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Ledge Kitchen & Drinks, a popular restaurant and bar credited with being a catalyst for the business district in Lower Mills, will soon have a new owner and a new name. The matter went before the city's Licensing Board today for approval. The board is expected to render its decision on Thursday.
Eleanor Arpino, general manager of Davio's in Park Square for 12 years, wants to turn the Ledge into ester, which she said would serve "contemporary comfort food." The restaurant "would be very much approachable for families" and would serve the sort of food she hoped people would buy as takeout two to three times a week. Read more
“Since I was little I liked to dance. It shows me who I am,” says Zayda Adams one of seven Dorchester youth who successfully auditioned to appear in this year’s Urban Nutcracker.
Featuring more than 30 professional dancers and 75 youth, the Urban Nutcracker is living up to its theme of “celebrating dance meets diversity,” particularly for those Dorchester youth relishing the experience of live performance side by side with stars.
A showcase for ballet, hip-hop, tap and flamenco, the Urban Nutcracker is showing through December 22 at John Hancock Hall. Discounted tickets are available at mayorsholiday.com/home4 or can be purchased at the door. Read more
The City Council’s economic development committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, Dec. 12 on the designation of 24 Grampian Way as a landmark. The committee, chaired by District 2 Councillor Bill Linehan, will meet at 1 p.m. inside the council’s chambers. Read more
Mark Wahlberg joined kids from Dorchester and other communities on Sunday at the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation Party at the Tewksbury Country Club. Over 250 youth from Boys and Girls Clubs across the state were there, including members from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester. TheTewksbury Country Club, Reebok, Timberland, Dignity U Wear, New Balance, Bose, and Lenovo pitched in to support the event.
Bank of America plans to close its branch at 555 Columbia Rd. in Upham’s Corner next year. In a letter mailed out to customers last week, the bank noted that it has four other Dorchester locations, including one at 1104 Massachusetts Ave. in the South Bay Mall.
“Based on foot traffic and other metrics, we determined that we could continue to effectively serve our customers with one less location in town,” said T.J. Crawford, a spokesperson for Bank of America. Crawford said that the building— which will close for business on March 21, 2014— will “be marketed.” Read more
The Celebrate Dorchester calendar featuring the artwork of Celia McDonough is now on sale at local stores for $10. The proceeds of the calendar campaign are designated to providing summer camp scholarships for Project D.E.E.P. students in the One on One Tutorial Program during the academic year. Get full details here. Above, a panel from the new calendar depicts a vintage scene from Walter Baker Chocolate Company's days in Lower Mills. Read more
On Nov. 14, the excellent website Universal Hub first reported that the government of France has issued a series of advisories to its citizens related to travel in the United States. The advisories focus on regional and city-by-city warnings about avoiding certain parts of the US due to concerns about crime.
In the case of Boston, the French government counsels its citizens thusly: “Foot traffic and at night should be avoided in the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. French attention must also be drawn to an increase in petty crime, observed especially during major cultural and sporting events and in some tourist areas such as Chinatown, Fenway, and the North End.” Read more
Opening Thursday night at the Strand is a lavish musical that ends with Queen Victoria herself saving the day and declaring “anyone can be a princess.” Young ladies may find that this revival of the 2004 musical “A Little Princess” lends wings to their dreams of tiaras and coaches, but three black Dorchester males are reporting that it is giving them practical experience in re-enacting their African roots.
The Nov. 21 show is the first of 14 performances of “A Little Princess” as presented by the Fiddlehead Theatre Company, declared earlier this year by Mayor Menino as the 2013-14 resident theatre company of the Strand. This “heart-felt musical for the whole family” runs through December 8. Fiddlehead is offering a special discount $10 for Dot residents this weekend only; those interested should check with the box office.
Last year Fiddlehead proved it could mount a Broadway-sized production in Uphams Corner when, with assistance from the Boston chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, it staged the hit show “Ragtime.” In addition to garnering respectable reviews, Fiddlehead’s “Ragtime” averaged 550 spectators a night over its 12-performance run, selling out a few times and breaking even over all by attracting large multiethnic audiences. Read more
It’s been a long time coming. Many skeptics thought it would never happen. And, yes, it could prove fleeting. But for one day in November 2013, residents of the city’s largest neighborhood put aside long-standing differences to elect one of their own to the most powerful job in Boston and, arguably, the state.
Marty Walsh didn’t win white Dorchester. He didn’t win black Dorchester. He won Dorchester. Period. And he did it in convincing fashion, carrying more than 60 percent of the vote in his home neighborhood.
Yes, he did better in “white” neighborhoods than he did in “majority-minority” precincts. His seaside House district was always going to be his Fort Knox. But who would have guessed that Marty Walsh – who until six weeks ago had never appeared on a ballot west of Washington Street – would score decisive wins in Four Corners, Grove Hall, Lower Mills, and Mattapan Square. Read more
Can you imagine taking the floor of the United States Senate to debate the morality of a US strike on Syria, the merits of a farm bill, or the confirmation of a new US Supreme Court justice?
By this time next year, you – and your family – might be able to do just that. And you won’t need to impersonate Ed Markey or Elizabeth Warren— or even go to Capitol Hill— to weigh in on issues of the day. In fact, you’ll be able to drive, ride, or just walk to Columbia Point, where the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is now rising along the crest of a hill that overlooks Dorchester Bay. Read more