Civics

Tot’s brave battle against cancer fuels a mother’s mission

By 
Brianna MacGregor, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 8, 2013

Team Kaiden before the 2009 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Photo courtesy Kate Audette

For some parents, the biggest hurdles to overcome with a newborn child are diaper changes and sleep-deprived nights. For others, like Kate Audette and Evon Burroughs, the challenges are far more difficult to overcome.

When their son Kaiden was only 8 months old, he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, an aggressive, cancerous brain tumor.

“Everything went blank,” Audette said of the moment they heard the diagnosis. “There is no way to comprehend that your 8 month old has cancer.”  Read more

Contest winner put tropical twist on his urban garden hide-away

By 
Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 8, 2013

Sumner Street success: Alex Galan says his Sumner Street garden— which has just garnered mayoral honors as Boston’s best in the medium yard division— has helped him to better connect to Dorchester, his home of six years. Photo by Brianna MacgregorSumner Street success: Alex Galan says his Sumner Street garden— which has just garnered mayoral honors as Boston’s best in the medium yard division— has helped him to better connect to Dorchester, his home of six years. Photo by Brianna Macgregor

For Alex Galan, gardening is more than a hobby.

“I’ve been gardening my whole life. I’ve always been considered the crazy gardener in the family,” he said, laughing.

Galan’s grandmother got him started with a climbing rose bush, and ever since, he’s been hooked.  Read more

Meeting focuses on parking lot fix in Adams Corner

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 7, 2013

Parking lot re-design: An architect’s drawing shows proposed changes to the parking lot owned by Supreme Realty Company in Adams Corner. At top left, the north-west corner of the present-day lot would be closed to Minot Street under this plan.  Image courtesy Supreme Realty ComParking lot re-design: An architect’s drawing shows proposed changes to the parking lot owned by Supreme Realty Company in Adams Corner. At top left, the north-west corner of the present-day lot would be closed to Minot Street under this plan. Image courtesy Supreme Realty Com

The Cedar Grove Civic Association held a special meeting on Tuesday evening to review plans for a proposed Boston Sports Club at 540 Gallivan Boulevard— one of the village’s most prominent properties that also includes an adjacent, privately-owned parking lot that has long been heavily used by neighborhood residents and other businesses. Neighbors see the proposal for a new fitness center as a chance to upgrade and improve safety in the heart of the busy business district.

Boston Sports Club (BSC) intends to open its 31st location in the first floor of the building most recently occupied by a Rite Aid pharmacy. Attorney Larry DiCara, a former Boston City Councillor who is representing Supreme Realty Trust — the business entity that owns the building that will lease space to BSC— presented the plans for the renovations and re-use of the site.  Read more

Barros camp launches biographical web video

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 7, 2013

John Barros's mayoral campaign on Wednesday launched a biographical web video that it said it plans to promote on newspaper and ethnic media websites. The campaign is also purchasing ad space on Twitter and Facebook, it said.

Barros is the former executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and stepped down from his post on the 7-member School Committee to run for mayor earlier this year.

District Attorney Conley questions legality of East Boston-only casino vote

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 5, 2013

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, a candidate for mayor, on Sunday raised questions about the legality of an East Boston-only vote on a Suffolk Downs casino. Conley added that the 13-member City Council should “come to their senses” and move to endorse a city-wide vote.  Read more

City extends deadline for landlords to register rental units

By 
Reporter Staff
Aug. 1, 2013

The city's Inspectional Services Department said today that it has extended the deadline for property owners to register their rental units with the city. The deadline, originally set for today, is now Aug. 31, 2013. A new city ordinance requires the annual registration of all private rental units and inspection of all "non-exempt" rental units to be conducted once every five years. The extension is intended "to accommodate some property owners" who have not yet registered.  Read more

In Roxbury rally, Golar Richie touts City Hall experience

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 1, 2013

Charlotte Golar Richie: Former state rep and city Housing chief highlighted her experience as a mom, lawmaker and Menino cabinet member in a Wednesday night speech. Above, Richie is shown at an event at the Roxbury YMCA last Saturday. Photo by Bill ForryCharlotte Golar Richie: Former state rep and city Housing chief highlighted her experience as a mom, lawmaker and Menino cabinet member in a Wednesday night speech. Above, Richie is shown at an event at the Roxbury YMCA last Saturday. Photo by Bill ForryCharlotte Golar Richie shed her sometimes reserved demeanor on Wednesday night, dancing her way to the podium inside Hibernian Hall and pitching her candidacy to a friendly crowd of several hundred supporters.

Before her speech, pictures of her and Mayor Thomas Menino, the man she’s hoping to succeed, were projected onto a screen above the podium — featuring candid shots of the pair during her tenure as his housing chief. Members of Team Menino, like Darryl Smith, a top operative for the mayor in Mattapan and Dorchester, circulated through the crowd.  Read more

Menino: Key Uphams Corner parcel should be re-developed; Maxwell site called “lynchpin” to boom along Fairmount Line

Maxwell site from the air: Proximity to Fairmount commuter rail station makes it a prime target for re-development. BRA imageMaxwell site from the air: Proximity to Fairmount commuter rail station makes it a prime target for re-development. BRA image

A pivotal Uphams Corner property became embroiled in a fast-moving controversy last week after neighbors learned that the city of Boston planned to convert a now-dormant industrial site into a Public Works storage yard. The news prompted outrage and fast action from local stakeholders, who have targeted the three-acre parcel once occupied by the Maxwell Box Company as a “lynchpin” redevelopment project along the Fairmount commuter rail corridor.

The 120,000-square foot property — which sits adjacent to the Uphams Corner station on the Fairmount Line— is today a sprawling warren of run-down warehouses. But its proximity to the commuter rail stop makes it a prime location for so-called “transit-oriented development.” The site is owned by the city of Boston, which took control of it in 2010 after a protracted standoff with the previous owner over unpaid taxes.  Read more

Harvard-based program takes on foreclosure prevention in Mattapan

By 
Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 1, 2013

The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School launched its Mattapan campaign at the Mattapan branch library on Wednesday afternoon.

A new anti-foreclosure and eviction defense program is launching a new effort in Mattapan this week. The Mattapan Initiative is a program of the Legal Services Center (LSC) of Harvard Law School. On Wednesday, July 31, there was a meet & greet luncheon with community leaders, elected officials, clergy, housing organizers and housing counselors at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library.  Read more

Fair play along the Fairmount Line

This week’s lead story about an apparently aborted City Hall proposal to build a Public Works yard on a key parcel next to the Uphams Corner commuter rail stop sparked a whole lot of outrage from readers and residents when the Reporter broke the news online last Friday.  Read more