A Tale of Two Neighborhoods: A response to the Boston Globe’s “68 Blocks” series

The following is one person’s response to a five-part Boston Globe series on the Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood and to a subsequent editorial that appeared in the Reporter last week under the headline, “Globe’s ‘68 Blocks’ series was well worth the effort.” The author is a resident of the neighborhood.  Read more

Think about children everywhere when talking about mass violence

In the aftermath of the horror of the Newtown massacre and the nation’s reaction to it, one notices the contrast between the grief and resolve evident after this unspeakable crime and the apathy that prevails when “collateral damage” includes the unintended death of innocent children.

How many thousands of children have been killed by our forces in the wars of the last half century, from Vietnam to Afghanistan? That they were unintended consequences may assuage the conscience of those responsible, but it does not diminish the loss or ease the pain and sorrow of loved ones.  Read more

Why shouldn’t we just eliminate guns?

To the Editor:

The primary function of a firearm is to kill people. Killing people is what most guns are specifically designed to do. This fact begs the following questions:

Since the 30,000 gun deaths per year in the United States are nearly all murders, suicides and accidents, and few deaths are prevented by armed self-defense, why are guns valued for self-defense?
Since many children are killed by guns, why would a parent want to possess one?  Read more

Menino on State of City: ‘Of course I’ll be able to stand’

Mayor Thomas Menino on Friday batted back a reporter’s question about whether he’ll have the stamina to stand during his State of the City address planned for later this month.

“Of course I’ll be able to stand. I’ve already tried. I’ve practiced it already. I’m ready to go,” said Menino, who has been recuperating at the city-owned Parkman House on Beacon Hill after lengthy stays at Brigham and Women’s and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

He quipped, “You guys will see it. It will be live and in color. Popping out of a box. ‘Wow, he’s back.’”  Read more

Menino says he's "back in action" at City Hall

The last events that appeared on Mayor Thomas Menino’s public schedule, before a trip to Italy and stays at two hospitals, were a classic twinning of old and new: A ribbon-cutting at a West Roxbury apartment complex and a food truck contest in Dewey Square.

That was Friday, Oct. 12. On Thursday, for the first time in weeks, the once-daily schedule returned, giving notice of the mayor attending a School Committee member’s swearing-in ceremony on Friday at Beacon Hill’s Parkman House, where Menino is staying due to its elevator and proximity to City Hall.  Read more

They made a difference: People who made us better in 2012

Lt. Greg Kelly and Dan Magoon, two veterans who have stepped up to lead on the home front as well. Photo by Bill Forry

There was plenty of sad news to share in 2012— but the Reporter’s pages were also filled with stories about people who made us proud to call this neighborhood home. Here’s a look at some of the standouts who appeared in our pages over the last 12 months. Click on each headline to check out the original story from the past year.- Reporter Editors  Read more

News Analysis: Changes in the schools, maybe at City Hall ahead in '13

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 3, 2013

Stephen Murphy, a city councillor since 1997, and president the last two years, knows something about timing. He once compared the contest for the presidency to a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

“The first person that sticks their head out of their rabbit hole gets blasted,” he remarked to the Boston Phoenix in 2001.

The same goes this coming year for a possible race for the mayor’s office if its current five-term occupant is still ambling about, if with some difficulty. Thomas Menino hasn’t said if he’s running for another four years at City Hall; he’s focused instead on returning to full strength after lengthy end-of-the-year stays at Brigham and Women’s and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.  Read more

Globe's ‘68 Blocks’ series was well worth the effort

The Boston Globe’s recent in-depth series that focused on Dorchester’s Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood was, in most ways, outstanding. The package of stories and multi-media presentations on the newspaper’s website— titled “68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope” was published over a five-day period between Dec. 16 and Dec. 20. 
The full series remains prominently featured on the newspaper’s website. If you haven’t read it, we encourage you to do so and to form your own opinions (perhaps even before reading this sampling of ours.)  Read more

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

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

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