Dorm issue flares up at UMass meeting

Several members of the Dorchester community this week warned UMass-Boston officials that the debate over building student dorms on the Columbia Point campus isn’t over.

“It isn’t a dead issue,” said Savin Hill resident Cathleen McDermott. “It’s not a done deal.”

But Otile McManus, who works for real estate developer Corcoran Jennison, quickly added that not everybody in Dorchester opposes on-campus housing.

The comments came at a Monday night meeting where UMass officials sought to update community members on the university’s 25-year plan to expand.  Read more

Salvation Army: Dudley Street's Kroc Center is a 'go'

Kroc Corps Center: A rendering of the future Salvation Army campus at Dudley and Clifton streets.Kroc Corps Center: A rendering of the future Salvation Army campus at Dudley and Clifton streets.A long-delayed plan to build a new community center on Dudley Street is finally getting the green-light. The Salvation Army says it will begin work right away on the what it calls “the largest social service community center in the history of Massachusetts.” The Kroc Corps center will be built on what is now a sprawling collection of vacant lots near the Uphams Corner T stop at Clifton and Dudley streets.  Read more

T meeting to focus on Route 23 bus line

The MBTA will hold a public preview of its plans to improve the route 23 bus on June 23 at 6:30 p.m at Codman Tech, 450 Washington St., Dorchester. A flyer advertising the improvements says that among the changes planned to come to route 23 are improved reliability, faster service, bus shelters, “enhanced bus stops” and improved traffic flow in the area. Route 23 runs from the Ashmont T station to the Ruggles T station in Roxbury. For more information, contact MBTA project manager Erik Scheier at (617) 222-3214 or at

Dorchester Bay launches foreclosure prevention push

Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is teaming up with the national HomeFree-USA to prevent home foreclosure in local neighborhoods. Homeowners are asked to call 617-825-2213, 617-825-0561, or toll-free 888-701-5001 to receive additional information and begin free foreclosure intervention services.

“We are launching a ‘Foreclosure Intervention’ campaign in Metro-Boston during the month of June 2009. Our goal is to assist 1,000 homeowners during this time,” said Jeanne DuBois, executive director of Dorchester Bay EDC.  Read more

Congratulations, Graduates *update*

Patrick O'Connor, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 18, 2009

Boston University awarded academic degrees to 5,863 students in May 2009. Receiving degrees from Dorchester were Pushkar S. Phatak, Master of Science in Investment Management; Alexander K. Ko, Bachelor of Science in Health Science; Hong Nguyen, Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics; Francis J. Doyle, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering; Annie B. Wilcox, Master of Criminal Justice in Criminal Justice Administration; Michael R. Coughlin, Bachelor of Science in Film and Television; Thomas C.  Read more

Work Inc. honors public officials, supporters at IBEW event

A human services organization for disabled workers that will relocate to Dorchester later this year recognized supporters and clients last week at an award ceremony and fund-raising auction. Among the recipients of the awards were public servants who have supported WORK Inc. during their years-long effort to find a new facility.

City Councillor Maureen Feeney hosted the event at the International Brotherhood of Iron Workers hall on Freeport Street, located across the street from the renovated former Pollack Manufacturing building that WORK Inc. will occupy in November.  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: Who’s on the ballot

Reporter Staff
Jun. 18, 2009

It’s official: Boston voters will see 15 candidates on the City Council At-Large portion of the ballot.

Current City Councillors At-Large Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon are facing off against Mayor Thomas Menino for the top job at City Hall, prompting a flood of candidates hoping to fill their seats and best two others, held by incumbents Stephen Murphy, a long-time councilor, and freshman John Connolly, who are both running for re-election.  Read more

A coyote and you: What to do?

Coyote: A coyote takes in the scene at Cedar Grove CemeteryCoyote: A coyote takes in the scene at Cedar Grove CemeteryIn the early evening of Fri., May 19, Barbara Kelley looked into her Clancy Road yard across from Walsh Park and saw something move that she thought was a bird. Hardly.  Read more

BPD to roll out online crime-map system

Years after the Reporter first called for its implementation- and hours after a mayoral candidate called for stepping up the use of the Internet in the war on crime-the Boston Police Department has finally partnered with a national web site to provide timely, map-based information about crime incidents.  Read more

Debate simmering over termination of BPD's horse patrols

The 140-year run of the Boston Police Department’s mounted unit will come to an end next month unless advocates and petitioners are successful in convincing the City Council and the Menino administration that the horse patrols, used in the main for crowd control, are worth keeping in this economic climate.  Read more

Midday chase ends with arrest of armed, wanted man in Mattapan Square, police say

Boston Police report several officers chased and captured a wanted hood with a penchant for explosive violence this afternoon in the middle of Mattapan Square.

Police say a detective told local officers that Frantz Germain, 27, was walking around the farmer's market parking lot in Mattapan Square around 2 p.m. By the time officers arrived, Germain, wanted on a variety of warrants, including assault with intent to murder, had gotten into a Chevy, which they stopped at Cummins Highway and River Street. Police say Germain got out and tried to run:  Read more

Local stars align to dance for Fields Corner

Dancing with the Stars of Boston: Mary Truong of Carney Hospital twirled her way to a win last year. Photo by Mike Ritter/ritterbin.comDancing with the Stars of Boston: Mary Truong of Carney Hospital twirled her way to a win last year. Photo by Mike Ritter/ritterbin.comABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” gets more and more popular each season. Ditto the Dorchester-based “Dancing with the Stars of Boston,” happening tonight (June 18) at Boston College High. Fields Corner Main Street (FCMS) hopes to raise between 25 and 30 grand this evening at what has become their biggest fund-raiser of the year in support of their revitalization efforts including the storefront initiative, improvements, anti-litter and youth hiring campaigns.  Read more

Man to face trial for shooting death 30 years ago on Greenbrier Street

Richard Franklin, formerly of Brockton, goes on trial tomorrow for the May 13, 1979 shooting death of a man on Greenbrier Street, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

Msgr. Tom McDonnell dies at age 73

Rev. Monsignor Thomas J. McDonnellRev. Monsignor Thomas J. McDonnellRev. Monsignor Thomas J. McDonnell, a Mattapan native who served for 21 years as a pastor in South Boston and ministered to the city's most vulnerable residents, died on Sunday afternoon after a lengthy illness. He was 73 years old. Fr. Tom, as he was known to many, was also a longtime columnist for the Reporter Newspapers and the Archdiocesan newspaper, The Pilot.
Fr. McDonnell will lie in state at St. Monica's church in South Boston on Friday, June 19 from 4-8 p.m. A wake will also be held at Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, 326 Granite Ave. in East Milton on Thursday, June 18 from 4-8 p.m. His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Monica's at 331 Old Colony Ave, South Boston. (The funeral was originally set for St. Mary's in Dedham, but the location was shifted to South Boston on Tuesday.)
The Reporter's publisher Ed Forry writes on Fr. Tom's life and legacy here.

Man convicted in 2006 Florida Street murder

A Suffolk Superior Court jury has convicted Michael "Goody" Collins of killing retired Cambridge police officer Myles Lawton in Lawton's 91 Florida St. home in 2006, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced.  Read more

Experts: Minorities suffer from persistent disparities in care

Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Jun. 12, 2009

The cost of care, access to specialists and inadequate medical equipment are among the numerous barriers to health care for minorities and people with disabilities, advocates for vulnerable communities said Tuesday.

“Injustice and disparities are alive and well in the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Rep. Gloria Fox (D-Roxbury), testifying before the Committee on Public Health, which took testimony on 19 bills aimed at narrowing the gap between access to and quality of care for minorities.  Read more

Dot Art jazzes up fundraising event

For the fourth year the Dorchester Community Center for the Arts (better known as Dot Art) will host its annual fund-raiser, the Snazzy Jazzy Arty Party. Next Saturday, June 20, the reunion/ charity celebration will be held in an elegant private home and garden at 11 Richview Street in Cedar Grove. Gary and Sarah Ciambrone will be welcome attendees from 6 to 10 p.m.

This year instead of a sit-down dinner there will be a tasty tapas-style buffet catered by local establishments like The Blarney Stone, Above and Beyond Catering, and Dot2Dot Café.  Read more

Man charged with carrying loaded weapon on MBTA bus in Ashmont

Boston Police report arresting a Mattapan man who allegedly boarded a bus armed with a semi-automatic weapon at Ashmont station this afternoon.  Read more

Alban Street man charged as crack distributor

Boston Police say they broke up a crack distribution operation at 107 Alban St. on Wednesday.  Read more

Alleged prostitute, john arrested in police crackdown along Dorchester Ave.

Boston Police report arresting a pair of South Shore residents Wednesday night on charges one was providing oral sex for a fee to the other.  Read more

Two men convicted of murder after fourth trial

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Quincy Butler and William Wood of murder for the 2004 death of a Dorchester woman whose Monsignor Lydon Way apartment they broke into in a drug-fueled home invasion, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced.  Read more

Local lawmakers rally behind Hart, holidays

Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day are here to stay – for now.

In a 78 to 78 vote, state House lawmakers – including the entire Dorchester and Mattapan delegation – voted to keep the two Suffolk County holidays in place, with proponents arguing they carry historical significance. Critics said the so-called “hack holidays” are another symbol of government waste that needed to be jettisoned.  Read more

Activists aim at adult buyers in teen-drink crackdown

A coalition of activists who have been working to reduce alcohol and drug abuse in the neighborhood are taking direct aim at adults who buy booze for under-age drinkers this season. The Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition (DSAC) rolled out a “sticker shock” campaign last Thursday, placing warning labels on cases of beer and brown bags at Harbor Point Liquors on Morrissey Boulevard. The stickers read, “Hey You!! It is ILLEGAL to provide alcohol for people under 21!”

The initiative has the support of the store’s owner, longtime Dorchester resident Paul Lynch.  Read more

DiMasi indictment reaction runs gamut in Dot caucus

For state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, it was a “sad day.” Rep. Brian Wallace described it to a reporter as “heart-wrenching.” And Rep. Willie Mae Allen declined comment altogether.

Lawmakers’ reactions to the indictment of former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi ran the gamut, including others who said they felt a sense of betrayal and disappointment.  Read more