Civics

Bill Walczak named president of Lewis Family Foundation

Bill Walczak

Bill Walczak, the pioneering Dorchester civic and health activist who was a candidate for mayor of Boston last year, will join one of the city's leading progressive foundations as its first president. Walczak will lead the Lewis Family Foundation, which has donated more $130 million in more than 60 countries since its launch in 1981.

“We are delighted to have Bill join the Lewis Family Foundation as we work to make real, lasting and positive change,” said Harriet Lewis, chairman of the Lewis Family Foundation, in a statement issued today. “Bill’s entire career has been dedicated to social change."  Read more

Baker wants hearing to explore siting libraries in new mixed-use buildings

City Councillor Frank BakerCity Councillor Frank BakerCity Councillor Frank Baker will seek a City Council hearing to explore ways to integrate public libraries into new mixed-use buildings as the city’s building boom goes into high gear.

“I’m looking to get new libraries and put them in larger buildings,” said Baker, who filed a hearing order on Tuesday that will be discussed at tomorrow’s regularly scheduled council meeting. “It may only be workable at two or three sites, but I want to look at the opportunities now and the feasibility. It’s being done in other cities like Washington DC, San Fransisco and Dallas. We want to talk about it because we have to come up with an alternative.”  Read more

Dudley intersection to be dedicated to Sr. Margaret Leonard

Sr. Margaret Leonard

The corner of Dudley Street and East Cottage Street in Dorchester will be dedicated to longtime community leader Sr. Margaret Leonard in a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 30. Sr. Leonard is the executive director of Project Hope, which assists homeless families. She is part of the Little Sister of the Assumption community, which has been active in the Dudley Triangle neighborhoods for decades.  Read more

Neponset Trail section to close for three weeks, detour planned

By 
Reporter Staff
Oct. 17, 2014

This section of the Neponset Greenway will be closed for three weeks beginning on Monday.

Beginning Monday, the Neponset Trail and Greenway will be closed between Granite Avenue and Butler T Station according to the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The closure will last approximately three weeks as crews reconstruct a stone dust pathway, DCR said in an advisory on Friday. Travelers can bypass the construction zone using detour signs along public sidewalks from Granite Avenue to Milton Street and then from Adams Street to Butler Street.

For more information visit mass.gov/DCR

Dem operative to lobby for medical marijuana dispensaries

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Oct. 17, 2014

A top Democratic operative and the campaign manager of a November ballot effort has registered as a lobbyist. The move comes two months after she participated in meetings with Boston City Hall officials and a company seeking to open a medical marijuana dispensary.  Read more

UMass Boston’s plans for dorms dovetail with mayor’s housing goals

Dorms of the Future: UMass Boston’s 25 year master plan, published in 2009, identifies two sites near the juncture of Mt. Vernon Street and University Driveas a “preferred location” for the first phase of on-campus housing for students. The potential dorms are highlighted (above) in orange.Dorms of the Future: UMass Boston’s 25 year master plan, published in 2009, identifies two sites near the juncture of Mt. Vernon Street and University Driveas a “preferred location” for the first phase of on-campus housing for students. The potential dorms are highlighted (above) in orange.

The University of Massachusetts Boston is exploring its options as it seeks to build residence halls to house 2,000 students on its Columbia Point peninsula campus by 2025, planning that the university says is in line with Mayor Martin Walsh’s just-released citywide housing plan to accommodate a population that is expected to grow beyond 700,000 residents by 2030.  Read more

Polish Triangle to strut stuff at festival

Dancers gathered around a sign for the Polish Triangle at a festival held in 2009. Photo courtesy Darek Barcikowski.

Just in time for fall, a re-blossoming neighborhood will feature its finest at Sunday’s Harvest Festival in Boston’s Polish triangle. The festival, held in honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa, a sacred icon of the Virgin Mary, is the latest instance of the Polish neighborhood’s renewal being put on display. The afternoon-long celebration (noon to 6 p.m.) at the Dorchester Avenue church will include music and dancing, children’s activities, Polish food, a book sale, and more, all to benefit the parish. Mayor Martin Walsh will also make an appearance to mark the five-year anniversary since then-Mayor Thomas Menino officially named the neighborhood as the “Polish Triangle.”  Read more

Close to home, Walsh joins walk-through by inspection team: ‘Walking office hours’ to canvass city

Mayor Walsh, center, speaks about his office's Neighborhood Engagement Walk initiative while on Tuttle Street last week. At left is Dan Manning, who directs Walsh's Civic Engagement office; at right, Dorchester liaison Alec Bonelli. City Councillor Frank Baker is shown, far left. Photo by Bill Forry

Mayor Martin Walsh joined a walk-through of his Savin Hill neighborhood on Saturday morning to highlight his office’s efforts to catalogue, fix, and track solutions to ground-level problems on every street in the city. As a light rain fell, the mayor and a small entourage of aides — trailed by several TV camera crews— walked from his house on Tuttle Street and circled the block via Sydney Street to Savin Hill Avenue.

Along the way, Walsh stopped several times to inspect curbs, brick-work, and pavement, some of which has been heaved up by mature trees— and to get a first-hand look at how his liaisons throughout the city can identify problems and order up fixes in real time.  Read more

Team MR8 seeks runners for 2015 Boston Marathon

By 
Staff
Oct. 15, 2014

Team MR8Team MR8The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, an organization created to honor the memory of the eight year old Dorchester boy killed during the 2013 bombings near the finish of the Boston Marathon, is now accepting applications from charity runners who would like to join Team MR8 in next year's Boston Marathon.  Read more

Kennedy Institute set for March 2015 opening

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Oct. 9, 2014

Full-scale representations of the U.S. Senate chamber and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's Capitol Hill office will open to the public on March 31, 2015, the Edward Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate announced Wednesday. A gala celebration is set for March 29 and a formal dedication ceremony for the 68,000 square-foot building will take place on March 30.  Read more