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

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

Dot is often the place if Affleck is on the case

Carol Beggy
Sep. 10, 2009

Oscar-winner Ben Affleck seems to like filming in Dorchester. The Cambridge native is in town for his sophomore writing and directing project “The Town,” based on Boston author Chuck Hogan’s award-winning bestseller “The Prince of Thieves.”

The movie stars Affleck, Jon Hamm, leading man on TV’s “Mad Men,” Oscar-Winner and Kingston resident Chris Cooper, along with “Gossip Girl” star Blake Lively, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner and slew of locally based actors.  Read more

Gala at UMass to benefit Dot Park

This year’s edition of the annual Dorchester Park benefit gala will continue the tradition established last year of trading the sylvan for the swanky, as organizers bring the event to the UMass-Boston’s Grand Ballroom.

Dot Park 3 will be held at the UMass venue next Friday (Sept. 18) from 6-11 p.m. Proceeds from the cocktail hour, reception, and dinner event will go toward establishing an endowment to help maintain the passive green areas of the park not currently provided for by the city’s Parks Department.  Read more

Menino launches a TV spot; his desk plays starring role

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Sep. 10, 2009

Mayor Thomas Menino’s desk gets around. At least, that’s according to a spot his re-election campaign has put on and plans to have up on television through the September 22 preliminary election.

“This is the desk of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a man who doesn’t conduct business behind closed doors, but out in the neighborhoods of Boston,” the 34-second spot starts, in an apparent reference to the criticism he and the Boston Redevelopment Authority have received from his opponents, who say the administration isn’t transparent in how it conducts business.  Read more

Alcohol industry fights Walsh bill on ad placements

Kyle Cheney, State House New Service
Sep. 10, 2009

Alcohol industry officials are seeking to scuttle a bill that would prohibit them from advertising on state-owned property, calling it an unconstitutional infringement on speech and ineffective at combating underage drinking.  Read more

Canine playground set for Ronan Park

A corner of Dorchester’s Ronan Park is going to the dogs.

A groundbreaking will be held a week from Saturday for the Ronan Park Dog Run, the neighborhood’s first official venue for canine recreation. Organizers hope that the new pooch park will provide a place for humans to connect with each other while their pets spend some time off the leash.

“To be honest, it’s more about the people than it is about the dogs,” said Paige Davis, treasurer of the Friends of Ronan Park civic group who is heading up the dog-run project.  Read more

Dorchester's congressmen front and center in Senate drama

Two congressmen are readying to face off over the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat, and Dorchester could be caught in the middle.  Read more

Busway opens at Ashmont

Three charged after botched home invasion

Boston Police report arresting three men following an attempted home invasion at 9 Carson St. Monday afternoon.  Read more

Man stabbed repeatedly, in critical condition

Boston Police report arresting a Dorchester man on charges he stabbed another man repeatedly on Inwood Street in Dorchester early this morning.  Read more


Sep. 4, 2009

Recap and analysis of the week in state government

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 4, 2009…..One good reason to pick up nomination papers at Bill Galvin’s office this week was that, over baking lobsters and grilling burgers and powdered eggs, Labor Day cookouts and breakfasts provide handsome opportunities to get cracking on those 10,000 signatures due to local election officials by Oct. 20.  Read more

Final forums held on Route 28X plan

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 4, 2009

The state Executive Office of Transportation held a community meeting concerning the controversial 28X Blue Hill Ave. enhancement at the Mildred Ave. Community Center on Monday followed by a second meeting at the Dudley Branch Library on Wednesday. These were the final public meetings held before the EOT submits its application on Sept. 15.

Planners presented project concepts to a crowd that seemed to be overwhelmingly opposed to the 28X enhancement, an atmosphere EOT officials have struggled in since the first meetings in June.  Read more

Two years later, church to re-open

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 4, 2009

The Faithful Church of Christ on Woodrow Ave. in Mattapan is approaching the completion of a two-year-long renovation project with hopes of re-opening this month. “If I tore my hair out every time there was a problem, I would be bald, but it turned out to be a wonderful piece of work, “ said the church’s pastor, Hershel Langham.  Read more