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. 11, 2010
An estimated 10,000 people— and perhaps many more than that— attended yesterday's Irish Heritage Festival in Adams Corner. The second annual event featured two stages of music and dancing, vendors, outdoor dining and more — all geared towards a massive celebration of Irish culture. The family-friendly crowd swelled well beyond the large turnout of the inaugural street fest in 2009. The event included traditional Irish music as well as rock-oriented acts, including the U2 cover band The Joshua Tree, which took the main stage at 7 p.m. Read more
The forecast looks very promising for Sunday’s second Irish Heritage festival in Adams Corner— which promises to be a great event for people of all backgrounds to enjoy. Last year’s festival drew an estimated 8,000 people to the village and organizers expect an even bigger crowd this weekend. Read more
More than 8,000 people came out for last October’s inaugural Adams Corner Irish Heritage Festival. The second annual event — slated for Sunday, October 10 — is likely to be an even bigger draw, with more performers, vendors and volunteers ramping up for a day-long celebration of all things Irish.
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.
City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo's re-election campaign is hitting back at their coverage of him and the City Council's boycott of Arizona, saying he is "under attack from the right wing media." 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