Civics

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

Gov. Patrick to sign gun bill on Wednesday

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Aug. 11, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick plans Wednesday morning to sign omnibus legislation aimed at reducing gun violence in Massachusetts.  Read more

Neighbors pitch in to send care packages to troops in Afghanistan

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 6, 2014

Care packages for local men serving in Afghanistan were gathered and packed at Tuesday evening’s National Night Out event at Town Field in Fields Corner. Photo by Jacon Aguiar

A diverse cross-section of the Dorchester community turned out to celebrate and honor three of our own serving in the armed forces in Afghanistan at the neighborhood’s National Night Out festivities at Town Field Park in Fields Corner on Tuesday night.  Read more

Almont Park ready for football; baseball is next

Almont's new gridiron: Interim Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook, left, and Ryan Woods, director of External Affairs for the department, are shown on the new football field at Almont Park. The Mattapan Patriots take the field on Friday. Photo by Bill ForryAlmont's new gridiron: Interim Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook,right, and Ryan Woods, director of External Affairs for the department, are shown on the new football field at Almont Park. The Mattapan Patriots take the field on Friday. Photo by Bill Forry

It’s been ten years coming, but an ambitious, $4.2 million reconstruction project at Mattapan’s largest city-owned park is now well underway. Almont Park’s marquee addition, a newly-installed football field, will open this week— just in time for the neighborhood’s Pop Warner program to start practices on August 1.

This week, Mayor Martin Walsh added another new element to the build-out at Almont: Heeding calls from residents, Walsh has ordered the project to add a little league baseball field to the next phase of the construction, expected to begin this fall. The baseball diamond will be added to a corner of the park that is now used mainly for cricket— and it will give Mattapan a chance to start-up a youth baseball league next spring.  Read more