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Lydia Edwards District 1 Newsletter (March 2019)

Friends of District One,

The snow’s coming down this week, but spring is around the corner, and with it comes ample opportunity to get out and engaged in your community. Now, a little about what I’ve been up to:

School transportation is an issue I’ve heard about from residents of every neighborhood in District One. I’ve called a hearing with Councilors Essaibi-George and Wu to review a host of school transportation issues, and I was proud to stand with parents from District One at the school committee this week to urge Boston Public Schools to clarify its efforts to improve school transportation. You can read my letter to the school committee here. We’re also currently working through the budgetary process, which includes ample review of school transportation issues. Related to BPS, I am concerned that District One schools are facing significant budget cuts, the largest of which affect East Boston High, the Harvard Kent School and the Umana. Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements about city budget hearings

My team is spending substantial time reviewing Suffolk Downs, a proposal that is going to impact all of Boston, and recruiting community leaders to join or lead discussions. Please come to a meeting to learn about and share your thoughts on the proposal. I’ll also be releasing more information soon about how the process works and an abbreviated summary of the proposal. It is absolutely essential for residents to share their views and questions.

This week, the council held a hearing I’d called with Councilor O’Malley and Councilor Wu on public investment through our pension fund and city treasury. My intent here is threefold: one, residents and taxpayers should know how we invest our money; two, we should develop and adopt socially responsible investment criteria to screen out harmful investments; and three, we should direct investment where possible toward public infrastructure or local community fund. (For an example of the latter, see the Ujima Project). We need to conscious of city budget and retirees during this process, but I’m confident we can make progress on this issue, starting first with regular investment disclosure.

Onward & Upward,
Lydia

ABCD North End/ West End Celebrates Valentine’s Day
I was happy to join ABCD Borth End/ West End for their Valentine's Day celebrations on Friday, February 1st at the Michelangelo. It's always a pleasure to pay a visit to our seniors!
Valentine's Day Bingo
Always fun celebrating holidays with our Senior Bingo Club in the North End. I had the opportunity to talk with everyone in the room and to pass them a carnation for Valentine's Day.
Third annual African American Veteran Appreciation Brunch

I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my country, the military, and black history than at Mayor Marty Walsh Third annual African American Veteran Appreciation Brunch.

It was a true honor to meet and shake the hand of TUSKEGEE AIRMAN, Lt. Colonel (US AF retired) Enoch O'D Woodhouse II

USS Constitution Museum

I got a personalized tour of the amazing programming at the USS Constitution Museum by Eastie’s own Rashaun Martin! They provide free admission and have a ton of family friendly options this week during school vacation. Check them out this week and through out the year.

Take a look at the City's guide to Winter in Boston for all your need-to-know winter resources. Click Here for more info on Parking Bans, Space Savers and Fuel Assistance.
Upcoming Council Hearings and Meetings
Monday, March 4th, 2019, at 2:00 PM
City Council Committee on Education Hearing RE: analyze safety and security measure taken to protect school environments from threatening situations, Iannella Chamber, 5th floor, Boston City Hall

Monday, March 4th, 2019, at 6:00 PM
City Council Committee on Planning, Development, and Transportation Hearing RE: South Boston Interim Planning Overlay District and neighborhood-wide zoning, Joseph P. Tynan School, 650 E 4th Street, Boston, MA 02127

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019, at 10:00 AM
City Council Committee on Education Hearing RE: Admission to Boston's Exam Schools, Iannella Chamber, 5th floor, Boston City Hall

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019, at 1:00 PM
City Council Committee on Planning, Development, and Transportation Hearing RE: Use of Public Ways, Iannella Chamber, 5th floor, Boston City Hall

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, at 12:00 PM
City Council Meeting, Iannella Chamber, 5th floor, Boston City Hall

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019, at 3:00 PM
City Council Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice Hearing RE: possibility of creating a traffic enforcement unit with the Boston Police Department, and exploring the pros and cons of installing traffic enforcement cameras, Iannella Chamber, 5th floor, Boston City Hall

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019, at 12:00 PM
City Council Meeting, Iannella Chamber, 5th floor, Boston City Hall

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019, at 12:00 PM
City Council Meeting, Iannella Chamber, 5th floor, Boston City Hall

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019, at 12:00 PM
City Council Meeting, Iannella Chamber, 5th floor, Boston City Hall
March Community Meetings in District One
East Boston:
  • Harbor View Neighborhood Association - First Monday of every month 6:30 p.m.at the Edward Brooke Charter School, 145 Byron St.
  • Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association - Second Monday of every month. 6:30 p.m. at the Jeffries Point Yacht Club, 565 Sumner St.
  • Orient Heights Neighborhood Association - Third Monday of every month. 6:30 p.m. at Ashley Street YMCA, 54 Ashley St.
  • Maverick Central Civic Association - Third Wednesday of every month 7 p.m. at Paris Street Community Center, 112 Paris St.
  • Friends of the East Boston Greenway - Fourth Thursday of every month. 6:30 p.m. at the Anna DeFronzo Center, 395 Maverick St
  • Gove Street Citizens Association - Fourth Monday of every month 6:30 p.m. at the Noddle Island Community Room, Logan Rental Car Center
  • Eagle Hill Civic Association - Last Wednesday of every month 7 p.m., July Meeting will take place at the East Boston Social Center
Charlestown:
  • Charlestown Neighborhood Council - First Tuesday of Every Month 7:00pm, Knights of Columbus, 595 Medford Street
  • Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard - September 20th at 7:00PM, Building 125, DC Beane's Conference Room
  • Public Safety Meeting - Last Wednesday of Every Month, 6:00pm, Boston Police, 2nd floor mtg room, 20 Vine St. 02129
North End:
  • Public Safety Meeting - First Thursday of Every Month @ 6:00PM, Nazzaro Community Center, 30 N. Bennet Street.
  • NEWRA Monthly Meeting - Second Thursday of Every Month @ 7:00PM, Nazzaro Community Center, 30 N. Bennet Street.
  • NEWNC Monthly Meeting - Second Monday of Every Month @ 7:00PM, Nazarro Community Center, 30 N. Bennet Street

updated: 5 months ago