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The Cedar Grove Civic Association February Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 On the Agenda this month... A Presentation made by C-11 Lt. Det. Tom Hopkins to Neighborhood Friend & Former CGCA President John O'Toole for his actions during a recent bank robbery & State Representative Dan Hunt
Celebrate Cedar Grove Civic’s 80th Birthday!
On Thursday, April 28, Cedar Grove Civic Association is hosting a birthday party to honor 80 Years of neighborhood activism and involvement. Save the date!

Also, we need help. If you, or someone you know, can donate a few hours of time to help plan our celebration, please email Jill LaMonica at JLA422@gmail.com. 
Neighborhood News & Notes
 
City of Boston Scholarship Fund: The 2016 City of Boston Scholarship application is now available. Boston residents seeking their first degree at a two or four-year college or university in the state of Massachusetts are invited to apply. Deadline to apply is April 1st!

2016 Boston Red Sox Scholars Application: The 2016 Boston Red Sox scholars application is now open to 7th grade students in Boston Public Schools and Boston charter schools system. This program gives out a $10,000 college scholarship to 10 students talented in academics that have low income. Deadline to apply is February 29th!

School Vacation Week Activities: Boston Centers for Youth & Families Winter Break Activities are here! February school vacation week is fast approaching. BCYF offers a variety of vacation week activities and programs. Check out what we have scheduled so far at http://boston.gov/bcyf

Catholic Schools Week: Catholic Schools Week will begin on this Sunday, January 31st. There will be an open house at Saint Brendan’s School (29 Rita Road, Dorchester) immediately following 10am mass for new families that may be interested in attending Saint Brendan’s in September 2016. Current students may also attend with their families. The students will be showcasing their art work at our “Art Fair” and light refreshments will be served.

Speaker Series at the Boston Public Library -- Adams Street Branch: Anthony Sammarco will discuss his forthcoming history of Boston’s first department store, Jordan Marsh on Monday, February 8th beginning 6:30pm. The Adams Street Branch is located at 690 Adams Street, Dorchester.
January Meeting Minutes

CGCA Pres. Lauren Woods welcomed all and shared the following news, information and updates:
  • Please “Like” Cedar Grove Civic Association” on Facebook/Twitter.  The page is a great way to share information, resources and updates. 9000 people viewed the page the first week of January – folks appreciated the timely traffic updates on recent road closures.  
  • Please consider switching to EMAIL for monthly newsletter to save the Association mailing costs.
  • BPD C11 is hosting a RAD self-defense class for women at the Leahy Holloran CC.  Call 617-343-5315
  • The Boston Fire Department exam for firefighters will be administered on April 16th.  Check out their web site for signing up and a list of info sessions @ www.cityofboston.gov/fire.  
  • Sam Maverick’s will be now known as “Stone Kitchen and Drinks” They had a hearing on their entertainment license – an approval was not known at time of meeting, but an approval has since been given. Permits are in place and work has commenced. There will be a 6 month probationary period on the terms agreed upon which include:
    • Live music Thursday/Sunday til 10:30pm for 1 vocalist & 1 unamplified musician
    • Non-Live Entertainment may operate until 12am 
    • Disc Jockey may operate Fridays/Saturdays until 11:45pm
    • Doors/Windows must be closed by 10pm or whenever Live music is playing
    • No entertainment or speakers outdoors
 
Report From C-11
Officer Mike Keaney from BPD C11 thanked the neighbors for helping with the C11 Children’s Christmas Part for 140 children.  

He also gave updates on recent activity including a gas station robbery at 494 Gallivan and on Hillsdale a man was arrested – the suspect had been going through yards looking to get in houses and had taken a $2000 bike when the police arrested him.

Officer Keaney also encourage residents to sign up for the RAD self-defense program geared toward women C11 is having at the Leahy Holloran Community Center in March – call 617-343-5315.
 
State Representative Dan Cullinane
State Rep. Dan Cullinane was the special speaker and he shared updates from the State House & the district. The Dorchester reps, Senator Forry, city councillors, and Mayor Walsh are all working together for the neighborhood.

For Rep. Cullinane, constituent services is the core of his service. One of the projects he has been following up on is a longstanding gas leak on Granville Street and it has been taken care of.

In March, work will continue on state roadways to mark “Don’t block the Box” markers at 5 high traffic intersections across the district.

Up by Walsh Park, Rep Cullinane worked with neighbors to get a park fence repaired. Good news that Ventura Park will be getting a $300,000 playground renovation!!!  

Rep. Cullinane also gave an update on the “Home Health Care Worker” Bill.  This is an effort to allow residents to stay at home longer if they choose but to ensure that Health Care worker industry is better regulated and monitored to provided trained and quality services.  One centralized database needs to be in place.

Rep. Cullinane’s priority right now is to strengthen legislation to make sure that imitation weapons are clearly marked with the orange plug/tip so that law enforcement can see right away that it is not a real weapon. Police should not have to wonder if a firearm is real or fake. 12 other states already have legislation.

Opioids is another issue with needs for stronger policies and mandated evaluations if a patient comes in.  Too often prescriptions are written resulting in addiction.  
 
Landmark Public House
Russ DeMariano (Russ@thebrahmin.com), Ed Brooks, and Chris Roche presented an update on the “Landmark Public House” which will be in the current Gerard’s.

Russ said they are awaiting State & City Approvals and are looking at starting structure updates within the next month.

Structural updates include the roof, alarm system, shutters, new electric.The plan is to open this spring. 

They will continue to have a convenience store (close at 1am) but the size will shift down and customers will now enter the restaurant from the sidewalk and not have to go through the store.  

For the restaurant they are requesting support for a 1am closing – and they will serve food until closing – and they will serve food until closing.  He shared a plan to offer a “Mug Club” membership with special events and benefits. 

When asked, Russ said they are considering Keno.

They are planning to open for breakfast at 7am and will continue offering breakfast if there is the customer base to sustain this part of the operation.

Current tenants are welcome to stay and there will be updates to the offices. Russ noted that they may need to look at the rent but would do everything possible to minimize any increases.

They look to offer most of the current employees jobs and hire locally.

The crowd was supportive so Lauren asked for a hand vote – to vote on this proposal by hand –     all were in favor. Lauren asked for a motion – a motion was given from the floor to vote in favor of     approving the “Landmark Public House” proposal.

It was second and all voted in favor.
 
 
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