Next week Dorchester will be the seventh stop of a legislative committee’s “listening tour” focused on small businesses. The Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, co-chaired by state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Lower Mills), will meet at Florian Hall on Feb. 22 starting at 4 p.m.
“The goal is to get out there, meet with the small businesses, and listen to the issues that they’re facing in light of the economy and how we can support them,” Forry said. Read more
A pair of Beacon Hill lawmakers representing the Dorchester and Mattapan areas could face challengers this year, as Democrats and at least one Republican have shown interest in their seats.
State Rep. Brian Wallace (D-South Boston) may see four opponents, including three Democrats. Wallace has held the Fourth Suffolk district seat, which covers parts of Uphams Corner and Harbor Point, since 2003. He ended 2009 with $3,670 in the bank. Read more
Feb. 18, 2010
Tackling the work of William Shakespeare can be a challenge for students on too many levels to mention. But for one Codman Academy Charter Public School tenth-grader, her ability to both understand and perform Shakespeare has brought recognition to her and her school.
Amose Pierre, 17, recently recited her way to the state finals in the English Speaking Union’s national Shakespeare Competition, which has attracted some 250,000 student performers since 1983. Read more
Feb. 18, 2010
MWRA water and sewer retail rates – the amount communities charge homeowners and businesses -- increased an average of 5.3 percent last year even though actual water usage continued to decline, dropping by 3.7 percent for the year, according to a rate survey released Tuesday. Read more
Updated 2/18 2:15 p.m.- UMass-Boston has completed the purchase and sales agreement in its acquisition of the Bayside Expo Center on Columbia Point, the university announced on Wednesday, A spokesman for the University of Massachusetts Building Authority said the purchase price is $18.7 million. Read more
Feb. 17, 2010
The National Wholesale Liquidators (NWL) retail store at 735 Morrissey Blvd. will reopen for business, the Reporter was told this week.
The discount retailer that specializes in a no-frills shopping experience closed its doors in early 2009 after the company had filed for Chap. 11 bankruptcy protection on Nov. 10, 2008. At the time, NWL operated some 50 stores, most of them in the northeast. Read more
UMass-Boston has completed the purchase and sales agreement in its acquisition of the Bayside Expo Center on Columbia Point, the university announced yesterday while withholding the price of the deal. Read more
Feb. 10, 2010
The weather prognosticators were agog this week with their predictions of the modest snowstorm that arrived here Wednesday afternoon.
All week long, these highly trained meteorologists and their anchor-people partners in the media have been steadily raising anxiety levels of their listeners with their forecasts of the mid-week snowfall they were certain would come. Read more
Feb. 10, 2010
After 45 years of service to the community, Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses changed its name last week the better to reflect what the organization is all about. Now called College Bound Dorchester, the nonprofit organization announced the name change as the final element of a year-long re-branding process. Read more
Facing a rocky re-election battle, Gov. Deval Patrick is beefing up his campaign staff, including some familiar faces from Bostonâ€™s political scene. Patrick, a Milton Democrat, has also hired a Dorchester resident as a deputy campaign manager with a focus on community relations. Read more
Feb. 10, 2010
Feb. 10, 2010
There will be lots to do in Dorchester for kids of all ages during next weekâ€™s school vacation. From swimming to snow-shoeing and storytelling and dance, the city, its libraries, community schools and other organizations have lined up a variety of free-time activities. Read more
Feb. 9, 2010
Rep. Willie Mae Allen, who represents parts of Dorchester and Mattapan in the state Legislature, will not seek re-election this year. The Mattapan resident, who has been elected twice to represent the Sixth Suffolk district, told the Reporter's Lit Drop blog today that she will retire at the end of this year's session.
Massachusetts State Police report capturing Darius Young, 16, wanted for stabbing three women and a girl on 21 Roseclair St. on Feb. 3. Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports a two-alarm fire caused by a discarded cigarette forced 13 residents of 11 Althea St. into the cold around 7:30 this morning.
Nobody was injured in the fire, sparked by a cigraette on the third-flooor porch, the department says, adding the fire caused roughly $150,000 in damage.
The Boston Police Department announced today it has terminated Justin Barrett, an Area B-3 officer who sent a mass e-mail last year with racially derogatory terms about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.
Police Commissioner Ed Davis said in a statement he could not allow somebody like Barrett to remain on the force: Read more
Feb. 4, 2010
Boston Police at Dorchester's Area C-11 issued a "citizen alert" today after a reported indecent assault and battery yesterday (Feb. 3) morning near Shawmut MBTA station. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports it is looking for a man who exposed himself to a woman on Centre Street around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and then grabbed her buttocks. Read more
The head of a top Latino political organization is stepping down in September. â€œItâ€™s just time,â€ said, Giovanna Negretti, who has helmed Oiste since it started a decade ago. â€œYou just feel it in your gut.â€
Oiste â€“ which translated from Spanish means â€œHave you heard?â€ â€“ has sought to increase Latino political power within the Bay State. She said she did not yet know what she will be doing come September; â€œthe scariest thing is not knowing whatâ€™s next,â€ she told the Reporter. Read more