Civics

Coakley’s office asks Vietnamese non-profit to file overdue reports

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 3, 2013

Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office has told a Dorchester-based Vietnamese-American non-profit group that it faces the prospect of civil penalties if it does not in the next few weeks file a series of overdue annual reports with the state.  Read more

On Hendry Street, residents say they’ve turned the corner

By 
Tayla Holman, Reporter Correspondent
Jan. 3, 2013

Neighbors from Hendry Street and nearby streets gathered at the Pasciucco Apartments on Bowdoin Street last Friday for a holiday party that was organized in part by Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation. Photo by Tayla Holman

Residents from one of Bowdoin-Geneva’s most well-known addresses— Hendry Street— gathered last Friday evening for a holiday party that was billed as a celebration, in part, to mark what neighbors say have been marked improvements in their quality of life since a troubled property was condemned last year and cleared of criminal elements.  Read more

Hearty bunch made polar plunge at Tenean

By 
Jackie Gentile. Special to the Reporter
Jan. 1, 2013

Polar Plunge 2013: The scene at Tenean Beach on Jan. 1, 2013. Photo by Jackie GentilePolar Plunge 2013: The scene at Tenean Beach on Jan. 1, 2013. Photo by Jackie Gentile

If you don’t think swim trunks and winter boots are a fashionable combination, then you haven’t chilled yet with folks at the Brian Leahy Memorial Polar Bear Plunge. Families, pets, young, older, and those in between were among the brave souls who dove in at Tenean Beach earlier today.  Read more

Kerry backs Markey's bid for Senate seat

First John Kerry. Then Vicki Kennedy. And then the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. In quick succession on a Friday afternoon, all three lined up behind Congressman Ed Markey’s bid for Kerry’s Senate seat.  Read more

Mattapan Square Main Streets clears major hurdle, eyes next steps

By 
Tayla Holman, Reporter Correspondent
Dec. 27, 2012

Mattapan Square Main Streets recently received a $9,533.19 from Mattapan United and a $3,500 grant from Carney Hospital with a three-year commitment, putting them just over their fundraising goal of $30,000. They are now hoping for an additional $25,000 to provide the organization with a “cushion” for the future.  Read more

Winter Farmers’ Market opens on Jan. 6 in the Great Hall of Codman Square

By 
Jackie Gentile, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 27, 2012

Vendors at last year's Winter Farmers' Market in Codman Square.

As New England ushers in winter, the Dorchester Community Food Co-op is gearing up for its second annual Winter Farmers’ Market starting January 6. Running every Sunday through March 24 from noon until 4p.m. in the Codman Square Great Hall, the Farmers’ Market will offer fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, meats, breads, cheeses and specialty foods.  Read more

A 12-year mentoring ‘promise’ for city’s public school students

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 27, 2012

Juma Crawford speaks during an event with Friends of the Children Boston last May.

On the Friday afternoon before Christmas, when most of their friends and classmates headed home to get an early start on the holidays, about a dozen teens sat in a former manufacturing facility, several of them staring intently at their computer screens.

But they weren’t playing games; their mission was to hammer out a budget and a business plan for setting up a garden to grow vegetables and sell them in the summer.  Read more

Leahy polar plunge set for Tenean Beach

By 
Reporter Staff
Dec. 26, 2012

A scene from last year's plunge at Tenean.

Neighbors will splash in the new year on Tues., Jan. 1 with the second annual Brian Leahy Memorial Polar Bear Plunge at Tenean Beach. The event is a fundraiser for the Leahy-Holloran Community Center in Neponset.

Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. at the beach. A $15 fee is required. The plunge will be followed by a pizza party at Boston Bowl, donated by Joe Sammartino and Phillips Family of Restaurants.

Kerry nomination unleashes wave of speculation, pro forma statements

President Obama gave Massachusetts pols an early Christmas present on Friday: A chance to move up the ladder, provided that US Sen. John Kerry makes it through the confirmation process and lands at the State Department.  Read more

Wheelock College's Mattahunt work recognized by national group

Wheelock College's Mattahunt work recognizedWheelock College's Mattahunt work recognized

The American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) presented Wheelock College with the 2012 John Blackburn Award for its work in revitalizing the Mattahunt Community Center in Mattapan.

The center was closed in 2010, but the city of Boston and Wheelock worked in close partnership with the Mattapan community to set a collaborative vision for the center.  Read more