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Beer brewery to open on Bowdoin Street next summer

Percival Beer Company, the producer of Dorchester-inspired Dot Ale 1630, is planning to open a large-scale brewery at 181 Bowdoin St. next summer.

The move, which Percival owner Felipe E. Oliveira announced publicly for the first time on Wednesday, will triple the company’s craft beer production that has seen “tremendous growth in a short period of time.”  Read more

Great Blue Herons

I loved reading the article about the Great Blue Heron in Dorchester. We also have Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Swans and many other shore birds in Port Norfolk. The state has finally agreed to clean up the area. In a few years, everyone will be able to enjoy viewing these beautiful birds in a natural park along the Neponset River.

(VIDEO) Interim Sheriff Tompkins Unlawfully Pulls Badge/Intimidates Boston Store Owner

Click on this link to watch:

Jean, the owner of La Paix barber shop at 1059 Hyde Park Avenue in Boston, testifies how Suffolk County Interim Sheriff Steven Tompkins unlawfully pulled out his badge and demanded that the store owner remove Douglas Bennett for Sheriff's sign "because it was too early to put up campaign signs..."

Tompkins is scheduled to face a Criminal Magistrate in BMC Roxbury District Court on 85 Warren Street on September 10, 2013 at 9AM for Theft and Destruction of Property.  Read more

Dorchester's Bennett to run for Sheriff

BOSTON- Dorchester’s Douglas Bennett for Sheriff of Suffolk County.

Bennett's statement is as follows:

"With the appointment of Andrea Cabral to the Public Safety Cabinet Position in the Governor’s administration, there will be a special election in September 2014 to elect a full-time Sheriff to serve out the remainder of a six year term which expires in 2016. Therefore, I ask for your support for Sheriff of Suffolk County. I am starting early in effort to run an aggressive and triumphant campaign.  Read more

Snowbirds in Florida

Does anyone know how many Snowbirds are living 6 months of the year and 6 months of the year in Massachusetts...

You have a choice!

You have a choice! Open enrollment for health insurance through the State of Massachusetts is coming to an end this Thursday, June 25th. Make sure that you have taken advantage of this time and have made sure you will have the health insurance plan of your choice under Commonwealth Care Plans & Mass Health. If you are currently enrolled in a health insurance plan through the State of Massachusetts either it be Neighborhood Health Plan, Network Health or BMC Health Net you have the option to switch to another plan if you want to or you can stay with your current plan.  Read more

Health Insurance??? Who does not have it? Who needs it?

There are so many reasons why people do not have health insurance. It is not offered through my employer, it is so expensive, I don't know how to get it on my own... Are any of these really worth the penalty? It is now a law in Massachusetts for all residents to have health insurance. I am sure a lot of people got hit with the tax penalty in April if you did not have proof of health insurance for 2008. The fee that you may be forced to pay in April 2010 may be more than $1,000 depending on your situation. Why throw this money away?  Read more

DotOUT 2nd Annual Summer Solstice Tea Dance @ dbar

Hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender neighbors and their friends gathered at dbar last year for the inaugural Summer Solstice Tea Dance.

Don't miss the fun this year, with food, drinks, dancing, raffles, and merriment on the patio. $10 suggested donation at the door to benefit Dorchester community organizations.

Tony Gale

Music in the Spirit of Zora at UMass-Boston

Virginia Eskin, piano
With Elisa Birdseye, viola

Including the works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Fats Waller, and an exploration of James P. Johnson's "YAMEKRAW, a Negro Rhapsody". These African American musicians explored spirituals, jazz, and folk melodies in much the way that Zora sought out folk tales and lore in her role as an anthropologist.  Read more

Historical Society program on the Clap/Clapp Legacy

The Clap/Clapp Legacy by John Goff

April 19th at 2 pm
William Clapp House, 195 Boston Street
Dorchester, MA 02125

John Goff is a preservation architect who, during his
preparation of the Historic Structures Report for the
James Blake House, re-discovered the influence of
the Clap family in Dorchester and across the state.
Roger Clap was one of the first settlers in Dorchester,
arriving on the Mary and John in May of 1630,
followed in the next few years by his siblings and
cousins. Roger later became Captain of the Castle,  Read more

Earl Taylor, Dorchester Historical Society

Local Bites: Down:2:Earth Expo preview party

Fri April 3, Local Bites preview party 5-9 p.m., featuring sustainably produced wine and food tasting from some of the finer restaurants in the area (including Dorchester's own Tavolo) who support local farmers.
Tickets are $20 and include food and wine sampling. Ticket stubs are valid for re-entry into D2E all weekend. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the New England Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Program and The Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets.  Read more

Dorchester Park Restoration Touch-Up

Spring has finally sprung and Richard O’Mara, of Cedar Grove Gardens, is assembling a group of volunteers to touch up the work that was done on last year’s Park Restoration Phase 1 initiative. This is the ideal time because the leafy and prickly invaders have not gotten a head start on us.

All necessary manual and power tools will be provided. Be sure to wear long sleeves and bring work gloves if you have them. We have a few pair for those who don’t. We’ll also be offering modest refreshments and lots of commaraderie.  Read more

Richard O'Mara

17th Annual Free DCR Easter Egg Hunt!

The Department of Conservation and Recreation will host the 17th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Pope John Paul II Park (Gallivan Blvd entrance)on April 4th at 11am.

The event is free and will have over 10,000 hidden eggs, sponsored by Phillips Candy House on Morrissey Blvd.

Time to support merchants who've invested in us

Suzy Orman, a personal finance pundit, was on national TV a while back suggesting that in these tough economic times people should stop eating out and stop drinking fancy lattes.  Her advice was to brown bag a lunch and to make your coffee at home.   Read more

City slashes funds for pre-school programs, parents fume

The funding for teachers at preschools for three- and four-year-olds in nine Boston Center for Youth and Families community centers has been cut for next year, potentially leaving hundreds of parents and toddlers in the lurch.  Read more

Edward Everett Elementary Celebrates 100 years !!

The Edward Everett is celebrating 100 years !!! The school is putting on a Gala event at UMass Boston Campus Center on Saturday, April 4th from 7pm - 11pm. This event will have live music performed by Ray Brown and Friends, a DJ, a wonderful Silent Auction, hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. We would love to see friends, community members and past Alumni at this event (you must be 21 years old). Please call the school for tickets or further information about this Fundraiser 617.635.8779.


Figured I'd get the ball rolling and see what part of Dot everyone is from.

I live in the Polish Triangle area of Dot, on Roseclair street just a few steps from Edward Everett Square and the great Pear statue. I've lived here pretty much my whole life, apart from a few brief stints in Los Angeles and Chapel Hill, NC.  Read more