Sep. 1, 2011
The rehabilitation of a pipe under the streets of Lower Mills is weeks behind schedule as construction crews have hit underground boulders, including a piece of ledge the size of a car that was taken out of the ground, said Michael Hornbrook, chief operating officer of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the agency overseeing the project slated to last into November.
The $14.5 million project, which started in April, includes the rehabilitation and replacement of a water pipeline built in the 1900s. The rehab of the pipeline, which distributes water for Quincy, Milton and the southeast corner of Boston, is necessary because of its age and rust build-up, MWRA officials say. Read more
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Aug. 25, 2011
John O’Toole, a local realtor and a top candidate in the District 3 City Council race, is enmeshed in a civil lawsuit with a former partner of his, according to court records. But he isn’t the only candidate who has been involved in legal actions in recent months and years: Two other top contenders, fellow realtor Craig Galvin and former city employee Frank Baker, have had a suit and an injunction, respectively, filed against them, according to a Reporter review of court records available to the public at Suffolk Superior Court. Read more
Jul. 27, 2011
The rehabilitation and replacement of a major water pipeline in Lower Mills enters its toughest phase on Monday, Aug. 1. That phase includes shutting down a portion of Washington Street where Jersey barriers will go up at the intersection of Dorchester Ave. and Adams Street, according to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, which is overseeing the project.
Barriers will also be placed on Washington Street at River Street, leaving that section of the roadway closed to traffic from Monday mornings through early Thursday evenings. Normal traffic flow is expected Fridays through Sundays, extending into September. Read more
(Updated, 9:30 a.m.) — Boston firefighters pulled an unconscious 68 year-old woman from a burning fourth-floor apartment in Lower Mills early this morning. The victim was suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. She was transported to Brigham and Women's Hospital where she is now in the intensive care unit, according to fire officials.
Fire fighter Steve MacDonald, a spokesman for the Boston Fire Department, told the Reporter that the cause of the fire is believed to be careless disposal of a cigarette in the victim's living room. Read more
The news this week that the MBTA has come out against a plan to route the next phase of the Neponset Greenway though its property in Mattapan Square is a deep disappointment for proponents of the Greenway and a potentially huge setback in the decades-long fight to restore the Neponset River to public access. If allowed to stand, the T’s unwillingness to allow a grade crossing to route the trail through its property could derail this project, an outcome with long-term negative implications on both sides of the river. Read more
Jun. 6, 2011
Among the dancers, marching bands and other lively participants from Sunday’s Dorchester Day parade, some of the most energetic marchers along the route were the candidates for public office. Incumbents and would-be office holders were eager to shake hands, ask for support and match a smiling face to the campaign signs that are an ever-increasing presence along Dorchester Ave. Read more