Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), in collaboration with residents and a broad range of community-based partners, is seeking to commission a professional artist, artisan, architect, landscape architect, or teams thereof to create artwork for permanent display in the Upham’s Corner neighborhood of Dorchester as part of the exciting increase in transit access along the Fairmount Corridor. In January 2014, DSNI is planning a number of public forums/open houses to hear directly from the finalists. During these gatherings, residents will have the opportunity to learn more about each finalist’s background and plan for this community-led visioning and design process.
January 15, 2014 6:00pm
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative 504 Dudley Street, Roxbury
January 21, 2014 5:30pm Design Studio for Social Intervention 1946 Washington Street, 2nd floor, Roxbury
January 23, 2014 6:00pm Dorchester Arts Collaborative, Erick Jean Center for the Arts 157A Washington Street, Dorchester
The selected artist/artist team will be announced in early February.
Should you have any questions please feel free to reach out. Harry Smith – Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative firstname.lastname@example.org, (617) 442 – 9670 ext. 220 Laura McConaghy – The Boston Foundation email@example.com, 617-338-1612
100 trees will be given away on Saturday, October 26, to Boston residents, non-profits and community groups. Trees must be planted in the City of Boston.
1 tree per residence
3 trees per non-profit, community group, neighborhood association, or school
*Fruit trees: apple, peach, plum
*Flowering trees: cherry, dogwood, hawthorn, redbud
*Shade trees: elm, maple, oak
*Conifer trees: white pine, arborvitae
Pick-up location and time:
ONE DAY ONLY – Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan. Residents and groups must make arrangements to pick up trees at that time. Trees will not be held for a later pick up. In addition, on the day of the free tree pick-up two (2) half-hour training sessions will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at City Natives on how to properly plant and care for your tree.
To receive a tree you must agree to water and maintain the tree(s) for two (2) years following the planting date to help ensure the tree’s establishment and survival, and plant the tree(s) by November 30, 2013.
Tree specifications and supplies:
Trees will be in 5-gallon pots, 6’ in height, and weigh about 50 pounds. Be prepared to carry and load your vehicle with a tree. Each tree will come with supplies, which may include gloves, stakes and ties, a bag of compost, and a bag of fertilizer.
Plant and Share!
Please share a photo of you planting your tree on the Boston Urban Forest Council facebook page to support the Grow Boston Greener Tree Giveaway, or email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can post them.
To request a tree:
Please fill out a brief form available online form (also at www.growbostongreener.org/gbg/) and email the completed form to email@example.com or mail to: Grow Boston Greener, Attn: Linda Ciesielski, Boston Natural Areas Network, 62 Summer Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02110, by Friday, October 18, at 5:00 p.m.
Availability of trees is limited!
Trees will be given away on a first-come first-serve basis.
You will receive a confirmation email by Tuesday, October 22,if you will be receiving a tree.
Trees must be picked up on Saturday, October 26, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Please share a photo of your tree planting and promote the Grow Boston Greener Tree Giveaway on the Boston Urban Forest Council facebook page, or email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit this form by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2013 to:
|Grow Boston Greener Attn: Linda Ciesielski
Boston Natural Areas Network
62 Summer St, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Or email a copy of the completed form to:
Trees are available on a first come-first serve basis. You will be notified by Tuesday, October 22,if you will receive a tree. Trees must be picked up on Saturday, October 26, between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
For questions on this form or additional information about the Tree Giveaway, call 617-542-7696 ext. 20
The Waste Reduction Division of the City of Boston Public Works Department (PWD) will be entering into new 3-year contracts with residential trash and recycling contractors in July of 2014. The invitation to bid process for interested vendors will begin in January of 2014. In preparation, the PWD is seeking input through a series of informational meetings and an on-line survey * for all interested Boston residents.
The Boston Recycling Coalition has asked residents and local advocates to offer testimony and take four priorities into consideration. Please read below and contact email@example.com for more information:
1. Request new sites for drop-off of appliances, paint, and hazardous waste and more collection of yard waste.
2. Request hauler/driver training to spot contamination, steps for correcting residential behaviors, etc.; enforcement.
3. Push for a one-year contract extension to give us more time to be engaged in the process and allow the new mayor to have a say
4. Ensure livable wages and worker protection.
Boston Natural Areas Network has asked gardeners to also attend the meeting: “Community gardeners know that trash and recycling is not currently available to Boston’s community gardens. We hope you can help change this by adding your input so that community gardens are included in City of Boston trash pickup. We hope that community gardeners will attend a meeting and participate in the on-line survey… contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.”
The meetings and neighborhoods to be addressed:
Wednesday, September 25 at 6:00PM Boston City Hall, 5th Floor-Piemonte Room • East Boston, Charlestown, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Dorchester, Mattapan, South Boston, Allston/Brighton
Wednesday, October 2 at 6:00PM Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont Street, Mission Hill • Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Roxbury
Wednesday, October 9 at 6:00PM Boston Public Library at Copley, 500 Boylston Street, Commonwealth Salon • Back Bay, Fenway, South End
Wednesday, October 16 at 6:00PM, Josiah Quincy School, 885 Washington Street, Chinatown • Chinatown, Leather District
Tuesday, October 22 at 6:00PM Boston City Hall, 5th Floor–Piemonte Room • Beacon Hill, Bay Village, North End, West End
For additional information please contact Frank O’Brien of Boston PWD at Frank.O’Brien@cityofboston.gov. *The on-line survey will be available at www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks during the week of 9/23. Hard copies are also available at local branches of the Boston Public Libraries.
Boston Natural Areas Network and the Boston Gardeners Council are moving forward on planning this year’s Produce to Pantries program. Last year, gardeners grew over 7,000 pounds of fresh produce for pantries in Mattapan and Dorchester. BNAN is looking for gardens or individual gardeners who can dedicate growing produce to be collected for Produce to Pantries weekly. Additionally, BNAN is hoping to find volunteers who will dedicate time each week in helping collect produce from gardens, transporting food from garden to pantry, and distributing produce at the pantries. The food pantry locations, dates, and times are still TBA (but coming soon!). Attached you will find a flyer about Produce to Pantries, including volunteer opportunities, that you can pass around, post in your garden, and generate throughout your gardening circles. For more information about Produce to Pantries and how to get involved, please contact Dana Chepulis, Garden Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, at email@example.com or 617-542-7696.
MA Park Serve Day, Neponset River Greenway Saturday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Neponset Park, Hilltop Street @ Granite Ave, Dorchester Service projects to improve MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Parks across the Commonwealth will be happening on Park Serve Day. Join Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) to plant seven new trees at beautiful Neponset Park in Dorchester on the Neponset River. Volunteers will also care for 25 trees planted in the fall of 2012, applying additional mulch, checking stakes and ties, fertilizing and installing gator bags. Gloves, tools, snacks and water provided. Bring friends and family!
Neponset River Greenway Sweet History Stroll along the Neponset River Saturday, February 9 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Meet at the public parking lot at Milton Landing, near 25 Wharf Street, Milton What do chocolate and the Neponset River have in common? Join a DCR Park Ranger on a scenic stroll in Milton and Dorchester Lower Mills to find out. We’ll explore the former Baker Chocolate Factory site and learn about the sweet history of Lower Mills. Then, warm up with hot cocoa. For ages 10 and up. Sponsored by MA DCR.
With the Boston Gardeners Council, Boston Natural Areas Network is kicking off a three-part series about the importance of compost for all gardens. This first forum features Erika Rumbley, BNAN Garden Educator, introducing the critical role of compost in building healthy and productive soil. Susan Cascino, Director of Recycling at Boston Public Works, oversees yard waste recycling and city composting and will present city plans for 2013. Come with your ideas and questions.
Co-op Power is hiring a Weatherization Crew Leader for its Metro Boston crew! Employee will coordinate activities of Co-op Power’s Boston Energy Efficiency crew members engaged in air sealing and insulation for residential buildings. Download the job posting here or write to firstname.lastname@example.org with “CREW LEADER” in the subject line for more details.