Lower Mills

Draft map revamps City Council districts, leaves Jackson in District 7

District 7 City Councillor Tito Jackson would not have to move or give up his seat on the City Council, according to a draft map featuring redrawn political boundaries for the city's 9 district council seats. Jackson's colleague, Michael Ross, isn't as lucky. Ross, who lives in Mission Hill, would no longer live in District 8, under the draft map circulated to reporters and staff inside City Hall on Wednesday.

A City Council committee, headed by District 2 City Councillor Bill Linehan, was tasked with redrawing the political boundaries of the districts, following U.S. Census counts that showed shifts in population requiring some districts to shed residents and other districts to gain residents.

Linehan's district was one of those that needed to lose population, so District 2 was redrawn without some parts of Chinatown and the South End – two areas where Linehan's recent opponent, Suzanne Lee, did well in the November election.  Read more

Voters head to polls to pick District 3 councillor and City Council At-Large

By 
Reporter Staff
Nov. 8, 2011

Polls opened at 7 a.m. across the city, with two races on the ballot in Dorchester's District 3: Two men are vying to succeed retiring City Councillor Maureen Feeney and seven-person field is fighting for the four City Council At-Large slots.

The two top finishers in the Sept. preliminary, Frank Baker of Savin Hill and John O’Toole of Cedar Grove, are facing off over the first open City Council seat in Dorchester in nearly 18 years.

The polls close at 8 p.m.  Read more

Dot Park Gala 5

Dot Park Gala 5

Gala weekend will showcase Dot Park at 120

Dot Park Gala 5: A tent was raised on Dorchester Park's main ball field on Wednesday in preparation of this weekend's Dorchester Park Gala. Photo by Ed Forry Dot Park Gala 5: A tent was raised on Dorchester Park's main ball field on Wednesday in preparation of this weekend's Dorchester Park Gala. Photo by Ed Forry

The Dorchester Park Association is planning a weekend of outdoor events this weekend to showcase the now 120-year-old green space and raise funds for many consider to be one of the neighborhood’s greatest assets.  Read more

Redistricting could affect sitting city councillors in Districts 7 and 8

Two sitting Boston city councillors may be forced to move from their current homes or give up their seats due to Boston population shifts that could transform the boundaries of their current districts. That's one possibility that was raised at a redistricting hearing held Thursday in downtown Boston.

While the city gained residents overall, rising by five percent to 617,594 residents, some parts of the city lost population by official counts, including parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Roslindale, and West Roxbury.  Read more

Pats' receiver Ochocinco loves Lower Mills

By 
Reporter Staff
Sep. 1, 2011

Chad Ochocinco and Serge Pierre at Unique CutsChad Ochocinco and Serge Pierre at Unique CutsChad Ochocinco, the New England Patriots' newest big-name wide receiver, has been spending mucho time hanging out in Dorchester's Lower Mills business district of late. Number 85 hit Twitter two weeks ago to sing the praises of Mrs. Jones, the popular Dot Ave. soul food joint.

Last week, the star of gridiron and reality TV, took a turn in the barber's chair at Unique Cuts, where longtime owner Serge Pierre did the honors. Ochocinco left behind a momento of his visit by signing his autograph onto Pierre's floor-to-ceiling mirror.  Read more

As Lower Mills rehab lags, merchants mostly make do

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 1, 2011

Workers remove huge ledge from Washington St.Workers remove huge ledge from Washington St.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

Ledge removed from Washington St.

Ledge removed from Washington St.