Ashmont

New initiative brings farm-fresh foods to city’s seniors

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
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

Charter school proponents look to expand in Dorchester, Mattapan

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
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

Buses to replace trolleys this weekend between Ashmont-Mattapan

By 
Reporter Staff
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

Vote on closing schools delayed; parents still on high alert

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
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

Conference to help city churches make sorely needed renovations

By 
Alex Owens Special to the Reporter
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

Large crowd gathers to welcome 'Sleeping Moon' sculpture

By 
Reporter Staff
Oct. 26, 2010

Joe Wheelwright at Sleeping Moon unveilingJoe Wheelwright at Sleeping Moon unveilingA 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.

SleepingSleeping Moon unveiled to large crowd in Peabody Square  Read more

Two teens charged with violent robbery attempt outside Ashmont T stop

The Boston Police Department reports two detectives driving down Dorchester Ave. around 7 p.m on Thursday broke up an attempt mugging in front of the Wainwright Bank.  Read more

Patrick helps Ashmont Grill mark a milestone

By 
Reporter Staff
Oct. 11, 2010

Ashmont Grill AnniversaryAshmont Grill Anniversary

Governor Deval Patrick ended a long day on the campaign trail on Saturday night by joining Ashmont Grill owner Chris Douglass for a toast to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the popular Peabody Square eatery. The restaurant — a favorite dining spot for the Patricks— marked the occasion with a birthday cake, a special menu and a party on its celebrated outdoor patio.  Read more