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Viet-AID secures funds for Four Corners project

A $14.5 million Four Corners project put together under the auspices of the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Inc. (Viet-AID) is moving ahead. The project recently picked up $600,000 predevelopment loan.

The Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, which works on community development projects with state agencies, provided the loan. CEDAC also provided $450,000 to Viet-AID to purchase a part of the site.  Read more

‘Business lab’ latest addition to Fields Corner lineup

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 10, 2014

The fourth floor of 1452 Dorchester Ave. is currently a maze of empty offices and open areas, spaces that John Maudlin and Travis Lee are looking to fill with 50 young entrepreneurs, small business owners, and nonprofit organizations.

The space will be known as the Fields Corner Business Lab and is set to open on Tuesday, April 15. According to Lee, the lab will serve as a “cost effective and convenient” resource for those looking to invest in Fields Corner.  Read more

700 rally for human service workers at State House

Nearly 700 human service workers and advocates flooded Beacon Hill on Tuesday to push for $260 million in funding for programs and overdue wages.

The rally was held in the Great Hall after which advocates and workers in gold shirts headed to lobby lawmakers for their budget requests under the banner of “The Caring Force,” an initiative that highlights issues important to the human services sector.  Read more

Walsh raises concerns about Savin Hill condo project

Mayor Marty Walsh said this week that he has concerns about the height of a condominium building being proposed for a neighborhood eyesore, a long-vacant parcel on Savin Hill Avenue next to Savin Bar and Kitchen and across from the MBTA station. On Tuesday, Walsh, who lives a block away, on Tuttle Street, said, “I haven’t seen the full plan. I certainly know that spot has to be filled. It’s been vacant for years, a decade now.”

While saying the developer of the project does “great, quality work,” Walsh added, “Three stories concerns me.”  Read more

Ester debuts —quietly— in Lower Mills

Team ester : includes executive chef Esteban Gallego, owner Eleanor Arpino and manager Luther Pinckney. The restaurant opened quietly last week and is currently throughout the week— except for Mondays—for dinner. It will open full-time for lunch and dinner by next month. 	Photo by Bill ForryTeam ester : includes executive chef Esteban Gallego, owner Eleanor Arpino and manager Luther Pinckney. The restaurant opened quietly last week and is currently throughout the week— except for Mondays—for dinner. It will open full-time for lunch and dinner by next month. Photo by Bill Forry
Ester, the restaurant and bar that has replaced The Ledge Kitchen and Drinks in the heart of Lower Mills’ village, opened quietly last Wednesday evening. The eatery is now open for dinner only as the new owners and managers methodically roll out a limited menu as they continue to hire and train staff.

The restaurant will eventually celebrate with a grand opening and offer a wider menu, including lunch. The big event will probably happen sometime after April’s chilled rains give way to May’s patio season. Until then, Team Ester is focused on getting off on the right foot. And that means putting a premium on highly-trained staff who make each “guest experience” a positive one.  Read more

‘Personal priorities’ drive mayor’s $2.7b budget

The city of Boston’s budget for fiscal year 2015 would rise to $2.7 billion, a $118.2 million increase over this year’s under the first spending plan proposed by Mayor Marty Walsh. “I’m not raising taxes, I’m not raising fees,” Walsh said on Tuesday before he rolled out the details the next morning at a gathering of the City Council. “We’re going to have a fiscally responsible budget.”  Read more

RICHARD FAMILY HAILS THE CHAMPS

David Ortiz greeted the members of the Richard family of Dorchester who survived last year’s Boston Marathon bombings before the Red Sox home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park last Friday. Eight-year-old Martin Richard was killed in the attack on Boylston Street on April 15, 2013. His sister Jane, foreground, lost her leg in the bombing. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Controversial Savin Hill house demolished

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 9, 2014

Demolition crews took down 24 Grampian Way in a few hours on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

After months of controversy, a home on Savin Hill with a landmark designation was torn down this week as neighborhood residents remained in the dark about what the future holds for the parcel at 24 Grampian Way. A demolition vehicle moved onto the property and began dismantling the dilapidated structure on Tuesday.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Wrong street, wrong house for this night-time stroller

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 9, 2014

Bad luck or dumb criminal? Maybe a little bit of both.

Police say a Dorchester man was caught with stolen goods on Tuttle Street at around 2:20 a.m. on April 2, a few feet away from Mayor Marty Walsh’s house. He apparently did not notice – until it was too late – the marked police cruiser that sits outside Walsh’s home around the clock as part of the mayor’s security detail.  Read more

Sales of t-shirts, quilts will aid Team MR8 Fund

Dorchester Strong QuiltDorchester Strong QuiltDorchester apparel company College Hype will once again help raise funds to benefit the new fund established in memory of Martin Richard, the 8 year-old Dorchester boy killed in last year's Boston Marathon bombings. The Adams Corner-based company is raffling off a pair of commemorative quilts made from "Dorchester Strong" and "Boston Strong" shirts.

Martin's parents, Bill and Denise Richard, have launched a foundation that honors Martin's message of peace by investing in education, athletics and community. An inaugural team of 100 runners named Team MR8 will raise awareness and funds as ambassadors running in this year's Boston Marathon on April 21st.

College Hype will build on last year's fundraising efforts by donating proceeds from the sale of their "Dorchester Strong" and "Boston Strong" T-shirt lines, which they did last year, and to raffle off
two quilts bearing the words "Boston Strong" and "Dorchester Strong." The quilts were donated by Jack Cunningham of Ross Common Quilts. They are on display at College Hype at 540 Gallivan Boulevard,
Dorchester.  Read more

State rolls out pothole recovery project on Gallivan Blvd.

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Apr. 9, 2014

Workers filled potholes on Morrissey Boulevard after a press conference by state officials on Wed., April 9, 2014. Photo by Ed Forry

As funding for statewide and local road and transportation projects remains tied up in legislative negotiations, the Patrick administration on Wednesday announced a $40 million one-time program aimed at helping communities recover from the potholes left behind by another tough winter.

Transportation Secretary Richard Davey and MassHighway chief Frank DePaola spoke at a press conference on Gallivan Boulevard to discuss the $40 million program, which uses fiscal 2014 funds.

According to a program announcement obtained by the News Service, the initiative is designed to facilitate repairs of potholes, street cracking and damage to guardrails and signs, as well as repairs to municipal vehicles, garages and fueling stations. Smooth roads are the goal, one official said.  Read more

Dead body found in burning car in Savin Hill

A death investigation is underway following a gruesome early-morning discovery in Savin Hill on Tuesday. Boston Police say that human remains were found inside a vehicle that was found on fire near 6 Davitt Street— just off of Savin Hill Avenue bear Patten's Cove. The call for the incident came into Boston Police at approximately 3:29 a.m. Sources familiar with the investigation say that the incident is not believed to be a homicide, but it remains under investigation.  Read more

Resident parking to commence in Four Corners

By 
Staff
Apr. 4, 2014

New parking restrictions will go into effect this month in and around the Four Corners section of Dorchester as the city implements a new resident parking program in the vicinity of a new MBTA commuter rail station. Ten streets in the Erie-Ellington vicinity will be impacted by the restrictions and neighbors are being encouraged to apply for resident permits through City Hall.

Courtesy flyers are currently being distributed now in the area and actual enforcement of the new regulations will begin on Monday, May 5.  Read more

Jury convicts teen in shooting of two, acquits him in Conneely case

A Suffolk Superior Court jury split its verdict in a Dorchester case last week, deciding that a homeless teen opened fire and wounded two young men, but did not kill an Irish immigrant, in two separate incidents in October 2011.

John Graham, who was 16 at the time of the two shootings incidents, was convicted of a litany of charges, including intent to murder and armed assault of the two men on Monsignor Lydon Way. He was found not guilty in the fatal shooting of Ciaran Conneely, a popular 36-year-old undocumented immigrant from Co. Galway who was known to his friends as “Kiwi.”  Read more

Residents get look at initial Mt. Vernon redesign proposal

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 3, 2014

Residents and stakeholders from Dorchester’s Columbia Point peninsula attended a meeting last Thursday evening to help lay out a city plan to redesign Mt. Vernon Street. The meeting was hosted by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), which is funding the $400,000 planning process now underway.  Read more

SALUTE TO FALLEN HEROES: Tragedy hits home at Mildred Ave.

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 3, 2014

Mildred Ave. kids: Firefighter Jim Walsh joined students from the Mildred Avenue School on Monday. Shown, (standing, l-r) are Yanell Woods, Camari Bailey, Jaquan Jones, Firefighter Jim Walsh, teacher Lynne Travers, Jamoni Waller, Narzvel Sawyer Rodriguez and Evy Ayala; (sitting, l-r) Ibsael Polanco, Danny Silvestre, Simone Darling, Chiosna Bernadeau, Tyra Jennings,Kendra Cole, Destiny Omo, Princess Sawyer Rodriguez, Keren Osorio and Tamera Francois.Mildred Ave. kids: Firefighter Jim Walsh joined students from the Mildred Avenue School on Monday. Shown, (standing, l-r) are Yanell Woods, Camari Bailey, Jaquan Jones, Firefighter Jim Walsh, teacher Lynne Travers, Jamoni Waller, Narzvel Sawyer Rodriguez and Evy Ayala; (sitting, l-r) Ibsael Polanco, Danny Silvestre, Simone Darling, Chiosna Bernadeau, Tyra Jennings,Kendra Cole, Destiny Omo, Princess Sawyer Rodriguez, Keren Osorio and Tamera Francois.

A day after the tragedy that took the lives of two Boston Firefighters, fifth grader Evy Ayala walked the halls of Mildred Avenue School with a fireman’s boot looking for donations to help.

The boot belongs to her brother, Jerrell Ayala, who worked with the fallen firemen. When swim teacher Lynne Travers saw Evy with her boot, she decided to plan something more.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: No statewide run for me, Golar Richie tells her supporters

Charlotte Golar Richie, a Dorchester Democrat who ran for mayor in 2013, will not make a bid for statewide office this year, she told supporters via an email on Saturday. A third place finisher in the 12-way mayoral primary, she had been considering a run for a state office.  Read more

Erin Murphy kicks off run for Mayor of Dorchester

Erin MurphyErin Murphy

Erin Murphy’s Dorchester roots run deep. She’s helping to guide a generation of her neighbors’ kids as a first-grade teacher. And, as she’s raising three children of her own in the neighborhood, Erin has become a fixture of the youth sports and civic scene.  Read more

Fifth Suffolk voters choose Carvalho

Winning candidate: Evandro Carvalho is pictured with his grandfather, Cecilio Correia (left), Edson Soares-DaRosa (right) and Destiny Pires. at Restaurante Cesaria. Photo by Chris LovettWinning candidate: Evandro Carvalho is pictured with his grandfather, Cecilio Correia (left), Edson Soares-DaRosa (right) and Destiny Pires. at Restaurante Cesaria. Photo by Chris Lovett
Attorney Evandro C. Carvalho on Tuesday won a low-turnout Democratic primary in the race to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez. Carvalho, 32, of Fields Corner, moves onto the ballot in the April 29 general election. Since no candidates from the GOP emerged to run in the primary, there will be no Republicans on the ballot to contest Carvalho.

According to unofficial numbers posted on the city elections department’s website, Carvalho won with 49 percent of the vote, or 960 votes, topping Karen Charles Peterson, chief of staff in the state Department of Telecommunications, who came in second with 26.62 percent, or 521 votes. Trailing the top two were Barry Lawton with 9.71 percent, or 190 votes, community activist Jennifer Johnson with 151 votes, and Roy Owens with 89.  Read more

Supreme Court ruling seen as having immediate impact on campaigns, elections

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Apr. 2, 2014

Well-heeled Massachusetts political donors will be free to spread their wealth among as many candidates for state and federal office as they wish this year after the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down aggregate federal campaign contribution limits, a ruling that state regulators said would extend to state limits as well.  Read more

Carvalho wins Democratic primary in Fifth Suffolk race to replace Henriquez

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 1, 2014

Evandro Carvalho: Won Democratic primary election today. Photo by Mike DeehanEvandro Carvalho: Won Democratic primary election today. Photo by Mike DeehanAttorney Evandro C. Carvalho on Tuesday won the five-way Democratic primary in the race to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, sources in two camps said.

As the winner of the April 1 Democratic primary, Carvalho moves on to the ballot in the April 29 general election. No Republicans are expected on the ballot, since there were no candidates that emerged during the primary.

A Fields Corner resident who once worked in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Carvalho was born in Cape Verde and came to Boston at age 15. He graduated from Madison Park High and went to UMass Amherst and Howard University School of Law.  Read more

Dorchester man charged with shooting uncle during a funeral procession

Gai Scott, 36, is scheduled for arraignment in Plymouth District Court on Monday on charges he tried to kill his uncle, Raymond Scott, as the two drove in separate cars on Rte. 3 for a funeral service for Raymond Scott's mother Saturday afternoon.

Raymond Scott, who grew up in Dorchester, is known as Benzino and has a long career as a rapper and publisher of a hip-hop magazine. He is currently a cast member of the VH1 reality show "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta."

According to the Plymouth County District Attorney's office, the two Scotts had been feuding of late.  Read more

Today: Voters choose among five for Fifth Suffolk representative

Four of the five candidates on next Tuesday’s ballot in the Fifth Suffolk District appeared before a crowd at First Parish Church on Sunday afternoon. Shown, l-r, Evandro Carvalho, Karen Charles Peterson, Jennifer Johnson and Barry Lawton.  Profiles on each candidate, Pages 4 and 5.Four of the five candidates on next Tuesday’s ballot in the Fifth Suffolk District appeared before a crowd at First Parish Church on Sunday afternoon. Shown, l-r, Evandro Carvalho, Karen Charles Peterson, Jennifer Johnson and Barry Lawton. Links to profiles on each candidate are available below.

Voters in the Fifth Suffolk House District had a chance this week to see the candidates hoping to succeed former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez up close. Four of the five Democrats on the April 1 primary ballot appeared before a crowd of 50 people at First Parish Church on a Sunday afternoon, offering answers to questions about charter schools, constituent services, and how to handle gun violence, particularly in Bowdoin-Geneva.  Read more

Key Fields Corner building getting a snappy new look

The old Emerald Isle building in Fields Corner is being renovated by new owners. The first new tenant— a T-Mobile store— will move into the building next month. 	Photo by Bill ForryThe old Emerald Isle building in Fields Corner is being renovated by new owners. The first new tenant— a T-Mobile store— will move into the building next month. Photo by Bill Forry

Renovations to a key commercial building in Fields Corner are underway this month as four new tenants prepare to open up shop along Dorchester Avenue. The building, which once housed the defunct Emerald Isle bar and Yum-Yum Chinese restaurant, has undergone a “gut-rehab” in recent months.

The 6,000-square-foot building carries a Faulkner Street address, but its five retail spaces face a bustling stretch of Dorchester Avenue in the heart of the business district. The building abuts the popular Blarney Stone restaurant, which has thrived in spite of the still-forlorn exterior of its next-door neighbor.  Read more

Walsh’s gun buyback offer: ‘No questions asked’

Standing at the edge of a Codman Square park, city officials this week restarted a gun buyback program in a bid to curtail neighborhood violence. Dubbed “Your Piece for Peace,” the program has police accepting or picking up guns with “no questions asked,” officials said. The program is open Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at various district police stations.

If the gun, which can’t be loaded or an antique, is accepted by police, a $200 Visa gift card will be available in return.  Read more