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

Police seize pit bull that may have attacked girl earlier this month

Boston Police report seizing a pit bull on Talbot Avenue Tuesday morning after its owner allegedly tried to sic the animal on the young daughter of a neighbor with whom she's been feuding.  Read more

An afternoon at the revamped Mattapan Public Library

Elizabeth St. Victor, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 29, 2009

Nine months after its revival, the Mattapan Branch Library is strikingly busy on a Thursday afternoon. Students clamor in and out of the young adult and children’s rooms. Older patrons use new computers or borrow from the DVD collection. A group of parents wait in the pristine lobby for their children. Called the most technologically rich library in the Boston Public Library system, it is getting its fair share of use.  Read more

A look at the finalists in the City Council at-large race

Voters go to the polls on Nov. 3 with eight choices for four City Council At-Large slots on the ballot. The crop of candidates – many of them aides to politicians at City Hall and in Congress – is both ethnically and ideologically diverse: Two African-Americans, two Latinos, one Republican formerly from Nantucket, and three white men.

The ballot order for the candidates follows:
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Squaring off for one last time

In historic Faneuil Hall, the mayoral race formally entered its final stretch at around 8 o’clock on Tuesday night when Mayor Thomas Menino and City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty stepped off the stage, having sparred during their final forum together.

Education dominated the 90-minute back-and-forth: Charging that the city was “stuck in neutral,” Flaherty continued to hit Menino over the city’s underperforming schools. Out of the city’s 143 schools, 100 of them have been labeled “underperforming” by the state, Flaherty pointed out in one of his stronger performances.  Read more

Time running short for St. William’s deal, says O’Neill

The clock is ticking on whether to locate a Catholic high school, currently in Cambridge, at the former St. William’s School in Savin Hill, the chair of the high school’s board of trustees said this week.

An agreement on whether to relocate North Cambridge Catholic High School to Dorchester must be reached in the “next few days” or the school will have to turn to other sites in Boston, said Thomas O’Neill, who heads the school’s board of trustees as well as a high-powered local lobbying and public relations firm.  Read more

The flu watch: Delays and concerns

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 29, 2009

While many health care providers are waiting for additional shipments of both seasonal flu and H1N1 flu vaccines, Dorchester has yet to experience large numbers of influenza-like cases this fall.

Still, if the flu season mirrors the spring incidence rate, the number of cases could rise significantly. As a result officials at most health care facilities in Dorchester are advising residents to get both vaccines when they are available.  Read more

Fall Spreads Color in the Cemetery

A horse-drawn wagon meandered through the foliage last Sunday, carrying children and parents on a hayride through the Cedar Grove Cemetery. The annual ride was part of the annual Halloween festivities sponsored by the Cedar Grove Gardens.