Deering Center Neighborhood Association

Deering Center is a friendly, vibrant neighborhood of village stores, shops and restaurants, historic expansive greenspaces, and walkable schools from K thru 12.

DCNA works to support and cultivate our community by fostering neighbors’ relationships, exploring common goals and hopes, holding space for art and rich cultural experiences, and advocacy with our local government.

If you have any questions or would like to join our neighborhood info email list just send an email to

Check out our Facebook Page for regular news and updates.

We have monthly neighborhood meetings open to the public on the 4th Thursday of the month 7:00 - 8:30 pm via Zoom

Our Annual Events include:

  •  Annual Meeting & Potluck
  • Memorial Day Procession & Commemoration
  • Porchfest
  • Halloween Jack-o-lanterns in DC village
  • Holiday Caroling
  • Winter Solstice Gathering
  • Deering Center Holiday Tree Lighting

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Clarification and Correction of previous email regarding proposed Baxter Woods leash rules. 1st reading happened on August 3rd. Public Hearing and Deliberation before the City Council will be on October 5th at 5:30pm. Details below

City Council Agenda Item: 
Baxter Woods Leash Rules 

Monday, August 3rd, 5:30pm: First Reading (Just a reading into the record, no Council discussion or public comment)

Monday, October 5, 5:30pm: Deliberation (deliberation and public comment)

During the Aug 3rd meeting, the Council conducted a first reading of a Department proposal to consider whether to recommend the establishment of an off-leash voice control season and specific hours for off-leash voice control dog use in order to increase wildlife habitat and address safety and park management issues.

During the October 5 Council meeting, the Council will deliberate and take public comment on the proposal.

More information and specific proposal for rule changes at

Hello all, 

Tonight at 7pm is our Monthly Neighborhood Meeting. It begins with a Community Conversation featuring neighbor Jessica Marino discussing the renovation of Longfellow and the other 3 elementary schools. Jessica is serving on the District Advisory Building Committee which is overseeing the 4 School Bond renovation process. The 2nd half of the Monthly Neighborhood Meeting will be the DCNA Board Meeting, all are welcome to both. Click here for the agenda. Click here to attend via Zoom. It will also be live streamed on our Facebook page.

Pleased to announce we're hosting virtual Candidate Forums for District 4 and District 5 School Board and City Council via Zoom. Both will also be live streamed and kept posted on our Facebook page.

Monday, October 5th will be District 4: The School Board portion goes from 6:30 to 7:15pm, candidates are Christopher Vail and Aura Russell-Bedder. The City Council portion goes from 7:15 to 8pm, candidates are Andrew Zarro and Rose Mahoney. Zoom info will be forthcoming. Click here to see the Facebook event and updates.

Thursday, October 8th will be District 5: The City Council portion goes from 6:30 to 7:25pm, candidates are Kate Sykes, Mark Dion, John Coyne and Ken Capron. The School Board portion goes from 7:25 to 8pm, candidates are Jeff Irish and Anthony Emerson. Zoom info will be forthcoming. Click here to see the Facebook event and updates.

Lastly, please send in any questions that you would like the candidates to answer. Depending on how many we get, we'll try to use as many as we can.

In addition, The Friends of Woodfords Corner will be hosting a virtual Candidate Forum for District 4 City Council on Wednesday October 7th.

Just let us know if you have any questions.
 Click here for the City's election page with all kinds of useful voter information.

Take care, 


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