Lower Mills

Charter school proponents look to expand in Dorchester, Mattapan

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 8, 2010

Fourteen would-be charter schools have applied to the State Department of Education to be granted charters to start up new schools in Boston out of 23 across the state. Representatives from several of the applicant schools appeared before a panel of state education officials in Boston City Hall on Tuesday to press their case.

Though plans for the schools are still in the preliminary stages and locations for school facilities are not definite, some of the proponents for the proposals heard Tuesday vowed to serve underprivileged students from Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.  Read more

Tonight: Holiday season kicks off with Lower Mills Stroll

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 11, 2010

Lower Mills Holiday Stroll 2010Lower Mills Holiday Stroll 2010This evening – rain or moonshine –  the third annual Lower Mills Holiday Stroll will continue to build on the success of the previous two years. In 2008 about 300 folks braved the drizzle, and last year participation jumped to between 400 and 500.  2010 promises to be even bigger with over 30 businesses in Lower Mills and Milton Village open from 5:30 to 8 p.m., offering samples, demonstrations, special discounts, and/or displays of work by local artists.

Though primarily a business booster co-sponsored by the Lower Mills Civic Association and Lower Mill Merchants Association, the Stroll is packed with pop-up arts events and family friendly entertainment. These organizations hope to stimulate holiday sales with bargains, freebies, musical interludes, surprises, even free trolley service to shuttle shoppers too weary to “stroll” across the bridge between Dorchester and Milton.  Read more

Meeting tonight: Walkway planned for Lower Mills span

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 10, 2010

Lower Mills Railroad BridgeLower Mills Railroad BridgeThe state Department of Conservation and Recreation has scheduled a meeting for Nov. 17 to talk up plans to convert a former railroad bridge over the Neponset River in Lower Mills into a pedestrian bridge.  Read more

Lower Mills Holiday Stroll 2010

Lower Mills Holiday Stroll 2010

Nov. 17 meeting set for Lower Mills bridge project

By 
Reporter Staff
Nov. 5, 2010

A public meeting is set for Nov. 17 for Department of Conservation and Recreation officials to talk up plans to convert Lower Mills’ former railroad bridge over the Neponset River into a pedestrian bridge.

Built in 1917, the bridge is between Dorchester and Milton and was aimed at serving the Walter Baker Chocolate Factory, which has since been converted into condominiums. The agency’s plans now aim for the bridge to connect the Neponset River Greenway’s pedestrian and bicycle paths and the condominiums.  Read more

Vote on closing schools delayed; parents still on high alert

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 4, 2010

Superintendent Carol Johnson is delaying a vote on plans to close schools, giving parents opposed to the closures a month to regroup. Dorchester schools on the chopping block include Roger Clap Elementary and the East Zone Early Learning Center. School officials had also been pushing to merge the Lee Academy Pilot School and the Lee Elementary School.

“Overall, I’m optimistic that we have the extra month or so to get them to change their minds, and hopefully this opens up more of a debate,” said Kenny Jervis, one of the parents leading the charge to keep Clap Elementary open. “We’re happy we got the extra time but it’s nowhere near a victory yet.”  Read more

Conference to help city churches make sorely needed renovations

By 
Alex Owens Special to the Reporter
Nov. 4, 2010

Dorchester’s spiritual community has borne firsthand witness to the community’s history, which stretches back nearly four centuries. It was members of a church community, the First Parish Church, that founded this city within a city. After decades of service to their neighborhoods, many of Dorchester’s church buildings are daue for a much needed facelift, and their congregations are turning to the city’s historical organizations for aid.  Read more

Man caught trying to bust into bank's ATM in Lower Mills

By 
Reporter Staff
Oct. 26, 2010

Boston Police report on the arrest of a 45 year-old man who was allegedly trying to grind his way into an ATM at the Meetinghouse Bank in Lower Mills earlier this morning. The suspect — Chris Doyle— had a ski mask and a bag full of "burglarious tools" when C-11 cops caught up to him after a brief foot chase.  Read more

Library chief 'strongly supports' keeping branches open if funding found

BPL president Amy Ryan speaks at Lower Mills meetingBPL president Amy Ryan speaks at Lower Mills meetingThe city's library chief said Monday night she would "strongly support" keeping all of Boston's library branches open if funding was found. Amy Ryan, the head of the Boston Public Library system, said she would also be prepared to make that recommendation to the library system's board of trustees.

The comments, a marked shift in tone after months of talk of closing the Lower Mills branch and others, came at a packed meeting at the Richmond St. library. About a hundred supporters gathered at the Richmond St. library on Monday night as part of a "working session" on the future of the library.

Sen. Jack Hart (D-South Boston) said he was seeing an "attitude change." "I think we're heading in the right direction," he said.  Read more