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Rep. Henriquez expelled from House in 146-5 vote

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 6, 2014

Eleven members of State House’s Boston delegation voted on Thursday afternoon to expel Rep. Carlos Henriquez, a Dorchester Democrat convicted of two misdemeanor counts of assault. Two Boston lawmakers voted against the expulsion.

The move paves the way for a special election to replace Henriquez, who was first elected in 2010. Henriquez is likely to run for the seat again once he is released from jail, according to state Rep. Russell Holmes, a close friend and one of the two Boston Democrats who voted against his expulsion.  Read more

Bus drivers, allies push for fired workers to be re-hired

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 6, 2014

When school bus drivers, warring with the company that oversees the buses, went on strike in early October, in the midst of a mayoral election, they were largely on their own with little political support.

Marty Walsh and John Connolly, two candidates in the middle of a mayoral election, condemned their illegal action, widely described as a “wild cat” strike. A furious Mayor Thomas Menino demanded that they return to work as school officials scrambled to find other ways to get children to school that morning.  Read more

Saturday’s Tet in Boston celebrates Vietnamese culture, Year of the Horse

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 6, 2014

Tet in Boston: A traditional dance performance by Northeastern University VSA Dance Troupe was part of last year’s Tet in Boston event. Photo courtesy Hoang NguyenTet in Boston: A traditional dance performance by Northeastern University VSA Dance Troupe was part of last year’s Tet in Boston event. Photo courtesy Hoang Nguyen

Whoa! The Celestial Stallion is bringing big changes to Dorchester and the rest of the cosmos. According to Chinese astrologers, the Year of the Horse officially galloped into town last Friday. But the Dot-based cultural group Tet in Boston (TIB), while waiting until this coming Saturday, Feb. 8, to ceremoniously mark his arrival, is keeping its New Year’s resolutions to attract larger and more diverse crowds to the festivities with changes in venue, programming and outreach.  Read more

Tenean Beach needs major fixes, agency findings make clear

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 6, 2014

Dorchester’s Savin Hill and Malibu beaches have seen maintenance improvements, but Tenean Beach is still in need of major upgrades, according to the preliminary findings in a report on the 14 beaches along Boston Harbor that was shared at a meeting at UMass Boston on Saturday by the Commission of Metropolitan Beaches.

Paul Polito, 61, who lives on Parkman Street in Fields Corner, remembers swimming in the water at Savin Hill and Malibu Beach when he was a kid and the water quality was “horrible.”  Read more

Henderson School moving to K-12 model with 'upper campus' and 1,000 students

By 
Jordan Frias, Reporter Correspondent and Bill Forry, Editor
Feb. 6, 2014

The former Woodrow Wilson school on Croftland Avenue, now Dorchester Academy. 	Photo courtesy Dorchester AtheneumThe former Woodrow Wilson school on Croftland Avenue, now Dorchester Academy. Photo courtesy Dorchester Atheneum

A plan approved by the Boston School Committee in December will dramatically increase the number of available seats at Dorchester Avenue’s coveted William Henderson Inclusion School beginning this fall.

A key aspect of the plan will be the gradual relocation over the next five years of the school’s upper grades – along with students from the Harbor Pilot Middle School – to the former Woodrow Wilson campus on Croftland Avenue off Gallivan Boulevard near Codman Hill.  Read more

SPRINT ON TO FILL WALSH SEAT: Strong field is reaching out to voters

By 
Reporter Staff
Feb. 6, 2014

Signs of a competitive campaignSigns of a competitive campaign

They’re standing outside MBTA stations, shaking hands in frigid temperatures. They’re hitting civic association meetings, coffee shops, and their neighbors’ doors. And they have another three and a half weeks to go until voters hit the polls, again, in another Dorchester-centered special election.

Marty Walsh’s ascension to the mayor’s office has set off a small stampede for his seat. Five Democrats are on the ballot, joined by a write-in candidate, and with no Republicans running, whoever wins the March 4 primary will almost certainly coast in the April 1 general election.  Read more

Pedestrian struck and killed in Fields Corner

The Boston Police Department is looking for the driver of a car that hit a man on Dorchester Avenue by the Red Line station around 8 p.m. Tuesday, then kept on driving.

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

Anyone with information can contact detectives at 617-343-4470 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463)

State officials tell workers to stay home today

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Feb. 5, 2014

Update: The snow emergency and parking ban in the City of Boston will be lifted at 5 p.m.

Gov. Deval Patrick early Wednesday morning directed all non-essential executive branch employees not to report to work on Wednesday due to the arriving snowstorm and poor weather conditions.  Read more

Committee votes to expel Rep. Henriquez, full House vote set for Thursday

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Feb. 5, 2014

The House is set to vote Thursday on whether to remove Dorchester Rep. Carlos Henriquez from office after the House Ethics Committee unanimously recommended his expulsion from the Legislature following his conviction last month on two charges of assault and battery.

The last time a House member was expelled was 98 years ago and the extraordinary step of expelling Henriquez, if approved, would mark just the third expulsion since 1906.  Read more

No school Wednesday, snow emergency starts at 11 p.m. Tuesday

For the second time in two weeks, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has ordered a snow emergency in the city of Boston. This one will commence at 11 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 4) and there will be no school in the city's public schools on Wednesday as a winter storm chugs towards the region with accumulations estimated in the 6 to 12 inch range.  Read more

Rep. Henriquez due back at State House on Tuesday

By 
Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Feb. 4, 2014

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Tuesday he does not know if Rep. Carlos Henriquez will leave his jail cell Thursday to address his House colleagues should they initiate proceedings to reprimand, censure or expel him from the Legislature.

Meanwhile, a Henriquez aide told the News Service that Henriquez is scheduled to visit the State House at 2 p.m. Tuesday to appear before the House Ethics Committee. Henriquez has already twice appeared before that panel, helmed by Lowell Democrat Rep. David Nangle, both times arriving at the State House in handcuffs.  Read more

House sets table for vote on Rep. Henriquez

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Feb. 3, 2014

The Massachusetts House on Monday set the ground rules for a potential vote to discipline incarcerated Rep. Carlos Henriquez, approving a procedural order that includes an allowance for Henriquez to address his colleagues before they pass judgement.

Henriquez has refused to resign as he appeals his Jan. 15 conviction on assault and battery charges.  Read more

Task force outlines steps to reduce gun violence

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Feb. 3, 2014

All private firearms sales should be completed through a licensed dealer, live-fire training should be required for those seeking a license, and the state should comply in a limited capacity with the National Instant Background Check System, according to the long-awaited recommendations of a team of experts advising House Speaker Robert DeLeo on gun policy.  Read more

Walsh talks St. Patrick’s Day Parade discussions, school superintendent search

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 31, 2014

Mayor Marty Walsh said during a radio appearance on Friday there are ongoing discussions about including pro-LGBT groups in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. In an interview on WGBH’s “Boston Public Radio,” Walsh said he was hopeful that a compromise can be worked out, since there are fifty-plus days before the parade starts in March.  Read more

Catholic Academy shifts seats for more pre-K slots

Lower Mills campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy: Formerly known as St. Gregory's Elementary School, will be renovated this summer.Lower Mills campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy: Formerly known as St. Gregory's Elementary School, will be renovated this summer.Middle school students from the Mattapan campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy will attend classes at the Lower Mills campus next fall as the school system seeks to open up more space for pre-kindergarten seats in Mattapan. The move comes as long-awaited renovations to the former St. Gregory’s campus are set to begin this year— adding new amenities to the Dorchester Ave. campus that will be geared towards middle schoolers.

“In order to provide the best education for all students there are several changes we need to make for the 7th and 8th graders. Starting in September, our 7th and 8th graders at the Mattapan campus will attend classes at the Lower Mills campus,” said Sister Ellen Powers, CSJ, Regional Director of the academy, in a letter to parents issued this week.  Read more

Henriquez seen staying put, forcing colleagues to a vote

After two appearances inside the State House while in handcuffs, state Rep. Carlos Henriquez appears to be digging in and challenging his colleagues into voting him out of his office. Henriquez appeared before his fellow lawmakers last Friday afternoon, and then again on Tuesday afternoon, behind closed doors.

The 37-year-old Dorchester Democrat has been staying in the Middlesex County Jail after a jury convicted him in mid-January of assault and battery on a young woman he was seeing. He was sentenced to serve six months of a two-and-a-half-year sentence.  Read more

Five Dems on ballot for Walsh's former House seat

Liam CurranLiam CurranFive Democrats will vie for the 13th Suffolk House seat left open after Savin Hill lawmaker Marty Walsh took the top job at City Hall. The candidates, according to Secretary of State William Galvin’s office, are Liam Curran of Coffey Street, Gene Gorman of Hooper Street, Daniel Hunt of Pierce Avenue, PJ McCann of Savin Hill Avenue, and John O’Toole of 114 Minot St.

There are no Republicans on the ballot, meaning that whoever wins the March 4 Democratic primary will likely coast through the April 1 general special election.  Read more

BRA-led group focuses on defunct car dealership in Mattapan

By 
David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 30, 2014

Mattapan is preparing for a new round of development spurred by a new MBTA commuter rail station at Blue Hill Avenue and Cummins Highway that is still in the design phase. But a Working Advisory Group put in place through the Boston Redevelopment Authority is already meeting to review plans and make sure residents of the community are heard in the process.  Read more

Four dead after violent weekend of alleged gang warfare

Trevain KeeneTrevain Keene

Four people were killed in a flurry of gunfire over the weekend in Dorchester and Mattapan that has sparked renewed concerned about the potential for subsequent retaliatory strikes between warring street gangs.

A 22 year-old Boston man was found shot to death around 6:25 p.m. on Friday evening at 82 Callender St. Police later identified the victim as Trevain Keene, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Sunday evening around 9:50 p.m., a Dorchester man was shot to death in a vehicle outside the Tedeschi convenience store in Peabody Square. The victim was also killed at the scene. Later that night, at about 2:45 a.m., Monday, a man and a woman, both in their 20s, were shot outside 92 Rosewood St. in Mattapan. Both were taken to local hospitals, where they were pronounced dead.  Read more

Report touts Carney’s positive impact on area

Carney Hospital pumped $8.1 million in community benefits into Dorchester and Mattapan in 2011 and 2012, according to the author of an economic-impact report commissioned by the system that owns the Dorchester Avenue facility. The hospital also provided the city with $2.7 million in property tax revenues.  Read more

Linehan appoints Baker head of special charter reform committee

Councillor Frank Baker, District 3

(UPDATED Jan. 30, 2014) District 3 Councillor Frank Baker will be heading up a special committee charged with reviewing the city’s charter, under committee assignments set up by City Council President Bill Linehan. A Dorchester councillor who was reelected to a second two-year term in November, Baker will likely explore term limits and changes to the structure of the mayorally appointed School Committee.

Baker, who has previously pushed for a School Committee that is made up of both mayoral appointments and elected members, said he could see adding seats to the 7-member body, like giving a youth advocate a vote or providing the City Council with a designee.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: In restructuring, Walsh looks for ‘nimble’ cabinet

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 29, 2014

In a bid to streamline city services, Mayor Marty Walsh is revamping the cabinet structure, creating a position focused on arts and culture while splitting apart some departments and melding others together.

Daniel Arrigg Koh, Walsh’s chief of staff, said the administration is looking for the cabinet to function as a “nimble, efficient group of people.” “We’re doing this for better flow of information, for better coordination,” he said.  Read more

Public report required if panel finds Rep. Henriquez violated rules

By 
Michael Norton and Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 29, 2014

With hearings ongoing, the House will not take any action during its formal session Wednesday on Rep. Carlos Henriquez, who is incarcerated and appealing his conviction by a jury on two counts of assault and battery.

“Not today,” Speaker Robert DeLeo said when asked if the House would take action on the Henriquez matter. Before being hustled onto an elevator by an aide, DeLeo said, “He’s still at hearings.”  Read more

Dot runners form nucleus of Richard Foundation's Marathon Team

100-plus squad will raise funds, honor Martin Richard

Harry BenzanHarry BenzanA tight-knit group of neighbors and family friends will form the nucleus of the inaugural Team MR8, a squad of 100-plus runners who will run in April’s Boston Marathon in memory of Martin Richard, the eight-year-old Dorchester boy who lost his life in last year’s terror bombing attack.

Each member of the team will raise thousands of dollars for the newly formed Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, whose mission is “to honor Martin’s message of ‘No more hurting people – peace’ by investing in education, athletics, and community.”

Among those hand-picked by the Richard family and their foundation are close friends and neighbors, including Lisa Hourihan Jackson, Jose Calderon, Mike McCarthy, and Harry Benzan, who coached both Martin and his younger sister Jane, who lost a limb in the attack.

“When this awful thing happened, Bill and Denise [Richard] said that they really wanted some privacy. And we honored what they wanted,” explained Benzan. “So now this opportunity came and this is what they’ve asked for. It’s a wonderful way to show that we’re there for them.”  Read more

Four students at King School taken for checkups after downing medications, vitamins one brought in from home

Four students at the Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School on Lawrence Avenue were transported to the hospital for checkups on Tuesday after they shared pills and vitamins one of them brought in from home.  Read more