District Attorney: Teenager who exchanged gunfire with police apparently shot himself

A preliminary investigation shows the teenager pursued by police during a gang investigation on Navillus Terrace Saturday night exchanged fire with officers, then reloaded his gun, put it to his head and fired, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said this afternoon.  Read more

City Councillors: Closing libraries should be “last option”

Gintautas Dumcius
Apr. 5, 2010

Closing branch libraries should be the city’s “last option” and should follow an extensive review of Boston Public Library finances and “lengthy” public debate, nine city councillors wrote in a letter to Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan.

“The Boston City Council has faith in President Ryan’s leadership and we believe that the men and women who run and work for our libraries do so for all the right reasons – for love of service and learning,” the councillors wrote. “But we cannot support the plan to close libraries after so short a discussion period.”  Read more

Police shoot teen to death after he opens fire

The Boston Police Department says the 19-year-old died as he tried running away from officers conducting an anti-gang sweep in the area of Navillus Terrace and Winter Street around 9:41 p.m. on Saturday.

In a statement, police said: "While conducting [interviews] of the group, a male suspect fled from the group and was pursued by officers. In the course of the pursuit, the suspect turned around and there was an exchange of gunfire. During this exchange, the suspect, a 19 year old male, sustained fatal injuries."  Read more

Man pleads guilty to providing gun used to murder Steven Odom

Steven OdomSteven OdomDavid Johnson, 20, of Mattapan, will serve six to eight years in state prison for giving an acquaintance a loaded .357 Colt Python that the guy used to murder Steven Odom - when he mistook one of Odom's friends for the gang rival he really meant to shoot, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

BPL president takes questions from community reporters

Gintautas Dumcius
Apr. 2, 2010

Days before the Boston Public Library’s board of trustees is expected to vote on whether to close branches or pare back hours, the head of the library system spoke today with a group of community reporters at the main branch in Copley Square.  Read more

Reporter names Dumcius news editor

Reporter Staff
Apr. 1, 2010

Gintautas Dumcius has joined the staff of the Dorchester Reporter and the Mattapan Reporter as news editor. A Quincy native, he attended UMass Boston, where he was news editor of the student newspaper, the Mass Media. He has been a contributing reporter for the Reporter newspapers, as well as a freelance reporter at the State House News Service.  Read more

Youth sports can be key tool in fighting weight issues

Maryalice Wolfe, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 1, 2010

As the weather gets warmer, children and adults can’t help but head outside. While some enjoy winter sports such as ice skating or swimming at an indoor pool, spring provides a new opportunity for kids to become involved in a wide variety of sports. Physical activity is an important tool as we continue to fight the trend of children becoming overweight and obese.  Read more

Lower Mills re-takes the trophy in chili cook-off; governor’s dish earns him a second-place bauble

The trophy in Dorchester’s chili cook-off returned to Lower Mills this week after a year’s absence, with the neighborhood’s civic association taking the top prize at the one-pot dish competition. The group was helped by Chris Gotreau, the executive chef at the Ledge restaurant and a Lower Mills resident.

Second place went to Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Milton), who handed out samples of his chili and made stops at every table, and State Rep. Marty Walsh (D-Savin Hill) won third place.  Read more

State House Watch: Senate buzzing over ‘Pange” curtain call

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Apr. 1, 2010

Steve Baddour, the Mane of the Merrimack, sat in one of the richly appointed back offices of the Senate Ways and Means suites last Wednesday afternoon and looked like a little boy whose big brother has been making sure the other kids don’t steal his ice cream cone.
There was a lot of that going around Wednesday.  Read more

Youth Council makes a difference

Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston
Apr. 1, 2010

As mayor, one of my priorities is making sure that Boston’s youth have the opportunities and support they need to engage in their communities and address the important issues they are faced with every day.  Each year I have the privilege of working with 17 of Boston’s finest young people on the Mayor’s Youth Council.  These young leaders represent every neighborhood in the city and play an active role in addressing issues important to them and their peers.  Read more

After woman bites off woman’s fingertip, Florian Hall cancels series

Adam Gaffin
Apr. 1, 2010

Florian Hall has canceled a series of glitter-ball events because of a fight at the hall in January that left one woman with only nine fingertips.

The two women, both originally from Dorchester, returned to the neighborhood on Jan. 22 from their current homes in Rockland, where they’ve apparently been feuding for years, a hall manager told the Boston Licensing Board this week.  Read more

Teen pregnancy count down; Dot, Mattapan rates highest

While the number of teen pregnancies in Boston is down, Dorchester and Mattapan had the highest rate in 2008 among the city’s various neighborhoods, public health officials said this week.

The average rate for Dorchester was 10.5 percent, higher than the citywide rate of 7 percent and slightly higher than Mattapan, which was at 10 percent. The 2008 figures are the latest data available. The North End, Back Bay, and the Fenway areas had no teen pregnancies.  Read more

Veterans’ advocate receives Quinn Award from UMass

Reporter Staff
Apr. 1, 2010

A South Boston native who has spent the past four decades tirelessly advocating for veterans has been given the Robert H. Quinn Award for Outstanding Community Leadership.

Thomas J. Lyons, a Wakefield resident who works as manager of community services at MassHousing, received his honor at the university’s recent community breakfast. The award was established in honor of Robert H. Quinn, a former speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, former Massachusetts attorney general, and former chair of the UMass Board of Trustees.  Read more

Haitian leaders push rebuilding principles

State Rep. Marie St. Fleur headed to the United Nations yesterday to present principles put together by the Haitian diaspora living in North America for the rebuilding of the country after a massive earthquake devastated the nation of Haiti in January.  Read more

Massachusetts loses this round on federal education funding

Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Apr. 1, 2010

Massachusetts’s new education law suffered a setback this week when federal officials rejected the Patrick administration’s efforts to score more than $250 million in additional federal aid and put the state near the bottom of their list of finalists.  Read more

Coming of the Waters, Part 2

For the second time in a month, the rains came and came and came over the region, roiling rivers like the Neponset at Lower Mills (above) and flooding roads, sewers, and cellars. Relief is here, and the weekend looks to be a winner. Photo by Ed Forry

Beware of scams on water damage

Reporter Staff
Apr. 1, 2010

In the wake of the watery state of affairs in the region, Boston Police are warning residents to be careful if someone comes to a water-logged home looking to gain access and does not display proper identification.

Legitimate employees of the city’s Water and Sewer Commission or any other utility are required to have proper identification with them. They will also be wearing the appropriate uniform with the company or utility logo on the side of the vehicle.

Police ask that anyone experiencing a visit by unauthorized individuals call the Crimestoppers Tip Line (800-494-8477).  Read more

DSO planning its own rites to welcome spring

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 1, 2010

When the doors open at the Parish of All Saints on April 11 to the sounds of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Mozart, the group of musicians who will be playing hope the event will be a celebration of spring.

They are also hoping for continued community support as the Dorchester Symphony Orchestra re-invigorates its program and hopes to add additional concerts this year.

The program is being presented with the support of a donation from the Mount Washington Bank.  Read more

Dot groups to meet with BPL president on restructuring

As city officials weigh possible library closings, Dorchester civic groups and organizations will get a chance to meet the head of the Boston Public Library on Saturday.

A noontime meeting, organized by City Councillor Maureen Feeney’s office, will be at the Leahy-Holloran Community Center on Worrell Street. Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan will attend before taking off for a separate community meeting at the Codman Square branch library at 2 p.m.

“We have so many in Dorchester, in District 3,” Feeney said of the number of libraries. “And we’ve heard from so many people.”  Read more

Plan for Carney under new deal: Up to $20m in capital investment

Gintautas Dumcius and Ed Forry
Apr. 1, 2010

Caritas Carney Hospital will expand services and grow with up to $20 million in capital investments, and could eventually become part of a national network of hospitals, the head of the Caritas Christi system told the Reporter this week.

Caritas Christi, the Catholic hospital network that owns and operates the Carney and five other hospitals, is being acquired by a for-profit equity firm, New York-based Cerberus Capital Management.  Read more

Man shot to death in Uphams Corner

The Boston Police Department reports a man was shot several times around 10:20 p.m., Tuesday, in a hallway at 31 Leyland St.  Read more

Florian Hall cancels disco nights after incident that left woman missing a fingertip

Florian Hall has canceled a series of glitter-ball events because of a fight that left one woman with only nine fingertips on Jan. 22.  Read more

REPORT: Heavy rains, flooding impedes traffic on Morrissey Blvd at Savin Hill

The Boston Police C-11 station is reporting that Morrissey Blvd is flooded from Freeport Street to UMass; Two south bound and one north bound lanes are closed.

Series of brawls jeopardizes Neponset Circle bar's late closing time

A series of recent incidents at the Upstairs Downstairs bar at Neponset Circle could cost the establishment its 2 a.m. closing time.  Read more

Shooting on Park Street leaves one dead

The Boston Police Department reports a man was found shot to death at 508 Park St. around 10:50 a.m.  Read more