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Walsh lands in Ireland to jubilant crowd

By 
Bill Forry
Sep. 19, 2014

Mayor Walsh speaks to the crowd of supporters and media at Shannon Airport early Friday morning. Photo by Bill Forry

SHANNON, Ireland – Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has walked through the gates of Shannon Airport at least a dozen times in his 47 years. This arrival will be hard to beat.

The Dorchester born-and-bred Walsh was greeted by a crowd of jubilant admirers— including many relatives from the Connemara region, some of them holding Irish and American flags in a festive welcome heavily accented with the lilt of the native Irish language, still alive in well in the
west of Ireland.  Read more

First Parish restoration earning excellent marks

By 
Peggy Mullen, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 18, 2014

Second of two parts.

First Parish: an icon returned to the city.	Peggy Mullen photoFirst Parish: an icon returned to the city. Peggy Mullen photo

Two Dorchester organizations have been chosen to receive Preservation Achievement Awards by the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA). The Dorchester Historical Society and First Parish Church will accept their awards at a ceremony at Faneuil Hall next month.

Greg Galer, executive director of the BPA, said member organizations make nominations for the award. The architectural firm for First Parish, McKinley, Kaslow and Associates, nominated the church, and the project was chosen because of a number of factors, Galer said: “The quality of the craftsmanship and the working relationship with the North Bennett Street School were key in the choice. Also the variety of organizations where they got the money. It’s a long-range project, and the before-and-after is really amazing. When the steeple comes down, you worry it will never go back up, but it’s amazing. It returns an icon to the city.”  Read more

New role for IBEW’s Monahan

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DOT BY THE DAY Sept. 18 – 28, 2014

Thursday (18th) – Community blood drive at Boston Teachers Union, 180 Mt. Vernon St., Dorchester 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For appointment, 617-733-2767.

• Hancock Street Civic Association meets at 6:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Church, 540 Columbia Rd.

Saturday (20th) – Ashmont Adams Yard Sale, 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Ashmont Street to Gallivan Boulevard and Adams Street to Dorchester Avenue, including side streets.  Read more

Deadline looms for exam schools entrance test

The deadline to register for the test needed for entrance to one of the city’s three exam schools in Sept. 26. The Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) takes place at 12 locations across the city on Sat., Nov. 8 at 8:30 a.m. The three exam schools are Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, and John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science. New students are admitted to grades 7 and 9 at all three exam schools. Students must currently be in grades 6, 8 and 9 to take the ISEE.  Read more

Warren, Gillibrand make it clear: Coakley’s the one

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand listen as Marty Walz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Massachusetts and a former state representative, talks about growing up with parents who did not have paid sick time on Sunday afternoon in the SEIU offices in Dorchester.    Photo by Lauren DezenskiSen. Elizabeth Warren, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand listen as Marty Walz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Massachusetts and a former state representative, talks about growing up with parents who did not have paid sick time on Sunday afternoon in the SEIU offices in Dorchester. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

In the second floor of the SEIU offices in Dorchester on Sunday, US Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York threw their support behind Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley.

“Martha Coakley is on the side of women who are trying to raise families,” Warren told the media. “She’s on the side of women who work hard and play by the rules and that’s why I’m here with her.”

The three women were joined by 18 representatives from labor and advocates for women, including Marty Walz, a former state representative who is the CEO and president of Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts, for a roundtable discussion on earned pay for sick time – Question 4 on the November ballot – and an all-around show of support for the party’s gubernatorial candidate.  Read more

Report seeks to document busing’s impact on people

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 18, 2014

Forty years after Boston was ordered to desegregate its schools in 1974, the Union of Minority Neighborhoods has released a report addressing why it has been hard to move on from that time.

In the report, released Friday by the organization, the introduction explains the issue came up while the Union of Minority Neighborhoods was conducting interviews for its work on Criminal Offender Records Information reform.  Read more

Walsh sets out for ten-day visit to Ireland tonight

A large billboard in Carna, Co. Galway trumpeted the candidacy of Mayor Marty Walsh. The mayor begins a 10-day tour of the country this weekend with a visit to Connemara villages Rosmuc and Carna, the birthplaces of his parents, Mary and John. 	Judy Enright photoA large billboard in Carna, Co. Galway trumpeted the candidacy of Mayor Marty Walsh. The mayor begins a 10-day tour of the country this weekend with a visit to Connemara villages Rosmuc and Carna, the birthplaces of his parents, Mary and John. Judy Enright photo

Mayor Martin Walsh leaves Boston today for a ten-day visit to the Emerald Isle. Walsh’s first official visit to Ireland as mayor will include private time with family in Connemara, County Galway— where the mayor’s parents were born and raised. He will also visit parts the country’s capitol city, Dublin and parts of Northern Ireland— including Derry and Belfast. Walsh’s visit to Belfast will be the first since he agreed to a “sister city” arrangement with that city’s mayor last March.

“The overall goal of this trip is to support Boston’s economic development through building relationships and strengthening our commercial and cultural link with Ireland,” said Kate Norton, a spokesperson for the mayor.  Read more

Classic, Dot-built organ at All Saints ready to go; recital set for funds push

The chancel organ facade at All Saints, behind which the restored Skinner organ will be installed. Jeffrey Gonyeau photoThe chancel organ facade at All Saints, behind which the restored Skinner organ will be installed. Jeffrey Gonyeau photo

Dorchester preservationists, music lovers, and parishioners of All Saints Church are pulling out all the stops to get supporters to a benefit organ recital this Sunday in Cambridge to help the Ashmont parish finish funding the installation of a renovated 1929 Skinner organ – one manufactured in its heyday by the Dot-based Skinner Organ Company, the premier organ maker in the country.

In spite of Dorchester’s status as the company’s home base, there are currently no Skinner organs in working condition in the neighborhood. All Saint’s Skinner will represent a homecoming for one of the neighborhood’s signature products.  Read more

Walsh set to travel to Ireland in first overseas travel as mayor

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Sep. 17, 2014

On Wed., Sept. 17, Mayor Martin Walsh joined Rachel Kelly, the founder of the IFest festival that takes place next weekend (Sept. 26-28) at Boston's Seaport-World Trade Center. Kelly presented the mayor with a map of his Irish ancestry, at left. Photo by Ed Forry

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh will head to Ireland on Thursday, kicking off a ten-day trip that will have him revisiting his roots in County Galway and appearing on a popular late night show.

Walsh, a Dorchester Democrat who served in the House for nearly 17 years before winning the 2013 mayoral election, will be joined by former Rep. Eugene O'Flaherty, who left his Judiciary Committee post earlier this year to join Walsh's administration as corporation counsel.  Read more

Madison Park turnaround will take time, says the mayor Headmaster resigns

Days after the headmaster at Madison Park Vocational and Technical High School resigned, Mayor Martin Walsh praised the move, calling it “a step in the right direction.”

Added Walsh in a statement to the Reporter on Tuesday evening: “We’re only in the first days of this change and we recognize that we have much more work to do.”

The headmaster, Dr. Diane Ross Gary, tendered her resignation to Boston Public Schools superintendent John McDonough on Friday after more than a week of unrest among students over nonexistent and inadequate class scheduling.  Read more

Healey surge registered at Dot polls

Maura Healey: Called ‘star power’ candidateMaura Healey: Called ‘star power’ candidateAt first blush, the odds appeared stacked against attorney general candidate Maura Healey, especially in Dorchester. She was a political newcomer, running her first campaign against a well-known fellow Democrat, Warren Tolman, whose backers included Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Martin Walsh, state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, and his older brother, union head Steven Tolman.

All of which didn’t matter much when voters made their endorsements on primary day. Citywide, the former assistant attorney general beat Tolman by ten points, 55 percent to 45 percent, thanks in part to strong support in Charlestown, Jamaica Plain, and Roslindale. Statewide, her margin was much greater, 62.4 percent to 37.6 percent.  Read more

New tool allows Bostonians to explore solar potential

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Sep. 17, 2014

Boston residents and businesses may now go online and learn about the solar power potential of their homes and buildings, including installation cost estimates. Mayor Martin Walsh on Tuesday announced Solar System Boston, a mapping system the city has launched in partnership with Greenovate Boston and Mapdwell, an MIT spinoff, that the mayor says will allow users to explore their own potential to take advantage of solar prices that the Dorchester Democrat says are "plummeting."  Read more

Wynn wins: Gaming commission awards chooses Everett for casino

By 
Michael Norton and Gintautas Dumcius, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
Sep. 16, 2014

Members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-1 on Tuesday to award the Boston-area resort casino license to Wynn Resorts and its plan for an Everett casino.

The $1.6 billion Everett casino plan prevailed over Mohegan Sun's $1.3 billion proposal for a casino in Revere, next to the Suffolk Downs racetrack and on the East Boston border.  Read more

Census: No big changes in US poverty, income last year

By 
Andy Metzger and Michael Norton, State House News Service
Sep. 16, 2014

The nation's poverty rate dipped in 2013, especially for Hispanic individuals, while the number of people remaining in poverty and median incomes remained relatively unchanged from 2012, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data.  Read more

Deadline looms for city entrance exam

By 
Staff
Sep. 15, 2014

The deadline to register for the test needed for entrance to one of the city’s three exam schools in Sept. 26. The Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) takes place at 12 locations across the city on Sat., Nov. 8 at 8:30 a.m. The three exam schools are Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, and John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics & Science. New students are admitted to grades 7 and 9 at all three exam schools. Students must currently be in grades 6, 8 and 9 to take the ISEE.  Read more

Madison Park headmaster resigns

By 
Lauren Dezenski
Sep. 13, 2014

The headmaster of Madison Park Vocational and Technical High School resigned Friday night, effective immediately.

Interim Superintendent John McDonough accepted Dr. Diane Ross Gary’s resignation after a tumultuous seven days at the city’s only vocational high school, which included a student-led protest over a fourth day without schedules for students. McDonough delivered the news to the Madison Park community in an email and recorded phone call early Saturday evening.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY Sept. 13 – 20, 2014

Saturday (13th) – Annual Harvest Festival & Perennial Divide, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Natives, 30 Edgewater Dr., Mattapan. Free event hosted by Boston Natural Areas Network. Festival includes games for young and
seasoned gardeners as well as the traditional skill-building workshops,including urban beekeeping, making your own herbal teas, and a Kraut mob where you’ll learn how to ferment your fresh produce. For more information contact BNAN at
617-542-7696 or email info@bostonnatural.org.  Read more

Wong to serve as Fire Dept. deputy commissioner

Connie S. Wong has been appointed Deputy Commissioner for Labor Relations, Human Resources and Legal Affairs for the Boston Fire Department. Wong will serve as the chief legal advisor on all matters to the Fire Commissioner Joseph E. Finn.

“Connie brings a strong background in the fire service having previously worked with our various divisions at headquarters and in the field,” said Finn. “As Deputy Commissioner, Connie will be the highest ranking civilian working for the Boston Fire Department.”  Read more

Police: Assault charges pending after racially charged fight at Garvey

A racially charged argument between teenagers hanging out at Garvey Park ended violently last Saturday night when a 19 year old was slashed in the face with a knife. Boston Police detectives from Area C-11 are investigating the incident— which resulted in non-life threatening injuries to the victim— and charges are expected to be filed in the case, according to Boston Police spokesman Sgt. Michael McCarthy.  Read more

City homes in on traffic issues at intersections on Pleasant St.

Dangerous turn:: The scene at Pleasant and Victoria streets last month after a motorcycle and pickup truck collided. Said Zac Salwasser, who took the photo, “It is very, very difficult to negotiate a turn onto Pleasant  from the side streets.”Dangerous turn:: The scene at Pleasant and Victoria streets last month after a motorcycle and pickup truck collided. Said Zac Salwasser, who took the photo, “It is very, very difficult to negotiate a turn onto Pleasant from the side streets.”
“On any given day, it’s a constant symphony of screeching tires and honking horns,” said Dorchester resident Zac Salwasser in describing daily life outside his home at the intersection of Pleasant and Victoria streets. “You have drivers from side streets coming in blind.”  Read more

New community garden hailed on Woolson Street

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 11, 2014

Woolson Street garden: Mayor Walsh posed for a photo with Vidya Tikku of BNAN and Vivien Morris, far right, of Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition. Shown at center is Mirlande Joseph, whose twin brother was murdered on the street in 2006. Joseph helped to push for the creation of the new community garden, shown below. Photos by India SmithWoolson Street garden: Mayor Walsh posed for a photo with Vidya Tikku of BNAN and Vivien Morris, far right, of Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition. Shown at center is Mirlande Joseph, whose twin brother was murdered on the street in 2006. Joseph helped to push for the creation of the new community garden, shown below. Photos by India Smith

Residents of the Woolson St. neighborhood in Mattapan had much to celebrate last Saturday as they were joined by Mayor Martin Walsh and a large contingent of public officials for a ribbon-cutting for their new community garden. The project has been a collaboration between residents, the city’s Department of Neighborhood Development, the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, and Boston Natural Areas Network.

According to Mirlande Joseph, one of the neighbors who spearheaded the project, the garden is more than just soil and plants.  Read more

TechBoston alumna gives away backpacks to kids

Backpack'd: Kelsie Norman, middle, gave away more than 100 backpacks to middle school students at TechBoston Academy on Monday. 	Photo by Bill ForryBackpack'd: Kelsie Norman, middle, gave away more than 100 backpacks to middle school students at TechBoston Academy on Monday. Photo by Bill Forry

Kelsie Norman is no stranger to the halls of TechBoston Academy, the grade 6-12 school that now occupies the old Dorchester High building on Peacevale Road. She graduated from TechBoston back in 2008 and has gone on to become a college graduate and a sheet metal worker.

But Norman’s formative years were here at TechBoston, where she found herself with the help of mentors like Keith Love and guidance counselor Jillian Smith.  Read more

Opportunity sets up shop on Quincy Street

Quincy Street revitalization: Mayor Walsh and fellow elected officials at the Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center opening on Monday. Photo by Don WestQuincy Street revitalization: Mayor Walsh and fellow elected officials at the Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center opening on Monday. Photo by Don West

The $15 million, state-of-the-art Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center is officially open for business after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday at the long-vacant site of the departed Pearl Meats facility.

The 36,000-square-foot multi-use industrial food production facility will allow local food retailers of all sizes to prep their food with low overhead as they work to grow their businesses.  Read more