Eight Streets Neighborhood Association
Meeting Minutes, 1 June 2005
- Teen Empowerment, non-profit group organized in '92. Harriet
Finkelstein, also on Board of Union Park Neighborhood Association, and
four members of Teen empowerment, spoke passionately about the "Know Thy
Neighbor 'hood" event this upcoming Saturday, June 4, at Blackstone Community
Center (50 West Brookline) 11-3:30. Encouraged people to come and support
the kids. This is a forum for youth and adult neighbors, business owners,
etc to further dialog and explore concrete steps for a safer South
End/Lower Roxbury. For more information or to get involved: 617.536.4266
x310 or Jennifer@teenempowerment.org
- Topics to be addressed: Turf conflicts b/w blocks, divisions b/w
gay and straight communities, investing in youth, concern for people's property,
reintegrating people into the community after prison or rehab, and more.
- Push to actually come up with solutions rather than just talking
about problems; trying to build relationships with the community.
- UPNA sponsoring a series of walks every Monday 6:30+. Rain or
shine. Next walk is next Monday at Boylston St T stop. Walking with Peter
Ghoury (Operation Crossroads). All welcome to join. Will convene for dinner in
Chinatown. Walks are pet-friendly. Information can be found at www.upna.org or posted on www.southend.org
- South End Garden Tour. Largest fund raiser of the Boston Land
Trust. Saturday, June 18, 10 AM-4 PM Rain or Shine! Always the 3rd
Saturday of June. This year focused on Washington St, Rutland St, Cumston
St. Tickets may be purchased at: Aunt Sadie's (18 Union Park), Whole Foods
Market, Coldwell Banker (633 Tremont or 277 Dartmouth), Lotus Designs (547
Columbus Ave), South End Realty Group (476 Columbus), Cuttyhunk Bookstore
- Marco Torres, new South End Liaison to the Mayor's office.
- Two of his initiatives are: Neighborhood Response Team (addresses
concerns on basic city services in South End) and Be Smart Initiative to
discuss uprising of violence, hotspots and what the committee and
community can reduce violence.
- Mayor's Hotline: 617.635.4500. Can report anonymous complaints or
- Marco is also involved in Constituent services: comes to 18 NA
meetings in South End to understand what's happening in the South End.
- Challenge from Marco to all neighborhood association's: Assign one
person to bring concerns to Marco so that he can better manage
communications, process and solutions to concerns.
- Tim McCarthy at Public Works Dept. Presented changes to trash day
and recycle day pickup in the South End. New Schedule: Trash pickup will be Tuesday and Friday.
Recycling will be Tuesday. Trash should be put out for pickup by 7 AM. For
more information go to www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks
or call the sanitation department at 617.635.7573. Notices will be sent
out and published in the local newspapers. Effective July 1, 2005.
- Enforcement: call Marco Torres or call 635.4500 to report someone
to Code Enforcement for leaving trash out on the wrong day or at the
- To obtain a recycling box, call 617.635.4959
- For monitor, TV removal, refrigerators: call 617.635.7573 and they
will tell you when to put it out for removal.
- Paint cans: drop off site in Roxbury. 1st sat of every
month if can is more than half full.. Hazardous waste day is June 18 at
UMASS Boston Campus.
- Balloon Rides – 375th Anniversary of the city of
Boston rescheduled to June 25 from May 21. Complete summer long birthday events can be found at the Boston 375 web site.
- Elections (postponed from May). Cheryl McCloud has been nominated
by Proxy since she was not in attendance at the meeting. 5 members voted
for. None opposed. John McLachlan, president, Peter Chin, treasurer, Heather Slaby,
secretary ran unopposed and no objections to them continuing in their
- Neil Racanelli, 289 Shawmut Ave, Unit #3. Bruce Miller, Architect
for Mr. Racanelli, presented proposal to adding a new dormer to rear of top
floor; adding a new interior stair from top floor to roof through hatch to
new roof deck; and a new roof deck on roof of new dormer. They would like to extend their
dormer to a full shed to give them more room in their bathroom and one of
the bedrooms as well as add a roof deck. No direct abutters were there to
object. Several letters of support from neighbors were presented. Members voted to not oppose them making the
changes. Letter of support sent to ZBA.
- August meeting location needs to move to a different location for
this one month only. Looking
for suggestions for where to hold it. Potluck in Ringold? Suggestions
- Politicians: Michael Capuano, Congressman holding an Open House on
Monday June 6 at 7PM at Boston Ballet (same location as monthly ESNA
meetings). Come to bend his ear and discuss issues.
- Boston Medical Reserve Corp – Looking for volunteers to get
training to assist in city emergencies. If interested, go to www.bphc.org/volunteer
- Looking for new Landsmark commissioner in Eight Streets. Contact
- Jewel Cash discussed City Wide Dialogues group (started by Jeff
Stone) – recruiting for people to participate in a 5 wk commitment
to meet neighbors and discuss issues in a safe setting. Educational
exercises. Learn more about yourself and others. Southend.org to find more
information or contact Jewel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Meeting Adjourned