January Meeting Minutes
CGCA Pres. Lauren Woods welcomed all and shared the following news, information and updates:
- Please â€œLikeâ€ Cedar Grove Civic Associationâ€ 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 â€“ 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 Maverickâ€™s will be now known as â€œStone Kitchen and Drinksâ€ They had a hearing on their entertainment license â€“ 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 Childrenâ€™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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€œDonâ€™t block the Boxâ€ 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 â€œHome Health Care Workerâ€ 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. Cullinaneâ€™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 â€œLandmark Public Houseâ€ which will be in the current Gerardâ€™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 â€“ and they will serve food until closing â€“ and they will serve food until closing. He shared a plan to offer a â€œMug Clubâ€ 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 â€“ to vote on this proposal by hand â€“ all were in favor. Lauren asked for a motion â€“ a motion was given from the floor to vote in favor of approving the â€œLandmark Public Houseâ€ proposal.
It was second and all voted in favor.