Nov. 12, 2010
Defying the cold and dark, two local groups are bringing back summer to support economic development in Dorchester. St. Mark’s Area Main Street (SMAMS) and Fields Corner Main Street (FCMS) will host Tiki-Tini – the sixth annual Martinis on the Avenue fundraiser – on Wednesday, November 17, 7 p.m. at the Blarney Stone, 1505 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester. Read more
Nov. 11, 2010
The Mattapan Community Development Corporation announced a major construction project in the works for Morton St. at a community meeting at Mildred Ave. on Wednesday evening. The project, dubbed "Morton St. Homes" will add a $2 Million apartment building from 757 to 769 Morton St. The building is planned to include rental housing units 36 low to moderate income families, as well as 7,800 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. The CDC has been in talks with local banks in an attempt to open a branch in the area. Other amenities will include a 30-space parking lot and a 7,000 ft. green space on the level above the ground floor. Read more
Nov. 11, 2010
On Thursday, November 11th, we observe Veterans Day. As a nation, we thank our veterans for their service to our country and remember the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. All veterans put their lives at risk to protect the freedom, democracy and liberty that, as Americans, we all enjoy. We should all recognize their patriotic call of service by showing them the respect and admiration they deserve. Read more
Definition of a Veteran
A veteran-whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve, is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America,’ for an amount of, up to and including my life.” That is Honor and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.”
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Nov. 10, 2010
Boston’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Branch will hold elections later this month— and the contest between two men seeking to lead the group is increasingly viewed as a referendum on the group’s future.
Former State Senator Bill Owens and local attorney Michael Curry are both vying to succeed Karen Payne, who stepped down as president of the Boston chapter earlier this year to run for state representative. Members of the NAACP will vote in a secret ballot election on November 29 from 5-9 p.m. at Roxbury Community College. The two men will appear in a debate set for Nov. 22 at the Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury. Read more
Nov. 10, 2010
The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has scheduled a meeting for Nov. 17 to talk up plans to convert a former railroad bridge over the Neponset River in Lower Mills into a pedestrian bridge. Read more
Nov. 8, 2010
The sale of six hospitals in the Caritas Christi to an affiliate of a New York capital management firm is complete, officials said Monday.
The finalization of the multi-million dollar deal, with Cerberus Capital Management, LP, comes after sign-offs from the state Supreme Judicial Court, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and the state Department of Public Health. The Vatican and the Archdiocese of Boston also approved the sale, which turns the system into a for-profit institution.
The six hospitals include Carney Hospital in Dorchester, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Norwood Hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, and Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. Read more
Nov. 5, 2010
A public meeting is set for Nov. 17 for Department of Conservation and Recreation officials to talk up plans to convert Lower Mills’ former railroad bridge over the Neponset River into a pedestrian bridge.
Built in 1917, the bridge is between Dorchester and Milton and was aimed at serving the Walter Baker Chocolate Factory, which has since been converted into condominiums. The agency’s plans now aim for the bridge to connect the Neponset River Greenway’s pedestrian and bicycle paths and the condominiums. Read more
Nov. 4, 2010
Dorchester’s spiritual community has borne firsthand witness to the community’s history, which stretches back nearly four centuries. It was members of a church community, the First Parish Church, that founded this city within a city. After decades of service to their neighborhoods, many of Dorchester’s church buildings are daue for a much needed facelift, and their congregations are turning to the city’s historical organizations for aid. Read more
Nov. 4, 2010
Second of two parts.
Three years ago, a series of newspaper articles raised serious questions of safety and supervision in the operation of so-called “sober homes” throughout the city of Boston, prompting city and state political leaders to call for desperately needed reforms to assure that recovering substance abusers who lived in these homes had a chance for recovery.
The articles in the Boston Herald and the Bay State Banner found poor living conditions in many sober homes, including the fact that two men had fatally overdosed in one Roxbury sober-living complex, spurring local and state officials and leaders in the fight against substance abuse to call for controls on the homes to make certain that residents received the help they needed to stay clean while ensuring the homes did not pose a safety threat to neighbors.
“We don’t fund them, but we need to have oversight over them,” Senator Steven A. Tolman (D-Brighton) said in a 2007 interview with the Herald. “The neighborhoods have to have recourse if they are run inappropriately.’’
Three years later, little has changed. None of the proposed rules and standards meant to ensure safe living conditions inside the homes have been enacted, nor have any safeguards been put in place for neighbors concerned about the operation of these homes. In fact, an investigation by the Dorchester Reporter has found, no one inside Boston City Hall or the State House can state with accuracy how many sober homes exist in the city or how many people live in them. Read more