House lawmakers push to prevent library closures

Gintautas Dumcius
Apr. 16, 2010

House lawmakers are pushing to save four libraries slated for closure in the city's fiscal 2011 budget. In a bid to keep the libraries open, twelve House lawmakers who represent Boston filed amendments Friday to the House's version of the state budget that send $3 million to the Boston Public Library system.  Read more

Commentary: Libraries can be saved if council stands tall

By Lew Finfer
Apr. 15, 2010

In these hard times, it’s up to us, Dorchester’s residents and to our city councillors to save the Lower Mills Library and services at all our branches. We need to count on our two Dorchester Councillors, Maureen Feeney and Charles Yancey, and our four at-large councillors, Stephen Murphy, John Connolly, Ayanna Pressley, and Felix Arroyo to stand with us.

If each of these six politicians fights for the Lower Mills Library and services to all libraries, and if enough Dorchester residents add their donations and time, then the libraries will be saved.  Read more

 Catholic Men’s Conference to hear an All-Pro; Event is this Saturday at Holy Cross Cathedral

Thorny theological question: “Would a Boston Catholic be guilty of the sin of vainglory if he rejoiced in the fact his faith was shared by the owner, the coach, and the MVP quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, who just won the most-watched Super Bowl in history?”  Read more

Liquor store with ‘upscale feel’ is planned for Victory Road

By Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 15, 2010

A new up-scale liquor store could soon be on its way to Clam Point. A father and son team, Jack and John McIntyre, say they plan to open a 5,000-square foot package store in the former Victory Road home of a Blockbuster video later this year.  Read more

At ‘Eye to Eye,’ there’s music to making glasses fit the person

Ed Forry, Publisher
Apr. 15, 2010

Reggae stylin’ has come to eyewear in Lower Mills with a change of ownership in a small, independent optician business on Dorchester Ave.

When Jack Peters decided at year’s end it was time to put up his feet and seek an early retirement, he began to look for a potential buyer for his long-established Peters Optical shop that is tucked into the business district on Dorchester Avenue.

Then one day, a Codman Square man with a dream to operate his own business took his wife’s advice and stopped in for a look around Peters’s shop.  Read more

Plea for peace, patience. Gathering focuses on Bowdoin St.

Community leaders and law enforcement officials this week pleaded for a peace and patience as the Bowdoin St. area continued to reel from the recent deaths of two local teens.  Read more

Menino's budget puts councillors on the spot

Pressure on city councillors is expected to mount as Mayor Thomas Menino’s budget, which includes the closing of four neighborhood libraries, lands on their desks this week.

Anthony Paciulli, the president of Meetinghouse Bank who delivered 4,000 signatures to library officials to keep the Lower Mills branch open, noted that the councillors have the power to veto the budget, which is due for a vote by June. “Now the pressure is really on the elected officials to make their positions clear,” he said. “There’s no neutrality here. There’s no middle position.”  Read more

Menino lays out $2.5b plan

Mayor Thomas Menino yesterday laid out a $2.5 billion spending plan for fiscal 2011 that includes 250 fewer jobs, four fewer libraries, and eight fewer community centers, while expanding education funding and grappling with rising health care costs.  Read more

Adult day program honors its ‘Maggie’

By Jill S. Gross Special to the Reporter
Apr. 15, 2010

Margaret Shea dedicated most of her professional life to keeping seniors out of nursing homes as she led and lobbied for a program that offers a homey space where they can receive nursing care as well as sing, do crafts, and share daily meals with friends.

For the 23 years that Shea worked at Mattapan Adult Day Health, she was not only a nurse and director to the elderly and disabled clients, but also a friend who made them laugh, threw parties for them, and helped them find renewed zest for life.  Read more

$10K drawing for Dot Day is Thursday

Fundraisers for the Dorchester Day parade will be holding their $10,000 drawing on Thursday (April 22) at Florian Hall. It is one of seven events leading up to the 3.2-mile June parade, which carries an annual cost of $40,000.

Tickets are $100 each, and there is a limit of 300 for sale. Gretchen Carney, one of the organizers of the parade and the drawing, said about 100 tickets are still available. Christopher “Tiger” Stockbridge will be emceeing the event.  Read more

Kennedy widow to speak to UMass grads

Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, will give the commencement address to graduating UMass-Boston students in June, campus officials said this week. The commencement is scheduled for Fri., June 4, at 9:30 a.m. on the Campus Center’s lawn.

The Louisiana native married Kennedy in 1992 and was one of his closest advisers. She is the president and founder of Common Sense about Kids and Guns.  Read more

City agency pulling out of Marshall, Mattahunt community centers

Gintautas Dumcius
Apr. 13, 2010

The Boston Centers for Youth and Families will pull out of eight facilities, including the Marshall community center in Dorchester and the Mattahunt community center in Mattapan, the agency's executive director told city councillors on Wednesday. The announcement comes ahead of Mayor Thomas Menino filing his fiscal 2011 budget with the City Council on Wednesday.  Read more

Police say man shot eight times no longer interested in helping their investigation

A man shot repeatedly in an apparent dispute with his ex-girlfriend's current beau is no longer cooperating with police, but police had enough evidence to arrest the many anyway, a police lieutenant told the Boston Licensing Board this morning.  Read more

Mattapan bar could be in trouble over brawl that left three injured

A bruising battle at the Avenue Tavern in Mattapan Square that sent three to the hospital on March 6 was due to some "older kids" trying to re-assert their authority in the neighborhood after 8 1/2 years in prison, a bar manager told the Boston Licensing Board today.

The board decides Thursday whether to levy any penalties against the bar for the fight and for a follow-up inspection a week later that found far more people inside than allowed by the bar's license.  Read more

High bail set for alleged accomplice in murder in court parking lot

A Hyde Park man was murdered in his car in the Dorchester District Court parking lot last week minutes after he and a suspect's wife left a court hearing on a suit over a car engine, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.  Read more

Library trustees vote to shut Lower Mills branch

Boston Public Library trustees voted Friday to close four branches, including the one in Lower Mills.

But City Councillors At-Large Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley, and West Roxbury's Councillor John Tobin vowed to fight to keep all the branches open when the city council gets the proposed budget next week.  Read more

Lower Mills branch on closing list

By Adam Gaffin, Special to the Reporter and Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 8, 2010

Boston Public Library trustees are expected to vote tomorrow morning on a plan that would shut branches in Lower Mills in Dorchester and three other locations, allowing the BPL to close a $3.6 million budget gap and concentrate on the “transformation” of the citywide system.

Library President Amy Ryan said that despite 4,000-plus signatures from Lower Mills backers protesting a closing, usage has gone down there since the opening of new libraries in Mattapan and Milton.  Read more

Anger, queries mark meetings at branches

By Mike Deehan and Nick Marshall, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 8, 2010

Though attendees at weekend meetings to discuss possible Boston Public Library branch closings voiced many opinions on what was happening to the city’s library system, their main point was clear: Do not close any of them.

Dozens of residents met with city officials and BPL President Amy Ryan last weekend in a pair of meetings to voice their concern about the future of neighborhood branches. Many of the more outspoken critics of the possible closings blamed city and state officials for the library’s dire financial circumstances.  Read more

Menino upgrades marks for Patrick

Jim O’Sullivan, State House News Service
Apr. 8, 2010

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said this week that Gov. Deval Patrick, the state’s only Democratic governor since Menino took over City Hall in 1993, earned a grade of “C” for the first three years of his term before stepping his game up to a “B+” level the last four months.  Read more

Fairmount Line station planning stirring a fuss, A senator walks out

Transportation officials faced angry neighborhood residents last week in a pair of contentious meetings about the Fairmount commuter rail line, including one session that ended with a state lawmaker abruptly leaving the room.

“I’m losing faith in the Department of Transportation,” state Sen. Jack Hart (D-South Boston) told the Reporter after the meeting.  Read more

Gambling bill on fast track in House; too fast, some say

Five minutes. That’s how long, one lawmaker said jokingly, it will take for House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s expanded gambling bill to go from passage in the House to the Senate and then hit the governor’s desk.

The joke has a ring of truth: the bill is moving quickly through the legislative process. This week it cleared two committees and was well on its way to being debated on the House floor by April 13.  Read more

The ‘Constant Outsider’ Cirignano tells his story: It’s all about the good, the bad, and the cautionary

Despite the subtitle of his recent autobiography, “The Constant Outsider: Memoirs of a South Boston Mechanic,” and the sunrise photo of the statue of Admiral Farragut overlooking Pleasure Bay, Thomas M. Cirignano spent the first sixteen years of his life in Dorchester. Residents of Dot, Southie, and beyond who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s are invited to compare their own memories of that era in his unflinching, level-headed, and good-hearted reflection on those turbulent times.  Read more

EDITORIAL- Say no to any library closures

Ed Forry
Apr. 7, 2010

The public debate over the future of the branch libraries took a Darwinian turn yesterday morning when BPL Trustees chairman Jeffrey Rudman revealed he couldn’t possibly consider closing branches in Uphams Corner and Egleston Square, claiming they “deal with the most vulnerable people in this city. I would not close them.”  Read more

Lower Mills library on chopping block

Boston Public Library (BPL) trustees will vote Friday on a plan to shut the Dorchester Lower Mills and three other branches to cut a budget hole and concentrate on the "transformation" of the library system.  Read more