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Elected officials huddle up at troubled Morrissey intersection

Sen. Jack Hart, left, and Rep. Marty Walsh are shown during a site visit to the intersection of Morrissey and Bianculli boulevards on Thursday. Photo courtesy Sen. Hart's office

Mounting concerns about pedestrian safety on Morrissey Boulevard prompted a roadside huddle this afternoon featuring elected officials, State Police and state transportation officials, who promised to "immediately make improvements" at the intersection of Morrissey and Bianculli Boulevard.

Senator Jack Hart, Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor Frank Baker met on site today with senior officials from the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, UMass Boston officials and State Police.

Reporter editorial: Long view, fast action needed to fix Morrissey  Read more

Editorial: Long view, fast action needed to fix Morrissey

State Rep. Martin Walsh says he’ll convene a meeting of Columbia Point and Savin Hill stakeholders and transportation officials soon to “begin the process” of redesigning a troubled intersection that also serves as the entrance to UMass Boston’s campus and the Columbia Point peninsula.

That’s welcome news for both pedestrians and motorists, for whom this intersection has become more than an aggravation. It’s a public hazard.  Read more

Savin Hill mom fights to block parole for son's killer

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 13, 2012

Derek Matulina: Shot to death at Savin Hill T station in May 2011.Derek Matulina: Shot to death at Savin Hill T station in May 2011.The mother of a 19-year-old Savin Hill man who was shot and killed at the MBTA station in 2011 is seeking to block the parole of her son’s murderer.

The Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association on Monday night unanimously voted to support Deirdre Murphy’s request for a letter asking the state Parole Board to deny parole for Nhu Nguyen. Local elected officials have also agreed to send letters, Murphy said.

Earlier this year, Nguyen pleaded guilty to manslaughter and firearms charges. In May, he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a house of correction, with two years of probation to follow.  Read more

In the crosshairs: Morrissey crossing's perils showcased in video

A Savin Hill woman — fed up with the lack of a fix to a dangerous pedestrian crossing on Morrissey Boulevard— has produced a short video that illustrates the hazards at the intersection. The video, made by Heidi Moesinger, was circulated to State Police and elected officials last Friday and shows motorists blowing through a red light as a pedestrian attempts to cross the boulevard on a walk signal. Residents say that the failure to better police the intersection or find an engineering fix — as highlighted by the Reporter in recent articles— is a tragedy in the making.  Read more

Restaurants thrive in Savin Hill Village

Ken Osherow: Key to success of Savin Bar + Kithcen, other eateries on Savin Hill Ave. Photo by Bill ForryKen Osherow: Key to success of Savin Bar + Kitchen, other eateries on Savin Hill Ave. Photo by Bill ForryAt the center of Savin Hill, a burgeoning mini-empire exists. Steps away from the MBTA station is a neighborhood café, an ice cream shop and an upscale eatery that serves lunch and dinner.

All three establishments have something in common: Co-owner and partner Kenneth Osherow, who moved his real estate company to Savin Hill Ave. in 2001, several years after purchasing a three-decker nearby.  Read more

Intersection needs engineering fix, more enforcement

Morrissey Blvd. CrosswalkMorrissey Blvd. Crosswalk

Reporter readers have raised the volume on their complaints in recent weeks about a Morrissey Boulevard intersection that has long been a nuisance for both pedestrians and motorists.  Read more

Officials beginning to stir on safety issues at busy Morrissey Blvd. intersection

Morrissey intersection: Bottleneck poses hazard for pedestrians, aggravation for motorists. Photo by Bill ForryMorrissey intersection: Bottleneck poses hazard for pedestrians, aggravation for motorists. Photo by Bill ForrySafety concerns about the heavily trafficked intersection of Morrissey and Bianculli boulevards near UMass Boston,The Boston Globe, and Boston College High School, are drawing attention from residents and local elected officials alike.

One top lawmaker, Rep. Marty Walsh, said the state may need to “reconstruct the whole intersection” to alleviate the concerns about the crossroad that in addition to vehicular traffic also accommodates numerous pedestrians, given adjacent attractions like Patten’s Cove on one side of Morrissey Boulevard and the Harborwalk, which rings the university campus, on the other.

Reporter's View: Engineering fix, enforcement needed on Morrissey  Read more

Finally, new prospect for business at old Savin Hill corner store

This building at 102-110 Savin Hill Ave. was once home to a busy variety store, but has been boarded up in recent years. Photo by Bill Forry

A vacant eyesore at the prominent intersection of Savin Hill Avenue and Sydney Street may finally get a new lease on life in the coming months. A convenience store magnate has entered into a long-term lease agreement with the building’s owner, Anthony Desmond, and intends to open for business as soon as renovations can be completed.  Read more

Thieves target Savin Hill's Cristo Rey School

Boston Police are investigating an overnight break-in at the Cristo Rey-Boston high school at 100 Savin Hill Ave. that included the theft of computers and one of the school's passenger vans. The incident was discovered when the school's janitor opened the doors of the building this morning around 6 a.m.  Read more

Letter: Fix needed for hazardous Morrissey crossing

Morrissey Blvd. Crosswalk : A busy passageway to Columbia Point could be safer, says one reader. Photo by Bill ForryMorrissey Blvd. Crosswalk : A busy passageway to Columbia Point could be safer, says one reader. Photo by Bill Forry

To the Editor:

The following letter was sent to the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation and dated July 7, 2012:

I’m writing concerning the intersection of Morrissey Blvd. and Bianculli Blvd. in Dorchester. The pedestrian walk light to cross the street is not adequate. When I press the button, I will get a walk light, but the way in which the road is set up, the majority of the cars that are supposed to be turning into UMass Boston, go straight when I’m trying to cross that section of the street with my walk light.  Read more