City Singers bringing voices to Peabody Square

by Jill S. Gross, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 10, 2009

Jane Money, artistic director for Boston City Singers, leads the group’s Concert Chorus in a rehearsal for its annual holiday concert Saturday. 	Photo by Jill S. Gross.Jane Money, artistic director for Boston City Singers, leads the group’s Concert Chorus in a rehearsal for its annual holiday concert Saturday. Photo by Jill S. Gross.

Members of the Boston City Singers stomped, clapped, and sang one selection for their upcoming holiday concert again and again last weekend. And, as they worked to ensure that their timing and rhythm were exactly right, they had the perfect teacher – the song’s composer, the award- winning film and concert composer Kareem Roustom.  Read more

It’s Coakley big; but Boston still likes Capuano

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano had a good ground game, but Attorney General Martha Coakley had a better one, taking in a landslide the Democratic nomination in the U.S. Senate race to replace the late Edward M. Kennedy.

If she wins the Jan. 19 special election against state Sen. Scott Brown (R-Wrentham), Coakley will become the state’s first female U.S. senator. The frontrunner since the beginning of the race in September, she is widely expected to prevail.  Read more

Man convicted of murdering, dismembering father in 2006

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Brian Lee, 45, first-degree murder for the 2006 death of his father, Edward Lee, in his Mattapan home, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Judge John Cratsley quickly pronounced the mandatory sentence of life in state prison without possibility of parole for Lee, who represented himself.

Prosecutors say the elder Lee obtained a restraining order against his son on Oct. 25, 2006 and that his son murdered him sometime between then and Oct. 27.  Read more

Man charged with August murder on Norwell Street

Boston Police today issued an arrest warrant for Amos "Ace" Don for the Aug. 25 murder of Lewiston, Maine resident Erica Field in a car outside 105 Norwell St.  Read more

Former Mattapan man sought for March triple murder in Dorchester

Authorities say a man who may now be living on Trinidad is now wanted for the deaths of three people outside a Dorchester party in March.  Read more

Lane restrictions on the Neponset River Bridge Monday night

The northbound side of Quincy Shore Drive at the Neponset River Bridge will have two lanes closed tonight as crews make repairs.  Read more

Woman found dead on Vassar Street; police say it was murder

Boston Police say officers responding to calls from neighbors found the body of a woman with "head trauma" in an apartment at 7 Vassar St. shorly after 7 p.m., Saturday.  Read more

Two Dorchester men charged with trying to murder Roxbury rival

Two Dorchester men were arraigned today on charges they tried to murder a member of a rival Cape Verdean faction on Albion Street in Roxbury last night.  Read more

Man pulled from Neponset River identified as William Macrae, 32

Dec. 3, 2009

Law enforcement officials have identified the man pulled from the Dorchester side of Neponset River as 32-year-old William Macrae. He was discovered lying in shallow water, off Ventura Street in Lower Mills, five feet from the shoreline on Sunday morning at 8:10 by a woman walking her dog.

Officials from the State Police, Boston Fire Department and the Boston Police Department responded to her call.

There were no apparent signs of trauma and no indications of foul play at the scene or in the area, according to Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.  Read more

‘Messiah Sunday’ Mass returns for 15th year on Sunday; 11 a.m. service at Blessed Mother Teresa Church

This weekend the 11 a.m. "Messiah Sunday" Mass at Blessed Mother Teresa Parish will mark 15 years that Music Director Sheldon Lee has been re-creating a grand European Advent tradition in Dorchester parishes.  Read more

Health and race fuel discussions in neighborhoods; 2009 City report setting the agenda

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 3, 2009

Health disparities along racial lines is a persistent theme in the Boston Public Health Commission’s Health of Boston 2009 report, which neighbors began discussing at community meetings this fall.

The findings in the report were the subject of a community meeting this week in Dorchester, organized in partnership with the Codman Square Health Council, part of the Codman Square Neighborhood Council.  Read more

Headmaster aims high at English

By Elizabeth St. Victor; Special to the Reporter
Dec. 3, 2009

Boston English High School is experiencing wide, structural changes under the direction of its new headmaster Dr. Sito Narcisse, a 33-year-old Haitian-American educator who hopes to transform the struggling Jamaica Plain institution into one of the city’s best performing high schools.  Read more

Survey of Marshall School neighbors reveals many urgent safety concerns

Some asked for more street lights. Others asked for speed bumps along the roads to slow down cars. And many requested an increased police presence.

That’s what residents living in the area of the John Marshall Elementary School, which experienced two shootings within the span of a few weeks in November, asked for when quizzed last week by 70 volunteers from the Boston Public Health Commission and the Boston Centers for Youth & Families.  Read more

Point task force to meet Thursday night; some hope for closure on plan

The end could be in sight for a two-year effort to lay out a master redevelopment plan for Columbia Point. A mayorally-appointed task force that has been working for two years on a master plan with the city’s planning and development agency is scheduled to meet next Thursday (Dec. 10) at 6:30 p.m. in the Corcoran Mullins Jennison Community Building at 270 Mt. Vernon St.  Read more

Convicted bank robber charged with credit-union holdup

A man who only recently got out of jail for robbing banks was charged with holding up a Dorchester credit union last week after police matched fingerprints found on the demand note with his, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.  Read more

Heat-sensing technology helps convict Dorchester man on gun charge

Thermal image: Gun in the snow (via Suffolk County DA)Thermal image: Gun in the snow (via Suffolk County DA).

Jose Rodrigues, 25, last week became the first person in Massachusetts to be convicted by a jury on an illegal gun-possession charge based on technology that proved a gun he'd been holding on a cold January night still retained some of his body heat.  Read more

“To share” is the operative phrase in Dot this week

Think you’re cooking for a crowd this Thanksgiving?

Frank Kelley of South Boston, who is 75, roasted 50 turkeys last Tuesday as part of his annual labor of love  as head chef at St. Monica’s Parish near Andrew  Square. He has been running the holiday kitchen for the past 26 years, ever since the church started its famous everybody’s-welcome Thanksgiving spread.  Read more

November Beach Day

Carson Beach beckons on a cool, crisp fall afternoon.Carson Beach beckons on a cool, crisp fall afternoon.

Meade hopes to break ground for Kennedy Institute next year

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 25, 2009

Officials at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate are expected to announce in a couple of weeks the selection of an architect for the program’s building on the campus of the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

“We hope to break ground next year,” said Peter Meade, president and chief executive of the institute, which will focus on education about the history and role of the U.S. Senate in American democracy.  Read more

What next for St. Fleur after decade in House?

State Rep. Marie St. Fleur is telling supporters that should Congressman Michael Capuano (D-Somerville) win his bid for the open U.S. Senate slot, she's "very interested" in mounting a campaign for his Eighth Congressional District seat, senior Democratic sources say.

St. Fleur, a self-described "kid from Uphams Corner," tells the Reporter she wants time to analyze whether a run would make sense and whether she has support for such a bid.  Read more

Bickford family quickly forges a new deal at Westminster Motors on the boulevard

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 25, 2009

The biggest challenge facing Thrifty Car Sales at Westminster Motors on Morrissey Boulevard is letting people know they are still in business.

After operating on the site for 45 years, Westminster lost its Dodge
franchise when Chrysler was forced to downsize as a condition of receiving federal bailout money earlier this year. The decision resulted in the closure of 789 dealerships nationwide, and 12 in Massachusetts.  Read more

Tree lightings set for next Saturday

The city of Boston and the Dorchester Holiday Celebrations Committee has announced its schedule of holiday tree lightings for Nov. 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Read more

C.F. Donovan's closed; the future is unclear

Sue Asci
Nov. 19, 2009

C.F. Donovan'sC.F. Donovan'sC.F. Donovan's, the popular Dorchester neighborhood restaurant and bar on Savin Hill Ave. across from the T station, was shuttered this week and appears closed. The doors remain locked and the windows are covered with brown paper.  Read more

Four Dorchester schools targeted as underperformers

School Superintendent Carol Johnson said last night the Paul Dever, John P. Holland, William Monroe Trotter elementary schools and Harbor Middle School must either dramatically improve their scholastic results or face "serious consequences," possibly including shutting them down and sending students to other schools.  Read more

Lower Mills Stroll on tap this evening

Despite the drizzly weather, it was last year around this time that the first Lower Mills Holiday Stroll surprised organizers by attracting over 300 people, many of whom later returned to patronize shops they had peeked in on.

Tonight’s more elaborate second venture promises to attract even bigger crowds with its freebies, art displays, a book-signing for the new paperback about the Baker Chocolate Company, even free trolley service to shuttle shoppers too weary to “stroll” across the bridge between Dorchester and Milton.  Read more