October 2022 Minutes

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 7PM 


Welcome (3 min) Stephen McBride
Treasurer’s Report (5 min) 

September Financial Report

We received $145 in donations and $1.13 in interest income.

Our expenses were $15.93 for the Zoom subscription, and $8.05 in payment processing.

Net income for the month was $122.15.

As of Sept 30, we had $11,340.90 in assets, including:

$4.40 in our Stripe account.  Stripe is the payment processor for Joinit, our membership database.

$832.20 in our Paypal account

$4,759.02 in our Checking Account

and $5,745.28 in our Savings Account.


Stacey Cordeiro
Police Report (10 min) 

● Contact: George.Downing@pd.Boston.gov 

● C11CSO on Twitter: https://twitter.com/C11cso

Officer George Downing
Peverell/Cushing Fire and Fundraiser Update

Status report on the fundraising for our neighbors displaced by the fire on Oct. 2 These costs were incurred in October, so will show on October’s report.

The Paypal donation page is currently showing $10,557.80, which includes $10,365.60 in donations, plus $192.20 in paypal fees paid by the donors.  Paypal charged another $149.70 in fees not covered by the donors, which I propose we cover with JHA funds.  In addition, we’ve received donations by check totaling $100.  That means the total funds available to distribute to the neighbors displaced by fire is $10,465.60.

Thirteen people in nine households were displaced by the fire, and we’ve been able to contact someone from each household.  To date, we’ve distributed $8,500 to these folks, and will send out another $2,000 by the end of the week.  We made a first round of $500 checks to each person, and are now on the second round of $500 checks.  We would like to distribute $1,000 to each of the people displaced, and to do that, we are about $2,500 short of our goal.  I’m going to re-post the fundraiser with this update, and would appreciate it if everyone could share with their networks.  Our goal throughout was to get cash in the hands of the displaced residents as quickly as possible, so they could use it to replace some of their belongings, and contribute to their temporary housing costs.

In the interest of full disclosure, one of our JHA board members, Morgan Callahan, was one of the people displaced by the fire, and has received a first relief check along with all the other displaced residents.

Stephen McBride & Stacey Corderio
Dot Block Update

  • Hancock intersection will be made whole by Samuels and Associates, work will start this Saturday. Permit allows work 12 hours on a Saturday and 6 hours on a weekday. 
  • Saturday morning, there will be jersey barriers with goal to complete phase 1 in 1 day. By end of next week, a new paved intersection. There will be 3 crosswalks. 
  • Should be a fully operational intersection in 1 month. 
  • Next month, affordable housing lottery will be discussed
  • Q: Updates on tenants or commercial space? Goal is to populate retail with local businesses. Now, at the point of development where retail businesses are looking at the space. 
Catherine O’Neill
8 Sawyer Ave update

  • Ran through proposed project including landscaping at front of lot, parking, elevation at rear of house. 
  • 5 units (2 bedroom, 2 bathroom each), 3 stories, 6 parking spaces (access from existing driveway)
  • Next steps include zoning board of appeals hearing. 
  • Stephen opened up the room to discussion after Aisling left, asked if there are any concerns. 
    • One concern was the loss of open space that currently exists in front of the current house. 
    • Another concern was ensuring we have heard from all abutters. 
  • Send further follow-up and question to Stephen
Aisling Kerr
Committee Reports 

  • Social & Outreach Committee (outreach@joneshill.com)
  • Planning & Development (planning@joneshill.com)
  • Greenspace & Friends of Downer Park (downerplayground@joneshill.com)

Stephen McBride

Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services Update (5 min) Denise DosSantos
On The Hill (5 min) 

  • Open Forum or Announcements
  • Uphams Corner Food Forest (13. Everett Ave) opening on Sunday, October 30, 2-4pm. Come see the newest local green space!
Join Zoom Meeting | Meeting ID: 617 021 2555 | Passcode: 661177

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Community Announcements – JHA Events Page

Add the JHA Monthly Meeting to Your Google Calendar

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St. Mary’s Trunk or Treat – Wednesday October 26 – 6 p.m.

Join us for a fun evening where the kids at St. Mary’s  have the opportunity to dress up in costume and trick or treat on campus. Volunteers decorate their trunks and pass out candy on the top floor of our garage, and they will also be hosting a community meal afterwards! If you want to participate but do not have a car, that is no problem at all. They have 6-foot folding tables that can be set up and decorated as an alternative! Email jbatson@stmaryscenterma.org for more info/to sign up.

Upham’s Corner Library Events

There is a ton going on this October at the Uphams Corner Branch Library.  Click here to view the full calendar of Library Events!

555-559 Columbia Road Virtual Community Meeting – Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.

Meeting ID: 161 900 3009

Link to register on Zoom: bit.ly/3SCCFUk

Join the City of Boston and the Boston Planning & Development Agency for the two developers’ presentations for Site 1 (555-559 Columbia Road) within the Upham’s Corner Arts and Innovation District. This will be an opportunity for the community to share your feedback on the two proposals submitted in response to the Request for Proposals (RFP). This site will include affordable housing and a new branch of the Boston Public Library to fulfill the community’s vision.

Dorchester Open Studios – October 22 & 23 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More info on Facebook, however, the folks at Humphreys Street Studios, Brain-Arts Org/Dorchester Art Project, & Uphams Corner BPL have been meeting to resurrect a Dorchester-wide Open Studios event, this fall. It will take place Saturday/Sunday, October 22 & 23, from 11am to 5pm. 

The idea is that this is a “build back” year — and this fall we will simply hold the event — Dorchester-wide. Anyone who is a Dorchester artist who wants to open their doors that weekend, is considered a participant. There is no application, no fee, but also no group locations (however, if anyone wants to put together their own group location, go for it!)


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