Business

Sweet Life fills niche in Lower Mills village

Kristin Ahern worked a graphic designer and photographer before she discovered a passion for baking. She now co-owns and manages Sweet Life in Lower Mills, which opened last August. The restaurant and bakery serves breakfast and lunch. Photo by Bill Forry

Dorchester’s newest eatery and listening post — Sweet Life— is really a few different places in one. At the far end, near the entrance, it’s a bakery, with an assortment of pastries and pies and muffins and breads and cakes squared off and stacked high and gleaming in the bright windows facing Dorchester Avenue. In this corner, Sweet Life baristas serve up coffee and teas behind a single register counter and customers tip their own dairy and sweeteners into to-go cups by the door.  Read more

Mattapan Square Main Streets clears major hurdle, eyes next steps

By 
Tayla Holman, Reporter Correspondent
Dec. 27, 2012

Mattapan Square Main Streets recently received a $9,533.19 from Mattapan United and a $3,500 grant from Carney Hospital with a three-year commitment, putting them just over their fundraising goal of $30,000. They are now hoping for an additional $25,000 to provide the organization with a “cushion” for the future.  Read more

Winter Farmers’ Market opens on Jan. 6 in the Great Hall of Codman Square

By 
Jackie Gentile, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 27, 2012

Vendors at last year's Winter Farmers' Market in Codman Square.

As New England ushers in winter, the Dorchester Community Food Co-op is gearing up for its second annual Winter Farmers’ Market starting January 6. Running every Sunday through March 24 from noon until 4p.m. in the Codman Square Great Hall, the Farmers’ Market will offer fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, meats, breads, cheeses and specialty foods.  Read more

Building atop JFK/UMass station? Still a possibility, officials say

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 27, 2012

Could the wave of development hitting Columbia Point spark a renewed look at a development on top of the JFK/UMass MBTA station? Some local officials think it’s a possibility.  Read more

Meetinghouse Bank is branching out: Plans to open Roslindale Square office by mid-2013

One of Dorchester’s most deeply-rooted financial institutions is set to expand its footprint in the city of Boston. Meetinghouse Bank, fueled by a first-ever public stock offering that generated millions in new capital, will begin its growth program by opening a new branch location in Roslindale Square by the end of next year’s second quarter.  Read more

Residents weigh in on residential plans for vacant Morrissey Blvd. lot

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 11, 2012

Dorchester residents and elected officials sounded notes of support on Monday night for a residential project next to the JFK/UMass MBTA station. But the chair of a task force that set up guidelines for development on Columbia Point expressed dissatisfaction with the density of the five-story project.  Read more

Chambers presents Columbia Point dealership plans, draws concern over master plan impact

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 7, 2012

Herb Chambers: Auto magnate looks to enter hometown market. Herb Chambers: Auto magnate looks to enter hometown market. Savin Hill residents heard from one of the region’s leading auto dealers Thursday about his plan to bring a pre-owned BMW dealership to Columbia Point, an area expected to see high growth in residences and businesses. Herb Chambers Companies of Somerville plan to convert the former WLVI-TV station near the northern end of Morrissey Boulevard into a sales and service center for the high-end German automaker.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority, the city’s planning agency, hosted the meeting at the Cristo Rey Boston High School on Savin Hill Avenue.

Chambers himself attended the meeting and answered residents concerns about the project. “I think this is great for Dorchester because there’s a lot of positive energy going into the area,” Chambers said to the crowd of about 35 people gathered in the Cristo Rey library.  Read more

Walczak wing adds capacity, promise at Codman Center

Codman's latest addition: Sandra Cotterell, CEO of the Codman Square Health Center, left and Meg Campbell, executive director of the Codman Academy Charter Public School, outside the newly-opened William J. Walczak Education and Health Center on Epping Street. Codman's latest addition: Sandra Cotterell, CEO of the Codman Square Health Center, left and Meg Campbell, executive director of the Codman Academy Charter Public School, outside the newly-opened William J. Walczak Education and Health Center on Epping Street.

It’s a brand new four-story building with a strikingly familiar name.

The William J. Walczak Education and Health Center — named for the founder of the Codman Square Health Center— is open for business – and classes. An official grand opening is on hold pending the return to action of the only other living Bostonian who gets his name on big new buildings these days – Mayor Thomas Menino – but the building itself has been in partial use since September and is due to be fully up and running by year’s end.  Read more

Patrick cuts spending by $225 million, will seek power to cut local aid

By 
Michael Norton and Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Dec. 4, 2012

As part of a plan to address an estimated $540 million mid-year budget gap, Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday slashed spending by $225 million and asked the Legislature to allow him to unilaterally reduce unrestricted local aid to cities and towns by 1 percent.

Unrestricted local aid pays for local services, such as public safety budgets, and is delivered separately from state aid to fund local education spending, which is not targeted for cuts under Patrick’s plan.

“I don’t think this is draconian. Obviously every city and town worries about an impact on their local aid, but as I say this is relatively modest. We are spreading the pain as broadly as possible and sensible and we have a solution for closing that gap in unrestricted local aid if the Lottery continues to help,” Patrick said.

The spending cuts ordered by the governor will hit nursing homes, special education funding, school transportation for the homeless and reimbursement rates for hospitals that treat low-income patients.  Read more

Meeting to discuss planned BMW dealership on Morrissey Blvd.

Proposed Herb Chambers dealership on Morrissey Blvd.Proposed Herb Chambers dealership on Morrissey Blvd.The Boston Redevelopment Authority will convene a public meeting on Thurs., Dec. 6 to discuss auto magnate Herb Chambers' plan to convert the old Channel 56 building on Morrissey Boulevard into a car dealership and repair center.

The Reporter first reported in October that Chambers intends to purchase and renovate the now-empty TV studio at 75 Morrissey Blvd, which is valued at $4.5 million according to city records. The sale price of the property has not been disclosed and it is not yet clear if Chambers has acquired the property at this time.  Read more