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
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
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
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
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
Nov. 13, 2014
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
Nov. 13, 2014
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Read more
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
Nov. 13, 2014
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
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
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
Nov. 11, 2014
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
Nov. 11, 2014
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
Nov. 11, 2014
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
Nov. 10, 2014
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
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
Nov. 7, 2014
Kick 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 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
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"
Nov. 6, 2014
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
Nov. 6, 2014
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
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
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