Fire displaces eight

"Careless disposal of smoking materials" sparked a one-alarm fire late Saturday afternoon at 104 Robey St. that did an estimated $75,000 in damage and left six adults and two children without a place to sleep, Boston fire officials say.  Read more

Haitian elders find unique care at Geneva center

Elizabeth St. Victor, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 9, 2009

The Geneva Avenue Elderly Housing organization held an open house late last month for a new Haitian Adult Day Health Center, the first of its kind for Kit Clark Senior Services, which provides numerous health care options for seniors across Massachusetts.  Read more

Patrick signs bill delaying lobbying reform

State House News Service
Oct. 8, 2009

Gov. Deval Patrick last week signed a bill postponing lobbying law reforms that were scheduled to take effect this week.  The Legislature earlier had sent Patrick a bill to delay implementation until Jan. 1, 2010.

The slate of reforms was touted over the summer as critical to shedding more light on who’s lobbying on Beacon Hill. Legislative advocates call the law vague and confusing, and welcomed the delay. As lobbying provisions were set to take effect last week, which marked the 90-day waiting period for the new law, lobbyists described uncertainty about its scope.  Read more

It’s hard for Neil Jones, a man of many arts, to stop what he is doing

“This gathering reminds me of one that took place some years ago at Uphams Corner,” said Neil Jones, a man of arts and letters, looking out at the twenty or so friends, family, and fans who had gathered at Dot 2 Dot Café last Thursday to celebrate his gallery show. He recalled a benefit he and some other supporters of the Strand Theatre had organized in the early 1970s. “We had the symphony orchestra from Nuremberg, Germany. We managed to get them to come. There were 109 musicians on stage, and 11 of us in the audience.”  Read more

It’ll be all Irish at Adams Corner Sunday

Folks looking for some outdoor activity over the coming holiday weekend need look no farther than the Adams Corner village of Dorchester on Sunday when Dorchester’s first “Irish Heritage Festival” will be held in the busy business district from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Read more

Bottom line: Taxpayers can’t afford government

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Oct. 8, 2009

Until last week, Beacon Hill had been for the past few months largely devoid of activity that could constitute the management of state government.

Appointing a U.S. senator is great and all – some people make money on it, some do it in a manner that results in what they concede are ticked-off members of their own party – and running for office is also terrific fun, but sooner or later it comes time to balance the books.  Read more

Things are looking up at the TD Garden!

Next Wednesday, fresh from a successful run out in Worcester, “Over the Top,” the 138th edition of “The Greatest Show on Earth” rolls into town for eight performances at Boston’s biggest venue.

From October 14 to 18, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus once again presents “children of all ages” with its signature mix of animal antics and human derring-do.  Read more

The website world is cultivating community

Community and civic associations across Dorchester are finding that new or improved websites are changing the way citizens connect to one another in the neighborhood. Creating slick, content-packed websites, once the exclusive domain of corporate conglomerates and professional web techies, is now possible for much smaller groups and is expected of any serious community-based organization.  Read more

Claiborne is heading to Harvard

Captain James Claiborne, who has led policing efforts in Dorchester and Mattapan since 2006, will leave his post as commander of the Area B-3 district later this month. Claiborne, 57, is retiring from the Boston Police Department to become a deputy chief of police at Harvard University.  Read more

Capuano has big edge in Dot support

It was the first and last race she lost and it was here in Dorchester: State Attorney General Martha Coakley, now running for the U.S. Senate seat, finished fourth in a 1997 Democratic primary to replace state Rep. Jim Brett, who had retired.  Read more

Clowning around at the Fifield

First-graders from the Fifield Elementary in Dorchester welcomed clowns Mike and Leo from Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey’s Over the Top circus performance to their classroom recently. This class is competing with the rest of the school to win tickets to the circus that will be playing at the TD Garden, Oct. 14-18.
Photo courtesy Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey

Missing woman: Have you seen her?

UPDATE: She was found and is safe and sound.

Nora Gorski was last seen walking down towards Ashmont Station at 10 a.m. She has dementia. Her health care aid reported her missing to the police and her sons at 11 a.m. when she arrived at the Gorski residence. Nora is white, medium build, long grey hair. She was last reported to be wearing a multi-colored jacket. Please keep an eye out on your travels and spread the word.

Man gets life in murder of girl in Jermaine Goffigan Park

On Monday, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted Joseph Cousin, 25, of second-degree murder for gunning down 10-year-old Trina Persad in 2002, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s office. She was shot in a gang feud she had nothing to do with in Jermaine Goffigan Park - itself named for a young boy shot to death in a gang feud he had nothing to do with.  Read more

One-man crime spree gets 18-20 years

A Waltham man with a long criminal record pleaded guilty to a series of crimes over the course of one night across Dorchester last fall.  Read more

Gunfire rips through crowded intersection

Boston Police report somebody opened fire on a car waiting at a red light at Columbia Road and Geneva Avenue around 8:45 a.m. today - but that the only injury was to a passenger in a car rear-ended by the vehicle apparently being shot at.  Read more

Prevaiews begin today for ‘The Mojo and The Sayso’

The award-winning Up You Mighty Race Company will open its 9th season, a season of violence: Exploring the links towards peace, with the Boston premiere of The Mojo and The Sayso by Aishah Rahman, a Brown University associate professor.  Read more

Getting to 104 the laid-back way

Jill S. Gross, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 1, 2009

Mary Colbert said she has never paid much attention to her age and has little idea why she’s lived so long. But the longtime Dorchester resident – who was born when Theodore Roosevelt was president – belongs to an exclusive group whose members have reached the century mark and beyond. A native of County Waterford in Ireland, Mrs. Colbert celebrated her 104th birthday in July.

Trim and with but a few wrinkles, she doesn’t attribute her longevity to anything in particular, other than God’s will and good genes. And she’s loathe to dole out advice on how to live.  Read more

Savin Hill school talks are back on

The Boston Archdiocese and the parish that controls the site of the former St. William’s School are back in negotiations over locating a private Roman Catholic high school to Savin Hill, the Reporter has been told.

The archdiocese had been hoping to buy the school from the parish and lease it to officials with the private North Cambridge Catholic High School.  Read more

BRA, task force hear concerns on Columbia Pt. plan

A hearing on Saturday about a draft plan to redevelop and transform the Columbia Point peninsula drew some 65 residents, many of them from next-door Savin Hill, to the Harbor Point community center, where they expressed worries that the proposal would change the character of the ever-evolving neighborhood.  Read more

Call it “Stop-and-Go Boulevard”

Commuters will have to wait at least another year for a smooth ride up and down Morrissey Boulevard now that construction has begun on two bridge restoration projects just as work is coming to an end on a massive drainage overhaul project that has disrupted northbound traffic for several years.  Read more

A Flaherty-Yoon ‘ticket’

City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty, who is running for mayor against incumbent Thomas M. Menino, chats with Councillor Sam Yoon, who Flaherty says will be his deputy when the “ticket” defeats the mayorCity Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty, who is running for mayor against incumbent Thomas M. Menino, chats with Councillor Sam Yoon, who Flaherty says will be his deputy when the “ticket” defeats the mayor

Rough road for Dot nonprofits, but most press on

With the national economy hovering between recession and recovery, the outlook at the Codman Square Health Center is still gloomy.

For the health center’s CEO, Bill Walczak, the main concern is the possible loss of $5 million in state money channeled through Boston Medical Center to community health centers, including the Codman Square and Dorchester House Health Centers.  Read more

C.F. Donovan's open for business despite small early-morning fire

A one-alarm fire broke out at C.F. Donovan’s restaurant on Savin Hill Ave. Wednesday morning, causing what Boston Fire Department spokeman Steve MacDonald was an estimated $10,000 in damages. Located in the basement level, the fire caused some smoke damage to the popular Savin Hill Ave. eatery but there was little or no damage to the dining area. There were no injuries and Donovan’s was open for business as of noon Wednesday.  Read more

Teen charged with beating women, shooting one in face at Franklin Field

A teen too young to have his name released is charged with beating two women and then shooting one of them in the face at the Dorchester housing complex, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says. An accomplice was also charged.  Read more

Breaking news: Talks resume to bring Cambridge school to Savin Hill

September 27-- The Boston Archdiocese and the parish that owns the site of the former St. William’s School are back in negotiations over locating a private Roman Catholic high school to Savin Hill, the Reporter has learned.  Read more