Lower Mills

Lower Mills again slighted by city plan for libraries

Another week, another snub by the Menino administration toward the good people of Lower Mills and Mattapan.

The mayor made a ceremonial appearance on Tuesday at the Mildred Avenue Community Center (which is in Mattapan, not Roxbury, as the mayor’s office stated in its press releases) to announce the expansion of broadband Internet capacity in city facilities. The federally funded program will bring new computers and higher-speed online access to 48 facilities across the city — including community centers and libraries.  Read more

Ester debuts —quietly— in Lower Mills

Team ester : includes executive chef Esteban Gallego, owner Eleanor Arpino and manager Luther Pinckney. The restaurant opened quietly last week and is currently throughout the week— except for Mondays—for dinner. It will open full-time for lunch and dinner by next month. 	Photo by Bill ForryTeam ester : includes executive chef Esteban Gallego, owner Eleanor Arpino and manager Luther Pinckney. The restaurant opened quietly last week and is currently throughout the week— except for Mondays—for dinner. It will open full-time for lunch and dinner by next month. Photo by Bill Forry
Ester, the restaurant and bar that has replaced The Ledge Kitchen and Drinks in the heart of Lower Mills’ village, opened quietly last Wednesday evening. The eatery is now open for dinner only as the new owners and managers methodically roll out a limited menu as they continue to hire and train staff.

The restaurant will eventually celebrate with a grand opening and offer a wider menu, including lunch. The big event will probably happen sometime after April’s chilled rains give way to May’s patio season. Until then, Team Ester is focused on getting off on the right foot. And that means putting a premium on highly-trained staff who make each “guest experience” a positive one.  Read more

Ledge gives way to ester: An eatery move in Lower Mills

New owners, including Eleanor Arpino, left, will spend the next six weeks making modest renovations to the Dot Ave. eatery before it re-opens as ester on April 1. Above, Arpino and new manager Luther Pickney show a rendering of the planned exterior of the re-designed restaurant.

Ledge, the Lower Mills restaurant that was sold last year, shut its doors for the final time on Sunday afternoon. The eatery will undergo modest renovations over the next month as the new owners – led by veteran restaurant manager Eleanor Arpino – take charge and train new staff.

In an interview this week, Arpino told the Reporter that the new business – called ester, a play on the neighborhood’s name – should be open by April 1. On Tuesday, staff were already at work cleaning out the Ledge’s bar and kitchen areas under the supervision of Arpino and ester’s future manager, Luther Pickney. Their team plans to re-paint the interior and replace the kitchen floor. There are no other major structural changes planned, but there minor adjustments will be made to improve the flow of kitchen operations, Arpino said.  Read more

February Kid and Teen Programs at Lower Mills Library

ABC Story Time: Tuesday, February 4 @ 10:30a.m.
Come to the library for ABC Preschool Story Time. We will read stories, sing songs, dance, and play and make crafts. This program is appropriate for children ages 6 and younger. Large groups please register with Ms. Angela.

Toddler Circle Time: Wednesday, February 5 @ 10:30a.m.
Bring your toddlers to the Lower Mills Branch for Circle Time. Children will enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. Appropriate for children ages three and younger, but all children are welcome. Large groups, please register  Read more

Catholic Academy shifts seats for more pre-K slots

Lower Mills campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy: Formerly known as St. Gregory's Elementary School, will be renovated this summer.Lower Mills campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy: Formerly known as St. Gregory's Elementary School, will be renovated this summer.Middle school students from the Mattapan campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy will attend classes at the Lower Mills campus next fall as the school system seeks to open up more space for pre-kindergarten seats in Mattapan. The move comes as long-awaited renovations to the former St. Gregory’s campus are set to begin this year— adding new amenities to the Dorchester Ave. campus that will be geared towards middle schoolers.

“In order to provide the best education for all students there are several changes we need to make for the 7th and 8th graders. Starting in September, our 7th and 8th graders at the Mattapan campus will attend classes at the Lower Mills campus,” said Sister Ellen Powers, CSJ, Regional Director of the academy, in a letter to parents issued this week.  Read more

Lower Mills eatery Ledge to be sold and re-named

By 
Ed Forry, Associate Editor
Dec. 11, 2013

The Ledge Kitchen & Drinks includes a popular outdoor dining area, shown above. The restaurant will be sold to new owners, who plan to change the name.

Ledge Kitchen & Drinks, a popular restaurant and bar credited with being a catalyst for the business district in Lower Mills, will soon have a new owner and a new name. The matter went before the city's Licensing Board today for approval. The board is expected to render its decision on Thursday.

Eleanor Arpino, general manager of Davio's in Park Square for 12 years, wants to turn the Ledge into ester, which she said would serve "contemporary comfort food." The restaurant "would be very much approachable for families" and would serve the sort of food she hoped people would buy as takeout two to three times a week.  Read more

Volunteer in the Boston Public Schools

Live, work or play in Dorchester? Consider volunteering there, too. Boston Partners in Education is looking for mentors and tutors for students in Boston Public Schools, specifically in Dorchester neighborhoods.

Volunteers work one-on-one or with a small group of students for an hour a week during the school day. Opportunities are available in all grades (K-12) in either English Language Arts or math.  Read more

bharris@bostonpartners.org
Barbara Harris

Lower Mills Merchants launch scholarship fund

By 
Staff
Dec. 3, 2013

The Lower Mills Merchant Association has established a scholarship fund to benefit students currently enrolled in grades 5-12 who live in Lower Mills or attend a fee-based schools in Lower Mills. Students in grades 5-8 and 9-12 may apply.

Scholarships awarded will be made payable directly to the educational organization. The required essay question is: "What do you like about living and going to school in the Lower Mills area?"  Read more

Meet The Next Mayor on BNN TV

Boston's Race to City Hall

12 candidates, each determined to make it through the primary election on September 24, are what remain after 24 sought to win a nomination on the ballot to fill the seat of incumbent Mayor Thomas Menino. The diverse field of candidates, made up of City Councilors, State Representatives, organizers, activists, non-profit leaders, and small business owners, are featured in the newest Boston Neighborhood Network Television series, “Meet the Next Mayor”.  Read more

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Volunteer with FriendshipWorks

FriendshipWorks is looking for volunteers who want to help elders living in Boston or Brookline. Our volunteers help make a difference in the lives of elders every day through friendly visiting and/or providing short-term assistance. Whether you can spare one hour a week or one hour a month, we have an opportunity for you! Help us in our mission to reduce social isolation by replacing it with the warmth and comfort that only a caring and dedicated friend can provide.  Read more

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