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

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

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

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

Fields Corner vet Craig Meling runs to ‘Home Base’ in memory of comrade

Kristen Chadwick, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 26, 2014

Maj. Craig Meling

Major Craig Meling, who lives in Fields Corner, says he understands the fits of rage. The sleepless nights. The feeling that nobody understands.

He suffered through his own personal horrors after returning from a year-long deployment in Iraq and says he understands the desperation. But, thanks to treatment and the support of loved ones, he has since made it out the other side.

Meling, 38, says he is one of the lucky ones.    Read more

Beer brewery to open on Bowdoin Street next summer

Percival Beer Company, the producer of Dorchester-inspired Dot Ale 1630, is planning to open a large-scale brewery at 181 Bowdoin St. next summer.

The move, which Percival owner Felipe E. Oliveira announced publicly for the first time on Wednesday, will triple the company’s craft beer production that has seen “tremendous growth in a short period of time.”  Read more

In Lower Mills, re-vamp planned coming for condo complex bid

The Molly Funeral Home property, foreground, along Washington Street would be replaced with a new mixed-use development built by a new owner under a plan that is emerging this summer in Lower Mills. Photo by Bill Forry

An emerging plan to build a multi-story condominium complex along a key stretch of Washington Street in Lower Mills is getting re-vamped this week after civic and merchant leaders pushed back against an initial proposal that they said was too tall and dense for the neighborhood’s expanding business district.  Read more

Polish Triangle weighs flurry of housing plans

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 26, 2014

This building at 24 Rawson St. is to be razed along with abutting 27 Washburn St. in a joint project that will potentially create two seven-unit buildings with below-ground parking by developers James Baker and Douglas George. Photo by Bill Forry

Dorchester’s Polish Triangle is ground zero for the housing development spilling into Boston’s largest neighborhood. Case in point: At last week’s meeting of the John W. McCormack Civic Association, which oversees Dot’s northernmost village commonly called the Polish Triangle, members entertained four development proposals accounting for a total of 45 housing units, the bulk of which is within a radius of a block and a half.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY June 26 - July 2, 2014

Thursday (26th) – The Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation invites all to their 33rd annual meeting and celebration at Codman Common Park, 6 p.m.

Friday (27th) – Senator Elizabeth Warren is the keynote speaker at Friday’s noontime annual meeting for the Codman Square Health Center. The health center will convene the gathering in the Great Hall on Norfolk Street. The event is free— but reservations are required. RSVP with Lisa Hamblin, or call 617-822-8329.  Read more

Dot’s Laura George enters UMass Boston’s Hall of Fame

Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 26, 2014

Laura George was inducted into the UMass Boston Athletic Department’s Hall of Fame on Monday. She graduated from the university in 1983.Laura George was inducted into the UMass Boston Athletic Department’s Hall of Fame on Monday. She graduated from the university in 1983.

Laura George, formerly Laura Delaney,grew up on Rockwell Street in Dorchester, the youngest of seven children. As she likes to say, she was “born onto a team.” Which makes it appropriate that next week she will be inducted into UMass Boston’s Athletics Department Hall of Fame in recognition of her four years of effort on the women’s volleyball and softball teams.  Read more

St. Peter’s Teen Center hosts exhibit on Cape Verdean whalers

Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 26, 2014

As they stalked the migration paths of the whales they hunted, Azoreans, Cape Verdeans, and Brazilians formed migratory paths of their own, some of which led directly to Dorchester.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum opened its traveling exhibition on Lusophone – that’s Portuguese speaking – people at the Catholic Charities’ Teen Center at St. Peter’s Church at 278 Bowdoin St. in Dorchester on Saturday, June 21. It runs through Thursday.  Read more

Uncertain fate for bank building

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 26, 2014

Bank of America pulled its Columbia Road branch location off the auction block a day before the building was to be sold last month, but it is keeping mum about the fate of the nearly century-old building. The branch building, at 555 Columbia Rd., just steps from the historic Strand Theatre, was initially listed online for sale “regardless of price to the highest bidder.” The auction was scheduled for Fri., May 16.  Read more

Patrick to name Golar Richie to MCAD commission

Matt Murphy and Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Jun. 25, 2014

Charlotte Golar RichieCharlotte Golar RichieCharlotte 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.

Golar Richie, who once worked as a senior advisor to the governor and executive director of his re-election committee, will fill one of three commissioner positions at MCAD, which works to advance civil rights through law enforcement, outreach and training and processes workplace, housing and public accommodation discrimination complaints.  Read more

Bowdoin Geneva’s Gorman has his focus: RSA

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 25, 2014

Gene Gorman

Gene Gorman is focusing on three letters: RSA.

The new executive director of Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets operates on acronyms, something the one-time professor says used to drive his students nuts.

Gorman is anything but simply a former professor and his “RSA” acronym emphasizes that. The letters stand for Reporter, Salesperson, and Aide de camps, all reminders of the different roles he has to play as the head of the Main Streets organization.  Read more

POLITICAL ROUND-UP: Hard-to-reach Wyatt talks about his challenge to Sen. Chang-Diaz

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 25, 2014

The most elusive candidate in last year’s mayoral race is back on the ballot, this time vying for state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz’s seat in the 2nd Suffolk district. David James Wyatt collected enough signatures in the spring to make the Nov. 4 ballot, but since then, he has been tough to track down, with no publicized campaign appearances, no office, no events, no media presence save for a website with a short, outdated message on a single page.  Read more

‘Fiddlehead’ ups the pace at the Strand

“Ease on Down the Road” … “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” … “Written in the Stars” are just a few of the hit musical songs that will be echoing through the mirrored halls of the Strand over the next year as the Fiddlehead Theatre Company (FTC) presents three Broadway blockbusters as part of its upcoming second season as the Resident Theatre Company at the city-owned former movie palace.  Read more

Adams Village merchants honor Charbonnier, Cifrino

Adams Village Business Association Honorees: Det. Steve Charbonnier, left, and Tom CifrinoAdams Village Business Association Honorees: Det. Steve Charbonnier, left, and Tom CifrinoA Boston Police detective with deep roots in Dorchester and a businessman who is making a big investment in the neighborhood’s future are being recognized this week by the Adams Village Business Association. Detective Steve Charbonnier and Tom Cifrino, president of Supreme Realty Trust, were scheduled to receive their honors at the association’s June meeting, held on Wednesday evening at the Adams Street Library. Mary Kelly, the president of the association, said that the honorees are seen as leaders in Adams Village, each in his own way.

Charbonnier, who was a patrolman in Dorchester’s Area C-11 for much of his career prior to his promotion to detective in 2011, is valued as much for his philanthropy as he is for his service as a cop. In recent years, Charbonnier, 44, has been the key administrator of the memorial fund named for his brother, Mark S. Charbonnier, a Massachusetts state trooper who was killed in the line of duty on Route 3 in Kingston in 1994.  Read more

SJC ruling makes casino repeal eligible for Nov. ballot

Gintautas Dumcius, Matt Murphy and Michael Norton, State House News Service
Jun. 24, 2014

Throwing the landscape for casinos in Massachusetts into chaos, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Tuesday that an initiative petition repealing the 2011 casino law is eligible for placement on the November ballot.  Read more

'Victorious' minimum wage ballot group shifts focus to earned sick time

Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Jun. 23, 2014

Raise Up Massachusetts, a group that had gathered signatures to put a minimum wage increase on the November ballot, said Monday they are ending their campaign. The group will continue to push for a ballot question guaranteeing earned sick time for workers.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY June 19 - 29, 2014

Friday (20th) – St. Brendan’s Voyageur’s $10,000 Club Dinner is held at Florian Hall, starting with cocktails at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit St. Brendan parish and school. Tickets are $150 and only 200 are sold. Dinner tickets are available for $5o. For more information call Joanne Burzyk Sweeney at 617-436-2222.
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Back from the brink, Mattapan man helps the homeless

Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 19, 2014

A Mattapan resident has been named Difference Maker of the Year by the New England Patriots. Larry Adams, 64, has been volunteering for the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) for 23 years. He initially got involved to help himself.

“I was homeless in the street, a drug addict and I got ready to take my life one time and this lady stopped me from doing it,” Adams told the Reporter. “Come to find out it was Barbara McIinnis of the BHCHP.”

This encounter turned out to be the best thing that happened to Adams. He began to see doctors and got a different view on life.  Read more

Playground in Southie to memorialize Michael Joyce

Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 19, 2014

City and state leaders broke ground at the Michael Joyce Memorial Playground in South Boston’s Marine Park on Tuesday. 	Photo courtesy DCRCity and state leaders broke ground at the Michael Joyce Memorial Playground in South Boston’s Marine Park on Tuesday. Photo courtesy DCR

Moving to a new city is difficult enough. Moving overseas can be even harder.

But for the immigrants who came to Boston during the 1960s through the 1980s, getting accustomed to the new place was made much easier thanks to the late Michael Joyce, who had himself moved to Boston from Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland in 1949.  Read more

‘Freedom’ is the artist's charge in Town Field project

Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 19, 2014

Town Field: A view from aboveTown Field: A view from aboveWith just a week for artists to put their hat in the ring for a $250,000 installation at Fields Corner, only out-of-town artists have submitted their qualifications.

“This is a great budget and a great opportunity,” said project manager Jean Mineo last Friday. “Maybe people are waiting until the last day.”

Mineo said between 30 and 40 applications have come forward from artists from around the country, but none from the Boston area.

The project will be a permanent installation at Fields Corner’s Doherty Gibson Park, better known as Town Field. It was initiated by Nam Pham, executive director of the Dorchester-based Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID).

It’s title will be “Freedom.”  Read more