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Back from the brink, Mattapan man helps the homeless

By 
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

By 
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

By 
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

POLITICAL ROUND-UP: Tolman gets his Greenhills on with Lynch and friends; Coakley drops by

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 18, 2014

Cindy and Dermot Quinn, owners of Greenhills Bakery, pose with Dorchester elected officials Michelle Wu, Stephen Lynch, Warren Tolman, Steven Tompkins, Daniel Cullinane, and Frank Baker outside the bakery early Monday afternoon. 	Photo by Lauren DezenskiCindy and Dermot Quinn, owners of Greenhills Bakery, pose with Dorchester elected officials Michelle Wu, Stephen Lynch, Warren Tolman, Steven Tompkins, Daniel Cullinane, and Frank Baker outside the bakery early Monday afternoon. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

Once last weekend’s State Democratic Convention wrapped up, things began to heat up both outside and in a number of races as the candidates shifted their focus to September’s primary election.

On Monday, Attorney General Martha Coakley visited Dorchester for the first time since before the Dorchester Day parade. Some in the neighborhood have not forgiven her for her absence from the annual march earlier this month that saw State Treasurer and fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman and GOP front-runner Charlie Baker parading along the route.  Read more

Civic group says no to Neponset Ave. center

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 18, 2014

The owners of a proposed adult daycare center at the corner of Neponset Avenue and Victory Road pledge to push on with their business plan after the Clam Point Civic Association unanimously voted to oppose the project at their June meeting.  Read more

Dot Ave. pub is World Cup Central: Banshee the ‘go-to’ place for US team supporters

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 18, 2014

Outlaws and scholars: The Banshee Bar on Dorchester Avenue has become home base for the Boston chapter of the American Outlaws, a club that supports the US soccer team now making a run at the World Cup. Above, the scene in the Banshee on Monday before the US took on Ghana in their first round match. Photo by Michael RattyOutlaws and scholars: The Banshee Bar on Dorchester Avenue has become home base for the Boston chapter of the American Outlaws, a club that supports the US soccer team now making a run at the World Cup. Above, the scene in the Banshee on Monday before the US took on Ghana in their first round match. Photo by Michael Ratty

Pandemnonium reigned inside The Banshee Pub on Dorchester Avenue on Sunday evening as the United States defeated Ghana, 2-1, in World Cup tournament play. Strangers hugged, women were hoisted onto shoulders, and splashes of beer sprayed the room.

A small contingent of Ghana supporters on site were offered heartfelt handshakes and conciliatory embraces as images of their vanquished countrymen flashed on the bar’s ten flatscreens.  Read more

Gas rehab project, a four-month job, begins this week in Adams Village

A slow-moving National Grid gas-replacement project will begin this week near Adams Corner and could take as long as four months to move along a key two-block stretch of Adams Street. The project has merchants and civic leaders on edge as they brace for likely interruptions in service and traffic flow through the summer months.  Read more

Man gets life for killing elderly neighbor

By 
Staff
Jun. 18, 2014

A Dorchester man will go to prison for life for murdering a 72 year-old woman in her Codman Hill Avenue apartment in 2012. Tu Nguyen, 31, admitted that he stabbed his neighbor Mary Miller on Feb. 21, 2012. Nguyen was arrested in his apartment upstairs later that morning after video footage showed him breaking into her unit.  Read more

TONIGHT: WGBH/PBS film Freedom Summer premieres at Strand Theatre

By 
Staff
Jun. 17, 2014

Admission is free, but reservations are required

The latest installment of WGBH/PBS’ The American Experience series — Freedom Summer— debuts with an exclusive screening at the Strand Theatre on Monday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. The hour-and-a-half long screening focuses on the Freedom Riders, Jonestown, and The Murder of Emmett Till— all extraordinary events in the Civil Rights experience from 1964.  Read more

Two Dorchester men charged as part of heroin ring whose wares killed at least one addict

Two men from Dorchester were among four indicted last week on federal charges of running a heroin ring out of a Hyde Park three decker.

According to a court filing, Osvaldo Ortiz-Ventara, 23, and Weslley Hernandez, 25, served as couriers for the ring. They allegedly delivered the fatal dose of heroin laced with fentanyl and an animal painkiller to an intermediary who sold it to a Braintree man whose girlfriend found him dead of an overdose in January.  Read more

Boston among four US contenders for 2024 Summer Olympics

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jun. 13, 2014

Boston is among four U.S. cities in the running for a potential 2024 Olympic Summer Games bid, the U.S. Olympics Committee reported Friday.  Read more

WEEKLY ROUNDUP – THE COAKLEY CONUNDRUM

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jun. 13, 2014

Recap and analysis of the week in state government

Thanks for playing “So You Want To Be Governor: Insiders Edition.”

Saturday’s contestants are Martha Coakley, the prosecutor; Steve Grossman, the treasurer; Don Berwick, the doctor and health bureaucrat; Juliette Kayyem, the national security expert; and Joe Avellone, the executive.  Read more

BNN-TV report: Bank of America Bails Out of Affordable Mortgage Program

By 
BNN-TV
Jun. 13, 2014

Bank Bails Out of Affordable Mortgage Program from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Thadine Brown and Cortina Vann of the Mass. Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA) talk about report on decision by Bank of America to opt out of an affordable mortgage program for first-time homebuyers in Massachusetts. Interview for BNN News with Chris Lovett. Aired June 10, 2014.

Related Reporter editorial: Shame on you, Bank of America

DOT BY THE DAY: Your guide to the week ahead

Sophia McDonough celebrated her 8th birthday in fine fashion on Monday. The Savin Hill resident, a first grader at the Henderson Inclusion School on Dorchester Avenue, served as “principal for the day.” Her first order of business: No uniforms and no homework! McDonough and her family also arranged for a pizza party for her classmates and a magic show. Photo by Vinnie McDonough

DOT BY THE DAY: June 12 - 20, 2014
A snapshot look at key upcoming events in and around the neighborhood for your weekly planner.

Check out the Reporter's full calendar of local events— or add your own listing here.

Red Alert – Train service on the Red Line will be replaced with buses this weekend between JFK-UMass and Broadway as signal and track repairs continue. Next weekend, June 21-22, buses are set to run between JFK-UMass and North Quincy, with no interruption to the Ashmont leg.

Saturday (14th) – Get your move on with the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition at their 7th annual Moving for Life fitness and health event. This year the group has teamed up with the Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., which will host the 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. gathering. The day features a two-mile walk through the nature sanctuary, aerobics and healthy cooking classes. Check out more details at mattapanfoodandfitness.org  Read more

Hunt bond bill amendment pushes for Tenean rehab

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 12, 2014

A tour group explored Port Norfolk on May 31 as part of an effort organized by the Boston Natural Areas Network and the Neponset Greenway Council. The group spent time on the Greenway, Tenean Beach, and the former site of the defunct Shaffer Paper Company, which will soon be remediated and turned into a natural waterfront park. Photo by Lee Toma

If state Rep. Dan Hunt has his way, some $250,000 will soon find its way to the rehabilitation of Tenean Beach, long seen as needing substantial re-engineering.  Read more

Officials, parents focus on safety in plan for pupils to take T to school

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 12, 2014

Come September, most seventh and eighth graders who attend Boston Public Schools (BPS) will swap a round-trip ride on a yellow city school bus for a student Charlie Card and a journey on the MBTA. The switch — approved this month by the School Committee— is not sitting well with some parents, according to news reports.

RELATED: BNN-TV reports on the BPS plan and the push-back  Read more

Proposals seen likely to reshape nightlife in Boston

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 12, 2014

It might soon be a lot easier to get a drink after midnight in Boston and get to where you want to go afterwards. Two major policy changes spurred by legislators, one already in effect and one pending, are likely to reshape how Bostonians travel in the wee hours and where they can get to.  Read more

Norwell St. rallyers decry evictions, lack of affordable housing

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 12, 2014

Demonstrators gathered in front of 193 Norwell St. on Tuesday demand more affordable rent following the removal of a family who occupied the vacant property over the weekend. Photo by Dave Eisenstadter

Displaced Dorchester resident Paul Adamson was not allowed to occupy a vacant home, so Adamson and about 50-60 others occupied the street instead.

Right to the City Boston organized the demonstration on Tuesday in front of 193 Norwell St., where Adamson and others told their stories of being pushed out due to increased rent.

The building where Adamson and his wife Renee had been renting was purchased and the rent was increased, forcing the Adamsons to relocate, he told the crowd through a megaphone.  Read more

POLITICAL ROUND-UP: ‘Retail politics’ in action ahead of Saturday’s Dem convention vote

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 12, 2014

Sheriff Steven F. Tompkins, right, snared two more high-profile endorsements this week from City Councillor Frank Baker, left, and State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry.Sheriff Steven F. Tompkins, right, snared two more high-profile endorsements this week from City Councillor Frank Baker, left, and State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry.

Democratic party activists will be flocking to Worcester this weekend for the State Democratic Convention where delegates will determine who makes it onto September’s primary ballot. Ahead of the voting, opinion was mixed as to which gubernatorial front-runner, Attorney General Martha Coakley or State Treasurer Steve Grossman, would receive the party’s blessing. For many delegates, the bigger question is who will be denied a place on the ballot.  Read more

Report cites improvements at Dot’s beaches, adds that much needs to be done at Tenean

A lone sunbather lounged on Tenean Beach last month. Photo by Lee Toma

The Metropolitan Beaches Commission has released “Waves of Change,” its report on the Boston Harbor region’s 15 public beaches in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull that are owned by the Commonwealth and managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Nearly 1,000 people took part in the commission’s hearings and helped to shape the findings and recommendations contained in the report.  Read more

Cedar Grove civic gets update on plans for Gallivan Blvd. building

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 12, 2014

Renovation work continued at 540 Gallivan Boulevard this week. Photo by John Forry

An Adams Corner building that will soon house a new Boston Sports Club will also have a renovated, expanded, and “state of the art” liquor store with two floors, and no turnstiles.  Read more

Now on loan at your library branch: Books, DVDs and… seeds

By 
Mallory Smith, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 12, 2014

Your local library branch is your go-to place for books, DVDs, and, now— in some Boston’s neighborhoods— seeds for the garden.

A trend that has made its mark across the country has hit Boston this summer as BPL branches in Mattapan East Boston and Grove Hall now allow users to borrow “a diverse array of seeds, get trained on basic gardening skills, and learn how to dry out and return seeds,” all donated by Boston Natural Areas Network. The seed-share sites, also known as seed libraries, allow participants to “take-out” up to five packets of seeds. They are then asked to return new seeds after they have produced a healthy, thriving, plant.  Read more

Florian Hall fundraiser raises funds, profile for St. Mary’s Center

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 12, 2014

Florian Time for St. Mary's: Elected officials joined with organizers for a photo. John Gilloolly/PEI.Florian Time for St. Mary's: Elected officials joined with organizers for a photo. John Gilloolly/PEI.

A large crowd gathered at Florian Hall last Thursday, June 5 for the Neighbors Supporting Neighbors fundraiser held to aide St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, located on Jones Hill in Dorchester.  Read more

SHUT OUT IN SOUTH BAY: Asian supermarket sealed off from customer traffic by mall owners in contract dispute

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 10, 2014

The Kam Man supermarket on Allstate Road has been sealed off from customers and deliveries by the owners of the nearby South Bay Center, the result of a dispute between the two parties over a lease agreement. Photo by Bill Forry

Large concrete barriers and a fence blocking access to the Kam Man Farmers Market from Allstate Road into South Bay Center are the most obvious pieces of evidence in what has become a pitched legal battle between the supermarket and the owners of the shopping center next door. The standoff, which has effectively shuttered the popular Asian-American market, has spilled into the city’s courtrooms and civic meeting halls – with each side lobbing allegations about contractual obligations and ulterior motives at the other.  Read more

Proposed K-8 charter school plan to be reviewed tonight in Mattapan

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 10, 2014

A proposed four-story charter school building would be built between Blue Hill Avenue and Babson Street. Image courtesy KIPP

Representatives from a charter school that hopes to build a new campus on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan will detail their plans for the project at a community meeting organized by the Boston Redevelopment Authority this evening.  Read more