Jun. 6, 2011
Among the dancers, marching bands and other lively participants from Sunday’s Dorchester Day parade, some of the most energetic marchers along the route were the candidates for public office. Incumbents and would-be office holders were eager to shake hands, ask for support and match a smiling face to the campaign signs that are an ever-increasing presence along Dorchester Ave. Read more
Apr. 21, 2011
Playgrounds in Dorchester and Mattapan will be refurbished, a Mattapan community center will be renovated, and an Uphams Corner municipal building will see its roof and gutters replaced under a City Hall five-year capital spending plan released last week.
In total, Mayor Thomas Menino’s capital budget for fiscal years 2012 through 2016 funnels $57.4 million to Dorchester and $19.2 million to Mattapan. The $1.7 billion capital budget, which has $169 million in new project authorizations in fiscal year 2012, is funded through a mix of city bonds, state and federal grants, and some trust funds.
Out of the 17 neighborhoods that the city’s capital plan funding takes into account, Dorchester placed fourth in total spending, while Mattapan came in ninth. Roxbury is first, with $172 million, much of that due to the $115 million effort to move the Boston Public Schools offices into Dudley Square’s Ferdinand Building. Read more
First Parish Church in Dorchester will host its fifth annual Building Restoration Benefit Gala on Saturday, May 7 at 6 p.m. at the Parish Hall, 10 Parish St., Meetinghouse Hill. Tina Chery, founder of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute will be the guest speaker. Dinner will be served. RSVP by April 30. Tickets $75 per person call 617-436-0527 or see www.firstparishdorchester.org. Donate auction items by contacting Doug Shaheen at 617-282-2080 or email@example.com
The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
Our newest chapter is in Boston. It meets at the Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont St., Boston, MA., every first Tuesday of the month. The meeting is from 6pm-7:30pm. Refreshments are provided.
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FaNtastic Kids is a fun,FREE 12-week after-school fitness and nutrition program for children between the ages of 8-12. FANtastic Kids is a fun, FREE 12-week after-school fitness and nutrition program for children between the ages of 8-12 who struggle with eating healthily and staying active . FANtastic Kids takes place at the following sites:
DotWell Program at Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
Mattapan Community Health Center
YMCA: Hyde Park, Huntington Ave., Oak Square, Dorchester, Roxbury
The next session begins February 7th and ends on May 11.
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Dec. 26, 2010
The city of Boston says that the snow emergency that went into effect yesterday will be lifted at 6 p.m. on Monday. The emergency order means that parking is prohibited on all major arteries in Boston.
In a noon hour press conference on Sunday, Gov. Deval Patrick said that service on the Mattapan high-speed trolley line would be suspended tonight and replaced with buses. All other public transportation is expected to follow a normal schedule.
"Residents are reminded to remain at home throughout the duration of this snow event and businesses tomorrow should consider asking employees to work from home," stated a press release issued by the city of Boston on Sunday morning. The city also is cautioning older residents or those with "health conditions" to "refrain from shoveling this heavy wet snow." Read more
Dec. 21, 2010
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, DEC. 21, 2010…. As widely predicted, Massachusetts will lose at least one of its 10 seats in Congress during the 2012 election cycle based on population counts collected during the 2010 Census, according to data released from the U.S. Census Bureau.
During a conference call with reporters, Census Bureau officials confirmed Tuesday morning that Massachusetts is among ten states to be losing at least one U.S. House seat. Read more
First Parish Church, which dates back to Dorchester’s original settlement in 1630, plans to auction off most of its historic silver collection to help pay for a $5 million restoration project that is desperately needed to save the historic church atop Meetinghouse Hill.
The parish congregation hopes that the sale of the silver, which has been on loan to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for the last century, will fetch a large sum — perhaps in the millions—when it goes to auction in New York City in January 2012.
The funds cannot come fast enough. The existing church building, which was built to replace an earlier structure that burned in 1896, is in dire need of repairs that have reached a critical stage. The church’s steeple— which had begun to tilt ominously in recent years— was removed in 2006 amid fears that it would topple at any time. The wedding-cake-like steeple structure still sits on the same spot where a crane lowered it four years ago – right across the street from the church. Peeling paint, crumbling chimneys, loose shingles and old, sieve-like windows are ganging up on the once-grand symbol of olde Dorchester. And windstorms last spring sent water flowing into the sanctuary, damaging the church’s historic organ. Read more