Civics

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

Holiday tree lighting events start on Nov. 26

By 
Staff
Nov. 17, 2011

A flurry of Christmas tree lightings and related parties begin on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The Dorchester Holiday Celebrations Committee and Mayor’s Office hosts a trolley tour and lighting of neighborhood trees on Sat., November 26 beginning in Lower Mills at 3:10 p.m.  Read more

Feeney could be putting ex-colleagues in awkward position

Maureen Feeney is putting her former colleagues in quite the public relations pickle.

Almost 48 hours after the polls closed, Feeney signed a resignation letter and set in motion widespread speculation that she is headed for the higher-paying job of city clerk. The City Council has the power to vote her in.

The last several city clerks have been former city councillors. But those appointments were made in a different time. Now there are stories in the newspapers, seemingly every month, about this patronage appointment or that misuse of public funds.  Read more

Casino bill advances, then stalls as branches near seven-week recess

By 
Kyle Cheney and Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Nov. 16, 2011

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 15, 2011…..Legislative leaders huddled late Tuesday night discussing last-minute questions surrounding casino gambling legislation that appeared poised to head to Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk but will have to wait for final action until Wednesday.

Lawmakers adjourned Tuesday night without completing work on the gambling bill, and leaders declined to say why the bill, which passed through the House and Senate with solid majorities earlier in the day, failed to come up for a final enactment vote.  Read more

Will it soon be City Clerk Feeney? She quits Council early; Baker says he’ll step up

Maureen Feeney

The end came quickly and abruptly: Maureen Feeney finished her tenure as the District 3 city councilor last Thursday, tendering her resignation some 48 hours after voters had chosen her successor, Frank Baker. While the seat is vacant, the office will remain open until the end of the year, her staff said.  Read more

Election Day: Where to get info

Polls have been open for over three hours now. As of 9 a.m., turnout was pegged at just under 3 percent, or little over 10,000 voters.

A few accounts to follow to keep tabs on the day as it progresses:

-- @DotNewsD3

-- @LitDrop

And, of course, stay with DotNews.com.

Dot Speakers Forum talks Jacobs’ urban planning classic

By 
Reporter Staff
Nov. 8, 2011

The Dorchester Speakers Forum will presents a panel discussion this Friday evening entitled "50 Years Later: Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities", a look back at the seminal work of one of the country’s most influential urban planning activists, against the backdrop of Boston’s own development over the past half century.  Read more

Voters head to polls to pick District 3 councillor and City Council At-Large

By 
Reporter Staff
Nov. 8, 2011

Polls opened at 7 a.m. across the city, with two races on the ballot in Dorchester's District 3: Two men are vying to succeed retiring City Councillor Maureen Feeney and seven-person field is fighting for the four City Council At-Large slots.

The two top finishers in the Sept. preliminary, Frank Baker of Savin Hill and John O’Toole of Cedar Grove, are facing off over the first open City Council seat in Dorchester in nearly 18 years.

The polls close at 8 p.m.  Read more