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Welcome to the new online home of the Dorchester Reporter. We hope you will browse through the new and improved, take it for a test drive and let us know what you think.  Read more

Storm briefly floods Morrissey Boulevard, possible lane closures overnight (photos)

A UMass Boston boat tows the Cordelia, pulled from its moorings by the powerful northeaster storm thrashing New England, back to a more secure mooring at the Savin Hill Yacht Club. Club members and UMass Boston employees watch from the boat ramp off of Morrissey Boulevard. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

Minor flooding briefly forced lane closures along Morrissey Boulevard as traffic was funneled to one lane just south of the UMass Boston entrance just before noon today.

The roadway was flooded by high tides that rolled in at 11:28. Department of Conservation and Recreation spokesman William Hickey said the closed lanes would be re-opened by 2 p.m.–in time for the evening commute. The minor flooding took place around high tide and after a deluge of rain. As of 8 a.m. this morning, 2.64 inches of rain had fallen at Logan Airport over 22 hours as a result of the storm.

The storm could also shut down lanes of Morrissey Boulevard overnight as continuing rainfall coincides with high tide just before midnight, DCR said. Detours set up by DCR and State Police are possible between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.  Read more

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...


Recap and analysis of the week in state government
By Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
WASHINGTON D.C., FEB. 19, 2010…..Think you can do better, Mr. Mayor? How’s about we try our hand at your game?

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino challenged the local meteorological community Tuesday and, because it was school vacation week and the news was slow, his remarks got blown way out of proportion, and all of a sudden people had to wonder if the mayor had hurt Kevin Lemanowicz’s feelings, or Dick Albert’s.  Read more

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

Dining on Main Street Walk

Dining on Main Street Walk -- May 30  Read more

Shelly Goehring

FDNH 5th Annual Fundraising Event

On June 4th, 2009 Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses (FDNH) will host its 5th Annual Event at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Join us for an evening of dinner and networking in celebration of FDNH's commitment to helping Dorchester residents of all ages embrace education as the means to graduate from college and positively impact our community. We are proud to announce that this year's event will honor Governor Deval Patrick. Governor Patrick embodies the values of FDNH, and shares our long-standing commitment to educational success for all.  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

All Dorchester Sports League Baseball Tryout

ADSL Summer Baseball Tryout

Ages 15-18

Date: Saturday, May 16th
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Place: Town Field

Any questions, please call (617) 287-1601

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

Corita Kent Lecture Series: Women and South Asian Art, lecture by Patricia Burson

Last October, Patricia Burson made her 3rd trip to South Asia to teach drawing, artistic anatomy and world art history to young Muslim women from six Asian countries at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh, as well as to art and architecture students at BRAC, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee University and the Institute of Fine Art in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  Read more

Donna Penn

DotBike Shiny Green Dot Ride

Ride with DotBike on the Shiny Green Dot Ride

Saturday April 25th
12:30 p.m

Meet at the rear (Giraffe) entrance of the Franklin Park Zoo and enjoy a relaxed family friendly tour of Dorchester parks and green spaces in celebration of Earth Week and Boston Shines.

The ride will cover between 10 and 15 miles and will stop briefly at approximately half a dozen locations where neighbors involved in maintaining green spaces will tell us about their work.

see for more info.


DotBike April Commute Ride Home

Now that spring has sprung join us for our first commute home this year from downtown to Dorchester.

Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Brewer’s fountain on the Boston Common to ride down Dot Ave.

See for more info.


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