Mattapan CDC prepares to submit plans for Morton St. apartments to city, state

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
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

Focusing on the needs of our veterans

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

Saluting our veterans

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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Election seen as pivotal for Hub’s NAACP branch

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 10, 2010

Bill OwensBill OwensMichael CurryMichael CurryBoston’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

Meeting tonight: Walkway planned for Lower Mills span

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 10, 2010

Lower Mills Railroad BridgeLower Mills Railroad BridgeThe 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

Done deal: Caritas Christi closes sale to NY firm

Reporter Staff
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. 17 meeting set for Lower Mills bridge project

Reporter Staff
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

Conference to help city churches make sorely needed renovations

Alex Owens Special to the Reporter
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

SPECIAL REPORT: At ‘sober homes,’ issues of safety inside, safeguards outside

Pat Tarantino and Stephen Kurkjian, Special to the Reporter
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

Voting tips from elections department

Boston's Elections Department just sent out an email with some tips on voting. There will be 1,700 poll workers tomorrow in Boston's 254 precincts and 157 polling locations, with over 400 workers fluent in a second language. Full email below:  Read more