Jul. 3, 2009
â€œAll the cameras were probably the toughest part,â€ said Dorchester native Erin Lyder about her experience on national television. Lyder is a finalist on the Gospel Channelâ€™s Gospel Dream talent search. The 24-year old vocalist and Berklee graduate drove with her parents for two days to the audition in Atlanta before advancing to the top ten.
â€œWhen I got there, there were so many talented people and I had a background in R&B and Urban. It was intimidating, but I just had to focus on God,â€ Lyder said. Read more
â€œDo I have memories of Franklin Park? One day my mother, Mary Callahan, who worked at the golf pro shop, met my father, John Burke, where he worked at The Refectory, which our family owned. The result was me! I owe my existence to Franklin Park.â€
Last Monday Gerry Burke, owner of Doyleâ€™s CafÃ© in Jamaica Plain, welcomed fellow Franklin Park enthusiasts to a book signing party for â€œFranklin Park,â€ the latest paperback issued by Arcadia Publishing, the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Read more
Jul. 3, 2009
Close to 200 residents of Roxbury and Dorchester came to St. Patrickâ€™s Church last Wednesday evening to elect representatives for the board of directors of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI). One by one, the 42 candidates, spanning three generations and a wide range of cultural backgrounds, walked to the pulpit and asked for their communityâ€™s support. And for nearly two hours, the residents in the crowd listened and marked their choices on the ballots. Read more
UMass-Boston will host an afternoon of international soccer today, July 9. The event, set from 12-3 p.m. will start with a noontime tournament featuring Tall Ships crew members and naval cadets from Uruguay, Brazil, Romania and Portugal. The event also includes a soccer clinic for kids run by the Boston Breakers. The free clinic runs from 1:30- 3 p.m. It's all happening at the campus's soccer fields. Check online to make sure all is still a go. Read more
Jul. 2, 2009
Mayor Tom Menino had to squeeze his way through a small crowd to reach the gates of the new Elmhurst Street playground on Saturday morning. Standing between him and the inaugural ribbon were dozens of children, many ready with scissors, who had waited through the hour-long celebration for this moment.
A few feet behind, their families smiled as the countdown finished and the children poured through the gate into the swings and playhouse, enjoying the result of ten years of work. Read more
The Adams Village Merchants Association joined with two civic groups last Friday to honor the Drug Control Unit from the Area C-11 Boston Police and a local businessman who they say have effectively teamed up to crack down on drug dealing in the neighborhood. Jeff Brewster, who became the franchise owner of the McDonaldâ€™s on Gallivan Boulevard last December, was praised alongside the seven-officer drug unit during an evening awards ceremony inside the Transformations health club in the village. About 75 people turned out to support the event, which was followed by a reception. Read more
Jul. 2, 2009
Salary checks to an employee who had left the school nine months earlier, undue overtime payments for information technology workers, and missing computers are among the problems state Auditor Joseph DeNucci identified at the University of Massachusetts at Boston in a report released Monday.
DeNucciâ€™s office said the school â€œis at risk of loss, theft and misuse of public funds due to serious weaknesses in its payroll and inventory procedures.â€ Read more
Dorchester projects on the capital side of the city budget will remain largely untouched, with $200,000 for the Murphy Community Center, $400,000 for the Martin tot lot and $947,000 for renovations to the Adams St. Library, according to city officials.
Dorchester Ave. is still expected to receive $15 million for an accelerated construction pace to rework traffic flow at several sections and increase pedestrian safety, thanks in part to federal stimulus funds. Money is also included for the Great Hall in Codman Square. Read more
Jul. 2, 2009
The stateâ€™s Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) held a meeting at the Mildred Ave. Community Center in Mattapan on Tuesday regarding the MBTA service developments in Mattapan, Roxbury and Dorchester, most notably the proposed 28X express bus line. Read more
Images from Dorchesterâ€™s past, present and possible future lined the walls of The Codman Square Health Center Monday evening, as the medical clinic and community center unveiled a new photo exhibit showcasing before-and-after portraits of sites around the village. Read more
City Councillor Maureen Feeney is raising questions on a draft plan released this week by city development officials to redevelop the Columbia Point peninsula. Feeney said the proposed density and proposed height of the buildings â€“ four stories when furthest away from the JFK-UMass MBTA station and rising up to 20 stories when near the station â€“ continue to be a concern.
â€œWe still have work to do,â€ she said. â€œBut weâ€™re in a far better place than we were initially.â€ Read more
Crosscurrents in Dorchesterâ€™s real estate market are pulling in different directionsâ€”extending the fall-off in prices of the past two years, but also showing signs of new vitality.
â€œIf someoneâ€™s telling you thereâ€™s no business, theyâ€™re not in our neighborhood,â€ says the Dorchester office manager for Jack Conway & Co., Julie Simmons.
â€œThere is a lot of activity now,â€ she says. â€œThat $8,000 tax credit is really bringing people in.â€
But even agents who vouch for people willing to buy and sell say their customers still meet obstacles. Read more
Fifty-one percent of Massachusetts voters negatively view Gov. Deval Patrick, compared to 48 percent viewing him positively, according to a Rasmussen/FOX25 poll released this week. But the low approval ratings were not evident at a two-hour forum with the Caribbean community on Tuesday night at the Unity Club near Codman Square, where Patrick stood on friendly turf and fielded questions on an impending increase in the state sales tax and changes to the stateâ€™s criminal offender record information (CORI) system. Read more
A union representing Boston firefighters condemned Mayor Menino and the fire department today during a press conference held at a Neponset Avenue firehouseâ€” Engine 20â€”one of three firehouses across the city that have been shut down for the day by the department. Read more
Jun. 30, 2009
Working to build momentum behind an issue that could prove politically dicey, elected and grassroots proponents of restricting employersâ€™ access to the criminal records of job applicants said Tuesday the time is right for their perennial efforts to gain traction in the Legislature. Read more
Authorities today charged Fitzhugh Newton, 50, with raping a woman twice and then killing her early on Feb. 26 on Columbia Road. Read more
â€œI would go back again, and again, and again if I could!â€ exclaims Cindy Reed, one of scores of Dorchester residents who received free tickets for the June 16th Community Night performance of â€œThe Color Purple,â€ the hit â€œmusical about love,â€ currently running at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre.
â€œWhen I went, I was extremely tired and was hoping I wouldnâ€™t fall asleep. When I left there, I wanted more,â€ she adds. â€œThe singing was phenomenal, and oh my goodness, the African dancing piece!â€ Read more
Jun. 26, 2009
The MBTA and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) held a community meeting at the Mildred Ave. community center on Tuesday regarding the Tâ€™s plans to revive a stalled transit-oriented development (TOD) project at Mattapan Station. The initiative is aimed at bringing new mixed-use commercial and residential buildings into Mattapan Square. The transit agency hopes that the development will be built on and adjacent to the current site of the Mattapan Station parking lot, the approximately 2.5 acre asphalt area to the north east of the station. Read more
Richard Franklin, convicted this week of manslaughter for the 1979 death of Gregory McDavid, can't be sent to prison because he's already earned enough "good time" credits in a secure psychiatric facility to warrant his immediate release, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says. Read more
Bostonâ€™s largest pharmacy chain may be more careless than it is caring, according to two recent surveys investigating how CVS pharmacies throughout the city, including Dorchester locations in Uphams Corner and Grove Hall, responded to discrepancies between advertised prices and register ring-ups.
â€œWhat our second set of data shows is that CVS hasnâ€™t really made an effort to change their behavior,â€ said Faron McLurkin, a spokesman for Cure CVS, the organization behind the investigations. Cure CVS is part of Change to Win, a coalition of labor unions. Read more
The MBTA held an open community meeting Tuesday to preview a new plan set to improve the route 23 bus line. Part of the transit authorityâ€™s Key Bus Routes Improvement Project, the draft plan will utilize federal funds granted by the American Recovery and Redevelopment Act to invest in transit infrastructure along the Ashmont Station to Ruggles Station route. Read more
Funding for Dorchester youth programs was halved in the $27.4 billion budget that hit Gov. Deval Patrickâ€™s desk this week. Five youth programs were funded at $16.5 million for the fiscal year starting on July, down from the $34 million they received last year.
The programs include youth programs run by the Dorchester Youth Collaborative, Louis D. Brown Institute, Dorchester House, Codman Square Health Center, Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peterâ€™s, Project RIGHT, and the Black Ministerial Alliance. Read more
Jun. 24, 2009
More than 60 people including Mayor Tom Menino, state Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor Maureen Feeney gathered at the Blarney Stone on Dorchester Avenue in Fields Corner last Wednesday to honor area civic leaders, business people, and community servants in the private, public and non-profit sectors for their contributions to the Fields Corner neighborhood. Read more