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

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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

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

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

Lower Mills library activists press case at BPL meeting

Supporters of the Lower Mills branch library on Monday night pushed back against the forming of a Boston Public Library task force to handle “transitioning of services” as the City Council weighs Mayor Thomas Menino’s proposal to close the Richmond St. building.

Some of the sharpest criticism, directed at Boston Public Library officials who had gathered the task force at Caritas Carney Hospital, came from state Sen. Jack Hart. “I think we’re heading in the wrong direction here,” said Hart, a South Boston Democrat.

Hart, who along with other Boston state senators is proposing amendments to the Senate’s fiscal 2011 budget that prevents library closures, added, “I’m here tonight to fortify the point that we’re not taking this closing lightly.”  Read more

Uphams Corner restaurant couldn't recover from double murder

Ka Carlos: Bar and restaurant on Hancock Street shut down after double murder.Ka Carlos: Bar and restaurant on Hancock Street shut down after double murder.

The owners of Ka-Carlos Bar and Grille, scene of a brutal fight last August that ended with two murders, have shut the place down and are in the middle of selling off its assets.  Read more

Ex-Carney president O'Leary accepts new position 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

BPL task force yields meeting to Lower Mills closure foes

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
May. 25, 2010

Supporters of the Lower Mills branch library on Monday night pushed back against the forming of a Boston Public Library task force to handle “transitioning of services” as the City Council weighs Mayor Thomas Menino’s proposal to close the Richmond St. building.

Some of the sharpest criticism, directed at Boston Public Library officials who had gathered the task force at Caritas Carney Hospital, came from state Sen. Jack Hart. “I think we’re heading in the wrong direction here,” said Hart, a South Boston Democrat.  Read more

Traffic changes set for this week near Talbot, New England Ave.

By 
Reporter Staff
May. 25, 2010

The Boston Transportation Department says that changes to the traffic flow in the Talbot Avenue, Mallard Street and New England Avenue area— set to begin this week— are being made due to "concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety at the location."
The city agency says that:
• New England Avenue will be made a two-way between Talbot Avenue and Mallard Street.
• The direction of traffic traveling on Mallard Street will be reversed to one-way from Millet Street to New England Avenue.  Read more

NECN probes shady housing deals in Roxbury

Our friends at NECN will air a special report on Monday that probes the suspicious dealings at a brand-new condominium complex in Roxbury with millions of dollars worth of mortgages that all went into default. How did it happen? Were these all just buyers who got in over their heads? Or did someone make a fortune off of "Bad Deeds?"
"Bad Deeds? The Anatomy of a Deal" premieres Monday, May 24 at 8 p.m. on NECN. Here's a sneak preview:  Read more

Double shooting on Harvard Street leaves woman dead; two arrests made

The Boston Police Department reports two people were shot around 1:15 a.m. Saturday at 183 Harvard St.  Read more

Two alleged pot distributors arrested on Port Norfolk street; one also charged with littering

One of two men arrested on charges of marijuana distribution Thursday afternoon was also formally charged with littering after police allegedly spotted him dumping a bale of pot on a Port Norfolk street near the end of a car chase that began in downtown Boston on Newbury Street in the Back Bay, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

Man shot to death on Washington Street

The Boston Police Department reports Jihad Watters, 24, was shot around 4:30 p.m., Thursday, at 795 Washington St.. He died not long after his arrival at Boston Medical Center.  Read more

State's job growth in April biggest in 17 years

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
May. 20, 2010

Gov. Deval Patrick, who has blamed steep job losses on unprecedented global economic forces, swiftly claimed credit Thursday for the state’s largest monthly payroll growth in 17 years, pointing to his economic policies as the driver behind the 19,100 new jobs.

With the heftiest gains in the professional, scientific and business services sector, the unemployment rate dropped from 9.3 percent in March to 9.2 percent in April. Construction firms added the largest percentage increase for the month, growing 3.8 percent with 3,900 new positions, after a loss of 400 in March.  Read more

In close votes, McCormack civic group rejects billboard plans

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By Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
May. 20, 2010

The John W. McCormack Civic Association rejected two proposals to build billboards on sites visible from the Southeast Expressway Tuesday evening at the group’s monthly meeting.

Members voted 15 to 13 in opposition to a proposal from the advertising company IconGroupe to build a lighted billboard between the Bickford’s restaurant and Sleepy’s mattress store near the South Bay shopping center. The arrangement with IconGroupe would have brought the McCormack organization and two adjacent civic associations $1,500 in monthly revenue generated by the sign.  Read more

Boston Children’s Chorus finale comes to the Strand

The Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) appeared this past Tuesday, May 18th at the JFK Library and Museum, where they helped celebrate the presentation of the 14th Annual Rosoff Awards, which recognize companies that have meaningful diversity, mentoring, and inclusion programs. Now the multi-choir organization is getting ready for even bigger Dorchester appearance on Sunday, May 23 at 2pm.

For its free Season Finale Concert, all 9 BCC choirs will be performing music from the movies, and what better venue than that grand former movie palace, the Strand in Uphams Corner?  Read more

REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Clock ticking on firefighter contract

The City Council has sixty days starting this week to vote on the firefighters’ arbitration award, receiving Mayor Thomas Menino’s appropriation for the deal awarded by an independent arbitrator and three analyses with different and nuanced views on the matter.

The arbitration awards 19.2 percent salary increase over four years, according to Menino, who outlined how the city is expected to pay for the deal in a letter to councillors on May 18. The award includes 2.5 percent increase in exchange for random drug and alcohol testing.  Read more

New dog run at Ronan Park opens

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By Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
May. 20, 2010

Tails wagged and smiles beamed Saturday as four years of work came to fruition with the opening of the new Ronan Park Dog Recreation Space. Over 70 supporters accompanied about 25 canines, neighborhood residents and city officials to open the dog park to the public.  Read more

Dot Chiefs skate to national title

National champs: Dorchester Chiefs celebrate their 2010 USA Hockey Tier II Under-18 championshipNational champs: Dorchester Chiefs celebrate their 2010 USA Hockey Tier II Under-18 championship. Top row: Coaches Scott Perry, Charlie Pero and Ross Pasquantonio. Players, left to right: Timmy Wilson, Brendan Fitzgerald, Nick Bligh, Joe Dipietro, Eric Lively, Matt Furey, Sal Tecci, Mike Sullivan, Jared Wiedemann, Pat Curtis, John Magliozzi, Barret O’Neil, Mike Lopez and Dave Cotter.

Bruins fans, sadly, have to wait another year. But, Dorchester can once again claim bragging rights as the nation’s hockey champs, thanks to a gritty crew of teens who have once again put Dot on the national sports map.  Read more

St. Brendan’s School looking to focus image; UMass pitches in

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By Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
May. 20, 2010

Embracing the world of online marketing and promotion may seem like a daunting task for a nearly 60-year-old parochial school, but with the help of a group of marketing graduate students at UMass-Boston, St. Brendan’s Grammar School may be about to shake up its image for the twenty-first century and a more competitive education market.  Read more