Civics

Top-flight chef brings food passion to non-profit

By 
Elizabeth Murray, Special to The Reporter
Jul. 5, 2012

Chef Tim Williams

After spending 11 years as a chef at Legal Seafoods, Tim Williams is starting anew at Community Servings, a non-profit food service based in Jamaica Plain. Williams, who was the regional executive chef for six Legal Seafood restaurants between Philadelphia and Washington D.C., decided to make a change when his wife’s job was transferred back to Boston.  Read more

Mapmakers goal: Build consensus on neighborhood boundaries

The ongoing confusion around the boundaries of the city’s neighborhoods has been largely caused by decades of indifference by city officials who callously shifted lines and blurred boundaries to reflect political and demographic changes in the last century. This chaotic, cartographic tug-of-war has resulted in large sections of Dorchester and Mattapan being shifted back and forth to the point where boundaries on many present-day maps bear little resemblance to the realities on the ground in disputed areas.  Read more

US takes a pass on funding for Greenway work

Neponset Greenway: A segment of the Greenway's expansion would allow users to safely navigate the gas tank property on Dorchester Bay. Neponset Greenway: A segment of the Greenway's expansion would allow users to safely navigate the gas tank property on Dorchester Bay. The proposed completion of the Neponset Greenway trail suffered another setback this week when federal transportation officials again passed over the project for grant funding.

The state was vying for a federal grant, known as TIGER IV, to provide money for completing the trail from South Boston to the Blue Hills. The proposal, now facing further delays as officials seek alternate funding sources, includes a pedestrian overpass at the Mattapan MBTA station and a bridge connecting Boston and Milton.  Read more

Resounding ‘no’ from civic group on Morrissey Blvd. billboard bid

Civic groups are pushing back against a proposed billboard on the Expressway Motors property on Morrissey Boulevard, arguing that it will become a neighborhood eyesore.  Read more

Passed over again: Feds say no to funds for Neponset Greenway trail

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 25, 2012

Neponset Greenway: A segment of the Greenway's expansion would allow users to safely navigate the gas tank property on Dorchester Bay. Neponset Greenway: A segment of the Greenway's expansion would allow users to safely navigate the gas tank property on Dorchester Bay. The proposed completion of the Neponset Greenway trail suffered another setback this week, after federal transportation officials again passed over the Massachusetts project for grant funds.

The state was vying for a federal grant, known as TIGER IV, to help provide money for completing a trail from South Boston to the Blue Hills. The proposed project also includes a pedestrian bridge at the Mattapan MBTA train station and a bridge connecting Boston and Milton.  Read more

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