March 7, 2022 Meeting Minutes


  • Greetings & introductions         
  • Police Report
  • Community Servings
  • Updates

Police Report

Sgt. Dougherty and Officer Martinez gave us the Police Report.  Part 1 Crimes are up city wide.  In the Egleston sector, here were some of the recent crimes:

 – robbery related to a Facebook Marketplace transaction

 – aggravated assault involving a stabbing; this is under investigation

 – a landlord/tenant dispute caused by a tenant not letting another tenant in

 – a gun seized when a car was stopped for a traffic violation

At the end of February, 3 stabbing victims showed up different hospitals; police investigation led to identifying 3114 Washington St. as the location of an illegal after-hours club where the stabbings took place.  3114 Washington St., rented to Via Spa Salon Barber Shop and Beauty Supply, was then shut down – this is the second violation for illegal after-hours activity at this address.  According to Inspectional Services, no business can operate there going forward without applying for new permits.  This property is owned by Suong Tran and V&S Trust; this owner also owns some of the adjacent buildings, including 3104, 3094, 3090 Washington, and the parking lot at 3113 Washington.

Community Servings

David Waters, Chief Executive Officer of Community Servings told us about his organization, located nearby on Amory St.  Community Servings opened in 2007, with a mission to feed people statewide who are too sick to cook for themselves or their families.  Pre-Covid pandemic, they were preparing 900 meals a day, now they do 2200 a day.  People are referred usually by a health professional, but can also self-refer.  Nutritionists work with clients to develop an individualized menu, and deliveries are made weekly.

In addition to preparing meals, Community Servings:

 – runs a 12-week food service job training program

 – provides nutrition information

 – hosts a CSA for purchasing vegetables and fish

 – contributes to policy and research on health and nutrition


Lawson & Dixwell Parks – Jess Wilson of COGDesign has completed final drawings for each park, and we’ll meet soon to review.  For Lawson Park, the Friends Group expects to apply for funding in the fall, and will have to coordinate with the Boston Parks Department.

Franklin Park Zoo Co-Design Project – Julia Whyte of the Franklin Park Co-Design Team attended our meeting to speak about this ongoing project.  They have been running different surveys and holding focus group meetings with neighbors surrounding Franklin Park.  Julia told us the surveys and meetings are not finished, but she could share with us some of the feedback:

 – request for more discount programs & tickets, and more days of free admission

 – creation of different programs for children to help them feel empowered

 – more accessibility for elders, e.g, golf carts available to travel through the zoo

Housing Committee Update

 – 71 Walnut Park – Committee is waiting for a revised proposal from the owners

 – 174 Boylston – a meeting will be scheduled probably in May to continue to discuss use of this City-owned vacant lot

 – Egleston Branch Library – no update on Library Study Team’s recommendation

Other Updates

Emily Polston of Councilor Ruthzee Louijeune’s office told us the Councilor, as Chair of the Civil Rights and Immigrant Advancement Committee, will hold a working session for the new Black Men & Boys Commission.

Mike Rogers told us Rep. Malia is wrapping up budget details.

Next ESNA Meeting is Monday, 3/7/22 at 6:30 pm.

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