Walsh lands in Ireland to jubilant crowd

Mayor Walsh speaks to the crowd of supporters and media at Shannon Airport early Friday morning. Photo by Bill Forry

SHANNON, Ireland – Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has walked through the gates of Shannon Airport at least a dozen times in his 47 years. This arrival will be hard to beat.

The Dorchester born-and-bred Walsh was greeted by a crowd of jubilant admirers— including many relatives from the Connemara region, some of them holding Irish and American flags in a festive welcome heavily accented with the lilt of the native Irish language, still alive in well in the
west of Ireland.  Read more

First Parish restoration earning excellent marks

Second of two parts.

First Parish: an icon returned to the city.	Peggy Mullen photoFirst Parish: an icon returned to the city. Peggy Mullen photo

Two Dorchester organizations have been chosen to receive Preservation Achievement Awards by the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA). The Dorchester Historical Society and First Parish Church will accept their awards at a ceremony at Faneuil Hall next month.

Greg Galer, executive director of the BPA, said member organizations make nominations for the award. The architectural firm for First Parish, McKinley, Kaslow and Associates, nominated the church, and the project was chosen because of a number of factors, Galer said: “The quality of the craftsmanship and the working relationship with the North Bennett Street School were key in the choice. Also the variety of organizations where they got the money. It’s a long-range project, and the before-and-after is really amazing. When the steeple comes down, you worry it will never go back up, but it’s amazing. It returns an icon to the city.”  Read more

Walsh set to travel to Ireland in first overseas travel as mayor

On Wed., Sept. 17, Mayor Martin Walsh joined Rachel Kelly, the founder of the IFest festival that takes place next weekend (Sept. 26-28) at Boston's Seaport-World Trade Center. Kelly presented the mayor with a map of his Irish ancestry, at left. Photo by Ed Forry

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh will head to Ireland on Thursday, kicking off a ten-day trip that will have him revisiting his roots in County Galway and appearing on a popular late night show.

Walsh, a Dorchester Democrat who served in the House for nearly 17 years before winning the 2013 mayoral election, will be joined by former Rep. Eugene O'Flaherty, who left his Judiciary Committee post earlier this year to join Walsh's administration as corporation counsel.  Read more

Healey surge registered at Dot polls

Maura Healey: Called ‘star power’ candidateMaura Healey: Called ‘star power’ candidateAt first blush, the odds appeared stacked against attorney general candidate Maura Healey, especially in Dorchester. She was a political newcomer, running her first campaign against a well-known fellow Democrat, Warren Tolman, whose backers included Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Martin Walsh, state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, and his older brother, union head Steven Tolman.

All of which didn’t matter much when voters made their endorsements on primary day. Citywide, the former assistant attorney general beat Tolman by ten points, 55 percent to 45 percent, thanks in part to strong support in Charlestown, Jamaica Plain, and Roslindale. Statewide, her margin was much greater, 62.4 percent to 37.6 percent.  Read more

Classic, Dot-built organ at All Saints ready to go; recital set for funds push

The chancel organ facade at All Saints, behind which the restored Skinner organ will be installed. Jeffrey Gonyeau photoThe chancel organ facade at All Saints, behind which the restored Skinner organ will be installed. Jeffrey Gonyeau photo

Dorchester preservationists, music lovers, and parishioners of All Saints Church are pulling out all the stops to get supporters to a benefit organ recital this Sunday in Cambridge to help the Ashmont parish finish funding the installation of a renovated 1929 Skinner organ – one manufactured in its heyday by the Dot-based Skinner Organ Company, the premier organ maker in the country.

In spite of Dorchester’s status as the company’s home base, there are currently no Skinner organs in working condition in the neighborhood. All Saint’s Skinner will represent a homecoming for one of the neighborhood’s signature products.  Read more

‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ sets full plate for talk on race, etiquette

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Will Lyman star in the Huntington Theatre Company production of Todd Kreidler’s comedy Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, which runs through Oct. 5 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. Photo by Paul MarottaGuess Who's Coming to Dinner: Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Will Lyman star in the Huntington Theatre Company production of Todd Kreidler’s comedy Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, which runs through Oct. 5 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. Photo by Paul Marotta
“We are long overdue for a conversation about race relations in this country.”

It cracks me up when people say that because what they so often really mean is: “Can we please talk about something else?”

It’s hard to blame them. Only the most miserable among us seek to wallow in epic failure, whether it be individual or collective, past or present. So often, then, it’s left to the people on stage and screen to “start a dialogue” or to just muse privately about how race — and racism— play out in our private lives.  Read more

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New community garden hailed on Woolson Street

Woolson Street garden: Mayor Walsh posed for a photo with Vidya Tikku of BNAN and Vivien Morris, far right, of Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition. Shown at center is Mirlande Joseph, whose twin brother was murdered on the street in 2006. Joseph helped to push for the creation of the new community garden, shown below. Photos by India SmithWoolson Street garden: Mayor Walsh posed for a photo with Vidya Tikku of BNAN and Vivien Morris, far right, of Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition. Shown at center is Mirlande Joseph, whose twin brother was murdered on the street in 2006. Joseph helped to push for the creation of the new community garden, shown below. Photos by India Smith

Residents of the Woolson St. neighborhood in Mattapan had much to celebrate last Saturday as they were joined by Mayor Martin Walsh and a large contingent of public officials for a ribbon-cutting for their new community garden. The project has been a collaboration between residents, the city’s Department of Neighborhood Development, the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, and Boston Natural Areas Network.

According to Mirlande Joseph, one of the neighbors who spearheaded the project, the garden is more than just soil and plants.  Read more

Plans moving along for $1.7m brewery on Bowdoin Street

A rendering of the proposed brewery exterior by Rode Architects.

Over the next year, an 18,000-square foot abandoned warehouse at 181 Bowdoin St. will be transformed into the first contract manufacturing brewery in the state – a $1.7 million project set to make waves, beginning in the Bowdoin Geneva neighborhood.

“There’s no other facility in Massachusetts, that we know of, that bottles, cans, and kegs to smaller craft brew company contractors,” said Dorchester Brewing Company (DBC) co-founder Travis Lee. “We’re looking to create an intimate, artistic craft setting for multiple craft brewing companies.”  Read more

This Old Barn: How historical society salvaged a neighborhood original

The Clapp Family Barn, owned by the Dorchester Historical Society, has been carefully restored in recent years, earning the DHS an award from the Boston Preservation Alliance. Photo by Peggy Mullen

Two Dorchester organizations have been chosen to receive Preservation Achievement Awards by the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA). First Parish Church and the Dorchester Historical Society will accept the awards at a ceremony in October at Faneuil Hall.

Past recipients of the award include Fenway Park, Trinity Church, the Paramount Center, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Greg Galer, executive director of the BPA, said the goal of the awards is to recognize good quality preservation work as well as new construction that is in harmony with the area.  Read more

For Paciulli, his bank’s business is ‘personal’

Tony Paciulli: Pursuer of justiceTony Paciulli: Pursuer of justicePresident and CEO Tony Paciulli is very clear about priorities at Meetinghouse Bank: “We emphasize personal attention” he tells his clients and staff. That philosophy is especially the case, it seems, when someone attempts to hold up his bank.

Last Thursday, shortly after 2 p.m., a lone note-passer demanded cash from a teller at the Lower Mills bank and then, with money in hand, fled on foot down Richmond Street. “I heard the teller scream and I came out of my office and saw him going out the door,” Paciulli told the Reporter. Intent on giving the matter his “personal attention,” the chief executive followed the man down Richmond Street, and caught up with him a block away at the corner of Butler Street.

“I tried to tackle him to the ground, but he was too big,” Paciulli said, describing the suspect as weighing more than 300 pounds. “We took a couple of shots at each other, but when I saw him reaching into his pants, I backed off, in case he had a knife or a gun.”  Read more

Vietnamese eatery Anh Hong deserves ‘Best of Boston’ props

Anh HongAnh Hong

It’s common knowledge among Bostonian Vietnamese and increasingly Dorchester’s worst kept secret: one may not find better, more authentic Vietnamese food elsewhere than here in the Dot. Indeed Dorchester is home to one of the fastest growing Vietnamese enclaves in all of America. Thanks to an array of outstanding Vietnamese establishments, Dorchester is hands-down the Vietnamese food capital of Boston.

Amidst the culinary heavyweights in restaurant-dense Fields Corner neighborhood, Anh Hong still rises to the top with its beef-times-seven magic, the signature dish bo bay mon (seven-course beef). In fact, the original venture by Julie Thai scored a hat trick vote by Boston Magazine as Boston’s best Vietnamese restaurant from 2011 and to 2013. This year, the magazine also votes Anh Hong the Best Neighborhood Restaurant in Dorchester.  Read more