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Upbeat is the mood at Carney

By 
Ed Forry, Publisher
Mar. 4, 2010

The two physicians who head the management team at Carney Hospital painted a bright picture of the hospital’s fiscal condition and outlook for the future last week for a breakfast audience of legislators, health care advocates and other business and civic leaders.  Read more

Parks Dept.’s ‘foot soldier’ bows out, says, ‘it’s all about your personal best’; Kerrissey on job 39 years

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

When Dianne Kerrissey first began her work in the Parks Department for the City of Boston 39 years ago, she fell in love with the job and the city.

Now, nearly four decades later, she began her retirement this week with no regrets about staying in the job and many great memories.
What began as an administrative position led her to become the Director of Programming and ParkArts for the city, a position that has been both interesting and challenging as she has organized thousands of programs over the years throughout the city’s parks and public spaces.  Read more

Wallace makes it three reps leaving

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First it was state Rep. Willie Mae Allen. Then her colleague, Marie St. Fleur, a ten-year veteran of Beacon Hill, announced she wasn’t running for another term, too. This week Rep. Brian Wallace became the third member of Dorchester’s State House delegation to opt out of this year’s state elections.  Read more

UMass surveys students on dorms

UMass-Boston officials took another step closer to bringing dorms to Columbia Point, blasting out a survey to students to gauge interest in campus housing. Administered by the independent consulting firm Brailsford Dunlavey, the survey started on Friday and closes today.  Read more

Uncle, two-year-old nephew found on Washington Street

By 
Reporter Staff
Mar. 3, 2010

The Boston Police Department reports finding Troy Robinson and his two-year-old nephew on the 700 block of Washington Street tonight.  Read more

Government moves to seize, sell off house for role in international drug ring

The federal government has started procedings to take control of a Dorchester house it says two brothers built to become the center of a family drug ring that was broken up with a series of arrests in 2007.  Read more

Wallace won't seek another term in House

By 
Reporter Staff
Mar. 1, 2010

Rep. Brian Wallace (D-South Boston), whose district includes parts of Dorchester, will not seek re-election this year, sources told the Reporter's Gintautas Dumcius today. See the Reporter's Lit Drop blog for more on this developing story. Wallace joins Rep. Willie Mae Allen and Rep. Marie St. Fleur as the third member of Dorchester's State House delegation to opt out of this year's state elections.  Read more

Man shot to death on Floyd Street

The Boston Police Department reports a man was fatally shot around 4 a.m. on Saturday in front of 19 Floyd St.  Read more

Firefighter on way to work discovers fire; one resident seriously injured

The Boston Fire Department reports Pat Foley was a block away from the Engine 21 firehouse in Dorchester this morning when he noticed a fire in an apartment building 40 Sumner St. around 7 a.m. Foley called in the fire, then raced into the building and began knocking on doors to rouse residents and get them out.  Read more

Relaxing the Muscle: The Week That Was in State Politics

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Feb. 26, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 26, 2010…..All guesstimates below ecstatic about the level of excitement among savvy lawmakers at a high state court ruling earlier this month, suggesting they alter the anti-obscenity laws to protect youngsters more thoroughly, are invalid and uninformed.  Read more

Former Savin Hill resident convicted of stabbing murder

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Steven Odegard of first-degree murder for the death of Daniel Yakovleff in Odegard's Tuttle Street apartment on Jan. 17, 2008, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced.  Read more

Baker gains, Patrick maintains edge in new poll

By 
State House News Service
Feb. 26, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 26, 2010……Despite an unfavorable rating of 50 percent, Gov. Deval Patrick maintains his edge over a crowded gubernatorial field and holds a commanding lead over his new primary opponent, according to new poll results, which also show support for casinos and for two major tax cuts possibly headed for this year’s ballot.  Read more

GOP govs say Brown has running room

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Feb. 25, 2010

WASHINGTON D.C. -– When state Sen. Scott Brown became U.S. Sen. Scott Brown earlier this month, stunned and wrathful Democrats in Massachusetts questioned how long before Brown would fall into line with the national Republican Party leadershi and whether his self-proclaimed independence from partisan strictures would stand up to a GOP hierarchy known for dealing harshly with dissidents.  Read more

UMass signs P&S on Bayside site; purchase price is put at $18.7m

UMass-Boston has completed the purchase and sales agreement in its acquisition of the Bayside Expo Center on Columbia Point, the university announced last week. A spokesman for the University of Massachusetts Building Authority said the purchase price is $18.7 million.  Read more

Small business owners press for positive actions

Small business owners this week urged local lawmakers to help erase the “stigma” attached to their neighborhoods as they asked for cleaner streets outside their locations. “There’s still a stigma that leans over that part of the city,” said Sarnia Etienne, who runs the LeFoyer Bakery in Mattapan. “I wind up putting on my card I’m in Boston.”  Read more

Another jumps into race to take Rep. Allen’s place

The field of candidates running to replace state Rep. Willie Mae Allen keeps expanding. Russell Holmes, a Mattapan Democrat, has pulled nomination papers. He and three others were at the Ward 14 Democratic caucus over the weekend, asking members to sign their nomination forms. They need to turn in 150 signatures to local elections officials by April 27.  Read more

St. Fleur says ‘I’m leaving,’ and the guessing begins

State Rep. Marie St. Fleur isn’t running for re-election, a move that opens up the Fifth Suffolk District seat for the first time in a decade. St. Fleur’s retirement is the second in the last month within the Dorchester and Mattapan community, with state Rep. Willie Mae Allen also announcing she is not running for reelection.  Read more

Dot Ave. project gets going; officials say: Be prepared

State and city transportation officials on Tuesday night asked neighborhood residents to prepare themselves for the upcoming construction along Dorchester Avenue as they discussed with the community the plans for the major overhaul of fifteen intersections along the corridor from Peabody Square to South Boston.  Read more

A bishop and his bus: A touch of Teamsters in Honduras

By 
Ed Forry, Publisher
Feb. 25, 2010

‘Open House’ signs in Dot called positive omen

By 
Chris Lovett, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 25, 2010

Jose Zambano of REMAX/Trinity worked an open-house showing on this Train Street property last Sunday. 	Photo by Chris Lovett.Jose Zambano of REMAX/Trinity worked an open-house showing on this Train Street property last Sunday.  Read more

Two Roxbury teens arrested for murder of store clerk

UPDATE: The two were ordered held without bail this morning.

Onyx White, 16, and Martin Freeles, 17, were arrested today and charged with the murder of Geraldo Serrano at the Hermanos Unidos store on Dudley Street Sunday morning.  Read more

Uphams Corner store clerk shot to death

The Boston Police Department reports a 71-year-old clerk at Hermanos Unidos, 728 Dudley St. was shot to death around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.  Read more

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: TAKE A LOOK AROUND AT WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS

Recap and analysis of the week in state government
By Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
WASHINGTON D.C., FEB. 19, 2010…..Think you can do better, Mr. Mayor? How’s about we try our hand at your game?

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino challenged the local meteorological community Tuesday and, because it was school vacation week and the news was slow, his remarks got blown way out of proportion, and all of a sudden people had to wonder if the mayor had hurt Kevin Lemanowicz’s feelings, or Dick Albert’s.  Read more

St. Fleur will not seek re-election

By 
Reporter Staff
Feb. 20, 2010

Rep. Marie St Fleur: Will not seek re-election in 2010Rep. Marie St Fleur: Will not seek re-election in 2010Feb 20-10:55 a.m.- Rep. Marie St. Fleur will not seek re-election this year. She made the announcement to party activists at a Ward 15 Democratic caucus meeting on Saturday morning. The meeting was held to choose delegates to the June state Democratic Convention. The Reporter's Gintautas Dumcius, who was in attendance for St. Fleur's remarks, has a full report on it at the Reporter's Lit Drop blog.  Read more

Casino pros and cons scrutinized as legislative debate nears

By 
Jim O’Sullivan and Michael Norton, State House News Service
Feb. 18, 2010

Outside interests on both sides of the expanded gambling question worked to put rhetorical and statistical stakes down last week as Beacon Hill prepares for its next high-profile fight on the issue, with changed political and economic dynamics coloring both arguments.  Read more