Civics

Mayor Walsh maintains he's staying neutral in 13th Suffolk House race

Mayor Marty Walsh on Friday restated that he won’t be getting involved in the race to replace him in the state House of Representatives, after his mother and brother appeared at one hopeful’s campaign kick-off in Fields Corner.

“I’m completely staying out of the race,” Walsh said on his way into a speech to the New England Council at the Boston Harbor Hotel.  Read more

Greenway champion is stepping aside

Valerie Burns: The Boston Natural Areas Network leader on a canoe excursion of the Neponset River. Photo courtesy BNANValerie Burns: The Boston Natural Areas Network leader on a canoe excursion of the Neponset River. Photo courtesy BNAN

One of the key figures in the decades-long struggle to reclaim our neighborhoods’ waterfront for public use is stepping down from her leadership position this year. Valerie Burns, who has served as the president of Boston Natural Areas Network for the last quarter-century, last week announced her intention to leave the post in mid-March.  Read more

Public report required if panel finds Rep. Henriquez violated rules

By 
Michael Norton and Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 29, 2014

With hearings ongoing, the House will not take any action during its formal session Wednesday on Rep. Carlos Henriquez, who is incarcerated and appealing his conviction by a jury on two counts of assault and battery.

“Not today,” Speaker Robert DeLeo said when asked if the House would take action on the Henriquez matter. Before being hustled onto an elevator by an aide, DeLeo said, “He’s still at hearings.”  Read more

House seat hopeful Hunt formally launches campaign

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 20, 2014

DanHunt, a candidate for 13th Suffolk state representative, spoke during a Saturday morning event at Phillips' Old Colony House. Photo courtesy Hunt campaign

Neponset’s Dan Hunt, one of several hopefuls vying to replace Marty Walsh in the state Legislature, kicked off his campaign on Saturday and grabbed the backing of a top elected official and neighborhood activists.  Read more

Fields Corner residents press Lucky Strike developer on parking, traffic

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 17, 2014

Lucky Strike was once a popular bowling alley at the corner of Adams and Park streets.

Fields Corner residents on Wednesday questioned the developer looking to replace the abandoned Lucky Strike bowling alley on Adams Street with residential property.

BT Construction’s Hiep Chu, a developer and longtime resident of Dorchester, held the meeting at the request of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to give community members enough time to respond to his proposal.  Read more

Former District 3 candidate says he’s running in race to replace Walsh

John O’Toole, who ran for City Council in 2011, said on Thursday he plans to be a candidate in the upcoming special election to replace Marty Walsh in the House.

Walsh resigned from his House seat on Jan. 3, days before becoming the forty-eighth mayor of the city of Boston. Walsh served in the seat for 16 years after winning a special election in 1997.

“These opportunities don’t come around a lot,” O’Toole said.  Read more

POSTPONED: Future of Port Norfolk park will be focus of meeting tonight

By 
Staff
Jan. 16, 2014

Port Norfolk's waterfrontPort Norfolk's waterfront

Tonight's meeting has been postponed until further notice due to inclement weather.

Officials with the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation present plans to build a park on the site of a former paper plant in Port Norfolk on Tues., Jan. 21.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Port Norfolk Yacht Club, 179 Walnut St.  Read more

French consul visits Codman Academy to discuss travel warning

By 
BNN-TV
Jan. 16, 2014

Students Challenge Neighborhood Profiling by French Government from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Chris Lovett of BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News reports on the visit of the French consul general to Codman Academy. The consul was invited to the school by students upset by the French Foreign Ministry's travel advisory that warns its citizens to avoid parts of Boston, including Dorchester.  Read more

Musical salute to Dr. King will feature Boston Children’s Chorus

During his often-quoted “I Have a Dream” speech, civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used the following musical metaphor: “With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”

Given the slain leader’s knowledge of and appreciation for music, tributes to Dr. King have often included musical selections ranging from classical pieces that he learned to love from his piano teacher mother Alberta and from his Boston Conservatory-educated wife Coretta to beloved spirituals and hymns such as “Balm in Gilead” and “Take Me By the Hand, Precious Lord.”  Read more

City plans renovations, public art for Town Field park

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 16, 2014

Town Field is home to the All Dorchester Sports League and other baseball and softball groups locally. Above, an ADSL t-ball game in 2010. Photo by Bill Forry

Last renovated in 1998, the fields at Fields Corner’s Doherty Gibson Park — more commonly called Town Field— will get a $275,000 facelift starting this summer, along with a public art project that is still in development. Residents at a community meeting held last Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Cleveland Community Center gave their input with some saying that the park’s current condition is an embarrassment.

Among the issues the renovations will hope to address are drainage, fence repair, repair to the batting cages. The playground will not be included in the renovation, said Allison Perlman, project manager for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.  Read more