As the skeletal arc of the new Ashmont Station finally begins to reach into the sky in Peabody Square, many are beginning to wonder if it will ever be fully fleshed out. Delays have pushed the first phase of the project nearly 11 months behind schedule, and the second phase isn't set to be put out to bid until June of this year. It would be awarded in July, starting a 16-month long journey to what MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo called "substantial completion" in December 2010. Read more
Mar. 26, 2009
A Dorchester poet who used her writing skills to cope with a series of miscarriages has just won New Women's Voices Prize in Poetry from Finishing Line Press for "Hawk Weather," her first poetry chapbook. The title poem by Anna Ross celebrates the fierce majesty of birds of prey and explores the links between beauty, loss, and death â€” themes that reappear throughout the collection.
A few years ago the Ashmont resident learned from an ultrasound that there was no longer a heartbeat in the fetus she was carrying. Read more
The Dorchester leg of the Red Line will be shut down again this weekend as workers continue construction at Ashmont Station. The two-day hiatus will be repeated for a final weekend on April 4 and 5. Buses along Dorchester Avenue will replace train service between JFK-UMass and Ashmont on Saturday and Sunday. The T says that the shut-downs will also allow contractors â€œinstall additional improvements at Savin Hill station.â€ Customers can call the MBTA Construction Hotline at 617-222-6757 with additional questions.
Carlos Henriquez said this week he is definitely running for the District 7 City Council seat, adding that incumbent Chuck Turner has the right heart but the wrong tactics, and is distracted form his duties in the Council by the need to defend himself from federal corruption charges. Read more
If you make a stink, it will sink.
That could be the lesson the owners of the Bayside Expo Center take to heart this week after the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority board of directors voted, 7-3, to sink underground a controversial odor control facility on Columbia Point. Read more
Mar. 26, 2009
A new state audit has concluded that Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to use civilian flaggers instead of police officers at highway construction projects won't save as much money as predicted.
The report from Auditor Joseph DeNucci also concluded Patrick's plan could have a negative impact on public safety by removing up to 885 police officers a week from the extra street duty.
The administration had hoped the use of civilian flaggers on state-funded projects could save up to $7.2 million a year, but DeNucci said the top savings are probably closer to $5.6 million. Read more
A trace amount of vapors from the dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethylene, also known as perc, has been detected at the Mildred Avenue Middle School in Mattapan. The school was completed in 2003 on a handful of formerly industrial sites that were cleaned up and patched together by the city.
Boston Public Schools and the Department of Environmental Protection both agree that the amount detected in air quality tests is not enough to be threat to students, but plans are being made to address the problem before it gets any worse. Read more
Mar. 26, 2009
Undergraduates at UMass-Boston and other public college campuses wonâ€™t be getting as big a fee hike as expected in their bills come later this year.
Originally set at a $1,500 spike, students could see a hike as small $300, due to $162 million in federal stimulus funds that Gov. Deval Patrick is directing to the stateâ€™s public colleges and universities in a bid to stall fee hikes and prevent cuts in faculty and programs. Read more
Mar. 26, 2009
Saying thousands of mostly urban residents face non-renewal of auto insurance policies on April 1, Senator Jack Hart has proposed a six-month extension of the deadline in an attempt to address the issue.
Hart told the News Service Tuesday that he believes insurers, during the transition from regulated rates to managed competition, are â€œcherry-pickingâ€ policyholders and leaving by the wayside many urban drivers, including minorities and low-income drivers. Read more
The funding for teachers at preschools for three- and four-year-olds in nine Boston Center for Youth and Families community centers has been cut for next year, potentially leaving hundreds of parents and toddlers in the lurch. Read more
The man who has been asked to pioneer a new management model for three very different Catholic parishes likes to be called, simply, "Fr. Jack."
It even says so on his business card. Read more
A first for Vietnamese-Americans in the city
Hiep Q. Nguyen, a community activist and accountant who came to Boston in 1991, has confirmed that he will be running for City Council at-Large. At 26, he may be the youngest candidate in this yearâ€™s race. And according to many, he is the first Vietnamese-American ever to run for the council in Boston. Read more
Mar. 23, 2009
UMass undergraduates, bracing for an expected $1,500 fee increase, appear in line for some relief thanks to federal stimulus funds aimed toward the coffers of the state's public higher education system. Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to announce the restoration of funds cut from the higher education on Tuesday at UMass-Boston, according to Education Secretary Paul Reville. A press conference has been scheduled at the university's Campus Center. Read more
Mar. 23, 2009
Thereâ€™s a new lacrosse team in Boston, and it has been a long time in coming. Read more
The Dorchester branch of the Red Line will be shut down this weekend as the T completes what it calls the â€œfinal phase of demolitionâ€ at Ashmont station. Buses along Dorchester Avenue will replace train service on Saturday and Sunday. T officials call this weekendâ€™s around the clock work a â€œmajor milestoneâ€ in the Ashmont construction project. Questions may be directed to the Tâ€™s construction hotline at 617-222-6757.
Three Dorchester runners - Michael Crowell, 37, Scott MacKay, 37, and Katie Markunas, 28 - are putting in long hours of cold winter training to get ready for the April 20th Boston Marathon. The three are part of a team that will raise thousands of dollars for those who suffer from life-threatening liver diseases as part of theAmerican Liver Foundation's Run for Research (RFR) team. Read more
If the mayor's race was based on the caliber of jokes last Sunday at the St. Patrick's Day breakfast, City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon might have scored an upset. That's according to an informal survey of participants of the annual Irish-themed roast of Massachusetts politics and politicians.
Yoon, making his first speaking appearance at the breakfast, veered between plays on his name and the mystery of what a fortune cookie supposedly foretelling the next mayor of Boston said. Read more
Mar. 19, 2009
The need to raise giant campaign funds and the power of incumbency can stifle democracy City Councillor Sam Yoon said in a panel discussion last Thursday. The forum explored the possible reasons why the Commonwealth ranks among the lowest percentages in the nation for contested local elections.
Yoon said the highest hurdle for a challenger is raising the money to compete. The Dorchester Democrat said that he has to spend a tremendous amount of time on the phone raising money, to stay competitive in the coming mayoral race. Read more
State lawmakers in the Dorchester delegation are calling for the state insurance commissioner to delay rules that they say will put insurance agents who serve urban areas out of business. Lawmakers, including state Reps. Marty Walsh and Linda Dorcena Forry, met for about two hours last Wednesday with Insurance Commissioner Nonnie Burnes and over 150 insurance agents, who argued that they'll be cut out of business because of the state implementing auto insurance reform. Read more
Mar. 19, 2009
Fifteen seconds left. The Dorchester Bears trail Boston English by three points. Darius Carter gets the pass, he's standing behind the three-point line. He shootsâ€¦ swish!
Tie game. The Bears go on to win, 67-66. Carter finishes with 29 points and with that three-point basket, becomes the first player from the Dorchester Education Complex to score 1,000 points.
"Coach had a play for another shooter on the team," remembered Carter from his home in Dorchester, "but English knew the ball was going to him, so he kicked it out to me and I hit the shot. It was a nice moment." Read more
This year's race for at-Large City Council just got a bit more interesting.
Long rumored to be considering a run, Egobudike Ezedi Jr., currently director of the Roxbury YMCA, called the Reporter on Tuesday to say he's in. Read more
Uphams Corner stakeholders began imagining the future of the former St. Kevin's Parish property with a brainstorming session held last week, mulling over a number of concepts including new educational institutions, shops and restaurants, and green space.
The Archdiocese of Boston recently put the Columbia Road complex up for sale after closing the school last year. Though it has no obligation to consider the community's vision for the space when choosing a developer, participants hope the Archdiocese will factor their ideas into its decision. Read more