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Activists aim at adult buyers in teen-drink crackdown

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 season. The Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition (DSAC) rolled out a “sticker shock” campaign last Thursday, placing warning labels on cases of beer and brown bags at Harbor Point Liquors on Morrissey Boulevard. The stickers read, “Hey You!! It is ILLEGAL to provide alcohol for people under 21!”

The initiative has the support of the store’s owner, longtime Dorchester resident Paul Lynch.  Read more

DiMasi indictment reaction runs gamut in Dot caucus

For state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, it was a “sad day.” Rep. Brian Wallace described it to a reporter as “heart-wrenching.” And Rep. Willie Mae Allen declined comment altogether.

Lawmakers’ reactions to the indictment of former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi ran the gamut, including others who said they felt a sense of betrayal and disappointment.  Read more

Election year ups dose of parade politics

“The Dorchester Day Parade is not about the politicians,” said Kevin McCrea, a mayoral candidate, as he walked along Dorchester Ave. on Sunday, waving and shaking hands.

Behind him a woman carrying a banner for Dorchester’s First Baptist Church begged to disagree.

“Yes it is!” she yelled.  Read more

Marine gets UMass-Boston JFK Award

By 
Olesia Plokhi, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 11, 2009

Dominique Powell, a Dorchester born and raised University of Massachusetts Boston senior who became passionate about veteran affairs after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, was the first veteran in UMass history honored with the 2009 John F. Kennedy award for Academic Excellence at the University’s 41st commencement ceremony May 29.  Read more

Cell phone tower sites stir a fuss

City Councillor Charles Yancey offered a strong condemnation of the lack of public process involved in the placement of cell phone antennas around the neighborhoods on Tuesday. At a City Council hearing exploring the approval process two companies took before the installation of the antennas, representatives from the city’s Public Improvement Commission testified that while all legal standards were met for the devices’ placement, only one neighborhood organization in Back Bay was consulted prior to installation.  Read more

Red Line down for weekend repairs

Train service Dorchester leg of the Red Line will be replaced by shuttle buses along Dorchester Avenue this weekend (June 13 and 14) as work continues to build a new Ashmont station. Questions or concerns can be directed to the MBTA construction hotline at 617-222-6757.

Questions persist on Route 28 bus plan

Will there be enough room on the route for the proposed Silver Line bus? Will the trees and flowers on the route be torn up and disappear? And what about parking?  Read more

Two teens arrested for gunfire outside Everett School

Boston Police report arresting the pair on charges related to gunfire that put the Edward Everett Elementary School, 71 Pleasant St., into "safe mode" this afternoon.  Read more

VIDEO: 2009 Dorchester Day Parade

By 
Mike Deehan
Jun. 9, 2009

The 2009 Dorchester Day parade was one to remember. Perfect weather, inspired floats and a great turnout along Dorchester Avenue made this a day many in the community won't soon forget. The Reporter was there with video camera in hand to capture some the day's events.

Russell Elementary shuttered by flu outbreak

Another Dorchester school has been sidelined for the next week as the H1N1 flu virus continues its march through the region's classrooms. The William E. Russell School is one of three BPS schools that will be closed until next Thursday after a high rate of absenteeism was recorded there this week.
The Russell is on the same Columbia Road block as a Catholic elementary school that was shut down today as well. More on the BPS decisions here.

H1N1 virus closes Columbia campus of Catholic Academy

The Columbia campus of the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy will close for the next week, beginning Tuesday, after seven students at the school contracted the H1N1 virus in recent days.  Read more

Parade celebrates best of Dot

Dot Day 2009Dot Day 2009The 2009 Dot Day Parade drew tens of thousands to a sun-drenched Dorchester Ave. yesterday for the annual celebration of all things, well, Dorchester. Above, Chris Lovett captured the scene near Lower Mills.  Read more

This is Dorchester, home of the coyote, the turkey, the heron, and the fox

A reader called our newsroom to say there’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 habitué. In Codman Hill, a coyote has taken made its home in someone’s backyard, and they’re“protected wildlife,” and cannot be disturbed. Others keep a wary eye out for their cats and small dogs, lest they become a predator’s meal.  Read more

Dot Day ushers in season of arts events

This week as we celebrate all things Dorchester, it’s appropriate to consider enterprising local artists who are displaying and selling their works in non-traditional venues at this time of year.  Read more

Q: Is a wind turbine for Moon Island in the offing?

By 
Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Jun. 5, 2009

A. Study to determine if winds are strong, steady enough
Sonic Wind Profiler: James Hunt III, the city's chief of Environmental and Energy Services, inspects the mechanism of a Triton Sonic Wind Profiler. Photo by Mike DeehanSonic Wind Profiler: James Hunt III, the city's chief of Environmental and Energy Services, inspects the mechanism of a Triton Sonic Wind Profiler. Photo by Mike Deehan
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

Panama – Coming to a Flat Black near you

Americans consume some 400 million cups of coffee every day, and though we are no Seattle, Bostonians are serious about their joe. If you’re not brewing it at home, you might grab your “coffee regular” from “Dunkies” or maybe your coffee comes from any number of independent coffee houses here in Dorchester. Or maybe it comes from Panama.  Read more

Looking to 2050: A Collection of thoughts from students and staff members at YouthBuild Boston

KEN SMITH
Executive Director
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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. Here are some of the responses:

Dorchester will be a more important place to live  Read more

The Greening of Dorchester

The Food Project: Teenagers from The Food Project working in the Dudley Triangle weed salad mix in 2006. Over 60 youth from Boston and its suburbs will grow food through the Food Project this summer.The Food Project: Teenagers from The Food Project working in the Dudley Triangle weed salad mix in 2006. Over 60 youth from Boston and its suburbs will grow food through the Food Project this summer.How will our neighborhood respond to the challenge of transforming our economy — and our personal behaviors — 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

In transportation, it's back to the future by Pete Stidman
Single Stream Recycling CartsSingle Stream Recycling Carts
Single stream now, zero waste in the future? by Geoff Buteau

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

The SE Expressway: Asphalt roadblock to the sea by Pete Stidman  Read more

The SE Expressway: Asphalt roadblock to the sea

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

Building standards are in the spotlight now …and not just for downtown types of structures

Solar Roof in Fields CornerSolar Roof in Fields CornerThe 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 transportation, its back to the future

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

Single stream now, zero waste in the future?

By 
Geoff Buteau, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 5, 2009

Single Stream Recycling CartsSingle Stream Recycling CartsRecycling’s not as easy as throwing all waste into one bin then forgetting about it, but in a time of blooming green  Read more

Fresh produce supply looks promising

Memorial Day weekend has passed and the stakes are in the ground. Whether or not Dorchester’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 let’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 farmer’s markets, with an ever-expanding list of locations including Lower Mills, Fields Corner, Codman Square, and now Peabody Square.  Read more

The global sea level rise and Dorchester

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, Dorchester’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