Join us Tuesday, November 10th at 7pm
The Cedar Grove Civic Association November Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 in Fr. Land Hall (St. Brendan Church) at 7:00 pm. On the Agenda this month... A re-presentation of the development plan for 884 Adams Street by Denis Keohane & Community Feedback on the new  St. Brendan’s Traffic Plan
Neighborhood News & Notes
Lower Mills Holiday Stroll: The 8th Annual Lower Mills Holiday Stroll is scheduled for November 19 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Come around 5:15 for the tree lighting ceremony at Meetinghouse Bank to kick off the event. There are three main areas to the event; Dorchester Ave, Central Ave and Milton Village. Maps will be available at the Artist Studio building. Most shops will be open and offering holiday munchies and drinks. Get your picture taken with Santa at RTN, wander thru the Artists Studio, and hear some classical guitar music.

St. Brendan’s Turkey Shoot: The Annual Turkey Shoot (Adults Only 21+) will be held on Saturday, November 21st from 7pm-midnight in Fr. Lane Hall. This is a fun-filled night with lots of prizes up for grabs. Doors will not open before 7pm due to a wedding so please plan accordingly.

St. Brendan’s Holiday Bazaar: The Bazaar is back on Saturday, November 21st! 11am-3pm at Fr. Lane Hall. Vendors needed! Tables are $50. Contact Amy Kazmouski at for more information and to receive a vendor application.

Boston Police Cadet Program: The Boston Police Department is seeking applicants for the upcoming police cadet exam. The Program is a minimum of a two-year commitment. The exam will be held Saturday, November 14th. The exam will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. For more information, please call (617) 343-4677.

Citi Performing Arts Youth Arts for Social Change: Citi Performing Arts Center's Teen Leadership Council invites teens of all ages to attend the first annual Youth Arts for Social Change Conference! This is a part of the second annual City Awake Festival for Social Impact. This year's theme is #LeadNotFollow: Navigating Identity through Media and Art. The conference will spark a transformation in the way youth think about media, art, their identities, and social change, featuring organizations such as Hyde Square Task Force, Theatre Offensive, and Urbano Project. Open and FREE to teens of all ages! Lunch will be provided. Nov. 7, 10am-4pm, Boston Public Library.

Saint Brendan First Annual Turkey Trot: The short fun run/walk will be held on Friday, November 13th at 3:45pm starting at the McKeon Post parking lot. $10 per child. Email for a registration form.

Thanksgiving Crafternoon: Come to the Mattapan Public Library (1350 Blue Hill Ave.) for an afternoon of food and fun with friends for Thanksgiving! Bake some goods and create a few crafts! The event will begin at 3:30pm and at 5pm, a fall-themed movie will be shown. For more information, please call 617-298-9218.
October Meeting Minutes

Report From C-11
Community Officer Mike Keaney informed the membership it is was safe summer all around. Overall, crime is down 15% between 9/14 and 9/15. The snowy winter may have helped the reduction in criminal activity.

Officer Keaney went on to describe in his colorful way a few of the unlawful goings-on in the neighborhood including a number of  drug arrests, as well as five house breaks attempts in the Ashmont and Shawmut area. One of the notable incidents was a report of an aggressive gentlemen trying to sell magazines in the neighborhood. He would not take no for an answer and would become hostile to homeowners.  Investigation revealed the individual was a criminal from Chicago with several outstanding warrants.

Another felonious episode involved an air conditioner being pushed through a window in an attempted robbery, resulting the arrest of a 17 year old. Officer Keaney reminded the membership that if you still have air conditioner make sure they are secure and to also to ensure you always lock your car and house.  Finally, Cedar Grove Cemetery Greenhouse was broken into. A leather back pack, juices and $30 was taken.

On a positive note, the Irish Festival was once again a great success. The weather was wonderful the crowd was terrific. The Festival has become a beloved Dorchester tradition and showcases the best our neighborhood has to offer.

Officer Keaney also announced the reestablishment of the Boston Police Cadet Program. The Cadet program is “an on the job training program for youth seeking a career in law enforcement.” Officer Mike touted the program and pointed to his own positive experience as a Cadet, that has led to a 30 year career with the Boston Police Department.

The test is free. The application deadline had passed and was on 11/01 with a test is November 14th  

For more information go to the website or call 617-343-4677.

Many changes are happening in Adams Village. 

Gerard’s  Restaurant, a mainstay of Adams Village for over 40 years,  has been sold. The buyers, Chris Roche, Russ DeMariano and Ed Brooks -- all who have strong ties to our Dorchester Neighborhood -- were present at the October meeting. They intend to renovate the entire building and will discuss their plans at future meetings. We look forward to these discussions.

Sonny’s Restaurant, owned by the Elia family since 1966, is in discussion with an interested party to purchase. Presently the team is going before the Licensing Board to seek approval of transfer of the liquor license. It is still unclear if the financing has gone through for the sale. The new establishment is said to be called “Industry.”  The new owners have not reached out to the Civic Association yet but we had representation at their abutter meeting prior to the license transfer hearing with the City of Boston.  As of now, no changes would be made that would involve a vote by the Association.

Julian Bulger and Sean Ahern made their final appearance before the membership for Sam Mavericks at 11 Granite Avenue (the old Hollywood Video building). The presentation included an outlining of the seating, parking and noise plans. A live entertainment license is being requested to allow for a trivia night, acoustic guitar, and background music. There was a spirited debate concerning the ending time of music played and general noise of patrons entering and exiting the establishment or parking lot. A sound expert was hired by the owners and approved by the abutters to conduct a noise test. Basically, his findings concluded that there would not be a dramatic new sound level as a result of the restaurant. The inside of the restaurant will have sound boards and additional window treatments to absorb sound. In addition, he pointed out that Sam Mavericks would need to adhere to all government regulations relating to noise. The owners have allotted $80,000 to be spent to aid in sound efforts for the abutters. These would include landscaping, better fencing and sound proof windows as possibilities.

A vote was taken for the live entertainment license and Sam Maverick’s received the approval of the Membership by a vote of 
86 to 47.

In response to the concerns stemming from the recent changes to St. Brendan Road and an overall frustration with traffic in the area,  Kevin Doherty from the Boston Transportation Department was invited to the October meeting. His objective was to listen to concerns and introduce a new traffic pattern for the area between Granite Avenue, Milton Street, Hilltop Street, and Gallivan Boulevard. The presentation was available for individuals to view at the meeting, has been emailed to the membership, and posted to our Facebook page. There are guidelines for approval for any change to become permanent and requires 75% neighborhood  approval. This will be an ongoing discussion for the neighborhood. Feedback is welcomed -- positive, negative, and in between. Please send an email to if you have thoughts.

The Membership also clearly expressed that the traffic problem was not limited to the St. Brendan's area, but that there is an over arching problem with traffic congestion, beginning at Gallivan Blvd., through the Hallet St. intersection ending at Neponset Circle. A challenge was pointed out that several different agencies govern the areas and coordination would be required. The issue of traffic will be discussed at the November Meeting. MassDOT has agreed to include a traffic study once again at Neponset Circle but a date for this has yet to be decided. BTD and MassDOT have agreed to work on the intersection of Hallet/Gallivan and Gallivan/Granite light signals to improve traffic flow as well.  These larger issues will take time but know CGCA is working with the City and State to achieve an improvement in safety and traffic on our side streets.

Honoring Their Service
This Veterans Day, CGCA would like to acknowledge the many men and women of our community who are serving in the military and send them a little taste of home. Please bring any non-perishable items you wish to send to our military to the November Meeting. Ideas include but not limited to: Dorchester related items (stickers), magazines, books, gum, playing cards, etc. If you know of any service member who would be interested in receiving items from the CGCA community, please contact us via email or on our Facebook page
Please Support These Local Businesses
Adams Fish Market
Adams Village Ins Agency
Aidans Barber Shop
Am Legion Old Dorch Post #65
Blasi's Cafe/fat Belly Deli
Boston Firefighters Credit Union
Boston Firefighters Local #718
Boyce Plastering
Butcher Shop Market
Carpenters Local 67
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Cedar Grove Gardens
College Hype /sportswear
Cutting Loose
Drive-in Paint Mart Inc
Eascare Ambulance
Eire Pub
Elliott Physical Therapy
Finnegan & Associates
Foley Insurance
Gerard's/adams Corner Inc.
Greenhills Bakery
Hair Image
Harborpoint Liquors
Hess Oil/sitec Environmental, Inc.
J. P. Plastering
Joe Glynn Cleaners Inc.
John P. Mckeon Post Amvets #146

K. Doherty Construction
Kerry Construction, Inc.

Lohmar Interiors
Lopez the Florist
Lynn’s Spa

Maureen Connolly Real Estate
Mcdonald's Restaurant
Members plus Credit Union
Michael Murphy Painting & Decorating
Milton Chiropractic
Nealco Environmental Services
Neighborhood Photo News
Neponset Circle Car Wash
Neponset Gulf
New England Millwork
O'Connor & Son Funeral Home
O'Sullivan Hockey
Patrick Keady Construction
Picard Electric
PS Gourmet Coffee
Regina M. Hughes, Esq.
Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry
Sonny's Adams Village
Supreme Liquors
The Mufflerman
Traverse Ins. Agency
Village Touch
WUMB Radio 91.9
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