Experts: Minorities suffer from persistent disparities in care

Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Jun. 12, 2009

The cost of care, access to specialists and inadequate medical equipment are among the numerous barriers to health care for minorities and people with disabilities, advocates for vulnerable communities said Tuesday.

“Injustice and disparities are alive and well in the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Rep. Gloria Fox (D-Roxbury), testifying before the Committee on Public Health, which took testimony on 19 bills aimed at narrowing the gap between access to and quality of care for minorities.  Read more

Dot Art jazzes up fundraising event

For the fourth year the Dorchester Community Center for the Arts (better known as Dot Art) will host its annual fund-raiser, the Snazzy Jazzy Arty Party. Next Saturday, June 20, the reunion/ charity celebration will be held in an elegant private home and garden at 11 Richview Street in Cedar Grove. Gary and Sarah Ciambrone will be welcome attendees from 6 to 10 p.m.

This year instead of a sit-down dinner there will be a tasty tapas-style buffet catered by local establishments like The Blarney Stone, Above and Beyond Catering, and Dot2Dot Café.  Read more

Man charged with carrying loaded weapon on MBTA bus in Ashmont

Boston Police report arresting a Mattapan man who allegedly boarded a bus armed with a semi-automatic weapon at Ashmont station this afternoon.  Read more

Alban Street man charged as crack distributor

Boston Police say they broke up a crack distribution operation at 107 Alban St. on Wednesday.  Read more

Alleged prostitute, john arrested in police crackdown along Dorchester Ave.

Boston Police report arresting a pair of South Shore residents Wednesday night on charges one was providing oral sex for a fee to the other.  Read more

Two men convicted of murder after fourth trial

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Quincy Butler and William Wood of murder for the 2004 death of a Dorchester woman whose Monsignor Lydon Way apartment they broke into in a drug-fueled home invasion, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced.  Read more

Local lawmakers rally behind Hart, holidays

Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day are here to stay – for now.

In a 78 to 78 vote, state House lawmakers – including the entire Dorchester and Mattapan delegation – voted to keep the two Suffolk County holidays in place, with proponents arguing they carry historical significance. Critics said the so-called “hack holidays” are another symbol of government waste that needed to be jettisoned.  Read more

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

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

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

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.

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

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?

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

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