Lower Mills

Lower Mills eatery Common Ground will not re-open

Common Ground: Common Ground’s location at the corner of  Dorchester Avenue and Richmond Street. Ed Forry photoCommon Ground: Common Ground’s location at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and Richmond Street. Ed Forry photoWhen Common Ground, the unique café and restaurant in Lower Mills, closed its doors two months ago, customers and fellow merchants were not too alarmed. The Twelve Tribes religious community that has operated the Dot Ave. business for the last 17 years passed word that the shut-down was just a temporary phase as the restaurant underwent renovations.

Over the weekend, though, an ominous sign changed the mood: A “for lease” placard went up on the window of the Common Ground.

On Monday, two members of the Twelve Tribes community confirmed that Common Ground will not re-open. Instead, the group says they are now searching for a new location— possibly in Dorchester— to start a similar café and bakery.  Read more

City sets $76.6m in capital funds for Mattapan and Dorchester

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 21, 2011

Playgrounds in Dorchester and Mattapan will be refurbished, a Mattapan community center will be renovated, and an Uphams Corner municipal building will see its roof and gutters replaced under a City Hall five-year capital spending plan released last week.

In total, Mayor Thomas Menino’s capital budget for fiscal years 2012 through 2016 funnels $57.4 million to Dorchester and $19.2 million to Mattapan. The $1.7 billion capital budget, which has $169 million in new project authorizations in fiscal year 2012, is funded through a mix of city bonds, state and federal grants, and some trust funds.

Out of the 17 neighborhoods that the city’s capital plan funding takes into account, Dorchester placed fourth in total spending, while Mattapan came in ninth. Roxbury is first, with $172 million, much of that due to the $115 million effort to move the Boston Public Schools offices into Dudley Square’s Ferdinand Building.  Read more

Dot Park will shine this season

Dorchester Park, the 30-acre, Olmsted-designed jewel that anchors our neighborhood to the south, has a magical quality this time of year. The buds are poking out from their winter slumber, the trees are springing back to life and kids are once again swarming the ballfields and playground.

Dot Park has benefited from a tremendous civic lifeline that has grown up around it over the last two decades. The Dorchester Park Association, Inc.— led by the indefatigable Jane Boyer— has helped to program and clean the park each year and is the driving force behind a fantastic line-up of events this season, including Saturday morning’s Easter Egg Hunt (10 a.m. sharp at the tennis courts). Boyer has able and energetic help from a team of park enthusiasts, including Richard O’Mara, the owner of Cedar Grove Gardens, who has been instrumental in organizing fundraisers and helping to coordinate clean-ups and tree plantings.  Read more

Lower Mills water pipe project starts on Monday

By 
Staff
Apr. 13, 2011

A massive public works project that will impact Lower Mills for the rest of the year will start on Monday, according to officials with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). Crews will begin by digging a ventilation shaft near the intersection of Morton and Sanford streets. A larger access pit will be excavated at Washington and Morton streets as well. Contractors hired by the MWRA will spend the next several months cleaning and lining water pipes along Washington Street, prompting lane closures and detours in that area through November. More details can be found online at mwra.com.  Read more

Compassionate Friends of Boston

The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
Our newest chapter is in Boston. It meets at the Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont St., Boston, MA., every first Tuesday of the month. The meeting is from 6pm-7:30pm. Refreshments are provided.

617-288-8068
Ray Strother

Concerns flood Lower Mills over MWRA pipeline rehab

Lower Mills MWRA map. Click to enlarge.Lower Mills MWRA map. Click to enlarge.

Fasten your seatbelts, Lower Mills residents.

Starting next month and running into November, Washington Street, Adams Street, and River Street are scheduled to be periodically closed as part of a project of rehabbing and replacing a major pipeline that distributes water to the area.  Read more

Lower Mills MWRA Map

Lower Mills MWRA Map

Mr. Lincoln on the stump: A visit to Lower Mills

By 
Peter F. Stevens, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 17, 2011

On September 16, 1848, a tall, angular Congressman with dense, slightly unkempt dark hair strode behind the podium of Richmond Hall, in Dorchester.

He had come to campaign for the Whig Party’s presidential candidate, General Zachary Taylor, hero of the Mexican-American War. As the Congressman began to speak in his folksy Illinois manner, the residents crowding the hall took the measure of that speaker, thirty-nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln.  Read more

Library roof leak sealed, but more repairs needed

There’s good news for patrons and friends of the Lower Mills Library: A breach in the roof that forced the temporary closure of the building last Friday has been located and sealed. But the Richmond Street branch will remain closed through the next week as repair crews fix the ceiling near the circulation desk, where the problem was located.  Read more

ST. ANGELA'S MATTAPAN PRAISES AND PRAYERS

In praise to God in Christ and in His and our Mother, Blessed Mary; St Angela Parish is hosting monthly ‘Marian Praises and Prayers’ (‘Les Louanges Mariales’) in French and Latin on the first Sunday of every month at 7 PM in the main church at 1548 Blue Hill Avenue (Route 28), Mattapan, MA 02126. St. Angela’s Music Director Jean-Louis Daniel and St. Angela’s Choir will perform. The Marian Praises and Prayers service includes Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration and Benediction.  Read more

617-298-0080
Rectory