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 Attorneyâ€™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
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
Oct. 1, 2009
Mary Colbert said she has never paid much attention to her age and has little idea why sheâ€™s lived so long. But the longtime Dorchester resident â€“ who was born when Theodore Roosevelt was president â€“ 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 doesnâ€™t attribute her longevity to anything in particular, other than Godâ€™s will and good genes. And sheâ€™s loathe to dole out advice on how to live. Read more
The Boston Archdiocese and the parish that controls the site of the former St. Williamâ€™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
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
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
With the national economy hovering between recession and recovery, the outlook at the Codman Square Health Center is still gloomy.
For the health centerâ€™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
A one-alarm fire broke out at C.F. Donovanâ€™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 Donovanâ€™s was open for business as of noon Wednesday. Read more
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
September 27-- The Boston Archdiocese and the parish that owns the site of the former St. Williamâ€™s School are back in negotiations over locating a private Roman Catholic high school to Savin Hill, the Reporter has learned. Read more
Sep. 24, 2009
Governor Deval Patrick has announced the nomination of Pamela M. Dashiell to the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court.
In selecting her, and Paul M. Yee, Jr., to the Quincy District Court, the governor said, â€œI have no doubt that these nominees will serve their courts and communities well. The depth and breadth of their experience, in combination with their empathy and commitment to justice, make them uniquely qualified to sit on the BMC and District Court.â€Â Read more
Despite some initial reluctance among some members, the Dorchester delegation overwhelmingly voted this week to hand Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint an interim U.S. senator. Read more
Three seasoned Dorchester actors â€“ Mary Rutkowski, Fred Bernabe, and Jamie Alley â€“ are in the cast of a classic comedy that is opening the unprecedented 133rd season of Jamaica Plainâ€™s Footlight Club (FLC), Americaâ€™s Oldest Community Theater Group.
Though of late the Footlight Club has presented some edgy works, the current show ,â€œYou Canâ€™t Take It with Youâ€, couldnâ€™t be a more conventional choice. Read more
Last Saturday was a warm, glorious, sun-splashed late summer day. The weather forecasters predicted it would be a gem â€“ one of those â€œtop tenâ€ days, a perfect day to be outdoors.
It was the last Saturday before this weekâ€™s preliminary city electionâ€”and thus, it was among the very last days for mayoral candidates to marshal their troops and show their strengths.
And so it was that the organizers for Mayor Menino planned for a show of support, aiming to capture the attention of voters, real and potential. Read more
A draft plan to redevelop and transform the Columbia Point peninsula is drawing concern from a number of Savin Hill residents ahead of a community meeting this Saturday morning. The proposal would increase the areaâ€™s density and raise the height of potential buildings: four stories when farthest away from the JFK-UMass MBTA station and up to 20 stories when near the station.
The plan under consideration envisions turning Columbia Point into a â€œ24-hour-a-day neighborhoodâ€ and creating 4,300 residential units. Read more
Sep. 23, 2009
Boston voters â€“ and name recognition â€“ propelled two incumbents to first and second place, with six newcomers rounding out the rest of the pack of candidates seeking the four City Council At-Large seats.
The top four vote-getters â€“ and the people the other candidates will attempt to beat on Nov. 3 to win a seat â€“ are Councillors At-Large Stephen Murphy and John Connolly, Felix G. Arroyo, a labor organizer and the son of the former city councilor, and former U.S. Senate aide Ayanna Pressley. Read more
Sep. 23, 2009
Updated on Sept. 28: Mayoral hopeful Michael Flaherty told supporters tonight that third-place finisher Sam Yoon will not only endorse his campaign tomorrow, but will join Flaherty on the campaign trail in a bid to become his "deputy mayor." The two plan to explain the development at a 10:30 a.m. press conference outside Boston City Hall. Read more at the Lit Drop. Read more
Boston Police report four people were shot in a single incident around 3:50 a.m. on Sunday and that one of the victims died. Read more
â€œWhat Is Hip?â€ How about a Dot music professor leading a big finish to the 9th annual Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival (BBJF), which starts tomorrow?
Now in its ninth year, the BBJFâ€”Bostonâ€™s largest and most popular outdoor festivalâ€”has expanded to nine days and nine stages at locations in Boston and Cambridge. From September 18 to 26, superstars and local artists will come together in free and ticketed offerings featuring performances by more than 20 bands and 130 musicians. Read more
Sep. 17, 2009
As politicians and policymakers continue to enter and exit the fluid field of U.S. Senate candidates, state lawmakers are gearing up to vote this week on the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedyâ€™s request for an interim appointment.
One thing was for sure: U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch finally found a special election he didnâ€™t think he could win. Read more
On Tuesday, state Sen. Jack Hart said that the lawmakers had extended their deadline for a commitment from EOT about continuing community input into any 28X planning to noon yesterday. The legislators will request the funding application be withdrawn if a commitment is not made, he said. Read more