â€œI wanted to say a few words this morning about the passing of an extraordinary leader, Senator Edward Kennedy. Over the past several years, Iâ€™ve had the honor to call Teddy a colleague, a counselor, and a friend. And even though we have known this day was coming for some time now, we awaited it with no small amount of dread. Read more
A longtime Codman Square pharmacist defended himself this week against an indictment by a federal grand jury accusing him of Medicaid fraud. Amadiegwu "Joe" Onujiogu, who lives in Randolph and owns a pharmacy on 624 Washington St., was charged with paying a percentage to customers to bring prescriptions to his pharmacy and then not giving them the medication, while submitting paperwork to collect funds from Medicaid.
"I have been a pharmacist for 30 years," he said, standing outside the Joseph Moakley Courthouse after a Monday hearing. "I have done my very best." Read more
Long-awaited and longer-needed improvements to Dorchester Avenue will begin as early as this fall, thanks to the federal governmentâ€™s plan to stimulate infrastructure projects across the nation. The $16.47 million road project will be funded in total by the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act championed by President Barack Obama and passed by Congress earlier this year. Read more
Most members of the Dorchester delegation are adopting the same stance as their legislative leaders, staying mum on whether Beacon Hill should acquiesce to U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedyâ€™s request to give Gov. Deval Patrick the power to temporarily replace him should the seat become vacant. The request became public a week before he died on Wednesday, after a lengthy battle with terminal brain cancer. Read more
Aug. 27, 2009
Mayor Thomas Menino used the occasion of a Tuesday visit to Codman Square to discuss the controversial federal economic stimulus act that he said has directly led to 1,349 new jobs in the city and the preservation of another 317, according to new city data. Read more
Correction: Father Larner will be lying in repose at St/ Ann's Church today (August 27th) from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rev. James M. Larner, a Dorchester original who never left home for long, died at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday. He was 78 and had not been in the best of health for several years before suffering a heart attack in June. Read more
Aug. 21, 2009
The nasty little alchemy of seemingly endless transportation bureaucracy back-biting and a public and media hyper-tuned to whiffs of government waste and mismanagement culminated last week in the outing of a years-long practice at the MBTA of giving an elderly handicapped man a ride to and from meetings.
The T, derided forever for lousy service and callousness to the handicapped, is now exposed for providing service for a disabled octogenarian. A wonderful coda to whatâ€™s been a high-minded debate over the fate of the stateâ€™s transportation system. Read more
August Wilsonâ€™s decade-by-decade ten-play cycle of the African-American experience in the last century has been widely acclaimed as one of the towering achievements of modern American theater. Bostonâ€™s Huntington Theatre Company (HTC) played an integral part in Wilsonâ€™s play development process, producing eight of his ten works before transferring them to New York. Read more
Aug. 20, 2009
With the scarcity of disposable income these days, organic and fair trade food shoppers may be wondering if social justice is worth the often higher prices at farmersâ€™ markets. Nevertheless, markets in Dorchester and Mattapan are working to strike a balance between affordable local produce and fair prices for the farms that provide the goods. Read more
"It'll help the neighborhood. It fits." So pronounced one patron at the long-awaited opening last Friday of a new Lower Mills restaurant and bar - Ledge Kitchen and Drinks - on the former site of Donovan's Village restaurant at 2261 Dorchester Avenue.
The introduction of Ledge, as it is called, adds to the growing collections of tasteful and tasty dining options in the neighborhood that offer, clients say, downtown-quality food without the inflated prices and haughty attitudes of Newbury Street or the South End. Read more
At any given time in Dorchester, traffic hassles can add a snag to your day. Street improvements, neighborhood cleanups, detours, repaving, water and sewer renovations â€“ they all cause unexpected delays and disruption to the neighborhood.
With an eye to spotlighting the pace of all these projects in Dorchester, the Reporter will begin next week to publish summaries and updates on on-going construction projects.
Following is a list of public works said by the city to be in process: Read more
Aug. 20, 2009
Mayor Thomas Menino faces off next week in a television debate against the three candidates attempting to unseat him. It will be the first of three such match-ups.
So what can viewers expect from the Aug. 26 debate? Political observers say the four-term incumbent will be the main target, of course. But they also say City Councillors At-Large Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon could end up turning on one another, as each one attempts to make the case that heâ€™s the one who can take down Menino on November 3, after the Sept. 22 preliminary narrows the field to two candidates. Read more
Early last Monday evening, the Hemenway Playground was abuzz with activity. On a day when the afternoon temps had reached the low 90s, and the yearâ€™s first heat wave was in its first day, the Hemey was teeming with locals out for an eveningâ€™s workout. Read more
With Boston expecting another hit of the swine flu virus this fall, local health centers are working to set up flu clinics to vaccinate residents for both the novel virus and the seasonal flu.
â€œEverybody is prepared in case things go badly in the community,â€ said Edward Grimes, head of the Uphams Corner Health Center. â€œThe first time was a surprise as all of us experienced.â€ Read more
Weeds growing out of the cracks in the sidewalk? Parking or street signs too faded? Pothole repair needed? Put it all on the list to send to City Hall.
City officials say theyâ€™ll be hitting Mattapan with a â€œStreet Improvement Teamâ€ on Aug. 29, aiming to clean up local streets block-by-block. A clean-up of the Morton and Norfolk area of Dorchester is planned for Nov. 14. Follow-ups will be planned a week later. Read more
The Harvard Street Health Center, a comprehensive health delivery organization serving the demographically diverse and underserved Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan has expanded the operating hours of its clinic to make it easier for local residents to receive top notch medical care on a schedule that works for them, and with no appointment necessary. Read more
The Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy has appointed two seasoned principals to leadership positions. Lou Ann Melino, a veteran principal of Catholic schools for seven years, has been named principal at the Mattapan Square Campus. She previously served at both St. Benedict Little Flower School in Somerville and St. Joseph School in Salem. Prior to that, she was a classroom teacher in second grade and grades 6 â€“ 8. She received her B.S. from Salem State College, and her masterâ€™s in school administration from Emmanuel College. Read more
Anis Cazeau, 87, of Mattapan, was sentenced today to three years' probation after he pleaded guilty to motor-vehicle homicide for the death of Marie Conley on Oct. 21, 2008 - and after Conley's family asked that he not be sent to jail, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced. Read more
Boston Police have charged Emmanuel DePina, 26, of Fifield street in Dorchester, with the murder of Manuel Monteiro, 47, a chef at Ka-Carlos Bar and Grille in Uphams Corner and of Jovany Eason, 20, on a nearby street.
Police say a fight that started in the restaurant, 33 Hancock St., shortly after 1 a.m. on Aug. 2 spilled into the street outside and that Monteiro, inside the restaurant, was killed by a shot from outside. Eason was found dead around the corner from the restaurant on Bird Street. A third victim got himself to Boston Medical Center with a leg wound, police said. Read more
Youâ€™ll have made a serious mistake if you didnâ€™t catch â€œThe Comedy of Errors,â€ now in its final week on Boston Common.
For the 14th summer, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC), under the direction of Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler, is presenting free performances of one of the Bardâ€™s plays at the Parkman Bandstand.
Realizing the need this year for something light, Maler selected â€œErrors,â€ the playwrightâ€™s shortest work and (some think) his earliest effort. Read more
With its six stories of brick between Dorchester Avenue and Ashmont Station, The Carruth makes no attempt to rival the spacious tranquility of suburbia.
From the businesses at street level â€“ including a bank and an Italian restaurant â€“ to the views from the upper floors, there are reminders of other buildings and other people, not to mention the traffic. That is, the setting for the mixed-income development is unabashedly urban and, thanks to the Red Line, a single ride away from downtown Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville.
Completed by Trinity Financial last year, just as Dorchesterâ€™s multi-family housing market was shaken by a rash of foreclosures, The Carruth failed to meet expectations for condo sales. But what failed to attract buyers has been a hit with renters. Read more