Civics

Big turnout for Mattapan United launch

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 21, 2011

In defiance of the sweltering summer heat, an eager crowd of more than 100 people packed themselves into the parish hall at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan Square on Monday evening. The multitude was gathered for the inaugural public meeting of the community network known as Mattapan United, and featured scores of Mattapan's best and brightest, including residents, community activists, business owners, elected officials and other stakeholders.  Read more

Feeney formally backs O'Toole to fill her District 3 seat

The question of when City Councillor Maureen Feeney will endorse District 3 candidate John O'Toole was answered today. In a release sent out Tuesday morning, Feeney, who has held the seat since 1993, called the longtime civic activist the "right choice" to replace her.

Full statements from Feeney and O'Toole are below.  Read more

Air dates for Ward 5 forum with At-Large Council candidates

For hardcore Boston politics junkies, below are times that the At-Large City Council forum in Back Bay will be airing, including tonight. (Via Josh Dawson, chair of the Ward 5 Democratic Committee, which hosted the forum. It was moderated by the Boston Phoenix's David Bernstein.)

Available on BNN News & Info Channel (Comcast 9, RCN 15) and simultaneously via webstream at www.bnntv.org:  Read more

City Council signs off on ‘problem properties’ crackdown

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 14, 2011

The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a proposal aimed at cracking down on absentee landlords whose properties have frequently drawn neighborhood complaints and a heavy police presence.

The proposal expands the definition of “public nuisance” to cover properties that police, code enforcement officials and health inspectors have to respond to multiple times.  Read more

Final push needed for ‘go’ on Greenway

The long process of mapping out a “missing link” on the Neponset Greenway between Mattapan Square and Lower Mills has been frustrating at times. There are still some serious hurdles to clear before actual work can begin on the riverside trail that is already such a popular amenity in Dorchester.

But if residents and merchants stay focused — and make it clear to state officials that getting this Greenway connection done in a timely fashion in a top priority— there is no reason why the trail can’t be ready soon for recreation use, maybe even by this time next year.  Read more

T records show 3 accidents – all vehicular – on Mattapan line

Neponset Greenway: The Mattapan trolley stop at Central Ave, left. A proposed Greenway path would follow a route closer to the river, at right.  Photo by Ed ForryNeponset Greenway: The Mattapan trolley stop at Central Ave, left. A proposed Greenway path would follow a route closer to the river, at right. Photo by Ed Forry

As officials with the MBTA and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) seek a safe design for a new mile-and-a-half extension of the Neponset Greenway through Mattapan and Milton, records show that few accidents have occurred in the area about which they have expressed concerns.

The DCR has overseen a lengthy community process for a long-awaited extension of the rivserside trail, which would connect an existing path from Pope John Paul II Park to a separate trail in Hyde Park. A gap currently exists, and the trail now stops at Central Ave. in Milton.  Read more

Dueling redistricting maps, pressers set for Monday

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano’s Congressional district would be eliminated and the lines of State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz’s district would be moved out of Dorchester and Roxbury and into Brookline, under redistricting maps a group of minority activists will push on Monday.

The group, the Mass Black Empowerment Coalition, is holding an 11:30 a.m. presser in Room 167 at the State House on Monday.  Read more

Mattapan ABCD offers assistance for HUD foreclosure loans

By 
Michael Caprio, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 8, 2011

The Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. center in Mattapan will be providing pre-application assistance for distressed homeowners interested in $50,000 foreclosure prevention loans offered through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Read more

Urban hike will explore Dorchester’s walking environment

By 
Michael Caprio, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 8, 2011

On July 19, a group led by city officials will walk along Dorchester Avenue from Fields Corner to Peabody Square to explore the walking environment of the busy Dorchester thruway.  Read more

Hearing examines proposed crackdown on problem properties

By 
Callum Borchers, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 7, 2011

Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey: Testified during Wednesday's City Council hearing. Photo by Callum BorchersBoston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey: Testified during Wednesday's City Council hearing. Photo by Callum BorchersThe Menino Administration explained Wednesday the discretion implied in a proposed city ordinance that would bill negligent landlords for police details at properties that generate frequent service calls. A city task force organized by the Mayor's office unveiled its first likely target on Tuesday: A Roxbury three-decker that has been a chronic source of 911 emergency calls in recent months.

Addressing the City Council’s Committee on Government Operations, Corporation Counsel Bill Sinnott stressed the legislation’s benchmarks—referral to the newly formed Problem Properties Task Force after four serious crime calls in a year’s time, monetary charges after eight—are simply guidelines.

“What the city wants to emphasize,” Sinnott said, “is this is not a numerical exercise. The numbers are there as a trigger, as a prompt for the city to take action to address the problems and to look for solutions.”  Read more