Nov. 12, 2009
Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses (FDNH) received the Coming Up Taller Award for its Art a la Carte program at a ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House last week. FDNH CEO Mark Culliton and Art a la Carte student Liana Rae Farmer, above, were greeted by the first Lady at the ceremony in Washington. Photo courtesy FDNH. Read more
A two-alarm fire that broke out shortly before 7 p.m. did an estimated $400,000 damage to a single-family home at 83 Blake St., the Boston Fire Department reports. Read more
Somebody apparently tried to set Dorchester District Court on fire around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to Boston Police. Read more
Citing â€œinflammatoryâ€ media coverage of her arrest on corruption charges, â€œoutrageousâ€ behavior of federal prosecutors, and a potential under-representation of minorities on a jury, the attorney for former Sen. Dianne Wilkerson on Monday called for either a dismissal of charges or a change of venue for her impending trial. Read more
Nov. 5, 2009
Hoisting signs, handing out emery boards, and calling candidatesâ€™ names, volunteers at several local polling places made a strong but civil final push for their candidates in the hopes that a last-minute recommendation from a friend or neighbor would sway voters when they went into the booth.
At midday Tuesday, about two dozen campaigners lined each side of the walkway to the door of Florian Hall â€“ a frequent stop of candidates and a hotspot for electioneering Ââ€“ greeting a steady stream of voters energized by the contested mayoral race between Mayor Menino and Councilor Flaherty. Read more
Nov. 5, 2009
When Work Inc. opened its doors this week at its new home at 25 Beach Street in Dorchester it was the culmination of eight years of fundraising, planning, and nine months of rehab work.
It also marks a turning point for the 44-year-old nonprofit organization, which provides job training and placement, counseling and other services for about 800 people with disabilities in the state.
Not only will clients be better served with the state-of-the-art facility, but the hope is that the expanded space will allow the organization to help more people in the future. Read more
Nov. 5, 2009
By 8 a.m., 232 people had voted at the Holy Name Parish Hall in West Roxbury and Dorchester resident Ayanna Pressley had greeted most of them in her bid for an at-large seat on the Boston City Council. And that total nearly doubled to 439 voters by 9 a.m.
Despite weeks of long days of campaigning citywide, from the early morning hours of greeting people at MBTA stations to listening to their concerns at community meetings into the night, Pressley was just as enthusiastic as the day she announced her first-ever campaign for public office on April 28. Read more
Nov. 5, 2009
It was Mayor Thomas Menino's toughest test in sixteen years and he passed with the highest grade: The onetime Hyde Park city councillor bested challenger Michael Flaherty of South Boston by 16,355 votes, thereby rolling to his fifth term and into the city's history books. Read more
Joel "Ninety" Clay, 25, got a 15-to-17-year prison term for running a crack-distribution operation out of a vacant Sturbridge Street apartment, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.
Clay was convicted and sentenced last week on charges of trafficking in more than 200 grams of a Class B substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to the DA's office. He was acquitted on similar charges related to drugs and weapons found at a Florida Street apartment. Read more
A homeless man arrested at the South Bay mall on Wednesday after allegedly trying to kiss a woman waiting for her boyfriend in his car turns out to be a suspect in a 2007 attempted rape near the Brookline Village Green Line stop. Read more
Many Dot parents want to let their kids participate in all the Halloween excitement, yet worry that door-to-door trick or treating is fraught with problems. Riding to the rescue is The Mayorâ€™s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events, which is collaborating with local agencies to offer a pair of upcoming free events that are spooky, but safe.
For those families open to a friendly sort of â€œscared straightâ€ experience, Mattapanâ€™s B-3 Â Station is hosting a sort of â€œhaunted hoosegowâ€ tonight (Thurs., Oct. 29) from 3pm to 8pm. Read more
Oct. 29, 2009
Nine months after its revival, the Mattapan Branch Library is strikingly busy on a Thursday afternoon. Students clamor in and out of the young adult and childrenâ€™s rooms. Older patrons use new computers or borrow from the DVD collection. A group of parents wait in the pristine lobby for their children. Called the most technologically rich library in the Boston Public Library system, it is getting its fair share of use. Read more
Boston Police report seizing a pit bull on Talbot Avenue Tuesday morning after its owner allegedly tried to sic the animal on the young daughter of a neighbor with whom she's been feuding. Read more
Voters go to the polls on Nov. 3 with eight choices for four City Council At-Large slots on the ballot. The crop of candidates â€“ many of them aides to politicians at City Hall and in Congress â€“ is both ethnically and ideologically diverse: Two African-Americans, two Latinos, one Republican formerly from Nantucket, and three white men.
The ballot order for the candidates follows:
In historic Faneuil Hall, the mayoral race formally entered its final stretch at around 8 oâ€™clock on Tuesday night when Mayor Thomas Menino and City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty stepped off the stage, having sparred during their final forum together.
Education dominated the 90-minute back-and-forth: Charging that the city was â€œstuck in neutral,â€ Flaherty continued to hit Menino over the cityâ€™s underperforming schools. Out of the cityâ€™s 143 schools, 100 of them have been labeled â€œunderperformingâ€ by the state, Flaherty pointed out in one of his stronger performances. Read more
The clock is ticking on whether to locate a Catholic high school, currently in Cambridge, at the former St. Williamâ€™s School in Savin Hill, the chair of the high schoolâ€™s board of trustees said this week.
An agreement on whether to relocate North Cambridge Catholic High School to Dorchester must be reached in the â€œnext few daysâ€ or the school will have to turn to other sites in Boston, said Thomas Oâ€™Neill, who heads the schoolâ€™s board of trustees as well as a high-powered local lobbying and public relations firm. Read more
Oct. 29, 2009
While many health care providers are waiting for additional shipments of both seasonal flu and H1N1 flu vaccines, Dorchester has yet to experience large numbers of influenza-like cases this fall.
Still, if the flu season mirrors the spring incidence rate, the number of cases could rise significantly. As a result officials at most health care facilities in Dorchester are advising residents to get both vaccines when they are available. Read more