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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

Dot House finds dental chief close to home

By 
Melissa Tabeek, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 15, 2012

Dr. Trang NguyenDr. Trang NguyenAn eight-year old girl in Vietnam had a toothache that was causing her an intense amount of pain. Her mother gave her money to go find a doctor to fix her tooth. The little girl found a dentist, and after the visit, the pain was gone. A seed had been planted.

Dr. Trang Nguyen —who has recently been named Director of Dental Services at Dorchester House Multi-Service Center (DHMSC) — was that little girl. She has wanted to be a dentist ever since that first fortuitous visit.

Nguyen has had a lengthy journey from when she was eight years old and where she is today, though. She emigrated to Dorchester from Vietnam in 1991 with her mother, father, and two siblings.  Read more

Proposed law would track hiring on state funded job sites

By 
Melissa Tabeek, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 15, 2012

A Beacon Hill committee has endorsed a bill that aims to increase diversity on the site of state construction projects. The Legislature’s Joint Committee on State Administration and Oversight signed off on the bill last week. If it becomes law, it would prompt the state to track if projects are meeting their goals for hiring minority and women-owned businesses and local residents.  Read more

New deal at Ashmont Market; The Georgoulopolous brothers are moving on

Ashmont Market: Peter, Harry, and John Georgoulopolous have worked side by side since 1984. The brothers sold the business to a new family on Monday, but plan to work there in the near term to help with the transition. Photo by Bill ForryAshmont Market: Peter, Harry, and John Georgoulopolous have worked side by side since 1984. The brothers sold the business to a new family on Monday, but plan to work there in the near term to help with the transition. Photo by Bill ForryIt’s less than 24 hours after “the deal” went down and already changes are afoot inside Ashmont Market. Every few minutes, another two-wheeler spins through the front doors piled high with cardboard boxes destined for the nearby grocery aisles. The new management is stocking up and taking charge at the busy corner of Ashmont and Adams.

The Georgoulopolous brothers— Harry, Peter and John— have been fixtures here for 28 years. On Monday, they sold the business and building to the Patel clan, an Indian-American family with a burgeoning empire of neighborhood stores that includes two other Dot stalwarts, Cappy’s (the old Patty’s Pantry on Dot Ave.) and the New Store on the Block in the Polish Triangle.

The Patels are pros in the corner store world and there’s every reason to believe they’ll make Ashmont Market just as successful as their Greek predecessors did.  Read more