Lower Mills

City Council passes Menino budget by 11-2 vote

The City Council on Wednesday voted 11-2 to pass Mayor Thomas Menino’s $2.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2011. Councillors also voted unanimously to pass a home rule petition – which requires approval from the mayor, the governor and the state Legislature – to hand library trustees the power to fundraise for the cash-strapped library system.  Read more

City councillors propose expansion of BPL board, handing them fundraising power

Several city councillors this week are proposing an expansion of the Boston Public Library board of trustees and giving them the ability to fundraise for the cash-strapped system.  Read more

EDITORIAL: A road forward for BPL branches

There was a breakthrough this week in the effort to save four Boston Public Library branches, including the one in Lower Mills, that were slated for closure earlier this year. The battle, however, is far from over.  Read more

Revised city budget includes additional money for summer jobs, custodians and libraries

An additional 200 summer jobs for youth and 42 Boston Public Schools custodial jobs would be saved under the new budget Mayor Thomas Menino released on Tuesday.  Read more

Library closures delayed as lawmakers keep pressing for keeping branches permanently open

The Menino administration and Boston Public Library trustees on Monday said the proposed closure of libraries would be delayed as more public input is gathered, and finally acknowledged that if they’re given additional money they will keep them open.

But Boston’s State House delegation of elected officials, pushing to keep the libraries open permanently, blasted trustees for the decision, saying it still leads to the libraries being closed.  Read more

Library commissioners step into debate over budget amendments

The state Board of Library Commissioners last week weighed in on the debate over amendments to the state budget aimed at preventing four library closures in Boston.  Read more

Hearing on Caritas sale set for July 1 in Dot

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 1, 2010

A hearing on the $830 million sale of the Caritas Christi hospital system is set for the Local 103 IBEW Hall on Freeport St., according to state Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office. The July 1 hearing, the last one of six slated to be held in each of the communities affected by the sale, starts at 6 p.m.  Read more

Lower Mills library activists press case at BPL meeting

Supporters of the Lower Mills branch library on Monday night pushed back against the forming of a Boston Public Library task force to handle “transitioning of services” as the City Council weighs Mayor Thomas Menino’s proposal to close the Richmond St. building.

Some of the sharpest criticism, directed at Boston Public Library officials who had gathered the task force at Caritas Carney Hospital, came from state Sen. Jack Hart. “I think we’re heading in the wrong direction here,” said Hart, a South Boston Democrat.

Hart, who along with other Boston state senators is proposing amendments to the Senate’s fiscal 2011 budget that prevents library closures, added, “I’m here tonight to fortify the point that we’re not taking this closing lightly.”  Read more

BPL task force yields meeting to Lower Mills closure foes

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
May. 25, 2010

Supporters of the Lower Mills branch library on Monday night pushed back against the forming of a Boston Public Library task force to handle “transitioning of services” as the City Council weighs Mayor Thomas Menino’s proposal to close the Richmond St. building.

Some of the sharpest criticism, directed at Boston Public Library officials who had gathered the task force at Caritas Carney Hospital, came from state Sen. Jack Hart. “I think we’re heading in the wrong direction here,” said Hart, a South Boston Democrat.  Read more

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