May. 24, 2013
The Senate approved a $34 billion annual state budget late Thursday that makes investments in early education, elder care, local aid and other areas in part by drawing from the state’s reserves and relying on revenues from a developing package of tax increases linked to the transportation system.
The budget, approved on a 36-3 vote, mirrors the spending bottom line in the House budget approved in April. Differences will be worked out by a six-member conference committee in June, with fiscal 2014 starting July 1. Read more
May. 24, 2013
The Boston Police Department reports two people were shot around 4:20 p.m., Thursday at 28 Michigan Ave.
One victim, a woman, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The second victim, a man, is expected to survive, police say.
Around 11:35 p.m., a man got out of a car parked at Leroy and Ditson streets, walked down to 27 Leroy and shot a gun five or six times. He then go back in the car, described as a white Chevrolet Malibu or Impala and drove away with three other people in the car.
Police found a car with bullet damage. Read more
May. 23, 2013
The House unanimously passed legislation Wednesday that would move 17-year-old offenders into the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts, ending the practice of routinely incarcerating 17-year-olds in adult corrections facilities. Read more
Carney sues to block arbitrator's ruling it rehire six nurses in once troubled adolescent-psych unit
An arbitrator says Carney Hospital has to rehire six of the twelve nurses it fired in 2011 in a scandal involving physical and sexual abuse of patients in its adolescent psychiatric unit. Read more
At UMass Boston, support for on-campus dorms is growing, according to preliminary data released by the university. A survey, conducted by the firm Brailsford and Dunlavey, showed 75 percent of students who responded said they were very interested or interested in student housing, up from 67 percent in 2010.
The university has been steadily building support for a 2,000-bed plan, and held a pair of meetings last week on the preliminary results of the survey. Read more
Election season isn’t over yet: Voters will again go to the polls next week, this time to choose the person who will take over for former state Sen. Jack Hart.
Long viewed as the “Southie seat,” the First Suffolk District, which includes South Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan and a portion of Hyde Park, will see two Dorchester candidates squaring off on the ballot: state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, a Democrat, and political activist Joseph Ureneck, a Republican.
Dorcena Forry won an April 30 Democratic primary with 10,214 votes. State Rep. Nick Collins, a South Boston Democrat, picked up 9,836 votes, while Maureen Dahill, a blogger from South Boston, received nearly 1,600 votes. Read more
Tomorrow, Friday, May 24, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra (BLO), led by its conductor and music director Christopher Wilkins, will premiere a work it commissioned by Grammy-nominated, Boston-based composer Michael Gandolfi at the Strand Theatre. The free, hour-long concert geared to introduce students in grades 4 to 6 to orchestral music kicks off a series of free concerts in the neighborhoods and at the Hatch Shell.
This program titled “Gandolfi: A Wizard’s Guide to the Orchestra” will feature Dot and Mattapan students on stage and in the audience. Read more
State senators this week dove into a debate over their $33.9 billion version of the fiscal 2014 budget. The lawmakers were starting to rip through the hundreds of amendments as the Reporter went to press.
According to the State House News Service, the budget includes “$430 million in new taxes, $800 million in revenue growth and $627 million in reserves and one-time funding to support a $1.4 billion increase in year-to-year spending.” Read more
May. 23, 2013
The Fields Corner Community Action Network (CAN) met for the third time Monday night to discuss their young collaboration and neighborhood watch effort. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis was set to address the meeting, but was unable to attend due to illness. Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Dan Linskey and Area C11 Captain Richard Sexton addressed the meeting and answered questions from community members. Read more
Ramon Soto stood outside the Election Department on Tuesday, with his father on the phone, as the clock ticked toward the 5 p.m. deadline to get the last-minute lists of nomination signatures into the hands of elections officials. Read more
On the Milton side of Lower Mills, up a small set of steps in a two-story office building on Adams St., down a narrow hallway lined with posters of women in bikinis, sits David Portnoy, Internet baron and a potential candidate for mayor. Read more
Roxbury Latin senior and Mattapan resident Aman Stuppard was honored with the Independent School League (ISL) Coaches’ Award for winning three events and placing third in another at the ISL Track &amp; Field Championships last Saturday. One of four captains of the team, Stuppard led Roxbury Latin’s team on its way to defending its title at last Saturday’s ISL Championship at Milton Academy. Photo courtesy Roxbury Latin Read more
May. 22, 2013
A much younger Timothy Murray worked in the mail room at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce while he was still a student in high school. Now lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, Murray will resign next month to become the chamber’s president.
After more than six years as the number two in Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration, Murray said the decision to step aside before his term expires was a “difficult one,” but a choice that’s best for him and his family. Read more
May. 22, 2013
Clayton Street — a busy sidestreet between Park and Freeport Streets near Fields Corner— will be closed to traffic this weekend as workers prepare to replace an aging bridge that carries trains on the Dorchester leg of the Red Line.
There will be no interruption to train service this weekend, although service will be halted — and replaced with buses—for three consecutive weekends in July and again in October’s Columbus Day weekend when a new span is scheduled to be installed. Clayton Street will be closed to thru traffic from May 25-27 while abutment tiebacks are installed. The existing steel bridge dates to 1911. Read more
May. 20, 2013
U.S. Sen. John McCain visited Boston Monday to stump and fundraise for fellow Navy veteran and Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez, who ramped up his attacks on opponent U.S. Rep. Edward Markey for voting against resolutions in Congress honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Read more
May. 16, 2013
The tragic events of April 15 affected us all, but Dorchester was especially hard hit. Members of that community are pulling together with Hometown Comfort, an event to support our city and help it heal with the embrace of a hometown. At the heart of that embrace will be a comfort food, dine around with as many as 25 area chefs preparing and sharing their version of comfort food.
The event is Sunday, May 19 at the IBEW Local 103 Hall, 256 Freeport St., Dorchester. Read more
The first-ever all-free Dorchester Fringe Festival (DFF) filled with “edgy” entertainers will take place this weekend at two venues. Supported by the Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC), the DFF will showcase theater and performing artists, mostly from Dorchester, but some from greater Boston, in a wide range of genres, including theater, musical theater and spoken word.
The fringe festival concept originated in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland when a group of performers who had been excluded from that city’s main theater festival, found alternative spaces on the “fringe” of the city in which to perform. Now Edinburgh is perhaps the most prestigious theater festival in the world.
“Fringe festival” means different things in different places, but generally connotes no formal jury process, minimal staging, and a predilection for experimental and up-and-coming artists whose work may be hard to categorize.
Dorchester has no mainstream arts festival, so there’s nothing technically to be on the fringe of, but that didn’t faze DFF co-producers: Uphams Corner poet Liam Day and Savin Hill performance artist Obehi Janice. Read more
The state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation plans to create a new public square through the clean up of a decrepit Mattapan Square building, which once housed a mattress store but has become an eyesore on the city’s doorstep. The agency paid $400,000 for the former furniture store in 2010 and is expected to spend $300,000 to partially demolish and refurbish it this summer.
Joe Orfant, the department’s chief of planning and resource protection, called the work a “down payment” on the completion of the Neponset Greenway trail. Read more
In a White House ceremony in the East Room, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth to present the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Boston Children’s Museum. The nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Carole Charnow, President & CEO of Boston Children’s Museum, and Dorchester resident Tayquan Pomare-Taylor accepted the National Medal. Read more
Ashmont Hill Chamber Music will present a benefit organ recital by native son Aaron Sunstein this Sunday at 4 p.m. at All Saints Church. Sunstein, a doctoral degree candidate at Indiana University, returns to Boston to perform this recital on the historic church’s magnificent C.B. Fisk organ. Tickets are $30, and in the spirit of AHCM’s commitment to community, complimentary tickets are available for those in need by contacting AHCM by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 774-573-0526. Read more
Dan Cullinane, who has worked at the State House and in City Hall, is considering a run for the 12th Suffolk House seat if state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry wins the May 28 special election to fill former state Sen. Jack Hart’s seat. Dorcena Forry, who has been in the House since a 2005 special election, is facing off against Dorchester Republican Joseph Ureneck to represent a Senate district that includes Dorchester, South Boston, parts of Mattapan. and a portion of Hyde Park. Read more
May. 15, 2013
The Senate's budget chief on Wednesday described differences between the House and Senate spending plans for fiscal 2014 as "incremental," but a quick review of the bill shows the branches taking different paths on education and welfare issues.
The $33.9 billion Senate budget proposal scrapped several significant policy proposals touted by House leaders intended to improve oversight and accountability over early education and the public welfare system. Read more
Dorchester veterans are planning to honor the city’s war dead— and victims of the Marathon bombings— at this year’s Memorial Day observances at Cedar Grove Cemetery. The ceremonies at Cedar Grove — which date back to the 1870s— draw thousands of people to the historic cemetery on Adams Street.
This year’s keynote speaker on May 27 will be Sergeant Major Kellyane O’Neil, a Boston native who is currently assigned to Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg as the Patient Services Sergeant Major. The McKeon Post is the “host post” for this year’s ceremonies with Frank Cahill of Saint Mark’s VFW serving as officer of the day. Read more