Rite-AID may seek liquor license on River St.

A pharmacy chain store in Lower Mills may seek to add beer, wine and liquor to its existing inventory of diapers, hair gel and band-aids— a proposition that is already getting some push-back from civic leaders.  Read more

Block party will mark latest addition to Mattapan Heights

Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 18, 2013

The opening of the newest residential building in the Mattapan Heights campus will be celebrated with a block party planned for this Saturday, July 20. The new apartment building, containing 60 affordable housing units, is called Phase 5A. In late 2011, Trinity Financial Inc, the Boston-based development company that has been working on Mattapan Heights since 1999, received approximately $8.75 million in grants and loans towards the construction project. It was completed at the end of 2012, and is now fully occupied by tenants.  Read more

Shift in zoning regs likely to bring urban farming to Boston

Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 18, 2013

Neighborhoods across the city could soon experience a surge in small farms and produce growers, as the Boston Redevelopment Authority approaches changes in how it regulates urban agriculture.  Read more

Bumper crop: Markets bring fresh goods, values to Dot and Mattapan

Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 11, 2013

A visitor to the Ashmont-Peabody Square Farmers’ Market inspected the offerings from Spring Brooke Farms on a recent Friday afternoon. Photo by Lianne Ames

In a big city, fresh, nutritious food can be hard to come by. The farmers markets of Dorchester aim to solve that problem, providing locations for local farms to vend fresh produce and creating spaces for the community to gather.  Read more

Pressley pushes for an end to cap on local liquor licenses by state

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 3, 2013

Saying the 80-year-old state law that imposes limits on municipal liquor licenses is hurting small businesses in Boston, City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley has launched an effort to revamp the system. Pressley, a Dorchester resident, has filed a home rule petition that would lift the cap on the number of licenses made available, an effort requiring the support of the City Council, the mayor, and the Legislature.  Read more

Negotiators agree to $34 billion state budget

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jul. 1, 2013

Agreeing to significantly higher spending on the state's university system and new efforts to tamp down on fraud in the welfare system while discarding an expansion of the bottle deposit law, the group of lawmakers negotiating the annual state budget filed their $34 billion proposal on the eve of the new fiscal year, along with an accord on a mid-year spending bill.  Read more

Carney chief Davis: Hospital’s health is improving

A year ago, Andy Davis was busy making the rounds of civic groups, peace walks, and block parties to introduce himself as the new president of Carney Hospital. Thrust into the leadership role on the heels of the sudden and controversial departure of a popular hometown figure, Davis, 42, proved well suited to the role: Tall, affable, and down-home charming with his small-town Florida cadence, Davis quickly became a welcome public face of Carney.  Read more

Volunteers lauded for Main Streets work

Reporter Staff
Jun. 26, 2013

Volunteer winners on stage at the Strand. Photo courtesy City of Boston

The city’s Main Streets Foundation heralded its top volunteers last week during an awards ceremony at the Strand Theatre— an event that raised $200,000 for the program aimed at boosting neighborhood business districts.  Read more

Pod Life— Could this be the future of transport on Columbia Point?

Could this be the future of public transit in parts of Boston— perhaps even Dorchester's own Columbia Point? How about Blue Hill Avenue?

Moving around town in a solar-powered “pod” that cuts down on congestion, helps the environment and gives you your own space to breathe? Sounds like a storyboard from The Jetsons, but the technology exists and is advancing in other parts of the globe, especially in airports like London’s Heathrow, shown in this YouTube video:  Read more

City putting together Blue Hill Avenue advisory group

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 5, 2013

The city agency tasked with planning and economic development is setting up an advisory group for improving the Blue Hill Avenue and Cummins Highway area, which is plagued by blighted properties, that will work with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and other city agencies to come up with development guidelines for the properties.

The group, which will have eight to twelve members appointed by Mayor Thomas Menino, is part of a larger effort to plan out the future of the Fairmount corridor.  Read more