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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Apr. 8, 2010
Boston Public Library trustees are expected to vote tomorrow morning on a plan that would shut branches in Lower Mills in Dorchester and three other locations, allowing the BPL to close a $3.6 million budget gap and concentrate on the “transformation” of the citywide system.
Library President Amy Ryan said that despite 4,000-plus signatures from Lower Mills backers protesting a closing, usage has gone down there since the opening of new libraries in Mattapan and Milton. Read more
Apr. 8, 2010
Though attendees at weekend meetings to discuss possible Boston Public Library branch closings voiced many opinions on what was happening to the city’s library system, their main point was clear: Do not close any of them.
Dozens of residents met with city officials and BPL President Amy Ryan last weekend in a pair of meetings to voice their concern about the future of neighborhood branches. Many of the more outspoken critics of the possible closings blamed city and state officials for the library’s dire financial circumstances. Read more
Apr. 8, 2010
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said this week that Gov. Deval Patrick, the state’s only Democratic governor since Menino took over City Hall in 1993, earned a grade of “C” for the first three years of his term before stepping his game up to a “B+” level the last four months. Read more
Transportation officials faced angry neighborhood residents last week in a pair of contentious meetings about the Fairmount commuter rail line, including one session that ended with a state lawmaker abruptly leaving the room.
“I’m losing faith in the Department of Transportation,” state Sen. Jack Hart (D-South Boston) told the Reporter after the meeting. Read more
Five minutes. That’s how long, one lawmaker said jokingly, it will take for House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s expanded gambling bill to go from passage in the House to the Senate and then hit the governor’s desk.
The joke has a ring of truth: the bill is moving quickly through the legislative process. This week it cleared two committees and was well on its way to being debated on the House floor by April 13. Read more
The ‘Constant Outsider’ Cirignano tells his story: It’s all about the good, the bad, and the cautionary
Despite the subtitle of his recent autobiography, “The Constant Outsider: Memoirs of a South Boston Mechanic,” and the sunrise photo of the statue of Admiral Farragut overlooking Pleasure Bay, Thomas M. Cirignano spent the first sixteen years of his life in Dorchester. Residents of Dot, Southie, and beyond who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s are invited to compare their own memories of that era in his unflinching, level-headed, and good-hearted reflection on those turbulent times. Read more
Apr. 7, 2010
The public debate over the future of the branch libraries took a Darwinian turn yesterday morning when BPL Trustees chairman Jeffrey Rudman revealed he couldn’t possibly consider closing branches in Uphams Corner and Egleston Square, claiming they “deal with the most vulnerable people in this city. I would not close them.” Read more
A preliminary investigation shows the teenager pursued by police during a gang investigation on Navillus Terrace Saturday night exchanged fire with officers, then reloaded his gun, put it to his head and fired, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said this afternoon. Read more
Apr. 5, 2010
Closing branch libraries should be the city’s “last option” and should follow an extensive review of Boston Public Library finances and “lengthy” public debate, nine city councillors wrote in a letter to Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan.
“The Boston City Council has faith in President Ryan’s leadership and we believe that the men and women who run and work for our libraries do so for all the right reasons – for love of service and learning,” the councillors wrote. “But we cannot support the plan to close libraries after so short a discussion period.” Read more
The Boston Police Department says the 19-year-old died as he tried running away from officers conducting an anti-gang sweep in the area of Navillus Terrace and Winter Street around 9:41 p.m. on Saturday.
In a statement, police said: "While conducting [interviews] of the group, a male suspect fled from the group and was pursued by officers. In the course of the pursuit, the suspect turned around and there was an exchange of gunfire. During this exchange, the suspect, a 19 year old male, sustained fatal injuries." Read more
David Johnson, 20, of Mattapan, will serve six to eight years in state prison for giving an acquaintance a loaded .357 Colt Python that the guy used to murder Steven Odom - when he mistook one of Odom's friends for the gang rival he really meant to shoot, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more
Apr. 2, 2010
Days before the Boston Public Library’s board of trustees is expected to vote on whether to close branches or pare back hours, the head of the library system spoke today with a group of community reporters at the main branch in Copley Square. Read more
Apr. 1, 2010
Gintautas Dumcius has joined the staff of the Dorchester Reporter and the Mattapan Reporter as news editor. A Quincy native, he attended UMass Boston, where he was news editor of the student newspaper, the Mass Media. He has been a contributing reporter for the Reporter newspapers, as well as a freelance reporter at the State House News Service. Read more