Civics

Thursday meeting to detail Ryan Playground fixes

By 
Staff
Jun. 15, 2011

The state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will host a public meeting at the Foley Senior Residences on Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. to present plans for a new water feature, as well as spray elements and site improvements, at the Ryan Playground on River Street in Mattapan.  Read more

Greenway plan needs more focus from state leaders

The news this week that the MBTA has come out against a plan to route the next phase of the Neponset Greenway though its property in Mattapan Square is a deep disappointment for proponents of the Greenway and a potentially huge setback in the decades-long fight to restore the Neponset River to public access. If allowed to stand, the T’s unwillingness to allow a grade crossing to route the trail through its property could derail this project, an outcome with long-term negative implications on both sides of the river.  Read more

Brown gets pole position in Dot Day’s parade of pols

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 6, 2011

Dot Day 2011: (l-r) Council president Steve Murphy, Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry (with daughter Madeline), US Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Jack Hart, Chief Marshal John Connor, Patrick Kulakowski, Commanding Officer of the USS Carr, Mayor Tom Menino, City Councillor Felix ArroyoDot Day 2011: (l-r) Council president Steve Murphy, Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry (with daughter Madeline), US Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Jack Hart, Chief Marshal John Connor, Patrick Kulakowski, Commanding Officer of the USS Carr, Mayor Tom Menino, City Councillor Felix Arroyo

Among the dancers, marching bands and other lively participants from Sunday’s Dorchester Day parade, some of the most energetic marchers along the route were the candidates for public office. Incumbents and would-be office holders were eager to shake hands, ask for support and match a smiling face to the campaign signs that are an ever-increasing presence along Dorchester Ave.  Read more

Two-way traffic available during MWRA pipe rehab in Lower Mills

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 6, 2011

Rehabilitation and replacement work of a major water pipeline focused on Adams St. on Monday, opposite the entrance and exit of the Baker Chocolate Factory condominiums. According to an update from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, two-way traffic is being maintained, and residents of the condos will be able to head into Boston or Milton.

The work, expected to last three weeks, will continue up Adams St. toward Washington St. and Dorchester Ave. A brick island on the median will be removed.  Read more

Community center shake-up prompts longtime members to cry foul

By 
Stephen Kurkjian, Special To The Reporter
May. 26, 2011

A bitter split has erupted among past and current members of the citywide board that oversees the network of neighborhood community centers set up to provide a range of after-school programs for youths and families across the city.  Read more

Habershaw is latest potential candidate to bow out of District 3 race

Another potential candidate has bowed out of the District 3 race: Savin Hill’s Deirdre McDermott Habershaw said Monday night she would not be running to replace City Councillor Maureen Feeney, who isn’t seeking another term.

Habershaw, a regional planner with the city of Boston, said she had more than the necessary 200 signatures to make the ballot. But family concerns played a role in her decision to pass on a City Council run, she said.  Read more

Volunteers assembled care packages for Dot troops

Care Package Drive for TroopsCare Package Drive for TroopsThe RBI players volunteered at the Leahy~Holloran Commuinity Center during the care pack drive last Saturday — which was Armed Forces Day. The kids sent 16 packages to eight young men for a total of 128 boxes. At the end of the drive, the group received four more names and they each received one large box for a total of 132 boxes from our neighborhood enroute to Iraq and Afghanistan. Photo by Richard O'Brien  Read more

Menino on Sen. Brown: Still unbeatable

Mayor Thomas Menino is sticking with his assessment of U.S. Sen. Scott Brown being tough to beat in 2012.

Menino, a Democrat, told the hosts of WCVB-TV’s “On the Record” he doesn’t see anybody from the current crop of Democratic candidates unseating Brown, a Wrentham Republican. There are currently four announced candidates: immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco; youth program co-founder Alan Khazei; unsuccessful lieutenant governor candidate Bob Massie; and Newton Mayor Setti Warren.  Read more

Senate president says Senate muni-health plan will protect voice for retirees

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
May. 17, 2011

Senate President Therese Murray on Tuesday confirmed that the Senate budget proposal due to be released on Wednesday will include a version of municipal health care reform, but declined to offer details.

Speaking to the Retired Educators Association of Massachusetts, Murray blamed rising health care costs for putting an “enormous burden” on cities, towns and businesses, forcing layoffs and higher fees and taxes.

“The House recently passed a measure on this issue, and the Senate will advance its proposal tomorrow,” Murray told the group of about 50 retired educators who were in the State House to lobby for legislation increasing the base upon which cost-of-living adjustments are calculated.  Read more

Doherty brothers of Flavia Street live to serve

By 
Corey Burns, Special to the Reporter
May. 12, 2011

Doherty Family: The Doherty family of Flavia Street includes seven brothers and sisters: Brendan, 19, who is serving in the Army in Afghanistan, James, 14, Jillian, 25, Kerri, 11, Katie, 24, Joanna, 11, and Brian, 21, who is also serving in Afghanistan this year. Photo courtesy Doherty familyDoherty Family: The Doherty family of Flavia Street includes seven brothers and sisters: Brendan, 19, who is serving in the Army in Afghanistan, James, 14, Jillian, 25, Kerri, 11, Katie, 24, Joanna, 11, and Brian, 21, who is also serving in Afghanistan this year. Photo courtesy Doherty family

Dorchester has sent scores of its young men and women into harm’s way in the decade since the United States went to war in Afghanistan and, later, Iraq.

But few neighborhood families have put more on the line that the Dohertys of Flavia Street, whose two oldest sons — Brian, 21, and Brendan, 19 — are serving their nation in Afghanistan this year. The brothers are two of the seven children in a tight-knit family that is extremely proud of Brian and Brendan, who elected to follow in their dad’s footsteps by enlisting in the Army.  Read more