Boston, Dorchester share a special anniversary today

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

Mattapan gears up for Health Revival, center's grand opening

Mattapan Community Health Center's new home in Mattapan Square: Building will be dedicated at 11 a.m. on Monday.Mattapan Community Health Center's new home in Mattapan Square: Building will be dedicated at 11 a.m. on Monday.This is a big week for the Mattapan Community Health Center, the longtime institution that has just completed work on its brand new, $32 million facility in the heart of Mattapan Square. On Monday at 11 a.m., Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino will be among the dignitaries who will join MCHC president/CEO Dr. Azzie Young in dedicating the new building at 1575 Blue Hill Avenue.

The grand opening ushers in a new era of expanded care at MCHC. Dr. Azzie Young, President and CEO of the Center, is standing proud.  Read more

Health festival comes to Strand Theatre on Saturday

Sep. 6, 2012

The Uphams Corner Health Center Health Festival will be held at the Strand Theatre on Columbia Road in Dorchester on Saturday. A staple of the community, the festival this year celebrates 25 years of putting on the fair at no cost to community members. 

The event will feature live music by Gerason Band, a popular community Cape Verde musical act, festivities like face-painting and clown performances, as well as health screenings and a flu clinic.  Read more

The Bay State version of the 21-minute news cycle

Several days ago, Politico detailed the 21-minute news cycle. A similar news cycle played out on Monday, and it showed just how insufferable the Massachusetts Senate race can be:  Read more

As map awaits Menino's action, Linehan defends redistricting efforts

District 2 Councillor Bill Linehan said Thursday he was expecting more support than he received for his redistricting map, which passed the City Council with a 7 to 6 vote.

Linehan, who chairs the redistricting committee, also defended the map, saying it builds on past redistricting efforts. A coalition of civic groups, arguing that it violates a federal voting rights act, is vowing to file a lawsuit if Mayor Thomas Menino signs off on the map.  Read more

City Council votes 7-6 for Linehan map

As the threat of a lawsuit loomed, the City Council voted 7-6 on Wednesday in support of District 2 Councillor Bill Linehan's proposal to redraw the city's council district boundaries.

Voting in favor for the map: Linehan; City Council President Stephen Murphy; District 3 Councillor Frank Baker, who represents Dorchester; and District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo, who represents part of Mattapan. They were joined by District Councillors Mark Ciommo, Sal LaMattina and Matt O'Malley.  Read more

(UPDATED) Threat of lawsuit hangs over City Council redistricting vote

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 21, 2012

(UPDATE: The City Council voted 7-6 on Wednesday afternoon in favor of City Councillor Bill Linehan's plan. More here.)

A map redrawing the boundaries of City Council districts was expected to be finalized this week, as councillors were poised to vote Wednesday on a controversial measure that would shift 12 precincts in seven of the city’s nine districts.  Read more

Coalition promises lawsuit if Council passes Linehan redistricting map

A coalition of voting rights groups and civic activists is promising to file a lawsuit if the City Council signs off on a map drawn by City Councillor Bill Linehan tomorrow.

Linehan, who chairs the committee tasked with redrawing the boundaries of City Council districts, is hoping to advance his map at tomorrow's Council meeting. The council, which is scheduled to meet at noon, could vote on the map.  Read more

Council vote on redistricting map could come this week

A map redrawing the boundaries of City Council districts will likely advance this week. Councillors could also end up putting a final stamp of approval on the map, which moves 12 precincts in seven districts.

District 2 Councillor Bill Linehan, who chairs the Council’s redistricting committee, released his map on Monday with the aim of gaining the approval of the full 13-member council on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Boston is required to redraw the city’s nine Council districts every 10 years, after the U.S. Census figures are released.  Read more

Lower Mills rallies to aid Fairmount fire victims

Lower Mills merchants and community leaders are organizing a drive to assist a family which lost its home in a five-alarm fire on Fairmount Street on Thursday. The Lower Mills Merchants Association, Vargas & Vargas Insurance, Meetinghouse Bank and Rep. Linda Forry are teaming up to launch the fund and supply drive, which will kick off on Monday. The donations will assist the children of the Armand family with replacing clothing, school supplies and computers, all lost in the five alarm fire.

Meetinghouse Cooperative Bank will serve as the collection point for the effort.  Read more