Matt Casey finds it hard to describe his one-week experience treating earthquake victims in Haiti.
â€œIt was like trying to hold up a waterfall,â€ said Casey, a 48- year-old Melville Park resident who works as a physician assistant in general surgery at Caritas Carney Hospital. â€œIt was so massive, it was just overwhelming.â€
Casey, a Boston native who has lived in Dorchester for the last decade, volunteered to join one of several medical teams dispatched to Haiti by the archdiocesan-run health care system. Casey was part of a second wave of Caritas docs, nurses and other staff who hit the ground in Haiti on Jan. 22. Read more
Feb. 3, 2010
U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown wants to be sworn Thursday afternoon, and asked Gov. Deval Patrick Wednesday to certify the Jan. 19 election results immediately.
In a letter sent by Brown campaign counsel Daniel Winslow, Brown's camp asked that Brown's election receive certification "without delay." Read more
Feb. 2, 2010
Liquefied natural gas shipments from Yemen, scheduled to pass through Boston Harbor on the way to Everett, have unnerved elected officials, who acknowledged Tuesday they are largely powerless to stop federal ratification of the deliveries. Read more
Feb. 1, 2010
I have lived in Boston since 1983. Campaigns and election days are my favorite sport. I canâ€™t help myself. Itâ€™s fun to pay attention to the banter, debates, and the way voters in this great city get engaged in elections. To me, itâ€™s better than the World Series and the Super Bowl combined. But this time around, I noticed less attention being paid to the electorate of the City of Boston by both candidates in the final run for the U.S. Senate seat once held by Ted Kennedy and occupied since his death by Paul Kirk. Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports a third-floor short-circuit caused a two-alarm fire at 55 Monsignor Lydon Way shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday that injured one firefighter. Read more
Fans of classic Motown and pop musicals are singing â€œAnd I Am Telling You That I AM Goingâ€ all the way to box office of the Colonial Theatre to get seats for the February 2- 14 run of the touring revival of â€œDreamgirls.â€ Read more
Jan. 28, 2010
U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown said this week he was frustrated with the pace of the stateâ€™s economic stimulus spending, charging that Gov. Deval Patrick had not been funneling the funds fast enough. â€œThe governor has a lot of stimulus money and he hasnâ€™t released it,â€ Brown said.
The Wrentham Republican said on Tuesday that he would meet with Patrick today and â€œrespectfully suggestâ€ that the state deploy spending under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act more quickly. Read more
The City Councilâ€™s two newest members were placed atop two new panels focusing on girls and women and the nationwide headcount known as the 2010 Census.
City Council President Michael Ross this week appointed City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo to head the Special Committee on the Census and fellow Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley to the Committee on Women and Healthy Communities. Read more
Jan. 28, 2010
Dorchesterâ€™s elected officials are requesting a meeting with the archdiocese of Boston to discuss the planned closing in June of the Dorchester Central campus of Pope John Paul II Academy â€“ known to most residents as St. Markâ€™s School â€“ and to explore the possibility of alternatives to the move. Read more
Acting B-3 Captain Joseph Boyle has been appointed permanently to the post, Boston Police Department officials said this week. Boyle, who has been promoted to captain from lieutenant, has been serving as acting captain since November, when James Claiborne left to become deputy chief of police at Harvard University in November. The B-3 District covers parts of Dorchester and Mattapan where there were 3,000 arrests in 2008. Read more
Our sister publication Boston Haitian Reporter has the details on today's jewelry sale to benefit the Haitian Health Foundation. The Adams Corner event is one of several events around the city today that will bring people together in common cause for Haiti.
The Dorchester Central campus of Pope John Paul II Academy will close in June of this year, according to parents who were informed of the decision at a meeting last evening. The school, housed in what was once St. Mark's Grammar School, is one of five that collectively make up the Catholic academy in Dorchester. Read more
Jan. 21, 2010
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 21, 2010â€¦...Addressing a state shaken up by an electoral stunner and drained by sustained economic woes, Gov. Deval Patrick acknowledged missteps but vowed to stay focused on struggling citizensâ€™ needs, using his annual speech to lay out a limited policy agenda for the final 11 months of his term.
Describing himself as â€œunsatisfiedâ€ and â€œdetermined,â€ Patrick called for residents to convert their dissatisfaction into progress. Read more
Jan. 21, 2010
In his successful bid for U.S. Senate, Scott Brown successfully captured three precincts in Ward 16 in Dorchester, long considered a Democratic stronghold. Some residents were not completely surprised with the results.
â€œWe all sensed the tenor of the time. She [Coakley] became associated with the status quo,â€ said William Walczak, director of the Codman Square Health Center. â€œObviously he hit a nerve. People are scared about the economy and that things are not getting better. They are scared about what the new health bill means. They are saying they want change.â€ Read more
Jan. 21, 2010
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 â€œin-districtâ€ charter schools to Dorchester, home to a number of the cityâ€™s underperforming schools. Read more
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
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 Dorchesterâ€™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 cityâ€™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
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 othersâ€™ 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. Thereâ€™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
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