In Dorchester District Court Tuesday, Judge David Poole ordered a 20-day mental evaluation for 32-year-old Steven Phillips, who allegedly flashed two teenage girls on the Route 23 MBTA bus just before 3 p.m. on Monday, and then stabbed them both. Phillips will be sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for the evaluation, on a recommendation by the court's clinician. Read more
A long simmering disagreement over an odor control facility planned for Columbia Point - next to the future site of Corcoran Jennison Companies' gigantic "Bayside on the Point" developmen - became a slugfest this week when a state board voted not to alter its original design after months of backroom negotiations. Read more
Nov. 20, 2008
Sen. Dianne Wilkerson resigned Wednesday, after her indictment Tuesday on federal charges that she took $23,500 in bribes to take legislative action.
Wilkerson had come under heavy pressure from colleagues, who voted to ask for her resignation within days of her arrest last month.
Her resignation marks the end of a Senate career that saw her come to prominence as one of the state's few prominent African American politicians in the early 1990s, champion a string of progressive causes, and run into a long list of ethical violations and legal problems, including tax evasion. Read more
Nov. 19, 2008
House Majority Leader John Rogers, whose bid to succeed Speaker Salvatore DiMasi suffered a setback last week when rival House Ways and Mean chair Robert DeLeo gathered scores of supporters in a show of strength, has begun calling members and asking them to remain loyal to DiMasi as whispers grow louder of eroding support for the speaker. Read more
Statistics released this week by the Boston Police Department show a slow-down in serious crime across the city, with significant reductions in our neighborhood's two main police districts, C-11 and B-3, compared to last year's figures. The good news is relative: Homicides are well up this year in C-11, where 2008 began with a flurry of gun violence that has slowed, but not ceased, in recent months. Read more
Nov. 19, 2008
Conversations on the prospects for next year's city council race rarely fail to come to the question of gender equity. Only one female - Dorchester's own district three councillor Maureen Feeney - currently holds elected office in City Hall, though women make up over half of the city's population.
This seeming strategic advantage for one or more women in Election 2009 is finally drawing a few qualified candidates out of the woodwork. Read more
Jimmy Hayes circles around and around on the ice. The game slows down for him as he watches. Nick Petrecki slides the puck to Carl Sneep, and then, suddenly, Hayes has it. He spins around, and it's just him and the goal. The rink goes silent; this is his shot. He takes a big stroke, and the puck hits the goalpost. There is confusion, congestion in front of the goal; the sound begins to filter in again as Hayes wonders, Did it go in? Read more
There were only two people standing on the traffic island in middle of Blue Hill Avenue with an Obama-Biden sign, but horns could be heard for several blocks around.
It was election day in Grove Hall.
Propping up the blue sign were the founder of the local radio station, TOUCH FM 106.1, Charles Clemons, and the executive director of the Grove Hall Neighborhood Development Corp., Sister Virginia Morrison. Each of them held the sign with one hand and waved at the traffic with the other. And whenever they waved, someone answered with a triumphant honk. Read more
Almost one year after developer Tuankhan "Tony" Vu paid $5 million for a large, oddly shaped property near the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Pleasant Street, civic groups are rejecting his early drafts for a redevelopment there.
"I feel bad for Tony Vu because I know he's in a financial crunch," said Jones Hill resident Matthew Strauss. "But it's been a lot of frustration. CVS won't budge. I guess they figure they're the only player in this It's almost like they want to put a suburban mall on this lot." Read more
The last farmers market of the year was held on Oct. 23 at the Codman Square Health Center. Photo courtesy of Family, Inc.
It's all smiles for neighborhood farmers' market managers, even as the economy is nose-diving. A handful of new markets were successful in their first season and those that have been around report a banner year. Read more
Altered plan is approved by the School Committee; some say potential savings 'not enough'
Maureen and Larry Feeney
Larry and Maureen Feeney will be among the honorees at this Friday's 24th annual Caritas Carney Hospital Awards Dinner on at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. The Dorchester couple will be the recipients of the Andrew Carney Humanitarians of the Year award.
Larry Feeney has served as the Caritas Carney Foundation Board President for the past three years. Maureen Feeney is the president of the Boston City Council. Read more
Remembrances at the shooting site. Photo by Pete Stidman
Neighbors say it is a "neutral street," a place where others from all parts of the surrounding neighborhood congregate to hang and drink or smoke. But that crossing of paths on Elder Street near Uphams Corner ended in tragedy during the wee hours of Sunday morning, in a shooting spree that took the life of a 19-year-old mother. Four others survived gunshot wounds in the melee. Read more
Three of five adults involved in a brutal youth gang beating that took place in Fields Corner in August, 2007 have been sentenced. Two others have court dates in early December. Read more
Future visions of Columbia Point crystallized further last Thursday when Synergy, the owner of a large swath of property that includes the Shaw's on Morrissey Boulevard, unveiled its vision for creating a new "main street" on the site.
Much like developer Corcoran Jennison Cos. is promoting their Bayside on the Point development on the other side of Morrissey, Synergy is touting their own project as "Dorchester's next great neighborhood." Read more
Nov. 12, 2008
State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, who was photographed by the FBI allegedly stuffing bribe money under her sweater, says she's not resigning immediately because she wants an orderly transition. Wilkerson made the statement despite a vote by the Massachusetts Senate last week calling on her to give up her seat. Senators also sent the matter to the Senate Ethics Committee.
In a written statement, Wilkerson said she's still planning to resign, but couldn't set a date, noting that there are just "60 days remaining in this legislative session.'' Read more
Once again it is Indian chicken Balti on Tuesdays and shepherd's pie on Wednesdays for lunch. After a break-in and a slow-down in business, patrons of Dot2Dot café in the St. Mark's neighborhood come here not only to eat, but also to volunteer.
With help from the neighborhood, the European-style café is back in business after briefly closing its doors. Read more
Owner Chris Douglass, manager Megan Cullinane, and chef Maxwell Thompson on opening night at Tavolo in August. Photo by Bill Forry Read more
The 2008 presidential race has consumed the attention of the nation and true-blue Boston for nearly a year now, even though Barack Obama has dominated the polls locally. But the Reporter's temperamental seismograph is already picking up tremors from the election one year hence. Read more
Nov. 5, 2008
A veteran Dorchester activist will be honored for her work to protect public health this week. The Massachusetts Public Health Association is presenting Davida Andelman with its 2008 Public Service Award at the organization's annual meeting tomorrow.
The award recognizes Andelman for her "outstanding commitment and dedicated leadership on behalf of public health, environmental justice and social equality in Dorchester and Massachusetts," according to Valerie Bassett, MPHA's Executive Director. Read more
On September 22, less than a week after State Senator Dianne Wilkerson had lost the Democratic primary by 213 votes, dozens of supporters turned out for her at the Prince Hall Grand Lodge in Grove Hall.
They came, not to bury the senator, but to praise her.
Jessenia Castillo told how the senator used her own money to protect her from a threat of violence by making it possible for her to stay at a hotel.
Also giving thanks to the senator were two relatives of Milena Del Valle, who was killed in the collapse of a ceiling panel in a connector tunnel on the Big Dig. Read more
Patrons at the Breezeway Bar and Grille on Blue Hill Ave. react to the news of Barack Obama's election on Tuesday night. Photo by Pete Stidman
His campaign went on for 21 months, the American people sat through over a year of primary and presidential campaigning, and opinion polls predicted a landslide. Yet no one dared believe it was true until the moment Florida flickered blue on TV screens everywhere, and when it became a fact it was overwhelming. Read more
At dinner tables, on the street and in church in Dorchester, discussions of state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and what it means for black politics are running apace with those about the first African-American president this country has ever seen. Read more