Civics

New deal at Ashmont Market; The Georgoulopolous brothers are moving on

Ashmont Market: Peter, Harry, and John Georgoulopolous have worked side by side since 1984. The brothers sold the business to a new family on Monday, but plan to work there in the near term to help with the transition. Photo by Bill ForryAshmont Market: Peter, Harry, and John Georgoulopolous have worked side by side since 1984. The brothers sold the business to a new family on Monday, but plan to work there in the near term to help with the transition. Photo by Bill ForryIt’s less than 24 hours after “the deal” went down and already changes are afoot inside Ashmont Market. Every few minutes, another two-wheeler spins through the front doors piled high with cardboard boxes destined for the nearby grocery aisles. The new management is stocking up and taking charge at the busy corner of Ashmont and Adams.

The Georgoulopolous brothers— Harry, Peter and John— have been fixtures here for 28 years. On Monday, they sold the business and building to the Patel clan, an Indian-American family with a burgeoning empire of neighborhood stores that includes two other Dot stalwarts, Cappy’s (the old Patty’s Pantry on Dot Ave.) and the New Store on the Block in the Polish Triangle.

The Patels are pros in the corner store world and there’s every reason to believe they’ll make Ashmont Market just as successful as their Greek predecessors did.  Read more

Good showing at the Board of Trade

“The crocuses are grooming
Beneath the sequined snow
To make a dazzling debut
At Spring’s first garden show.”
“Canny Crocuses” by Ethel Turley
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City asking for input on revamp of Roberts Park

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 8, 2012

City officials are seeking neighborhood input for a $2.8 million overhaul of Codman Square’s Roberts Playground that will largely focus on installing artificial turf to ensure the park has a longer season of play. A community meeting is set for Wed., March 21, at 6:30 p.m. inside the Great Hall on Norfolk Street.

The project, financed through the city’s capital fund, will be put out to bid next winter and completed by fall 2013, according to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.  Read more

Former Mayor Flynn backs Brown on 'conscience clause'

Former Mayor Ray Flynn this week wrote a letter of support for U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s push for a “conscience clause” exempting employers from covering contraceptive services based on religious or moral objections.  Read more

In maiden speech, Baker calls for 24-hour substance abuse helpline

City Councillor Frank Baker, in a maiden speech to his colleagues, on Wednesday called for a 24-hour substance abuse help line, saying the city and the state do not have a round-the-clock service.

Substance abuse help lines do exist at the city and state level, but they do not function 24 hours a day, according to Baker. "We need to ask ourselves why we don’t have a helpline in the City of Boston, why the services provided are not available 24 hours a day, and what we can do to make this invaluable resource accessible to our residents," Baker said.

Baker said the issue is personal for him, having lost a 25-year-old niece to heroin last year and a brother to drug overdose 19 years ago. The latter sent him into a negative spiral, which came up during the 2011 campaign.

Baker's maiden speech, as prepared for delivery, is available after the jump.  Read more

Youths call for more funds, jobs in downtown rally

By 
Meena Ramakrishnan, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 1, 2012

Rally for jobs: More than 1,200 students from in and around Boston gathered downtown last Thursday to march with the Youth Jobs Coalition, a Dorchester-based organization. Photo by Travis WatsonRally for jobs: More than 1,200 students from in and around Boston gathered downtown last Thursday to march with the Youth Jobs Coalition, a Dorchester-based organization. Photo by Travis WatsonWith a shortfall in federal funding and the prospect of MBTA service cuts, youth job opportunities are looking bleak. That’s why more than 1,200 students from in and around Boston gathered downtown last Thursday to march with the Youth Jobs Coalition, a Dorchester-based organization that advocates for state-wide youth employment.  Read more

St. Mark’s Area group supports single-ward vote on Hub casino

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 1, 2012

The St. Mark’s Area Civic Association met on Tuesday night and voted 11-5 to keep a referendum on a Boston casino confined to the ward in which the gambling facility would be located. The vote followed a discussion among members and a presentation from City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley on the 2011 law allowing the establishment of casinos in the Bay State.  Read more

City takes action in Star Five oil case, rids property of company’s vehicles

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 1, 2012

The saga of City Hall vs. the Star Five Oil Company may have reached a turning point.  Read more

Fewer voters, more unenrolled for Tuesday’s balloting

New statistics reported by the Secretary of State’s office ahead of Tuesday’s presidential primary suggest that our state is becoming less partisan and more independent.

Unfortunately, it’s also home to fewer registered voters.

According to Secretary Bill Galvin’s office, there are 80,000 fewer residents signed up for next Tuesday’s March 6 primary than there were in October 2010, a month before the last statewide election. That’s a 1.9 percent decline.  Read more

Pressley to appear on MSNBC's 'Ed Show,' talk Blunt Amendment

City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley will appear on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" on Thursday night to talk about women's health issues and the controversial proposal known as the Blunt amendment.

The amendment, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), allows employers to opt out of health benefit mandates for religious or moral reasons.  Read more