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Councillors want compliance with construction standards

A correction has been appended to this article.

A city panel that monitors developers and contractors for compliance with construction employment standards would have to submit monthly reports to the mayor and City Council under a local ordinance councillors are proposing.  Read more

Neponset update: ‘So far, so good’

State transportation officials say it’s too early to tell what the effects of re-constructing the Neponset River Bridge are going to be on traffic. Construction started on the 40-year-old bridge, which connects Quincy and Dorchester, last week, leading to several lanes being shut down on bridge that sees 70,700 vehicles every day.

Ann Dufresne, a transportation department spokeswoman, said officials have not yet seen a need to alter their plan for lane closures. “That tells us so far so good,” she told the Reporter yesterday.  Read more

Off X-way billboard proposal stirs fuss

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 22, 2010

The decision of the McCormack Civic Association’s board of directors to share revenue generated by a proposed billboard with other local civic organizations drew heat from association members Tuesday.  Read more

Maintenance is focus of city capital plans

Repairs to a 108-year-old building in Uphams Corner. Extensive fixes to the masonry of the Boston Adult Technical Academy in Mattapan. And a new schoolyard at the Mather School, the first public elementary school in America, in the Meetinghouse Hill section of Dorchester.

Those are some of the projects included in the five-year capital plan Mayor Thomas Menino is proposing. The city is expected to spend $131 million in fiscal year 2011 on capital expenditures. Much of the plan, filed as a companion to the city’s $2.5 billion operating budget, focuses on maintenance.  Read more

12 Boston reps step into dispute on library closings

Offer amendments to make $3M for BPL in state budget contingent on all staying open

As a neighborhood campaign gears up to stop the proposed closing of the Lower Mills library, lawmakers in the House are making a bid to withhold money from the city unless city officials can guarantee that none of the 26 Boston libraries will be shut down. Twelve House lawmakers who represent Boston neighborhoods have filed amendments to the House’s version of the state budget that would send $3 million to the Boston Public Library system, the sum being contingent on the city not closing any libraries.  Read more

No bail for man charged with beating, kicking and burning pregnant girlfriend

Jose Jobson of Chelsea was ordered held without bail today on charges he beat his pregnant girlfriend so badly at a Dorchester apartment that doctors had to induce labor to save the baby, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. The baby, a girl, is doing fine, a spokesman said today.  Read more

Man murdered on Irma Street

The Boston Police Department reports a man found with a gunshot wound around 7 p.m. on Sunday at 20 Irma St. was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center not long after.

Police said he was 22 and black, but declined further identification.

The murder is the fourth in a year in an area stretching three blocks on either side of Blue Hill Avenue.  Read more

Police reunite wandering toddler with parents

The Boston Police Department says detectives and the state Department of Children and Families want to know why it took the girl's parents almost five hours to call 911 to report their daughter missing Sunday.  Read more

Morton Street fire sends two firefighters to the hospital

A fast-moving stove fire at 911 Morton Street quickly went to three alarms and left one firefighter with a cut hand and another with exhaustion, the Boston Fire Department says.  Read more

House lawmakers push to prevent library closures

By 
Gintautas Dumcius
Apr. 16, 2010

House lawmakers are pushing to save four libraries slated for closure in the city's fiscal 2011 budget. In a bid to keep the libraries open, twelve House lawmakers who represent Boston filed amendments Friday to the House's version of the state budget that send $3 million to the Boston Public Library system.  Read more

Commentary: Libraries can be saved if council stands tall

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By Lew Finfer
Apr. 15, 2010

In these hard times, it’s up to us, Dorchester’s residents and to our city councillors to save the Lower Mills Library and services at all our branches. We need to count on our two Dorchester Councillors, Maureen Feeney and Charles Yancey, and our four at-large councillors, Stephen Murphy, John Connolly, Ayanna Pressley, and Felix Arroyo to stand with us.

If each of these six politicians fights for the Lower Mills Library and services to all libraries, and if enough Dorchester residents add their donations and time, then the libraries will be saved.  Read more

 Catholic Men’s Conference to hear an All-Pro; Event is this Saturday at Holy Cross Cathedral

Thorny theological question: “Would a Boston Catholic be guilty of the sin of vainglory if he rejoiced in the fact his faith was shared by the owner, the coach, and the MVP quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, who just won the most-watched Super Bowl in history?”  Read more

Liquor store with ‘upscale feel’ is planned for Victory Road

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By Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 15, 2010

A new up-scale liquor store could soon be on its way to Clam Point. A father and son team, Jack and John McIntyre, say they plan to open a 5,000-square foot package store in the former Victory Road home of a Blockbuster video later this year.  Read more

At ‘Eye to Eye,’ there’s music to making glasses fit the person

By 
Ed Forry, Publisher
Apr. 15, 2010

Reggae stylin’ has come to eyewear in Lower Mills with a change of ownership in a small, independent optician business on Dorchester Ave.

When Jack Peters decided at year’s end it was time to put up his feet and seek an early retirement, he began to look for a potential buyer for his long-established Peters Optical shop that is tucked into the business district on Dorchester Avenue.

Then one day, a Codman Square man with a dream to operate his own business took his wife’s advice and stopped in for a look around Peters’s shop.  Read more

Plea for peace, patience. Gathering focuses on Bowdoin St.

Community leaders and law enforcement officials this week pleaded for a peace and patience as the Bowdoin St. area continued to reel from the recent deaths of two local teens.  Read more

Menino's budget puts councillors on the spot

Pressure on city councillors is expected to mount as Mayor Thomas Menino’s budget, which includes the closing of four neighborhood libraries, lands on their desks this week.

Anthony Paciulli, the president of Meetinghouse Bank who delivered 4,000 signatures to library officials to keep the Lower Mills branch open, noted that the councillors have the power to veto the budget, which is due for a vote by June. “Now the pressure is really on the elected officials to make their positions clear,” he said. “There’s no neutrality here. There’s no middle position.”  Read more

Menino lays out $2.5b plan

Mayor Thomas Menino yesterday laid out a $2.5 billion spending plan for fiscal 2011 that includes 250 fewer jobs, four fewer libraries, and eight fewer community centers, while expanding education funding and grappling with rising health care costs.  Read more

Adult day program honors its ‘Maggie’

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By Jill S. Gross Special to the Reporter
Apr. 15, 2010

Margaret Shea dedicated most of her professional life to keeping seniors out of nursing homes as she led and lobbied for a program that offers a homey space where they can receive nursing care as well as sing, do crafts, and share daily meals with friends.

For the 23 years that Shea worked at Mattapan Adult Day Health, she was not only a nurse and director to the elderly and disabled clients, but also a friend who made them laugh, threw parties for them, and helped them find renewed zest for life.  Read more

$10K drawing for Dot Day is Thursday

Fundraisers for the Dorchester Day parade will be holding their $10,000 drawing on Thursday (April 22) at Florian Hall. It is one of seven events leading up to the 3.2-mile June parade, which carries an annual cost of $40,000.

Tickets are $100 each, and there is a limit of 300 for sale. Gretchen Carney, one of the organizers of the parade and the drawing, said about 100 tickets are still available. Christopher “Tiger” Stockbridge will be emceeing the event.  Read more

Kennedy widow to speak to UMass grads

Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, will give the commencement address to graduating UMass-Boston students in June, campus officials said this week. The commencement is scheduled for Fri., June 4, at 9:30 a.m. on the Campus Center’s lawn.

The Louisiana native married Kennedy in 1992 and was one of his closest advisers. She is the president and founder of Common Sense about Kids and Guns.  Read more

City agency pulling out of Marshall, Mattahunt community centers

By 
Gintautas Dumcius
Apr. 13, 2010

The Boston Centers for Youth and Families will pull out of eight facilities, including the Marshall community center in Dorchester and the Mattahunt community center in Mattapan, the agency's executive director told city councillors on Wednesday. The announcement comes ahead of Mayor Thomas Menino filing his fiscal 2011 budget with the City Council on Wednesday.  Read more

Police say man shot eight times no longer interested in helping their investigation

A man shot repeatedly in an apparent dispute with his ex-girlfriend's current beau is no longer cooperating with police, but police had enough evidence to arrest the many anyway, a police lieutenant told the Boston Licensing Board this morning.  Read more

Mattapan bar could be in trouble over brawl that left three injured

A bruising battle at the Avenue Tavern in Mattapan Square that sent three to the hospital on March 6 was due to some "older kids" trying to re-assert their authority in the neighborhood after 8 1/2 years in prison, a bar manager told the Boston Licensing Board today.

The board decides Thursday whether to levy any penalties against the bar for the fight and for a follow-up inspection a week later that found far more people inside than allowed by the bar's license.  Read more

High bail set for alleged accomplice in murder in court parking lot

A Hyde Park man was murdered in his car in the Dorchester District Court parking lot last week minutes after he and a suspect's wife left a court hearing on a suit over a car engine, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.  Read more

Library trustees vote to shut Lower Mills branch

Boston Public Library trustees voted Friday to close four branches, including the one in Lower Mills.

But City Councillors At-Large Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley, and West Roxbury's Councillor John Tobin vowed to fight to keep all the branches open when the city council gets the proposed budget next week.  Read more