Civics

Coming soon: A 10-day red light on Morton Street

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jul. 9, 2014

Work on a replacement bridge for Morton Street is going on this week. The roadway will close for ten days next month to fix the new span in place. Photo by Bill Forry

Bridge replacement work to shut section Aug 8-17

For ten days next month – from Aug. 8 to Aug. 17 – the well-traveled section of Morton Street above the railroad tracks and near the Norfolk Street intersection will be closed to traffic as the state lays in place a new Morton Street bridge. While rerouting plans for buses are known, transportation officials will present the detour details for all residents, businesses, and travelers at a meeting tonight (July 10) at 6 o’clock at the Economy Plumbing site at 875 Morton St.  Read more

Summertime fun secured once again

Summer kicks-off at Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester: The ZAC Foundation is running a water safety ZAC Camp at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester this week.Summer kicks-off at Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester: The ZAC Foundation is running a water safety ZAC Camp at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester this week.

1990 was a tough year in Dorchester. The murder rate was at an all-time high, drug-fueled gang warfare was a constant threat, and teens were dropping left and right in shootings that seemed particularly menacing for their randomness. The level of violence that we experience today in Boston is bad enough, but in the early ‘90s, it was far worse and seemed to be spiraling out of control.

It was in that environment that the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester – then known as the Colonel Daniel Marr Club – started an ambitious summertime program aimed at keeping our kids and teens as safe as possible while they still had a fun break from school. They did it by extending their hours until 11 p.m. for older teens and arranging rides home for many of those who lived on streets that were unsafe.  Read more

$250k in state budget for Ventura Park rehab

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and State Rep. Dan Cullinane are shown in the playground area of Ventura Park.

Ventura Park’s playground equipment and baseball field are about to get a major upgrade, thanks to a $250,000 shot of state funding promoted by two Dorchester legislators.  Read more

In Lower Mills, re-vamp planned coming for condo complex bid

The Molly Funeral Home property, foreground, along Washington Street would be replaced with a new mixed-use development built by a new owner under a plan that is emerging this summer in Lower Mills. Photo by Bill Forry

An emerging plan to build a multi-story condominium complex along a key stretch of Washington Street in Lower Mills is getting re-vamped this week after civic and merchant leaders pushed back against an initial proposal that they said was too tall and dense for the neighborhood’s expanding business district.  Read more

Polish Triangle weighs flurry of housing plans

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 26, 2014

This building at 24 Rawson St. is to be razed along with abutting 27 Washburn St. in a joint project that will potentially create two seven-unit buildings with below-ground parking by developers James Baker and Douglas George. Photo by Bill Forry

Dorchester’s Polish Triangle is ground zero for the housing development spilling into Boston’s largest neighborhood. Case in point: At last week’s meeting of the John W. McCormack Civic Association, which oversees Dot’s northernmost village commonly called the Polish Triangle, members entertained four development proposals accounting for a total of 45 housing units, the bulk of which is within a radius of a block and a half.  Read more

Bowdoin Geneva’s Gorman has his focus: RSA

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 25, 2014

Gene Gorman

Gene Gorman is focusing on three letters: RSA.

The new executive director of Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets operates on acronyms, something the one-time professor says used to drive his students nuts.

Gorman is anything but simply a former professor and his “RSA” acronym emphasizes that. The letters stand for Reporter, Salesperson, and Aide de camps, all reminders of the different roles he has to play as the head of the Main Streets organization.  Read more

Adams Village merchants honor Charbonnier, Cifrino

Adams Village Business Association Honorees: Det. Steve Charbonnier, left, and Tom CifrinoAdams Village Business Association Honorees: Det. Steve Charbonnier, left, and Tom CifrinoA Boston Police detective with deep roots in Dorchester and a businessman who is making a big investment in the neighborhood’s future are being recognized this week by the Adams Village Business Association. Detective Steve Charbonnier and Tom Cifrino, president of Supreme Realty Trust, were scheduled to receive their honors at the association’s June meeting, held on Wednesday evening at the Adams Street Library. Mary Kelly, the president of the association, said that the honorees are seen as leaders in Adams Village, each in his own way.

Charbonnier, who was a patrolman in Dorchester’s Area C-11 for much of his career prior to his promotion to detective in 2011, is valued as much for his philanthropy as he is for his service as a cop. In recent years, Charbonnier, 44, has been the key administrator of the memorial fund named for his brother, Mark S. Charbonnier, a Massachusetts state trooper who was killed in the line of duty on Route 3 in Kingston in 1994.  Read more

SJC ruling makes casino repeal eligible for Nov. ballot

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, Matt Murphy and Michael Norton, State House News Service
Jun. 24, 2014

Throwing the landscape for casinos in Massachusetts into chaos, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Tuesday that an initiative petition repealing the 2011 casino law is eligible for placement on the November ballot.  Read more

TONIGHT: WGBH/PBS film Freedom Summer premieres at Strand Theatre

By 
Staff
Jun. 17, 2014

Admission is free, but reservations are required

The latest installment of WGBH/PBS’ The American Experience series — Freedom Summer— debuts with an exclusive screening at the Strand Theatre on Monday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. The hour-and-a-half long screening focuses on the Freedom Riders, Jonestown, and The Murder of Emmett Till— all extraordinary events in the Civil Rights experience from 1964.  Read more