One of two men arrested on charges of marijuana distribution Thursday afternoon was also formally charged with littering after police allegedly spotted him dumping a bale of pot on a Port Norfolk street near the end of a car chase that began in downtown Boston on Newbury Street in the Back Bay, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more
May. 20, 2010
Gov. Deval Patrick, who has blamed steep job losses on unprecedented global economic forces, swiftly claimed credit Thursday for the state’s largest monthly payroll growth in 17 years, pointing to his economic policies as the driver behind the 19,100 new jobs.
With the heftiest gains in the professional, scientific and business services sector, the unemployment rate dropped from 9.3 percent in March to 9.2 percent in April. Construction firms added the largest percentage increase for the month, growing 3.8 percent with 3,900 new positions, after a loss of 400 in March. Read more
May. 20, 2010
The John W. McCormack Civic Association rejected two proposals to build billboards on sites visible from the Southeast Expressway Tuesday evening at the group’s monthly meeting.
Members voted 15 to 13 in opposition to a proposal from the advertising company IconGroupe to build a lighted billboard between the Bickford’s restaurant and Sleepy’s mattress store near the South Bay shopping center. The arrangement with IconGroupe would have brought the McCormack organization and two adjacent civic associations $1,500 in monthly revenue generated by the sign. Read more
The Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) appeared this past Tuesday, May 18th at the JFK Library and Museum, where they helped celebrate the presentation of the 14th Annual Rosoff Awards, which recognize companies that have meaningful diversity, mentoring, and inclusion programs. Now the multi-choir organization is getting ready for even bigger Dorchester appearance on Sunday, May 23 at 2pm.
For its free Season Finale Concert, all 9 BCC choirs will be performing music from the movies, and what better venue than that grand former movie palace, the Strand in Uphams Corner? Read more
The City Council has sixty days starting this week to vote on the firefighters’ arbitration award, receiving Mayor Thomas Menino’s appropriation for the deal awarded by an independent arbitrator and three analyses with different and nuanced views on the matter.
The arbitration awards 19.2 percent salary increase over four years, according to Menino, who outlined how the city is expected to pay for the deal in a letter to councillors on May 18. The award includes 2.5 percent increase in exchange for random drug and alcohol testing. Read more
May. 20, 2010
Tails wagged and smiles beamed Saturday as four years of work came to fruition with the opening of the new Ronan Park Dog Recreation Space. Over 70 supporters accompanied about 25 canines, neighborhood residents and city officials to open the dog park to the public. Read more
May. 20, 2010
Embracing the world of online marketing and promotion may seem like a daunting task for a nearly 60-year-old parochial school, but with the help of a group of marketing graduate students at UMass-Boston, St. Brendan’s Grammar School may be about to shake up its image for the twenty-first century and a more competitive education market. Read more
May. 20, 2010
The state Department of Conservation and Recreation unveiled five proposals aimed at extending a path along the Neponset River from Milton’s Central Avenue to Mattapan Square this week. The proposed one-mile extension will connect Pope John Paul II Park, a 72-acre area between the expressway and the Neponset River marshes, to the Neponset Valley Parkway in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Currently, the 2.5-mile trail links Pope John Paul II Park to Central Ave. Read more
May. 19, 2010
By Reporter Staff
The Reporter has learned that Boston Public Library officials are organizing a meeting for this Monday, May 24, to form a task force as they move forward with their plans to close the Lower Mills Library. The meeting is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Monday at Carney Hospital, in the president’s board room.
Koren Stembridge, the BPL’s chief director of partnerships, said Wednesday that the meeting would discuss “transitioning services from the library.” The meeting, she said, is open to the public, although the Reporter had not been officially notified about the meeting as of press time this week. Stembridge said that the meeting was announced at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Lower Mills Civic Association. Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports the fire, in the basement, broke out shortly before 12:30 p.m. at 59 Johnston St. No injuries were reported.
Updated Wednesday, May 19— Dr. Daniel H. O’Leary, who has led Dorchester’s Caritas Carney Hospital for the last four years, abruptly resigned as president last Friday, May 14. His departure comes as the Caritas Christi Health Care system that owns Carney is set to be sold to a for-profit equity firm for a reported $830 million. Sr. Marie Puleo, a senior vice president at Caritas and a Dorchester native, is now serving as the acting president of the Dorchester Avenue hospital.
O’Leary offered no comment when reached by the Reporter this week. Caritas Christi officials say that O’Leary left voluntarily and had been contemplating a departure for some time. Still, O’Leary’s resignation stunned the local health care and political community and his silence on the reasons behind his decision has fueled speculation that O’Leary was forced out by Caritas Christi’s leadership. Read more
May. 15, 2010
WEEKLY ROUNDUP: ‘THE TRANSITIONAL ELEMENT’
Recap and analysis of the week in state government
By Jim O’Sullivan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 14, 2010…….And so the defining image, so far, of this campaign has been sketched, and it is not Charles Baker tiptoeing discreetly into a ladies’ room or Tim Cahill selecting pricey swatches of art deco wallpaper for the Lottery suites. It’s Deval Patrick emerging, phoenix-like, from the mucky, Cadillac-littered and briskly taxed floor of the Charles River, triumphantly gripping a jagged piece of steel clamping. Read more
May. 14, 2010
A delegation of Boston civic and business leaders traveled to Haiti last month to deliver much-needed shelters and to assess the needs of the earthquake survivors in various parts of the country. Dorchester's own Charlotte Golar Richie — along with fellow traveler Sabine St. Lot- filed a report on their trip for our sister publication, the Boston Haitian Reporter.
Related: Sunday is Haitian Unity Parade on Blue Hill Avenue Read more
A for-profit equity firm’s proposal to acquire Caritas Christi, the Catholic hospital network that owns and operates the Carney and five other hospitals, has been formally filed with the state attorney general’s office, launching a review process that will include a hearing on the proposal in Dorchester. Read more
The Dorchester Historical Society at 195 Boston St. will be open this coming Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for tours of several newly installed exhibits. Following the tours, the Society’s Annual Meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and will include a slide lecture by Robert Severy on the subject of Diverse Dorchester.
The public and society members can take this opportunity to view the new exhibits, which include displays from Baker Chocolate history, the Huebener Brick collection, a newly-enlarged Dorchester Pottery setting, and a new Roswell Gleason Pewter showing.
– EARL TAYLOR Read more
The controversial Rev. Bruce Wall has long demanded a “state of emergency" be declared in Boston over homicides. This week he planned to meet with several city councillors – including Council President Michael Ross – and sing and pray outside the council chambers to bring attention to his cause. Read more
May. 13, 2010
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the history-making year when John Fitzgerald Kennedy embarked on a nationwide campaign to win the nomination of his party for he Presidency.
To commemorate the political events of 1960, Dorchester’s JFK Library has embarked on a day-by-day observance of Kennedy’s march to his win over Richard Nixon in November, beginning with the remarkable triumph of the Catholic Kennedy in the West Virginia primary, where the electorate was 95 percent Protestant. Read more
A district councillor this week became the first member of the City Council to oppose the raise awarded to Boston firefighters through arbitration, as his colleagues await a pair of analyses on the matter.
The 13-member City Council has been struggling with the question of whether they should approve the raise, constituting 19 percent over four years in exchange for random drug and alcohol testing. Last week, an independent arbitrator released a report outlining his reasons for the decision to award the raise to the firefighters. Read more
Mayor Thomas Menino’s education chief says “more than six” schools likely to be on the chopping block this year as she struggles with a budget that has rising health care costs, contains contracts up for renegotiation, and can’t depend on federal stimulus funds. Read more
May. 12, 2010
State Police announced Wednesday afternoon that they have captured Jeremy Price, the teen indicted on manslaughter charges who escaped from a program on the grounds of Tewksbury State Hospital Monday night. Price was captured by the violent fugitive unit at 109 Deven Street in Dorchester after a two-day search, police said. Read more
May. 12, 2010
Chris Lovett of Neighborhood Network News reports on the reaction of church leaders— some of whom claim they have been deliberately left out of city-led meetings — as officials attempt to mount a response to a series of recent murders , including Saturday's shooting death of a 14 year-old Dorchester youth.