September 2022 Minutes

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Welcome (3 min)
By-Law Update (3 min)

Stephen provided an update on the bylaw conversation from our annual meeting. We’ll be taking new updates now and send out the new bylaws this spring and then vote on them again in June. 

Treasurer’s Report (5 min)

Income= $0

Expenses= $0

Total Liabilities and Net Assets= $11,218.75

No liabilities

Police Report (10 min) 

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Sergeant Detective Jose Lozano provided an overview of “silent parties” where the host charges admission and sells alcohol. These are happening across Boston and the recent double homicide that happened occured at a silent party. We can spot them by: excessive vehicles and high pedestrian traffic into one home.

Officer Downing provided a police report and noted September 24 is Open Streets which runs Freeport to Gallivan Blvd.

Committee Reports 

  • Committee Plan for 2022-2023
    • Events will be added to Calendar and emailed out (when newly scheduled) with reminder to folks that subscribe at the emails below)
  • Social & Outreach Committee (
  • Planning & Development & Traffic (
    • Stephen provided an update on Columbia Crossing
    • We are expecting a Dot Block update next meeting
  • Greenspace & Friends of Downer Park (
    • Matt K provided an update: Matt and Carly met with the Parks Department to discuss the grass. Parks department and agriculture team went through the park and cleaned up plants and trees that were not going to survive and acknowledged the grass was not planted correctly and they are looking into solutions. Also looking into solutions for the Dog Park area so that it is not all dirt. 
    • Please be careful with your dogs by keeping them in the dog area and by picking up after your dogs so that maintenance crew can maintain the grass and recreation area. 
    • Working to coordinate a fall clean up in coordination with the Parks Department. 
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services Update (5 min)

Denise was unable to make it this evening but passed along updates which will be emailed around. 

On The Hill (5 min) 

  • Open Forum or Announcements

Everett Ave Food Forest: The trees are bearing fruits and they can be picked and enjoyed. Also looking for more participation to discuss the design of the food forest and pruning of plants. Also looking for thoughts on the structure that is on the site. Ideas can go to Desiree, Betsy or Kit. 

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Flawed and Whole – One Woman Play at Adams Street Library (Wed – Sep 12 @ 6:15)

Happening just before our monthly meeting, swing by the Adams Street Library to see Flawed and Whole. Dorchester People for Peace is producing this one-woman play addressing the issues of being white and anti-racist. Kristen Aldrich, a DPP member and Dorchester resident, wrote and acts in Flawed and Whole. It received broad accolades from those who saw it at the Providence Fringe Festival this summer which inspired DPP to bring it to Dorchester. There will be time for a discussion after the play.

Back to School Tea at Uphams Corner Library (Thur – Sep 15 3-5 p.m.)

It is back to school time and the Uphams Corner Branch Library is very happy to announce that we are able to hold our annual Back to School Tea.  Please join us for tea and conversation about what the library can offer busy families as they plan for the new year.  Along with food and drink we will have crafts and giveaways.

The Radical Welcoming – A Celebration along Columbia Road (Sat – Sep 17 12-4 p.m.)

A celebration bringing together local artists, entrepreneurs, businesses, and non-profit organizations in Upham’s Corner, visit our Events Page to find the flier with the activities and events you’ll find along Columbia Road (the bulk of activities are between The Strand and former Citizens and Bank of America Buildings).

Open Streets Dorchester Avenue (Sat – Sep 24)

Explore a car-free Dot Ave from Freeport Street to Gallivan Blvd. Open Streets Boston is a collection of free, family-friendly events. During these events, the City will close major thoroughfares to motor traffic, opening them for pedestrian use. ​Open Streets Boston events help people experience streets as public spaces where communities thrive. City streets transform into vibrant, pedestrian-friendly boulevards where people can dream, play, and explore. You can find more information here.​