May. 25, 2010
Supporters of the Lower Mills branch library on Monday night pushed back against the forming of a Boston Public Library task force to handle “transitioning of services” as the City Council weighs Mayor Thomas Menino’s proposal to close the Richmond St. building.
Some of the sharpest criticism, directed at Boston Public Library officials who had gathered the task force at Caritas Carney Hospital, came from state Sen. Jack Hart. “I think we’re heading in the wrong direction here,” said Hart, a South Boston Democrat. Read more
May. 20, 2010
The state Department of Conservation and Recreation unveiled five proposals aimed at extending a path along the Neponset River from Milton’s Central Avenue to Mattapan Square this week. The proposed one-mile extension will connect Pope John Paul II Park, a 72-acre area between the expressway and the Neponset River marshes, to the Neponset Valley Parkway in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Currently, the 2.5-mile trail links Pope John Paul II Park to Central Ave. Read more
The Lower Mills Civic Association on Tuesday voted to urge city councillors to reject the firefighters' arbitration award. Read more
May. 19, 2010
By Reporter Staff
The Reporter has learned that Boston Public Library officials are organizing a meeting for this Monday, May 24, to form a task force as they move forward with their plans to close the Lower Mills Library. The meeting is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Monday at Carney Hospital, in the president’s board room.
Koren Stembridge, the BPL’s chief director of partnerships, said Wednesday that the meeting would discuss “transitioning services from the library.” The meeting, she said, is open to the public, although the Reporter had not been officially notified about the meeting as of press time this week. Stembridge said that the meeting was announced at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Lower Mills Civic Association. Read more
May. 7, 2010
Apr. 15, 2010
In these hard times, it’s up to us, Dorchester’s residents and to our city councillors to save the Lower Mills Library and services at all our branches. We need to count on our two Dorchester Councillors, Maureen Feeney and Charles Yancey, and our four at-large councillors, Stephen Murphy, John Connolly, Ayanna Pressley, and Felix Arroyo to stand with us.
If each of these six politicians fights for the Lower Mills Library and services to all libraries, and if enough Dorchester residents add their donations and time, then the libraries will be saved. Read more
Apr. 13, 2010
The Boston Centers for Youth and Families will pull out of eight facilities, including the Marshall community center in Dorchester and the Mattahunt community center in Mattapan, the agency's executive director told city councillors on Wednesday. The announcement comes ahead of Mayor Thomas Menino filing his fiscal 2011 budget with the City Council on Wednesday. Read more
Boston Public Library trustees voted Friday to close four branches, including the one in Lower Mills.
But City Councillors At-Large Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley, and West Roxbury's Councillor John Tobin vowed to fight to keep all the branches open when the city council gets the proposed budget next week. Read more
In this week's Reporter:
-- Why did state Sen. Jack Hart walk out of a meeting with state transportation officials? Answer in link.
-- Anger over potential library branch closures continues to mount. The Boston Public Library trustees will vote on closure proposals tomorrow morning, along with the library system's fiscal 2011 budget. Read more
Apr. 2, 2010
Days before the Boston Public Library’s board of trustees is expected to vote on whether to close branches or pare back hours, the head of the library system spoke today with a group of community reporters at the main branch in Copley Square. Read more