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Summer Program Kicks-off

Summer Program Kicks-off - The on-site Summer program kicks off this week and the first session will run through 7/25. The program is open to members ages 5 to 12 and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A second session will run from 7/28 to 8/13. Both sessions are full and have a waiting list. Each session will include a variety of on-site and off-site experiences.  Read more

Union head: Caseloads still high, morale low at DCF

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Jul. 10, 2014

While saying relations with the new Department of Children and Families commissioner are an improvement over her predecessor, the president of the union representing social workers told a legislative panel the agency is still struggling with high caseloads and low morale.  Read more

Dorchester House makes a splash with its new pool

Dot House: Dorchester House President and CEO Walter Ramos is shown, left, with Head Lifeguard Dirk Bovell next to the pool facility which re-opened this week at the Dot House after a $600,000 renovation project. 	Photo by Bill ForryDot House: Dorchester House President and CEO Walter Ramos is shown, left, with Head Lifeguard Dirk Bovell next to the pool facility which re-opened this week at the Dot House after a $600,000 renovation project. Photo by Bill Forry

After a year-long renovation project, the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center has re-opened its swimming pool, just in time to serve hundreds of kids and adults clamoring for a cool-off spot.  Read more

Coming soon: A 10-day red light on Morton Street

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jul. 9, 2014

Work on a replacement bridge for Morton Street is going on this week. The roadway will close for ten days next month to fix the new span in place. Photo by Bill Forry

Bridge replacement work to shut section Aug 8-17

For ten days next month – from Aug. 8 to Aug. 17 – the well-traveled section of Morton Street above the railroad tracks and near the Norfolk Street intersection will be closed to traffic as the state lays in place a new Morton Street bridge. While rerouting plans for buses are known, transportation officials will present the detour details for all residents, businesses, and travelers at a meeting tonight (July 10) at 6 o’clock at the Economy Plumbing site at 875 Morton St.  Read more

Neponset woman is first-time author

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 8, 2014

Neponset resident Paula Guerard realized a dream this month: Her first book for children, “Mary Lou Found a Really Big Shoe,” was published through Tate Publishing on June 17.

Guerard, 51, has been living on Glide Street since she married in 1989. She lives with her husband Mark, 18-year-old son Mark and 15-year-old daughter Patrice. A Dorchester native, Guerard attended St. Ann’s Grammar School and St. Gregory High School. She is a legal assistant for the MBTA, a florist at Kathleen of Boston and now a newly published author.  Read more

Nine teens charged with robbing, beating couple waiting for a bus; more sought

The Boston Police Department reports a man and woman standing at Washington and Erie streets were surrounded by up to 15 boys and girls, who began beating them when they resisted a robbery attempt around 9:30 p.m. on Monday.

In a statement, police say the two were waiting for a bus, when a girl came up to the woman:  Read more

City offers free meals for kids this summer

By 
Staff
Jul. 8, 2014

City schools and community centers are serving free meals this summer to any Boston child or teen under 18. The program, which started Monday, will run through August 29 at more than 120 locations, including 43 in Dorchester and Mattapan. Some of the locations include the Leahy-Holloran Community Center in Neponset, Bird Street Youth Center on Columbia Road, the Ryan Playground in Mattapan and the Dorchester House in Fields Corner. Most of the locations serve both breakfast and lunch.

See a map with locations here. Or call the Project Bread Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.  Read more

Man walks onto Expressway, where he is struck and killed by a car

A man, 38, walked onto the southbound side of I-93 at South Bay around 1 a.m. on Tuesday and was hit and killed by a car in the left lane, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and State Police report.  Read more

Holiday weekend goal for top cop: ‘Making sure no one gets shot’

BPD Commissioner William Evans

Boston’s police commissioner has his hands full assisting with logistics for tonight’s July 4th celebration along the Charles River. But, William Evans says he’s staying focused on his chief goal for the holiday weekend: “Making sure nobody gets shot” in any of the city’s neighborhoods.

“We’ll have a lot of officers deployed tonight on the Esplanade to assist the State Police, but honestly our priority is the neighborhoods and we’re putting a lot of resources into making sure this weekend is a safe one,” said Evans in an interview with the Reporter on Thursday.

“For us, it definitely helps to have the two nights combined into one,” said Evans, referring to the city’s decision to condense the two-night Boston Pops concerts into a single event tonight, Thursday, July 3. Inclement weather associated with a northbound hurricane, Arthur, prompted the schedule change. The weather will also likely ease the burden on city police, as Friday should be a quieter day across the board as outdoor plans are cancelled.  Read more

A shot in the arm for Carney: First class of Family Medicine residents settles in

Carney Residents: Ten newly-minted doctors began working as residents in Carney Hospital’s Family Medicine department last week— a major boost in capacity for Dorchester’s key health care facility. 	Photo by John GilloolyCarney Residents: Ten newly-minted doctors began working as residents in Carney Hospital’s Family Medicine department last week— a major boost in capacity for Dorchester’s key health care facility. Photo by John Gillooly

Ten new doctors began their three-year residencies at Carney Hospital over the last month – a critical shot in the arm for the community-based teaching hospital that is Dorchester’s most important health care institution. The number of residents will swell to 20 doctors by next summer – all of them focused on the hospital’s growing Family Medicine department, which Carney’s leaders hope will bolster both the hospital’s patient base and its bottom line.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY July 3 – 10, 2014

Saturday (3rd) – Mattapan resident and Berklee Music College standout Clef Nite performs live at the Middle East in Cambridge. Also known as Victor Chukwunonso Nite, the 28 year-old musician will perform a tribute, “The Boston Song” that he composed after the Marathon bombings in 2013.  Read more

$250k in state budget for Ventura Park rehab

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and State Rep. Dan Cullinane are shown in the playground area of Ventura Park.

Ventura Park’s playground equipment and baseball field are about to get a major upgrade, thanks to a $250,000 shot of state funding promoted by two Dorchester legislators.  Read more

POLITICAL ROUND-UP: Coakley opens Grove Hall offices to fanfare and a whole lot of singing

Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley hopes to make inroads in Boston’s neighborhoods with the opening of a campaign office in Grove Hall.

“We wanted to make sure that we were going to have a good location in a busy neighborhood in Boston,” Coakley told the Reporter. “We think it’s important that we have a location, a physical location, for people in the community to come see me, to come work with us, and tonight was a great kickoff to come get people here.”  Read more

Haley House volunteer earns kudos for work ethic, research on good food

By 
David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 3, 2014

Twenty-five-year-old Dorchester native Omari Hayles, who has twin passions for music and locally sourced food, was recognized this month for his volunteer work at Haley House in Dudley Square, which has provided food, housing, community events, and job training to the less fortunate in different neighborhoods in Boston for nearly 50 years.  Read more

Youth vote on ways to spend city tax dollars

By 
David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 3, 2014

Kids and teenagers across Boston are telling Mayor Martin Walsh how to spend the city’s money and Walsh is listening.

Over a period of one week in June, some 1,500 Boston youths ages 12 to 25 cast votes for how to use $1 million of the city’s budget, according to Department of Youth Engagement and Employment Executive Director Shari Davis.

Young people were involved in the process from the beginning, Davis said.

“It was amazing to see 16-, 17-, and 18-year-olds come together and decide how this process would work,” Davis said.  Read more

Governor taps Golar Richie for anti-discrimination board

By 
Gin Dumcius, State House News Service
Jul. 3, 2014

Charlotte Golar Richie, a Dorchester Democrat who finished third in last year’s race for mayor of Boston, will be appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to serve as a commissioner on the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the News Service has confirmed.  Read more

Three properties with ties to Jewish settlement nominated for historic designation

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 3, 2014

The Massachusetts Historical Commission has approved three structures— one in Mattapan and two in Dorchester— for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). All three buildings have a connection to the early 20th century settlement of Jewish immigrants, many of them from eastern Europe.

One of these locations is 825-829 Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan, which includes two three-story brick buildings that were constructed in 1924.  Read more

Merchants, volunteers honored at Main Streets event

By 
Kimberley Theodore, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 3, 2014

Merchant leaders from the city’s Main Streets districts were honored at the 18th annual Boston Main Streets Awards, which took place at the historic Strand Theatre last Thursday, June 26. Mayor Martin Walsh, Department of Neighborhood Development Director Sheila Dillon and emcee Susan Wornick attended the event, in which awards were presented to the volunteers and businesses of the year. The mayor also announced new funds from the Boston Main Streets Foundation.  Read more

Fields Corner art program hopes to engage teens

By 
Kimberley Theodore, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 3, 2014

A summertime art program geared towards teenagers begins next week in Fields Corner. “Portraits, People and Places: Changing the World” will operate from the Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) Cleveland Community Center on Charles Street.

 Instructor Leslie MacWeeney will collaborate with the VietAID Youth Program to present teens with an extraordinary art experience and exhibition opportunity. MacWeeney, along with instructor Bihn Lam, will guide their students through a seven-week course from July 7-August 22 with support from Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library.  Read more

Cape Verdean cuisine finds home in Dot

By 
Hong Tran, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 2, 2014

Restaurante Cesaria is a go-to place for Cape Verdean food and entertainment.

With Cape Verde’s Independence Day coming up on Saturday— a day after our own July Fourth holiday— it’s a perfect time to drop in and bask in the festivity and experience comfort food, Cape Verdean-style. I have been hungering for the singularly eclectic taste of the island since my return from a year spent in Cape Verde in 2011. Fortunately, living in Greater Boston, I don’t have to look far: Dorchester offers a great selection of fine establishments with Cape Verdean home-style fares.  Read more

Liquor bill reform hits bump, but it’s still in play

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jul. 2, 2014

Despite a hiccup on Beacon Hill over the weekend, Boston’s quest for control over its liquor licenses and the setting of late-night hours at bars and restaurants along late-night T routes could soon succeed as legislative maneuvering continued this week in the Senate and the House.  Read more

Johnny Depp, 'Black Mass' crew camp out on Ashmont Hill

'Whitey sighting': Actor Johnny Depp – dressed as mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger – was photographed as he exited a Roslin Street home last week. Depp and other actors were filming scenes for the film “Black Mass.”'Whitey sighting': Actor Johnny Depp – dressed as mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger – was photographed as he exited a Roslin Street home last week. Depp and other actors were filming scenes for the film “Black Mass.”

The Whitey Bulger biopic “Black Mass” ascended Ashmont Hill last week for a three-day encampment that turned two Roslin Street homes – and much of the surrounding neighborhood – into a South Boston side street circa 1970.

Among the stars spotted on the set last Thursday and Friday were Johnny Depp, who portrays the notorious gangster and FBI informant, and Benedict Cumberbatch, the British heartthrob who plays Whitey’s politician brother Bill.  Read more

Study: Dorchester beaches trail region in water quality

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jul. 1, 2014

Beaches in South Boston and East Boston had significantly less bacteria in 2013 than years past, while improper sewage hookups and other pollutants continue to mar the waters at Lynn, Swampscott, Dorchester and Quincy swimming spots, according to Save the Harbor Save the Bay’s third annual report card.  Read more

Man shot to death in Mattapan

The Boston Police Department reports a man in his mid-30s was shot repeatedly around 2 p.m. on Monday at 73 Edgewater Dr.

He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Charter backers urge Senate to act on House bill

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jun. 30, 2014

Charter school advocates rallied on Beacon Hill Monday for expansion legislation that has already cleared the House, pressing the importance of tackling the issue by the end of July and reminding lawmakers that the bill does more than simply lift the cap on enrollment.  Read more