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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Forest Hills Transporatation Action Plan

Dear Forest Hills Community Members,

Please join us for the next Forest Hills Improvement Initiative Community Meeting on, Thursday, March 13th, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Boston English High School, 144 McBride Street (enter on Williams Street) , Jamaica Plain. Translation to Spanish and other languages will be provided if requested by March 7th. A light supper and refreshments will be served.

This meeting will focus on the Forest Hills Transportation Action Plan including DRAFT Transportation and Streetscape Improvement Recommendations. An agenda will be distributed prior to the meeting to allow for your advance review.

Community participation is of great importance to the quality of this effort. We ask and hope each of you will assist us in community outreach by forwarding this notice on to friends and neighbors you think would be interested in attending. Attached and below are flyers in both English and Spanish for your distribution next week. We would be pleased to provide flyers to folks for distribution to neighbors or at local meetings; please call and let us know of your needs.

For additional information, visit the BRA Web site:
Select “Planning Initiatives”, and then select “Forest Hills Improvement Initiative”.


John Dalzell, AIA, LEED-AP
Senior Architect
Boston Redevelopment Authority

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Breaking News from Sonia Chang-Diaz


Today I am officially announcing that I will be a candidate for State Senate in the Second Suffolk District this year!

Over the past several months, so many of you have shared your advice, enthusiasm, and ideas with me and offered your financial backing and volunteer support as I've considered this decision. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, insights, and generosity of spirit.

I decided to enter this race because, as a community activist and a former teacher, I know there is still the need and opportunity to do more for our community. From improving the quality of our schools and reducing youth violence to keeping housing affordable and stable and making sure economic development reaches those who need it most, it's clear we've got a lot to do. I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work for the people of this district. What I've heard from you is that you're anxious to do the same.

We saw in 2006 that there's a real appetite for new leadership in the Second Suffolk district- a readiness for change that thousands of voters share with you and me. Although it may be well-worn, I take to heart the truism that "you must be the change you wish to see in the world." That's why I'm in this race for a second time.

I hope you'll be that change with me, and walk with me again on this campaign trail (both literally and figuratively!). I know I can only do it with your help.

Over the coming months, I'm looking forward to making my case for new leadership to voters across the district and talking seriously about the issues we all care deeply about.

To find out how you can be a part of this effort from Day 1, or to ask any questions, please drop me an email at You can also visit We're working on updating the website, but you can help us get started by making a campaign contribution today, no matter the amount. More information will be available soon.

Thank you again for your support and your work on behalf of our communities. I look forward to seeing you soon on the campaign trail!


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Idea-Raiser with Sonia Chang-Diaz

Please join Sonia Chang-Diaz for an "Idea-Raiser" on February 13th at 6:30pm, at Java Jo's, 3710 Washington Street, JP Contribute ideas about how we can tackle the issues that concern you most.

Some of you have been asking, what is Sonia up to these days? As she considers what her next steps are, Sonia's number 1 priority is being an activist for positive change in our community. One of the best resources she has in this effort is the great knowledge and ideas of us, her supporters. It's important to Sonia to continue learning about what's going on in the neighborhoods of Boston, and the issues that are affecting residents' lives the most. The best way to learn about that is from you!

We hope you will come by to share with Sonia and one another what you think are the biggest priorities in our neighborhoods, discuss what is being done to address those concerns, and brainstorm what we can do now.

Please RSVP to let us know whether or not you can make it. Feel free to bring others with you who might be interested in sharing their concerns and ideas with Sonia.

Thank you,
cell: 508-981-3537

Java Jo's, 3710 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain