The NEW E-Newsletter of the Cedar Grove Civic Association.
The Cedar Grove Civic Association April Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 in Fr. Land Hall (St. Brendan Church) at 7:00 pm. On the Agenda this month... Candidate for City Council At-Large, Michelle Wu; Candidate for State Senate, Maureen Dahill; Plu City Councilor Frank Baker
Neighborhood News & Notes
Boston Shines 2013: Join over 5,000 volunteers in helping to make Boston shine! Make a difference in your neighborhood by contributing to Boston’s citywide clean up event. Volunteer by planting flowers, sweeping, raking, and picking up trash to make our communities more beautiful! Participate with members of your community on Saturday, April 27. Group and individual registration online:
Denim Day: Denim Day is a campaign by the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) to raise awareness about sexual violence victim-blaming. In honor of Denim Day “Take back the Night” will take place in Dorchester, which will consist of a march starting at Ashmont Station and ending at Viet-AID.  Mingle, share stories and check out different organizations! Apr 24, 6-9pm.
Little Miss & Young Miss Dorchester: If you know a “Little Miss” ages 7-9, or a “Young Miss” ages 10-12, then they can apply to be the next Little Miss or Young Miss Dorchester! Winners must be able to attend the Dorchester parade on Jun 2.  Application deadline: May 3. Annissa, 617-474-0797, 
Opening of the Swan Boats: Mayor Menino will be joined on the first ride of the year with students from several Boston Public Schools including the Ellis Mendell Elementary School in Roxbury and the Chittick Elementary School in Mattapan. Families and residents can come and take a ride immediately following the Mayor and winners as well as enjoy face painting. Apr 13, 10am. Boston Public Garden Lagoon.
Operation Prom Dress and Tuxedo: Young women and men need help in making prom affordable. Donate a gently worn dress, shoes, suit, tie, or accessories. Please dry clean before donating. Drop off now through Apr 21. 617-635-4217. Drop off at Eastern Bank, 1906 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124
Global Youth Service Day Events: Global Youth Service Day is an annual celebration of youth in service, engaging youth in over 100 countries and six continents for the world's largest annual day of youth service! GYSD projects with large scale service opportunities are occurring Apr 20 & 27.
Big Apple Circus:  or its 35th season the Big Apple Circus will be presenting the Legendarium, which will include the hijinks of hilarious clowns, soaring aerialists, jugglers, astounding acrobats, and more. Cost: $25-100. Open until May 12. City Hall Plaza.
Cash Mob Dorchester visits the Boston Winery: Come out and support local business and while you’re at it -- have some wine! April 20th from 1-6pm at The Boston Winery (26 Ericsson Street). Try three different wines and take a tour of the winery admission is $10, but mention you are part of the Cash Mob before 2 PM & receive $5 off admission.

March Meeting Minutes

Community Crime Update

Community Service Officer, Mike Keaney, C-11
There have been 26 incidents since the last meeting -- 3 Domestic Violence cases, 5 arrests.
On February 19th at 10:30am an off duty officer saw a man stab tires of a car at 61 Minot street. Turns out there were problems between men in the past. A 32 year male from the neighborhood was arrested for willful and malicious destruction of property
On March 1st there was a drug arrest
at the corner of Gallivan and Adams 41 year old male from Dorchester was caught selling percocets to man from Taunton. The Dorchester man was charged with distribution of class B substance.
On March 3rd at 1:48pm, a 36 year old Malden man cut off the police van and ran red light at Gallivan Boulevard and Granite Avenue. He then refused to stop for the BPD van and was arrested for refusing to stop, for not wearing a seat belt, for not having a license, for speeding, and for running a red light.
On February 26th, at 269 Minot Street, near the corner of Carruth Street. A woman walking from the T, was confronted by a male who showed here a gun and demanded everything. The woman screamed for help, but the male stole her phone and ran off. He has not yet been apprehended.

Rite Aid Update

Sean Weir, CGCA President

CGCA President Sean Weir opened the meeting by addressing the Rite Aid Pharmacy closing. He relayed that there have been no negotiations for a new tenant at this point. He did share that on March 17th the Pharmacy will close, do an inventory check, and will open sometime in April before closing for good.
Sean stressed that the parking lot WILL NOT be closed while Rite Aid is closed and any rumor about that is 100% false. However once a new leasee comes in, they will have to re-do the parking lot. That is part of contract with the city. 
He also relayed that to the best of our knowledge, Rite Aid did not negotiate an extension of the lease at all, they just let it run out.

C-11's Captain Sexton

Captain Richard Sexton, Commander of BPD District C-11 addressed the membership. He stressed that people should feel safe leaving the T and that crimes like these tend to come and go and should pass because criminals know police are in the area so they move on.
He went on to say that robberies always tend to raise the fear level in the neighborhood, but they are not similar at all to the home break rash that we saw in January.
Captain Sexton was proud to report that crime was down 6% in 2012, but noted that there was a small increase in home robberies
People to be “the eyes and ears of the neighborhood,” he said. So far in 2013, crime is down 19%, but that has been helped by the major storms that have hit the area. Finally, he asked people to follow the BPD on Facebook and Twitter to get up the minute updates. It helps people be aware of what is going on.

City Councilor Felix Arroyo

Councilor Arroyo addressed the membership once again, relaying new information about legislation that he is proposing to “Invest in Boston.” The city costs $2.6 billion a year to run. $1 billion is kept in banks. The city only asks the banks 3 questions: Is the money safe? What’s the interest Rate? In emergency, can money be withdrawn quickly. But, the City does not know if the banks lend to small business, home owners, if the bank hires Boston residents, or even have branches or ATM’s in Boston.
His legislation would like to find out those answers, and make the banks prove they are helping Boston.
Frank Baker has signed on, and he asks Cedar Grove residents to let their At-Large Councilors know they want this bill passed.

State Representative Marty Walsh

Rep. Walsh addressed the membership about a major issue in reconstructing Morrissey Blvd. They are in the process of allocating money to re-do or add sidewalks on Morrissey and Gallivan.

Reminder! Pay Your Dues!

A friendly reminder that businesses interested in sponsoring one of our annual tuition scholarships must have their dues paid one month prior to the June if they would like to participate. Any questions, email

It's Awards Season!

For the second year in a row, we will be awarding the Good Neighbor and Good Business Awards in May! As you may recall, we decided to deviate from the traditional award schedule so that we can truly devote our attention to honoring the champions of our neighborhood without being overshadowed by our annual Scholarship Award ceremony, which will take place (as usual) during the June Meeting. Cedar Grove has always been a community held together by good neighbors and strong, responsible businesses. This is our one opportunity to shine a little light on the great work that is being done day in and day out. Please help us recognize these heroes in our midst by nominating a good neighbor and/or a good business today! Applications can be submitted online at If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at

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