Dorchester Coalition For Great Neighborhoods Meeting Jan. 24

Dorchester Coalition for Great Neighborhoods, the former Washington Corridor Weed and Seed Site, is resuming their daytime public safety - partnership meetings.

The Dorchester Coalition for Great Neighborhoods monthly public safety meeting is happening on:  

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, from 1:00-2:30 PM

Location:  Fieldstone Apartments, 907 Blue Hill Ave, Dorchester, 02124

Host: Peabody Properties


This is one of the few daytime public safety meetings held in Southwest Dorchester open to all residents, businesses, and community organizations.

Parking in rear of building off of Harvard street. Light lunch provided.   

Interim Coordinator - Bob Francis  ~  Communications - Paul Malkemes      

Read on for the meeting agenda.

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'Voices of History' at Adams Street Branch Library Jan. 30

Members of the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston will be at the Adams Street Branch Library on January 30, 2012! Starting at 6:30 p.m., a quartet of singers will be performing music from different periods of an entire millenium, from 1100 to 1994 with the motifs of classical, folk, and multi-cultural genres. The concert is sure to be original and entertaining... don't miss it! The Adams Street Branch Library is located at 690 Adams St. in Dorchester. Contact the branch for more information at 617.436.6900

"Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." at Second Church in Dorchester Jan. 25

On Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. Second Church in Dorchester will be presenting "Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Adelle Banks, as part of the Sacred Conversations Series. Adelle Banks is a production editor and national reporter for the Religion News Service in Washington, D.C. She has won numerous awards for her journalistic work and has recently been investigating Dr. King's prayer life and favorite hymns. Banks is a native of Newport, RI and a graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She has received many honors, and her work was featured in the 2006 book Good News: The Best Religion Writing in North America. Second Church is located at 44 Moultrie Street in Dorchester. For more information, please call 617.825.2797 or visit Second Church's website here.


First Open Mic of 2012 at Dot2Dot! Jan. 27

Dot2Dot will be hosting their first open mic of 2012! Dinner will be held at 6:00 p.m. and the open mic will be held at 7:00 p.m. More information about the event will be released as we near the date. Check out dot2dot's website for more information! Dot2Dot is located at 1739 Dorchester Avenue, in Dorchester, MA 02124. Contact Dot2Dot at 617.436.2368 or by emailing dot2dotmanager [at]

Can We Talk? The Black Community and the Boston Busing Desegregation Crisis Jan. 24 & 31

What you think we should all know about the school desegregation crisis of the 1970s and its connection to today? The Boston Busing/Desegregation Project (a project of Union of Minority Neighborhoods) has partnered with Freedom House is going to hold a two part discussion entitled 'Can We Talk?: The Black Community and the Boston Busing Desegregation Crisis.' On Tuesday, January 24th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. see a clip from the Boston Busing/ Desegregation Project's film "Can We Talk" (Directed by Scott Mercer) and discuss the film and the project.

On Tuesday, January 31st, a panel of community members will discuss and respond to issues raised at the first event. The event will be held at Freedom House, 14 Crawford Street in Dorchester. Come continue the conversation about the crisis of school desegregation in the 1970s and its impact today. This event will also be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information, please email umnunity [at] or call 617.522.3349.

Financial Aid Night Jan. 17

On January 17, a representative from American Student Assistance will be here to explain the basics of FAFSA, different types of financial aid, and searching for scholarships! Opportunities for individual financial counseling and FAFSA completion will also be discussed. Meet at 7:00 p.m. at the Dorchester Boys & Girls Club McLaughlin Building, next to Dependable Cleaners on Dorchester Avenue at 1135 Dorchester Ave!







Tuesday January 17, 7pm

In the Teen Center


    Family members are welcome

C.R.A.K. Poetry Youth Speaks Open Mic!

On Thursday, January 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. C.R.A.K. (Creativity Revolutionized Around Knowledge) "Youth Speaks" will be hosting an open mic! This open mic is open aimed for youth ages 3 - 20, but everyone is welcome to support and be a part of the audience! The event is to be held at the Fields Corner Branch Library, located at 1520 Dorchester Ave. For more info, check out C.R.A.K.'s facebook page at

HRIA 54th Annual Meeting and Reception Jan. 26

On Thursday, January 26, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Health Resources in Action will be hosting their 54th Annual meeting, with a reception to follow from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. The event will be held at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, featuring keynote speaker Celinda Lake - President of Lake Research Partners, A Washington D.C. Pollster and Political Strategist. She will deliver "Messaging Public Health in the Current Political Environment." Please RSVP by January 20, 2012 by emailing your name and the name of your guests to hcrihfield [at] or by calling 617.279.2240, ext. 218

The Final Family Fun Friday! Jan. 20

Mattapan Food & Fitness

Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition / Healthy on the Block - Mattapan, Mattahunt Community Center, Wheelock College, and the Strategic Alliance for Health present the FINAL Family Fun Friday! On Jan 20, 4:30 to 6 PM, there will be healthy tasting demonstrations by Chef Rhonda from "Seasoned with Soul," along with fitness by Irina Martinez of "Xclusive Double Dutch." At the Mattahunt Community Center, 100 Hebron Street - don't forget to bring sneakers! See event flyer attached below.

Public Meetings on MBTA Fare Hikes - Feb. 2

Ashmont T stationThe MBTA is holding public meetings concerning fare hikes and service cuts - please attend the local hearings and make the community's voice heard! 

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. 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, at Mildred Avenue Community Center, 5 Mildred Avenue
  • February 2, Thursday, two meetings - at 1:00-3:00 PM, and at 6:00-8:00 PM, at Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 1353 Dorchester Avenue
Read below the break for a summary of local fare and service changes. To find out more about overall fare and service changes see the MBTA website. Emailed comments are welcomed:
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