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City leaders tell parents: preschools will stay open

A plethora of promises were doled out to riled-up parents at the Murphy Community Center on Tuesday, as the director of Boston Centers for Youth and Family and the mayor’s policy advisor both vowed not to close a cherished preschool program.  Read more

Police seek to crack down on after-hour parties

Police commanders in Areas B-3 and C-11 are stepping up efforts to curb after-hours house parties, which have historically been a breeding ground for gun violence. Most recently, three people were murdered on Mt. Ida Road on March 28 outside a party that was still going on at 4 a.m.  Read more

St. Brendan’s pastor Father Fratus dead at 58

Fr. James Fratus: The well-loved pastor at St. Brendan's parish passed away after a battle with cancer on April 8, 2009.Fr. James Fratus: The well-loved pastor at St. Brendan's parish passed away after a battle with cancer on April 8, 2009.After a battle with cancer, Father James Fratus of St. Brendan’s Catholic Church passed away on Wednesday morning, April 8.  Read more

Wilkerson, Turner face more corruption charges

By 
State House News Service
Apr. 7, 2009

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced more charges against former Boston state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson. A federal grand jury sitting in Boston returned 23 new charges, all comprised of theft of honest services mail and wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan's office said.  Read more

Cops: Phony 'workers' robbed Minot St. home

Boston Police are warning residents to be watchful for thieves posing as utility workers this week after an elderly Dorchester woman was robbed by a two-man scam team last week. The 84 year-old Minot Street resident was not harmed in the April 1st incident.  Read more

Governor hits Blue Hill Ave. to "listen"

Gov. Deval Patrick visits Brother'sGov. Deval Patrick visits Brother'sGovernor Deval Patrick spent Tuesday morning along Blue Hill Avenue, criss-crossing Dorchester and Mattapan as part of an informal "listening" tour.  Read more

Bulldogs fall short in Brookline battle

Bulldogs lacrosse, April 4, 2009: The Bulldogs fell to Brookline in their fourth outing of the '09 campaign. Above, Charlie Marshall and Kristian Kirleis fight for a loose ball.Bulldogs lacrosse, April 4, 2009: The Bulldogs fell to Brookline in their fourth outing of the '09 campaign. Above, Charlie Marshall and Kristian Kirleis fight for a loose ball.The Boston High School Lacrosse Club faced off against the Brookline Warriors in a hard-hitting and action packed match on Saturday, April 4.  Read more

DA Conley: Steven Odom's killer was also murdered; 2nd man charged

Steven OdomSteven OdomA 19 year-old Mattapan man has been indicted for his role in the 2007 murder of 13 year-old Steven Odom, a crime that stunned the neighborhood. Suffolk County DA Daniel Conley today announced that the teen who allegedly pulled the trigger - Charles Bunch, Jr. - was himself the victim of a homicide in Mattapan 10 days after Odom was killed.  Read more

Milton tragedy funeral moved to Mattapan

The funeral for two sisters and the brother who killed them in their Milton home will be held this morning at 10 a.m. at the Jubilee Christian Church on Blue Hill Ave. in Mattapan. The funeral for Bianca Revelus, 5, Samantha Revelus, 17 and Kerby Revelus, 23, was initially scheduled to be held at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Roslindale. The service will begin at 10 a.m.  Read more

Two men charged in Columbia Pt. bank heist

Derrick RogersDerrick RogersKevin ClementKevin ClementTwo men have been arrested and charged in connection with a Wednesday morning bank robbery at the Tremont Credit Union office on Columbia Point. Kevin Clement, 23, and Derrick Rogers, 25, have both been charged with Armed Robbery. Boston Police detectives from Area C-6, members FBI Bank Robbery Task Force and Bureau of Investigative Services made the arrests on Wednesday evening.  Read more

Increase seen in daytime housebreaks in Area C-11

After a drop-off in February, residential housebreaks are on the increase again in Area C-11, the police district that covers most of eastern Dorchester.  Read more

Urban gardens to get new life

Brighter days are clearly in sight for dozens of urban gardeners who toil on a handful of plots in Dorchester and Jamaica Plain owned by a gardening non-profit that has been largely defunct since 2000.  Read more

Hearing to focus on temporary shut-down at Murphy Center

City Councillor Maureen Feeney has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday evening (April 7) to scrutinize a plan that would temporarily close the Murphy Community Center for renovations this summer.  Read more

Dot merchants get mayoral run-through on budget woes

Just days before he submits his budget to the City Council, Mayor Thomas Menino gave some insights into his priorities and challenges in his annual address to the Dorchester Board of Trade on Tuesday afternoon.

Menino — who is widely expected to run for re-election this fall — said he foresees a $78 million cut in local aid, money that comes from the state and goes to city coffers for local programs, in the fiscal 2010 budget, on top of a $23 million cut this year.

Menino said he hopes to extract additional revenues from the city’s own contractors.  Read more

Mayor invites applicants for youth council

By 
Reporter Staff
Apr. 2, 2009

High school sophomores and juniors who would like to become members of the Mayor’s Youth Council must apply for a seat by April 16. The volunteer council participates in skill-building activities that will prepare them to be involved in government.  Boston residency is required and a knowledge of teen programs and issues is preferred. The time commitment is approximately 10 hours per month. For more information, visit.bostonyouthzone.com/myc.

Lena Park head says CDC may keep community center

Interim director Bruce Blaisdell of the Lena Park CDC said this week that the CDC could potentially renovate its property at 150 American Legion Highway in Dorchester, a community center once known as the Hecht House.

The CDC is facing a deficit of around $1 million and is on the verge of signing a contract with Urban Edge, another CDC based in Roxbury, to administrate its education programs and affordable housing holdings.  Read more

Car rental scheme busted

By 
Reporter Staff
Apr. 2, 2009

On Monday, Dorchester’s George Quinn was indicted for operating an illegal car rental operation in the neighborhood.

According to the attorney general’s office, investigators discovered Quinn had told the AMICA Mutual Insurance company he was a collector of cars to explain his multiple auto insurance policies. Taken out in February 2008, the policies were personal, not commercial, and thus gave him a lower premium.

Many of the people who rented the cars were unlicensed, according to the AG, and at least three claims were made on the insurance policies for accidents with the cars.  Read more

BMC said to be getting $80 million in stimulus funds

By 
Reporter Staff
Apr. 2, 2009

As part of the country’s economic recovery plan, Massachusetts just secured a $764 million boost for healthcare services last week, and the Boston Medical Center is said to be getting $80 million for FY 2010. Dorchester’s Codman Square Health Center and the Dorchester House both rely on BMC for a considerable chunk of their funding.  Read more

Budget straits spark surge in parent action

One silver lining of the stormy budget crisis that has loomed over the Boston Public Schools for the past few months— a crisis that still threatens 212 teaching positions and 324 other jobs unless new revenues or budget cuts are found—is that hundreds of parents have come out of the woodwork to protect their children’s education.

With plenty of studies showing parental involvement can improve student and school performance, many active parents and advocates are now beginning to wonder if any of the energy that brought 500 parents to a State House rally last week can be sustained.  Read more

Grants allow art teachers to travel and expand their own horizons

Jozeph Zaremba, a longtime Dorchester art teacher will at last get in touch with his artist roots – by studying in Florence.

“Wow! I am so excited to receive a Teachers as Artists grant!  It allows me to become a student again and validates the importance of art in teaching and learning,” he said this week.  Read more

Codman Square pins hopes on stimulus for new center, school

Codman Square Health Campus: An architect's rendering of the proposed new building. Courtesy HKT ArchitectsCodman Square Health Campus: An architect's rendering of the proposed new building. Courtesy HKT ArchitectsAn ambitious $15 million plan to build a new health center and school in the heart of Codman Square could begin as soon as September if federal stimulus dollars earmarked for community health centers come through.  Read more

Judge Hanlon gets mostly positive reviews in hearing

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Apr. 1, 2009

Judge Sydney Hanlon: Judge Sydney Hanlon. AP PhotoJudge Sydney Hanlon: Judge Sydney Hanlon. AP PhotoDorchester District Court Judge Sydney Hanlon appears on her way to have the necessary votes for confirmation to the state Appeals Court.  Read more

Murder case from '04 ends in mistrial... again

The trial of two men accused of killing a Dorchester woman in a horrific crime on Monsignor Lydon Way back in 2004 ended in a hung jury on Wednesday, marking the third time the case has stalled in a Boston courtroom.  Read more

Menino: Preschool programs will go on at Murphy, other sites

Mayor Thomas Menino reiterated a promise by his staff that preschool programs would continue at the Murphy Community Center and eight other community centers this week, saying there were state slots available for the children if funding for the teachers, who will not be paid by the city in next year’s budget, cannot be found elsewhere.  Read more

Former state Rep. Richard Finnigan dead at 72

Richard Finnigan: Richard Finnigan of Savin Hill served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1972-1979. He died on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at the age of 72.Richard Finnigan: Richard Finnigan of Savin Hill served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1972-1979. He died on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at the age of 72.Richard Finnigan, a former three term Dorchester state Representative who was well known for his support of youth sports and the St. William's parish band, died Tuesday, March 31 at New England Medical Center. He was 72.  Read more