Florian Hall fundraiser raises funds, profile for St. Mary’s Center

Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 12, 2014

Florian Time for St. Mary's: Elected officials joined with organizers for a photo. John Gilloolly/PEI.Florian Time for St. Mary's: Elected officials joined with organizers for a photo. John Gilloolly/PEI.

A large crowd gathered at Florian Hall last Thursday, June 5 for the Neighbors Supporting Neighbors fundraiser held to aide St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, located on Jones Hill in Dorchester.  Read more

Meetinghouse Bank reaches impressive milestone

There are precious few written records about Meetinghouse Bank’s origins, save for a list of founding board members. But with names like Devlin, Leary, Fitzgerald, and O’Reilly – along with a Piotti – it’s pretty clear that it was a largely Irish-American endeavor, much like the booming community that was then predominant on the dense side streets of St. Peter’s Parish. Most likely, the bank sought to give its neighbors and family members a viable lending alternative to the then-Yankee dominated business world of Brahmin Boston.  Read more

SHUT OUT IN SOUTH BAY: Asian supermarket sealed off from customer traffic by mall owners in contract dispute

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 10, 2014

The Kam Man supermarket on Allstate Road has been sealed off from customers and deliveries by the owners of the nearby South Bay Center, the result of a dispute between the two parties over a lease agreement. Photo by Bill Forry

Large concrete barriers and a fence blocking access to the Kam Man Farmers Market from Allstate Road into South Bay Center are the most obvious pieces of evidence in what has become a pitched legal battle between the supermarket and the owners of the shopping center next door. The standoff, which has effectively shuttered the popular Asian-American market, has spilled into the city’s courtrooms and civic meeting halls – with each side lobbing allegations about contractual obligations and ulterior motives at the other.  Read more

Trinity seeks to buy Ashmont Tire, erect mixed-use building

Trinity Financial, Inc. intends to buy Ashmont Tire, shown at left, located across Dorchester Avenue from the Carruth Building, which Trinity built and owns. Photo by Bill Forry

Tire business will remain open as proposed development is planned

Trinity Financial, Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase Ashmont Tire for an undisclosed price and intends to build a six-story residential building with ground-floor retail space, a development that would mirror the successful Carruth building across the street.  Read more

UMass Boston-led team studies Savin Hill Cove

Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 5, 2014

Savin Hill’s Mary Talalas, left, and Dr. Anamarija Frankic of UMass-Boston’s Green Harbors Project planted new cord grass on an artificial, non-tox island in Savin Hill Cove last Saturday. Shown at right: Graduate student Deniz Bertuna. Photo by Nancy Talalas

A team led by a UMass Boston professor is expanding its work to restore and study conditions in Savin Hill Cove this season. The salt marsh, a part of Dorchester Bay that is bisected by Morrissey Boulevard, has some of the poorest water quality in the city, but is an ideal place to study and test new approaches to protecting the fragile coastline environment.  Read more

Caribbean immigrant non-profit eyes development of Mattapan’s Cote Ford site

David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 5, 2014

The Cote Ford building on Cummins Highway.

A fledgling immigrant service group hopes to become the developers of the long vacant Cote Ford site on Cummins Highway in Mattapan, building a multi-million dollar center to serve Boston’s growing Caribbean population.  Read more

Gun bill draws supporters and opponents to State House hearing

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

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

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