Civics

Two newly-minted veterans to speak at Memorial Day rites in Cedar Grove

Michael Ball, USMC (Ret.)

Michael Ball and Robert Flynn are like many young men of their generation who hail from Dorchester. Both grew up playing little league baseball in Cedar Grove, hanging out at Toohig Park and going to school at their nearby parish grammar schools (Flynn to St. Brendan’s and Ball to St. Ann’s.)

And both boys have vivid memories of watching the solemn ceremonies on Memorial Day at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

But Ball and Flynn are unlike most of their contemporaries in one very important way. Both young men, upon graduation from high school in 2008, enlisted in the Marine Corps and served their country in war. On Monday, Ball and Flynn— now retired from military service and back home— will address the crowd that assembles at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.  Read more

Lottery sale price is $283.3k for rehabbed, city-seized home

This home at 88 Milton Street, center in green, is being renovated and prepared for a sale through lottery next month. Photo by Ed Forry

A longtime eyesore on an otherwise desirable Cedar Grove side street is getting a complete makeover this month and will soon be sold to a first-time homeowner. The small, single-family home at 88 Milton St. is part of an initiative by the Walsh administration to target prominent eyesores that can be reclaimed by new owners.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY May 15-23, 2014

A scene from the 2011 Ashmont Hill Garage Sale. Photo courtesy Ashmont Hill Association

A snapshot of key events happening in and around Dorchester this week. Check out the Reporter's full calendar for more.

Saturday (17th) – The Ashmont Hill Association returns with its 35th Annual Garage Sale with over 40 homes participating. This year you may find items like antiques, furniture, tools, computers, household items and much more. There will be food available at the Ashmont Nursery School.

In 1979, Ashmont Hill Association began its annual event with just a dozen homes as a way to introduce people from other parts of the city to its neighborhood, and to showcase their beautiful homes. “At the time people were moving out of the neighborhood and [AHA] wanted to show people it is beautiful and there is no reason to move out,” said Joe Gildea, who organizes the annual event.  Read more

Little Miss, Young Miss Dorchester winners crowned

By 
Lily Bouvier, Special to the Reporter
May. 14, 2014

Eleanor Moye-Gibbons, age 9, was crowned Little Miss Dorchester last Saturday as the newly named Young Miss Dorchester, Gina Cruz, age 12, reacted to the news of her win. Photo by Lily Bouvier

Twenty girls gathered at the First Parish Church on Meetinghouse Hill last Saturday (May 10) to participate in Dorchester’s traditional Little Miss and Young Miss Dorchester contests. They were there to reflect on what makes their community special, and ultimately, to compete for a spot in the Dorchester Day Parade.

One by one, the girls stood in front of an audience of proud family members and friends to answer questions about themselves and about what they think makes their community special. From nice neighbors, to ice cream at Savin Scoop, to sledding on Savin Hill — each had their own idea of what makes Dorchester great.  Read more

Record numbers walked for peace on Mother’s Day

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 14, 2014

The walk stepped off from Fields Corner on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Photo by India Smith

An estimated 10,000 people joined the 18th Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 11, encircling the 3.6 mile route from Town Field to Codman Square and back via Geneva Ave. It was a record turnout for the event, held every May to benefit the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. The Dorchester non-profit provides services to survivors of homicide and has developed an innovative anti-violence curriculum for grades K-12.  Read more

Mother's Walk for Peace set for Sunday

The Mothers Walk for Peace steps off at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday in Fields Corner.

The annual Mothers Walk for Peace— a pledge event benefitting the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute— steps off on Sunday morning from Town Field in Fields Corner. Registration begins at the field at 7 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:30 a.m.— following a 3.6 mile course through the neighborhood and returning to Town Field.  Read more

Woolson Street residents planting new community garden

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 8, 2014

Devon Campbell was the first resident to sign up for an individual plot in a new garden on Woolson Street. Photo by India Smith

Right now 44 Woolson St. is a vacant lot – but not for long. Come by in eight weeks and you will see a community garden, complete with new fencing, planting beds filled with seedlings, and two young pear trees flanking the entrance.

The project is the work of the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, Boston Natural Areas Network, and many neighborhood residents, including Mirlande Joseph and Reann Gibson.

After an incident in 2010 in which four people including a toddler were dragged outside and shot, Woolson Street has come to symbolize urban violence. A dozen other shootings have occurred there over the past 20 years. But according to Joseph, who is resident coordinator for the new garden, the five-block street has many long-time residents with a sense of community. Those residents believe a garden is the natural way to strengthen that bond.  Read more

College, career readiness program plans launch in Mattapan

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
May. 7, 2014

Looking to provide educational opportunities to the Mattapan community, the Mattahunt Community Center on 100 Hebron Street will partner with College Bound Dorchester to provide career and college readiness programming to its visitors.  Read more

Mom’s cancer fight inspires new mission

SAVIN HILL SHOOT: Tracy King photographed her mother Pam King in Savin Hill Park this week. Photo by Bill ForrySAVIN HILL SHOOT: Tracy King photographed her mother Pam King in Savin Hill Park this week. Photo by Bill Forry

Pam King is “a tough cookie” – as her daughter Tracy puts it. She has survived not one, not two, but four bouts with skin cancer, colon cancer, and two types of breast cancer.

But, last year, as the 64-year-old Savin Hill mom of three braced for her fifth fight – against non-Hodgkins lymphoma – she grew worried. Her first-ever chemotherapy session was looming and she dreaded the thought of losing her hair. She worried, too, that she might not make it to her next birthday.  Read more

Lower Mills Was Once Center of Chocolate Universe

By 
Peter F. Stevens, Special to the Reporter
May. 1, 2014

Editor’s Note: On Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m., the state’s DCR and the Dorchester Historical Society will team up to present a special “Sweet History Stroll” to explore the former Baker Chocolate Factory site and learn about the sweet history of Lower Mills for those ages 10 and up. Meet at the public parking lot in Milton Lower Mills, beside the Milton Yacht Club at 36 Wharf St. In 2002, the Reporter published this brief history of the Walter Baker Chocolate Factory by Peter F. Stevens.


Something was in the air. People on their daily rounds along the roads of Dorchester and Milton Village turned toward the Neponset River and inhaled the spring breeze and took a deep whiff. Chocolate was in the air- literally.

The year was 1765. The heavenly scent drifted from a sawmill on the banks of the river, within eyeshot of Boston. Inside the mill an Irishman watched two giant millstones grinding fragrant cocoa and sounding a call to a culinary revolution that was to spread from Dorchester and conquer the collective palate of America.  Read more