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CVS ousts Tedeschi store, will expand at Lower Mills

The CVS store in Lower Mills will expand its footprint in the Dorchester Avenue building it currently shares with a Tedeschi's convenience store, the Reporter learned this week. The Tedeschi's store will close its doors this weekend, according to sources familiar with the plan. The Tedeschi's store was operating at the location through a sub-lease authorized by CVS, which chose not to renew that lease for the new year, according to Alan Reardon, an executive at Tedeschi's.  Read more

Dorchester Bay CDC sees opportunities in 2009

Despite a crippling economy, the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation is in good standing according to its staff, and the CDC plans to push through 2009 by taking advantage of a number of unique opportunities.

"We're entering a very tough period," said Don Walsh, outgoing board president. "It's all the more reason for Dorchester Bay to keep doing the work that we do."

Executive Director Jeanne DuBois said community development corporations (CDCs) are more adaptive and flexible in this economy because they fundraise and can receive grants.  Read more

More council hopefuls emerge out of Dorchester

Amidst news of Councillor Sam Yoon's growing bank account - at $158,158 as of Tuesday - at least one new potential candidate is rubbing his chin in contemplation - and the guy's OFD. And over in District 4, Councillor Charles Yancey also picked up a challenger.

"I'm keeping my options open," said Dorchester's Doug Hurley. "A run for at-Large is something I'm considering, but some things would have to happen."

Hurley hinted that it may have something to do with how many at-Large seats are left open by mayoral candidates, and who decides to run for them.  Read more

Ross ascendancy gives Connolly a new platform with 'Livable Boston' panel

Councillor Michael Ross's election to the Council president's chair on Monday signals yet another yearly council ritual - the backroom battles over committee assignments.

The early winner of this traditionally underground skirmish seems to be at-Large Councillor John Connolly, whose special "Livable Boston" committee was among Ross's first announcements. Connolly's committee theme recalls ideas he drove home at backyard barbeques and house parties all over the city during his 2007 campaign.  Read more

'Change' is in with Retzos Bros.

Brothers Stavros and Ted Retzos, in their new Metamorphosis Lower Mills store: Photo by Ed Forry.Brothers Stavros and Ted Retzos, in their new Metamorphosis Lower Mills store: Photo by Ed Forry.

Lefeeris Retzos' story is a true American tale.  Read more

Pressure grows on local food pantries : Yawkey Center cutback has widespread impact

Beatrice Burton works to organize products at the Codman Square Food Pantry: Photo courtesy DotWell.Beatrice Burton works to organize products at the Codman Square Food Pantry: Photo courtesy DotWell.  Read more

Patrick eyes major changes in health care payment system

Gov. Deval Patrick is considering fundamental changes to the health care system in Massachusetts, eyeing adjustments to the current fee-for-service payment system and planning cost reduction legislation by summer.

Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby said the administration is considering a system in which providers would receive payments related to outcomes rather than amount of care.  Read more

Health centers fret over BMC cuts

A number of Dorchester and Mattapan health centers, unions and advocacy groups have joined a citywide coalition called Put Patients First to urge the governor to halt funding cuts to the Boston Medical Center and the Cambridge Health Alliance.

The group's leading organization, political heavy-hitter SEIU Local 1199, recently resceduled a rally planned for Jan. 15 - the same day as Gov. Deval Patrick's State of the State address - to Jan. 29, after the presidential inauguration.  Read more

Charter school buys organ factory on Sydney St. for $3.2m

Teacher Jessica Viola, director Kathleen Sullivan, and dean of students Danielle Tata trade ideas: for renovating an old Sydney Street organ factory that will become an extension of the Boston Collegiate Charter School. Photo by Pete Stidman.Teacher Jessica Viola, director Kathleen Sullivan, and dean of students Danielle Tata trade ideas: for renovating an old Sydney Street organ factory that will become an extension of the Boston Collegiate Charter School. Photo by Pete Stidman.Fulfilling a long - held plan to expand its capacity, the Boston Collegiate Charter School acquired a second building just before Christmas last month.

The Boston Collegiate Charter Foundation bought the long-vacant former home of the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company at 215 Sydney St. and a large shed nearby for $3.2 million. The deal was financed with a $6 million Qualified Zone Academy Bond that was purchased by Wainwright Bank & Trust.  Read more

Governor looks to toughen laws on corruption in wake of scandals

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

Responding to a series of allegations he said had "rocked the State House," Gov. Deval Patrick unveiled a package of tougher ethics and lobbying rules that he pushed the Legislature to pass within 30 days.

In statements, legislative leaders said only that they would consider meaningful ethics law reforms.  Read more

Yoon, posturing towards mayoral run, adds to coffers

The Boston Globe delivered a handsome gift for at-Large Councillor Sam Yoon on Christmas Eve, even if unintended.

On that day the paper ran a story that led with details about a fundraising appeal sent by Yoon's wife Christina that made mention of a "higher office" and went into a horse-race tally of Mayor Thomas Menino's, Councillor Michael Flaherty's and Yoon's bank accounts. Former Councillor Larry DiCara was quoted as saying, "Yoon has to have a six-figure number, or else he shouldn't be playing the game."  Read more

THE YEAR THAT WAS

There was much ado in Dorchester in 2008: New schools, the housing crisis, political scandal.

Above is a sampling of images of stories making the news in 2008: Clockwise from top left Pupils lined up for the first day of school at the Pope John Paul II Academy in Neponset. Photo by Molly Feit; City life activists set up a blockade on a foreclosed three-decker on Semont Road. Photo by Pete Stidman; But City Councillor Chuck Turner, accused of bribery, refused to stand down; he's challenging his accusers. Photo by Pete Stidman; State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson resigned her office in the wake of a public corruption scandal. Photo by Chris Lovett.Above is a sampling of images of stories making the news in 2008: Clockwise from top left Pupils lined up for the first day of school at the Pope John Paul II Academy in Neponset. Photo by Molly Feit; City life activists set up a blockade on a foreclosed three-decker on Semont Road. Photo by Pete Stidman; But City Councillor Chuck Turner, accused of bribery, refused to stand down; he's challenging his accusers. Photo by Pete Stidman; State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson resigned her office in the wake of a public corruption scandal. Photo by Chris Lovett.  Read more

Software firm claims Cahill swapped campaign donations for contracts

A bingo software firm is suing Treasurer Timothy Cahill and the state's Lottery chief for more than $20 million over the awarding of gaming contracts, claiming they engaged in a conspiracy to favor a Georgia company in exchange for money for Cahill's campaign.  Read more

Chairman breaks with DiMasi as Speaker's vote nears

A veteran House member who earned a committee chairmanship under Speaker Salvatore DiMasi plans to vote against the House chieftain's bid for a third full term as speaker, and Monday became the first member of the chamber to discuss his decision publicly.

Rep. David Torrisi, House chair of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, told the News Service he would defect from DiMasi when the Democratic caucus votes next week on its leadership, citing the allegations of ethical wrongdoing that are dogging the speaker.  Read more

Victims in two murders ID'd

A 21 year-old man from Tiverton Street in Dorchester has been identified as the young man found shot to death next to Wainwright Park last week. Terrence Hadily was discovered suffering from multiple gunshot wounds outside of 101 Brent Street on Monday, Dec. 22.

Police were called to the scene just after 10:30 p.m. that night. Hadily was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Monday (Dec 29), a 17 year-old Dorchester teen was found shot multiple times outside 7 Hosmer Street just before 1 a.m.. The victim, who was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center, was later idenitifed as Jermaine Perry.

Boston Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470. Or, call anonymous tips to CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS (8477) or text the word 'TIP' to CRIME (27463).

Man indicted for Elder Street murder

A Suffolk County grand jury last week indicted a 23 year-old man for the murder of a 19 year-old Dorchester woman last year. Daniel Harris faces first-degree murder charges and a variety of weapons charges in the shooting death of Alexandra "Xanda" Gomes last November. Gomes was standing with a group of people outside a home on Elder Street near Uphams Corner when she was shot. Three other people were injured in the shooting, which happened at about 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9.  Read more

Dot tenor is bringing cabaret act to next level

Brian De Lorenzo: Photo by Mark Hunt.Brian De Lorenzo: Photo by Mark Hunt.Brian De Lorenzo is one of the few cabaret artists who can lay claim to having performe  Read more

New director takes helm at Geiger Gibson Center

Lou BradyLou BradyDorchester's Geiger Gibson Community Health Center has a new executive director.  Read more

Kenneally is raising funds, mulling run for at-Large seat; Rest of the council-hopeful field is still shaping up

Andrew Kenneally: "Decision next month."Andrew Kenneally: "Decision next month."Andrew Kenneally, a former staffer for City Councillor Michael Flaherty, said he hasn't decided whether he will run for the Council at-Large seat his old boss is likely to vacate just yet, but he's fundraising anyway.

"I'm probably going to make a decision next month," he said. "I'm just trying to see what's out there in terms of raising cash and it's looking pretty good."

Kenneally has deposited $4,400 in his account, according to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, but said he is likely to reach $10,000 by the time this paper is printed.

Jamaica Plain's Felix G. Arroyo is the leading fundraiser among the challengers so far, with over $13,000. His first fundraising event - for Three Kings Day - is Jan. 10 at Mojitos nightclub downtown.  Read more

Investment pays off for Fields Corner shopping center

Fields Corner shopping mallFields Corner shopping mall

Some call it a retail area. Others a strip mall.

To Tom Cifrino, it is the "Fields Station Shopping Center," and for him, it's a family legacy, a Dorchester business begun by his father and uncle almost a century ago.  Read more

Feeney reign a model of 'unity' politics

Maureen FeeneyMaureen Feeney  Read more

New year push for CORI reform

Activists are planning on another run next year at overhauling the state's criminal offender record information system.

Saying the records are sometimes inaccurate, hard-to-read and burdensome for individuals with minor criminal records who are seeking jobs, activists will re-launch their efforts after failing again earlier this year to help individuals remove what they call a "scarlet letter" from their record.  Read more

State, Corcoran duel in "court of public opinion" over odor control

It had to happen sooner or later. The bitterly opposed MWRA and Corcoran Jennison Companies and their hired engineers argued their cases in an ad hoc people's court last Thursday, temporarily interrupting the community planning process for Columbia Point.  Read more

Yoon's transparency push bears council fruit

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Dec. 23, 2008

Capitalizing on the political moment, Dorchester's at-large City Councillor Sam Yoon is clamoring for a little more transparency in city government of late, and last week his efforts produced a baby step forward on that.  Read more

Wilkerson to crowd: Ministers conspired against me

By 
Pete Stidman
Dec. 23, 2008

In a meeting last week that was insulated from the lenses of TV cameras and newspaper reporters, former State Senator Dianne Wilkerson lashed out at several ministers affiliated with the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston and the Boston Ten-Point Coalition, essentially accusing them of conspiring to remove her from office.  Read more