Most council hopefuls pass first test: signatures

Ever since it was passed by the legislature in 2007, a low-level controversy has clung to Councillor Stephen Murphy’s home rule petition to raise the number of nomination signatures needed to run for at-large to 1,500 from its previous level at 500.  Read more

Westminster Dodge fights to overturn death sentence

Joe Lawlor has sold thousands of cars in his six years as sales manager at Morrissey Boulevard’s Westminster Dodge. The Bickford family — which has operated the Chrysler dealership since the 1960s — has sold many times that.

This week, though, they are pitching a different kind of sale, one that even they admit has long odds of finding the right buyer.  Read more

Ball in the House gets big break on Today Show

Ball in the House: The Dot-based quintet made a big splash on the Today Show on Monday, May 17.Ball in the House: The Dot-based quintet made a big splash on the Today Show on Monday, May 17.The Dorchester-based R&B/Soul group Ball in the House won a Today Show talent competition on Monday — and a spot on the program “America’s Got Talent” later this summer. Jon Ryan, the Granite Street native and beat-box extraordinaire who co-founded the group, is pictured above (far right) with Today Show’s Meredith Viera and bandmates, l-r, Dan Szymczak, Ryan Chappelle, Dave Guisti, and Aaron Loveland. For more on the group and their music, see  Read more

Boston Latin to temporarily close due to spike in flu cases

Updated: Boston Latin School will be closed for the next week — beginning today — as public health officials respond to a surge in reported cases of "influenza-like illness and high absenteeism among students." The city has also announced that a private school — The Winsor School in the Longwood area — will also shut down for seven days for the same reason. The city is advising BLS students and staff to "stay at home for seven days and not to congregate at other sites."  Read more

Patrick's Health Secretary to host forum at Mattapan's Foley building

Governor Deval Patrick's Secretary of Health and Human Services — Dr. JudyAnn Bigby — comes to Mattapan tonight to moderate what the Patrick administration has billed as a "community forum on choices and priorities facing the Commonwealth in the current economic climate." The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Foley Senior Residences, 249 River Street.  Read more

Help find missing dog Cali

Help us find Cali: Missing since May 14.Help us find Cali: Missing since May 14.A small cream/blonde Pomeranian dog named Cali is missing and her owners are asking the neighborhood to help find her this week.

"Cali is part of our family, she needs her medication and our hearts are broken. We will not stop searching until she is found. Upon her safe return, we will gladly send you on your way with a cash reward, NO questions asked."

Cali weighs approx. 6 lbs, is extremely friendly, and was last seen on May 14 in the area of Neponset Avenue and Victory Road. Poms are not as common as labs or retrievers so if you spot a blonde fluffy dog with a tail that curls up, please call immediately! Call 617-291–3257 or 860-798 -0740.  Read more

Hibernian Hall hosts unconventional Shakespeare troupe in ‘Much Ado’

In fall 2006, the Actors Shakespeare Project (ASP) wowed critics and audiences alike with its switcheroo Hamlet at the Strand Theater. The troupe, known for its inventive staging often in unconventional venues, put the audience onstage and used the house as part of the acting space.

This week, nearly three years later, ASP returns to the neighborhoods with another innovative production, this time of a comedy, and the company is inviting all Dorchester and Roxbury residents to see the show at a 50 percent discount.  Read more

Police investigate child's injuries

Boston Police report a 10-year-old on Gaylord Street is in critical condition this morning with "suspicious" injuries. The homicide unit is on the scene.

Red Line shut-down in Dot for weekend

A reminder to all those planning their travels via public transport this weekend: Service on the Dorchester leg of the Red Line is suspended all weekend as construction work continues at the new Ashmont Station. This is the second of two consecutive weekend subway shut-downs. Shuttle buses are running along Dot Ave. between Ashmont and JFK-UMass through the end of the service day on Sunday. More from the T here.  Read more

Police to add patrols in violent 'hotspots'

Police Commissioner Ed Davis and Mayor Tom Menino vowed today to crack down on a spate of violence in certain Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury neighborhoods, following last night's shooting of a three-year-old on Bowdoin Street.  Read more

Senate budget slashes spending; tax debate looms

Senate leaders are proposing to spend $1.3 billion less next fiscal year than the House authorized in its budget passed earlier this month, Senate officials said Tuesday.

The draft budget cuts $439 million from Beacon Hill’s aid to cities and towns and wrestles with a fiscal crisis marked by a prolonged plunge in state revenues by making deep spending reductions and leaving the door open to heavy tax hikes.  Read more

New look in works for Talbot Station area

The Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation has big plans for the area just east of the Fairmount Line’s proposed Talbot Station—now in the 60 percent design stage at the MBTA. The first neighborhood charette on Codman’s ever expanding plan was held earlier this month, taking suggestions from neighbors on what to do with several industrial buildings and vacant lots the NDC owns or plans to own.  Read more

Some assail Patrick’s diversion of education funds

In a move to balance a budget facing a $3.5 billion deficit, Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed diverting hundreds of millions of Chapter 70 education funds—upon which public school districts survive—to other parts of the state budget, and then backfill the deficit with $412 million in State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF) earmarked for education purposes. To some education advocates on the federal level, the transfer would exemplify their worst fears about the fate of education money in the federal stimulus bill.  Read more

Toddler, woman shot on Bowdoin Street

Boston Police report arresting a 16-year-old on charges he shot a 70-year-old woman and a 3-year-old boy inside the O.M. May Liquor store at 213 Bowdoin St. around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.  Read more

Three-alarm fire off Gallivan Boulevard

Boston firefighters were busy Thursday night battling a large fire at 5 Alicia Rd. that broke out before 8:30 p.m.  Read more

Comedy night, old school party to benefit Mattapan Pop Warner

Mattapan PatriotsMattapan PatriotsThe Mattapan Patriots Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading organization gears up for the 2009 season by having a fundraising event on Friday evening, May 22, 2009 at the Policeman Post located at 500 Morton St. ( American Legion Highway). Come out and get your laugh on with some really funny comedians: Lady Vain, Just Al and Steven Donovan will make you laugh.
After the show is the After Party. Playing the old school R & B and block party mixes will be DJ Joe Peters. After you laugh , it will be time to GET DOWN with the old school dances like the Wop, the Cabbage Patch, the Running Man, the Bus Stop, and the Prep. Tickets are $10. Food will be for sale at the party, cash bar.
Call Jonathon Gates at 617-590-8334 or e-mail to arrange to purchase your ticket.  Read more

Patrick’s crime bill includes more options for judges on sentences

Judges would see increased options when sentencing drug offenders, who would be able to work in new release programs and community work crews when paroled, under an anti-crime package filed by Gov. Deval Patrick last week.

The bills would also require post-release supervision for all offenders and aid them in job searches by changing the state’s criminal offender record information (CORI) system. Employers and housing providers would have to pay a $20 to $30 fee to access the information to fund the new system.  Read more

The Dever School goes bilingual; more to follow?

Some of the youngest students at the Dever School on Columbia Point will join two-way bilingual classrooms next year, according to Boston Public School officials, giving both Spanish- and English-speaking kids a chance to learn a second language.  Read more

New assignment plan revives old debate on city’s schools

BPS Five Zone Model: The latest draft of a five-zone assignment plan. The school committee will vote on the plan on June 25. Courtesy BPSBPS Five Zone Model: The latest draft of a five-zone assignment plan. The school committee will vote on the plan on June 25. Courtesy BPSIn the history of Boston, the public school assignment process is one of the longest running tug-of-wars, with parents vying for neighborhood schools on one side and those vying for school choice on the other. Old habits die hard. And the latest effort to tinker with the map used to assign students by regional zones has once again become a flashpoint in the citywide debate.  Read more

Attractive Combo: St. Peter’s Center, Corcoran Memoir

“IT WAS A SATURDAY MORNING in September 1944. The whole family was home except for my older brothers Jack and Leo. Jack was in the Army; Leo was in the Navy.

I was an eight-year-old bouncing a pimpleball off Mr. Bradford’s stone steps at 12 Jerome St., which stood right across from our house at the corner of Cushing Avenue and Jerome on Jones Hill in the Upham’s Corner section of Dorchester, Massachusetts. My sister Bernadette was outside, too, sitting on the lawn with two friends.  Read more

UMass-Boston focusing on housing options

Peninsula Apartments: UMass discussed converting these privately owned apartments on Mt. Vernon St. into university-run student housing — a first on Columbia Point.Peninsula Apartments: UMass discussed converting these privately owned apartments on Mt. Vernon St. into university-run student housing - a first on Columbia Point.UMass-Boston officials have been quietly exploring plans to create university-run student housing near its Dorchester campus, including one proposal that would have converted a privately-owned apartment building on Columbia Point into dorms.  Read more

Mass. Ave. bike lane future is looking up

Bike lane advocates took a hit last week when a lawsuit meant to force the city to paint lanes on Mass Avenue was dismissed by Justice of the Superior Court Geraldine Hines. In the process, however, the bicyclists may have won a larger battle.  Read more

Warrant search yields gun stash at Morton Street home

Boston Police relay news of a weapons cache that was seized during a search of a Morton Street home by the B-3 Drug Control Unit on Tuesday (May 12). An 18 year-old man was arrested and faces a series of drugs and gun charges.

White Honda Accord sought in Uphams Corner hit-and-run

Updated: A 45 year-old man was struck by a hit-and-run driver at the intersection of Dudley Street and Columbia Road on Tuesday night at 11 p.m. The victim, who has not been identified, is in “serious” condition with head trauma at Boston Medical Center, according to Boston Police.
Police are now asking for the public’s help in finding the car and its driver. The suspect’s car is described as a white Honda Accord coupe.
Elaine Driscoll, a spokesperson for the Boston Police Department, said that the car would have sustained damage in the incident.  Read more

Peace walk draws hundreds on Mother's Day

2009 Walk for Peace: Participants in the 13th annual Mothers' Walk for Peace pass the Second Church of Dorchester on Sunday, May 10, 2009.2009 Walk for Peace: Participants in the 13th annual Mothers' Walk for Peace pass the Second Church of Dorchester on Sunday, May 10, 2009.  Read more