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"If A Street Could Speak": WGBH Series on Blue Hill Avenue has a terrific new feature on the history and culture of Blue Hill Avenue. While the story sadly originates in Mattapan's recent violence, the writers (and photojournalists) take care to explore the positive and living aspects of Blue Hill Avenue as it passes through Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. The final section of the four-part series examines Blue Hill Avenue's "unfairly tainted" reputation, and details economic and social projects that signal the community's rejuvenation.

View the full series here.

Fields Corner Community Meeting, Nov. 1

Community members are invited to discuss a new housing development at 289 Adams Street, Dorchester, MA. Agenda includes presentation on proposed development and a discussion of neighborhood concerns.

The meeting will be held at Saigon Seafood Restaurant, 268 Adams Street, Dorchester, MA, on Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. >> Read More

Donate Warmth: Help someone with Coats for Kids, Oct. 11 - Jan. 8

The 16th Annual Coats for Kids drive is accepting coats October 11, 2010 – January 8, 2011. The mission of Coats for Kids is simple - anyone in need of a coat will have one. Anton's Cleaners, a clothing care company with 43 store locations in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, will begin accepting gently used, warm kid, adult and baby sized winter coats for the 2010/2011 drive beginning October 11, 2010.

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center is a Distribution Partner of the Coats for Kids drive. >> Read More

"New Life for Old House in Dorchester" - Video of Preservation Efforts!

A house in Dorchester with components dating back to the 17th century is being restored for preservation and occupancy, thanks to the efforts of Historic Boston and the North Bennett Street School. Report for BNN News by Meghan Ottolini. Aired October 21, 2010. Thanks to Earl Taylor of the Dorchester Historical Society for the heads up! Video embedded after the break.

The 65 Pleasant Street home belonged to Anna Smith, a Clapp descendant and the founder of the Animal Rescue League. >> Read More

Breakfast Forum: Communities of Color and Election '10, Nov. 4

The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents “Election 2010 and Communities of Color,” a special breakfast forum with Dr. Maria Idali Torres, Dr. Paul Watanabe, and Marvin Venay. The public discussion this Thursday, November 4, at 8:00-9:00 am, will be moderated by Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry. Admission is free and open to all. Light breakfast will be available. Modern Theatre (part of Suffolk University), 525 Washington St., Boston, MA. Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Downtown Crossing stop on the MBTA Orange and Silver Lines. For more information, call Ford Hall Forum at 617-557-2007 or visit >> Read More

Zoo Howl @ Franklin Park, Oct. 30-31

Don’t miss Zoo Howl Oct 30-31st at the Franklin Park Zoo! The haunted happenings include creature encounters, creepy crafts, ghoulish games, a trick-or-treat trail and the Haunted Maze! Radio Disney will entertain with music, games and contests at the main stage. Also, enjoy hayrides from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for $2.00!

Franklin Park Zoo is pleased to partner with Green Halloween® for this year’s festivities. Green Halloween is a non-profit, grassroots initiative to encourage communities to celebrate healthier and more sustainable holidays, starting with Halloween. Green Halloween has a simple goal: to keep fun and happy memories while creating traditions children and parents can feel great about, now, and in the future. To learn more about Green Halloween visit

(Image courtesy of Zoo New England) >> Read More

2nd Annual Savin Hill Halloween Parade, Oct. 31

March down the streets of Savin Hill in full ghoulish glamour this Oct. 31 for the 2nd annual Savin Hill Halloween Parade! Kids, dogs, and adults too - everyone is welcome to join! Costumes are, of course, encouraged!

Fly on over to the corner of Auckland and St. Williams St (behind the church) on Sunday, Oct. 31st at 4 pm. Parade down Auckland, up Savin Hill to Savin Hill Village and back! Hot dogs at 18 Hallam St. after the parade - and trick or treating after that!

Here's witching you can make it!

(Image credit: Jason White)

MFEC Video: Congrats Shauntell Foster!

DotWell, Fiscal Health Program Manager Shauntell Foster, two Skills for Life Ambassadors, and the Dorchester House Tax Clinic were recently featured in a Massachusetts Financial Education Collaborative (MFEC) Video. Congratulations to all for easing financial burdens and returning refund money to the city of Dorchester!

(Video embedded after the break) >> Read More

ANS Halloween Party, Oct. 30

Children ages 10 and under and their parents are invited to a Halloween Party on Saturday, October 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Ashmont Nursery School, 1 Ashmont Street (corner of Washington Street). Enjoy games, goodies to eat, a raffle for kids and adults, and gifts for best costumes of all types. A professional photographer will be on hand to take photos of the kids in costume. Admission $10 per family; proceeds benefit ANS scholarships. Info: Leslie MacKinnon at or 617-312-0009.

(Image credit: Juushika Redgrave)

"Aftershock: Treatment of PTSD and Addiction" Symposium @ Florian Hall, Nov. 12

The 4th Annual Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Addictions Symposium, "Aftershock: Treatment of PTSD and Addiction," will take place Nov. 12 at Florian Hall. Working with individuals with co-occuring issues of Addiction and Trauma presents many challenges to clinicans in all health care disciplines. This Symposium will provide an overview of current research in neurobiology, psychology, and behavorial approaches to treatment for these disorders. A review of evidence-based strategies will energize you and enhance your clinical practice when working with complex and difficult to treat conditions.

Pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is November 1, 2010. For registrations postmarked after November 1, there will be an additional $15 late fee. No on-site registration is available . More info after the break!

(Image Source: Alan Cleaver) >> Read More

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