This weekend’s Boston Calling (BC) festival must have already “arrived,” even though it’s just in its second year. Entertainment Weekly is naming it in the same breath as other 2014 Memorial Day weekend aural orgies like Rocklahoma (Pryor, Okla.), Electric Daisy Carnival (NewYork) and Sasquatch! (George, Wash.). Read more
When the first half-inning of Savin Hill Challenger baseball ended on Sunday afternoon, the pitcher, Billy Farrell, lingered on the mound for a good, long minute. A long-time civic leader and volunteer coach from Meeting House Hill, Farrell had just watched the bases cleared on a base hit by an autistic boy from Dorchester— Xavier Bell— who had never before stepped onto a ball field.
“This was— by far— the greatest experience I have ever had as a player or a coach playing baseball,” gushed Farrell, one of dozens of volunteers who shadowed players for the day. He was ready to pass pitching duties off to the next helper. “Someone else has to come out and enjoy it. I cannot be this selfish.”
May. 21, 2014
Photos of Dorchester soldiers killed in Vietnam are sought
Each year, 4.5 million people visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. The names of all Americans killed in the conflict are engraved on the walls of the memorial, an effort to keep the names alive in our national memory. A new project hopes to help us remember their faces as well. Read more
Michael Ball and Robert Flynn are like many young men of their generation who hail from Dorchester. Both grew up playing little league baseball in Cedar Grove, hanging out at Toohig Park and going to school at their nearby parish grammar schools (Flynn to St. Brendan’s and Ball to St. Ann’s.)
And both boys have vivid memories of watching the solemn ceremonies on Memorial Day at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
But Ball and Flynn are unlike most of their contemporaries in one very important way. Both young men, upon graduation from high school in 2008, enlisted in the Marine Corps and served their country in war. On Monday, Ball and Flynn— now retired from military service and back home— will address the crowd that assembles at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Read more
May. 18, 2014
The annual Haitian Unity Parade begins today at 1p.m. in Mattapan Square on Blue Hill Ave. and follows a route to Talbot Avenue. Watch for road closures between River Street and Talbot between 1-3 p.m. More than 200 local organizations, schools and businesses from all over New England are expected to participate. The parade will be led by Henry Milorin of Medford, Mass, a respected Haitian American US Army Retired as Grand Marshall for this year. Read more
The owner of Peggy O'Neil's, 1310 Dorchester Ave., has agreed to pay a $80,000 fine to settle a lawsuit charging it with refusing entrance to blacks, Hispanics and Cape Verdeans, the state Attorney General's office announced Friday. Read more
A longtime eyesore on an otherwise desirable Cedar Grove side street is getting a complete makeover this month and will soon be sold to a first-time homeowner. The small, single-family home at 88 Milton St. is part of an initiative by the Walsh administration to target prominent eyesores that can be reclaimed by new owners. Read more
A snapshot of key events happening in and around Dorchester this week. Check out the Reporter's full calendar for more.
Saturday (17th) – The Ashmont Hill Association returns with its 35th Annual Garage Sale with over 40 homes participating. This year you may find items like antiques, furniture, tools, computers, household items and much more. There will be food available at the Ashmont Nursery School.
In 1979, Ashmont Hill Association began its annual event with just a dozen homes as a way to introduce people from other parts of the city to its neighborhood, and to showcase their beautiful homes. “At the time people were moving out of the neighborhood and [AHA] wanted to show people it is beautiful and there is no reason to move out,” said Joe Gildea, who organizes the annual event. Read more
May. 15, 2014
State Attorney General Martha Coakley has fined former Enterteenment Magazine owner Wallis Amanda Mills $17,000 in penalties and restitution payments after receiving a complaint from Teens Lead at Work, a division of the Dorchester-based Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH). According to the complaint, Mills did not pay dozens of teenagers who wrote for her magazines some $100,000 in scholarship money that she had promised them. Read more
Dorchester’s true composition is truly in the eye of the beholder.
That’s one take-away from the latest visual representation of neighborhood as created by graphic artist Jennifer Hill. The New Hampshire native, who came to Boston to attend Mass College of Art, now owns her own design and print business based in South Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood. Hill, 34, has focused most of her business on generating prints that transform maps of cities, states and countries using hand-drawn patterns.
Two years ago, Hill moved to Pearl Street in Dorchester, which has long had a reputation as an underground artist colony. Since her relocation from Somerville, friends have pressed Hill to use her talents to create a Dorchester-themed print. Read more
A Dorchester teenager was sentenced to five to six years in state prison today for a botched armed holdup on Monsignor Lydon Way in 2011 - three weeks after Ciaran Conneely, an Irish immigrant, was shot to death near his Nahant Avenue home.
May. 14, 2014
Twenty girls gathered at the First Parish Church on Meetinghouse Hill last Saturday (May 10) to participate in Dorchester’s traditional Little Miss and Young Miss Dorchester contests. They were there to reflect on what makes their community special, and ultimately, to compete for a spot in the Dorchester Day Parade.
One by one, the girls stood in front of an audience of proud family members and friends to answer questions about themselves and about what they think makes their community special. From nice neighbors, to ice cream at Savin Scoop, to sledding on Savin Hill — each had their own idea of what makes Dorchester great. Read more
May. 14, 2014
An estimated 10,000 people joined the 18th Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 11, encircling the 3.6 mile route from Town Field to Codman Square and back via Geneva Ave. It was a record turnout for the event, held every May to benefit the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. The Dorchester non-profit provides services to survivors of homicide and has developed an innovative anti-violence curriculum for grades K-12. Read more
UPDATE: This young woman was safely found on May 14, according to relatives.
A local family is putting out a call for help this week as they search for a missing 19 year-old woman. Ulari J. Melvin, a senior at Boston Academy, was last heard from on May 5 when she sent a text message indicating that she was moving to Florida. However, family members say her disappearance is out of character for Ulari and fear that she may have been coerced into leaving town. They have not been able to reach her since and her social media account has been disabled. Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports investigators are looking for the cause of a two-alarm fire Sunday afternoon at 21 E. Cottage St.
The fire, reported at 3:40 p.m., broke out in the attic of the 2 1/2-story house and did an estimated $300,000 in damage, the department says. The bulk of the fire was knocked down shortly after 4 p.m.
May. 10, 2014
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh met with city attorneys Friday to discuss next steps after the state gambling commission denied “host community” status to the city of Boston, which abuts potential casino sites in Revere and Everett. Read more
A man was found dead of gunshot wounds inside a car outside 15 Cawfield St. around 11 p.m. on Thursday.
The Boston Police Department reports the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Shortly after his body was discovered, police began looking for two Hispanic men seen running from the area, one wearing a gray, long-sleeved shirt and jean shorts.
The annual Mothers Walk for Peace— a pledge event benefitting the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute— steps off on Sunday morning from Town Field in Fields Corner. Registration begins at the field at 7 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:30 a.m.— following a 3.6 mile course through the neighborhood and returning to Town Field. Read more
A popular Fields Corner pizzeria has been shuttered for the second time in two years for non-payment of taxes. Hi Fi Pizza on Dorchester Ave. was raised and seized by state officials on April 30. Read more
May. 8, 2014
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Mark Fisher escalated his dispute with the Republican Party on Thursday, accusing unnamed party officials of attempting to bribe him in December with $1 million to drop out of the governor’s race long before the party’s nominating convention in March. Read more
May. 8, 2014
Arriving with less than three months remaining for formal sessions, the most junior member of the 2013-2014 class of the House of Representatives, Evandro Carvalho is set to be sworn-in May 14 at 12:30 p.m., Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday. Read more
May. 8, 2014
A milestone in UMass Boston’s latest building project was celebrated with a traditional topping-off ceremony on the Dorchester campus on April 30. The installation of a decorated I-beam was pushed off until May 2 due to weather conditions, but officials were on hand to admire the work to date at General Academic Building Number One (GAB1) — a $113 million, 181,000-square foot, four-story structure. Read more
May. 8, 2014
It’s been a season full of thrill and excitement for the color guard team at St. Ann’s of Neponset. Last month, the team members packed up their bags—and their flags—and traveled to Dayton, Ohio to participate alongside 12,000 others in the Sport of the Arts World Championships, an international competition for color guard teams and percussion ensembles. Read more
May. 8, 2014
Right now 44 Woolson St. is a vacant lot – but not for long. Come by in eight weeks and you will see a community garden, complete with new fencing, planting beds filled with seedlings, and two young pear trees flanking the entrance.
The project is the work of the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, Boston Natural Areas Network, and many neighborhood residents, including Mirlande Joseph and Reann Gibson.
After an incident in 2010 in which four people including a toddler were dragged outside and shot, Woolson Street has come to symbolize urban violence. A dozen other shootings have occurred there over the past 20 years. But according to Joseph, who is resident coordinator for the new garden, the five-block street has many long-time residents with a sense of community. Those residents believe a garden is the natural way to strengthen that bond. Read more