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DeLeo gun bill advances after close committee vote

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Jun. 9, 2014

House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s new proposal to reduce gun violence has barely emerged with a favorable report from a legislative committee, foreshadowing a potentially turbulent reception in the full House and Senate.  Read more

Another poll gives Coakley the edge, but Grossman sees "passion gap"

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jun. 9, 2014

Attorney General Martha Coakley continues to hold a commanding lead over her four rivals for the Democratic nomination for governor, according to a new Suffolk University poll that also shows voter opinion shifting dramatically against the state’s nascent casino industry.

As the Democrats running to succeed Gov. Deval Patrick enter a critical week of campaigning ahead of the Democratic Party Convention in Worcester this weekend, Coakley leads her nearest rival, Treasurer Steve Grossman, by 32 points with a 44 percent to 12 percent advantage.  Read more

Brother of anti-violence activist dead after shots fired, motorcycle crashed

The Boston Police Department reports a man was found dead around 8:45 p.m. on Friday outside 5 Taft St.

The man, identified as Michael DePina, brother of Joao DePina, who has organized vigils for local murder victims, was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police recovered a gun near DePina's body and motorcycle and a second gun near the Pleasant Street end of the street.

DEA targeting doctors linked to Medical Marijuana groups

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jun. 6, 2014

While the Obama administration has sent some signals to states that it won’t interfere with the implementation of medical marijuana laws, the Drug Enforcement Administration in recent weeks has visited doctors who hold administrative positions with companies seeking dispensary licenses in Massachusetts and told them to resign or risk losing their registration to prescribe controlled medications.  Read more

BNN-TV report: Transportation Plan for BPS 7th and 8th Graders Explained, Critiqued

By 
BNN-TV Neighborhood Network News
Jun. 6, 2014

Kimberly Rice, Chief Operating Officer for the Boston Public Schools, explained a plan to have more 7th and 8th graders switch from yellow school buses to riding the MBTA. This interview with Chris Lovett for Neighborhood Network News aired on June 4, 2014. For information on the plan: bostonpublicschools.org/safetransitplan. To participate in planning process: communityplanit.org/bpsdot.

BPS Transportation Plan for 7th and 8th Graders Explained from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.  Read more

MBTA cleaning service cuts protested at State House

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Jun. 5, 2014

Lawmakers and union officials on Thursday voiced concerns about the MBTA’s plans to cut nearly 30 percent of its janitorial workforce.  Read more

Councillor Pressley weds longtime beau Conan Harris

By 
Staff
Jun. 5, 2014

The bride and groom: Ayanna Pressley and Conan Harris

Congratulations to City Councillor Ayanna Pressley, who married Conan Harris on Sunday, May 25 in a ceremony at the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill. The Dorchester bride and her new husband, a Dorchester native, honeymooned in Martha’s Vineyard. The guest list at the wedding included many of the councillor’s colleagues in government.

Trinity seeks to buy Ashmont Tire, erect mixed-use building

Trinity Financial, Inc. intends to buy Ashmont Tire, shown at left, located across Dorchester Avenue from the Carruth Building, which Trinity built and owns. Photo by Bill Forry

Tire business will remain open as proposed development is planned

Trinity Financial, Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase Ashmont Tire for an undisclosed price and intends to build a six-story residential building with ground-floor retail space, a development that would mirror the successful Carruth building across the street.  Read more

Walsh push to amend residency rule draws flak from home base

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 5, 2014

To Eileen Boyle, the mayor is opening a can of worms.

The Savin Hill activist with “Save Our City,” a group that wants all municipal workers to be required to live within city limits, took exception on Monday night to Martin J. Walsh’s proposal to lift the residency rule for certain high-level city positions.  Read more

UMass Boston-led team studies Savin Hill Cove

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 5, 2014

Savin Hill’s Mary Talalas, left, and Dr. Anamarija Frankic of UMass-Boston’s Green Harbors Project planted new cord grass on an artificial, non-tox island in Savin Hill Cove last Saturday. Shown at right: Graduate student Deniz Bertuna. Photo by Nancy Talalas

A team led by a UMass Boston professor is expanding its work to restore and study conditions in Savin Hill Cove this season. The salt marsh, a part of Dorchester Bay that is bisected by Morrissey Boulevard, has some of the poorest water quality in the city, but is an ideal place to study and test new approaches to protecting the fragile coastline environment.  Read more

POLITICAL ROUND-UP: Rep. Cullinane is my guy in primary race, says Walsh

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 5, 2014

Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins marched in the Dorchester Day Parade. Tompkins scored a big endorsement from the corrections officers union Local 419 this week.

Martin J. Walsh has bestowed his very first endorsement as mayor on one of his own: State Rep. Daniel Cullinane of Dorchester. “In less than a year in office, Dan has already established himself as one of the hardest working state representatives in Massachusetts,” Walsh said last week in speaking to a group of over 300 supporters at Ester Restaurant in Lower Mills. “He gives the job everything he has to offer, but more importantly, Dan has delivered for the people of his district.”  Read more

Walsh to Dot Board of Trade: ‘Growth’ means opportunities

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 5, 2014

Over the next decade, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury will be the ripest places in the city for growth. That was the message from Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who told the Dorchester Board of Trade last Thursday that it will be up to the business community to embrace changes in their neighborhoods. And growth, he said, will offer opportunities and economic development.

“Issues around housing and development will come up,” he said, “and “we’ll make sure to take care of that.”  Read more

Caribbean immigrant non-profit eyes development of Mattapan’s Cote Ford site

By 
David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 5, 2014

The Cote Ford building on Cummins Highway.

A fledgling immigrant service group hopes to become the developers of the long vacant Cote Ford site on Cummins Highway in Mattapan, building a multi-million dollar center to serve Boston’s growing Caribbean population.  Read more

‘Marty’ marches for the home folks

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 5, 2014

For Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Dorchester Day 2014 was a homecoming of sorts. For many who voted last fall for the candidate who grew up just off Dot Ave., Sunday’s parade was their first chance to see, and, for some, to hug their neighbor the mayor as he marched along the 3.2 miles between Lower Mills and Columbia Road. Shouts of “Hey, Marty!” filled the air at nearly every block.  Read more

DeLeo gun bill could do more, activists insist

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 4, 2014

Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral spoke to supporters of increased gun control laws at a press conference on Tuesday at the State House. Photo courtesy SHNS

Community activists say that Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s newly unveiled gun-violence prevention bill is a good-faith effort, but, they say, there is more it could do to address the realities of armed violence in neighborhoods across the state.  Read more

Team MR8 marches in Dot Day Parade

Bill and Denise Richard marched in Sunday's Parade with their daughter Jane and son Henry. They were joined by about 20 supporters of the MR8 Foundation. (Photo courtesy Judy Tuttle).

Honoring Martin: No. 8 is retired in Savin Hill

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 4, 2014

Jane Richard threw out the first pitch during a ceremony at Savin Hill's McConnell Park on Saturday. Her brother Henry, center, and dad Bill also threw out balls. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

In a rare move for a little league team, but deemed highly appropriate considering the circumstances, Savin Hill Little League retired the number 8 jersey in honor of former Savin Hill Little League player Martin Richard last Saturday.

The Richard family was presented with a framed numbered jersey before Martin’s siblings — Jane, and Henry— and his father, Bill, threw out the ceremonial first pitches at Savin Hill Little League’s inaugural Community Day block party at McConnell Playground. The event was preceded by a parade of little leaguers from the Little House to the playing fields.  Read more

Two stabbed at Shawmut MBTA station

The Transit Police Department reports two people were stabbed around 12:45 p.m. on the Ashmont platform at Shawmut on Wednesday, in an incident that might have started as a dispute on an Orange Line train.

Police report neither victim stuck around for police or EMTs. One was found on Leslie Street, several blocks east of Dorchester Avenue; the other on Dorchester Avenue near Welles Avenue, also several blocks from the station.

Both victims are expected to survive, police say.

Gun bill draws supporters and opponents to State House hearing

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Jun. 4, 2014

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz remembers the funeral of 14-year-old Jaewon Martin, an honor student who was shot and killed the day before Mother’s Day in 2010 while playing on a basketball court in Jamaica Plain.

“He was doing everything right and was still lost to gun violence in our city,” the Jamaica Plain Democrat said Tuesday, her voice cracking during an event held before lawmakers heard testimony on legislation aimed at curbing gun violence in the state.  Read more

More Red Line diversions planned this weekend

The MBTA’s Red Line subway service in Dorchester will be replaced with buses this weekend as the transit agency completes “necessary track and signal work.” Buses will run along Dorchester Avenue between JFK-UMass and Ashmont this Saturday and Sunday. Diversions are also planned for the weekends of June 14-15 between JFK-UMass and Broadway; and on June 21-22 between JFK-UMass and North Quincy.

In lawsuit, Coakley says feds undermine anti-foreclosure law

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jun. 3, 2014

In a new lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, Attorney General Martha Coakley alleges two major lenders and federal regulators violated the state’s 2012 foreclosure prevention law, asserting that their "refusal to engage in foreclosure buyback programs is unfairly and illegally causing Massachusetts families to lose their homes." The suit stems from a case involving a Dorchester family.  Read more

Dot Day '14 delivers the goods: Music, sunshine and backyard BBQs

Young Miss Dorchester Gina Cruz, left with Little Miss Dorchester 2014 Little Miss Dorchester Eleanor Moye-Gibbons rode in a convertible on Dorchester Avenue.

For a gallery of Dot Day 2014 images, click here.

Story: 'Marty' marches for the home crowd

Here's a brief video summary from BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News:  Read more

Senators craft their spending bill, discard amendments; now the conference committee gets to do its work

After surviving last week’s deliberations in the Senate, legislators’ amendments to the budget proposals are now mostly out of their hands as the differences between the House and Senate versions are ironed out in the conference committee.  Read more

Ballot picture now clear for local state elections in fall

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
May. 30, 2014

Charles-Peterson withdraws from ballot in Fifth Suffolk

Karen Charles-Peterson: Made ballot, but will not challenge Carvalho in 5th SuffolkKaren Charles-Peterson: Made ballot, but will not challenge Carvalho in 5th SuffolkThough she qualified for the ballot, Karen Charles-Peterson will not be challenging state Rep. Evandro Carvalho in September’s Democratic primary for the 5th Suffolk seat.

Charles-Peterson withdrew from the 5th Suffolk ballot on Friday afternoon, the last possible day to do so, said Brian McNiff, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office.

Carvalho will now face perennial candidate Althea Garrison in September’s Democratic primary. The winner will run against the race’s sole GOP candidate Claudette N. Joseph in the Tuesday, Nov. 4 general election.  Read more