Thursday, December 13, 2012

Happy Holidays Southie! Next Monthly Meeting is January 24, 2013

Best wishes to you and yours for a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year. 

There is no December monthly meeting, so we hope to see you on January 24, 2013 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Distillery Building.

South Boston winter scene



Thursday, November 15, 2012

What's the word on the street? Share your Walk, Bike, Bus/MBTA solutions on November 15!

Next Planet Southie Meeting is Thursday, November 15 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Distillery Building.
516 E 2nd Street


Check out our eNewsletter for updates here.

Use the Bus, Walk and Bike tabs at the top of the screen to join the conversation (especially if you can not attend the meeting).

All are welcome at Planet Southie!

Please join us at our next monthly meeting!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Next meeting: Thursday, November 15 and thank you!


Please mark you calendars to come together again to work on walk/bike/bus solutions on 
Thursday, November 15 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm 
at the Distillery Building, 516 E 2nd Street.

Last night's meeting was a smash! Over 25 people participated and worked together to create concrete action steps to improve bike, walking and bus/MBTA access and safety!

A longer meeting summary and next steps will be posted in the next few days, we just wanted to be sure to post the next meeting and say a big THANK YOU to all who participated!

Stay tuned!

The Bike team was one of the three Action Teams that met last night.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thank you and please join us on October 25th to continue to work on bus, walking and biking issues

Hello neighbors!

Thank you so much for attending our 9/27 meeting about creating better bus/walking/biking options for South Boston!

Please mark you calendars to come together again on  
Thursday, October 25 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm  
at the Distillery Building, 516 E 2nd Street.

At the 10/25 meeting, we will divide up into three Action Teams (bus, walking and biking) to start to refine and implement the action steps you all brought forward last Thursday. Over the next 3 weeks, we will provide more information about the meeting details and pre-meeting planning; including a way to share ideas in advance of the meeting.

Thank you for making this meeting a bigger success than we had ever imagined! Over 50 people attended, including the Commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department (Tom Tinlan); leaders of the South Boston MOMS Club; representatives of elected officials; City Councillor Linehan; leaders of neighborhood associations; developers; artists; police; MBTA, walking and biking safety advocates; local business owners; longtime residents; new residents; students; moms, dads and many others. Your enthusiasm, creativity and intense commitment to our community is astounding.

Even better, over 40 of the participants volunteered to work together to move these issues forward! This is a good thing because the Action Teams will succeed according to the participants' level of passion, collaboration and hard work. This will be an ongoing process. Please try to bring a friend to the 10/25 meeting -- we need all the help we can get to advocate for better, safer and more accessible bus, walking and biking options for our neighborhood.

Hope to see you then and thank you again,

Stefanie, Elise and Aaron

Over 50 people attended our September 27 meeting about better bus, walking and bike access for South Boston

Friday, September 7, 2012

Imagine: Fewer cars in Southie...how is this possible?

On September 27, please join us for a very special Planet Southie meeting focusing on alternative transportation issues and solutions, including safety and access. Clarification: this is not an effort to ban cars. The goal is to increase safe reliable transportation options. Also, many of the people involved in this effort are South Boston natives; others are newcomers. All are welcome.

Join your neighbors and elected officials to discuss improving bus, walking and biking options for our neighborhood. This will include discussion of access for disabled persons.

With development booming, now is the time to come together and plan!

Thursday, September 27 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Distillery Building, 516 E 2nd St. Meeting will be in the main Distillery office, which is handicap accessible (across the parking lot from our regular meeting room).

Meeting Agenda:

1) 6:00-6:30 pm - Welcome/Intros/Goals for Meeting

2) 6:30-7:00 - Bus Access
- Issues
- Solutions
- Action Steps

3) 7:00-7:30 - Walking Safety and Access
- Issues
- Solutions
- Action Steps

4) 7:30-8:00 - Biking Safety and Access
- Issues
- Solutions
- Action Steps

If you would like to get involved in planning and/or promoting the meeting, please email us at planetsouthie@gmail.com.

Snacks will be provided!

As always, all are welcome at Planet Southie!


Check out the most recent issue of our "Plug in Southie" e-newsletter here.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Upcoming Planet Southie Meetings: Schedule

We meet every fourth Thursday from 6:30 - 7:30 pm* at the Distillery Building, 516 E 2nd St*.

Meet green-minded neighbors and find out how to get involved in various local green projects. We are planning a series of community information sessions and need your help! All are welcome!

Upcoming Planet Southie Meetings:
  • Thursday, July 26, 2012
  • Thursday, August 23, 2012
  • Thursday, September 27, 2012 *Note special extended time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Topic: Alternative Transportation
  • Thursday, October 25, 2012
  • November meeting falls on Thanksgiving and will be rescheduled
  • Thursday, December 27, 2012
*Meeting Location: The Distillery Building, 516 East 2nd Street.: If you walk in the yard, enter the door of the building to your left, a low brick building that says Honeywell on it (across the parking lot from the Distillery residences).  The office is right around the corner and you should be able to see people through a large picture window before you get there. If you get lost, call Fred at 617-821-2429

Lilies gracing Carson Beach

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Next meeting is Thursday, June 28

Join us June 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for our monthly meeting*. Meet green-minded neighbors and find out how to get involved in various local green projects. We are planning a series of community information sessions and need your help!

*Meeting Location: The Distillery Building, 516 East 2nd Street.: If you walk in the yard, enter the door of the building to your left, a low brick building that says Honeywell on it (across the parking lot from the Distillery residences).  The office is right around the corner and you should be able to see people through a large picture window before you get there. If you get lost, call Fred at 617-821-2429

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

This Month's Newsletter: Greenhouses, Gardens, and Family Fun!

Click here to check out this month's eNewsletter: Plug in Southie!

May 24 Greenhouse presentation at monthly Planet Southie meeting


Monday, May 21, 2012

Next meeting is May 24. Topic: Greenhouses!

Reminder: Next Planet Southie Monthly meeting is this Thursday (May 24) from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Distillery Building*.  As always, all are welcome!

Meeting topic: Greenhouses and Optimal Food Production (and how to apply this locally)


Lumen Building Greenhouse
  • Guest speaker Fred Gordon will discuss greenhouse research being applied in the Netherlands. During a recent trip to the Netherlands, Fred toured a greenhouse research center.
  • This is a huge industry in the Netherlands, and the productivity that they get out of greenhouses is astounding -- 8600 lbs of tomatoes, or 10,573 lbs of cucumbers, or 3.277 lbs of snap beans per 1000 square feet (a pretty small greenhouse).
  • Fred wants to bring over this technology and equipment to apply locally!


*Meeting Location: The Distillery Building, 516 East 2nd Street.: If you walk in the yard, enter the door of the building to your left, a low brick building that says Honeywell on it (across the parking lot from the Distillery residences).  The office is right around the corner and you should be able to see people through a large picture window before you get there. If you get lost, call Fred at 617-821-2429

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Free Tomato Plants for Urban Gardeners

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is set to give away 2,012 tomato plants grown by Mahoney's Garden Center to encourage more residents to become urban gardeners.

Read more here...

The event will take place Sunday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fenway Victory Gardens in the Back Bay Fens where the city will host a slew of family activities and giveaways as part of its Boston Blooms program, an initiative launched last year to beautify neighborhoods.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Plug in Southie! Signs of Spring in this month's newsletter


A sure sign of Spring!
Crocuses are popping up all  over Medicine Wheel's No Man's Land Garden this week.
Read about this weekend's Southie Trees event, how to help pass the Bottle Bill update and more ways to help build a greener and healthier South Boston.

Reminder: Next Planet Southie Monthly meeting is this Thursday from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Distillery Building*. As always, all are welcome!

*Meeting Location: The Distillery Building, 516 East 2nd Street.: If you walk in the yard, enter the door of the building to your left, a low brick building that says Honeywell on it (across the parking lot from the Distillery residences).  The office is right around the corner and you should be able to see people through a large picture window before you get there. If you get lost, call Fred at 617-821-2429

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Update the Bottle Bill

There is simply too much trash in our beautiful Southie streets, gardens and parks. A lot of it is unredeemable bottles. One solution? Expand Recycling...

Help get the Updated Bottle Bill passed so that all plastic bottle are redeemable. Details here.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Next Planet Southie meeting is Thursday, March 22 from 6:30-7:30 pm

Next Planet Southie meeting is Thursday, March 22 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Distillery Building*.

All are welcome!


*Meeting Location: The Distillery Building, 516 East 2nd Street.: If you walk in the yard, enter the door of the building to your left, a low brick building that says Honeywell on it (across the parking lot from the Distillery residences).  The office is right around the corner and you should be able to see people through a large picture window before you get there. If you get lost, call Fred at 617-821-2429

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Plug In Southie: All the news that's fit to print!

Check out this month's issue of our e-newsletter, Plug In Southie, here. Get the scoop on a neighborhood cleanup, Southie Trees, energy savings, nearby winter farmers markets and more!

Next Planet Southie monthly meeting is Thursday, February 23 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Distillery Building*. All are welcome at Planet Southie!

Subscribe to our e-newsletter, Plug In Southie, here!

*Meeting Location: The Distillery Building, 516 East 2nd Street.: If you walk in the yard, enter the door of the building to your left, a low brick building that says Honeywell on it (across the parking lot from the Distillery residences).  The office is right around the corner and you should be able to see people through a large picture window before you get there. If you get lost, call Fred at 617-821-2429

Friday, February 17, 2012

Volunteer Event Followed by a Film Screening!

Hello tree lovers!

Southie Trees is having a neighborhood volunteer clean-up event on March 24th at 10:30am! We're going to clean up any trash left over from the parade and we're also hoping to get a tree planted at the library. We're going to be meeting at the South Boston Library at 646 East Broadway St at 10:30 and around 1pm we're going to be watching the screening of Uprooted, Southie Tree's short film. We'll also be serving food and drinks to reward your hard work. So come and pitch in to make our neighborhood a greener place. We're also going to be partnering with other neighborhood groups so it's a great opportunity to see what else is going on in South Boston!

To RSVP email southietrees1@gmail.com or call 617-269-0299 ext. 310.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Plug In Southie: All the news that's fit to print!

Check out this month's issue of our e-newsletter, Plug In Southie, here. Get the scoop on saving the T, Southie Trees, energy savings, nearby winter farmers markets and more!

January's photo of the month: Castle Island on 1/20/12 by Southie Spots


Next Planet Southie monthly meeting is Thursday, January 26 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Distillery Building (directions are here). All are welcome at Planet Southie!

Subscribe to our e-newsletter, Plug In Southiehere!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Announcement on Southie Trees Meeting!

Southie Trees will be having its monthly meeting next Tuesday January 24th. The plan is to combine the Southie Trees meeting with the Boston Urban Forest Council meeting since they overlap each other. It'll be a win-win networking experience with tree lovers!

The Boston Urban Forest Council Meeting will be held at the Boston Natural Areas Network office at 62 Summers St, 2nd floor, Boston MA 02110. The meeting begins at 6:30pm so feel free to meet the Southie Trees group at the Tech Networks Office (1 Wadleigh Place, behind Andrew Station) or meet us there! The meeting is for all those interested in expanding Boston's urban forest and the guest speaker will be Tabatha White from Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

After the BUFC meeting anyone interested in Southie Trees can leave with us and head to The Thinking Cup. Join us for a cup of coffee and a discussion on what we're currently working on. We'd love to see you there! For more information contact Lindsay from Southie Trees at lindsay.amico@gmail.com. For rsvping to the Boston Urban Forest Council meeting email Matthew Cahill at matthew@bostonnatural.org. All are welcome!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Dorchester Winter Farmers Market


The Winter Farmers’ Market brings together local farmers selling winter produce with other vendors selling locally made products such as bread, cheese, meats, etc. They include products that are culturally appropriate for the diverse population of Dorchester and the surrounding area. The market will accept EBT cards (food stamps) and double the buying power of low-income residents up to $20 through the City’s Bounty Bucks program.

They are inviting local neighborhood groups working on food and health issues to participate in the market, and local musicians to provide entertainment. The goal is to create a public space that brings together residents from all backgrounds to celebrate healthy food.

Where: Great Hall at the Codman Square Health Center, corner of Washington and Norfolk
When: Sundays 12-3 pm from January through March