Civics

Winter Farmers’ Market opens on Jan. 6 in the Great Hall of Codman Square

By 
Jackie Gentile, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 27, 2012

Vendors at last year's Winter Farmers' Market in Codman Square.

As New England ushers in winter, the Dorchester Community Food Co-op is gearing up for its second annual Winter Farmers’ Market starting January 6. Running every Sunday through March 24 from noon until 4p.m. in the Codman Square Great Hall, the Farmers’ Market will offer fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, meats, breads, cheeses and specialty foods.  Read more

A 12-year mentoring ‘promise’ for city’s public school students

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 27, 2012

Juma Crawford speaks during an event with Friends of the Children Boston last May.

On the Friday afternoon before Christmas, when most of their friends and classmates headed home to get an early start on the holidays, about a dozen teens sat in a former manufacturing facility, several of them staring intently at their computer screens.

But they weren’t playing games; their mission was to hammer out a budget and a business plan for setting up a garden to grow vegetables and sell them in the summer.  Read more

Leahy polar plunge set for Tenean Beach

By 
Reporter Staff
Dec. 26, 2012

A scene from last year's plunge at Tenean.

Neighbors will splash in the new year on Tues., Jan. 1 with the second annual Brian Leahy Memorial Polar Bear Plunge at Tenean Beach. The event is a fundraiser for the Leahy-Holloran Community Center in Neponset.

Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. at the beach. A $15 fee is required. The plunge will be followed by a pizza party at Boston Bowl, donated by Joe Sammartino and Phillips Family of Restaurants.

Kerry nomination unleashes wave of speculation, pro forma statements

President Obama gave Massachusetts pols an early Christmas present on Friday: A chance to move up the ladder, provided that US Sen. John Kerry makes it through the confirmation process and lands at the State Department.  Read more

Wheelock College's Mattahunt work recognized by national group

Wheelock College's Mattahunt work recognizedWheelock College's Mattahunt work recognized

The American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) presented Wheelock College with the 2012 John Blackburn Award for its work in revitalizing the Mattahunt Community Center in Mattapan.

The center was closed in 2010, but the city of Boston and Wheelock worked in close partnership with the Mattapan community to set a collaborative vision for the center.  Read more

Murphy says he has enough votes for another go at top council slot

City Council President Stephen Murphy announced on Thursday he’s picked up enough votes for another term as the ceremonial head of the 13-member body.

Murphy’s office released a list of names supporting his bid in an email to reporters: City Councillors At-Large Felix Arroyo and John Connolly, as well as District Councillors Frank Baker (Dorchester), Mark Ciommo (Allston-Brighton), Rob Consalvo (Hyde Park), Tito Jackson (Dorchester), Sal LaMattina (East Boston), Bill Linehan (South Boston), and Matt O’Malley (Jamaica Plain).  Read more

Mattapan’s maestro: Fred Williams pays it forward

By 
Tayla Holman, Reporter Correspondant
Dec. 20, 2012

Great Hall recital: David Brown performed at the Great Hall last month during a recital organized by Fred Williams, right, who accompanied Brown on piano. Photo by Tayla HolmanGreat Hall recital: David Brown performed at the Great Hall last month during a recital organized by Fred Williams, right, who accompanied Brown on piano. Photo by Tayla Holman

At 84 years old, Fred Williams has spent much of his life studying and playing music. Today, the Mattapan resident is best known as a mentor and instructor to budding musicians from Boston’s neighborhoods.  Read more

Meetinghouse Bank is branching out: Plans to open Roslindale Square office by mid-2013

One of Dorchester’s most deeply-rooted financial institutions is set to expand its footprint in the city of Boston. Meetinghouse Bank, fueled by a first-ever public stock offering that generated millions in new capital, will begin its growth program by opening a new branch location in Roslindale Square by the end of next year’s second quarter.  Read more

Editorial: A boy reminds us why we give

Marc Murphy,9, and Michael Murphy, 4: Fourth grader Marc launched a toy drive three years ago that continues to grow. Photo courtesy Murphy familyMarc Murphy,9, and Michael Murphy, 4: Fourth grader Marc launched a toy drive three years ago that continues to grow. Photo courtesy Murphy familyWhen the Murphy family of Neponset hit the mall last week for their annual Christmas shopping excursion, they no doubt raised eyebrows at the checkout counters. The haul of plastic bags they carried out of the Target store and into their trunk could have tested the mettle of even Santa’s sleigh. And some may have wondered why the Murphy boys— Marc, 9, and Michael, 4— were along for the ride.

The gifts never made it back to the Murphy clan’s home in Neponset, of course. Instead, they were taken straight to the ABCD Family Service Center on Claybourne Street from which they’ll be given out to less fortunate families this season.

This is the third consecutive Christmas that the Murphys have made this toy-drive run. And it all started because Marc, then aged 7, saw an item on the news that a Toys for Tots trailer had been burglarized north of Boston.  Read more

Diversity is issue as city’s lawyer clashes with Yancey at council hearing

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 19, 2012

City Hall’s top lawyer clashed with District 4 Councillor Charles Yancey on Tuesday afternoon, accusing him of “grandstanding” and calling the councillor’s hearing on the racial make-up of city departments a “farce.” The intense back-and-forth drew several members of the municipal police force that patrols City Hall to the doors of the Council’s Iannella Chamber.  Read more