Have you noticed gasoline and other energy prices starting to creep back up? Prices went down when folks used less by conserving. Do you want to save some money on your utility costs and fight global warming at the same time?
Come Ride the Green Wave and Learn to Conserve at a series of four FREE Energy Conservation workshops in Dorchester and Mattapan. Workshops start at 6:30 PM and are held at:
Grover Cleveland School, 11 Charles St., Fields Corner, Dorchester â€“ Starting dates are May 18, June 1 and June 15, 2009.
Mildred Avenue Middle School, 5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan â€“ Read more
Just because Mayor Thomas Menino isnâ€™t officially running for reelection yet doesnâ€™t mean his competitorâ€™s signs are safe. The first skirmish in this electionâ€™s â€œsign warsâ€ has already taken place in Fields Corner.
Starting on Tuesday, April 7, according to business owners, the mayorâ€™s Vietnamese Liaison Diep â€œDianeâ€ Hyunh and possibly others have gone up and down Dorchester Avenue plastering â€œFor Mayor Meninoâ€ signs in the windows of Vietnamese-owned shops. The efforts were likely triggered by Yoonâ€™s first fleet of signs in Fields Corner, which were deployed the Saturday before. It would be a normal sign of election season, save for the fact that Menino has yet to announce his candidacy. Read more
So far, outside of a few hotspots like Hendry Street, the blight of the foreclosure crisis in Dorchester has been restricted to the occasional boarded up house or messy lawn. But Vivian Girard of Fields Corner's Five Streets Civic Association is seeing his neighborhood edge toward a darker future and he plans to keep a finger in the dyke that holds it back.
Walking around with Girard on Five Streets' turf - which includes Charles, Leroy, Ditson, Josephine, and Westville streets to the east of Geneva Avenue - the encroachment of decay is visible. Read more
Federally-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently ended evictions of rent-paying tenants in foreclosed properties in response to the current economic crisis. Corporate lenders like Bank of America have held out, however, prompting a coalition of activists to take the battle to the streets. Read more
Under new leadership just last month, the Fields Corner Community Development Corporation (CDC) has been taking home failing grades on its federal report card for the last two years, the Reporter has learned.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reviews all the properties it subsidizes each year, grading how well they are maintained on a scale of 1 to 100. Properties graded in the 90 to 100 range are considered high performers. Those below 60 are designated "troubled." Read more
Jane Matheson, who for 20 years ran the Fields Corner Community Development Corporation with a philosophy against using public money to develop affordable housing, retired earlier this month. Read more
Some call it a retail area. Others a strip mall.
To Tom Cifrino, it is the "Fields Station Shopping Center," and for him, it's a family legacy, a Dorchester business begun by his father and uncle almost a century ago. Read more
Three of five adults involved in a brutal youth gang beating that took place in Fields Corner in August, 2007 have been sentenced. Two others have court dates in early December. Read more
ACORN offices in Fields Corner ransacked; $5,000 reward offered for information on last week's break-in
ACORN Massachusetts' head organizer Noemi "Mimi" Ramos arrived at her office the morning after last week's presidential debate to find the front door unlocked, three desktop computers missing, Internet and phone lines ripped out of the walls and general disarray. Read more
Oct. 15, 2008
Mimi Ramos, center, leads a team of ACORN volunteers and staff dedicated to defeating the ballot question 1, which would eliminate the state income tax. From left: Mattapan organizer Kesner Forestale of Dorchester, field organizer Ricky Nelson, Ramos, Mary Ann Jones of Boston, Becky Pierce of Dorchester, Loreliei Kluever, Ben Kuss and Chris Leonard, campaign director for ACORN. Photo by Bill Forry /p>
Karen Brown, like a third of people who are likely to vote Nov. Read more