Sep. 11, 2014
Residents of the Woolson St. neighborhood in Mattapan had much to celebrate last Saturday as they were joined by Mayor Martin Walsh and a large contingent of public officials for a ribbon-cutting for their new community garden. The project has been a collaboration between residents, the city’s Department of Neighborhood Development, the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, and Boston Natural Areas Network.
According to Mirlande Joseph, one of the neighbors who spearheaded the project, the garden is more than just soil and plants. Read more
Chris Cook had planned for a career as an actor. Instead, the West Roxbury resident is now running Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department – the vitally important city agency with a $35 million annual budget and more than 200 employees.
And, much like an actor would have, he won the job by nailing the audition. Read more
Sep. 4, 2014
Two Dorchester organizations have been chosen to receive Preservation Achievement Awards by the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA). First Parish Church and the Dorchester Historical Society will accept the awards at a ceremony in October at Faneuil Hall.
Past recipients of the award include Fenway Park, Trinity Church, the Paramount Center, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Greg Galer, executive director of the BPA, said the goal of the awards is to recognize good quality preservation work as well as new construction that is in harmony with the area. Read more
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester took 150 kids – most of them ages 10-14 – to Orlando last week for what has become an annual rite of passage for club members. Once again, thanks to Don Rodman and the Rodman Ride for Kids, Dorchester’s boys and girls were able to enjoy theme parks and pools and a first-ever airplane ride and make memories that will last a lifetime.
The kids had a blast and were a credit to our neighborhood. Read more
Aug. 23, 2014
The second annual Antique Car Show and Family Fun Day in Dorchester Park will take place on Sun., Sept. 7. The car show itself will be held on the Adams Street side of the park from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Prizes will be given out to best in show, which will also feature a DJ and 50/50 raffle. Read more
Aug. 12, 2014
The teenagers and kids who use the street hockey court at Adams/King Playground in Dorchester had a simple request this summer: They hoped to score two new hockey nets.
Neighbor Tom Leahy, of King Street, decided to do something about it two weeks ago and contacted Mayor Martin Walsh’s office for help.
“In my opinion, it’s probably the best street hockey court in the city,” said Leahy. “And we’re glad to have it in our neighborhood.” Read more
Aug. 11, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick plans Wednesday morning to sign omnibus legislation aimed at reducing gun violence in Massachusetts. Read more
Aug. 6, 2014
A diverse cross-section of the Dorchester community turned out to celebrate and honor three of our own serving in the armed forces in Afghanistan at the neighborhood’s National Night Out festivities at Town Field Park in Fields Corner on Tuesday night. Read more
The public safety threat that was manifested this week by the assault and robbery of Ed Forry in Dorchester Park made the news well beyond the tight-knit village of Lower Mills. The incident resulted in stepped-up police patrols, maintenance, and vigilance in the park itself. At Cedar Grove Gardens, whistles – made available by Councillor Frank Baker’s office – were made available to customers. There was a buzz in and around the park that everyone needs to be on heightened alert, especially because Ed’s assailant was not identified or apprehended.
The regular police patrols will surely dissipate. And, we hope, the sense of alarm will fade away, too. In the absence of any further incidents, things in Dot Park should return quickly to normal.
But one thing needs to change soon— and not just at Dorchester Park, but in and around all city parks. Read more
It’s been ten years coming, but an ambitious, $4.2 million reconstruction project at Mattapan’s largest city-owned park is now well underway. Almont Park’s marquee addition, a newly-installed football field, will open this week— just in time for the neighborhood’s Pop Warner program to start practices on August 1.
This week, Mayor Martin Walsh added another new element to the build-out at Almont: Heeding calls from residents, Walsh has ordered the project to add a little league baseball field to the next phase of the construction, expected to begin this fall. The baseball diamond will be added to a corner of the park that is now used mainly for cricket— and it will give Mattapan a chance to start-up a youth baseball league next spring. Read more