Aug. 11, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick plans Wednesday morning to sign omnibus legislation aimed at reducing gun violence in Massachusetts. Read more
Aug. 6, 2014
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
The public safety threat that was manifested this week by the assault and robbery of Ed Forry in Dorchester Park made the news well beyond the tight-knit village of Lower Mills. The incident resulted in stepped-up police patrols, maintenance, and vigilance in the park itself. At Cedar Grove Gardens, whistles – made available by Councillor Frank Baker’s office – were made available to customers. There was a buzz in and around the park that everyone needs to be on heightened alert, especially because Ed’s assailant was not identified or apprehended.
The regular police patrols will surely dissipate. And, we hope, the sense of alarm will fade away, too. In the absence of any further incidents, things in Dot Park should return quickly to normal.
But one thing needs to change soon— and not just at Dorchester Park, but in and around all city parks. Read more
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
Something leafy and green is growing on top of three bus shelters along the Fairmont Line–and that’s the plan. The $15,000 pilot project is aimed at showing community members how roofs laden with green plants such as those installed on the three bus shelters improve air quality, reduce storm water run-off, and cut down on heat islands during hot summer months. Read more
It was not my usual walk in the park.
There I was, late on a Sunday afternoon in July, making my way in broad and sunny daylight through the beautiful 27-acre park near my home in Lower Mills.
As usual, my thoughts were off in a quiet reverie – as I approach my 70th birthday, I no longer move swiftly, yet I remain committed to regular walks to forestall some of the downside effects of aging.
Suddenly, and without any sort of warning, I felt an arm reach around my neck from behind. It seemed at first to be maybe a friend, horse-playing as guys can do, with a sneak-up surprise. But the grip was very strong, and it was squeezing the air out of my lungs and the blood out of my head. This was no friend. Read more
Jul. 29, 2014
On Thursday, July 24, Boston’s disability community met on City Hall Plaza to commemorate the Americans With Disabilities Act, signed on July 26, 1990. The gathering included people using wheelchairs, people using American Sign Language, and people assisted by service animals, as well as personal care attendants, family members and many other supporters. Instituted four years ago by Kristen McCosh, Boston’s Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, the annual event marks progress toward the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of city life.
According to McCosh, the day is not meant for long speeches, but is mainly a time to get together and celebrate. This year’s event began with a procession around City Hall Plaza, following a route that has been made wheelchair accessible in part because of the mandate of the ADA. After looping around City Hall, the parade returned to a tent where several organizations had set up tables. The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and others were offering information. Lines formed at food trucks and a hot dog stand, while Radio 103.3 provided background music.
Dorchester resident Ann Siegel of the Boston Center for Youth & Families was handing out brochures on activities for kids. Many of the center’s programs are in Dorchester and Mattapan. Read more
Aidan’s Barber Shops in Lower Mills and Adams Corner have been doing a brisk trade in wiffles this month. Always a seasonal favorite, this year’s mid-summer boom is attributable to a little boy from Dorchester whose close-cropped hair style was made out of medical necessity.
Tommy Kelly, age 4, has been battling a tough cancer diagnosis since June. Two weeks ago, Tommy and his dad, Eddie, decided to get matching wiffles as a sign of solidarity for Tommy’s anticipated hair loss from his cancer treatments. Once he posted it online, Eddie’s shot of their matching wiffles went viral, especially among the legions of firefighters from around the country who have been monitoring Tommy’s battle. (Eddie Kelly is a nationally respected labor leader and president of the state’s leading firefighters union.)
Heather Flynn, who owns and operates both Aidan’s locations, decided that she and her staff wanted to do something extra to show support for the Kelly family. She decided to plan a “Buzz-off for TK”— a day-long event set for Monday, August 4, a day when the shops would typically be closed for a day-off. Read more
Jul. 25, 2014
When Marcy Goldstein-Gelb hears something described as a “freak accident,” a buzzer goes off in her head.
Executive director of the Dorchester-based Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), Goldstein-Gelb said many accidents described that way could have been predicted and avoided.
“In most cases, it has happened before and will happen again unless we do something,” said Goldstein-Gelb.
MassCOSH’s mission is to advocate for workers facing unsafe conditions, particularly teens and immigrants, who are the most vulnerable, according to Goldstein-Gelb. Read more
Jul. 25, 2014
Mattapan’s Rashad Cope, director of the Wheelock College and Mattahunt Community Center, graduated from Wheelock College in May with a master’s degree in Educational Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership.
The 31-year-old said that community centers like the one he now leads played a big role in his childhood growing up in Roxbury. His mother, Cherie Cope, was the administrative coordinator at the Shelburne Community Center and other community centers in Mattapan. Cope grew up spending a lot of time shadowing his mom and looking at the work she did. Read more