Nov. 5, 2009
It was Mayor Thomas Menino's toughest test in sixteen years and he passed with the highest grade: The onetime Hyde Park city councillor bested challenger Michael Flaherty of South Boston by 16,355 votes, thereby rolling to his fifth term and into the city's history books. Read more
Joel "Ninety" Clay, 25, got a 15-to-17-year prison term for running a crack-distribution operation out of a vacant Sturbridge Street apartment, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.
Clay was convicted and sentenced last week on charges of trafficking in more than 200 grams of a Class B substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to the DA's office. He was acquitted on similar charges related to drugs and weapons found at a Florida Street apartment. Read more
A homeless man arrested at the South Bay mall on Wednesday after allegedly trying to kiss a woman waiting for her boyfriend in his car turns out to be a suspect in a 2007 attempted rape near the Brookline Village Green Line stop. Read more
Many Dot parents want to let their kids participate in all the Halloween excitement, yet worry that door-to-door trick or treating is fraught with problems. Riding to the rescue is The Mayorâ€™s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events, which is collaborating with local agencies to offer a pair of upcoming free events that are spooky, but safe.
For those families open to a friendly sort of â€œscared straightâ€ experience, Mattapanâ€™s B-3 Â Station is hosting a sort of â€œhaunted hoosegowâ€ tonight (Thurs., Oct. 29) from 3pm to 8pm. Read more
Boston Police report seizing a pit bull on Talbot Avenue Tuesday morning after its owner allegedly tried to sic the animal on the young daughter of a neighbor with whom she's been feuding. Read more
Oct. 29, 2009
Nine months after its revival, the Mattapan Branch Library is strikingly busy on a Thursday afternoon. Students clamor in and out of the young adult and childrenâ€™s rooms. Older patrons use new computers or borrow from the DVD collection. A group of parents wait in the pristine lobby for their children. Called the most technologically rich library in the Boston Public Library system, it is getting its fair share of use. Read more
Voters go to the polls on Nov. 3 with eight choices for four City Council At-Large slots on the ballot. The crop of candidates â€“ many of them aides to politicians at City Hall and in Congress â€“ is both ethnically and ideologically diverse: Two African-Americans, two Latinos, one Republican formerly from Nantucket, and three white men.
The ballot order for the candidates follows:
In historic Faneuil Hall, the mayoral race formally entered its final stretch at around 8 oâ€™clock on Tuesday night when Mayor Thomas Menino and City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty stepped off the stage, having sparred during their final forum together.
Education dominated the 90-minute back-and-forth: Charging that the city was â€œstuck in neutral,â€ Flaherty continued to hit Menino over the cityâ€™s underperforming schools. Out of the cityâ€™s 143 schools, 100 of them have been labeled â€œunderperformingâ€ by the state, Flaherty pointed out in one of his stronger performances. Read more
The clock is ticking on whether to locate a Catholic high school, currently in Cambridge, at the former St. Williamâ€™s School in Savin Hill, the chair of the high schoolâ€™s board of trustees said this week.
An agreement on whether to relocate North Cambridge Catholic High School to Dorchester must be reached in the â€œnext few daysâ€ or the school will have to turn to other sites in Boston, said Thomas Oâ€™Neill, who heads the schoolâ€™s board of trustees as well as a high-powered local lobbying and public relations firm. Read more
Oct. 29, 2009
While many health care providers are waiting for additional shipments of both seasonal flu and H1N1 flu vaccines, Dorchester has yet to experience large numbers of influenza-like cases this fall.
Still, if the flu season mirrors the spring incidence rate, the number of cases could rise significantly. As a result officials at most health care facilities in Dorchester are advising residents to get both vaccines when they are available. Read more
A horse-drawn wagon meandered through the foliage last Sunday, carrying children and parents on a hayride through the Cedar Grove Cemetery. The annual ride was part of the annual Halloween festivities sponsored by the Cedar Grove Gardens.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday dismissed a suit by a Dorchester landlord against a tenant who testified about the conditions inside his apartment during a city hearing on whether to condemn the building. Read more
Police report arresting a local teen after he allegedly pointed a loaded gun at a student waiting for a bus on Columbia Road around 7:15 a.m. and then fled when officers spotted him. Read more
Emmanuel Pina and Sandro Tavares were indicted today for the murder of an innocent chef and a man with whom they allegedly fought at the Ka-Carlos restaurant in Uphams Corner, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. A third man, Timothy Santos, was indicted on charges of armed assault with intent to murder - he allegedly shot at somebody during the incident, but missed, the DA's office says. Read more
Boston Police reported today that shortly after Carlos Romero Franco, 31, was gunned down on Oct. 16 at 598 Harvard St., they discovered heroin there with an estimated street value of $1 million, as well as a gun and an unspecified amount of cash. Read more
Saturday 10 a.m. â€“ 6 p.m. at Copley Square venues
The inaugural one-day Boston Book Festival will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Boston Public Library, Old South Church, Trinity Church and outdoors in Copley Square. Festival events will include presentations and panels featuring 90 writers, scholars, critics, and commentators; a focus on technology as it relates to reading; programming for children, teens and families; writing workshops and competitions; and spoken word and music performances. Read more
Oct. 23, 2009
Unscientifically extrapolated from this monthâ€™s state economic data, forecasts and a national performance review of child protection laws that may want to circle back with Colorado:
Weâ€™re good at protecting abused and neglected kids, except for the occasional murder, but their parents are more likely to be unemployed or filing for bankruptcy â€“ or, if theyâ€™re working for the state, on the brink of furloughs and layoffs.
But, if employed, they might be thinking of adding that toy room next spring. Read more
With the 8th annual Dorchester Open Studios (DOS) fast approaching this weekend, ultra-stressed organizers are wrestling with how to maximize the local celebration of the arts in the face of declining involvement of artists and visitors.
Last year DOS advertised the involvement of 100 artists and actually had 86 participating; this time around, the projected number hovers around 65 and at fewer venues. Read more
Oct. 22, 2009
Respecting the spirit and wisdom of the elderly is not only part of the mission at Standish Village, but it is also a core value of the Lower Mills-based assisted living facilityâ€™s new executive director Jean Patel Bushnell.
For Bushnell, the journey to this post, which she took over in September, began when she came to the U.S. from Georgetown, Guyana, at the age of 19. And while she has put a lot of energy into developing her education and career throughout that journey, it is her mother whom she credits for her success. Read more
Oct. 22, 2009
Citizens and community leaders— and one business owner — from the Mattapan neighborhood gathered for the fourth time on Monday night with one big purpose in mind: How best to write a proposal for a Mattapan Main Street District that will get City Hall's attention and approval?
The Boston Main Streets organization was set up by Mayor Menino in 1995 to provide the city's neighborhoods with the design and financial support they need to maintain and upgrade their commercial districts. Read more
Oct. 22, 2009
History buffs and area residents strolled through the building where the nationâ€™s first supermarket once thrived, threw balls down the lane of a shuttered candlepin alley, and even took a bow on the stage of the Strand Theatre on Saturday morning.
And organizers of a walking tour of Uphamâ€™s Corner hoped that as participants took in the sites where past generations watched movies, worshipped, stabled their horses, and bought their bread, they also would become energized about the neighborhoodâ€™s future. Read more