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Out of gas in Adams Corner

Soda Hut: Gallivan Blvd. gas station is one of two in Adams Village. Neither have gas for sale this week. Photo by Bill ForrySoda Hut: Gallivan Blvd. gas station is one of two in Adams Village. Neither have gas for sale this week. Photo by Bill ForryIt may be the busiest weekend at the pumps everywhere else, but all’s quiet at the two service stations in Adams Corner neighborhood right now. The village’s two gas vendors are out of commission— and have been for some time. And the issue has become a point of concern for neighbors and even officials at City Hall.

The old Soda Hunt fill-up station at the corner of Gallivan Boulevard and Granite Avenue has been closed for weeks now. The station’s pump handles are bagged in plastic, the cashier’s office is locked up tight, and the coolers that were once a handy spot to pick up tonic and ice are cleaned out. Eerily, the new-fangled outdoor TV monitors above each gas bay continue to pump out an endless stream of commercials and weather reports to the few motorists who continue to stop here in a vain search for gas.  Read more

‘Cash Mob’ swarm helps candy store find sweet spot

By 
Elizabeth Murray, Special to the Reporter
May. 24, 2012

A Sweet Place: The owners of the new Fields Corner store A Sweet Life won an online contest and a visit from ‘Cash Mob Dorchester’ on Monday. From left, Beverly Hilaire, Edwin Hilaire, and Mae Riggs, Beverly’s mom. 	Photo by Bill ForryA Sweet Place: The owners of the new Fields Corner store A Sweet Life won an online contest and a visit from ‘Cash Mob Dorchester’ on Monday. From left, Beverly Hilaire, Edwin Hilaire, and Mae Riggs, Beverly’s mom. Photo by Bill ForryThe Dorchester ‘Cash Mob’ struck again this week, as members of the group swarmed a new Fields Corner candy shop, ‘A Sweet Place’, in their ongoing attempt to bolster local businesses and the neighborhood economy.

The Dorchester Ave. store— located right next to the Fields Corner Branch Library— opened on April 16. Executive Director of Fields Corner Main Street Evelyn Darling said many people in Dorchester did not even know the business was there. This event helped “create a buzz”, she said.  Read more

Proposed take-out place loses license bid because of violence in and near its Grove Hall building

The Boston Licensing Board Thursday rejected a proposed takeout place after city officials said its owner has failed to do enough to curb violence in and near the Warren Street block of stores he owns.  Read more

Dot House celebrates new expanded services

By 
Staff
May. 7, 2012

Dot House celebration: Dorchester House CEO Joel Abrams addressed a crowd at the facility this morning. At right, (l-r) are Councillor Frank Baker, Senator Jack Hart, Mayor Tom Menino. Photo by Ed ForryDot House celebration: Dorchester House CEO Joel Abrams addressed a crowd at the facility this morning. At right, (l-r) are Councillor Frank Baker, Senator Jack Hart, Mayor Tom Menino. Photo by Ed Forry

Mayor Menino and CEO Joel Abrams are among those celebrating the official ribbon cutting for an $11.4 million expansion project at the Dorchester House this morning. The project doubled the size of both the Clinic Pharmacy and Lab and includes a beautiful new Physical Therapy clinic, renovated offices for the WIC program, additional conference rooms, and a larger more comfortable break room for staff.

Dorchester House was among the first health centers in the country to receive Federal Stimulus Funds in 2009 to expand the building in order to provide more access to health care. The Dot House can now accommodate over 26,000 additional patient visits annually. More in this week's Reporter.

Steward taps North Carolina man for Carney presidency

Andrew DavisAndrew DavisA health care executive from North Carolina has been hired to take over as president and CEO of the Carney Hospital next month. Andrew Davis was introduced to the Dorchester Avenue hospital’s board at a private meeting on Monday.

Accompanying Davis were Ralph de la Torre, the chairman and CEO of the Steward Health Care System, which owns Carney Hospital, and Josh Putter, Steward’s chief operating officer.  Read more

Tonight: Meeting focuses on Blue Hill Ave. corridor

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 25, 2012

City Hall is teaming up with residents and merchants for a reinvigorated effort to reshape the Blue Hill Avenue corridor. Mayor Menino’s Neighborhood Response Team is working with local groups in an attempt to root out crime in the area and find out what kind of community the neighborhood would like to become.

A flyer publicizing meeting tonight called on residents to help develop a plan of action “to transform Blue Hill Ave corridor to a walk-able vibrant neighborhood.” The flyer says the meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Rev. Michael Haynes Early Education Center at 263 Blue Hill Ave. in Roxbury, will deal with prostitution, drugs, drinking, loitering, economic development and community engagement along the Blue Hill Avenue corridor.  Read more

Walczak’s abrupt departure from Carney Hospital post leaves uneasy questions unanswered

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 18, 2012

After 14 months at the helm, Savin Hill’s Bill Walczak is out as president of Carney Hospital. The sudden shake-up raises questions about the future of the Dorchester Avenue facility, which was sold to a private equity firm in 2010 and is now facing the appointment of its fourth president in two years.  Read more

State falls down in policing real estate broker

The Boston Globe published a troubling but important story in its Business section on Sunday (subscription required). The article, by Jennifer McKim, revealed that a Mansfield man, Michael David Scott, continues to operate a busy real estate business focused on properties in Dorchester and Mattapan even as he awaits trial in a federal court for 68 charges of mortgage fraud.

Most disturbingly, the Globe report detailed that Scott continues to conduct business with the official approval of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which has not moved to suspend or revoke his license to broker real estate deals, despite the many serious accusations lodged against him.  Read more

New Dot Ave. bar experience from Van Shabu

By 
Meena Ramakrishnan, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 29, 2012

Van Shabu & Bar: Asian fusion and hot pot on the menu at new Dot Ave. eatery.Van Shabu & Bar: Asian fusion and hot pot on the menu at new Dot Ave. eatery.Looking to satisfy your Asian cuisine cravings, get your fruit cocktail fix and watch the game? As of January, there’s only one place on Dorchester Ave. to do all three.

Van Shabu and Bar on Dorchester Avenue near Savin Hill has become the local destination for Asian fusion fare and will soon be one of the few spots in the neighborhood to offer sushi. Karen Diep and her husband own the restaurant and sports bar, which opened in January to a very positive response.  Read more

Lopez the Florist marks 50 years in Adams Village

The Lopez family: Don Lopez, center, flanked by his two sons Mike, left, and Donnie. The fourth-generation florist business celebrated its grand opening on Adams Street on March 15, 1962. Photo by Bill ForryThe Lopez family: Don Lopez, center, flanked by his two sons Mike, left, and Donnie. The fourth-generation florist business celebrated its grand opening on Adams Street on March 15, 1962. Photo by Bill ForryThe framed photo on the wall of Don Lopez’s office captured the moment when — fifty years go this week — his father, Bernie Lopez, officially opened the doors of his new florist shop at the corner of Adams and Saranac streets. Bernie, who learned the trade from his dad — a Sicilian immigrant — moved the family business to Adams Corner from Roxbury after being displaced by an urban renewal project.  Read more