The Little Miss Dorchester and Young Miss Dorchester contests for 2011 will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m. at the Columbia Rd. campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy. Read more
May. 1, 2011
Neighbors in Adams Corner teamed up to help clean the village yesterday as part of the citywide Boston Shines project, which enlisted them help of hundreds of residents and merchants over a two-day effort. Above, volunteers joined State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry and Cedar Grove Civic Association president Sean Weir in Adams Village.
The District 7 race may have an additional two candidates: Sheneal Parker and Haywood Fennell Sr.
Others who have applied for nomination papers at City Hall - as of this afternoon - include incumbent City Councillor Tito Jackson, David James Wyatt of Dorchester, and perennial candidates Althea Garrison and Roy Owens.
Parker, a Fenway resident, fell short during the signature-gathering phase for the special election earlier this year; Fennell missed the deadline and ran as a write-in candidate instead, picking up 2.22 percent of the vote in the preliminary. Read more
Apr. 28, 2011
Now the focus of heavy lobbying, state senators have largely remained silent about collective bargaining and municipal health care since the House passed a plan this week to curb the negotiating power of local unions over their health care benefits.
Senators appeared hesitant and even uneasy Thursday about laying out their views on the issue. Most contacted by the News Service said they were unaware of the specifics of the House proposal, which thrilled business and municipal management groups and enraged labor officials after it was adopted late Tuesday night. Read more
Four days before the legislative panel tasked with redrawing the state’s district boundaries drops by Boston for a hearing, the City Council will take its own crack at the issue. Read more
Apr. 28, 2011
The new home at 81 Brent Street may look like any other house on its Codman Square block, but the three-family is different from the others. It’s completely green - not in color but in development and function. From the foundation to the solar panel-lined roof, the entire house is environmentally sustainable.
Codman Square Neighborhood Council President Cynthia Loesch had repeatedly proposed ideas of bringing sustainable building projects to the neighborhood, but says the council never got the response they wanted to hear from developers.
“I decided to do it myself,” Loesch says. “Let’s find out how much it really costs by square foot. Let’s find out all the proper rhetoric so we can argue with the developers better, and let’s really set a standard in Codman Square on the kind on housing and development we’d like to see.” Read more
Apr. 27, 2011
Labor unions were in open revolt Tuesday against the Democratic leaders of the House, promising political consequences for House Speaker Robert DeLeo and other state representatives who voted during a late night session to slash the collective bargaining power of municipal workers.
Calling the vote to an assault on workers’ rights and comparing it to anti-labor proposals in Wisconsin and other states primarily dominated by Republicans, top labor officials packed the House lobby to issue finger-waving condemnations of the 111 lawmakers – including 81 Democrats – that just minutes earlier had endorsed the plan to curb the negotiating power of city and town employees.
“It’s clearly union busting. It looks just like Wisconsin to me. It looks just like Ohio to me. It looks just like Indiana to me. I am profoundly disappointed in every Democrat who voted to do away with collective bargaining here in Massachusetts,” said Robert Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. Read more
Mayor Thomas Menino is hosting coffee hours in May, making his way through the neighborhoods. He'll be in Dorchester on May 10 at the Byrne playground from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
According to a Parks Department release, Dunkin' Donuts will provide the coffee and food. Each family that attends will receive a plant grown in the city's greenhouses and will be eligible to win a raffle prize package including a "Dunkin’ Donuts gift basket, Macy’s gift certificates, Swan Boat rides, and free parking downtown for the day." (Boloco burritos not included.)
The full schedule is included below. Read more
Boston Public School officials will get the first at-bat next week as the City Council weighs Mayor Thomas Menino's $2.4 billion fiscal 2012 budget.
A Monday hearing on the BPS budget - which comes in at $829 million - starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Iannella Chamber, and is expected to stretch into the afternoon. Mark Ciommo, chair of the Ways and Means Committee, and John Connolly, chair of the Education Committee, will oversee the proceedings.
On Tuesday, at 10 a.m., city budget officials will be up, giving an overview of the budget. Read more
Apr. 21, 2011
April showers bring May flowers but come June, fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers will crop up in community gardens throughout Dorchester. The Boston Natural Areas Network is teaming up with local organizations including the Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition for the Boston Is Growing Gardens Project. In its second year, BIGG encourages residents, with and without experience, to cultivate a better community.
Project manager and BNAN staffer Grantley Payne emphasizes that BIGG will benefit the neighborhood in many different ways. “The message is great things are happening in community gardens. We want more of our residents taking advantage of them,” Payne said. Read more