Jun. 12, 2009
The cost of care, access to specialists and inadequate medical equipment are among the numerous barriers to health care for minorities and people with disabilities, advocates for vulnerable communities said Tuesday.
â€œInjustice and disparities are alive and well in the commonwealth of Massachusetts,â€ said Rep. Gloria Fox (D-Roxbury), testifying before the Committee on Public Health, which took testimony on 19 bills aimed at narrowing the gap between access to and quality of care for minorities. Read more
For the fourth year the Dorchester Community Center for the Arts (better known as Dot Art) will host its annual fund-raiser, the Snazzy Jazzy Arty Party. Next Saturday, June 20, the reunion/ charity celebration will be held in an elegant private home and garden at 11 Richview Street in Cedar Grove. Gary and Sarah Ciambrone will be welcome attendees from 6 to 10 p.m.
This year instead of a sit-down dinner there will be a tasty tapas-style buffet catered by local establishments like The Blarney Stone, Above and Beyond Catering, and Dot2Dot CafÃ©. Read more
Boston Police report arresting a Mattapan man who allegedly boarded a bus armed with a semi-automatic weapon at Ashmont station this afternoon. Read more
Boston Police report arresting a pair of South Shore residents Wednesday night on charges one was providing oral sex for a fee to the other. Read more
A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Quincy Butler and William Wood of murder for the 2004 death of a Dorchester woman whose Monsignor Lydon Way apartment they broke into in a drug-fueled home invasion, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced. Read more
Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day are here to stay â€“ for now.
In a 78 to 78 vote, state House lawmakers â€“ including the entire Dorchester and Mattapan delegation â€“ voted to keep the two Suffolk County holidays in place, with proponents arguing they carry historical significance. Critics said the so-called â€œhack holidaysâ€ are another symbol of government waste that needed to be jettisoned. Read more
A coalition of activists who have been working to reduce alcohol and drug abuse in the neighborhood are taking direct aim at adults who buy booze for under-age drinkers this season. The Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition (DSAC) rolled out a â€œsticker shockâ€ campaign last Thursday, placing warning labels on cases of beer and brown bags at Harbor Point Liquors on Morrissey Boulevard. The stickers read, â€œHey You!! It is ILLEGAL to provide alcohol for people under 21!â€
The initiative has the support of the storeâ€™s owner, longtime Dorchester resident Paul Lynch. Read more
For state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, it was a â€œsad day.â€ Rep. Brian Wallace described it to a reporter as â€œheart-wrenching.â€ And Rep. Willie Mae Allen declined comment altogether.
Lawmakersâ€™ reactions to the indictment of former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi ran the gamut, including others who said they felt a sense of betrayal and disappointment. Read more
â€œThe Dorchester Day Parade is not about the politicians,â€ said Kevin McCrea, a mayoral candidate, as he walked along Dorchester Ave. on Sunday, waving and shaking hands.
Behind him a woman carrying a banner for Dorchesterâ€™s First Baptist Church begged to disagree.
â€œYes it is!â€ she yelled. Read more
Jun. 11, 2009
Dominique Powell, a Dorchester born and raised University of Massachusetts Boston senior who became passionate about veteran affairs after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, was the first veteran in UMass history honored with the 2009 John F. Kennedy award for Academic Excellence at the Universityâ€™s 41st commencement ceremony May 29. Read more
City Councillor Charles Yancey offered a strong condemnation of the lack of public process involved in the placement of cell phone antennas around the neighborhoods on Tuesday. At a City Council hearing exploring the approval process two companies took before the installation of the antennas, representatives from the cityâ€™s Public Improvement Commission testified that while all legal standards were met for the devicesâ€™ placement, only one neighborhood organization in Back Bay was consulted prior to installation. Read more
Train service Dorchester leg of the Red Line will be replaced by shuttle buses along Dorchester Avenue this weekend (June 13 and 14) as work continues to build a new Ashmont station. Questions or concerns can be directed to the MBTA construction hotline at 617-222-6757.
Boston Police report arresting the pair on charges related to gunfire that put the Edward Everett Elementary School, 71 Pleasant St., into "safe mode" this afternoon. Read more
Jun. 9, 2009
The 2009 Dorchester Day parade was one to remember. Perfect weather, inspired floats and a great turnout along Dorchester Avenue made this a day many in the community won't soon forget. The Reporter was there with video camera in hand to capture some the day's events.
Another Dorchester school has been sidelined for the next week as the H1N1 flu virus continues its march through the region's classrooms. The William E. Russell School is one of three BPS schools that will be closed until next Thursday after a high rate of absenteeism was recorded there this week.
The Russell is on the same Columbia Road block as a Catholic elementary school that was shut down today as well. More on the BPS decisions here.
A reader called our newsroom to say thereâ€™s a wild turkey in her backyard. Others have seen came deer in the neighborhood. Along the Neponset River, red-tailed hawks wind currents over the cityscape. Critters of all sorts have been sighted: skunks, raccoons and opossums are regular local habituÃ©. In Codman Hill, a coyote has taken made its home in someoneâ€™s backyard, and theyâ€™reâ€œprotected wildlife,â€ and cannot be disturbed. Others keep a wary eye out for their cats and small dogs, lest they become a predatorâ€™s meal. Read more
Jun. 5, 2009
A. Study to determine if winds are strong, steady enough
The wind turbine outside IBEW local 103 in Dorchester may be getting some company if a new study shows that the wind blowing by one of the prominent Boston Harbor Islands has power-generating potential. Read more
Americans consume some 400 million cups of coffee every day, and though we are no Seattle, Bostonians are serious about their joe. If youâ€™re not brewing it at home, you might grab your â€œcoffee regularâ€ from â€œDunkiesâ€ or maybe your coffee comes from any number of independent coffee houses here in Dorchester. Or maybe it comes from Panama. Read more