A reader called our newsroom to say thereâ€™s a wild turkey in her backyard. Others have seen came deer in the neighborhood. Along the Neponset River, red-tailed hawks wind currents over the cityscape. Critters of all sorts have been sighted: skunks, raccoons and opossums are regular local habituÃ©. In Codman Hill, a coyote has taken made its home in someoneâ€™s backyard, and theyâ€™reâ€œprotected wildlife,â€ and cannot be disturbed. Others keep a wary eye out for their cats and small dogs, lest they become a predatorâ€™s meal. Read more
Jun. 5, 2009
A. Study to determine if winds are strong, steady enough
The wind turbine outside IBEW local 103 in Dorchester may be getting some company if a new study shows that the wind blowing by one of the prominent Boston Harbor Islands has power-generating potential. Read more
Americans consume some 400 million cups of coffee every day, and though we are no Seattle, Bostonians are serious about their joe. If youâ€™re not brewing it at home, you might grab your â€œcoffee regularâ€ from â€œDunkiesâ€ or maybe your coffee comes from any number of independent coffee houses here in Dorchester. Or maybe it comes from Panama. Read more
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How will our neighborhood respond to the challenge of transforming our economy â€” and our personal behaviors â€” to protect and sustain our environment? In a special Dorchester Day section, the Reporter and its readers explore this topic in a series of articles:
Looking to 2050: Our readers pitch in
The Reporter reached out to some of our neighborhoods civic and non-profit leaders to get their thoughts on what Dorchester's 'green' transformation might look like.
Building standards in the spotlight and not just downtown by Chris Lovett
Fresh produce supply looks promising by Kendra Stanton Lee
The global sea level rise and would it could mean for Dorchester by Pete Stidman
Is a wind turbine for Moon Island in the offing? by Mike Deehan
It may seem far-fetched, particularly when the federal and state governments will have spent a staggering $22 billion in costs and interest on the Big Dig when all is said and done, but demolishing highways to build parks and foster development is a burgeoning fad in the new green world. Read more
The path to green buildings in Dorchester began ten years ago with an experiment in recycling of the former state hospital grounds in Mattapan. On part of the grounds being redeveloped as a wildlife sanctuary, the Mass. Read more
In many ways the future of urban transportation is also its past. The cities around the country that are now hailed for their bicycle-friendly streets and well-used mass transit systems are often the same ones who took an off-beat path in the 1950s, 60s and 70s when highways were given out like candy on Halloween by the federal government.
Cities like Portland, Oregon, which said no to I-505 and the Mount Hood Freeway, and Boston, which said no to the Southwest Expressway and the Inner Beltway managed to funnel money into mass transit instead, preserving neighborhoods. Read more
Memorial Day weekend has passed and the stakes are in the ground. Whether or not Dorchesterâ€™s vegetable gardeners got an early start, they appear to be poised for the harvest. Some are using a raised box garden and some have the luxury of an in-ground plot in their yard. And letâ€™s not forget the rooftop gardeners (like the innovative dBar restaurant and bar on Dorchester Avenue).
Those without gardens may opt to patronize the local farmerâ€™s markets, with an ever-expanding list of locations including Lower Mills, Fields Corner, Codman Square, and now Peabody Square. Read more
Predictions of global sea level rise are all over the map, with new studies and findings being released almost every week. Some, particularly those that imagine a total polar ice melt, would put our fair city under as much as 25 feet of water. But by the more responsible and scientifically defensible predictions, Dorchesterâ€™s coastline could rise anywhere from around one foot to 2 meters by the end of this century, depending on how well the world does curbing carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Read more
Boston Police report arresting two men after a gun battle between two gangs at Fremont and Babson streets on Wednesday.
Police responding to reports of gunfire around 2:05 p.m. found "an elderly male victim hiding behind his vehicle with an apparent bullet hole through the windshield" and that "Officers were able to locate a witness to the incident who informed them that a confrontation between two groups of youths occurred at the intersection of Fremont Street and Babson Street. The witness went on to state that the two groups exchanged gunfire before fleeing the area."
Dennis Levy, 22, of Boston, was charged with trespassing, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm on a public way, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling house, possession of a class B substance (crack cocaine) with the intent to distribute and possession of a class D substance (marijuana â€“ civil violation issued). Also arrested, Dwayne Marcus Leaston-Brown, 19, of Boston, was charged with trespassing.
Jun. 4, 2009
Present day Dorchester lays claim to being the biggest part of Boston, in terms of land mass and population. But, big as it is today, Dorchester was once much, much larger.
At its height, the town of Dorchester nearly reached the Rhode Island border. It included parts of present day South Boston, Hyde Park, Roxbury, Foxboro, Dedham, Wrentham, Canton, Sharon, Raynham, Mattapan, Quincy, and the entire towns of Milton and Stoughton.
What if Dorchester had maintained those historical borders? What if Dorchester had, as one resident from the Boston annexation period was recorded saying by William Dana Orcutt in his book, Good Old Dorchester, â€œa few feet more depth of water along the ten miles of shore which formed her sea boundary?â€
Would we be living in the City of Dorchester, with Boston as one of our neighborhoods? Read more
A coalition of activists who have been working to reduce alcohol and drug abuse in the neighborhood are taking direct aim at adults who buy booze for under-age drinkers this week. The Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition (DSAC) will roll out a â€œsticker shockâ€ campaign today, placing warning labels on cases of beer and brown bags at Harbor Point Liquors on Morrissey Boulevard. The stickers read, â€œHey You!! Read more
Jun. 4, 2009
This yearâ€™s Dorchester Day will be presided over by the new honorary mayor of the neighborhood, the Honorable Stephen Bickerton, Jr. of Adams Village. With professional experience as Assistant Director of Facilities Management at MassBay Community College and his interest in public service, the 25 year-old Bickerton is poised to keep the civic machinery of Dorchester in tip-top shape. When not running in grueling local campaigns (he ran unopposed this year for the position â€” which is secured by raising funds for the parade committee) Bickerton enjoys weekends on Cape Cod, sailing and spending time with his friends. Read more
Jun. 4, 2009
An established human service organization is enlarging its operation and finding a new home in Clam Point. WORK Inc., a vocational and employment agency that trains mentally and developmentally disabled clients to join the workforce and helps guide them to employment, is moving their headquarters to the former Pollack Manufacturing building on Freeport Street in October. Read more
John Connollyâ€™s career as a churchman has followed an uncommon trajectory. After stints as a deacon and a newly ordained priest at two Dorchester parishes in the mid-1990s, the Jamaica Plain native and Boston Latin School grad was called to serve at the highest level of the Archdiocese. Connolly was a personal secretary to Cardinal Bernard Law beginning in 1997 and served him through the height of the clergy abuse crisis that forced Lawâ€™s eventual departure. Read more
In an early endorsement, the stateâ€™s largest gay rights group threw its support behind Mayor Thomas Menino in his bid for a fifth term. The political action committee for MassEquality, with 10,000 members in Boston and 200,000 statewide, touted the endorsement as its first on the municipal level. Scott Gortikov, in a statement, cited Meninoâ€™s â€œlongtime supportâ€ for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, along with his vocal advocacy for gay marriage, which Massachusetts legalized in 2004. Read more
As if former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson didnâ€™t have enough problems: At the end of Tuesday, she was more than a month late in filing a required financial interest disclosure form. As a former elected official, she was supposed to file the form, known as a â€œstatement of financial interest,â€ for 2008 with the state Ethics Commission by May 1. Her attorney did not return a phone call seeking comment. Read more
US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sounded notes of optimism during a stop in Boston last Wednesday, calling the countryâ€™s recovery underway.
â€œThe national economy is showing some initial signs of stability, confidence has improved, the financial system is starting to heal, credit is starting to ease a bit,â€ Geithner said during a press conference rolling out $1.5 billion in tax credits for nationwide organizations investing in â€œstruggling neighborhoods.â€
Geithner added, â€œThis is just the beginning, however. We have a long way to go.â€ Read more
Boston Police report a Dorchester woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly kicked one officer and dragged two more with her car in an attempt to bust out of a traffic jam and escape police. Read more
Jun. 2, 2009
Bill Forry, managing editor of the Dorchester Reporter newspaper, has been awarded a Shorenstein Scholarship at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was accepted into the mid-career master in public administration program. His program will begin this summer, and continue until June 2010. As Managing Editor, Forry oversees the weekly Dorchester Reporter and Mattapan Reporter, and the monthly Boston Haitian Reporter, as well as the website dotnews.com Read more