Pictures from Fall Clean Up

A big thank you to all of the neighbors who helped clean up on November 22nd! Great job folks. With so many people pitching in we were able really make a clean sweep of the neighborhood. Thanks to all who showed up to help

Fall Clean Up 2014
Fall Clean Up 2014
Fall Clean Up 2014
Fall Clean Up 2014
Fall Clean Up 2014
Fall Clean Up 2014


Draft Minutes from November 4, 2014

Chester Square Area Neighborhood Assoc.

Draft Minutes for November 6, 2014


  1. The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:02 p.m.
  2. Minutes from the October meeting were approved with one abstention
  3. The Treasurer’s report, noting a current balance of $4,323.34, was approved with one abstention.  There was some dialogue regarding whether line items in the report should be with or without identifying names.  No motions were made.
  4. Several hundred bulbs (daffodils, crocus, tulips) are on hand for planting in public areas this Saturday, November 8th.  One crew will begin at 10a.m. and a second crew at 2 p.m.
  5. A draft letter to the Zoning Board of Appeals regarding the development of the Alexandra Hotel by the Scientology Church was presented for comment.  A broad discussion elicited several suggestions for amplification of the letter. A motion was offered to require the ad hoc subcommittee, chaired by Bud Larievy, to produce a report detailing the negative impact regarding safety hazards and lack of maintenance that the building has had on the community; this motion was carried with one vote in opposition and one abstention.  After the vote, the subcommittee represented that they would make the report available to the Association for consideration at the December meeting prior to distribution to city offices, other neighborhood associations and the media.
  6. A brief discussion regarding the park clean up on Saturday November 23rd including Victory House volunteering to rake the leaves in the park the week before. Rudy Mitchell will oversee Northampton Street cleanup.  It was agreed that refreshments will be made available.  A motion was offered to allot $150 for creating reusable posters for advertising the clean up; the motion carried without opposition.
  7. A review of the coming election of officers was held.  Sara Mitchell and Lloyd Fillion indicated their intention to step down as President and Secretary respectively. Stephanie Avanessian and Mark Carrig indicated willingness to continue in their present capacities as Treasurer and  as representative to the South End Forum respectively.  Carol Blair and Bud Larievy indicated willingness to be part of the 2015 Executive Board. A full slate will be proposed at the December meeting and the vote for that slate and/or for floor nominations will occur in January, 2015.
  8. A discussion regarding seasonal lighting of the fountains and a possible community attendance at one of the several seasonal concerts was held, with their being no opposition to either noted.  Further research on the lights by Mark Carrig and on a possible event by  Stephanie Avanessian will be brought to the December meeting
  9. The next Association meeting will be on December 3rd.

Agenda for Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chester Square Area Neighborhood Assoc. monthly meeting
October 1, 2014
Harriet Tubman House at 7p.m.
October Agenda


1) Presentation by representatives of the owners of the Alexandra Hotel, the Church of Scientology. The presentation will explain the most recent iteration of the church’s proposed development of the property, including the variances being requested at a December ZBA hearing. The representatives are seeking support from CSANA. See today’s Boston Globe article about the site here:

2) Expanded Liquor License for Seiyo Sushi – Steven Yung, owner of Seiyo Sushi, will be at the meeting requesting support for an expanded liquor license.

3) Short Wrap Up of the September 13 Neighborhood Building Barbecue in the Park with Pictures. If you have digital pictures of the event that you would like to share, please send them to me and I will post them on our webpage.

4) Park upkeep – List Dead Limbs in the Park and surrounding area, and discuss Daffodil planting. The annual Fall Clean Up coordinated by the city will be on Saturday November 22, 2014.

5) New Business

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

Hope to see you next week,

Stephanie Avanessian