Civics

What next for the Globe property?

Columbia Point Master Plan: Task force created clear guidelines for development along Morrissey Blvd. including the Globe property.Columbia Point Master Plan: Task force created clear guidelines for development along Morrissey Blvd. including the Globe property.After years of “maybe it is, maybe it isn’t” for sale, it appears that the Boston Globe property on Morrissey Boulevard is really on the market as a number of developers have prepared bids to purchase the site. The big question for its neighbors, of course, is what will replace the Globe?

Several years ago the city was faced with several major properties on the boulevard being actively considered for new development. These included the air rights above the MBTA property outside JFK-UMass station, a parcel between the station and the Shaw’s supermarket parking lot, the market itself, the adjacent building that houses radio stations, the old Ch. 56 property, and the Globe. Additionally, there were plans being made for the other side of the boulevard – significant and substantial new buildings at UMass Boston and a redevelopment of the Bayside Mall site.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) rightly called a “time out” on individual project proposals to prepare a master plan that would coordinate and integrate all the new uses for the several sites across the Morrissey Boulevard/Columbia Point peninsula.  Read more

New tool allows Bostonians to explore solar potential

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Sep. 17, 2014

Boston residents and businesses may now go online and learn about the solar power potential of their homes and buildings, including installation cost estimates. Mayor Martin Walsh on Tuesday announced Solar System Boston, a mapping system the city has launched in partnership with Greenovate Boston and Mapdwell, an MIT spinoff, that the mayor says will allow users to explore their own potential to take advantage of solar prices that the Dorchester Democrat says are "plummeting."  Read more

Census: No big changes in US poverty, income last year

By 
Andy Metzger and Michael Norton, State House News Service
Sep. 16, 2014

The nation's poverty rate dipped in 2013, especially for Hispanic individuals, while the number of people remaining in poverty and median incomes remained relatively unchanged from 2012, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data.  Read more

New community garden hailed on Woolson Street

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 11, 2014

Woolson Street garden: Mayor Walsh posed for a photo with Vidya Tikku of BNAN and Vivien Morris, far right, of Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition. Shown at center is Mirlande Joseph, whose twin brother was murdered on the street in 2006. Joseph helped to push for the creation of the new community garden, shown below. Photos by India SmithWoolson Street garden: Mayor Walsh posed for a photo with Vidya Tikku of BNAN and Vivien Morris, far right, of Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition. Shown at center is Mirlande Joseph, whose twin brother was murdered on the street in 2006. Joseph helped to push for the creation of the new community garden, shown below. Photos by India Smith

Residents of the Woolson St. neighborhood in Mattapan had much to celebrate last Saturday as they were joined by Mayor Martin Walsh and a large contingent of public officials for a ribbon-cutting for their new community garden. The project has been a collaboration between residents, the city’s Department of Neighborhood Development, the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, and Boston Natural Areas Network.

According to Mirlande Joseph, one of the neighbors who spearheaded the project, the garden is more than just soil and plants.  Read more

Cook gets the part as Parks and Rec chief

Chris Cook was sworn-in as Boston Parks and Recreation commissioner on Monday by City Clerk Maureen Feeney. Photo by Ryan Woods

Chris Cook had planned for a career as an actor. Instead, the West Roxbury resident is now running Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department – the vitally important city agency with a $35 million annual budget and more than 200 employees.

And, much like an actor would have, he won the job by nailing the audition.  Read more

This Old Barn: How historical society salvaged a neighborhood original

By 
Peggy Mullen, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 4, 2014

The Clapp Family Barn, owned by the Dorchester Historical Society, has been carefully restored in recent years, earning the DHS an award from the Boston Preservation Alliance. Photo by Peggy Mullen

Two Dorchester organizations have been chosen to receive Preservation Achievement Awards by the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA). First Parish Church and the Dorchester Historical Society will accept the awards at a ceremony in October at Faneuil Hall.

Past recipients of the award include Fenway Park, Trinity Church, the Paramount Center, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Greg Galer, executive director of the BPA, said the goal of the awards is to recognize good quality preservation work as well as new construction that is in harmony with the area.  Read more

Dorchester: You should be very proud of our kids

Magic Kingdom: Kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, Disney World on Thurs., Aug. 28.Magic Kingdom: Kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, Disney World on Thurs., Aug. 28.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester took 150 kids – most of them ages 10-14 – to Orlando last week for what has become an annual rite of passage for club members. Once again, thanks to Don Rodman and the Rodman Ride for Kids, Dorchester’s boys and girls were able to enjoy theme parks and pools and a first-ever airplane ride and make memories that will last a lifetime.

The kids had a blast and were a credit to our neighborhood.  Read more

Dot Park Antique Car Show, Family Fun Day is Sept. 7

By 
Staff
Aug. 23, 2014

The second annual Antique Car Show and Family Fun Day in Dorchester Park will take place on Sun., Sept. 7. The car show itself will be held on the Adams Street side of the park from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Prizes will be given out to best in show, which will also feature a DJ and 50/50 raffle.  Read more

Net gain for street hockey players in King-Adams Park

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 12, 2014

Patrick Coughlin, Matt O'Connor, Stephen Gargan, Patrick Pugliese (l-r) put newly-installed street hockey nets to use immediately on Monday. Photo courtesy Tom Leahy

The teenagers and kids who use the street hockey court at Adams/King Playground in Dorchester had a simple request this summer: They hoped to score two new hockey nets.

Neighbor Tom Leahy, of King Street, decided to do something about it two weeks ago and contacted Mayor Martin Walsh’s office for help.

“In my opinion, it’s probably the best street hockey court in the city,” said Leahy. “And we’re glad to have it in our neighborhood.”  Read more