Business

Family pride fuels popular Pat’s of Lower Mills

Pat’s Pizza : Co-owner Pat Newell with employees Kleber Pintz, left and Vinnie Felix. Photo by Bill ForryPat’s Pizza : Co-owner Pat Newell with employees Kleber Pintz, left and Vinnie Felix. Photo by Bill Forry

Pat Newell was well down the path towards a very different career when his younger brother, Brendan, approached him with a novel proposal back in 2005: “How’d you like to go into business with me?” he asked.

Seven years later, the Newell brothers — and their business partner Dave Bolduc— have built on the success of Pat’s Pizza & Catering of Lower Mills, the always-slammed and always-reliable Dot Ave. eatery that churns out enough pizza pies, steak tip dinners, wraps and salads to feed half of Dorchester and the south shore.  Read more

New health center a dream come true in Mattapan Sq.

Dr. Azzie Young: Mattapan Community Health Center President and CEO is shown this week on the third floor patio of the health center’s new home in Mattapan Square. The health center has moved into its sparkling new facility in recent weeks and will celebrate an official grand opening on Sept. 10. 	Photo by Bill ForryDr. Azzie Young: Mattapan Community Health Center President and CEO is shown this week on the third floor patio of the health center’s new home in Mattapan Square. The health center has moved into its sparkling new facility in recent weeks and will celebrate an official grand opening on Sept. 10. Photo by Bill Forry

Dr. Azzie Young is one happy community health center president.

She can see for miles from her corner suite on a third floor perch atop 1575 Blue Hill Avenue. It’s a whole new perspective on the neighborhood from up here— and it’s one she’ll share with all of her employees, who can now enjoy lunch or morning coffee on the adjacent outdoor patio that on a clear day like today offers sweeping views of the Blue Hills, the steeples of Mattapan and, with a peek over the side, the bustling square below.

It’s a view —and a vision — that’s been a long time in the making.  Read more

New building, streetscape eyed for Mt. Vernon St.

Mt. Vernon concept: A non-profit aligned with Corcoran Jennison envisons narrowing a wide Mt. Vernon St. and installing a “cycle track” for bicyclists.Mt. Vernon concept: A non-profit aligned with Corcoran Jennison envisons narrowing a wide Mt. Vernon St. and installing a “cycle track” for bicyclists.

Executives at Corcoran Jennison Companies are planning the construction of a six-story apartment building at the intersection of Mt. Vernon St. and Morrissey Boulevard. A nonprofit funded by developer is also in the conceptual stages of potentially remaking Mt. Vernon St. through the expansion of sidewalks and creation of space for bicycles.  Read more

Days after Warren visit, Sen. Brown makes his own trip into Dorchester

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on Thursday traveled into the heart of deeply blue Dorchester, sitting down with a friendly audience of blue collar workers at an excavation company’s headquarters near Fields Corner.

“Even if you’re an ardent Democrat, he hasn’t done enough to be fired from the job,” said Brendan Feeney, president and co-founder of Feeney Brothers Excavation Corporation, which hosted the Wrentham Republican at its Clayton St. offices.

“We vote the person, not the party,” added his brother, Greg, the vice president.  Read more

New retail anchor opens in Fields Corner

CW Price: Above, Sen. Jack Hart welcomed the retailer to Dorchester on Thursday morning. Photo by Ed ForryCW Price: Above, Sen. Jack Hart welcomed the retailer to Dorchester on Thursday morning. Photo by Ed ForryA clothing retailer opened its doors in the Fields Corner shopping mall today, filling a gaping hole in the business district and a valuable niche for consumers. The 28,000-square-foot location on Geneva Avenue is the first Boston store for CW Price, a New York-based company specializing in affordable family apparel and home furnishings.

The store’s opening is encouraging news for the neighborhood at large, which was dealt a setback earlier last year when HomeGoods closed its doors in the same location after less than a year in business. The HomeGoods had replaced a far more successful retailer A.J. Wright, which closed after the entire brand was phased out by corporate owners TJX.  Read more

(UPDATED) Labouré College moving to Milton in 2013

By 
Reporter Staff
Aug. 6, 2012

Labouré College on Tuesday finalized a deal to purchase the former Aquinas College property in Milton.  Read more

Temp workers' rights bill before Senate after 123-28 House vote

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jul. 26, 2012

A bill that would require temporary worker placement agencies to provide workers with a basic statement of benefits to protect against abuses sits before the Senate after the House passed the bill 123-28 on Wednesday.

Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry said the bill was a whittled-down, simpler version of legislation that has been pushed for years on Beacon Hill, and was the result of a year of sit-down negotiations with stakeholders.  Read more

Mattapan native takes star turn on Project Runway

By 
Elizabeth Murray and Bill Forry
Jul. 25, 2012

Sonjia Williams: Project Runway designer hails from Mattapan.Sonjia Williams: Project Runway designer hails from Mattapan.A Mattapan native is taking a star turn on TV’s most well-known fashion-themed reality show. Sonjia Williams, 27, has already built a strong following in Boston and New York with her clothing designs. Now, she’s hoping that international exposure on the Project Runway program will take her to a whole new level.

The show – now in its tenth season on Lifetime— airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. Expert judges critique the work of the contestants, who are assigned to make new creations for each episode. Designers are voted off each week until there is a final winner. Her first challenge during the first episode – which aired July 19 – took place in the middle of Times Square.

Williams grew up in Mattapan, Dorchester and Roxbury and has not forgotten her roots since moving to New York.  Read more

Finally, new prospect for business at old Savin Hill corner store

This building at 102-110 Savin Hill Ave. was once home to a busy variety store, but has been boarded up in recent years. Photo by Bill Forry

A vacant eyesore at the prominent intersection of Savin Hill Avenue and Sydney Street may finally get a new lease on life in the coming months. A convenience store magnate has entered into a long-term lease agreement with the building’s owner, Anthony Desmond, and intends to open for business as soon as renovations can be completed.  Read more

Nominees sought for Dot's Favorite Restaurants— a Reporter survey

By 
Reporter Staff
Jul. 16, 2012

Favorite Restaurant Survey 2012Favorite Restaurant Survey 2012We want to hear from our readers about their current Dot Favs when it comes to eating out in the neighborhood. The Reporter is preparing its first-ever Dorchester's Favorite Restaurant survey. And we want your nominations for the best places to dine out in Boston's biggest and best neighborhood.

Post your nominations on our Facebook page — or if you prefer to fly under the radar a bit, shoot an email to letters@dotnews.com. We'll take the nominees and present them in an online poll at DotNews.com starting next week! Send in as many nominees as you'd like— we'll have a number of different categories in our poll, from best pizza and Asian to Caribbean and pub fare. Spread the word!  Read more