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
Dec. 16, 2010
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
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
Dec. 9, 2010
City nutrition experts unveiled a new program at Mattapan’s Hassan Apartment building on Dec. 7 aimed at bringing fresh produce to local seniors. Funded by Senior Whole Health, the program will provide farm shares to residents public senior housing developments. Dorchester’s Lower Mills and Peabody-Englewood Apartments will also be included in the new program. Read more
Dec. 8, 2010
Fourteen would-be charter schools have applied to the State Department of Education to be granted charters to start up new schools in Boston out of 23 across the state. Representatives from several of the applicant schools appeared before a panel of state education officials in Boston City Hall on Tuesday to press their case.
Though plans for the schools are still in the preliminary stages and locations for school facilities are not definite, some of the proponents for the proposals heard Tuesday vowed to serve underprivileged students from Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. Read more
Nov. 15, 2010
Ongoing construction work at Ashmont station will require a shut down of the Mattapan High-Speed trolley service this Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 20-21), according to the MBTA. Shuttle buses will replace trolleys beginning at the start of service on Saturday and continue until the end of service on Sunday. Read more
Nov. 4, 2010
Superintendent Carol Johnson is delaying a vote on plans to close schools, giving parents opposed to the closures a month to regroup. Dorchester schools on the chopping block include Roger Clap Elementary and the East Zone Early Learning Center. School officials had also been pushing to merge the Lee Academy Pilot School and the Lee Elementary School.
“Overall, I’m optimistic that we have the extra month or so to get them to change their minds, and hopefully this opens up more of a debate,” said Kenny Jervis, one of the parents leading the charge to keep Clap Elementary open. “We’re happy we got the extra time but it’s nowhere near a victory yet.” Read more
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
Oct. 26, 2010
A crowd of more than 200 people turned out at the north plaza of Ashmont Station on Tuesday afternoon for the official unveiling of Sleeping Moon, a sculpture by artist Joseph Wheelwright. The piece was commissioned five years ago by a committee of neighbors led by the Dorchester Arts Collaborative. The event featured a performance by the Boston City Singers and remarks by MBTA general manager Richard Davey, among other officials. A reception followed at Ashmont Grill.
For more on the history of this public art project, see this 2006 article from the Dorchester Reporter.