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Stories from Haiti; The Medical Division: Carney staffer pitches in

Matt Casey finds it hard to describe his one-week experience treating earthquake victims in Haiti.

Matt Casey: Caritas Carney physician assistant and Dorchester resident Matt Casey, right,  is shown alongside Caritas Christi Health Care’s Dr. Mark Pearlmutter in the Haitian town of Milot last month.  Caritas Carney Hospital photo.Matt Casey: Caritas Carney physician assistant and Dorchester resident Matt Casey, right, is shown alongside Caritas Christi Health Care’s Dr. Mark Pearlmutter in the Haitian town of Milot last month. Caritas Carney Hospital photo.

“It was like trying to hold up a waterfall,” said Casey, a 48- year-old Melville Park resident who works as a physician assistant in general surgery at Caritas Carney Hospital. “It was so massive, it was just overwhelming.”

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

Brown wants to be sworn-in today

By 
State House News Service
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

Menino blasts decision to allow LNG tanker into harbor

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
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

Neglected urban centers held the winning key for Coakley

By 
Melida Arredondo
Feb. 1, 2010

I have lived in Boston since 1983. Campaigns and election days are my favorite sport. I can’t help myself. It’s fun to pay attention to the banter, debates, and the way voters in this great city get engaged in elections. To me, it’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

Late-night fire forces 14 into the cold on Monsignor Lydon Way

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

Cataloni's appeals shutdown to state

The owners of Cataloni's, 10 Hancock St., have asked the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission to overrule the Boston Licensing Board's decision to shut it because of alleged cocaine sales and purchases by customers.  Read more

Recast ‘Dreamgirls’ opens Hub run next Tuesday

Fans of classic Motown and pop musicals are singing “And I Am Telling You That I AM Going” all the way to box office of the Colonial Theatre to get seats for the February 2- 14 run of the touring revival of “Dreamgirls.”  Read more

Brown says he’s frustrated by pace of stimulus spending; sits down with Menino

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Jan. 28, 2010

U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown said this week he was frustrated with the pace of the state’s economic stimulus spending, charging that Gov. Deval Patrick had not been funneling the funds fast enough. “The governor has a lot of stimulus money and he hasn’t released it,” Brown said.

The Wrentham Republican said on Tuesday that he would meet with Patrick today and “respectfully suggest” that the state deploy spending under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act more quickly.  Read more

New councillors given chairs of census, women/health panels

The City Council’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

Pope JPII school on St. Mark's site is closing in June

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 28, 2010

St Marks

Dorchester’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 – known to most residents as St. Mark’s School – and to explore the possibility of alternatives to the move.  Read more

Boyle named B-3 captain; Turner concerned over B-2 situation

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

Bank seeks city help to sell off C.F. Donovan's

The Boston Licensing Board on Thursday will consider a request from Mt. Washington Bank to hold off revocation of C.F. Donovan's liquor license so it can try to sell it and recoup some of its losses.  Read more

City board vows to shut Uphams Corner bar

The Boston Licensing Board said today it will seek to shut Cataloni's, 10 Hancock St., after police described a Nov. 28 incident in which a woman was arrested inside the bar on charges of selling cocaine to bar patrons.  Read more

Man shot to death in Mattapan

Boston Police report officers responded to 60 Goodale Rd. around 5:40 this morning to find a man lying on the ground with a gunshot wound.

He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he died later in the day. Police are describing him only as black and 22.  Read more

Gerard's Adams Corner hosts jewelry sale today to benefit Haiti

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.

Central campus of Catholic Academy to close in June, parents told

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

Patrick: Turn anger in "positive direction"

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Jan. 21, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 21, 2010…...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 citizens’ needs, using his annual speech to lay out a limited policy agenda for the final 11 months of his term.

Describing himself as “unsatisfied” and “determined,” Patrick called for residents to convert their dissatisfaction into progress.  Read more

The next day: "Repudiation of Status Quo"

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
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.

“We all sensed the tenor of the time. She [Coakley] became associated with the status quo,” said William Walczak, director of the Codman Square Health Center. “Obviously 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.”  Read more

Boston Children’s Chorus Celebrates King’s Legacy

By 
Kendra Stanton Lee, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 21, 2010

Ed law expected to bring ‘in-district’ charters to Dot

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 “in-district” charter schools to Dorchester, home to a number of the city’s underperforming schools.  Read more

State comes up with $1 million to redesign Morton/Gallivan intersection

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
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

City gets $13.6m in foreclosure funding

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
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 Dorchester’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 city’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

‘HAITIANS HELPING HAITIANS’ - A Boston emigré reports from the scene

Haiti: Residents pitched in by carrying water in Port-au-Prince last Sunday as relief groups and officials focused on moving the aid flowing into Haiti to survivors of the powerful earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull).Haiti: Residents pitched in by carrying water in Port-au-Prince last Sunday as relief groups and officials focused on moving the aid flowing into Haiti to survivors of the powerful earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull).

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 others’ 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. There’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

Suburbs put Brown over the top; gets strong showing in Neponset

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