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

Blue Bombshells and friends Monday night fixtures at Henney

Early last Monday evening, the Hemenway Playground was abuzz with activity. On a day when the afternoon temps had reached the low 90s, and the year’s first heat wave was in its first day, the Hemey was teeming with locals out for an evening’s workout.  Read more

City preps for second bout of swine flu

With Boston expecting another hit of the swine flu virus this fall, local health centers are working to set up flu clinics to vaccinate residents for both the novel virus and the seasonal flu.

“Everybody is prepared in case things go badly in the community,” said Edward Grimes, head of the Uphams Corner Health Center. “The first time was a surprise as all of us experienced.”  Read more

‘Improvement Team’ headed to streets of Mattapan on Aug. 29

Weeds growing out of the cracks in the sidewalk? Parking or street signs too faded? Pothole repair needed? Put it all on the list to send to City Hall.

City officials say they’ll be hitting Mattapan with a “Street Improvement Team” on Aug. 29, aiming to clean up local streets block-by-block. A clean-up of the Morton and Norfolk area of Dorchester is planned for Nov. 14. Follow-ups will be planned a week later.  Read more

Harvard Street Health Center adds hours

The Harvard Street Health Center, a comprehensive health delivery organization serving the demographically diverse and underserved Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan has expanded the operating hours of its clinic to make it easier for local residents to receive top notch medical care on a schedule that works for them, and with no appointment necessary.  Read more

JP II Academy names two principals

The Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy has appointed two seasoned principals to leadership positions. Lou Ann Melino, a veteran principal of Catholic schools for seven years, has been named principal at the Mattapan Square Campus. She previously served at both St. Benedict Little Flower School in Somerville and St. Joseph School in Salem. Prior to that, she was a classroom teacher in second grade and grades 6 – 8. She received her B.S. from Salem State College, and her master’s in school administration from Emmanuel College.  Read more

Man gets probation for running down crossing guard

Anis Cazeau, 87, of Mattapan, was sentenced today to three years' probation after he pleaded guilty to motor-vehicle homicide for the death of Marie Conley on Oct. 21, 2008 - and after Conley's family asked that he not be sent to jail, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced.  Read more

Dot man arraigned on murder charges in two Ka-Carlos Bar shooting deaths

Boston Police have charged Emmanuel DePina, 26, of Fifield street in Dorchester, with the murder of Manuel Monteiro, 47, a chef at Ka-Carlos Bar and Grille in Uphams Corner and of Jovany Eason, 20, on a nearby street.

Police say a fight that started in the restaurant, 33 Hancock St., shortly after 1 a.m. on Aug. 2 spilled into the street outside and that Monteiro, inside the restaurant, was killed by a shot from outside. Eason was found dead around the corner from the restaurant on Bird Street. A third victim got himself to Boston Medical Center with a leg wound, police said.  Read more

Hie thee to the Boston Common for a real treat: 'The Comedu of Errors' end Sunday with 8 p.m. show

You’ll have made a serious mistake if you didn’t catch “The Comedy of Errors,” now in its final week on Boston Common.

For the 14th summer, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC), under the direction of Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler, is presenting free performances of one of the Bard’s plays at the Parkman Bandstand.

Realizing the need this year for something light, Maler selected “Errors,” the playwright’s shortest work and (some think) his earliest effort.  Read more

It’s a renter’s market out there

With its six stories of brick between Dorchester Avenue and Ashmont Station, The Carruth makes no attempt to rival the spacious tranquility of suburbia.

From the businesses at street level – including a bank and an Italian restaurant – to the views from the upper floors, there are reminders of other buildings and other people, not to mention the traffic. That is, the setting for the mixed-income development is unabashedly urban and, thanks to the Red Line, a single ride away from downtown Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville.

Completed by Trinity Financial last year, just as Dorchester’s multi-family housing market was shaken by a rash of foreclosures, The Carruth failed to meet expectations for condo sales. But what failed to attract buyers has been a hit with renters.  Read more

State applies for stimulus money for 28X as hearings continue

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 13, 2009

The Executive Office of Transportation held another meeting last Thursday concerning the controversial 28X line, this time with a newly organized advisory group of concerned community leaders and activists from neighborhoods along the 28 bus route. The meeting, at the recently opened Grove Hall Branch library, was the first of a series of focused advisory group meetings planned for this month.  Read more

Introducing Dudley Village, 'something we all can be proud of'

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 13, 2009

Last Saturday marked the official opening of Dudley Village, the Dorchester Bay EDC’s new mixed use development with 50 affordable housing units and four commercial spaces at 580 Dudley Street. Mayor Menino led a group of neighborhood residents, elected officials, and funders who joined in with Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation to celebrate the occasion.  Read more

Activist Mel King says he's a Yoonie

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Aug. 13, 2009

The recent endorsement of former state Sen. Bill Owens appears to have been just an appetizer for mayoral hopeful Sam Yoon’s campaign, which this week served up the backing of community activist Mel King, the first African-American to win Boston’s preliminary election for mayor.  Read more

Savin Hill architect duo has plans for their neighborhood and city

With renewal and new development stretching across all corners of Dorchester, two architects committed to the neighborhood they call home are excited about prospects for themselves and the public.

RODE Architects, consisting of Eric James Robinson (the titular Ro) and Kevin Deabler (the De) operate out of a small office on the first level of a three-decker on Elton St., balancing large-scale projects across the state with smaller, but by no means less important, jobs in Dorchester.  Read more

T fare-hike plan ripped; Patrick cancels hearings

A day after lawmakers and commuters blasted planned public transit fare increases as unfair and unaffordable, Gov. Deval Patrick suspended scheduled public hearings on the proposal – including ones in Grove Hall and at Roxbury Community College.  Read more

Audit faults Dot Court on its bail procedure

A report from State Auditor Joseph DeNucci’s office has admonished Dorchester District Court for incorrectly processing bail money, a result of the small staff at the busy court.  Read more

Dorchester Beach Festival Slideshow

Photos courtesy Maureen McQuillen. Compiled by Alex Owens
Aug. 11, 2009

Last weekend's second annual Dorchester Beach Festival drew a great crowd for an afternoon of fun in the sun at two of Dorchester's three beaches: Savin Hill and Malibu.

Man charged with Uphams Corner double murder

Boston Police have charged Emmanuel DePina, 26, with the murder of Manuel Monteiro, 47, a chef at Ka-Carlos Bar and Grille in Uphams Corner and of Jovany Eason, 20, on a nearby street.  Read more

‘Jersey Boys’ musical soars far above the norm at the Shubert

In the 60’s and beyond, The Four Seasons ruled the charts, singing the praises of girls like Sherry, Dawn Ronnie, and Marianne. But, as the smash bio-musical “Jersey Boys,” which just opened at the Shubert, reveals, in real life Frankie, Bob, Tommy, and Nick, cared far more about music business success than any romance.  Read more

Franklin Park Zoo hosts National Night Out

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 6, 2009

Members of the Boston Police Department and Mayor Menino joined local residents at National Night Out at the Franklin Park Zoo on Tuesday. At the event, sponsored by Target, Tedeschi, and the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Preparedness, guests were treated to free zoo admission, dance performances, gospel and Latin bands, and hot dogs and drinks Also featured were information kiosks for the BPD Neighborhood Watch Unit, the Mass. Executive Office of Transportation, the Department of Correction, Neighbors for Neighbors, and the Mass. HealthNet Plan.  Read more

Dot Beach Festival is Saturday

Dorchester will be bustling with outdoor activities this weekend. Residents from the neighborhood and other parts of Greater Boston will gather at Savin Hill and Malibu beaches Saturday from 11 to 4 for the second annual Dorchester Beach Festival. Last year’s inaugural fest drew a large and happy crowd. This year’s celebration, organized by Paul Nutting and Maureen McQuillen, looks to be bigger and better.  Read more

Prosecutors push back in Tuttle St. slay case

Suffolk County prosecutors said this week there is no physical evidence to support a Savin Hill defendant's claim that a third man was involved in the January 2008 stabbing of a 20-year-old hair stylist at the defendant's Tuttle St. apartment.

"Suggesting otherwise indicates a misunderstanding of the evidence or a misrepresentation of the evidence," said Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley.  Read more

Pressley picks Kerry aide as her new campaign manager

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Aug. 6, 2009

Meet City Council At-Large candidate Ayanna Pressley’s new campaign director: James Chisholm, a top local aide to U.S. Sen. John Kerry. According to one source close to the campaign, Pressley just wasn’t clicking with her now-former campaign manager, Stuart Rosenberg.

So it’s no surprise that Pressley, a former aide to Kerry herself, has turned to a friend and fellow Kerry staffer to take over. Chisholm, who worked as a deputy press secretary and speechwriter for the senator, officially started work on Pressley’s campaign on Monday.  Read more