Columbia Point

ABCD needs you to Volunteer! (Volunteer Tax Preparer Training)

ABCD needs you to Volunteer!
We are looking for special people like you to volunteer with the Financial Futures Initiative at ABCD this upcoming tax season to:

• Help our Boston residents get free tax preparation assistance
• Save thousands of dollars in tax preparation fees; and
• Make a difference in their lives.

By volunteering your time, you get to

• Learn new skills
• Make new friends; and
• Become a certified IRS tax preparer  Read more

communityresource@bostonabcd.org
Bindu Vedagiri

Boston Votes 2012, By the Numbers

Polls open across the city at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and close at 8 p.m., at which point results for Boston will start to trickle in on City Hall’s website (www.cityofboston.gov).

So here’s a few numbers, provided by Mayor Thomas Menino’s press office and the city’s Election Department:

-- Thanks to the ballot questions, the ballot will be 18 inches long.  Read more

Picasso painting on loan to JFK Library

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 1, 2012

Rape of the Sabine Women (1963) by Pablo Picasso is currently on display at the JFK Library.

The most famous and most valuable painting ever to visit Dorchester is currently on display at the JFK Library and Museum. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has loaned the larger-than-life-size Pablo Picasso canvas “Rape of the Sabine Women” (1963) to the Columbia Point landmark through Jan. 6, 2013.

This multimillion dollar masterwork, created shortly after the 13-day Cuban missile crisis of 1962, is on display to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s announcement of a blockade of Soviet vessels upon the discovery of Russian missiles with nuclear warheads in Cuba.  Read more

Sandy's coming: Employees told to stay home, off the roads

By 
Staff
Oct. 29, 2012

The lead elements of Hurricane Sandy are causing flooding in Dorchester at this hour. Above, the surf is shown sweeping onto the Harborwalk trail near JFK Library around 11 a.m. Monday. Photo by Bill Forry

State and city officials are urging the public to hunker down today as a massive hurricane swept up the East Coast, with the potential for wind damage, power outages and coastal flooding locally over the next 24 hours. Boston Public Schools are closed today and all non-essential city and state employees have been told to stay at home.

Morrissey Boulevard is closed in both directions as high tide arrives at 11:30. Waves are crashing onto the boulevard and the Harborwalk around the Columbia Point peninsula— which is not a safe place for pedestrians at the moment.

State Police say that the boulevard will likely stay closed until 2 p.m.

The Boston Fire Department is expecting down power lines throughout the storm, according to a City Hall statement. All down lines should be considered live and extremely dangerous, and should be reported to the Mayor’s hotline: (617-635-4500).  Read more

Dorchester House Guys and Gals Senior Club

The Dorchester House Guys and Gals Senior Club meets every Tuesday under the Leadership of Rosemary Gallagher for BINGO starting at 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. There is time for other activities from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon. If you don't play Bingo, bring your knitting or crochet. Come meet some great people. Sign up for a trip. The Dot Cafe in the lobby has great food or bring your own lunch. Do you like cards? Come play a game of Whist from 10:00 to 12. Drop by and check us out.

617-288-3230
Rosemary Gallagher

BC High Performs Play "Arcadia"

Come see the Dever Players of Boston College High School present Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, which the New York Times calls "Stoppard's richest, most ravishing comedy to date, a play of wit, intellect, language, brio and...emotion.: This production opens November 8 at 3:00 pm. Additional shows on November 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 7:00 pm. Tickets at the door. $10 adults; $5 students; Buy 3 tickets, get 1 student ticket free.

artsbch@gmail.com

GIRL SCOUT REGISTRATION

Girl Scout registration will be held every Saturday at First Parish Church in Dorchester, 10 Parish Street, Dorchester, MA 02122 from 9 to 9:30. We have openings for girls from K2 to grade 6. We meet every Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00. There has been an ongoing Girl Scout program at First Parish since 1979. Please contact Susan Brackett, mathergirl65@gmail.com or 617-533-8651 for more information.

Thank you

617-533-8651
Susan Brackett

Editorial: A welcome wave of development

If there are any lingering doubts that the local economy is poised for a strong bounce-back in the next few years, a quick review of the Reporter’s front pages over the last month is instructive. In particular, there is ample evidence that the Morrissey Boulevard corridor that links Savin Hill and Columbia Point is ready to blossom, with new buildings and renewal projects aimed at reinvigorating this well-situated northern nook of Dorchester.  Read more

Synergy chief: 278-unit complex a 'vote of confidence' in Dot

An aerial view of the proposed project at 25 Morrissey Boulevard. Image courtesy Synergy

A Boston developer will file plans with city officials this week to build a five-story, $60 million residential complex on a long-vacant parcel of land next to the JFK-UMass MBTA station on Morrissey Boulevard. The two- building complex would house 278 units of rental housing intended for a mixed market of young professionals, families, and older residents.

The “Residences at Morrissey Boulevard” project would mark the first phase in what the developers expect will be a 20-year redevelopment effort along this section of the boulevard that will be guided in large part by a city-led master planning process that envisioned a new neighborhood along what is now largely commercial stretch.  Read more

Chambers looking to buy Ch. 56 site for a BMW outlet

Car magnate Herb Chambers intends to purchase the old Ch. 56 property on Morrissey Boulevard and convert it into a pre-owned BMW dealership and repair center.

Chambers, a Dorchester native whose automotive empire now includes 50 dealerships and franchises throughout New England, says he is in the process of buying the property at 75 Morrissey Blvd. from WHDH-TV, which now controls the site. The property is valued at $4.5 million by the city of Boston, but the prospective purchase price has not been disclosed.

Chambers told the Reporter this week that he intends to sell certified, pre-owned BMW cars on the site. The business will also service vehicles that Chambers sells in Dorchester and at his existing BMW dealership on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.  Read more