News

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

For Dot Youth Soccer, a World Cup tie-in

This year’s Dorchester Youth Soccer (DYS) league kicked off the new season on Sunday at Pope John Paul II Park with the usual suspects: kids in shinguards, coaches with mesh bags full of soccer balls, parents and eager little siblings on the sidelines.

But there was another presence at the opening session: Underneath a tent adorned with colorful balloons was an organization that hopes to partner with DYS and other Boston neighborhood soccer leagues as next year’s World Cup competition approaches.  Read more

That 28X proposal: The beat goes on

The future of Blue Hill Ave. and the fate of $140 million in federal funds remains unclear after a Monday meeting at which elected officials and community members once again voiced their disapproval of how the neighborhoods along the Blue Hill Ave. corridor have been treated by the Patrick administration’s top transportation officials.  Read more

Advocates decry new lobbyist law

This year’s massive overhaul of the laws governing how lobbyists operate in Massachusetts was intended to enhance oversight in the legislative system, but community advocates disagree on the effectiveness and intentions of the new rules and the burdens that come with greater government transparency.  Read more

E-mail story stirs up fuss in city campaign

Days before voters head to the polls to narrow the field of mayoral candidates, incumbent Thomas Menino has been thrown into damage control mode as city officials attempt to get out from under the controversy over employees regularly deleting their e-mails, a potential violation of the state’s public records law.

Secretary of State William Galvin has ordered the city to find the e-mails of top Menino aide Michael Kineavy.  Read more

Serenity Along the Neponset


All is quiet on a late summer’s eve in a view from the Neponset Riverwalk.

State House News: Elections panel has the votes to endorse interim senator bill

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Sep. 16, 2009

With legislative leaders confident a bill authorizing an interim U.S. Senate appointee will garner enough votes to pass, the Election Laws Committee collected enough panel votes Wednesday to send the bill to the floor with a positive recommendation.  Read more

Labor support waning, Lynch says no to Senate run

Third time won’t be the charm: U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch finally found a special election he didn’t think he could win.

Citing an "insurmountable" time frame for putting together a statewide organization, Lynch (D-South Boston) on Tuesday took his name out of consideration for a run to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy.  Read more

Opinion survey: Your choice for mayor on Tuesday

Discuss the survey here.

Police say high-speed chase ended with crash, arrest of career criminal

Boston Police report arresting a Dorchester man on a long list of charges after subduing him on Browning Avenue around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday.  Read more

Boston Folk Festival has been ‘uncanceled’

“Uncanceled,” an adjective a reserved for stamps, happily may be used to describe the 12th annual Boston Folk Festival (BFF), an event happening this Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon at UMass-Boston. Though substantially smaller than previous incarnations, this year’s BFF, which had been previously announced as being scrubbed, will indeed go on, maintaining traditions established by sponsor WUMB 91.9-FM Folk Radio –including discounts for Dorchester residents.  Read more

Police: AJ Wright worker caught selling heroin in the store

An employee of AJ Wright, 500 Geneva Ave., faces numerous charges after her arrest yesterday for allegedly selling a customer some heroin in a store fitting room.  Read more