Feb. 14, 2012
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 14, 2012…..Momentum appears to be building in House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s circle of deputies for a short-term solution to an MBTA budget bind that threatens to crush commuters with 40 percent fare hikes and crippling service cuts.
Although DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray have professed patience while they await the results of a statewide hearing tour being conducted by the T, a groundswell of rank-and-file lawmakers calling for an infusion of revenue has placed the issue on the radar as budget season heats up. Read more
“In spite of winter’s skies of gray,
There’s color round about today,
With lovely snowbirds winging by
Mid bush and tree to catch the eye.”
“Snowbirds” by Mildred Jarrell Read more
A year after rejoining UMass Boston, a former top aide to Gov. Deval Patrick is on the move again. Effective Feb. 10, Arthur Bernard, vice chancellor for government relations and public affairs, is headed to the private sector.
He'll be joining up with a former boss, Robert Travaglini at Travaglini, Eisenberg and Kiley LLC, a government relations firm. Travaglini served as state Senate president, and for four years Bernard was his chief of staff. Read more
While several new developments are poised to make their debut in Mattapan Square in the new year, one veteran merchant has decided to make a move to a new part of the neighborhood. Roberts Photo Studio recently relocated to Morton Street after nearly four decades at the corner of Cummins Highway and River Street.
“I‘m proudest of being able to do exactly what I wanted during my entire career. That was a real blessing,” said Desie Roberts, 66, owner and master photographer of the studio. Read more
Jan. 18, 2012
One New Year down, one to go.
One of the best things about living overseas has to be the holidays. As an ex-pat, I observe all of my native holidays, like the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. But in addition to these I get to enjoy several other “festivals” during the year with my Chinese hosts. The biggest and best of these is Spring Festival or “Chun Jie”; what we call Chinese New Year. Read more
The Radio Shack store at 1524 Dorchester Ave. was robbed on Tuesday evening by two masked men, one of whom brandished a silver handgun. The incident took place at 8:40 p.m. As one suspect stood guard at the door, the other man dumped the store's cash drawer and two Kindle tablets into a bag before fleeing, according to a Boston Police report.
Dec. 16, 2011
The HomeGoods store in Fields Corner is closing its doors in January 2012, less than a year after it was converted from an A.J. Wright store. The move will leave a gaping hole in the Geneva Ave. shopping mall, where the store is an anchor tenant.
TJX, the Framingham-based company that owns the HomeGoods chain, said earlier this year that they were closing down their A.J. Wright stores and turning them into HomeGoods stores. A.J. Wright, a popular store in the area, sold clothes, while HomeGoods sold furniture. Read more
Four years after a feeble economy put transit-oriented development at the Mattapan Square trolley and bus station on hold, MBTA officials are heading back to the community in a renewed effort to develop the station’s parking lot.
The meeting is set for Monday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch Library on Blue Hill Ave.
The parking lot will be part of a new diversity development program, sponsored by the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, that is aimed at encouraging businesses owned by minorities and women — architectural, development and engineering firms — to participate in the development process. Read more
More than 70 Uphams Corner residents crowded a meeting with United States Postal Service (USPS) officials last Thursday to voice their concern about the possible closure of the neighborhood’s post office.
The meeting was organized so officials could gather local arguments for maintaining the post office and integrate those comments into a report to give USPS decision-makers a clearer picture of the office’s role in the community. Although USPS officials present were quick to explain that they did not make the decision to review the Uphams Corner, Grove Hall, or 29 other Boston-area locations currently facing closure, many in attendance went on the offensive and criticized the discontinuation process. Read more
A Morrissey Boulevard car dealership that has been struggling to stay alive after losing its affiliation with Chrysler in 2009 is closing its doors for good. Westminster Motors— formerly known as Westminster Dodge— will shut down its sales and service operation this month, resulting in pink slips for its remaining 30 employees, according to manager Joe Lawlor.
“We’ll have the property through the end of the year, but it’ll close by the end of November,” Lawlor told the Reporter this week. Read more