ABCD looking to winter’s cold, aiming to help with fuel costs

Sue Asci
Nov. 12, 2009

As winter approaches, applications are already on the rise for federal fuel assistance. The doors opened just last week for this year’s allotment.

Officials at Action for Boston Community Development, which distributes resources from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, said the state has already received $162 million in federal funding.  Read more

Boston Bowl: Model of endurance

Sue Asci
Nov. 12, 2009

Boston Bowl on Morrissey Blvd. marked its 50th anniversary of operation in Dorchester last week, its longevity a direct result of maintaining value and the ability to adapt to changes in the business model, its owners say.

“Bowling is still a good value,” said Phil Strazzula Jr., vice president of the company. “When times are tough, many people stop taking trips or family vacations. But they still want to do things with the kids.”  Read more

St. William’s update: Pastor seeking realtors

The parish that owns the site of the former St. William’s School is looking for realtors to lease or sell the property even as the Boston archdiocese insists that the door remains open to moving a private Roman Catholic high school into the vacant property.

The parish pastor, Father Jack Ahern, and the archdiocese had been locked in negotiations over bringing North Cambridge Catholic High School, part of a national network of 22 schools across the country called Cristo Rey, to the former St. William’s School site. The Savin Hill property is currently being used as a storage site.  Read more

Talking to Red Line riders

Jill S. Gross, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 12, 2009

Claude Leonidas continues to make his weekday trek from Mattapan to South Station on the MBTA, undeterred by a critical report last week highlighting a huge backlog -- $500 million worth -- of maintenance projects needed to keep the system safe.

Other than the annoyance of delays and a lack of communication about what caused them, Leonidas said he hasn’t experienced anything where he felt his safety was threatened. “I still feel safe riding the T,” said Leonidas, who takes the Mattapan trolley and the Red Line to work.  Read more

Lawmakers ask state to withdraw 28x proposal

Local lawmakers are calling on state transportation officials to pull back on the proposal for an express busway along Blue Hill Ave. for which the state is seeking a $140 million federal stimulus grant.

The request from lawmakers comes after months of community meetings at which many residents and businesses of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury greeted with skepticism a proposed transit line called "Route 28X" that would run along dedicated bus lanes on portions of the corridor between Mattapan Square and Ruggles Station.  Read more

Fixing the T called ‘Herculean’ task;

An aging infrastructure. A massive debt load. And 51 unfunded projects classified as a “danger to life and limb of passengers and/or employees.” Those are just a few of the problems facing the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the agency that oversees the Red Line and other transit lines that together provide for 1.2 million rider trips on an average weekday.  Read more

Dot arts program hailed at White House

Reporter Staff
Nov. 12, 2009

Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses (FDNH) received the Coming Up Taller Award for its Art a la Carte program at a ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House last week. FDNH CEO Mark Culliton and Art a la Carte student Liana Rae Farmer, above, were greeted by the first Lady at the ceremony in Washington. Photo courtesy FDNH.  Read more

Man sought for Neponset Circle bank robbery

Suspect: Wanted for Sovereign Bank holdupSuspect.The FBI has released a surveillance photo of a man wanted for holding up the Sovereign Bank branch at 780 Gallivan Blvd. around 4:25 p.m. on Nov. 5.  Read more

Prince Hall works to prevent problems at dances

Prince Hall Grand Lodge says it's tightened its policies on hall rentals after a post-dance incident in September that left one woman attacked and a police officer fearing for his safety.  Read more

Fire displaces nine on Winter Street

The Boston Fire Department reports a one-alarm fire at 10 Winter St. this afternoon did roughly $30,000 in damage and displaced seven adults and two children.  Read more

Fireplace fire escapes, sets Mattapan house on fire

A two-alarm fire that broke out shortly before 7 p.m. did an estimated $400,000 damage to a single-family home at 83 Blake St., the Boston Fire Department reports.  Read more

Police investigating Molotov cocktail thrown into Dorchester District Court

Somebody apparently tried to set Dorchester District Court on fire around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to Boston Police.  Read more

Bank robbed on Gallivan Boulevard

Boston Police report the Sovereign Bank at 780 Gallivan Blvd. was held up yesterday afternoon.  Read more

Wilkerson attorney asks dismissal or venue change

Citing “inflammatory” media coverage of her arrest on corruption charges, “outrageous” behavior of federal prosecutors, and a potential under-representation of minorities on a jury, the attorney for former Sen. Dianne Wilkerson on Monday called for either a dismissal of charges or a change of venue for her impending trial.  Read more

Dedication, civil manner mark scene at Dot’s polling places

Jill S. Gross, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 5, 2009

Hoisting signs, handing out emery boards, and calling candidates’ names, volunteers at several local polling places made a strong but civil final push for their candidates in the hopes that a last-minute recommendation from a friend or neighbor would sway voters when they went into the booth.

At midday Tuesday, about two dozen campaigners lined each side of the walkway to the door of Florian Hall – a frequent stop of candidates and a hotspot for electioneering ­– greeting a steady stream of voters energized by the contested mayoral race between Mayor Menino and Councilor Flaherty.  Read more

Work Inc.’s new digs: a dream realized

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 5, 2009

When Work Inc. opened its doors this week at its new home at 25 Beach Street in Dorchester it was the culmination of eight years of fundraising, planning, and nine months of rehab work.

It also marks a turning point for the 44-year-old nonprofit organization, which provides job training and placement, counseling and other services for about 800 people with disabilities in the state.

Not only will clients be better served with the state-of-the-art facility, but the hope is that the expanded space will allow the organization to help more people in the future.  Read more

For Pressley, her work has only just begun

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 5, 2009

By 8 a.m., 232 people had voted at the Holy Name Parish Hall in West Roxbury and Dorchester resident Ayanna Pressley had greeted most of them in her bid for an at-large seat on the Boston City Council. And that total nearly doubled to 439 voters by 9 a.m.

Despite weeks of long days of campaigning citywide, from the early morning hours of greeting people at MBTA stations to listening to their concerns at community meetings into the night, Pressley was just as enthusiastic as the day she announced her first-ever campaign for public office on April 28.  Read more

A touch of history marks Council At-Large results

With an unabated fiscal crisis expected to again tear apart the city’s budget, voters sent City Hall incumbents back to their seats this week and elected the City Council’s first African-American woman and second Latino.  Read more

Tenacious Menino makes it five straight

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Contributing Reporters
Nov. 5, 2009

It was Mayor Thomas Menino's toughest test in sixteen years and he passed with the highest grade: The onetime Hyde Park city councillor bested challenger Michael Flaherty of South Boston by 16,355 votes, thereby rolling to his fifth term and into the city's history books.  Read more

Man convicted of distributing crack cocaine out of vacant Mattapan apartment

Joel "Ninety" Clay, 25, got a 15-to-17-year prison term for running a crack-distribution operation out of a vacant Sturbridge Street apartment, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.

Clay was convicted and sentenced last week on charges of trafficking in more than 200 grams of a Class B substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to the DA's office. He was acquitted on similar charges related to drugs and weapons found at a Florida Street apartment.  Read more

T warns of robbery risk around Ashmont

A rash of street robberies around Ashmont station prompted the MBTA Transit Police to issue an advisory to their officers on Tuesday. The warning details a string of four armed and unarmed robberies targeting black teenagers over the last week.  Read more

Man gunned down near Marshall Elementary School

Boston Police report a man shot at Bowdoin and Westville streets shortly before noon has died.  Read more

Three shot on Halloween, one in critical condition

A party at 40 Glenway St. ended early this morning when a 21-year-old woman was shot once outside her own party - but that was enough to send her to the hospital in critical condition, police report.  Read more

Man arrested at South Bay as 'kissing bandit' is suspect in attempted rape in Brookline

A homeless man arrested at the South Bay mall on Wednesday after allegedly trying to kiss a woman waiting for her boyfriend in his car turns out to be a suspect in a 2007 attempted rape near the Brookline Village Green Line stop.  Read more

Think spooky but safe for Halloween

Many Dot parents want to let their kids participate in all the Halloween excitement, yet worry that door-to-door trick or treating is fraught with problems. Riding to the rescue is The Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events, which is collaborating with local agencies to offer a pair of upcoming free events that are spooky, but safe.

For those families open to a friendly sort of “scared straight” experience, Mattapan’s B-3  Station is hosting a sort of “haunted hoosegow” tonight (Thurs., Oct. 29) from 3pm to 8pm.  Read more