|What We Do|
Friends of the Dedham Civic Pride Committee, Inc. is a non-profit
501(c) corporation dedicated to improving the overall physical and
aesthetic appearance of Dedham, while at the same time, fostering and promoting
Dedham Civic Pride. “Friends” not only raises funds but
also implements the goals set by the Dedham Civic Pride Committee,
as well as making recommendations to the town. “Friends” works
closely with other local boards, agencies, and civic organizations
to develop, plan and implement programs and activities to accomplish
|Seasonal Flower Planting Program
To Sponsor a Pot, please contact Maryanne Hawkins at 781-329-5685.
Dedham Civic Pride "Pots and Blooms" programs beautify Dedham, Oakdale and East Dedham squares with spring, summer and fall flowers. Dedham Civic Pride, supported by local merchants, provides plantings and pots throughout Dedham's town squares. Dedham Civic Pride and Dedham's Department of Public Works water and maintain the pots throughout the season.
Early each spring pansies planted in the traffic islands in Dedham and Oakdale squares add much welcomed color. For the Memorial Day celebration, 25 Civic Pride sponsored planters for Dedham Square and 35 merchant sponsored pots, are filled with tiny petunias, grasses, yellow daisies, sweet potato and other hanging vines. By July 4th, the flowers are cascading over the planters. In the fall, Civic Pride replaces the summer flowers in the Dedham Square planters with mums which provide seasonal color until nearly Thanksgiving.
Civic Pride plants, maintains the planters, and then stores them for the winter. Civic Pride thanks The Isaac Blair Company, where committee member Louie Giunta is vice president, for its generosity for storing planters over the winter.
People inquire, “Why are these plants so prolific?”. Civic Pride now has over sixty self-watering planters that hold large reservoirs of water, providing continuous hydration, which produces incredibly beautiful lush flowers.
Dedham Civic Pride and all Dedham residents appreciate the generosity of the merchants who sponsor the summer “Dedham Blooms” planters, listed on our "Our Supporters" page under "Sponsored Planters".
To Sponsor a Spot, please contact Sue Hicks at 617-329-2189.
Dedham Civic Pride and local merchants and neighborhood groups beautify the traffic circles, island and corners with plants and trees throughout Dedham. We also work with sponsors to design, fertilize, and maintain the "Spots".
Sponsors provide the funding for the creation of the “Spots” and their maintenance. Sponsors either maintain the “Spot” themselves or pay a fee to Friends of Dedham Civic Pride for maintenance. It is important that the Spots be properly maintained, both for the image of Dedham and the Sponsors.
Dedham Civic Pride and all Dedham residents appreciate the generosity of the merchants who sponsor the "Spots", listed on our "Our Supporters" page under "Sponsor-a-Spot".
The following is the criteria for our sponsored spots:
Design of the “Spot” is limited to natural materials that can withstand harsh street environment and are drought resistant (e.g., shrubs, perennial plants, and flowers). Civic Pride can provide help with the landscape design if needed. Dedham Civic Pride must approve the landscape plan. No artificial materials can be used.
1. "Spot" maintenance starts in May and runs through the first frost. Sponsors are responsible for keeping the area free of weeds during this period.
2. If planted items perish during the course of any season, they must be replaced as needed.
3. All plants must be watered as necessary, especially during the summer months. A layer of brown bark mulch will help retain the moisture and protect your plants. No red bark mulch can be used. If you are unable to provide water or maintenance for your location, Civic Pride will provide these services for a fee.
4. Dedham Civic Pride may terminate your participation in this program if your Sponsor-A-Spot location is not properly maintained. Both Sponsors and Civic Pride have an image to maintain!
5. Sponsor is responsible for the spring and fall clean up, including removal of debris at the end of the season.
6. The Friends of Dedham Civic Pride will provide appropriate signage to be placed on the “Spot.” Sponsor will provide the company/other name for the sign.
|Barrel and Bench Program
Dedham Civic Pride along with sponsors has purchased and installed wrought iron benches and barrels in Dedham and East Dedham Squares.
This year Friends paid for the delivery of 10 bike racks awarded to the town of Dedham through a grant.
This summer look for the new benches and planters near the Fire Station in East Dedham and DeLapa Plaza!
Dedham Civic Pride purchased the seasonal banners seen in Dedham Square and East Dedham Square and we coordinate with the town's Public Works Department to have them installed and rotated.
Our banners include the "Dedham Pottery Bunny", "Seasons Greetings", "Avery Oak", and "Courthouses". Each adds color and interest to our Squares!
|>||We're always interested in your feedback. Please tell us how we're doing or suggest something you'd like to see be a part of our mission.|
|Tree Planting Program
Hundreds of trees have been planted throughout Dedham thanks to Dedham Civic Pride. Dedham Civic Pride works with Dedham's Department of Public Works on the town's tree planting program. We also work with the town to coordinate watering of new trees to ensure they thrive during the first critical years after placing them.
|'Welcome to Dedham' signs
Dedham Civic Pride provides all the 'Welcome to Dedham' Signs at the entrances of Town and continues to look for additional spots and sponsors to provide visitors with a warm welcome to our town.
|Town Wide Clean Up
Each Spring Dedham Civic Pride coordinates a town wide clean up and works with other organizations in other clean up activities, most recently at MotherBrook.
If you want to volunteer for the Town Wide Cleanup in May 2008 contact Kiki Trahon @ 781-329-4169 or email email@example.com.
|Other Current Projects and Initiatives|
|Sidewalk and traffic island landscaping for town and state road projects
Dedham Civic Pride is working closely with Town and State authorities on improvements. Future projects include Route 109 from Westwood to the Rte 128 intersection.
Sidewalk curb specification on Dedham's secondary roadways
Dedham Civic Pride recommended to the Town that it adopt uniform sidewalk curb specifications, taking into account both appearance and durability.
Dedham Square Engineering Study and Bicycle racks
Dedham Civic Pride made contributions to Dedham Square Circle for an Engineering Study to improve the infrastructure of Dedham Square and to purchase new bicycle racks.
Dedham Civic Pride plants trees and works with DPW in the Town Tree Planting Program, most recently on Central Avenue and East Street.
Parks and Recreation - Condon Park Improvements
Dedham Civic Pride continues to work with Parks and Recreation for improvements at Condon Park. Most recently DCP completed plantings in the area of the sign.
Continue Mother Brook Improvements
Historic Mother Brook was dug in 1639 and is the first man-made canal in America. Mother Brook was important to Dedham as its only source of water power for mills, from 1639 into the early 20th century. Today, Mother Brook is part of a flood-control system that diverts water from the Charles River to the Neponset River. Dedham Civic Pride organized a general cleanup of the brook's banks. Dedham Civic Pride hopes to continue in assisting in the revitalization of this area of town.
Uniform regulations for commercial chain link fencing
Dedham Civic Pride recommended to the Town that all future installations of chain link fencing on commercial and town properties be black vinyl.
|Goals for This Year|
that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead
|In addition to the continuation of our yearly programs,
our goals for the coming year include:
• Continue Mother Brook Improvements
• 'Welcome to Dedham' sign and landscaping on Washington Street
• Uniform regulations for commercial chain link fencing
• Expand rotary/Sponsor-a-Spot planting locations
Support us in meeting and
expanding our goals.
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