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
“Today, we’re going to talk about straw buyers,” explained Nancy Robinson, executive director of Citizens for Safety, a national group that has made “Where Did the Gun Come From?” its clarion call as it seeks to combat violence in the city. “Because when we think about who the straw buyers are, often he’s a she. Just like we’re easy prey for drug dealers and sex traffickers, all too often it’s a woman who’s being exploited.”
On Monday, Robinson joined a cadre of veteran anti-violence activists— most of them moms who’ve lost sons violently on Boston streets— to roll out what they’re calling operation LIPSTICK (The acronym stands for Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killing.) The concept is to bring the facts about gun trafficking right to the female’s sanctum sanctorum: the hair salon. Read more
Neighbors in Lower Mills can expect to hear a series of loud bangs on Thursday (July 25) morning and afternoon, according to the state’s Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The booms will be sonic tests that are being conducted on the Neponset River to “evaluate the river's subsurface conditions.” There will be six to eight such tests spaced out in intervals of about 45 minutes, beginning at 9 a.m. “This work will not affect vehicular, MBTA, or pedestrian travel in the area,” according to a statement from MassDOT. Read more
Update (Thurs., July 25)— The manager of Ashmont Market, Jay Patel, said today that the store has re-opened for sale of groceries, beer and wine, despite a Monday fire that closed its doors for three days. The store's popular deli, however, remains closed as repairs begin. Read more
Parking lot will be overhauled as part of project
Boston Sports Club has agreed in principle to a ten-year lease agreement that will make the health and fitness chain the main tenant in a prominent Adams Corner building. The fitness center will take over a 17,000 square foot space that has been vacated by Rite-AID, the chain drug store that closed its doors earlier this year.
The Cedar Grove Civic Association will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, August 6 to hear more details about the planned renovation of the building and the adjacent parking lot. Read more
Charlotte Golar Richie on TV, upcoming fundraisers for Felix Arroyo and Bill Walczak wading into the debate over a search for a new superintendent -- all that and more in an update on the mayor's race.
-- Civic groups in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood are hosting a mayoral forum at WGBH on Tuesday night. According to a release about the forum, it starts at 7 p.m. and will be moderated by state Sen. Will Brownsberger, a Democratic candidate for Congress. Read more
Jul. 19, 2013
City Councillor Rob Consalvo is pressing a national education reform group, which has a Massachusetts chapter backing a rival for mayor, to stay out of the race. Read more
Heads up, MBTA customers: Shuttle buses will be replacing Red Line service between JFK/UMass and Ashmont this weekend and next (July 20-21 & July 27-28). The replacement service is prompted by an ongoing project to replace an aging bridge on Clayton Street. The existing steel bridge that dates to 1911 will be fully replaced in October. Read more
Jul. 19, 2013
Dorchester native Gina McCarthy will head up the federal agency charged with developing and enforcing environmental regulations. McCarthy had been one of the nominees tied up in the Senate, a logjam that was broken when Democratic leaders reportedly threatened to change Senate rules to make confirmations easier.
On Thursday, the Senate confirmed McCarthy to head up the Environmental Protection Agency by a vote of 59-40. Republicans on the Environment and Public Works Committee boycotted a committee vote in May on McCarthy’s nomination. Read more