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 â€œan on the job training program for youth seeking a career in law enforcement.â€ 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 www.cityofboston.gov/jobs or call 617-343-4677.
Many changes are happening in Adams Village.
Gerardâ€™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.
Sonnyâ€™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 â€œIndustry.â€ 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 Maverickâ€™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 email@example.com
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