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It’s a deal: Compromise reached in firefighter contract

Under pressure from City Council members, the Dorchester-based firefighters union and the Menino administration appeared to end years of bitter deliberations this week, coming to an agreement on a much-debated contract.  Read more

Wedding bells chime for a special couple

By 
Tara Merrigan Special to the Reporter
Jun. 9, 2010

Doris Bates and Jack Quinn, both residents at Standish Village in Lower Mills, will be married on Saturday. 	Photo by Tara Merrigan.Doris Bates and Jack Quinn, both residents at Standish Village in Lower Mills, will be married on Saturday. Photo by Tara Merrigan.

Smiling and gazing into each other’s eyes, John “Jack” Quinn and Doris Bates described their feelings towards each other, their history together, and their upcoming wedding.

Quinn, 72, and Bates, 66, will be married—both for the first time—this Saturday at St. Brendan’s Church in Dorchester.  Read more

Man stabbed to death; arrest made

Thanh Van Truong, 55, was ordered held without bail at his arraignment today in Dorchester District Court today on charges he stabbed an acquaintance to death last night at 34 Lyon St., the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

King Street eviction blocked by activists

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 7, 2010

Chris Lovett of Neighborhood Network News reports on an attempted King Street eviction that was blocked by neighbors and activists this morning. Supporters say that the lender seeking to evict Ursula Humes from her home erred by not following through on a promised inspection. The full story, which aired tonight on NNN, is here:

Dorchester Woman Gets Eviction Reprieve from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Clouds part as Dot Day pride takes to the streets

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 6, 2010

Tiny dancer: Parade participants came in all ages and sizes during the 2010 Dorchester Day Parade. Photo by Ed ForryTiny dancer: Parade participants came in all ages and sizes during the 2010 Dorchester Day Parade. Photo by Ed Forry  Read more

10-year-old girl shot on same Grove Hall Street where teen was murdered last week

WHDH-TV reports the girl was shot in the leg tonight on Creston Street by a guy who just went down the street on a mini-bike, firing rounds.  Read more

Teen indicted for murder of another teen at YMCA last summer

A Suffolk County grand jury has indicted Sherman Badgett, 19, for shooting Aaron Brown to death on Aug. 19 at the YMCA, 776 Washington St., the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

Councillor presses for trustees’ meeting to halt BPL closures

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 4, 2010

Youthful opposition: Some of the BPL's key constituents- kids- took to the mic to protest library closings at a City Hall rally on Thursday, June 3. Photo by Dan CurrieYouthful opposition: Some of the BPL's key constituents- kids- took to the mic to protest library closings at a City Hall rally on Thursday, June 3. Photo by Dan CurrieUnder questioning from city councillors, the head of the Boston Public Library said Thursday evening she would ask the chair of the board of trustees to convene to weigh potential state and local aid aimed at preventing branch closures.

City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo pressed Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan on the board of trustees holding a meeting sometime next week after state lawmakers attended last night’s City Council hearing on the BPL budget and noted they were getting a noncommittal response when offering state aid to keep libraries open.

Ryan said she did not have the authority to say whether the money would be accepted and used to keep open the four branches slated for closure, including the one in Lower Mills. That authority is with trustees and their chair Jeffrey Rudman, she said.  Read more

A ton of marijuana seized, man arrested at Wilcock Street apartment

A lot of pot: Photo via Suffolk County DA's office.A lot of pot: Photo via Suffolk County DA's office.
A Mattapan man was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail today after police found what appears to be a ton of marijuana in his Wilcock Street apartment yesterday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

Parades honor nation’s veterans, celebrate Dorchester life

Cedar Grove and its cemetery were busy places on Memorial Day, a time each year when we remember those who fought and died for our nation.

The Boston Police Gaelic Column, one of two pipe bands that marched in the Memorial Day Parade, makes its way to Cedar Grove Cemetery on Monday Morning. Photo by Chris Lovett.

Making Peabody Square an upbeat gathering place

Inside the Flat Black coffee shop in Peabody Square, a young man quietly taps away on his laptop. Across the street and outside of a pizza shop on Dorchester Ave., several teens huddle in the entrance, watching cars make their way through the under-construction intersection and waiting out a mid-afternoon thunderstorm to pass through. At the Ashmont MBTA station nearby, dozens of people standing under an unfinished roof wait for buses heading to Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.  Read more

Marchers step off at Lower Mills at 1 p.m.

Dorchester will celebrate its 380th anniversary this Sunday with a parade of floats, marching bands, and politicians that will transform its often-congested main thoroughfare into a rolling carnival for children of all ages. The Dorchester Day Parade starts at 1 p.m. from Lower Mills and follows its traditional route up Dorchester Avenue to Columbia Road.  Read more

CORI reform, Senate budget topped busy week

Beacon Hill lawmakers last week offered a preview of how they plan to close out their legislation session later this summer: A flurry of legislation and millions of dollars thrown around.
On the House side, lawmakers passed by a 138-17 vote reforms to the criminal offender record information (CORI) system, months after the Senate passed its version. The House bill allows some felony records to be sealed after 10 years rather than 15 and after five years rather than 10 for misdemeanors.  Read more

Caritas sale hearing July 1 at IBEW Hall

A hearing on the $830 million sale of the Caritas Christi hospital system is set for the Local 103 IBEW Hall on Freeport St., according to state Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office. The July 1 hearing, the last one of six slated to be held in each of the communities affected by the sale, starts at 6 p.m. Carney Hospital is located on Dorchester Ave. between Lower Mills and Ashmont.  Read more

Student support for dorms at UMass remains high

UMass dorm study: Shows most students would prefer to live on campusUMass dorm study: Shows most students would prefer to live on campusSixty percent of all UMass-Boston students – and 70 percent of students living in Dorchester -- are interested in on-campus housing, according to a campus survey released to the Reporter.

About 1,700 students, many of them now living off-campus and renting, took the 97-question survey, which cost the university $10,500. Questions were meant to gauge the interest of students in housing; to find out how easy or hard it has been to find off-campus housing; to see if students have visited Harbor Point and Peninsula Apartments; to learn where students already live and how much they would be willing to pay for rent; and to determine the length of their current commutes.  Read more

Minivan, bus collision highlights dangerous intersection

A minivan’s Saturday evening collision with an MBTA bus injured 14 people at one of Boston’s worst intersections: Gallivan Blvd. and Morton St.

MBTA authorities say the minivan’s driver ran a stop sign at the intersection and are charging her with failure to observe a traffic sign.

But the driver, Adalia Grant, told a television reporter she didn’t cause the crash.

She said she didn’t know what to think when the collision happened and it was “just the worst feeling you could feel.”  Read more

Lynch in his element at Cedar Grove ceremonies

Stephen Lynch took nearly twenty minutes to make his way from the stage set up for the Memorial Day ceremonies in Cedar Grove Cemetery to his waiting car near the graveyard’s gates.

The congressman was in Lynch Country (and perhaps, Tim Cahill Country, despite the absence of the Democrat-turned-independent treasurer running for governor): In between the two waypoints, the South Boston Democrat kept stopping to shake hands as more and more people came up to say hello. His aides snapped away and filled up at least one memory card full of pictures.  Read more

Official 2010 Dorchester Day Parade Roster

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 3, 2010

Dot Day 2010: Parade Chief Marshall Joe Zinck with Young Miss Dorchester Sophie Pacitti Philips, left, and Michelle Levinger, this year’s Little Miss Dorchester.Dot Day 2010: Parade Chief Marshall Joe Zinck with Young Mis  Read more

Dot Marine, 24, stresses service, pride of country in address

While his peers were clamoring for “Sesame Street” and Disney movies, Patrick Callahan wanted to watch “Hamburger Hill,” a movie centered on one of the Vietnam War’s bloodiest battles.
“The youngest of five children, I was raised in a household in which my parents instilled in us the importance of service and pride for our country along with gratitude and appreciation for servicemen and women was strongly prevalent,” the 24-year-old Marine sergeant told a Memorial Day crowd gathered in Cedar Grove Cemetery on Monday.  Read more

Last fall, Eascare’s Peter Todd had a heart attack at work; his colleagues helped him survive; he’s now back on the job

Eascare rescuers: Peter Todd, (center) an EMT dispatcher at Eascare Ambulance in Neponset is surrounded by some of the co-workers who saved his life in the moments following a severe heart attack last fall. Pictured left to right are George Stuart, Mark Donovan, Todd, CEO George Gilpin, Ryan Whitcomb and Dave Cavanagh.Eascare rescuers: Peter Todd, (center) an EMT dispatcher at Eascare Ambulance in Neponset is surrounded by some of the co-workers who saved his life in the moments following a severe heart attack last fall. Pictured left to right are George Stuart, Mark Donovan, Todd, CEO George Gilpin, Ryan Whitcomb and Dave Cavanagh.

Peter Todd has spent a career helping stricken people get the emergency medical care they need — and fast. Turns out, Peter’s career choice led to his own salvation.  Read more

Folks wonder about Sunday’s re-branded music fest

This Sunday thousands of people will flock to Dorchester for the Dot Day festivities, but the UMass Boston-based radio station WUMB is hoping that same day additional thousands will be thronging the university’s harbor campus to patronize its annual concert day, despite changes that have some fans concerned.

Formerly held in the fall and called the “Boston Folk Festival,” the event is now variously referred to on the station’s website as “WUMB Music Fest 2010” and the “13th Annual WUMB Music Festival.”  Read more

Tales from the Red Line: Making do with what it is

By 
Megan Lieberman and Lindsey Schmidt
Jun. 3, 2010

This spring, the Reporter engaged ten undergraduate students from the Northeastern University School of Journalism to take a few rides along the MBTA’s Red Line, which runs from the Alewife Station in Cambridge to either the Ashmont Station in Dorchester and on to Mattapan, or to the South Braintree Station, as it clicks and clacks along during morning and evening rush hours and report back on what they saw and heard along the crowded artery of rail that runs through our neighborhood. Their observations follow:

By Megan Lieberman and Lindsey Schmidt  Read more

From JFK race to Obama win, Crawford’s ‘Norm’ hangs in: Pharmacist 50-year fixture in St. Mark’s neighborhood

When Norman Kinan first reported to work at Crawford’s Drug Store on the southeast corner of Dorchester Avenue and St. Mark’s Road, John F. Kennedy was on his way to the White House, Foster Furcolo was governor of Massachusetts, John F. Collins was mayor of Boston , and there were five priests, monsignored by the lordly Patrick J. Lydon, residing in the parish rectory across the street and serving one of the most active congregations in the Boston archdiocese.  Read more

Labor, councillors stand firm with firefighters union at rally

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 2, 2010

Chris Lovett of Neighborhood Network News — Boston's nightly news program — files this report on a spirited rally at City Hall Plaza today in which labor leaders and three city councillors spoke out forcefully in favor of an arbitration ruling for a new contract for Boston's firefighters.  Read more

Dot Day parade hits the avenue today— rain or shine!

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 1, 2010

Parade GuyParade GuyUpdated June 6— Today's Dorchester Day Parade is going ahead as planned — rain or shine — according to organizers. The annual celebration of Dorchester's settlement in 1630 is highlighted by today's parade, which will follow its traditional route up Dorchester Ave. from Lower Mills to Columbia Road. The parade starts at 1 p.m. in Lower Mills at the corner of Richmond Street & Dorchester Avenue and travels along Dorchester Avenue to Savin Hill at the corner of Columbia Road and Dorchester Avenue.
This year's parade will be led by dignitaries including Governor Deval Patrick. His rivals for the corner office — Charles Baker, Tim Cahill and Jill Stein— are also slated to walk in the parade. Marching bands, floats and dancers from Dorchester's rich tapestry of ethnic backgrounds make this 3.2 mile parade among the city's largest neighborhood attractions.
Official parade roster is here.

More information on the parade committee is available here.
Here's a look back at last year's parade, captured on video by the Reporter's Mike Deehan: