Aug. 28, 2009
Transportation Secretary James Aloisi, who opened a board meeting quoting Thomas Jefferson a few weeks ago, went overseas and into a little more-recent history in his feud with then-MBTA General Manager Daniel Grabauskas, telling aides last month in e-mails the Globe obtained through the wondrous public records law and published on August 18, â€œIf this is our 1939, I sure as heck am not going to allow myself to be Poland.â€ Thatâ€™s when deputy secretary Brian Murphy wrote back, â€œI would say you want to be more Churchill than Chamberlain.â€ Read more
Here are five thoughts looking for a place to land.
So, Billy Sullivan and Jim Nance have been selected for the Patriotsâ€™ own cozy Hall of Fame. Leading only to the question, how in the name of common sense could it have taken so long? Theyâ€™ve had the thing the better part of 20 years now. Sullivan should have been one of the first anointed, with Nance following not too far behind. Read more
Back-to-school fever is hardly just for the young. Scores of Dot seniors who still love to learn are anticipating going to UMass for special classes this fall.
Wichian Rojanawon, PhD, Director of the universityâ€™s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute or OLLI Program, conservatively estimates that 10 percent of the 600+ OLLI membership will again come from Dorchester/Mattapan.
The no-pressure courses meet once a week during the day and last anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks. Field and theater trips, bring-your-own-lunch special lectures, and social events are other options. Read more
Aug. 27, 2009
Polling locations in Dorchester â€“ and South Boston - will stay the same for the 2009 municipal elections, the cityâ€™s election chief said this week. City-wide, there will be only one move: from the BPLâ€™s Academy Hill branch, which is undergoing extensive repair, to the Veronica Smith Senior Center, around the corner and on Chestnut Hill Ave. in Allston-Brighton. Read more
ear that Senator Kennedy had died during the night on Tuesday, though his death was not unexpected.
Following are reactions to the news in Dorchester as gathered by the Reporter staff Wednesday morning.
Bret Lipow, originally from New York:â€¨ â€œI think they have a big problem, because they have nobody really representing them in the Senate at kind of a crucial time. Iâ€™m not really sure whatâ€™s going to happen with that, but I hope it works out.â€
â€œI wanted to say a few words this morning about the passing of an extraordinary leader, Senator Edward Kennedy. Over the past several years, Iâ€™ve had the honor to call Teddy a colleague, a counselor, and a friend. And even though we have known this day was coming for some time now, we awaited it with no small amount of dread. Read more
A longtime Codman Square pharmacist defended himself this week against an indictment by a federal grand jury accusing him of Medicaid fraud. Amadiegwu "Joe" Onujiogu, who lives in Randolph and owns a pharmacy on 624 Washington St., was charged with paying a percentage to customers to bring prescriptions to his pharmacy and then not giving them the medication, while submitting paperwork to collect funds from Medicaid.
"I have been a pharmacist for 30 years," he said, standing outside the Joseph Moakley Courthouse after a Monday hearing. "I have done my very best." Read more
Long-awaited and longer-needed improvements to Dorchester Avenue will begin as early as this fall, thanks to the federal governmentâ€™s plan to stimulate infrastructure projects across the nation. The $16.47 million road project will be funded in total by the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act championed by President Barack Obama and passed by Congress earlier this year. Read more
Most members of the Dorchester delegation are adopting the same stance as their legislative leaders, staying mum on whether Beacon Hill should acquiesce to U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedyâ€™s request to give Gov. Deval Patrick the power to temporarily replace him should the seat become vacant. The request became public a week before he died on Wednesday, after a lengthy battle with terminal brain cancer. Read more
Aug. 27, 2009
Mayor Thomas Menino used the occasion of a Tuesday visit to Codman Square to discuss the controversial federal economic stimulus act that he said has directly led to 1,349 new jobs in the city and the preservation of another 317, according to new city data. Read more
Correction: Father Larner will be lying in repose at St/ Ann's Church today (August 27th) from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rev. James M. Larner, a Dorchester original who never left home for long, died at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday. He was 78 and had not been in the best of health for several years before suffering a heart attack in June. Read more
Aug. 21, 2009
The nasty little alchemy of seemingly endless transportation bureaucracy back-biting and a public and media hyper-tuned to whiffs of government waste and mismanagement culminated last week in the outing of a years-long practice at the MBTA of giving an elderly handicapped man a ride to and from meetings.
The T, derided forever for lousy service and callousness to the handicapped, is now exposed for providing service for a disabled octogenarian. A wonderful coda to whatâ€™s been a high-minded debate over the fate of the stateâ€™s transportation system. Read more
August Wilsonâ€™s decade-by-decade ten-play cycle of the African-American experience in the last century has been widely acclaimed as one of the towering achievements of modern American theater. Bostonâ€™s Huntington Theatre Company (HTC) played an integral part in Wilsonâ€™s play development process, producing eight of his ten works before transferring them to New York. Read more
Aug. 20, 2009
With the scarcity of disposable income these days, organic and fair trade food shoppers may be wondering if social justice is worth the often higher prices at farmersâ€™ markets. Nevertheless, markets in Dorchester and Mattapan are working to strike a balance between affordable local produce and fair prices for the farms that provide the goods. Read more
"It'll help the neighborhood. It fits." So pronounced one patron at the long-awaited opening last Friday of a new Lower Mills restaurant and bar - Ledge Kitchen and Drinks - on the former site of Donovan's Village restaurant at 2261 Dorchester Avenue.
The introduction of Ledge, as it is called, adds to the growing collections of tasteful and tasty dining options in the neighborhood that offer, clients say, downtown-quality food without the inflated prices and haughty attitudes of Newbury Street or the South End. Read more
At any given time in Dorchester, traffic hassles can add a snag to your day. Street improvements, neighborhood cleanups, detours, repaving, water and sewer renovations â€“ they all cause unexpected delays and disruption to the neighborhood.
With an eye to spotlighting the pace of all these projects in Dorchester, the Reporter will begin next week to publish summaries and updates on on-going construction projects.
Following is a list of public works said by the city to be in process: Read more
Aug. 20, 2009
Mayor Thomas Menino faces off next week in a television debate against the three candidates attempting to unseat him. It will be the first of three such match-ups.
So what can viewers expect from the Aug. 26 debate? Political observers say the four-term incumbent will be the main target, of course. But they also say City Councillors At-Large Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon could end up turning on one another, as each one attempts to make the case that heâ€™s the one who can take down Menino on November 3, after the Sept. 22 preliminary narrows the field to two candidates. Read more
Early last Monday evening, the Hemenway Playground was abuzz with activity. On a day when the afternoon temps had reached the low 90s, and the yearâ€™s first heat wave was in its first day, the Hemey was teeming with locals out for an eveningâ€™s workout. Read more