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Gunfire erupts, teen dies

Boston Police report neighbors heard numerous gunshots this evening shortly before a 17-year-old was found lying on the sidewalk at 70 Tonawanda St. around 7:19 p.m.  Read more

April tax receipts crash, state deficit nears $1 billion

By 
Jim O'Sullivan and Michael Norton, State House News Service
May. 4, 2009

Less than three weeks after estimating a deficit as high as $550 million for the rest of the fiscal year, Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday that the actual gap could hit $953 million, as state tax collections fell at warp speed last month, nearly $1 billion below April 2008 and $456 million shy of already downgraded projections for the month.  Read more

Patrick, Menino unveil plan for "enhanced bus service" along Blue Hill corridor

State plans enhanced bus service to Mattapan: A rendering shows a "street view" of the changes along Blue Hill Ave. Source: EOTState plans enhanced bus service to Mattapan: A rendering shows a "street view" of the changes along Blue Hill Ave. Source: EOTGovernor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino announced at noon today that the 28 bus from Ruggles to Mattapan Square will be beefed up with a new Bus Rapid Transit service. It will be phase two of a project that will also connect Dudley Square to South Station as part of the existing Silver Line—a bus service between Dudley Station, downtown, and Logan Airport.  Read more

Dot Eagles make official exit from Pop Warner league

Officials from the Dorchester Eagles youth football and cheerleading program made it official yesterday: They have pulled out of the national Pop Warner organization and joined a new youth sports league. The break comes on the heels of a bitter dispute that began after a brawl involving members of the Eagles and a rival team from Rhode Island last December.  Read more

Winery rolled out as Port Norfolk’s latest hidden gem

By 
Brian Denitzio, Special to the Reporter
May. 1, 2009

Editor's Note: The Dorchester Historical Society will host a special event on Sunday, May 3 at The Boston Winery in Port Norfolk from 2-5 p.m. Back in 2007, the Reporter's former news editor Brian Denitzio visited the Winery — run by the Bruno family, who also own the Venezia restaurant next door. Enjoy!  Read more

Open space advocates unite

A loose-knit group of park advocates from across the city is forming a small umbrella organization to discover and promote their common causes.  Read more

Scholar from Dot, BLS headed to China for competition

By 
Albertina Monteiro, Special to the Reporter
May. 1, 2009

An high school freshman from Dorchester has won first place at the National Chinese Language speechwriting contest. Rayshon Thompson, 15, of Boston Latin High School, started studying Mandarin Chinese only a year and seven months ago with his Latin School Chinese language teacher, Mrs. Yang.  Read more

Bayside Expo lawyer expects "positive resolution" despite foreclosure threat

The Bayside Expo Center on Columbia Point is being threatened with foreclosure and the property could be auctioned off next month, according to reports published today in Boston's daily papers. However, an attorney for the Bayside said today he expects a "very positive resolution" to the matter.  Read more

Help protect historic sites

The Dorchester Historical Society’s Architectural Preservation Committee is preparing its annual list of the neighborhood’s top ten 10 “most endangered” properties and is seeking the public’s input. As Earl Taylor, the president of the Society noted this week, the DHS has been “in the business of preservation since 1895, when it saved the Blake House (1661) the oldest house in Boston from demolition.”  Read more

Message to vandals: Not on our watch

Whoever plastered the Neponset Greenway with racist and homophobic graffiti this week should know: This neighborhood won’t tolerate your nonsense. State Police and the Boston Police Department are probing the case and it could very well result in serious charges.

And for good reason. This was not a victim-less crime.  Read more

Two work-related deaths in Dot in '08

The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) released its annual report on worker related deaths this week, and cited 66 workers who lost their lives on the job in the state in 2008, two of them in Dorchester.

Marie Conley, a crossing guard working near the Mather School in Dorchester, was hit by an elderly driver in October last year. And Joseph Castanino III, a self-employed carpenter and father of four, died after falling from a roof at a jobsite in Dorchester.  Read more

Dot's Cornucopia: Shop local... and eat well

Dot Cornucopia: Top left: Fresh and affordable veggies at A.C. Farm Market, 1429 Dorchester Ave.; Top right: Ramon Perez, butcher at Brother's SUpermarket, 776 Dudley St.; Bottom: A Haymarket fell at New Market Farm Stand, 1299 Massachusetts Ave.Dot Cornucopia: Top left: Fresh and affordable veggies at A.C. Farm Market, 1429 Dorchester Ave.; Top right: Ramon Perez, butcher at Brother's Supermarket, 776 Dudley St.; Bottom: A Haymarket fell at New Market Farm Stand, 1299 Massachusetts Ave.Many are pinching pennies by cooking at home. Lucky for us here in Dorchester, Boston’s most diverse neighborhood, grocery shopping can be just as exciting as eating out, and the number of choices just keeps on growing.  Read more

Cases cited in state; health officials on swine flu watch

Citing an outbreak in Lowell as well as clusters of cases that have popped up across the country, state and local health officials and neighborhood caregivers are bracing for the possible serious incursion of a deadly swine flu strain into the region this week. Said Dr. Salvatore Molica, a longtime family physician at the Codman Square Health Center: “Vigilance is going to be the word of the day the next several weeks.”  Read more

Dot's talents bring new life to classic Annie!

Spring is the season for end-of-the-semester musicals, and troupes of talented kids and teens are currently executing tricky choreography and belting out showstoppers right here in Dorchester.  Read more

Correction: No Open House at Neponset Health Center

Due to an editing error in the April 23rd Reporter, an item was published in the Neighborhood Notables section about a May 3rd open house event at Neponset Health Center. There is no open house scheduled at the health center this year. The Reporter regrets the error.

O'Hearn's 'heart and soul' prepares to move on

Dr. Bill HendersonDr. Bill HendersonUpon first meeting Dr. William Henderson, the principal at the Patrick O'Hearn Elementary School, it is not immediately apparent that he is blind. When you enter the room, he greets you. When you speak to him, he makes direct eye contact. When visitors ask for directions, he immediately points them to the right area.  Read more

Dot's reps united in backing sales tax

The Dorchester delegation in the state House of Representatives joined the majority of their colleagues this week in support of hiking the sales tax to 6.25 percent from 5 percent, as Gov. Deval Patrick threatened to pull out his veto pen unless his tax and reform measures are taken up instead.

Members of the delegation added to the final vote of 108 to 51, helping secure a veto-proof majority. The all-Democratic delegation includes Reps. Willie Mae Allen, Linda Dorcena Forry, Gloria Fox, Marie St. Fleur, Brian Wallace and Marty Walsh.  Read more

City-run preschools get second reprieve

After almost a dozen public meetings concerning 10 community center-based preschool and after-school programs slated to lose teacher funding, Mayor Thomas Menino has granted yet another concession. The five preschool programs under threat, including the Murphy Community Center, will now be funded until at least the end of the next fiscal year, which ends July 2010.  Read more

Mayoral candidates race for signatures, and then some

Signatures: Frank O'Brien signs up on volunteer Steve Kinney's clipboard in support of Michael Flaherty's nomination for mayor on Tuesday.Signatures: Frank O'Brien signs up on volunteer Steve Kinney's clipboard in support of Michale Flaherty's nomination for mayor on Tuesday.The campaigns of incumbent Thomas Menino and challenger Michael Flaherty engaged in their first street skirmish Tuesday, as both campaigns asked volunteers to take a vacation day to make a show of power in gathering thousands of signatures on the day nomination papers are handed out by the city’s Elections Department.

Flaherty’s campaign declared they gathered over 4,000 signatures in five hours on Tuesday and turned them in for certification. That’s 1,000 more than the 3,000 required to get on the ballot. Because signatures can be and often are disqualified by Boston’s Election Department, the campaign will continue to ask supporters to sign up.

Our goal is to use this process to engage as many voters as possible,” said Flaherty spokesperson Jonathan Romano Monday.

Menino’s campaign traditionally tallies Tuesday’s entire signature haul and hands them in on the following day. At noon Wednesday, Emily Nowlin, Menino’s campaign manager said the campaign was submitting 19,000 signatures to the Elections Department.  Read more

Three arrested after jumping from expressway bridge

Three juveniles were arrested by State Police on Tuesday after they allegedly jumped off an expressway bridge into the Neponset River during the afternoon commute.  Read more

Lynch: 'Inappropriate' to lobby Times to save Globe

Congressman Stephen Lynch felt it would have been "inappropriate" for him to join the rest of the state's DC delegation in lobbying the owner of the New York Times to keep the Boston Globe open. Lynch - whose Ninth Congressional district includes the Globe's Morrissey Boulevard headquarters- was the only Congressman from the state who did not sign onto a letter sent to Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. appealing for the Globe's salvation.  Read more

Graffiti leaves trail of hate along Neponset Greenway

Bike trail graffiti: An worker paints over a racist slogan along the Neponset bike trail near Butler Street MBTA station on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Photo by Ed ForryBike trail graffiti: A worker paints over a racist slogan along the Neponset bike trail near Butler Street MBTA station on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Photo by Ed ForryVandals left a spray-painted trail of racist insults, swastikas and obscene images up and down the scenic Neponset Greenway this weekend, leaving state officials scrambling to clean-up the mess and neighbors outraged by the graphic destruction of public property.  Read more

St. Ann's Color Guard is tops in Eastern Mass

St. Ann's Color Guard 2009 ChampsSt. Ann's Color Guard 2009 Champs St Ann’s Colorguard has won the Eastern Mass. Circuit championship. The competition - held on March 28 - was filled with excellent guards that pushed St. Ann’s to bring out their best work in order to win.  Read more

Neighbors put new shine on Savin Hill Park

Savin Hill Shines: More than 80 people helped clean Savin Hill Park on Saturday, April 25, 2009.Savin Hill Shines: More than 80 people helped clean Savin Hill Park on Saturday, April 25, 2009.Over 80 people showed up to work at the 25th annual Savin Hill Park Clean Up (now part of Boston SHINES), on a beautiful, sunny April 25. Over 300 bags of leaves and about a half ton of glass were removed from the park, while youngsters from the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester and Cub Scouts from Pack 28 (Rice Post) carried out piles of debris.  Read more

House fire on St. Margaret's Street causes heavy damage

By 
Adam Pieniazek, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 25, 2009

St. Margaret Street Fire: One firefighter was injured in the Saturday blaze. Above, firefighters work on the roof of 39 St. Margaret St. Photo by Adam PieniazekSt. Margaret Street Fire: One firefighter was injured in the Saturday blaze. Above, firefighters work on the roof of 39 St. Margaret St. Photo by Adam Pieniazek

A two-alarm fire caused $350,000 in damages and brought at least eleven fire trucks and over fifteen additional emergency response vehicles to 39 Saint Margaret Street this morning. The Boston Fire Department received a call at 11:13 a.m. for a house fire at the owner occupied three decker. The first floor of the Dorchester household was unoccupied, with the second floor occupied by the owner and the owner's children lived on the third floor. All of the residents escaped injury, but a firefighter was hurt in a fall inside the dwelling.  Read more