Blue Hill Corridor

You have a choice!

You have a choice! Open enrollment for health insurance through the State of Massachusetts is coming to an end this Thursday, June 25th. Make sure that you have taken advantage of this time and have made sure you will have the health insurance plan of your choice under Commonwealth Care Plans & Mass Health. If you are currently enrolled in a health insurance plan through the State of Massachusetts either it be Neighborhood Health Plan, Network Health or BMC Health Net you have the option to switch to another plan if you want to or you can stay with your current plan.  Read more

Questions persist on Route 28 bus plan

Will there be enough room on the route for the proposed Silver Line bus? Will the trees and flowers on the route be torn up and disappear? And what about parking?  Read more

Health Insurance??? Who does not have it? Who needs it?

There are so many reasons why people do not have health insurance. It is not offered through my employer, it is so expensive, I don't know how to get it on my own... Are any of these really worth the penalty? It is now a law in Massachusetts for all residents to have health insurance. I am sure a lot of people got hit with the tax penalty in April if you did not have proof of health insurance for 2008. The fee that you may be forced to pay in April 2010 may be more than $1,000 depending on your situation. Why throw this money away?  Read more

Friends mourn Mattapan man killed in Blue Hill Ave. accident

Yves "Junior" Guery: Killed in a motorcycle accident on May 20 on Blue Hill Avenue.Yves "Junior" Guery: Killed in a motorcycle accident on May 20 on Blue Hill Avenue.A Mattapan man well-loved in Boston’s tight-knit Haitian community lost his life last Wednesday afternoon (May 20) when his motorcycle collided with a car on Blue Hill Avenue near the corner of Clarkwood Street. Yves Guery, Jr. 28, died at the scene of the accident, which happened at about 3:30 p.m.

Geury — or “Junior” as he was widely known— was a motorcycle enthusiast who enjoyed traveling to his native Haiti, dancing and working out. He was mourned this week by friends and family who recalled his ready smile and willingness to help others.  Read more

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‘Enhanced’ Blue Hill bus line could resemble rapid transit

A bus on the Silver LineA bus on the Silver LineState and city leaders this week announced a $100 million federal stimulus project to greatly improve public transportation along Blue Hill Avenue from Mattapan to Dudley Square, including a new connection to South Station.

It isn’t the light rail service that Roxbury’s transportation advocates have clamored for since the Orange Line was pulled off Washington Street in the late ’80s. And many in Mattapan were taken aback after being left out of the loop on the new proposal. Yet, it is a direct connection to downtown from a host of underserved neighborhoods in Mattapan and Dorchester and transportation advocates seem to be warming up to the plan.  Read more

Patrick, Menino unveil plan for "enhanced bus service" along Blue Hill corridor

State plans enhanced bus service to Mattapan: A rendering shows a "street view" of the changes along Blue Hill Ave. Source: EOTState plans enhanced bus service to Mattapan: A rendering shows a "street view" of the changes along Blue Hill Ave. Source: EOTGovernor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino announced at noon today that the 28 bus from Ruggles to Mattapan Square will be beefed up with a new Bus Rapid Transit service. It will be phase two of a project that will also connect Dudley Square to South Station as part of the existing Silver Line—a bus service between Dudley Station, downtown, and Logan Airport.  Read more

Arson strikes church in historic theater

Firefighters responding to a pull box alarm on Blue Hill Avenue and Columbia Road found smoke pouring out of the New Fellowship Baptist Church early on Saturday morning. Rushing to discover the source, they found a back door to the church open and fires in multiple locations inside, including the stage.

"The firefighters ruled that the fire was set," said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. "They based that on the fact that the fire was in multiple locations… and they ruled out all the other possible causes."

The department estimated the damage at $250,000.  Read more

Neighbors balk at siting for Blue Hill Station

Though the call for new stops along Fairmount Line commuter rail has been a loud and long one, the station designs on the table are hardly free from concerns and some residents are even demanding the proposed stop at Blue Hill Avenue be moved or simply scuttled.

The Woodhaven Culbert Regis Neighborhood Association penned a strongly worded to Gov. Deval Patrick in opposition to the Blue Hill Avenue stop this week. They state the project will have a negative impact on property values by damaging the area during construction, and by increasing traffic, noise and light pollution.  Read more