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Universal Hub on Dorchester , 1/16/14 - 8:16 am
The Globe reports the French consul in Boston visited the Codman Academy Charter Public School to tell students his gouvernment will only stop warning its citoyens to avoid Dorchester when it becomes safe. But le dude said it could be done: He noted...
Universal Hub on Dorchester , 1/15/14 - 10:06 pm
Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:55Stanley Staco reports the man was shot around 8:55 p.m. at 955 Blue Hill Ave. He may have been fired at eight times. Police are looking for a man in a gray hoodie and sweatpants, who ran to Donald Road and got into a silver Impala...
A DotRat's Guide to the World , 1/15/14 - 10:00 pm
It’s been 18 years since my younger brother walked through the door with his new baby boy in his arms. My brother was extremely nervous about his new role, I can remember his face turning bright red when he couldn’t figure out how to get his...
Universal Hub on Dorchester , 1/15/14 - 4:02 pm
THURSDAY UPDATE: The Licensing Board granted the request for a beer and wine license. The Boston Licensing Board could vote Thursday whether to let a shuttered Vietnamese market on Dorchester Avenue be turned into an upscale shop selling everything a...
Universal Hub on Dorchester , 1/15/14 - 12:06 pm
Wed, 01/15/2014 - 08:00The Globe reports on an incident this morning in an Esmond Street apartment. A second home invader fled, was arrested by police. UPDATE: Boston Police report charging the second alleged invader, Cedric Slayden, 18,, with illegal...
Universal Hub on Dorchester , 1/14/14 - 3:01 pm
When Det. William Gallagher of the BPD's licensed premises unit finds very young looking people drinking in a bar and they hand over licenses that seem to show they're over 21, he likes to ask them questions on the information on the cards. Such as what...
Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition , 1/14/14 - 10:53 am
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), in collaboration with residents and a broad range of community-based partners, is seeking to commission a professional artist, artisan, architect, landscape architect, or teams thereof to create artwork for...
My Dorchester , 1/14/14 - 2:10 am
Date:  Sat, 01/18/2014 - 4:00am Gordon in Boston and the "Sacred Conversations" series of the Second Church in Dorchester...
Universal Hub on Dorchester , 1/13/14 - 3:07 pm
The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative has picked five finalists for its proposed Uphams Corner ArtPlace - which will tie into the expanded and renovated Fairmount Line. See the proposals and the artists. Ed. note: I helped build the Web pages that...
Candelaria Silva , 1/13/14 - 9:26 am
I didn’t invite Mr. T*, but he came anyhow. Sometimes Mr. T lands noisily into your house – big, loud and undeniable. Sometimes Mr. T slips in quietly, slowly, barely noticeable, taking up residence completely, refusing to be evicted despite your...
Universal Hub on Dorchester , 1/12/14 - 10:04 pm
Sun, 01/12/2014 - 20:30Around 8:30 p.m. at the rear entrance to the station. The two suspects are described as black, about 18, one wearing an Army jacket and sweatpants, the other wearing a red and black hoodie. Free tagging: KnivesRed LineSavin...
Universal Hub on Dorchester , 1/12/14 - 10:01 pm
A manhole on Dorchester Avenue near Bay Street went FOOM into the night. Residents for blocks around had their lights flicker and their electronic devices show their resentment. One resident a couple blocks away reported hearing a loud thud; she thought...
Son of Codman Square , 1/10/14 - 6:13 pm
The Lady Knights from Excel (Southie) High School took full control of the 2nd half with timely 3 point shooting and aggressive rebounding as they wore out Mt. Alvernia High School 61-40 Thursday afternoon in Newton.Sonofcodmansquare.com proudly salutes...
My Dorchester , 1/10/14 - 4:58 pm
Date:  Mon, 01/20/2014 - 10:30am   Monday, January 20 between the hours of 10:30am & 11:30am, visit JFK Library on Martin...
My Dorchester , 1/10/14 - 3:35 pm
Date:  Sun, 01/26/2014 - 12:00pm Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy will have an Open Houses at their Columbia Campus at 10AM and...
My Dorchester , 1/10/14 - 3:15 pm
Date:  Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:00pm Give a pint, get a pound! Donate blood at St. Brendan's Church (595 Gallivan Blvd., Dorchester)...
A DotRat's Guide to the World , 1/9/14 - 9:12 pm
So in keeping with the tradition of being completely random with my posts, I have decided to have a word regarding something very important to me…the Scally cap. Sure some of your are like “WTF Dot Rat…are these hats really that...
Universal Hub on Dorchester , 1/9/14 - 5:54 pm
Can't blame a citizen for trying, in this case a Brighton citizen who looked down today, saw a lack of snow and asked this lady to stop saving a space in front of her Hobart Street home: She told me the spots were hers and anyone that parked there would...
Universal Hub on Dorchester , 1/9/14 - 9:37 am
Brian MacLean photographed the Neponset River in Lower Mills yesterday. Copyright Brian MacLean. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
Candelaria Silva , 1/9/14 - 9:13 am
This the exact quote that woke me up from my sleep: “And ain’t I a woman?” The full text of Sojourner Truth’s speech is provided at the end of this post, but let’s stay with her five profoundly powerful, poignant, and provocative words: And ain’t I...
My Dorchester , 1/8/14 - 1:10 pm
Date:  Wed, 01/22/2014 - 5:00pm Wednesday, January 22 at 5pm, As the end of the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative draws near,...
My Dorchester , 1/8/14 - 11:05 am
Date:  Fri, 01/31/2014 - 6:00pm Friday January 31 – Open Mic Night, in collaboration with the Boston School of Music Arts....
My Dorchester , 1/8/14 - 9:54 am
Date:  Fri, 01/17/2014 - 6:00pm Friday January 17 @ 6pm Dot 2 Dot Cafe will have a Dinner and Movie Night. Want to forget how cold it...
A DotRat's Guide to the World , 1/6/14 - 12:59 pm
It’s official….a Dot Rat is mayor of Boston. The goosebumps moment for me during the speech was his reference to the hills of Boston and that the focus should not only be on Beacon Hill but also on Savin Hill, Telegraph Hill, Bunker Hill,...
Universal Hub on Dorchester , 1/6/14 - 9:21 am
Dead trains at JFK/UMass and Harvard creating all sorts of fun for commuters this morning. Various commuter-rail lines into North Station also having various issues. The Fitchburg Line has major delays because the 6:55 train hit somebody near Snake Hill...
Universal Hub on Dorchester , 1/4/14 - 3:16 pm
Being a Dorchester resident, we are fortunate to have multiple local newspapers in what is Boston's largest neighborhood. Just like the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe fight each other and NBC and FOX feud, these local newspapers are adversarial also...
Candelaria Silva , 1/2/14 - 9:38 pm
I have loved to read all of my life but have recognized recently that when my life is especially challenging I read more. A couple of months ago I vowed to make 2014 the year I didn’t read any books and concentrate more on writing but something...
A DotRat's Guide to the World , 1/2/14 - 6:23 pm
Through the years I’ve witnessed girls from the neighborhood get into scuffles. As you can imagine, Dorchester girls are typically tough by default. These are blue collar gals that don’t have time for BS. Instead of wasting energy on drawn...
My Dorchester , 1/2/14 - 1:28 pm
Date:  Tue, 01/07/2014 - 7:00pm Fill the room with Franklin Park advocates, Tuesday, Jan. 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, to let the...
Universal Hub on Dorchester , 1/2/14 - 12:22 pm
Morrissey Boulevard this morning. Photo by Mass. DCR. Morrissey Boulevard is flooded and shut. On the plus side, our resident supermodel is enjoying the snow.
Universal Hub on Dorchester , 1/1/14 - 9:10 pm
Max White photographed the egg case at the South Bay Stop & Shop tonight, in advance of the Tom Menino blizzard.
Universal Hub on Dorchester , 1/1/14 - 8:17 pm
Wed, 01/01/2014 - 02:00Carl Stevens at WBZ is tweeting that one woman really got clipped outside of a New Year's party at 12 Arcadia St. in Dorchester's Field Corner early this morning: An angry "friend" bit off half of one of her toes in a fight,...
Candelaria Silva , 12/31/13 - 9:28 am
(Explanatory note: I haven’t blogged in weeks. This is a longest stretch I’ve gone without blogging since I started a few years back. After the announcement of the Honorable, formidable, and inspirational Nelson Mandela’s passing, I just didn’t feel like...
Good and Plenty , 11/8/13 - 11:36 pm
You asked for love to be delivered into your life.  You prayed.  You implored. You wished.  You made lists. You bemoaned the slowness with which your request is being answered.  The problem was/is…but before we get into that. ...
Good and Plenty , 11/3/13 - 8:19 pm
Was it really that bad?  They question you.  You question yourself. If you survived it, could it have really been that bad after all?  After all:  it is all over, you’re here.  Still.  You’re walking upright.  You’re...
Good and Plenty , 10/27/13 - 11:41 pm
Do you miss me? Do you even notice that I’m not there? Does my absence register?   I think not.   Does what I might bring were I there matter to you?   No it doesn’t. I  think you’ve gotten so used to only seeing variations on...
Good and Plenty , 10/21/13 - 10:22 am
(A slightly different version of this was posted a couple year's back but it bears repeating with a few edits.)Each season has its reasons but I love Fall most of all.Fall is when I first came to New England (Boston to be specific) to go to college as a...
Good and Plenty , 10/17/13 - 9:07 am
People of a certain age may remember the lyrics to the Patty Duke Show which aired from September 1963 to May 1966.  (If you’re not of a certain age, you know how to find it.)   It featured identical cousins with vastly different...
Good and Plenty , 10/13/13 - 11:00 am
If not now, when? If not me, who?* Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.** So if you haven’t won “it” yet then you have to keep going until you do. You also have to define success for yourself. You have to notice the mini-wins along the way...
Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition , 10/8/13 - 5:20 am
 100 trees will be given away on Saturday, October 26, to Boston residents, non-profits and community groups.  Trees must be planted in the City of Boston.   Tree limits: 1 tree per residence 3 trees per non-profit, community group, neighborhood...
Good and Plenty , 10/6/13 - 9:50 pm
 “I know you got soul, if you didn’t you wouldn’t be in here.”  These lyrics by Bobby Byrd featuring James Brown pop into my mind immediately when I walk into Slade’s. Every year, in the afternoon after I’ve walked or worked (as I did this year...
Good and Plenty , 10/1/13 - 9:15 am
Like countless other people, so-called adults, Reverend Eugene Rivers tells people to do things he doesn’t do.  He talks sh** but doesn’t do all of the sh** he talks about.  He talks a lot and has often been quoted in the press, especially in...
State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry , 9/20/13 - 9:08 am
Thank you for your support and commitment during our campaign. On June 13, I was sworn-in as State Senator for the 1st Suffolk District. Our victory was the result of hard work from countless volunteers and supporters, like yourself, who devoted time and...
Good and Plenty , 9/15/13 - 9:24 pm
On Tuesday, Friday and Saturday I stepped outside of my comfort zone with great results.  Just thought I’d share. I’ll share the most personal first.  On Friday night I presented two of my short stories at Write on the Dot reading series at...
Good and Plenty , 9/9/13 - 8:43 am
Treat every opportunity as if it’s real.  Many won’t be but a few will be.  All it takes is a few.  Actually, all it takes is one – the right one – and you’re off. The difficulty is knowing when to trudge on, ramp up, kick back, or let go...
Good and Plenty , 9/1/13 - 11:26 pm
Tide came up with the concept of detergent pods (single-dose laundry detergent).  In its design and original packaging the detergent looks like hard candy in a candy jar – especially to young children. Since they came out, several young children...
Good and Plenty , 8/27/13 - 9:47 am
I try to forgive you.  I forgive you.   I forgive you for not choosing me – as girlfriend/woman/wife, as employee, as prize-winner, and as member. I tried and this I forgave.   I forgive you for making fun of me, for blocking my admittance...
Good and Plenty , 8/22/13 - 8:57 pm
When your children are young, between the ages of birth – 12 or so, you are in the sweetest spot of parenting.  This is something I didn’t come to truly understand until I became a grandparent.  It is why I dote on my grandchildren.  As a...
Good and Plenty , 8/14/13 - 9:24 pm
Occasionally I share job descriptions I find while looking for work for myself and a number of friends who are un- or under-employed.  I’m amazed by some of what I see.  Here’s the latest.Job One -    The first line of the description...
Good and Plenty , 8/11/13 - 9:43 am
“…Women are encyclopedias, boy! Volume A, Volume B, Volume C.  Spend some time with every book and maybe one will make sense before you die.”  (From the short story, “The Race” in the collection, The Silver Crescent by Leslie Woodard, a former...