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By adamg - 1/6/23 - 5:28 pm

UMass Boston announced today that masks will be required in all campus buildings and buses - and large outdoor gatherings - starting Monday. Read more.

By adamg - 10/28/22 - 8:39 pm

Boston Police report arresting Jamari Searcy, 18, of South Boston, on Island View Place in the Harbor Point development in Dorchester this afternoon after first receiving a report he was at Excel High School in South Boston with the gun. Read more.

By adamg - 10/25/22 - 9:53 pm

UMass Boston Police sent an advisory to university staffers tonight about gunfire shortly before 8 p.m. in the Bayside parking lot behind 150 Mt. Vernon St. and the DoubleTree Hotel. Boston and UMass Police are investigating.

By adamg - 10/25/22 - 1:44 pm
Rendering of new clubhouse

Rendering by RODE Architects.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by the Martin Richard Foundation and the Dorchester Boys & Girls Club for a three-story field house on Mt. Vernon Street in Dorchester that will include everything from basketball courts and running tracks to an auditorium and cafeteria. Read more.

By adamg - 9/12/22 - 11:22 am

The signboards along the Expressway say drivers should expect delays between 1 and 3 p.m. today as the president arrives in town for his "cancer moonshot" speech at the JFK Library.

Only thing is the speech is at 4 p.m. And then the officials White House schedule says he'll be staying in town for a Democratic National Committee reception at 6 p.m. We'll go out on a limb and assume that's not at the neighboring Bayside DoubleTree, so that probably means a motorcade somewhere downtown or in the Back Bay. And then he departs Boston at 7:10 p.m., which means still more traffic issues as he gets taken to Logan.

By adamg - 9/9/22 - 9:33 am

President Biden comes to town Monday to announce a "cancer moonshot" program at the JFK Library - and UMass Boston is moving classes to online for the day. Read more.

By adamg - 9/6/22 - 3:11 pm
Wet turkey

Welcome to Dot spotted these drenched, bedraggled turkeys on the Harborwalk near the JFK Library in Dorchester on this, our second straight day of rain.

By adamg - 9/23/21 - 9:00 am

Boston Parents Schoolyard News reviews what's going on with the move of the Boston Community Leadership Academy from the old Hyde Park High School to the McCormack Middle School: Even as BPS promotes its $1-billion "BuildBPS" vision of 21st-century almost suburban like high schools, the BCLA students say they are getting a building without enough classrooms, no auditorium, a smaller gym with no bleachers and maybe even not enough lockers.

By adamg - 9/23/20 - 4:02 pm
Architect's rendering of new Dorchester Bay City

Kirk Sykes's Accordia Partners is proposing nearly 6 million square feet of construction, including 1,740 apartments, restaurant and retail space and some 4 million square feet of "office, research and development, life sciences and/or potentially academic uses" where the Bayside Expo Center used to be and where Santander Bank now runs a large check-processing center. Read more.

By adamg - 9/23/20 - 10:18 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports on ideas from eight developers for a ten-acre site on Columbia Point that includes the historic Calf Pasture sewage-pumping station.

By adamg - 8/6/20 - 9:25 am

The Boston School Committee narrowly voted last night to cede what is now a McCormack School field to a new Boys and Girls Club field house.

Katie Mallon reports members Michael Loconto, Michael O'Neill and Alexandra Oliver-Davila voted for the controversial handover, members Lorna Rivera and Jeri Robinson voted against and members Hardin Coleman and Quoc Tran abstained.

By adamg - 1/24/20 - 4:55 pm

Boston Police report arresting seven men in an SUV and seizing a gun wrapped in a sock not long after several shots were fired into an apartment at 36 Harbor Point Blvd. last night. Read more.

By adamg - 1/11/20 - 11:02 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports the state has issued an RFP for about ten acres of undeveloped UMass Boston land surrounding the decaying, historic Calf Pasture sewage pumping station.

By adamg - 1/2/20 - 10:10 am

Aline Kaplan introduces us to the history of the Calf Pasture pumping station on what is now the UMass Boston campus on Columbia Point: The pumping station was built in an era of ornateness for public buildings, even those whose function was to help pump raw sewage to Moon Island, where it would be released as the tide went out - on land that was originally used for grazing cows.

By adamg - 11/4/19 - 12:56 pm

Boston Parents Schoolyard News reports McCormack School parents and others remain upset how the city decided to simply hand over a school field for the proposed new center without even talking to them first = and as the school morphs into a larger 7-12 school, and that they'll be bringing their concerns to school officials at a meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Dever School. A civil-rights lawyers group and a group representing Harbor Point residents are also objecting to the land transfer.

By adamg - 10/2/19 - 10:25 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester and the Martin Richard Foundation are planning a $30-million facility on what is now a field next to the McCormack School on Mt. Vernon Street.

By adamg - 6/18/19 - 8:10 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports the company leasing the old expo center from UMass Boston on Columbia Point to redevelop it has put down $110 million to buy Santander Bank's five buildings across Mt. Vernon Street, most notable for the large building with no windows.

By adamg - 3/1/19 - 9:46 am

WBUR reports on calls for ferry service between Downtown and Columbia Point in Dorchester.

By adamg - 8/16/18 - 11:45 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports the state has appointed BPS veteran Michael Contompasis as receiver of the Dever School on Columbia Point to try to turn around the low-ranking school.

Contompasis long served as headmaster at Boston Latin School before serving as superintendent and BPS COO. He retired, then went back to BLS as interim headmaster in 2016 after Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta quit following the Black Lives Matter controversy there.

By adamg - 6/7/18 - 9:29 am

Usually we just have one mayor, but this week, we have hundreds, here for the US Conference of Mayors, and they'll be celebrating with a fireworks display from the water off the Kennedy Library, starting around 9:30 p.m. So get yourself to a Dorchester or South Boston beach or high point, or just get your dog's thunder blanket ready.

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