May. 7, 2013
Brittani Jones, 18, has been named the Eastern Region Youth Advocate of the Year by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids for her leadership in the fight against tobacco. The Dorchester teen was honored at a gala in the nation’s capital last Thursday (May 2) along with a national winner, three other regional winners, a group winner and a military winner.
Brittani is a senior at Boston Trinity Academy. She first became involved in the fight against tobacco because her grandmother smoked and struggled to quit. After joining Breath of Life Dorchester (BOLD Teens), a peer leadership group, Brittani was chosen to serve on the statewide leadership team of The 84, a youth-led movement fighting for a tobacco-free generation in Massachusetts. The name refers to the fact that 84 percent of high school students in Massachusetts choose to be tobacco-free.
Brittani was a key planner of The 84’s Kick Butts Day event this year; she and her peers marched to the State House and urged state legislators to support a proposed $1.00 cigarette tax increase. She also led a statewide training with 200 youth participants. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports delivery men for two separate Chinese restaurants were held up on the same street last week. Read more
Mayor Thomas Menino’s decision not to seek reelection, the death of her longtime husband, and a lengthy list of accomplishments during her tenure drove Superintendent Carol Johnson’s thinking about retirement, she said last week. Read more
A wide range of Dorchester theater artists–many of them from the talent-rich Savin Hill–are in last-minute rehearsals for upcoming performances in both professional and semi-professional local musical shows. Read more
May. 2, 2013
The Savin Hill Little League opened its season last Saturday with players, friends, and families marching from the Little House on East Cottage Street to a short ceremony at their home fields at McConnell Park. Though largely joyful, this year’s celebration was marked by the absence of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who played for the Rangers and was killed in the Marathon Monday bomb explosions.
“Everybody made a little extra effort to make sure the kids felt good about playing baseball again,” said Mike McCann, the league’s treasurer. “The focus was on starting again.”
Boston firefighters turned out in large numbers wearing baseball t-shirts bearing Richard’s name and his number 8 and emblazoned with the phrase “We are Martin’s firefighters” on the front. Behind a vintage police car and a fire truck with a banner honoring the Richard family and the firefighter’s bagpipe band, the Little Leaguers carried a banner that read, “We are one team.” Boston Police officers wore “Boston Strong” t-shirts and a handful of state troopers stood at attention as the players and their families poured onto the fields. Read more
As voters trickled into the polls across the city on Tuesday, mayoral hopefuls flooded the Election Department office to pick up nomination papers and begin to gather the signatures needed to make it onto this fall’s ballot.
Dozens of candidates for mayor, councilor-at-large, district seats, their operatives, and their supporters showed up early Tuesday morning to lay their hands on the papers. Twenty-four potential mayoral candidates had applied for nomination papers. Read more
May. 1, 2013
State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry of Dorchester hardly flinched in the mid-evening hours of Tuesday as The Boston Globe and the Associated Press were reporting that state Rep. Nick Collins, her opponent from South Boston, would win the Democratic nomination in the special election to represent the First Suffolk District in the state Senate.
Despite those calls by the local media, all the ballots in 77 precincts across South Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan, and parts of Hyde Park had not yet been counted, and when the unofficial results were posted a few hours later, it was Dorcena Forry who was on top, by 378 votes out of 21,730 cast.
May. 1, 2013
Emerging from a primary campaign that lacked the intensity many anticipated, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey held off delegation mate Rep. Stephen Lynch in Tuesday's Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, moving on to face former Navy SEAL and political upstart Gabriel Gomez in a late June special election that will pit a 36-year-veteran of Congress against a political newcomer.
Markey and Gomez are vying for the U.S. Senate seat held for 28 years by Secretary of State John Kerry before he accepted the State Department job from President Obama in January. Read more
Apr. 30, 2013
State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry on Tuesday eked out a win in a three-way Democratic primary as part of a special election to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart in the First Suffolk Senate District seat, her campaign said. Dorcena Forry, a Dorchester Democrat, bested state Rep. Nick Collins of South Boston and Maureen Dahill, who also lives in South Boston, her camp said.
Campaign manager Cayce McCabe said by their count, Dorcena Forry, who was first elected to the Massachusetts House in 2005, won by 370 votes. Read more
A Mattapan 14-year-old was arraigned for arson Monday for allegedly setting the front door of the Chez Vouz roller rink on Rhodes Street on fire Saturday night after she was denied entry, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more
Apr. 30, 2013
As voting got underway Tuesday, ballots that did not include the state Senate race for the First Suffolk District were discovered in two wards in South Boston, according to campaign staff and the Secretary of State's office.
Phones started ringing early Tuesday morning at state Rep. Nick Collins' campaign headquarters with supporters reporting the First Suffolk District race was missing from the ballot, said Kristen Franks, a spokeswoman for Collins, a South Boston Democrat running to succeed former Sen. Jack Hart. Read more
Apr. 29, 2013
Predicting about 750,000 of the roughly 4 million eligible voters will cast a ballot in the Democratic and Republican primaries for an open U.S. Senate seat, Secretary of State William Galvin said he hopes a last minute surge of excitement and get-out-the-vote efforts will foster a bigger turnout.
"I'd very much like to be wrong," Galvin told reporters Monday at a pre-election briefing, saying the similarity of the two Democratic candidates, the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon, and the holding of a springtime election resulted in a lack of enthusiasm. Read more
A fire reported around 3:40 a.m. on Saturday at 15 Evelyn St. sent three firefighters to the hospital and did an estimated $500,000 in damage, according to the Boston Fire Department. Read more
Apr. 27, 2013
Rev. Jeffrey Brown said on Friday that he isn’t endorsing anybody in the First Suffolk Senate race. His statement to the Reporter came after a release from state Rep. Nick Collins’s campaign erroneously claimed the reverend as a supporter.
Days later, Rev. Brown was featured in a 30-second robocall to voters on Sunday, endorsing Collins's opponent, state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry. "Let there be no confusion about who I personally support for the state Senate this Tuesday, April 30," he said, calling Dorcena Forry his "personal choice" and citing her legislative experience. Read more
Eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in last week’s bomb attack at the Boston Marathon, was laid to rest this week at a local cemetery after a private funeral service, according to a statement issued by the family.
“The outpouring of love and support over the last week has been tremendous,” Denise and Bill Richard said. “This has been the most difficult week of our lives and we appreciate that our friends and family have given us space to grieve and heal.
“A private Funeral Mass was celebrated [Tuesday] morning with immediate family. We laid our son Martin to rest, and he is now at peace. We plan to have a public memorial service in the coming weeks to allow friends and loved ones from our community to join us for a celebration of Martin’s life.” Read more
Voters in Dorchester, Mattapan, South Boston, and a portion of Hyde Park will go to the polls next Tuesday as the campaigns in a special election to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart wind down their efforts.
Because of the district’s deep-blue shading, the results of a three-way Democratic primary between a Dorchester candidate and a pair of contenders from South Boston are expected to be determinative. The winner of the April 30 primary will face off against Dorchester Republican Joseph Ureneck on May 28. Read more
Apr. 25, 2013
The endorsements keep coming as the special election to replace Jack Hart in the state Senate draws closer: On Monday night, state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry of Dorchester picked up the endorsement of DotOUT, an influential group of local activists representing LGBT interests in the Dorchester neighborhood.
The next morning, the Boston Herald ran an editorial supporting state Rep. Nick Collins of South Boston for the seat, saying “[I]n this field we think the taxpayers’ best hopes lie with Collins and we are pleased to endorse him.” Read more
Apr. 25, 2013
Peace is possible.
It’s a message of hope. It’s a message of empowerment. And on Sunday, May 12th 2013, it’s the message that survivors of homicide and their supporters will take onto the streets of Dorchester in the 17th Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. Read more
“I couldn’t mix the paint fast enough!” exclaims Dot Art Executive Director Liz Carney, describing the April 20-21 “Painting for Peace” project on Savin Hill Beach, an event she organized to help children respond to the Marathon tragedy.
“Kids have so much to say, but a lot of it is beyond words. It can only be said in pictures,” explained Carney.
Dozens of youngsters collaborated on transforming a 100-foot roll of fabric wallpaper into a canvas on which they expressed their emotions with a limited palette of acrylics. The kids also made greeting cards and hearts for victims and first responders. Carney’s calligrapher sister Claire Griffin added the words from the poster made by Martin Richard in the now-familiar picture “No More Hurting People. Peace.” The completed banner now hangs from the Savin Hill Bridge above the southeast expressway. Read more
Apr. 24, 2013
Candidates hoping to succeed Mayor Thomas Menino slowly returned to the campaign trail this week after most of them had suspended campaign activities following last week’s Boston Marathon bombings.
Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley appeared at a First Suffolk State Senate forum organized by DotOUT, a group of LGBT activists from Dorchester. He worked his way through the crowd at Savin Bar before heading out to another event. And District 8 City Councillor Michael Ross, also a candidate for mayor, came by as the Monday night forum was winding down. Read more
The question has been posed dozens of times in the last week from media who descended on our neighborhood from all over the world: What is it about the Richard family —and their Ashmont-Adams community —that is so special?
The truth is that the vibrant, caring community that revolves around families like the Richards of Carruth Street can't be bottled, capped, and shared with the world. Try though we will, that unique chemistry can’t be defined on a t-shirt or a Facebook page. It can't even be claimed for all of our neighborhood, because— quite frankly, it doesn't exist in all, or even in most, of Dorchester. Read more