Mar. 16, 2014
The state’s political elite paused for a group selfie, turned the probation department hiring scandal into a laugh line, and took pokes at Republicans Charlie Baker and Scott Brown during the annual St. Patrick’s Day political breakfast Sunday morning.
Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry opened the proceedings at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center by dedicating the event to former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, urging participants to make him laugh amid reports over the weekend that he’s battling advanced form of cancer. Read more
Mar. 13, 2014
With the press on from charter school advocates to lift or eliminate the cap on charter enrollment in poorly performing school districts, the battle brewing over the issue in the Legislature appears to have as much, if not more, to do with the distribution of state education aid than the merits of charter schools. Read more
Mar. 13, 2014
MBTA weekend service into the wee hours will start March 28, the Patrick administration plans to announce at a Cambridge subway station Thursday. Read more
Developers behind a proposal to build condominiums on top of the Savin Bar & Kitchen and a long-vacant plot of land next door explained some details of the plan on Tuesday night. In an appearance before the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association’s planning committee, the developers and their architects discussed the transit-orientated proposal for 14 units of housing, which would be located directly across from the Savin Hill MBTA station. There would be space for retail on the first level. Read more
One special primary election down, one more to go.
Dorchester voters have gone to the polls eight times in the last 12 months, including last week, when they picked former State House aide Dan Hunt as Marty Walsh’s successor in a five-way Democratic primary.
The next one is set for April 1, with five Democrats competing to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, who was ousted from his Fifth Suffolk seat in February by an overwhelming majority of his House colleagues. Read more
Don Berwick stays away from caffeine.
“Decaf, please,” he reminds a waitress at McKenna’s in Savin Hill, as she goes to refill his cup.
He got off caffeine just before he moved to Washington, D.C. He had a headache for three or four months. And then, it “changed my life.”
“I didn’t like the stimulation all the time,” he says.
On the campaign trail, stimulation can seem like a necessity. The days are long, a never-ending schedule of greeting voters and phoning donors.
No wonder campaigns run on Dunkin’, or a reasonable facsimile. But Berwick does not. Read more
Mar. 13, 2014
Interested in improving early education in his home city, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and a delegation of other top city officials toured Boston schools last week.
Murray and his group observed preschool and kindergarten classrooms at the Eliot School in the North End and the Ellis Memorial School, an independent preschool program in the South End. Read more
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Mar. 13, 2014
A open meeting was held last Thursday, March 6 in the Mattapan Branch Public Library to discuss violence in the neighborhood and to engage stakeholders in a discussion about resources, prevention, and response. In attendance were police officers, community organizers, and non-profit leaders, who fielded questions from local residents. Read more
Mar. 13, 2014
The Dorchester Reporter is once again pleased to sponsor this year’s Dorchester Day Parade Committee Essay Contest. The contest is open to students in grades 6-8 who live in Dorchester or attend a Dorchester school. The deadline for the contest is March 20. Two prizes will be awarded to the two best entries.
This year’s topic relates to the historic election of Mayor Martin J. Walsh: “Please write an essay that gives the Mayor your advice on how to make Dorchester a better place for young people to live, learn and play. Please give at least three specific action steps that Mayor Walsh should take to make life better in your neighborhood.” Read more
Mar. 11, 2014
Lifting the cap on charter schools in certain underperforming school districts is a question that may test Gov. Deval Patrick this year or his successor next year, and a News Service survey of contenders for the Corner Office found broad, but qualified support that crosses party lines. Read more
A Dorchester man was ordered held without bail Thursday at his arraignment on charges he shot a man to death after a Christmas-eve concert.
Ian Holness, 27, stood behind a door as murder and illegal-weapons charges were read against him in Dorchester District Court this morning, frustrating the relatives and friends of Rashaan O'Neil, 36, who wanted to get a look at O'Neil's accused killer. Read more
Mar. 6, 2014
Althea Garrison, a frequent candidate for public office, is suing state elections chief Bill Galvin, claiming she should be on the Democratic primary ballot in the special election to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez. Read more
Mayor Marty Walsh is still hopeful that a deal allowing gay groups to march in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 16 will happen even as the parade organizers and one of the groups appear to be far apart. Read more
Programs in Mattapan Square, Uphams Corner, and Grove Hall that provide technical assistance to businesses in those neighborhoods received a boost last week with grant money for public art, business fairs, and marketing efforts. Read more
Mar. 6, 2014
A correction has been appended to this article.
At an open house held last Wednesday in the in the Salvation Army Kroc Center, the Uphams Corner neighborhood’s shining example of urban redevelopment, officials from the Boston Redevelopment Authority presented a draft plan for a number of new projects in the area.
Dozens of residents walked from station to station, learning about the various types of redevelopment planned and were encouraged to offer their own advice and comments on the project. The open house represented the kickoff of a 14-day comment period for the community. Read more
Joe Avellone, a former healthcare executive and one of the five Democrats running for governor, toured the Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury on Wednesday and highlighted his ideas on how to slow the state’s mounting substance abuse crisis.
Avellone has said he would set up an Office of Recovery within the Health and Human Services secretariat if he becomes governor. Cases currently routed through the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse would be sent to that office instead, he said. Read more
Mar. 4, 2014
This post was updated at 3:06 p.m. on Wednesday with the latest version of the story.
Dan Hunt will be the next representative for the 13th Suffolk House District. The former State House aide and Department of Conservation and Recreation staff member won a decisive victory in Tuesday’s special primary, besting four other Democrats in an election that drew a sparse turnout to the polls.
With no Republicans on the ballot on Tuesday, a Hunt win in the April 1 general election is a foregone conclusion. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports arresting Andrew Robertson, 37, of Hyde Park, on charges he participated in ambushing and murdering Romeo McCubbin early on Dec. 14 on Havelock Street.
Robertson was ordered held without bail at his arraignment on a murder charge at Dorchester District Court on Monday, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Read more
Mar. 3, 2014
A man died Saturday after he was stabbed during a fight outside of a Columbia Point hotel. The unidentified victim was one of two men found suffering from stab wounds just before 3 a.m. outside of the Doubletree Hotel on Mt. Vernon Street. Read more
Feb. 28, 2014
The five candidates hoping to replace Marty Walsh in the State House talked public safety and education during individual appearances on BNN News.
BNN's Chris Lovett interviewed them in the videos below. The Democratic primary is March 4, and with no Republicans running, the election is expected to be determinative of who will take the 13th Suffolk seat after the April 1 general election. Read more
The Boston Fire Department says "careless disposal of smoking material" this morning sparked a two-alarm fire that displaced 12 people and injured a firefighter at 24 Freeman St.
The fire, right behind the inbound platform at the Fields Corner Red Line stop, was reported around 10:15 a.m. It started under the 2 1/2-story building's rear porch.
One firefighter suffered burns. The department estimated damage at $300,000.