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Gala at UMass to benefit Dot Park

This year’s edition of the annual Dorchester Park benefit gala will continue the tradition established last year of trading the sylvan for the swanky, as organizers bring the event to the UMass-Boston’s Grand Ballroom.

Dot Park 3 will be held at the UMass venue next Friday (Sept. 18) from 6-11 p.m. Proceeds from the cocktail hour, reception, and dinner event will go toward establishing an endowment to help maintain the passive green areas of the park not currently provided for by the city’s Parks Department.  Read more

Menino launches a TV spot; his desk plays starring role

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Sep. 10, 2009

Mayor Thomas Menino’s desk gets around. At least, that’s according to a spot his re-election campaign has put on YouTube.com and plans to have up on television through the September 22 preliminary election.

“This is the desk of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a man who doesn’t conduct business behind closed doors, but out in the neighborhoods of Boston,” the 34-second spot starts, in an apparent reference to the criticism he and the Boston Redevelopment Authority have received from his opponents, who say the administration isn’t transparent in how it conducts business.  Read more

Alcohol industry fights Walsh bill on ad placements

By 
Kyle Cheney, State House New Service
Sep. 10, 2009

Alcohol industry officials are seeking to scuttle a bill that would prohibit them from advertising on state-owned property, calling it an unconstitutional infringement on speech and ineffective at combating underage drinking.  Read more

Canine playground set for Ronan Park

A corner of Dorchester’s Ronan Park is going to the dogs.

A groundbreaking will be held a week from Saturday for the Ronan Park Dog Run, the neighborhood’s first official venue for canine recreation. Organizers hope that the new pooch park will provide a place for humans to connect with each other while their pets spend some time off the leash.

“To be honest, it’s more about the people than it is about the dogs,” said Paige Davis, treasurer of the Friends of Ronan Park civic group who is heading up the dog-run project.  Read more

Dorchester's congressmen front and center in Senate drama

Two congressmen are readying to face off over the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat, and Dorchester could be caught in the middle.  Read more

Busway opens at Ashmont

Three charged after botched home invasion

Boston Police report arresting three men following an attempted home invasion at 9 Carson St. Monday afternoon.  Read more

Man stabbed repeatedly, in critical condition

Boston Police report arresting a Dorchester man on charges he stabbed another man repeatedly on Inwood Street in Dorchester early this morning.  Read more

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: BOB AND TERRY PLUS 198

By 
staff
Sep. 4, 2009

Recap and analysis of the week in state government

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 4, 2009…..One good reason to pick up nomination papers at Bill Galvin’s office this week was that, over baking lobsters and grilling burgers and powdered eggs, Labor Day cookouts and breakfasts provide handsome opportunities to get cracking on those 10,000 signatures due to local election officials by Oct. 20.  Read more

Final forums held on Route 28X plan

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 4, 2009

The state Executive Office of Transportation held a community meeting concerning the controversial 28X Blue Hill Ave. enhancement at the Mildred Ave. Community Center on Monday followed by a second meeting at the Dudley Branch Library on Wednesday. These were the final public meetings held before the EOT submits its application on Sept. 15.

Planners presented project concepts to a crowd that seemed to be overwhelmingly opposed to the 28X enhancement, an atmosphere EOT officials have struggled in since the first meetings in June.  Read more

Two years later, church to re-open

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 4, 2009

The Faithful Church of Christ on Woodrow Ave. in Mattapan is approaching the completion of a two-year-long renovation project with hopes of re-opening this month. “If I tore my hair out every time there was a problem, I would be bald, but it turned out to be a wonderful piece of work, “ said the church’s pastor, Hershel Langham.  Read more

7th Boston Arts Festival opens next week; Three Dot artisans to exhibit works at Waterfront Park

Three Dorchester artisans are joining fellow artists from all over greater Boston in preparing for the bigger-than-ever 7th annual Boston Arts Festival, scheduled for next weekend, beginning on September 11.  Read more

Dorchester man, 27, injured in plunge at the zoo

State Police say Arnold Milfort, 27, of Dorchester, sustained serious injuries yesterday when he climbed a fence and then fell 30 feet into a gorilla pen that had been refashioned to look like a lion's den for a movie.  Read more

Summer ends on positive note for Boys and Girls Club kids

Members of the Green Team from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester one of many activities offered at Camp Northbound in Bridgton, Maine. The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation sponsored the program again this year. More news about the club’s activities is on Page 14.Members of the Green Team from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester one of many activities offered at Camp Northbound in Bridgton, Maine. The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation sponsored the program again this year. More news about the club’s activities is on Page 14.  Read more

Immigrant health plan called unfair

By 
Kyle Cheney, State House New Service
Sep. 3, 2009

As state-subsidized health care for 31,000 legal immigrants lapsed Tuesday, the result of budget cuts imposed by the Legislature, advocates for a single-payer health care system blasted the cuts as “discriminatory” and said a backup plan endorsed Monday by the Patrick administration could leave them worse off than if they relied on a state fund for the uninsured.

“It’s deplorable,” said Dr. L. Toni Lewis, president of the Committee of Interns and Residents for Service Employees International Union, speaking at a press conference in the State House’s Nurses Hall.  Read more

Push on to enhance Viet-Aid mission

The Vietnamese-American Initiative for Development has hired a new director to oversee the Fields Corner-based economic development organization as it prepares to enhance its mission and further develop its place in the Dorchester community.  Read more

Menino falls short as DotOUT fails to back a mayoral candidate

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Sep. 2, 2009

Mayor Thomas Menino failed to get an endorsement from DotOUT, a Dorchester civic group representing gays and lesbians, despite receiving support from a majority of its members gathered at the Ledge restaurant for a Monday night forum.  Read more

Looking to grow, Cambridge school eyes St. William's

In a hunt for a newer and larger facility, officials with a Cambridge Catholic high school are looking closely at the former St. William’s School in Savin Hill.  Read more

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

By 
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