Jul. 16, 2009
A fiscal tug-of-war between Governor Deval Patrick and the Legislature over the future of the Franklin Park Zoo has left the institutionâ€™s fate in the balance and some in Dorchester talking about the zooâ€™s significance to the community and wondering about the effect of it being permanently shuttered. Read more
Crosscurrents in Dorchesterâ€™s real estate market are pulling in different directionsâ€”extending the fall-off in prices of the past two years, but also showing signs of new vitality.
â€œIf someoneâ€™s telling you thereâ€™s no business, theyâ€™re not in our neighborhood,â€ says the Dorchester office manager for Jack Conway & Co., Julie Simmons.
â€œThere is a lot of activity now,â€ she says. â€œThat $8,000 tax credit is really bringing people in.â€
But even agents who vouch for people willing to buy and sell say their customers still meet obstacles. Read more
Joe Lawlor has sold thousands of cars in his six years as sales manager at Morrissey Boulevardâ€™s Westminster Dodge. The Bickford family â€” which has operated the Chrysler dealership since the 1960s â€” has sold many times that.
This week, though, they are pitching a different kind of sale, one that even they admit has long odds of finding the right buyer. Read more
Dwayne Lawrence and the Teen Health Movement explore their options along Blue Hill Ave.
May. 1, 2009
Editor's Note: The Dorchester Historical Society will host a special event on Sunday, May 3 at The Boston Winery in Port Norfolk from 2-5 p.m. Back in 2007, the Reporter's former news editor Brian Denitzio visited the Winery â€” run by the Bruno family, who also own the Venezia restaurant next door. Enjoy! Read more
The Bayside Expo Center on Columbia Point is being threatened with foreclosure and the property could be auctioned off next month, according to reports published today in Boston's daily papers. However, an attorney for the Bayside said today he expects a "very positive resolution" to the matter. Read more
The Dorchester delegation in the state House of Representatives joined the majority of their colleagues this week in support of hiking the sales tax to 6.25 percent from 5 percent, as Gov. Deval Patrick threatened to pull out his veto pen unless his tax and reform measures are taken up instead.
Members of the delegation added to the final vote of 108 to 51, helping secure a veto-proof majority. The all-Democratic delegation includes Reps. Willie Mae Allen, Linda Dorcena Forry, Gloria Fox, Marie St. Fleur, Brian Wallace and Marty Walsh. Read more
Congressman Stephen Lynch felt it would have been "inappropriate" for him to join the rest of the state's DC delegation in lobbying the owner of the New York Times to keep the Boston Globe open. Lynch - whose Ninth Congressional district includes the Globe's Morrissey Boulevard headquarters- was the only Congressman from the state who did not sign onto a letter sent to Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. appealing for the Globe's salvation. Read more
Apr. 24, 2009
Supporters of the Boston Globe and its hundreds of workers in and outside of the newsroom angrily denounced the New York Times Company on Friday and warned that the Globe's demise would disemploy hundreds of people at a time of recession. Read more