Aug. 25, 2011
John O’Toole, a local realtor and a top candidate in the District 3 City Council race, is enmeshed in a civil lawsuit with a former partner of his, according to court records. But he isn’t the only candidate who has been involved in legal actions in recent months and years: Two other top contenders, fellow realtor Craig Galvin and former city employee Frank Baker, have had a suit and an injunction, respectively, filed against them, according to a Reporter review of court records available to the public at Suffolk Superior Court. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports three men were stabbed in a fight Monday afternoon at 324 Talbot Ave.
Above, the latest report on today's incident from BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News.
A man apparently intent on killing his girlfriend initiated a gun battle that left him, the woman and a Boston Police officer with gunshot wounds early Tuesday morning.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's says it has launched two investigations into the incident at 22 Dunbar Ave. - one into possible criminal charges against Tyrone Cummings, the other into the discharge of police bullets during the fusillade. Read more
Construction began this week on the Fairmount Line’s new Talbot Avenue station – the third station out of four planned for that stretch of commuter rail where work has begun – as elected officials and transportation agency chiefs celebrated the groundbreaking with members of the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation and other civic leaders.
Local leaders hope the $15.9 million commuter station, coupled with 24 affordable housing units down the road, will lead to a revitalization of the Codman Square area.
The Four Corners/Geneva and Newmarket stations are under construction, while controversy over the siting of the Blue Hill Avenue station in Mattapan has delayed its start. Read more
Jun. 6, 2011
Among the dancers, marching bands and other lively participants from Sunday’s Dorchester Day parade, some of the most energetic marchers along the route were the candidates for public office. Incumbents and would-be office holders were eager to shake hands, ask for support and match a smiling face to the campaign signs that are an ever-increasing presence along Dorchester Ave. Read more
Apr. 28, 2011
The new home at 81 Brent Street may look like any other house on its Codman Square block, but the three-family is different from the others. It’s completely green - not in color but in development and function. From the foundation to the solar panel-lined roof, the entire house is environmentally sustainable.
Codman Square Neighborhood Council President Cynthia Loesch had repeatedly proposed ideas of bringing sustainable building projects to the neighborhood, but says the council never got the response they wanted to hear from developers.
“I decided to do it myself,” Loesch says. “Let’s find out how much it really costs by square foot. Let’s find out all the proper rhetoric so we can argue with the developers better, and let’s really set a standard in Codman Square on the kind on housing and development we’d like to see.” Read more
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
Boston Police are looking for a woman who held up the Mt. Washington Bank branch at 305 Talbot St. around 3:20 p.m. on Friday.
She's described as white, 5'2", 18-21, wearing a tan jacket and a gray hoodie and carrying two backpacks.