DSNI Launches Executive Director Search 

Hello DSNI partners and friends:

We are writing to share the news that Executive Director Christopher M. Jones will be "stepping away from" DSNI in early 2015. When Chris began his role in early 2013, we had planned for two-year executive director tenure and that time has flown by faster than we could have imagined. He is making the move to Maryland to join his wife and daughters who moved down in September. His wife, formerly an emergency room physician at Boston Medical Center, has started her new job in Baltimore and though Chris will be missed at DSNI, he is looking forward to joining his family. DSNI has achieved many wonderful accomplishments during Chris' tenure and we look forward to celebrating them before he "steps away". We say "steps away" because you can never truly "leave" DSNI, instead you carry DSNI with you.  He will soon join a list of DSNI leaders who are carrying DSNI with them as they do great things outside of the organization.

DSNI Launches Campaign on Abandoned Lot 

The abandoned lot located on Dudley Street between Ideal Sub Shop and La Borinqueña has been a blight on the Dudley community for years. According to the City of Boston’s assessing website (http://www.cityofboston.gov/assessing/), the land is a composed of three separate parcels that are owned by the estate of Elias M. Loew. The 3 parcels combined total 10,623 square ft. and are assessed to be worth $184,700.

In the mid-1900’s, it was the site of a movie theater owned by the Loew’s family that burned down. Since then, it has been a burden for Dudley residents, who over the years have taken upon themselves to clean it up. This past April, residents who participated in Boston Shines collected over 10 bags of garbage and pulled out 9 car tires. Over the summer, DSNI summer youth employees cleared the majority of the overgrowth during a community clean up event.

The Future of the Dearborn: A Community Conversation 

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative is inviting parents, students, and community members to join us for a Community Meeting hosted by the DSNI's Education Committee tomorrow, September 4th, at 6:00pm. The event will be hosted at DSNI at 504 Dudley St. in Roxbury.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide parents, students, and local residents with the opportunity to discuss the Dearborn and the future 6-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academy together. Specifically, DSNI seeks to follow up on a series of community meetings that have been held over the last month regarding the Dearborn STEM Academy, its construction and temporary relocation, and a proposal to the BPS School Committee to convert the Dearborn 6-12 STEM Academy to a Horace Mann In-District Charter School. 

The Future of the Dearborn: A Community Conversation 

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative is inviting parents, students, and community members to join us for a Community Meeting hosted by the DSNI's Education Committee tomorrow, September 4th, at 6:00pm. The event will be hosted at DSNI at 504 Dudley St. in Roxbury.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide parents, students, and local residents with the opportunity to discuss the Dearborn and the future 6-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academy together. Specifically, DSNI seeks to follow up on a series of community meetings that have been held over the last month regarding the Dearborn STEM Academy, its construction and temporary relocation, and a proposal to the BPS School Committee to convert the Dearborn 6-12 STEM Academy to a Horace Mann In-District Charter School. 

Community-Sourced Mapping 

Did you attend our Annual Meeting on June 25th? If you did, you might’ve seen maps of the Dudley area taped on the wall of the school or on a plexiglas board, an interactive mapping display where people could write in their favorite--and least favorite--places and things.  Now you can see the results of that community-sourced map of what’s good (and not so good) in the neighborhood!

Residents know the community best, and can identify things that aren’t necessarily on a Google Map of neighborhood--like the blocks that feel unsafe, the parks your kids love, or the best restaurants.  Together, we can map out the assets and important issues of the community.

On July 11, more than 100 residents, elected officials and community leaders came together to celebrate the announcement by Mayor Marty Walsh of the creation of the first urban farm in Boston allowed under the City’s new “Article 89” farming rules.  The announcement was made during a community-wide groundbreaking ceremony presided over by Mayor Walsh at the formerly city-owned parcel at 225 Harold Street in Roxbury.