Civics

Sign-holders for Brown and Warren face off in Grove Hall

Brown, Warren supporters duel in Grove Hall: Friday morning standout drew a crowd.Brown, Warren supporters duel in Grove Hall: Friday morning standout drew a crowd.  Read more

Back in Dorchester, Brown picks up backing of former New Jersey governor

Christine Todd Whitman gives Brown the thumbs-up at Phillips Old Colony House: The former New Jersey governor, left, joined Sen. Brown at the landmark Morrissey Boulevard eatery and function hallon Tuesday afternoon.Christine Todd Whitman gives Brown the thumbs-up at Phillips Old Colony House: The former New Jersey governor, left, joined Sen. Brown at the landmark Morrissey Boulevard eatery and function hallon Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on Tuesday picked up the endorsement of former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman in Dorchester.

Looking for a full six-year term, Brown, a Wrentham Republican, is in a close battle with Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren. A WBUR poll released Monday showed Brown up by four points.

“You vote for the person,” Whitman told reporters, standing next to Brown at the Phillips Old Colony House on Morrissey Blvd.

Whitman, who studied at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., served as governor of New Jersey from 1994 to 2001, according to a biography on her consulting firm’s website. She also served as President George W. Bush’s Environmental Protection Agency chief.  Read more

Outside 9 Inwood St., city officials tout "problem properties" progress

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 6, 2012

The three-family home at 9 Inwood St. appeared to reflect on the outside the alleged drug activity that was going on inside.

The bank-owned house’s roof needed work. The porch was in disrepair. A shopping cart was parked on the property, and below the damaged siding, weeds were in abundance.

Next door, a grassy lot was filled with tires, paint cans, and shards of glass.

A year ago, the city’s Inspectional Services Department moved to condemn the alleged crack house, which also functioned as an illegal rooming house.  Read more

Evans Street block party helps neighbors reclaim their identity

By 
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

By 
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

By 
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

By 
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

By 
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