A day at Dot's beaches: Festival draws crowds to sands of Malibu, Savin Hill

The weather this summer has been spotty at best, with an unusual amount of cloudy days and copious amounts of rainfall, enough to dampen even the sunniest of dispositions.

But last Saturday, Aug. 16, dawned bright and sunny, the temps reached into the low 80s, and the long-planned revival of a return to Dot's bountiful beaches came off with nary a hitch.  Read more

Festival to shine light on beaches

Organizers expect Aug. 16's Dorchester Beach Festival at Malibu Beach to draw more than a thousand revelers. It was conceived as a way the highlight and take advantage of recent improvements to Dot's beaches, including increased staffing, investment in new safety equipment and more frequent trash collection.  Read more

Tenean beach fest set for Saturday

For those that haven't been to the hidden strand of sand called Tenean, this Saturday's the time to go. From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Tenean Beach Association will be holding water races, face painting and giving out free refreshments all the sounds of a DJ.
High tide is at 1 p.m. The festival, the beaches' first in recent memory but one of 11 happening along the urban beaches in Greater Boston, is dedicated to the memory of Mike Leahy, a civic activist who recently passed.  Read more

Beaches get $2 million; now looking for 'friends'

Against a backdrop of eroding sandcastles on Revere Beach Aug. 1, Governor Deval Patrick announced $2 million in new funding for 19 metropolitan beaches from Nahant to Hull, including three in Dorchester. More beach benefits are in the works on Beacon Hill, but advocates say reviving Dorchester's beaches will also require friends.

Currently, Savin Hill Beach has the Friends of Savin Hill Shores to mind its sands and organize a clean-up once a year. But Malibu and Tenean Beaches are left to fend for themselves.  Read more

Local beaches improved, but report cites lack of maintenance

Just in time for summer temperatures, Gov. Deval Patrick last week appointed Westfield Mayor Richard Sullivan to head the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Like others coming into new administration jobs, Sullivan has a tall order in front of him: managing the state's parks as the agency recovers from budget cuts past and present. But the waterfront, particularly that in the Greater Boston area, figures in big as well.  Read more

Special Commission urges maintenance, accountability at Boston Harbor beaches

A commission led by state Sen. Jack Hart has concluded that maintenance and accountability are major concerns at many Boston Harbor beaches, including the Malibu and Tenean beaches in Dorchester. The commission will recommend next month that funding be allocated to complete long-promised capital projects and to establish a more reliable system of caring for the beaches.

The recommendations will be part of a report issued by the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, a legislative initiative co-chaired by Hart and state Rep. Anthony Petrucelli of East Boston.  Read more

Bacteria keeps Dot swimmers out of water, luck

Malibu Beach lifeguards say that even the recent heat wave couldn't draw crowds to their stretch of shore. Pictured from left to right are: Kasey Ryan, Kiley Flaherty, Tim Boyle, Jessica Toomey, Mallory Toomey, Sunny Toomey, Ashley Clancy, and Mike Christopher.

With the oppressive heat slamming the city this week, local beaches would seem to be a welcome respite. If they were clean enough to be open, that is.  Read more