‘No merit’ to church appeal, says board

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 22, 2009

The Boston Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously on Tuesday to deny an appeal filed by the Eglise Baptise H. Bon-Berger de Boston Church to expand the maximum occupancy of its Ashmont Street site from 32 to 108 people.

“This case before us has no merit,’ said Zoning Board Chairman Robert Shortsleeve.

Edward T. Johnson, the architect for the church’s renovation project, appeared before the board but had no comment on the decision following the meeting. David Milien, pastor of the church, was not available for comment at press-time.  Read more

Court upholds conviction for 2005 slashing murder

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Michael Hart, 53, for killing a woman who confronted him after he'd slashed his ex-girlfriend's throat and then stabbed her on her Millet Street front porch in 2005.  Read more

Fields Corner bank held up for second time in 10 days

Boston Police report the Sovereign Bank branch at 1442 Dorchester Ave., was held up today - somebody passed a note to the teller.  Read more

Device theft leaves disabled man without a voice

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 16, 2009

A 38-year-old disabled Dorchester resident, who is not able to speak, lost a device Friday morning at Ashley’s Restaurant on Bowdoin Street that enables him to communicate.  Read more

Rains, High Tides Slow Traffic on Morrissey Blvd.

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Friday's heavy morning rains and 11 a.m. high tides resulted in road flooding along Morrissey Blvd. Late morning traffic was down to one lane in both directions near Savin Hill. The road was flooded also near Freeport Street, under the Expressway/I-93 overpass. (Reporter IPhone photo/Ed Forry)  Read more

Police say woman laughed as her pit bull attacked school girl

Boston Police report a girl waiting for her bus to school on Talbot Avenue in Dorchester Wednesday morning was attacked by a pit bull but managed to avoid serious harm when a man driving by on a motorcycle stopped to free her from the dog.

According to a police statement, "individuals who witnessed the incident stated the dog's owner did nothing to stop the dog and was seen laughing."

Police say the girl, 12, suffered no injury because the man got the dog off her before it could bite through her shoe - the animal was latched onto her foot.

Police add witnesses said the dog was neither leashed nor muzzled. Police said Animal Control is now investigating the case.

Lehane to launch ‘Boston Noir’ at Book Festival

Fans of Boston’s highest-profile crime writer, Dorchester native Dennis Lehane, are awaiting the launch of his latest work, a celebration that will culminate the upcoming Boston Book Festival on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Lehane, whose best-sellers have been made into major motion pictures, including “Mystic River,” “Gone, Baby, Gone” and the soon-to-be-released “Shutter Island,” has edited and contributed the lead story to the forthcoming anthology, “Boston Noir.”  Read more

Attention: Witching night draws nigh

Shue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 15, 2009

By land and by sea, Dorchester residents are expected to be out in great numbers this year celebrating the scariest of holidays, Halloween. From a scarecrow contest to floating pumpkins and costume parties, local organizations have something planned for revelers of all ages.  Read more

Mid-2010 opening seen for Ashmont entry

Jill S. Gross, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 15, 2009

Red Line commuters who have waited through years of Ashmont Station construction for a back entrance to the subway to reopen will have to trek around the station for another year and a half – at least.

The Radford Lane entrance to the station, tucked on the one-way side street off Carruth Street, won’t open until the middle of 2011, according to MBTA officials. The news has left some in the neighborhood upset about continued longer walks and concerned about the ultimate fate of the entrance.  Read more

Point plan gains mayor’s attention

Responding to residents of Savin Hill concerned about a draft development plan for the Columbia Point neighborhood, Mayor Thomas M. Menino stressed this week that the plan – and the height of the proposed buildings – was “not solidified.” Briefly addressing a gathering of small business owners while at a Dorchester Board of Trade luncheon on Tuesday, the mayor said, “I’ve heard it loud and clear.”  Read more

Church appeals; neighbors fume

The controversy over a church based out of a two-family residential building on Ashmont Street is building up again after two years of inactivity with neighbors outraged that David Milien, pastor of the Eglise Baptiste H. Bon-Berger de Boston Church, is renewing his drive to hold services there.

Milien is appealing a decision by the Boston Inspectional Services Department to deny his request to expand the maximum occupancy of the building at 487-489 Ashmont St. from 32 to 108 people.

A hearing on his appeal will be held next Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at 1010 Massachusetts Ave.  Read more

Council hopefuls take up issues

The eight contenders vying for four citywide seats were split this week over how long pols in City Hall should warm the seats in the mayor’s office and on the City Council.

At a forum sponsored by the nonpartisan voting rights group MassVOTE, the City Council At-Large candidates also reiterated their stances on any reform of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the city’s planning and development agency that has received a fierce drubbing on the campaign trail over an alleged lack of transparency.  Read more

Gathering of the Green

Thousands descended on Adams Village on Sunday to join in the first Irish Heritage Festival. Organizers deemed the inaugural fete a success.    Photo by Harry BrettThousands descended on Adams Village on Sunday to join in the first Irish Heritage Festival. Organizers deemed the inaugural fete a success. Photo by Harry Brett

Police oppose later hours for Blue Hill Avenue restaurant

Boston Police and two city councilors today opposed a request by Tasty Caribbean, 388 Blue Hill Ave. to extend its closing hours from midnight to 2 a.m.  Read more

Dorchester man convicted for stabbing death at South Boston bar

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Bernard Piscopo of voluntary manslaughter for the June 16, 2007 death of Adam Rich of Revere at the 6 House, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

Mt. Washington bank branch on Gallivan Boulevard held up

Boston Police report the Mt. Washington Bank branch at 489 Gallivan Blvd. was held up before noon today by a white man wearing a light-blue Northface jacket. No weapon shown.

Fire displaces eight

"Careless disposal of smoking materials" sparked a one-alarm fire late Saturday afternoon at 104 Robey St. that did an estimated $75,000 in damage and left six adults and two children without a place to sleep, Boston fire officials say.  Read more

Haitian elders find unique care at Geneva center

Elizabeth St. Victor, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 9, 2009

The Geneva Avenue Elderly Housing organization held an open house late last month for a new Haitian Adult Day Health Center, the first of its kind for Kit Clark Senior Services, which provides numerous health care options for seniors across Massachusetts.  Read more

Patrick signs bill delaying lobbying reform

State House News Service
Oct. 8, 2009

Gov. Deval Patrick last week signed a bill postponing lobbying law reforms that were scheduled to take effect this week.  The Legislature earlier had sent Patrick a bill to delay implementation until Jan. 1, 2010.

The slate of reforms was touted over the summer as critical to shedding more light on who’s lobbying on Beacon Hill. Legislative advocates call the law vague and confusing, and welcomed the delay. As lobbying provisions were set to take effect last week, which marked the 90-day waiting period for the new law, lobbyists described uncertainty about its scope.  Read more

It’s hard for Neil Jones, a man of many arts, to stop what he is doing

“This gathering reminds me of one that took place some years ago at Uphams Corner,” said Neil Jones, a man of arts and letters, looking out at the twenty or so friends, family, and fans who had gathered at Dot 2 Dot Café last Thursday to celebrate his gallery show. He recalled a benefit he and some other supporters of the Strand Theatre had organized in the early 1970s. “We had the symphony orchestra from Nuremberg, Germany. We managed to get them to come. There were 109 musicians on stage, and 11 of us in the audience.”  Read more

It’ll be all Irish at Adams Corner Sunday

Folks looking for some outdoor activity over the coming holiday weekend need look no farther than the Adams Corner village of Dorchester on Sunday when Dorchester’s first “Irish Heritage Festival” will be held in the busy business district from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Read more

Bottom line: Taxpayers can’t afford government

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
Oct. 8, 2009

Until last week, Beacon Hill had been for the past few months largely devoid of activity that could constitute the management of state government.

Appointing a U.S. senator is great and all – some people make money on it, some do it in a manner that results in what they concede are ticked-off members of their own party – and running for office is also terrific fun, but sooner or later it comes time to balance the books.  Read more

Things are looking up at the TD Garden!

Next Wednesday, fresh from a successful run out in Worcester, “Over the Top,” the 138th edition of “The Greatest Show on Earth” rolls into town for eight performances at Boston’s biggest venue.

From October 14 to 18, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus once again presents “children of all ages” with its signature mix of animal antics and human derring-do.  Read more

The website world is cultivating community

Community and civic associations across Dorchester are finding that new or improved websites are changing the way citizens connect to one another in the neighborhood. Creating slick, content-packed websites, once the exclusive domain of corporate conglomerates and professional web techies, is now possible for much smaller groups and is expected of any serious community-based organization.  Read more

Claiborne is heading to Harvard

Captain James Claiborne, who has led policing efforts in Dorchester and Mattapan since 2006, will leave his post as commander of the Area B-3 district later this month. Claiborne, 57, is retiring from the Boston Police Department to become a deputy chief of police at Harvard University.  Read more