Former House Speaker Thomas Finneran, who recently left his radio job at WRKO, appeared this week on WBZ-TV’s “Keller At-Large” show to chat about Wisconsin politics and the local US Senate race.
Finneran, a Mattapan Democrat, said the Wisconsin election, in which Gov. Scott Walker remained in place despite a recall pushed by union leaders furious over a cutback in collective bargaining rights, was “relatively unique” and doesn’t apply to Massachusetts. Read more
The new president of Carney Hospital is a 41 year-old native Floridian who grew up in a two traffic light town and was the point guard for his high school and college basketball teams.
Andrew Davis has long since traded in his high top sneakers for wingtips. But he and his 6-foot-7 frame have been engaged in something of a full-court press in Dot and Mattapan since he took the helm at the Carney on May 7. Davis has been spotted at the First Parish Church banquet, the Mother’s Walk for Peace and in a Lower Mills village meeting with merchants.
And when he marched up the avenue alongside Carney’s float in Sunday’s Dot Day parade, he was seen pressing the flesh like a candidate for the US Senate. Read more
Jun. 1, 2012
The head of the city’s legal department this week sent a letter to the operators of a proposed sober housing business in Lower Mills, warning them that documents they provided to city officials cites one law that does not exist and another that does not apply in Boston.
William Sinnott, corporation counsel for the city, also noted in the letter that one of the buildings the operators are leasing is a former funeral home and may require a zoning change. Read more
Stephen Crosby, chair of the state Gaming Commission, is the guest speaker at Mt. Washington Bank's annual business breakfast on June 7. The breakfast is set for 7:30 a.m. at Venezia Waterfront Restaurant on Ericcson St. in Dorchester.
Crosby was the founding dean of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston. The former political operative has worked for Democrats and Republicans, including Gov. Paul Cellucci and Acting Gov. Jane Swift. He also served on Gov. Deval Patrick's transition team.
May. 31, 2012
Throw a stone from the Field’s Corner MBTA station, and you’re most likely to hit a Vietnamese restaurant serving some of the best Pho the city has to offer. Pho (pronounced fuh), a fragrant and flavorful noodle soup, is the Southeast Asian country’s most popular soup dish, and it has also found a fond place in Americans’ stomachs and hearts.
According to phofever.com, a website devoted to all things Pho, there are over 2,000 Pho restaurants across the U.S. and Canada. Dorchester certainly contributes to this figure, boasting at least eight in the neighborhood. Read more
State officials kicked off National Small Business Week on Monday morning by putting a spotlight on a former ice cream parlor in the Financial District that has been turned into a bar and grill by the same Dorchester contractors who established Ledge Kitchen & Drinks in Lower Mills.
State Treasurer Steven Grossman and state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry toured the restaurant, called Slate, which received funds through a small business banking partnership that Grossman’s office is pushing. Read more
It 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
May. 24, 2012
The 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
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
May. 7, 2012
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.