Neighborhood News & Notes
FEMA Updated Flood Maps Community Meeting: FEMA and The City of Boston will be hosting an â€‹Open house meeting about new flood zones, required insurance, & what it means to live or own property in a high-risk flood zone on â€‹January 12, 2016 from 4pm â€” 7pm at â€‹Boston Teachers Union Hall - 180 Mt. Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA 02125. Hereâ€™s what you need to know to understand your risk: Everyone is vulnerable to floods â€‹& â€‹is encouraged to have flood insurance & to create an emergency plan. But property owners with a federally backed mortgage/loan in high-risk flood areas are required â€‹to have flood insurance. New flood maps go into effect March 16, 2016. To qualify for lower insurance rates, purchase your policy as soon as possible. View the new maps and learn more at the Federal Emergency Mangagement Agency (FEMA) Maps Service Center: https://msc.fema.gov/portal
RAD Classes Now Available in Dorchester: Area C-11 is now hosting free rape aggression defense (R.A.D.) classes for women. This is a nationally recognized 9-12 hour course aimed at providing women the necessary self defense education in a relatively short period of time. If you or your organization could be interested please contact the Area C-11 Community Service Office at 617-343-5315. classes can be scheduled at your groupâ€™s convenience.
Second Collection for Catholic elementary Schools: During the weekend of January 16 and 17 at St. Brendan Church there will be a second collection for Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. The proceeds will go toward these schools to assist more families with demonstrated financial need and to help grow enrollment. In addition, 50% of the donations collected at Saint Brendanâ€™s Masses on January 16 and 17 will go to Saint Brendan School. Thank you for your generosity and belief in the gift of a Catholic education.
The Martin Richard Challenger Basketball Program: This basketball program is designed for developmentally and physically challenged youth to participate in a team sport meeting their abilities while in a safe and structured environment. The program will take place at the Deer Street gym (35 Deer St. Dorchester , MA 02125) and there is no cost. Sundays from January 10th through February 21st (excluding Feb. 14th). Ages 5-11 from 12-1PM and Ages 12-18 from 1-2PM. To register, please contact Dianne Lescinskas at: 617-288-7120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mattapan Branch Yoga: One Thursday per month until June 2nd, 2016, a free and basic yoga class will be instructed by Tara Jackson at 1350 Blue Hill Ave. Mattapan, MA 02126. Intended for older teens, adults, and seniorsâ€”wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. For more information, please call 617-298-9218.
MBTA Rider Census: If you ride the MBTA this survey is for you! Help the MBTA collect information that plays an important role in planning service and ensuring service is provided fairly. The MBTA will use the data collected in the Rider Census to evaluate current service, to plan future service, and to analyze the potential rider impacts of service or fare change proposals. The census is a short survey about riders and how they use the MBTA. http://mbta.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe5/form/SV_bwTIw2Hzs7cqEdf
Ice Skating at the Frog Pond: The Boston Common Frog Pond sits at the heart of Boston Common, the oldest and most treasured public park in the U.S., and it is now open for ice skating! Check the Frog Pond website for prices and more information. http://bostonfrogpond.com