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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

State House update: Squabbling breaks out in the speaker’s realm; budget gap aired

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Dec. 23, 2009

A well-lit stage in a network affiliate television studio newly enriched by all the electoral activity over the past 365 and its lucrative accoutrements: advertising dollars.  Read more

Beaded bracelets sale means help for Haitian babies

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 23, 2009

Many holiday shoppers took advantage of a local event in recent weeks to buy gifts and donate to a worthy cause at the same time. Some 300 people attended the third annual fundraising jewelry sale sponsored by Designs By Ruth held late last month at the Milton Hoosic Club.  Read more

Olmsted Green is seeing activity on new condo sales

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 23, 2009

The Dorchester-based Olmsted Green development on the site of the old Boston State Hospital has received approval from the Federal Housing Administration to offer its condominium properties with a government-funded program that allows buyers to put only 3.5 percent down.

The property has made five condominium sales since the FHA-approval, said Serafin Sanchez, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and an on-site sales manager. Of those sales, four involved the FHA program.  Read more

Mixed reaction meets UMass plan to buy Bayside

By 
Bill Forry and Gintautus Dumcius
Dec. 23, 2009

Community leaders and elected officials – many still absorbing last week’s unexpected news that UMass-Boston intends to purchase the Bayside Exposition Center on Columbia Point – offered a range of critiques this week.

While Mayor Tom Menino immediately hailed the potential acquisition, other political leaders are concerned that the university’s control will slow down the peninsula’s economic redevelopment and freeze tax receipts from the 20-acre commercial site.  Read more

Ousted director of St. Peter Center returning to post

Catholic Charities officials have reversed course and re-hired the longtime director of the St. Peter’s Teen Center on Bowdoin Street.
Paulo De Barros, who has been with the center for nine years, will be returning sometime in early January. He was fired in late November, which caused his supporters to flood the Catholic Charities office with protests.  Read more

It’s a deal: Cambridge school moving to St. William’s site; Cristo Rey Boston will open next September

Ending months of negotiations, a deal is set for North Cambridge Catholic High School to move into the former St. William’s Grammar School on Savin Hill Ave. next September.

Seeking a larger space amid high interest from parents of prospective students, high school officials have been attempting to hammer out an arrangement with the archdiocese of Boston and local church officials since early this year.  Read more

Police seek pre-teens for armed holdup behind St. Mark's

District C-11 reports a man was mugged behind St. Mark's Church Monday evening by a trio of young robbers - two no more than 12.  Read more

'Done deal': High school to move into old St. William's

By 
Staff
Dec. 22, 2009

North Cambridge Catholic High School will move into the former St. William Grammar School on Savin Hill Avenue next year, the Reporter learned today. The high school has been engaged in on-again, off-again negotiations with the Archdiocese of Boston and local church officials since early 2009. The school building, which has been largely dormant since the former St. William school closed two years ago, will be sold to the high school for $1.2 million.  Read more

Snow covers Dorchester

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Take any snow photos? Tag them as dotnews on Flickr and we'll post here.  Read more

Remembering Mary- Now five years gone.

Mary Casey Forry, Jan 7 1944- Dec. 17, 2004

Daughter of Emigrants Gave Life to City Newspaper Group

By Jim O'Sullivan
Reporter Staff  Read more

At Tavolo Ristorante, customers spur changes

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 17, 2009

When Chris Douglass opened the doors to Tavolo Ristorante in Dorchester in August 2008, he thought the business model was the perfect fit.

Located on the ground floor of 1918 Dorchester Avenue, the restaurant would offer easy access to the growing number of Ashmont residents looking to live at The Carruth, and also attract other neighborhood traffic, in particular those coming from the Ashmont MBTA station next door.  Read more

UMass-Boston moving to buy Bayside Expo; no plans for dorms

The University of Massachusetts-Boston is moving to purchase the Bayside Exposition Center on Columbia Point.

“We have signed a letter of intent to purchase the Bayside Property from L&R/CMAT,” UMass-Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley said yesterday morning in an interview. Asked if the Bayside property would be used as a site to construct student dormitories, Motley said, “We have no plans to build other student housing. Our plans call for 2000 units of housing on campus, next to the Peninsula building.”  Read more

UMass-Boston seeks to buy Bayside Expo; Motley says no plans for dorms

Wednesday, Dec 16- 5:00 p.m.- The University of Massachusetts-Boston is moving to purchase the Bayside Exposition Center on Columbia Point.

"We have signed a letter of intent to purchase the Bayside Property from L&R/CMAT," UMass-Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley said Wednesday morning, Dec. 16 in an interview. Asked if the Bayside property would be used as a site to construct student dormitories, Motley said, "We have no plans to build other student housing. Our plans call for 2000 units of housing on campus, next to the Peninsula building."  Read more

‘Strand Wonderland’ a family affair worthy of the name

It looks as if an army of elves has been doing an “Extreme Makeover:
Theater Edition” on the elegant mirrored-and-gilt lobby of certain former movie palace in Uphams Corner. The temporary peppermint red and white color scheme and twinkling trees are all part of the lavish preparations for the free annual “Strand Wonderland” family afternoon, scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Read more

A dramatic change for Mattapan Facility

By 
Elizabeth St. Victor, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 16, 2009

The Mattapan Community Health Center is ready to go to work on its expansion plans now that it has $11.5 million in federal stimulus funds to make things happen.

Dr. Azzie Young, president and CEO of the center was quick to react to the announcement of the grant award: “It is long overdue and our community is much deserving.  Read more

Growth in work at Dorchester House

By 
Sue Asci
Dec. 16, 2009

Massachusetts community health centers, including ones in Dorchester and Mattapan, hit the stimulus jackpot recently in receiving the highest amounts in federal funding of any state in the country. Eight proposals from across the state received grants totaling $80 million.
At the same time, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers is working with the state to identify other avenues of funding for those projects that didn’t get funded.  Read more

Question: What to do about No. 23 bus run?

When the No. 23 bus hits the intersection of Washington Street and Columbia Road, a transportation lifeline can become a clogged artery.
During the early morning and late afternoon, traffic backs up on either side of Washington Street. Added to the mix of cars and trucks are school buses and MBTA buses on other routes. That means more reasons to stop, sometimes backing up vehicles on Washington Street into the middle of Columbia Road.  Read more

Two-alarm fire damages Uphams Corner bakery, injures firefighter

A two-alarm fire broke out shortly before 10 p.m. on Monday in the basement of the Fiesta Bakery, 14 Hancock St., the Boston Fire Department reports.  Read more

Missing senior sought

UPDATE: He was found, safe, around 10 a.m. on Monday, police report.

Boston Police report they are looking for John Fahey, 84, who has been missing since Dec. 9.  Read more

East Milton-Lower Mills pipeline contract award expected this month

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 10, 2009

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority is expected to award a bid for a water pipe replacement and rehabilitation project spanning from Milton to Lower Mills at its Dec. 16 board meeting.

 The cost of the project, which will include the replacement of 9,200 feet of water pipe from East Milton Square to Lower Mills, has been put at about $20 million with a 3-1/2-year completion schedule, said MWRA spokeswoman Ria Convery. Depending on the weather, work could begin as early as February, she said.  Read more

Prosecutors challenging Wilkerson dismissal push

Federal prosecutors are striking back at former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson’s accusations that they acted improperly in arresting her on corruption charges and hyped her arrest with photos of her allegedly stuffing cash into her bra.

Wilkerson’s attorney, Max Stern, has said the media coverage that has followed the arrest has been “inflammatory” and has potentially endangered her chances of a fair trial by jury. He has also argued that minorities are underrepresented on local juries.  Read more

Matters to consider as 2010 Census gears up

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 10, 2009

The state could lose millions of dollars in federal funding over the next decade if the upcoming 2010 U.S. census results in an undercounting of residents.

Census data is also important because it is used to determine how many seats a state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Read more

UPDATE- Report- Fired St. Peter’s Teen Center director to return to work

By 
Ed Forry
Dec. 10, 2009

UPDATE- December 17- 5:00 p.m. The longtime director of the St. Peter's Teen Center on Bowdoin Street will return to his post, the Reporter has learned. Father Jack Ahern, pastor of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and St Peter's parishes, today told this newspaper: "Catholic Charities called to inform me and others that Paulo De Barros, who has been with the Teen Center for 9 years has been reinstated as director. As you know he was fired a few weeks back and there has been a series of interventions by many within the extended community and parish to bring him back.  Read more