Jan. 24, 2014
When former Rep John Fresolo was the subject of House Ethics Committee deliberations last year, the committee convened its hearings in a first floor conference room that was guarded by court officers who roped off the hallways in an attempt to give those coming and going a clear path in and out of the room.
On Friday, a day after the House passed an order enabling Rep. Carlos Henriquez to be summoned from jail to appear before the same committee, officials appeared to be conducting the same type of room preparations on the first floor of the State House. Read more
Jan. 23, 2014
The House on Thursday raised the possibility of Rep. Carlos Henriquez returning to Beacon Hill to testify in his own defense, approving an order that empowers a House panel to take witnesses into custody as its lays the groundwork for hearings to consider Henriquez’s expulsion from the House or other disciplinary action. Read more
Boston’s Republicans will hold back-to-back-to-back half-hour caucuses next Thursday evening in advance of the state party’s convention in March. Three committees – Wards 12, 13, and 14 – are scheduled to gather at the Grove Hall Library at 6:30 p.m., with Ward 14 going first. Rachel Kemp, a Dorchester resident who serves as a state committeewoman for the GOP, is hoping for a “robust” 20 people to appear at the meetings, which will select delegates for the March 22 convention at Boston University’s Agganis Arena. Read more
Jan. 23, 2014
Candidates facing a six-week sprint to the primary election for Marty Walsh’s empty seat are on the move. It’s door-knocking time as one formally launched his effort over the weekend and others began pulling nomination papers. Read more
Judge Rosalind Miller, Dorchester District Court’s first justice, knows the new mayor well. Marty Walsh, she said last week, “not only talks the talk, [he] walks the walk.”
Addressing a crowd gathered in the courthouse’s first session, Miller was referring to Walsh’s work in the recovery community. Walsh has been a recovering alcoholic for 18 years and it was a key part of his biography when he ran for mayor last year. Read more
Jan. 23, 2014
The Boston Licensing Board last Thursday approved a plan to turn a shuttered Vietnamese market on Dorchester Avenue into an upscale shop selling everything a young professional could need for a dinner party - from wine and gourmet cheeses to self-service olive oil and home-made peanut butter.
At a hearing last Wednesday (Jan. 15), young professionals - and some older residents - supported Mateo Van’s proposed Savin Hill Enterprise at 1047-1051 Dot. Ave. saying they are tired of having to drive to distant towns to get the sorts of supplies they need and that Savin Hill has changed enough to be able to support this sort of store.
Opponents, including the pastor of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church next door and a competing liquor store, however, said the area already has enough liquor stores and that adding one more would only turn the area into even more of a haven for drunks and prostitutes than it already is. Read more
Federal officials report arresting a Dorchester man for they say was the getaway man for a December attack on a postal worker on Bailey Street - and say they are still looking for the second suspect, whom they say beat and shot the worker in his truck.
Maurice Williams Miner-Gittens, 23, was arrested this morning on federal charges of conspiracy to rob, attempted robbery and kidnapping of a federal employee.
Keyon Taylor is at large and should be considered dangerous, officials say. Read more
Jan. 22, 2014
A week after he was whisked away from a Medford courtroom in handcuffs, state Rep. Carlos Henriquez remains undecided about stepping down from his House seat, a person close to his situation said Tuesday night. Top officials, including Gov. Deval Patrick, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Mayor Marty Walsh, have already asked the Dorchester Democrat to resign. Read more
The star of TV’s latest reality show about the OFD Wahlberg clan says the family would “love” to open up a burger joint in Dorchester— if they can find the right location.
“I would love to and if we find the right location we would do it,” Paul Wahlberg told the Reporter this week in an interview to publicize tonight's (10:30 p.m.) debut of his A&E program, “Wahlburgers." Read more
As the first snowstorm of his mayoralty headed his way, Marty Walsh struck an optimistic tone during a Tuesday morning interview with FOX 25. “Hopefully the snow moves out and we miss it,” Walsh said inside its Beacon Hill studio.
The camera then cut back to the FOX 25 studio in Dedham. “Sorry, Marty,” the station’s weatherwoman, Shiri Spear, said. “Get ready to dig out.”
The snowfall landed somewhere in the middle, between a dusting of a few inches and the 10 inches that some weathermen predicted. Boston received roughly five inches, while areas south of the city picked up double digits. The roads appeared to be largely clear in the morning, with police posted at major intersections to direct traffic. Read more
The City of Boston's snow emergency and parking ban will end at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Mayor Walsh's office announced this morning at 5:45 a.m. The winter storm— the first significant snowfall of the Walsh administration— resulted in about 7 inches so far. While schools are closed, City Hall will be open today as a "regular business day." A winter weather warning remains in effect through 1 p.m. and a deep freeze is expected to set in through the weekend.
All city of Boston community centers will be open today from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for children ages 7 and older. Adults will be asked to complete a short intake form when dropping children off. Read more
Jan. 21, 2014
MBTA Police are asking for the public's help in identifying an alleged cell phone thief who robbed a woman on the platform of the Fields Corner T station last month. In a video posted on the T Police website, the individual is shown escaping through the station's turnstiles after the incident on Dec. 19.
Jan. 20, 2014
Neponset’s Dan Hunt, one of several hopefuls vying to replace Marty Walsh in the state Legislature, kicked off his campaign on Saturday and grabbed the backing of a top elected official and neighborhood activists. Read more
Jan. 20, 2014
A gravel-carrying dump truck rolled over on I-93 into Savin Hill Cove on Monday morning, sending at least 50 gallons of fuel into the water and snarling traffic all the way into Quincy.
“The driver safely out,” said the Boston Fire Department’s Twitter feed, which has been posting pictures of the rollover. The State Police's Twitter account has also been posting pictures of the accident.
Emergency crews work to contain fuel spill from dump truck that rolled over guardrail on Rt 93nb in Boston today. pic.twitter.com/S7t5IIrRUA
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) January 20, 2014
The Boston Fire Department says that the truck, a 2000 Volvo, belongs to Mobile Excavating Company in Medway. Read more
Jan. 20, 2014
Out of concern for the families of those murdered by juveniles and in the wake of a high court ruling that the most severe penalty is unconstitutional, state prosecutors are calling on Beacon Hill to make sure juveniles who commit murder spend at least 35 years behind bars. Read more
Jan. 17, 2014
Fields Corner residents on Wednesday questioned the developer looking to replace the abandoned Lucky Strike bowling alley on Adams Street with residential property.
BT Construction’s Hiep Chu, a developer and longtime resident of Dorchester, held the meeting at the request of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to give community members enough time to respond to his proposal. Read more
Jan. 16, 2014
The Senate formed its own special committee Thursday to study drug addiction and treatment options in Massachusetts with a focus on the civil commitment process to address what Senate President Therese Murray described epidemic of opiate addiction in Massachusetts. Read more
Jan. 16, 2014
A day after House Speaker Robert DeLeo said disciplinary proceedings against Rep Carlos Henriquez would commence if he did not resign, the House on Thursday voted to grant subpoena powers to its Ethics Committee.
The order authorizing subpoena powers was offered late Thursday by committee vice chairman Rep. David Nangle of Lowell and adopted by voice vote with less than a handful of House members present. Read more
Jan. 16, 2014
Tonight's meeting has been postponed until further notice due to inclement weather.
Officials with the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation present plans to build a park on the site of a former paper plant in Port Norfolk on Tues., Jan. 21.
The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Port Norfolk Yacht Club, 179 Walnut St. Read more
Jan. 16, 2014
Chris Lovett of BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News reports on the visit of the French consul general to Codman Academy. The consul was invited to the school by students upset by the French Foreign Ministry's travel advisory that warns its citizens to avoid parts of Boston, including Dorchester. Read more
Robert H. Quinn, a Savin Hill native who recovered from a life and death bout with tuberculosis as a young man to became one of the Commonwealth’s most powerful political leaders of his generation, died on Sunday morning after being stricken at his home in Falmouth.
Mr. Quinn, 85, was a state representative from Ward 13 who became speaker of the Massachusetts House and, later, state attorney general. He was a pivotal figure in bringing the University of Massachusetts to its present home on Dorchester’s Columbia Point in the 1970s.
He will lie in repose today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Margaret Church at Blessed Mother Teresa Parish on Columbia Road. His funeral Mass will be said tomorrow at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret’s with interment to follow at Cataumet Cemetery on Cape Cod. Read more
William “Willie” Gross, a longtime law enforcement presence on the streets of Dorchester, is now the Boston Police Department’s superintendent-in-chief, the No. 2 position on the force.
Gross, a Maryland native who started as a patrol officer in 1985, is the first African-American to be appointed to the role. He has worked on the gang and drug control units, and became deputy superintendent in 2008. He was later promoted to superintendent and night commander, overseeing police responses to night calls. Read more
Jan. 16, 2014
A Dorchester man serving a life sentence for a cop killing 20 years ago – a crime he says he didn’t commit – may yet have a chance for a new trial and freedom. Sean K. Ellis, arrested in 1993 at age 19, was one of two teenagers convicted of putting five bullets into the face of Boston Detective John Mulligan -- “to get his gun for a trophy,” prosecutors said. The other youth, Terry Patterson of Hyde Park, then 18, was freed from prison in 2007 after a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court discredited fingerprints that police claimed were his. Read more
With his supporters flooding the streets of Boston on the day of the preliminary election in September, Marty Walsh’s field organization was the envy of rival campaigns. On Election Day in November, the organization had people at every Red Line stop on the Dorchester leg of the transit system, pulling voters to their polling locations. Read more