"Commitment to Community Tour" April 5

Meet to discuss issues, concerns and ideas to improve Blue Hill Avenue, a commercial and residential area that runs through Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. At the meeting, everything from street cleaning to crosswalks, traffic to small business development can be discussed - come with your ideas! The focus is Blue Hill Ave from Dudley Street to Grove Hall. Also find out about new initiatives as well as the budget process on the state and city level. For more information, contact Daniel Tavares at Danielson.Tavares [at] Or call 617.722.2060 This is a free event. The Thomas Atkins Building is located at 233 Blue Hill Ave, Boston, MA. The event will be from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.


Write on the DOT reading series: UMass Boston MFA students - Sun. Jan. 29th

Writers get to know your neighbors... Neighbors get to know your writers...

Come to Savin Bar & Kitchen on Sunday*, January 29th at 7PM for


featuring poetry and prose from UMass Boston MFA candidates Karen Locascio, Kathleen McKenna, and Jon Papas alongside Dorchester writers Johnny Diaz and Audrey Mardavich.

The event will be in the private downstairs space at Savin Bar & Kitchen, 112 Savin Hill Ave., from 7-8:30 PM with food and drink specials exclusive to Write on the DOT. Stick around after the reading and socialize! Write on the DOT was designed to bring neighbors and writers together, from Dorchester and UMass Boston alike. Everyone is invited!

Learn more about Write on the DOT (including soon to be posted reader bios) at:

*no NFL games scheduled (week before the Super Bowl)



Black Community Leaders Reception @ City Hall Dec. 12

In order to develop a sound working relationship with elected leaders, there will be a Black Community Leaders Reception with Boston City Council at The Curley Room, 5th Floor, Boston City Hall. The meeting will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The new city council will be sworn in on January 1st - come share your ideas and concerns with them on  Monday, December 12, 2011 Refreshments will be served.

Neighborhood Response Team (NRT)



Email: (Bowdoin-Geneva); (Mattapan)


The Neighborhood Response Team (NRT), a cross-departmental group representing Public Works, Transportation, Inspectional Services, and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, seeks to address the local and specific issues affecting Boston's neighborhoods. Meeting with residents, community organizations, and numerous municipal bodies, the Team will focus on basic city services and improvements such as street lighting and sidewalk repairs, prioritizing trash and debris removal, and cracking down on problem properties and health and safety violations.

As of Nov. 2011, there are three regular NRT meetings, to address Mattapan, Codman Square, and Four Corners; Dudley Square and Blue Hill Ave.; and the Bowdoin-Geneva areas. The meetings are co-chaired, with one chair representing an official body (such as the Office of Health and Human Services) and other representing area residents. 

The Mattapan/Codman Square/Four Corners meeting covers city services, with (as of Nov. 2011) a noted emphasis on foreclosure/absenteeism.

Likewise, the Dudley/Blue Hill Ave. meeting covers city services. Prostitution is seen to be particularly bad problem in the area and many interdepartmental actions have worked to address this issue (as of Nov. 2011).

The Bowdoin-Geneva meeting incorporates human services in addition to city services, with an emphasis on youth development and violence prevention -- specifically, the Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative. See a release on the formation of the Bowdoin-Geneva NRT here.

Key Partners: 

City Agencies:

Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Transportation Department, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Code Enforcement, Department of Neighborhood Development, Inspectional Services, Jobs and Community Services, Office of Human Services, Office of Neighborhood Services, Mayor's Office, Public Works Department, others?


Community Organizations and Collaborations:

Bowdoin Geneva Violence Intervention and Prevention, Upham's Corner Violence Intervention and Prevention,
United Neighbors Association (UNA), 4-Street Crime Watch, 

Bird Street Community Center, College Bound Dorchester, Family Nurturing Center, Roxbury Resource Center,


Faith-based: First Parish Church in Dorchester, St. Peter's Parish, 


Main Streets:

Bowdoin-Geneva Main Street
Four Corners Main Street


Bowdoin Street Health Center

Partial list!

Key Programs Offered: 

Biweekly meetings; neighborhood walkthroughts; forum for cross-departmental, cross-sector collaboration and neighborhood improvement.


C-11 Community Day Sep. 25

***Date Change! Originally scheduled for Saturday the 24th, changed to Sunday the 25th***


The District C-11 Police Station will be hosting a Community Day at 40 Gibson St. On September 24. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include free food and a variety of activities - pony rides, face painting, raffle drawings, a moon bounce and a performing magician! The event is free and open to the public, and a great way to meet your local district police and other community members.

9/11 Standout, Sep. 11

Honor the fallen by joining your friends and neighbors in an act of solidarity on a day of national mourning. On Sunday, September 11, community members will line up along Gallivan Boulevard in remembrance of 9/11 and in support of America. The line will extend from St. Brendan's, on Gallivan and Rita Rd., to Adams Corner; and the Standout begins at or around 11:00 a.m.

Bring your family, tell your friends, bring your flag. Line the boulevard.

Savin Hill Yard Sale, Sep. 10

The annual Savin Hill Neighborhood Yard Sale will be on Saturday, September 10, 2011 (rain date: 9/11/11) from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To obtain more information and to receive a personal copy of the map, please email:

"Mass Remembers" & 9/11 Day of Service, Sep. 11

On September 11, "Massachusetts Remembers 9/11" will be a volunteer fair, concert and ceremony in tribute to America and the heroes and the fallen of that tragic day. American service men and women that have, and are, serving in Afghanistan and Iraq will also be honored. The 2-hour "Massachusetts Remembers" concert tribute will include: readings, poems, prayers and a time for reflection and remembrance. There will be a special musical program to be performed by the Boston Pops Brass Ensemble and Boston Children’s Chorus.

The concert and ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m. The day's full schedule may be viewed here and transporation/access information related to the Espalanade is here. All spectators will enter the Oval through bag check/screening entrances. All spectators and bags will be screened before they are permitted on the Oval. Tarps (smaller than 8' x 10'), blankets and folding beach-style chairs are permitted. It is recommended that you arrive early, gates will open at noon.

A range of non-profit organizations from across the commonwealth will be represented at the Massachusetts Remembers 9-11 event to enlist volunteers in service to the community. This coincides with the "September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance." Looking for other ways to help? Why not check out Boston Cares, the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund or check out the Massachusetts Service Alliance's recent mailing for opportunities to volunteer. One interesting opportunity is environmental hurricane relief - planting trees in Western, MA to protect the area against future storms. >> Read More

Health Care Revival, Sep. 10

Come to the Mattapan Community Center from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on September 10 for "Health Care Revival," a free community event with health information, complimentary food tastings and more! The Mattapan Health Center is located at 249 River Street Mattapan, MA 02126. Thanks to the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition for sending notice of this great upcoming event! 

Pink and Black: Host a Free Workshop

Pink isn't the only color associated with Breast Cancer. Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer among Black women? Pink and Black Ambassadors are breast cancer patients and survivors who wish to end this health disparity by speaking out about prevention, treatment and survivorship. Host a free workshop with the Pink and Black Ambassadors at your organization or group meeting by filling out the workshop request form attached to this post. Call 617-534-4960 or visit for more information.

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