The Charlestown Neighborhood Council’s first meeting of 2013 was a busy one, as the council welcomed two new members, heard from District 1 City Councillor Sal LaMattina and covered a range of topics, from notification of film shoots in the area to an update on the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital project.
New council member Amanda Reinfeld took her seat after being chosen in November to serve in one of the council’s seven at-large seats.
In addition, the Charlestown Preservation Society sent a new member to replace outgoing representative Lee Braun. Mal Watlington took over the CPS seat. Watlington lives on Main Street, is also a member of the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce and has experience in city management from Wilmington, NC.
The council then re-elected all of its officers to their positions, including: Chairman Tom Cunha, First Vice Chairman David Whelan, Second Vice Chairwoman Peg Bradley, Treasurer Bill Galvin and Secretary Judy Brennan.
Committee chairs remained the same, with a few changes. Diane Grant will join Galvin as co-chair of the Basic Services Committee.
Other committee chairs include: Mark Rosenshein, Real Estate Project Development; Ed Grace, Public Safety; and Judy Brennan, Environmental.
The council also planned to set up subcommittees that will work on developing areas of focus for the year with LaMattina and will meet with representatives from Charlestown High School to improve community-school relations.
Following a few words from LaMattina, who was elected vice president of Boston City Council on Monday, the Neighborhood Council heard presentations from Charlestown High School Headmaster William Thompson, City of Boston Film Director Patricia Papa, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital liaison Rebecca Kaiser and Renew Boston spokesperson Lourdes Lopez.
Look for more from the meeting later this week on Charlestown Patch.