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Project D.E.E.P. 2014 calendars are now on sale

Project DEEP calendarProject DEEP calendar
The Celebrate Dorchester calendar featuring the artwork of Celia McDonough is now on sale at local stores for $10. The proceeds of the calendar campaign are designated to providing summer camp scholarships for Project D.E.E.P. students in the One on One Tutorial Program during the academic year. Get full details here. Above, a panel from the new calendar depicts a vintage scene from Walter Baker Chocolate Company's days in Lower Mills.  Read more

William Raveis launches new office in Milton

Connecticut-based real estate firm William Raveis will be opening a new office in Milton to service Milton, Dorchester, Quincy and the surrounding communities. The office will be located at 95 Eliot St. next to the popular restaurant Steel & Rye. Chris Raveis, managing partner of William Raveis Massachusetts, announced the opening this week— noting that it will be the company’s 90th office in the Northeast with a combined lifetime sales volume of over $315 million. “Our company has grown significantly by attracting the most talented experienced sales associates,” said Raveis.

Burke High students make presence known at math challenge

By 
Staff
Dec. 5, 2013

Burke High students shown left to right: Sukari Brown, Tyreik Silva, Omotoyosi Oyedeji, Humphrey Ajike, Arium Rose Wyne and Jodi-Ann Duquesnay.

A team of students from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School’s National Society of Black Engineers Junior (NBSE Jr.) Chapter won second place in the 11th/12th Graders Division of the Try Math-A-Lon competition last week. The competition, held in Hauppauge, NY, helps increase students’ capabilities when preparing for college entrance exams such as SAT and ACT standardized tests.  Read more

Impressive on the field – and off

By 
Will Taylor, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 5, 2013

Jack O’Toole: Service to country, neighborhood is in his blood. Photo by Patrick O’ConnorJack O’Toole: Service to country, neighborhood is in his blood. Photo by Patrick O’Connor

Dorchester’s Jack O’Toole is poised for a life of service and adventure, with a commitment to join the Marine Corps on the near horizon. But for now, the Boston Latin High School senior, having just finished his last season with the football team, with three awards to show for it, is enjoying success as a student-athlete.

Playing on both sides of the line, as a wide receiver and an outside linebacker, he kicked field goals, to boot. He finished the school’s 11-game season with seven touchdowns and almost 500 receiving yards.
This impressive performance did not go unnoticed, and over the course of the season he was named a Boston Latin Scholar Athlete by the Boston Scholar Athlete Association, then the Most Valuable Scholar Athlete, and finally a Dual County All Star, an award decided by the coaches of competing teams.

O’Toole got his start in football at age seven when he played for the Dorchester Eagles in the Pop Warner system. “I started playing down the street at Garvey Park,” he says, recalling his experience with the Eagles as formative. He still keeps in touch with an Eagles coach, Terry “Coach Beef” Cousins.  Read more

Dot Eagles bound for Super Bowl at Disney

Dorchester Pop Warner team headed for Super Bowl: The Dorchester Pop Warner Junior Midget team of 12- and 13-year-old players won the regional championship last weekend by defeating the Hartford Hurricanes. The team will travel to Orlando, Florida this weekend to play in the national Pop Warner Super Bowl tournament. The league is seeking help from Dorchester residents and businesses to help defray the costs of the trip. Photo courtesy Jean FelixDorchester Pop Warner team headed for Super Bowl: The Dorchester Pop Warner Junior Midget team of 12- and 13-year-old players won the regional championship last weekend by defeating the Hartford Hurricanes. The team will travel to Orlando, Florida this weekend to play in the national Pop Warner Super Bowl tournament. The league is seeking help from Dorchester residents and businesses to help defray the costs of the trip. Photo courtesy Jean Felix

The Dorchester Pop Warner junior midget team of 12 and 13 year-old players won the regional championship last weekend by defeating the Hartford Hurricanes, 29-6. The team will travel to Orlando, Florida this weekend to play in the national Pop Warner Super Bowl tournament at Disney World.

The Eagles will play their first round game on Sun., Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN3.

The team is seeking help from Dorchester residents and businesses to help defray the costs of the trip, which is expected to cost roughly $20,000. The team departs on a bus for Florida on Friday.

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh is one of the leaders rallying to the cause.  Read more

Savin Hill’s beloved ‘500 years ago’ mural gets repairs

Savin Hill Mural: Packy McDonough and Paul Brancone installed the “Savin Hill 500 Years Ago” mural in November 1999. The mural has recently been restored by artist James Hobin.  Photo courtesy James HobinSavin Hill Mural: Packy McDonough and Paul Brancone installed the “Savin Hill 500 Years Ago” mural in November 1999. The mural has recently been restored by artist James Hobin. Photo courtesy James Hobin

A treasured mural that depicts Native American life in pre-colonial Dorchester has been restored in recent weeks by the artist who originally painted and mounted the artwork on the side of McKenna’s Café 14 years ago.

The mural, entitled “Savin Hill 500 Years Ago,” was dedicated in November 1999 and has become a signature element of the neighborhood that shares its name. James Hobin, a Savin Hill native who lives nearby, created the mural over four months in a Pearl Street art studio before it was carefully hung at the northeast corner of Sydney Street and Savin Hill Ave.  Read more

Dot’s Bing Broderick takes charge at Dudley Square’s Haley House

By 
David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 4, 2013

Bing Broderick

For 47 years, the diverse organization of Haley House, which provides food, housing, community events, and job training to the less fortunate has been led by one person – founder Kathe McKenna.

But McKenna is now giving over the reins of the organization to Dorchester resident Bing Broderick, who has managed the café and job training portions of Haley House for eight years. Broderick will be the new executive director.  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: Mattapan’s Allen set to challenge Cullinane

Forty-four days. That’s how long Dan Cullinane, a Cedar Grove activist who won a special election in mid-September to fill the seat left behind by now-state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, had in office as a state representative before drawing a challenge for the 2014 election cycle.  Read more

Panel at JFK Library hails Mayor’s ‘people’ side

Mayor Menino shows Red Sox and Globe owner John Henry his baseball bat cane. Photo by Tom Fitzsimmons

Mayor Thomas Menino probably called the 24-hour constituent service line more than most Boston residents, according to Peter Meade, a Dorchester resident and the head of the Boston Redevelopment Authority. On the stage at the JFK Library Tuesday night, Meade mimicked Menino on his cell phone, saying, “Yeah, the streetlight at Bowdoin and Cambridge Street. Yeah, it’s out. I called yesterday and it was out. It better not happen tomorrow.”  Read more

Mayor signs off on landmarks designation for Savin Hill home

Mayor Thomas Menino last week signed off on the designation of a controversial Savin Hill property as a city landmark. Menino’s approval came a day after the Boston Landmarks Commission’s 9-to-0 vote to designate 24 Grampian Way as significant at the national, state, and local level.  Read more

Lower Mills Merchants launch scholarship fund

By 
Staff
Dec. 3, 2013

The Lower Mills Merchant Association has established a scholarship fund to benefit students currently enrolled in grades 5-12 who live in Lower Mills or attend a fee-based schools in Lower Mills. Students in grades 5-8 and 9-12 may apply.

Scholarships awarded will be made payable directly to the educational organization. The required essay question is: "What do you like about living and going to school in the Lower Mills area?"  Read more

MBTA will run trains and buses into the early morning

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Dec. 3, 2013

Trolleys, subways and 15 key bus routes will begin running until 3 a.m. during the weekends under an MBTA pilot program set to begin next spring, according to a transportation official.

The pilot program is estimated to cost $20 million, and the MBTA hopes to bring on corporate sponsors to assist with the funding of it. The Boston Globe has agreed in principle to be a corporate sponsor, and state transportation officials expect additional sponsors to sign on in the coming weeks.  Read more

Pop Warner Eagles alum excels for Williams College

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 27, 2013

Jeff Brewington

Jeff Brewington was afraid to sign up for Pop Warner football when he was 7, but after some encouragement from his father he has gone on to play college football for Williams, one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the nation.

“I really enjoyed watching the game, but I was afraid to play when I was younger,” Brewington said. “But at the same time I was always tackling my dad in the house trying to show off how good I was at football. He signed me up one day.”  Read more

Commission votes to designate Savin Hill home as landmark

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 27, 2013

24 Grampian Way: Landmarks Commission voted unanimously to make it a city landmark on Tuesday.24 Grampian Way: Landmarks Commission voted unanimously to make it a city landmark on Tuesday.

The Boston Landmarks Commission on Tuesday voted 9-0 to designate a controversial Savin Hill property as a city landmark.

The commission agreed that the home, located at 24 Grampian Way, is significant at the national, state and local level, in large part due to its association with George Wright, a national sports figure, according to Ellen Lipsey, executive director of the commission. Wright, a member of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the 1930s. The municipal golf course in Hyde Park is named after him.

The home, also known as the Kehew-Wright house, is also associated with whale oil merchant John Kehew and industrialist William Prescott Hunt.  Read more

Arts Boston’s half-price tickets deal makes a perfect gift for theatre-goers

Boston’s Mayor’s Holiday discount ticket bonanza just went from special to spectacular. To mark the tenth anniversary of the year-end, half-price ticket marketing campaign and to honor outgoing Mayor Menino and wife Angela, ArtsBoston renamed the program “The Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular.”

At mayorsholiday.com, bargain-hunters can find more than 25,000 half-price tickets to over 135 of the region’s most beloved holiday performances as well as exclusive dining deals, a $10 dining voucher, and gift ideas.  Read more

Walsh works on transition numbers

State Rep. Marty Walsh last week added more members to his transition team and sat down for coffee with the man he is replacing, Mayor Thomas Menino. Walsh said he wants the city’s 64 departments covered under the transition team and he is still looking to see how many vacancies will have to be filled before he takes office in January.

“We still have five weeks left,” the mayor-elect told the Reporter this week.  Read more

Boston Children’s Chorus wins National Arts honor

By 
Paige Pihl Buckley, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 27, 2013

The Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) was awarded the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony in Washington, D.C over the weekend. The BCC was selected from more than 350 applicants and 50 finalists for the award, which recognizes exemplary after-school programs and includes a $10,000 grant and a year of capacity building support.

“It was an unbelievable experience for us,” said David Howse, executive director of the Boston Children’s Chorus. “We’re quite proud to represent Boston and its communities.”  Read more

Holiday tree lighting tour begins today at 3p.m.

A full-on flurry of tree lighting ceremonies will begin this Saturday as neighborhood volunteers join with officials to “light and unite” the city. The Dorchester Holiday Celebrations Committee will launch the seasonal event with a ten-stop trolley tour that begins in Lower Mills at Meetinghouse Bank at 3:10 p.m. on Nov. 30. The traditional tour will then follow a route to Port Norfolk’s Redfield St. (3:30); Harbor Point (4); Meetinghouse Hill at Rev. Allen Park (4:30); the Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner (5); Blessed Mother Teresa Church (5:30); Ryan Playground (6); Fields Corner at Park St.  Read more

Two hours of free metered parking this weekend

The City of Boston will once again be providing parking incentives during the holiday season— including two hours of free parking on select days at city meters. Boston drivers can also participate in the popular “Toys for Tickets” program and the chance to purchase a Boston Meter Card at 20 percent off the face value of the card.  Read more

New administrator begins tenure at St. Ann and St. Brendan parishes this weekend

Fr. Jason M. Makos

Father Jason M. Makos will begin his duties as the administrator of St. Ann and St. Brendan parishes this weekend. It will be the first city assignment for Makos, a 36-year-old East Bridgewater native who has served as pastor of Holy Ghost Parish in Whitman for the last three years.

“Father Makos is a hard-working priest who takes great joy in parish life,” said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap. in a statement to the Reporter. “Since his ordination in 2005, Fr. Makos has demonstrated the pastoral leadership skills that will help him to guide the parish communities at St. Ann and St. Brendan as they proceed with the work of Disciples in Mission, the archdiocese’s planning initiative.”  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: Corner Office hopefuls gearing up for ’14 push

In about 400 days, Gov. Deval Patrick will exit the State House and take the long walk down its steps, rejoining the citizenry and, he hopes, grabbing a hefty paycheck once he’s re-ensconced in the private sector. Patrick has repeatedly said that he isn’t running for a third term, citing a promise to his wife Diane, and he has stuck to his pledge, leading to a wide open race to succeed him and to Massachusetts strengthening its hold on the title of the Land of Perpetual Elections.  Read more

Play Ball! initiative, middle schools team up to make football a reality

By 
Will Taylor, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 27, 2013

Dever-McCormack team in action last Friday at Harvard Stadium. Photo by Billy Owens

The lights were ablaze and the stands abuzz at Harvard Stadium last Friday afternoon and evening as four local teams took to the historic gridiron for a couple of championship games. The Crimson squad, however, was not among them – the players all hailed from the city’s middle-school system.

For the record, the boys from Dever-McCormack in Dorchester topped the team from the Ohrenberger School in West Roxbury, while in the city championship tussle, it was Roxbury’s Timilty School over the Frederick Pilot School. But the games were about more than wins and losses.  Read more

Back from Libya, Lynch calls situation ‘much improved’

Congressman Stephen Lynch greeted Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) troops in the Sinai Peninsula earlier this month. Photo courtesy Rep. Lynch's office

US Rep. Stephen Lynch, traveling with a delegation of Congressional colleagues, visited Libya for the first time earlier this month and reviewed embassy security in the wake of the death of a US ambassador in Benghazi in September 2012.

Lynch, a South Boston Democrat and a senior member of the House Subcommittee on National Security, said the situation has “much improved.” He traveled with Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who chairs the subcommittee, Rep. Peter Welch, a Vermont Democrat, and Rep. Cynthia Lummis, a Wyoming Republican.  Read more

Main Streets likely to gain under Walsh: Eyes expansion, ‘strengthening’

The building at One Peabody Square sits at the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Ashmont Street, All Saints Church on its left and a Tedeschi’s on its right. The squat office building that once housed a chiropractor’s office is one of several places in the area that is listed as “for rent” every time the St. Mark’s Area Main Street e-mails its newsletter. Next to the Peabody Square clock and across the street from the Ashmont MBTA station, the 2,800-square foot property is viewed by some as a missing link for an area.  Read more

Mayor-elect Walsh opens up on immigration, Secure Communities

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Nov. 26, 2013

Hoping to meet in the next few weeks with other new mayors from around the country to discuss immigration, Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh on Tuesday said if he could "get around" enforcing the Secure Communities Act he would.

Walsh attended the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition's annual free Thanksgiving luncheon and spent some time serving mashed potatoes before dishing on how immigrants would have a "friend" in City Hall.  Read more