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At Tavolo Ristorante, customers spur changes

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 17, 2009

When Chris Douglass opened the doors to Tavolo Ristorante in Dorchester in August 2008, he thought the business model was the perfect fit.

Located on the ground floor of 1918 Dorchester Avenue, the restaurant would offer easy access to the growing number of Ashmont residents looking to live at The Carruth, and also attract other neighborhood traffic, in particular those coming from the Ashmont MBTA station next door.  Read more

UMass-Boston moving to buy Bayside Expo; no plans for dorms

The University of Massachusetts-Boston is moving to purchase the Bayside Exposition Center on Columbia Point.

“We have signed a letter of intent to purchase the Bayside Property from L&R/CMAT,” UMass-Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley said yesterday morning in an interview. Asked if the Bayside property would be used as a site to construct student dormitories, Motley said, “We have no plans to build other student housing. Our plans call for 2000 units of housing on campus, next to the Peninsula building.”  Read more

UMass-Boston seeks to buy Bayside Expo; Motley says no plans for dorms

Wednesday, Dec 16- 5:00 p.m.- The University of Massachusetts-Boston is moving to purchase the Bayside Exposition Center on Columbia Point.

"We have signed a letter of intent to purchase the Bayside Property from L&R/CMAT," UMass-Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley said Wednesday morning, Dec. 16 in an interview. Asked if the Bayside property would be used as a site to construct student dormitories, Motley said, "We have no plans to build other student housing. Our plans call for 2000 units of housing on campus, next to the Peninsula building."  Read more

‘Strand Wonderland’ a family affair worthy of the name

It looks as if an army of elves has been doing an “Extreme Makeover:
Theater Edition” on the elegant mirrored-and-gilt lobby of certain former movie palace in Uphams Corner. The temporary peppermint red and white color scheme and twinkling trees are all part of the lavish preparations for the free annual “Strand Wonderland” family afternoon, scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Read more

A dramatic change for Mattapan Facility

By 
Elizabeth St. Victor, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 16, 2009

The Mattapan Community Health Center is ready to go to work on its expansion plans now that it has $11.5 million in federal stimulus funds to make things happen.

Dr. Azzie Young, president and CEO of the center was quick to react to the announcement of the grant award: “It is long overdue and our community is much deserving.  Read more

Growth in work at Dorchester House

By 
Sue Asci
Dec. 16, 2009

Massachusetts community health centers, including ones in Dorchester and Mattapan, hit the stimulus jackpot recently in receiving the highest amounts in federal funding of any state in the country. Eight proposals from across the state received grants totaling $80 million.
At the same time, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers is working with the state to identify other avenues of funding for those projects that didn’t get funded.  Read more

Question: What to do about No. 23 bus run?

When the No. 23 bus hits the intersection of Washington Street and Columbia Road, a transportation lifeline can become a clogged artery.
During the early morning and late afternoon, traffic backs up on either side of Washington Street. Added to the mix of cars and trucks are school buses and MBTA buses on other routes. That means more reasons to stop, sometimes backing up vehicles on Washington Street into the middle of Columbia Road.  Read more

Two-alarm fire damages Uphams Corner bakery, injures firefighter

A two-alarm fire broke out shortly before 10 p.m. on Monday in the basement of the Fiesta Bakery, 14 Hancock St., the Boston Fire Department reports.  Read more

Missing senior sought

UPDATE: He was found, safe, around 10 a.m. on Monday, police report.

Boston Police report they are looking for John Fahey, 84, who has been missing since Dec. 9.  Read more

East Milton-Lower Mills pipeline contract award expected this month

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 10, 2009

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority is expected to award a bid for a water pipe replacement and rehabilitation project spanning from Milton to Lower Mills at its Dec. 16 board meeting.

 The cost of the project, which will include the replacement of 9,200 feet of water pipe from East Milton Square to Lower Mills, has been put at about $20 million with a 3-1/2-year completion schedule, said MWRA spokeswoman Ria Convery. Depending on the weather, work could begin as early as February, she said.  Read more

Prosecutors challenging Wilkerson dismissal push

Federal prosecutors are striking back at former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson’s accusations that they acted improperly in arresting her on corruption charges and hyped her arrest with photos of her allegedly stuffing cash into her bra.

Wilkerson’s attorney, Max Stern, has said the media coverage that has followed the arrest has been “inflammatory” and has potentially endangered her chances of a fair trial by jury. He has also argued that minorities are underrepresented on local juries.  Read more

Matters to consider as 2010 Census gears up

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 10, 2009

The state could lose millions of dollars in federal funding over the next decade if the upcoming 2010 U.S. census results in an undercounting of residents.

Census data is also important because it is used to determine how many seats a state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Read more

UPDATE- Report- Fired St. Peter’s Teen Center director to return to work

By 
Ed Forry
Dec. 10, 2009

UPDATE- December 17- 5:00 p.m. The longtime director of the St. Peter's Teen Center on Bowdoin Street will return to his post, the Reporter has learned. Father Jack Ahern, pastor of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and St Peter's parishes, today told this newspaper: "Catholic Charities called to inform me and others that Paulo De Barros, who has been with the Teen Center for 9 years has been reinstated as director. As you know he was fired a few weeks back and there has been a series of interventions by many within the extended community and parish to bring him back.  Read more

City Singers bringing voices to Peabody Square

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by Jill S. Gross, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 10, 2009

Jane Money, artistic director for Boston City Singers, leads the group’s Concert Chorus in a rehearsal for its annual holiday concert Saturday. 	Photo by Jill S. Gross.Jane Money, artistic director for Boston City Singers, leads the group’s Concert Chorus in a rehearsal for its annual holiday concert Saturday. Photo by Jill S. Gross.

Members of the Boston City Singers stomped, clapped, and sang one selection for their upcoming holiday concert again and again last weekend. And, as they worked to ensure that their timing and rhythm were exactly right, they had the perfect teacher – the song’s composer, the award- winning film and concert composer Kareem Roustom.  Read more

It’s Coakley big; but Boston still likes Capuano

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano had a good ground game, but Attorney General Martha Coakley had a better one, taking in a landslide the Democratic nomination in the U.S. Senate race to replace the late Edward M. Kennedy.

If she wins the Jan. 19 special election against state Sen. Scott Brown (R-Wrentham), Coakley will become the state’s first female U.S. senator. The frontrunner since the beginning of the race in September, she is widely expected to prevail.  Read more

Man convicted of murdering, dismembering father in 2006

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Brian Lee, 45, first-degree murder for the 2006 death of his father, Edward Lee, in his Mattapan home, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Judge John Cratsley quickly pronounced the mandatory sentence of life in state prison without possibility of parole for Lee, who represented himself.

Prosecutors say the elder Lee obtained a restraining order against his son on Oct. 25, 2006 and that his son murdered him sometime between then and Oct. 27.  Read more

Man charged with August murder on Norwell Street

Boston Police today issued an arrest warrant for Amos "Ace" Don for the Aug. 25 murder of Lewiston, Maine resident Erica Field in a car outside 105 Norwell St.  Read more

Former Mattapan man sought for March triple murder in Dorchester

Authorities say a man who may now be living on Trinidad is now wanted for the deaths of three people outside a Dorchester party in March.  Read more

Lane restrictions on the Neponset River Bridge Monday night

The northbound side of Quincy Shore Drive at the Neponset River Bridge will have two lanes closed tonight as crews make repairs.  Read more

Woman found dead on Vassar Street; police say it was murder

Boston Police say officers responding to calls from neighbors found the body of a woman with "head trauma" in an apartment at 7 Vassar St. shorly after 7 p.m., Saturday.  Read more

Two Dorchester men charged with trying to murder Roxbury rival

Two Dorchester men were arraigned today on charges they tried to murder a member of a rival Cape Verdean faction on Albion Street in Roxbury last night.  Read more

Man pulled from Neponset River identified as William Macrae, 32

By 
Staff
Dec. 3, 2009

Law enforcement officials have identified the man pulled from the Dorchester side of Neponset River as 32-year-old William Macrae. He was discovered lying in shallow water, off Ventura Street in Lower Mills, five feet from the shoreline on Sunday morning at 8:10 by a woman walking her dog.

Officials from the State Police, Boston Fire Department and the Boston Police Department responded to her call.

There were no apparent signs of trauma and no indications of foul play at the scene or in the area, according to Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.  Read more

‘Messiah Sunday’ Mass returns for 15th year on Sunday; 11 a.m. service at Blessed Mother Teresa Church

This weekend the 11 a.m. "Messiah Sunday" Mass at Blessed Mother Teresa Parish will mark 15 years that Music Director Sheldon Lee has been re-creating a grand European Advent tradition in Dorchester parishes.  Read more

Health and race fuel discussions in neighborhoods; 2009 City report setting the agenda

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 3, 2009

Health disparities along racial lines is a persistent theme in the Boston Public Health Commission’s Health of Boston 2009 report, which neighbors began discussing at community meetings this fall.

The findings in the report were the subject of a community meeting this week in Dorchester, organized in partnership with the Codman Square Health Council, part of the Codman Square Neighborhood Council.  Read more

Headmaster aims high at English

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By Elizabeth St. Victor; Special to the Reporter
Dec. 3, 2009

Boston English High School is experiencing wide, structural changes under the direction of its new headmaster Dr. Sito Narcisse, a 33-year-old Haitian-American educator who hopes to transform the struggling Jamaica Plain institution into one of the city’s best performing high schools.  Read more