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Event: Hometown Comfort XOXO

Event: Hometown Comfort

Our neighborhood is forever changed by the tragedy of April 15.  Dorchester is a community of action and determination and despite our grief and shock we are compelled to act.  We can all make a difference on May 19, 2013 at Hometown Comfort, a day for our community to honor victims and first responders by collecting needed blood for the Red Cross, raising money for The One Fund-Boston, and supporting one another with the embrace of a hometown. All proceeds benefit onefundboston.org.

The host committee includes: Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Mike and Kitty Dukakis, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino,University of Massachusetts Chancellor J. Keith Motely, Boston Globe Publisher Christopher M. Mayer, New England Council President Jim Brett and Author Dennis Lehane.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening event is Tom Ashbrook host of  NPR’s “On Point”  from WBUR Boston.

The Red Cross will conduct a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. inside the IBEW Hall at 256 Freeport Street in Dorchester. From noon to 4 p.m., in an outdoor event tent, there will be games, food, raffles, and other activities for adults and children. Admission is $25 per family. From 6-9 p.m., the tent will be converted for an evening of comfort food, live entertainment, and a live auction. At least 20 restaurants and caterers are expected to participate. Admission is $75 per person. Buy tickets HERE.

We Love Boston

We Love Boston

Our thoughts are with all those affected by yesterday’s senseless act of terror.

Our prayers are with the family of Martin Richard who lived, laughed, loved and learned here in Dorchester.

Our deepest thanks go out to all the first responders who worked so hard to help those in need.

Our hearts are with you all.

Peace.

It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here …

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(photo courtesy of: http://architalk-tlarson.blogspot.com)

( … but please refrain doing what’s called for in the next line of the song if you’re in public reading this; k? Thanks!)

Following on the heels of last week’s announcement by 24/7 Wallstreet that Dorchester is ranked #5 on the list of the 10 Hottest Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods in the USA, an article further waxing poetic about its awesomeness was just published by Design New England and is available on Boston.com.

We are so happy that Dot is FINALLY starting to get the respect, attention and press it deserves!

Twenty Five

WHAT: Pure Holiday Joy

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Trim up the tree with Christmas stuff … Trim every house in Whoville from the cellar to the roof.

WHERE: The front yard of 392 Adams Street, private home of Mr. Trong Nguyen

Trong Nguyen, a true Holiday Light Artisan, has lovingly cut, painted and constructed many of the illuminated beauties that fill his lawn.

Trong Nguyen, a true Holiday Light Artisan, has lovingly cut, painted and constructed many of the illuminated beauties that fill his lawn.

HOW MUCH: Free to the public from 5pm-11pm

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Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near.

FOR: Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small …

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It came without ribbons.  It came without tags.  It came without packages, boxes or bags … Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.  What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.  – Dr. Seuss

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy 2013,

Leslie, Meghann and Bekki 

Eye Candy: Old Glory

… dotted by Bekki

“You’re a grand old flag …

You’re a high flying flag


And forever in peace may you wave.

You’re the emblem of
The land I love.


The home of the free and the brave.

Ev’ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.”

A very happy Independence Day from the DottieHotties!

We Fancy … Summertime Plans

… dotted by the DottieHotties
“… and the livin’ is easy.”
Songs about summertime are never in short supply.  With longer days, and higher temperatures, even the meekest songbird is prone to belt out a tune about jumpin’ fish, two bare feet on a dashboard, or sitting back to rewind.  With the glow of July and August before us, we share with you our “hottest” Dorchester plans …

Leslie fancies … shaking it.

… ordering the best summer take out meal when it’s too hot to cook: fresh tofu spring rolls and pineapple shakes from Pho Hoa.
… tuning up and outfitting my new bike at  Ashmont Cycles, then cruising the Neponset River Trail and the closed Chickatawbut Road on Sundays.
… shaking my tail-feather at the Dot YMCA during Monday night Zumba!
… and being determined to make it to the Ashmont Grill’s buttery-shellfish-fest, “The Lobstah Bake” on August 12th.

Meghann fancies … filling up.

… make it to A Sweet Place in Fields Corner for some sugary treats.
… check out the new PS Gourmet Coffee – a South Boston chain – in Adams Village and try one of their famous breakfast sandwiches.
… trying Karma Longtin’s yoga classes at The Stitch House.
… and stopping in at Repeat Boutique on Pope’s Hill to see if there are any bits and baubles to supplement my boring maternity wardrobe.

Bekki fancies … splashing on.

… treating the kiddos to a creamy treat from the Sugar Bowl - we’ve never been!
… becoming splash park experts; our standby is the Spray Deck at Neponset Landing II, while there is a wonderful buzz about the new park off Centre Street behind St. Marks.
… meeting my newest fantastic facebook friend, Katie Ryan, of Katherine Jane Photography, in real time.
… and joining fellow DottieHottie Leslie in signing up for our first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and becoming a regular at the Peabody Square Farmers Market every Friday afternoon (3pm-7pm).

Poetry by Barbara Roper

… dotted by Bekki

“The Yard Sale surely proves one thing … “

The loot we scored at this year’s Ashmont Hill Yard sale includes: a bright red bookcase, two rugs that appear custom-made for my hallway, an Aloha-worthy Hawaiian shirt, $22 worth of mouth-watering ribs, and — in a moment of weakness — an eerily realistic mechanical cat named Snowflake purchased with someone’s “piggy bank” money.

The best things in life truly are free, and not even Snowflake the Wonder Cat can compare to the Dorchester-inspired poetry generously distributed by Yard Sale enthusiast, Barbara Roper.

Barbara Roper is full of DotLove

The Lure of Ashmont Hill

It is a thrill to see crowds mill

Around our yards on Ashmont Hill

To buy our wares – to stop and stare

And say, “Dorchester? We can’t be there!”

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Many I’m sure are flabbergasted

To think that these beautiful homes have lasted

Through all the conflict and departure

To Suburbia and “greener pasture”

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Some people come with the expectation

Of run down homes and desolation

The image of Dorchester is badly smeared

But after the Yard Sale we hope some of it is cleared

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The looks of amazement at turrets and towers

Victorian homes, shrubbery and flowers

Carriage houses and lawns manicured

Stained-glass windows, many folks are allured

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People are friendly – cars are few

Cause for many heads to turn askew

Where in Boston could you find today

Such beautiful homes within view of the bay?

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The noise, the pollution, the utter confusion

They call city life – what a delusion

Bumper to bumper some crawl every night

And fight their way home to “suburban delight”

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There are many advantages to living right here

We have lots of parking space and good clean air

We enjoy city living and suburbia too

Those who have both are certainly few

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We can hop on a train at Ashmont Station

And get connections to all parts of the nation

But it is great to come back home again

And know that it is nicer than any place you’ve been

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The Yard Sale surely proves one thing

There is a place in Dorchester where things really swing

Between young and old there is communication

No generation gap – just regeneration!

The Landmark Roper Yard Sale on Ashmont Hill

The Ashmont Hill Yard Sale occurs annually each May and includes over 40 families.

Mae’s BBQ and the 33rd Annual Ashmont Hill Yard Sale

…by the DottieHotties

“The Way City Living Should Be” – Ashmont Hill

While the jury is still out as to whether Mae Graves will be cooking tomorrow at the 33rd Annual Ashmont Hill Yard Sale (we called to ask this morning and she told us, “Tomorrow stands for tomorrow; I live day to day.”) we’re all keeping our fingers crossed that she brings out her amazing BBQ onto Harley Street to serve up the best BBQ ribs and chicken we’ve ever had. Typically a bucket of ribs goes for $20 and is enough to feed at least 5 people. To find her, turn onto Harley street and follow the smoke trail….you can also buy individual portions for nibbling on the run while you shop the 60+ garages and yard sales in one of Dorchester’s most charming neighborhoods. If Mae ends up not coming out (we shudder to think), your BBQ craving will be satisfied at the Ashmont Nursery School BBQ (also on Harley Street), where they will have burgers, hot dogs, baked goods, drinks and more.

Mae chopping up her amazing BBQ ribs with a hatchet. We love her.

Mae’s BBQ

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33rd Annual Ashmont Hill Yard Sale

May 19th 9am -2pm

RAIN OR SHINE – Take the T to Ashmont (warning: parking is at a premium); start at Ocean Street, off Welles Ave. Maps available at each yard.

Antiques, furniture, tools, computers, household and baby items, architectural details and miscellany displayed in carriage houses, porches and lawns.

For information call 617.288.6626 or visit www.ashmonthill.org

We fancy … Rainy Day Dot Spots

… by the DottieHotties

“Who told you you’re allowed to rain on my parade?”

Rain can ruin everything; it negates your day at the park, your ability to wear suede, and instead of reaching for a healthy salad, you are forced to eat warm chocolate chip cookies, with frosting, and perhaps a side of peanut butter.  A day of gloomy weather can quite literally rain on  your parade.  Before you start wishing that rain-rain to go away, however, the sunny DottieHotties are here to tell you what we fancy about rainy days in Dorchester.

A Dorchester Rainy Day

Bekki fancies … a book with some spice.  

Leave it to the teacher to get all literal, but libraries have always held a special kind of magic for me.  My dad used to let us check out 2 books every Saturday, and now I enjoy watching my own kiddos explore the stacks — especially when the playground is soggy.  Dorchester boasts six branches of the Boston Public Library, more than any other part of the city!  On the way home, we’ll to stop for a treat at one of the cozy Flat Black cafes.  I melt at the mention of spicy chai tea, and my mini-dots both fancy a cookie from “the kangaroo sign”.

Leslie fancies … being cheesy.

My rainy day pick would be grilled cheese and tomato soup at The Plate.  I’ve been anxiously watching the little shop come to life during its renovations.  Located within view of the Red Line’s Central Avenue Station, it is a fantastically scrumptious lunch spot.  Stay tuned for a full post all about their delicious handcrafted comfort food.  With tummies full of warm cooking, my family fancies watching the river run fast from fresh rainfall on the Lower Mills bridge.

Meghann fancies … monkey business.  

My 3-year-old and I love to head over to the Gorilla House at the Franklin Park Zoo. It’s usually pretty quiet there when the weather’s grey so we get a front-row seat to watch the gorillas. After checking out Little Joe (my son’s favorite), the baby (my favorite) and the rest of the group, we wander through the rest of the complex and visit the ant-eater, the pygmy hippo and all the birds flying around the enclosures. Then, when the hunger bug hits, we drive over to The Mud House for hot chocolate and sandwiches … yum yum!

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“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton