Civics

Editorial: Finding a fix for Tenean beach

Tenean Beach Tenean Beach Last week’s front-page story in the Reporter (“Tenean Beach lags behind in quality of water,” June 14, 2012) likely came as no surprise to those who have visited Dorchester’s beaches in recent years. The story highlighted a Save the Harbor-Save the Bay report showing that Tenean Beach is one of two in the neighborhood that are bringing up the rear in terms of water pollution over the first half of the year. It’s not a new problem, but rather one that is more pronounced now that most of the city’s beaches are so much better off than they were in decades past.

There have been significant improvements all along the Harbor beaches since the court-mandated clean-up in the 1990s, led by the MWRA, largely ended the periodic dumping of raw sewage into the waters off Boston. Since then, follow-up projects — including one recently completed in South Boston— have sought to close a gap in the shoreline defense by sealing off combined sewer overflows (CSOs) that would dump untreated rainwater and related waste into Dorchester Bay.  Read more

Galvin, Boston rep pushing for broader disclosure of spending on casino proposals

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jun. 13, 2012

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 13, 2012….Casino backers and opponents would be required to electronically disclose ballot campaign spending to the state under a bill supported by Secretary of State William Galvin and filed by Rep. Angelo Scaccia that both said would make the information more readily available to voters.

“The issue of who’s influencing these elections is extremely important and needs to be disclosed,” Galvin told members of the Joint Committee on Election Laws Wednesday morning.  Read more

Finneran weighs in on Walker win in Wisconsin, Brown-Warren showdown

Former House Speaker Thomas Finneran, who recently left his radio job at WRKO, appeared this week on WBZ-TV’s “Keller At-Large” show to chat about Wisconsin politics and the local US Senate race.

Finneran, a Mattapan Democrat, said the Wisconsin election, in which Gov. Scott Walker remained in place despite a recall pushed by union leaders furious over a cutback in collective bargaining rights, was “relatively unique” and doesn’t apply to Massachusetts.  Read more

Mayor picks members for Fairmount advisory group

By 
Elizabeth Murray, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 7, 2012

A 24-member advisory group of residents, business leaders, institutional representatives, developers and nonprofit organizations has been selected by Mayor Thomas Menino to assist in the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative (FIPI) in planning the expanded commuter rail line that links South Station to Readville.  Read more

City sends letter with suggestions for proposed sober housing in Lower Mills

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 1, 2012

The head of the city’s legal department this week sent a letter to the operators of a proposed sober housing business in Lower Mills, warning them that documents they provided to city officials cites one law that does not exist and another that does not apply in Boston.

William Sinnott, corporation counsel for the city, also noted in the letter that one of the buildings the operators are leasing is a former funeral home and may require a zoning change.  Read more

Gaming chief in Dorchester for June 7 business breakfast

Stephen Crosby, chair of the state Gaming Commission, is the guest speaker at Mt. Washington Bank's annual business breakfast on June 7. The breakfast is set for 7:30 a.m. at Venezia Waterfront Restaurant on Ericcson St. in Dorchester.

Crosby was the founding dean of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston. The former political operative has worked for Democrats and Republicans, including Gov. Paul Cellucci and Acting Gov. Jane Swift. He also served on Gov. Deval Patrick's transition team.

DOT DAY: Brown and Warren marching in parade and more

U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren will be making her first appearance in the annual Dorchester Day Parade on Sunday, where she'll be joined by her chief rival Scott Brown.

Warren will be marching in the third division, while Brown will be in the chief marshal's division. (It's customary for incumbents to march ahead of challengers.)

The two are hardly strangers to Dorchester: Both have featured the neighborhood in their television ads.  Read more

Little Miss winners represent Dot with confidence, poise

By 
Elizabeth Murray, Special to the Reporter
May. 31, 2012

Young Miss Dorchester 2012 MyChalia SanfilippoYoung Miss Dorchester 2012 MyChalia SanfilippoLittle Miss Dorchester Delia O'TooleLittle Miss Dorchester Delia O'TooleIn a competition of confidence, girls from all over Dorchester turn out each year before Dorchester Day in hopes of being crowned Little Miss Dorchester or Young Miss Dorchester.

Out of the 30 girls who competed on May 5 for the coveted titles, Delia O’Toole, 7, of Cedar Grove and MyChalia Sanfilippo, 12, of Ashmont, were crowned Little Miss Dorchester and Young Miss Dorchester, respectively.  Read more

Chief Marshal Ralph Browne is veteran of Korean War, civic leadership

By 
Elizabeth Murray, Special to the Reporter
May. 31, 2012

After a long record of participation in civic activities, Dorchester resident Ralph Browne Jr. will serve as this year’s Dorchester Day Parade Chief Marshal.

Browne has lived in Dorchester for the last 40 years in Upham's Corner and was born and raised in the greater Boston area. He and his wife of 60 years, Wilma, have seven children, eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Read more

‘Mayor’ Hurley: Wants us 'Kickin' it old school' today

Mayor Katie Hurley with a few of her trademark flamingoesMayor Katie Hurley with a few of her trademark flamingoesIt’s official: Your new ‘Mayor’ of Dorchester is Katie Hurley, a St. Mark’s native who now lives in Cedar Grove, works for Councillor Frank Baker, and has raised thousands of dollars this spring to help pay for Sunday’s parade. Hurley ran unopposed, but you’d never have guessed that by the way she ran her campaign. Hurley staged a flurry of events including a bowl-a-thon, trivia night, and a Valentine’s-themed blow-out at Florian Hall.

Most visibly, she opened up a new front in the mayoral contest when she began “flocking” front yards across Dot with hot-pink flamingoes. Those who awoke to the flock had two choices: Pony up a contribution to the Parade committee or settle in for a long summer with your lawn ornaments. Is it any wonder that Hurley will ride in a place of honor in Sunday’s parade? We put our traditional ten questions to Her Honor this week.  Read more