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Free Open Dress Rehearsal: Cantata Singers | Feb 21

Cantata Singers in rehearsal

Mendelssohn "Elijah" Dress Rehearsal
Free and open to the public
Friday, February 21, 2014
1:30 pm at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA
In the spirit of Cantata Singers’ groundbreaking performances of the Brahms Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and the Verdi Requiem, Cantata Singers presents Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, in the original German, with longtime Cantata Singers member Mark Andrew Cleveland singing the title role.

Elijah is one of the few choral-orchestral icons of the classical canon that Cantata Singers has never tackled in its 50-year history. “Mendelssohn’s efforts to present and promote J.S. Bach’s music are credited for reviving Bach’s reputation and popularity in the 19th century. It was Mendelssohn who presented the first performance of the St. Matthew Passion after Bach’s death” said Music Director David Hoose. “Elijah is a fitting musical centerpiece for Cantata Singers’ 50th Anniversary Season.” >> Read More

Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5K | Nov 28

Run or walk the beautiful paths of the "jewel" of the Emerald Necklace to start your Thanksgiving Day! The scenic 3.1 mile route includes Franklin Park's most beautiful and historic views. Great Prizes for fast finishes and costumes!
Registration is $25 for adults, and $10 for children 6-18.

This event supports FPC's amazing Youth Conservation Crew. This program provides summer jobs for 20 neighborhood teens and their young adult leaders. This inspiring crew has restored trails, restored woodlands, and also runs the Thursday Sports Night, providing fun and games for hundreds of local children.

Please register HERE. >> Read More

Celebrate the Fruits of Our Ocean @ Dorchester Winter Farmers Market! | rescheduled to March 10

All are invited to Celebrate the Fruits of Our Ocean at the Dorchester Farmers Market on Sunday, March 10, 12pm to 4pm, at the Codman Square Great Hall, 6 Norfolk St, Dorchester, MA
Come and Celebrate the Fruits of Our Ocean!
¡Celebrar los frutos de nuestro mar!
Selebre Fwi ki nan lanmè nou an
Celebrar os frutos do nosso mar
Kỷ niệm Quả biển của chúng tôi
Discover the variety of fresh local seafood available at Boston farmers markets, see local chefs in action cooking their favorite seafood recipes, sample delicious dishes prepared fresh.
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May is Preservation Month!

see my new online calendar for preservation/historic Dorchester activities & events.

Dorchester Historical Society - open to your ideas

You are invited to take part in revitalizing the Dorchester Historical Society (DHS) Clapp Farmstead on Boston Street. The DHS has received two grants — one from New England Grassroots Environment Fund for improving the landscaping and grounds around our historic buildings, and one from MA Cultural Facilities Fund for improving public use of the buildings themselves. These two projects will help coordinate much-needed improvements to the 19th c. William Clapp house and the 18th c. Lemuel Clap house plus an old barn and other farm buildings at the DHS headquarters on Boston Street. There will be regular meetings on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. January through June 2008. If you have ideas for how DHS can be a better resource for Dorchester, please contact Earl Taylor at 800-663-6063 or by e-mail at, or attend a meeting [see calendar]. Funding for this project has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the state of Massachusetts administered through a collaborative agreement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Be Active & Celebrate Art in Dorchester

Dorchester Bike Tour - Sunday October 28, 10 AM, 16 Hamlet St. ends 1 PM at Baker Lofts.

Dorchester's beaches

Dorchester has some great beachfront - at Tenean, Savin Hill and Malibu - but not many use it. Seems there is a perception that the water is dirty. Back in July 2004, the Dorchester Reporter ran an article discussing some of the barriers to beach use. A more recent June 2007 Boston Globe editorial with some of the findings of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, co-chaired by Senator Jack Hart  suggests better maintenance will help. I believe a group of determined activists, of which there are many in Dorchester, if they formed an active 'Dorchester Beaches Partnership' could figure out how to use programs like kayaking and kite fests to bring vibrancy back to our beaches. Anyone out there share this belief?

Pave Your Yard, Kill a Tree

Folks - this is happening in Dorchester as well...

Illegal parking lots pockmark Brighton neighborhood
Boston Globe | January 14, 2007

Tipster Phillip Tackel tells GlobeWatch that life in his Brighton neighborhood is a little like the lament from that Joni Mitchell song: "They've paved paradise and put up a parking lot." Tackel said he has been pestering city officials unsuccessfully for years about a rash of homeowners near Cleveland Circle who have decided to solve the area's parking crunch by paving their yards and putting in illegal parking lots.

More than a dozen homes on Englewood Avenue , Kilsyth Road , Kinross Road , Lanark Road , Selkirk Road , Sutherland Road , Strathmore Road , and Wallingford Road have cleared front, side, or back yards to accommodate often up to 12 vehicles at a single address, said Tackel. A recent visit by a Globe reporter found some had painted dividing lines on pavement to make the lots appear legitimate, while others simply squeezed cars on dirt and grass against the home's foundation.

City zoning laws require property owners to get a permit before altering their driveways or homes.

Tackel notes that City Weekly wrote about the problem in 2003, but said things have only gotten worse since then. "It's about greed," Tackel said of absentee landlords with once large, single-family homes that have been turned into condominiums or apartments. Street parking is scarce and homeowners have been unable to resist the lure of extra cash by renting illegal spaces for $150-$200 a month each, he said.

Enforcement officers are out "every once in a while" to cite homeowners, said Tackel, but the fines are not large enough to deter most from continuing the practice.

"It diminishes the quality of life here," said Tackel. "Who wants to live facing a parking lot?"

A code enforcement officer from the city's Inspectional Services Division visited Tackel's neighborhood Wednesday and issued citations to 14 homeowners for violating the city's zoning ordinance, said Captain Michael Mackan, who oversees code enforcement.

During an evening inspection of the same area on Dec. 14, enforcement officers found more than 100 cars parked in illegally enlarged driveways and parking lots, said Mackan. Some vehicles blocked sidewalks or were unregistered and abandoned. They issued 14 citations to these landlords and fined them $150 a piece. Fines jumped to $300 each for last week's round of tickets because it was the second violation for most in the last 12 months, said Mackan, who blames absentee landlords renting apartments to college students.

Violators have 21 days to either pay the fine or file an appeal with the state Housing Court, where the case is brought before a clerk magistrate, he said.

Though vehicles were parked in illegal lots, the cars' owners were not fined. "It's up to property owners to maintain their property up to state" building, zoning, and sanitary codes, said Lisa Timberlake, a department spokeswoman. Timberlake said the department has held many community meetings to inform residents of the law. "If you're renting, you need to inform tenants of what's allowable," she said.

Officers will be stepping up surveillance of the neighborhood, checking the area twice a week if needed, said Mackan. "If we find out we have to be more aggressive, we will," he said.

William Good, commissioner
Inspectional Services Department
1010 Mass. Ave., 5th floor, Boston, MA 02118

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