Jul. 8, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick on Sunday signed a $32.5 billion state budget that raises state aid for public schools by 4.5 percent and counts on $700 million in health care cost savings to achieve balance. Read more
Jul. 5, 2012
In one of the largest gatherings of residents and stakeholders in Codman Square and Four Corners, over 130 people filled the Great Hall in Codman Square on June 19 to participate in planning processes for the neighborhood.
“I haven’t seen this much energy or resident involvement on a large scale in over 20 years,” said Candice Gartley, a long time resident who works at Codman Square Health Center, in a statement. Read more
Jul. 5, 2012
After a year of reaching out to the community, Mattapan United revealed the results of resident feedback at its “give back” meeting Wednesday evening at the Young Achievers School.
Most respondents said the quality of life in Mattapan was fair to good, with few responses for poor or excellent. “People like living here,” said Donna Haig Freidman, director for the Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School, who gave a presentation of the main themes from the questionnaires, one-on-one interviews, and a recent “visioning” meeting. Read more
Jul. 5, 2012
After spending 11 years as a chef at Legal Seafoods, Tim Williams is starting anew at Community Servings, a non-profit food service based in Jamaica Plain. Williams, who was the regional executive chef for six Legal Seafood restaurants between Philadelphia and Washington D.C., decided to make a change when his wife’s job was transferred back to Boston. Read more
The ongoing confusion around the boundaries of the city’s neighborhoods has been largely caused by decades of indifference by city officials who callously shifted lines and blurred boundaries to reflect political and demographic changes in the last century. This chaotic, cartographic tug-of-war has resulted in large sections of Dorchester and Mattapan being shifted back and forth to the point where boundaries on many present-day maps bear little resemblance to the realities on the ground in disputed areas. Read more
The proposed completion of the Neponset Greenway trail suffered another setback this week when federal transportation officials again passed over the project for grant funding.
The state was vying for a federal grant, known as TIGER IV, to provide money for completing the trail from South Boston to the Blue Hills. The proposal, now facing further delays as officials seek alternate funding sources, includes a pedestrian overpass at the Mattapan MBTA station and a bridge connecting Boston and Milton. Read more
Civic groups are pushing back against a proposed billboard on the Expressway Motors property on Morrissey Boulevard, arguing that it will become a neighborhood eyesore. Read more
Jun. 25, 2012
The proposed completion of the Neponset Greenway trail suffered another setback this week, after federal transportation officials again passed over the Massachusetts project for grant funds.
The state was vying for a federal grant, known as TIGER IV, to help provide money for completing a trail from South Boston to the Blue Hills. The proposed project also includes a pedestrian bridge at the Mattapan MBTA train station and a bridge connecting Boston and Milton. Read more
Last week’s front-page story in the Reporter (“Tenean Beach lags behind in quality of water,” June 14, 2012) likely came as no surprise to those who have visited Dorchester’s beaches in recent years. The story highlighted a Save the Harbor-Save the Bay report showing that Tenean Beach is one of two in the neighborhood that are bringing up the rear in terms of water pollution over the first half of the year. It’s not a new problem, but rather one that is more pronounced now that most of the city’s beaches are so much better off than they were in decades past.
There have been significant improvements all along the Harbor beaches since the court-mandated clean-up in the 1990s, led by the MWRA, largely ended the periodic dumping of raw sewage into the waters off Boston. Since then, follow-up projects — including one recently completed in South Boston— have sought to close a gap in the shoreline defense by sealing off combined sewer overflows (CSOs) that would dump untreated rainwater and related waste into Dorchester Bay. Read more
Jun. 13, 2012
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 13, 2012….Casino backers and opponents would be required to electronically disclose ballot campaign spending to the state under a bill supported by Secretary of State William Galvin and filed by Rep. Angelo Scaccia that both said would make the information more readily available to voters.
“The issue of who’s influencing these elections is extremely important and needs to be disclosed,” Galvin told members of the Joint Committee on Election Laws Wednesday morning. Read more