BPL task force yields meeting to Lower Mills closure foes

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
May. 25, 2010

Supporters of the Lower Mills branch library on Monday night pushed back against the forming of a Boston Public Library task force to handle “transitioning of services” as the City Council weighs Mayor Thomas Menino’s proposal to close the Richmond St. building.

Some of the sharpest criticism, directed at Boston Public Library officials who had gathered the task force at Caritas Carney Hospital, came from state Sen. Jack Hart. “I think we’re heading in the wrong direction here,” said Hart, a South Boston Democrat.  Read more

Weekly Round-Up: 'Beloved of the People'

Recap and analysis of the week in state government
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State's job growth in April biggest in 17 years

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
May. 20, 2010

Gov. Deval Patrick, who has blamed steep job losses on unprecedented global economic forces, swiftly claimed credit Thursday for the state’s largest monthly payroll growth in 17 years, pointing to his economic policies as the driver behind the 19,100 new jobs.

With the heftiest gains in the professional, scientific and business services sector, the unemployment rate dropped from 9.3 percent in March to 9.2 percent in April. Construction firms added the largest percentage increase for the month, growing 3.8 percent with 3,900 new positions, after a loss of 400 in March.  Read more

Mattapan, Milton mull Neponset Greenway options

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
May. 20, 2010

Neponset Greenway: One of five proposed alternatives for extending the Neponset Greenway trail includes a route along the Milton side of the river. The path currently ends at Central Ave., shown above. Photo by Ed ForryNeponset Greenway: One of five proposed alternatives for extending the Neponset Greenway trail includes a route along the Milton side of the river. The path currently ends at Central Ave., shown above. Photo by Ed Forry

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation unveiled five proposals aimed at extending a path along the Neponset River from Milton’s Central Avenue to Mattapan Square this week. The proposed one-mile extension will connect Pope John Paul II Park, a 72-acre area between the expressway and the Neponset River marshes, to the Neponset Valley Parkway in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Currently, the 2.5-mile trail links Pope John Paul II Park to Central Ave.  Read more

BPL forming task force for Lower Mills shut-down

May. 19, 2010

By Reporter Staff
The Reporter has learned that Boston Public Library officials are organizing a meeting for this Monday, May 24, to form a task force as they move forward with their plans to close the Lower Mills Library. The meeting is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Monday at Carney Hospital, in the president’s board room.

Koren Stembridge, the BPL’s chief director of partnerships, said Wednesday that the meeting would discuss “transitioning services from the library.” The meeting, she said, is open to the public, although the Reporter had not been officially notified about the meeting as of press time this week. Stembridge said that the meeting was announced at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Lower Mills Civic Association.  Read more

Weekly Round-Up: 'The Transitional Element'

Recap and analysis of the week in state government  Read more


Jim O'Sullivan, SHNS Special to The Reporter
May. 15, 2010

Recap and analysis of the week in state government

By Jim O’Sullivan

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 14, 2010…….And so the defining image, so far, of this campaign has been sketched, and it is not Charles Baker tiptoeing discreetly into a ladies’ room or Tim Cahill selecting pricey swatches of art deco wallpaper for the Lottery suites. It’s Deval Patrick emerging, phoenix-like, from the mucky, Cadillac-littered and briskly taxed floor of the Charles River, triumphantly gripping a jagged piece of steel clamping.  Read more

NNN report: Church divide seen in response to murders

Reporter Staff
May. 12, 2010

Chris Lovett of Neighborhood Network News reports on the reaction of church leaders— some of whom claim they have been deliberately left out of city-led meetings — as officials attempt to mount a response to a series of recent murders , including Saturday's shooting death of a 14 year-old Dorchester youth.

Church Divide in Response to Violence from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Council pressing for delay on library closures

Members of the City Council are pressing for a one-year delay of library closures, City Councillor Maureen Feeney said this week.

Feeney, attending a meeting of library closure opponents from across the city, said councilors had been in talks with the Menino administration about the delay.

Boston Public Library trustees voted last month to close four branches, including one in Lower Mills. Since then, opponents of the plan have launched a campaign to save the libraries in their respective neighborhoods.  Read more

The case against House budget amendments on library closures

As House lawmakers prepare to take up budget amendments that would force the city to keep open all 26 libraries, Boston Public Library officials are circulating a memo saying that could lead to more layoffs.  Read more