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Neighbors celebrate new-and-improved Byrne Playground

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 14, 2009

Jammin' at Byrne Playground: Photo by Alex OwensJammin' at Byrne Playground: Photo by Alex Owens  Read more

Peter Meade to lead new Kennedy Institute on US Senate

Peter MeadePeter MeadeDorchester native Peter Meade will be the founding president and CEO of a newly created institute named for Senator Edward M. Kennedy that will be housed on Columbia Point. Meade, a close friend and ally of the state's senior senator, is presently the managing director of the Boston-based public relations firm Rasky Baerlein.
Meade tells the Reporter that he will take charge of the non-profit Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate next month. The institute will eventually be housed in a new building that will be built on Columbia Point, close to the existing John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The institute will be part of the UMass-Boston campus and will be built on four acres of land owned by the university.  Read more

Patrick: Override of Zoo cuts would undermine health care

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, Contributing Editor
Jul. 13, 2009

If the Legislature decides to override his veto of funds for the Franklin Park Zoo, Gov. Deval Patrick said his plan to keep health insurance coverage for 30,000 legal immigrants will be endangered.  Read more

Flames cook charged with stabbing another cook

Boston Police say a cook at Flames, 663 Morton St. in Mattapan, ended an argument in the kitchen Saturday afternoon by plunging a knife into another cook's stomach.

The victim was taken to a local hospital and is expected to recover. Wellesley Clarke, 55, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Man arrested for January murder of 16 year-old

A 20 year-old from Dorchester has been arrested for the broad-daylight murder of a 16 year-old last January, Boston Police announced this afternoon. In a statement, the BPD says that Marques Kersey has been identified as the "person responsible" for the shooting of 16 year-old Torey Evans on January 16, 2009. Kersey is currently being held at the Dedham House of Correction on an un-related charge. Evans was shot to death outside of 2092 Dorchester Ave. at approximately 3:30 p.m.  Read more

City program keeps bringing Arts to neighborhood parks

Sunshine, fresh air, socialization and custom refrigerator magnets? Sounds like the answer to the prayers of parents or caretakers with little ones on their hands this summer, but no money for camp and too crazy a schedule for regular commitments.  Read more

Teen charged in May killing on Wilcock Street

A 17 year-old from Dorchester has been arrested for the May 13th murder of a 49 year-old man who was found dead hours after a drive-by shooting on a Blue Hill Ave. sidestreet.  Read more

Seniors speak out about dangerous driving

A sudden scourge of deadly accidents and critical media coverage has brought a harsh new light upon the difficult topic of elderly drivers recently, causing many to question when the proper age may be for seniors to hang up the keys for good. Dorchester seniors have as many different viewpoints on how to approach the problem as do the public officials now deliberating how best to protect the roads as well as elders’ dignity and rights.  Read more

Meeting signals discord over Main Streets application

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 9, 2009

The Mattapan Board of Trade held a community meeting on Tuesday night at the Mattapan Library regarding emerging plans to seek admission into the city’s Main Streets program. The meeting — which began as a simple overview and call-to-arms for winning Main Streets designation for the neighborhood— turned into a standoff between the Mattapan Board of Trade and Morton Street Village Board of Commerce, which has also held meetings to organize local residents and merchants around the idea of securing a Main Streets designation for the neighborhood.  Read more

Firefighters and city bicker over OT policy

A new city policy aimed at reining in overtime spending on fire protection in the new fiscal year sparked a ten-alarm escalation in tensions between the Menino administration and rank-and-file firefighters last week.  Read more

Dorchester Seven line up for at-large council race; can any claim a base here?

One proclaims he'll be a "Dot Rat" for life. Another notes he purchased the house he grew up in near Grove Hall. And another just moved in from the Back Bay part of Boston. Almost lost among the number and diversity of candidates running for City Council At-Large is the fact that nearly half of the fifteen live in Dorchester.  Read more

Aboard the Blue Hill Ave. bus, tales of woe

By 
Alex Owens and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Jul. 9, 2009

Clarissa Hatchel and her son Jaheim think the plan "just might work"Clarissa Hatchel and her son Jaheim think the plan "just might work"

“I pressed the ‘stop,’ don’t cha know, driver!” called a woman from the back of the bus.

Everyone along the MBTA’s Route 28 bus route seems to have a story about the almost hour-long ordeal that is a ride between the line’s terminal stations, Mattapan Square and Ruggles -- from overcrowding to unreliable schedules to missed stops to a strong sense of insecurity.

The Mass. Executive Office of Transit has set out to rectify the long-standing criticisms of the 28 line with its proposed 28X enhancement project, designed to streamline the crowded, often chaotic route. At four community meetings last month, community members voiced concerns about the construction, noise, safety, parking, and the effect of the undertaking on local businesses. The overall sentiment reflected a lack of trust between the community and the T.  Read more

FOUND! Dog named 'Emma' missing from Victory Rd. area

Emma: Help her get homeEmma: Help her get homeA 3.5 year-old German Shorthaired Pointer named "Emma" who went missing after escaping from its dog sitters on Wednesday (July 8) from Victory Rd. park was found near Franklin Park on Saturday morning.
The pooch had last been seen heading north on Mill St. away from CVS on Morrissey Blvd around noon on Wednesday. Described as friendly, Emma has a chocolate colored head and body with white ticking.
Editor's Note: The Reporter publishes lost dog notices online and in print at no charge.

Greenway Fest offers kites, flicks, canoes

Colorful kites take to the sky this year as the Boston Natural Areas Network hosts the 15th annual Neponset River Greenway Festival. The main event of this year’s free riverfest is the “Kites on the River” event, held at Pope John Paul II Park on Saturday, August 22. Expert kite flyers, show kites and even a kite ballet set to music will be a part of the event sponsored by BNAN, Sea Side Kites, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreations and Oldies 103.  Read more

Bank holdup on Gallivan Boulevard

Boston Police report the Mt. Washington Bank branch at 494 Gallivan Blvd. was held up around noon today.  Read more

Gospel songstress reaches for ‘Dream’

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 3, 2009

“All the cameras were probably the toughest part,” said Dorchester native Erin Lyder about her experience on national television. Lyder is a finalist on the Gospel Channel’s Gospel Dream talent search. The 24-year old vocalist and Berklee graduate drove with her parents for two days to the audition in Atlanta before advancing to the top ten.

“When I got there, there were so many talented people and I had a background in R&B and Urban. It was intimidating, but I just had to focus on God,” Lyder said.  Read more

Book celebrates Franklin Park’s history in pictures

“Do I have memories of Franklin Park? One day my mother, Mary Callahan, who worked at the golf pro shop, met my father, John Burke, where he worked at The Refectory, which our family owned. The result was me! I owe my existence to Franklin Park.”

Last Monday Gerry Burke, owner of Doyle’s Café in Jamaica Plain, welcomed fellow Franklin Park enthusiasts to a book signing party for “Franklin Park,” the latest paperback issued by Arcadia Publishing, the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Read more

Dudley Street area residents come to listen, then elect reps on board

By 
Filipe Miranda, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 3, 2009

Close to 200 residents of Roxbury and Dorchester came to St. Patrick’s Church last Wednesday evening to elect representatives for the board of directors of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI). One by one, the 42 candidates, spanning three generations and a wide range of cultural backgrounds, walked to the pulpit and asked for their community’s support. And for nearly two hours, the residents in the crowd listened and marked their choices on the ballots.  Read more

UMass-Boston to host soccer game , clinic

UMass SoccerUMass SoccerUMass-Boston will host an afternoon of international soccer today, July 9. The event, set from 12-3 p.m. will start with a noontime tournament featuring Tall Ships crew members and naval cadets from Uruguay, Brazil, Romania and Portugal. The event also includes a soccer clinic for kids run by the Boston Breakers. The free clinic runs from 1:30- 3 p.m. It's all happening at the campus's soccer fields. Check online to make sure all is still a go.  Read more

Vacant lot in Codman Square re-born as Playground

By 
Filipe Miranda, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 2, 2009

Mayor Tom Menino had to squeeze his way through a small crowd to reach the gates of the new Elmhurst Street playground on Saturday morning. Standing between him and the inaugural ribbon were dozens of children, many ready with scissors, who had waited through the hour-long celebration for this moment.

A few feet behind, their families smiled as the countdown finished and the children poured through the gate into the swings and playhouse, enjoying the result of ten years of work.  Read more

Cops, businessman praised for Adams Village drug crackdown

The Adams Village Merchants Association joined with two civic groups last Friday to honor the Drug Control Unit from the Area C-11 Boston Police and a local businessman who they say have effectively teamed up to crack down on drug dealing in the neighborhood. Jeff Brewster, who became the franchise owner of the McDonald’s on Gallivan Boulevard last December, was praised alongside the seven-officer drug unit during an evening awards ceremony inside the Transformations health club in the village. About 75 people turned out to support the event, which was followed by a reception.  Read more

Audit finds management problems at UMass-Boston

By 
State House News Service
Jul. 2, 2009

Salary checks to an employee who had left the school nine months earlier, undue overtime payments for information technology workers, and missing computers are among the problems state Auditor Joseph DeNucci identified at the University of Massachusetts at Boston in a report released Monday.

DeNucci’s office said the school “is at risk of loss, theft and misuse of public funds due to serious weaknesses in its payroll and inventory procedures.”  Read more

Transit officials will apply for grant for Route 28 project

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 2, 2009

The state’s Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) held a meeting at the Mildred Ave. Community Center in Mattapan on Tuesday regarding the MBTA service developments in Mattapan, Roxbury and Dorchester, most notably the proposed 28X express bus line.  Read more

Projects for Dot hang on in budget

Dorchester projects on the capital side of the city budget will remain largely untouched, with $200,000 for the Murphy Community Center, $400,000 for the Martin tot lot and $947,000 for renovations to the Adams St. Library, according to city officials.

Dorchester Ave. is still expected to receive $15 million for an accelerated construction pace to rework traffic flow at several sections and increase pedestrian safety, thanks in part to federal stimulus funds. Money is also included for the Great Hall in Codman Square.  Read more

Celebration, discussion at Codman Square

Images from Dorchester’s past, present and possible future lined the walls of The Codman Square Health Center Monday evening, as the medical clinic and community center unveiled a new photo exhibit showcasing before-and-after portraits of sites around the village.  Read more