Civics

Team MR8 names roster for 2015 Boston Marathon team

By 
Staff
Nov. 24, 2014

Returning for second year: Patrick Brophy was shown after finishing last year's marathon for Team MR8 with sons Finbarr and Patrick.Returning for second year: Patrick Brophy was shown after finishing last year's marathon for Team MR8 with sons Finbarr and Patrick.The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation (Team MR8) has named 59 runners to its roster for the 2015 BAA Boston Marathon. The Dorchester-based non-profit was formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed when one of two bombs exploded at the marathon's finish line on Patriots Day, 2013.

The roster includes 15 Dorchester residents and is heavy with names from 11 Boston neighborhoods. A number of the local runners also ran with Team MR8 last year and helped raise more than $1.25 million for the new foundation.

The Foundation is accepting additional applications on a rolling basis from runners who are already registered to run the 2015 Boston Marathon, and who wish to support the Foundation, which has already issued several grants to assist local non-profits, including Boston’s first Little League Challengers’ Division for children with physical and cognitive disabilities, which played its first full season last spring at Savin Hill, Martin’s home field.  Read more

Longtime Dot Ave. manufacturing plant is for sale

Image courtesy CBRE/New England

A longtime manufacturing plant a stone's throw from Savin Hill T Station is now on the market after an August sale to an out-of-state company, the Reporter has learned. James Russell Engineering Works Inc., located at the corner of Dorchester Ave. and Dewar Street, was sold to Ohio-based Worthington Industries in August.

This week, a listing for the two-acre property at 9 Dewar St. appeared on the website of the commercial real estate firm CBRE/New England. In its marketing material, the realtor says that the three existing single-story buildings on the site— totaling 37.500 square feet of space— will be vacant “by mid-2016.”

A description of the property on the real estate website says, “This site has frontage on Dorchester Avenue and is an excellent redevelopment opportunity.”  Read more

A year later, a thanks to responders who reacted to a dog’s distress and ran to help

Mary Grow, John Miles, Jean Medico and Bridget O’Hara pose for a photo with their commendations from Mayor Martin Walsh, City Councillor Frank Baker, and “favorite first responder notes” from Miles on Monday. 	Lauren Dezenski photoMary Grow, John Miles, Jean Medico and Bridget O’Hara pose for a photo with their commendations from Mayor Martin Walsh, City Councillor Frank Baker, and “favorite first responder notes” from Miles on Monday. Lauren Dezenski photo

John Miles’s dog Lucy has had her day, so nearly a year after the Fields Corner resident was seriously injured when he was hit by a car while walking her along Neponset Avenue, Miles decided it was high time to recognize the four women responsible for saving him.  Read more

Jackson: Council will consider options on Mayoral veto

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Nov. 18, 2014

City Councillor Tito Jackson has not ruled out a potential override effort from the City Council after Mayor Martin Walsh nixed Jackson’s proposed Commission on Black and Latino Men and Boys on Monday.

“Any veto override is something that the council has the right to and should explore,” Jackson told the Reporter on Tuesday. “At this point, we will technically formally receive the veto at our meeting on Wednesday and then make a determination.”  Read more

Annual tree lighting tour set for Nov. 29

By 
Staff
Nov. 18, 2014

Mayor Walsh and the Dorchester Holiday Celebrations Committee will light the neighborhood’s holiday trees in a City View trolley-stop tour of ten villages on Sat., Nov. 29.  Read more

Work will begin soon on overpass demolition at Forest Hills; public meeting to be scheduled

By 
Tom Mulvoy, Associate Editor
Nov. 18, 2014

After a lengthy period of public discussion where few passions were left unnoted, the Casey Arborway Project has moved into the first stages of its operational phase with the awarding of the construction contract to Barletta Heavy Division Corp.  Read more

ADSL Field House named for longtime player, coach Jim Collyer

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 13, 2014

Jim Collyer, second from left, is shown with (l-r) Boston Park League President Walter Bentson, former Mayor Ray Flynn, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry. Photo courtesy ADSL" title="Jim Collyer, second from left, is shown with (l-r) Boston Park League President Walter Bentson, former Mayor Ray Flynn, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry. Photo courtesy ADSL

The All Dorchester Sports League (ADSL) dedicated a city-owned field house in Fields Corner to longtime coach and mentor Jim Collyer on Sat., Nov 9. Mayor Martin Walsh spoke at the event which was also attended by State Senators Linda Dorcena Forry and Sonia Chang Diaz as well as many of the city’s elected officials including city councillors Frank Baker and Ayanna Pressley. Former mayor of Boston Ray Flynn also attended the ceremony.

Collyer, 86, began playing baseball in Town Field when he was about 12 years old. He played his first official Park League game in 1951, and continued pitching, sometimes in front of thousands of spectators, until he was 63. Collyer joined the ADSL board of directors in 1989 and he has been dedicated to enriching children’s lives through baseball ever since.  Read more

A mixed reaction to BRA plans for Mount Vernon St.

By 
Eliza Dewey, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 13, 2014

Mt. Vernon Street meeting on Nov. 5.: Residents and stakeholders got hands on in reviewing BRA plans for a re-design of Columbia Point's main drag. Photo by Eliza Dewey Mt. Vernon Street meeting on Nov. 5.: Residents and stakeholders got hands on in reviewing BRA plans for a re-design of Columbia Point's main drag. Photo by Eliza Dewey A city initiative to revamp Mount Vernon Street at Columbia Point is moving ahead, although feelings about the proposal are mixed based on the input of stakeholders at a public meeting last Wednesday.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), the city’s planning agency, held the session to discuss the final design of the project’s first phase. Referred to by developers as the “25% Plan,” the document describes the basic layout of a street, including the number and width of lanes, the width of the sidewalk, and the location of bus stops, crosswalks, street lighting and other outdoor amenities. The so-called “100% Plan” will include more detailed drawings that would eventually be available for construction bids.

The project also involves Boston’s Transportation and Public Works departments as well as McMahon Associates; Crosby, Schlessinger & Smallridge LLC; and Omloop Design as outside consultants.  Read more

Three pitch city for Maxwell site in Uphams Corner

The 2.5 acre Maxwell Box Company parcel, now owned by the city, is adjacent to the Uphams Corner MBTA station on the Fairmount Line.

The city of Boston is vetting a trio of proposals submitted by development teams to turn an old Uphams Corner manufacturing complex into a mix of housing and other uses. The former Maxwell Box Company at 65 East Cottage St. is one of several dormant sites along the Fairmount commuter rail corridor that are now on the fast track to revitalization thanks in large part to state and federal investment in the transit line.

The Maxwell site, which formerly housed a bread factory, is a 2.5-acre industrial parcel that sits adjacent to the Uphams Corner MBTA station. It was seized by the city in 2011 for its owner’s failure to pay back taxes and was briefly considered as a new home for a municipal storage yard in the waning days of the Menino administration.  Read more

No treble meeting First-Lady for 11 year-old Dot bass player, student

By 
Staff
Nov. 11, 2014

Ajani Boyd hugs the First Lady Michelle Obama during a visit to the White House on Monday. Photo by Steven E. Purcell

Dorchester’s Ajani Boyd, 11, got a big hug and a warm welcome from First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday at the White House. Boyd was at the executive mansion with a group from Boston-based Project STEP (Strings Training and Education Program), which won the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the First Lady.  Read more