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Dispatch from Boston protest: "I just felt like we had to come out"

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Nov. 26, 2014

Protestor in Dudley Square: Isaiah Wilkerson, 19, is from Fields Corner and joined a protest march from Dudley Square to South Bay last night. Photo by Lauren DezenskiProtestor in Dudley Square: Isaiah Wilkerson, 19, is from Fields Corner and joined a protest march from Dudley Square to South Bay last night. Photo by Lauren Dezenski“Hands up!” “Don’t shoot!”

(Thud, thud)

Isaiah Wilkerson gazed up at the four floors of windows a few yards away. Silhouettes pounded on the window panes reinforced by metal bars as a thousand protesters gathered just beyond the wall of the South Bay Correctional Facility. Other inmates flipped the light switches in their rooms on and off, in time with the protesters’ chants on the street below.

“No justice no peace!”

(Thud thud, thud thud)

“I’ve never been to a jail to protest,” said Wilkerson, who is black. “But these people are my color. I probably have a future friend in there. It’s good to know we have their support and they have ours.”

Wilkerson, 19, is a Fields Corner kid, and so “Originally From Dorchester” that he has the shirt to prove it. It’s the same tee he was wearing at the Tuesday night protest against a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18-year-old black man Michael Brown.  Read more

Seven hurt in trolley collision near Cedar Grove

Two trolleys on the Mattapan line collided this morning just after 7 a.m. Seven people— including two trolley operators— were sent to local hospitals with minor injuries. Photo by Bill Forry

Seven people suffered minor injuries this morning when an out-of-service MBTA trolley rolled backwards and collided with an inbound Ashmont trolley along a stretch of the Mattapan High Speed line inside Cedar Grove Cemetery just after 7 a.m. The incident drew a large response from Boston Fire and EMTs, who transported two trolley operators and five passengers to local hospitals.  Read more

Codman Square Council hails the neighborhood’s ‘Hidden Heroes’

By 
Eliza Dewey, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 26, 2014

The Millennium Award was given to Meg Campbell and Thabiti Brown of Codman Academy. Above, center, Brown the school’s first and current principal- accepts the award.

On Friday night, community members from the Codman Square and Four Corners neighborhoods gathered at the Great Hall for the 2014 Hidden Heroes/Sheroes award night, co-hosted by the Codman Square Neighborhood Council and the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition.

The event was started over twenty years ago by Rev. Dr. Bill Loesch, a long-time activist and local leader, in order to officially recognize unsung heroes in the community. The evening also serves as a fundraiser, with the goal of raising enough funds to give two $1,500 scholarships to local high school seniors who have demonstrated particular dedication to civic life and community engagement.  Read more

The call of history: It takes but a second to connect the ‘Dots’

The click of a button was all it took to connect two “Dots” earlier this month.

The trip across the Atlantic, once long and arduous, even deadly, was completed in a moment earlier this month when the mayor and others gathered in Dorchester, England, reached out via the Internet video calling service Skype to say hello to the inhabitants of the former British colony.  Read more

Civic pioneer’s impact is still felt

By 
Chris Lovett, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 26, 2014

Catherine ‘Kit’ Clark was shown riding in a Jeep in the 1972 Dorchester Day Parade. Photo courtesy Chris LovettCatherine ‘Kit’ Clark was shown riding in a Jeep in the 1972 Dorchester Day Parade. Photo courtesy Chris Lovett  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY Nov. 27 – Dec. 4, 2014

Thursday (27th) – Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving Day. Run or walk off calories with your relatives, friends, and neighbors before you sit down to dinner! Chip-timed this year with fun prizes for winners and best costume. Adults $25 / $30 day of race. Kids $10. Bib pick-up starts at 8am, Star-Spangled Banner and race at 9am. Proceeds benefit Franklin Park Coalition youth crew, Playhouse in the Park concerts, and woodlands restoration. Meet at Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, Franklin Park Rd., Dorchester.  Read more

Annual tree lighting tour set for Saturday at 3 p.m.

Mayor Walsh and the Dorchester Holiday Celebrations Committee will light the neighborhood’s holiday trees in a City View trolley-stop tour of ten villages on Sat., Nov. 29. The tour starts at 3:30 p.m. at Port Norfolk at Redfield Street. The tour will make stops of the half-hour as follows: 4 p.m. Harbor Point; 4:30 p.m. Meetinghouse Hill at Rev. Allen Park; 5 p.m. Uphams Corner at Strand Theatre; 5:30 p.m. Blessed Mother Theresa Church; 6 p.m. Savin Hill at Ryan Playground; 6:30 p.m. Fields Corner at Park St Clock; 7 p.m. King Street Playground at Adams St/King St; 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Reading list: Ryan on Ryan’s life … Saga of BC Hockey

Once upon a time a good book was the go-to Christmas gift for the discerning to dispense to friend or family. When in doubt, find a nice new title to present unless, of course, the would-be receiver happened to be a nerdish dandy who might actually prefer a swell tie, or fair damsel yearning for a new comb.    Read more

Hearings resume on Ellis bid for fourth trial

By 
Elaine A. Murphy, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 26, 2014

Sean Ellis

The status of convicted killer Sean Ellis’s motion for a new trial, which is based on his contention that during his trial in 1995 prosecutors did not, as required, turn over to his defense counsel exculpatory information about third-party suspects, is approaching a watershed moment.  Read more

The Urban Gardener’s Thanksgiving Day Schedule

By 
Mary Casey Forry, Reporter Co-Founder
Nov. 26, 2014

Mary Casey Forry

(Editor’s Note: Due to popular demand, we are pleased to reprint Mary Casey Forry’s classic column about her schedule of activities around the house for Thanksgiving Day. This article first appeared in the Dorchester Reporter in November 1986.)

6:15 a.m. - Rise and attempt to shine. Find way to kitchen without falling over sleeping animals on the dark, narrow, back stairs. Remove cold, dead fowl from refrigerator and give it a sponge bath, remembering to remove innards in little plastic bags which butcher hides in any number of cavities throughout carcass. Preheat oven.

6:30 a.m. - Remove celery and onions from refrigerator; cut them into small pieces and saute them in pan while attempting to keep stomach under control. Add bread and spices and prepare to insert them into fowl. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to cut corners by stuffing the fowl the night before, or everyone at table will die of food poisoning before sundown.  Read more

Sandra Cotterell: Embracing risk a good idea

By 
Sandra Cotterell
Nov. 26, 2014

Sandra CotterellSandra Cotterell  Read more

Gov. Patrick "disappointed" by Ferguson decision

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Nov. 25, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick said he was disappointed listening to the announcement Monday night that a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., did not indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man. The case has been a flash point for racial tensions, and Patrick said there is a lack of understanding between the community and law enforcement.  Read more

Boston Bowl launches “Xperience”— a new section for adults, parties

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 25, 2014

Xperience: The Boston Bowl Xperience is a private room accommodating up to 75 for social gatherings and corporate team building events, parties, fundraisers, and the like. Photo by Clifford BonnetXperience: The Boston Bowl Xperience is a private room accommodating up to 75 for social gatherings and corporate team building events, parties, fundraisers, and the like. Photo by Clifford Bonnet

Boston Bowl on Morrissey Boulevard celebrated the grand opening of “Experience,” a six lane bowling boutique that features a club like atmosphere and full bar. The 21-plus section opened with a reception on November 20. The adult-friendly addition is an effort to make the 55 year old, family-owned business competitive in a different entertainment sector.  Read more

Team MR8 names roster for 2015 Boston Marathon team

By 
Staff
Nov. 24, 2014

Returning for second year: Patrick Brophy was shown after finishing last year's marathon for Team MR8 with sons Finbarr and Patrick.Returning for second year: Patrick Brophy was shown after finishing last year's marathon for Team MR8 with sons Finbarr and Patrick.The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation (Team MR8) has named 59 runners to its roster for the 2015 BAA Boston Marathon. The Dorchester-based non-profit was formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed when one of two bombs exploded at the marathon's finish line on Patriots Day, 2013.

The roster includes 15 Dorchester residents and is heavy with names from 11 Boston neighborhoods. A number of the local runners also ran with Team MR8 last year and helped raise more than $1.25 million for the new foundation.

The Foundation is accepting additional applications on a rolling basis from runners who are already registered to run the 2015 Boston Marathon, and who wish to support the Foundation, which has already issued several grants to assist local non-profits, including Boston’s first Little League Challengers’ Division for children with physical and cognitive disabilities, which played its first full season last spring at Savin Hill, Martin’s home field.  Read more

Longtime Dot Ave. manufacturing plant is for sale

Image courtesy CBRE/New England

A longtime manufacturing plant a stone's throw from Savin Hill T Station is now on the market after an August sale to an out-of-state company, the Reporter has learned. James Russell Engineering Works Inc., located at the corner of Dorchester Ave. and Dewar Street, was sold to Ohio-based Worthington Industries in August.

This week, a listing for the two-acre property at 9 Dewar St. appeared on the website of the commercial real estate firm CBRE/New England. In its marketing material, the realtor says that the three existing single-story buildings on the site— totaling 37.500 square feet of space— will be vacant “by mid-2016.”

A description of the property on the real estate website says, “This site has frontage on Dorchester Avenue and is an excellent redevelopment opportunity.”  Read more

With order, Obama lays down milestone in immigration debate

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Nov. 21, 2014

Heading into his final two years in office when Republicans will hold majorities in both houses of Congress, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a unilateral move to provide some surety for parents who are in the country illegally, earning praise from members of the Massachusetts delegation and scorn from other corners.  Read more

Police raid suspected drug den on Stanton Street

By 
Staff
Nov. 21, 2014

An early morning police raid of a suspected Stanton Street drug den resulted in the seizure of a high capacity assault rifle and the arrest of a 39 year-old Dorchester man. The Boston Police Drug Control Unit, aided by the BPD's Entry and Apprehension Team, burst into the first floor apartment of 68 Stanton St. Inside they say they found eight pit bull dogs, six adults and an infant.

Canez Tout Puissant of Dorchester was cuffed and taken away on warrants. Police also found a Ruger assault rifle "with two banana clips loaded with 46 rounds of ammunition, a loaded Beretta  Read more

New lead in Lower Mills shooting

By 
Lauren Dezenski
Nov. 20, 2014

Police are chasing a new lead in the Lower Mills shooting on Election Day that has puzzled both the community and investigators.

Police hope a newly identified motor vehicle that was near the CVS parking lot on Dorchester Avenue and Richmond Street will bring forth new information, Boston Police District C-11 Captain Richard Sexton said Thursday evening. Sexton was careful to note that it is not clear whether the vehicle is directly involved with the incident, but “it is something that police are looking into.”  Read more

Dot 2 Dot Cafe gets full liquor license

The Dorchester Avenue cafe that inspired the effort to get more liquor licenses for Boston won approval to offer alcoholic drinks with its meals on Thursday.

Dot 2 Dot Cafe co-owner Karen Henry-Garrett has said the liquor license would mean she could start serving dinner regularly at the 1739 Dorchester Ave. restaurant.  Read more

Police search for suspect in UMass Boston armed robbery

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Nov. 20, 2014

Police are searching for the suspect in an armed robbery that took place on the UMass Boston campus just after 11:30 a.m. today, according to university officials.

A man indicated to a student that he had a firearm at 11:33 a.m. between the Quinn Administration Building and the Clark Athletic Center, stealing the victim’s purse and fleeing in an unknown direction, according to an email sent to students at 1:15 through the UMass Boston Alert System. The victim was unharmed.  Read more

TOUCH 106.1 gets boost in push to get back on-air license

Backers of the embattled Grove Hall radio station TOUCH 106.1 took a new approach to returning the station’s signal to local airwaves: a non-binding ballot question. It did the job, but there’s more work to be done.

Voters in the 7th Suffolk District were faced with an additional ballot question on Election Day, Question 5, which asked voters to instruct their state representative “to vote in favor of legislation to facilitate the licensing of low power radio stations in underserved communities.”

From April 2014: TOUCH 106.1 FM pulled off the air after raid  Read more

Police investigate late-night armed robbery, car theft

Boston Police report that a man was robbed of his cell phone, cash and his car last Thursday morning on Welles Avenue— a few blocks from Peabody Square. The victim, who ran to the nearby fire station for help, said he was accosted by two men just before 2:30 a.m. near the corner of Welles Ave. and Joseph Street. According to the victim, he had pulled over to check on his car’s headlight when he was approached by two men, one of whom brandished a silver gun and demanded his money and car keys.  Read more

‘Gourmet burger’ eatery planned in Lower Mills

Tambo Barrow hopes to be a “burger innovator” in Lower Mills. 	Photo by Bill ForryTambo Barrow hopes to be a “burger innovator” in Lower Mills. Photo by Bill Forry  Read more