Itâ€™s earned a reputation as the center of Irish Dorchester and remains one of the regionâ€™s most identifiably Irish-American enclaves. Adams Corner is likely to cement that image this fall as residents and merchants work to stage a one-day Irish Festival over Columbus Day weekend.
A committee of civic leaders has been working on the festival idea for monthsâ€” and this week went public with a website and initial details for the October 11th event. Read more
Jul. 16, 2009
A fiscal tug-of-war between Governor Deval Patrick and the Legislature over the future of the Franklin Park Zoo has left the institutionâ€™s fate in the balance and some in Dorchester talking about the zooâ€™s significance to the community and wondering about the effect of it being permanently shuttered. Read more
Jul. 16, 2009
Tucked in the back of retrofitted factory space and set at the end of a labyrinthine series of hallways and staircases, the Boston Muay Thai Academy in Uphams Corner has been training beginner, amateur and professional fighters the ways of Thai boxing since opening its doors in 2004. Read more
Jul. 16, 2009
It was a scathing editorial: In a 624-word April harangue titled â€œChange is coming,â€ the Bay State Banner, a local paper chiefly focused on the regionâ€™s African-American community, ripped into Mayor Thomas Menino. The author, Melvin Miller, took the incumbent to task after the Boston Redevelopment Authority tabled a Roxbury project that memorialized a local arts educator, Elma Lewis. Read more
Jul. 16, 2009
â€œHey, you want some art with those artichokes?â€
Last Friday, a 9 foot-tall papier-mÃ¢chÃ© giraffe made by kids in the Dot Art greeted customers who flocked to the opening of the brand new farmers market in Peabody
Square/ Ashmont Station. The copper-and-gold spotted herbivore seemed to indicate that the weekly bazaar was the place to feed the spirit as well as the belly.
Market organizers â€”which included St. Markâ€™s Area Main Street (SMAMS)â€” looked to other successful ventures for ideas on which vendors to invite. Read more
A suspect in a bank robbery in East Milton this morning was apprehended after a chase through the neighborhood ended in a crash on Gallivan Boulevard. A passing motorist shot a photo (left) of the suspect's Vespa scooter, which crashed in a parking lot in front of storefronts across from St. Brendan's Church.
Eyewitness accounts say that the suspect weaved through sidestreets in the Cedar Grove neighborhood before the pursuit ended. The suspect â€”identified by Milton Police as 35 year-old William Donovanâ€” was arrested as he tried to evade capture behind the Muffler Man building next to Toohig Park. The events unfolded just before 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Read more
Jul. 14, 2009
Dorchester native Peter Meade will be the founding president and CEO of a newly created institute named for Senator Edward M. Kennedy that will be housed on Columbia Point. Meade, a close friend and ally of the state's senior senator, is presently the managing director of the Boston-based public relations firm Rasky Baerlein.
Meade tells the Reporter that he will take charge of the non-profit Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate next month. The institute will eventually be housed in a new building that will be built on Columbia Point, close to the existing John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The institute will be part of the UMass-Boston campus and will be built on four acres of land owned by the university. Read more
Jul. 13, 2009
If the Legislature decides to override his veto of funds for the Franklin Park Zoo, Gov. Deval Patrick said his plan to keep health insurance coverage for 30,000 legal immigrants will be endangered. Read more
Boston Police say a cook at Flames, 663 Morton St. in Mattapan, ended an argument in the kitchen Saturday afternoon by plunging a knife into another cook's stomach.
The victim was taken to a local hospital and is expected to recover. Wellesley Clarke, 55, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
A 20 year-old from Dorchester has been arrested for the broad-daylight murder of a 16 year-old last January, Boston Police announced this afternoon. In a statement, the BPD says that Marques Kersey has been identified as the "person responsible" for the shooting of 16 year-old Torey Evans on January 16, 2009. Kersey is currently being held at the Dedham House of Correction on an un-related charge. Evans was shot to death outside of 2092 Dorchester Ave. at approximately 3:30 p.m. Read more
Sunshine, fresh air, socialization and custom refrigerator magnets? Sounds like the answer to the prayers of parents or caretakers with little ones on their hands this summer, but no money for camp and too crazy a schedule for regular commitments. Read more
A sudden scourge of deadly accidents and critical media coverage has brought a harsh new light upon the difficult topic of elderly drivers recently, causing many to question when the proper age may be for seniors to hang up the keys for good. Dorchester seniors have as many different viewpoints on how to approach the problem as do the public officials now deliberating how best to protect the roads as well as eldersâ€™ dignity and rights. Read more
Jul. 9, 2009
The Mattapan Board of Trade held a community meeting on Tuesday night at the Mattapan Library regarding emerging plans to seek admission into the cityâ€™s Main Streets program. The meeting â€” which began as a simple overview and call-to-arms for winning Main Streets designation for the neighborhoodâ€” turned into a standoff between the Mattapan Board of Trade and Morton Street Village Board of Commerce, which has also held meetings to organize local residents and merchants around the idea of securing a Main Streets designation for the neighborhood. Read more
One proclaims he'll be a "Dot Rat" for life. Another notes he purchased the house he grew up in near Grove Hall. And another just moved in from the Back Bay part of Boston. Almost lost among the number and diversity of candidates running for City Council At-Large is the fact that nearly half of the fifteen live in Dorchester. Read more
Jul. 9, 2009
â€œI pressed the â€˜stop,â€™ donâ€™t cha know, driver!â€ called a woman from the back of the bus.
Everyone along the MBTAâ€™s Route 28 bus route seems to have a story about the almost hour-long ordeal that is a ride between the lineâ€™s terminal stations, Mattapan Square and Ruggles -- from overcrowding to unreliable schedules to missed stops to a strong sense of insecurity.
The Mass. Executive Office of Transit has set out to rectify the long-standing criticisms of the 28 line with its proposed 28X enhancement project, designed to streamline the crowded, often chaotic route. At four community meetings last month, community members voiced concerns about the construction, noise, safety, parking, and the effect of the undertaking on local businesses. The overall sentiment reflected a lack of trust between the community and the T. Read more
A 3.5 year-old German Shorthaired Pointer named "Emma" who went missing after escaping from its dog sitters on Wednesday (July 8) from Victory Rd. park was found near Franklin Park on Saturday morning.
The pooch had last been seen heading north on Mill St. away from CVS on Morrissey Blvd around noon on Wednesday. Described as friendly, Emma has a chocolate colored head and body with white ticking.
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Colorful kites take to the sky this year as the Boston Natural Areas Network hosts the 15th annual Neponset River Greenway Festival. The main event of this yearâ€™s free riverfest is the â€œKites on the Riverâ€ event, held at Pope John Paul II Park on Saturday, August 22. Expert kite flyers, show kites and even a kite ballet set to music will be a part of the event sponsored by BNAN, Sea Side Kites, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreations and Oldies 103. Read more
Jul. 3, 2009
â€œAll the cameras were probably the toughest part,â€ said Dorchester native Erin Lyder about her experience on national television. Lyder is a finalist on the Gospel Channelâ€™s Gospel Dream talent search. The 24-year old vocalist and Berklee graduate drove with her parents for two days to the audition in Atlanta before advancing to the top ten.
â€œWhen I got there, there were so many talented people and I had a background in R&B and Urban. It was intimidating, but I just had to focus on God,â€ Lyder said. Read more
â€œDo I have memories of Franklin Park? One day my mother, Mary Callahan, who worked at the golf pro shop, met my father, John Burke, where he worked at The Refectory, which our family owned. The result was me! I owe my existence to Franklin Park.â€
Last Monday Gerry Burke, owner of Doyleâ€™s CafÃ© in Jamaica Plain, welcomed fellow Franklin Park enthusiasts to a book signing party for â€œFranklin Park,â€ the latest paperback issued by Arcadia Publishing, the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Read more
Jul. 3, 2009
Close to 200 residents of Roxbury and Dorchester came to St. Patrickâ€™s Church last Wednesday evening to elect representatives for the board of directors of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI). One by one, the 42 candidates, spanning three generations and a wide range of cultural backgrounds, walked to the pulpit and asked for their communityâ€™s support. And for nearly two hours, the residents in the crowd listened and marked their choices on the ballots. Read more
UMass-Boston will host an afternoon of international soccer today, July 9. The event, set from 12-3 p.m. will start with a noontime tournament featuring Tall Ships crew members and naval cadets from Uruguay, Brazil, Romania and Portugal. The event also includes a soccer clinic for kids run by the Boston Breakers. The free clinic runs from 1:30- 3 p.m. It's all happening at the campus's soccer fields. Check online to make sure all is still a go. Read more