Dec. 6, 2013
The former home of Dorchester Day’s founding father, James H. Stark, has received a carefully-executed facelift.
Originally built in the mid-1870s by his father John Stark for James and his brother Frederick, the gothic duplex has been owned by only a handful of families over the years. Though not classified as a historic landmark by the Massachusetts Historical Committee, Savin Hill has been designated as a Boston Landmarks district, and the Stark home is undoubtedly an icon. Read more
Dec. 6, 2013
With a two-track push for a minimum wage increase on a roll in Massachusetts, fast food workers and their supporters rallied for higher wages in a Burger King parking lot midday Thursday.
Kyle King, a 46-year-old Roxbury resident who works at a Burger King in downtown Boston, told the News Service that in nine years of employment with the chain restaurant his hourly wages increased from $8 to $8.15 and said he would not show up for his 5 p.m. shift Thursday out of protest. Read more
Dec. 5, 2013
Dogged by continuing speculation about possible White House ambitions, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday issued her latest denial about running for president, while Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh said he could use Warren's help where she is in the Senate to secure more federal funding for housing. Read more
The Celebrate Dorchester calendar featuring the artwork of Celia McDonough is now on sale at local stores for $10. The proceeds of the calendar campaign are designated to providing summer camp scholarships for Project D.E.E.P. students in the One on One Tutorial Program during the academic year. Get full details here. Above, a panel from the new calendar depicts a vintage scene from Walter Baker Chocolate Company's days in Lower Mills. Read more
Dec. 5, 2013
A team of students from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School’s National Society of Black Engineers Junior (NBSE Jr.) Chapter won second place in the 11th/12th Graders Division of the Try Math-A-Lon competition last week. The competition, held in Hauppauge, NY, helps increase students’ capabilities when preparing for college entrance exams such as SAT and ACT standardized tests. Read more
Dec. 5, 2013
Dorchester’s Jack O’Toole is poised for a life of service and adventure, with a commitment to join the Marine Corps on the near horizon. But for now, the Boston Latin High School senior, having just finished his last season with the football team, with three awards to show for it, is enjoying success as a student-athlete.
Playing on both sides of the line, as a wide receiver and an outside linebacker, he kicked field goals, to boot. He finished the school’s 11-game season with seven touchdowns and almost 500 receiving yards.
This impressive performance did not go unnoticed, and over the course of the season he was named a Boston Latin Scholar Athlete by the Boston Scholar Athlete Association, then the Most Valuable Scholar Athlete, and finally a Dual County All Star, an award decided by the coaches of competing teams.
O’Toole got his start in football at age seven when he played for the Dorchester Eagles in the Pop Warner system. “I started playing down the street at Garvey Park,” he says, recalling his experience with the Eagles as formative. He still keeps in touch with an Eagles coach, Terry “Coach Beef” Cousins. Read more
The Dorchester Pop Warner junior midget team of 12 and 13 year-old players won the regional championship last weekend by defeating the Hartford Hurricanes, 29-6. The team will travel to Orlando, Florida this weekend to play in the national Pop Warner Super Bowl tournament at Disney World.
The Eagles will play their first round game on Sun., Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN3.
The team is seeking help from Dorchester residents and businesses to help defray the costs of the trip, which is expected to cost roughly $20,000. The team departs on a bus for Florida on Friday.
Mayor-elect Marty Walsh is one of the leaders rallying to the cause. Read more
A treasured mural that depicts Native American life in pre-colonial Dorchester has been restored in recent weeks by the artist who originally painted and mounted the artwork on the side of McKenna’s Café 14 years ago.
The mural, entitled “Savin Hill 500 Years Ago,” was dedicated in November 1999 and has become a signature element of the neighborhood that shares its name. James Hobin, a Savin Hill native who lives nearby, created the mural over four months in a Pearl Street art studio before it was carefully hung at the northeast corner of Sydney Street and Savin Hill Ave. Read more
Dec. 4, 2013
For 47 years, the diverse organization of Haley House, which provides food, housing, community events, and job training to the less fortunate has been led by one person – founder Kathe McKenna.
But McKenna is now giving over the reins of the organization to Dorchester resident Bing Broderick, who has managed the café and job training portions of Haley House for eight years. Broderick will be the new executive director. Read more
Forty-four days. That’s how long Dan Cullinane, a Cedar Grove activist who won a special election in mid-September to fill the seat left behind by now-state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, had in office as a state representative before drawing a challenge for the 2014 election cycle. Read more
Mayor Thomas Menino probably called the 24-hour constituent service line more than most Boston residents, according to Peter Meade, a Dorchester resident and the head of the Boston Redevelopment Authority. On the stage at the JFK Library Tuesday night, Meade mimicked Menino on his cell phone, saying, “Yeah, the streetlight at Bowdoin and Cambridge Street. Yeah, it’s out. I called yesterday and it was out. It better not happen tomorrow.” Read more
Mayor Thomas Menino last week signed off on the designation of a controversial Savin Hill property as a city landmark. Menino’s approval came a day after the Boston Landmarks Commission’s 9-to-0 vote to designate 24 Grampian Way as significant at the national, state, and local level. Read more
Dec. 3, 2013
The Lower Mills Merchant Association has established a scholarship fund to benefit students currently enrolled in grades 5-12 who live in Lower Mills or attend a fee-based schools in Lower Mills. Students in grades 5-8 and 9-12 may apply.
Scholarships awarded will be made payable directly to the educational organization. The required essay question is: "What do you like about living and going to school in the Lower Mills area?" Read more
Dec. 3, 2013
Trolleys, subways and 15 key bus routes will begin running until 3 a.m. during the weekends under an MBTA pilot program set to begin next spring, according to a transportation official.
The pilot program is estimated to cost $20 million, and the MBTA hopes to bring on corporate sponsors to assist with the funding of it. The Boston Globe has agreed in principle to be a corporate sponsor, and state transportation officials expect additional sponsors to sign on in the coming weeks. Read more
Nov. 27, 2013
Jeff Brewington was afraid to sign up for Pop Warner football when he was 7, but after some encouragement from his father he has gone on to play college football for Williams, one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the nation.
“I really enjoyed watching the game, but I was afraid to play when I was younger,” Brewington said. “But at the same time I was always tackling my dad in the house trying to show off how good I was at football. He signed me up one day.” Read more
Nov. 27, 2013
The Boston Landmarks Commission on Tuesday voted 9-0 to designate a controversial Savin Hill property as a city landmark.
The commission agreed that the home, located at 24 Grampian Way, is significant at the national, state and local level, in large part due to its association with George Wright, a national sports figure, according to Ellen Lipsey, executive director of the commission. Wright, a member of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the 1930s. The municipal golf course in Hyde Park is named after him.
The home, also known as the Kehew-Wright house, is also associated with whale oil merchant John Kehew and industrialist William Prescott Hunt. Read more
Boston’s Mayor’s Holiday discount ticket bonanza just went from special to spectacular. To mark the tenth anniversary of the year-end, half-price ticket marketing campaign and to honor outgoing Mayor Menino and wife Angela, ArtsBoston renamed the program “The Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular.”
At mayorsholiday.com, bargain-hunters can find more than 25,000 half-price tickets to over 135 of the region’s most beloved holiday performances as well as exclusive dining deals, a $10 dining voucher, and gift ideas. Read more
State Rep. Marty Walsh last week added more members to his transition team and sat down for coffee with the man he is replacing, Mayor Thomas Menino. Walsh said he wants the city’s 64 departments covered under the transition team and he is still looking to see how many vacancies will have to be filled before he takes office in January.
“We still have five weeks left,” the mayor-elect told the Reporter this week. Read more
Nov. 27, 2013
The Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) was awarded the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony in Washington, D.C over the weekend. The BCC was selected from more than 350 applicants and 50 finalists for the award, which recognizes exemplary after-school programs and includes a $10,000 grant and a year of capacity building support.
“It was an unbelievable experience for us,” said David Howse, executive director of the Boston Children’s Chorus. “We’re quite proud to represent Boston and its communities.” Read more
A full-on flurry of tree lighting ceremonies will begin this Saturday as neighborhood volunteers join with officials to “light and unite” the city. The Dorchester Holiday Celebrations Committee will launch the seasonal event with a ten-stop trolley tour that begins in Lower Mills at Meetinghouse Bank at 3:10 p.m. on Nov. 30. The traditional tour will then follow a route to Port Norfolk’s Redfield St. (3:30); Harbor Point (4); Meetinghouse Hill at Rev. Allen Park (4:30); the Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner (5); Blessed Mother Teresa Church (5:30); Ryan Playground (6); Fields Corner at Park St. Read more
The City of Boston will once again be providing parking incentives during the holiday season— including two hours of free parking on select days at city meters. Boston drivers can also participate in the popular “Toys for Tickets” program and the chance to purchase a Boston Meter Card at 20 percent off the face value of the card. Read more
Father Jason M. Makos will begin his duties as the administrator of St. Ann and St. Brendan parishes this weekend. It will be the first city assignment for Makos, a 36-year-old East Bridgewater native who has served as pastor of Holy Ghost Parish in Whitman for the last three years.
“Father Makos is a hard-working priest who takes great joy in parish life,” said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap. in a statement to the Reporter. “Since his ordination in 2005, Fr. Makos has demonstrated the pastoral leadership skills that will help him to guide the parish communities at St. Ann and St. Brendan as they proceed with the work of Disciples in Mission, the archdiocese’s planning initiative.” Read more
In about 400 days, Gov. Deval Patrick will exit the State House and take the long walk down its steps, rejoining the citizenry and, he hopes, grabbing a hefty paycheck once he’s re-ensconced in the private sector. Patrick has repeatedly said that he isn’t running for a third term, citing a promise to his wife Diane, and he has stuck to his pledge, leading to a wide open race to succeed him and to Massachusetts strengthening its hold on the title of the Land of Perpetual Elections. Read more
Nov. 27, 2013
The lights were ablaze and the stands abuzz at Harvard Stadium last Friday afternoon and evening as four local teams took to the historic gridiron for a couple of championship games. The Crimson squad, however, was not among them – the players all hailed from the city’s middle-school system.
For the record, the boys from Dever-McCormack in Dorchester topped the team from the Ohrenberger School in West Roxbury, while in the city championship tussle, it was Roxbury’s Timilty School over the Frederick Pilot School. But the games were about more than wins and losses. Read more