Columbia Point

By - 10/21/16 - 11:52 am

The Krafts think the old Bayside Expo Center, now owned by UMass Boston, would make a great location for a Revolution stadium. And Shirley Leung, on the rebound from the Olympics, swoons.

Some may say I have never met a stadium I didn’t like. But I really like this one. What’s most exciting is the opportunity to build something different in a part of the city that could use an economic jolt. It’s not another strip mall, big-box retailer, or luxury condo tower — and that’s a good thing.

Bidding for the sprawling Olympics tore the city apart, but a Dorchester stadium could be the project that brings everyone together.

By - 10/19/16 - 8:28 am

Uncle Joe is coming for a visit.

Expect significant delays between 2 and 6 p.m. as Secret Service and law enforcement officers work to secure the area for the vice president's visit. A security check-point will be set up at around noon between the Kennedy Institute and the end of University Drive North to search all vehicles traveling toward the institute and the Campus Center.

By - 9/12/16 - 4:11 pm

Blake Stacey wonders what this "persistent water splashy thing" off the UMass Harbor Walk is.

By - 6/14/16 - 11:24 pm

The Dorchester Reporter alerts us to a roughly 230-year-old, 13-star American flag now on display at the Commonwealth Museum on Columbia Point.

By - 6/2/16 - 11:01 am
Dead shark off Columbia Point in Dorchester

On Tuesday, police and Aquarium biologists investigated the remains of a basking shark in the Reserve Channel. This morning, Nichole spotted what appeared to be the same shark floating in the water off the JFK Library on Columbia Point.

In 2012, a whale carcass that washed ashore on one of the Harbor islands eventually floated out to sea and headed north, winding up on a beach in Rockport.

By - 5/16/16 - 11:10 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Harold and Shawn Coleman of second-degree murder for the stabbing death of Christopher Borgella outside the DoubleTree Hotel on Mt. Vernon Street early on March 1, 2014, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 3/5/16 - 2:33 pm
Scene where body in a car was found submerged in water

UMass search scene. Photo by Mary Cappuccio.

UPDATE: DA's office says the man was 25, from Lawrence, and that his death is not suspicious.

State Police report investigators are trying to determine how a man's body in a car wound up partially submerged in the water off Columbia Point. Read more.

By - 10/3/15 - 3:45 pm

A Boston hazardous-waste collection effort at UMass Boston was interrupted around 1 p.m. when somebody brought in "some chemicals that required immediate attention," the Boston Fire Department reports.

We found nitrocellulose, ether and picric acid were dropped off by a family of a retired doctor.

By - 7/23/15 - 9:50 am

Boston 2024 today released details of its plans to spend more than $100 million on insurance to cover the risks of a hurricane hitting Boston during the Olympics, terrorists striking the games, sponsors dropping out, ticket sales proving disappointing or entire countries boycotting the games. Read more.

By - 7/21/15 - 10:14 pm
Griffen Fargo balancing rocks

Eileen Murphy reports she ran across Griffen Fargo of Dorchester creating rock sculptures along the Harborwalk on Columbia Point in Dorchester.

By - 6/18/15 - 12:17 pm

The US Attorney's office reports the arrest of 41 people overnight in a crackdown on the Columbia Point Dawgs, a gang named for the housing project that was torn down in the 1980s to make way for Harbor Point. Seven more people are being sought. Read more.

By - 5/4/15 - 11:53 am

The three museums on Columbia Point are offering a free trolley bus ride from the Back Bay to Columbia Point on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1.

Copley Square times: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Columbia Point times: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

By - 3/28/15 - 12:09 pm

UMass Boston has alerted its students and staff they can just stay home on Monday due to the official opening of Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate. A roving UHub recipient of the alert forwarded us a copy:

The University of Massachusetts Boston campus will be closed beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 29 through Monday, March 30.

Campus will reopen for business on Tuesday, March 31.

By - 3/27/15 - 2:01 pm
Big helicopter

The copter in question. Photo by Eileen Murphy.

Specifically Roxbury and Dorchester with a jaunt up to Kendall Square. It's prep work for Monday's visit by the Obamas and Uncle Joe to Columbia Point for the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate - next to the Kennedy Library.

By - 3/12/15 - 6:58 pm

The BRA today approved a $23-million proposal by the Boston Teachers Union to replace its current headquarters next to the old Bayside Expo Center with a more modern structure and a parking garage.

In its initial proposal for an Olympic village, Boston 2024 proposed taking the land, along with neighboring offices and hotel, for construction of towers to house athletes - some of which would later be turned over to UMass Boston for dormitories.

The International Olympic Committee will decide in 2017 whether Boston gets the Olympics.

By - 3/4/15 - 10:30 am

The Boston Fire Department reports a 100x100-foot section of the roof at the old Bayside Expo Center collapsed around 7:35 a.m.

The collapse forced the evacuation of a neighboring office building.

The building, now owned by UMass Boston, had been slated for demolition this summer.

By - 7/10/14 - 1:51 pm

A Suffolk County grand jury this week indicted two brothers on charges they used a detachable steering wheel and a knife in a brawl outside a party at the DoubleTree Hotel on Mt. Vernon Street that ended with one of their opponents dead of stab wounds - from his own knife.

Shawn Coleman, 22, of the South End, was charged with second-degree murder and was allegedly the attacker who ended Christopher Borgella's life early on March 1. His brother, Harold Coleman, 26, of Dorchester, was also indicted for second-degree murder for his role in the brawl, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police.

By - 3/10/14 - 8:01 pm

Boston Police report the man stabbed to death in a fight that spilled out of the Doubletree Hotel on Mt. Vernon Street on March 1 was Christopher Borgella, 23, of Dorchester.

Borgella was fatally stabbed around 2:35 a.m. in a fight that sent another man to the hospital.