Tenean Beach ‘plunge’ will recall Brian Leahy’s tradition, service

Diana Loschiavo, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 29, 2011

Brian LeahyBrian LeahyNeighbors and friends of the Leahy-Holloran Community Center in Neponset will brave the cold waters of Tenean Beach for the first annual Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day at 4 p.m. (Organizers have changed the time from the morning to afternoon due to tides.) The plunge— dedicated to the memory of community center namesake Brian Leahy— will be followed immediately by a pizza party at Boston Bowl.

The cost is $25 per person including the pizza party and the first 50 people that register will receive a Polar Bear Plunge hooded sweatshirt.  Read more

Globe editorial calls for city-wide referendum on casino

A Boston Globe editorial on Sunday endorsed a city-wide referendum on an East Boston casino. Under the casino bill signed into law in November, the City Council has the power to approve such a referendum, or allow a vote to occur in the ward the casino would be located. Suffolk Downs, the East Boston race track, is putting together a proposal with Caesars.  Read more

Neponset Greenway project fails to win federal funding

Mattapan Crossing and Canopy Walk: A section of the proposed Neponset Greenway is depicted in a plan prepared by the DCR.Mattapan Crossing and Canopy Walk: A section of the proposed Neponset Greenway is depicted in a plan prepared by the DCR.In a major disappointment to state officials and community activists, the US Department of Transportation has passed over a grant application from the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to fund the expansion of the Neponset Greenway. The decision could further delay the completion of key elements of the popular Greenway trail, including two bridges in Mattapan that are considered essential to safely navigate a missing link of the trail in that part of Boston. Another key missing link on the trail in Dorchester near the landmark rainbow gas tank was also included in the grant application.

The US Department of Transportation announced the winners of its national TIGER III grant awards on Thursday, months ahead of schedule. The DCR had submitted its application seeking $10 million for the Neponset Greenway project in October and the timeline from the federal agency called for a decision in April 2012.  Read more

Former Glodis aide tapped as Baker chief of staff at City Hall

Incoming City Councillor Frank Baker has tapped a Beacon Hill veteran as his chief of staff in City Hall. Amy Frigulietti, who volunteered for Baker during his District 3 campaign, worked in the state Senate as chief of staff to state Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) and as a legislative aide to Guy Glodis (D-Worcester) when he served in the Senate.  Read more

Push made to re-name Cronin-Wainwright Park for Loesch family

Rev. Bill Loesch, back left, stopped by Cronin/Wainwright Park last year with state Rep. Russell Holmes, third from left, a few friends and neighbors, and his daughter Cynthia, far right. Photo courtesy Loesch family

While city workers continue to refurbish Cronin/Wainwright Park in the St. Mark’s neighborhood, some nearby residents say they hope to see the playground reopen next year with a new name: that of Dr. Rev. Bill Loesch, a longtime park supporter and social activist.

The proposal for a name change to Dr. Loesch Family Park was announced and endorsed by District 4 City Councillor Charles Yancey last week in his monthly newsletter. City Councillor-At-Large Ayanna Pressley also supports the change. A petition asking approval of the proposal has been making its way around the neighborhood for several months and has so far received more than 500 signatures.  Read more

Baker weighs in on redistricting process, expressing interest in Polish Triangle precincts

As the City Council weighs redrawing the boundaries of the city’s nine districts, incoming City Councillor Frank Baker said he wants District 3, which he will represent, to pick up the Polish Triangle.

The area is currently in City Councillor Bill Linehan’s District 2, which abuts District 3. Linehan is the chair of the City Council’s redistricting committee.

Population growth within Boston’s downtown and northern neighborhoods means new district lines must be drawn in order for districts to have equal populations. Dorchester’s District 3 needs to pick up residents, while District 2 must shed residents.  Read more

Menino taps Dot author Lehane for Boston Public Library board

Mayor Thomas Menino on Thursday will swear in author Dennis Lehane, a Dorchester native, as a member of the Boston Public Library’s board of trustees.

The swearing-in is set for 4:30 p.m. in the mayor’s City Hall office, according to Menino’s schedule.  Read more

Draft map revamps City Council districts, leaves Jackson in District 7

District 7 City Councillor Tito Jackson would not have to move or give up his seat on the City Council, according to a draft map featuring redrawn political boundaries for the city's 9 district council seats. Jackson's colleague, Michael Ross, isn't as lucky. Ross, who lives in Mission Hill, would no longer live in District 8, under the draft map circulated to reporters and staff inside City Hall on Wednesday.

A City Council committee, headed by District 2 City Councillor Bill Linehan, was tasked with redrawing the political boundaries of the districts, following U.S. Census counts that showed shifts in population requiring some districts to shed residents and other districts to gain residents.

Linehan's district was one of those that needed to lose population, so District 2 was redrawn without some parts of Chinatown and the South End – two areas where Linehan's recent opponent, Suzanne Lee, did well in the November election.  Read more

Tonight: Meeting eyes development at Mattapan Square T stop

Four years after a feeble economy put transit-oriented development at the Mattapan Square trolley and bus station on hold, MBTA officials are heading back to the community in a renewed effort to develop the station’s parking lot.

The meeting is set for Monday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch Library on Blue Hill Ave.

The parking lot will be part of a new diversity development program, sponsored by the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, that is aimed at encouraging businesses owned by minorities and women — architectural, development and engineering firms — to participate in the development process.  Read more

Uphams Corner makes case for post office

Gerry Scoppettuolo, right, making a point  during last Thursday’s meeting to discuss the possible closure of the post office in Uphams Corner. Gerry Scoppettuolo, right, making a point during last Thursday’s meeting to discuss the possible closure of the post office in Uphams Corner.

More than 70 Uphams Corner residents crowded a meeting with United States Postal Service (USPS) officials last Thursday to voice their concern about the possible closure of the neighborhood’s post office.

The meeting was organized so officials could gather local arguments for maintaining the post office and integrate those comments into a report to give USPS decision-makers a clearer picture of the office’s role in the community. Although USPS officials present were quick to explain that they did not make the decision to review the Uphams Corner, Grove Hall, or 29 other Boston-area locations currently facing closure, many in attendance went on the offensive and criticized the discontinuation process.  Read more