A Hyde Park-based charter school is in talks to buy an MBTA parking lot in Mattapan Square and build a new school next to the T trolley and bus station along River Street. While the $1.5 million sale to Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, if executed, would fill the space at an often half-empty parking lot with a new building, it would also squelch earlier hopes for using the state-owned land as the anchor for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development – something that state lawmakers say should remain the top priority for the site. Read more
One of the more intriguing initiatives of the Walsh administration kicks off this Saturday on the South Boston waterfront. The mayor’s newly branded Civic Academy will offer a class on how residents can use technology and social media to plug into City Hall. The three-hour “class” will be held at District Hall, a venue that is billed as “a civic space where the innovation community can gather and exchange ideas.” Read more
Jul. 9, 2014
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
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
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
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
Jun. 26, 2014
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
Jun. 25, 2014
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
A 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