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House ethics committee given power to take witnesses into custody

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jan. 23, 2014

The House on Thursday raised the possibility of Rep. Carlos Henriquez returning to Beacon Hill to testify in his own defense, approving an order that empowers a House panel to take witnesses into custody as its lays the groundwork for hearings to consider Henriquez’s expulsion from the House or other disciplinary action.  Read more

Field takes shape in 13th Suffolk

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor and Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 23, 2014

Candidates facing a six-week sprint to the primary election for Marty Walsh’s empty seat are on the move. It’s door-knocking time as one formally launched his effort over the weekend and others began pulling nomination papers.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Boston’s never-say-die GOP unit sets caucuses

Boston’s Republicans will hold back-to-back-to-back half-hour caucuses next Thursday evening in advance of the state party’s convention in March. Three committees – Wards 12, 13, and 14 – are scheduled to gather at the Grove Hall Library at 6:30 p.m., with Ward 14 going first. Rachel Kemp, a Dorchester resident who serves as a state committeewoman for the GOP, is hoping for a “robust” 20 people to appear at the meetings, which will select delegates for the March 22 convention at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.  Read more

Drug Court gets boost from ally: the Mayor

Judge Rosalind Miller, Dorchester District Court’s first justice, knows the new mayor well. Marty Walsh, she said last week, “not only talks the talk, [he] walks the walk.”

Addressing a crowd gathered in the courthouse’s first session, Miller was referring to Walsh’s work in the recovery community. Walsh has been a recovering alcoholic for 18 years and it was a key part of his biography when he ran for mayor last year.  Read more

After hearing, city board approves wine and cheese store for Dot Ave.

By 
Adam Gaffin, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 23, 2014

Approved: This recently-renovated storefront at 1047-1051 — once home to a Vietnamese-American market— will next become home to a shop marketed towards consumers with gourmet tastes. 	Photo by Bill ForryApproved: This recently-renovated storefront at 1047-1051 — once home to a Vietnamese-American market— will next become home to a shop marketed towards consumers with gourmet tastes. Photo by Bill ForryThe Boston Licensing Board last Thursday approved a plan to turn a shuttered Vietnamese market on Dorchester Avenue into an upscale shop selling everything a young professional could need for a dinner party - from wine and gourmet cheeses to self-service olive oil and home-made peanut butter.

At a hearing last Wednesday (Jan. 15), young professionals - and some older residents - supported Mateo Van’s proposed Savin Hill Enterprise at 1047-1051 Dot. Ave. saying they are tired of having to drive to distant towns to get the sorts of supplies they need and that Savin Hill has changed enough to be able to support this sort of store.

Opponents, including the pastor of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church next door and a competing liquor store, however, said the area already has enough liquor stores and that adding one more would only turn the area into even more of a haven for drunks and prostitutes than it already is.  Read more

One man arrested for December attack on postal worker; second sought

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Federal officials report arresting a Dorchester man for they say was the getaway man for a December attack on a postal worker on Bailey Street - and say they are still looking for the second suspect, whom they say beat and shot the worker in his truck.

Maurice Williams Miner-Gittens, 23, was arrested this morning on federal charges of conspiracy to rob, attempted robbery and kidnapping of a federal employee.

Keyon Taylor is at large and should be considered dangerous, officials say.  Read more

Henriquez still weighs next steps; official mulls a run for Fifth Suffolk seat

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 22, 2014

A week after he was whisked away from a Medford courtroom in handcuffs, state Rep. Carlos Henriquez remains undecided about stepping down from his House seat, a person close to his situation said Tuesday night. Top officials, including Gov. Deval Patrick, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Mayor Marty Walsh, have already asked the Dorchester Democrat to resign.  Read more

Wahlberg: Would “love” to open family-owned burger joint in Dot

Paul Wahlberg

The star of TV’s latest reality show about the OFD Wahlberg clan says the family would “love” to open up a burger joint in Dorchester— if they can find the right location.

“I would love to and if we find the right location we would do it,” Paul Wahlberg told the Reporter this week in an interview to publicize tonight's (10:30 p.m.) debut of his A&E program, “Wahlburgers."  Read more

PERFECT STORM: Team Walsh gets first winter test

Mayor Martin J. Walsh took a turn manning the 24 hour hotline set up for constituent calls during Tuesday night's snowstorm. The minor winter storm was a good opportunity for the new administration to show its capacity for handling a snow emergency, which was declared by Walsh on Tuesday afternoon.  Photo courtesy Mayor's Office.Mayor Martin J. Walsh took a turn manning the 24 hour hotline set up for constituent calls during Tuesday night's snowstorm. The minor winter storm was a good opportunity for the new administration to show its capacity for handling a snow emergency, which was declared by Walsh on Tuesday afternoon. Photo courtesy Mayor's Office.

As the first snowstorm of his mayoralty headed his way, Marty Walsh struck an optimistic tone during a Tuesday morning interview with FOX 25. “Hopefully the snow moves out and we miss it,” Walsh said inside its Beacon Hill studio.

The camera then cut back to the FOX 25 studio in Dedham. “Sorry, Marty,” the station’s weatherwoman, Shiri Spear, said. “Get ready to dig out.”

Not quite.

The snowfall landed somewhere in the middle, between a dusting of a few inches and the 10 inches that some weathermen predicted. Boston received roughly five inches, while areas south of the city picked up double digits. The roads appeared to be largely clear in the morning, with police posted at major intersections to direct traffic.  Read more

Walsh: Snow emergency will end at 8 a.m. in Boston

Storm cleanup on Pope's Hill: In an image posted on Twitter this morning, Steve Bicketon, Jr. noted the streets are plowed down to pavement.Storm cleanup on Pope's Hill: In an image posted on Twitter this morning, Steve Bicketon, Jr. noted the streets are plowed down to pavement.The City of Boston's snow emergency and parking ban will end at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Mayor Walsh's office announced this morning at 5:45 a.m. The winter storm— the first significant snowfall of the Walsh administration— resulted in about 7 inches so far. While schools are closed, City Hall will be open today as a "regular business day." A winter weather warning remains in effect through 1 p.m. and a deep freeze is expected to set in through the weekend.

All city of Boston community centers will be open today from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for children ages 7 and older. Adults will be asked to complete a short intake form when dropping children off.  Read more

T police seek to ID alleged cell phone thief

By 
Reporter Staff
Jan. 21, 2014

MBTA Police are asking for the public's help in identifying an alleged cell phone thief who robbed a woman on the platform of the Fields Corner T station last month. In a video posted on the T Police website, the individual is shown escaping through the station's turnstiles after the incident on Dec. 19.

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House seat hopeful Hunt formally launches campaign

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 20, 2014

DanHunt, a candidate for 13th Suffolk state representative, spoke during a Saturday morning event at Phillips' Old Colony House. Photo courtesy Hunt campaign

Neponset’s Dan Hunt, one of several hopefuls vying to replace Marty Walsh in the state Legislature, kicked off his campaign on Saturday and grabbed the backing of a top elected official and neighborhood activists.  Read more

Truck plunges into Savin Hill Cove, spills fuel

By 
Staff
Jan. 20, 2014

A gravel-carrying dump truck rolled over on I-93 into Savin Hill Cove on Monday morning, sending at least 50 gallons of fuel into the water and snarling traffic all the way into Quincy.

“The driver safely out,” said the Boston Fire Department’s Twitter feed, which has been posting pictures of the rollover. The State Police's Twitter account has also been posting pictures of the accident.

The Boston Fire Department says that the truck, a 2000 Volvo, belongs to Mobile Excavating Company in Medway.  Read more

Prosecutors seek tougher penalties for juvenile murder convictions

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 20, 2014

Out of concern for the families of those murdered by juveniles and in the wake of a high court ruling that the most severe penalty is unconstitutional, state prosecutors are calling on Beacon Hill to make sure juveniles who commit murder spend at least 35 years behind bars.  Read more

Fields Corner residents press Lucky Strike developer on parking, traffic

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 17, 2014

Lucky Strike was once a popular bowling alley at the corner of Adams and Park streets.

Fields Corner residents on Wednesday questioned the developer looking to replace the abandoned Lucky Strike bowling alley on Adams Street with residential property.

BT Construction’s Hiep Chu, a developer and longtime resident of Dorchester, held the meeting at the request of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to give community members enough time to respond to his proposal.  Read more

Senate forms panel to examine drug addiction and treatment

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jan. 16, 2014

The Senate formed its own special committee Thursday to study drug addiction and treatment options in Massachusetts with a focus on the civil commitment process to address what Senate President Therese Murray described epidemic of opiate addiction in Massachusetts.  Read more

House lays groundwork for Henriquez proceedings

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Jan. 16, 2014

A day after House Speaker Robert DeLeo said disciplinary proceedings against Rep Carlos Henriquez would commence if he did not resign, the House on Thursday voted to grant subpoena powers to its Ethics Committee.

The order authorizing subpoena powers was offered late Thursday by committee vice chairman Rep. David Nangle of Lowell and adopted by voice vote with less than a handful of House members present.  Read more

POSTPONED: Future of Port Norfolk park will be focus of meeting tonight

By 
Staff
Jan. 16, 2014

Port Norfolk's waterfrontPort Norfolk's waterfront

Tonight's meeting has been postponed until further notice due to inclement weather.

Officials with the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation present plans to build a park on the site of a former paper plant in Port Norfolk on Tues., Jan. 21.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Port Norfolk Yacht Club, 179 Walnut St.  Read more

French consul visits Codman Academy to discuss travel warning

By 
BNN-TV
Jan. 16, 2014

Students Challenge Neighborhood Profiling by French Government from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Chris Lovett of BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News reports on the visit of the French consul general to Codman Academy. The consul was invited to the school by students upset by the French Foreign Ministry's travel advisory that warns its citizens to avoid parts of Boston, including Dorchester.  Read more

Familiar Dot face is city’s No. 2 cop

Number two at BPD: Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross spoke at a press conference last week as Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, behind him, looked on. Photo by Chris LovettNumber two at BPD: Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross spoke at a press conference last week as Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, behind him, looked on. Photo by Chris LovettWilliam “Willie” Gross, a longtime law enforcement presence on the streets of Dorchester, is now the Boston Police Department’s superintendent-in-chief, the No. 2 position on the force.

Gross, a Maryland native who started as a patrol officer in 1985, is the first African-American to be appointed to the role. He has worked on the gang and drug control units, and became deputy superintendent in 2008. He was later promoted to superintendent and night commander, overseeing police responses to night calls.  Read more

Parents try out new BPS system

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 16, 2014

Boston Public Schools are in the second week of school registration for the new school assignment system.  Read more

Dorchester man seeks new trial, citing withheld evidence, police corruption

By 
Elaine A. Murphy, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 16, 2014

Sean K. Ellis: After 20 years behind bars, he seeks a new trial.Sean K. Ellis: After 20 years behind bars, he seeks a new trial.A Dorchester man serving a life sentence for a cop killing 20 years ago – a crime he says he didn’t commit – may yet have a chance for a new trial and freedom. Sean K. Ellis, arrested in 1993 at age 19, was one of two teenagers convicted of putting five bullets into the face of Boston Detective John Mulligan -- “to get his gun for a trophy,” prosecutors said. The other youth, Terry Patterson of Hyde Park, then 18, was freed from prison in 2007 after a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court discredited fingerprints that police claimed were his.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Gubernatorial hopefuls eyeing Walsh volunteers

With his supporters flooding the streets of Boston on the day of the preliminary election in September, Marty Walsh’s field organization was the envy of rival campaigns. On Election Day in November, the organization had people at every Red Line stop on the Dorchester leg of the transit system, pulling voters to their polling locations.  Read more

City plans renovations, public art for Town Field park

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 16, 2014

Town Field is home to the All Dorchester Sports League and other baseball and softball groups locally. Above, an ADSL t-ball game in 2010. Photo by Bill Forry

Last renovated in 1998, the fields at Fields Corner’s Doherty Gibson Park — more commonly called Town Field— will get a $275,000 facelift starting this summer, along with a public art project that is still in development. Residents at a community meeting held last Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Cleveland Community Center gave their input with some saying that the park’s current condition is an embarrassment.

Among the issues the renovations will hope to address are drainage, fence repair, repair to the batting cages. The playground will not be included in the renovation, said Allison Perlman, project manager for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.  Read more

Five compete for Uphams art display commission

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 16, 2014

An 18-month partnership between the Boston Foundation, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), and several community-based partnerships has led to a public art installation competition in Uphams Corner.

The Uphams Corner Art Commission project drew 29 applicants from across the nation, a roster that has been narrowed to five local artists, artist teams, artisans, and architects. The finalists were chosen by a panel of monthly advisor groups composed of residents, community stakeholders, and MBTA officials.  Read more