Brown says he’s frustrated by pace of stimulus spending; sits down with Menino

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Jan. 28, 2010

U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown said this week he was frustrated with the pace of the state’s economic stimulus spending, charging that Gov. Deval Patrick had not been funneling the funds fast enough. “The governor has a lot of stimulus money and he hasn’t released it,” Brown said.

The Wrentham Republican said on Tuesday that he would meet with Patrick today and “respectfully suggest” that the state deploy spending under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act more quickly.  Read more

New councillors given chairs of census, women/health panels

The City Council’s two newest members were placed atop two new panels focusing on girls and women and the nationwide headcount known as the 2010 Census.

City Council President Michael Ross this week appointed City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo to head the Special Committee on the Census and fellow Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley to the Committee on Women and Healthy Communities.  Read more

Pope JPII school on St. Mark's site is closing in June

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 28, 2010

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Dorchester’s elected officials are requesting a meeting with the archdiocese of Boston to discuss the planned closing in June of the Dorchester Central campus of Pope John Paul II Academy – known to most residents as St. Mark’s School – and to explore the possibility of alternatives to the move.  Read more

Boyle named B-3 captain; Turner concerned over B-2 situation

Acting B-3 Captain Joseph Boyle has been appointed permanently to the post, Boston Police Department officials said this week. Boyle, who has been promoted to captain from lieutenant, has been serving as acting captain since November, when James Claiborne left to become deputy chief of police at Harvard University in November. The B-3 District covers parts of Dorchester and Mattapan where there were 3,000 arrests in 2008.  Read more

Bank seeks city help to sell off C.F. Donovan's

The Boston Licensing Board on Thursday will consider a request from Mt. Washington Bank to hold off revocation of C.F. Donovan's liquor license so it can try to sell it and recoup some of its losses.  Read more

City board vows to shut Uphams Corner bar

The Boston Licensing Board said today it will seek to shut Cataloni's, 10 Hancock St., after police described a Nov. 28 incident in which a woman was arrested inside the bar on charges of selling cocaine to bar patrons.  Read more

Man shot to death in Mattapan

Boston Police report officers responded to 60 Goodale Rd. around 5:40 this morning to find a man lying on the ground with a gunshot wound.

He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he died later in the day. Police are describing him only as black and 22.  Read more

Gerard's Adams Corner hosts jewelry sale today to benefit Haiti

Our sister publication Boston Haitian Reporter has the details on today's jewelry sale to benefit the Haitian Health Foundation. The Adams Corner event is one of several events around the city today that will bring people together in common cause for Haiti.

Central campus of Catholic Academy to close in June, parents told

The Dorchester Central campus of Pope John Paul II Academy will close in June of this year, according to parents who were informed of the decision at a meeting last evening. The school, housed in what was once St. Mark's Grammar School, is one of five that collectively make up the Catholic academy in Dorchester.  Read more

Patrick: Turn anger in "positive direction"

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Jan. 21, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 21, 2010…...Addressing a state shaken up by an electoral stunner and drained by sustained economic woes, Gov. Deval Patrick acknowledged missteps but vowed to stay focused on struggling citizens’ needs, using his annual speech to lay out a limited policy agenda for the final 11 months of his term.

Describing himself as “unsatisfied” and “determined,” Patrick called for residents to convert their dissatisfaction into progress.  Read more

The next day: "Repudiation of Status Quo"

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 21, 2010

In his successful bid for U.S. Senate, Scott Brown successfully captured three precincts in Ward 16 in Dorchester, long considered a Democratic stronghold. Some residents were not completely surprised with the results.

“We all sensed the tenor of the time. She [Coakley] became associated with the status quo,” said William Walczak, director of the Codman Square Health Center. “Obviously he hit a nerve. People are scared about the economy and that things are not getting better. They are scared about what the new health bill means. They are saying they want change.”  Read more

Boston Children’s Chorus Celebrates King’s Legacy

Kendra Stanton Lee, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 21, 2010

Ed law expected to bring ‘in-district’ charters to Dot

Gov. Deval Patrick this week signed an education reform bill that handed increased powers to school superintendents and allows the creation of more charter schools. The move paves the way for Mayor Thomas Menino to bring his “in-district” charter schools to Dorchester, home to a number of the city’s underperforming schools.  Read more

State comes up with $1 million to redesign Morton/Gallivan intersection

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 21, 2010

Issues surrounding what many claim is one of the most dangerous intersections in Dorchester may soon be resolved after it was announced this week that nearly $1 million in state funding is being designated to redesign streets in Dorchester and Milton.

Part of that allocation includes $750,000 to redesign the Morton Street and Gallivan Boulevard intersection.  Read more

City gets $13.6m in foreclosure funding

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 21, 2010

The city of Boston received $13.6 million last week in federal foreclosure funding, a grant that could have a significant impact on Dorchester’s 254 bank-owned homes.

The money was awarded to the Department of Neighborhood Development and represents a second round of funding in support of the city’s Homeownership Stabilization Program, which was announced last summer. The program had already received $4.3 million in federal funds and a matching amount from the state.  Read more

‘HAITIANS HELPING HAITIANS’ - A Boston emigré reports from the scene

Haiti: Residents pitched in by carrying water in Port-au-Prince last Sunday as relief groups and officials focused on moving the aid flowing into Haiti to survivors of the powerful earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull).Haiti: Residents pitched in by carrying water in Port-au-Prince last Sunday as relief groups and officials focused on moving the aid flowing into Haiti to survivors of the powerful earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull).

Richardson Innocent, 36, was on the ground in Haiti, in Delmas, a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, when the earthquake first struck. Speaking numerous times in the last week over a cell phone to Reporter managing editor Bill Forry, his close friend and former colleague at the newspaper in Dorchester, he described the devastation and his and others’ activities in trying to cope and help out.

It is now Friday night, three days after the first quake hit, and for the third consecutive night, Rich will be resting rest his head underneath a tree in Delmas, a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. There’s a machete and a chisel close by his side and clustered around him are his cousin, Norton, and a frightened family he has known for only a few weeks.  Read more

Suburbs put Brown over the top; gets strong showing in Neponset

Recently-elected Boston City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley, that body's first African-American woman, watched in shock Tuesday night at Martha Coakley's campaign gathering at the Sheraton Boston as the disappointing vote counts flowed in. "It's going to take a while," she said. "I feel very disconnected from the reality of it. It's going to take a while for it to sink in. I believed until the very end we would pull it out."  Read more

Adams Corner restaurant held up at knifepoint

Boston Police are looking for a man with a knife who forced an employee at Gerard's Restaurant to the floor last night and got away with about $1,100 in receipts.  Read more

Dorchester man charged with assaults in Dorchester, Brighton, Cambridge

Cambidge and MBTA Transit police today charged John B. Dysart, 27, with attacking two women after they left the Central Square Red Line stop last week and with open and gross lewdness on MBTA buses in Dorchester and Brighton.  Read more

Man charged with murder last week

Boston Police report arresting Omay Tavares, 20, last night on murder charges.  Read more

Alleged triple-murder accomplice arrested; suspected murderer still at large

Boston Police report arresting Nigel A. Nichols, 24, of Brockton today in connection with the slayings of three people outside a party 41 Mt. Ida Road on March 29, 2009.  Read more

St. Mary’s sets new training program

By Sue Asci
Jan. 14, 2010

St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center will launch one of the first transitional employment programs in the state at the end of January to provide a work and training experience for low-income women with children with a goal of achieving full-time employment.
“Women @ Work Plus” will serve up to 32 women who will work in subsidized jobs and receive on-the-job training over a three to four-month period. If successful, they will be able to apply for full-time employment.  Read more

Hunt/health care: inseparable combo

Greg O'Brien, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 14, 2010

On the lip of a historic and yet contentious vote in the U.S. Senate on a health care reform bill that would extend health benefits to about 31 million uninsured Americans, James W. Hunt Jr., longtime president and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, a cornerstone of the health care reform push, is reminded of a comment from an old friend, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy: “If we didn’t have community health centers, we’d have to invent them.”  Read more

Tracking human tragedy in Haiti

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 14, 2010

Editor's note: For full coverage of the earthquake in Haiti and the Boston-area response, see our sister publication Boston Haitian Reporter.

Local residents continued to scramble for information about relatives in friends in Haiti following Tuesday night’s catastrophic earthquake of 7.0 magnitude that has caused untold damage ten miles off the coast of the capital of Port-Au-Prince.  Read more