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
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New civic leaders in Columbia-Savin Hill

Reporter Staff
Jun. 13, 2013

Members of the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association voted in a new slate of officers last month as part of its annual elections. The new president of the association, which meets monthly, is Eileen Boyle, who takes over for Anne Riley. Peter McNamara is the new vice president, replacing Maureen McQuillen.  Read more

President Obama swings by sandwich shop, runs into Golar Richie

President Obama hit the campaign trail on Wednesday, attempting to boost awareness and whip up support for Rep. Ed Markey, a Malden Democrat running for U.S. Senate. Before his speech at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Roxbury, Obama stopped at Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, where he apparently ran into former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, who is running for mayor.

Official White House photographer Pete Souza later tweeted this image, which includes a cameo by one of Richie's daughters, Kara, on the far left.  Read more

Getting to know the real Dorchester

To the editor:
I live in Maryland and was privileged to attend the Mass that honored and remembered Martin Richard. I was going to Plymouth, where I was born, on business. I happened to find out about the Mass from the Richard family website. So I came up a day early to attend. Being a practicing Catholic, I attend Mass out of town and find it a great experience.  Read more

Patrick administration commits to finishing Neponset Greenway, announces $1.9 million for design

Jun. 11, 2013

An artist's rendering of a completed segment of the Neponset Greenway near Dorchester Bay. Image courtesy DCR

Gov. Deval Patrick said on Tuesday that his administration will provide $1.9 million in capital funds for designing the completion of the Neponset River Greenway Trail. Administration officials added that the state Department of Transportation is committed to funding the completion of the project, which is expected to cost between $11 million and $15 million and will take place over several phases before wrapping up in three years.

The project has been delayed in recent years by a lack of funding. The state agency responsible for planning the greenway’s missing links has sought federal grant money, but was turned down twice by the federal transportation department.  Read more

President Obama to campaign for Markey in Roxbury on Wednesday

Jun. 9, 2013

President Obama will be in Roxbury on Wednesday to drum up support for Congressman Ed Markey, a Malden Democrat running in the U.S. Senate special election. Markey is facing off against Gabriel Gomez, a Cohasset Republican, on June 25.

The Markey camp on Sunday announced locations for supporters to pick up tickets for the Wednesday event, which will be held at the Reggie Lewis Track Center. Doors are scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Boston locations are located below.  Read more

#BosPoli Round-Up for Friday, June 7

District 8 Councillor Michael Ross and TOUCH 106.1 FM co-founder Charles Clemons are on the mayoral ballot, their campaigns said Friday. Clemons made the announcement on Facebook and Twitter.  Read more

Mayoral hopefuls talk education in Roslindale forum

Mayoral Candidates Address Education from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

The candidates sat almost shoulder-to-shoulder on the stage inside Edward Brooke Charter School’s auditorium, five on either side of the moderator.

Even with no opening or closing statements allowed, candidates looked down at the table, out into the large crowd, or quietly joked with one another as they waited for their turn. One question took fifteen minutes to get through, as each candidate weighed in with their response to the various questions.

Welcome to the life of a mayoral contender for the foreseeable future.  Read more