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Boston's Bridge to Excellence Mentoring Program Billboard Unveiling, Mar. 7

Clear Channel has donated billboards across the city to showcase the creative work of Boston's Bridge to Excellence MentoringPrograms. UMass Boston teamed up with Boston’s Bridge to Excellence Mentoring Program and the BCYF Cleveland Community Center in order to give young people a chance to envision their future and show how mentoring will help them achieve their goals. Students created posters showing how mentoring will help them achieve their goals, to be combined into two themed billboard designs: "Mentoring = Student Success" and "Mentoring Matters." The unveiling will be at 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Bowdoin and Geneva.

"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.


4th Annual Taste of Dorchester Event April 26

Join the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA) to try amazing food from all over Dorchester at the 4th Annual Taste of Dorchester Event!  It will be held from 6-8PM at the IBEW Local 103 located at 256 Freeport Street, with live music from Sleeping Bee.  

Tickets are $35 beforehand, $40 at the door, $20 for seniors and children 6-12, and children under 5 get in for free.  To purchase tickets, please go to or call 617.822.9100.  

The event is a yearly event to raise money for MAHA's programs which help to increase sustainable homeownership in Dorchester and across Massachusetts. The vibrant local restaurant community has helped to make this event a Dorchester tradition! Try Jamaican, Vietnamese, Cape Verdean, Irish, Indian, Soul Food and American cuisine, a variety of delicious culinary dishes from restaurants across Dorchester. Local ice cream and fair trade coffee will also be served! In 2011, over 400 guests helped to raise $44,000 to support MAHA's efforts! Read after the break to see this year's participating restaurants!

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Three Strikes Proposal Deliberation, Feb. 28

On Tuesday, February 28, Boston City Council will be deliberating the proposed "Three Strikes Bill." Nearly 30 states have some sort of habitual offender law, which imposes life sentences to people convicted of two or more serious criminal offenses. Opponents of Massachusetts’ three strikes bill include the Massachusetts Legislative Black and Latino Caucus in the Massachusetts House, as well as the Nation of Islam, the NAACP, The Center for Church and Prison; Boston Workers Alliance, Boston’s Citywide Outreach Ministries, the Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, and many others. The deliberation will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Christopher A. Iannella Chamber on the fifth floor of Boston City Hall. For more information, contact Kenneth Yarborough at 617.635.3131.

Seniors' Luncheon on Community Health and Safety April 17

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center will be hosting the first ever Seniors' Luncheon, which will include an informative discussion about community safety and health. Speakers will include a representative from Police Station Area C-11, as well as a Dot House provider. The event, taking place from 11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m., is free, and lunch will be served! It will take place in the multi-purpose room of Dorchester House. Dorchester House is located at 1353 Dorchester Avenue. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Mary Truong at 617.740.2419 or by email at mary.truong [at]

Chili Cookoff, March 25

The 6th Annual Dorchester Chili Cook-Off is happening Sunday, March 25, 3 to 6 p.m., at the IBEW Local 103 Hall, 256 Freeport Street. Civic associations, local merchants, politicians, and other community groups around Dorchester are invited to submit their chili and compete for "Best Chili" Awards. Tickets are $20 per adult and $30 for a family (up to 4 people) at the door. Tickets purchased in advance receive a $5 discount. All proceeds will benefit this year's Dorchester Day Parade! The event is fun and family-oriented. Read on to find out more about Dot Chili Activities! >> Read More

Dorchester Coalition for Great Neighborhoods Meeting Feb. 28

On Tuesday, February 28th, Dorchester Coalition for Great Neighborhoods is hosting a monthly public safety meeting from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. This month, the meeting will be held at the Lucerne Gardens Management Office at 65 Winston Road, Dorchester. The meeting will be hosted by Lucerne Gardens and Winn Management. Supt. Paul Joyce will be the guest speaker this month. It is one of the few daytime public safety meetings held in Dorchester open to all residents, businesses, and community organizations. Parking is on the street and light lunch will be provided! Read after the break for the meeting agenda. >> Read More

The Rise of the Railroad Suburb: Victorian Dorchester | March 18

Learn about Victorian homes in Dorchester! The arrival of the Old Colony railroad in 1845 presented an opportunity for Boston's best architects to fill rural Dorchester with lovely Victorian residential architecture. >> Read More

Health First! Book Tour | March 13

Black Women's Health Imperative and Smileybooks are presenting a discussion and book signing at Simmons College on March 13th. From 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., Eleanor Hinton Hoytt will be speaking about her book Health First! The Black Women's Wellness Guide that aims to help black women achieve a healthy future! Refreshments will be provided. A limited amount of parking is available at Simmons College for $6 (Visa or Mastercard only). Simmons College is located at 300 The Fenway and is accessible by the MBTA green line E train (Heath Street) to the Museum Stop. See this website for details or read after the break for more information! >> Read More

Healthy Dorchester - A Call to Action, Mar. 6

Healthy Dorchester is a new Dorchester-wide initiative to improve health in our community! Be a part of the action to create a healthy, fit and safe Dorchester. On Tuesday, March 6, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. a meeting will be held at 450 Washington Street to discuss the future plans of Healthy Dorchester. A healthy lunch will be provided! For more information about Healthy Dorchester's vision and goals, click here.

Please RSVP by March 1 to Anne Greenbaum if you are attending, by email at a.greenbaum [at] or phone at 617.288.9092.

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