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Welcome BPS Superintendent Chang to Dorchester! | June 8

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Let your voice be heard! Richard J. Murphy School BCYF Leahy Holloran Community Center welcome the new BPS Superintendent Dr. Tommy Chang to our community for a Listen and Learn discussion. Share your thoughts about: bright spots in BPS, challenges, and aspirations and goals for BPS.


When: Monday, June 8


Where: Murphy School

1 Worrell Street, Dorchester

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Cedar Grove Civic Association Meeting | June 9

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Join Cedar Grove Civic at their next monthly meeting!

-Student Scholarships given out (thanks to the great support of the Adam's Village Businesses)
-Rob Consalvo, Deputy Director of the City of Boston Home Center, to discuss its programs
-Vote on the Restaurant Proposal at 11 Granite Avenue (formerly Hollywood Video) to be named Sam Maverick's.
This vote is being made on the concept of a restaurant at this location. If the neighborhood supports the concept the proponent will move forward with applications to the City of Boston.

***Please note: In order to vote, you must be a paid member for at least a month. We do encourage everyone to be involved and to attend. Yearly memberships run like the school calendar year September-June as the civic association does not have regularly scheduled meetings in the summer.***


When: Tuesday Night June 9th,


Where: Fr. Lane Hall/St.Brendan Church

15 Rita Road, Dorchester

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3rd Annual Urban Arts Festival | July 18

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Save Our Streets-Boston, Inc. (SOS) is hosting the Third Annual Urban Arts Festival. It is a free event to display and encourage the arts within the Boston community and promote positive creative outlets among its youth to prevent violence, all while supporting local Boston artists. From 12pm -6pm there will be family-friendly events including children's games and activities like sack races, dodge ball, painting and more. The Boston police and fire departments have been invited, as well, to speak and run activities for the children.

There will be live performances from Boston locals including some bands, spoken word, dancers and more. Visual artists will also be in attendance, creating canvases and various other art mediums on site. We are collaborating with the Hyde Park Arts Association (HPAA), and they will host their “Battle of the Arts” competition bringing a new educational spin on the art making process. Artists will be creating artwork onsite within a certain time frame. This gives the public the opportunity to witness the process that visual artists’ use. The public will be invited to vote for their favorite. There will be three cash prizes awarded. There will be free giveaways, and raffles will be held for prizes.

The purpose of hosting Boston's Third Urban Arts Festival is to create more opportunities for local artists to connect with their community. This will help to steer Boston's youth toward something positive and constructive.


When: July 18

12:00PM - 6:00PM

Children Activities: 12:00PM – 6:00PM

Live Performances:  1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Where: Martini Memorial Shell Park (next to Stop and Shop),

1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park

Cost: FREE!

For more information or for volunteer opportunities: please visit or contact Fitzgerald David at 857-719-9467 or email

Garvey Park Street Hockey Rink Opening Celebration | June 10

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The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Coca-Cola will be celebrating the opening of the street hockey rink in Garvey Park and wants to see the community's support! Come by for an evening of food, music, hockey clinics, field day activities, and more! 


When: Wednesday, June 10th


Where: Garvey Park

340 Neponset Ave, Dorchester

For more info: contact Melissa Cooper at

Grove Hall Safe Neighborhood Initiative | June 11

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Please join Project R.I.G.H.T for a discussion on what we need to do in our followup from what has happened recently in Grove Hall. See agenda below.


When: Thursday, June 11

6:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Where: Grove Hall Community Center (51 Geneva Avenue)

For more info:  call Michael Kozu (Project RIGHT, Inc.) at 617.541.5451.x102)  or email ( 



  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Updates –
    • Police (BPD, B-2, Dept. Supt. Harris, GHSNI Co-Chair
    • Prosecution (Joseph Janezic, SC District Attorney Conley’s Office)
    • Multi-Unit Apt. Init. (Bob Francis, MassHousing)
    • Neighborhood Restoration – Choice Neighborhood, Neighborhood Response Team & Grove Hall Problem Properties Task Force (Michael Kozu, PRI/ GHSNI Community Coordinator)
    • GH Choice/ VIP Trauma update – Anton Joe-Yen, GH Trauma Coordinator
    • Safe Havens and expanding our prevention opportunities (BPHC VIP, REACH, STRYVE, No Drug, Prescription Drug Misuse), – Michael Kozu, PRI/ GHSNI Community Coordinator)
    • Grove Hall Youth Outreach Connection – Emmanuel Tikili (GHYOC)

Blue Hill Ave Neighborhood Response Team | June 24

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The Blue Hill Avenue Neighborhood Response Team will meet to discuss recent successes and issues regarding Blue Hill Ave.  Please let Project RIGHT know if you have any issues of problem properties that need to be addressed during the regular walk/ meeting of the Blue Hill Avenue Neighborhood Response Team (from Dudley Street to Franklin Park Zoo) Through your emails and phone calls about problem locations, you can make a difference! Thank you for the strong community turnout and your feedback has been key for us to address many different issues. Tell us what are the Blue Hill Ave. Neighborhood Response Team issues that we must address!  

Thank you for your leadership and support, our accomplishments are only made possible through your input and involvement, now for us to continue to make progress, your comments and insights are even more needed! We also want to monitor the status of the issues, we have been addressing previously along Blue Hill Avenue from Dudley Street.   We need to hear from you on what else needs to be targeted.    

 The Blue Hill Avenue Neighborhood Response Team includes the Inspectional Services Department, Boston Police Department, B-2, Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, Department of Public Works, Boston Transportation Department, Boston Public Health Commission’s Tobacco Control Program and several other city agencies, Project RIGHT, Inc., Reps. Liz Malia, Gloria Fox and Evandro Carvalho, Councilors Tito Jackson, Charles Yancey, and Ayanna Pressley, Candace Sealey (Congressman Michael Capuano's Office), Zoo New England and many other community agencies 



When: Wednesday, June 24

1:00 PM

Where: Blue Hill Ave and Intervale St.

For more info: (<> or 617.541.5451.x102)  

(if you are running late, then call 617.839.2847 to find out where they are!)  


Grove Hall Peace Walks | June 22

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Join Project R.I.G.H.T for a Community Walk and Gathering by DEMANDING PEACE! Join theem and walk, shout and honk for peace! Supporters include:

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Rep. Gloria Fox, Rep. Liz Malia, Rep. Carlos Henriquez,  Project RIGHT, Inc., Boston Public Health Commission (Violence, Intervention and Prevention), Boston Police Department (B-2), Grove Hall Youth Outreach Connection, MA Department of Public Health, Division of Violence Prevention, Quincy Geneva Housing Corporation,  Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley, Mothers for Justice and Equality, Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center, Charles “Poncho” Brown, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Zoo New England (Franklin Park Zoo)


When: Monday, June 22nd

5:00 PM

Where: Lilla Frederick Pilot Middle School

270 Columbia Road, Dorchester

(Site to be determined)


For more info: please contact Block Captains @ Project R.I.G.H.T. (617) 541 5454 *105

Sable Bradshaw-Block Captain; Justin Pomare- Block Captain; Charles Slayden- Block Captain; Khedra Hollins, Community Coordinator (


Grove Hall Coffee Hour | June 8

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All are invited to Grove Hall Coffee Hour: Make Your Community Safer! Don't forget to bring your partner to play cards with during their conversation! The coffee hour will be joined by Nancy Smith, Office of Public Health Preparedness. Sponsored by the Grove Hall Peace Council/VIP Initiative.


When: Monday, June 8


Where: Project RIGHT, Inc

320 A Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester

For more info: contact; or 617.541.5454, x105

Public Art Salon | June 13

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The Public Art Salon is an ongoing initiative to design and build community-driven public art projects, facilitate relationships between the community and professional artists in and beyond Four Corners, and establish a weekly place for civic practice where we all come together to make and talk art, politics, and community.

The Public Art Salon is in its pilot session from March 14 – June 14. We are gathering to build Seats of Power: the 50-Foot Bench.


When: Every Saturday from 11am – 2pm

Where: Dorchester Arts Collaborative

157A Washington St. Dorchester

For more info: visit


Woolston Street Garden Open Day | June 14

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Join in the family-fun evening filled with music, zumba, gardening tips, kids activities and a community BBQ.


When: Sunday, June 14th


Where: 44 Woolston Street, Mattapan

Cost: FREE

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