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Gunfire rips through crowded intersection

Boston Police report somebody opened fire on a car waiting at a red light at Columbia Road and Geneva Avenue around 8:45 a.m. today - but that the only injury was to a passenger in a car rear-ended by the vehicle apparently being shot at.  Read more

Prevaiews begin today for ‘The Mojo and The Sayso’

The award-winning Up You Mighty Race Company will open its 9th season, a season of violence: Exploring the links towards peace, with the Boston premiere of The Mojo and The Sayso by Aishah Rahman, a Brown University associate professor.  Read more

Getting to 104 the laid-back way

By 
Jill S. Gross, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 1, 2009

Mary Colbert said she has never paid much attention to her age and has little idea why she’s lived so long. But the longtime Dorchester resident – who was born when Theodore Roosevelt was president – belongs to an exclusive group whose members have reached the century mark and beyond. A native of County Waterford in Ireland, Mrs. Colbert celebrated her 104th birthday in July.

Trim and with but a few wrinkles, she doesn’t attribute her longevity to anything in particular, other than God’s will and good genes. And she’s loathe to dole out advice on how to live.  Read more

Savin Hill school talks are back on

The Boston Archdiocese and the parish that controls the site of the former St. William’s School are back in negotiations over locating a private Roman Catholic high school to Savin Hill, the Reporter has been told.

The archdiocese had been hoping to buy the school from the parish and lease it to officials with the private North Cambridge Catholic High School.  Read more

BRA, task force hear concerns on Columbia Pt. plan

A hearing on Saturday about a draft plan to redevelop and transform the Columbia Point peninsula drew some 65 residents, many of them from next-door Savin Hill, to the Harbor Point community center, where they expressed worries that the proposal would change the character of the ever-evolving neighborhood.  Read more

Call it “Stop-and-Go Boulevard”

Commuters will have to wait at least another year for a smooth ride up and down Morrissey Boulevard now that construction has begun on two bridge restoration projects just as work is coming to an end on a massive drainage overhaul project that has disrupted northbound traffic for several years.  Read more

A Flaherty-Yoon ‘ticket’

City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty, who is running for mayor against incumbent Thomas M. Menino, chats with Councillor Sam Yoon, who Flaherty says will be his deputy when the “ticket” defeats the mayorCity Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty, who is running for mayor against incumbent Thomas M. Menino, chats with Councillor Sam Yoon, who Flaherty says will be his deputy when the “ticket” defeats the mayor

Rough road for Dot nonprofits, but most press on

With the national economy hovering between recession and recovery, the outlook at the Codman Square Health Center is still gloomy.

For the health center’s CEO, Bill Walczak, the main concern is the possible loss of $5 million in state money channeled through Boston Medical Center to community health centers, including the Codman Square and Dorchester House Health Centers.  Read more

C.F. Donovan's open for business despite small early-morning fire

A one-alarm fire broke out at C.F. Donovan’s restaurant on Savin Hill Ave. Wednesday morning, causing what Boston Fire Department spokeman Steve MacDonald was an estimated $10,000 in damages. Located in the basement level, the fire caused some smoke damage to the popular Savin Hill Ave. eatery but there was little or no damage to the dining area. There were no injuries and Donovan’s was open for business as of noon Wednesday.  Read more

Teen charged with beating women, shooting one in face at Franklin Field

A teen too young to have his name released is charged with beating two women and then shooting one of them in the face at the Dorchester housing complex, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says. An accomplice was also charged.  Read more

Breaking news: Talks resume to bring Cambridge school to Savin Hill

September 27-- The Boston Archdiocese and the parish that owns the site of the former St. William’s School are back in negotiations over locating a private Roman Catholic high school to Savin Hill, the Reporter has learned.  Read more

New judge named for Dot Court

By 
Reporter Staff
Sep. 24, 2009

Governor Deval Patrick has announced the nomination of Pamela M. Dashiell to the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court.

In selecting her, and Paul M. Yee, Jr., to the Quincy District Court, the governor said, “I have no doubt that these nominees will serve their courts and communities well. The depth and breadth of their experience, in combination with their empathy and commitment to justice, make them uniquely qualified to sit on the BMC and District Court.”   Read more

Dorchester delegation signed off on interim Senate appointment

Despite some initial reluctance among some members, the Dorchester delegation overwhelmingly voted this week to hand Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint an interim U.S. senator.  Read more

Veteran Dot actors in Footlight Club comedy

Three seasoned Dorchester actors – Mary Rutkowski, Fred Bernabe, and Jamie Alley – are in the cast of a classic comedy that is opening the unprecedented 133rd season of Jamaica Plain’s Footlight Club (FLC), America’s Oldest Community Theater Group.

Though of late the Footlight Club has presented some edgy works, the current show ,“You Can’t Take It with You”, couldn’t be a more conventional choice.  Read more

Stand-out showdown at Adams Corner

Last Saturday was a warm, glorious, sun-splashed late summer day. The weather forecasters predicted it would be a gem – one of those “top ten” days, a perfect day to be outdoors.

It was the last Saturday before this week’s preliminary city election—and thus, it was among the very last days for mayoral candidates to marshal their troops and show their strengths.
And so it was that the organizers for Mayor Menino planned for a show of support, aiming to capture the attention of voters, real and potential.  Read more

Columbia Point plan to get an airing

A draft plan to redevelop and transform the Columbia Point peninsula is drawing concern from a number of Savin Hill residents ahead of a community meeting this Saturday morning. The proposal would increase the area’s density and raise the height of potential buildings: four stories when farthest away from the JFK-UMass MBTA station and up to 20 stories when near the station.

The plan under consideration envisions turning Columbia Point into a “24-hour-a-day neighborhood” and creating 4,300 residential units.  Read more

8 set for council run

By 
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

By 
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

By 
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