Nov. 4, 2010
Dorchester’s spiritual community has borne firsthand witness to the community’s history, which stretches back nearly four centuries. It was members of a church community, the First Parish Church, that founded this city within a city. After decades of service to their neighborhoods, many of Dorchester’s church buildings are daue for a much needed facelift, and their congregations are turning to the city’s historical organizations for aid. Read more
Planning to campaign on weekends and after he gets out of school on weekdays, high school teacher Barry Lawton said Tuesday he plans to mount a write-in campaign for Fifth Suffolk state representative.
Lawton, a member of the Democratic State Committee who has run twice before for the seat, lost the Sept. 14 Democratic primary to former City Hall aide Carlos Henriquez by 41 votes. Read more
Boston's coffers ended fiscal year 2010 with a $9.1 million surplus, a fiscal watchdog group reports.
The Boston Municipal Research Bureau said Monday that the $9.1 million represents represents 0.4 percent of that fiscal year's $2.3 billion in spending.
But let's not start jumping around and compiling a list of programs to restore to full funding just yet.
Sam Tyler, head of the BMRB, notes, "This is money that has to be reserved for fiscal 2012." Read more
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 www.ymcaboston.org/dorchester. 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.
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
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
Jun. 19, 2010
A three-alarm house fire on Speedwell Street prompted a ladder rescue, damaged two neighboring homes and displaced more than a dozen people on Saturday morning. Firefighters rescued at least one resident at 22 Speedwell using a ladder. The fire was brought under control around 11:30 a.m. Universal Hub reports that the fire caused $300,000 in damage to the three buildings and left 17 people at least temporarily homeless. Read more
The Bowdoin Geneva Farmers' Market is a non-profit market run by the Bowdoin Community Health Center in Dorchester, MA. A top priority of the market is to make high quality produce available and accessible to everyone as part of a community effort that encourages a healthier urban lifestyle. Our vendors, The Food Project and Land's Sake Farm, are local non-profit farms with an interest in providing healthy, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to area residents. Read more