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Dorchester YMCA Fall Programs

It's time to get healthy. Visit the Dorchester YMCA for special membership offers as well as programs for families and youth. Visit us on the web at Call 617.436.7750, or just come visit the branch at 776 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124. Free parking, directly on bus Rt #26 and a short walk from the Ashmont T.

Dorchester YMCA

BC High Solar Panels

BC High Solar Panels

Solar array adds green power to BC High campus

Jonathan Rodriguez, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 12, 2010

BC High Solar Panels: BC High's Brian Maher with the school's new solar panels.BC High Solar Panels: BC High's Brian Maher with the school's new solar panels.Boston College High School is taking a giant step in the green direction this summer with the installation of nearly 870 solar panels on the roofs of its buildings. The project, set to be completed in early September, will make BC High home to the largest single-building solar array in Boston.

The expansive array covering 25,629 square feet of rooftop on the campus will produce up to 40 percent of the school’s daily electric power with the panels generating almost 200 kilowatts at a given moment. The environmental benefits of such a system will be like planting nearly 24, 000 trees and conserving around 14, 000 barrels of oil.  Read more

Gearing-up time at Kennedy Institute: ‘Iconic’ design unveiled; Mt. Vernon St. or EMK Blvd.?

How does Edward M. Kennedy Boulevard sound as the new name of Columbia Point’s Mt. Vernon Street?

Peter Meade, the president and CEO of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, acknowledged that he had been approached by some Dorchester residents about the possible renaming of the street, which starts by Columbia Rd., runs past the former Bayside Expo site, through the Harbor Point community, and ends at the UMass-Boston campus. “We’ll see where that idea goes,” Meade said. “You have to make sure the people who live here and work on that street think it’s a good idea.”  Read more

Columbia Pt. plan revised; shorter buildings, more open space

Proposed heights for development in Columbia Point have been reduced and open green space has been increased by a half-acre under a revised master plan that the city’s planning agency will eventually use as a blueprint for development in the area.

The final plan, the product of a two-year effort by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and a mayoral-appointed task force of local residents, is meant to function as a guideline for developers looking at the area and aimed at reconnecting Columbia Point, cut off from the rest of Dorchester because of the expressway, to Savin Hill.  Read more

Become a Basic Literacy or ESOL Tutor

Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts invites prospective volunteers to one of our informational orientations held August 16 and September 9 from 6-8 in downtown Boston. Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with students from communities throughout the Greater Boston area, including Dorchester and Mattapan, for 2-hours per week for a minimum of 9 to 12 months at mutually convenient times in public places. LVM trains volunteers to tutor adult learners in either Basic Literacy or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).  Read more
Kirstin Griffiths

City Council passes Menino budget by 11-2 vote

The City Council on Wednesday voted 11-2 to pass Mayor Thomas Menino’s $2.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2011. Councillors also voted unanimously to pass a home rule petition – which requires approval from the mayor, the governor and the state Legislature – to hand library trustees the power to fundraise for the cash-strapped library system.  Read more

Police say gunfire erupts in three separate incidents at Harbor Point

The Boston Police Department says it is looking for several suspects charged with firing repeated rounds at the Harbor Point development on June 25 and 27. Nobody was injured in the three incidents, but at least one bullet wound up inside somebody's apartment on Peninsula Road, according to an advisory from District C-6.  Read more

Five wanted for Bayside attack; police say one attacker videotaped the whole thing

The University of Massachusetts Police Department says it is looking for five people for a June 7 attack and robbery in the old Bayside Expo Center parking lot - which they say one of the five videotaped.  Read more

UMass dorm study

UMass dorm study

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