8 set for council run

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Sep. 23, 2009

Boston voters – and name recognition – propelled two incumbents to first and second place, with six newcomers rounding out the rest of the pack of candidates seeking the four City Council At-Large seats.

The top four vote-getters – and the people the other candidates will attempt to beat on Nov. 3 to win a seat – are Councillors At-Large Stephen Murphy and John Connolly, Felix G. Arroyo, a labor organizer and the son of the former city councilor, and former U.S. Senate aide Ayanna Pressley.  Read more

Flaherty to add Yoon to 'ticket' as deputy

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Sep. 23, 2009

Michael Flaherty talked about the campaign after the results were in.Michael Flaherty talked about the campaign after the results were in.

Updated on Sept. 28: Mayoral hopeful Michael Flaherty told supporters tonight that third-place finisher Sam Yoon will not only endorse his campaign tomorrow, but will join Flaherty on the campaign trail in a bid to become his "deputy mayor." The two plan to explain the development at a 10:30 a.m. press conference outside Boston City Hall. Read more at the Lit Drop.  Read more

Bloody night: Five shot, four hacked with machete, two dead

Boston Police report four people were shot in a single incident around 3:50 a.m. on Sunday and that one of the victims died.  Read more

Dot professor-trumpeter has key role in Berklee’s Beantown Jazz Festival

“What Is Hip?” How about a Dot music professor leading a big finish to the 9th annual Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival (BBJF), which starts tomorrow?

Now in its ninth year, the BBJF—Boston’s largest and most popular outdoor festival—has expanded to nine days and nine stages at locations in Boston and Cambridge. From September 18 to 26, superstars and local artists will come together in free and ticketed offerings featuring performances by more than 20 bands and 130 musicians.  Read more

Lynch says no to Senate run; Capuano seen getting in

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Sep. 17, 2009

As politicians and policymakers continue to enter and exit the fluid field of U.S. Senate candidates, state lawmakers are gearing up to vote this week on the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy’s request for an interim appointment.

One thing was for sure: U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch finally found a special election he didn’t think he could win.  Read more

State clarifies its stance on the 28X proposal

On Tuesday, state Sen. Jack Hart said that the lawmakers had extended their deadline for a commitment from EOT about continuing community input into any 28X planning to noon yesterday. The legislators will request the funding application be withdrawn if a commitment is not made, he said.  Read more

YESTERYEAR / 1874: Making the case for attending Dorchester High School

By 1874, four years after the 244-year-old Puritan town of Dorchester had been annexed to Boston, its educators had become alarmed at the outflow of neighborhood students from its high school to the city’s in-town secondary schools, most notably The Latin School.

In a report to the Boston School Committee, members of the Committee of the Dorchester High School spent virtually all of their space laying out the reasons why they felt students should study and learn close to home.  Read more

Once again, the Harp & Bard re-girds for changing times

Dot Ave has another new restaurant, this one near Savin Hill.

Well, it’s not new, actually – just renovated. It’s Galvin’s Harp & Bard, a longtime landmark eatery on Dorchester Avenue at the corner of Savin Hill Ave., and after a whirlwind, five-week renovation, it has reopened this week, complete with a new menu, a new chef, 10 HD TV’s, and a smart new horseshoe-shaped bar.  Read more

For Dot Youth Soccer, a World Cup tie-in

This year’s Dorchester Youth Soccer (DYS) league kicked off the new season on Sunday at Pope John Paul II Park with the usual suspects: kids in shinguards, coaches with mesh bags full of soccer balls, parents and eager little siblings on the sidelines.

But there was another presence at the opening session: Underneath a tent adorned with colorful balloons was an organization that hopes to partner with DYS and other Boston neighborhood soccer leagues as next year’s World Cup competition approaches.  Read more

That 28X proposal: The beat goes on

The future of Blue Hill Ave. and the fate of $140 million in federal funds remains unclear after a Monday meeting at which elected officials and community members once again voiced their disapproval of how the neighborhoods along the Blue Hill Ave. corridor have been treated by the Patrick administration’s top transportation officials.  Read more

Advocates decry new lobbyist law

This year’s massive overhaul of the laws governing how lobbyists operate in Massachusetts was intended to enhance oversight in the legislative system, but community advocates disagree on the effectiveness and intentions of the new rules and the burdens that come with greater government transparency.  Read more

E-mail story stirs up fuss in city campaign

Days before voters head to the polls to narrow the field of mayoral candidates, incumbent Thomas Menino has been thrown into damage control mode as city officials attempt to get out from under the controversy over employees regularly deleting their e-mails, a potential violation of the state’s public records law.

Secretary of State William Galvin has ordered the city to find the e-mails of top Menino aide Michael Kineavy.  Read more

Serenity Along the Neponset

All is quiet on a late summer’s eve in a view from the Neponset Riverwalk.

State House News: Elections panel has the votes to endorse interim senator bill

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Sep. 16, 2009

With legislative leaders confident a bill authorizing an interim U.S. Senate appointee will garner enough votes to pass, the Election Laws Committee collected enough panel votes Wednesday to send the bill to the floor with a positive recommendation.  Read more

Labor support waning, Lynch says no to Senate run

Third time won’t be the charm: U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch finally found a special election he didn’t think he could win.

Citing an "insurmountable" time frame for putting together a statewide organization, Lynch (D-South Boston) on Tuesday took his name out of consideration for a run to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy.  Read more

Opinion survey: Your choice for mayor on Tuesday

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Police say high-speed chase ended with crash, arrest of career criminal

Boston Police report arresting a Dorchester man on a long list of charges after subduing him on Browning Avenue around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday.  Read more

Boston Folk Festival has been ‘uncanceled’

“Uncanceled,” an adjective a reserved for stamps, happily may be used to describe the 12th annual Boston Folk Festival (BFF), an event happening this Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon at UMass-Boston. Though substantially smaller than previous incarnations, this year’s BFF, which had been previously announced as being scrubbed, will indeed go on, maintaining traditions established by sponsor WUMB 91.9-FM Folk Radio –including discounts for Dorchester residents.  Read more

Police: AJ Wright worker caught selling heroin in the store

An employee of AJ Wright, 500 Geneva Ave., faces numerous charges after her arrest yesterday for allegedly selling a customer some heroin in a store fitting room.  Read more

Dot is often the place if Affleck is on the case

Carol Beggy
Sep. 10, 2009

Oscar-winner Ben Affleck seems to like filming in Dorchester. The Cambridge native is in town for his sophomore writing and directing project “The Town,” based on Boston author Chuck Hogan’s award-winning bestseller “The Prince of Thieves.”

The movie stars Affleck, Jon Hamm, leading man on TV’s “Mad Men,” Oscar-Winner and Kingston resident Chris Cooper, along with “Gossip Girl” star Blake Lively, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner and slew of locally based actors.  Read more

Gala at UMass to benefit Dot Park

This year’s edition of the annual Dorchester Park benefit gala will continue the tradition established last year of trading the sylvan for the swanky, as organizers bring the event to the UMass-Boston’s Grand Ballroom.

Dot Park 3 will be held at the UMass venue next Friday (Sept. 18) from 6-11 p.m. Proceeds from the cocktail hour, reception, and dinner event will go toward establishing an endowment to help maintain the passive green areas of the park not currently provided for by the city’s Parks Department.  Read more

Menino launches a TV spot; his desk plays starring role

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Sep. 10, 2009

Mayor Thomas Menino’s desk gets around. At least, that’s according to a spot his re-election campaign has put on and plans to have up on television through the September 22 preliminary election.

“This is the desk of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a man who doesn’t conduct business behind closed doors, but out in the neighborhoods of Boston,” the 34-second spot starts, in an apparent reference to the criticism he and the Boston Redevelopment Authority have received from his opponents, who say the administration isn’t transparent in how it conducts business.  Read more

Alcohol industry fights Walsh bill on ad placements

Kyle Cheney, State House New Service
Sep. 10, 2009

Alcohol industry officials are seeking to scuttle a bill that would prohibit them from advertising on state-owned property, calling it an unconstitutional infringement on speech and ineffective at combating underage drinking.  Read more

Canine playground set for Ronan Park

A corner of Dorchester’s Ronan Park is going to the dogs.

A groundbreaking will be held a week from Saturday for the Ronan Park Dog Run, the neighborhood’s first official venue for canine recreation. Organizers hope that the new pooch park will provide a place for humans to connect with each other while their pets spend some time off the leash.

“To be honest, it’s more about the people than it is about the dogs,” said Paige Davis, treasurer of the Friends of Ronan Park civic group who is heading up the dog-run project.  Read more