Redistricting could affect sitting city councillors in Districts 7 and 8

Two sitting Boston city councillors may be forced to move from their current homes or give up their seats due to Boston population shifts that could transform the boundaries of their current districts. That's one possibility that was raised at a redistricting hearing held Thursday in downtown Boston.

While the city gained residents overall, rising by five percent to 617,594 residents, some parts of the city lost population by official counts, including parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Roslindale, and West Roxbury.  Read more

As Lower Mills rehab lags, merchants mostly make do

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 1, 2011

Workers remove huge ledge from Washington St.Workers remove huge ledge from Washington St.The rehabilitation of a pipe under the streets of Lower Mills is weeks behind schedule as construction crews have hit underground boulders, including a piece of ledge the size of a car that was taken out of the ground, said Michael Hornbrook, chief operating officer of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the agency overseeing the project slated to last into November.

The $14.5 million project, which started in April, includes the rehabilitation and replacement of a water pipeline built in the 1900s. The rehab of the pipeline, which distributes water for Quincy, Milton and the southeast corner of Boston, is necessary because of its age and rust build-up, MWRA officials say.  Read more

Platinum and green in full bloom on Brent Street

Pat Tarantino, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 1, 2011

Ignoring looming storm clouds, Codman Square residents and city officials came out to Wainwright Park on Saturday to celebrate the opening of Dorchester’s most environmentally sustainable home.

Located at 81 Brent Street, the new three-unit home was designed by Codman Square residents Cynthia Loesch and Ivan Liriano to showcase what they consider “green living” principles, minimizing their environmental impact and is expected to net the Dorchester’s first-ever LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rating.  Read more

Veterans connect to free services at IBEW event

Michael Caprio, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 1, 2011

Last Friday, just under 800 veterans gathered in the parking lot of the local IBEW 103 on Freeport Street to receive free services offered by the Volunteers of America and Department of Veterans Services.

Services provided include medical services, dental services, legal services, and services for women’s veterans. Clothing provided by the Veterans Administration as well as sleeping bags were also available to the veterans.  Read more

Editorial: Best hope yet for completing the Greenway trail

The latest— and, we hope, the last— incarnation of the one-mile Neponset Greenway connection through Mattapan and Milton made its debut at a public meeting on Tuesday evening on River Street.  Read more

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