Two new Fairmount stations open next week

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

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

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

Editorial: Greenway links now in sight thanks to Patrick's commitment

Neponset Greenway: Popular amenity will become more popular with planned expansion. Photo by Chris LovettNeponset Greenway: Popular amenity will become more popular with planned expansion. Photo by Chris Lovett

Gov. Deval Patrick has made our summer —before it even began officially.

On June 11, the Patrick administration announced that it intends to fully fund the completion of the Neponset Greenway, a long deferred project that has been stymied — despite clear public support — due to the lack of a clear funding pipeline.  Read more

Former Patrick campaign aide, back from LA, signs onto Ross's mayoral bid

A former campaign aide to Los Angeles Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti and Gov. Deval Patrick is signing on with City Councillor Michael Ross’s mayoral campaign. Josh Gee, who served as new media director for Patrick’s 2010 reelection campaign, has returned to Boston after working as digital director for Garcetti, and taken the job of communications director for Ross.  Read more

Hillary Clinton and Mayor Menino dined together in the South End on Wednesday

Mayor Thomas Menino and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down for a quiet dinner in the South End on Wednesday night, the mayor said. Their dinner prompted some light chatter on Facebook and Twitter after they, along with Clinton’s security team, were spotted at Hamersley’s Bistro on Tremont St.  Read more

New manager for Walczak’s mayoral campaign

Reuben Kantor, who signed on as the manager of Bill Walczak’s mayoral campaign, is stepping down, he said Wednesday night. Kantor, who has worked on campaigns for Gov. Deval Patrick and City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley, cited a hefty schedule that took its toll when he took the job in April.  Read more

Pod Life— Could this be the future of transport on Columbia Point?

Could this be the future of public transit in parts of Boston— perhaps even Dorchester's own Columbia Point? How about Blue Hill Avenue?

Moving around town in a solar-powered “pod” that cuts down on congestion, helps the environment and gives you your own space to breathe? Sounds like a storyboard from The Jetsons, but the technology exists and is advancing in other parts of the globe, especially in airports like London’s Heathrow, shown in this YouTube video:  Read more

Potential candidate looking to run as independent in 12th Suffolk race

Edmond Romulus, a Milton resident, has pulled nomination papers and is aiming to run in the special election for the vacant 12th Suffolk House seat.

Romulus, who managed Jean-Claude Sanon’s campaign for City Council At-Large in 2009, says he plans to run as an independent.

“My approach is politics of common sense,” he said. “Vote for what’s best for the people, not based on party affiliation or ideology.”  Read more

Roses a'bloom

“The exceeding beauty of the earth
in her splendour
Yields a new thought with every petal.”
By Richard Jeffries
 Read more