Editorial: Common-sense reforms for ‘Sober Homes’; Chuck Turner's fall

A Reporter story published last month after a multi-week probe into the operation of so-called sober homes in the city raises important policy questions that demand answers from the industry and from our city and state governments. The report— done in partnership with Northeastern University’s Initiative For Investigative Reporting — found that local authorities have virtually no regulatory controls over these homes. Alarmingly, neither city nor state government officials could tell us with any level of certainty just how many such homes exist in our neighborhoods.  Read more

Report: Agreements with nonprofits are potential govt. revenue source

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Nov. 30, 2010

Some cities and towns burdened by diminished state aid may want to look toward agreements with non-profits, universities and other charitable organizations currently exempt from paying property taxes for an additional source of revenue, according to a new report.

A study released Tuesday by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy found that some, but not all, communities could find an untapped revenue stream in PILOT programs, or payment-in-lieu-of taxes, to help pay for public services that have been stretched thin during the recession.  Read more

Melville-Park group pushes to shift polling place

A correction has been attached to this article.

The Melville Park Neighborhood Association is petitioning the city’s elections department to change their present polling location at Oliver Wendell Holmes School, citing little available parking and low turnout.  Read more

Mystery rock: Was memorial meant to honor WWI hero?

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 24, 2010

The plaque-less stone monument in Savin Hill’s McConnell Park. 	Ed Forry photoThe plaque-less stone monument in Savin Hill’s McConnell Park. Ed Forry photo

Savin Hill resident Heidi Moesinger has probably walked by the mysterious stone in McConnell Park hundreds of times, never knowing why it was there.

The stone, which sits about 50 feet from the park’s playground, is surrounded by a low, black fence and rests on a small hill overlooking the beach.

On the side facing the ocean, a faint, oval-shaped shadow and drill holes remain, suggesting that the stone was adorned with a plaque in the past. According to local residents, the rock has been sitting there for more than 60 years, but despite the fact that it looks to be some kind of monument, no one seems to be sure what it is meant to honor.  Read more

Merchants, residents cheers new Main Streets for Mattapan Square

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 18, 2010

Mattapan Square has finally been designated for a branch of Boston’s Main Streets program, which has helped revitalize several other neighborhood business districts over the last 15 years. As the twentieth  Main Streets district, Mattapan Square’s application was accepted in August of this year and formally designated in early November by Mayor Tom Menino.  Read more

Parish-themed bash aims to help Leahy-Holloran Community Center

By Jackie Gentile, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 18, 2010

Any first encounter between two residents of Dorchester is as likely to begin with, “What’s your parish?” as it is with “What street do you live on.” While the neighborhood’s much-celebrated patchwork of Catholic parishes has yielded prominence to include other points of reference over the years, its relevance lives on.

Now comes a major fundraiser scheduled for Thanksgiving week: A “What Parish Are You From?” event to benefit the city-owned Leahy-Holloran Community Center fundraiser will be held next Friday, Nov. 26, at the Victory Road Armory. The evening will include cocktails, a cash bar, disc jockey and, of course, a major lure, in this case a $10,000 drawing.  Read more

Mildred Ave. event connects students to financial aid

Reporter Staff
Nov. 16, 2010

An event on Wednesday afternoon at Mattapan's Mildred Avenue Community Center will help prospective college students connect with financial aid opportunities. The event, sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA), will take place from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Organizers say the main goal is to make students aware of the importance of postsecondary education and the financial aid resources that are available to assist them.  Read more

Main Streets' main event: Tiki-Tini set for Nov. 17

Reporter Staff
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

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