Civics

St. Peter's Church organist performs at Open House

St. Peter's Church, Dorchester, MA: Video taken during the May 2 & 3 2009 Open House weekend. We're participating in the Partners in Preservation-Boston grant competition to win $100,000, and this event was part of it.

Parish of All Saints singers lend talents to St. Peter's efforts

This video was taken during our Open House weekend, May 2 & 3, 2009, of a few members of the Parish of All Saints choir. This event was part of our participation of the Partners in Preservation-Boston grant competition...we're trying to win the most number of votes on their web site http://partnersinpreservation.com

Comedy night, old school party to benefit Mattapan Pop Warner

Mattapan PatriotsMattapan PatriotsThe Mattapan Patriots Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading organization gears up for the 2009 season by having a fundraising event on Friday evening, May 22, 2009 at the Policeman Post located at 500 Morton St. ( American Legion Highway). Come out and get your laugh on with some really funny comedians: Lady Vain, Just Al and Steven Donovan will make you laugh.
After the show is the After Party. Playing the old school R & B and block party mixes will be DJ Joe Peters. After you laugh , it will be time to GET DOWN with the old school dances like the Wop, the Cabbage Patch, the Running Man, the Bus Stop, and the Prep. Tickets are $10. Food will be for sale at the party, cash bar.
Call Jonathon Gates at 617-590-8334 or e-mail jgates1963@aol.com to arrange to purchase your ticket.  Read more

UMass-Boston focusing on housing options

Peninsula Apartments: UMass discussed converting these privately owned apartments on Mt. Vernon St. into university-run student housing — a first on Columbia Point.Peninsula Apartments: UMass discussed converting these privately owned apartments on Mt. Vernon St. into university-run student housing - a first on Columbia Point.UMass-Boston officials have been quietly exploring plans to create university-run student housing near its Dorchester campus, including one proposal that would have converted a privately-owned apartment building on Columbia Point into dorms.  Read more

Mass. Ave. bike lane future is looking up

Bike lane advocates took a hit last week when a lawsuit meant to force the city to paint lanes on Mass Avenue was dismissed by Justice of the Superior Court Geraldine Hines. In the process, however, the bicyclists may have won a larger battle.  Read more

Peace walk draws hundreds on Mother's Day

2009 Walk for Peace: Participants in the 13th annual Mothers' Walk for Peace pass the Second Church of Dorchester on Sunday, May 10, 2009.2009 Walk for Peace: Participants in the 13th annual Mothers' Walk for Peace pass the Second Church of Dorchester on Sunday, May 10, 2009.  Read more

Patriotic flag display marked Vietnamese anniversary

Flags along the Ave.Flags along the Ave.Despite allegations to the contrary made on a local blog, last week’s display of some 400 Vietnamese and American flags which sprouted on scores of Vietnamese-owned businesses across the neighborhood was the work of a volunteer committee working to mark the anniversary of South Vietnam’s collapse in 1975.  Read more

‘Enhanced’ Blue Hill bus line could resemble rapid transit

A bus on the Silver LineA bus on the Silver LineState and city leaders this week announced a $100 million federal stimulus project to greatly improve public transportation along Blue Hill Avenue from Mattapan to Dudley Square, including a new connection to South Station.

It isn’t the light rail service that Roxbury’s transportation advocates have clamored for since the Orange Line was pulled off Washington Street in the late ’80s. And many in Mattapan were taken aback after being left out of the loop on the new proposal. Yet, it is a direct connection to downtown from a host of underserved neighborhoods in Mattapan and Dorchester and transportation advocates seem to be warming up to the plan.  Read more

April tax receipts crash, state deficit nears $1 billion

By 
Jim O'Sullivan and Michael Norton, State House News Service
May. 4, 2009

Less than three weeks after estimating a deficit as high as $550 million for the rest of the fiscal year, Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday that the actual gap could hit $953 million, as state tax collections fell at warp speed last month, nearly $1 billion below April 2008 and $456 million shy of already downgraded projections for the month.  Read more

Message to vandals: Not on our watch

Whoever plastered the Neponset Greenway with racist and homophobic graffiti this week should know: This neighborhood won’t tolerate your nonsense. State Police and the Boston Police Department are probing the case and it could very well result in serious charges.

And for good reason. This was not a victim-less crime.  Read more