Residents in Dorchester and Mattapan are urged to boil water before drinking this afternoon after a water main break in Weston, MA prompted the Mass Water Resources Authority to activate its back-up water supply. The MWRA says that water now available in Boston and surrounding communities east of Weston is safe for bathing, but not for drinking- unless the water is boiled first. The agency is urging residents to try to conserve water use. Updates will be posted at the MWRA's emergency Read more
Apr. 30, 2010
The Morrissey Boulevard drawbridge has been fixed, state transportation officials said Friday afternoon.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation made the announcement at around 3:30 p.m. on its Twitter account.
The Morrissey Boulevard Bridge was stuck in an upright position Friday afternoon, sending traffic on either side down onto Freeport Street and Dorchester side-streets. Read more
The Boston Water and Sewer Commission came in for a drubbing Tuesday night from members of the Fields Corner Civic Association who aired their gripes about the agency’s role in the flooding that accompanied last month’s heavy rainfall.
“At first, Boston Water and Sewer wanted to tell me it was ground water. Okay, well, ground water does not come in as fast, ground water does not come through a hole in a cast iron sewer line,” said Alan Issokson from H. Levenbaum Companies Real Estate and Insurance on Dorchester Ave, whose building was flooded by about five feet of water. Read more
Time for some absurdly premature and reckless speculation about the mayor’s race in 2013.
Mayor Thomas Menino’s hiring of state Rep. Marie St. Fleur as his chief of advocacy and strategic investment set tongues wagging inside and outside the walls of City Hall last week, with some believing he in essence picked his successor. (Assuming, of course, that Menino does not run for a sixth term, which remains unclear.) Read more
State Rep. Marie St. Fleur, an Uphams Corner Democrat who announced in February that she wouldn’t be running for reelection, will join Mayor Thomas Menino’s cabinet this summer.
As Menino’s chief of advocacy and strategic investment, she will coordinate education, job creation, and immigration initiatives supported by local, state, and federal programs and investments. St. Fleur will be succeeding Michael Contompasis, who is stepping down as director of Menino’s Intergovernmental Relations Office for work in the private sector. Read more
Freshman state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain) appears likely to face opposition this year, with Democrat Hassan Williams making it onto the ballot. Another Democrat, Don C. Dingle, has submitted signatures as part a challenge to state Sen. Jack Hart (D - South Boston) according to the City Elections Department. Read more
City is facing House action on library closings; Amendments cutting funding expected to pass; BPL responds
House lawmakers expect to pass amendments to their version of the state budget this week demanding that the city keep all 26 libraries open. Boston Public Library officials, in turn, say the amendments could lead to further cutbacks and layoffs. Read more
Residents of Dorchester’s Port Norfolk neighborhood have been waiting too long for the clean-up of a 14-acre lot for about 30 years, they say. And it appears they’ll have to wait a while longer. “That’s been put off about a year,” said Wendy Fox, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, the agency that owns the property. Read more
The nation’s top immigration official appealed for help last week as his agency struggles to convince undocumented Haitian nationals living in the U.S. before last January’s earthquake to apply for temporary legal status. Ali Mayorkas, director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), addressed a gathering of immigration lawyers and activists at the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in downtown Boston last Friday. Read more
Two charged with murder in courthouse parking lot
Boston Police last week charged two men for a murder last month in the parking lot used by visitors to Dorchester District Court.
One of the two suspects, Mario H. Burns, 37, had been arrested two weeks ago as an accessory after the fact for the March 29 murder of Charles Cantave of Hyde Park. Also charged today with his murder: Cornelius Evans, 35. Read more
Apr. 22, 2010
When the new year dawned in January, Bill Roper made his way to his place of business on Granite Avenue, just as he had for the better part of the last five decades. Read more
A correction has been appended to this article.
A city panel that monitors developers and contractors for compliance with construction employment standards would have to submit monthly reports to the mayor and City Council under a local ordinance councillors are proposing. Read more
State transportation officials say it’s too early to tell what the effects of re-constructing the Neponset River Bridge are going to be on traffic. Construction started on the 40-year-old bridge, which connects Quincy and Dorchester, last week, leading to several lanes being shut down on bridge that sees 70,700 vehicles every day.
Ann Dufresne, a transportation department spokeswoman, said officials have not yet seen a need to alter their plan for lane closures. “That tells us so far so good,” she told the Reporter yesterday. Read more
Apr. 22, 2010
The decision of the McCormack Civic Association’s board of directors to share revenue generated by a proposed billboard with other local civic organizations drew heat from association members Tuesday. Read more
Repairs to a 108-year-old building in Uphams Corner. Extensive fixes to the masonry of the Boston Adult Technical Academy in Mattapan. And a new schoolyard at the Mather School, the first public elementary school in America, in the Meetinghouse Hill section of Dorchester.
Those are some of the projects included in the five-year capital plan Mayor Thomas Menino is proposing. The city is expected to spend $131 million in fiscal year 2011 on capital expenditures. Much of the plan, filed as a companion to the city’s $2.5 billion operating budget, focuses on maintenance. Read more
Offer amendments to make $3M for BPL in state budget contingent on all staying open
As a neighborhood campaign gears up to stop the proposed closing of the Lower Mills library, lawmakers in the House are making a bid to withhold money from the city unless city officials can guarantee that none of the 26 Boston libraries will be shut down. Twelve House lawmakers who represent Boston neighborhoods have filed amendments to the House’s version of the state budget that would send $3 million to the Boston Public Library system, the sum being contingent on the city not closing any libraries. Read more
Jose Jobson of Chelsea was ordered held without bail today on charges he beat his pregnant girlfriend so badly at a Dorchester apartment that doctors had to induce labor to save the baby, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. The baby, a girl, is doing fine, a spokesman said today. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a man found with a gunshot wound around 7 p.m. on Sunday at 20 Irma St. was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center not long after.
Police said he was 22 and black, but declined further identification.
The murder is the fourth in a year in an area stretching three blocks on either side of Blue Hill Avenue. Read more
A fast-moving stove fire at 911 Morton Street quickly went to three alarms and left one firefighter with a cut hand and another with exhaustion, the Boston Fire Department says. Read more
Apr. 16, 2010
House lawmakers are pushing to save four libraries slated for closure in the city's fiscal 2011 budget. In a bid to keep the libraries open, twelve House lawmakers who represent Boston filed amendments Friday to the House's version of the state budget that send $3 million to the Boston Public Library system. Read more