Civics

Codman Square Health Center may purchase Dot Ave. building

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 7, 2010

The Codman Square Health Center is eyeing the ODWIN Learning Center’s Dorchester Ave. headquarters, officials with the health center said this week. The health center’s board of directors last week gave the go-ahead for the center, located in Peabody Square, to explore a purchase of the property.  Read more

Council presses BPL officials on finances, branch closings

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 7, 2010

Councillor Charles Yancey: Presses BPL to keep branches openCouncillor Charles Yancey: Presses BPL to keep branches openFour libraries, including the Boston Public Library system’s Lower Mills branch, remain slated for closure next spring and both proponents and opponents are digging in for a battle over the Menino administration proposal.

Several city councillors and a number of library activists this week reiterated their opposition to the closures as administration officials asked for patience and said they were pushing ahead with meetings in each of the four communities – Lower Mills, South Boston, Brighton, and East Boston – affected by potential closures in each of those neighborhoods.

City Councillor Charles Yancey, who chaired a Post Audit Committee hearing into the library system’s finances on Monday, said he was seeking to “lower the temperature” and “detoxify” what he called a “poisoned” atmosphere.

“We’re going to do whatever we can to find resources” to keep the libraries open, he said after the hearing.  Read more

View from Pope's Hill: Barbara's Back!

This is my favorite time of year. I love the colors of autumn. Hubby and I were fortunate to be in New Hampshire just as autumn officially began. Marty Allen had organized a trip to Indian Head in Lincoln, New Hampshire, near Cannon Mountain. There was a full busload of seniors assembling in Florian Hall’s parking lot early on Sept. 23. We saw Gerard pull up in a truck and deliver boxed lunches, water, and a large coffee urn to the bus, which we knew were to be our lunches for that day. Everyone in our group arrived early so we left Boston just about 15 minutes early.  Read more

Mattapan celebrates fall with Farmer's Market Harvest Fest

By 
Reporter Staff
Oct. 2, 2010

Farmers Market CelebrationFarmers Market CelebrationThe Mattapan Farmers’ Market celebrated its Fall Harvest Day on Saturday morning. The farmers' market is held each Saturday in the parking lot of the Church of the Holy Spirit. Pictured above are volunteers from the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition along with State Rep.  Read more

Library supporters asked to be 'patient' as city regroups on branch closings

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 1, 2010

A Menino administration official on Thursday night pleaded for patience from residents pushing to keep open libraries slated for closure. Justin Holmes, who handles constituent engagement for the mayor, said the administration had spent the summer in conversations with elected leaders over the proposal to close four branch libraries.

Supporters of the city’s libraries met with Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan and other library officials at the Copley Square branch Thursday night.  Read more

BPL president to meet with library activists

Boston Public Library system president Amy Ryan is scheduled to meet tonight with activists and groups that support the branches.

The agenda includes a review of the system's financial status and plans for upcoming community outreach efforts.

The Menino administration has proposed shuttering four library branches, including the one in Lower Mills.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the orientation room of the central library in Copley Square.

(UPDATED) Watchdog group: Boston ended FY 2010 with $9.1m surplus, but...

Boston's coffers ended fiscal year 2010 with a $9.1 million surplus, a fiscal watchdog group reports.

The Boston Municipal Research Bureau said Monday that the $9.1 million represents represents 0.4 percent of that fiscal year's $2.3 billion in spending.

But let's not start jumping around and compiling a list of programs to restore to full funding just yet.

Sam Tyler, head of the BMRB, notes, "This is money that has to be reserved for fiscal 2012."  Read more

King brings national spotlight to Codman Square's big night

John King, OFDJohn King, OFDCNN's John King, broadcasting live alongside Gov. Deval Patrick during last night's Men Cook for Women's Health gala, shows off a souvenir: an Originally from Dorchester bumper sticker. King, who grew up on King Street, told viewers of his "John King USA" program that he intends to find a home for the sticker on the set of his show's studio, which is already layered with Boston sports and political memorabilia. King appeared live from the tented gala several times during his hour-long program and served up food from the Ashmont Grill to guests. At left is Bill Walczak, executive director of the Codman Square Health Center, which sponsors the annual gala to raise funds for women's health programs. Other notable attendees who served as celebrity chefs included the Sen. Scott Brown, former Gov. Mike Dukakis, and the Reporter's own publisher Ed Forry, who dished out servings from the City Fresh Foods alongside Gov. Patrick.  Read more

Tonight: Party helps bring new life to old Dot barn

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 15, 2010

The Clapp family barn. Peggy Mullen photoThe Clapp family barn. Peggy Mullen photo

Editor's Note: The Dorchester Historical Society invites you to invest in the future of Dorchester by supporting its past tonight by attending the “Save Our Barn” Gala, 6 p.m. Tickets are still available. For more info, go to www.dorchesterhistoricalsociety.org
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McDonald's owner seeks drive-thru at Gallivan restaurant

It’s long been the fast food equivalent of the Holy Grail for those in the burger-and-fry business on Gallivan Boulevard: a drive-thru. Tonight, the owner of the McDonald’s restaurant on Gallivan Boulevard will gallantly attempt to persuade neighbors in Cedar Grove that it’s time to install one there — despite a long history of community opposition dating back to the mid-1960s.

Jeff Brewster, who owns and operates several McDonald’s in the Boston area, will make his case in front of the full membership of the Cedar Grove Civic Association, which meets tonight at 7 p.m. at St. Brendan’s Fr. Lane Hall.  Read more