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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

Youth soccer league launch scheduled for Mattapan this winter

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to The Reporter
Nov. 20, 2014

A new youth soccer program is under formation in Mattapan— a neighborhood that organizers say is primed to embrace the sport on a beautiful new playing field at Almont Park. Carolyn MacNeil, one of the founders of Mattapan Youth Soccer, says the league will begin with indoor play this winter. The soccer league will take advantage of the new turf field at Almont this coming spring.  Read more

$100m US purse for apprentice programs: Labor Secretary cites Boston unit as a model

Thomas Perez, US Secretary of Labor, center, spoke with third-year sheet metal apprentices Sean Bettencourt, left, and James Dearden, right, as Rachel Kaprielian, Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development listens during a Monday visit to the Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 17 in Lower Mills. 	Tiffannie Bond photoThomas Perez, US Secretary of Labor, center, spoke with third-year sheet metal apprentices Sean Bettencourt, left, and James Dearden, right, as Rachel Kaprielian, Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development listens during a Monday visit to the Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 17 in Lower Mills. Tiffannie Bond photo

While touring the Local 17 Sheet Metal Workers’ headquarters in Lower Mills on Monday, US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced a $100 million program of competitive grants to help fund apprentice programs like Boston’s Building Pathways organization.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY Nov. 20 – 27, 2014

Thursday (20th) – Kick off the holiday season at the seventh annual Lower Mills Holiday Stroll from 5:30-8 p.m. Shop, stroll and dine at over 40 local shops, restaurants, and small businesses in the Dorchester Lower Mills, Milton Village and Central Avenue area, with a free trolley shuttle running along Dorchester Avenue and Adams Street. The event will begin with a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at Meetinghouse Bank. Organized by the Lower Mills Civic Association and the Lower Mills Merchant’s Association.  Read more

Dot’s first burial ground gets periodic fix-ups from city

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 20, 2014

When it comes to Boston’s Historic Burial Grounds the buck stops with Kelly Thomas.

As manager of the city’s Historic Burial Grounds Initiative, Thomas is responsible for preserving all of the city’s 16 cemeteries, including the Dorchester North Burying Ground, also known as the First Burying Ground of Dorchester. The 3.27 acre property is located at the corner of Columbia Road and Stoughton street in Uphams Corner.  Read more

Singer with Dot ties makes it into top ten on ‘The Voice’

Anita Antoinette also known as Anita FearonAnita Antoinette also known as Anita Fearon  Read more

New board chief charts ambitious course for College Bound program

Sean Curran: Longtime volunteer will take the helm as College Bound Dorchester’s principal board chairman this month. 	Photo courtesy College Bound DorchesterSean Curran: Longtime volunteer will take the helm as College Bound Dorchester’s principal board chairman this month. Photo courtesy College Bound DorchesterA change in leadership at College Bound Dorchester, one of the city’s leading organizations targeting at-risk kids and teens, will soon elevate a veteran volunteer and seasoned fundraiser into a key role. Sean Curran, who has served on the CBD board since 2001, will take over as principal chairman for the group’s board of directors this month.

Curran, 44, is a Sudbury resident with roots in the city’s South End. A BC High and Boston College graduate, Curran runs Waterville Consulting, a lobbying and fundraising firm. He has been a key advisor to Governor Deval Patrick’s political committee and is wired to many of the Commonwealth’s biggest donors— an asset that will help Curran achieve his chief goal: helping College Bound Dorchester grow its capacity to reach more kids in neighborhoods like Bowdoin-Geneva.  Read more

92-unit housing build-out plan for Dot Ave./Hancock Street block

Developers and architects introduced a 92-unit residential housing plan that would replace a forlorn industrial block between Dorchester Avenue and Hancock Streets to the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association Planning Committee on Tuesday night.

The briefing was the first step in a multi-step community review process that will include a presentation to the civic group’s full membership on Mon., Dec. 1.  Read more

A year later, a thanks to responders who reacted to a dog’s distress and ran to help

Mary Grow, John Miles, Jean Medico and Bridget O’Hara pose for a photo with their commendations from Mayor Martin Walsh, City Councillor Frank Baker, and “favorite first responder notes” from Miles on Monday. 	Lauren Dezenski photoMary Grow, John Miles, Jean Medico and Bridget O’Hara pose for a photo with their commendations from Mayor Martin Walsh, City Councillor Frank Baker, and “favorite first responder notes” from Miles on Monday. Lauren Dezenski photo

John Miles’s dog Lucy has had her day, so nearly a year after the Fields Corner resident was seriously injured when he was hit by a car while walking her along Neponset Avenue, Miles decided it was high time to recognize the four women responsible for saving him.  Read more

Let’s go to the Blue Hills

People from Dorchester are well acquainted with the imposing blue shape set against the horizon just along our southern boundary. It’s Great Blue Hill, and at 635 feet above sea level, it is the tallest coastal elevation between Florida and central Maine.

The Native Americans called it “Massachusett,” which is an Indian word that means “Large Hill Place.” Back then, the summit was venerated for being as high as you could go to get close to the creator. Now, the entire state takes its name from this spot. Around here, we just call it “Big Blue.”  Read more

Centenary of The Guild of Boston Artists evokes memory of Edmund Charles Tarbell

A gala celebration this evening marks the kick-off of the centennial festivities of The Guild of Boston Artists, known as “Boston’s premier source for contemporary realism.”

Founded in 1914, this non-profit association of painters and sculptors still maintains its building at 162 Newbury Street in the heart of the Hub’s gallery district as it continues to facilitate commissions by some of the region’s most sought-after creators of traditional portraits, landscapes, and seascapes.  Read more

Annual tree lighting tour set for Nov. 29

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 stoips 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

Report lays out opportunity gaps for black and Latino boys in city schools

By 
Eliza Dewey, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 19, 2014

State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Jamaica Plain), right, spoke during an event at City Year last week in which a new report detailing disparities for black and Latino boys was released. Photo by Eliza Dewey

A new report on how black and Latino male students are doing in the Boston Public Schools points out stark racial disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes, assertions that have elicited promises of improvement from officials and expressions of frustration from others.

Released last Thursday, the report, entitled “Opportunity and Equity: Enrollment and Outcomes of Black and Latino Males in Boston Public Schools,” was commissioned by former Superintendent Carol R. Johnson in 2010 and produced by the Boston Public Schools in conjunction with the Center for Collaborative Educative and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.  Read more

‘We’re not for sale’ - Powerful interests circle site on Southie line

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By Lauren Dezenski and Bill Forry
Nov. 19, 2014

Widett Circle and its environs are coveted by powerful interests— from Bob Kraft to a South Boston-based trash transfer station. Only one problem: The people who run the 20-plus businesses in the New Boston Food Market don't want to sell. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

The 16-acre New Boston Food Market on the South Boston-Dorchester line, a vital cog in Boston’s food supply chain, is once again in the crosshairs of powerful redevelopment forces, despite the fact that its current occupants insist that their properties are not for sale.

Already furiously engaged in fighting against a proposal to site a $10 million trash transfer facility, merchants in Widett Circle and neighboring Newmarket are now facing an even more daunting and potentially existential threat in the form of dueling proposals to build massive sports stadiums on or near their land. Proponents of a bid to lure the 2024 Olympic Games to Boston have pitched the idea of reclaiming parts of Widett Circle for the site of a new Olympic Stadium.  Read more

Quincy Medical Center closure delayed, legal action looms

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Nov. 18, 2014

The proposed closure of Quincy Medical Center has been pushed back to Feb. 4, 2015, and the attorney general's office on Tuesday raised the possibility of legal action against the hospital's owners.  Read more

Suspect in Ashmont gun arrest is charged with murder

By 
Staff
Nov. 18, 2014

A Jamaica Plain man collared in September after allegedly firing gunshots near Ashmont Station has been indicted for first-degree murder in a separate case. A grand jury has charged Johnnie Bonnie, 22, with the June 29 shooting deat of 17 year-old Evens Archer of Dorchester.  Read more

Jackson: Council will consider options on Mayoral veto

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Nov. 18, 2014

City Councillor Tito Jackson has not ruled out a potential override effort from the City Council after Mayor Martin Walsh nixed Jackson’s proposed Commission on Black and Latino Men and Boys on Monday.

“Any veto override is something that the council has the right to and should explore,” Jackson told the Reporter on Tuesday. “At this point, we will technically formally receive the veto at our meeting on Wednesday and then make a determination.”  Read more