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Free Yard Waste & Hazardous Waste Removal, Apr 25 - May 20

At 7 a.m. on recycling days from April 25 to May 20, residents can have their leaves and yard waste picked up by Boston Public Works crews. Those who want to get rid of their rubbish in the backyard should leave the debris in large paper leaf bags or barrels labeled “yard waste” and tie branches together with string.

The City of Boston is also holding drop-off days to get rid of household hazardous waste. This year residents can take any waste to the UMass-Boston Harbor Campus  on May 7, or to the West Roxbury Public Works Yard  on June 25. Put household poisons, insecticides, paint, tires, auto fluids, car batteries, wood preservatives, herbicides and pool supplies, propane tanks, motor oil , and products labeled corrosive, flammable or toxic in cardboard boxes for safe transport and bring them to the below locations. TVs & computer monitors are not accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days. Please call 617-635-7574 for home pickup of TVs and computer monitors or apply online here. >> Read More

B-3 Police Meeting, Apr. 12

This Tuesday, April 12, join the B-3 District Police Station and the Mattapan/Dorchester community for a public meeting. About 150 residents turned out for the March meeting, which has been steadily growing in attendance since the first session a year ago.

B-3 detectives have announced a significant decline in several crime categories in the district, including a 10 percent drop in assault and nearly a 50 percent drop in breaking and entering compared to crime levels in 2010. The district's officers would love to hear your concerns about this community. This meeting will take place on April 12, 5:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Clubs at 15 Talbot Ave. Captain Joseph Boyle will be heading the meeting. Dinner will be served.

Pilot Urban Agriculture Project Meeting Apr. 14

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) & Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) community meetings regarding the Pilot Urban Agriculture Project on four city-owned Properties in Dorchester are scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, April 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Great Hall, 6 Norfolk Street. These two community meetings have been scheduled to hear from neighborhood stakeholders, community residents are encouraged to attend and be heard!  >> Read More

Groundbreaking for Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Apr. 8

On April 8 a ceremony will be held for the groundbreaking of a new institute, The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for The United States Senate. The event has an expected turnout of about 500 guests, including national, state, and local elected officials. The official EMK Insitute website states, "The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about our government, invigorating public discourse, encouraging participatory democracy, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the public square."

Once built the institute aims to be a dynamic center of learning and engagement which will use technology to provide each visitor with a unique and rich imformative experience to bring history to life. World-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly has designed the plan for this beautiful building which will reside right next to The John F. Kennedy Library & Museum and is striving to meet LEED certification standards. Community members are encouraged to come out and celebrate the addition of this institution to Dorchester.

UCMS Urban Safari & BBQ Bash, Jun. 22

The fourth annual Urban Safari will take place on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Franklin Park Zoo’s Barnyard! The annual Upham's Corner Main Street fundraiser Urban Safari is a celebration of the Upham’s Corner community and supporting its business district revitalization. This fun-filled event is more than just a night at the zoo; the evening’s adventure includes music, food and drink, games and prizes, and a silent auction! It began in 2007, as way to underwrite management and execution of the UCMS goals to support small businesses in order to create a more thriving Upham’s Corner community. Click here to buy tickets. >> Read More

Franklin Park History Tours; Apr. 16, May 14 & Jun. 11

See old bear dens from the Zoo's early days, stone ruins from Frederick Law Olmstead's Field House and wander along woodland paths. The Franklin Park Coalition is hosting a great opportunity for the community to learn about the rich history present right in Dorchester's backyard. Franklin Park History Tours will be taking place on April 16, May 14 and June 11 this spring season. Tour a different area of the park on each walk. Led by local historian, FPC member, and author, Julie Arrison (author of the book Images of America: Franklin Park, featured in the photo). 

Park photo-history books for sale $20. The first tour begins at Ellicott Arch near the Williams Street entrance; the second departs from Golf Clubhouse; and the third leaves from the rear zoo entrance. All tours are on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

It's helpful for the FPC to know how many people may be attending each event, so they encourage you to send an email to RSVP@franklinparkcoalition.org. >> Read More

GOTCHA Youth Summit: "Self Empowerment", Apr. 16

Believe to Achieve at the 6th annual Youth Summit on Saturday, April 16th at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road in Uphams Corner. This event addresses past and present issues within neighboring communities. Talent show will be hosted by Young Quis of Hot 97 Boston. The summit with also feature guest speaker and community activist Darrin Howell, 6th Suffolk District State Representative. Come check out music, free food, workshops, talent show and more! This event lasts all day, schedule is below. >> Read More

MAFCU Financial Seminars at Lower Mills, Apr. 16 - May 26

Learn to manage your money wisely at MAFCU's Financial Education Seminars, which will be taking place at MAFCU Credit Union's Dorchester Lower Mills branch, 1205 Adams Street. Space is limited so sign up now!  The registration fee is $10 per session. Financial assistance is available if needed. You must register 48 hours prior to the scheduled seminar. Proceeds go to support MAFCU's Financial Education programs.  Seminar times and topics are after the break. >> Read More

New England Urban Music Awards at The Strand, Apr. 30

The 6th Annual New England Urban Music Awards are coming to the Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner on April 30, 2011. This year the event is titled, "A Tribute to Women in Music". Come celebrate women in the music industry who don't get enough recognition for all of their hard work and dedication in the performing arts. The award show will also feature special live musical performances by local artists. Awards will be given out for a wide variety of genres including Spoken Word, Gospel, DJ, Dance Choreographer, Radio Personality, Carribean, Rap and more! You can vote for just your favorite Jazz, Rap, Spoken Word, or R&B artists until Saturday, April 9. Vote here

Ticket prices range from 35-40 dollars. Do not miss the hottest show of 2011; purchase your tickets today! Each section is general seating so you will want to arrive early.  Special discounts are available for children under 12 ($20) and seniors over 65 ($30). Discounted tickets must be bought at the Box Office with valid ID. Purchase tickets online here. Tickets will also be available at Skippy Whites, A Nubian Notion Inc., and The Strand Theatre Box Office (starting April 24).

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Benefit with Sarah Hickman, Apr. 7

Come enjoy the music of celebrated folk star Sara Hickman as she performs at a benefit for Dorchester's Louis D. Brown Peace Institute on April 7 at 8:30 p.m. This organization, founded nearly twenty years ago and still led by the mother of a homicide victim, dedicates itself to providing support to families who have lost loved ones to violence. The Institute also promotes a Peace Curriculum in Boston area schools and organizes an annual Mother's Day walk for peace. >> Read More

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