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Updated Bottle Bill an investment in our future

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By Phillip Sego and Lila Farino
Apr. 17, 2014


Editor’s Note: A version of this article originally appeared in last week’s Reporter, but due to a technical error, it did not appear in its correct form. It is re-printed here in its entirety.

The Bottle Bill is the state’s single most successful recycling and litter prevention program. Since its passage over 30 years ago, more than 35 billion containers have been redeemed and recycled, and thus prevented from entering landfills or littering our streets.  Read more

On bombing’s anniversary, area artists confront the meaning of ‘Boston Strong’

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Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 17, 2014

Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla : Collage contrasts coverage of neighborhood violence with marathon. Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla : Collage contrasts coverage of neighborhood violence with marathon. In the midst of ramped up coverage of the Marathon and the Marathon bombing tragedy, a small group of Boston area artists gathered near the Boylston Street finish line on Tuesday evening to raise a contrarian view about the meaning of the slogan “Boston Strong” in the context of neighborhood violence.

Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla, a former Dorchester resident, was one of three artists to put together a show called “Boston Strong?” to spark discussion about the coverage of the Marathon bombings and the comparative lack of coverage of the victims of crime in the city’s neighborhoods, including Dorchester.

“One thing about my work is it is making commentary about how our culture is pretty violent in general with terrorism or domestic violence or street violence,” Gane-McCalla said.

Her piece, in which drawings of people covered newspaper articles of violent events, stood beside those of artists Shea Justice and Jason Pramas at the Community Church of Boston’s Lothrop Auditorium at 565 Boylston St., one block from the Boston Marathon finish line in Copley Square.  Read more

Two from Dot play key roles in USA Hockey win

National champs: Seventeen year-old Brenna Galvin, left, scored the national championship goal for the Charles River Blazers, coached by her Dot neighbor, Kerri Doolin. Photo by Craig GalvinNational champs: Seventeen year-old Brenna Galvin, left, scored the national championship goal for the Charles River Blazers, coached by her Dot neighbor, Kerri Doolin. Photo by Craig Galvin

Brenna Galvin, 17, scored the game-winning goal this month to give her Charles River Blazers team its first-ever national championship in the 16-and-under division of USA Hockey. Galvin, a forward who wears No. 8 for the Blazers, backhanded in the winning shot in the final period of a showdown with the Marquette (Michigan) Sentinels— a team that had beaten the Boston girls, 5-1, earlier in the tournament.  Read more

House blows up on Hansborough Street; 12 injured, 2 seriously

Hansborough Street house

Hansborough Street house after explosion, fire. Photo by BFD.

Two elderly residents were seriously injured when the house at 27 Hansborough St. exploded around 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday, the Boston Fire Department reports.

Ten other residents were injured less seriously in the apparent natural-gas explosion - which blew the house off its foundation and led to its partial collapse. The resulting fire went to three alarms.

Residents of surrounding houses were evacuated. National Grid gave the OK to let them back around midnight.

Four new members, including Dorchester's Hunt, join House in latest influx of new blood

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Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Apr. 16, 2014

Four new lawmakers were sworn into the House of Representatives and one said goodbye Wednesday – rituals that have become commonplace this legislative session after a slew of resignations and special elections.

Two State House veterans who have worked on Beacon Hill for many years, and two newcomers took the oath of office after winning special elections earlier this month. The new members were sworn in by Gov. Deval Patrick during a ceremony attended by many former House lawmakers as well as Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano.  Read more

An evening of reflection for Garvey Park assembly

Garvey Park Vigil on April 15, 2014: Fr. Sean Connor, former pastor of St. Ann Church in Neponset, addressed a crowd of some 1,500 people who turned out in the rain at Garvey Park for a vigil to remember Martin Richard and the other victims of last year’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. 	Photo by Bill ForryGarvey Park Vigil on April 15, 2014: Fr. Sean Connor, former pastor of St. Ann Church in Neponset, addressed a crowd of some 1,500 people who turned out in the rain at Garvey Park for a vigil to remember Martin Richard and the other victims of last year’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. Photo by Bill Forry

It seemed at first that the rain – which had fallen softly throughout the afternoon, but threatened to pick up steam by mid-evening – might keep the crowd away.

But, as the 7 o’clock hour neared, neighbors began to stream into Garvey Park through the entrances on Neponset Avenue. They came in clusters and sometimes in larger packs with hoods and ball caps and scallys to shield against the elements. Some clutched the Stars and Stripes, which they then unfurled while bracing against the wind blowing in from Dorchester Bay.

Related: One year later, moving tributes in the Back Bay  Read more

He was a ‘little boy’ with a ‘zest for life, caring heart’

A flag-raising ceremony was held on Boylston Street on Tuesday afternoon. Among those on hand were the Richard family, former Mayor Tom Menino, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Vice President Joseph Biden, Governor Deval Patrick, and BAA Director Tom Grilk. 	Photo: Jeremiah Robinson / Mayor’s OfficeA flag-raising ceremony was held on Boylston Street on Tuesday afternoon. Among those on hand were the Richard family, former Mayor Tom Menino, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Vice President Joseph Biden, Governor Deval Patrick, and BAA Director Tom Grilk. Photo: Jeremiah Robinson / Mayor’s Office

On Tuesday, a year to the day after the Boston Marathon bombings, one Martin remembered and reflected on another. Mayor Martin Walsh knew Martin Richard, the eight-year-old Dorchester boy who was killed in the terrorist attacks.  Read more

Rating outlook adjusted for Carney's hospital network

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Michael Norton, State House News Service
Apr. 15, 2014

As policymakers try to revive emergency medical care at the recently shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital, another Massachusetts hospital network recently had its rating outlook lowered to stable from positive, with analysts saying Steward Health Care System needs to continue restructuring.  Read more

High above Peabody Square, an age-old tribute to a young boy

Jeff Gonyeau, a neighbor and parishioner at All Saints Church, played the bell chimes in the tower of All Saints Church in Peabody Square this afternoon. Gonyeau sounded the bells at 2:50 p.m. following a moment of silence that was observed across the city, region and nation in observance of the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Jeff Gonyeau plays the bell chime in All Saints Church: Photo by Bill ForryJeff Gonyeau plays the bell chime in All Saints Church: Photo by Bill ForryGonyeau played two hymns on the church's 11 bells using a chime in a wooden chamber nestled just one level beneath the bells. He played two hymns: "St. Columba", which is derived from the 25th Psalm ("The Lord is My Shepherd"); and "Land of Rest", a hymn that is often sung at memorial services. Both were selected by Gonyeau with the Richard family in mind.

Gonyeau is the same neighbor who stopped the clock in Peabody Square last year in the hours following the attack that killed young Martin and left his family wounded, including his little sister Jane. The clock became a focal point of mourning in the close knit Ashmont-Adams community where the Richard family live.  Read more

Moment of silence planned on somber anniversary

Peabody Square Clock— April 15, 2014Peabody Square Clock— April 15, 2014
The bells of All Saints Church will toll along with church bells across the city today in memory of the victims of the attack on the Boston Marathon— one year later. The bells will be rung at 2:50 p.m.

A moment of silence will be observed across the nation in memory of the victims at 2:49 p.m.

Volunteers have decorated the clock in Peabody Square will blue and yellow bunting in memory of Martin Richard. The clock became the site of a makeshift memorial to the Dorchester boy last year and was the scene of a quiet ceremony to mark the one-week anniversary of the bombings. No formal events are planned there today.

Neighbors will gather at Garvey Park on Neponset Avenue this evening at 7 p.m. for a candlelight vigil. The park was the scene of a similar vigil one year ago. Mayor Martin J. Walsh will attend this evening's vigil, which is expected to include prayers and bagpipes. Organizers say the event will go on rain or shine.  Read more

Neighborhood-wide cleanup "Boston Shines" set for May 2-3

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Staff
Apr. 14, 2014

The city of Boston’s coordinated spring clean-up will stretch out over three weekends this year— with Dorchester and Mattapan’s “Boston Shines” weekend set for May 2-3. The citywide effort, now in its 12th year, engages thousands of volunteers in targeted cleaning projects.  Read more

Mayor Walsh marks birthday with seniors report, grant at UMass Boston

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Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 11, 2014

UMass Boston students Bersabel Wondimagegnhu and Hembly Riva joined UMass Boston Chancellor Keith Motley and Mayor Marty Walsh during a Thursday check presentation. Photo by Jacob Aguiar

Mayor Martin Walsh celebrated his forty-seventh birthday on familiar turf: At UMass Boston’s campus, he announced a $206,000 grant to university’s Venture Development Center and the completion of a research report on Boston’s growing elderly population.

The grant is part of a 4-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor administered through the Mayor’s office of jobs and community service. The $206,000 will fund the Life Science Internship Training Program, focused on preparing students at UMass Boston and other state and community colleges for paid internship opportunities in the Life Sciences industry.  Read more

Help sought in locating missing Dorchester boy

Kristopher Lewis, age 13

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children issued a call for help in locating a 13 year-old Dorchester boy who has been missing since Feb. 4. The Reporter received a flyer from the agency this week seeking our assistance in finding Kristopher Lewis, who is described as a black and Hispanic boy with brown hair and eyes, about 5'1" tall and 87 pounds with a scar on his bottom lip.

According to the flyer, Kristopher was last seen on Feb. 4, 2014. He is believed to be in the Boston area.

Anyone with information about Kristopher's whereabouts should contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or call Boston Police at 617-343-4687.  Read more

MBTA janitors protest plans for staffing reduction

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Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Apr. 11, 2014

Janitors who clean MBTA stations say their employers plan to sweep nearly one third of the jobs off the payrolls in September as a cost-saving measure.  Read more

‘Personal priorities’ drive mayor’s $2.7b budget

The city of Boston’s budget for fiscal year 2015 would rise to $2.7 billion, a $118.2 million increase over this year’s under the first spending plan proposed by Mayor Marty Walsh. “I’m not raising taxes, I’m not raising fees,” Walsh said on Tuesday before he rolled out the details the next morning at a gathering of the City Council. “We’re going to have a fiscally responsible budget.”  Read more

Ester debuts —quietly— in Lower Mills

Team ester : includes executive chef Esteban Gallego, owner Eleanor Arpino and manager Luther Pinckney. The restaurant opened quietly last week and is currently throughout the week— except for Mondays—for dinner. It will open full-time for lunch and dinner by next month. 	Photo by Bill ForryTeam ester : includes executive chef Esteban Gallego, owner Eleanor Arpino and manager Luther Pinckney. The restaurant opened quietly last week and is currently throughout the week— except for Mondays—for dinner. It will open full-time for lunch and dinner by next month. Photo by Bill Forry
Ester, the restaurant and bar that has replaced The Ledge Kitchen and Drinks in the heart of Lower Mills’ village, opened quietly last Wednesday evening. The eatery is now open for dinner only as the new owners and managers methodically roll out a limited menu as they continue to hire and train staff.

The restaurant will eventually celebrate with a grand opening and offer a wider menu, including lunch. The big event will probably happen sometime after April’s chilled rains give way to May’s patio season. Until then, Team Ester is focused on getting off on the right foot. And that means putting a premium on highly-trained staff who make each “guest experience” a positive one.  Read more

Walsh raises concerns about Savin Hill condo project

Mayor Marty Walsh said this week that he has concerns about the height of a condominium building being proposed for a neighborhood eyesore, a long-vacant parcel on Savin Hill Avenue next to Savin Bar and Kitchen and across from the MBTA station. On Tuesday, Walsh, who lives a block away, on Tuttle Street, said, “I haven’t seen the full plan. I certainly know that spot has to be filled. It’s been vacant for years, a decade now.”

While saying the developer of the project does “great, quality work,” Walsh added, “Three stories concerns me.”  Read more

700 rally for human service workers at State House

Nearly 700 human service workers and advocates flooded Beacon Hill on Tuesday to push for $260 million in funding for programs and overdue wages.

The rally was held in the Great Hall after which advocates and workers in gold shirts headed to lobby lawmakers for their budget requests under the banner of “The Caring Force,” an initiative that highlights issues important to the human services sector.  Read more

‘Business lab’ latest addition to Fields Corner lineup

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Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 10, 2014

The fourth floor of 1452 Dorchester Ave. is currently a maze of empty offices and open areas, spaces that John Maudlin and Travis Lee are looking to fill with 50 young entrepreneurs, small business owners, and nonprofit organizations.

The space will be known as the Fields Corner Business Lab and is set to open on Tuesday, April 15. According to Lee, the lab will serve as a “cost effective and convenient” resource for those looking to invest in Fields Corner.  Read more

Viet-AID secures funds for Four Corners project

A $14.5 million Four Corners project put together under the auspices of the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Inc. (Viet-AID) is moving ahead. The project recently picked up $600,000 predevelopment loan.

The Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, which works on community development projects with state agencies, provided the loan. CEDAC also provided $450,000 to Viet-AID to purchase a part of the site.  Read more

RICHARD FAMILY HAILS THE CHAMPS

David Ortiz greeted the members of the Richard family of Dorchester who survived last year’s Boston Marathon bombings before the Red Sox home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park last Friday. Eight-year-old Martin Richard was killed in the attack on Boylston Street on April 15, 2013. His sister Jane, foreground, lost her leg in the bombing. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Controversial Savin Hill house demolished

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Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 9, 2014

Demolition crews took down 24 Grampian Way in a few hours on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

After months of controversy, a home on Savin Hill with a landmark designation was torn down this week as neighborhood residents remained in the dark about what the future holds for the parcel at 24 Grampian Way. A demolition vehicle moved onto the property and began dismantling the dilapidated structure on Tuesday.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Wrong street, wrong house for this night-time stroller

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Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 9, 2014

Bad luck or dumb criminal? Maybe a little bit of both.

Police say a Dorchester man was caught with stolen goods on Tuttle Street at around 2:20 a.m. on April 2, a few feet away from Mayor Marty Walsh’s house. He apparently did not notice – until it was too late – the marked police cruiser that sits outside Walsh’s home around the clock as part of the mayor’s security detail.  Read more

Sales of t-shirts, quilts will aid Team MR8 Fund

Dorchester Strong QuiltDorchester Strong QuiltDorchester apparel company College Hype will once again help raise funds to benefit the new fund established in memory of Martin Richard, the 8 year-old Dorchester boy killed in last year's Boston Marathon bombings. The Adams Corner-based company is raffling off a pair of commemorative quilts made from "Dorchester Strong" and "Boston Strong" shirts.

Martin's parents, Bill and Denise Richard, have launched a foundation that honors Martin's message of peace by investing in education, athletics and community. An inaugural team of 100 runners named Team MR8 will raise awareness and funds as ambassadors running in this year's Boston Marathon on April 21st.

College Hype will build on last year's fundraising efforts by donating proceeds from the sale of their "Dorchester Strong" and "Boston Strong" T-shirt lines, which they did last year, and to raffle off
two quilts bearing the words "Boston Strong" and "Dorchester Strong." The quilts were donated by Jack Cunningham of Ross Common Quilts. They are on display at College Hype at 540 Gallivan Boulevard,
Dorchester.  Read more

State rolls out pothole recovery project on Gallivan Blvd.

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Apr. 9, 2014

Workers filled potholes on Morrissey Boulevard after a press conference by state officials on Wed., April 9, 2014. Photo by Ed Forry

As funding for statewide and local road and transportation projects remains tied up in legislative negotiations, the Patrick administration on Wednesday announced a $40 million one-time program aimed at helping communities recover from the potholes left behind by another tough winter.

Transportation Secretary Richard Davey and MassHighway chief Frank DePaola spoke at a press conference on Gallivan Boulevard to discuss the $40 million program, which uses fiscal 2014 funds.

According to a program announcement obtained by the News Service, the initiative is designed to facilitate repairs of potholes, street cracking and damage to guardrails and signs, as well as repairs to municipal vehicles, garages and fueling stations. Smooth roads are the goal, one official said.  Read more