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Fall 2020 News & Happenings

 

Ballot Q - Community Preservation Act
What is the CPA and how might Milton benefit from it?
  
Watershed Wednesdays from NepRWA
Weds. Oct 21, Nov 18 & Dec 16 12:30 - 1 PM

"Unlikely Thru-Hiker" Derick Lugo at FoBH
Thurs. Oct 22 (register TODAY, 10/21 by 7 PM)
  
BHCAC Virtual Lecture Series 
Thurs. Oct 29, 4:30 PM & Nov 1, 6:30 PM
 


Please pardon all of the acronyms above!
 

FoBH are Friends of the Blue Hills, a non-profit org of friends and advocates of the Reservation. 

NepRWA is the
Neponset River Watershed Association, your local watershed association. 

BHCAC is the
Blue Hills Climate Action Coalition, a coalition of local groups working on climate change action in communities, including FoBH, NepRWA, BikeMilton and others.

 

All three groups have upcoming (virtual) events of possible interest.  Details can be found below the CPA info below

 
 
 


Community Preservation Act
Ballot Question 3 for Milton voters
What is CPA and why should you vote for it?

 

The Community Preservation Act was signed into MA law 20 years ago. 

On Nov 3 voters in Milton and 8 other MA municipalities will decide whether or not they will join 177 municipalities who receive a return on their CPA investment. 

If you purchased or refinanced a home in the last 20 years,
you have already contributed to this fund but Milton has not gotten any of that money back.  Your money has gone to 177 other municipalities including Newton, Wellesley and Weston.

Here is a small sampling of many ways Milton could benefit from contributing to CPA:

Milton's historic fire stations - While the current E Milton Fire Station building is undersized to safely house modern trucks and the first responders who operate them, it is a very visible and historic bldg.  How might the Town be able to repurpose it?  CPA funds can help.  They can also help with retrofitting or repurposing our other historic fire stations and landmark buildings in town.

Affordable Housing - Milton is a desirable town for many reasons, and like other desirable towns finding an affordable home has become harder to come by as developers cater mostly to higher price points.  CPA funds can help build affordable housing that our Planning Board will have more control over, rather than 40B projects that might not have the siting and architectural details tax payers would prefer.


Parks - including maintenance, lighting and accessibility 

Shade Trees - clean the air, create habitat for native species, raise property values and create shade (becoming more important as the number of 90+ degree days keeps increasing).

Additional info, including the perhaps hard to read details in the image above :-) can be found on yesformilton.org.  


 

 


Watershed Wednesdays from NepRWA 
Weds Oct 21, Nov 18 & Dec 16
A great lunchtime diversion from 12:30 - 1 PM
 
October 21- Chris Hirsh, NepRWA Environmental Scientist will discuss the history and challenges of Neponset's Native Brook Trout.  Visit neponset.org/watershedwednesday/ or click here to register for "Saving our Native Trout".

November 18 - Patrick Hogan, NepRWA Water Resource Professional will  stormwater runoff and what you can do to minimize it.  Visit neponset.org/watershedwednesday/ or click here to register for "Stormwater 101".

December 16 - Shevelle Olivier, Exec Dir of Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition and Andres Ripley, NepRWA Greenway Specialist will discuss the partnerships and neighborhood activism that make wonderful things like the beautiful Mattapan Trolley station to Central Ave section of the Neponset Trail happen.  Visit neponset.org/watershedwednesday/ or click here to register for "Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition: A Community Making a Difference".
 

Friends of the Blue Hills Annual Celebration 
Thurs Oct 22 6:30 - 8 PM
Reserve your spot and raffle tickets by Weds 7 PM

 
Are you a hiker, runner, dog walker or cyclist who appreciates that pedestrian crossing light at the corner of Chickatawbut Rd and Route 28?  Thank the Friends for their successful efforts towards getting that light in.  Have you been enjoying destressing and hitting the trails even more since COVID?  Thank the Friends of the Blue Hills for organizing trail maintenance and invasive-species removal efforts that keep the park looking good (consider joining them in these efforts). 

Are you interested in hearing "The Unlikely Thru-Hiker" Derick Lugo enthusiastically speak about his Appalachian Trail thru-hike, as described in his enjoyable memoir?  Reserve your virtual seat at the FoBH Annual Celebration by 7 PM Weds 10/21 and you will receive a Zoom link to the event.  For more info, visit the Friends of the Blue Hills website.
 
 
 
Virtual Lecture Series

Our Climate Crisis: Research & Action for Change
hosted by the
Blue Hills Climate Action Coalition
 
 
Climate Justice and Covid-19:
What can we learn from these intersecting crises?

Thursday, October 29: 4:30pm

Register here
 

Rebecca Herst, Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston, will speak about how climate change and Covid-19 are disproportionately impacting historically marginalized communities and strategies for ensuring that our response efforts focus on the people most impacted and keep everyone safe and healthy in our changing climate.

 

Climate Danger in the Fore River Basin
Thursday, November 12: 6:30pm

 Register here
 

The Algonquin (Enbridge) transmission compressor station sited in the Fore River Basin brings many dangers to our region and to our planet. Alice Arena is the founder and president of the Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station in Weymouth, and she will discuss what a compressor is and does, what it means for our health and safety, and what the push for more methane distribution and use will do to our planet.

 

The Changing Face of the Blue Hills: Shifting Plant Populations Past, Present and Future
Thursday, December 3: 6:30pm
Register here

 

UMass Biology Professor Rick Kesseli will discuss the habitat and biodiversity changes that have occurred in the Blue Hills over the last couple hundred years as well as current trends and impacts that are affecting the region.  We will glimpse into the future and look at where these current climate changes might be taking us.  

 

A Green New Deal for Boston
Thursday, December 17, 6:30 pm
Register here

 

What could the Green New Deal look like at the municipal level? Boston City Councilor and mayoral candidate Michelle Wu will share her recently published 15-point plan to address climate change and the important role municipalities can play in the future of our planet.

 

Climate Legislation: What’s New and What You Can Do
Thursday, January 7, 6:30 pm
Register here

 

Jacob Stern represents the Sierra Club on Mass Power Forward, a coalition of over 200 environmental leaders, community development organizations, clean energy businesses, faith groups, neighborhood health and safety advocates, and Massachusetts families fighting for our future.  The Massachusetts legislature runs on two-year cycles. Jacob will talk about what policies are on the table for the next two years, how the legislative process works, and what residents can do to advocate for strong climate and environmental justice legislation.

 

Videos of Previous Presentations
Youth in Action on Climate: Sunrise Movement
Recorded Thursday, October 8
Watch Video
 

Sustainable Milton

Pres. Louie Pierro, VP Didi Emmons, Treasurer Greg Naviloff, Secretary Fred Taylor; Board Members:  Erick Ask, Henry MacLean, Jeanne Bronk, Solveig Ask (MHS student), Tara Manno Richer, Teresita Cochran and Tucker Smith

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