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

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

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

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

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 We'll take the nominees and present them in an online poll at 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

Wahlburgers: Bring It on Home to Dorchester

The Patriot Ledger reported this week that Wahlburgers, the popular eatery in the Hingham Shipyard, is looking to expand to a second location somewhere in the Greater Boston area. The restaurant is an aptly named venture of the Dorchester neighborhood’s most celebrated family, the Wahlbergs. Mark and Donnie— the most well known of the clan— have a role in the business, which is managed day-to-day by Paul Wahlberg.  Read more

Top-flight chef brings food passion to non-profit

Elizabeth Murray, Special to The Reporter
Jul. 5, 2012

Chef Tim Williams

After spending 11 years as a chef at Legal Seafoods, Tim Williams is starting anew at Community Servings, a non-profit food service based in Jamaica Plain. Williams, who was the regional executive chef for six Legal Seafood restaurants between Philadelphia and Washington D.C., decided to make a change when his wife’s job was transferred back to Boston.  Read more

New cafe in Adams Corner in sync with iced coffee craze

PS Gourmet Coffee: Owner Jim Fallon, second from left, is shown with employees Katelyn Keeley, left, Lauren Karski and Adams Corner store manager Debbie Shaughnessy, far right. Photo by Bill ForryPS Gourmet Coffee: Owner Jim Fallon, second from left, is shown with employees Katelyn Keeley, left, Lauren Karski and Adams Corner store manager Debbie Shaughnessy, far right. Photo by Bill Forry

It took just over a year for the owner of P.S. Gourmet, the popular South Boston coffee shop, to get his second location outfitted and ready for business in Adams Corner.

There’s still a lot to be said for being fashionably late.

The café opened just before Dot Day and in a matter of days the store’s signature yellow coffee cups have become the latest craze in the neighborhood, especially among the under-30 set. It’s a demographic that store owner Jim Fallon, who has run the flagship location in Southie since the mid-1980s, is banking on.  Read more