Civics

Mattahunt center hosts summertime high school prep

By 
Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 3, 2013

For motivated middle school students interested in getting a head start on high school preparation, the Mattahunt Wheelock Community Center in Mattapan is offering the Emerging Youth Advocates PUSH Summer Academy. New this year, the free six-week program runs daily from July 15 to August 23 and is open to incoming 7th and 8th grade students.  Read more

Recalling the "First" Gettysburg address

Edward Everett: Dorchester statesman who delivered the Gettysburg oration that preceded Lincoln's address in Nov. 1863. Edward Everett: Dorchester statesman who delivered the Gettysburg oration that preceded Lincoln's address in Nov. 1863.

(Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Reporter in July 2013 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Today is the anniversary of the dedication of the National Cemetery at the site of the battle— and of Abraham Lincoln's celebrated "address.")

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the momentous Battle of Gettysburg— the largest and costliest engagement in our Civil War, a conflict that cost more than 600,000 lives north and south and, ultimately, resulted in the forcible expulsion of the vile institution of slavery from the Republic.

The three-day battle in and around the Pennsylvania crossroads hamlet of Gettyburg stymied a Confederate invasion of the north, marking the “high-water mark” of Rebel ambitions for a victory in their war of secession. The pitched combat cost both sides dearly— resulting in some 50,000 casualties, including 8,000 dead.  Read more

Hubway set to expand in Dorchester

By 
Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 3, 2013

About 20 new Hubway bike-sharing stations will be rolled out by the end of this summer season, according to Nicole Freedman, director of the Boston Bikes program and former Olympic cyclist. New stations are concentrated in the South Boston area, Jamaica Plain, and Roxbury. Two are set to be built in Dorchester: one in Uphams Corner and another near the intersection of Mass Ave. and Columbia. The precise locations of these stations are still being determined, said Freedman.  Read more

Members of the Year

Member Recognition Night - Congratulations to those members receiving awards at our Annual Member Recognition Night Dinner held this past week. The night saw members receiving awards from all core program areas, as well as the prestigious Program Director Awards and the Youth of the Year Awards.  Read more

Negotiators agree to $34 billion state budget

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jul. 1, 2013

Agreeing to significantly higher spending on the state's university system and new efforts to tamp down on fraud in the welfare system while discarding an expansion of the bottle deposit law, the group of lawmakers negotiating the annual state budget filed their $34 billion proposal on the eve of the new fiscal year, along with an accord on a mid-year spending bill.  Read more

Greater Boston Labor Council votes to support Rep. Walsh for mayor

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 28, 2013

Rep. Marty WalshRep. Marty WalshIt took less than 10 minutes: After ten mayoral hopefuls stepped off the stage and left a Dorchester union hall on Thursday night, the Greater Boston Labor Council quickly voted to throw its support to state Rep. Marty Walsh.

Walsh, who has represented Dorchester in the state Legislature since 1997, is a former laborer and top union official. Earlier this year, after announcing his run for mayor, he stepped down from the job of secretary-treasurer of the Boston Building Trades Council.

A few hundred delegates to the Greater Boston Labor Council, which represents 90,000 union members in the area, were in the room for the voice vote. The council includes utility workers, machinists, and the building trades, among others.  Read more

Scholarship fund puts premium on smarts, arts

By 
Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 27, 2013

St. William’s Dorchester Fund 2013 scholarship winners (center, l-r) Molly McKinnon, Nassika Dabel and Ashlin Michell along with St William's Dorchester Fund board members (l-r) Jim Burke, Cathy Mullin and Andrew Wilbur.

The Saint William’s Dorchester Fund has its roots in the parish band that was a popular pastime for hundreds of neighborhood kids. In a nod to that heritage, the fund run by band alumni
Makes it a point to recognize and support artistically and musically talented students with scholarships.

At the Fund’s "Dorchester Social Evening and Scholarship Awards Ceremony” on Saturday, May 18, scholarships were awarded to three recent high school graduates residing in the Dorchester area: Molly McKinnon, Nassika Dabel, and Ashlin Michell.  Read more

Two new Fairmount stations open next week

By 
Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 27, 2013

Marvin Martin, executive director of the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, spoke during a sidewalk rally in support of a new station at Four Corners that was held in the summer of 2000. The new station – situated just yards from the site of this rally on Washington Street – will open for business next week. Reporter file photo by Bill Forry

T reduces fares, offers transfers to attract riders

As extensive renovations to the Fairmount Line near completion, two new stations on the commuter rail corridor will open next Monday, July 1. Newmarket Station, located north of the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge and adjacent to the South Bay Center, and Four Corners/Geneva Station, situated between Washington Street and Geneva Avenue, are both poised to offer expanded transportation options to Dorchester residents.  Read more

Volunteers lauded for Main Streets work

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 26, 2013

Volunteer winners on stage at the Strand. Photo courtesy City of Boston

The city’s Main Streets Foundation heralded its top volunteers last week during an awards ceremony at the Strand Theatre— an event that raised $200,000 for the program aimed at boosting neighborhood business districts.  Read more

City Hall on Wheels to make Dot, Mattapan stops

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 26, 2013

Mobile City Hall: Coming to a village near you. Photo courtesy Mayor's Office

A mobile “City Hall to Go” truck will be making stops in Dorchester and Mattapan this summer— part of a new Menino administration initiative that takes its cue from food trucks. Residents can plan to visit the truck to conduct city business that typically requires a downtown visit to City Hall.  Read more