Jul. 25, 2012
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
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
Jul. 16, 2012
We 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
Jul. 5, 2012
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
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
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.