Columbia Point

Mayor Walsh marks birthday with seniors report, grant at UMass Boston

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 11, 2014

UMass Boston students Bersabel Wondimagegnhu and Hembly Riva joined UMass Boston Chancellor Keith Motley and Mayor Marty Walsh during a Thursday check presentation. Photo by Jacob Aguiar

Mayor Martin Walsh celebrated his forty-seventh birthday on familiar turf: At UMass Boston’s campus, he announced a $206,000 grant to university’s Venture Development Center and the completion of a research report on Boston’s growing elderly population.

The grant is part of a 4-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor administered through the Mayor’s office of jobs and community service. The $206,000 will fund the Life Science Internship Training Program, focused on preparing students at UMass Boston and other state and community colleges for paid internship opportunities in the Life Sciences industry.  Read more

Daisy and Brownie Girl Scout Troop

This is a Daisy/Brownie Girl Scout Troop open to girls K2-Grade 3. Meetings are Fridays, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the First Parish Church in Dorchester. We will be doing lots of fun things, having great adventures. We will be working on the new Journey Programs. For information, check out the GSUSA website Journeys.

Registration will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
Registration fee is $25.00 per girl from date of registration until October 1st. Financial aid is available.

Any questions please feel free to contact me at 617-533-8651 or mathergirl65@gmail.com

Susan Brackett
617-533-8651

A Memorable Time: 40 Years on Columbia Point

UMass Boston under construction: An aerial view of the UMass Boston campus under construction. The old Columbia Point housing development is visible just to the north of the campus. Image courtesy UMass BostonUMass Boston under construction: An aerial view of the UMass Boston campus under construction. The old Columbia Point housing development is visible just to the north of the campus. Image courtesy UMass Boston

Forty years ago this week, a remarkable thing happened in Dorchester: The University of Massachusetts Boston—the only public university in Greater Boston —moved from Park Square downtown to its new campus on Columbia Point. The first day of classes was January 28, 1974.

We’ve been thinking a lot lately about the history of UMass Boston as we approach the 50th anniversary of our founding. On June 16, 1964 the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill sponsored by the late representative Robert H. Quinn of Dorchester and his colleagues in the House and Senate to establish an urban branch of UMass. Two days later, Governor Endicott Peabody signed the legislation.  Read more

Volunteer in the Boston Public Schools

Live, work or play in Dorchester? Consider volunteering there, too. Boston Partners in Education is looking for mentors and tutors for students in Boston Public Schools, specifically in Dorchester neighborhoods.

Volunteers work one-on-one or with a small group of students for an hour a week during the school day. Opportunities are available in all grades (K-12) in either English Language Arts or math.  Read more

bharris@bostonpartners.org
Barbara Harris

Harbor Point convenience store held up at gunpoint

The Boston Police Department reports the Harbor Point Convenience Store, 17 Harbor Point Blvd., was held up around 8:10 p.m. on Sunday.

"The suspect walked in to the store and brandished a firearm at the cashier. The witness stated the suspect demanded money be placed in a bag, the cashier complied. The suspect fled the store in a maroon motor vehicle.

"The suspect is described as a Middle Eastern male, wearing a fake mustache, black hooded 'North Face' sweatshirt, black jeans and white and black sneakers."

Coming soon to Columbia Point: The US Senate – and its debates

Can you imagine taking the floor of the United States Senate to debate the morality of a US strike on Syria, the merits of a farm bill, or the confirmation of a new US Supreme Court justice?

By this time next year, you – and your family – might be able to do just that. And you won’t need to impersonate Ed Markey or Elizabeth Warren— or even go to Capitol Hill— to weigh in on issues of the day. In fact, you’ll be able to drive, ride, or just walk to Columbia Point, where the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is now rising along the crest of a hill that overlooks Dorchester Bay.  Read more

Meet The Next Mayor on BNN TV

Boston's Race to City Hall

12 candidates, each determined to make it through the primary election on September 24, are what remain after 24 sought to win a nomination on the ballot to fill the seat of incumbent Mayor Thomas Menino. The diverse field of candidates, made up of City Councilors, State Representatives, organizers, activists, non-profit leaders, and small business owners, are featured in the newest Boston Neighborhood Network Television series, “Meet the Next Mayor”.  Read more

617-708-3200

Volunteer with FriendshipWorks

FriendshipWorks is looking for volunteers who want to help elders living in Boston or Brookline. Our volunteers help make a difference in the lives of elders every day through friendly visiting and/or providing short-term assistance. Whether you can spare one hour a week or one hour a month, we have an opportunity for you! Help us in our mission to reduce social isolation by replacing it with the warmth and comfort that only a caring and dedicated friend can provide.  Read more

617-482-1510
Friendly Visiting Department

Pod Life— Could this be the future of transport on Columbia Point?

Could this be the future of public transit in parts of Boston— perhaps even Dorchester's own Columbia Point? How about Blue Hill Avenue?

Moving around town in a solar-powered “pod” that cuts down on congestion, helps the environment and gives you your own space to breathe? Sounds like a storyboard from The Jetsons, but the technology exists and is advancing in other parts of the globe, especially in airports like London’s Heathrow, shown in this YouTube video:  Read more