Two-alarm fire leaves 13 homeless

The Boston Fire Department reports a two-alarm fire caused by a discarded cigarette forced 13 residents of 11 Althea St. into the cold around 7:30 this morning.

Nobody was injured in the fire, sparked by a cigraette on the third-flooor porch, the department says, adding the fire caused roughly $150,000 in damage.

B-3 Police officer in Prof. Gates controversy is terminated

The Boston Police Department announced today it has terminated Justin Barrett, an Area B-3 officer who sent a mass e-mail last year with racially derogatory terms about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.

Police Commissioner Ed Davis said in a statement he could not allow somebody like Barrett to remain on the force:  Read more

C-11 police issue alert after attempted assault at Shawmut station

Feb. 4, 2010

Boston Police at Dorchester's Area C-11 issued a "citizen alert" today after a reported indecent assault and battery yesterday (Feb. 3) morning near Shawmut MBTA station.  Read more

Police seek man for indecent assault near Shawmut T stop

The Boston Police Department reports it is looking for a man who exposed himself to a woman on Centre Street around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and then grabbed her buttocks.  Read more

Remembering Judgie

Remembering Judgie: The family of Judgie Leary, who died in December, gathered at Florian Hall last Friday along with nearly 1,000 friends and neighbors who came out to remember the Dorchester native and union official. Pictured above is Judgie's widow Gayle with her family:Remembering Judgie: The family of Judgie Leary, who died in December, gathered at Florian Hall last Friday along with nearly 1,000 friends and neighbors who came out to remember the Dorchester native and union official. Pictured above is Judgie’s widow Gayle with her family:

Oiste’s Negretti will step down in fall; political run seen possible; lots of ifs

The head of a top Latino political organization is stepping down in September. “It’s just time,” said, Giovanna Negretti, who has helmed Oiste since it started a decade ago. “You just feel it in your gut.”

Oiste – which translated from Spanish means “Have you heard?” – has sought to increase Latino political power within the Bay State. She said she did not yet know what she will be doing come September; “the scariest thing is not knowing what’s next,” she told the Reporter.  Read more

Fretting over cuts in budget

For social services lobbyist Judy Meredith, lawmakers reviewing Gov. Deval Patrick’s state budget as they craft their own versions have two choices: “More cuts, or more revenues.”  Read more

Students from JP II making choices after closing of campus

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 4, 2010

With open houses being held throughout the area as part of Catholic Schools Week, families of students who have been attending the Pope John Paul II Academy’s Central school are busy selecting other academy campuses in Dorchester for opening day next fall.

They are reacting to the recent announcement that the central campus, located on the site of the former St. Mark’s Grammar School, will be closed in June due to insufficient enrollment and the poor economy.  Read more

House-church still flashpoint on Ashmont St.

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 4, 2010

Several complaints were made to the city’s Inspectional Services Department in recent weeks about parking beyond the allowed capacity at the Eglise Baptise H. Bon-Berger de Boston Church at 487-498 Ashmont Street. And elected officials are now threatening court action if the violations continue.

The congregation’s pastor, Rev. David Milien, said he is trying to monitor the parking and added that he believes the complaints are being made because neighbors do not want the church there.  Read more

Stories from Haiti; The Medical Division: Ronan talks priorities

After two weeks spent treating Haitian earthquake victims aboard a U.S. Navy-owned hospital ship, Dr. Laurence Ronan returned to Boston last Friday. A physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Ronan is the director of the Thomas S. Durant, MD, Fellowship in Refugee Medicine program, and is a member of a disaster response team that deploys to catastrophes all over the world. What the Savin Hill resident saw in Haiti last month has topped them all.  Read more

Stories from Haiti; The Medical Division: Carney staffer pitches in

Matt Casey finds it hard to describe his one-week experience treating earthquake victims in Haiti.

Matt Casey: Caritas Carney physician assistant and Dorchester resident Matt Casey, right,  is shown alongside Caritas Christi Health Care’s Dr. Mark Pearlmutter in the Haitian town of Milot last month.  Caritas Carney Hospital photo.Matt Casey: Caritas Carney physician assistant and Dorchester resident Matt Casey, right, is shown alongside Caritas Christi Health Care’s Dr. Mark Pearlmutter in the Haitian town of Milot last month. Caritas Carney Hospital photo.

“It was like trying to hold up a waterfall,” said Casey, a 48- year-old Melville Park resident who works as a physician assistant in general surgery at Caritas Carney Hospital. “It was so massive, it was just overwhelming.”

Casey, a Boston native who has lived in Dorchester for the last decade, volunteered to join one of several medical teams dispatched to Haiti by the archdiocesan-run health care system. Casey was part of a second wave of Caritas docs, nurses and other staff who hit the ground in Haiti on Jan. 22.  Read more

Brown wants to be sworn-in today

State House News Service
Feb. 3, 2010

U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown wants to be sworn Thursday afternoon, and asked Gov. Deval Patrick Wednesday to certify the Jan. 19 election results immediately.

In a letter sent by Brown campaign counsel Daniel Winslow, Brown's camp asked that Brown's election receive certification "without delay."  Read more

Menino blasts decision to allow LNG tanker into harbor

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Feb. 2, 2010

Liquefied natural gas shipments from Yemen, scheduled to pass through Boston Harbor on the way to Everett, have unnerved elected officials, who acknowledged Tuesday they are largely powerless to stop federal ratification of the deliveries.  Read more

Neglected urban centers held the winning key for Coakley

Melida Arredondo
Feb. 1, 2010

I have lived in Boston since 1983. Campaigns and election days are my favorite sport. I can’t help myself. It’s fun to pay attention to the banter, debates, and the way voters in this great city get engaged in elections. To me, it’s better than the World Series and the Super Bowl combined. But this time around, I noticed less attention being paid to the electorate of the City of Boston by both candidates in the final run for the U.S. Senate seat once held by Ted Kennedy and occupied since his death by Paul Kirk.  Read more

Late-night fire forces 14 into the cold on Monsignor Lydon Way

The Boston Fire Department reports a third-floor short-circuit caused a two-alarm fire at 55 Monsignor Lydon Way shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday that injured one firefighter.  Read more

Cataloni's appeals shutdown to state

The owners of Cataloni's, 10 Hancock St., have asked the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission to overrule the Boston Licensing Board's decision to shut it because of alleged cocaine sales and purchases by customers.  Read more

Recast ‘Dreamgirls’ opens Hub run next Tuesday

Fans of classic Motown and pop musicals are singing “And I Am Telling You That I AM Going” all the way to box office of the Colonial Theatre to get seats for the February 2- 14 run of the touring revival of “Dreamgirls.”  Read more

Brown says he’s frustrated by pace of stimulus spending; sits down with Menino

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Jan. 28, 2010

U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown said this week he was frustrated with the pace of the state’s economic stimulus spending, charging that Gov. Deval Patrick had not been funneling the funds fast enough. “The governor has a lot of stimulus money and he hasn’t released it,” Brown said.

The Wrentham Republican said on Tuesday that he would meet with Patrick today and “respectfully suggest” that the state deploy spending under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act more quickly.  Read more

New councillors given chairs of census, women/health panels

The City Council’s two newest members were placed atop two new panels focusing on girls and women and the nationwide headcount known as the 2010 Census.

City Council President Michael Ross this week appointed City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo to head the Special Committee on the Census and fellow Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley to the Committee on Women and Healthy Communities.  Read more

Pope JPII school on St. Mark's site is closing in June

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 28, 2010

St Marks

Dorchester’s elected officials are requesting a meeting with the archdiocese of Boston to discuss the planned closing in June of the Dorchester Central campus of Pope John Paul II Academy – known to most residents as St. Mark’s School – and to explore the possibility of alternatives to the move.  Read more

Boyle named B-3 captain; Turner concerned over B-2 situation

Acting B-3 Captain Joseph Boyle has been appointed permanently to the post, Boston Police Department officials said this week. Boyle, who has been promoted to captain from lieutenant, has been serving as acting captain since November, when James Claiborne left to become deputy chief of police at Harvard University in November. The B-3 District covers parts of Dorchester and Mattapan where there were 3,000 arrests in 2008.  Read more

Bank seeks city help to sell off C.F. Donovan's

The Boston Licensing Board on Thursday will consider a request from Mt. Washington Bank to hold off revocation of C.F. Donovan's liquor license so it can try to sell it and recoup some of its losses.  Read more

City board vows to shut Uphams Corner bar

The Boston Licensing Board said today it will seek to shut Cataloni's, 10 Hancock St., after police described a Nov. 28 incident in which a woman was arrested inside the bar on charges of selling cocaine to bar patrons.  Read more

Man shot to death in Mattapan

Boston Police report officers responded to 60 Goodale Rd. around 5:40 this morning to find a man lying on the ground with a gunshot wound.

He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he died later in the day. Police are describing him only as black and 22.  Read more