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Caritas sale hearing July 1 at IBEW Hall

A hearing on the $830 million sale of the Caritas Christi hospital system is set for the Local 103 IBEW Hall on Freeport St., according to state Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office. The July 1 hearing, the last one of six slated to be held in each of the communities affected by the sale, starts at 6 p.m. Carney Hospital is located on Dorchester Ave. between Lower Mills and Ashmont.  Read more

CORI reform, Senate budget topped busy week

Beacon Hill lawmakers last week offered a preview of how they plan to close out their legislation session later this summer: A flurry of legislation and millions of dollars thrown around.
On the House side, lawmakers passed by a 138-17 vote reforms to the criminal offender record information (CORI) system, months after the Senate passed its version. The House bill allows some felony records to be sealed after 10 years rather than 15 and after five years rather than 10 for misdemeanors.  Read more

Marchers step off at Lower Mills at 1 p.m.

Dorchester will celebrate its 380th anniversary this Sunday with a parade of floats, marching bands, and politicians that will transform its often-congested main thoroughfare into a rolling carnival for children of all ages. The Dorchester Day Parade starts at 1 p.m. from Lower Mills and follows its traditional route up Dorchester Avenue to Columbia Road.  Read more

Making Peabody Square an upbeat gathering place

Inside the Flat Black coffee shop in Peabody Square, a young man quietly taps away on his laptop. Across the street and outside of a pizza shop on Dorchester Ave., several teens huddle in the entrance, watching cars make their way through the under-construction intersection and waiting out a mid-afternoon thunderstorm to pass through. At the Ashmont MBTA station nearby, dozens of people standing under an unfinished roof wait for buses heading to Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.  Read more

Lynch in his element at Cedar Grove ceremonies

Stephen Lynch took nearly twenty minutes to make his way from the stage set up for the Memorial Day ceremonies in Cedar Grove Cemetery to his waiting car near the graveyard’s gates.

The congressman was in Lynch Country (and perhaps, Tim Cahill Country, despite the absence of the Democrat-turned-independent treasurer running for governor): In between the two waypoints, the South Boston Democrat kept stopping to shake hands as more and more people came up to say hello. His aides snapped away and filled up at least one memory card full of pictures.  Read more

Official 2010 Dorchester Day Parade Roster

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 3, 2010

Dot Day 2010: Parade Chief Marshall Joe Zinck with Young Miss Dorchester Sophie Pacitti Philips, left, and Michelle Levinger, this year’s Little Miss Dorchester.Dot Day 2010: Parade Chief Marshall Joe Zinck with Young Mis  Read more

From JFK race to Obama win, Crawford’s ‘Norm’ hangs in: Pharmacist 50-year fixture in St. Mark’s neighborhood

When Norman Kinan first reported to work at Crawford’s Drug Store on the southeast corner of Dorchester Avenue and St. Mark’s Road, John F. Kennedy was on his way to the White House, Foster Furcolo was governor of Massachusetts, John F. Collins was mayor of Boston , and there were five priests, monsignored by the lordly Patrick J. Lydon, residing in the parish rectory across the street and serving one of the most active congregations in the Boston archdiocese.  Read more

Tales from the Red Line: Making do with what it is

By 
Megan Lieberman and Lindsey Schmidt
Jun. 3, 2010

This spring, the Reporter engaged ten undergraduate students from the Northeastern University School of Journalism to take a few rides along the MBTA’s Red Line, which runs from the Alewife Station in Cambridge to either the Ashmont Station in Dorchester and on to Mattapan, or to the South Braintree Station, as it clicks and clacks along during morning and evening rush hours and report back on what they saw and heard along the crowded artery of rail that runs through our neighborhood. Their observations follow:

By Megan Lieberman and Lindsey Schmidt  Read more

Folks wonder about Sunday’s re-branded music fest

This Sunday thousands of people will flock to Dorchester for the Dot Day festivities, but the UMass Boston-based radio station WUMB is hoping that same day additional thousands will be thronging the university’s harbor campus to patronize its annual concert day, despite changes that have some fans concerned.

Formerly held in the fall and called the “Boston Folk Festival,” the event is now variously referred to on the station’s website as “WUMB Music Fest 2010” and the “13th Annual WUMB Music Festival.”  Read more

Last fall, Eascare’s Peter Todd had a heart attack at work; his colleagues helped him survive; he’s now back on the job

Eascare rescuers: Peter Todd, (center) an EMT dispatcher at Eascare Ambulance in Neponset is surrounded by some of the co-workers who saved his life in the moments following a severe heart attack last fall. Pictured left to right are George Stuart, Mark Donovan, Todd, CEO George Gilpin, Ryan Whitcomb and Dave Cavanagh.Eascare rescuers: Peter Todd, (center) an EMT dispatcher at Eascare Ambulance in Neponset is surrounded by some of the co-workers who saved his life in the moments following a severe heart attack last fall. Pictured left to right are George Stuart, Mark Donovan, Todd, CEO George Gilpin, Ryan Whitcomb and Dave Cavanagh.

Peter Todd has spent a career helping stricken people get the emergency medical care they need — and fast. Turns out, Peter’s career choice led to his own salvation.  Read more

Dot Marine, 24, stresses service, pride of country in address

While his peers were clamoring for “Sesame Street” and Disney movies, Patrick Callahan wanted to watch “Hamburger Hill,” a movie centered on one of the Vietnam War’s bloodiest battles.
“The youngest of five children, I was raised in a household in which my parents instilled in us the importance of service and pride for our country along with gratitude and appreciation for servicemen and women was strongly prevalent,” the 24-year-old Marine sergeant told a Memorial Day crowd gathered in Cedar Grove Cemetery on Monday.  Read more

Parades honor nation’s veterans, celebrate Dorchester life

Cedar Grove and its cemetery were busy places on Memorial Day, a time each year when we remember those who fought and died for our nation.

The Boston Police Gaelic Column, one of two pipe bands that marched in the Memorial Day Parade, makes its way to Cedar Grove Cemetery on Monday Morning. Photo by Chris Lovett.

Labor, councillors stand firm with firefighters union at rally

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 2, 2010

Chris Lovett of Neighborhood Network News — Boston's nightly news program — files this report on a spirited rally at City Hall Plaza today in which labor leaders and three city councillors spoke out forcefully in favor of an arbitration ruling for a new contract for Boston's firefighters.  Read more

Dot Day parade hits the avenue today— rain or shine!

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 1, 2010

Parade GuyParade GuyUpdated June 6— Today's Dorchester Day Parade is going ahead as planned — rain or shine — according to organizers. The annual celebration of Dorchester's settlement in 1630 is highlighted by today's parade, which will follow its traditional route up Dorchester Ave. from Lower Mills to Columbia Road. The parade starts at 1 p.m. in Lower Mills at the corner of Richmond Street & Dorchester Avenue and travels along Dorchester Avenue to Savin Hill at the corner of Columbia Road and Dorchester Avenue.
This year's parade will be led by dignitaries including Governor Deval Patrick. His rivals for the corner office — Charles Baker, Tim Cahill and Jill Stein— are also slated to walk in the parade. Marching bands, floats and dancers from Dorchester's rich tapestry of ethnic backgrounds make this 3.2 mile parade among the city's largest neighborhood attractions.
Official parade roster is here.

More information on the parade committee is available here.
Here's a look back at last year's parade, captured on video by the Reporter's Mike Deehan:

Hearing on Caritas sale set for July 1 in Dot

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 1, 2010

A hearing on the $830 million sale of the Caritas Christi hospital system is set for the Local 103 IBEW Hall on Freeport St., according to state Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office. The July 1 hearing, the last one of six slated to be held in each of the communities affected by the sale, starts at 6 p.m.  Read more

Double stabbing leaves one teen dead in Mattapan

A 17-year-old died after being stabbed around 1:30 p.m. today at 35 Harmon St., the Boston Police Department reports.

A second teen, 19, was also stabbed, but was treated at Brigham and Women's Hospital, police said.  Read more

14 year-old murdered on Bowdoin Street; two suspects held

By 
Reporter Staff
May. 31, 2010

The Boston Police Department reports Nicholas Fomby-Davis, 14, of Dorchester, was shot repeatedly in front of 218 Bowdoin St., around 8 p.m. Sunday. He died at Boston Medical Center.

A gang-unit police officer who happened to be in the area watched him get shot and began running after two suspects, as he called for backup. Police say both were apprehended and a gun was seized.  Read more

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Outpartying the Tea Party

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
May. 28, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 28, 2010…….Well, that should pretty well shelve for a while any debate over the utility of newspapers.

The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team said hello Sunday, lighting up the state’s probation department as a workforce whose best opportunities for entrée and advancement lie not in what you know but whom. The exhaustive, 5,000-word piece held varying degrees of trouble for Independent Treasurer Timothy Cahill, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Speaker Pro Tempore Thomas Petrolati, and it induced instant results, the state’s top judges suspending Commissioner John O’Brien. After some red-faced shuffling, changes passed the Senate side Wednesday in the form of an emasculation of the commissioner’s office, with the potential for a complete gutting punted until October.  Read more

State's highest court tosses two Dorchester gun convictions

The Supreme Judicial Court has overturned two Dorchester gun convictions in rulings that make it tougher for police to frisk somebody on the street to see if they have a weapon.  Read more

Early barbs fly in Fifth Suffolk: Four Democrats eyeing open House seat

The Fifth Suffolk District is set for a race for its first open state House seat in over a decade, with a four-way Democratic primary that will decide who will replace retiring Rep. Marie St. Fleur. The campaign isn’t expected to heat up until this summer but the candidates are already trading barbs over personal finances and charges of opportunism.  Read more

New route, big crowd for Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day 2010: The color guard of the John P. McKeon Post entered Cedar Grove Cemetery this morning, May 31, 2010. Photo by Bill ForryMemorial Day 2010: The color guard of the John P. McKeon Post entered Cedar Grove Cemetery this morning, May 31, 2010. Photo by Bill Forry

Over 1,000 people gathered at Cedar Grove Cemetery on Monday for the city’s oldest Memorial Day observances in which a recently discharged Marine Corps sergeant spoke about his experiences in the service. The parade of veterans and bands that precedes the solemn ceremonies took a different, shorter route through the streets of Cedar Grove this year.  Read more

Morton St. facing bridge work in 2011

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
May. 27, 2010

Officials from the state’s Department of Transportation (DOT) briefed Mattapan residents this week on a proposed bridge reconstruction project that could prompt the closure of a key stretch of Morton Street for 10 days next year. The plans — laid out before the membership of the West Selden and Vicinity Neighborhood Association at the Mildred Ave. Community Center on Monday evening —centered on replacing a bridge that ferries motorists and pedestrians across the Fairmount commuter rail tracks.  Read more

O’Leary accepts new job in Caritas system

Dr. Dan O’Leary, who resigned as president of Caritas Carney Hospital on May 14, has accepted an offer to re-join the health care network as a physician. O’Leary will be the chief of Neuroradiology for St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and the Caritas Christi Physician Network.  Read more

Letters to the Editor: Union chief- Firefighters played by rules, and deserve their contract

By 
Edward Kelly, President Local 718
May. 27, 2010

To the Editor:

A lot has been said about the recent arbitration decision rendered in the Boston Firefighters case. Unfortunately, the facts have been misrepresented. We would like to set the record the straight with some simple points:

• Boston firefighters have not had a raise since 2005.

• The city walked away from the bargaining table and brought Local 718 to arbitration in August 2007.

• Both parties selected the independent arbitrator (who has been appointed by five U.S. presidents to emergency panels).  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Senate weighing budget with library amendments

State senators this week are debating their proposal for a $27.8 billion state budget, which cuts the spending bill by $750 million from last year and will likely lead to further reduced services and more layoffs.

“Our budget is not going to be good news,” said state Sen. Jack Hart (D-South Boston). “We’re worse off than we were last year.”  Read more