Politics

Mattapan, Milton mull Neponset Greenway options

By 
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

By 
Staff
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

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: ‘THE TRANSITIONAL ELEMENT’

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

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: ‘THE TRANSITIONAL ELEMENT’
Recap and analysis of the week in state government

By Jim O’Sullivan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

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

By 
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

City Council to hold hearing on libraries June 3

The City Council's budget-vetting committee is scheduled to take testimony on the Boston Public Library system's budget on June 3.  Read more

Library amendments up for debate next week

It's enough to make any conflict-hungry reporter squeak with glee.

As both the Reporter and the Globe noted today, the debate over whether to close four libraries, including the Lower Mills branch, should get even more interesting next week. That's when the House starts up debate on its version of the fiscal 2011 budget.  Read more

House lawmakers push to prevent library closures

By 
Gintautas Dumcius
Apr. 16, 2010

House lawmakers are pushing to save four libraries slated for closure in the city's fiscal 2011 budget. In a bid to keep the libraries open, twelve House lawmakers who represent Boston filed amendments Friday to the House's version of the state budget that send $3 million to the Boston Public Library system.  Read more