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Columbia Pt. plan revised; shorter buildings, more open space

Proposed heights for development in Columbia Point have been reduced and open green space has been increased by a half-acre under a revised master plan that the city’s planning agency will eventually use as a blueprint for development in the area.

The final plan, the product of a two-year effort by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and a mayoral-appointed task force of local residents, is meant to function as a guideline for developers looking at the area and aimed at reconnecting Columbia Point, cut off from the rest of Dorchester because of the expressway, to Savin Hill.  Read more

Man shot to death near Ronan Park

Boston Police report a 23-year-old man found with a gunshot wound at Adams and Robinson streets shortly before 11 p.m. on Tuesday was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center.

BPD issue alert after alleged sexual assault

By 
Reporter Staff
Jul. 16, 2010

Boston Police are warning women to "remain vigilant" after a reported sexual assault took place yesterday morning (Thursday, July 15) in the Florida Corridor. The 2 a.m. assault happened "in the area of Florida and King Streets". The victim told police that her assailant grabbed her from behind, pulled her into a yard and "robbed and sexually assaulted her."
The suspect is described as a black male, in his mid twenties, with short, scruffy hair, a heavy, muscular build, weighing approximately 200 lbs, wearing a black hoodie, black jeans and sneakers.
Anyone with information is urged to call (617) 343-4400.  Read more

Dorchester has several sites on ‘great places’ listing

By 
Tara W. Merrigan, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 15, 2010

A number of Dorchester-area locations made the list of about 1,000 great places to visit in Massachusetts released this week.

The Great Places in Massachusetts Commission, created by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick in January 2009, pared down more than 13,000 e-mail nominations from the public and suggestions from commission members over the past year and a half before releasing the final list.  Read more

City hoping to revive vacant properties in ‘mid-Dorchester’

Two city agencies are teaming up to get city-owned vacant property back on the tax rolls in and around Codman Square, Four Corners, and the Bowdoin-Geneva area, including a possible trolley tour of the areas for potential investors. The three are grouped under the label of “mid-Dorchester.”  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: Lynch for Senate in 2012? Focusing on 2010, he says

Facing a Democratic challenger, a liberal independent opponent, and a Republican in this fall’s election cycle, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch received a question on… the 2012 cycle?

The South Boston Democrat, who represents parts of Dorchester in the Ninth Congressional District, made an appearance this week on WCVB’s “On the Record” political chat show and declined to rule out a possible challenge to U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican who was elected in January to finish out the late Edward Kennedy’s six-year term.  Read more

Two Eagles, two Blackhawks

By 
Ann McGough, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 15, 2010

Jimmy Hayes: Stands out for BC's national champs (AP photo)Jimmy Hayes: Stands out for BC's national champs (AP photo)Kevin Hayes: Drafted by the Blackhawks (AP photo)Kevin Hayes: Drafted by the Blackhawks (AP photo)Dorchester has had quite its share of hockey success stories over the years. But few have been as remarkable as the tale of the Hayes brothers of Neponset.

Jimmy, 20, is a standout forward for the NCAA national champion Boston College Eagles. His younger brother, Kevin, 18, has excelled on the ice for Nobles and Greenough and will join his brother at the Heights next season.

The boys have never played on the same team, so the BC angle looked to be special – until the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks beat them to the punch.  Read more

Development at St. Kevin’s seen as ‘anchor’ for the district

St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center and two other groups are forging ahead with redevelopment plans for the former St. Kevin’s school property in Uphams Corner, seeking to turn the 2.7-acre site into a mix of affordable housing and retail space. Construction could start next year.  Read more

A dream takes shape along Dudley Street: Kroc Center, with $115 million price tag, will be region’s largest

By 
Pat Tarantino, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 15, 2010

Kroc CenterKroc CenterLess than a year after the ground-breaking, construction at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center – the largest social service facility in New England history – is nearing completion.  Read more

Cookouts, Fireworks and Farmers' Markets

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 14, 2010

The annual farmers’ market is rapidly becoming a regular part of summer fare, joining cookouts, fireworks, and trips to the beach in the traditional lineup.  Read more

Police: Man on probation stopped before he could shoot up Bowdoin Avenue store

The Boston Police Department reports two detectives possibly stopped a shooting attempt Monday night when they drove by a Geneva Avenue market and noticed a man outside put on a mask, pull out a gun and walk in.  Read more

Woman charged with manslaughter for death of fetus in fight with mother

A woman who allegedly got into a brutal fight with an acquaintance at a Neponset Avenue nail salon on April 10 has been indicted for the death of the acquaintance's six-month-old fetus.  Read more

Apparent arson leaves 12 homeless

The Boston Fire Department says a fire that broke out shortly before noon on Friday at 6 Westville Terrace was set - and that one man is under arrest for breaking and entering and arson.  Read more

Hyde Park teen arrested for armed robbery outside Mattapan library

The Boston Police Department reports arresting a 16-year-old from Hyde Park on charges he used an ammo clip to help convince another kid to hand over $21 after both had left the Mattapan BPL branch shortly after 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Police say the victim and the suspect had gotten into an argument inside the library "over some printed materials," and that when the victim left the branch with some friends, they saw the teen coming after them and started to run:  Read more

Police say man with fake grenade tried to steal luxury car from local dealership

The Boston Police Department says a Dorchester man armed with a fake grenade tried and failed to steal a Mercedes from Expressway Toyota on Morrissey Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.  Read more

Officials focus on saving jobs

Gatumba Abu is one of the lucky few.

A custodian at the Holland Elementary School in Dorchester, Abu had received a layoff notice three weeks earlier. “A lot of people overlook our jobs,” he said, standing near the entrance of the City Council’s chambers last week. “But we’re a big part of the school department.”

As he contemplated how he would pay his mortgage, city councillors and Menino administration officials worked to save his job and those of 14 others.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Teachers’ union backs Chang-Diaz challenger

The Boston Teachers Union is supporting state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz’s challenger.

Hassan Williams, a Roxbury Democrat mounting a challenge to the first term senator, touted the endorsement in a release this week. Like Chang-Diaz, Williams, who has a law degree from Boston College, has worked in Boston schools.  Read more

Bayside building needs immediate repairs, report says

The former Bayside Expo Center is in “fair to poor” condition, with repairs needed to its roofs and parking lot, according to a report commissioned by the University of Massachusetts, the site’s new owner.

“We recommend complete replacement of the existing roofs as they are beyond [their] useful life and are currently leaking,” staffers with Commercial Construction Consulting, Inc., wrote in a report for UMass. Portions of the report were released to the Reporter upon request.

An area of 700 square feet in the food court was wet during the company’s inspection, the report noted.  Read more

Approval, apprehension greet proposed Caritas system sale

By 
Tara W. Merrigan, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 8, 2010

Elected officials, Caritas Christi employees, community activists, and Dorchester residents are voicing both approval and apprehension over the proposed sale of the Caritas Christi Health Care network, which includes Carney Hospital, to Cerberus, a private firm based in New York.

At a public hearing on the proposal last week in the packed auditorium of the IBEW Local 103 Hall, many officials, residents, and Carney employees voiced their support for the $830 million deal, capital from which could infuse between $15 and $20 million into Caritas Carney alone.  Read more

Free Pope JPII Park movies begin tonight

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 8, 2010

The Boston Natural Area Network this week kicked off its 16th annual Neponset Greenway Festival, a collection of free events along the Neponset River in Dorchester, Milton, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. A staple of the Festival is the outdoor Family Movie Series at Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester and the Martini Shell in Hyde Park. The first screening at the park is tonight at sunset.

According to BNAN President Valerie Burns, the idea for outdoor movies was inspired by the history of Pope John Paul II Park, which was home to a drive-in movie theater 50 years ago.  Read more

Officials focus on saving jobs

Gatumba Abu is one of the lucky few.

A custodian at the Holland Elementary School in Dorchester, Abu had received a layoff notice three weeks earlier. “A lot of people overlook our jobs,” he said, standing near the entrance of the City Council’s chambers last week. “But we’re a big part of the school department.”

As he contemplated how he would pay his mortgage, city councillors and Menino administration officials worked to save his job and those of 14 others.  Read more

Beating the heat one drop at a time

It was just about 100 degrees on Tuesday when this young man found relief under a spray at Neponset Park off Hilltop Street. Temperatures and humidity are expected to ease off come the weekend. 	Photo by Ed Forry.It was just about 100 degrees on Tuesday when this young man found relief under a spray at Neponset Park off Hilltop Street. Temperatures and humidity are expected to ease off come the weekend. Photo by Ed Forry.  Read more

Follow-up meeting on Ashmont trolley noise

By 
Reporter Staff
Jul. 8, 2010

A meeting on the trolley screeching at the Ashmont MBTA station has been scheduled for July 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the All Saints Church hall. The MBTA’s general manager, Rich Davey, is expected to attend. The meeting comes after a June 20 gathering at the same church, where angry residents faced off with Davey and other MBTA officials over the noise levels. Since then, the MBTA has installed a sprinkler system and sound-deadening blankets to curb the noise level.  Read more

Protests grow louder over community center closures

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 8, 2010

Community Center Closing: View from Four Corners from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Above: Ralph Ortiz and Pamela Bush of the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, discussed their opposition to the shut-down of the Marshall Community Center with Chris Lovett, anchor of the Neighborhood Network News on BNN-TV. The interview aired July 8, 2010.

As the Boston Centers for Youth and Families removes staff from eight of the city’s 46 community centers, residents who have grown up around the centers are continuing to protest the move.
 The city agency’s underlying strategy is to save money during fiscal year 2011 by conserving resources that would have gone to underutilized centers.  Read more

Dot YMCA stays committed to programs for teens

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 8, 2010

In the wake of a shooting just outside its doors last year, the Dorchester YMCA says it’s stepping up its commitment to providing teens with activities and programs this summer. The Y, along with the Boston Foundation and the My Summer in the City program are launching an ambitious slate of summer events as part of its Urban Agenda effort.  Read more