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Gov. Patrick: Olympics bid ‘wicked exciting’

By 
Lauren Dezenski
Oct. 23, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick gave his qualified support to Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics in a speech at the 27th annual Governor’s Travel and Tourism Conference on Thursday afternoon.

“I think the Olympic bid is wicked exciting,” Patrick said to the packed room of the state’s travel and tourism advocates at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.  Read more

Storm briefly floods Morrissey Boulevard, possible lane closures overnight (photos)

A UMass Boston boat tows the Cordelia, pulled from its moorings by the powerful northeaster storm thrashing New England, back to a more secure mooring at the Savin Hill Yacht Club. Club members and UMass Boston employees watch from the boat ramp off of Morrissey Boulevard. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

Minor flooding briefly forced lane closures along Morrissey Boulevard as traffic was funneled to one lane just south of the UMass Boston entrance just before noon today.

The roadway was flooded by high tides that rolled in at 11:28. Department of Conservation and Recreation spokesman William Hickey said the closed lanes would be re-opened by 2 p.m.–in time for the evening commute. The minor flooding took place around high tide and after a deluge of rain. As of 8 a.m. this morning, 2.64 inches of rain had fallen at Logan Airport over 22 hours as a result of the storm.

The storm could also shut down lanes of Morrissey Boulevard overnight as continuing rainfall coincides with high tide just before midnight, DCR said. Detours set up by DCR and State Police are possible between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.  Read more

Walsh: Tax indexing repeal will worsen 'urgent' problem

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Oct. 23, 2014

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, OCT. 22, 2014.....Seeking to secure a revenue stream for transportation projects, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh threw his support Wednesday behind the effort to defeat Question 1 on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Walsh said indexing the gas tax to inflation would provide funding for needed safety upgrades.  Read more

THE STATE BALLOT QUESTIONS: AN OVERVIEW

Question 1: Eliminating gas tax indexing
Yes: Would eliminate the requirement that the state’s gas tax be adjusted annually according to the consumer price index.

No: Would make no change to the laws regarding the gas tax.

Supporters say: Voting yes will eliminate automatic annual increases by inflation, which Steven Aylward of the Committee to Tank Automatic Gas Tax Hikes says is taxation without representation.

Opponents say: Getting rid of the increase will take away necessary money for roads and bridges according to the Committee for Safer Roads and Bridges.  Read more

The younger set walks the walk for a 'yes' on Q. 4

It was a school night, but that didn’t stop the 75 or so young people clustered in St. Mary’s Church in Uphams Corner from heading out to knock on doors in the evening hours of Wed., Oct. 15. Many of them were teen-agers, not yet old enough to vote, but they were organized and on a mission: Encourage Uphams Corner residents to vote “yes” next month on Ballot Question 4.  Read more

Spring-term opening is set for UMass Boston science complex

The new Integrated Science Complex at UMass Boston will open for classes in the spring. Photo courtesy UMass Boston

Gov. Deval Patrick will be checking out the newest academic building to rise on the Dorchester campus of UMass Boston today as one stop on a whirlwind trip across the commonwealth to visit higher education institutions that have benefited from his administration.

The UMass building is being paid for in part by $125 million from the higher education bond bill signed by the governor in 2008.  Read more

Dot man guilty in ’12 cyclist death

A Dorchester man who struck and killed a cyclist on Morrissey Boulevard in 2012 was convicted of felony motor vehicle homicide last week in Suffolk Superior Court. Jurors found that Michael Ahern, 49, was drunk and negligent when he hit 63 year-old Doan Bui with his pick-up truck near Malibu beach after a night spent drinking in Boston bars. Ahern stayed with the victim and called police to the scene. Investigators say Ahern was traveling at 51 m.p.h. on Morrissey, a parkway that has a 30 m.p.h limit. Ahern faces a minimum mandatory one year in jail and will be sentenced on Oct. 31.  Read more

Mather students, dignitaries mark school’s 375th birthday

By 
Eliza Dewey, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 23, 2014

Mather School alumnus Bill Bratton, who presently serves as commissioner of the New York City Police Department, joined students and Principal Emily Cox on stage for a celebration marking the Mather's 375th anniversary on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Photo by Kelly Davidson

On Monday, students, parents, teachers and lawmakers gathered at the State House for a ceremony to commemorate the 375th anniversary of the Mather School. The school, which sits atop Meetinghouse Hill in Dorchester, is the oldest public elementary school in the nation.

Monday’s event, which consisted of singing performances from the students and a public proclamation from the members of the Dorchester delegation, was one of several events that have taken place this week around the city in honor of the school’s historic milestone.

On Wednesday, the school held the official celebration of its birthday, which included remarks by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, an alumnus of the school who previously served as Commissioner of the Boston Police Department.  Read more

Three finalists show models of Fields Corner sculptures

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 23, 2014

A model of the proposed sculpture piece submitted by artist Juanjo Novella.

A trio of artists— each hoping to win a competition for the chance to create a new sculpture inside Town Field in Fields Corner— displayed models of their proposed works at a community meeting on Monday evening at the Vietnamese-American Community Center on Charles Street. One of the three will be chosen to execute the project by a 10-person committee led by Viet-AID director Nam Pham with a decision expected by next month.

Visual representations of the proposed pieces will be on display at the Fields Corner branch of the Boston Public Library through Oct. 29. Models of the sculptures will be shown this weekend at the Vietnamese-American community center this weekend during Dorchester Open Studios (Saturday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m.). They may be viewed online here.

Freedom's Herald: One of two proposals by Joe O'ConnellFreedom's Nature: One of two proposals by Joe O'ConnellAbout 40 residents were in attendance at Monday evening’s meeting. The budget for the public art display is $250,000, which does not include site work which will need to accompany any one of the pieces. VietAID is responsible for raising the funds.  Read more

Walsh on Ebola: ‘Not likely, but we’re prepared’

Mayor Marty Walsh said that recent false alarms and lessons from Texas and abroad are helping Boston prepare for what he considers a low probability of an Ebola case in Boston.  Read more

In vote push, Patrick drops in on Haitian Seniors

Gov. Deval Patrick visited the Sant Belvi Adult Day Center for Haitian elders on Tuesday to deliver a stump speech on behalf of the Democratic ticket. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

The path to the corner office runs through the Haitian community for any aspiring governor, according to Gov. Deval Patrick – and he would know. “You cannot win without the Haitian community. You shouldn't even try without the Haitian community,” he says.

Patrick delivered that line and more with the help of a translator to a packed room of more than 150 Haitian seniors on Monday afternoon at the Sant Belvi Adult Day Center. The governor’s appearance at Sant Belvi was part of a whirlwind of a day stumping for his would-be successor, Attorney General Martha Coakley at senior centers across Boston.  Read more

Council praises Baker’s 'innovative' mixed-use library proposal, charter reform hearing soon

By 
Lauren Dezenski
Oct. 22, 2014

Councillor Frank Baker

Councillor Frank Baker’s idea to study turning branches of the city’s public libraries into mixed-use spaces was well-received at Wednesday’s meeting of the Boston City Council.

The proposal would study integrating the branch libraries throughout the city to into mixed-use developments, creating new and larger libraries, updating the buildings as well as adding valuable space for commercial and residential uses that would benefit the community. It was reported to the Committee on Economic Development and Planning and Labor, chaired by Councillor Sal LaMattina.

Councillor Tito Jackson commended Baker’s proposal, praising as it “innovative and disruptive.” “Councillor Baker has never been known to be disruptive on the council,” he said jokingly. At-Large City Councillor Michelle Wu said the mixed-use space would be especially beneficial in neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Councillor Charles Yancey concurred, added that he knows from experience how beneficial libraries can be to a community.  Read more

Yancey’s Mattapan high school clears major hurdle

By 
Lauren Dezenski
Oct. 22, 2014

After more than 20 years, City Councillor Charles Yancey’s proposed state-of-the art high school in Mattapan is within reach after the measure was initially approved at the City Council meeting on Wednesday.

“This was the right thing to do and it’s long overdue,” Yancey told the Reporter after the meeting. “I’m very happy and satisfied.”  Read more

All eyes on pending sale of Boston Globe property

The 16 acre Boston Globe site on Morrissey Boulevard is for sale. The Globe's new ownership under John Henry is staying mum on who the finalists are to buy the property. A city master plan for Columbia Point has identified the Globe as a prime parcel for mixed-use redevelopment— a plan endorsed by Mayor Marty Walsh. Photo courtesy Colliers International

Future of Morrissey Blvd. site is very much on Mayor Walsh’s mind

Mayor Martin Walsh hopes that the sale of the massive Boston Globe property on Morrissey Boulevard will result in a new mixed-use development that will follow guidelines laid out by a city-led task force four years ago.  Read more

Bill Walczak named president of Lewis Family Foundation

Bill Walczak

Bill Walczak, the pioneering Dorchester civic and health activist who was a candidate for mayor of Boston last year, will join one of the city's leading progressive foundations as its first president. Walczak will lead the Lewis Family Foundation, which has donated more $130 million in more than 60 countries since its launch in 1981.

“We are delighted to have Bill join the Lewis Family Foundation as we work to make real, lasting and positive change,” said Harriet Lewis, chairman of the Lewis Family Foundation, in a statement issued today. “Bill’s entire career has been dedicated to social change."  Read more

Man gets 18-20 in prison after admitting to 1992 Savin Hill rape

Abercrombie
Abercrombie

A former Dorchester resident was sentenced to 18-20 years in state prison today after he admitted he raped a woman walking home from the Savin Hill MBTA stop on Oct. 30, 1992.

Terry Abercrombie, 52, had avoided detection until 2012, when a DNA database run by the FBI found a match with DNA evidence the Suffolk County District Attorney's office had entered in the database in 2006.

DA Dan Conley said the DNA match and additional evidence convinced Abercrombie to plead guilty.  Read more

Authorities say argument inside Chinese take-out place led to murder

A Quincy man was ordered held without bail Tuesday on charges he fatally stabbed another man in the neck outside the Chung Wah take-out place at 199 Bowdoin St. Thursday evening, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

According to prosecutors, Edgardo Clark, 29, got into a confrontation with Gerald Williamson, 31, around 7:30 p.m. In a statement, the DA's office says:  Read more

Baker wants hearing to explore siting libraries in new mixed-use buildings

City Councillor Frank BakerCity Councillor Frank BakerCity Councillor Frank Baker will seek a City Council hearing to explore ways to integrate public libraries into new mixed-use buildings as the city’s building boom goes into high gear.

“I’m looking to get new libraries and put them in larger buildings,” said Baker, who filed a hearing order on Tuesday that will be discussed at tomorrow’s regularly scheduled council meeting. “It may only be workable at two or three sites, but I want to look at the opportunities now and the feasibility. It’s being done in other cities like Washington DC, San Fransisco and Dallas. We want to talk about it because we have to come up with an alternative.”  Read more

Dudley intersection to be dedicated to Sr. Margaret Leonard

Sr. Margaret Leonard

The corner of Dudley Street and East Cottage Street in Dorchester will be dedicated to longtime community leader Sr. Margaret Leonard in a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 31. Sr. Leonard is the executive director of Project Hope, which assists homeless families. She is part of the Little Sister of the Assumption community, which has been active in the Dudley Triangle neighborhoods for decades.  Read more

Woman stabbed to death early Saturday

The Boston Police Department reports a woman was fatally stabbed in a fight around 4:45 a.m. at 188 Washington St. in Dorchester.

The woman, believed to be in her 20s, was taken to Boston Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Quincy man charged with fatal stabbing on Bowdoin Street

The Boston Police Department reports officers found Gerald Williamson, 31, suffering from a stab wound around 7:20 p.m. on Thursday at 205 Bowdoin St.

He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he died.

On Monday, police arrested Edgardo Clark, 29, of Quincy, and charged him with Williamson's murder.

Former Neponset funeral home director held on $50,000 cash bail

By 
Staff
Oct. 20, 2014

Joseph O'Donnell, the former Neponset funeral home director now under indictment for an array of alleged crimes related to the business, was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail at his arraignment today in Suffolk Superior Court. O'Donnell, 56, allegedly bilked customers out of nearly $150,000 over several years and illegally stored dead bodies in two storage lockers while operating without a license. O'Donnell is due back in court on Dec. 9.  Read more

SUV winds up on home's front steps

SUV on front porch of 44 Hill Top St.

Photo via BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded around 4 p.m. on Friday to a report of an SUV up the front stairs of 44 Hill Top St.

The driver is being evaluated for injuries. A woman and two children in the car checked out OK, the department says.

Neponset Trail section to close for three weeks, detour planned

By 
Reporter Staff
Oct. 17, 2014

This section of the Neponset Greenway will be closed for three weeks beginning on Monday.

Beginning Monday, the Neponset Trail and Greenway will be closed between Granite Avenue and Butler T Station according to the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The closure will last approximately three weeks as crews reconstruct a stone dust pathway, DCR said in an advisory on Friday. Travelers can bypass the construction zone using detour signs along public sidewalks from Granite Avenue to Milton Street and then from Adams Street to Butler Street.

For more information visit mass.gov/DCR

Dem operative to lobby for medical marijuana dispensaries

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Oct. 17, 2014

A top Democratic operative and the campaign manager of a November ballot effort has registered as a lobbyist. The move comes two months after she participated in meetings with Boston City Hall officials and a company seeking to open a medical marijuana dispensary.  Read more