All is quiet on a late summerâ€™s eve in a view from the Neponset Riverwalk.
Sep. 16, 2009
With legislative leaders confident a bill authorizing an interim U.S. Senate appointee will garner enough votes to pass, the Election Laws Committee collected enough panel votes Wednesday to send the bill to the floor with a positive recommendation. Read more
Third time wonâ€™t be the charm: U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch finally found a special election he didnâ€™t think he could win.
Citing an "insurmountable" time frame for putting together a statewide organization, Lynch (D-South Boston) on Tuesday took his name out of consideration for a run to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy. Read more
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â€œUncanceled,â€ an adjective a reserved for stamps, happily may be used to describe the 12th annual Boston Folk Festival (BFF), an event happening this Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon at UMass-Boston. Though substantially smaller than previous incarnations, this yearâ€™s BFF, which had been previously announced as being scrubbed, will indeed go on, maintaining traditions established by sponsor WUMB 91.9-FM Folk Radio â€“including discounts for Dorchester residents. Read more
An employee of AJ Wright, 500 Geneva Ave., faces numerous charges after her arrest yesterday for allegedly selling a customer some heroin in a store fitting room. Read more
Sep. 10, 2009
Oscar-winner Ben Affleck seems to like filming in Dorchester. The Cambridge native is in town for his sophomore writing and directing project â€œThe Town,â€ based on Boston author Chuck Hoganâ€™s award-winning bestseller â€œThe Prince of Thieves.â€
The movie stars Affleck, Jon Hamm, leading man on TVâ€™s â€œMad Men,â€ Oscar-Winner and Kingston resident Chris Cooper, along with â€œGossip Girlâ€ star Blake Lively, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner and slew of locally based actors. Read more
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