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Boston Children’s Chorus Celebrates King’s Legacy

By 
Kendra Stanton Lee, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 21, 2010

Ed law expected to bring ‘in-district’ charters to Dot

Gov. Deval Patrick this week signed an education reform bill that handed increased powers to school superintendents and allows the creation of more charter schools. The move paves the way for Mayor Thomas Menino to bring his “in-district” charter schools to Dorchester, home to a number of the city’s underperforming schools.  Read more

State comes up with $1 million to redesign Morton/Gallivan intersection

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 21, 2010

Issues surrounding what many claim is one of the most dangerous intersections in Dorchester may soon be resolved after it was announced this week that nearly $1 million in state funding is being designated to redesign streets in Dorchester and Milton.

Part of that allocation includes $750,000 to redesign the Morton Street and Gallivan Boulevard intersection.  Read more

City gets $13.6m in foreclosure funding

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 21, 2010

The city of Boston received $13.6 million last week in federal foreclosure funding, a grant that could have a significant impact on Dorchester’s 254 bank-owned homes.

The money was awarded to the Department of Neighborhood Development and represents a second round of funding in support of the city’s Homeownership Stabilization Program, which was announced last summer. The program had already received $4.3 million in federal funds and a matching amount from the state.  Read more

‘HAITIANS HELPING HAITIANS’ - A Boston emigré reports from the scene

Haiti: Residents pitched in by carrying water in Port-au-Prince last Sunday as relief groups and officials focused on moving the aid flowing into Haiti to survivors of the powerful earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull).Haiti: Residents pitched in by carrying water in Port-au-Prince last Sunday as relief groups and officials focused on moving the aid flowing into Haiti to survivors of the powerful earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull).

Richardson Innocent, 36, was on the ground in Haiti, in Delmas, a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, when the earthquake first struck. Speaking numerous times in the last week over a cell phone to Reporter managing editor Bill Forry, his close friend and former colleague at the newspaper in Dorchester, he described the devastation and his and others’ activities in trying to cope and help out.

It is now Friday night, three days after the first quake hit, and for the third consecutive night, Rich will be resting rest his head underneath a tree in Delmas, a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. There’s a machete and a chisel close by his side and clustered around him are his cousin, Norton, and a frightened family he has known for only a few weeks.  Read more

Suburbs put Brown over the top; gets strong showing in Neponset

Recently-elected Boston City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley, that body's first African-American woman, watched in shock Tuesday night at Martha Coakley's campaign gathering at the Sheraton Boston as the disappointing vote counts flowed in. "It's going to take a while," she said. "I feel very disconnected from the reality of it. It's going to take a while for it to sink in. I believed until the very end we would pull it out."  Read more

Adams Corner restaurant held up at knifepoint

Boston Police are looking for a man with a knife who forced an employee at Gerard's Restaurant to the floor last night and got away with about $1,100 in receipts.  Read more

Dorchester man charged with assaults in Dorchester, Brighton, Cambridge

Cambidge and MBTA Transit police today charged John B. Dysart, 27, with attacking two women after they left the Central Square Red Line stop last week and with open and gross lewdness on MBTA buses in Dorchester and Brighton.  Read more

Man charged with murder last week

Boston Police report arresting Omay Tavares, 20, last night on murder charges.  Read more

Alleged triple-murder accomplice arrested; suspected murderer still at large

Boston Police report arresting Nigel A. Nichols, 24, of Brockton today in connection with the slayings of three people outside a party 41 Mt. Ida Road on March 29, 2009.  Read more

St. Mary’s sets new training program

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By Sue Asci
Jan. 14, 2010

St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center will launch one of the first transitional employment programs in the state at the end of January to provide a work and training experience for low-income women with children with a goal of achieving full-time employment.
“Women @ Work Plus” will serve up to 32 women who will work in subsidized jobs and receive on-the-job training over a three to four-month period. If successful, they will be able to apply for full-time employment.  Read more

Hunt/health care: inseparable combo

By 
Greg O'Brien, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 14, 2010

On the lip of a historic and yet contentious vote in the U.S. Senate on a health care reform bill that would extend health benefits to about 31 million uninsured Americans, James W. Hunt Jr., longtime president and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, a cornerstone of the health care reform push, is reminded of a comment from an old friend, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy: “If we didn’t have community health centers, we’d have to invent them.”  Read more

Tracking human tragedy in Haiti

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 14, 2010

Editor's note: For full coverage of the earthquake in Haiti and the Boston-area response, see our sister publication Boston Haitian Reporter.

Local residents continued to scramble for information about relatives in friends in Haiti following Tuesday night’s catastrophic earthquake of 7.0 magnitude that has caused untold damage ten miles off the coast of the capital of Port-Au-Prince.  Read more

Turner presses Menino on administration diversity

In the fall election, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino dominated his opponents in the city’s minority neighborhoods. But one of the criticisms of his administration raised on the campaign trail by mayoral candidates Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon – that it isn’t as diverse as the city it serves –is flaring up again.  Read more

Davis says focus will be on gangs, guns in new year

Crime dropped in nearly all categories across the city of Boston in 2009. The Boston Police Department hopes to keep that positive momentum going in 2010 by staying squarely focused on gang and gun violence, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told the Reporter in an interview this week.  Read more

Polls sow confusion in Senate Race

Voters paying attention to the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy can be forgiven if they’re feeling a little bit confused as the Jan. 19 special election draws closer.

The last week has featured a bevy of polls that show Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic nominee, ahead by 15 points or in a dead statistical heat with state Sen. Scott Brown, a Wrentham Republican. Independent candidate Joseph Kennedy, unrelated to the politically famous Kennedy clan, is also running.  Read more

UMass presses Bayside Purchase- Deal sought within week

UMass officials are forging ahead with plans to acquire Columbia Point’s Bayside Expo Center, seeking a consultant to inspect the property.

Officials say they are hopeful a deal for the center can be completed within the next week. The school has signed a letter of intent to purchase with creditor L&R/CMAT, which had picked up the property at a foreclosure auction.

The moves come as Jack Wilson, president of the UMass system, and Keith Motley, UMass-Boston chancellor, were expected to meet at the State House with local lawmakers who have expressed skepticism about the purchase.  Read more

A Mission of Joy- Sister Bridget hails "human spirit"

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 14, 2010

Sr Bridget HaaseSr Bridget HaaseSr. Bridget Haase is a gifted storyteller, which becomes clearly evident within minutes of meeting her.

And that gift has accompanied her around the world and back to the states, where she currently serves as the coordinator of the spirituality program for The Boston Home in Dorchester, helping residents with multiple sclerosis and other degenerative neurological diseases to share their faith.

For Sister Bridget, a 67-year-old Ursuline nun, working with the residents at the Boston Home is a mission of joy, the power of the human spirit that she celebrates. "Illness can change possibly the way you live, but it’s not the end of your living," she says. "There is much more to us than our bodies. It’s the power of the spirit. You cannot define another human being by their physical limitations. I have seen such courage here, and hope, laughter, and faith."  Read more

Local reaction, reports on earthquake in Haiti

The Boston Haitian Reporter, our sister publication, is providing full coverage of local reaction to Tuesday's catastrophic earthquake in Haiti.

BPD seeks help to ID robbery suspect

Robbery suspectRobbery suspectBoston Police are appealing to the public to help identify a man they believe may be responsible for a string of armed robberies, including one last week on Morrissey Boulevard.  Read more

Dot hardest hit neighborhood in '09 H1N1 outbreak

A new report on the impacts of the H1N1 flu virus in Boston indicates that Dorchester was hit hard by last year’s outbreak, which sickened a disproportionate amount of people of color in the city last year.
“This study is proof positive that we can ill-afford to let down our guards,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission in a statement issued today. “Now more than ever people should be vigilant and get vaccinated, which is the best protection against the 2009 H1N1 virus.”  Read more

Man shot outside Dot. Ave. convenience store

Boston Police report a man was shot in the arm following an argument outside the Store 24, 1886 Dorchester Ave. in Peabody Square around 12:20 a.m. on Saturday.  Read more

Man shot to death Thursday

Boston Police report finding the body of a man in his late 20s inside 87 Rosseter St. Thursday night.  Read more

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