Civics

Gun bill draws supporters and opponents to State House hearing

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Jun. 4, 2014

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz remembers the funeral of 14-year-old Jaewon Martin, an honor student who was shot and killed the day before Mother’s Day in 2010 while playing on a basketball court in Jamaica Plain.

“He was doing everything right and was still lost to gun violence in our city,” the Jamaica Plain Democrat said Tuesday, her voice cracking during an event held before lawmakers heard testimony on legislation aimed at curbing gun violence in the state.  Read more

In lawsuit, Coakley says feds undermine anti-foreclosure law

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jun. 3, 2014

In a new lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, Attorney General Martha Coakley alleges two major lenders and federal regulators violated the state’s 2012 foreclosure prevention law, asserting that their "refusal to engage in foreclosure buyback programs is unfairly and illegally causing Massachusetts families to lose their homes." The suit stems from a case involving a Dorchester family.  Read more

Music-focused charter school will open in Laboure building

The Laboure College building on the campus of Carney Hospital will be converted into space for the Conservatory Lab Charter School.

A Brighton-based charter school that focuses on a “music-infused education” will move into the old Laboure College building on the campus of Carney Hospital this summer with plans to open for classes in September. The Conservatory Lab Charter School will house grades 2-8 in the now-vacant building at 2120 Dorchester Avenue.

Details of the lease agreement between the charter school and Steward Health Care, which owns the building, were discussed at last week’s meeting of the Lower Mills Civic Association.  Read more

Visitors taken behind scenes in Dots’ earliest homes

By 
Lily Bouvier, Special to the Reporter
May. 30, 2014

A visitor inspects the basement kitchen of the William Clapp House on Boston Street. Photo by Lily Bouvier

Visitors to the Dorchester Historical Society were given free rein to explore the nooks and crannies of some of Dorchester’s first houses at the Society’s “Behind the Scenes” event on May 18. All of the homes and buildings belonging to the Society were open, from basement to attic, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with visitors invited to wander at their own pace from room to room.  Read more

‘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