Dorchester’s Lance Greene, a senior guard and captain of the Endicott College men’s basketball team, etched his name in the school’s history books on Saturday when he scored his 1,000th career collegiate point late in the first half in a non-conference game at Clark (Mass.). Greene scored a season-high 22 points against the Cougars in a losing outing, 80-74.
Greene finished an efficient 8-of-9 from the floor and 6-of-8 at the free throw line to go along with four rebounds, three steals, and two assists. The senior’s jumper with 3:16 remaining in the first half put him over 1,000 points for his career.
He now has 1,012 points for his career and is 15 points behind Graham Whitelaw ‘10 for eighth on the all-time Endicott leader board. For his career, Greene has averaged 14.4 points per game. This season, he is scoring at career-high rate of 16.2 points per game. Read more
When Mayor Thomas Menino announced the formation of the “External Advisory Committee on School Choice” last February, he made its mission clear in the press release naming its members: To “help advise” the school department in engaging the community on a major overhaul of the city’s school assignment system. Read more
Whether singing while manipulating a lascivious Muppet or while lying on his back center stage for most of two and a half hours, the versatile Savin Hill actor Phil Tayler, currently playing the lead in Moonbox Productions’ “Of Mice and Men,” is ending this year as he started it –starring in a well-received production of a play with a strong social message.
Equally at home in musicals and straight dramas, Tayler garnered kudos in April as the doomed title character in Moonbox’s revival of Adam Guettel’s 1996 musical “Floyd Collins,” based on a true 1925 tragedy about a cave-explorer trapped underground while a media circus exploded above him. BroadwayWorld.com said, “Tayler spends long stretches immobilized on a small ledge of the rock-like tiered set, but has no problem conveying the pain and frustration that Floyd feels. He is a strong singer and expresses a range of feelings from exuberance to despair in his songs.” Read more
More than a month after her former boss won a US Senate seat, a 27-year-old ex-aide to consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren is launching a campaign of her own. Michelle Wu, a South End attorney who organized outreach to communities of color for the Warren campaign, said Tuesday she is launching a run for one of the City Council’s four at-large seats.
Wu, who also had Warren as a professor in her first semester at law school, has registered a campaign committee with the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance. “I believe in the city and I’m serious about wanting to serve the city,” said Wu, who moved to Boston from Chicago to attend Harvard. She will be up against four well-funded incumbents should all of them choose to run for reelection. Read more
Just before Christmas, hundreds of Dot residents will get to see the return of the José Mateo Ballet Theatre (JMBT) to Uphams Corner as the last stop on its 25th Anniversary Nutcracker Tour, which includes Duxbury, Cambridge, and The Strand. JMBT first performed the Tchaikovsky ballet at the Strand way back in 1988.
Company founder/ artistic director/choreographer José Mateo (who also plays the magical Dr. Drosselmeyer) conjures up a Victorian Christmas Eve party at which little Clara’s dream is realized through enchanting scenery, sumptuous costumes, and spectacular dancing. Over 200 youngsters appear as Party Children, Mice, Soldiers, Polichinelles, Cherubs, Angels. About 10 percent of them live near the Strand.
According to Julie Hayen Miller, JMBT Director of Communications, interest in the production from the Dorchester community has snowballed.
“This year we had over 70 kids at auditions at the Kroc Center in September (compared to 15 last year!),” Hayen Miller said. Read more
LaShawn Hill, a former aide at the Harbor Pilot Middle School pleaded guilty today to charges he had inappropriate sexual contact with a student there and with another boy at a school in Roxbury. Read more
Dec. 11, 2012
Dorchester residents and elected officials sounded notes of support on Monday night for a residential project next to the JFK/UMass MBTA station. But the chair of a task force that set up guidelines for development on Columbia Point expressed dissatisfaction with the density of the five-story project. Read more
Dec. 7, 2012
Savin Hill residents heard from one of the region’s leading auto dealers Thursday about his plan to bring a pre-owned BMW dealership to Columbia Point, an area expected to see high growth in residences and businesses. Herb Chambers Companies of Somerville plan to convert the former WLVI-TV station near the northern end of Morrissey Boulevard into a sales and service center for the high-end German automaker.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority, the city’s planning agency, hosted the meeting at the Cristo Rey Boston High School on Savin Hill Avenue.
Chambers himself attended the meeting and answered residents concerns about the project. “I think this is great for Dorchester because there’s a lot of positive energy going into the area,” Chambers said to the crowd of about 35 people gathered in the Cristo Rey library. Read more
Dec. 6, 2012
The Mildred Ave. Community Center is currently accepting applications for its Drum & Drill program, which is open to dancers and drummers ages 8 to 18. The registration deadline is December 31, and the program will run from January until June or early July. Read more
It’s a brand new four-story building with a strikingly familiar name.
The William J. Walczak Education and Health Center — named for the founder of the Codman Square Health Center— is open for business – and classes. An official grand opening is on hold pending the return to action of the only other living Bostonian who gets his name on big new buildings these days – Mayor Thomas Menino – but the building itself has been in partial use since September and is due to be fully up and running by year’s end. Read more
Twenty-three years ago, BayBank applied to the state to expand into Allston near the Boston University campus. But the company quickly ran into a problem with regulators, who noted that the bank was not expanding into low-to-moderate income communities like Dorchester and Mattapan. As a result, BayBank’s application was denied, under the Community Reinvestment Act.
The move set a precedent and forced BayBank to open five branches and 25 ATMs in the neighborhoods, including the first one in Mattapan. It later merged with Fleet Bank, and both were eventually swallowed up by Bank of America.
“A lot of the Bank of America branches you see are part of that expansion” from 23 years ago, says Tom Callahan, who is executive director of the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance and has been with the homeownership education group since 1987. “Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan had been underserved and it was the first reversal of that trend.” Read more
Was the 2012 election just a grinding interlude?
Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Thomas Menino and local politicians and policymakers turned their collective gaze this week to the so-called “fiscal cliff” negotiations in Washington as next year’s budget lurked in the background.
In D.C., familiar players dominated the headlines as President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner offered and counter-offered. Massive spending cuts and tax increases in the area of $500 billion are set to go into effect at the start of 2013 if lawmakers don’t reach an agreement this month. Read more
Dec. 6, 2012
The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and the Department of Neighborhood Development held a joint meeting Tuesday to get community input for the possible re-usesof the former Mattapan Library building at 10 Hazleton Street. The library closed in 2009, after serving the community for over 75 years, when a new branch was built at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue. Read more
From classical to Christmas to Kwanzaa, Dorchester and its neighbors are finishing up the year with a wealth of concerts.
Ashmont Hill Chamber Music Read more
Dorchester residents whose primary home was in a foreclosure process between 2009 and 2010 may be eligible for a free independent review.
The Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency, and federal bank regulators who are overseeing the independent review are seeking to promote the program as a Dec. 31 deadline looms for potential applicants. The program is part of an order issued by financial regulators to 14 banks that requires them to improve loan modification and foreclosure services. Read more
A City Council hearing on guidelines aimed at ensuring Boston residents are hired for publicly funded building projects drew protests this week from activists who claimed City Hall and unions aren’t doing enough to up the numbers.
City councillors met Monday night at the Kit Clark Senior Services in Fields Corner for a three-hour hearing that at times had a tense atmosphere, according to several attendees. Read more
Boston Emergency Medical Services reports taking seven people to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after an apparent problem with a heating repair job sent high levels of carbon monoxide into the air. Read more
Fifty-two new security cameras will be installed around the JFK/UMass MBTA station next year, the transit agency said this week. The company started soliciting bids for a contractor for the installation of the cameras at JFK/UMass and other stations last week, days after a woman reported an indecent assault in the Sydney Street area. Read more
Boston and MBTA Police are stepping up patrols this week and warning the public after a flurry of street robberies targeting women that may be the work of a single, armed bandit. The incidents have all targeted women who were walking home from Red Line stations, including JFK-UMass, Savin Hill, Shawmut and Ashmont.
“We’re concerned about it,” said Captain Richard Sexton, commander of the Area C-11 police district. “It seems like it’s one person right now. We’ve had a few others on the district recently, but there’s definitely a pattern going here along the Red Line.” Read more
Dec. 4, 2012
As part of a plan to address an estimated $540 million mid-year budget gap, Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday slashed spending by $225 million and asked the Legislature to allow him to unilaterally reduce unrestricted local aid to cities and towns by 1 percent.
Unrestricted local aid pays for local services, such as public safety budgets, and is delivered separately from state aid to fund local education spending, which is not targeted for cuts under Patrick’s plan.
“I don’t think this is draconian. Obviously every city and town worries about an impact on their local aid, but as I say this is relatively modest. We are spreading the pain as broadly as possible and sensible and we have a solution for closing that gap in unrestricted local aid if the Lottery continues to help,” Patrick said.
The spending cuts ordered by the governor will hit nursing homes, special education funding, school transportation for the homeless and reimbursement rates for hospitals that treat low-income patients. Read more
Dec. 1, 2012
Nov. 30, 2012
Mayor Thomas Menino on Thursday signed off on a schedule shift for the group he charged with radically revamping Boston’s student assignment system. The 27-member group, known as the External Advisory Committee, will now have until January to come up with a proposal to present to Superintendent Carol Johnson.
Boston University’s Dean Hardin Coleman, the committee co-chair, said the schedule delay will allow his group to make a “data-driven” decision. Originally, a proposal was expected to emerge before the end of the year, and before Thursday, the committee had been aiming for Dec. 14. Read more
The Boston Redevelopment Authority will convene a public meeting on Thurs., Dec. 6 to discuss auto magnate Herb Chambers' plan to convert the old Channel 56 building on Morrissey Boulevard into a car dealership and repair center.
The Reporter first reported in October that Chambers intends to purchase and renovate the now-empty TV studio at 75 Morrissey Blvd, which is valued at $4.5 million according to city records. The sale price of the property has not been disclosed and it is not yet clear if Chambers has acquired the property at this time. Read more
The Bowdoin-Geneva Main Streets organization is “in transition” following the abrupt departure of its executive director, Sandra Kennedy, who was terminated “for cause” by the group’s board of directors last month. Weeks after Kennedy’s dismissal, a representative of the Main Streets’ board filed a police report alleging that a former employee had misappropriated funds from the group.
Kennedy, who had led the organization for six years, was fired on Oct. 17, according to the Department of Neighborhood Development, which works with the Main Streets groups. Read more
Nov. 29, 2012
The new film “Lincoln” has opened to near-universal rave reviews and Oscar buzz is already swelling for Daniel Day Lewis’s astonishing performance of “Father Abraham.”
A look back shows a Dorchester connection – two of them, in fact – with the man many historians deem our greatest president save for George Washington. Residents of the town got a close-up look at Lincoln the politician long before he was president, and the local views on the Midwesterner were mixed.
To prepare for an 1848 campaign swing through Massachusetts on behalf of the Whig Party’s presidential candidate, Zachary Taylor, hero of the Mexican-American War, Lincoln, then a member of the US House of Representatives from Illinois, had asked William Schouler, the editor of the Boston Atlas, to give him an “undisguised opinion as to what New England generally, and Massachusetts particularly, will do [in the upcoming presidential election.” Read more