Civics

Vietnamese outlet and plumbers association endorse O'Toole

A Vietnamese outlet and a plumbers union endorsed District 3 candidate John O'Toole on Thursday, his campaign said.

Thang Long, a weekly paper, placed an endorsement on its front page this week endorsing O'Toole. According to a translation of the endorsement provided by the O'Toole camp, the paper said, "Along with the fact that his background in community involvement surpassed that of Frank Baker, John O'Toole had shown himself to be a true friend of the Vietnamese."  Read more

State seeks $13 million to finish Neponset Greenway

A state proposal to build out several missing links in an existing waterfront trail from South Boston to the Blue Hills has been sent to Washington D.C. authorities— whose decision on whether to fund the project will likely make or break the long-awaited project.

The state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) filed its 26 page application on Monday— the deadline day for the latest round of so-called TIGER grants issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation. DCR hopes that the federal agency will award the state some $13 million to complete the Neponset Greenway corridor, which stretches from Commercial Point in Dorchester to the Blue Hills in Milton. The exisitng multi-use trail along the Neponset River and Dorchester Bay is already a hit with bicyclists, walkers and families— but there remain some key stretches of the trail that have never been completed in Milton, Mattapan and Dorchester.  Read more

Globe, Herald editorials back O'Toole

Editorials in the Boston Globe and Herald on Tuesday back District 3 candidate John O'Toole for the City Council seat.

"He makes a convincing case that his volunteer activities, focusing on neighborhood stability, have served as an effective training ground for the District 3 City Council seat," the Globe editorial said, citing a thick civic resume.  Read more

DotOUT backs Flaherty and three councillors running for reelection

The Dorchester civic group aimed at promoting gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual rights threw its support behind three incumbents and former City Councillor Michael Flaherty.

Following a Sunday afternoon forum at the Savin Bar + Kitchen in Dorchester’s Savin Hill neighborhood, the group, known as DotOUT, voted to endorse Flaherty and City Councillors At-Large Ayanna Pressley, Felix Arroyo and John Connolly.  Read more

(UPDATED) Financial affairs check in District 3 race

District 3 candidate Frank Baker hauled in over $10,000 in the first fifteen days of October, according campaign finance records. His rival, John O’Toole, pulled in $3,901. The O’Toole camp said since Oct. 17 they've grabbed an additional $8,850, which hasn’t been filed with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance just yet.  Read more

Mattahunt Center re-opens with wide array of activities

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 19, 2011

Mattahunt Center: Cheerleaders from Mattapan Pop Warner helped celebrate the center's re-opening last week. Photo by Alex OwensMattahunt Center: Cheerleaders from Mattapan Pop Warner helped celebrate the center's re-opening last week. Photo by Alex OwensThe grand re-opening of the Mattahunt Community Center was celebrated last Thursday, capping off an unprecedented transition from city-run facility to a center privately managed by Wheelock College that could serve as a model for future community centers across Boston.

Guests were invited to explore some of the programming to be offered at the center, which closed abruptly due to city budget cuts in spring 2010. The various athletic organizations affiliated with the Mattahunt-Wheelock Partnership held clinics for younger visitors while parents had the chance to talk with several groups about the upcoming services to be provided at the Mattahunt.  Read more

Redistricting maps to be unveiled

A proposal redrawing state Senate and state House districts will be revealed this afternoon, with changes in store for the House districts in Dorchester and Mattapan.

Due to population shifts across the state, a special legislative committee has been charged with redrawing the boundaries of Senate, House and Congressional districts.  Read more

Dorchester's Own "T" Party May Have Produced Desired Result

This article originally appeared in the Feb. 10, 2000 edition of the Dorchester Reporter.

It was not nearly as belligerent as the original Boston "T" party, but last week's transportation forum at the Murphy School proved that Dorchester's long-suffering Red Line users are primed for a little revolution of their own. And, if nothing else, the well attended three-hour meeting helped clear up one thing: If the sorely-needed rehab project gets shelved once again, it could be a long winter for the State Troopers on the third floor of the State House.  Read more

Students: Codman Square cut-through street a safety hazard

By 
Staff
Oct. 15, 2011

Students Try to Put Brakes on Traffic Near School from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Parents and students at Codman Academy Public Charter School have embarked on a project to collect data about traffic speeds on Epping Street, a popular one-way, cut-through street next to the school that the school says is an increasing hazard to public safety. Above, BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News filed this report on the issue. School officials are waiting to hear from the City of Boston's Transportation Department if they'll close Epping Street during the current expansion of Codman Square Health Center, which houses the charter school.  Read more

Students: Codman Square cut-through street a safety hazard

By 
Staff
Oct. 15, 2011

Students Try to Put Brakes on Traffic Near School from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Parents and students at Codman Academy Public Charter School have embarked on a project to collect data about traffic speeds on Epping Street, a popular one-way, cut-through street next to the school that the school says is an increasing hazard to public safety. Above, BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News filed this report on the issue. School officials are waiting to hear from the City of Boston's Transportation Department if they'll close Epping Street during the current expansion of Codman Square Health Center, which houses the charter school.  Read more