Cedar Grove

Neponset Park dock revamp plan stirs resident fuss

Milton High’s crew team eyes use, raises $18k

The current canoe launch at Neponset park. 	Reporter file photoThe current canoe launch at Neponset park. Reporter file photo

Department of Conservation and Recreation officials may be heading back to the drawing board on improvements to a Neponset dock after facing frustrated residents who said they felt neglected and distrustful of an agency that hasn’t always delivered on park improvements.

On Tuesday night, DCR officials unveiled a plan aimed at enhancing access of kayaks and canoes to the Neponset River that flows by the eponymous park, which is located at the corner of Granite Avenue and Hilltop Street and was opened in 2008.  Read more

Cedar Grove, Savin Hill baseball join forces for teen play

By 
Corey Burns, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 21, 2011

The ultimate goal of youth sports is for kids to have fun, compete, and learn, not just about the game, but also about an important values in life like teamwork, responsibility, and commitment. With that in mind, Cedar Grove Baseball and Savin Hill Baseball have come together to offer Babe Ruth baseball to as many children in the neighborhood as possible.

Tom Leahy and Mike Mackan from Cedar Grove Baseball have joined Mike Manning, Mike Christopher, and Tony King of Savin Hill Baseball to construct a league of six teams, with a total of around 90 children, ages 13-15. The games will be played at both Dorchester Park and McConnell Park throughout the season. For the first time, the teams will be mixed with Cedar Grove and Savin Hill kids on the same roster.  Read more

City sets $76.6m in capital funds for Mattapan and Dorchester

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
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

May 3 meeting to take up Neponset canoe launch plan

By 
Rachel Zarrell, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 21, 2011

A discussion about the expansion of the canoe launch dock at Neponset Park for Milton High School’s crew team and the surrounding community will take place at a public meeting at St. Brendan’s Church Hall on Tues., May 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Read more

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Snow emergency ends at 6 p.m. Monday

By 
Reporter Staff
Dec. 26, 2010

The city of Boston says that the snow emergency that went into effect yesterday will be lifted at 6 p.m. on Monday. The emergency order means that parking is prohibited on all major arteries in Boston.

In a noon hour press conference on Sunday, Gov. Deval Patrick said that service on the Mattapan high-speed trolley line would be suspended tonight and replaced with buses. All other public transportation is expected to follow a normal schedule.

"Residents are reminded to remain at home throughout the duration of this snow event and businesses tomorrow should consider asking employees to work from home," stated a press release issued by the city of Boston on Sunday morning. The city also is cautioning older residents or those with "health conditions" to "refrain from shoveling this heavy wet snow."  Read more

Census count confirms Mass. to lose House seat

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Dec. 21, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, DEC. 21, 2010…. As widely predicted, Massachusetts will lose at least one of its 10 seats in Congress during the 2012 election cycle based on population counts collected during the 2010 Census, according to data released from the U.S. Census Bureau.

During a conference call with reporters, Census Bureau officials confirmed Tuesday morning that Massachusetts is among ten states to be losing at least one U.S. House seat.  Read more

Spike in shootings prompts renewed quest for solutions

By 
Stephen Kurkjian and Pat Tarantino, Special To The Reporter
Dec. 16, 2010

Tina Chery: A pioneer in citywide efforts to curb violence, Chery's son Louis was killed in a December 1993 shooting, not far from her current office in Fields Corner..Tina Chery: A pioneer in citywide efforts to curb violence, Chery's son Louis was killed in a December 1993 shooting, not far from her current office in Fields Corner..

The numbers are deeply disturbing: Nearly eighty percent of the shootings in Boston in 2010 have taken place in the three police districts that cover Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

Last year, 223 people were killed or wounded by gunfire in Boston, and 174, or 78 percent, of the shootings took place in districts B-2, B-3 and C-11. This year, with several weeks to go, the number of shootings in the city has increased to 258, and, again, 78 percent of them were in these three districts.

The Search for Solutions

BPD Commissioner Ed Davis: Extra pressure on gang members

Rev. Eugene Rivers: Pastor convenes stakeholders, stresses "realism"

George Chip GreenidgeGeorge Chip GreenidgeGeorge "Chip" Greenidge: Violent year spurs new calls for answers

Celeste Allan: Murder victim's mom finds community's embrace

Marivelle Crespo and Gina Patterson: BPD team aids families, heads off trouble

Tina Chery: Peace Pioneer seeks to improve coordination of services

Emmet Folgert: On alert for alternativesEmmet Folgert: On alert for alternativesEmmett Folgert: Veteran youth worker connects teens with jobs

These stark numbers only convey part of the story. The real story, those on the front lines of the battle tell the Dorchester Reporter, is the impact this violence is having on those who live and work in these neighborhoods – and whether they will assert strongly to families, friends, and acquaintances that they will not tolerate the continued presence of guns or further criminal activity in the homes and on the streets of their neighborhoods. And, too, there is the overarching question of the role of the rest of Boston in this enterprise: Will they join Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan – or abandon them – in taking on the challenge of saving the streets.  Read more