Katie’s Quest: Support mounts to help Galway’s O’Halloran

Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 27, 2014

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“They say the closest city to Galway is Boston,” said Rosario Sullivan of Ireland.

Sullivan was present at Mayor Marty Walsh’s Community Luncheon in West Roxbury at the Irish Social Club of Boston on Saturday, passing out fliers and talking to guests about her friend Katie O’ Halloran.

Sullivan has been in Boston for almost two weeks to help spread the word about the Katie O’Halloran Benefit that will be held here in Boston.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Golar Richie mulls run for statewide office — but is time on her side?

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 26, 2014

“Charlotte for Mayor” didn’t work out. Could “Charlotte for Treasurer” or "Charlotte for Lt. Governor" happen any differently?  Read more

Bid for compromise on charter school cap falls short

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 26, 2014

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and state Rep. Russell Holmes, two lawmakers who represent parts of Dorchester and Mattapan, were unsuccessful this week in pushing a compromise that would lift the cap on charter schools.

Chang-Diaz’s office announced the compromise on Saturday, days after the Education Committee had given itself a one-week extension to March 25 to put together a bill. But March 25 came and went with no action on legislation.  Read more

Letter: Blasi's Cafe made Team MR8 fundraiser a success

Suzanne (Morrison) McDevitt
Mar. 25, 2014

John Hanlon and Suzanne (Morrison) McDevitt, two members of the Team MR8 Boston Marathon team, who organized a fundraiser at Blasi's on March 16.

To the Editor:

I just wanted to send a warm thank-you to Blasi’s Cafe in Adams Corner for hosting the TEAM MR8 St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser on March 16th, organized by John Hanlon and myself.

Blasi’s was kind enough to open the entire restaurant to our guests that Sunday evening where they enjoyed the live Irish music of the talented Henry Brothers and were able to bid on multiple raffle items donated by many generous friends, family members and establishments from near and far. Blasi’s also contributed all of the delicious appetizers served that night.  Read more

Boston operative heads to D.C.

The Boston political operative who ran former City Councillor Mike Ross's campaign last year is taking a job with Putnam Partners, a Democratic media consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Cayce McCabe, who jumped to the Ross campaign after running state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry's First Suffolk District campaign in 2013, is signing on as a senior associate.

McCabe announced the move in a mass email. McCabe will keep advising a candidate, Evandro Carvahlo, who is running to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, through the April 1 primary election and April 29 election.  Read more

Public asked to weigh in on Mt. Vernon Street revamp

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is asking Dorchester residents to help redesign Columbia Point’s Mt. Vernon Street. The city planning agency has set a meeting for next Thursday, March 27 at 6 p.m., inside the Corcoran Jennison Community Building at 270 Mt. Vernon St.  Read more

School finance issues influence debate on charter cap lift

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Mar. 13, 2014

With the press on from charter school advocates to lift or eliminate the cap on charter enrollment in poorly performing school districts, the battle brewing over the issue in the Legislature appears to have as much, if not more, to do with the distribution of state education aid than the merits of charter schools.  Read more

Condos planned for infamous Savin Hill Ave. “hole”

An architect’s rendering depicts a proposed condominium project above and next to Savin Bar & Kitchen on Savin Hill Avenue. Image courtesy RODE Architects Inc.An architect’s rendering depicts a proposed condominium project above and next to Savin Bar & Kitchen on Savin Hill Avenue. Image courtesy RODE Architects Inc.

Developers behind a proposal to build condominiums on top of the Savin Bar & Kitchen and a long-vacant plot of land next door explained some details of the plan on Tuesday night. In an appearance before the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association’s planning committee, the developers and their architects discussed the transit-orientated proposal for 14 units of housing, which would be located directly across from the Savin Hill MBTA station. There would be space for retail on the first level.  Read more

Essay contest asks students: What's your advice for Mayor Walsh?

Dot Day Parade set for June 1, 2014: Essay contest deadline is March 20Dot Day Parade set for June 1, 2014: Essay contest deadline is March 20The Dorchester Reporter is once again pleased to sponsor this year’s Dorchester Day Parade Committee Essay Contest. The contest is open to students in grades 6-8 who live in Dorchester or attend a Dorchester school. The deadline for the contest is March 20. Two prizes will be awarded to the two best entries.

This year’s topic relates to the historic election of Mayor Martin J. Walsh: “Please write an essay that gives the Mayor your advice on how to make Dorchester a better place for young people to live, learn and play. Please give at least three specific action steps that Mayor Walsh should take to make life better in your neighborhood.”  Read more

Garrison suing state elections chief for ballot access in Henriquez seat race

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 6, 2014

Althea Garrison, a frequent candidate for public office, is suing state elections chief Bill Galvin, claiming she should be on the Democratic primary ballot in the special election to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez.  Read more