Davis says focus will be on gangs, guns in new year

Crime dropped in nearly all categories across the city of Boston in 2009. The Boston Police Department hopes to keep that positive momentum going in 2010 by staying squarely focused on gang and gun violence, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis told the Reporter in an interview this week.  Read more

Polls sow confusion in Senate Race

Voters paying attention to the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy can be forgiven if they’re feeling a little bit confused as the Jan. 19 special election draws closer.

The last week has featured a bevy of polls that show Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic nominee, ahead by 15 points or in a dead statistical heat with state Sen. Scott Brown, a Wrentham Republican. Independent candidate Joseph Kennedy, unrelated to the politically famous Kennedy clan, is also running.  Read more

UMass presses Bayside Purchase- Deal sought within week

UMass officials are forging ahead with plans to acquire Columbia Point’s Bayside Expo Center, seeking a consultant to inspect the property.

Officials say they are hopeful a deal for the center can be completed within the next week. The school has signed a letter of intent to purchase with creditor L&R/CMAT, which had picked up the property at a foreclosure auction.

The moves come as Jack Wilson, president of the UMass system, and Keith Motley, UMass-Boston chancellor, were expected to meet at the State House with local lawmakers who have expressed skepticism about the purchase.  Read more

A Mission of Joy- Sister Bridget hails "human spirit"

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 14, 2010

Sr Bridget HaaseSr Bridget HaaseSr. Bridget Haase is a gifted storyteller, which becomes clearly evident within minutes of meeting her.

And that gift has accompanied her around the world and back to the states, where she currently serves as the coordinator of the spirituality program for The Boston Home in Dorchester, helping residents with multiple sclerosis and other degenerative neurological diseases to share their faith.

For Sister Bridget, a 67-year-old Ursuline nun, working with the residents at the Boston Home is a mission of joy, the power of the human spirit that she celebrates. "Illness can change possibly the way you live, but it’s not the end of your living," she says. "There is much more to us than our bodies. It’s the power of the spirit. You cannot define another human being by their physical limitations. I have seen such courage here, and hope, laughter, and faith."  Read more

Local reaction, reports on earthquake in Haiti

The Boston Haitian Reporter, our sister publication, is providing full coverage of local reaction to Tuesday's catastrophic earthquake in Haiti.

BPD seeks help to ID robbery suspect

Robbery suspectRobbery suspectBoston Police are appealing to the public to help identify a man they believe may be responsible for a string of armed robberies, including one last week on Morrissey Boulevard.  Read more

Dot hardest hit neighborhood in '09 H1N1 outbreak

A new report on the impacts of the H1N1 flu virus in Boston indicates that Dorchester was hit hard by last year’s outbreak, which sickened a disproportionate amount of people of color in the city last year.
“This study is proof positive that we can ill-afford to let down our guards,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission in a statement issued today. “Now more than ever people should be vigilant and get vaccinated, which is the best protection against the 2009 H1N1 virus.”  Read more

Man shot outside Dot. Ave. convenience store

Boston Police report a man was shot in the arm following an argument outside the Store 24, 1886 Dorchester Ave. in Peabody Square around 12:20 a.m. on Saturday.  Read more

Man shot to death Thursday

Boston Police report finding the body of a man in his late 20s inside 87 Rosseter St. Thursday night.  Read more

Getting creative to keep DotArt alive in ‘10

Artistic types from the “starving painter in the garret” to the Broadway hopeful who waits tables have traditionally learned to cope with financial problems by applying their gift of creativity.  Read more

2009: The year in politics

For political junkies, the year 2010 will be, to steal a phrase that U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano borrowed himself, "manna from heaven." All six constitutional offices -- governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, attorney general, secretary of state and auditor -- could see spirited races, as could other positions down the ballot. And for that, political junkies can a tip a collective hat to the year 2009, which in some ways was a set-up year, when intense plotting followed the major events.  Read more

Bayside manager: Shows will go on through spring

The potential sale of the Bayside Expo Center to UMass-Boston will not impact the roster of scheduled events planned for the venue in the first four months of 2010, according to the facility’s management.
In a statement issued on Monday, Bayside manager Tom Ballantine said that the venue has several shows booked through April— including the World of Wheels and a Food and Wine expo.  Read more

Ross moves to review city charter with Tobin as chair

Newly-reelected City Council President Michael Ross kicked off his second one-year term with a call for members to review the city's charter. The review is the first in nearly a half-century, and follows an intense debate in December over whether to place limits on how long the mayor and council members can stay in office.

West Roxbury District Councilor John Tobin, who was an early proponent of term limits, will chair a special committee charged with the review. Nonpartisan voting rights group MassVOTE, which also pushed for term limits, is also expected to be involved.  Read more

Benefit seeks to reunite St. Margaret’s hospital ‘alums’

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 7, 2010

Supporters of St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center are calling on all alumni –those who were born at St. Margaret’s Hospital, that is – to participate in a fundraising event Feb. 6. to support St. Mary’s.
In a first-of-its-kind event, the “St. Margaret’s Hospital Ultimate Reunion” hopes to bring together people who were born at the former St. Margaret’s Hospital.
The event, which will include music and dancing, will be held at The Estate, at One Boylston Place, in Boston.  Read more

Walsh eyes Secretary of State seat; 'ifs' abound

There are quite a few “ifs” involved. But if Attorney General Martha Coakley wins her bid to replace the late Edward Kennedy in the U.S. Senate, and if current Secretary of State William Galvin moves to succeed her, Savin Hill’s Marty Walsh will run for Secretary of State.
Walsh has been a state representative on Beacon Hill since 1997, when he won a special election to succeed Jim Brett in the House of Representatives. A young Coakley, who lived in Popes Hill at the time, also ran. It was the last race that the prosecutor would lose.  Read more

School committee post for Barros

Add this to week full of firsts: On top of the City Council's increased diversity and a milestone for the city's chief executive, the first person of Cape Verdean descent was appointed to the city's School Committee.

Dorchester's John Barros, the executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, was among two new members that Mayor Thomas Menino appointed this month to the seven-member board. The other appointee is Mary Tamer, from West Roxbury, who writes for the Harvard Graduate School of Education and other local colleges.  Read more

Lag in fund-raising stresses non-profits

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 7, 2010

While economic indicators may point to a turnaround in the recession, many Dorchester non-profit organizations continue to struggle with less funding coming in from public and private sources.

Indeed, the fourth quarter has traditionally been a boom time for many organizations as donors often wait until the last weeks of the year to make their charitable donations and secure a tax deduction.

But the relentless recession has caused a slowdown in donations and a reduction in grant money from foundations hit hard in the market downturn.  Read more

Five-termer Menino to put focus on ‘innovation’ and education

Mayor Menino took to the lectern at Faneuil Hall on Monday to deliver his fifth inaugural address to a full house. City of Boston photoMayor Menino took to the lectern at Faneuil Hall on Monday to deliver his fifth inaugural address to a full house.  Read more

City begins process to strip C.F. Donovan's liquor license

The Boston Licensing Board has started proceedings that could end with bar owner Arthur Donovan losing his valuable liquor license for his C. F. Donovan's Bar and restaurant on Savin Hill Ave.

Donovan is already close to losing another liquor license he's held for nearly three years for a Cleary Square, Hyde Park restaurant that has never opened. The city closed his popular Dorchester location in November for failing to make payments on $300,000 in city loans used to get the Hyde Park location open.  Read more

Mom who finds a shotgun in bedroom turns in son

Boston Police say that when a Callender Street resident found a sawed-off shotgun in her children's bedroom Saturday, she immediately called police - who arrested her 19-year-old son.  Read more

Four teenagers charged with armed holdup

Boston Police report officers on patrol around 4:30 this morning spotted four males beating up a fifth at Savin Hill Avenue and Tuttle Street.  Read more

Police probe first homicide of year - on Geneva Ave.

Boston Police relay news of what is evidently the first murder of the new year 2010: A 25 year-old man shot to death Friday morning on Geneva Ave.

From back office to center stage, Dot leaves mark on First Night

Japanese monster wrestling matches, a Bollywood film
marathon, and some admittedly less exotic performances by a variety of Dorchester/Mattapan stalwarts will usher in 2010 as part of the 34th annual First Night Boston, the country’s oldest, largest and most-often-copied New Year’s arts celebration.  Read more

After 40 years, Gerard's still a favorite stop

Sue Asci Special to the Reporter
Dec. 30, 2009

Putting the customer first has never failed Gerard Adomunes.

Gerard and Ruth Adomunes have dedicated four decades to building their Adams Corner eatery into a neighborhood institution.  Photo by Kristie GilooleyGerard and Ruth Adomunes have dedicated four decades to building their Adams Corner eatery into a neighborhood institution. Photo by Kristie GilooleyAnd after nearly 40 years in business at Adams Corner, Gerard’s Restaurant and Store has the longevity to prove that catering to what the customer wants is a key to success.  Read more

Chilled economy fuels usage at libraries

Jill S. Gross Special to the Reporter
Dec. 30, 2009

On days when the Codman Square Branch Library opens at noon, crowds wait for a librarian to unlock the door. And the computers are filled most days with people searching the Internet or fine-tuning resumes.
At Codman and throughout Dorchester, as the economy has slumped, usage and borrowing at libraries has surged. People scrimping and saving through the recession are turning to libraries as a source of free reading, entertainment and help finding jobs.  Read more