Lower Mills

(UPDATED) Labouré College moving to Milton in 2013

Reporter Staff
Aug. 6, 2012

Labouré College on Tuesday finalized a deal to purchase the former Aquinas College property in Milton.  Read more

City sends letter with suggestions for proposed sober housing in Lower Mills

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 1, 2012

The head of the city’s legal department this week sent a letter to the operators of a proposed sober housing business in Lower Mills, warning them that documents they provided to city officials cites one law that does not exist and another that does not apply in Boston.

William Sinnott, corporation counsel for the city, also noted in the letter that one of the buildings the operators are leasing is a former funeral home and may require a zoning change.  Read more

DOT DAY: Brown and Warren marching in parade and more

U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren will be making her first appearance in the annual Dorchester Day Parade on Sunday, where she'll be joined by her chief rival Scott Brown.

Warren will be marching in the third division, while Brown will be in the chief marshal's division. (It's customary for incumbents to march ahead of challengers.)

The two are hardly strangers to Dorchester: Both have featured the neighborhood in their television ads.  Read more

Dorchester is a backdrop in Mass. Senate race ads

Dorchester residents are seeing some familiar faces in the television ads for the Massachusetts Senate race.

“Her father was janitor; my father was a janitor,” says Catherine O’Neill, a Savin Hill resident whose statement opens U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s latest ad, which started airing on Wednesday. O’Neill is active in local politics and recently wrote a politically-themed play, “Murph,” which just wrapped up a run at the Boston Playwrights’ Theater.

“Big banks, institutions, Wall Street — she’s not afraid of anybody,” O’Neill adds later in the 30-second ad.  Read more

The former Molloys funeral home

The former Molloys funeral home

Plan to convert funeral home, adjacent buildings into 'sober homes' meets resistance in Lower Mills

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 29, 2012

The former Molloys funeral home: One of four buildings along Washington Street included in the proposal.The former Molloys funeral home: One of four buildings along Washington Street included in the proposal.The proposed housing of 28 sober veterans in the former Molloy funeral home and three adjacent properties on Washington Street became the subject of a heated debate at a Wednesday night meeting of the Lower Mills Merchants Association.

With some expressing fear that the property could be turned into a rooming house filled with transients, neighborhood business owners hit the Molloys and a representative of an investors’ association leasing the property with a myriad of questions: How do they intend to monitor the tenants? What kind of support services will the tenants receive? How will they be referred to the housing?  Read more

Underage beer party left big mess in Dorchester Park

To the Editor:

On Sunday, March 18, 2012, at a little after 1 p.m., teenagers began gathering at the tennis courts that are in Dorchester Park, in the Cedar Grove/Lower Mills neighborhood. Many of the teenagers were carrying either a twelve pack of beer or some type of unconcealed liquor. The alcohol was in plain sight, and they seemed unconcerned that anyone might object to obvious drinking in a public park. I thought about calling the police, but my calls regarding previous drinking parties had been ignored.  Read more

MWRA pipe project in last stages; one last closure to come

Mar. 22, 2012

Lower Mills will see another street closure, this one during the last week of May and the first week of June as the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority puts the finishing touches on the rehabilitation of a major water pipeline.

The pipeline was built in the early 1900s, and serves Milton, Quincy and the southeast corner of Boston. The MWRA has poured $14.5 million into the project, which shut down several area streets last year as workers went below ground to lay down new pipes.  Read more

Dorchester Day Parade Committee - 2012 Youth Art Contest

The Dorchester Day Parade Committee is hosting its 1st annual art contest open to all
Dorchester residents in the 3rd through 6th grade or students that attend a Dorchester
school. Two (2) prizes will be awarded to the drawings that are chosen from a
panel of local judges. Please fill out the registration form below and mail it with your
Art to the committee chair. A completed registration form and Art must be
postmarked by March 16, 2012 to be considered for a prize.

1.) The student must be a Dorchester resident or attend a Dorchester school.  Read more

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Marty Hogan

Large brush fire tough to fight along the Neponset

Neponset brush fire. Photo by Boston Fire.

Neponset brush fire. Photo by Boston Fire Department

Firefighters had to lay several hundred feet of hose Wednesday night to battle a brush fire along the Neponset River in Lower Mills.

The brush fire, reported around 7:15 p.m., consumed brush behind Ventua Street, took firefighters from six engine companies, two ladder companies and two specialized brush-fire units, the Boston Fire Department reports.

Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald reports firefighters found it "unreal" to be fighting a brush fire in February.  Read more