Dot Day '14 delivers the goods: Music, sunshine and backyard BBQs

Young Miss Dorchester Gina Cruz, left with Little Miss Dorchester 2014 Little Miss Dorchester Eleanor Moye-Gibbons rode in a convertible on Dorchester Avenue.

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Story: 'Marty' marches for the home crowd

Here's a brief video summary from BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News:  Read more

Senators craft their spending bill, discard amendments; now the conference committee gets to do its work

After surviving last week’s deliberations in the Senate, legislators’ amendments to the budget proposals are now mostly out of their hands as the differences between the House and Senate versions are ironed out in the conference committee.  Read more

Ballot picture now clear for local state elections in fall

Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
May. 30, 2014

Charles-Peterson withdraws from ballot in Fifth Suffolk

Karen Charles-Peterson: Made ballot, but will not challenge Carvalho in 5th SuffolkKaren Charles-Peterson: Made ballot, but will not challenge Carvalho in 5th SuffolkThough she qualified for the ballot, Karen Charles-Peterson will not be challenging state Rep. Evandro Carvalho in September’s Democratic primary for the 5th Suffolk seat.

Charles-Peterson withdrew from the 5th Suffolk ballot on Friday afternoon, the last possible day to do so, said Brian McNiff, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office.

Carvalho will now face perennial candidate Althea Garrison in September’s Democratic primary. The winner will run against the race’s sole GOP candidate Claudette N. Joseph in the Tuesday, Nov. 4 general election.  Read more

Music-focused charter school will open in Laboure building

The Laboure College building on the campus of Carney Hospital will be converted into space for the Conservatory Lab Charter School.

A Brighton-based charter school that focuses on a “music-infused education” will move into the old Laboure College building on the campus of Carney Hospital this summer with plans to open for classes in September. The Conservatory Lab Charter School will house grades 2-8 in the now-vacant building at 2120 Dorchester Avenue.

Details of the lease agreement between the charter school and Steward Health Care, which owns the building, were discussed at last week’s meeting of the Lower Mills Civic Association.  Read more

Taxicab owners, drivers cry foul over unregulated upstart Uber-X

India Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 30, 2014

For a solid hour last Thursday, the horns blared. In a planned protest of the unregulated operation of Uber-X and Uber-XL, the outfit that people call on a smartphone to summon a car or an SUV and a driver when they need a ride, 200 licensed cabs driven by members of the Boston Taxi Drivers Association (BTDA) circled the block in front of Uber’s office in downtown Boston. As the stream of cabs flowed down the narrow street near South Station, taxi drivers holding placards spoke to reporters and passersby about their concerns and demands.  Read more

Rep. Holmes plans amendments to speaker’s gun-issue proposal

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
May. 30, 2014

Although he supports specific gun-related provisions in House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s new bill aimed at reducing gun violence, Rep. Russell Holmes intends to add amendments to the package when it comes to the House floor.

At Tuesday night’s B-3 Crime Advisory Meeting, Holmes told the Reporter that he hopes to fix flaws in the state’s criminal justice system. Holmes specifically referenced “three strikes” legislation that Black and Latino legislators have stridently opposed.  Read more

Scholar athletes point to success of BPS “Zone” program

Mallory Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 30, 2014

A program aimed at improving athletics programs within the Boston Public School system has made strides since its foundation in 2009. The Boston Scholar Athletes program, launched with help from former Mayor Tom Menino and Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish hopes “to improve academic achievement through athletics.”  Read more

Visitors taken behind scenes in Dots’ earliest homes

Lily Bouvier, Special to the Reporter
May. 30, 2014

A visitor inspects the basement kitchen of the William Clapp House on Boston Street. Photo by Lily Bouvier

Visitors to the Dorchester Historical Society were given free rein to explore the nooks and crannies of some of Dorchester’s first houses at the Society’s “Behind the Scenes” event on May 18. All of the homes and buildings belonging to the Society were open, from basement to attic, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with visitors invited to wander at their own pace from room to room.  Read more

Coalition seeks to brand Red Line as ‘Life Science Corridor’

David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
May. 29, 2014

Mayors of Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Quincy, and Somerville are marketing the Red Line as the spine of the region’s “Life Science Corridor,” with Dorchester at its heart.

Those five municipalities contain about 500 companies in the life science industry, which include businesses specializing in biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, animal and agricultural bioscience, and commercial research and testing, according to John Barros, the city’s Chief of Economic Development.  Read more

The mayor and Dorchester Day: There will be ‘a few surprises’

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
May. 29, 2014

Marty Walsh: As a state rep- and mayoral candidate- in last year's Dot Day Parade.Marty Walsh: As a state rep- and mayoral candidate- in last year's Dot Day Parade.A week ahead of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s first Dorchester Day parade as mayor, the Reporter caught up with him to get his thoughts on his role in the 110-year-old tradition and what he expects to encounter while marching along the 3.2 mile route.

Q. Since this will be your first Dorchester Day as mayor, what does this mean to you?
A. I’m really excited about it. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve marched in the Dorchester Day parade almost every year since I’ve been in office except the one year when my father died the day before. It’s always a special day for me, so as mayor, it’s probably going to be a little more special.

Q. Anything different that we can expect?
A. Everyone’s working on stuff and I don’t want to ruin the surprise coming, but … we think we actually have a few surprises that might be coming this year.  Read more

Chief Marshal Murphy has long been a Dot booster

Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
May. 29, 2014

Brendan MurphyBrendan MurphyA Dorchester native and 2014 Dorchester Day Parade Chief Marshal, Brendan Murphy, an Army Veteran, cannot manage to stay away from the neighborhood for too long. He currently lives in St. Brendan’s Parish with wife Jacqueline.

Growing up in Savin Hill, he remembers watching the parade on Sundays from his father’s Murphy Funeral Home parking lot.

“All my cousins were there, probably 15 of us running around playing ball,” says 31-year-old Murphy. “The parade is childhood for me, and being able to get all my nieces, nephews and my friend’s kids to experience the same experience I had, it’s a great thing.”  Read more

City's new top inspector, Buddy Christopher, wants to eradicate agency’s ‘stumbling block’ reputation

William 'Buddy' Christopher

Earlier this month, Mayor Martin Walsh appointed William Christopher to serve as the next commissioner of the city’s Inspectional Services Department. A longtime Savin Hill resident – and a Tuttle Street neighbor of Walsh’s – Christopher, 58, is known to friends and neighbors as “Buddy.”

An architect by training, he worked for the city in the 1990s as an assistant director for architecture and engineering in the Department of Neighborhood Development. He is the founder of Roche-Christopher Architecture LLC, based in Neponset Circle, which he founded with fellow Dorchester resident Eddie Roche.

Together, they worked on residential and commercial jobs in Dorchester, South Boston, and other parts of the state, including Cape Cod and Martha’ Vineyard. Most recently, Roche Christopher worked to renovate a prominent brick building in Edward Everett Square at 1299 Massachusetts Ave.  Read more

Dot’s other Mayor – Murphy – will help lead parade

Erin MurphyErin MurphyErin Murphy’s bid for Mayor of Dorchester has raised thousands of dollars so far to help finance this year’s Dorchester Day Parade. It’s fitting, then, that Murphy will get a prime spot in Sunday’s parade.

Murphy, 43, made the leap into the honorary mayor of Dorchester contest in April after learning that the Dot Day parade committee — which depends on the mayor’s race to help raise the funds needed to put the parade together— was in need of some help.  Read more


Parade Guy: 2014 Parade starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 1Parade Guy: 2014 Parade starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 1The Official Dorchester Day Parade Roster  Read more

Like the parade, Boston City Singers concert will showcase Dot’s different cultures, talents

Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
May. 28, 2014

Like the Dorchester Day parade at 1 p.m. next Sunday, Boston City Singers’ (BCS) upcoming 19th season finale concert will mirror the diverse cultures and talents of our community with its 6:30 p.m. concert at First Parish Church. The presentation will feature the Dot-based Concert Chorus, Training Chorus, the BCS Orchestra, and the World Rhythm Ensemble. The concert is free, but BCS gratefully accepts free-will donations.  Read more

Toddler dies in fall off roof near Four Corners

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
May. 28, 2014

A two-year-old boy reportedly managed to make his way out of his daycare center, climb four flights of stairs, and open a door leading to the roof of 131 Columbia Rd., a Four Corners apartment building, from which he fell to the ground below earlier this morning.  Read more

DeLeo leads call to stem gun violence

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
May. 28, 2014

Mayor Martin Walsh spoke to residents gathered in the Lee School for the Dorchester-Mattapan B3 Advisory meeting on Tuesday night. Photo by Isabel Leon/Mayor's Office

An array of elected officials, including the Speaker of the House and Mayor Martin J. Walsh, issued a call to end gun violence in the B-3 police district and beyond, urging community members to do their part by alerting authorities to the location of illegal weapons.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo addressed the monthly meeting of the Dorchester-Mattapan B-3 meeting at the Lee School on Talbot Avenue came at the invitation of host Rep. Russell Holmes. The B-3 police district serves sections of Dorchester and Mattapan. The House Speaker called it a coincidence that he was at the well-attended meeting just hours after rolling out long-awaited legislation aimed at reducing gun violence in communities across the state.  Read more

New owner to finish JFK-UMass apartment complex

The Residences at Morrissey Boulevard will include 278 apartments. Work will begin later this year. Image courtesy Synergy

A previously announced plan to build a five-story, $50 million apartment complex next to the JFK-UMass MBTA station is moving ahead, but with a new owner in the mix. The “Residences at Morrissey Boulevard” project, which was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority last year, was conceived and planned by Synergy Investment & Development.

This week, the Reporter was told that Synergy will sell the property and project rights to Criterion Development Partners, a Waltham-based company that specializes in the “development, construction and asset management of investment-quality multifamily communities.”  Read more

Afghanistan War vets address crowd at Cedar Grove Cemetery

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
May. 26, 2014

Robert Flynn, USMC, Steve Bickerton, Sr., commander of the Old Dorchester Post and Michael Ball, USMC

Crowd of 3,000 attended Cedar Grove observances

An estimated 3,000 people, many of them dressed in enough red, white, and blue to put Independence Day to shame, turned out on Monday to observe Memorial Day at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

The morning started overcast and chilly, with adults clutching cups of hot coffee –though a handful of holdouts stayed with iced coffee – while children zipped into jackets danced around waving American flags, waiting for the sounds and sights of the parade. The musical units, color guards, neighborhood Scout troops, and a procession of members of eight neighborhood veterans posts, a handful of whom got the honor to ride on a Duck Boat, were accompanied by pipe bands from the Boston Police and Boston Fire departments as the marchers made their way through the gates of the 145-year-old cemetery.  Read more

Dot Ave. re-opened after gas main break caused delays, closures

May. 22, 2014

(Updated 3:10p.m.)— A key stretch of Dorchester Ave. between Columbia Road and Freeport Street has been re-opened to traffic at this hour. It has been closed for a period of more than an hour this afternoon after a gas main break near Ryan Playground.  Read more

Man shot to death in Uphams Corner

The Boston Police Department reports a man was found with multiple gunshot wounds around 1:25 p.m. on Wednesday at 742 Dudley St.

He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A month out, Henriquez takes stock of his life

Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
May. 22, 2014

Nearly a month after his release from jail after serving time on assault charges, Carlos Henriquez is back home in the community he represented on Beacon Hill for nearly four years and beginning his adjustment to life as an ex-convict.

“I face a lot of the same challenges a lot of people face coming home from jail. I now have a record,” Henriquez said in an interview with the Reporter, adding that he worries about what his future will be like.  Read more

Disabled find voice at City Hall through Mayor's Commission

India Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 22, 2014

You use a wheelchair to move around and go shopping shop in your neighborhood business district. But, in summertime, outdoor cafes make the sidewalk too narrow for you to get by.  Read more

Walsh salutes tutors at Project DEEP affair

Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
May. 22, 2014

Mayor Walsh with Hannah Buckley, winner of the Dr. Thomas S. Durand Memorial as a Project DEEP tutor. Photo by Jacob AguiarMayor Walsh with Hannah Buckley, winner of the Dr. Thomas S. Durand Memorial as a Project DEEP tutor. Photo by Jacob Aguiar

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh was the keynote speaker at Project Dorchester Education Enrichment Program (Project DEEP ) Recognition Night on May 16 at the IBEW Hall. The event was held to acknowledge the accomplishments of the students who earned scholarships to a summer camp of the students’ choosing through Project DEEP’s tutoring program. It also recognized the efforts of the high school students who volunteer to tutor the younger students.  Read more

Fifty years ago today, a small fire broke out on the back porch of a home on Bellflower St.

Tom Mulvoy, Associate Editor
May. 22, 2014

A firefighter struggles to keep his footing during the Bellflower Street fire in May 1964. Photo courtesy City of Boston Archives

The weather was typical for late spring in Boston: warm (80 degrees), dry, and windy (20 mph) out of the southwest.

It was Friday, May 22, 1964, and given the climate of the day, it wouldn’t take much to have a fire break out, which one did, about 1:30 in the afternoon on the back porch of 26 Bellflower St. in Dorchester, according to reports filed later by the Boston Fire Department.  Read more