Key meeting outlines Neponset Greenway connection in Mattapan, Milton

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 30, 2011

Mattapan Crossing and Canopy Walk: A graphic from a DCR presentation shown during a meeting on Aug. 30 depicts a proposed bridge at Mattapan station.Mattapan Crossing and Canopy Walk: A graphic from a DCR presentation shown during a meeting on Aug. 30 depicts a proposed bridge at Mattapan station.

Residents from Dorchester, Mattapan, and Milton sounded notes of support Tuesday night for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation’s long-awaited proposal to fix the so-called missing link along the Neponset Greenway trail, connecting the riverside path from Pope John Paul II Park to another state trail in Hyde Park.

The proposed link, expected to cost between $7 million and $9 million, picks up where the trail now ends at Central Avenue, going past Valley Road and crossing over a bridge into Mattapan behind the Ryan Playground and baseball field. From there, the riverside path would follow River Street until it hits Fremont Street.  Read more

REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: A legal affairs check on District 3 Council race

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 25, 2011

John O’Toole, a local realtor and a top candidate in the District 3 City Council race, is enmeshed in a civil lawsuit with a former partner of his, according to court records. But he isn’t the only candidate who has been involved in legal actions in recent months and years: Two other top contenders, fellow realtor Craig Galvin and former city employee Frank Baker, have had a suit and an injunction, respectively, filed against them, according to a Reporter review of court records available to the public at Suffolk Superior Court.  Read more

District 3 forums on the calendar

Mark your calendars, District 3 race junkies: three forums are coming up.

Here’s a rundown:

-- Wednesday, Aug. 24. 7 pm. at Florian Hall on Hallet St. Sponsored by civic and business associations within District 3, including the Dorchester Board of Trade and civic associations from Ashmont Adams to Cedar Grove, Clam Point, Columbia/Savin Hill, Fields Corner, Jones Hill, Lower Mills, Pope’s Hill, Port Norfolk and St. Mark’s.  Read more

TOUCH 106.1 co-founder says he's running for mayor in 2013

Charles Clemons, co-founder of TOUCH 106.1 FM, is launching a mayoral bid. At his 50th birthday party, held Sunday night at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, Clemons announced he was running for mayor in 2013.

“I just feel like as a parent, and a grandfather, you’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem in the community,” he told the Reporter Monday morning.

Clemons, a Fields Corner resident for over 35 years, said he is in the process of picking a campaign manager and other staffers. He is a former Boston Police officer and a correctional officer.  Read more

Rep. Lynch v. Rep. Keating in 2012?

The possibility of US Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) facing off against US Rep. Bill Keating (D-Quincy) was raised during an interview today of the two State House lawmakers in charge of redrawing the Bay State's political boundaries.

"On the Record" hosts Ed Harding and Janet Wu pressed state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) and state Rep. Michael Moran (D-Brighton) on how they plan to redraw the map to reflect Massachusetts losing a Congressman due to the Census.  Read more

Boys and Girls Clubs expand programming for young children

Michael Caprio, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 18, 2011

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester has expanded its youth programs to include more activities for children between the ages of three and five. This move comes as a response to local concern about the lack of local, affordable programming for pre-k and kindergarten-age children in the neighborhood.

The programs will include swim lessons, arts and crafts, and athletics for young children. The Club has also lowered its minimum age for membership from 6 to 5 in order to cater to the needs of children just entering kindergarten, giving them a chance to interact with their peers and their community outside of the classroom.  Read more

Milestone for new health center in Mattapan Square

Aug. 17, 2011

New Mattapan Health Center Topping-OffNew Mattapan Health Center Topping-OffMattapan Community Health Center celebrated a milestone in the construction of its new facility with a topping-off ceremony this afternoon. Patients, staff, neighbors and supporters signed a steel beam that was placed on the top of the new four-story building that is rising at 1575 Blue Hill Ave. The $34 million building - due to be complete next summer— will also house a pharmacy and bank branch.  Read more

Redistricting chair: Dot House seats need to expand borders

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Aug. 15, 2011

Four Boston-based House districts with predominant minority populations will need their boundaries redrawn to capture additional residents and meet new population requirements, the House’s redistricting chief said on Monday.  Read more

Warren reaches out to Dem activists, including Dorchester’s Joyce Linehan

Elizabeth Warren, mulling a run against U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Wrentham), is touching base with Democratic activists, including Dorchester’s Joyce Linehan, a key player in local politics.

Linehan said Warren, returning to Massachusetts after a stint setting up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in D.C., gave her a call earlier today to reach out and talk about the potential candidate’s listening tour. Warren is expected to make a decision whether to jump into the race, which has already drawn a handful of Democratic candidates, after Labor Day.  Read more

Swimming pool re-opens to public at Mattahunt Center

Michael Caprio, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 11, 2011

After being closed for more than one year, the Mattahunt Community Center pool is now open to the public again. The re-opening follows an effort by Wheelock College to help kickstart the center’s programming back into gear as the school year approaches.  Read more