Join us in welcoming Uju Onochie as the Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) neighborhood liaison for Roslindale and the African Community City-wide, replacing Joe Coppinger. Members of the LANA board met last week with Uju for a walk through part of the neighborhood.
Uju was born and raised in Boston and is an active member of the Nigerian American community. She lives in Mattapan and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
“I am very excited to be in this role with the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services,” said Onochie. “I will do my very best to serve my community and connect them to the resources provided by the City of Boston!”
Uju plans on attending the bi-monthly LANA meetings, with the next one being held on September 13 via Zoom. Welcome, Uju!
LANA is meeting virtually this coming Monday at 7 pm. Topics include planning for activities at Fallon Field following the 2021 Roslindale Day Parade; LANA’s 25+1 anniversary; Racial Equity Committee’s work; inviting new board member applications for the upcoming Annual Meeting. As always, there will be time for discussion, questions and comments. Join us, all are welcome! Please register using Eventbrite by clicking on the “Register” button.
LANA is meeting virtually this coming Monday at 7 pm. City Council President Matt O’Malley will be joining us as well as Roslindale Green & Clean, and National Grid. Planning for activities at Fallon Field following the 2021 Roslindale Day Parade as well as LANA’s 25+1 anniversary are on the docket. Hear updates on 104-108 Walter, the Roslindale Wetlands and the Racial Equity Committee’s work, and a potential letter of support regarding changes to Boston’s Energy Reporting & Disclosure Ordinance. It’s a full agenda, but there’s always room for questions and comments. Join us! Please register below using Eventbrite.
Councilor Arroyo will be joining us and providing an update on city and District 5 issues. Roslindale Green & Clean will be letting us know about their work. Other topics include: 104-108 Walter Street; Racial Equity; Centre & Walter Street Intersection and Zoning Variances at 1580 Centre, 35 Conniston Rd, and 53 Tyndale. Joe Coppinger, our neighborhood liaison will also be on hand. All are welcomed!
World Wetlands Day – Take a Winter Hike and Explore a Local Wetland
Boston is celebrating World Wetlands Day throughout the month of February with a series of self-guided walks at inland wetlands and urban wild sites at Canterbury Brook, the Roslindale Wetlands, and Sherrin Woods. Boston’s wetlands are a critical part of green infrastructure contributing to climate resiliency and reducing heat island effects. Mayor Walsh and the Boston City Council have proclaimed February 2nd as World Wetlands Day. The day commemorates the signing of the Ramsar Convention, an international treatyfor the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and this year is the 50th anniversary.
Citizen volunteers in Boston celebrate and steward the City’s wetlands with innovative initiatives such as Southwest Boston CDC’s Green Team focusing on Sherrin Woods, the Longfellow Area Neighborhood Association (LANA) integrating wetlands conservation with creation of new affordable housing at the Roslindale Wetlands. On the eastern edge of Roslindale Mount Hope residents are working to turn a highly degraded waterway and wetland, Canterbury Brook, into a local amenity and asset.
To celebrate World Wetlands Day, take a walk in one of the nearby wetlands areas – Canterbury Brook, the Roslindale Wetlands, or Sherrin Woods. Winter allows one to see animal tracks and wonder at ice patterns. All site walks are relatively easy. Dress warm, wear sturdy shoes or boots, wear your mask, and please socially distance.
There are over 580,000 acres of wetlands in Massachusetts. Wetlands are complex eco-systems that provide important benefits, including: enhancing water quality; contributing to climate resiliency and the overall health of the environment and ecological systems; providing a critical source of green infrastructure; aiding drainage and stormwater management; minimizing flooding; sequestering and storing excess carbon; spawning and feeding area for fisheries; providing wildlife habitat; and a place for recreation, outdoor exploration and beauty.
Boston Celebrates World Wetlands Day: https://www.roslindalewetlands.org/Home/world-wetlands-day
Roslindale Wetlands: https://www.boston.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/urban-wilds-roslindale
Mount Hope/ Canterbury Neighborhood Association https://www.facebook.com/events/780-american-legion-hwy-roslindale-ma-02131-3908-united-states/january-mt-hopecanterburyalh-neighborhood-association-meeting/571330173716549/
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LANA will meet at 7 pm on Monday, January 11th, 2021 via Zoom. Please register by Eventbrite (link is below). Everyone is welcomed. Agenda items include:
- Zoning variances
- 34-36 Guernsey
- 15-17 Arborough Road.
- Amendments to the LANA Bylaws (Click on links below to see the original bylaws and proposed changes)
- Net Zero Energy and Climate Change. Brief presentation by James Michel, founder of the Boston Clean Energy Coalition.
- Community Choice Electricity – Your Questions Answered – Presentation and Q&A with Aidan Smith, Boston’s Community Choice Electricity Outreach Coordinator.
Please register no later than 6 pm of the day of the meeting to get the Zoom link. We are trying to avoid Zoom bombers. Thanks. All are welcome.
One of our neighbors in the LANA area created a form for people to fill out if they will be doing COVID-safe candy distribution for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. They will use the form to generate a map that folks can download or print so they can know where to find houses to trick or treat at that are taking precautions. Only fill out if you will be giving out candy. The form is here: https://forms.gle/VkuYNHTf4wadN2W38
The Longfellow Area Neighborhood Association (LANA) and the Roslindale Wetlands Task Force (RWTF) are hosting two community workshops to explore the future of 104-108 Walter Street, which is now for sale. LANA and RWTF have been urging the City to purchase the property to permanently protect the largest privately owned parcel in the designated Roslindale Wetlands Urban Wild area (largely 108 Walter) and to create up to four units of affordable home ownership, largely on 104 Walter. We want to share what has been happening and get your input and comments.
Thursday, October 1 at 7 pm. LANA and RWTF are hosting a virtual community workshop, which will be an introduction and discussion about the future of 104-108 Walter. We want to let you know what’s been happening and hear your questions and ideas. Please click here for free registration. Links to the virtual workshop will be sent to you.
Neighbors! Join us for the bi-monthly LANA meeting on Monday, September 14th, 7pm on Zoom. Agenda items include Boston Police Area E updates, updates about the Wetlands and the Walter/Center Street Intersection, Treasurer’s Report, and Approval of the July minutes. Representatives from various city offices and elected representatives will also be joining us.
This meeting will also include the official Annual Meeting of LANA. As per the LANA bylaws, the Annual Meeting is held for the purpose of electing directors, establishing membership fees, and presenting the treasurer’s report to the membership. Members in good standing (who have paid their $20 FY2020 dues) can vote for Directors at the Annual Meeting. Dues must be received by 9/11. Checks payable to LANA should be mailed to PO Box 222, Roslindale, 02131. Checks must be reach the PO Box by September 11th for Members to be eligible to vote for board Directors at the Annual Meeting Sept. 14th. Only Members in good standing may vote or run for office.
The Zoom meeting is open to invited guests and people who live, work or own property in the Longfellow area. Log-in information can be requested by emailing email@example.com.