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The NEW E-Newsletter of the Cedar Grove Civic Association.
The Cedar Grove Civic Association February Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 in Fr. Land Hall (St. Brendan Church) at 7:00 pm. On the Agenda this month... Representatives from Lincoln Mercury Ford to discuss plans for the dealership.
Neighborhood News & Notes

Feb  Vacation Fun: The Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester is offering cooking, swimming, music, art, and much more 8:30am-5pm, Feb 19-22. $20 registration ASAP required. kvo@bgcdorchester.org, 617-288-7120. The Boys and Girls Club will also be hosting a series of FREE events for teens over break! Come enjoy movies, fields’ trips, torments and more! Events run from Feb 19 - Feb 22!  www.bgcdorchester.org. For younger students, The K.E.W is hosting a week-long, jammed-packed program through Feb Break for youth ages 6-12. Kroc Center in Dorchester. Marisol, Marisol.Ayala@use.salvationarmy.org, 617-318-6965
 
Keystone National Conference Fundraiser: Support your local neighborhood kids by going ice-skating! Come out and enjoy a day of ice skating with the family and help them raise funds to attend the Keystone National Conference.  $20/person, $50/family; includes skate rentals and hot chocolate. Feb, 20, 7-9pm, Neponset Rink, Dorchester.  www.bgcdorchester.org
 
Dorchester Winter Farmers Market: Bring the whole family to check out fresh, local food and activities for all ages! Sundays, through Mar 24. Codman Square Great Hall, Dorchester. http://dotcommcoop.wordpress.com   
 
Black History Month at the BPL: Celebrate Black History Month at the BPL with events ranging from film showings to African mask making. Also, be sure to check out the annual “Black is…” booklist. For a full list of events visit www.bpl.org.
 
African-American Patriots Tour: The Freedom Trail Foundation has a tour that takes visitors to historic events of the American Revolution. Explore the contributions of African Americans, and hear the tales and poetry of 18th century Boston’s African American writers. Tickets: $7-$13. Fri-Sun during Feb, 12:45pm. www.thefreedomtrail.org
 
Winter Photography Workshops: The Pics in the Parks free winter photography sessions will take place Sundays in Feb, 11am-12pm. Open to all ages and skill levels. Participants will learn techniques for taking impressive photographs of Boston’s scenic parks as well as be given a theme to focus on each Sunday. www.cityofboston.gov/parks. The sessions will be held on Feb 17, at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse in Jamaica Plain and on Feb 24 at the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens.
 
Men’s Clothing still Needed:  If you can help the Long Island Shelter for the Homeless they are desperately in need of the following gently used items for men: shirts, pants, sweatshirts, sweaters, vests, coats, jackets, rainwear, footwear, belts, hats, flip-flops.  Also, new packages of white socks are always in demand, the men wear them for many days at a time, hoping for new ones.  Items may be dropped off at St. Brendan’s Rectory -- 15 Rita Road. 
 
Bob Ryan speaks at Boston Teachers Union: The Boston Teachers Union has announced their next speaker in their ongoing speaker series. Bob Ryan, “The quintessential American sportswriter” will be presenting at the Boston Teachers Union Hall -- 180 Mount Vernon St. in Dorchester -- on Wednesday, February 13th at 5:30pm. The talk will be held immediately following the monthly BTU Membership meeting. This is an all ages event. Free and open to the public. Contact columwhyte@yahoo.com for more information.

January Meeting Minutes

McDonald’s Drive Thru Proposal Denied

No additional speeches or presentations were made at January’s meeting. As you may recall the membership vote was scheduled for November’s membership meeting however McDonald’s requested a deferral to the next meeting. Per Cedar Grove Civic bi-laws, those making a proposal are afforded one deferral. 

At January’s meeting members finally had their chance to vote on the current proposal to add a drive-thru to the McDonald’s located in Adams Village. The proposal was soundly defeated by a vote of 41 against to 5 in favor.
 

Community Crime Update
Community Service Officer, Mike Keaney, C-11  
 
Officer Keaney began his remarks by thanking all those who donated toys to the Boston Police C-11 Christmas Party to benefit local families in need during the holiday season. More than 250 children attended the party.
 
In the thirty days preceding the January meeting, there were 38 documented incidents resulting in seven arrests.
 
Numerous incidents of those leaving MBTA stations being mugged for items such as cell phones, wallets and other valuables have been reported so please be aware of your surroundings walking to and from the MBTA. Should this happen to you remember to call 911 as soon as possible with a detailed description of the suspect and the direction they headed.
 
Officer Keaney told those in attendance of the great luck the BPD has been having tracking stolen cell phones with the “find my phone” application. If you have a smart phone or an ipad it would be worth downloading.
 
Isolated incidents of vandalism to neighborhood businesses have occurred at various times between November through present. It started in Field’s Corner and then a week before the January meeting happened to Lopez Florist and Galvin Group Realty. It seems someone with a slingshot is firing large metal balls through the windows of these businesses. All incidents have occurred after midnight. Should you see anything suspicious or know anything of value please contact C-11.
 
On December 18th at 1pm the Youth Violence Strike Force was patrolling the area and apprehended a 33 year old Plymouth man with four large bags of crack. He was charged with intent to distribute a class B substance.
 
On Christmas Eve at 2:30am plain clothes officers on Glide Street, a report of an individual slicing a first floor residence screen with a straight-edge raiser was called in. He was a 47 year old male from Holiday Street who had 76 adult arraignments. Among the stolen goods he had on him were a GPS, a fondue pot, a cell phone. The individual had hit the Lombard Street and Huron Circle areas and told the arresting officers that he walks around at night and checks car locks. If the car is open he goes in and helps himself. Please be sure to lock your car at all times and do not leave anything in there to tempt a criminal to break in. 
 
Also on Christmas Eve at 12:20om an individual coming from Ashmont Station was robbed of his cell phone by two black males with a firearm. As soon as the victim got to a phone he called 911 with a description. 14 police cruisers descended to the area and caught both suspects and the weapon. 
 
On January 5th, at 4:30pm a young woman who lives at 44 Chickatawbut Street was returning home from a jog and she heard someone behind her but assumed it was one of her roommates returning home as well. A male put his hand over her mouth and attempted to force her into the house. The victim had her house keys and began punching the man in the face using her keys and proceeded to chase him down the street punching him. She was not hurt. C-11 has dispatched numerous undercover units to the areas. He was not caught and the matter is still under investigation.
 
Dorchester Park Association is searching for New Leadership

President Jane Boyer is stepping down after twenty years of service. She is hopeful that some younger leaders with take over with fresh ideas and them same energy she brought to the post. Jane will be stepping down as of May 31st and the Vice President will be stepping down in March. The main functions of the role are to organize five or more park cleanups per year, the annual egg hunt with Pope John Paul Academy, Boston Shines and to promote the Park’s value to the community. Visit www.dotpark.org for more information.  Dorchester Park Association meetings are held from March through October from 6:30-8:00pm. 


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