Civics

‘They stood for something’: Young veterans add their stories to Cedar Grove tradition

Memorial Day 2014: Robert Flynn, USMC Corporal (Ret.), Steve Bickerton and Michael Ball, Lance Corporal USMC (Ret.)Memorial Day 2014: Robert Flynn, USMC Corporal (Ret.), Steve Bickerton and Michael Ball, Lance Corporal USMC (Ret.)  Read more

Dorchester Day: Our day to shine

Dorchester Day Parade 2013: Estrellas Tropicales: Photo by Chris LovettDorchester Day Parade 2013: Estrellas Tropicales: Photo by Chris Lovett

Dorchester Day Parade— Sunday, June 1, 2014— 1 p.m.
The latest parade roster- updated on Sun., June 1

The first Sunday in June is always the big one on Dorchester’s communal calendar. When the sun shines and the temps toy with the 70-degree mark— as they promise to do this weekend— you can expect as many as 100,000 to hit the sidewalks and stone walls along the parade route.

The first Dorchester Days were organized in the first years of the 20th century by folks who lived on farms and sailed on clipper ships. They could recall a time before three-deckers, street cars, and automobiles— and a time before Dorchester had been annexed by its bulging neighbor to the north, the city of Boston.  Read more

City's new top inspector, Buddy Christopher, wants to eradicate agency’s ‘stumbling block’ reputation

William 'Buddy' Christopher

Earlier this month, Mayor Martin Walsh appointed William Christopher to serve as the next commissioner of the city’s Inspectional Services Department. A longtime Savin Hill resident – and a Tuttle Street neighbor of Walsh’s – Christopher, 58, is known to friends and neighbors as “Buddy.”

An architect by training, he worked for the city in the 1990s as an assistant director for architecture and engineering in the Department of Neighborhood Development. He is the founder of Roche-Christopher Architecture LLC, based in Neponset Circle, which he founded with fellow Dorchester resident Eddie Roche.

Together, they worked on residential and commercial jobs in Dorchester, South Boston, and other parts of the state, including Cape Cod and Martha’ Vineyard. Most recently, Roche Christopher worked to renovate a prominent brick building in Edward Everett Square at 1299 Massachusetts Ave.  Read more

DeLeo leads call to stem gun violence

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
May. 28, 2014

Mayor Martin Walsh spoke to residents gathered in the Lee School for the Dorchester-Mattapan B3 Advisory meeting on Tuesday night. Photo by Isabel Leon/Mayor's Office

An array of elected officials, including the Speaker of the House and Mayor Martin J. Walsh, issued a call to end gun violence in the B-3 police district and beyond, urging community members to do their part by alerting authorities to the location of illegal weapons.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo addressed the monthly meeting of the Dorchester-Mattapan B-3 meeting at the Lee School on Talbot Avenue came at the invitation of host Rep. Russell Holmes. The B-3 police district serves sections of Dorchester and Mattapan. The House Speaker called it a coincidence that he was at the well-attended meeting just hours after rolling out long-awaited legislation aimed at reducing gun violence in communities across the state.  Read more

Afghanistan War vets address crowd at Cedar Grove Cemetery

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
May. 26, 2014

Robert Flynn, USMC, Steve Bickerton, Sr., commander of the Old Dorchester Post and Michael Ball, USMC

Crowd of 3,000 attended Cedar Grove observances

An estimated 3,000 people, many of them dressed in enough red, white, and blue to put Independence Day to shame, turned out on Monday to observe Memorial Day at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

The morning started overcast and chilly, with adults clutching cups of hot coffee –though a handful of holdouts stayed with iced coffee – while children zipped into jackets danced around waving American flags, waiting for the sounds and sights of the parade. The musical units, color guards, neighborhood Scout troops, and a procession of members of eight neighborhood veterans posts, a handful of whom got the honor to ride on a Duck Boat, were accompanied by pipe bands from the Boston Police and Boston Fire departments as the marchers made their way through the gates of the 145-year-old cemetery.  Read more

Disabled find voice at City Hall through Mayor's Commission

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 22, 2014

You use a wheelchair to move around and go shopping shop in your neighborhood business district. But, in summertime, outdoor cafes make the sidewalk too narrow for you to get by.  Read more

Walsh salutes tutors at Project DEEP affair

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
May. 22, 2014

Mayor Walsh with Hannah Buckley, winner of the Dr. Thomas S. Durand Memorial as a Project DEEP tutor. Photo by Jacob AguiarMayor Walsh with Hannah Buckley, winner of the Dr. Thomas S. Durand Memorial as a Project DEEP tutor. Photo by Jacob Aguiar

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh was the keynote speaker at Project Dorchester Education Enrichment Program (Project DEEP ) Recognition Night on May 16 at the IBEW Hall. The event was held to acknowledge the accomplishments of the students who earned scholarships to a summer camp of the students’ choosing through Project DEEP’s tutoring program. It also recognized the efforts of the high school students who volunteer to tutor the younger students.  Read more

An ignorant vote by three councillors

Last week’s vote by the Boston City Council revealed a disturbing lack of judgment on the part of three city councillors who voted “present” rather than support a resolution supporting the 60th anniversary of Brown v. the Board of Education. The landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision offered a new interpretation of the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, paving the way for long-denied justice to black Americans and minority groups across the board. Most notably, it ruled that the separate and unequal treatment of any Americans in public schools was unconstitutional.  Read more

Two newly-minted veterans to speak at Memorial Day rites in Cedar Grove

Michael Ball, USMC (Ret.)

Michael Ball and Robert Flynn are like many young men of their generation who hail from Dorchester. Both grew up playing little league baseball in Cedar Grove, hanging out at Toohig Park and going to school at their nearby parish grammar schools (Flynn to St. Brendan’s and Ball to St. Ann’s.)

And both boys have vivid memories of watching the solemn ceremonies on Memorial Day at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

But Ball and Flynn are unlike most of their contemporaries in one very important way. Both young men, upon graduation from high school in 2008, enlisted in the Marine Corps and served their country in war. On Monday, Ball and Flynn— now retired from military service and back home— will address the crowd that assembles at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.  Read more

Lottery sale price is $283.3k for rehabbed, city-seized home

This home at 88 Milton Street, center in green, is being renovated and prepared for a sale through lottery next month. Photo by Ed Forry

A longtime eyesore on an otherwise desirable Cedar Grove side street is getting a complete makeover this month and will soon be sold to a first-time homeowner. The small, single-family home at 88 Milton St. is part of an initiative by the Walsh administration to target prominent eyesores that can be reclaimed by new owners.  Read more