URGENT: Boil Water Order includes Dot, Mattapan

Residents in Dorchester and Mattapan are urged to boil water before drinking this afternoon after a water main break in Weston, MA prompted the Mass Water Resources Authority to activate its back-up water supply. The MWRA says that water now available in Boston and surrounding communities east of Weston is safe for bathing, but not for drinking- unless the water is boiled first. The agency is urging residents to try to conserve water use. Updates will be posted at the MWRA's emergency  Read more

Morrissey Blvd. bridge open

Apr. 30, 2010

The Morrissey Boulevard drawbridge has been fixed, state transportation officials said Friday afternoon.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation made the announcement at around 3:30 p.m. on its Twitter account.

The Morrissey Boulevard Bridge was stuck in an upright position Friday afternoon, sending traffic on either side down onto Freeport Street and Dorchester side-streets.  Read more

Fields Corner residents air woes on flooding

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission came in for a drubbing Tuesday night from members of the Fields Corner Civic Association who aired their gripes about the agency’s role in the flooding that accompanied last month’s heavy rainfall.

“At first, Boston Water and Sewer wanted to tell me it was ground water. Okay, well, ground water does not come in as fast, ground water does not come through a hole in a cast iron sewer line,” said Alan Issokson from H. Levenbaum Companies Real Estate and Insurance on Dorchester Ave, whose building was flooded by about five feet of water.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Mulling a mayoral scrum in 2013; GOP Govs disparaging Cahill run

Time for some absurdly premature and reckless speculation about the mayor’s race in 2013.

Mayor Thomas Menino’s hiring of state Rep. Marie St. Fleur as his chief of advocacy and strategic investment set tongues wagging inside and outside the walls of City Hall last week, with some believing he in essence picked his successor. (Assuming, of course, that Menino does not run for a sixth term, which remains unclear.)  Read more

St. Fleur joining Menino cabinet

State Rep. Marie St. Fleur, an Uphams Corner Democrat who announced in February that she wouldn’t be running for reelection, will join Mayor Thomas Menino’s cabinet this summer.

As Menino’s chief of advocacy and strategic investment, she will coordinate education, job creation, and immigration initiatives supported by local, state, and federal programs and investments. St. Fleur will be succeeding Michael Contompasis, who is stepping down as director of Menino’s Intergovernmental Relations Office for work in the private sector.  Read more

Candidate lineups begin to shape up

Freshman state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain) appears likely to face opposition this year, with Democrat Hassan Williams making it onto the ballot. Another Democrat, Don C. Dingle, has submitted signatures as part a challenge to state Sen. Jack Hart (D - South Boston) according to the City Elections Department.  Read more

City is facing House action on library closings; Amendments cutting funding expected to pass; BPL responds

House lawmakers expect to pass amendments to their version of the state budget this week demanding that the city keep all 26 libraries open. Boston Public Library officials, in turn, say the amendments could lead to further cutbacks and layoffs.  Read more

Port Norfolk lot rehab still stalled; cleanup needed; funding on hold

Residents of Dorchester’s Port Norfolk neighborhood have been waiting too long for the clean-up of a 14-acre lot for about 30 years, they say. And it appears they’ll have to wait a while longer. “That’s been put off about a year,” said Wendy Fox, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, the agency that owns the property.  Read more

Police say Dorchester Amber Alert is fake

The Boston Police Department reports that Internet messages about a 3-year-old boy from Dorchester being abducted are untrue.  Read more

Lit cigarette sets three decker on fire

The Boston Fire Department reports "a discarded cigarette" on a porch started a fire at 97 Welles Ave. Saturday night that left 13 people homeless and left one firefighter with a knee injury.  Read more

Neighbors Join Neighbors to Make Dorchester Shine

Pitching-in to Clean-up: Neighbors from the Ashmont/Adams neighborhood gathered for a photo after spending the morning Saturday helping to clean-up the public spaces. Working in concert with the City of Boston, hundreds of residents joined some 25 the volunteer projects across Dorchester and Mattaoan. ( Ed Forry photo.)Pitching-in to Clean-up: Neighbors from the Ashmont/Adams neighborhood gathered for a photo after spending the morning Saturday helping to clean-up the public spaces. Working in concert with the City's "Boston Shines" program, hundreds of residents came together to assist with some 25 volunteer projects across Dorchester and Mattapan. ( Ed Forry photo.)

Rep. St. Fleur joins Menino administration

Gintautas Dumcius
Apr. 23, 2010

State Rep. Marie St. Fleur, who announced earlier this year she isn't running for re-election, will join Mayor Thomas Menino's cabinet, the mayor's office said Friday.  Read more

Immigration chief pushes eligible Haitians to apply for legal status

The nation’s top immigration official appealed for help last week as his agency struggles to convince undocumented Haitian nationals living in the U.S. before last January’s earthquake to apply for temporary legal status. Ali Mayorkas, director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), addressed a gathering of immigration lawyers and activists at the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in downtown Boston last Friday.  Read more

In the Courts, on the Streets

Two charged with murder in courthouse parking lot

Boston Police last week charged two men for a murder last month in the parking lot used by visitors to Dorchester District Court.
One of the two suspects, Mario H. Burns, 37, had been arrested two weeks ago as an accessory after the fact for the March 29 murder of Charles Cantave of Hyde Park. Also charged today with his murder: Cornelius Evans, 35.  Read more

Bill Roper, Granite Ave. fixture, is calling it quits; Illness – and time help with decision

By Ed Forry Reporter, Publisher
Apr. 22, 2010

When the new year dawned in January, Bill Roper made his way to his place of business on Granite Avenue, just as he had for the better part of the last five decades.  Read more

Councillors want compliance with construction standards

A correction has been appended to this article.

A city panel that monitors developers and contractors for compliance with construction employment standards would have to submit monthly reports to the mayor and City Council under a local ordinance councillors are proposing.  Read more

Neponset update: ‘So far, so good’

State transportation officials say it’s too early to tell what the effects of re-constructing the Neponset River Bridge are going to be on traffic. Construction started on the 40-year-old bridge, which connects Quincy and Dorchester, last week, leading to several lanes being shut down on bridge that sees 70,700 vehicles every day.

Ann Dufresne, a transportation department spokeswoman, said officials have not yet seen a need to alter their plan for lane closures. “That tells us so far so good,” she told the Reporter yesterday.  Read more

Off X-way billboard proposal stirs fuss

Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 22, 2010

The decision of the McCormack Civic Association’s board of directors to share revenue generated by a proposed billboard with other local civic organizations drew heat from association members Tuesday.  Read more

Maintenance is focus of city capital plans

Repairs to a 108-year-old building in Uphams Corner. Extensive fixes to the masonry of the Boston Adult Technical Academy in Mattapan. And a new schoolyard at the Mather School, the first public elementary school in America, in the Meetinghouse Hill section of Dorchester.

Those are some of the projects included in the five-year capital plan Mayor Thomas Menino is proposing. The city is expected to spend $131 million in fiscal year 2011 on capital expenditures. Much of the plan, filed as a companion to the city’s $2.5 billion operating budget, focuses on maintenance.  Read more

12 Boston reps step into dispute on library closings

Offer amendments to make $3M for BPL in state budget contingent on all staying open

As a neighborhood campaign gears up to stop the proposed closing of the Lower Mills library, lawmakers in the House are making a bid to withhold money from the city unless city officials can guarantee that none of the 26 Boston libraries will be shut down. Twelve House lawmakers who represent Boston neighborhoods have filed amendments to the House’s version of the state budget that would send $3 million to the Boston Public Library system, the sum being contingent on the city not closing any libraries.  Read more

No bail for man charged with beating, kicking and burning pregnant girlfriend

Jose Jobson of Chelsea was ordered held without bail today on charges he beat his pregnant girlfriend so badly at a Dorchester apartment that doctors had to induce labor to save the baby, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. The baby, a girl, is doing fine, a spokesman said today.  Read more

Man murdered on Irma Street

The Boston Police Department reports a man found with a gunshot wound around 7 p.m. on Sunday at 20 Irma St. was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center not long after.

Police said he was 22 and black, but declined further identification.

The murder is the fourth in a year in an area stretching three blocks on either side of Blue Hill Avenue.  Read more

Police reunite wandering toddler with parents

The Boston Police Department says detectives and the state Department of Children and Families want to know why it took the girl's parents almost five hours to call 911 to report their daughter missing Sunday.  Read more

Morton Street fire sends two firefighters to the hospital

A fast-moving stove fire at 911 Morton Street quickly went to three alarms and left one firefighter with a cut hand and another with exhaustion, the Boston Fire Department says.  Read more

House lawmakers push to prevent library closures

Gintautas Dumcius
Apr. 16, 2010

House lawmakers are pushing to save four libraries slated for closure in the city's fiscal 2011 budget. In a bid to keep the libraries open, twelve House lawmakers who represent Boston filed amendments Friday to the House's version of the state budget that send $3 million to the Boston Public Library system.  Read more