Ten new doctors began their three-year residencies at Carney Hospital over the last month – a critical shot in the arm for the community-based teaching hospital that is Dorchester’s most important health care institution. The number of residents will swell to 20 doctors by next summer – all of them focused on the hospital’s growing Family Medicine department, which Carney’s leaders hope will bolster both the hospital’s patient base and its bottom line. Read more
Ventura Park’s playground equipment and baseball field are about to get a major upgrade, thanks to a $250,000 shot of state funding promoted by two Dorchester legislators. Read more
An emerging plan to build a multi-story condominium complex along a key stretch of Washington Street in Lower Mills is getting re-vamped this week after civic and merchant leaders pushed back against an initial proposal that they said was too tall and dense for the neighborhood’s expanding business district. Read more
Children and teens are encouraged to read a minimum of three books and write a brief essay about their favorite. Applications and essays are due to any Boston Public Library location by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 1. A young person between the ages of 5 and 17 can win three tickets for him/herself and a parent or guardian to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park on Sunday, August 24.
For more information contact the Lower Mills Library at 617-298-7841
A Brighton-based charter school that focuses on a “music-infused education” will move into the old Laboure College building on the campus of Carney Hospital this summer with plans to open for classes in September. The Conservatory Lab Charter School will house grades 2-8 in the now-vacant building at 2120 Dorchester Avenue.
Details of the lease agreement between the charter school and Steward Health Care, which owns the building, were discussed at last week’s meeting of the Lower Mills Civic Association. Read more
May. 6, 2014
Workers have begun reconstructing sidewalks on both sides of Gallivan Boulevard from Adams Vllage east to Neponset Circle as part of a $900,000 MassDOT project to resurface the boulevard along a two-mile stretch from Morton Street to Interstate 93 at Neponset. Work to mill the existing roadway surface will begin at the intersection with Morton Street and proceed east in six stages, starting next Sunday (May 11).
Paving will begin the following Sunday, May 18. Work will take place nightly from Sunday through Friday morning, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and is expected to take four weeks, weather permitting. Read more
May. 1, 2014
Editor’s Note: On Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m., the state’s DCR and the Dorchester Historical Society will team up to present a special “Sweet History Stroll” to explore the former Baker Chocolate Factory site and learn about the sweet history of Lower Mills for those ages 10 and up. Meet at the public parking lot in Milton Lower Mills, beside the Milton Yacht Club at 36 Wharf St. In 2002, the Reporter published this brief history of the Walter Baker Chocolate Factory by Peter F. Stevens.
Something was in the air. People on their daily rounds along the roads of Dorchester and Milton Village turned toward the Neponset River and inhaled the spring breeze and took a deep whiff. Chocolate was in the air- literally.
The year was 1765. The heavenly scent drifted from a sawmill on the banks of the river, within eyeshot of Boston. Inside the mill an Irishman watched two giant millstones grinding fragrant cocoa and sounding a call to a culinary revolution that was to spread from Dorchester and conquer the collective palate of America. Read more
Dorchester Democrats have a new member of their party in their midst: The former chairman of the state party. John Walsh, the man who helped Deval Patrick win the gubernatorial race in 2006 and become the first Democratic governor in Massachusetts in 16 years, has moved into Lower Mills with his wife Donna. Read more
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, 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