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Two alleged pot distributors arrested on Port Norfolk street; one also charged with littering

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

Man shot to death on Washington Street

The Boston Police Department reports Jihad Watters, 24, was shot around 4:30 p.m., Thursday, at 795 Washington St.. He died not long after his arrival at Boston Medical Center.  Read more

State's job growth in April biggest in 17 years

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Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
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

In close votes, McCormack civic group rejects billboard plans

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By Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
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

Boston Children’s Chorus finale comes to the Strand

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

REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Clock ticking on firefighter contract

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

New dog run at Ronan Park opens

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By Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
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

Dot Chiefs skate to national title

National champs: Dorchester Chiefs celebrate their 2010 USA Hockey Tier II Under-18 championshipNational champs: Dorchester Chiefs celebrate their 2010 USA Hockey Tier II Under-18 championship. Top row: Coaches Scott Perry, Charlie Pero and Ross Pasquantonio. Players, left to right: Timmy Wilson, Brendan Fitzgerald, Nick Bligh, Joe Dipietro, Eric Lively, Matt Furey, Sal Tecci, Mike Sullivan, Jared Wiedemann, Pat Curtis, John Magliozzi, Barret O’Neil, Mike Lopez and Dave Cotter.

Bruins fans, sadly, have to wait another year. But, Dorchester can once again claim bragging rights as the nation’s hockey champs, thanks to a gritty crew of teens who have once again put Dot on the national sports map.  Read more

St. Brendan’s School looking to focus image; UMass pitches in

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By Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
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

Mattapan, Milton mull Neponset Greenway options

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Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
May. 20, 2010

Neponset Greenway: One of five proposed alternatives for extending the Neponset Greenway trail includes a route along the Milton side of the river. The path currently ends at Central Ave., shown above. Photo by Ed ForryNeponset Greenway: One of five proposed alternatives for extending the Neponset Greenway trail includes a route along the Milton side of the river. The path currently ends at Central Ave., shown above. Photo by Ed Forry

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

BPL forming task force for Lower Mills shut-down

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Staff
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

Woman shot in the hip

The Boston Police Department reports a woman heard gunfire around 2:30 a.m., Sunday, at Weybosset Road, then realized she'd been hit.  Read more

Dryer fire does $50,000 damage to Dorchester three decker

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.

O'Leary out at Carney Hospital after e-mail flap; Puleo named acting president

Sr. Marie Puleo: Acting president at Carney HospitalSr. Marie Puleo: Acting president at Carney HospitalUpdated 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

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: ‘THE TRANSITIONAL ELEMENT’

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Jim O'Sullivan, SHNS Special to The Reporter
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

Delegation returns with hope, commitment to Haiti

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Reporter Staff
May. 14, 2010

Boston fact-finders report on Haiti's needs: Trip members included Darnell Williams of the Urban League, Herby Duverne, Sabine St. Lot, Sandy Cody, Gerald Reid, and Charlotte Golar Richie with their hosts Bob and Magalie Hyppolite and Haitian Minister Edwin Paraison (far left). Photo by Joel TheodatBoston fact-finders report on Haiti's needs: Trip members included Darnell Williams of the Urban League, Herby Duverne, Sabine St. Lot, Sandy Cody, Gerald Reid, and Charlotte Golar Richie with their hosts Bob and Magalie Hyppolite and Haitian Minister Edwin Paraison (far left). Photo by Joel Theodat

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

Review of Caritas transfer begins

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

New exhibits to open at Historical Society, This Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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
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Reporter's Notebook: Rev. Wall sees some clergy as ‘house pastors’ for mayor

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

New exhibit hails JFK’s W. Va. primary win in 1960

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Ed Forry, Publisher
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

Turner a ‘no’ as City Council waits for analysis of firefighter pact

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

‘More than 6’ public schools in Boston likely to close

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

Fugitive teen captured on Deven Street

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State House News Service
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

NNN report: Church divide seen in response to murders

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Reporter Staff
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.

Church Divide in Response to Violence from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.