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Man seeks water, finds same

The first place where we looked for water was at National Wholesale Liquidators on Morrissey Blvd, though we went there mainly to buy a couple of basins for washing dishes. We ended up getting a couple of basins and something that looked like a wide, clear-plastic salad bowl, with enough radius for a frying-pan. There were stacks of bottled liquids that, as I expected, turned out to be some semblance of fruit juice. I was momentarily distracted by some clear plastic containers that would normally be used for water, except the water wasn’t included.  Read more

Flaherty fundraiser set ... but for what?

Former City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty is back on the fundraising trail, with one scheduled for May 20 at Anthony’s Pier 4. But it’s the title that accompanied the fund-raiser invite hitting mailboxes of potential donors that has some inside and outside City Hall buzzing: “A Time to Gear Up.” Which had some wondering…gearing up for what, specifically?

The next mayor’s race will be in 2013. The closer municipal election is in 2011, when the City Council, including all four at-large seats, is on the ballot.  Read more

Church abandons assembly hall plan for Savin Hill Ave.; condo instead

The Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association this week signed off on a project converting a two-family home on Savin Hill Ave. to a three-family condo. The proposal drew three dissenting votes at a Monday night meeting of the association at the Little House, which was attended by about two dozen people.  Read more

Jane Money is doubling up on choirs this month

You might say that Dot music-lovers will be doubling their Money this month.

In coming weeks, Melville Park resident Jane Money, founder of the Boston City Singers (BCS), will be leading two free presentations at the Strand -- first in her role as founder and artistic director of the BCS and  then as choir director for the John Paul II Academy Choir as part of the Dorchester/Strand debut of the Boston Classical Orchestra.  Read more

Meditation on an Irish Family Story

By 
Ed Forry Reporter, Publisher
May. 6, 2010

Following is the speech BIR Publisher Ed Forry gave after he received the Eire Society’s Gold Medal Award last Friday night at the society’s annual banquet in the rooftop room of the Parker House.

I think it was Army General Barry McCaffrey who said, “When I get a very generous introduction like that, I explain that I’m emotionally moved, but on the other hand I’m Irish and we Irish are very emotionally moved. My father was Irish and he would cry during beer commercials.”  Read more

Lower Mills restaurant looking to expand

Only a few months old, Ledge, 2261 Dorchester Ave., is seeking to expand. The Boston Licensing Board is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a request from the restaurant to add 76 seats to its existing 140. The restaurant also wants to extend closing time on its 60-seat outdoor patio from 11 p.m. to midnight.

Ledge opened last August on the former site of Donovan's Village restaurant.

Tap water safe to drink again; search for answers begins in earnest

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
May. 4, 2010

About 2 million residents in metropolitan Boston – in every municipality except Saugus – received the go-ahead early Tuesday morning to drink their tap water after clearing their pipes, three days after a major pipe breach disrupted operations and raised questions about the stability of the state’s infrastructure.
Gov. Deval Patrick’s office announced at 4 a.m. that nearly all cities and towns in the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority were cleared to use water “for all purposes.”  Read more

Boil water order remains, but progress made in repairs

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
May. 3, 2010

State officials were optimistic about repairing by Sunday night a pipe that broke Saturday, saying roughly 2 million residents in metropolitan Boston would likely have to wait days before counting on uncontaminated water flowing from their taps.

"It does look like we're going to be able to get through this sooner than we thought yesterday - days, not weeks," Gov. Deval Patrick said Sunday afternoon.

Patrick urged residents to rely on boiled water as "the first solution."  Read more

URGENT: Boil Water Order includes Dot, Mattapan

Residents in Dorchester and Mattapan are urged to boil water before drinking this afternoon after a water main break in Weston, MA prompted the Mass Water Resources Authority to activate its back-up water supply. The MWRA says that water now available in Boston and surrounding communities east of Weston is safe for bathing, but not for drinking- unless the water is boiled first. The agency is urging residents to try to conserve water use. Updates will be posted at the MWRA's emergency  Read more

Morrissey Blvd. bridge open

By 
Staff
Apr. 30, 2010

The Morrissey Boulevard drawbridge has been fixed, state transportation officials said Friday afternoon.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation made the announcement at around 3:30 p.m. on its Twitter account.

The Morrissey Boulevard Bridge was stuck in an upright position Friday afternoon, sending traffic on either side down onto Freeport Street and Dorchester side-streets.  Read more

Fields Corner residents air woes on flooding

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission came in for a drubbing Tuesday night from members of the Fields Corner Civic Association who aired their gripes about the agency’s role in the flooding that accompanied last month’s heavy rainfall.

“At first, Boston Water and Sewer wanted to tell me it was ground water. Okay, well, ground water does not come in as fast, ground water does not come through a hole in a cast iron sewer line,” said Alan Issokson from H. Levenbaum Companies Real Estate and Insurance on Dorchester Ave, whose building was flooded by about five feet of water.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Mulling a mayoral scrum in 2013; GOP Govs disparaging Cahill run

Time for some absurdly premature and reckless speculation about the mayor’s race in 2013.

Mayor Thomas Menino’s hiring of state Rep. Marie St. Fleur as his chief of advocacy and strategic investment set tongues wagging inside and outside the walls of City Hall last week, with some believing he in essence picked his successor. (Assuming, of course, that Menino does not run for a sixth term, which remains unclear.)  Read more

St. Fleur joining Menino cabinet

State Rep. Marie St. Fleur, an Uphams Corner Democrat who announced in February that she wouldn’t be running for reelection, will join Mayor Thomas Menino’s cabinet this summer.

As Menino’s chief of advocacy and strategic investment, she will coordinate education, job creation, and immigration initiatives supported by local, state, and federal programs and investments. St. Fleur will be succeeding Michael Contompasis, who is stepping down as director of Menino’s Intergovernmental Relations Office for work in the private sector.  Read more

Candidate lineups begin to shape up

Freshman state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain) appears likely to face opposition this year, with Democrat Hassan Williams making it onto the ballot. Another Democrat, Don C. Dingle, has submitted signatures as part a challenge to state Sen. Jack Hart (D - South Boston) according to the City Elections Department.  Read more

City is facing House action on library closings; Amendments cutting funding expected to pass; BPL responds

House lawmakers expect to pass amendments to their version of the state budget this week demanding that the city keep all 26 libraries open. Boston Public Library officials, in turn, say the amendments could lead to further cutbacks and layoffs.  Read more

Port Norfolk lot rehab still stalled; cleanup needed; funding on hold

Residents of Dorchester’s Port Norfolk neighborhood have been waiting too long for the clean-up of a 14-acre lot for about 30 years, they say. And it appears they’ll have to wait a while longer. “That’s been put off about a year,” said Wendy Fox, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, the agency that owns the property.  Read more

Police say Dorchester Amber Alert is fake

The Boston Police Department reports that Internet messages about a 3-year-old boy from Dorchester being abducted are untrue.  Read more

Lit cigarette sets three decker on fire

The Boston Fire Department reports "a discarded cigarette" on a porch started a fire at 97 Welles Ave. Saturday night that left 13 people homeless and left one firefighter with a knee injury.  Read more

Neighbors Join Neighbors to Make Dorchester Shine

Pitching-in to Clean-up: Neighbors from the Ashmont/Adams neighborhood gathered for a photo after spending the morning Saturday helping to clean-up the public spaces. Working in concert with the City of Boston, hundreds of residents joined some 25 the volunteer projects across Dorchester and Mattaoan. ( Ed Forry photo.)Pitching-in to Clean-up: Neighbors from the Ashmont/Adams neighborhood gathered for a photo after spending the morning Saturday helping to clean-up the public spaces. Working in concert with the City's "Boston Shines" program, hundreds of residents came together to assist with some 25 volunteer projects across Dorchester and Mattapan. ( Ed Forry photo.)

Rep. St. Fleur joins Menino administration

By 
Gintautas Dumcius
Apr. 23, 2010

State Rep. Marie St. Fleur, who announced earlier this year she isn't running for re-election, will join Mayor Thomas Menino's cabinet, the mayor's office said Friday.  Read more

Immigration chief pushes eligible Haitians to apply for legal status

The nation’s top immigration official appealed for help last week as his agency struggles to convince undocumented Haitian nationals living in the U.S. before last January’s earthquake to apply for temporary legal status. Ali Mayorkas, director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), addressed a gathering of immigration lawyers and activists at the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in downtown Boston last Friday.  Read more

In the Courts, on the Streets

Two charged with murder in courthouse parking lot

Boston Police last week charged two men for a murder last month in the parking lot used by visitors to Dorchester District Court.
One of the two suspects, Mario H. Burns, 37, had been arrested two weeks ago as an accessory after the fact for the March 29 murder of Charles Cantave of Hyde Park. Also charged today with his murder: Cornelius Evans, 35.  Read more

Bill Roper, Granite Ave. fixture, is calling it quits; Illness – and time help with decision

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By Ed Forry Reporter, Publisher
Apr. 22, 2010

When the new year dawned in January, Bill Roper made his way to his place of business on Granite Avenue, just as he had for the better part of the last five decades.  Read more

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