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City begins process to strip C.F. Donovan's liquor license

The Boston Licensing Board has started proceedings that could end with bar owner Arthur Donovan losing his valuable liquor license for his C. F. Donovan's Bar and restaurant on Savin Hill Ave.

Donovan is already close to losing another liquor license he's held for nearly three years for a Cleary Square, Hyde Park restaurant that has never opened. The city closed his popular Dorchester location in November for failing to make payments on $300,000 in city loans used to get the Hyde Park location open.  Read more

Mom who finds a shotgun in bedroom turns in son

Boston Police say that when a Callender Street resident found a sawed-off shotgun in her children's bedroom Saturday, she immediately called police - who arrested her 19-year-old son.  Read more

Four teenagers charged with armed holdup

Boston Police report officers on patrol around 4:30 this morning spotted four males beating up a fifth at Savin Hill Avenue and Tuttle Street.  Read more

Police probe first homicide of year - on Geneva Ave.

Boston Police relay news of what is evidently the first murder of the new year 2010: A 25 year-old man shot to death Friday morning on Geneva Ave.

From back office to center stage, Dot leaves mark on First Night

Japanese monster wrestling matches, a Bollywood film
marathon, and some admittedly less exotic performances by a variety of Dorchester/Mattapan stalwarts will usher in 2010 as part of the 34th annual First Night Boston, the country’s oldest, largest and most-often-copied New Year’s arts celebration.  Read more

After 40 years, Gerard's still a favorite stop

By 
Sue Asci Special to the Reporter
Dec. 30, 2009

Putting the customer first has never failed Gerard Adomunes.

Gerard and Ruth Adomunes have dedicated four decades to building their Adams Corner eatery into a neighborhood institution.  Photo by Kristie GilooleyGerard and Ruth Adomunes have dedicated four decades to building their Adams Corner eatery into a neighborhood institution. Photo by Kristie GilooleyAnd after nearly 40 years in business at Adams Corner, Gerard’s Restaurant and Store has the longevity to prove that catering to what the customer wants is a key to success.  Read more

Chilled economy fuels usage at libraries

By 
Jill S. Gross Special to the Reporter
Dec. 30, 2009

On days when the Codman Square Branch Library opens at noon, crowds wait for a librarian to unlock the door. And the computers are filled most days with people searching the Internet or fine-tuning resumes.
At Codman and throughout Dorchester, as the economy has slumped, usage and borrowing at libraries has surged. People scrimping and saving through the recession are turning to libraries as a source of free reading, entertainment and help finding jobs.  Read more

Switch planned for Memorial Day parade route

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By Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 30, 2009

In a nod to the challenges faced by many aging marchers, the executive board of the Old Dorchester Post voted this month to shorten the route of the annual Memorial Day Parade by about a third, from here miles to two.

“There is an age factor involved with all the posts,” said Steve Bickerton, commander of the Old Dorchester Post. “We hope the shorter route will bring more veteran participants. We also really didn't get a lot of people watching the parade along Dorchester Avenue and Gallivan Boulevard. We hope the revised route will bring more people out to watch the parade.”  Read more

Vet finds resources, challenges at UMass

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By Elizabeth Cohen and Chelsea DeCesare, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 30, 2009

To his professors and classmates, 26-year-old Matthew Perry is just an average college junior, working toward a degree in criminal justice and sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. But unlike the average college student, Perry is transitioning from the dangers of Marine combat in Iraq to the normality of civilian life.

Returning home was not as easy a process as Perry had assumed it would be. He said it was hard to adjust to a life without the demands of military service.  Read more

Veteran posts looking to grow younger

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 30, 2009

With an aging membership, veterans’ posts all over the country are looking for new ways to attract younger members.
Patrick Callahan, 23, will be the keynote speaker at May's Memorial Day observances. The Savin Hill resident served two tours as a Marine sergeant in Iraq.Patrick Callahan, 23, will be the keynote speaker at May's Memorial Day observances. The Savin Hill resident served two tours as a Marine sergeant in Iraq.  Read more

Harvard Street market held up at gunpoint

Boston Police report that Express Stop Market, 124 Harvard St., was held up by somebody with a gun this afternoon.

Police investigate possible murder-suicide in Mattapan

Boston Police report finding the bodies of a man and a woman in an apartment on Fairlawn Avenue before 9 a.m. today.

Three charged with attempted murder after allegedly pointing loaded guns at guys on a porch

Boston Police report arresting two Mattapan teens on charges they pointed loaded guns at people standing on a Warner Street porch Sunday night. An adult, from Brockton, was also charged.  Read more

A snow-white intro to the winter solstice

Toys and Joy

The ABCD Toy Drive received a welcome boost from partner Wainwright Bank at its Dorchester branch where children from the Gertrude Townsend Head Start Center on Geneva Avenue were treated to holiday festivities and given “Build-A-Bear” toys donated by accounting firm KPMG, a Toy Drive partner. Ken Jaffe, a bank VP, played Cookie Monster, Sponge Bob, and Hannah Montana while Mary O’Neill from Franklin was Mrs. Santa Claus. Joining in were, from left, Sharon Scott-Chandler, ABCD executive VP; Thelma Burns, ABCD Dorchester NSC board chair; John J. Drew, ABCD president/CEO; Jaffe; O’Neill, and happy Head Start children. 	  		  Photo by Don WestThe ABCD Toy Drive received a welcome boost from partner Wainwright Bank at its Dorchester branch where children from the Gertrude Townsend Head Start Center on Geneva Avenue were treated to holiday festivities and given “Build-A-Bear” toys donated by accounting firm KPMG, a Toy Drive partner. Ken Jaffe, a bank VP, played Cookie Monster, Sponge Bob, and Hannah Montana while Mary O’Neill from Franklin was Mrs. Santa Claus. Joining in were, from left, Sharon Scott-Chandler, ABCD executive VP; Thelma Burns, ABCD Dorchester NSC board chair; John J. Drew, ABCD president/CEO; Jaffe; O’Neill, and happy Head Start children. Photo by Don West

Revels solstice treat: American subcultures

Next to the melting pot, one of America’s favorite self-images is that of a quilt, and this year’s “Christmas Revels” takes the metaphor and an actual Tree of Life quilt as inspiration for its annual winter solstice celebration.

In past years Revels, Inc. has whisked its regulars on memorable rides with French-Canadian voyageurs and Italian Renaissance entertainers, but “this year,” announces Artistic Director Patrick Swanson, “like many families, we are staying home for the holidays.”  Read more

State House update: Squabbling breaks out in the speaker’s realm; budget gap aired

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Dec. 23, 2009

A well-lit stage in a network affiliate television studio newly enriched by all the electoral activity over the past 365 and its lucrative accoutrements: advertising dollars.  Read more

Beaded bracelets sale means help for Haitian babies

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 23, 2009

Many holiday shoppers took advantage of a local event in recent weeks to buy gifts and donate to a worthy cause at the same time. Some 300 people attended the third annual fundraising jewelry sale sponsored by Designs By Ruth held late last month at the Milton Hoosic Club.  Read more

Olmsted Green is seeing activity on new condo sales

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 23, 2009

The Dorchester-based Olmsted Green development on the site of the old Boston State Hospital has received approval from the Federal Housing Administration to offer its condominium properties with a government-funded program that allows buyers to put only 3.5 percent down.

The property has made five condominium sales since the FHA-approval, said Serafin Sanchez, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and an on-site sales manager. Of those sales, four involved the FHA program.  Read more

Mixed reaction meets UMass plan to buy Bayside

By 
Bill Forry and Gintautus Dumcius
Dec. 23, 2009

Community leaders and elected officials – many still absorbing last week’s unexpected news that UMass-Boston intends to purchase the Bayside Exposition Center on Columbia Point – offered a range of critiques this week.

While Mayor Tom Menino immediately hailed the potential acquisition, other political leaders are concerned that the university’s control will slow down the peninsula’s economic redevelopment and freeze tax receipts from the 20-acre commercial site.  Read more

Ousted director of St. Peter Center returning to post

Catholic Charities officials have reversed course and re-hired the longtime director of the St. Peter’s Teen Center on Bowdoin Street.
Paulo De Barros, who has been with the center for nine years, will be returning sometime in early January. He was fired in late November, which caused his supporters to flood the Catholic Charities office with protests.  Read more

It’s a deal: Cambridge school moving to St. William’s site; Cristo Rey Boston will open next September

Ending months of negotiations, a deal is set for North Cambridge Catholic High School to move into the former St. William’s Grammar School on Savin Hill Ave. next September.

Seeking a larger space amid high interest from parents of prospective students, high school officials have been attempting to hammer out an arrangement with the archdiocese of Boston and local church officials since early this year.  Read more

Police seek pre-teens for armed holdup behind St. Mark's

District C-11 reports a man was mugged behind St. Mark's Church Monday evening by a trio of young robbers - two no more than 12.  Read more

'Done deal': High school to move into old St. William's

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Staff
Dec. 22, 2009

North Cambridge Catholic High School will move into the former St. William Grammar School on Savin Hill Avenue next year, the Reporter learned today. The high school has been engaged in on-again, off-again negotiations with the Archdiocese of Boston and local church officials since early 2009. The school building, which has been largely dormant since the former St. William school closed two years ago, will be sold to the high school for $1.2 million.  Read more

Snow covers Dorchester

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