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Top picks for Massachusetts speaker show contrast in style

By 
Glen Johnson, Associated Press
Jan. 29, 2009

The way John Rogers and Robert DeLeo have handled a potential succession to House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi gives insight into the way the two longtime state representatives would be if they won their chamber's top job themselves.

Rogers, a brash upstart, e-mailed a statement last Friday saying "when" DiMasi resigned, he would be a candidate to succeed him.

DeLeo sent out his own statement hours later, suggesting such talk was premature.  Read more

Future of E. Cottage warehouse in sight

A tax lien court case begun in 2004 for a 2.75 acre property at 65 East Cottage St. - whose owner owes more than $1.6 million in property tax - appears to be perched once again on the precipice of resolution.

A new buyer, Briggs Capital LLC, now has the property under a purchase and sale agreement with owner Harold Cohen, according to the city's legal department and Cohen himself.  Read more

Teen shot to death

Boston Police report finding a male, 16, shot at Gallivan Boulevard and Patterson Street around 3:30 p.m. yesterday. He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Flaherty gearing up for the run

For those with any lingering doubts about Councillor Michael Flaherty's intentions this election season, it is now clear he will be vying for the Mayor's chair.

It's simply a matter of when he will announce it.

The massive size of Flaherty's current campaign war chest - now topping off at over $590,000 - has been well documented, but the councillor is now actively preparing his ground operation. Sunday before last, he held a series of meetings with trusted lieutenants from past campaigns and newcomers from around the city on his home turf, the Cornerstone Pub in South Boston.  Read more

Catholic Academy gaining favor

Teacher Patricia Kleiber talks to children in a K-1 class at the Pope John Paul II Academy's Lower Mills Campus: Photo by Chris Lovett.Teacher Patricia Kleiber talks to children in a K-1 class at the Pope John Paul II Academy's Lower Mills Campus: Photo by Chris Lovett.

The girls wear plaid jumpers and the boys are in identical clean white shirts. Motley rows of drawings and letters of the alphabet share space on a preschool classroom with a crèche, a crucifix and a morning prayer. At the top of the chalkboard, intertwined with streamers and balloons, is the phrase "Make a Joyful Noise," from Psalm 66.

If the decor evokes a Catholic parish school of 50 years ago, the classroom and the rest of what used to be St. Gregory's has gone through major changes along with four other schools in Dorchester and Mattapan following the closure of St. Peter's and St. Kevin's schools. Since last September, the remaining five have been operating as one regional Catholic school, Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy.  Read more

Director of Fields Corner CDC retires after 20 years

The first floor retail space in Fields Corner CDC's building at 1400 Dorchester Ave., which has been vacant for over a decade: Reporter file photo.The first floor retail space in Fields Corner CDC's building at 1400 Dorchester Ave., which has been vacant for over a decade: Reporter file photo.

Jane Matheson, who for 20 years ran the Fields Corner Community Development Corporation with a philosophy against using public money to develop affordable housing, retired earlier this month.  Read more

Port Norfolk Civic considers billboard deal

Plans to erect a new billboard on the Southeastern Expressway stalled this week after Port Norfolk neighbors demanded more time to review the proposal, which would divert an unspecified percentage of profits back into the community in return for their acceptance.  Read more

Dorchester delegation joins House in supporting DiMasi

Members of the Dorchester delegation stood squarely behind state House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi's re-election bid earlier this month as ethics questions cast a cloud over his close associates.

Local lawmakers, all fellow Democrats, said DiMasi has run the 160-member House well and has kept an "open-door policy." They also cited his focus on the economy as they head into the new legislative session, which officially started on Wednesday, Jan. 7 with the vote on DiMasi as their first item of business.  Read more

Cops, friends reviving teen center

For the last eight years, the basement of a Franklin Field apartment block that once served as a safe haven for teens and kids had been collecting water, mold and dust - a victim of federal budget cuts that decimated public housing programs. This week, the rooms beneath 70 Ames St. have a fresh coat of paint and an injection of Boston Police Department sweat equity.  Read more

Zoo buying budgies, and hinting at master plan

A budgie, a.k.a. a parakeet: Photo courtesy Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.A budgie, a.k.a. a parakeet: Photo courtesy Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.  Read more

Thieves loot Frederick Pilot School - twice in one month

Two men were caught on videotape stealing computers and other items, but police say they will be difficult to identify: Photo Courtesy BPD.Two men were caught on videotape stealing computers and other items, but police say they will be difficult to identify: Photo Courtesy BPD.

With Boston Public Schools facing a more than $100 million deficit and the superintendent calling for 15 percent budget reductions at all buildings, the last thing the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School needed was thieves ravaging its halls.  Read more

Kevin McCrea set to announce Mayor run

Kevin McCrea, a self-described goo-goo (good governance advocate) who successfully sued City Council for violating the Open Meeting Law, is scheduled to announce his candidacy for mayor tonight at a private home on St. Mark's Road.

"I'm running to end the waste, fraud and abuse at city hall that's preventing us from having safe streets to walk on, designing an exemplary school system for all our children, and not wasting our tax dollars," said McCrea in a phone interview Tuesday.  Read more

MAHA's Homeowner University hits a milestone

MAHA instructor Hilda Fernandez (l) with MAHA's 15,000th graduate Damaris Padilla: Photo by Rochelle Ballin. Click to enlarge.MAHA instructor Hilda Fernandez (l) with MAHA's 15,000th graduate Damaris Padilla: Photo by Rochelle Ballin. Click to enlarge.

On Saturday, the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance graduated its 15,000th Homeownership University participant. The unsuspecting student was Damaris Padilla.  Read more

The Reporter Story

By 
Jack Thomas
Jan. 20, 2009

Ed and Mary Forry: Reporter founders Edward and Mary Forry spoke at the Dorchester Day Banquet, JFK Library, Dorchester, 1992Ed and Mary Forry: Reporter founders Edward and Mary Forry spoke at th  Read more

Ross suspends Feeney's fact-finder, sets course for 2009

New City Council President Michael Ross, citing the economy and a gag-order motion filed by prosecuting attorneys in Councillor Chuck Turner's bribery case, halted an council investigation into Turner's fitness to serve on Tuesday.

Federal investigators moved to limit to public documents what the $500-an-hour fact finder, former Chief Magistrate Charles B. Swartwood III, could access.

But a rule change also enacted by Ross would enable the council to penalize and even eject Turner from the body by a two-thirds majority vote.  Read more

JFK Museum highlights inaugural address in exhibit

Inauguration Day, 1961: In front of the Capitol.Inauguration Day, 1961: In front of the Capitol.With less than a week left before Barack Obama makes his inaugural address, he might heed instructions President John F.  Read more

Four Corners could benefit most from action plan

The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Neighborhood Development began seeking input this week for the Mid-Dorchester Action Plan, a plan designed to attract developers to vacant lots in busy neighborhood shopping areas.  Read more

Walsh steps out for Arroyo: Speaks in support of council run

Felix G. Arroyo and Marty Walsh: Photo courtesy of Felix G. Arroyo.Felix G. Arroyo and Marty Walsh: Photo courtesy of Felix G. Arroyo.  Read more

Auxiliary bishop tells of consolidation for Dot parishes' operations

Look for yet another shift in the pastoral administration of Dorchester's Roman Catholic parishes in coming days. That is the message delivered on Tuesday night by auxiliary Bishop Robert Hennessey to what one observer who was there said was a "stunned crowd" of about 50 made up of the pastoral and financial council of Blessed Mother Teresa Parish and a smattering of clergy and representatives from Holy Family and St. Peter's Parish.  Read more

'Eyesore' days may be numbered

Decrepit section of 19th-century Neponset tavern may soon be on the chopping block.: Photo by Chris Lovett.Decrepit section of 19th-century Neponset tavern may soon be on the chopping block.: Photo by Chris Lovett.  Read more

One man's legacy: All about devotion

Leahy: Remembered.Leahy: Remembered.Brian Leahy had a perfect day last Saturday. He spent the morning at Greenhill's Bakery.  Read more

Lawmakers prepare flurry of bills for deadline

Preserving education. Reforming of the criminal offender information system. Protecting local aid to cities and towns.

Those are some of the issues facing lawmakers as they prepare to kick off another two-year session. And those are just the ones that are personal to them. Looming large are changes to the state's transportation infrastructure, and pension and ethics reforms.

Keeping safe local aid - which cities and towns depend on from the state to pay for teachers, firefighters and police - is a top priority for most, including the Dorchester legislators.  Read more

Debate over Neponset center could signal citywide changes

Murphy Community Center: Change in status?Murphy Community Center: Change in status?The director of the Boston Center of Youth and Families is proposing that  Read more

Menino seeks year's freeze on city wages; Protecting 'core services' is the goal

Mayor Menino delivering his State of the City address on Tuesday evening: Photo courtesy the Mayor's Office.Mayor Menino delivering his State of the City address on Tuesday evening: Photo courtesy the Mayor's Office.  Read more

Pay bump for lawmakers a political consideration this year

State lawmakers are in line for a pay raise this year, and that includes the Dorchester delegation.

Thanks to a voter-approved amendment to the state constitution, lawmakers receive pay hikes every two years. The governor is tasked with deciding how much of a raise lawmakers will receive and the governor's Executive Office of Administration and Finance is due to issue its calculation of the raise this week.

While their Republican colleagues have called for a one-year freeze on any salary increase because of the stagnant economy, local lawmakers this week defended the coming pay bump.  Read more