Bring Trees to PJP II Park / Neponset Trail!

Posted April 4th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Advocacy, Greening Dorchester, News, Opportunities

Place your vote in Odwalla Online Tree Planting Campaign between April 1 and May 31, 2012! Your vote can help earn Boston Natural Areas Network a grant that would help add much-needed trees to the Boston landscape.

Odwalla is donating tree-planting grants to 10 community projects across the country. The program started out with 20 nominated projects from many applicants, and we are pleased to announce there are two great projects submitted by Boston Urban Forest Council members in the City of Boston! With your help, the projects can receive enough votes to be one of the 10 selected projects to receive a $10,000 grant.

Please take a moment to show your support and help get more trees planted in our community by visiting www.odwalla.com/plantatree and clicking on Neponset River State Park Project between now and May 31. You can only vote once, so please share this message with your friends through word of mouth, email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Thank you for your support!

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Meetings on T Fare Hikes

Posted January 7th, 2012 by rfoley and filed in Advocacy, Move Dorchester

The MBTA is holding a series of public hearings on proposed fare hikes and service cuts which will affect local transit users, especially those in Dorchester. Significant cuts to service in Mattapan – including weekend service on the trolley – are also in the works. See English language fare increase booklet here and  translations in Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean, Spanish, and additional languages/formats are available here. A complete schedule of hearings can be found here, please note upcoming Dorchester and Mattapan MBTA Hearings on Fare and Service Cuts:

  • January 31, Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 PM, Mildred Avenue Community Center, 5 Mildred Avenue
  • February 2, Thursday, 1:00-3:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM, Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 1353 Dorchester Avenue

To “Join the Discussion” see the MBTA website. Emailed comments are welcomed: fareproposal@mbta.com.

Option 2, with lower fare hikes, proposes the following service changes, among others. Option 2′s fare increases range from 33% (bus), to 50% (subway), to 100% (the RIDE base fare).

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Testimony Sought for Dec. 20 Hearing on Diesel Emissions

Posted December 3rd, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Advocacy, Greening Dorchester

After months of building support for more diesel emissions reduction action in Boston via cleaning up city-owned/ leased / operated diesels and contracted construction vehicles and equipment, there will be a public hearing on Tuesday, December 20th, 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Iannella Chambers on the 5th Floor of Boston City Hall (1 Cambridge Street, Boston 02108).

Clean Water Action and the Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP – a program that develops the environmental awareness, social justice and community organizing skills of young people) of Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) are working in partnership with Boston City Councilors Felix G. Arroyo and Stephen Murphy to discuss the need for this city-wide solution to harmful and abundant diesel exhaust in Boston, particularly in low-income communities of color overburdened with environmental health risks. Following the hearing, Councilors Arroyo and Murphy intend to file a diesel emissions reduction ordinance in early 2012 (fact sheet on current draft language attached).

Please consider whether you are able to attend simply to support those who testify and/or to present oral or written testimony yourself about the need to reduce health and climate impacts of diesel emissions (through retrofit technologies/options, use of ultra low sulfur diesel, and zero non-essential idling) from construction equipment and city-owned, leased and operated vehicles. Reminder: You need not represent a Boston-based group/org to have a relevant voice here! If you plan to attend and/or would like to testify, please contact Vanessa Green at 617.338.8131 x211 or vgreen@cleanwater.org as soon as possible, and plan to arrive 5 minutes early to sign up to testify. Continue Reading »

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Urban Agriculture Overlay Hearing, Nov. 16

Posted November 11th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Advocacy, Greening Dorchester

Boston Urban Agriculture LogoUpdate: Read more about this hearing and the proposed lots at YourTown Dorchester.  The Boston Zoning Commission will be conducting a public hearing on a proposal to adopt a text and map amendment to the Zoning Code that would establish the Urban Agriculture Overlay District (UAOD) in the Greater Mattapan Neighborhood District and apply the UAOD to two properties in South Dorchester.  The public hearing will take place on Wednesday, November 16th at 9:00 a.m. on the 9th floor of City Hall in the BRA Board Room.  Further details about the public hearing are provided in the announcement, which is attached.

Please help spread the word! To review the text of the proposed UAOD, as well as to learn more information about the Pilot Urban Agriculture Project, go to: http://tinyURL.com/BRARezoneUrbanAgriculture. For more information on the urban agriculture project go to: www.bostonfood.org/resources/grow-food.

For further information about this upcoming meeting, please contact:
John (Tad) Read, Senior Planner
john.read.BRA@cityofboston.gov
617.918.4264

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“Pedestrian Safety in Upham’s Corner”: Upham’s Corner News

Posted November 7th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Advocacy, Move Dorchester

Upham’s Corner News has a great article up regarding walkability and safety in Upham’s Corner. The report carefully details problems raised at community meetings, analyzes pedestrian interactions with street traffic on Columbia Road, and highlights a seemingly successful intervention–taking the issue “upstairs” to the BTD and getting an answer for the community. Read the first few lines below, or check out the article on UphamsCornerNews.com.

Recently at meetings in Upham’s Corner, residents discussed pedestrian safety and identified what they call “a dangerous crosswalk” in the very heart of the business district.

“Crossing Columbia Road from the Pilgrim Church to the Strand Theatre is a nightmare.”

The Upham’s Corner Improvement Association decided to take on this intersection as a project and contacted Upham’s Corner News to do some investigation. [Read more at Upham's Corner News].

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Help Promote Boston’s Urban Forest, Nov. 21

Posted November 4th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Advocacy, Greening Dorchester

Join the effort and fun in improving and expanding Boston’s Urban Forest. Become a part of a resident based stewardship & advocacy group whose goals are to plant trees and educate the public about the benefits of trees.

Please register for this meeting by calling 617-542-7696 ext. #20 or emailing mathew@bostonnatural.org. View a flyer here.

Location & Time:
BNAN Office
62 Summer St., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02110
Monday, Nov. 21, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Bowdoin Geneva Stores Now Stocked w/ Local Produce

Posted July 26th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Advocacy, Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester

Farm to Store pilot in the Bowdoin Geneva neighborhoodThe “Farm to Store” pilot in the Bowdoin Geneva neighborhood has launched! You can now find organic, local produce from The Food Project in two neighborhood corner stores – Shop Smart (formerly Caribbean Market) on Bowdoin Street and Sobrino’s Market on Geneva Ave. More stores should be carrying local produce as the summer goes on and the variety of produce available is greater.

Help support these stores and show them you’re interested in buying local! You can also check out this BNN video of the Bowdoin Street Health Center Senior Healthy Champions delivering the produce and talking about why it’s important for corner stores to carry high quality produce: http://vimeo.com/26765568.

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Complete Streets Walk (Report)

Posted July 21st, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Advocacy, Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester, Move Dorchester

Complete Streets WalkAs part of the Boston Complete Streets Initiative, a group of interested residents explored the walking environment along a mile or so of Dorchester Avenue on a recent hot summer day. The Neighborhood Walk helped investigate how the city’s current Dorchester Avenue Improvement Project fits into the citywide effort to create streets that are multi-modal, green and smart and demonstrated how they support a healthy, active lifestyle. The walk was led by Mark Fenton, host of the TV series “America’s Walking” and one of the country’s leading experts on the relationship between walking, street design and public health. The group learned how we can make our streets more safe and comfortable for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists while improving sustainability and making use of new technology where appropriate. Pre-walk presentations (see related presentations here; DEHC will add Complete Streets presentations as received) stressed the importance of active living for health and fitness. Continue Reading »

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Complete Streets Walk, Jul. 19

Posted July 12th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Advocacy, Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester, Move Dorchester, News

Complete Streets - Dorchester Ave.Please join SMAMS, Fields Corner Main Street, Boston Transportation Dept and Boston Public Health Commission for a “Complete Streets” Neighborhood Walk from Fields Corner to Peabody Square on Tuesday, July 19! Meet at The Lenane Building, 1452 Dorchester Ave in Fields Corner at 5:30 p.m. The walk leader will be Mark Fenton, host of the “America’s Walking” PBS TV series and one of the country’s leading experts on the relationship among walking, street design and public health. Read on for contact information and details of the walk.

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What is a Food Coop? DEHC can tell you.

Posted July 8th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Advocacy, Healthy Dorchester
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Food Coop Ambassador Training, June 30The Dorchester Community Food Coop is a new initiative to bring food access to Dorchester: if successful, a physical store & a host of innovative workshops, programming, member benefits and community enrichment plans will all come into being within the next 2-3 years. In order to educate the community of Dorchester about food cooperatives and recruit those willing to share the information with their neighbors, the “Dot Comm Coop” held an Ambassador Training on Thursday June 30, at the Codman Square Library. Watch the Powerpoint presentation shown  at the 6/30 meeting here, check out a Food Coop Flyer, or read on for answers to frequently asked questions.

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