Nov. 7, 2014
Kick off the holiday season at the seventh annual Lower Mills Holiday Stroll on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 5:30-8 p.m. Shop, stroll and dine at over 40 local shops, restaurants, and small businesses in the Dorchester Lower Mills, Milton Village and Central Avenue area. The event will begin with a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at Meetinghouse Bank.
The businesses will be staying open late to offer special discounts, coupons and samplings. Enjoy Victorian carolers, photos with Santa, and hot chocolate stops on the route. Visit the beautiful Baker Chocolate Artists Lofts to see original art by resident artists, and meet historian Anthony Sammarco, who will be signing his books on Baker Chocolate and Howard Johnson; ride the free trolley from Carney Hospital to the Forbes House Museum, with several stops along the way.
A shuttle from Standish Village (Lower Mills) to Central Avenue will also be running. Pick up maps at participating sites or on the trolley.
Organized by the Lower Mills Civic Association and the Lower Mills Merchant’s Association. Read more
Mayor Thomas M. Menino died last Thursday at his home in Hyde Park after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 71 years old.
No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, the news of Menino’s death was a sad moment for any objective Bostonian who has a pulse and a heart. Menino’s retirement brought with it the promise of further contributions to the city’s civic life and — more importantly— to his family, who loved him so dearly. Read more
Nov. 4, 2014
The days are numbered for a longtime “hole” in the Savin Hill business district.
The Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association last night reversed course and gave its approval to a mixed-use, transit oriented development across from Savin Hill MBTA station. The three-story, 13-unit condo project — with a retail space on the ground level— has taken on citywide significance as the Walsh administration ramps up for a new spurt of housing growth. The project has prompted keen interest in Savin Hill as well: A crowd of 125 packed into the gym at the Little House last night for the debate and subsequent vote. Read more
Nov. 3, 2014
Hundreds of mourners lined the streets of Dorchester and Mattapan to salute Mayor Thomas M. Menino and his family as his funeral procession followed a route through the neighborhoods to his Hyde Park parish church this morning.
In Mattapan, the mayor's "final ride" was greeted with a "final standout" with longtime loyalists and school kids lining parts of Blue Hill Ave., many holding green and white placards that read "Thank You Mayor Menino."
At the intersection of Bowdoin Street and Geneva Avenue in Dorchester, just shy of 100 people turned out to see former Mayor Tom Menino’s so-called “Final Ride Home” from Faneuil Hall to Hyde Park. Read more
Four proposals have been submitted to the city of Boston by development teams eager to build a mix of housing and retail on the site of a long-empty Mattapan car dealership.
The Cote Ford property on Cummins Highway is situated close to a planned new station on the Fairmount commuter rail line, prompting renewed interest in what has been a forlorn corner of the neighborhood for decades. Read more
Oct. 30, 2014
Volunteers helped to assemble 500 toddler beds for Boston area families last Saturday at a service day at the headquarters of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters on Dorchester Avenue. The initiative was led Boston Cares organization with support from the carpenter’s union. Read more
The Boston Redevelopment Authority will host a public meeting next Wednesday to review a developer’s proposal to convert a former Neponset Avenue store and warehouse into a four-story condominium complex with a restaurant. The meeting will be held on Wed., Nov. 5 at the Leahy-Holloran Community Center at 1 Worrell St., starting at 6:30 p.m.
In a letter to the BRA filed on October 15, the principal of Sousa Design, an architectural firm, explained that Paul Adamson, who owns and operates restaurants in South Boston and Quincy, will “lead a team” in the re-development of 367 Neponset Ave. The building once housed Boston Party Rental. Read more
Oct. 23, 2014
The advertisements for casinos are so glamorous. Sexy young people gathered around a roulette wheel dressed in ravishing clothing and oozing wealth. And the picture painted by the casino industry that wants to be in our commonwealth is of a gambling glitterati, flying in from Paris and Dubai, spending their cash to support our state’s revenue needs, rather than spending it in Connecticut and providing lots of jobs in the process. No pain, lots of gain. Read more
Oct. 22, 2014
Councillor Frank Baker’s idea to study turning branches of the city’s public libraries into mixed-use spaces was well-received at Wednesday’s meeting of the Boston City Council.
The proposal would study integrating the branch libraries throughout the city to into mixed-use developments, creating new and larger libraries, updating the buildings as well as adding valuable space for commercial and residential uses that would benefit the community. It was reported to the Committee on Economic Development and Planning and Labor, chaired by Councillor Sal LaMattina.
Councillor Tito Jackson commended Baker’s proposal, praising as it “innovative and disruptive.” “Councillor Baker has never been known to be disruptive on the council,” he said jokingly. At-Large City Councillor Michelle Wu said the mixed-use space would be especially beneficial in neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Councillor Charles Yancey concurred, added that he knows from experience how beneficial libraries can be to a community. Read more
Some day soon, the Boston Globe property on Morrissey Boulevard will be sold and its hulking, three-story Pulitzer Prize-making plant will be pulverized. That’s a given and we’re good with it.
What we don’t know – yet – is the identity of the new steward of the 16-acre preserve on the banks of Patten’s Cove. But whoever takes the deed will no doubt bring us condos and baked goods and free wi-fi. Maybe we’ll even get a nice chain restaurant, the first of its kind outside of South Bay. Read more