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Getting cool with Shakespeare

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 18, 2010

Tackling the work of William Shakespeare can be a challenge for students on too many levels to mention. But for one Codman Academy Charter Public School tenth-grader, her ability to both understand and perform Shakespeare has brought recognition to her and her school.

Amose Pierre, 17, recently recited her way to the state finals in the English Speaking Union’s national Shakespeare Competition, which has attracted some 250,000 student performers since 1983.  Read more

MWRA rates seen rising

By 
State House News Service
Feb. 18, 2010

MWRA water and sewer retail rates – the amount communities charge homeowners and businesses -- increased an average of 5.3 percent last year even though actual water usage continued to decline, dropping by 3.7 percent for the year, according to a rate survey released Tuesday.  Read more

UMass signs agreement to buy Bayside Expo for $18.7M

Updated 2/18 2:15 p.m.- UMass-Boston has completed the purchase and sales agreement in its acquisition of the Bayside Expo Center on Columbia Point, the university announced on Wednesday, A spokesman for the University of Massachusetts Building Authority said the purchase price is $18.7 million.  Read more

National Wholesale Liquidators to re-open 'sometime in April'

By 
State House News Service
Feb. 17, 2010

The National Wholesale Liquidators (NWL) retail store at 735 Morrissey Blvd. will reopen for business, the Reporter was told this week.

The discount retailer that specializes in a no-frills shopping experience closed its doors in early 2009 after the company had filed for Chap. 11 bankruptcy protection on Nov. 10, 2008. At the time, NWL operated some 50 stores, most of them in the northeast.  Read more

BREAKING NEWS- UMass and Bayside Expo agree on sale

UMass-Boston has completed the purchase and sales agreement in its acquisition of the Bayside Expo Center on Columbia Point, the university announced yesterday while withholding the price of the deal.  Read more

Early morning shooting injures two

The Boston Police Department reports two people werre shot around 2:45 this morning at 21 Levant St.  Read more

Pets die when child sets house on fire while playing with matches

The Boston Fire Department reports a child playing with matches at 24-26 Hopkins St. started a fire around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday that did an estimated $75,000 damage.  Read more

14-year-old shot to death on Cummins Highway

Boston Police report the teenager was murdered around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 10) in front of 619 Cummins Highway.  Read more

An Editorial Comment: Omigod! Snow! What to Do?

By 
Ed Forry
Feb. 10, 2010

The weather prognosticators were agog this week with their predictions of the modest snowstorm that arrived here Wednesday afternoon.

All week long, these highly trained meteorologists and their anchor-people partners in the media have been steadily raising anxiety levels of their listeners with their forecasts of the mid-week snowfall they were certain would come.  Read more

College Bound Dorchester is still on message: College can be for you

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 10, 2010

After 45 years of service to the community, Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses changed its name last week the better to reflect what the organization is all about. Now called College Bound Dorchester, the nonprofit organization announced the name change as the final element of a year-long re-branding process.  Read more

Patrick tends to staffing; Dot residents filling key slots

Facing a rocky re-election battle, Gov. Deval Patrick is beefing up his campaign staff, including some familiar faces from Boston’s political scene. Patrick, a Milton Democrat, has also hired a Dorchester resident as a deputy campaign manager with a focus on community relations.  Read more

Dot2Dot menu is offering connections to people, and Euro-American cuisine

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 10, 2010

Dot2Dot: Karen Henry Garrett with some of her homemade bread at Dot2Dot Cafe. 	   Photo by Sue AsciDot2Dot: Karen Henry Garrett with some of her homemade bread at Dot2Dot Cafe. Photo by Sue Asci  Read more

Activities abound for vacation week

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 10, 2010

There will be lots to do in Dorchester for kids of all ages during next week’s school vacation. From swimming to snow-shoeing and storytelling and dance, the city, its libraries, community schools and other organizations have lined up a variety of free-time activities.  Read more

Man charged with Mattapan carjacking

The Boston Police Department reports arresting a local man on carjacking charges Monday morning - after Quincy police picked him up following a failed carjacking.  Read more

Rep. Willie Mae Allen will not seek re-election

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, Contributing Reporter
Feb. 9, 2010

Rep. Willie Mae AllenRep. Willie Mae AllenRep. Willie Mae Allen, who represents parts of Dorchester and Mattapan in the state Legislature, will not seek re-election this year. The Mattapan resident, who has been elected twice to represent the Sixth Suffolk district, told the Reporter's Lit Drop blog today that she will retire at the end of this year's session.

Dorchester teen wanted for multiple stabbings arrested in Revere manhunt

Massachusetts State Police report capturing Darius Young, 16, wanted for stabbing three women and a girl on 21 Roseclair St. on Feb. 3.  Read more

Teen sought for five stabbings

The Boston Police Department is looking for Darius D. Young, 15, whom they say has stabbed five people in two incidents.  Read more

Two-alarm fire leaves 13 homeless

The Boston Fire Department reports a two-alarm fire caused by a discarded cigarette forced 13 residents of 11 Althea St. into the cold around 7:30 this morning.

Nobody was injured in the fire, sparked by a cigraette on the third-flooor porch, the department says, adding the fire caused roughly $150,000 in damage.

B-3 Police officer in Prof. Gates controversy is terminated

The Boston Police Department announced today it has terminated Justin Barrett, an Area B-3 officer who sent a mass e-mail last year with racially derogatory terms about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.

Police Commissioner Ed Davis said in a statement he could not allow somebody like Barrett to remain on the force:  Read more

C-11 police issue alert after attempted assault at Shawmut station

By 
Staff
Feb. 4, 2010

Boston Police at Dorchester's Area C-11 issued a "citizen alert" today after a reported indecent assault and battery yesterday (Feb. 3) morning near Shawmut MBTA station.  Read more

Police seek man for indecent assault near Shawmut T stop

The Boston Police Department reports it is looking for a man who exposed himself to a woman on Centre Street around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and then grabbed her buttocks.  Read more

Remembering Judgie

Remembering Judgie: The family of Judgie Leary, who died in December, gathered at Florian Hall last Friday along with nearly 1,000 friends and neighbors who came out to remember the Dorchester native and union official. Pictured above is Judgie's widow Gayle with her family:Remembering Judgie: The family of Judgie Leary, who died in December, gathered at Florian Hall last Friday along with nearly 1,000 friends and neighbors who came out to remember the Dorchester native and union official. Pictured above is Judgie’s widow Gayle with her family:

Oiste’s Negretti will step down in fall; political run seen possible; lots of ifs

The head of a top Latino political organization is stepping down in September. “It’s just time,” said, Giovanna Negretti, who has helmed Oiste since it started a decade ago. “You just feel it in your gut.”

Oiste – which translated from Spanish means “Have you heard?” – has sought to increase Latino political power within the Bay State. She said she did not yet know what she will be doing come September; “the scariest thing is not knowing what’s next,” she told the Reporter.  Read more

Fretting over cuts in budget

For social services lobbyist Judy Meredith, lawmakers reviewing Gov. Deval Patrick’s state budget as they craft their own versions have two choices: “More cuts, or more revenues.”  Read more

Students from JP II making choices after closing of campus

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 4, 2010

With open houses being held throughout the area as part of Catholic Schools Week, families of students who have been attending the Pope John Paul II Academy’s Central school are busy selecting other academy campuses in Dorchester for opening day next fall.

They are reacting to the recent announcement that the central campus, located on the site of the former St. Mark’s Grammar School, will be closed in June due to insufficient enrollment and the poor economy.  Read more