Civics

City’s parents get concrete proposals that would revamp school assignments

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 26, 2012

Deputy Superintendent Michael Goar, right, and BPS Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson spoke during Monday evening's meeting at the Frederick Middle School. Photo by Chris Lovett

Parents, take your pick. Boston School Department officials this week outlined five proposals that would move the city away from a three-zone set-up for assigning students to schools beginning with the 2014-2015 school year at the earliest.

The proposals, which were introduced Monday night at the Frederick Pilot Middle School and will be aired at a series of public meetings beginning with one Thursday at 7 o’clock at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School on Washington Street near Grove Hall, aim to send elementary and middle school students to classrooms closer to home instead of scattering children living on the same street across the city to various schools.

Related commentary: Towards a 'common-sense' system for school choice, by Mayor Thomas Menino  Read more

Brown at Eire Pub on Saturday afternoon

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown will swing by the Eire Pub on Saturday afternoon after lunch at Sullivan's in South Boston. Former Mayor Ray Flynn will join Brown on Castle Island.

Brown is scheduled to appear at the bellwether bar shortly after 1:30 p.m. The bar is a popular place for politicians: Pictures of visits from President Reagan and President Clinton hang on the walls.

Brown's campaign swing through Boston comes a day after Mayor Thomas Menino and Brown's Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, appeared together at a Roslindale Village rally to tout Menino's endorsement.

Irish festival will not take place this year in Adams Corner

By 
Sean Smith, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 21, 2012

The Irish Heritage Festival, which for the past three Columbus Day weekends has transformed Dorchester's Adams Corner into a block party celebrating the richness of Irish arts, culture and music in Boston, will not take place this year.

But organizers are already looking ahead to bringing back the event for 2013, and recently announced a date of October 13 for next year.  Read more

Sources: Menino to endorse Warren in Roslindale on Friday

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 20, 2012

Mayor Thomas Menino is expected to endorse U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren at a Friday rally in Roslindale, sources tell the Reporter.

The afternoon rally in Roslindale Square will come after a debate scheduled for Thursday night between Warren and U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. Brown, a Wrentham Republican, and Warren, a Cambridge Democrat, face off on WBZ-TV at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The rally is set for Roslindale Square at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.  Read more

Editorial: Unleashed dog packs raise safety concern at Victory Rd. Park

Dog attack aftermath: Erin McNamara and her dog Delilah, who was badly injured when a pack of dogs attacked her last Wednesday afternoon. Dog attack aftermath: Erin McNamara and her dog Delilah, who was badly injured when a pack of dogs attacked her last Wednesday afternoon. One of our readers from Savin Hill— Erin McNamara— wants the public to know what happened to her and her nine-year-old border collie, Delilah, last Wednesday afternoon in Victory Road Park, an old landfill near the landmark gas tank that has been converted into a lovely, passive waterfront setting that is maintained by the state’s Dept. of Conservation and Recreation.

The park is a popular place for dog-walkers, although Ms. McNamara had never ventured there until last week. As she and Delilah entered the large open field in the park, she observed a group of 20 or so dogs— all off their leashes— running and playing as two women stood nearby. One of the dogs, a “pit-bull mix” that McNamara said was named “Bailey,” quickly accosted McNamara’s dog and — as other dogs joined in— began biting at Delilah’s fur.  Read more

Blue Hill Ave. eatery shuttered by city inspectors

This restaurant was shut down by city inspectors on Sept. 19.

A Blue Hill Ave. restaurant was abruptly closed today after a city task force discovered filthy conditions and a dangerously clogged air vent above the stove. City officials — who descended on the 300 block of Blue Hill Ave. this week to focus on a burgeoning rat problem — were alarmed by what they found inside the Star Island Restaurant at 375 Blue Hill Ave.  Read more

Linehan responds to Menino's redistricting veto

District 2 City Councillor Bill Linehan, who chairs the committee tasked with redrawing council districts’ boundaries, responded to Mayor Thomas Menino’s veto of his proposed map last week.  Read more

Editorial: Long view, fast action needed to fix Morrissey

State Rep. Martin Walsh says he’ll convene a meeting of Columbia Point and Savin Hill stakeholders and transportation officials soon to “begin the process” of redesigning a troubled intersection that also serves as the entrance to UMass Boston’s campus and the Columbia Point peninsula.

That’s welcome news for both pedestrians and motorists, for whom this intersection has become more than an aggravation. It’s a public hazard.  Read more

Mattapan celebrates new health center in the Square

By 
Tayla Holman, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 10, 2012

Mattapan Community Health Center ribbon cutting ceremony: Governor Deval Patrick, left, and Dr. Azzie Young, the president and CEO of the health center cut the ribbon this afternoon outside the new MCHC building at 1575 Blue Hill Ave. Photo by Bill ForryMattapan Community Health Center ribbon cutting ceremony: Governor Deval Patrick, left, and Dr. Azzie Young, the president and CEO of the health center cut the ribbon this afternoon outside the new MCHC building at 1575 Blue Hill Ave. Photo by Bill Forry

Exactly two years after its groundbreaking, the new Mattapan Community Health Center celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Monday, September 10. Elected officials, residents, and other supporters gathered at the center’s new home at 1575 Blue Hill Ave. to mark the occasion.
The four-story “green and healthy” facility not only houses the health center, but a Citizens Bank and CVS/Pharmacy as well – the first pharmacy in Mattapan in over 30 years.  Read more

Boston, Dorchester share a special anniversary today

By 
Sharon Ng, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 6, 2012

First Parish Church bell on Meetinghouse Hill: Among many that will ring this afternoon to mark Charter Day. Photo courtesy First Parish ChurchFirst Parish Church bell on Meetinghouse Hill: Among many that will ring this afternoon to mark Charter Day. Photo courtesy First Parish ChurchDorchester celebrates its original settlement by English Puritans each year with a blow-out party and parade that we modern-day city dwellers know affectionately as Dot Day. The all-neighborhood celebration falls on the first Sunday in June— roughly marking the day that Pilgrim ships landed on the coast near Savin Hill.

But it took a few months for Dorchester and its neighboring communities, including Boston, to get better organized and officially named. A special commemoration of that momentous day —382 years ago — will be held on Friday, Sept. 7. Churches in Boston, Dorchester and Watertown will ring in the birthday at 4:30 p.m. when all the bells will toll simultaneously.  Read more