Sep. 3, 2009
As state-subsidized health care for 31,000 legal immigrants lapsed Tuesday, the result of budget cuts imposed by the Legislature, advocates for a single-payer health care system blasted the cuts as â€œdiscriminatoryâ€ and said a backup plan endorsed Monday by the Patrick administration could leave them worse off than if they relied on a state fund for the uninsured.
â€œItâ€™s deplorable,â€ said Dr. L. Toni Lewis, president of the Committee of Interns and Residents for Service Employees International Union, speaking at a press conference in the State Houseâ€™s Nurses Hall. Read more
Sep. 2, 2009
Mayor Thomas Menino failed to get an endorsement from DotOUT, a Dorchester civic group representing gays and lesbians, despite receiving support from a majority of its members gathered at the Ledge restaurant for a Monday night forum. Read more
In a hunt for a newer and larger facility, officials with a Cambridge Catholic high school are looking closely at the former St. Williamâ€™s School in Savin Hill. Read more
A budget shortfall for the Boston Medical Center could cause drastic problems for the hospital and its affiliated health centers, including two in Dorchester, unless solutions, and hard-to-find funding, are found before the Oct. 1 start of the hospitalâ€™s fiscal year. Read more
Aug. 28, 2009
Transportation Secretary James Aloisi, who opened a board meeting quoting Thomas Jefferson a few weeks ago, went overseas and into a little more-recent history in his feud with then-MBTA General Manager Daniel Grabauskas, telling aides last month in e-mails the Globe obtained through the wondrous public records law and published on August 18, â€œIf this is our 1939, I sure as heck am not going to allow myself to be Poland.â€ Thatâ€™s when deputy secretary Brian Murphy wrote back, â€œI would say you want to be more Churchill than Chamberlain.â€ Read more
Here are five thoughts looking for a place to land.
So, Billy Sullivan and Jim Nance have been selected for the Patriotsâ€™ own cozy Hall of Fame. Leading only to the question, how in the name of common sense could it have taken so long? Theyâ€™ve had the thing the better part of 20 years now. Sullivan should have been one of the first anointed, with Nance following not too far behind. Read more
Back-to-school fever is hardly just for the young. Scores of Dot seniors who still love to learn are anticipating going to UMass for special classes this fall.
Wichian Rojanawon, PhD, Director of the universityâ€™s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute or OLLI Program, conservatively estimates that 10 percent of the 600+ OLLI membership will again come from Dorchester/Mattapan.
The no-pressure courses meet once a week during the day and last anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks. Field and theater trips, bring-your-own-lunch special lectures, and social events are other options. Read more
Aug. 27, 2009
Polling locations in Dorchester â€“ and South Boston - will stay the same for the 2009 municipal elections, the cityâ€™s election chief said this week. City-wide, there will be only one move: from the BPLâ€™s Academy Hill branch, which is undergoing extensive repair, to the Veronica Smith Senior Center, around the corner and on Chestnut Hill Ave. in Allston-Brighton. Read more
ear that Senator Kennedy had died during the night on Tuesday, though his death was not unexpected.
Following are reactions to the news in Dorchester as gathered by the Reporter staff Wednesday morning.
Bret Lipow, originally from New York:â€¨ â€œI think they have a big problem, because they have nobody really representing them in the Senate at kind of a crucial time. Iâ€™m not really sure whatâ€™s going to happen with that, but I hope it works out.â€
â€œI wanted to say a few words this morning about the passing of an extraordinary leader, Senator Edward Kennedy. Over the past several years, Iâ€™ve had the honor to call Teddy a colleague, a counselor, and a friend. And even though we have known this day was coming for some time now, we awaited it with no small amount of dread. Read more
A longtime Codman Square pharmacist defended himself this week against an indictment by a federal grand jury accusing him of Medicaid fraud. Amadiegwu "Joe" Onujiogu, who lives in Randolph and owns a pharmacy on 624 Washington St., was charged with paying a percentage to customers to bring prescriptions to his pharmacy and then not giving them the medication, while submitting paperwork to collect funds from Medicaid.
"I have been a pharmacist for 30 years," he said, standing outside the Joseph Moakley Courthouse after a Monday hearing. "I have done my very best." Read more
Most members of the Dorchester delegation are adopting the same stance as their legislative leaders, staying mum on whether Beacon Hill should acquiesce to U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedyâ€™s request to give Gov. Deval Patrick the power to temporarily replace him should the seat become vacant. The request became public a week before he died on Wednesday, after a lengthy battle with terminal brain cancer. Read more
Long-awaited and longer-needed improvements to Dorchester Avenue will begin as early as this fall, thanks to the federal governmentâ€™s plan to stimulate infrastructure projects across the nation. The $16.47 million road project will be funded in total by the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act championed by President Barack Obama and passed by Congress earlier this year. Read more
Aug. 27, 2009
Mayor Thomas Menino used the occasion of a Tuesday visit to Codman Square to discuss the controversial federal economic stimulus act that he said has directly led to 1,349 new jobs in the city and the preservation of another 317, according to new city data. Read more
Correction: Father Larner will be lying in repose at St/ Ann's Church today (August 27th) from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rev. James M. Larner, a Dorchester original who never left home for long, died at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday. He was 78 and had not been in the best of health for several years before suffering a heart attack in June. Read more