Sat., Sept. 6, Thank-you Cookout !

      Instead of our regular Wed. night September Meeting,
on Saturday., Sept. 6, from 12-2 PM, the East Forest Park Civic Association
is hosting a Thank-you Cookout for all sponsors, exhibitors and members at the Holy Cross Gym. This get-together is open to all EFP residents.
Come find out ways you can make a difference and volunteer in EFP. 
Take this weekend opportunity to meet other members and thank those who helped make our 3rd National Night Out a success!

EFP National Night Out Tue., Aug. 5th

6pm – 8pm

Nathan Bill Park – Plumtree Rd.

Attn:       East Forest Park Residents


Join the East Forest Park Civic Association and the Springfield Parks Department to meet our neighbors, and celebrate our Law Enforcement as we build awareness of our unity in public safety!

State Police Mobile , Springfield Police K-9 demonstration, Fire Department – Engine #3 – Sparky the Dog, Food, DJ, Music, Clowns and Face Painting, Hampden Sheriff’s Dept. and Red Cross Safety Presentations.

                Hope you can join the FUN

EFP Denise K. Shea Memorial Scholarship

Shea Family The East Forest Park Civic Association wishes to thank the Shea family for their support of its Denise K. Shea Memorial Scholarship for an outstanding senior from one of the surrounding high schools who resides in our 01118 neighborhood. This annual award is given to a deserving young citizen who genuinely reflects a concern and connection to the neighborhood and the City of Springfield. The selection is based on their academic record, leadership role, extra-curricular activities, and dedication to service and civic minded involvement.

Meet the Candidates: Wed., 6/11 6:30 PM

Meet the Candidates

before the Tues., Sept. 9th Primary ! 

Wednesday, June 11, at 6:30 P.M.

 Holy Cross Church Gym

Wheeler Ave. / Plumtree Rd. 

This is your opportunity to see the local and state-wide candidates running with opposition and hear them speak for five minutes regarding issues relevant to the greater Springfield area.        

                  Afterwards, meet with the candidates ! 


Caring Community

Gift exemplifies community support for Springfield family after accident killed pet dog, damaged home.

Lauren Welch, a student at St. Michael’s Academy,holds a book that was presented to her by Beth Hogan, right, Vice-president of the East Forest Park Civic Association. Looking on, at left, is Ann Dougal, School Principal, and Frank Ryan, President of the neighborhood association.  (Mark M. Murray / The Republican)

SPRINGFIELD — Lauren Welch, 12, said Wednesday that it was devastating to lose her family dog, Henry, killed recently when a car crashed through their home in East Forest Park, but it was nice to know that people care.

One example occurred Wednesday when Beth Hogan, a self-professed dog lover and neighborhood activist, gave Lauren a copy of the book “A Different Little Doggy”. Hogan said she read the story about the accident “and I just wanted to do something for Lauren. I felt she needed a pick-me-up.”

“It was really nice,” Lauren said of the gift. “You don’t see people every day with feelings like that. It’s nice to know that there are people out there, outside my family and my school that care about me and the accident that occurred.”

Lauren said it was “of course devastating” to lose Henry, a Springer Spaniel, and she thinks about the “good times” they had together. “He’s in a better place,” Lauren said. “And I’m plugging along.”

Hogan also donated separate copies of the book to the school itself, the EFP neighborhood library, and to the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, from which Henry was adopted in November. ” All the books were signed by the author, Heather Whittaker.

Ann E. Dougal, principal at St. Michael’s, said it was a very nice gesture and reflects that they are very sympathetic with events that happened. I think it is great to see the compassion that people have for one another and the way they try to embody that by reaching out. It reflects people caring about one another, forming a community.”

On April 14, an out-of-control pickup truck driven by an 85-year-old man went off the road and smashed through the Welch home at 350 Gillette Ave. The accident caused extensive damage and displaced the family for what may be four months or more. Separately, there is a fund set up help the Welch family at

Keep Our Neighborhood Beautiful !

 Join us on Saturday, May 3, anytime 9 to Noon !

*Bags and gloves are available from the City.

Bag lunches will be provided after 12 Noon 


Material Supply Points*:

*Nathan Bill Park on Plumtree Rd.

 or * South Branch Parkway                  




Help us Keep Our Springfield Neighborhood Beautiful

   Thank you, East Forest Park Civic Association

Cathedral Update

 Cathedral High School Update

   This first Wednesday, April 2, at 6:30 PM, the East Forest Park Civic Association hosts the Diocese of Springfield.
   Upcoming demolition, planning, and redesign of Cathedral and St. Michael’s Academy will be addressed.
    All interested neighbors are invited to the Holy Cross Church Gym at 221 Plumtree  Road.


“Tree Care Educational Workshops” with Regreen Springfield

Dear Neighborhood Organization Members:
In January and February, Regreen Springfield, in partnership with the City of Springfield and TD Bank, will be offering two “Tree Care Educational Workshops” for Springfield residents who are interested in helping keep their neighborhoods a bit greener this year. The two workshops will provide an introduction to the care and maintenance of a wide variety of plants, including trees, shrubs and orchard fruits.  These sessions are offered at no charge to neighborhood residents.
In addition, workshop attendees, who compete both sessions will be awarded the “Regreen Orchard Tender” certification, which will enable them to assist in the care of Appleseed and Berkshire Orchards, which have recently been planted on Hancock Street and Berkshire Avenue.  Attendees who participate in both sessions will also be supplied with a certificate of completion, and a pair of hand-pruners to keep, as their own.
Training sessions will be conducted on the campus of Springfield Technical Community College, and will be approximately 3 hours each. All materials, books and tools will be supplied free of charge. Session #1 – January 23, 2014 – Tree Growth, Planting and Maintenance Session #2 – February 13, 2014 – Orchard Care, Maintenance and Pruning Note: Participants that attend both training sessions will receive the Orchard Tender certification and complementary pruners.
To register for the sessions, please visit
You must register for each session you are attending, and it is advantageous to attend both sessions in order to fully participate in the program.  Space is limited to the first 20 registrants, so please compete your registration early.
Additional information on Regreen Springfield and our initiatives can be found at
Thank you for your interest,
Dave Bloniarz, President
Regreen Springfield, Inc.


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