Civics

Day before prelim, Globe weighs in on district races

The Globe's Metro section has a rundown on the District 3 race, with John O'Toole, Craig Galvin and Frank Baker viewed as the frontrunners.

All three top-tier candidates have benefited from significant fund-raising, influential endorsements, and the support of labor unions and civic groups. They have also endured greater scrutiny: Baker pleaded guilty almost 20 years ago to possession of marijuana; O’Toole signed a 2005 petition against same-sex marriage and has repeatedly fallen behind on his city property taxes and owes $1,500 from 2010; and Galvin is in the midst of a foreclosure.

The Globe also looks at the races in District 2 and District 7.  Read more

Baker mailer touting Hart endorsement ‘improper and unauthorized'

A campaign flier distributed to voters this weekend by the Frank Baker campaign touting his endorsement by State Senator Jack Hart has been repudiated by Hart, who says he has not endorsed anyone in the District 3 preliminary election set for Tuesday. Hart said Baker's listing of his name as a supporter was "improper and unauthorized."  Read more

‘Conceptual’ plan would site new shopping center next to South Bay

By 
Mike Deehan Special to the Reporter
Sep. 22, 2011

A Boston development firm has begun working on a “conceptual” plan to acquire and re-develop several tracts of land along Boston Street adjacent to the South Bay Mall, according to civic activists who discussed the emerging plan at the monthly meeting of the McCormack Civic Association on Tuesday night.

McCormack Civic executive board member Desmond Rohan described the shopping expansion plan as “strictly conceptual” and said that no land-acquisitions have yet taken place. However, Rohan said the civic group has been provided with a copy of the plan designed by the developer Samuels & Associates, the same Boston firm that created the South Bay Mall in the 1990s.

In a statement issued to the Reporter yesterday, Samuels & Associates confirmed that the company is in “the very early stages of exploring a possible project in Dorchester."  Read more

Port Norfolk neighbors angry over ‘sober home’

12 Lorenzo St. property owner George Bragel discusses the outcome of the meeting with State Representative Marty Walsh12 Lorenzo St. property owner George Bragel discusses the outcome of the meeting with State Representative Marty Walsh

The Port Norfolk Civic Association this week declared its unilateral opposition to the continued operation of a “sober home” — a residential drug and alcohol recovery program — that has recently begun operating from a house on Lorenzo Street. More than 35 residents gathered in the Port Norfolk Yacht Club to voice their opposition to the recently-opened sober home following complaints by some neighbors that the new residents at 12 Lorenzo St. have been loitering in a nearby park and concerns that members of the program may have criminal records.

Civic members confronted property owners George and Shirley Bragel, who have purchased four properties on Lorenzo Street and own several other properties currently used as sober homes across the neighborhood. Pressed on whether they intend to turn any additional Port Norfolk properties into sober housing, the Bragels denied they had any intentions of renting these buildings to another recovery program.   Read more

The casino bill: Citywide vote should be held

It’s now very clear that resort-style casino gambling will be setting up shop in Massachusetts in the not-so-distant future. The House of Representatives easily passed a measure last week that will allow for up to three such casinos across the Commonwealth, along with a slot parlor. The State Senate is also likely to approve a similar bill next week, although the final version will likely take a slightly different form. Governor Patrick has pledged to support the legislation.  Read more

Grants available to plant new trees in city neighborhoods

By 
Reporter Staff
Sep. 16, 2011

A mini-grant program will offer non-profit, volunteer groups funding to plant new trees as part of a citywide effort to improve Boston’s tree canopy cover. The Grow Boston Greener (GBG) initiative will provide $500 - $2,500 mini-grants for tree plantings in city neighborhoods on public property or privately held publicly accessible areas such as schools, parks, greenways, gardens, grounds of health and social service agencies, and in projects of community development corporations.  Read more

Gov. Patrick ponders post-public life: 'I'd like to maybe run a company'

By 
Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Sep. 15, 2011

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, visiting Boston with Denver business leaders, told Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday that people all over the country talk about him as “a likely presidential candidate.”

At an event at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Boston waterfront, Hickenlooper, a Democrat, put Patrick on the spot about his future, which Patrick insists will be in the private sector and out of elective office.

“Assuming you don’t go into the White House … what do you think about in terms of what direction you want to go?” Hickenlooper asked.  Read more

Gala weekend will showcase Dot Park at 120

Dot Park Gala 5: A tent was raised on Dorchester Park's main ball field on Wednesday in preparation of this weekend's Dorchester Park Gala. Photo by Ed Forry Dot Park Gala 5: A tent was raised on Dorchester Park's main ball field on Wednesday in preparation of this weekend's Dorchester Park Gala. Photo by Ed Forry

The Dorchester Park Association is planning a weekend of outdoor events this weekend to showcase the now 120-year-old green space and raise funds for many consider to be one of the neighborhood’s greatest assets.  Read more

City Hall takes aim at Glover’s Corner gridlock "disaster"

Traffic mess: Cars and trucks were stacked up at 2:15 on Tuesday on Dorchester Ave. southbound near Glover's Corner.Traffic mess: Cars and trucks were stacked up at 2:15 on Tuesday on Dorchester Ave. southbound near Glover's Corner.City Hall is seeking ways to remedy the traffic troubles plaguing the intersection at Dorchester Avenue and Freeport Street, also known as Glover’s Corner.

City Councillor Maureen Feeney called the intersection a “disaster” and said Boston Transportation Department officials are working to fix the problem. “It’s hard to believe one intersection has caused so much trouble,” she told members of the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association who had raised concerns about the traffic situation.  Read more

Few property owners on Mattapan Main Streets board

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 15, 2011

The Mattapan Square Main Streets board of directors held a public “visioning” meeting at the Mattapan Branch Library on Tuesday night, the first such event held by the organization since it was officially designated by City Hall last fall. Tuesday’s event was intended to gauge public opinion and serve as a brainstorming session for specific improvements that could be introduced to Mattapan Square through the program. Nearly 60 community members attended and gathered into several discussion groups to outline long and short term goals, and to discuss the current state of Mattapan Square.  Read more