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
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.
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
CNN'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
Sep. 15, 2010
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
Jun. 30, 2010
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has extended by more than a month the public comment period for the Neponset River Trail extension. Comments will now be accepted, by email or phone, through August 14. DCR also has scheduled two site walks — on July 22 and July 26— to explore the different alternatives for the trail’s extension into Mattapan and/or Milton. Read more
The owner of the site that once housed an Adams St. bowling alley says he’s making another run at building a mix of residential units and commercial space.
Saying he had been absent because of a heart attack a year and a half ago, owner Tam Tran told the Fields Corner Civic Association on Tuesday that he will come back to the group in September to present new plans for the site. Read more
Jun. 18, 2010
Jun. 18, 2010
Good news this week for those who enjoy the annual Dorchester Beach Festival. Organizers have secured a $4,000 grant for this year’s celebration from the group Save the Harbor / Save the Bay. The funding from the Better Beaches Small Grants Program supports programming on the metropolitan region’s public beaches and are made possible by a $25,000 grant from The Boston Foundation, $25,000 of in-kind support from theDepartment of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and financial support of Save the Harbor’s corporate partners. Read more