passed away in April. Bob Boushell was a member of the Cedar Grove Civic Association for over 40 years. Bob was described as one of the more dedicated individuals who never sought the limelight, but never walked away from hard and necessary work. He was devoted to this community and involved in so many activities: from the beautification of Adams Village, Cedar Grove Baseball, and the hanging of flags on the graves of our veterans on Memorial Day. His most notable achievement was his involvement in the development of the Neponset River Greenway and Pope Paul John Park. His legacy is legendary and he will be truly missed.
CGCA 80th Celebration
Long ago when Roosevelt was in the White House and James Michael Curley was mayor, a neighborhood institution was formed: The Cedar Grove Civic Association. On April 28th, neighbors gathered to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of CGCA in Father Lane Hall. Event Chair Jill Lamonica and her committee left no detail unattended and the evening was a huge success. CGCAâ€™s unofficial historian, Patty McMahon did an outstanding job presenting a historical perspective through a slide show, complete with news clippings and old photos. Profiles of all past living presidents were also on display throughout the hall. Former CGCA President, John Oâ€™Toole addressed the crowd recalling some of the challenges and accomplishments realized by CGCA over the past years. He also commented that the staying power of the neighborhood is evident by the generations of families who choose to stay here in Cedar Grove. Our current president, Lauren Woods, is the granddaughter of former President Tom Smyth who served in 1969.
President Lauren Woods presented the Good Neighbor Award to Theresa Lohmar for her contributions to the St. Brendanâ€™s Cocktail party and wreaths on the street and the general beautification of the neighborhood.
The Good Business Award was given to Green Hills Bakery owners Cindy and Dermott Quinn for the recent monthly charitable donations celebrating 25 years in business.
The Ray Donahoe award, named for one of the beloved members of CGCA, was awarded to Gerard Adomunes. Adams Village for over 45 years always demonstrated a strong commitment to the Community. Gerard graciously accepted the award thanking the neighborhood for many wonderful years
In her closing remarks Lauren summed up the importance of civic involvement beautifully by reciting a quote by anthropologist Margaret Mead:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
Report from C-11
The newly assigned Commanding Officer of C-11, Tim Connolly introduced himself to the membership after only seven days on the job. He commended his staff and promised he and his team would engage the community.
Officer Mike Keaney reported instances on both Granville and Minot St. where cars were broken into, many of the cars were unlocked. He also informed the membership the BPD will be hosting its Annual Bike Rodeo, on June 18th, at the McKeon Post. The event will have safety classes, raffles, helmets and hamburgers and hot dogs.
Jeff Cincotta, owner of the new but yet to be opened restaurant, Molinariâ€™sâ€™. The Italian restaurant will have seating for about 25. Mr. Cincotta appealed to the membership for the approval of a beer and wine license. The membership approved the request unanimously.
Sale of Cedar Grove Parcel
Dan McDevitt, a lawyer representing Cedar Grove Cemetery, faced the membership seeking approval for the rezoning of a two cemetery parcels to a 1-F5000, which essentially indicates housing can be built on the prope
rty. Presently these parcels are zoned for burials only. One parcel is currently used as parking for residents at 135 Granite Ave. The other parcel is not used for anything as the presence of ledge and rock on the site make it extremely cost prohibitive for any graves to be dug, as such there are no plans to use the site in that manner. The property is located on Granite Ave next to the Granite Ave Apartments
A lively debate followed as many members were concerned with what could be developed at the site.Abutters from 135 Granite Avenue were in attendance at the Association meeting following an abutter meeting held just one hour prior. They raised concerns regarding their parking spaces being taken away, as it was inferred during the abutter meeting that could be an outcome. However, Charlie Tevnan, a Cedar Grove Trustee, explained the spaces need to be rezoned in order to be legal. The spaces also are a steady source of revenue the cemetery relies on now and plans to in the future. There are no plans to sell.
Cedar Grove Cemetery Trustees stated they will have no further involvement with the other parcel if rezoned and sold. They have not promised any developer what could be built there. If rezoned to 1F-5000, the parcel of 24000+ SQ. ft. provides enough space for 4 single families to be potentially built without a zoning board of appeals hearing,as opposed to say a 16 unit condo building which would require a hearing.
A call for a vote was made. However, it was reiterated the motion before the membership and before the vote was strictly regarding the assignment to a 1F-5000. The vote was to approve the rezoning 23-14.
No matter what the outcome of the proposal there will be several hearings necessary due to the location's distance to a park and zoning. We will do our best to keep everyone updated, included, and informed of any further process or progress.
State Representative Dan Hunt, along with Martin Rood, District Director of DCR discussed the improvements to Toohig park planned for this spring. The upgrades include new fencing, landscaping, and improvements to the baseball field. In addition, money has been budgeted to secure new playground equipment during this fiscal year.
We've also learned since the meeting that DCR has scheduled site improvements to begin on Toohig Park on Monday, May 2nd, weather permitting. Work will take approximately 2 to 3 weeks to complete. During this time, DCR contractors and DCR personnel will be on site with equipment and service vehicles. Work will take place during the day, and all attempts will be made to keep neighborhood disruptions to a minimum. Any questions or concerns can be directed to DCR District Manager Marti Rudi at 617-413-4186.
Kate Hooper, Education Coordinator for the Historic Pierce House located on Oakton Ave presented information on the historic Pierce House. The house, built in 1630, was owned by the Pierce Family until 1968 when the family deeded the home as a museum. Today the museum partners with schools and other educational organizations to provide tours and learning activities. To find out more contact the Pierce House at 617 288 6041, or visit their website http://www.historicnewengland.org/
Principal Emily Bryan gave an enthusiastic slide presentation of the many improvements and opportunities being offered at the Kenney School. She pointed out the several organizational partnerships she has negotiated with corporations like Fidelity and Doc Wayne. She cited increased parental involvement through a volunteer effort, painting of the schoolâ€™s interior. She touted the improvements of the Kenny Band, as well as increased academic rigor and supportive discipline programs.
Ms. Bryan also introduced Cheryle from Countdown to Kindergarten. This is a free parent- child playgroup for children ages 1 -5 and is intended to prepare young minds for elementary school. There are currently 130 students in attendance, representing 47 families. For more information regarding the Kenny School and Countdown to Kindergarten go to their website: http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/1128
Now Accepting Nominations for 2016 CGCA Scholarships!
Here is your chance to nominate a student from kindergarten to college for a CGCA Scholarship!
Winners will be contacted prior to and presented at the June CGCA Meeting.
**To nominate you must be in good standing as a member with dues paid. You do not need to be related to the individual you nominate**
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