Civics

Urban Safari event was huge success

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Volunteers, sponsors sought for beach festival on Aug. 8

To the Editor:
The Friends of Savin Hill Shores and the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association invite you to The Dorchester Beach Festival on August 8th at Savin Hill and Malibu Beaches from 11a.m. to 4p.m. The one-day outdoor event features games, interactive presentations and activities celebrating the ever-improving Dorchester waterfront.  Read more

Builder outlines plans for a four-story apartment building in Fields Corner

By 
Mike Deehan, Contributing Editor
Jul. 16, 2009

Plans for a new housing development on Adams Street were presented by the Boston Redevelopment Authority at a neighborhood meeting on Tuesday evening at the Kit Clark Senior Services Center in Fields Corner. The proposed building would be built at the corner of Adams and Dickens streets, at 252-254 Adams Street and would stand four stories tall. The building would provide 15 individual single and two bedroom units.  Read more

Produce with side of art at Ashmont Farmers' Market

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 16, 2009

“Hey, you want some art with those artichokes?”
Last Friday, a 9 foot-tall papier-mâché giraffe made by kids in the Dot Art greeted customers who flocked to the opening of the brand new farmers market in Peabody
Square/ Ashmont Station. The copper-and-gold spotted herbivore seemed to indicate that the weekly bazaar was the place to feed the spirit as well as the belly.
Market organizers —which included St. Mark’s Area Main Street (SMAMS)— looked to other successful ventures for ideas on which vendors to invite.  Read more

Fields Corner Civic Assn. hails those who made a difference

By 
Geoff Buteau, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 24, 2009

More than 60 people including Mayor Tom Menino, state Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor Maureen Feeney gathered at the Blarney Stone on Dorchester Avenue in Fields Corner last Wednesday to honor area civic leaders, business people, and community servants in the private, public and non-profit sectors for their contributions to the Fields Corner neighborhood.  Read more

Health Insurance??? Who does not have it? Who needs it?

There are so many reasons why people do not have health insurance. It is not offered through my employer, it is so expensive, I don't know how to get it on my own... Are any of these really worth the penalty? It is now a law in Massachusetts for all residents to have health insurance. I am sure a lot of people got hit with the tax penalty in April if you did not have proof of health insurance for 2008. The fee that you may be forced to pay in April 2010 may be more than $1,000 depending on your situation. Why throw this money away?  Read more

Activists take aim at adult buyers in teen drinking crackdown

A coalition of activists who have been working to reduce alcohol and drug abuse in the neighborhood are taking direct aim at adults who buy booze for under-age drinkers this week. The Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition (DSAC) will roll out a “sticker shock” campaign today, placing warning labels on cases of beer and brown bags at Harbor Point Liquors on Morrissey Boulevard. The stickers read, “Hey You!!  Read more

Mattapan bus plan evokes doubts, anger

Members of the Mattapan community hammered Gov. Deval Patrick's transportation czar this week over a proposal to replace the Route 28 bus and extend the Silver Line to Mattapan Square. At a Tuesday night transportation "summit" held in Boston Public Library's Mattapan branch and organized by Dorchester's State House delegation, Transportation Secretary James Aloisi fended off a flurry of questions from about 60 community members, many of whom expressed anger at being left out of the loop on the proposal.  Read more

A look at today''s big parade line-up

Parade GuyParade GuyToday's Dorchester Day Parade starts at 1 p.m. in Lower Mills and follows Dorchester Avenue to Columbia Rd. Here's the final roster of today's parade. See you out there!  Read more

Summer's start greeted with salute to veterans past and present

Memorial Day Parade 2009: Jerry Hurley of Lower Mills watched the Memorial Day Parade pass Dorchester Park on Monday, May 25, 2009. Photo by Chris LovettMemorial Day Parade 2009: Jerry Hurley of Lower Mills watched the Memorial Day Parade pass Dorchester Park on Monday, May 25, 2009. Photo by Chris LovettDorchester's traditional observation of Memorial Day began at 10 a.m. on Monday with a parade from Lower Mills to Cedar Grove Cemetery, where a huge crowd gathered to honor neighborhood veterans and remember those lost in the nation's conflicts dating back to the Civil War.