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Olympics dreams shared in Dot gym

By 
Kade Krichko, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 10, 2009

>Through a maze of warehouse hallways and a shadowy set of stairs lies one of Dorchester's best kept secrets: its very own orchestra hall. Though perhaps not traditional by most musical standards, Grealish Boxing Club's orchestral qualities cannot be denied.  Read more

Teen gunned down on Pleasant Street

Update: Police have identified the victim of a Thursday night shooting as 17 year-old Jamayl E. Wilson, 17, of Dorchester. He was shot to death outside 101 Pleasant Street.  Read more

Uncertain future for historic firehouse

Engine 18: The vacant firehouse on Harvard Street dates to 1869. Photo by Pete StidmanEngine 18: The vacant firehouse on Harvard Street dates to 1869. Photo by Pete StidmanIn an annual ritual, the Dorchester Historical Society is again collecting nominations for its annual list of the top 10 endangered properties in the neighborhood. And just as they've put out the call, a late 19th Century firehouse in Four Corners seems to be stepping forward all on its own.

Among Boston's many firehouses old and new, it is architecturally unique; perhaps the quaintest and most quintessentially "fire house" of them all.  Read more

Murphy Center closing for summer

Just as parents and neighbors have activated en masse to boost the Murphy Community Center’s use by local teens, the city is finally getting around to making a few crucial repairs that will cause it to close down for the entire summer.

The move, which was announced last week, came as a shock to parents, particularly those involved in a recent surge of community involvement in the center, which produced 19 new members for the center’s site council in January.  Read more

Globe failure would hurt Dot families, economy

The consequences are hard to imagine. Only the most cold-blooded haters are actually rooting for it to happen. But if The Boston Globe, facing what seems to be a terminal case of lost advertising in its printed version, does cease to exist someday soon, what will it mean for Dorchester?  Read more

D.A.; Steven Odom's killer was himself murdered

By 
Staff
Apr. 9, 2009

A-19 year-old Mattapan man has been arrested and charged for his role in the 2007 murder of 13-year-old Steven Odom, a crime that stunned the neighborhood. Suffolk County DA Daniel Conley announced Saturday that the teen who allegedly pulled the trigger – Charles Bunch, Jr. – was himself the victim of a homicide in Mattapan 10 days after Odom was killed.  Read more

Hanlon gets mostly favorable review in bid for Appeals court

Dorchester District Court Judge Sydney Hanlon appears on her way to have the necessary votes for confirmation to the state Appeals Court.

Several members of the Governor’s Council, which screens the governor’s judicial nominees, expressed support last Wednesday for her nomination. Advocates for fathers’ rights accused Hanlon of abusing her power as a judge and unfairly dealing with domestic violence cases.  Read more

City leaders tell parents: preschools will stay open

A plethora of promises were doled out to riled-up parents at the Murphy Community Center on Tuesday, as the director of Boston Centers for Youth and Family and the mayor’s policy advisor both vowed not to close a cherished preschool program.  Read more

Police seek to crack down on after-hour parties

Police commanders in Areas B-3 and C-11 are stepping up efforts to curb after-hours house parties, which have historically been a breeding ground for gun violence. Most recently, three people were murdered on Mt. Ida Road on March 28 outside a party that was still going on at 4 a.m.  Read more

St. Brendan’s pastor Father Fratus dead at 58

Fr. James Fratus: The well-loved pastor at St. Brendan's parish passed away after a battle with cancer on April 8, 2009.Fr. James Fratus: The well-loved pastor at St. Brendan's parish passed away after a battle with cancer on April 8, 2009.After a battle with cancer, Father James Fratus of St. Brendan’s Catholic Church passed away on Wednesday morning, April 8.  Read more

Wilkerson, Turner face more corruption charges

By 
State House News Service
Apr. 7, 2009

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced more charges against former Boston state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson. A federal grand jury sitting in Boston returned 23 new charges, all comprised of theft of honest services mail and wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan's office said.  Read more

Cops: Phony 'workers' robbed Minot St. home

Boston Police are warning residents to be watchful for thieves posing as utility workers this week after an elderly Dorchester woman was robbed by a two-man scam team last week. The 84 year-old Minot Street resident was not harmed in the April 1st incident.  Read more

Governor hits Blue Hill Ave. to "listen"

Gov. Deval Patrick visits Brother'sGov. Deval Patrick visits Brother'sGovernor Deval Patrick spent Tuesday morning along Blue Hill Avenue, criss-crossing Dorchester and Mattapan as part of an informal "listening" tour.  Read more

Bulldogs fall short in Brookline battle

Bulldogs lacrosse, April 4, 2009: The Bulldogs fell to Brookline in their fourth outing of the '09 campaign. Above, Charlie Marshall and Kristian Kirleis fight for a loose ball.Bulldogs lacrosse, April 4, 2009: The Bulldogs fell to Brookline in their fourth outing of the '09 campaign. Above, Charlie Marshall and Kristian Kirleis fight for a loose ball.The Boston High School Lacrosse Club faced off against the Brookline Warriors in a hard-hitting and action packed match on Saturday, April 4.  Read more

DA Conley: Steven Odom's killer was also murdered; 2nd man charged

Steven OdomSteven OdomA 19 year-old Mattapan man has been indicted for his role in the 2007 murder of 13 year-old Steven Odom, a crime that stunned the neighborhood. Suffolk County DA Daniel Conley today announced that the teen who allegedly pulled the trigger - Charles Bunch, Jr. - was himself the victim of a homicide in Mattapan 10 days after Odom was killed.  Read more

Milton tragedy funeral moved to Mattapan

The funeral for two sisters and the brother who killed them in their Milton home will be held this morning at 10 a.m. at the Jubilee Christian Church on Blue Hill Ave. in Mattapan. The funeral for Bianca Revelus, 5, Samantha Revelus, 17 and Kerby Revelus, 23, was initially scheduled to be held at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Roslindale. The service will begin at 10 a.m.  Read more

Two men charged in Columbia Pt. bank heist

Derrick RogersDerrick RogersKevin ClementKevin ClementTwo men have been arrested and charged in connection with a Wednesday morning bank robbery at the Tremont Credit Union office on Columbia Point. Kevin Clement, 23, and Derrick Rogers, 25, have both been charged with Armed Robbery. Boston Police detectives from Area C-6, members FBI Bank Robbery Task Force and Bureau of Investigative Services made the arrests on Wednesday evening.  Read more

Increase seen in daytime housebreaks in Area C-11

After a drop-off in February, residential housebreaks are on the increase again in Area C-11, the police district that covers most of eastern Dorchester.  Read more

Urban gardens to get new life

Brighter days are clearly in sight for dozens of urban gardeners who toil on a handful of plots in Dorchester and Jamaica Plain owned by a gardening non-profit that has been largely defunct since 2000.  Read more

Hearing to focus on temporary shut-down at Murphy Center

City Councillor Maureen Feeney has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday evening (April 7) to scrutinize a plan that would temporarily close the Murphy Community Center for renovations this summer.  Read more

Dot merchants get mayoral run-through on budget woes

Just days before he submits his budget to the City Council, Mayor Thomas Menino gave some insights into his priorities and challenges in his annual address to the Dorchester Board of Trade on Tuesday afternoon.

Menino — who is widely expected to run for re-election this fall — said he foresees a $78 million cut in local aid, money that comes from the state and goes to city coffers for local programs, in the fiscal 2010 budget, on top of a $23 million cut this year.

Menino said he hopes to extract additional revenues from the city’s own contractors.  Read more

Mayor invites applicants for youth council

By 
Reporter Staff
Apr. 2, 2009

High school sophomores and juniors who would like to become members of the Mayor’s Youth Council must apply for a seat by April 16. The volunteer council participates in skill-building activities that will prepare them to be involved in government.  Boston residency is required and a knowledge of teen programs and issues is preferred. The time commitment is approximately 10 hours per month. For more information, visit.bostonyouthzone.com/myc.

Lena Park head says CDC may keep community center

Interim director Bruce Blaisdell of the Lena Park CDC said this week that the CDC could potentially renovate its property at 150 American Legion Highway in Dorchester, a community center once known as the Hecht House.

The CDC is facing a deficit of around $1 million and is on the verge of signing a contract with Urban Edge, another CDC based in Roxbury, to administrate its education programs and affordable housing holdings.  Read more

Car rental scheme busted

By 
Reporter Staff
Apr. 2, 2009

On Monday, Dorchester’s George Quinn was indicted for operating an illegal car rental operation in the neighborhood.

According to the attorney general’s office, investigators discovered Quinn had told the AMICA Mutual Insurance company he was a collector of cars to explain his multiple auto insurance policies. Taken out in February 2008, the policies were personal, not commercial, and thus gave him a lower premium.

Many of the people who rented the cars were unlicensed, according to the AG, and at least three claims were made on the insurance policies for accidents with the cars.  Read more

BMC said to be getting $80 million in stimulus funds

By 
Reporter Staff
Apr. 2, 2009

As part of the country’s economic recovery plan, Massachusetts just secured a $764 million boost for healthcare services last week, and the Boston Medical Center is said to be getting $80 million for FY 2010. Dorchester’s Codman Square Health Center and the Dorchester House both rely on BMC for a considerable chunk of their funding.  Read more