Race heats up for Fifth Suffolk state rep’s seat; Garrison lawsuit over ballot is tossed out

One special primary election down, one more to go.

Dorchester voters have gone to the polls eight times in the last 12 months, including last week, when they picked former State House aide Dan Hunt as Marty Walsh’s successor in a five-way Democratic primary.

The next one is set for April 1, with five Democrats competing to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, who was ousted from his Fifth Suffolk seat in February by an overwhelming majority of his House colleagues.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook | Gov hopeful Berwick: Voters ready for a ‘new progressivism’

Don Berwick stays away from caffeine.

“Decaf, please,” he reminds a waitress at McKenna’s in Savin Hill, as she goes to refill his cup.

He got off caffeine just before he moved to Washington, D.C. He had a headache for three or four months. And then, it “changed my life.”

“I didn’t like the stimulation all the time,” he says.

On the campaign trail, stimulation can seem like a necessity. The days are long, a never-ending schedule of greeting voters and phoning donors.

No wonder campaigns run on Dunkin’, or a reasonable facsimile. But Berwick does not.  Read more

Seattle mayor leads delegation to tour Boston schools

David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 13, 2014

Interested in improving early education in his home city, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and a delegation of other top city officials toured Boston schools last week.

Murray and his group observed preschool and kindergarten classrooms at the Eliot School in the North End and the Ellis Memorial School, an independent preschool program in the South End.  Read more

In Mattapan, police brass put focus on engaging youth

Will Taylor, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 13, 2014

A open meeting was held last Thursday, March 6 in the Mattapan Branch Public Library to discuss violence in the neighborhood and to engage stakeholders in a discussion about resources, prevention, and response. In attendance were police officers, community organizers, and non-profit leaders, who fielded questions from local residents.  Read more

Essay contest asks students: What's your advice for Mayor Walsh?

Dot Day Parade set for June 1, 2014: Essay contest deadline is March 20Dot Day Parade set for June 1, 2014: Essay contest deadline is March 20The Dorchester Reporter is once again pleased to sponsor this year’s Dorchester Day Parade Committee Essay Contest. The contest is open to students in grades 6-8 who live in Dorchester or attend a Dorchester school. The deadline for the contest is March 20. Two prizes will be awarded to the two best entries.

This year’s topic relates to the historic election of Mayor Martin J. Walsh: “Please write an essay that gives the Mayor your advice on how to make Dorchester a better place for young people to live, learn and play. Please give at least three specific action steps that Mayor Walsh should take to make life better in your neighborhood.”  Read more

Candidates for governor put conditions on support for more charter schools

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Mar. 11, 2014

Lifting the cap on charter schools in certain underperforming school districts is a question that may test Gov. Deval Patrick this year or his successor next year, and a News Service survey of contenders for the Corner Office found broad, but qualified support that crosses party lines.  Read more

Man charged with Christmas murder on Wales Street

A Dorchester man was ordered held without bail Thursday at his arraignment on charges he shot a man to death after a Christmas-eve concert.

Ian Holness, 27, stood behind a door as murder and illegal-weapons charges were read against him in Dorchester District Court this morning, frustrating the relatives and friends of Rashaan O'Neil, 36, who wanted to get a look at O'Neil's accused killer.  Read more

Garrison suing state elections chief for ballot access in Henriquez seat race

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 6, 2014

Althea Garrison, a frequent candidate for public office, is suing state elections chief Bill Galvin, claiming she should be on the Democratic primary ballot in the special election to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez.  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: Governor hopeful Avellone focusing on drug-abuse crisis

Joe Avellone, a former healthcare executive and one of the five Democrats running for governor, toured the Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury on Wednesday and highlighted his ideas on how to slow the state’s mounting substance abuse crisis.

Avellone has said he would set up an Office of Recovery within the Health and Human Services secretariat if he becomes governor. Cases currently routed through the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse would be sent to that office instead, he said.  Read more

‘Urban village’ eyed for Uphams Corner

David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 6, 2014

A correction has been appended to this article.

A rendering included in a draft report of the BRA’s Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative depicts improvements to the streetscape along Dudley Street looking west towards the Uphams Corner station. 	Image courtesy BRAA rendering included in a draft report of the BRA’s Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative depicts improvements to the streetscape along Dudley Street looking west towards the Uphams Corner station. Image courtesy BRA

At an open house held last Wednesday in the in the Salvation Army Kroc Center, the Uphams Corner neighborhood’s shining example of urban redevelopment, officials from the Boston Redevelopment Authority presented a draft plan for a number of new projects in the area.

Dozens of residents walked from station to station, learning about the various types of redevelopment planned and were encouraged to offer their own advice and comments on the project. The open house represented the kickoff of a 14-day comment period for the community.  Read more

Main Streets districts, now a Walsh priority, get ‘innovation’ grants

Evelyn Darling, center, has led the Fields Corner Main Street organization since 2005. She will leave the group this month to take a new role with Viet-AID. She is shown above with members of the Main Street’s board last November at their annual Dotini event at the Blarney Stone. Photo courtesy FCMSEvelyn Darling, center, has led the Fields Corner Main Street organization since 2005. She will leave the group this month to take a new role with Viet-AID. She is shown above with members of the Main Street’s board last November at their annual Dotini event at the Blarney Stone. Photo courtesy FCMS

Programs in Mattapan Square, Uphams Corner, and Grove Hall that provide technical assistance to businesses in those neighborhoods received a boost last week with grant money for public art, business fairs, and marketing efforts.  Read more

Parade organizers, gay groups remain at odds; Walsh hopeful

Mayor Marty Walsh is still hopeful that a deal allowing gay groups to march in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 16 will happen even as the parade organizers and one of the groups appear to be far apart.  Read more

Dan Hunt wins primary vote to succeed Walsh in House

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan
Mar. 4, 2014

Dan Hunt celebrated his primary election victory on Tuesday, March 4 with supporters at Phillips Old Colony House. Photo by Mike Deehan

This post was updated at 3:06 p.m. on Wednesday with the latest version of the story.

Dan Hunt will be the next representative for the 13th Suffolk House District. The former State House aide and Department of Conservation and Recreation staff member won a decisive victory in Tuesday’s special primary, besting four other Democrats in an election that drew a sparse turnout to the polls.

With no Republicans on the ballot on Tuesday, a Hunt win in the April 1 general election is a foregone conclusion.  Read more

Man stabbed to death on Washington Street

The Boston Police Department reports a man was stabbed shortly before 5:30 a.m. on Saturday at 744 Washington St.

The man managed to make it to Carney Hospital, where he died, police say.

Another man charged with ambush murder on Havelock Street

The Boston Police Department reports arresting Andrew Robertson, 37, of Hyde Park, on charges he participated in ambushing and murdering Romeo McCubbin early on Dec. 14 on Havelock Street.

Robertson was ordered held without bail at his arraignment on a murder charge at Dorchester District Court on Monday, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.  Read more

Man stabbed to death outside Columbia Point hotel

Mar. 3, 2014

A man died Saturday after he was stabbed during a fight outside of a Columbia Point hotel. The unidentified victim was one of two men found suffering from stab wounds just before 3 a.m. outside of the Doubletree Hotel on Mt. Vernon Street.  Read more

Walsh seat candidates appear on BNN

Reporter Staff
Feb. 28, 2014

The five candidates hoping to replace Marty Walsh in the State House talked public safety and education during individual appearances on BNN News.

BNN's Chris Lovett interviewed them in the videos below. The Democratic primary is March 4, and with no Republicans running, the election is expected to be determinative of who will take the 13th Suffolk seat after the April 1 general election.  Read more

Smoker blamed for Fields Corner fire that displaced 12

<a href="">Photo by BFD</a>.

The Boston Fire Department says "careless disposal of smoking material" this morning sparked a two-alarm fire that displaced 12 people and injured a firefighter at 24 Freeman St.

The fire, right behind the inbound platform at the Fields Corner Red Line stop, was reported around 10:15 a.m. It started under the 2 1/2-story building's rear porch.

One firefighter suffered burns. The department estimated damage at $300,000.

Early sign-up deadline for Cedar Grove Baseball is Monday

Feb. 27, 2014

Registration for Cedar Grove Baseball continues this week with a March 3 deadline for discounted fees. The league, serving the youth of Dorchester for over six decades, has a new website that allows for registration online: The league is also hosting an in-person sign-up session on Sat. March 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richard J Murphy School/Leahy-Halloran Community Center at One Worrell Street. Children ages 5-15 can play in Cedar Grove Baseball. The league’s t-ball division includes kids ages 5-7 (as of April 30). T-ball games are played at Dorchester Park.  Read more

Today’s the day for five seeking to fill Walsh seat

Voters in Dorchester and a precinct in Quincy will go to the polls on Tuesday to pick a Democratic nominee in the special election to replace Marty Walsh on Beacon Hill. With no Republican on the ballot, the Democratic primary, which features five candidates, is the main event.

The contenders include Liam Curran, a labor-focused attorney; former reporter Gene Gorman; former state Department of Conservation and Recreation aide and attorney Dan Hunt; Boston Public Health Commission attorney PJ McCann; and Cedar Grove civic activist John O’Toole.

Reporter Editorial: Hunt is best choice in a good field  Read more

Baseball for disabled kids planned in Savin Hill

Savin Hill Little League will introduce a new division specifically for developmentally and physically challenged youth this season. The “Challenger” division will be the first opportunity for non-typical kids to play baseball in their own neighborhood.

“The hope is to set them up with buddies and bring them all together socially and to have fun playing baseball,” said Brendan McDonough, who is serving as commissioner of the Challenger division. “For some kids who’ve tried baseball, and it didn’t work out for them, this gives them another option.”  Read more

Six file papers for Henriquez House seat

Six potential contenders in the Fifth Suffolk special election turned in their nomination papers this week, a day after one of them picked up the endorsement of a local ward committee.

The candidates who could succeed former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez include Evandro Carvalho, an attorney; Karen Charles, chief of staff at the state’s Department of Telecommunications; Jennifer Johnson, a local activist; Barry Lawton, who has run for this seat previously; and perennial candidates Althea Garrison and Roy Owens.  Read more

A breakfast of ‘firsts’ for Dorcena Forry

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, second from right, is flanked by Congressman Stephen Lynch and Rep. Nick Collins at Castle Island on Sunday. The three shared hot dogs from Sullivan's with Donna Gittens, left. The elected officials were there to film scenes for a video to be screened at the St. Patrick's Day breakfast on March 16. Photo courtesy Sen. Forry's office

A year ago, she was in the thick of a special election to succeed Jack Hart in the state Senate. Now Linda Dorcena Forry, who eked out a win for the Senate seat, is in the middle of another campaign: Putting together the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast in South Boston.

On Sun., March 16, at 9 a.m., Dorcena Forry will become the first black person, the first woman, and the first politician from Dorchester to host the breakfast, which will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and broadcast on New England Cable News. Last year, after Hart had stepped down, and before the special election, City Councillor Bill Linehan filled in as the host.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: New outside PAC formed to focus on governor race

Outside spending slammed into last year’s mayoral race, the tally hitting $3.8 million when all was said and done. Union-backed organizations lined up behind Marty Walsh and an education reform group backed John Connolly.

A similar situation could play out in this year’s race for governor, but on a much larger scale as five Democrats scramble for the chance to face off against Charlie Baker, the presumptive Republican nominee, in November.  Read more