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Four shot on Hendry Street

The Boston Police Department reports that four people were shot around 9:15 p.m. on July 4th outside 18 Hendry St.  Read more

Happy Independence Day! A July 4th party to remember

By 
Reporter Staff
Jul. 3, 2010

Happy Independence Day! In the spirit of the holiday, please enjoy this article by Peter F. Stevens, who recalls how the town of Dorchester celebrated the Fourth way back in 1855.

Police find body Friday morning on Woodrow Ave.

The Boston Police Department reports finding a man's body at Woodrow and Milton avenues around 6 a.m. Friday, July 2.  Read more

It’s that time of year: some tips on fireworks safety

By 
Johanna Gusman, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 1, 2010

Many people celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang, literally. Fireworks are a staple at summer barbeques and celebrations throughout America. With the upcoming holiday, the Mattapan Community Health Center would like to reiterate the importance of firework safety. Almost 10,000 people were treated with firework-related injuries last year alone. Over the past ten years, thirty to thirty-three percent of these types of injuries were due to illegal fireworks.  Read more

Local educators honored as city’s finest

By 
Tara W. Merrigan, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 1, 2010

Thirteen Boston public school teachers, one of whom teaches in Mattapan and four in Dorchester, received the Boston Educator of the Year Award last Monday night.

The honorees, who were nominated by their colleagues for the award, were recognized for their superb teaching and presented with crystal apples at the ceremony.  Read more

Bowdoin Geneva neighbors push to improve Census count

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 1, 2010

Looking to fight back against a poor census response and what some local activists called bad publicity for the neighborhood, city and U.S. Census officials launched an enumeration offensive earlier this month in the Bowdoin Geneva area, a neighborhood that has been singled out as one of Boston’s lowest responding areas.  Read more

Dot tackler helps propel US bid for world football title

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 1, 2010

While the boys are still playing for the World Cup in South Africa, the girls will be playing a different kind of football on the other side of the planet.

The International Federation of American Football kicked off their first ever Women’s World Championship in Stockholm, on Sweden, June 27. The tournament will run until July 4. Dorchester resident, Kelly Barker is on the roster for Team USA. Make no mistake, this is women’s only, full contact, gridiron football and Barker’s 6’ 2” 220 lb frame will not let you forget it.  Read more

Free summer fun on tap at Wainwright Park

By 
Jonathan Rodriguez, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 1, 2010

Wainwright Park is the place to be this summer for free fun for kids ages 6 to 18. St. Mark’s Parish and Dorchester Over the Summer (DOTS) have combined forces to offer more than six weeks of programming at the park, including a series of Saturday cook-outs.

“We just want to give the children the enriching and educational summer experience that they may be missing,” says Veronica Droser, who will coordinate the activities at Wainwright.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: City Council pushes for more library trustees, fundraising power

Several city councillors are pushing this week for the expansion of the Boston Public Library board of trustees and giving them the ability to fundraise for the cash-strapped system.

City Councillors Michael Ross, Ayanna Pressley, Felix Arroyo have filed a home rule petition expanding the mayorally-appointed nine-member board to 13 members. Term limits would also be instituted for board members.  Read more

Work Inc. heralds new home, options

By 
Tara W. Merrigan, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 1, 2010

Work Inc., a non-profit organization that provides vocational training and employment for approximately 800 individuals with mental and developmental disabilities, celebrated its move to its new Beach Street facility with an open house and dedication ceremony last Thursday.

Last November, Work Inc. relocated from North Quincy to its new Dorchester facility, a refurbished warehouse in Clam Point which formerly housed Pollack Manufacturing.  Read more

Bigger buses get positive reviews on Blue Hill Ave.

By 
Alex Owens Special to the Reporter
Jul. 1, 2010

The MBTA’s route 28 bus line is notorious for crowded, slow, and inefficient service. T officials this weekend responded to the complaints with the deployment of 25 new, 60-ft long articulated buses. The new buses, which hit the streets on Saturday, have been well received by riders, who appreciated the extra leg room, seats for all and a quicker ride during their daily commute.

“I really like the new buses,” said Dorchester resident Robin Jeffreys. “This is definitely an improvement over the last buses as far as comfort,” she said, admiring the new accommodations.  Read more

Liquor store suffers from neighbor’s labor dispute

By 
Tara W. Merrigan, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 1, 2010

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 791 members, Michael McKeon (left) and Al Ortenzi (right), protest at the entrance of the Harborpoint Marketplace on Morrissey Boulevard on Tuesday, June 29.  Photo by Tara W. MerriganUnited Food and Commercial Workers Local 791 members, Michael McKeon (left) and Al Ortenzi (right), protest at the entrance of the Harborpoint Marketplace on Morrissey Boulevard on Tuesday, June 29. Photo by Tara W. Merrigan  Read more

This (really) old house gets a facelift: Pleasant Street site dates back to original settlement

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 1, 2010

This (really) old house gets a faceliftThis (really) old house gets a facelift
While tourists are drawn to Massachusetts’s rich history in places like Beacon Hill, Plymouth, and Salem, Dorchester has its own share of notable landmarks, including the oldest surving structure in the city: the James Blake (circa 1661) near Edward Everett Square.
Now local preservationists have turned their gaze to another structure worth saving: a dilapidated house at 65 Pleasant St. that stands on a foundation that dates to the town’s very first days.  Read more

Decision on Bayside site’s fate expected later this summer

A decision is expected later this summer on what UMass-Boston plans to do with the former site of the Bayside Expo Center, which the university bought earlier this year.

Several options remain on the table for the property, which has 275,000 square feet of exhibition space and 20 acres of parking: using it for parking, classroom space, and razing the building. UMass-Boston’s budget chief Ellen O’Connor said the site is unlikely to be used as exhibition space.  Read more

City Council passes Menino budget by 11-2 vote

The City Council on Wednesday voted 11-2 to pass Mayor Thomas Menino’s $2.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2011. Councillors also voted unanimously to pass a home rule petition – which requires approval from the mayor, the governor and the state Legislature – to hand library trustees the power to fundraise for the cash-strapped library system.  Read more

State extends comment period, sets tour dates on Neponset path extension

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 30, 2010

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has extended by more than a month the public comment period for the Neponset River Trail extension. Comments will now be accepted, by email or phone, through August 14. DCR also has scheduled two site walks — on July 22 and July 26— to explore the different alternatives for the trail’s extension into Mattapan and/or Milton.  Read more

Police say gunfire erupts in three separate incidents at Harbor Point

The Boston Police Department says it is looking for several suspects charged with firing repeated rounds at the Harbor Point development on June 25 and 27. Nobody was injured in the three incidents, but at least one bullet wound up inside somebody's apartment on Peninsula Road, according to an advisory from District C-6.  Read more

Chang-Diaz: Texting ban could fuel racial profiling

By 
State House News Service
Jun. 25, 2010

Rapidly advancing legislation to encourage safer driving will likely lead to more racial profiling, according to the chief proponent of a bill calling for collection of more data on traffic stops. Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz said her data collection bill is still alive but had been temporarily overshadowed by work this week on the state budget, casino legislation and safe driving legislation, which bans texting while driving and prohibits junior operators from using any mobile device while driving.  Read more

Longer buses, fewer spaces on Blue Hill route

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 24, 2010

Silver Line busSilver Line busThe MBTA will be replacing 25 buses on a key route through Mattapan, Dorchester and Roxbury this weekend. The new buses will be 60 ft. articulated buses, similar to the ones found on the Silver Line. Some bus stops will have to be lengthened to accommodate the longer buses, eliminating some 60 to 95 parking spaces along the route, Department of Transportation officials say. The change was announced on Wednesday night at the Mattapan Branch Library.  Read more

Pioneering program embraces the classics at Chittick School

By 
Matthew Griffing
Jun. 24, 2010

CLASSICAL TOUCH – Cello students Kevin Joseph, left, and Omar Nova improvise with resident musician Ashleigh Gordon as guest musician Adam Eccleston looks on during a performance party held at the Chittick School on June 10. The concert featured students and mentors from the Boston Public Quartet, a group of professional musicians who have partnered with the Mattapan elementary school to create a permanent music education and performance residency at the school. Matthew Griffing photo.CLASSICAL TOUCH – Cello students Kevin Joseph, left, and Omar Nova improvise with resident musician Ashleigh Gordon as guest musician Adam Eccleston looks on during a performance party held at the Chittick School on June 10. The concert featured students and mentors from the Boston Public Quartet, a group of professional musicians who have partnered with the Mattapan elementary school to create a permanent music education and performance residency at the school. Matthew Griffing photo.  Read more

Stay of execution for BPL branches: Trustee chairman signals funding solution

Mayor Thomas Menino this week granted four libraries slated for closure at the end of the summer a nine-month stay of execution as the head of the Boston Public Library’s board of library trustees acknowledged that if $1.6 million could be found, no libraries would close. The delay comes as crucial votes on the state and city budget draw near at the State House and in City Hall.  Read more

Fraud probe into Dot properties nets convictions

A massive nationwide federal crackdown on mortgage fraud that involved dozens of properties in and around Dorchester has led to hundreds of arrests and several convictions, law enforcement officials say.

The initiative, dubbed “Operation Stolen Dreams,” includes 1,215 criminal defendants in cases that uncovered more than $2.3 billion in losses in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Detroit, Atlanta, and, in particular, the Haitian-American community in Miami.  Read more

Dot scholar, 21, bound for Taiwan; will be N.E. representative at Global Initiatives session

By 
Jonathan Rodriguez, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 24, 2010

Think globally, act locally. This is the message that Dorchester resident Mirjola Adhami will be bringing to the Global Initiatives Symposium in Taiwan next month. Adhami, 21, will be representing New England at the gathering, an honor bestowed on her by U.S. Sen. John Kerry for her outstanding academic achievements.  Read more

New frame for Lucky Strike site

The owner of the site that once housed an Adams St. bowling alley says he’s making another run at building a mix of residential units and commercial space.

Saying he had been absent because of a heart attack a year and a half ago, owner Tam Tran told the Fields Corner Civic Association on Tuesday that he will come back to the group in September to present new plans for the site.  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: The politics of closing a neighborhood library

It usually goes like this: An angry mob, largely clueless and fearful of government taking away their guns and religion, faces off against an elected or appointed official who attempts to explain how government actually works.

But there was somewhat of a role reversal this week, as an angry mob that included a number of elected officials at the state and local level, clinging to four branch libraries slated for closure, attempted to explain how government works to the Boston Public Library board of trustees.  Read more