New exhibits to open at Historical Society, This Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Dorchester Historical Society at 195 Boston St. will be open this coming Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for tours of several newly installed exhibits. Following the tours, the Society’s Annual Meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and will include a slide lecture by Robert Severy on the subject of Diverse Dorchester.
The public and society members can take this opportunity to view the new exhibits, which include displays from Baker Chocolate history, the Huebener Brick collection, a newly-enlarged Dorchester Pottery setting, and a new Roswell Gleason Pewter showing.
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Reporter's Notebook: Rev. Wall sees some clergy as ‘house pastors’ for mayor

The controversial Rev. Bruce Wall has long demanded a “state of emergency" be declared in Boston over homicides. This week he planned to meet with several city councillors – including Council President Michael Ross – and sing and pray outside the council chambers to bring attention to his cause.  Read more

New exhibit hails JFK’s W. Va. primary win in 1960

Ed Forry, Publisher
May. 13, 2010

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the history-making year when John Fitzgerald Kennedy embarked on a nationwide campaign to win the nomination of his party for he Presidency.

To commemorate the political events of 1960, Dorchester’s JFK Library has embarked on a day-by-day observance of Kennedy’s march to his win over Richard Nixon in November, beginning with the remarkable triumph of the Catholic Kennedy in the West Virginia primary, where the electorate was 95 percent Protestant.  Read more

Turner a ‘no’ as City Council waits for analysis of firefighter pact

A district councillor this week became the first member of the City Council to oppose the raise awarded to Boston firefighters through arbitration, as his colleagues await a pair of analyses on the matter.

The 13-member City Council has been struggling with the question of whether they should approve the raise, constituting 19 percent over four years in exchange for random drug and alcohol testing. Last week, an independent arbitrator released a report outlining his reasons for the decision to award the raise to the firefighters.  Read more

‘More than 6’ public schools in Boston likely to close

Mayor Thomas Menino’s education chief says “more than six” schools likely to be on the chopping block this year as she struggles with a budget that has rising health care costs, contains contracts up for renegotiation, and can’t depend on federal stimulus funds.  Read more

Fugitive teen captured on Deven Street

State House News Service
May. 12, 2010

State Police announced Wednesday afternoon that they have captured Jeremy Price, the teen indicted on manslaughter charges who escaped from a program on the grounds of Tewksbury State Hospital Monday night. Price was captured by the violent fugitive unit at 109 Deven Street in Dorchester after a two-day search, police said.  Read more

NNN report: Church divide seen in response to murders

Reporter Staff
May. 12, 2010

Chris Lovett of Neighborhood Network News reports on the reaction of church leaders— some of whom claim they have been deliberately left out of city-led meetings — as officials attempt to mount a response to a series of recent murders , including Saturday's shooting death of a 14 year-old Dorchester youth.

Church Divide in Response to Violence from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Nine face charges for attack on developmentally disabled teen in Fields Corner

Nine people, ranging in age from 15 to 21, are charged with surrounding and attacking a 19-year-old from Mattapan on Parkman Street around 5 p.m. on Monday, kicking and beating him even as he lay on the ground, curled into a ball, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and the Boston Police Department. He was treated for injuries not considered life threatening, the District Attorney's office says.  Read more

Man dies after being shot repeatedly

The Boston Police Department reports officers found a man with multiple gunshot wounds at Dorchester Avenue and Roseland Street around 6:30 p.m. on Friday.  Read more

Council pressing for delay on library closures

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
May. 7, 2010

Members of the City Council are pressing for a one-year delay of library closures, City Councillor Maureen Feeney said this week. Feeney, attending a May 5 meeting of library closure opponents from across the city, said councilors had been in talks with the Menino administration about the delay.  Read more

Campaign to halt library closings ramps up

Reporter Staff
May. 7, 2010

Chris Lovett of Neighborhood Network News filed this report on the continuing campaign to halt the planned closings of four branch libraries, including the one in Dorchester Lower Mills.

Library Supporters Start Sign Campaign from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

A Souvenir of Sorts

Kendra Stanton Lee, Special to the Reporter
May. 6, 2010

I remember the night my parents told us about that souvenir they had placed on layaway at Disney World. It was going to take a few more months to arrive. They weren't sure what it was. Only that it was coming during that summer of 1988.

It was all very confusing. I, however, was wise in my seven years. I refused to ask further about this so-called souvenir's pending arrival.  Read more

Review of Caritas transfer begins with formal filing of sale

Gintautas Dumcius
May. 6, 2010

A for-profit equity firm’s proposal to acquire Caritas Christi, the Catholic hospital network that owns and operates the Carney and five other hospitals, was formally filed Thursday with the state attorney general’s office, launching a review process that will include a hearing on the proposal in Dorchester.  Read more

Meditation on an Irish Family Story

Ed Forry Reporter, Publisher
May. 6, 2010

Following is the speech BIR Publisher Ed Forry gave after he received the Eire Society’s Gold Medal Award last Friday night at the society’s annual banquet in the rooftop room of the Parker House.

I think it was Army General Barry McCaffrey who said, “When I get a very generous introduction like that, I explain that I’m emotionally moved, but on the other hand I’m Irish and we Irish are very emotionally moved. My father was Irish and he would cry during beer commercials.”  Read more

Dorchester eateries win some, lose some during water crisis

Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
May. 6, 2010

‘New phase’ for UMass, says Motley; Pledges to ‘engage’

UMass-Boston Chancellor Keith Motley this week said the university’s purchase of the Bayside Exposition Center is part of a “new phase” for the campus acting independently, while acknowledging the move took many in the community by surprise and led to “unavoidable fallout.”

In his annual State of the University address to students, faculty and staff, Motley made his most extensive remarks yet on the $18.7 million purchase, which is still being finalized.  Read more

St. Mark’s School building on block; pastor mulling uses

Four score and seven years after St. Mark’s founding pastor, Rev. John A. Daly, opened them, the doors to the parish grammar will close for good next month.

Built to accommodate the children of Father Daly’s rapidly growing flock of parishioners in the 1920s, and in its heyday during the 1940s and 1950s a Monday-Friday learning place for up to 1,000 students, all led in lessons and prayer by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the school has lost its place in a time of retrenchment and consolidation for the once-broad school system of the archdiocese of Boston.  Read more

Dot centers get summer jobs funds

St. Peter’s Teen Center will be one of 16 programs receiving $100,000 for summer jobs for at-risk youth, Attorney General Martha Coakley said this week. The funding overall will lead to the creation of 64 jobs for Bay State teens, according to her office. The money comes on top of $1.5 million in grants awarded in December.

Dorchester’s Bird Street Community Center will also be receiving funding, as will programs in Allston, Jamaica Plain, Chelsea, Fall River, Lowell, Methuen, Springfield, Worcester, New Bedford and Holyoke.  Read more

Man seeks water, finds same

The first place where we looked for water was at National Wholesale Liquidators on Morrissey Blvd, though we went there mainly to buy a couple of basins for washing dishes. We ended up getting a couple of basins and something that looked like a wide, clear-plastic salad bowl, with enough radius for a frying-pan. There were stacks of bottled liquids that, as I expected, turned out to be some semblance of fruit juice. I was momentarily distracted by some clear plastic containers that would normally be used for water, except the water wasn’t included.  Read more

Flaherty fundraiser set ... but for what?

Former City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty is back on the fundraising trail, with one scheduled for May 20 at Anthony’s Pier 4. But it’s the title that accompanied the fund-raiser invite hitting mailboxes of potential donors that has some inside and outside City Hall buzzing: “A Time to Gear Up.” Which had some wondering…gearing up for what, specifically?

The next mayor’s race will be in 2013. The closer municipal election is in 2011, when the City Council, including all four at-large seats, is on the ballot.  Read more

Church abandons assembly hall plan for Savin Hill Ave.; condo instead

The Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association this week signed off on a project converting a two-family home on Savin Hill Ave. to a three-family condo. The proposal drew three dissenting votes at a Monday night meeting of the association at the Little House, which was attended by about two dozen people.  Read more

Jane Money is doubling up on choirs this month

You might say that Dot music-lovers will be doubling their Money this month.

In coming weeks, Melville Park resident Jane Money, founder of the Boston City Singers (BCS), will be leading two free presentations at the Strand -- first in her role as founder and artistic director of the BCS and  then as choir director for the John Paul II Academy Choir as part of the Dorchester/Strand debut of the Boston Classical Orchestra.  Read more

Lower Mills restaurant looking to expand

Only a few months old, Ledge, 2261 Dorchester Ave., is seeking to expand. The Boston Licensing Board is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a request from the restaurant to add 76 seats to its existing 140. The restaurant also wants to extend closing time on its 60-seat outdoor patio from 11 p.m. to midnight.

Ledge opened last August on the former site of Donovan's Village restaurant.

Tap water safe to drink again; search for answers begins in earnest

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
May. 4, 2010

About 2 million residents in metropolitan Boston – in every municipality except Saugus – received the go-ahead early Tuesday morning to drink their tap water after clearing their pipes, three days after a major pipe breach disrupted operations and raised questions about the stability of the state’s infrastructure.
Gov. Deval Patrick’s office announced at 4 a.m. that nearly all cities and towns in the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority were cleared to use water “for all purposes.”  Read more