A big shout out to the brave and hearty souls who came to attend the November meeting in spite of the whipping winds and lashing rain. Your demonstration of civic commitment is outstanding.
Report from C-11
Officer Mike Keaney was not available, therefore President Woods reported on seven criminal incidents occurring throughout the October and November time period. Five of them drug related. The highlights are as follows:
- Drug Arrests were made in Walgreens, McDonald’s and Adams Village parking lot.
- A 75-year-old woman was robbed on October 23rd. An arrest was made.
City Councilor Frank Baker
Councilor Frank Baker was on hand to report on initiatives taking place in the district. Concerns about traffic and speeding are a constant in Dorchester. While the city has no jurisdiction with regard to traffic regulations, Councilor Baker is working with other Dorchester politicians, Dan Hunt and Dan Cullinane to lower the speed to 30 or 15 mph when appropriate. There is a pilot in the works for in the Talbot Ave /Norfolk area. If successful the pilot will be enacted in neighboring communities. Recently the city ordinance passed which will limit the speed to 25 mph on Boston Streets. As of January 9th, 2017, unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on all City of Boston roadways will be 25 mph.
Councilor Baker also informed the membership of a collective effort to address the Billboard situation. With the advent of digital billboards, there is a concern how they will affect the aesthetic feel of the neighborhood. Digital billboards generate a significant amount of income and as such there will be an increase in the number of requests. There is an agreement among the many civic associations to allow for a moratorium on approving the conversion of any bill boards until a Dorchester Wide assessment along the I-93 corridor is complete by the Boston Policy and Development Authority. In addition, there is an appreciation that many of the owners of these billboards contribute to neighborhood non-profit groups. There is a goal to establish a fund to support these groups in conjunction with the Billboard Assessment.
Wreaths on the Streets
Cedar Grove has never looked more festive. Over 400 wreaths, as well as yards and yards of garland, ribbons and bows have adorned the streets of our Neighborhood. Special thanks to Theresa Lohmar,the O’Reilly family, and all the elves from the neighborhood that helped with the decorative talents. Very Much appreciated!
Childrens' Christmas Party and Tree Lighting - Huge Turnout and many smiles with Santa!
A big thank you to Jill Lamonica and Lisa Zinck for putting on such a great event and to our volunteers: Allyson Quinn, Patty McMahon, Jean Donovan, Roy Smith, Ginny, Biogotti, Mary Shea, Mary Lou Lynn,and Loretta Philbrick!
The tree lighting was a great night and everyone had a good time! Thank you to Mayor Walsh and all the various city departments for putting the trolley tour together every year! Thank you to Devin Connolly for face painting, the Old Dorchester Post for hosting us, the family of the late Bob Boushell for donating to the children's party in his memory, and Windy City, Five Star Pizza, and Florian Hall Associates for donations of food and beverages. Also to Members Plus Credit Union for donating their coin exchange fees to CGCA for the party every November!