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
The two mayoral candidates this week offered a preview of the closing weeks of the campaign as incumbent Thomas Menino defended a record of lower crime during his tenure and a history of fighting foreclosures, while City Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty hammered the mayor over underperforming schools in the system and City Hallâ€™s e-mail deletion controversy. Read more
What was once one of Dorchesterâ€™s grandest homes sits sadly today at 24 Grampian Way atop Savin Hill overlooking downtown Boston. The residence, deemed a â€œhaunted houseâ€ by neighbors, has fallen into disrepair. It has a history, though: It was once owned by the legendary sportsman George Wright, a Dorchester fixture until his death at age 90 in 1937, who helped revolutionize American sports, particularly major league baseball, in the decades after the Civil War. Read more
Oct. 22, 2009
The Boston Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously on Tuesday to deny an appeal filed by the Eglise Baptise H. Bon-Berger de Boston Church to expand the maximum occupancy of its Ashmont Street site from 32 to 108 people.
â€œThis case before us has no merit,â€™ said Zoning Board Chairman Robert Shortsleeve.
Edward T. Johnson, the architect for the churchâ€™s renovation project, appeared before the board but had no comment on the decision following the meeting. David Milien, pastor of the church, was not available for comment at press-time. Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Michael Hart, 53, for killing a woman who confronted him after he'd slashed his ex-girlfriend's throat and then stabbed her on her Millet Street front porch in 2005. Read more
Friday's heavy morning rains and 11 a.m. high tides resulted in road flooding along Morrissey Blvd. Late morning traffic was down to one lane in both directions near Savin Hill. The road was flooded also near Freeport Street, under the Expressway/I-93 overpass. (Reporter IPhone photo/Ed Forry) Read more
Boston Police report a girl waiting for her bus to school on Talbot Avenue in Dorchester Wednesday morning was attacked by a pit bull but managed to avoid serious harm when a man driving by on a motorcycle stopped to free her from the dog.
According to a police statement, "individuals who witnessed the incident stated the dog's owner did nothing to stop the dog and was seen laughing."
Police say the girl, 12, suffered no injury because the man got the dog off her before it could bite through her shoe - the animal was latched onto her foot.
Police add witnesses said the dog was neither leashed nor muzzled. Police said Animal Control is now investigating the case.
Fans of Bostonâ€™s highest-profile crime writer, Dorchester native Dennis Lehane, are awaiting the launch of his latest work, a celebration that will culminate the upcoming Boston Book Festival on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Lehane, whose best-sellers have been made into major motion pictures, including â€œMystic River,â€ â€œGone, Baby, Goneâ€ and the soon-to-be-released â€œShutter Island,â€ has edited and contributed the lead story to the forthcoming anthology, â€œBoston Noir.â€ Read more
Oct. 15, 2009
By land and by sea, Dorchester residents are expected to be out in great numbers this year celebrating the scariest of holidays, Halloween. From a scarecrow contest to floating pumpkins and costume parties, local organizations have something planned for revelers of all ages. Read more
Oct. 15, 2009
Red Line commuters who have waited through years of Ashmont Station construction for a back entrance to the subway to reopen will have to trek around the station for another year and a half â€“ at least.
The Radford Lane entrance to the station, tucked on the one-way side street off Carruth Street, wonâ€™t open until the middle of 2011, according to MBTA officials. The news has left some in the neighborhood upset about continued longer walks and concerned about the ultimate fate of the entrance. Read more
Responding to residents of Savin Hill concerned about a draft development plan for the Columbia Point neighborhood, Mayor Thomas M. Menino stressed this week that the plan â€“ and the height of the proposed buildings â€“ was â€œnot solidified.â€ Briefly addressing a gathering of small business owners while at a Dorchester Board of Trade luncheon on Tuesday, the mayor said, â€œIâ€™ve heard it loud and clear.â€ Read more
The controversy over a church based out of a two-family residential building on Ashmont Street is building up again after two years of inactivity with neighbors outraged that David Milien, pastor of the Eglise Baptiste H. Bon-Berger de Boston Church, is renewing his drive to hold services there.
Milien is appealing a decision by the Boston Inspectional Services Department to deny his request to expand the maximum occupancy of the building at 487-489 Ashmont St. from 32 to 108 people.
A hearing on his appeal will be held next Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at 1010 Massachusetts Ave. Read more
The eight contenders vying for four citywide seats were split this week over how long pols in City Hall should warm the seats in the mayorâ€™s office and on the City Council.
At a forum sponsored by the nonpartisan voting rights group MassVOTE, the City Council At-Large candidates also reiterated their stances on any reform of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the cityâ€™s planning and development agency that has received a fierce drubbing on the campaign trail over an alleged lack of transparency. Read more
Boston Police and two city councilors today opposed a request by Tasty Caribbean, 388 Blue Hill Ave. to extend its closing hours from midnight to 2 a.m. Read more
A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Bernard Piscopo of voluntary manslaughter for the June 16, 2007 death of Adam Rich of Revere at the 6 House, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more
Boston Police report the Mt. Washington Bank branch at 489 Gallivan Blvd. was held up before noon today by a white man wearing a light-blue Northface jacket. No weapon shown.
Oct. 9, 2009
The Geneva Avenue Elderly Housing organization held an open house late last month for a new Haitian Adult Day Health Center, the first of its kind for Kit Clark Senior Services, which provides numerous health care options for seniors across Massachusetts. Read more
Oct. 8, 2009
Gov. Deval Patrick last week signed a bill postponing lobbying law reforms that were scheduled to take effect this week.Â The Legislature earlier had sent Patrick a bill to delay implementation until Jan. 1, 2010.
The slate of reforms was touted over the summer as critical to shedding more light on whoâ€™s lobbying on Beacon Hill. Legislative advocates call the law vague and confusing, and welcomed the delay. As lobbying provisions were set to take effect last week, which marked the 90-day waiting period for the new law, lobbyists described uncertainty about its scope. Read more