Gov. Deval Patrick, who traveled the country bashing former Gov. Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election, must have felt a special kinship with his predecessor in the last few weeks. Patrick, a close friend of President Obama, frequently critiqued Romney and the one term Romney served before making a run at the White House. Read more
Aug. 1, 2013
A new anti-foreclosure and eviction defense program is launching a new effort in Mattapan this week. The Mattapan Initiative is a program of the Legal Services Center (LSC) of Harvard Law School. On Wednesday, July 31, there was a meet & greet luncheon with community leaders, elected officials, clergy, housing organizers and housing counselors at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library. Read more
Aug. 1, 2013
Michael Smith, a local barber formerly working in Neponset, has come a long way from cutting his friends’ hair in a makeshift basement barber shop during his high school years.
On July 19, Smith held the grand opening of his own shop, City Legends Barbershop. Located at 1173 Adams St in Lower Mills, the spacious shop offers parking out back and a video game station for waiting customers.
After cutting hair in Neponset for seven years, Smith, 27, spent three months doing haircuts in his customers’ homes while waiting for the perfect barbershop location to open up. Smith said that it was “a tough few months to get through,” but that he got lots of support from previous customers. Read more
Aug. 1, 2013
“It takes six weeks to make a revolution, six years to make an economy, and sixty years to make a civil society.” That’s what one person said when I was in Hungary this month about the challenge to the more than 30 countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union that are struggling still to build new societies after the end of communism in 1989. Read more
Mary McCarthy is tired of waiting. A civic leader in Port Norfolk’s neighborhood, she has been pushing for the clean-up of the 14-acre area known as the former Shaffer Paper site for years.
“We’re not sitting back on this,” she said. “We want this site cleaned up.”
In 2011, officials with the Department of Conservation and Recreation gave them a timeline: The project would be complete by 2014, with a budget of $4 million for remediation and construction. Read more
Jul. 31, 2013
The 6.25 percent sales tax will be temporarily suspended the weekend of Aug. 10 and 11, under a bill that sailed through the Legislature Wednesday and only requires the governor's signature to become law.
Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday he expects to sign the tax suspension law as long as the more than $20 million in foregone revenue is made up with other funds - concerns the bill addressed. Read more
The city will convene a meeting tonight (Aug. 1) to discuss the proposed re-use of the former Mattapan Library branch on Hazleton Street in Mattapan. The meeting will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the new library branch at 1350 Blue Hill Ave. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston will present a proposal to re-use the 13,700 square foot building. The city of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development put out a request for proposals to re-use the property earlier this year. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston was the only group to submit a proposal.
There’s a new lift-off date for the First Parish Church steeple: Tuesday, August 6. The steeple — which was taken down from the historic structure as part of a massive renovation project in 2006— has been carefully rebuilt on a vacant lot across the street from the church atop Meetinghouse Hill.
Church officials say that the steeple will be craned back into place on Tuesday morning, with work beginning on the Parish Street location around 6 a.m. “The steeple should be flying between 10 a.m. and noon,” according to a posting on the church’s Facebook page this week. Above, a view of the steeple as it made its careful descent in November 2006. Read more
Jul. 30, 2013
“My husband is running for mayor of Boston,” said Tchintcia Barros, who was standing outside the door as people poured out of the Route 27 bus on a Monday morning. “Good morning, my husband is running for mayor of Boston,” she said. “Good morning, my husband John Barros is running for mayor of Boston,” she said again as they hurried to catch the train.
“I’m not political,” one woman responded, heading into the Ashmont MBTA station. “I’m all set,” a second woman said, waving her hand. A third woman stopped and smiled as Tchintcia (pronounced chin-see-ah) handed her some campaign literature. Another commuter pulled headphones out of his ears to listen to her pitch. Read more
Jul. 29, 2013
As the Senate resumes debate on a $1.4 billion housing bond bill, immigrant rights advocates are calling on lawmakers to reject a proposal that will align state public housing requirements with federal standards, excluding several categories of immigrants from the public benefit. Read more
A spokesperson for Mayor Tom Menino today said that the mayor believes that a key city-owned parcel along the Fairmount Line in Uphams Corner should be redeveloped as a "transit oriented development"— a strong indication that the city will put the brakes on an emerging plan to turn the site into a warehouse for city street lights. Read more
The city of Boston today installed a new "hero square" at the intersection of Massachusetts Ave. and Columbia Road as a permanent memorial to a former Dorchester resident who lost his life while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. Sgt. Alberto D. Montrand was killed — along with three of his fellow soldiers— when an IED destroyed their Humvee in Feb. 2006. Sgt. Montrond, who was 27, left behind two children and his widow, Krystal. His mother Maria Montrond was on hand for today's ceremony, which featured remarks from Mayor Thomas M. Read more
A newly-minted city of Boston plan to store street poles and bucket trucks on a three-acre property near Uphams Corner is coming under fire from some stakeholders, who say that the city-owned site next to the Fairmount commuter rail line should be used for housing instead.
The 120,000 square foot Maxwell site, dominated by a sprawling, empty cardboard box warehouse, was seized by the city of Boston more than two years ago after its former owner lost the land to foreclosure. The existing warehouse on East Cottage Street is in dilapidated condition and must be torn down to accommodate whatever use comes next. Read more
Bill Walczak is a self-described “map freak.”
There are maps of Dorchester, Boston and New England all over the walls of his home up on Savin Hill. The maps show a Boston before parts were filled in to make new neighborhoods and new roads, before climate change entered the broader public conversation. Read more
August 13 is D-Day for 12th House candidates: Dems Cullinane and Everett in aggressive campaign efforts
The special elections just keep on coming. In less than three weeks, voters in parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Milton will choose the Democratic nominee in the race to replace Linda Dorcena Forry.
The Democratic primary for state representative, featuring three candidates who have all worked in some capacity on Beacon Hill, is set for Aug. 13. The winner will face off against two independents in the general special selection on Sept. 10. Read more
The city of Boston has formed a partnership with the Fiddlehead Theatre Company, which will be officially named the “resident theatre company” at the Strand Theatre during a public event scheduled for today. The designation will boost year-round activity at the landmark, city-owned theatre and guarantee that a minimum of two, high-caliber musicals will hit the stage for multi-week runs in the coming year. Read more
Jul. 25, 2013
From a young age, Dorchester resident George Deveney knew he wanted to be involved in education. As a child growing up in Gainesville, Florida, he said that his mother would tell him to go around the neighborhood and invite other kids to informal summer school classes on his back porch.
His mother, an educator who taught students from grade school to college, gave him the “education bug,” he said. It’s no surprise, then, that Deveney is now a prized part of City Year, a non-profit organization that partners with public schools to help keep at-risk youth in school and focused.
However, he wasn’t always so focused on school. Read more
A proposal to build 184 units on Columbia Point aimed at young professionals has received the go-ahead from the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the city’s planning and development agency. The project is just one of several developments planned for a neighborhood that has been often seen as separated from the rest of Dorchester, in part due to the Southeast Expressway cutting through it.
The “University Place Residences” project, at the corner where Day Boulevard and Mt. Vernon Street meet, will reach six stories, the same level as the office building next to it, and include a mix of housing: 67 studio apartments, 73 one-bedroom apartments, and 44 two-bedroom apartments. There will be 24 affordable housing units. Read more
Berklee College of Music will present a free, three-in-one concert of jazz and Caribbean music at the Strand Theatre on Friday evening at 7:30 that will showcase three Berklee groups featuring students from all over the world, including Brazil, Korea, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Read more
Jul. 25, 2013
Meaghan Overton, a South Shore native with roots in Dorchester, will replace Dan Larner as the executive director of St. Mark’s Area Main Street (SMAMS) on August 15.
Larner has served as the district’s Main Street director since 2000, and his highly successful term included leading the community through the redevelopment of the Ashmont MBTA station and Peabody Square. He is leaving SMAMS to pursue a new career in the government/public affairs sector.
Overton knows she has big shoes to fill, but said she’s excited for the challenge. Overton, who will turn 30 in August, is currently completing a graduate program in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. She has been interested in urban planning since she was an undergraduate at Hollins University in Virginia. Read more
Man in custody for second assault that may be linked to homicide
A South Boston woman who was abducted and later stabbed to death and dumped in a wooded section of Hyde Park was first driven to several ATM machines in Dorchester, according to Boston Police. Authorities released surveillance images on Wednesday afternoon as they sought the public's assistance in the investigation. Read more
Jul. 24, 2013
In the face of claims that higher taxes will hurt a slowly recovering economy, the House and Senate voted Wednesday to override Gov. Deval Patrick's veto of legislation raising taxes by $500 million to invest in transportation and other areas of the state budget.
The House voted 123-33 and the Senate 35-5 to override the governor's veto with two-thirds majorities in both branches. The tax increases are scheduled to take effect in seven days. Read more
There are 62 days, or two months, left until the Sept. 24 preliminary election.
-- Boston.com will be hosting mini-debates next month, set up similar to the MassINC/CommonWealth magazine forums at the Palm restaurant. The mini-debates will be held at the Globe Lab, inside the Boston Globe’s headquarters on Morrissey Blvd.
More details here; the schedule is below:
On August 7, 2013 at 7pm we welcome:
City Councilor Rob Consalvo
City Councilor Mike Ross
State Representative Martin "Marty" Walsh