Jun. 26, 2013
Three of the twelve candidates running for mayor, meeting in a forum on Tuesday at the Palm restaurant at One International Place, differed among themselves on whether the city’s School Committee should consist of elected or mayorally appointed members. Read more
Jun. 25, 2013
The special election for U.S. Senate may be over, but weary Massachusetts voters will get little reprieve from the seemingly endless cycle of campaigns as attention shifts immediately to other races looming large on the political frontier. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports it got a quick lead on a suspect in a Fields Corner robbery yesterday - the alleged criminal mastermind left behind his birth certificate. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports two men and a woman, all in their 20s, were shot to death at 153 Intervale St. around 4:15 a.m.
Police are looking for a maroon or red, older looking Mercury car. Anybody with information can contact detectives at 617-343-4470 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or by texting TIP to CRIME (27463).
Jun. 21, 2013
Lower Mills-based Vargas & Vargas Insurance has issued a call for nominations for the 5th annual Boston’s Best Neighbor Award. The citywide contest is open to all Boston residents, according to award founder Carlos Vargas, president of Vargas & Vargas Insurance.
“The purpose of the annual Boston’s Best Neighbor Award is to honor an individual who has demonstrated special care, concern and volunteer hours to make their neighborhood a safer, more pleasant and more friendly community for all the residents,” said Vargas. “This individual may have made contributions to other neighborhoods, projects or citywide concerns.” Read more
In the wake of primaries in US Senate and state Senate races, and a general election for a state Senate seat, Dorchester and Mattapan voters will go to the polls next week for the third time in three months. This time, on June 25, it’ll be to choose John Kerry’s successor.
US Rep. Ed Markey, a Malden Democrat, and newcomer Gabriel Gomez, a Cohasset Republican, are the two candidates on the ballot, survivors of the April 30 primary that winnowed the fields on either side. Read more
Four bus routes that run through Dorchester and Mattapan and are among the 15 busiest routes in the MBTA system are set for improvements this summer, transit officials said this week. Aiming to reduce trip times and improve reliability and comfort for riders, officials plan to consolidate some stops and add shelters, benches, trash barrels, and signage to others. Read more
Edmond Romulus, a Milton resident, has pulled nomination papers and is aiming to run in the special election for the vacant 12th Suffolk District House seat. Romulus, who managed Jean-Claude Sanon’s campaign for City Council At-Large in 2009, says he plans to run as an independent. Read more
Jun. 20, 2013
Though Dorchester Day was celebrated a few weeks ago, Kelly Butts still cannot fathom the outpouring of support she received to become Mayor of Dorchester. “A little tiny party I had at St. Brendan’s and I could not believe how many people came,” she said.
Originally from Milton, Butts lives in St. Brendan’s parish. At 25, she got her first apartment in Dorchester with the intention of returning to her hometown. But she never went back. “I just never left. I love it here,” she said. “Honestly, no place like it.” Read more
On a chilly May morning outside a Dunkin’ Donuts in Fields Corner, Felix G. Arroyo was pouring on the charm.
“I want to know how you look so good at your age,” Arroyo said, recognizing the 80-year-old man approaching him. “Eat good food,” the old man said. “I already messed that up today,” Arroyo said as the man signed the nomination papers needed to get Arroyo onto the mayoral ballot. Read more
As the Volvo sped westbound on Storrow Drive last Thursday night, Gustavo Quiroga, in the passenger seat, sketched out what had happened over the previous 36 hours.
Quiroga and the driver, City Councillor Michael Ross, along with campaign manager Cayce McCabe had been up since roughly 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Twelve hours later, Ross and friends were at the State Room in downtown Boston, where he kicked off his mayoral campaign in front of 350 people, before heading to Darryl’s Corner Bar in Roxbury. Read more
This Saturday, the day after summer officially arrives, two local events will kick off the outdoor arts season: a temporary museum in Uphams Corner and an official opening ceremony at a new arts venue in Four Corners. Read more
Elizabeth Seton Academy
The 9th commencement took place on Thursday, May 26 at St. Gregory Church. An invited speaker was Jana M. Karp, Founder, Boston Youth Sanctuary. Hoang Ngan Hong Tran delivered the valedictory address. Diplomas were presented to 25 graduates: Read more
Could this be the future of public transit in parts of Boston— perhaps even Dorchester's own Columbia Point? How about Blue Hill Avenue?
Moving around town in a solar-powered “pod” that cuts down on congestion, helps the environment and gives you your own space to breathe? Sounds like a storyboard from The Jetsons, but the technology exists and is advancing in other parts of the globe, especially in airports like London’s Heathrow, shown in this YouTube video: Read more
Jun. 13, 2013
Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, introduced by Senate President Therese Murray as "another Dorchester girl," joined the Upper Chamber just after 2 p.m. Thursday after being sworn in by Gov. Deval Patrick.
"There is work we are going to do together," a jubilant Dorcena Forry said in remarks from the Senate rostrum. Read more
Jun. 13, 2013
At times pausing, as her voice quavered, Senator-elect Linda Dorcena Forry gave her farewell speech in the House Wednesday with a caveat.
“Today is not a farewell because I’m just moving down the hall, on the fifth floor. So I expect to see all of you there, and we’ll continue to work together,” the Dorchester Democrat said. “It is a great day, but it is also a sad day.” Read more
Jun. 13, 2013
Several of the candidates hoping to succeed state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry in the State House hit the campaign trail this week, wasting little time in their bids for public office. That’s probably because the primary, which will likely be determinative in the heavily Democratic district, is looming: Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin, the state’s elections chief, announced last week that the primary will be on Aug. 13, with the general election on Sept. 10, two weeks before the Sept. 24 election that will winnow down the candidates for mayor and City Council. Read more
Jun. 13, 2013
Gov. Deval Patrick this week used a two-family home on Glenway Street in Dorchester to highlight a push for 10,000 loans over a five-year period to first-time, lower-income homebuyers. He also pointed to $1.3 million that is being funneled into foreclosure prevention grants and other programs. Read more
Jun. 13, 2013
Members of the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association voted in a new slate of officers last month as part of its annual elections. The new president of the association, which meets monthly, is Eileen Boyle, who takes over for Anne Riley. Peter McNamara is the new vice president, replacing Maureen McQuillen. Read more
Jun. 12, 2013
Next Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Strand, Dorchester theatre artists and their greater Boston colleagues will present a free staged reading of “A Soldier’s Play,” Charles Fuller’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the murder of a black sergeant in segregated WWII barracks. Read more
Jun. 12, 2013
Some struggling homeowners in Massachusetts are being forced out of their homes due to a federal agency’s obstinate policy on so-called “short sales,” activists and housing experts say. The agency in question, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two government-supported organizations that handle mortgages.
Elizabeth Warren, a consumer advocate before she was elected to the US Senate in 2012, last week wrote an opinion piece for the Reporter, laying out the problem: “In some of those short sales, friends, families, or nonprofit organizations are willing to buy the home at fair market value, then work out a rental or re-sale to the family living in it,” she wrote. “The mortgage company gets the same amount as in a sale to strangers, but the homeowner has a last-chance to save the family home… But the FHFA flatly refuses these deals. The agency’s so-called ‘arm’s-length’ policy means that it will instead demand that the family be moved out and the home be sold at a lower-priced foreclosure sale.” Read more
Jun. 12, 2013
Arriving Wednesday morning at Market Basket, Department of Transitional Assistance Commissioner Stacey Monahan grabbed a shopping cart, armed with a specials flyer, a calculator, and $31.50 to spend on groceries for the week – the same amount a person living on food stamps receives.
She headed for the dairy aisle, first picking up a block of Monterey Jack cheese priced at two for $5. She puts it in the shopping cart, but takes it out a moment later when she finds cheese priced at two for $4. She puts one cheese in her cart.
Monahan and Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz are grocery shopping this week with the same amount of money as a person living on the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). Both Polanowicz and Monahan hope the experiment will provide them with some perspective. Read more