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
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
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 email@example.com or phone at 774-573-0526. 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
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
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
Signature-gathering deadline is next Tuesday
The door to the Election Department closed on Monday at 5 p.m., marking one end to the first leg of Boston’s 2013 municipal elections countdown as the last-day candidates applied for nomination papers that had been available since April 30.
While 24 people – a mix of elected officials, community activists and long shots – have applied for the papers, not all of them are expected to gather enough signatures to make the ballot. Others may run for other municipal offices.
Nearly half of the two dozen hail from Dorchester, including state Rep. Marty Walsh, former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, former School Committee member John Barros, Codman Square Health Center co-founder Bill Walczak, Barstool Sports’ David Portnoy, Rev. Miniard Culpepper, TOUCH 106.1 FM co-founder Charles Clemons, and District 4 Councillor Charles Yancey. Read more
Fr. Sean Connor, who has led St. Ann parish in Neponset since 2008, will leave his role as pastor later this summer to take on new duties at Sacred Heart parish in Weymouth. Fr. Connor, 46, explained the news to parishioners at Sunday Masses and in a letter distributed to the St. Ann community.
“As you know it would be very hard for me to say yes, even to the Cardinal, when it involves leaving Dorchester. I feel blessed to have been asked to come here, five years ago this June. I am most blessed to call you friends and to have been with you on this journey of faith. You are very special to me and in many ways I would be happy to remain here for the rest of my years,” Fr. Connor wrote. “I have prayed much over the past week, and though my heart is torn, I have accepted the Cardinal's request and will be leaving Saint Ann parish before my term here ends as your pastor.” Read more
Area C-11 detectives busted a 23 year-old Dorchester man on Monday as he attempted to sell them a pair of stolen cameras that he posted for sale on Craigslist just hours before. One of the two cameras was among the items that had been stolen the night before from a Savin Hill Ave. car.
The victim reported the break-in on Monday morning and then circled back with police later that same day after she saw her Canon Powershot SD780 camera— with its distinctive pink case— listed for sale along with another camera on Craigslist. Area C-11 detectives called the number attached to the ad and set up a meeting at the KFC restaurant on Columbia Rd. that same evening. Read more
Two Mattapan men were ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bail each at their arraignment Tuesday on charges they resorted to gunfire when barred from a party on Evans Street late Saturday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more
The Richard family issued the following statement this morning:
Last evening, just 23 days after the bombing attack on Boston, our seven year old daughter Jane underwent her eleventh surgery. While she has more trips to the O.R. ahead of her, last night's operation marked an important milestone, as doctors were finally able to close the wound created when the bomb took her left leg below the knee. Part of the procedure involved preparing Jane's injured leg to eventually be fitted for a prosthesis.
By closing the wound, the incredible medical team at Boston Children's Hospital laid the groundwork for Jane to take an important step forward on the long and difficult road ahead of her. One of the things we have learned through all of this is to not get too high or too low. We take today's development as positive news and look ahead with guarded optimism. If things go well, Jane could be ready to transition to the rehabilitation stage of her recovery in the next few weeks. Read more
Danny Ryan was on one side of the walkway and Mike Donovan was on the other side. The two had grown up together, but for most of a sunny Tuesday in late April, they stood a foot apart, palm cards in their hands, on the sidewalk leading into the Cristo Rey School, a polling place for Savin Hill’s Ward 13 Precinct 10.
Ryan, a Savin Hill native who moved to Braintree four years ago, tapped the cards bearing the face of state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry’s in his left hand as voters walked by while Donovan, the clerk for Suffolk Superior Court’s civil division, touted his candidate, state Rep. Nick Collins. The two Democratic lawmakers were in a close special primary for the First Suffolk Senate seat that had opened up in January when Jack Hart left for a job at a law firm. Read more
May. 9, 2013
A recent performance in Harvard’s vaulted Sanders Theatre looked more like a rock concert than a recital of early Renaissance music. Standing in the first two rows, a group of young boys and teens clad in jeans and crimson sweatshirts hooted and hollered for the singers onstage.
The fans weren’t undergraduates, but members of a choir in Dorchester that has a deep connection to the Harvard Glee Club, the country’s oldest college chorus, founded in 1858.
Much of what the Glee Club is today can be traced to the efforts of Archibald T. Davison, a Harvard man with a passion for music and song. A member of the Harvard College Class of 1906, Davison returned to the University for his graduate studies in 1907, joined the Harvard Music Department in 1910, and eventually took on the role of Harvard organist and choirmaster. In 1912, at the urging of singers in the Glee Club, Davison became its “coach.” Several years later, “Doc,” as he was known, became its first official conductor. His hard work and strong musicianship, together with his openness to a broad repertoire, transformed the club. Read more
Fresh off high-profile appearances on GMA Live! and the Interfaith Service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross before the Obamas, Dorchester and Mattapan youngsters will be among the 350 members of the Boston Children’s Choir (BCC) appearing at their free season finale concert this weekend. This summer some of these talented locals will also travel and sing throughout South East Asia. Read more
The annual neighborhood fundraisers have been a tradition for Mayor Thomas Menino – usually occurring in Jamaica Plain, East Boston, and in Dorchester. With last month’s announcement that he won’t seek a sixth four-year term, the last one he is expected to hold in Dorchester took place last Sunday.
Lawmakers, top administration officials, and neighborhood activists packed the annual “Mayor’s Sunday Brunch” at the IBEW 103 Hall on Freeport Street to see His Honor and to wait in line to shake his hand. Congressman Ed Markey, who is running for John Kerry’s vacant Senate seat, put in an appearance. Former State Senate President William Bulger was in the audience, as Menino, clad in a tan jacket and red sneakers, sat with his wife Angela next to the podium.
Former state Sen. Jack Hart was the emcee, channeling his experience as the host of St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in South Boston. With many of the candidates hoping to succeed Menino in the room, Hart quipped at the outset, “Raise your hand if you’re not running for mayor of Boston.”
Joseph Ureneck, the Dorchester resident who is the Republican nominee running against state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, a Democrat, for the First Suffolk District seat in the state Senate, is calling for a forum where he and his opponent can discuss the issues before election day on May 28.
The Dorcena Forry camp has not responded to Ureneck, who has said that a key aim of his is to “reduce government’s role” in people’s lives. For her part, Rep. Dorcena Forry has been clear about her main focus: “job creation and equity in the job market.” Read more
A RECEDING GREEN WAVE: The 2013 mayor’s race in Boston reflects how much things have changed in 130 years
May. 9, 2013
For nearly all of the 20th century, the Boston Irish had a lock – even a stranglehold – on the office of mayor. Not until the outgoing Tom Menino followed Ray Flynn in the post was the near-monopoly of old sod descendants truly broken. Now, as the field to follow Menino takes shape for 2013, a trio of well-known locals with green bloodlines might possibly get back the job once held by the likes of James Michael Curley, John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, John B. Hynes, Kevin White, and Flynn. Read more
One of Dorchester’s oldest existing homes is getting a major facelift this season thanks to a city fund that helps homeowners make major improvements to historic properties. The Federal-style yellow home at 6 Parkman Street has sat on its present site since 1887. But, it was actually built just after the Revolution on land closer to the site of the present-day Dorchester courthouse in Codman Square. Read more
When Mayor Thomas Menino said he would not attempt to add another four-year term to his 20-year tenure, there was little doubt that Dorchester state Rep. Marty Walsh would take a crack at the seat opening up on City Hall’s fifth floor.
On Saturday, before a crowd of over 1,000 supporters at the Strand Theatre, Walsh strode onto the stage and looked out into the audience, his voice straining with emotion as he recounted his life story.
Mary Walsh, his mother, stood off to his left. “He’s always talked about running for mayor,” she said, after the confetti cannons belched out the red, white, and blue ticker tape. “He always talked about politics.” Read more
US Marshals are teaming up with Boston Police to find a Dorchester man who has been on the run since he allegedly murdered two sisters in their Harlem Street apartment in Nov. 2011. The United States Marshals Service is offering a reward for tips that will lead to the capture and successful prosecution of 32 year-old Jean Weevens Janvier, a naturalized US citizen who was born in Haiti and who is the only suspect in the killings of Stephanie and Judith Emile.
Janvier was indicted in the double murder by a Suffolk County Grand Jury last April. Prosecutors said that Janvier had been in a previous romantic relationship with Stephanie Emile, 21, who was found shot to death alongside her sister, Judith, 23, in their Harlem Street apartment on Nov. 14, 2011. When police responded, a toddler was found in the apartment with the two deceased sisters. Read more