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Ashmont Farmers Market every Friday afternoon, 3-7

Come to their NEW Location - right in front of Ashmont T on the plaza! Food Demonstrations, Free Samples, Recipes, Nutrition Information And, of course, Local Grown Fresh Produce Accepting WIC, Senior Coupons, EBT - Bounty Bucks - Get half off when using your EBT (Bay State Access) card! Sign up for Farmers Market updates and more at DEHC's website. Friday afternoons, 3pm – 7pm, until the end of October

Neponset River Trail Extension - Site Walks July 22 & July 26

The Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) has plans to extend the Neponset Greenway beyond where it now ends at Central Avenue in Milton to Mattapan Square and Blue Hill Avenue, which will open about 7 miles of trail along the Neponset River and connect Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester to the Neponset Valley Parkway in Hyde Park. For more details on this project, please click here.

To allow the public to view the alternative proposed routes, two site walks have been scheduled by DCR on July 22 and 26, 6:30-8:30 PM, and the public comment period has been extended to August 14, 2010. In early fall, DCR will hold a public meeting to present the recommended alternative, so be sure to check our online calendar at dehc.org for further updates.

Great Neighborhoods Summit, Jun 10

new Ashmont neighborhood takes shapeWe all want vibrant, healthy neighborhoods with a transportation system that gets us where we want to go, a choice of homes we can afford, services we need and recreation we want, and a place where our opinions are heard. There are examples of these “great neighborhoods” in metropolitan Boston — but how can we create more of them? The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance is bringing together a panel of people who have helped communities create great neighborhoods across the country. Our guests will share their years of experience helping to make great places to live, work and play. This is the Great Neighborhoods Summit on Thursday, June 10, 2010 from 9:00 AM to noon. New Location: UMass Boston, Campus Center, 3rd Floor Ballroom, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125 >> Read More

Codman Square Health Center Recognized as Bike Friendly Business May 20

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On Thursday, May, 20, 2010, Mayor Menino will recognize Codman Square Health Center as a bronze-level Bike Friendly Business.  The Mayor’s Bike Friendly Business award program recognizes Boston companies that encourage bicycling among their employees by engaging in bicycle friendly practices - 
with  the added benefit of making them more bike friendly for customers as well.

For details see this link.

Mayor's Climate Action Youth Workshop, Feb. 27 - please attend!

Green Boston Youth Workshop Feb 27 2010The city of Boston is updating its climate action goals for the years 2020 and 2050.
What will it be like to live in Boston then? No one knows for sure, but anyone that is 
high school age now will be an adult by then and will be living with the results of decisions made today.

The citywide Climate Action Youth Workshop is happening this Saturday, Feb. 27, from 11AM-2PM at Old South Church 645 Boylston Street, Copley Square. Registration will begin at 10AM. Free brunch will be served at 11AM.  Young people from Dorchester are encouraged to attend this workshop and share their ideas on climate change!

For more on this climate action workshop click here or call 617-635-3425.

Ashmont Station Commuter Bike Parking - advocate!

Let's convince the MBTA to spend some of their $4.8 mil in federal
stimulus funding to support bike commuting in Dorchester!

This means new, secure bike cages!

For full information click here

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Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition
1452 Dorchester Avenue, 4th floor
Dorchester, MA 02122
Tel. (617) 474-1478, Fax. (617) 474-0465
email

Apply now! to MUGatHOME Spring Session - deadline extended!

Boston Natural Areas Network's (BNAN) Master Urban Gardener-AT HOME (MUGatHOME) program is happening again this spring.  The program is for Boston residents with yards, rooftops, decks and other small spaces to garden. You'll learn techniques for growing ornamentals and vegetables using environmentally friendly techniques, as well as design planning, urban soil remediation, plant selection and placement, composting, and more.  See this link for more details,
As of March 12th, the application deadline has been extended until class is filled.

Sunday Jan. 24 - Red Line Diversion: Ashmont, Shawmut, Fields Corner and Savin Hill Shuttle Bus Service

Red Line Advisory - On Sunday January 24, 2010 the Dorchester Line (Ashmont, Shawmut, Fields Corner and Savin Hill) will be closed from the start of service until approximately 1:00pm. 

This service diversion will allow construction personnel exclusive access to complete necessary maintenance. Substitute shuttle bus service will make local stops from Ashmont to JFK/UMass Station.   

Park Maintenance meeting Jan 19, 2010

Wintertime is prime time for planning spring outdoor activities.
If your neighborhood park is not kept as clean and well-maintained as it should be you can connect with the Boston Park Advocates,
a city-wide urban greenspace network.
There is a meeting tonight if you are interested.

winter weather tips - remove snow quickly or else!

There are 'new' snow removal regulations [Feb 2007] in place, you don't have 24 hours!

Everyone needs to shovel snow from their sidewalks quickly - within 6 hours of the storm's end for homeowners and tenants, and within 3 hours for commercial properties and apartment buildings, or face fines between $50 and $150 for EACH DAY the sidewalk is not cleared.

Neighborhood access advocates are preparing to report violations...
please visit this link for further information.

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