Savin Hill

Former Mayor Thomas Menino dies at 71

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Oct. 30, 2014

Thomas M. Menino: He'll be remembered long after the signs come down.Thomas M. Menino: He'll be remembered long after the signs come down.

Thomas Menino, a self-described "lunch bucket guy" who rose from his roots in Hyde Park to dominate Boston and Massachusetts politics as the capital city's mayor for 20 years, has passed away after battling cancer. He was 71.

City's political world reacts to news of Mayor Menino's death

Elected to the city's top job in 1993 after spending four months as acting mayor, Menino burnished a reputation as a tireless worker and a chief executive focused on delivering neighborhood services.

"Kevin White was the city-builder, gazing out of his fifth-floor window at cloud-topped towers," a 1994 Boston Globe magazine profile of Menino said. "Ray Flynn was the racial healer, jogging through the neighborhoods in search of social and economic justice. Tom Menino is the urban mechanic, cruising the streets with his fix-it list, wanting to know why the grass hasn't been mowed at Garvey Playground."  Read more

Savin Hill Mural — a look back into the Dorchester of 500 years ago— turns 15

Savin Hill 500 Years Ago— A mural by James Hobin.: This fall marks the 15th anniversary of the mural's installation and dedication at the corner of South Sydney Street and Savin Hill Avenue.Savin Hill 500 Years Ago— A mural by James Hobin.: This fall marks the 15th anniversary of the mural's installation and dedication at the corner of South Sydney Street and Savin Hill Avenue.

This fall marks the 15th anniversary of the Savin Hill mural. On Nov. 6, 1999, approximately 400 people turned up at the corner of South Sydney Street and Savin Hill Avenue for the dedication ceremony, which was officiated by Mayor Tom Menino. Toni Weeden performed traditional song for the unveiling.

The mural is painted on wood, and after 15 years of exposure to spring rains, winter frosts, and summer sunshine, evidence of wear and tear is beginning to show. Look closely and you will see that the mural has been repaired here and there. But we don’t care, like a patch on an old and favorite garment, it survives to be enjoyed for another day.  Read more

Man gets 18-20 in prison after admitting to 1992 Savin Hill rape

Abercrombie
Abercrombie

A former Dorchester resident was sentenced to 18-20 years in state prison today after he admitted he raped a woman walking home from the Savin Hill MBTA stop on Oct. 30, 1992.

Terry Abercrombie, 52, had avoided detection until 2012, when a DNA database run by the FBI found a match with DNA evidence the Suffolk County District Attorney's office had entered in the database in 2006.

DA Dan Conley said the DNA match and additional evidence convinced Abercrombie to plead guilty.  Read more

Close to home, Walsh joins walk-through by inspection team: ‘Walking office hours’ to canvass city

Mayor Walsh, center, speaks about his office's Neighborhood Engagement Walk initiative while on Tuttle Street last week. At left is Dan Manning, who directs Walsh's Civic Engagement office; at right, Dorchester liaison Alec Bonelli. City Councillor Frank Baker is shown, far left. Photo by Bill Forry

Mayor Martin Walsh joined a walk-through of his Savin Hill neighborhood on Saturday morning to highlight his office’s efforts to catalogue, fix, and track solutions to ground-level problems on every street in the city. As a light rain fell, the mayor and a small entourage of aides — trailed by several TV camera crews— walked from his house on Tuttle Street and circled the block via Sydney Street to Savin Hill Avenue.

Along the way, Walsh stopped several times to inspect curbs, brick-work, and pavement, some of which has been heaved up by mature trees— and to get a first-hand look at how his liaisons throughout the city can identify problems and order up fixes in real time.  Read more

Parking stand-off leaves Savin Hill condo plan in limbo

Savin Hill Ave. project: Architect’s rendering showed proposed condos over Savin Bar + Kitchen. Drawing courtesy RODE Architects.Savin Hill Ave. project: Architect’s rendering showed proposed condos over Savin Bar + Kitchen. Drawing courtesy RODE Architects.

The future of a vacant lot across from Savin Hill T station, previously the site of a proposed 14-unit residential and commercial development, hangs in the balance after the project’s private developer, David Higgins, said late Tuesday evening that he was walking away from the development.  Read more

What next for the Globe property?

Columbia Point Master Plan: Task force created clear guidelines for development along Morrissey Blvd. including the Globe property.Columbia Point Master Plan: Task force created clear guidelines for development along Morrissey Blvd. including the Globe property.After years of “maybe it is, maybe it isn’t” for sale, it appears that the Boston Globe property on Morrissey Boulevard is really on the market as a number of developers have prepared bids to purchase the site. The big question for its neighbors, of course, is what will replace the Globe?

Several years ago the city was faced with several major properties on the boulevard being actively considered for new development. These included the air rights above the MBTA property outside JFK-UMass station, a parcel between the station and the Shaw’s supermarket parking lot, the market itself, the adjacent building that houses radio stations, the old Ch. 56 property, and the Globe. Additionally, there were plans being made for the other side of the boulevard – significant and substantial new buildings at UMass Boston and a redevelopment of the Bayside Mall site.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) rightly called a “time out” on individual project proposals to prepare a master plan that would coordinate and integrate all the new uses for the several sites across the Morrissey Boulevard/Columbia Point peninsula.  Read more

Police cite Savin Hill wine and cheese shop for stocking too much wine, not enough cheese

On July 17, a Boston Police detective entered Savin Hill Enterprise, the new wine-and-cheese shop at 1047 Dorchester Ave., and took careful note of how many shelves were used for wine and beer and how many for food items. He looked in the shop's coolers to compare the ratio of chilled alcoholic beverages to soda and water.  Read more

Shots fired in Savin Hill T station

The Transit Police Department reports that around 5 p.m. on Sunday, a man walked into the Savin Hill Red Line station and began shooting at two other people.

All of his shots missed, police say. Both the intended targets and the shooter then fled.

Transit Police are now investigating whether a man arrested for illegal gun possession near the scene on Sunday afternoon is connected to the Savin Hill station incident.  Read more

Savin Hill Playgroup on Tuesdays

Enjoy playing with your child outdoors, meeting other families, and learning about community resources and programs. We will provide balls, bubbles, chalk, and a circle time with our huge parachute. For all ages - older siblings are welcome! Caregivers are welcome, too.

Please bring sunblock, hats, water bottles, and snacks. Playgroup will be cancelled if raining. No need to register. Location: Tuesdays 10a.m.-noon, McConnell Park by the beach. This Playgroup will meet weekly on Tuesdays until Aug. 28.

Start Time: 10:00

End Time: 12:00

Weekly:  Read more