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Dorchester Heights Association celebrates summer and names ‘Good Neighbor’

Posted by Patrick Rosso  June 13, 2012 04:08 PM

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"Good Neighbor" Steve Bowden accepting a gift from area resident Erin Lee.

With the sun setting and burgers on the grill, neighbors in South Boston joined together Tuesday at the Dorchester Heights Association’s annual BBQ.

Residents kicked off the summer talking with neighbors, making new friends, and enjoying the panoramic views offered by the Dorchester Heights Monument, .

Tuesday’s BBQ was also an important night for two residents who received the “Good Neighbor Award” by the association. The DHA received a number of nominations for the coveted award and after a round of judging, the group settled on Linden Street residents Steve and Laura Bowden.

The couple was nominated by neighbor Erin Lee, because of the help they provided to her and her four small children while her husband was deployed with the military in Afghanistan.

“They helped with the kids, brought over food, and even helped take out the trash,” said Lee who has lived in the neighborhood for the past three-years. “A lot of times in the city you don’t feel that sense of community but they really were good neighbors.”

Steve Bowden, a five-year resident of the neighborhood, accepted the award on behalf of himself and his wife and said he was just doing what was right.

“It’s just part of being a good neighborhood,” said Bowden.

Tuesday’s event also included a brief update of park matters from Cassius Cash, superintendent of Boston National Historic Parks for the National Parks Service.

According to Cash the park will soon be home to three new plaques informing visitors about the historic nature of the site.

Cash also informed residents that he is lobbying the National Parks Service to get back money that was taken from the park after Hurricane Irene, which caused damage to a number of National Park sites up and down the eastern seaboard.

“It’s not money we are trying to get, it’s money we are trying to get back,” said Cash.

Once the money is returned to the park, Cash said it will be used for new drainage, the planting of 14 trees, repairing the drinking fountain, and replacing bollards at the park’s entrance.

The DHA also welcomed its new president Tuesday.

Chris Soule, a 16-year South Boston resident and long-time member of the DHA , will be taking over for former president Mark McGonagle, who recently began working for the office of City Councilor Bill Linehan.

Soule said he is excited to build upon the great work the organization and McGonogale have already done.

“Our hope is for the group to continue doing great work and building on past success,” said Soule.

Soule also said he will be looking to increase his association and the neighborhood’s presence in the Boston Redevelopment Authority process, calling on the organization to come to the community more often and work with resident on zoning and how it affects their neighborhood.

“I think this is a vibrant and dynamic neighborhood with a lot of potential and I’m excited to continue working for it” said Soule.

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Residents taking part in the DHA BBQ.


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Former DHA president Mark McGonagle and area resident Helen Rafferty.

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