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Police identify victims in Mt. Ida triple murder

Boston Police recorded a total of four murders in two separate incidents Saturday and Sunday, including three in a single incident outside a house party on Meetinghouse Hill. Police reported finding two women and a man shot outside a party at 41 Mt. Ida Rd. around 4 on Sunday morning. All were rushed to Boston Medical Center, where all three were pronounced dead.  Read more

Reporter featured on WBUR's Radio Boston

A programming note: The Dorchester Reporter was featured as part of a larger show on the future of the local newspaper/media market on Friday at 1 p.m. on WBUR's Radio Boston. You can listen to the show at the 'BUR site, which also included this video shot at the Reporter last week.  Read more

Financing woes choking would-be homeowners’ dreams

If there’s any real estate that should attract buyers when credit is tight, it’s the 18 units of new affordable housing developed by the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and New Boston Ventures.

But, despite a growing list of potential buyers, DSNI Executive Director John Barros says financing has been approved for only a handful.

“We typically sell our homes very quickly,” said Barros, “so, for us, this is slow.”  Read more

Ashmont Station taking shape, slowly

Ashmont station: Work continuesAshmont station: Work continues

As the skeletal arc of the new Ashmont Station finally begins to reach into the sky in Peabody Square, many are beginning to wonder if it will ever be fully fleshed out. Delays have pushed the first phase of the project nearly 11 months behind schedule, and the second phase isn't set to be put out to bid until June of this year. It would be awarded in July, starting a 16-month long journey to what MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo called "substantial completion" in December 2010.  Read more

Ashmont’s Anna Ross wins prize for poetry

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 26, 2009

A Dorchester poet who used her writing skills to cope with a series of miscarriages has just won New Women's Voices Prize in Poetry from Finishing Line Press for "Hawk Weather," her first poetry chapbook. The title poem by Anna Ross celebrates the fierce majesty of birds of prey and explores the links between beauty, loss, and death — themes that reappear throughout the collection.
A few years ago the Ashmont resident learned from an ultrasound that there was no longer a heartbeat in the fetus she was carrying.  Read more

Hiep Nguyen in the run for at-Large Council seat

Hiep Q. Nguyen, a community activist and accountant who came to Boston in 1991, has confirmed that he will be running for City Council at-Large.  Read more

Councillor Turner has a challenger

Carlos Henriquez: Seeks re-match with Turner.Carlos Henriquez: Seeks re-match with Turner.Carlos Henriquez said this week he is definitely running for the District 7 City Council seat, adding that incumbent Chuck Turner has the right heart but the wrong tactics, and is distracted form his duties in the Council by the need to defend himself from federal corruption charges.  Read more

Odor control facility will be going underground

If you make a stink, it will sink.

That could be the lesson the owners of the Bayside Expo Center take to heart this week after the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority board of directors voted, 7-3, to sink underground a controversial odor control facility on Columbia Point.  Read more

Audit cites flag detail negatives

By 
AP
Mar. 26, 2009

A new state audit has concluded that Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to use civilian flaggers instead of police officers at highway construction projects won't save as much money as predicted.

The report from Auditor Joseph DeNucci also concluded Patrick's plan could have a negative impact on public safety by removing up to 885 police officers a week from the extra street duty.

The administration had hoped the use of civilian flaggers on state-funded projects could save up to $7.2 million a year, but DeNucci said the top savings are probably closer to $5.6 million.  Read more

Train service interrupted over next two weeks

The Dorchester leg of the Red Line will be shut down again this weekend as workers continue construction at Ashmont Station. The two-day hiatus will be repeated for a final weekend on April 4 and 5. Buses along Dorchester Avenue will replace train service between JFK-UMass and Ashmont on Saturday and Sunday. The T says that the shut-downs will also allow contractors “install additional improvements at Savin Hill station.” Customers can call the MBTA Construction Hotline at 617-222-6757 with additional questions.

Chemical vapors found at Mildred Ave. Middle School

A trace amount of vapors from the dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethylene, also known as perc, has been detected at the Mildred Avenue Middle School in Mattapan. The school was completed in 2003 on a handful of formerly industrial sites that were cleaned up and patched together by the city.

Boston Public Schools and the Department of Environmental Protection both agree that the amount detected in air quality tests is not enough to be threat to students, but plans are being made to address the problem before it gets any worse.  Read more

Thousands won’t get auto insurance renewed under new system, says Hart

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Mar. 26, 2009

Saying thousands of mostly urban residents face non-renewal of auto insurance policies on April 1, Senator Jack Hart has proposed a six-month extension of the deadline in an attempt to address the issue.

Hart told the News Service Tuesday that he believes insurers, during the transition from regulated rates to managed competition, are “cherry-picking” policyholders and leaving by the wayside many urban drivers, including minorities and low-income drivers.  Read more

Patrick channels stimulus to stanch UMass fee hikes

By 
Gintautas Dumcius Reporter Correspondent
Mar. 26, 2009

Undergraduates at UMass-Boston and other public college campuses won’t be getting as big a fee hike as expected in their bills come later this year.

Originally set at a $1,500 spike, students could see a hike as small $300, due to $162 million in federal stimulus funds that Gov. Deval Patrick is directing to the state’s public colleges and universities in a bid to stall fee hikes and prevent cuts in faculty and programs.  Read more

City slashes funds for pre-school programs, parents fume

The funding for teachers at preschools for three- and four-year-olds in nine Boston Center for Youth and Families community centers has been cut for next year, potentially leaving hundreds of parents and toddlers in the lurch.  Read more

New tri-parish pastor coming to 'build, not tear down'

Fr. Jack Ahern: The newly named pastor of the "tri-parish" of Holy Family, Blessed Mother Teresa and St. Peter.Fr. Jack AhernThe man who has been asked to pioneer a new management model for three very different Catholic parishes likes to be called, simply, "Fr. Jack."

It even says so on his business card.  Read more

Hiep Nguyen to run for City Council

A first for Vietnamese-Americans in the city

Hiep Q. Nguyen, a community activist and accountant who came to Boston in 1991, has confirmed that he will be running for City Council at-Large. At 26, he may be the youngest candidate in this year’s race. And according to many, he is the first Vietnamese-American ever to run for the council in Boston.  Read more

Governor to announce stimulus help at UMass visit

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Mar. 23, 2009

UMass undergraduates, bracing for an expected $1,500 fee increase, appear in line for some relief thanks to federal stimulus funds aimed toward the coffers of the state's public higher education system. Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to announce the restoration of funds cut from the higher education on Tuesday at UMass-Boston, according to Education Secretary Paul Reville. A press conference has been scheduled at the university's Campus Center.  Read more

Boston High School Lacrosse Club Begins First Season

By 
John Dougherty, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 23, 2009

Bulldogs Lacrosse: The Boston Bulldogs opened up their inaugural 2009 season with an impressive 9-5 victory over Brookline on March 21.Bulldogs Lacrosse: The Boston Bulldogs opened up their inaugural 2009 season with an impressive 9-5 victory over Brookline on March 21.There’s a new lacrosse team in Boston, and it has been a long time in coming.  Read more

Red Line service suspended this weekend

The Dorchester branch of the Red Line will be shut down this weekend as the T completes what it calls the “final phase of demolition” at Ashmont station. Buses along Dorchester Avenue will replace train service on Saturday and Sunday. T officials call this weekend’s around the clock work a “major milestone” in the Ashmont construction project. Questions may be directed to the T’s construction hotline at 617-222-6757.

In the running

Three Dorchester runners - Michael Crowell, 37, Scott MacKay, 37, and Katie Markunas, 28 - are putting in long hours of cold winter training to get ready for the April 20th Boston Marathon. The three are part of a team that will raise thousands of dollars for those who suffer from life-threatening liver diseases as part of theAmerican Liver Foundation's Run for Research (RFR) team.  Read more

Mayor's race fueled jokes at Southie breakfast

If the mayor's race was based on the caliber of jokes last Sunday at the St. Patrick's Day breakfast, City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon might have scored an upset. That's according to an informal survey of participants of the annual Irish-themed roast of Massachusetts politics and politicians.

Yoon, making his first speaking appearance at the breakfast, veered between plays on his name and the mystery of what a fortune cookie supposedly foretelling the next mayor of Boston said.  Read more

Yoon, Chang-Diaz harp on Boston's incumbency problem

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 19, 2009

The need to raise giant campaign funds and the power of incumbency can stifle democracy City Councillor Sam Yoon said in a panel discussion last Thursday. The forum explored the possible reasons why the Commonwealth ranks among the lowest percentages in the nation for contested local elections.

Yoon said the highest hurdle for a challenger is raising the money to compete. The Dorchester Democrat said that he has to spend a tremendous amount of time on the phone raising money, to stay competitive in the coming mayoral race.  Read more

St. Fleur, Walsh travel to Haiti

Rep. Marty Walsh spent St. Patrick's Day in Haiti this week. Walsh joined a delegation led by fellow Dorchester state Rep. Marie St. Fleur for an informational trip to the Caribbean county, which is still reeling from the heavy hurricane season.  Read more

Walsh, Forry push for delay of auto insurance rules

State lawmakers in the Dorchester delegation are calling for the state insurance commissioner to delay rules that they say will put insurance agents who serve urban areas out of business. Lawmakers, including state Reps. Marty Walsh and Linda Dorcena Forry, met for about two hours last Wednesday with Insurance Commissioner Nonnie Burnes and over 150 insurance agents, who argued that they'll be cut out of business because of the state implementing auto insurance reform.  Read more

Cable provider continues march into Dorchester

Neighbors thirsting for an alternative to cable and Internet giant Comcast take heed: RCN says they are slowly, but surely, heading your way.  Read more