Neighborhood Fund supports 16 Allston/Brighton Programs

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

The Boston College Allston/Brighton Neighborhood Fund has lent support to 16 local youth, education and community beautification programs through its Allston/Brighton Community Fund Awards.

The awards were presented during a recent ceremony at the Boston College Neighborhood Center, attended by University President J. Donald Monan, SJ, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. The year-old Neighborhood Fund contributes $75,000 annually to various programs in the Allston/Brighton area through Community Fund Awards, which are presented several times a year.

"With these awards, Boston College has reached out to thousands of local citizens," said Community Affairs Director Jean McKeigue. "The awards help make a difference in the lives of the people of Allston and Brighton, enabling residents to make their streets look better, for example, or provide activities for their kids during the summer. It's another way for Boston College to demonstrate that we are a good neighbor."

Several organizations received $2,000 awards, including the Allston/Brighton Family YMCA "Adopt a Fifth-Grader" program, the Allston Village Main Street Program, the Boston Police beautification project, the Commonwealth Tenants Association, the Veronica B. Smith Senior Center and the Vocational Adjustment Center.

In addition, three $2,000 awards were made in support of summer programs at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Jackson Mann Community Center and the West End House Boys and Girls Club.

The Brighton/Allston Historical Society received $2,000 for conservation of an historic burial ground site and the Brighton/Allston Improvement Association was awarded $2,000 for its "Trees for Downtown Brighton" program.

The Community Awards Fund also provided support for youth sports and recreation programs, presenting $1,980 to the Allston/Brighton Athletic Committee Girls Summer Basketball Program, $1,500 to the Oak Square Little League and $1,215 to the Allston Little League.

In addition, the Early Learning Center North was awarded $1,000 to fund a garden project, and the Allston Civic Association was awarded $250.

Award recipients are chosen by a 10-person committee which includes McKeigue and PULSE Program Director David McMenamin, along with six representatives from the Allston/Brighton community and two representatives from the City of Boston.

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