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Annual tree lighting tour set for Nov. 29

By 
Staff
Nov. 18, 2014

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.  Read more

Work will begin soon on overpass demolition at Forest Hills; public meeting to be scheduled

By 
Tom Mulvoy, Associate Editor
Nov. 18, 2014

After a lengthy period of public discussion where few passions were left unnoted, the Casey Arborway Project has moved into the first stages of its operational phase with the awarding of the construction contract to Barletta Heavy Division Corp.  Read more

Argument led to Monday night stabbing at South Bay Target

By 
Lauren Dezenski
Nov. 17, 2014

A fight inside the South Bay Target led to two women being stabbed inside the store early Monday evening, Boston police said.

The altercation took place inside the Target store, with a man and a woman attacking two women following an argument just before 6 p.m., Boston Police Spokesperson Jimmy Moccia said. It was not clear if the assailants knew the victims before the incident, Moccia said.  Read more

Woman will not face charges in fatal July stabbing; DA cites 'self-defense'

By 
Staff
Nov. 17, 2014

A Dorchester woman who stabbed her "abusive boyfriend to death this summer was acting in self-defense and will not face criminal charges," according to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.  Read more

At Faneuil Hall, parents rally for better schools

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Nov. 13, 2014

Decrying lackluster education around the state and calling on new leaders to do better, activists and students rallied in front of Faneuil Hall Thursday morning.

The rally was organized by Families for Excellent Schools, a group new to Massachusetts that has put pressure on the mayor of New York City for his opposition to new charter schools.  Read more

ADSL Field House named for longtime player, coach Jim Collyer

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 13, 2014

Jim Collyer, second from left, is shown with (l-r) Boston Park League President Walter Bentson, former Mayor Ray Flynn, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry. Photo courtesy ADSL" title="Jim Collyer, second from left, is shown with (l-r) Boston Park League President Walter Bentson, former Mayor Ray Flynn, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry. Photo courtesy ADSL

The All Dorchester Sports League (ADSL) dedicated a city-owned field house in Fields Corner to longtime coach and mentor Jim Collyer on Sat., Nov 9. Mayor Martin Walsh spoke at the event which was also attended by State Senators Linda Dorcena Forry and Sonia Chang Diaz as well as many of the city’s elected officials including city councillors Frank Baker and Ayanna Pressley. Former mayor of Boston Ray Flynn also attended the ceremony.

Collyer, 86, began playing baseball in Town Field when he was about 12 years old. He played his first official Park League game in 1951, and continued pitching, sometimes in front of thousands of spectators, until he was 63. Collyer joined the ADSL board of directors in 1989 and he has been dedicated to enriching children’s lives through baseball ever since.  Read more

A mixed reaction to BRA plans for Mount Vernon St.

By 
Eliza Dewey, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 13, 2014

Mt. Vernon Street meeting on Nov. 5.: Residents and stakeholders got hands on in reviewing BRA plans for a re-design of Columbia Point's main drag. Photo by Eliza Dewey Mt. Vernon Street meeting on Nov. 5.: Residents and stakeholders got hands on in reviewing BRA plans for a re-design of Columbia Point's main drag. Photo by Eliza Dewey A city initiative to revamp Mount Vernon Street at Columbia Point is moving ahead, although feelings about the proposal are mixed based on the input of stakeholders at a public meeting last Wednesday.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), the city’s planning agency, held the session to discuss the final design of the project’s first phase. Referred to by developers as the “25% Plan,” the document describes the basic layout of a street, including the number and width of lanes, the width of the sidewalk, and the location of bus stops, crosswalks, street lighting and other outdoor amenities. The so-called “100% Plan” will include more detailed drawings that would eventually be available for construction bids.

The project also involves Boston’s Transportation and Public Works departments as well as McMahon Associates; Crosby, Schlessinger & Smallridge LLC; and Omloop Design as outside consultants.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY Nov. 13 – 20, 2014

Thursday (13th) – Community forum on future of Mattahunt Community Center in Mattapan, 5:30-7:30p.m., 100 Hebron St., Mattapan.

Friday (14th) – Elizabeth Seton Academy Autumn Auction starts at 6 p.m. at IBEW Freeport Hall, Dorchester. The buffer dinner event includes a slient auction, raffles, and live auction. Edward W. Forry, co-founder of the Dorchester Reporter, will receive the school’s Hazard Yet Forward award. Tickets $50 may be purchased by calling 617-296-1087 x20 or email rray@esaboston.com  Read more

Democrats’ winning strategy in Mattapan: Champion the ticket

Governor-elect Charlie Baker and his wife Lauren receive a blessing from Archbishop A. Livingston Foxworth at a Grace Church of All Nations service on Sunday morning. 	Photo by Lauren DezenskiGovernor-elect Charlie Baker and his wife Lauren receive a blessing from Archbishop A. Livingston Foxworth at a Grace Church of All Nations service on Sunday morning. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

As Election Day drew near in Mattapan, campaign insiders were anticipating that one in four neighborhood votes would swing to Republican Charlie Baker over Democrat Martha Coakley. In the end, only one in ten voters chose Baker, and Democrats were able to claim victory in one of the most civically engaged communities in the city.

“The whole point of getting out communities of color is the fact that we thought we’d bring it over the top” for Coakley, said state Rep. Russell Holmes, who represents parts of Mattapan. “I think communities of color did show up more than what folks expected, but it wasn’t enough.”  Read more

One man’s memoir recalls the Dorchester of 50 years ago

By 
Eliza Dewey, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 13, 2014

Gerard Healy

Dorchester native Gerard Healy, who was featured on the front page of the Reporter two decades ago following his return from the Desert Storm operation in Iraq, has written a memoir detailing his experiences growing up in the neighborhood during the 1960s while attending the Saint Mark’s parish elementary school, Christopher Columbus High School, and Suffolk University.  Read more

Grants will help Dot House food pantry, farmers market

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center was recently awarded $12,500 in grants from Partners HealthCare and Project Bread to support its food pantry operations and food security in the community. Partners’ donation will support a voucher program for the health center’s food pantry clients. In the summer of 2015, vouchers in the amount of $10 dollars will be distributed to each food pantry client family to be redeemed at the Dorchester House Farmers’ Market.  Read more

Three pitch city for Maxwell site in Uphams Corner

The 2.5 acre Maxwell Box Company parcel, now owned by the city, is adjacent to the Uphams Corner MBTA station on the Fairmount Line.

The city of Boston is vetting a trio of proposals submitted by development teams to turn an old Uphams Corner manufacturing complex into a mix of housing and other uses. The former Maxwell Box Company at 65 East Cottage St. is one of several dormant sites along the Fairmount commuter rail corridor that are now on the fast track to revitalization thanks in large part to state and federal investment in the transit line.

The Maxwell site, which formerly housed a bread factory, is a 2.5-acre industrial parcel that sits adjacent to the Uphams Corner MBTA station. It was seized by the city in 2011 for its owner’s failure to pay back taxes and was briefly considered as a new home for a municipal storage yard in the waning days of the Menino administration.  Read more

No treble meeting First-Lady for 11 year-old Dot bass player, student

By 
Staff
Nov. 11, 2014

Ajani Boyd hugs the First Lady Michelle Obama during a visit to the White House on Monday. Photo by Steven E. Purcell

Dorchester’s Ajani Boyd, 11, got a big hug and a warm welcome from First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday at the White House. Boyd was at the executive mansion with a group from Boston-based Project STEP (Strings Training and Education Program), which won the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the First Lady.  Read more

Building's facade falls onto sidewalk in Codman Square

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Nov. 11, 2014

Image from 7News

Bricks from a Washington Street chiropractic building's exterior facade fell to the ground just after noon on Tuesday, Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald told the Reporter.

No one was injured, MacDonald said. The building at 497 Washington St. is occupied by Active Chiropractic Rehab. The building’s strip mall-style brick exterior is visible from Google Maps Street View. It is located directly across the street from Dorchester District Court.  Read more

In Lower Mills meeting, Evans pleads with public for tips in shooting probe

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Nov. 11, 2014

Lower Mills public safety meeting on Nov. 10, 2014: Image courtesy Rep. Cullinane's officeLower Mills public safety meeting on Nov. 10, 2014: Image courtesy Rep. Cullinane's office

Neighbors looking for answers in an Election Day shooting outside of Lower Mills Library received few new details about the ongoing investigation less than a week after the incident, which left a 30 year-old victim fighting for his life in a Boston hospital.

At the Monday night meeting, more than 200 residents, from Lower Mills and beyond, gathered in the St. Gregory’s Auditorium for a discussion on the recent violence in the neighborhood, hosted by State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, State Rep. Dan Cullinane and Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans.  Read more

Artist chosen to create Fields Corner sculpture

By 
Staff
Nov. 10, 2014

A conceptual design for Juanjo Novella's "Freedom's Home" sculpture. The color has been changed from red to yellow based on feedback from a committee that reviewed the submission.

A Spanish sculptor has been selected to create a permanent art display in a plaza near the Town Field playground in Fields Corner. A ten-member committee has awarded the commission to Juanjo Novella, whose "Freedom's Home" submission was one of 144 considered in a year-long process led by the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Inc. (VietAID) and the City of Boston Parks Department, the Boston Art Commission. The project— which has a budget of $500,000 with half of that slated to pay for the art piece itself— is supported by the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund.

Novella's tall, curved sculpture would be built with a steel membrane comprised of the word “freedom” repeated in multiple languages that will be lit up at night. Novella was one of three artists who were finalists in the competitive process.

"Inspired by the mountainous island cliffs in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay as well as the shapes of the roads circumscribing Fields Corner, Novella seeks to integrate the piece with the community," according to a statement issued by VietAID this weekend.  Read more

Woman found dead in Bowdoin Street apartment; hours later, suspect boyfriend found dead near Rhode Island

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A man wanted for killing his girlfriend in their Bowdoin Street apartment was discovered near his car off I-195 in Rehoboth, also dead, Boston and State police report.

The Boston Police Department had issued an alert for Paulo Rosa, 30, after the body of Audilia DaVeiga, 33, was discovered in their 45 Bowdoin St. apartment around 4 p.m. on Saturday.

"Pending the results of an autopsy, the cause and manner of death will remain under investigation," police reported.  Read more

Lower Mills kicks off season with Holiday Stroll on Nov. 20

By 
Staff
Nov. 7, 2014

Holiday Stroll 2014Holiday Stroll 2014Kick off the holiday season at the seventh annual Lower Mills Holiday Stroll on Thursday, Nov. 20 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. The event will begin with a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at Meetinghouse Bank.

The businesses will be staying open late to offer special discounts, coupons and samplings. Enjoy Victorian carolers, photos with Santa, and hot chocolate stops on the route. Visit the beautiful Baker Chocolate Artists Lofts to see original art by resident artists, and meet historian Anthony Sammarco, who will be signing his books on Baker Chocolate and Howard Johnson; ride the free trolley from Carney Hospital to the Forbes House Museum, with several stops along the way.

A shuttle from Standish Village (Lower Mills) to Central Avenue will also be running. Pick up maps at participating sites or on the trolley.

Organized by the Lower Mills Civic Association and the Lower Mills Merchant’s Association.  Read more

Boston Police: Lower Mills shooting attack was "not random"

Keldon Liverpool

Boston Police now say that Tuesday afternoon's shooting incident in Lower Mills that left a 30 year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head was "not random."

Keldon Liverpool was shot in the head outside of the CVS on Dorchester Avenue and River Street just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday–yards from the Lower Mills Library, a busy polling location. Liverpool was rushed to Boston Medical Center where he remains in serious condition.  Read more

Quincy Medical's imminent shut-down could boost Carney Hospital

By 
Bill Forry and Lauren Dezenski
Nov. 6, 2014

The Boston Globe reports today that Steward Health Care System intends to close in-patient services at Quincy Medical Center on Dec. 1. What does this mean for Carney Hospital, which is also owned and managed by Steward?

While Steward officials are careful not to say this explicity: Quincy’s loss may be Dorchester’s gain.  Read more

Brother of Lower Mills shooting victim pleads for answers; detective tells TV station event was "random"

By 
Lauren Dezenski
Nov. 6, 2014

Keldon Liverpool, 30, remains in serious condition at Boston Medical Center

Family members of the 30-year-old man shot in Lower Mills on Tuesday evening are searching for answers.

Keldon Liverpool was shot in the head outside of the CVS on Dorchester Avenue and River Street just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday–yards from the Lower Mills Library, a busy polling location. Liverpool was rushed to Boston Medical Center where he remains as of Thursday morning in serious condition. The homicide unit was called to the scene to investigate as police canvassed the darkened parking lot looking for evidence.  Read more

Henderson School begins its move to K-12 model

By 
Eliza Dewey, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 6, 2014

The former Woodrow Wilson School on Croftland Avenue in Dorchester will house upper grades of the Henderson Inclusion School.

During the fall the Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School has begun a series of changes as part of a five-year restructuring plan that will expand it to a full pre-K-12 school, open up more than 400 additional seats, and, eventually, see the relocation of the majority of its grades to a new building on Croftland Avenue.

The school, well-known for its “full inclusion” model in which students with disabilities are educated in the same classrooms with their non-disabled peers, comprises what was formerly known as the Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion Elementary School and the Harbor Pilot Middle and High Schools. Upon completion of the plan, the school will be the city’s first full inclusion single-pathway school from pre-K to twelfth grade.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY Nov. 6 – 13, 2014

Thursday (6th) – Fields Corner Main Street’s 10th annual Dotini cocktail party and fundraiser, 7-10 p.m. at the Blarney Stone, 1505 Dorchester Ave. Celebrate with friends and neighbors, like world-famous Master of Ceremonies Ryan Landry. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. fieldscorner.org.  Read more

Dot native makes video of an epic NHL fight for ESPN

Dorchester native Mark O’Sullivan has produced a 16-minute video entitled “Our Tough Guy” that features an episode in the hockey life of former Boston Bruin John Wensink, who was known as an “enforcer,” and premiered at the Boston Film festival on Sept 27.

The video will be featured on ESPN’s 30 for 30 series next Wednesday, Nov 12. Molly Schiot directed the film and it was co-produced by Peter Karinen and executive producer Noah Goldsmith.  Read more

Democrat Healey easily elected state Attorney General

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Nov. 6, 2014

Completing a speedy ascension in state politics, former prosecutor Maura Healey on Tuesday won the race to succeed Attorney General Martha Coakley, beating out Republican attorney John Miller of Winchester for the state’s top law enforcement office.

Healey, a 43-year-old Charlestown Democrat making her first run for public office, had won 63 percent of the vote compared to 37 percent for Miller with 87 percent of the votes counted Tuesday night.

Democrats, starting with former House Speaker Robert Quinn, have held the office since 1969.  Read more