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Ester debuts —quietly— in Lower Mills

Team ester : includes executive chef Esteban Gallego, owner Eleanor Arpino and manager Luther Pinckney. The restaurant opened quietly last week and is currently throughout the week— except for Mondays—for dinner. It will open full-time for lunch and dinner by next month. 	Photo by Bill ForryTeam ester : includes executive chef Esteban Gallego, owner Eleanor Arpino and manager Luther Pinckney. The restaurant opened quietly last week and is currently throughout the week— except for Mondays—for dinner. It will open full-time for lunch and dinner by next month. Photo by Bill Forry
Ester, the restaurant and bar that has replaced The Ledge Kitchen and Drinks in the heart of Lower Mills’ village, opened quietly last Wednesday evening. The eatery is now open for dinner only as the new owners and managers methodically roll out a limited menu as they continue to hire and train staff.

The restaurant will eventually celebrate with a grand opening and offer a wider menu, including lunch. The big event will probably happen sometime after April’s chilled rains give way to May’s patio season. Until then, Team Ester is focused on getting off on the right foot. And that means putting a premium on highly-trained staff who make each “guest experience” a positive one.  Read more

RICHARD FAMILY HAILS THE CHAMPS

David Ortiz greeted the members of the Richard family of Dorchester who survived last year’s Boston Marathon bombings before the Red Sox home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park last Friday. Eight-year-old Martin Richard was killed in the attack on Boylston Street on April 15, 2013. His sister Jane, foreground, lost her leg in the bombing. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Controversial Savin Hill house demolished

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 9, 2014

Demolition crews took down 24 Grampian Way in a few hours on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

After months of controversy, a home on Savin Hill with a landmark designation was torn down this week as neighborhood residents remained in the dark about what the future holds for the parcel at 24 Grampian Way. A demolition vehicle moved onto the property and began dismantling the dilapidated structure on Tuesday.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Wrong street, wrong house for this night-time stroller

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 9, 2014

Bad luck or dumb criminal? Maybe a little bit of both.

Police say a Dorchester man was caught with stolen goods on Tuttle Street at around 2:20 a.m. on April 2, a few feet away from Mayor Marty Walsh’s house. He apparently did not notice – until it was too late – the marked police cruiser that sits outside Walsh’s home around the clock as part of the mayor’s security detail.  Read more

Sales of t-shirts, quilts will aid Team MR8 Fund

Dorchester Strong QuiltDorchester Strong QuiltDorchester apparel company College Hype will once again help raise funds to benefit the new fund established in memory of Martin Richard, the 8 year-old Dorchester boy killed in last year's Boston Marathon bombings. The Adams Corner-based company is raffling off a pair of commemorative quilts made from "Dorchester Strong" and "Boston Strong" shirts.

Martin's parents, Bill and Denise Richard, have launched a foundation that honors Martin's message of peace by investing in education, athletics and community. An inaugural team of 100 runners named Team MR8 will raise awareness and funds as ambassadors running in this year's Boston Marathon on April 21st.

College Hype will build on last year's fundraising efforts by donating proceeds from the sale of their "Dorchester Strong" and "Boston Strong" T-shirt lines, which they did last year, and to raffle off
two quilts bearing the words "Boston Strong" and "Dorchester Strong." The quilts were donated by Jack Cunningham of Ross Common Quilts. They are on display at College Hype at 540 Gallivan Boulevard,
Dorchester.  Read more

State rolls out pothole recovery project on Gallivan Blvd.

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Apr. 9, 2014

Workers filled potholes on Morrissey Boulevard after a press conference by state officials on Wed., April 9, 2014. Photo by Ed Forry

As funding for statewide and local road and transportation projects remains tied up in legislative negotiations, the Patrick administration on Wednesday announced a $40 million one-time program aimed at helping communities recover from the potholes left behind by another tough winter.

Transportation Secretary Richard Davey and MassHighway chief Frank DePaola spoke at a press conference on Gallivan Boulevard to discuss the $40 million program, which uses fiscal 2014 funds.

According to a program announcement obtained by the News Service, the initiative is designed to facilitate repairs of potholes, street cracking and damage to guardrails and signs, as well as repairs to municipal vehicles, garages and fueling stations. Smooth roads are the goal, one official said.  Read more

Dead body found in burning car in Savin Hill

A death investigation is underway following a gruesome early-morning discovery in Savin Hill on Tuesday. Boston Police say that human remains were found inside a vehicle that was found on fire near 6 Davitt Street— just off of Savin Hill Avenue bear Patten's Cove. The call for the incident came into Boston Police at approximately 3:29 a.m. Sources familiar with the investigation say that the incident is not believed to be a homicide, but it remains under investigation.  Read more

Resident parking to commence in Four Corners

By 
Staff
Apr. 4, 2014

New parking restrictions will go into effect this month in and around the Four Corners section of Dorchester as the city implements a new resident parking program in the vicinity of a new MBTA commuter rail station. Ten streets in the Erie-Ellington vicinity will be impacted by the restrictions and neighbors are being encouraged to apply for resident permits through City Hall.

Courtesy flyers are currently being distributed now in the area and actual enforcement of the new regulations will begin on Monday, May 5.  Read more

Jury convicts teen in shooting of two, acquits him in Conneely case

A Suffolk Superior Court jury split its verdict in a Dorchester case last week, deciding that a homeless teen opened fire and wounded two young men, but did not kill an Irish immigrant, in two separate incidents in October 2011.

John Graham, who was 16 at the time of the two shootings incidents, was convicted of a litany of charges, including intent to murder and armed assault of the two men on Monsignor Lydon Way. He was found not guilty in the fatal shooting of Ciaran Conneely, a popular 36-year-old undocumented immigrant from Co. Galway who was known to his friends as “Kiwi.”  Read more

Residents get look at initial Mt. Vernon redesign proposal

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 3, 2014

Residents and stakeholders from Dorchester’s Columbia Point peninsula attended a meeting last Thursday evening to help lay out a city plan to redesign Mt. Vernon Street. The meeting was hosted by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), which is funding the $400,000 planning process now underway.  Read more

SALUTE TO FALLEN HEROES: Tragedy hits home at Mildred Ave.

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 3, 2014

Mildred Ave. kids: Firefighter Jim Walsh joined students from the Mildred Avenue School on Monday. Shown, (standing, l-r) are Yanell Woods, Camari Bailey, Jaquan Jones, Firefighter Jim Walsh, teacher Lynne Travers, Jamoni Waller, Narzvel Sawyer Rodriguez and Evy Ayala; (sitting, l-r) Ibsael Polanco, Danny Silvestre, Simone Darling, Chiosna Bernadeau, Tyra Jennings,Kendra Cole, Destiny Omo, Princess Sawyer Rodriguez, Keren Osorio and Tamera Francois.Mildred Ave. kids: Firefighter Jim Walsh joined students from the Mildred Avenue School on Monday. Shown, (standing, l-r) are Yanell Woods, Camari Bailey, Jaquan Jones, Firefighter Jim Walsh, teacher Lynne Travers, Jamoni Waller, Narzvel Sawyer Rodriguez and Evy Ayala; (sitting, l-r) Ibsael Polanco, Danny Silvestre, Simone Darling, Chiosna Bernadeau, Tyra Jennings,Kendra Cole, Destiny Omo, Princess Sawyer Rodriguez, Keren Osorio and Tamera Francois.

A day after the tragedy that took the lives of two Boston Firefighters, fifth grader Evy Ayala walked the halls of Mildred Avenue School with a fireman’s boot looking for donations to help.

The boot belongs to her brother, Jerrell Ayala, who worked with the fallen firemen. When swim teacher Lynne Travers saw Evy with her boot, she decided to plan something more.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: No statewide run for me, Golar Richie tells her supporters

Charlotte Golar Richie, a Dorchester Democrat who ran for mayor in 2013, will not make a bid for statewide office this year, she told supporters via an email on Saturday. A third place finisher in the 12-way mayoral primary, she had been considering a run for a state office.  Read more

Erin Murphy kicks off run for Mayor of Dorchester

Erin MurphyErin Murphy

Erin Murphy’s Dorchester roots run deep. She’s helping to guide a generation of her neighbors’ kids as a first-grade teacher. And, as she’s raising three children of her own in the neighborhood, Erin has become a fixture of the youth sports and civic scene.  Read more

Fifth Suffolk voters choose Carvalho

Winning candidate: Evandro Carvalho is pictured with his grandfather, Cecilio Correia (left), Edson Soares-DaRosa (right) and Destiny Pires. at Restaurante Cesaria. Photo by Chris LovettWinning candidate: Evandro Carvalho is pictured with his grandfather, Cecilio Correia (left), Edson Soares-DaRosa (right) and Destiny Pires. at Restaurante Cesaria. Photo by Chris Lovett
Attorney Evandro C. Carvalho on Tuesday won a low-turnout Democratic primary in the race to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez. Carvalho, 32, of Fields Corner, moves onto the ballot in the April 29 general election. Since no candidates from the GOP emerged to run in the primary, there will be no Republicans on the ballot to contest Carvalho.

According to unofficial numbers posted on the city elections department’s website, Carvalho won with 49 percent of the vote, or 960 votes, topping Karen Charles Peterson, chief of staff in the state Department of Telecommunications, who came in second with 26.62 percent, or 521 votes. Trailing the top two were Barry Lawton with 9.71 percent, or 190 votes, community activist Jennifer Johnson with 151 votes, and Roy Owens with 89.  Read more

Supreme Court ruling seen as having immediate impact on campaigns, elections

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Apr. 2, 2014

Well-heeled Massachusetts political donors will be free to spread their wealth among as many candidates for state and federal office as they wish this year after the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down aggregate federal campaign contribution limits, a ruling that state regulators said would extend to state limits as well.  Read more

Carvalho wins Democratic primary in Fifth Suffolk race to replace Henriquez

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 1, 2014

Evandro Carvalho: Won Democratic primary election today. Photo by Mike DeehanEvandro Carvalho: Won Democratic primary election today. Photo by Mike DeehanAttorney Evandro C. Carvalho on Tuesday won the five-way Democratic primary in the race to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, sources in two camps said.

As the winner of the April 1 Democratic primary, Carvalho moves on to the ballot in the April 29 general election. No Republicans are expected on the ballot, since there were no candidates that emerged during the primary.

A Fields Corner resident who once worked in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Carvalho was born in Cape Verde and came to Boston at age 15. He graduated from Madison Park High and went to UMass Amherst and Howard University School of Law.  Read more

Dorchester man charged with shooting uncle during a funeral procession

Gai Scott, 36, is scheduled for arraignment in Plymouth District Court on Monday on charges he tried to kill his uncle, Raymond Scott, as the two drove in separate cars on Rte. 3 for a funeral service for Raymond Scott's mother Saturday afternoon.

Raymond Scott, who grew up in Dorchester, is known as Benzino and has a long career as a rapper and publisher of a hip-hop magazine. He is currently a cast member of the VH1 reality show "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta."

According to the Plymouth County District Attorney's office, the two Scotts had been feuding of late.  Read more

Today: Voters choose among five for Fifth Suffolk representative

Four of the five candidates on next Tuesday’s ballot in the Fifth Suffolk District appeared before a crowd at First Parish Church on Sunday afternoon. Shown, l-r, Evandro Carvalho, Karen Charles Peterson, Jennifer Johnson and Barry Lawton.  Profiles on each candidate, Pages 4 and 5.Four of the five candidates on next Tuesday’s ballot in the Fifth Suffolk District appeared before a crowd at First Parish Church on Sunday afternoon. Shown, l-r, Evandro Carvalho, Karen Charles Peterson, Jennifer Johnson and Barry Lawton. Links to profiles on each candidate are available below.

Voters in the Fifth Suffolk House District had a chance this week to see the candidates hoping to succeed former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez up close. Four of the five Democrats on the April 1 primary ballot appeared before a crowd of 50 people at First Parish Church on a Sunday afternoon, offering answers to questions about charter schools, constituent services, and how to handle gun violence, particularly in Bowdoin-Geneva.  Read more

Key Fields Corner building getting a snappy new look

The old Emerald Isle building in Fields Corner is being renovated by new owners. The first new tenant— a T-Mobile store— will move into the building next month. 	Photo by Bill ForryThe old Emerald Isle building in Fields Corner is being renovated by new owners. The first new tenant— a T-Mobile store— will move into the building next month. Photo by Bill Forry

Renovations to a key commercial building in Fields Corner are underway this month as four new tenants prepare to open up shop along Dorchester Avenue. The building, which once housed the defunct Emerald Isle bar and Yum-Yum Chinese restaurant, has undergone a “gut-rehab” in recent months.

The 6,000-square-foot building carries a Faulkner Street address, but its five retail spaces face a bustling stretch of Dorchester Avenue in the heart of the business district. The building abuts the popular Blarney Stone restaurant, which has thrived in spite of the still-forlorn exterior of its next-door neighbor.  Read more

Carvalho envisions ‘fresh start’

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 27, 2014

Evandro Carvalho is a former prosecutor in Roxbury and graduate of UMass Amherst and law school at Howard University. He has lived in Dorchester since he immigrated to this country at age 15 from Santiago, Cape Verde.

At age 32, Carvalho is the youngest among the candidates vying for the Fifth Suffolk House seat.Although he has a lot of support from his Cape Verdean neighbors and beyond, Carvalho said he has a lot of work to do to ensure a win in the April 1 primary.

“I think we are the underdog,” he said.  Read more

Karen Charles Peterson: Time’s right for her to ‘give back’

Karen Charles Peterson placed her hands over the car’s air conditioning vents for warmth as her campaign manager drove her back to her Dorchester home. She had spent two hours in the cold, knocking on doors, down Savin Street and up Quincy Street, covering the Roxbury sliver in the Fifth Suffolk House District that also includes Dorchester.  Read more

Lawton: Experience needed to fill Fifth Suffolk void

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 27, 2014

A longtime teacher with experience drafting political legislation, Barry Lawton is making another attempt at the Fifth Suffolk seat in the State House.

Lawton ran unsuccessfully in 1988, 1999, and 2010.

“We need to have strong, skilled, vocal leadership and we don’t have it now,” Lawton said at Merengue, the Blue Hill Ave. restaurant on a recent Friday. “The past three representatives we’ve had have left early and this is now the third budget cycle we are unrepresented.”  Read more

Johnson puts focus on human services, economic equality

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 27, 2014

As a candidate campaigning to represent the majority-minority Fifth Suffolk House district, Jennifer Johnson stands out for her biography and her track-record as a activist devoted to a progressive agenda. Born and raised in Louisiana, Johnson is a white woman who has found a home in Dorchester and hopes to work on behalf of the district to improve economic equality for its constituents.

“I want to fight for the district and make sure that we continue to have somebody who fights for us in the State House because our district is frequently left behind,” Johnson said.  Read more

Double Dutch champ Sharrice Perkins remembered in memorial tournament

By 
Will Taylor, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 27, 2014

Sharrice Perkins, one of three victims in a horrific 2012 shooting on Harlem Street, was remembered last Saturday at a Double Dutch tournament in Roxbury, an event at which Perkins would have felt quite at home. Perkins was a state championship jumper herself, traveling with her team to the worlds championship competition as a middle and high-school student.

Perkins was just 22 when her life was taken in a parked car. Two other women—Kristen Lartey and Genevieve Philip— were also shot dead and a fourth woman was left wounded. The case remains unsolved.  Read more

Walsh’s gun buyback offer: ‘No questions asked’

Standing at the edge of a Codman Square park, city officials this week restarted a gun buyback program in a bid to curtail neighborhood violence. Dubbed “Your Piece for Peace,” the program has police accepting or picking up guns with “no questions asked,” officials said. The program is open Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at various district police stations.

If the gun, which can’t be loaded or an antique, is accepted by police, a $200 Visa gift card will be available in return.  Read more