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Adams Corner parking woes to ease up soon

The parking lot in Adams Village remained closed this week as workers painted stripes and finished landscaping details. One new element of the lot is visible (foreground): a one way only exit onto Minot Street near Gerard's. Photo by Bill Forry

A large section of the key parking lot in Adams Village will re-open in the coming days as the first phase of an ambitious renovation project winds to its end. The privately-owned parking lot behind 540 Gallivan Boulevard has long served as the village’s catch-all car depot. It has been fenced off for the last seven weeks to allow construction crews to resurface the space and add new traffic calming features and lighting fixtures.  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: On his way out, Arroyo bests Menino on bank legislation

Mayor Thomas Menino isn’t the only one thinking about his legacy as he gets ready to leave office. It must be also on the minds of the elected officials who gave up their seats and failed in their bids to succeed him.

In that vein, City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo scored a victory last week when the City Council, in a rare move, overturned Menino’s veto of a top Arroyo initiative.  Read more

Turnout likely to be the key factor in District 5 race

A Haitian-American activist and a longtime city employee will battle on Nov. 5 for the District 5 seat that opened up after Rob Consalvo gave it up to run for mayor earlier this year.

The two candidates – Jean Claude Sanon and Tim McCarthy – beat out six others in the Sept. 24 preliminary. Sanon, who moved to Boston in 1975 after living in Haiti, ran for at-large council in 2009. McCarthy, who grew up in Hyde Park and works as a top assistant to Mayor Thomas Menino’s public works commissioner, is running for the first time.  Read more

Dinner theatre series launches at Dot to Dot Café with ‘A Betrothal’

Some “old ducks” are proving they have learned a few new tricks still they can show off.

In mid-November a reincarnated Boston theater company that spotlighted senior women will launch a Dot-based dinner theater series, featuring a short play that’s been described as “a romantic comedy about horticulturists cross-pollinating.”  Read more

November Special Events

November Special Events - The month of November is packed with special events for all ages. On 11/2, the Marr-lins will head to the Watertown Club for their first dual-meet of the season. On 11/5 we will begin processing teen candidates for the Career Prep program while on the followng day, 11/6, both All-Star Floor Hockey teams will be playing as the Girls host Chelsea and the Boys travel to Newton. Look for a Music Law workshop at Goodwin Proctor on 11/7.On 11/8 the Teen Center will host a Pool Party while our Denney Center Unit takes a trip to Rollerskating.  Read more

In the end, the Fall Classics stand the tallest

All great sporting festivals have legitimate claims on our attention and affection.

The Stanley, World, and America’s Cups are invariably brilliant. Wimbledon is wonderful. Nothing’s bigger than the Olympics, no field larger than the Marathon’s, no single day more charming than The Derby. There are Bowl Games, Final Fours, NBA grand-finales, The Game. Corporate America dissolves into silly-putty over the Masters. While its wretched pomp and hype turn me off, the Super Bowl brings this Republic to a standstill a few hours every year.  Read more

Making a pitch for the home team

Editorial: The case for Mayor Walsh

Marty WalshMarty WalshThe Dorchester Reporter endorses Marty Walsh for Mayor.

Few observers will be surprised by this newspaper’s decision to come out for the hometown favorite. But the decision is not as simple as one might think.

The Reporter did not endorse any candidate in the preliminary election because, for one thing, there were six Dorchester residents on the ballot. In our estimation, four of them – Walsh, Charlotte Golar Richie, John Barros, and Bill Walczak – each made a compelling case for election.  Read more

State to take over Dever, Holland elementary schools

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Oct. 30, 2013

The state will take over four chronically under-performing schools that have been "stuck" as other troubled schools have made "quite good progress," Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester announced Wednesday.  Read more

Linehan, Lee differ on cars, ships and artist co-ops

In a genial, low-key forum Monday night, District 2 Councilor Bill Linehan and second-time challenger Suzanne Lee agreed on a number of issues - but also stressed their differences.  Read more

Issues set off sparks in second mayoral debate

Second mayoral debate: City Councillor John Connolly, left, and State Rep. Marty Walsh are shown on the set of a televised debate held at WGBH studios in Allston on Tuesday evening. Photo by Meredith Nierman/WGBH NewsSecond mayoral debate: City Councillor John Connolly, left, and State Rep. Marty Walsh are shown on the set of a televised debate held at WGBH studios in Allston on Tuesday evening. Photo by Meredith Nierman/WGBH News

State Rep. Marty Walsh’s union ties and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly’s background as an attorney were an early focus of the second televised debate between the two mayoral candidates as they scrapped with each other two weeks before the Nov. 5 election.

The debate opened with Margery Eagan, who co-moderated the WGBH-sponsored debate with Jim Braude, pointing out that an independent, pro-union group had sent out a flyer slamming Connolly as a “son of privilege.” Said Walsh: “When I heard that piece went out, I was very upset about it,” adding that he put out a statement condemning the flyer and personally called Connolly.  Read more

New lane setup aims to smooth traffic flow on Morrissey Blvd.

The state plans to reconfigure this Morrissey Blvd. intersection beginning next week. 	File photoThe state plans to reconfigure this Morrissey Blvd. intersection beginning next week. File photo  Read more

Food pantries seek to stock up

By 
Will Taylor, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 24, 2013

Food Pantry: A volunteer from Select Restaurants bagged groceries at Catholic Charities’ Yawkey Center Food Pantry in Dorchester recently. Photo by Suzanne OuelletteFood Pantry: A volunteer from Select Restaurants bagged groceries at Catholic Charities’ Yawkey Center Food Pantry in Dorchester recently. Photo by Suzanne Ouellette

As Thanksgiving nears, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston (CCAB) is hoping it can help everyone to enjoy a bountiful meal.

The agency, which runs six food pantries in Massachusetts, including three in Boston and one in Dorchester, is one month into their Friends Feeding Families Campaign and has already raised over $30,000 in sponsorships. Their goal for the three-month effort is $1 million.  Read more

Anti-violence campaign takes aim at Mattapan

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 24, 2013

A correction has been appended to this article.

Our Mattapan. Many Pasts. One Future.

That is the motto seen on posters, billboards, and on the sides of buses throughout Mattapan lately.

For violence interrupter Anthony Seymour, also known as “Big Time,” the message is one of the most important ones there is.

“The main objective is to deal with those with guns in their hands,” Seymour said. “We target people who have guns and we try to prevent them from pulling that trigger.”  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: Menino staff sets up blog to offer tips to the next team

When Thomas Menino took over the mayor’s chair in 1993, the Internet was still a novel concept. One of Twitter.com’s co-creators was 17 years old, some 13 years away from creating the social networking site. The word “blog” – or “web log” – didn’t exist.

Fast forward to 2013, where Menino’s office has a Twitter account with more than 51,000 followers and his team has started up a blog ahead of Menino’s successor taking the chair on January 6.  Read more

BRA OK’s Viet-AID’s Four Corners housing project

Viet-AID’s Four Corners housing project: The Boston Redevelopment Authority’s board approved a Viet-AID project last week that will build 35 units of new housing on 9 vacant lots in Four Corners. Above, an artist’s rendering of the residential development proposed for 324 Washington St.Viet-AID’s Four Corners housing project: The Boston Redevelopment Authority’s board approved a Viet-AID project last week that will build 35 units of new housing on 9 vacant lots in Four Corners. Above, an artist’s rendering of the residential development proposed for 324 Washington St.The Boston Redevelopment Authority, a city planning agency that has accelerated its reviews of projects as Mayor Thomas Menino’s 20-year tenure nears its end, last week signed off on a Dorchester project in the Four Corners neighborhood by approving a Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) project for 9 vacant parcels to be turned into 35 affordable housing units.  Read more

Staging not the only surprise at Strand’s Romeo and Juliet

Near the climax of Shakespeare’s timeless tale of star-crossed lovers, the ever-impetuous Romeo hits the black market for a poison that will end his life “As violently as hasty powder fired/Doth hurry from the fatal cannon’s womb.”

The Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP) takes its cue from the Bard’s emphasis on speed and violence in its full-blast, urban youth-oriented production of “Romeo and Juliet,” now nearing the end of its month-long run at the Strand.  Read more

Latest poll shows dead heat in Mayor's race

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Oct. 23, 2013

Rep. Martin Walsh of Dorchester has shrunk his opponent’s lead in the mayoral race to within the margin of error, as Boston City Councilor John Connolly of West Roxbury edged Walsh in a recent poll, 41-39.

The numbers were closer - 35-34 - when the 503 likely voters were polled on their initial preference and not pressed to say which candidate they were leaning towards.  Read more

Man shot at Ashmont T stop

MBTA Transit Police report a 20-year-old man was shot around 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Ashmont station.  Read more

Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend in Savin Hill apartment

The Boston Police Department reports an argument that turned physical ended with a woman stabbing her boyfriend in the stomach Sunday afternoon.  Read more

Suffolk cutting ties with Caesars, pushing forward with casino bid

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Oct. 19, 2013

Suffolk Downs has asked Caesars Entertainment to withdraw as a managing partner in the track's bid to build a resort casino in East Boston less than three weeks away from a scheduled referendum vote on the $1 billion proposed gaming resort.

Suffolk Downs Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle released a statement Friday evening explaining that the track had asked Caesars Entertainment, which operates casinos around the country from Las Vegas to New Jersey and New Orleans, to withdraw as a qualifier from its casino license application based on concerns raised by a state background check.  Read more

Candidates hail backers, stress goals on diversity

Dorcena Forry stands with Walsh: The state senator endorsed her State House colleague in a Mattapan Square press conference. Image courtesy Walsh campaignDorcena Forry stands with Walsh: The state senator endorsed her State House colleague in a Mattapan Square press conference. Image courtesy Walsh campaignState Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly unleashed a cascade of endorsements in the last week as they continued their campaigns to succeed Mayor Thomas Menino.

With the Nov. 5 final election less than three weeks away, the candidates have largely focused on touting the support of fellow elected officials and ministers, with Walsh also locking up the support of the third-place finisher in the preliminary election, former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, whose endorsement was eagerly sought after by both men.

Both camps used their endorsement events to stress that they would diversify city government upon taking office.

Yesterday, Walsh also picked up the endorsement of state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, who represents Dorchester and South Boston, and Rev. Jeffrey Brown.  Read more

First mayoral debate mostly agreeable

Inside the WBZ-TV studios on Tuesday night, it was Dorchester vs. West Roxbury as State Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly faced off in the general mayoral election’s first televised debate. On a night when most Bostonians’ eyes and ears were locked on the Red Sox-Tigers playoff game, the faceoff was marked for the most part by a series of skirmishes between two candidates who largely agreed with each other.  Read more

Irish fest makes a strong return

By 
Sean Smith, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 17, 2013

“Dorchester Strong” — A parade of local Irish dance schools preceded performances at Sunday’s Irish Heritage Festival. The indoor and outdoor event drew thousands to Florian Hall and the McKeon Post for a day or music, food and Irish culture. 	Photo by Sean Smith“Dorchester Strong” — A parade of local Irish dance schools preceded performances at Sunday’s Irish Heritage Festival. The indoor and outdoor event drew thousands to Florian Hall and the McKeon Post for a day or music, food and Irish culture. Photo by Sean Smith

Dorchester’s Irish Heritage Festival enjoyed a successful return on October 13, as crowds of Irish culture lovers took in music and dance performances, browsed through various vendors’ booths, and socialized in the warmth of a picture-perfect autumn day.  Read more

Spotlight’s on visual art in weekend’s Open Studios

Dorchester Open Studios: April Clay is one of several artists exhibiting at the Walter Baker Artists Lofts in Lower Mills this weekend. Image courtesy DACDorchester Open Studios: April Clay is one of several artists exhibiting at the Walter Baker Artists Lofts in Lower Mills this weekend. Image courtesy DAC
This weekend the new board of the Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) is opening several new venues and tweaking some old traditions during the 2013 Dorchester Open Studios (DOS), which showcase the creative spirit of the visual and performing artists of the city’s largest neighborhood. All 15 sites will be open noon to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday (October 19 and 20) during this 12th annual DOS.

“This year’s Dorchester Open Studios promises to be one of the best we’ve seen in many years. We’re excited at the opportunity of having several new sites exhibit the works of local artists,” says J. Gustavo, DAC Board President. “My commitment to the success of Open Studios and Dorchester artists is but a simple representation of Dot pride and community collaboration that is expressed across our entire board of directors.”  Read more