Dot Beach Festival is Saturday

Dorchester will be bustling with outdoor activities this weekend. Residents from the neighborhood and other parts of Greater Boston will gather at Savin Hill and Malibu beaches Saturday from 11 to 4 for the second annual Dorchester Beach Festival. Last year’s inaugural fest drew a large and happy crowd. This year’s celebration, organized by Paul Nutting and Maureen McQuillen, looks to be bigger and better.  Read more

Prosecutors push back in Tuttle St. slay case

Suffolk County prosecutors said this week there is no physical evidence to support a Savin Hill defendant's claim that a third man was involved in the January 2008 stabbing of a 20-year-old hair stylist at the defendant's Tuttle St. apartment.

"Suggesting otherwise indicates a misunderstanding of the evidence or a misrepresentation of the evidence," said Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley.  Read more

Pressley picks Kerry aide as her new campaign manager

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Aug. 6, 2009

Meet City Council At-Large candidate Ayanna Pressley’s new campaign director: James Chisholm, a top local aide to U.S. Sen. John Kerry. According to one source close to the campaign, Pressley just wasn’t clicking with her now-former campaign manager, Stuart Rosenberg.

So it’s no surprise that Pressley, a former aide to Kerry herself, has turned to a friend and fellow Kerry staffer to take over. Chisholm, who worked as a deputy press secretary and speechwriter for the senator, officially started work on Pressley’s campaign on Monday.  Read more

Columbia Point plan cites housing boost

A citizen task force working with the Boston Redevelopment Authority on a master plan for Columbia Point is recommending upping the number of affordable housing units that would be available on the peninsula under the plan.  Read more

Lower Mills merchants collaborate on beautification push

One of the flower planters installed by the Lower Mills Merchants Association sits at the corner of Washington Street and Dorchester Avenue.One of the flower planters installed by the Lower Mills Merchants Association sits at the corner of Washington Street and Dorchester Avenue.

Merchants and business owners in Lower Mills are combining their efforts to bring improvements and renewal to one of the city’s quietest corners. With a new upscale restaurant set to open soon to serve a changing clientele, the members of the Lower Mills Merchants Association are taking on greater responsibility as caretakers of a neighborhood they feel deeply connected to.  Read more

Nguyen's journey: From Vietnam to Council run

Hiep Q. Nguyen was eight years old when his family came over from Vietnam in 1991. There were twelve of them: His parents, Hiep, and nine other siblings.

“We came in with nothing,” he recalls.

Eighteen years later, Nguyen, an accountant based in Dorchester, is running for one of the four City Council At-Large seats, the first Vietnamese-American to do so.  Read more

Foreclosure 'blindsided' his company, says Corcoran

The chief executive of the Corcoran Jennison Companies (CJ) says his company remains committed to advancing its development plans on Columbia Point, despite the loss of control over the 20-acre Bayside Expo Center.

In an interview last week in his fifth-floor office at 150 Mt. Vernon Street, Joseph E. Corcoran acknowledged that the plans are currently "on the shelf" due to the current economic downturn, but he is hopeful of reviving them within two years.  Read more

DA: Innocent man murdered in gang feud

A Mattapan man with no gang connections died in May because some of his gang-member neighbors killed a member of a rival gang two years earlier, a Suffolk County prosecutor said today.  Read more

Triple shooting at Uphams Corner restaurant leaves two dead

Boston Police say an argument at the Ka-Carlos Bar and Grill, 33 Hancock St., ended in a hail of gunfire that left two dead and one injured early this morning.  Read more

Principals, headmasters named for Boston schools

Boston’s Superintendent of Schools, Carol R. Johnson, has announced the appointment of additional principals and headmasters to lead Boston Public Schools next year:

Richard J. Murphy K-8 School, Dorchester
Albert Taylor, Interim Principal; Assistant Academic Superintendent on Assignment
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For want of a body, the suspect was let go

The Boston Police Department’s ShotSpotter system actually led officers right to one of the suspects in a Mattapan murder minutes after the victim was shot, but because police didn’t find the body until the next day, he was let go - and promptly fled the state.  Read more

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date..."

Shakespeare was so right about the brevity of the sunny season as well as about many matters of the heart. Those who love the Bard as well as those who’d like to get to know him better can hear the rest of Sonnet 18 and many more literary plums in the free upcoming “Shakespeare on Love.”

After an absence of a few years, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) returns to Dorchester with a Tour of the Parks production, a fast-paced 55-minute piece blending speeches, sonnets, scenes and songs inspired by Shakespeare on the subject of love.  Read more

Visit Ronan Park for the best Harbor views

In my humble opinion, Dorchester’s best views of Boston Harbor are not found along the HarborWalk or beaches, rather it is the inland Ronan Park, situated close to the top of Meeting House Hill and commanding sweeping, panoramic vistas of the Harbor and its islands. On any given summer night, you may have noticed the ball field lights as you gaze up from the Xway or Morrissey; however the baseball field is just one of several well-used amenities found at this multi-terraced gem of 11 acres.  Read more

500 gallons of 'toxic substance' stuck under bridge on Freeport St.

The Boston Police Department's Twitter feed earlier today reported that a truck carrying 500 gallons of "toxic substance" had become lodged under the red line bridge on Freeport street at the intersection of Clayton St, causing delays on the Commuter Line and Red Line. The scene has been cleared up and trains are operating at reduced speeds across the bridge.

State making hard push for okay on 28X line plan

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 30, 2009

The state Executive Office of Transportation (EOT), clearly trying to push along to approval its 28X dedicated line up Blue Hill Avenue from Mattapan, held yet another community gathering on Monday concerning the proposal, this time with plenty of visual aids to illustrate the plan for guests.  Read more

Mayoral candidates cry foul over proposed meals tax increase

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Jul. 30, 2009

Mayor Thomas Menino is calling for higher lodging and meals taxes this week with a proposal submitted to the Boston City Council, ensuring a tax vote for the 13-member panel in a municipal election year.

If the proposal is passed, it would take effect on October 1.

The mayor told the State House News Service that he didn’t plan to earmark the anticipated revenues on particular spending areas, but noted the monies could pay for police forces presently funded by a “competitive” federal grant.  Read more

Dot Beach Festival is on tap

A group of Boston-area residents took to the Dorchester coastline this week – not to watch the sailboats from the Savin Hill Yacht Club or to view the sunset from Malibu Beach – but to get their hands dirty in preparation for a celebration the likes of which the neighborhood sees only once a year.  Read more

Fore! JP II Park hosts disc golf play

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 30, 2009

A modern take on an old sport – disc golf – may soon be coming to Dorchester. For some two years now, Nathan Robbins and Rob McArthur of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) have been working to build a disc golf course at Pope John Paul II Park.

“It’s a great recreational opportunity for all ages, it’s affordable, and you can play it anywhere in the country, at any time.” said Robbins, who plays the game himself, at the second of three demonstration days at PJP II Park last Saturday.  Read more

Yoon, Menino aides clash in Mattapan

Campaign trail tensions erupted when top officials from Mayor Thomas Menino's administration this week crashed a Mattapan forum hosted by mayoral hopeful and City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon.  Read more

Sounds of renewal on Dudley Street

The communities of Dorchester and Roxbury came together Monday for the groundbreaking of a new community center that neighborhood residents and city officials hope will be a hub of services for the two populations, providing recreation and educational opportunities for a large cross-section of the local community.  Read more

Murder rate falls in city; cause debated

If homicides have decreased in Boston over the past few months because of the weather, that would hardly account for the fatal shooting of Soheil Turner.

The 15-year-old student was shot on May 7, a rainy morning, outside a convenience store on Dudley Street. According to investigators, the killer, who was wearing dark sunglasses, was equipped with a .380 semi-automatic handgun and an umbrella.  Read more

Girl hit by stray bullet in her own home

Boston Police say the 12-year-old was injured during an apparent barrage of bullets outside her Whitman Street home around 8:30 p.m. on Monday.  Read more

No charges against cops who fatally shot rampaging man with what seemed to be a real gun

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office said today that Boston Police officers acted properly and lawfully when they brought down a Dorchester man apparently hellbent on dying after an argument with his wife in November, 2007.  Read more

Dorchester District Court briefly evacuated after bomb threat

Employees at Dorchester District Court walked into the pouring rain this morning after somebody called in a bomb threat, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which reports a number of its workers stayed at their desks during the incident.

Second man charged for Mattapan murder

Abiona Justice Sharpe, 20, of Revere, was arrested in New Jersey this week on charges he helped murder a man standing on the sidewalk at 23 Wilcock St. on May 13, according to Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.  Read more