A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted several workers at a former DYS facility on Long Island of sexual assault and beatings for incidents in 2014 involving teens under their care, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
The City Council agreed today to bring in city and state public-health experts to figure out what to do about increasing amounts of problems they say are happening from Dudley to Andrew because of the continued shutdown of the Long Island shelter and treatment programs. Read more.
Mayor Walsh's office is filing plans with the Boston Conservation Commission today to replace the bridge to Long Island with a similar $92-million span. Read more.
The Patriot Ledger brings us up to speed on Long Island-related news south of the Neponset: The Quincy City Council this week passed a resolution telling Marty Walsh to shove it when it comes to the proposed re-build of the bridge and Quincy's mayor continued to look at possible legal options to block the bridge, which would connect Boston to its harbor island through Quincy. Read more.
Quincy Mayor Tom Koch said today that not only will he fight plans to rebuild the Long Island Bridge, he wants a say on any developments on Long Island. Read more.
In his inauguration speech today, Mayor Walsh announced a four-year, $10-million fundraising effort to build 200 units of "supportive, sustainable, long-term housing for chronically homeless men and women."
The fund has been launched in partnership with Pine Street Inn and Bank of America - which donated $250,000 to the effort.
CommonWealth reviews the progress Boston has made to replace the bridge to the one-time substance-abuse and homeless programs on the island, finds there is none; the bridge is no longer even on a city list of upcoming capital projects.
Mayor Walsh vowed to replace the bridge after it was shut in October, 2014, after decades of neglect.
Newmarket Square businesses will soon begin a campaign to urge the mayor to get Long Island open again - or find another place where addicts can get treatment and counseling away from their streets and the drug dealers who prey on them. Read more.
Five years ago, Rodrique Ngowi interviewed a worker and program director at the Boston Public Health Commission's farm on Long Island - beyond the food, the farm helped shelter residents learn work and life skills.
The Globe reports:
The decision to allow the b.good restaurant chain to take over Boston’s only city-owned farm - at no cost, and without seeking other proposals - has enraged its former managers, who view the new arrangement as a violation of the public trust and a waste of scarce urban community farmland.
Also: City no longer committed to re-opening the bridge.
Eight workers at the former Casa Isla DYS facility on Long Island face charges they used orange sandals to beat the naked buttocks of the teenaged residents - and that they forced some of the residents to join in the beatings.
Two of the workers, Jalise Andrade and Hermano Joseph were released on personal recognizance at their arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of charges of assault and battery and witness intimidation. Assistant Suffolk Could District Attorney Gloriann Moroney said six other workers await arraignment. Read more.
The Globe reports on Mayor Walsh's plans for "an ambitious multimillion-dollar plan to end homelessness among veterans this year and to end chronic homelessness by 2018."
City Councilors Tito Jackson (Roxbury) and Steve Murphy (at large) both want to look at alternatives to rebuilding what is now the rapidly disappearing bridge to the shelters and workshops on Long Island.
Brad Tatum videoed the contractor's explosion that took out three segments of the Long Island bridge around 11 a.m.
Boston 2024 released major portions of its bid document today. Boston Magazine has the details and bird's-eye views (including a planned beach-volleyball stadium and related structures that would take up much of the Common). One interesting bit, noticed by Ari Ofsevit, would turn Long Island into the shooting venue.
The bridge serving the island will be restricted for Olympic use only during the Games.
WBUR reports on city efforts to turn an old sign shop in Newmarket Square into a replacement for all the shelter space lost when Long Island was shut in October.
Walsh Construction Co. of Chicago today begins a four-month contract to tear down the condemned Long Island bridge. The city shut the bridge in October as unsafe.
Even as Walsh starts its $20.5-million demo, the city has still to figure out how to replace the homeless and substance-abuse treatment programs that were based on the island. The Boston Public Health Commission holds a hearing in Mattapan tomorrow to discuss its plans to use its Mattapan campus to replace some of the beds lost with the bridge closure.
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