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Getting creative to keep DotArt alive in ‘10

Artistic types from the “starving painter in the garret” to the Broadway hopeful who waits tables have traditionally learned to cope with financial problems by applying their gift of creativity.  Read more

2009: The year in politics

For political junkies, the year 2010 will be, to steal a phrase that U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano borrowed himself, "manna from heaven." All six constitutional offices -- governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, attorney general, secretary of state and auditor -- could see spirited races, as could other positions down the ballot. And for that, political junkies can a tip a collective hat to the year 2009, which in some ways was a set-up year, when intense plotting followed the major events.  Read more

Bayside manager: Shows will go on through spring

The potential sale of the Bayside Expo Center to UMass-Boston will not impact the roster of scheduled events planned for the venue in the first four months of 2010, according to the facility’s management.
In a statement issued on Monday, Bayside manager Tom Ballantine said that the venue has several shows booked through April— including the World of Wheels and a Food and Wine expo.  Read more

Ross moves to review city charter with Tobin as chair

Newly-reelected City Council President Michael Ross kicked off his second one-year term with a call for members to review the city's charter. The review is the first in nearly a half-century, and follows an intense debate in December over whether to place limits on how long the mayor and council members can stay in office.

West Roxbury District Councilor John Tobin, who was an early proponent of term limits, will chair a special committee charged with the review. Nonpartisan voting rights group MassVOTE, which also pushed for term limits, is also expected to be involved.  Read more

Benefit seeks to reunite St. Margaret’s hospital ‘alums’

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 7, 2010

Supporters of St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center are calling on all alumni –those who were born at St. Margaret’s Hospital, that is – to participate in a fundraising event Feb. 6. to support St. Mary’s.
In a first-of-its-kind event, the “St. Margaret’s Hospital Ultimate Reunion” hopes to bring together people who were born at the former St. Margaret’s Hospital.
The event, which will include music and dancing, will be held at The Estate, at One Boylston Place, in Boston.  Read more

Walsh eyes Secretary of State seat; 'ifs' abound

There are quite a few “ifs” involved. But if Attorney General Martha Coakley wins her bid to replace the late Edward Kennedy in the U.S. Senate, and if current Secretary of State William Galvin moves to succeed her, Savin Hill’s Marty Walsh will run for Secretary of State.
Walsh has been a state representative on Beacon Hill since 1997, when he won a special election to succeed Jim Brett in the House of Representatives. A young Coakley, who lived in Popes Hill at the time, also ran. It was the last race that the prosecutor would lose.  Read more

School committee post for Barros

Add this to week full of firsts: On top of the City Council's increased diversity and a milestone for the city's chief executive, the first person of Cape Verdean descent was appointed to the city's School Committee.

Dorchester's John Barros, the executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, was among two new members that Mayor Thomas Menino appointed this month to the seven-member board. The other appointee is Mary Tamer, from West Roxbury, who writes for the Harvard Graduate School of Education and other local colleges.  Read more

Lag in fund-raising stresses non-profits

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 7, 2010

While economic indicators may point to a turnaround in the recession, many Dorchester non-profit organizations continue to struggle with less funding coming in from public and private sources.

Indeed, the fourth quarter has traditionally been a boom time for many organizations as donors often wait until the last weeks of the year to make their charitable donations and secure a tax deduction.

But the relentless recession has caused a slowdown in donations and a reduction in grant money from foundations hit hard in the market downturn.  Read more

Five-termer Menino to put focus on ‘innovation’ and education

Mayor Menino took to the lectern at Faneuil Hall on Monday to deliver his fifth inaugural address to a full house. City of Boston photoMayor Menino took to the lectern at Faneuil Hall on Monday to deliver his fifth inaugural address to a full house.  Read more

City begins process to strip C.F. Donovan's liquor license

The Boston Licensing Board has started proceedings that could end with bar owner Arthur Donovan losing his valuable liquor license for his C. F. Donovan's Bar and restaurant on Savin Hill Ave.

Donovan is already close to losing another liquor license he's held for nearly three years for a Cleary Square, Hyde Park restaurant that has never opened. The city closed his popular Dorchester location in November for failing to make payments on $300,000 in city loans used to get the Hyde Park location open.  Read more

Mom who finds a shotgun in bedroom turns in son

Boston Police say that when a Callender Street resident found a sawed-off shotgun in her children's bedroom Saturday, she immediately called police - who arrested her 19-year-old son.  Read more

Four teenagers charged with armed holdup

Boston Police report officers on patrol around 4:30 this morning spotted four males beating up a fifth at Savin Hill Avenue and Tuttle Street.  Read more

Police probe first homicide of year - on Geneva Ave.

Boston Police relay news of what is evidently the first murder of the new year 2010: A 25 year-old man shot to death Friday morning on Geneva Ave.

From back office to center stage, Dot leaves mark on First Night

Japanese monster wrestling matches, a Bollywood film
marathon, and some admittedly less exotic performances by a variety of Dorchester/Mattapan stalwarts will usher in 2010 as part of the 34th annual First Night Boston, the country’s oldest, largest and most-often-copied New Year’s arts celebration.  Read more

After 40 years, Gerard's still a favorite stop

By 
Sue Asci Special to the Reporter
Dec. 30, 2009

Putting the customer first has never failed Gerard Adomunes.

Gerard and Ruth Adomunes have dedicated four decades to building their Adams Corner eatery into a neighborhood institution.  Photo by Kristie GilooleyGerard and Ruth Adomunes have dedicated four decades to building their Adams Corner eatery into a neighborhood institution. Photo by Kristie GilooleyAnd after nearly 40 years in business at Adams Corner, Gerard’s Restaurant and Store has the longevity to prove that catering to what the customer wants is a key to success.  Read more

Chilled economy fuels usage at libraries

By 
Jill S. Gross Special to the Reporter
Dec. 30, 2009

On days when the Codman Square Branch Library opens at noon, crowds wait for a librarian to unlock the door. And the computers are filled most days with people searching the Internet or fine-tuning resumes.
At Codman and throughout Dorchester, as the economy has slumped, usage and borrowing at libraries has surged. People scrimping and saving through the recession are turning to libraries as a source of free reading, entertainment and help finding jobs.  Read more

Switch planned for Memorial Day parade route

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By Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 30, 2009

In a nod to the challenges faced by many aging marchers, the executive board of the Old Dorchester Post voted this month to shorten the route of the annual Memorial Day Parade by about a third, from here miles to two.

“There is an age factor involved with all the posts,” said Steve Bickerton, commander of the Old Dorchester Post. “We hope the shorter route will bring more veteran participants. We also really didn't get a lot of people watching the parade along Dorchester Avenue and Gallivan Boulevard. We hope the revised route will bring more people out to watch the parade.”  Read more

Vet finds resources, challenges at UMass

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By Elizabeth Cohen and Chelsea DeCesare, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 30, 2009

To his professors and classmates, 26-year-old Matthew Perry is just an average college junior, working toward a degree in criminal justice and sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. But unlike the average college student, Perry is transitioning from the dangers of Marine combat in Iraq to the normality of civilian life.

Returning home was not as easy a process as Perry had assumed it would be. He said it was hard to adjust to a life without the demands of military service.  Read more

Veteran posts looking to grow younger

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 30, 2009

With an aging membership, veterans’ posts all over the country are looking for new ways to attract younger members.
Patrick Callahan, 23, will be the keynote speaker at May's Memorial Day observances. The Savin Hill resident served two tours as a Marine sergeant in Iraq.Patrick Callahan, 23, will be the keynote speaker at May's Memorial Day observances. The Savin Hill resident served two tours as a Marine sergeant in Iraq.  Read more

Harvard Street market held up at gunpoint

Boston Police report that Express Stop Market, 124 Harvard St., was held up by somebody with a gun this afternoon.

Police investigate possible murder-suicide in Mattapan

Boston Police report finding the bodies of a man and a woman in an apartment on Fairlawn Avenue before 9 a.m. today.

Three charged with attempted murder after allegedly pointing loaded guns at guys on a porch

Boston Police report arresting two Mattapan teens on charges they pointed loaded guns at people standing on a Warner Street porch Sunday night. An adult, from Brockton, was also charged.  Read more

A snow-white intro to the winter solstice

Toys and Joy

The ABCD Toy Drive received a welcome boost from partner Wainwright Bank at its Dorchester branch where children from the Gertrude Townsend Head Start Center on Geneva Avenue were treated to holiday festivities and given “Build-A-Bear” toys donated by accounting firm KPMG, a Toy Drive partner. Ken Jaffe, a bank VP, played Cookie Monster, Sponge Bob, and Hannah Montana while Mary O’Neill from Franklin was Mrs. Santa Claus. Joining in were, from left, Sharon Scott-Chandler, ABCD executive VP; Thelma Burns, ABCD Dorchester NSC board chair; John J. Drew, ABCD president/CEO; Jaffe; O’Neill, and happy Head Start children. 	  		  Photo by Don WestThe ABCD Toy Drive received a welcome boost from partner Wainwright Bank at its Dorchester branch where children from the Gertrude Townsend Head Start Center on Geneva Avenue were treated to holiday festivities and given “Build-A-Bear” toys donated by accounting firm KPMG, a Toy Drive partner. Ken Jaffe, a bank VP, played Cookie Monster, Sponge Bob, and Hannah Montana while Mary O’Neill from Franklin was Mrs. Santa Claus. Joining in were, from left, Sharon Scott-Chandler, ABCD executive VP; Thelma Burns, ABCD Dorchester NSC board chair; John J. Drew, ABCD president/CEO; Jaffe; O’Neill, and happy Head Start children. Photo by Don West

Revels solstice treat: American subcultures

Next to the melting pot, one of America’s favorite self-images is that of a quilt, and this year’s “Christmas Revels” takes the metaphor and an actual Tree of Life quilt as inspiration for its annual winter solstice celebration.

In past years Revels, Inc. has whisked its regulars on memorable rides with French-Canadian voyageurs and Italian Renaissance entertainers, but “this year,” announces Artistic Director Patrick Swanson, “like many families, we are staying home for the holidays.”  Read more