Dorchester Reporter guestbook

Whether you're OFD or brand new to the neighborhood, the guestbook lets you keep in touch with Dorchester.

mary

ofd

Paul D.
Paul D.

For a time around 1949-50, I lived as a young child in the Columbia Point Veterans Village (formerly a POW camp during WWII). I'd love to get some pictures of it during that period and a street map. Anyone that has any please contact me at pdoherty@omeninc.com Thanks.

BILL L.

Grew up on Santuit street St. Mark's from 63 to 69
moved to Randolph at age 11. Still remember a lot about the area
Shwom's, Rosemont market, Jim's variety, Ann Marie's bakery, fish store ?? can't remember the name. The unreal tasting frappe's at
Crawford drug store. Playing tackle foxie, three flies out, whiffle ball.

william fitzpatrick

i read dot reporter all the time job well done. thanks

Frank Sullivan

Hi again,

I attended St. Matthew's until the end of the sixth grade. We lived in the Franklin Field projects. I played for the Franklin Field Little League Red Sox. I loved those days.

We then moved to Fields Corner, Lindsey Street. I went to St. Ambrose and then on to Boston Tech. It was during this time of my life that Town Field became my proud identity. Men and women from the many thriving (then) parishes of Dorchester became close friends of mine. I cherish each of them. Whether dating the beautiful girls from there, or playing sports with the great guys, I look back on the blanket of memories understanding that its rich fabric of laughter, loyalty, compassion and fortitude, cannot dissolve with age because it is so rich with the heartbeat of life. Thanks for eveyrthing, Sull Dog.

Frank Sullivan

Hey there, everyone. I just wanted to say, "Hi" and let you know that Sully from Town Field is always praying for you. Thank you for always being there for me. By the way, there was a photo taken by Dick Leehman that I would love to get my hands on. The photo was taken on Dot Day, 1979. Dick was standing on the corner of Gibson and Dot. Ave. prior to the parade arriving. A bunch of the guys and gals from Town Field were at our usual spot, at the entrance to "the park" opposite Gibson.

Having been given a four-hour pass by New England Medical Center,in order to attend the parade, I was in a wheelchair. Just being there, surrounded by great friends and the positive energy of the day was medicinal.

Paul "Onion" Lynch was standing at my side, a Pepsi (what was in it?) cup strategically positioned in his left hand. He had his right hand resting on my shoulder. His posture said, "Sully, don't worry. You'll be fine." Also in the photo were Gary "Gark the Shark" Bolles, Red Kelley, Paul Lucas and Kathy Kennedy and Jimbo "He's the Greatest Dancer" McKeon.

Please, if you have a copy of this photo, or if you can contact Dick to see if he has one, it is very important to me.

Thanks, and have a wonderful day. Now run along before Bobo Olsen and John Enos smack you.

lynn (Perry) Curry

ROBERT FOLEY

What years did you live on Burt St?
What schools did you attend?

robert foley

OFD Burt street near ashmont

Lynn (Perry) Curry

I burst out laughing, no quiet meek chuckle, when I read about thge "Amputee" who used to be in front of Woolworth's in Codman Square, the man my mother always thought was a WWII vet, so she always bought pencils from him, rather than go into Woolworth's and get them cheaper.
My friend Barbara Sullivan and I were in Codman Square one Saturday evening, it was already dark, and as the lights in Woolworths turned off, the "Amputee" got up and limped North on Washington St, dragging his crutches, he was limping, as sitting on your leg all day, would make it quite 'dead'

I told everyone I knew what we had seen, and I hope I put a big crimp in his racket!!

cathy

Grew up in Neponset, married a St. Margaret's boy, Phil Deeney, had 2 boys, Phil passed away in 1995. Am presently living in the Western part of the state. Dorchester still near & dear to me. My oldest lives there, as well as my father, sister & a brother.Lots of old friends still there as well. Great memories....Love reading the reporter, it's great to stay in touch!

LORRAINE(PETERS)SCHEELE

LYNN, SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR BROTHER "FRED" PASSING AWAY.MY CONDOLONCES.
GUESS YOU ARE NOT RELATED TO THE SAME FAMILY. I REMEMBER "GIGGY" MARRIED A GIRL NAMED PATSY FROM SO.BOSTON. CAN'T REMEMBER HER MAIDEN NAME.

Edward John Blanchette

Born in 1932, lived in Dorchester from birth until Aug. 20 1952 When I left to go on active duty in the U.S. Navy. Now living for past 45 years in Citrus Heights California, a city 16 miles NE of Sacramento.

Katie Maxwell

Hi Dorchester . . Keep your streets safe and never forget Colleen Maxwell, 1983. Our family will miss her and grieve for her always and her killer remains unknown. Please remember the good energy and great spririt of Colleen Maxwell, lived, worked and sadly died in Dorchester. I hold a special place in my heart for the people of Dorchester that went to her assistance minutes before her death, you didn't let her die alone. Colleen Maxwell was a writer, social worker, daughter, sister, community volunteer. We miss her forever. Please say a special prayer and remember her on OCTOBER 28th as that is the date she went to our Lord.

Mary(Karpowicz)Stankiewicz

Carol, I graduated from St. Matt's in 1962!I remember the footbridge well, the stairs going down, by the coke and coal cisterns. We took that short cut to go down to Calendar St.when on our way to Franklin Field.Also ice skating at Robert's Field at Dot High, worrying about the puddles, we never knew how deep the puddles were. The boy, Philip who hit me with a rock, that I mentioned in an earlier posting lived on Norfolk St not far from you after the laundry, near the barber shop and small store and Donald Aucoin' s house and across the street and before Vaughan's Otherwise it was a nice neighborhood, and wonderful to see people walking to church on Sundays. It was a treat to go to and even walk all the way to Codman Square to the First National, the 5 & 10's.Do you remember the man (amputee) who sat on the sidewalk outside of Woolworth's, selling pencils? ..the Codman theater, going to the BPL( upstairs from the well baby clinic) and the pizza parlor across the street,(can't remember the name of it. My friend Kathy McColgan's mother worked there)..shopping at Robert Hall's, the Nigel girls mother worked there.Do you remember Barney's Drug Store just up from you, and Hi's candy store across from Izzy's(Capen) Drug Store near the school?When we went back to school after lunch break we would run if we heard dead silence and not the sound of children in the school yard. It meant that Sister St. Rita had rung the bell and the lines had already formed or filed in!Do you remember Vinnie the cop from my earlier posting?You lived near the Yee sisters, who helped out at and lived upstairs from their father George's chinese laundry. Nancy was in my classes, also Sharon C.and Janice D. I remember a Larry with your same last name. I remember now,as the cobwebs clear, it was the" Villa Capri "pizza parlor on the corner, also we would go to Brigham' for french fries, Lee's Photographer's across from the girls high. I'm trying to list all of the nuns we had and priests that we had to write what their sermons were all about over the weekend.Would love to compare notes with you. My eighth grade nun was Sister Mary Lucille, because Sister St. Rita had become ill and died or I would have had her. Not sure if it was 8A or 8B but our classroom was on the Stanton St. side.Other nuns were Francilla, Claire Francis, Rourke, Bellarmine,the nurse was Miss McQueen.Remember raising our hands if we had to go all the way down the stairs to the "basement" so cold and the sinks were so big!Going to the Little School for the Christmas pageants and girl scout and Jr. Catholic Daughter meetings.Please write back.I love it when I ring a bell for someone no matter how distant or long ago.It truly makes my day. Bless you all.

Carol Hock

Wow I just happened to find this site this is great... belonged to St Matthew's Parish attended k-8 graduated 1962 lived on Ballou Ave Norfolk St. footbridge, Roberts Field Ice skating, Codman Square, Woolworths, Grants, Robert Hall Kennedy's for butter and peanut butter also Ross Bakery on Norfolk St can still smell their Apple Pie OMG when I moved to the South Shore I was home sick for such I long time... growing up in Dorchester was the Best... those were the good old days ....

Lynn (Perry) Curry

I had a brother Fred, he passed away in '06, sisters Martha and Kay-Marie, and another brother named Tom,( who lived in our house on Bailey St, for a few years after my mother moved into Elderly Housing on Dorchester Av/Lower Mills.)

I didn't know of any other Perry's around, as both my parents were immigrants, our family circle was quite small.

Lorraine(Peters)Scheele

LYNN,
BY ANY CHANCE ARE YOU RELATED TO "PERRY FAMILY" MEMBERS, MARY,FREDDY,GIGGY?

Lynn (Perry) Curry

That is so funny, I also have my skate key!
I remember showing it to my kids, years ago, and trying to explain how it worked.
Also how all the boys would try to 'con' you out of one skate, so they could make a "Skato-O" with a skate and an Orange Crate.
I also kept one Orange Crate, it is still in remarkable shape, they were made with good wood. I had a desk and used them for Bookcases in my room.

As for the 'Lamplighter' he would come down Burt St, then would walk on the footpath to Bailey St, then I 'think' he went to that alley-way footpath, that ran from the end of Mercier Av to Gallivan Blvd. I sort of remember they still had the Gas Lamps, long after they were gone from the streets.

LORRAINE(PETERS)SCHEELE

LYNN,I WONDER IF IT WAS THE SAME "LAMPLIGHTER" WE HAD. THERE PROBABLY WERE MORE THAN ONE.IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY,WEREN'T YOU FROM THE UPPER END OF ASHMONT AREA? I MEANT THE LAST ONE IN OURS. I REMEMBERED. THE STRANGE THING IS THAT LAST MONTH I WAS GOING THROUGH A BOX OF "MOMENTOS" AND CAME UPON MY OLD SKATE KEY ON A ROPE. WHAT A CONINCIDENCE IT WAS TO HEAR YOU AND OTHERS MENTIONING IT. DON'T KNOW WHY OF ALL THINGS I KEPT IT ALL THESE YEARS,GUESS IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE THAT TIE US TO OUR PAST AND CHERISH THE MEMORIES.
SOMEONE ELSE MENTIONED THE RAGMAN. HE WOULD SHOUT FROM HIS HORSE DRAWN CART (RAGS FOR SALE). MY MOTHER ONCE TOLD ME THAT WHEN I WAS VERY SMALL HE PUT ME IN HIS BURLAP SACK AND WEIGHED ME WITH HIS SCALE. HE MUST OF BEEN QUITE A CHARACTER. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER MRS GORMAN WHO USED TO DELIVER EGGS TO OUR HOUSE AND NEIGHBORS. BEING A CHILD I THOUGHT SHE WAS IN HER 80'S, BUT NOW THAT I LOOK BACK SHE PROBABLY WAS YOUNGER THAN I AM NOW. WHEN YOU'RE A KID,YOU THINK ANYONE OVER 20 IS OLD.

Joan

OOPS sorry that other ice cream place was dot ave . and Charles

Joan

Westville, Park , St. Margarets were my addresses in dot. Jimmy Condon lived across the street(St Margarets ) with his wife, the nicest people and the farm was great . They named a school after him. I hung out at Charlies I remember it as Charlies sanwich and ice cream shop at the adams dot split just down from Myer's Deli.(Good fish cakes) Charlie was a good guy and his sister let us sip our sodas for hours.That was late 50's early 60's. Paul B. Charlie G. Mike M. Pat C. Ann C. Tom Mc. a good bunch. The Blakie at E.E. square another hang out early to late 60's. My goodness that crowd all went to heaven at such early ages . With our iD were do rileys in upies and the continential on Columbia rd .Also that other ice parlor at Park and Charles it was McManus. The good old days in dot.

Bernie M

Youngest (49) of five brothers from St. Marks and Templeton St. (Msgr. Lydon Way) via the Hemey Park. Greetings

Joe Dundon

Grew up on Vera Street, Codman Hill. Been in South Bend, IN since going out to ND in 1961. Still keep in touch with Ed Forry. Still have cousins in Milton & environs.

VALERIE HENRY

Just want to keep up to date with what's going on the the ashmont area neighborhood.