Oct. 7, 2010
The Codman Square Health Center is eyeing the ODWIN Learning Center’s Dorchester Ave. headquarters, officials with the health center said this week. The health center’s board of directors last week gave the go-ahead for the center, located in Peabody Square, to explore a purchase of the property. 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.
Jul. 21, 2010
MBTA officials said this week they’ll continue to seek a solution to the screeching wheels on the Mattapan Line trolley as the transportation agency’s chief promised residents a “station master” they can complain to about matters at the still-under-construction Ashmont Station. After a Tuesday night meeting at All Saints Church, elected officials and abutters to the station, after years of frustration over the squealing of the wheels as the 70-year-old trolleys round the turn atop a viaduct, said they were optimistic that a solution could be found. Read more
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
Jul. 8, 2010
A meeting on the trolley screeching at the Ashmont MBTA station has been scheduled for July 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the All Saints Church hall. The MBTA’s general manager, Rich Davey, is expected to attend. The meeting comes after a June 20 gathering at the same church, where angry residents faced off with Davey and other MBTA officials over the noise levels. Since then, the MBTA has installed a sprinkler system and sound-deadening blankets to curb the noise level. 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
The Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers' Market, sponsored by St. Mark's Area Main Street, runs every Friday, July 9-October 29, 3-7 p.m., at Ashmont Station Plaza, corner of Dorchester Ave and Ashmont Street. The market features locally grown fruits & vegetables, fresh flowers, and creations by local artists. Most vendors accept SNAP (food stamp) benefits, which can be doubled up to a $20 total value through the Boston Bounty Bucks program. Read more
Jun. 11, 2010
This YouTube video shows the Ashmont turn-around of the Mattapan High Speed Trolley. The noisy circuit is the cause of consternation for abutters.
The MBTA will try to mask the high-pitched screeching caused by Mattapan Line trolleys turning around at the newly re-built Ashmont Station, a problem that drew the T's new boss to a lively community meeting last night. Officials admitted to an angry crowd of abutters Thursday night that there was a design flaw in the newly built trolley bridge that abuts the station: A too-sharp turn, coupled with the steel wheels of the 70-year-old trains hitting steel rail, results in an ear-splitting sound. The sound becomes even louder on hot days because of the increased friction.
The general manager of the MBTA, Rich Davey, pledged to meet with residents once a month “for as long as it takes” to deal with the issue.
“We will solve it,” Davey told the crowd. “If it’s a man-made problem, there’s a man-made solution. I’m certain of that.” Read more