Civics

$4.25m in funding set for clean up of Port Norfolk site

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 11, 2013

(Updated - 12/12 10:51 a.m.) Port Norfolk waterfront: State officials announce $4.25 plan to clean up old paper mill site.Port Norfolk waterfront: State officials announce $4.25M plan to clean up old paper mill site.A parcel of land in Port Norfolk will see an influx of $4.25 million in fix-up funding over the next three fiscal years, according to a plan that state officials laid out on Thursday. Civic activists have been pushing the state for decades to clean up the 14-acre Shaffer Paper site.

The funding will be broken down this way, state officials say: $250,000 for permitting in fiscal year 2014, $1 million in fiscal 2015, and $3 million in fiscal year 2016 when the bulk of construction work is expected to occur. The money will be included in Gov. Deval Patrick’s capital plan.

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh, state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, state Rep. Dan Cullinane, City Councillor Frank Baker and officials from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation stood in the shadow of the MBTA bridge, the Neponset River behind them, and announced the commitment.

DCR officials were scheduled to gather public input on their plans and discuss how best to connect the parcel with the Neponset Greenway Trail at the monthly meeting of the Port Norfolk Civic Association on Tuesday, Dec. 17. But that meeting was postponed until January due to an expected snowstorm.  Read more

Wu: Linehan 'best person' for the job of City Council president

City Councillor-Elect Michelle Wu on Wednesday defended her decision to back Councillor Bill Linehan of South Boston for the City Council presidency. After news of her expected vote for Linehan broke on Monday, she faced a backlash from progressive activists who prefer Councillor Tito Jackson of Dorchester or Councillor Matt O'Malley of Jamaica Plain in the president's seat.  Read more

Bank of America plans to close Upham’s Corner branch

Bank of America plans to close its branch at 555 Columbia Rd. in Upham’s Corner next year. In a letter mailed out to customers last week, the bank noted that it has four other Dorchester locations, including one at 1104 Massachusetts Ave. in the South Bay Mall.

“Based on foot traffic and other metrics, we determined that we could continue to effectively serve our customers with one less location in town,” said T.J. Crawford, a spokesperson for Bank of America. Crawford said that the building— which will close for business on March 21, 2014— will “be marketed.”  Read more

Linehan has votes for City Council presidency, sources say

South Boston Councillor Bill Linehan appears to have the seven votes he needs to become president of the City Council, sources told the Reporter on Monday.

The battle for the council’s top job historically has been a contentious and fluid affair, and there could be a shift before councillors vote in January. But insiders say Linehan seems to have the votes lined up, with newcomer Michelle Wu as his seventh supporter.  Read more

Lower Mills Merchants launch scholarship fund

By 
Staff
Dec. 3, 2013

The Lower Mills Merchant Association has established a scholarship fund to benefit students currently enrolled in grades 5-12 who live in Lower Mills or attend a fee-based schools in Lower Mills. Students in grades 5-8 and 9-12 may apply.

Scholarships awarded will be made payable directly to the educational organization. The required essay question is: "What do you like about living and going to school in the Lower Mills area?"  Read more

MBTA will run trains and buses into the early morning

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Dec. 3, 2013

Trolleys, subways and 15 key bus routes will begin running until 3 a.m. during the weekends under an MBTA pilot program set to begin next spring, according to a transportation official.

The pilot program is estimated to cost $20 million, and the MBTA hopes to bring on corporate sponsors to assist with the funding of it. The Boston Globe has agreed in principle to be a corporate sponsor, and state transportation officials expect additional sponsors to sign on in the coming weeks.  Read more

Commission votes to designate Savin Hill home as landmark

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 27, 2013

24 Grampian Way: Landmarks Commission voted unanimously to make it a city landmark on Tuesday.24 Grampian Way: Landmarks Commission voted unanimously to make it a city landmark on Tuesday.

The Boston Landmarks Commission on Tuesday voted 9-0 to designate a controversial Savin Hill property as a city landmark.

The commission agreed that the home, located at 24 Grampian Way, is significant at the national, state and local level, in large part due to its association with George Wright, a national sports figure, according to Ellen Lipsey, executive director of the commission. Wright, a member of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the 1930s. The municipal golf course in Hyde Park is named after him.

The home, also known as the Kehew-Wright house, is also associated with whale oil merchant John Kehew and industrialist William Prescott Hunt.  Read more

Mayor-elect Walsh opens up on immigration, Secure Communities

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Nov. 26, 2013

Hoping to meet in the next few weeks with other new mayors from around the country to discuss immigration, Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh on Tuesday said if he could "get around" enforcing the Secure Communities Act he would.

Walsh attended the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition's annual free Thanksgiving luncheon and spent some time serving mashed potatoes before dishing on how immigrants would have a "friend" in City Hall.  Read more

L’affaire Dorchester: Codman students lead charge against French snub

Codman Academy students at French consulate: Students hand-delivered a letter to the Consul on Tuesday morning seeking an end to French travel warnings that single out Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury as places for tourists to avoid. Photo courtesy Codman AcademyCodman Academy students at French consulate: Students hand-delivered a letter to the Consul on Tuesday morning seeking an end to French travel warnings that single out Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury as places for tourists to avoid. Photo courtesy Codman Academy

On Nov. 14, the excellent website Universal Hub first reported that the government of France has issued a series of advisories to its citizens related to travel in the United States. The advisories focus on regional and city-by-city warnings about avoiding certain parts of the US due to concerns about crime.

In the case of Boston, the French government counsels its citizens thusly: “Foot traffic and at night should be avoided in the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. French attention must also be drawn to an increase in petty crime, observed especially during major cultural and sporting events and in some tourist areas such as Chinatown, Fenway, and the North End.”  Read more

Walsh adds surgeon, UMass Boston professor and others to transition team

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh's transition team on Friday added three co-chairs, including the former CEO of Boston Children's hospital, a UMass Boston professor and the head of a Roxbury-based organization.  Read more