This yearâ€™s edition of the annual Dorchester Park benefit gala will continue the tradition established last year of trading the sylvan for the swanky, as organizers bring the event to the UMass-Bostonâ€™s Grand Ballroom.
Dot Park 3 will be held at the UMass venue next Friday (Sept. 18) from 6-11 p.m. Proceeds from the cocktail hour, reception, and dinner event will go toward establishing an endowment to help maintain the passive green areas of the park not currently provided for by the cityâ€™s Parks Department. Read more
Sep. 10, 2009
Mayor Thomas Meninoâ€™s desk gets around. At least, thatâ€™s according to a spot his re-election campaign has put on YouTube.com and plans to have up on television through the September 22 preliminary election.
â€œThis is the desk of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a man who doesnâ€™t conduct business behind closed doors, but out in the neighborhoods of Boston,â€ the 34-second spot starts, in an apparent reference to the criticism he and the Boston Redevelopment Authority have received from his opponents, who say the administration isnâ€™t transparent in how it conducts business. Read more
Sep. 10, 2009
Alcohol industry officials are seeking to scuttle a bill that would prohibit them from advertising on state-owned property, calling it an unconstitutional infringement on speech and ineffective at combating underage drinking. Read more
A corner of Dorchesterâ€™s Ronan Park is going to the dogs.
A groundbreaking will be held a week from Saturday for the Ronan Park Dog Run, the neighborhoodâ€™s first official venue for canine recreation. Organizers hope that the new pooch park will provide a place for humans to connect with each other while their pets spend some time off the leash.
â€œTo be honest, itâ€™s more about the people than it is about the dogs,â€ said Paige Davis, treasurer of the Friends of Ronan Park civic group who is heading up the dog-run project. Read more
Two congressmen are readying to face off over the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat, and Dorchester could be caught in the middle. Read more
Sep. 4, 2009
Recap and analysis of the week in state government
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 4, 2009â€¦..One good reason to pick up nomination papers at Bill Galvinâ€™s office this week was that, over baking lobsters and grilling burgers and powdered eggs, Labor Day cookouts and breakfasts provide handsome opportunities to get cracking on those 10,000 signatures due to local election officials by Oct. 20. Read more
Sep. 4, 2009
The state Executive Office of Transportation held a community meeting concerning the controversial 28X Blue Hill Ave. enhancement at the Mildred Ave. Community Center on Monday followed by a second meeting at the Dudley Branch Library on Wednesday. These were the final public meetings held before the EOT submits its application on Sept. 15.
Planners presented project concepts to a crowd that seemed to be overwhelmingly opposed to the 28X enhancement, an atmosphere EOT officials have struggled in since the first meetings in June. Read more
Sep. 4, 2009
The Faithful Church of Christ on Woodrow Ave. in Mattapan is approaching the completion of a two-year-long renovation project with hopes of re-opening this month. â€œIf I tore my hair out every time there was a problem, I would be bald, but it turned out to be a wonderful piece of work, â€œ said the churchâ€™s pastor, Hershel Langham. Read more
Three Dorchester artisans are joining fellow artists from all over greater Boston in preparing for the bigger-than-ever 7th annual Boston Arts Festival, scheduled for next weekend, beginning on September 11. Read more
Sep. 3, 2009
As state-subsidized health care for 31,000 legal immigrants lapsed Tuesday, the result of budget cuts imposed by the Legislature, advocates for a single-payer health care system blasted the cuts as â€œdiscriminatoryâ€ and said a backup plan endorsed Monday by the Patrick administration could leave them worse off than if they relied on a state fund for the uninsured.
â€œItâ€™s deplorable,â€ said Dr. L. Toni Lewis, president of the Committee of Interns and Residents for Service Employees International Union, speaking at a press conference in the State Houseâ€™s Nurses Hall. Read more
Sep. 2, 2009
Mayor Thomas Menino failed to get an endorsement from DotOUT, a Dorchester civic group representing gays and lesbians, despite receiving support from a majority of its members gathered at the Ledge restaurant for a Monday night forum. Read more
In a hunt for a newer and larger facility, officials with a Cambridge Catholic high school are looking closely at the former St. Williamâ€™s School in Savin Hill. Read more
A budget shortfall for the Boston Medical Center could cause drastic problems for the hospital and its affiliated health centers, including two in Dorchester, unless solutions, and hard-to-find funding, are found before the Oct. 1 start of the hospitalâ€™s fiscal year. Read more
Aug. 28, 2009
Transportation Secretary James Aloisi, who opened a board meeting quoting Thomas Jefferson a few weeks ago, went overseas and into a little more-recent history in his feud with then-MBTA General Manager Daniel Grabauskas, telling aides last month in e-mails the Globe obtained through the wondrous public records law and published on August 18, â€œIf this is our 1939, I sure as heck am not going to allow myself to be Poland.â€ Thatâ€™s when deputy secretary Brian Murphy wrote back, â€œI would say you want to be more Churchill than Chamberlain.â€ Read more
Here are five thoughts looking for a place to land.
So, Billy Sullivan and Jim Nance have been selected for the Patriotsâ€™ own cozy Hall of Fame. Leading only to the question, how in the name of common sense could it have taken so long? Theyâ€™ve had the thing the better part of 20 years now. Sullivan should have been one of the first anointed, with Nance following not too far behind. Read more
Back-to-school fever is hardly just for the young. Scores of Dot seniors who still love to learn are anticipating going to UMass for special classes this fall.
Wichian Rojanawon, PhD, Director of the universityâ€™s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute or OLLI Program, conservatively estimates that 10 percent of the 600+ OLLI membership will again come from Dorchester/Mattapan.
The no-pressure courses meet once a week during the day and last anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks. Field and theater trips, bring-your-own-lunch special lectures, and social events are other options. Read more