T previews Route 23 bus improvements at meeting

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 authority’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

‘Painful’ is word for state budget

Funding for Dorchester youth programs was halved in the $27.4 billion budget that hit Gov. Deval Patrick’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. Peter’s, Project RIGHT, and the Black Ministerial Alliance.  Read more

Fields Corner Civic Assn. hails those who made a difference

Geoff Buteau, Special to the Reporter
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

Transportation reform bill passes Legislature

With two exceptions, Dorchester Democrats on Beacon Hill voted against a bill overhauling the state’s transportation infrastructure. The bill is currently on the governor’s desk.

State Sen. Jack Hart and state Reps. Marty Walsh, Brian Wallace, Marie St. Fleur and Willie Mae Allen issued “No” votes on the bill, citing a lack of guarantees against fare hikes and not enough protections for union workers. Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry signed off on the bill.

Overall, the bill passed by a 27-11 margin in the Senate and 130-25 in the House.  Read more

City rolls out new single-stream recycling

A new single-stream recycling system — heralded by the Menino administration as the latest innovation in the greening of Boston — goes into citywide service starting on July 1. The effort will allow residents to streamline their recycling at home by using one container to ready all recyclables— bottles, cans, papers and plastics — for weekly curbside pick-up.

"This is the simplest thing that every resident can do to reduce their own impact on the environment and reduce trash costs," said Jim Hunt III, the city's chief of environment and energy.

Single Stream Recycling CartsSingle Stream Recycling Carts

The hallmark of the beefed-up program is a 64-gallon blue cart which will slowly replace the ubiquitous and much smaller blue boxes now in use. The carts — which have been piloted in the South End and Chinatown already — will be delivered to every home in the city over the coming months. The carts will be phased into use in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury next week. Dorchester and Mattapan may have to wait a bit longer to get the carts as city planners try to deploy some 55,000 carts, along with instructions on how to use them.  Read more

Plant Robbery: 3 plumerias plucked from Dot yard

Michael Farley knows times are tough for people in this economy. But an economic recession is no grounds for stealing, especially a beloved plant from Farley’s own front yard.

“Why would someone do this? Is life that hard?” said Farley.

On the evening of Tuesday, June 16, Farley was finishing his supper in his home at the corner of Milton and Millwood Streets when he looked out his front window to see someone who appeared to be tripping in his front yard. When Farley looked closer, he realized the individual had one of Farley’s plumeria plants in his arms.  Read more

O'Hearn School re-named for outgoing principal Bill Henderson

Filipe Miranda, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 24, 2009

Henderson School: William Henderson, the longtime principal of the Patrick O'Hearn School, cuts a ribbon with successor Patricia Lampron during a June 23, 2009 ceremony in which city leaders announced that the school has been re-named in his honor. Photo by Filipe MirandaHenderson School: William Henderson, the longtime principal of the Patrick O'Hearn School, cuts a ribbon with successor Patricia Lampron during a June 23, 2009 ceremony in which city leaders announced that the school has been re-named in his honor. Photo by Filipe Miranda  Read more

At-large hopefuls talk taxes, BRA and busing in first forum

Candidates' forum in Back Bay: Incumbent councillor Steve Murphy, first-time candidates Hiep Nguyen and Ayanna Pressley are shown at a candidates' forum sponsored by the Ward 4 and Ward 5 Democratic committees on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Photo by Mike DeehanCandidates' forum in Back Bay: Incumbent councillor Steve Murphy, first-time candidates Hiep Nguyen and Ayanna Pressley are shown at a candidates' forum sponsored by the Ward 4 and Ward 5 Democratic committees on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Photo by Mike DeehanThe crowded field of candidates for Boston’s four at-large city council seats assembled for the first of what will likely be many times this summer for a candidates’ forum on Tuesday evening in the Back Bay. The 90 minute event, held in the hall of a Copley Square church, revealed contrasts in issues and personalities and ended in endorsements for two candidates from the Ward 5 Democratic Committee, which co-sponsored the forum with the Ward 4 committee.  Read more

Dot Lions soccer team preps for state tourney

A soccer team from Dorchester is gearing up for an opportunity to compete against the state’s finest squads this weekend. The Lions — an under 16 travel team fielded by Dorchester Youth Soccer — qualified to represent Boston in the 2009 Massachusetts Tournament of Champions, which will be held in Lancaster, Massachusetts on June 26 -28.  Read more

Man charged with punching, threatening girlfriend on River Street

Boston Police report arresting David Fernandes, 47, on charges he punched his girlfriend in the face this morning, then, as she fled, caught up to her in his car and pointed a gun at her.  Read more

Convicted sex offender charged with lewd behavior at Ashmont T stop

A Mattapan man with a record for sexual offenses was arrested at Ashmont station this morning after a T inspector allegedly saw him following a female passenger while performing a lewd act.  Read more

Police: Another impatient motorist arrested at Freeport Street work zone

Boston Police report an officer working a detail at Freeport and Linden Street around 9 p.m. on Thursday arrested a man who drove into a work zone there and then not only ignored the officer's waving motions to get out of the zone but started driving toward him.  Read more

T to discuss Mattapan station development tonight

The MBTA will convene a public meeting tonight— Tuesday, June 23— to discuss future plans for developing land adjacent to the Mattapan Square station. For several years, the MBTA has sought to partner with a private developer to create so-called Transit Oriented Development on 2.25 acres of land next to the T station. One development team had presented a plan to create a mixed-use building on the site, but that project fell through. According to a release from the T, “MBTA staff will discuss development of the station parking lot” at the meeting, which is set for 6-8 p.m.  Read more

Dorm issue flares up at UMass meeting

Several members of the Dorchester community this week warned UMass-Boston officials that the debate over building student dorms on the Columbia Point campus isn’t over.

“It isn’t a dead issue,” said Savin Hill resident Cathleen McDermott. “It’s not a done deal.”

But Otile McManus, who works for real estate developer Corcoran Jennison, quickly added that not everybody in Dorchester opposes on-campus housing.

The comments came at a Monday night meeting where UMass officials sought to update community members on the university’s 25-year plan to expand.  Read more

Salvation Army: Dudley Street's Kroc Center is a 'go'

Kroc Corps Center: A rendering of the future Salvation Army campus at Dudley and Clifton streets.Kroc Corps Center: A rendering of the future Salvation Army campus at Dudley and Clifton streets.A long-delayed plan to build a new community center on Dudley Street is finally getting the green-light. The Salvation Army says it will begin work right away on the what it calls “the largest social service community center in the history of Massachusetts.” The Kroc Corps center will be built on what is now a sprawling collection of vacant lots near the Uphams Corner T stop at Clifton and Dudley streets.  Read more

T meeting to focus on Route 23 bus line

The MBTA will hold a public preview of its plans to improve the route 23 bus on June 23 at 6:30 p.m at Codman Tech, 450 Washington St., Dorchester. A flyer advertising the improvements says that among the changes planned to come to route 23 are improved reliability, faster service, bus shelters, “enhanced bus stops” and improved traffic flow in the area. Route 23 runs from the Ashmont T station to the Ruggles T station in Roxbury. For more information, contact MBTA project manager Erik Scheier at (617) 222-3214 or at

Dorchester Bay launches foreclosure prevention push

Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is teaming up with the national HomeFree-USA to prevent home foreclosure in local neighborhoods. Homeowners are asked to call 617-825-2213, 617-825-0561, or toll-free 888-701-5001 to receive additional information and begin free foreclosure intervention services.

“We are launching a ‘Foreclosure Intervention’ campaign in Metro-Boston during the month of June 2009. Our goal is to assist 1,000 homeowners during this time,” said Jeanne DuBois, executive director of Dorchester Bay EDC.  Read more

Congratulations, Graduates *update*

Patrick O'Connor, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 18, 2009

Boston University awarded academic degrees to 5,863 students in May 2009. Receiving degrees from Dorchester were Pushkar S. Phatak, Master of Science in Investment Management; Alexander K. Ko, Bachelor of Science in Health Science; Hong Nguyen, Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics; Francis J. Doyle, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering; Annie B. Wilcox, Master of Criminal Justice in Criminal Justice Administration; Michael R. Coughlin, Bachelor of Science in Film and Television; Thomas C.  Read more

Work Inc. honors public officials, supporters at IBEW event

A human services organization for disabled workers that will relocate to Dorchester later this year recognized supporters and clients last week at an award ceremony and fund-raising auction. Among the recipients of the awards were public servants who have supported WORK Inc. during their years-long effort to find a new facility.

City Councillor Maureen Feeney hosted the event at the International Brotherhood of Iron Workers hall on Freeport Street, located across the street from the renovated former Pollack Manufacturing building that WORK Inc. will occupy in November.  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: Who’s on the ballot

Reporter Staff
Jun. 18, 2009

It’s official: Boston voters will see 15 candidates on the City Council At-Large portion of the ballot.

Current City Councillors At-Large Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon are facing off against Mayor Thomas Menino for the top job at City Hall, prompting a flood of candidates hoping to fill their seats and best two others, held by incumbents Stephen Murphy, a long-time councilor, and freshman John Connolly, who are both running for re-election.  Read more

A coyote and you: What to do?

Coyote: A coyote takes in the scene at Cedar Grove CemeteryCoyote: A coyote takes in the scene at Cedar Grove CemeteryIn the early evening of Fri., May 19, Barbara Kelley looked into her Clancy Road yard across from Walsh Park and saw something move that she thought was a bird. Hardly.  Read more

BPD to roll out online crime-map system

Years after the Reporter first called for its implementation- and hours after a mayoral candidate called for stepping up the use of the Internet in the war on crime-the Boston Police Department has finally partnered with a national web site to provide timely, map-based information about crime incidents.  Read more

Debate simmering over termination of BPD's horse patrols

The 140-year run of the Boston Police Department’s mounted unit will come to an end next month unless advocates and petitioners are successful in convincing the City Council and the Menino administration that the horse patrols, used in the main for crowd control, are worth keeping in this economic climate.  Read more

Midday chase ends with arrest of armed, wanted man in Mattapan Square, police say

Boston Police report several officers chased and captured a wanted hood with a penchant for explosive violence this afternoon in the middle of Mattapan Square.

Police say a detective told local officers that Frantz Germain, 27, was walking around the farmer's market parking lot in Mattapan Square around 2 p.m. By the time officers arrived, Germain, wanted on a variety of warrants, including assault with intent to murder, had gotten into a Chevy, which they stopped at Cummins Highway and River Street. Police say Germain got out and tried to run:  Read more

Local stars align to dance for Fields Corner

Dancing with the Stars of Boston: Mary Truong of Carney Hospital twirled her way to a win last year. Photo by Mike Ritter/ritterbin.comDancing with the Stars of Boston: Mary Truong of Carney Hospital twirled her way to a win last year. Photo by Mike Ritter/ritterbin.comABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” gets more and more popular each season. Ditto the Dorchester-based “Dancing with the Stars of Boston,” happening tonight (June 18) at Boston College High. Fields Corner Main Street (FCMS) hopes to raise between 25 and 30 grand this evening at what has become their biggest fund-raiser of the year in support of their revitalization efforts including the storefront initiative, improvements, anti-litter and youth hiring campaigns.  Read more