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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

House-church still flashpoint on Ashmont St.

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

Several complaints were made to the city’s Inspectional Services Department in recent weeks about parking beyond the allowed capacity at the Eglise Baptise H. Bon-Berger de Boston Church at 487-498 Ashmont Street. And elected officials are now threatening court action if the violations continue.

The congregation’s pastor, Rev. David Milien, said he is trying to monitor the parking and added that he believes the complaints are being made because neighbors do not want the church there.  Read more

Stories from Haiti; The Medical Division: Ronan talks priorities

After two weeks spent treating Haitian earthquake victims aboard a U.S. Navy-owned hospital ship, Dr. Laurence Ronan returned to Boston last Friday. A physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Ronan is the director of the Thomas S. Durant, MD, Fellowship in Refugee Medicine program, and is a member of a disaster response team that deploys to catastrophes all over the world. What the Savin Hill resident saw in Haiti last month has topped them all.  Read more

Stories from Haiti; The Medical Division: Carney staffer pitches in

Matt Casey finds it hard to describe his one-week experience treating earthquake victims in Haiti.

Matt Casey: Caritas Carney physician assistant and Dorchester resident Matt Casey, right,  is shown alongside Caritas Christi Health Care’s Dr. Mark Pearlmutter in the Haitian town of Milot last month.  Caritas Carney Hospital photo.Matt Casey: Caritas Carney physician assistant and Dorchester resident Matt Casey, right, is shown alongside Caritas Christi Health Care’s Dr. Mark Pearlmutter in the Haitian town of Milot last month. Caritas Carney Hospital photo.

“It was like trying to hold up a waterfall,” said Casey, a 48- year-old Melville Park resident who works as a physician assistant in general surgery at Caritas Carney Hospital. “It was so massive, it was just overwhelming.”

Casey, a Boston native who has lived in Dorchester for the last decade, volunteered to join one of several medical teams dispatched to Haiti by the archdiocesan-run health care system. Casey was part of a second wave of Caritas docs, nurses and other staff who hit the ground in Haiti on Jan. 22.  Read more

Brown wants to be sworn-in today

By 
State House News Service
Feb. 3, 2010

U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown wants to be sworn Thursday afternoon, and asked Gov. Deval Patrick Wednesday to certify the Jan. 19 election results immediately.

In a letter sent by Brown campaign counsel Daniel Winslow, Brown's camp asked that Brown's election receive certification "without delay."  Read more

Menino blasts decision to allow LNG tanker into harbor

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Feb. 2, 2010

Liquefied natural gas shipments from Yemen, scheduled to pass through Boston Harbor on the way to Everett, have unnerved elected officials, who acknowledged Tuesday they are largely powerless to stop federal ratification of the deliveries.  Read more

Neglected urban centers held the winning key for Coakley

By 
Melida Arredondo
Feb. 1, 2010

I have lived in Boston since 1983. Campaigns and election days are my favorite sport. I can’t help myself. It’s fun to pay attention to the banter, debates, and the way voters in this great city get engaged in elections. To me, it’s better than the World Series and the Super Bowl combined. But this time around, I noticed less attention being paid to the electorate of the City of Boston by both candidates in the final run for the U.S. Senate seat once held by Ted Kennedy and occupied since his death by Paul Kirk.  Read more

Late-night fire forces 14 into the cold on Monsignor Lydon Way

The Boston Fire Department reports a third-floor short-circuit caused a two-alarm fire at 55 Monsignor Lydon Way shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday that injured one firefighter.  Read more

Cataloni's appeals shutdown to state

The owners of Cataloni's, 10 Hancock St., have asked the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission to overrule the Boston Licensing Board's decision to shut it because of alleged cocaine sales and purchases by customers.  Read more