Evans Street block party helps neighbors reclaim their identity

Tayla Holman, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 27, 2012

Dance lessons were part of the fun at Saturday's block party on Evans Street. Photo by Tayla Holman

The community group Redefining Our Community (ROC) held its fourth annual block party on Evans St. in Dorchester last Saturday, Sept. 22 from 2-6 p.m. The event — set up on the block between Corbet and Nelson Streets— included music, dance lessons, food, and a kids’ bouncy house, as well as raffle prices and a voter registration table.  Read more

Baker pushes for crackdown on avenue prostitution

Sharon Ng, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 27, 2012

City Councillor Frank Baker,left, presided over a Monday evening "super civic" meeting at St. Mark's Church on the subject of prostitution on Dorchester Ave. Photo by Sharon Ng

More than 100 residents, elected officials and members of the Boston Police Department turned out for a Monday evening meeting at St. Mark’s Church to dicuss mounting concerns about prostitution along Dorchester Avenue. The meeting was moderated by District 3 City Councillor Frank Baker, whose office organized the “super civic” meeting— drawing from organizations up and down the neighborhood’s main throroughfare.  Read more

Seeking more reform for Boston schools not an 'extreme' position

To the Editor:

I am an extremist. In a September 20 opinion piece in the Dorchester Reporter ("City gets reform"), Mayor Menino defended the reforms in the recently settled agreement between the City and the Boston Teachers Union, but stated that "the extremes will say the contract doesn't give us much...." The agreement does provide reforms above what was in the previous contract, but it is incremental change at a time when the school system needed a giant leap forward.  Read more

City’s parents get concrete proposals that would revamp school assignments

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 26, 2012

Deputy Superintendent Michael Goar, right, and BPS Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson spoke during Monday evening's meeting at the Frederick Middle School. Photo by Chris Lovett

Parents, take your pick. Boston School Department officials this week outlined five proposals that would move the city away from a three-zone set-up for assigning students to schools beginning with the 2014-2015 school year at the earliest.

The proposals, which were introduced Monday night at the Frederick Pilot Middle School and will be aired at a series of public meetings beginning with one Thursday at 7 o’clock at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School on Washington Street near Grove Hall, aim to send elementary and middle school students to classrooms closer to home instead of scattering children living on the same street across the city to various schools.

Related commentary: Towards a 'common-sense' system for school choice, by Mayor Thomas Menino  Read more

Brown at Eire Pub on Saturday afternoon

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown will swing by the Eire Pub on Saturday afternoon after lunch at Sullivan's in South Boston. Former Mayor Ray Flynn will join Brown on Castle Island.

Brown is scheduled to appear at the bellwether bar shortly after 1:30 p.m. The bar is a popular place for politicians: Pictures of visits from President Reagan and President Clinton hang on the walls.

Brown's campaign swing through Boston comes a day after Mayor Thomas Menino and Brown's Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, appeared together at a Roslindale Village rally to tout Menino's endorsement.

Irish festival will not take place this year in Adams Corner

Sean Smith, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 21, 2012

The Irish Heritage Festival, which for the past three Columbus Day weekends has transformed Dorchester's Adams Corner into a block party celebrating the richness of Irish arts, culture and music in Boston, will not take place this year.

But organizers are already looking ahead to bringing back the event for 2013, and recently announced a date of October 13 for next year.  Read more

Sources: Menino to endorse Warren in Roslindale on Friday

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 20, 2012

Mayor Thomas Menino is expected to endorse U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren at a Friday rally in Roslindale, sources tell the Reporter.

The afternoon rally in Roslindale Square will come after a debate scheduled for Thursday night between Warren and U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. Brown, a Wrentham Republican, and Warren, a Cambridge Democrat, face off on WBZ-TV at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The rally is set for Roslindale Square at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.  Read more

Editorial: Unleashed dog packs raise safety concern at Victory Rd. Park

Dog attack aftermath: Erin McNamara and her dog Delilah, who was badly injured when a pack of dogs attacked her last Wednesday afternoon. Dog attack aftermath: Erin McNamara and her dog Delilah, who was badly injured when a pack of dogs attacked her last Wednesday afternoon. One of our readers from Savin Hill— Erin McNamara— wants the public to know what happened to her and her nine-year-old border collie, Delilah, last Wednesday afternoon in Victory Road Park, an old landfill near the landmark gas tank that has been converted into a lovely, passive waterfront setting that is maintained by the state’s Dept. of Conservation and Recreation.

The park is a popular place for dog-walkers, although Ms. McNamara had never ventured there until last week. As she and Delilah entered the large open field in the park, she observed a group of 20 or so dogs— all off their leashes— running and playing as two women stood nearby. One of the dogs, a “pit-bull mix” that McNamara said was named “Bailey,” quickly accosted McNamara’s dog and — as other dogs joined in— began biting at Delilah’s fur.  Read more

Blue Hill Ave. eatery shuttered by city inspectors

This restaurant was shut down by city inspectors on Sept. 19.

A Blue Hill Ave. restaurant was abruptly closed today after a city task force discovered filthy conditions and a dangerously clogged air vent above the stove. City officials — who descended on the 300 block of Blue Hill Ave. this week to focus on a burgeoning rat problem — were alarmed by what they found inside the Star Island Restaurant at 375 Blue Hill Ave.  Read more

Linehan responds to Menino's redistricting veto

District 2 City Councillor Bill Linehan, who chairs the committee tasked with redrawing council districts’ boundaries, responded to Mayor Thomas Menino’s veto of his proposed map last week.  Read more