Cuts put BMC, health centers in dire straits

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 hospital’s fiscal year.  Read more

Fatal shooting at Dorchester YMCA

Boston police say a 19-year-old was shot inside the Dorchester Y at 776 Washington St. late Saturday night.  Read more

Tidbits from The Week That Was on Beacon Hill

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
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, “If this is our 1939, I sure as heck am not going to allow myself to be Poland.” That’s when deputy secretary Brian Murphy wrote back, “I would say you want to be more Churchill than Chamberlain.”  Read more

Man gets life for murdering mother of four

A Suffolk Superior Court jury yesterday convicted Jose Torres, 26, for the strangulation and slashing death of Melissa Santiago in her 689 Washington St. apartment in March, 2008.  Read more

About Billy Sullivan, Brett Favre, Usain Bolt, Jim Rice and Ted and Yaz

Here are five thoughts looking for a place to land.

So, Billy Sullivan and Jim Nance have been selected for the Patriots’ own cozy Hall of Fame. Leading only to the question, how in the name of common sense could it have taken so long? They’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

Dorchester says farewell

Waiting for the procession: Onlookers gather along the Savin Hill Avenue Bridge in Dorchester to view the funeral cortege. The scene was replicated all along the 75 mile  route form Hyannisport to Boston.Waiting for the procession: Onlookers gather along the Savin Hill Avenue Bridge in Dorchester to view the funeral cortege. The scene was replicated all along the 75 mile route form Hyannisport to Boston.

The procession passes: Senator Ted Kennedy's cortege passes by Savin Hill, Dorchester on the Southeast Expressway/I-93 on Thursday, Aug 27, 2009.The procession passes: Senator Ted Kennedy's cortege passes by Savin Hill, Dorchester on the Southeast Expressway/I-93 on Thursday, Aug 27, 2009.

As usual, Dot seniors are lining up to enroll in special UMass classes

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 university’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

Most poll stations stay put, including closed Dot schools

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Aug. 27, 2009

Polling locations in Dorchester – and South Boston - will stay the same for the 2009 municipal elections, the city’s election chief said this week. City-wide, there will be only one move: from the BPL’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

Reactions in Dot to the senator’s passing

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:
 “I think they have a big problem, because they have nobody really representing them in the Senate at kind of a crucial time. I’m not really sure what’s going to happen with that, but I hope it works out.”
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President Barack Obama’s statement on the Senator's death

“I wanted to say a few words this morning about the passing of an extraordinary leader, Senator Edward Kennedy. Over the past several years, I’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

Codman Square pharmacist charged with Medicaid fraud

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

Bids out on Dot. Ave, revamp

Long-awaited and longer-needed improvements to Dorchester Avenue will begin as early as this fall, thanks to the federal government’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

Delegation mostly mum on what’s next

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 Kennedy’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

Menino: stimulus created many jobs, preserved hundreds more

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
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

Rev. James Larner, a Dorchester man, dies at 78

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

Kennedy to lie in repose at JFK Library

U.S. Senator Edward Moore Kennedy, (1932-2009)  -  Photo (May 2008) by Susan Walsh, Associated PressU.S. Senator Edward Moore Kennedy, (1932-2009) - Photo (May 2008) by Susan Walsh, Associated Press  Read more

Sen. Kennedy Lies “In Repose” at Dorchester’s JFK Library

U.S. Senator Edward Moore Kennedy, (1932-2009)    Photo (May 2008) by Susan Walsh, Associated PressU.S. Senator Edward Moore Kennedy, (1932-2009) Photo (May 2008) by Susan Walsh, Associated Press  Read more

Second murder in two days

Boston Police report two people were shot in a car at 105 Norwell Street Tuesday evening.  Read more

Teen murdered

Boston police report the victim, in his late teens, was found shot at 25 Glenarm St. around 10:45 p.m. on Monday.  Read more

The dog days on Beacon Hill: Much ado at the T, not much else

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Aug. 21, 2009

The nasty little alchemy of seemingly endless transportation bureaucracy back-biting and a public and media hyper-tuned to whiffs of government waste and mismanagement culminated last week in the outing of a years-long practice at the MBTA of giving an elderly handicapped man a ride to and from meetings.

The T, derided forever for lousy service and callousness to the handicapped, is now exposed for providing service for a disabled octogenarian. A wonderful coda to what’s been a high-minded debate over the fate of the state’s transportation system.  Read more

Huntington to open with Wilson’s ‘Fences’ - its ninth production of playwright's canon

August Wilson’s decade-by-decade ten-play cycle of the African-American experience in the last century has been widely acclaimed as one of the towering achievements of modern American theater. Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company (HTC) played an integral part in Wilson’s play development process, producing eight of his ten works before transferring them to New York.  Read more

Affordability, fairness key words at some farmers’ markets

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 20, 2009

With the scarcity of disposable income these days, organic and fair trade food shoppers may be wondering if social justice is worth the often higher prices at farmers’ markets. Nevertheless, markets in Dorchester and Mattapan are working to strike a balance between affordable local produce and fair prices for the farms that provide the goods.  Read more

250 patrons stop by for Ledge's grand opening

"It'll help the neighborhood. It fits." So pronounced one patron at the long-awaited opening last Friday of a new Lower Mills restaurant and bar - Ledge Kitchen and Drinks - on the former site of Donovan's Village restaurant at 2261 Dorchester Avenue.

The introduction of Ledge, as it is called, adds to the growing collections of tasteful and tasty dining options in the neighborhood that offer, clients say, downtown-quality food without the inflated prices and haughty attitudes of Newbury Street or the South End.  Read more

Tracking projects on Dot streets

At any given time in Dorchester, traffic hassles can add a snag to your day. Street improvements, neighborhood cleanups, detours, repaving, water and sewer renovations – they all cause unexpected delays and disruption to the neighborhood.

With an eye to spotlighting the pace of all these projects in Dorchester, the Reporter will begin next week to publish summaries and updates on on-going construction projects.

Following is a list of public works said by the city to be in process:  Read more

What to watch for in first mayoral debate

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Aug. 20, 2009

Mayor Thomas Menino faces off next week in a television debate against the three candidates attempting to unseat him. It will be the first of three such match-ups.

So what can viewers expect from the Aug. 26 debate? Political observers say the four-term incumbent will be the main target, of course. But they also say City Councillors At-Large Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon could end up turning on one another, as each one attempts to make the case that he’s the one who can take down Menino on November 3, after the Sept. 22 preliminary narrows the field to two candidates.  Read more