Two from Dot play key roles in USA Hockey win

National champs: Seventeen year-old Brenna Galvin, left, scored the national championship goal for the Charles River Blazers, coached by her Dot neighbor, Kerri Doolin. Photo by Craig GalvinNational champs: Seventeen year-old Brenna Galvin, left, scored the national championship goal for the Charles River Blazers, coached by her Dot neighbor, Kerri Doolin. Photo by Craig Galvin

Brenna Galvin, 17, scored the game-winning goal this month to give her Charles River Blazers team its first-ever national championship in the 16-and-under division of USA Hockey. Galvin, a forward who wears No. 8 for the Blazers, backhanded in the winning shot in the final period of a showdown with the Marquette (Michigan) Sentinels— a team that had beaten the Boston girls, 5-1, earlier in the tournament.  Read more

An evening of reflection for Garvey Park assembly

Garvey Park Vigil on April 15, 2014: Fr. Sean Connor, former pastor of St. Ann Church in Neponset, addressed a crowd of some 1,500 people who turned out in the rain at Garvey Park for a vigil to remember Martin Richard and the other victims of last year’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. 	Photo by Bill ForryGarvey Park Vigil on April 15, 2014: Fr. Sean Connor, former pastor of St. Ann Church in Neponset, addressed a crowd of some 1,500 people who turned out in the rain at Garvey Park for a vigil to remember Martin Richard and the other victims of last year’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. Photo by Bill Forry

It seemed at first that the rain – which had fallen softly throughout the afternoon, but threatened to pick up steam by mid-evening – might keep the crowd away.

But, as the 7 o’clock hour neared, neighbors began to stream into Garvey Park through the entrances on Neponset Avenue. They came in clusters and sometimes in larger packs with hoods and ball caps and scallys to shield against the elements. Some clutched the Stars and Stripes, which they then unfurled while bracing against the wind blowing in from Dorchester Bay.

Related: One year later, moving tributes in the Back Bay  Read more

Peace Cup hockey tourney boosts Team MR8 cause

Pat Brophy and Pat Doherty will run Monday's Boston Marathon for Team MR8. Photo by Bill Forry

Dorchester’s own Patrick Brophy and Patrick Doherty organized a hockey tournament in Canton last Saturday that drew about 90 players across eight teams for the first-ever Peace Cup to raise funds for the Martin W. Richard Foundation. Each player wore a number 8 as a tribute to Martin.

The tournament was followed that evening with a party at the McKeon Post which raised more donations for Team MR8, the marathon squad that has —to date— gathered almost $1 million for the Richard foundation.  Read more

High above Peabody Square, an age-old tribute to a young boy

“Phew! That’s quite a workout.”

Jeff Gonyeau was a bit winded. He had just banged out back-to-back psalms by hand on the vintage bell chimes in a windswept perch high up in the bell tower of All Saints Church.

The seven-minute performance was an act of physical — as well as musical— prowess. It’s typically a two-person job working the levers of the chimes— a contraption that’s about as big as a queen-size bed-stand. Each of the 11 wooden levers is attached to a cable connected to one of the massive bronze bells that hang in an upstairs chamber, hidden from our view.  Read more

House blows up on Hansborough Street; 12 injured, 2 seriously

Hansborough Street house

Hansborough Street house after explosion, fire. Photo by BFD.

Two elderly residents were seriously injured when the house at 27 Hansborough St. exploded around 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday, the Boston Fire Department reports.

Ten other residents were injured less seriously in the apparent natural-gas explosion - which blew the house off its foundation and led to its partial collapse. The resulting fire went to three alarms.

Residents of surrounding houses were evacuated. National Grid gave the OK to let them back around midnight.

Baker, in Fields Corner, cites value of ‘balance’

On the stump in Fields Corner: Charlie Baker makes a point. Photo courtesy Viet-AIDOn the stump in Fields Corner: Charlie Baker makes a point. Photo courtesy Viet-AIDCharlie Baker is running late. He walks into the Viet-AID community room at 5:53 p.m., 38 minutes after the gubernatorial meet-and-greet was supposed to start, a victim of evening traffic on Dorchester Avenue.

Thirty people have scattered themselves throughout the room, and as the he makes his way to the podium, he stops to shake hands, making sure to reach out to as many as he can. At six-foot-six, Baker towers over almost everybody there, except for one young man, whom he pulls close and says, tongue-in-cheek, “This guy’s tall.”

It’s a windy Monday night in April and Baker, a Swampscott Republican running for governor, is in Fields Corner. “Mr. Baker, welcome to Viet-AID,” Nam Pham, the Vietnamese-American development organization’s executive director, says in making the introduction to the crowd. “He used to be my boss,” Pham adds, referring to when Pham served as head of the Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants under Gov. William Weld.  Read more

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Dot runners form nucleus of Richard Foundation's Marathon Team

100-plus squad will raise funds, honor Martin Richard

Harry BenzanHarry BenzanA tight-knit group of neighbors and family friends will form the nucleus of the inaugural Team MR8, a squad of 100-plus runners who will run in April’s Boston Marathon in memory of Martin Richard, the eight-year-old Dorchester boy who lost his life in last year’s terror bombing attack.

Each member of the team will raise thousands of dollars for the newly formed Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, whose mission is “to honor Martin’s message of ‘No more hurting people – peace’ by investing in education, athletics, and community.”

Among those hand-picked by the Richard family and their foundation are close friends and neighbors, including Lisa Hourihan Jackson, Jose Calderon, Mike McCarthy, and Harry Benzan, who coached both Martin and his younger sister Jane, who lost a limb in the attack.

“When this awful thing happened, Bill and Denise [Richard] said that they really wanted some privacy. And we honored what they wanted,” explained Benzan. “So now this opportunity came and this is what they’ve asked for. It’s a wonderful way to show that we’re there for them.”  Read more

Erin Murphy kicks off run for Mayor of Dorchester

Erin MurphyErin Murphy

Erin Murphy’s Dorchester roots run deep. She’s helping to guide a generation of her neighbors’ kids as a first-grade teacher. And, as she’s raising three children of her own in the neighborhood, Erin has become a fixture of the youth sports and civic scene.  Read more

ANCIENT SOUVENIRS: Discovering Roxbury Puddingstone in Dorchester

An outcropping of Roxbury Puddingstone on top of Savin Hill. 	Photo by James HobinAn outcropping of Roxbury Puddingstone on top of Savin Hill. Photo by James Hobin  Read more

Reporter wins awards for spot news, election coverage

NENPANENPAThe Dorchester Reporter has won the first place award in the category of “spot news” reporting for the calendar year 2013 in a competition sponsored by the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA). The citation was announced on Saturday night at NENPA’s annual Better Newspaper Competition gala at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. The newspaper was also recognized for its coverage of last year’s state Senate special election.  Read more