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Activists take aim at adult buyers in teen drinking crackdown

A coalition of activists who have been working to reduce alcohol and drug abuse in the neighborhood are taking direct aim at adults who buy booze for under-age drinkers this week. The Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition (DSAC) will roll out a “sticker shock” campaign today, placing warning labels on cases of beer and brown bags at Harbor Point Liquors on Morrissey Boulevard. The stickers read, “Hey You!!  Read more

Dot’s new ‘Mayor’ Bickerton plans to enjoy fruits of the title

By 
Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Jun. 4, 2009

Steve Bickerton, Jr.: Mayor of Dorchester, 2009Steve Bickerton, Jr.: Mayor of Dorchester, 2009This year’s Dorchester Day will be presided over by the new honorary mayor of the neighborhood, the Honorable Stephen Bickerton, Jr. of Adams Village. With professional experience as Assistant Director of Facilities Management at MassBay Community College and his interest in public service, the 25 year-old Bickerton is poised to keep the civic machinery of Dorchester in tip-top shape. When not running in grueling local campaigns (he ran unopposed this year for the position — which is secured by raising funds for the parade committee) Bickerton enjoys weekends on Cape Cod, sailing and spending time with his friends.  Read more

Work agency for the disabled comes to Freeport Street

By 
Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Jun. 4, 2009

An established human service organization is enlarging its operation and finding a new home in Clam Point. WORK Inc., a vocational and employment agency that trains mentally and developmentally disabled clients to join the workforce and helps guide them to employment, is moving their headquarters to the former Pollack Manufacturing building on Freeport Street in October.  Read more

Priest with strong Dot roots takes charge at St. Brendan’s

John Connolly’s career as a churchman has followed an uncommon trajectory. After stints as a deacon and a newly ordained priest at two Dorchester parishes in the mid-1990s, the Jamaica Plain native and Boston Latin School grad was called to serve at the highest level of the Archdiocese. Connolly was a personal secretary to Cardinal Bernard Law beginning in 1997 and served him through the height of the clergy abuse crisis that forced Law’s eventual departure.  Read more

MassEquality endorses Menino’s bid

In an early endorsement, the state’s largest gay rights group threw its support behind Mayor Thomas Menino in his bid for a fifth term. The political action committee for MassEquality, with 10,000 members in Boston and 200,000 statewide, touted the endorsement as its first on the municipal level. Scott Gortikov, in a statement, cited Menino’s “longtime support” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, along with his vocal advocacy for gay marriage, which Massachusetts legalized in 2004.  Read more

Wilkerson late filing financial disclosure data

As if former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson didn’t have enough problems: At the end of Tuesday, she was more than a month late in filing a required financial interest disclosure form. As a former elected official, she was supposed to file the form, known as a “statement of financial interest,” for 2008 with the state Ethics Commission by May 1. Her attorney did not return a phone call seeking comment.  Read more

At Dudley Street stop, Geithner sees ‘hope’ ahead

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sounded notes of optimism during a stop in Boston last Wednesday, calling the country’s recovery underway.

“The national economy is showing some initial signs of stability, confidence has improved, the financial system is starting to heal, credit is starting to ease a bit,” Geithner said during a press conference rolling out $1.5 billion in tax credits for nationwide organizations investing in “struggling neighborhoods.”

Geithner added, “This is just the beginning, however. We have a long way to go.”  Read more

Police: Woman who got tired of gridlock sends two cops to the hospital

Boston Police report a Dorchester woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly kicked one officer and dragged two more with her car in an attempt to bust out of a traffic jam and escape police.  Read more

Managing Editor Awarded a Shorenstein Scholarship at Harvard Kennedy School of Government

By 
Staff
Jun. 2, 2009

Bill Forry, managing editor of the Dorchester Reporter newspaper, has been awarded a Shorenstein Scholarship at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was accepted into the mid-career master in public administration program. His program will begin this summer, and continue until June 2010. As Managing Editor, Forry oversees the weekly Dorchester Reporter and Mattapan Reporter, and the monthly Boston Haitian Reporter, as well as the website dotnews.com  Read more

Carney, agencies plan ‘resource day’ for June 13

With more economic woes hitting the news every day, the need for making your dollar stretch is growing and locally there are many low or reduced cost programs and services available that may help qualified residents in these challenging times. Carney Hospital will partner with over 20 local and state agencies in a community resource day to help those who may be struggling to make ends meet. The public is invited to attend the resource day on Saturday, June 13, 2009, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the hospital’s front parking lot. There will be free raffles and refreshments.  Read more

Pop-infused ‘Pirates’ finds new legs at the Huntington

Nowadays you’d have to keelhaul most young playgoers to get them to see an “operetta.” But since a Gilbert and Sullivan classic has been repackaged as a rollicking musical, audiences are going overboard in praising the Huntington Theatre Company’s season-closer.  Read more

Zipcar expands in Savin Hill

Slowly but surely, the rent-by-the-hour car company Zipcar is creeping into Dorchester, mostly along the path of MBTA’s Red Line.

One new car was added to the Savin Hill T Station site, one of eight locations in Dorchester. The sites are clustered around the JFK/UMass, Savin Hill, and Ashmont stations.  Read more

Four Corners groups appeal ISD decision

Four Corners Main Streets and the United Neighborhood Association (UNA) have both fired off letters to the Inspectional Services Department and the Zoning Board of Appeal railing against what they say is the legalization of an auto repair shop at the stroke of one inspector’s pen—in contradiction to zoning laws that have prevented it for years.  Read more

In state Senate, split vote on Suffolk County holidays

Dorchester’s state Senate delegation split last week in a vote on whether to eliminate Evacuation and Bunker Hill Days, holidays that are recognized only in Suffolk County. Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain) voted to remove the two days as holidays, while Sen. Jack Hart (D-South Boston) led the charge to keep them.  Read more

Friends mourn Mattapan man killed in Blue Hill Ave. accident

Yves "Junior" Guery: Killed in a motorcycle accident on May 20 on Blue Hill Avenue.Yves "Junior" Guery: Killed in a motorcycle accident on May 20 on Blue Hill Avenue.A Mattapan man well-loved in Boston’s tight-knit Haitian community lost his life last Wednesday afternoon (May 20) when his motorcycle collided with a car on Blue Hill Avenue near the corner of Clarkwood Street. Yves Guery, Jr. 28, died at the scene of the accident, which happened at about 3:30 p.m.

Geury — or “Junior” as he was widely known— was a motorcycle enthusiast who enjoyed traveling to his native Haiti, dancing and working out. He was mourned this week by friends and family who recalled his ready smile and willingness to help others.  Read more

Senate sees limited success in restoring programs

Senators wasted little time last week attempting to restore programs that were slated for cuts under their version of the fiscal 2010 budget. After signing off on a 25 percent sales tax hike, Senate lawmakers also quietly approved giving cities and towns to levy additional taxes on meals.

Gov. Deval Patrick had long been pushing – and continuously rebuffed by the Legislature – local options taxes, which have the support of schools and municipalities that say they are starved for revenues. The taxes are expected to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.  Read more

Police hunt for gunman in Arbutus St. killing

Boston Police are still seeking the public's help in finding the gunman who shot and killed an Arbutus Street woman outside her home last Thursday evening. Deanna Watkins, 29, was shot several times around 7:40 p.m., just outside her home at 3 Arbutus Street.

Commissioner Ed Davis said this week that detectives have some leads in the case, but still are hoping for more tips to come in from the community.  Read more

Mattapan bus plan evokes doubts, anger

Members of the Mattapan community hammered Gov. Deval Patrick's transportation czar this week over a proposal to replace the Route 28 bus and extend the Silver Line to Mattapan Square. At a Tuesday night transportation "summit" held in Boston Public Library's Mattapan branch and organized by Dorchester's State House delegation, Transportation Secretary James Aloisi fended off a flurry of questions from about 60 community members, many of whom expressed anger at being left out of the loop on the proposal.  Read more

Agreement reached on Neponset dams

Months of community meetings and planning have created consensus on a new plan that would tear down one dam and lower and build a fish ramp over another—the Baker Dam at Lower Mills—restoring an ecology that has been absent in the Neponset for hundreds of years.  Read more

New priest comes home to serve

Former altar server comes home to serve: Rev. Huy H. Nguyen with Rev. Dan Finn, pastor of St. Mark's Parish. Nguyen was ordained on May 23 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Photo by Patrick O'ConnorFormer altar server comes home to serve: Rev. Huy H. Nguyen with Rev. Dan Finn, pastor of St. Mark's Parish. Nguyen was ordained on May 23 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Photo by Patrick O'ConnorDorchester’s newest Catholic priest is an immigrant from Vietnam who grew up serving as an altar boy at St. Peter’s and lived in the shadows of St. Margaret’s tower in his first days in America.

Rev. Huy H. Nguyen, 30, was one of six men ordained last Saturday by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley during a Mass in the South End. He will begin his priestly duties on June 2 at Dorchester new “tri-parish,” which includes Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Peter’s and Holy Family parishes.

Nguyen is one of eight children who accompanied their parents Vinh and Hang (Pham) Nguyen to the US in 1988. He is a product of the Boston public system, attending Jackson Mann Elementary in Allston and Boston Technical School of Math and Science (now the John D. O’Bryant) in Roxbury. After graduating with an engineering degree from UMass-Amherst, he worked for a time at Boston University before he entered St. John Seminary six years ago.  Read more

Biotech start-ups find homes in Dot

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
May. 28, 2009

Cambridge may be the epicenter of the state’s burgeoning biotechnology industry, but Dorchester too, is making strides in getting its own piece of the life sciences pie.

Eutropics Pharmaceuticals, a Dorchester-based early-stage research company, was recently awarded a $500,000 loan through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Accelerator program to continue its work exploring innovative cancer treatments. The loan program was established to match funds granted to companies from federal or other sources, such as Eutropics’ initial grant from the National Institute of Health.  Read more

Biotech start-ups find homes in Dot

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
May. 28, 2009

Cambridge may be the epicenter of the state’s burgeoning biotechnology industry, but Dorchester too, is making strides in getting its own piece of the life sciences pie.

Eutropics Pharmaceuticals, a Dorchester-based early-stage research company, was recently awarded a $500,000 loan through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Accelerator program to continue its work exploring innovative cancer treatments. The loan program was established to match funds granted to companies from federal or other sources, such as Eutropics’ initial grant from the National Institute of Health.  Read more

A look at today''s big parade line-up

Parade GuyParade GuyToday's Dorchester Day Parade starts at 1 p.m. in Lower Mills and follows Dorchester Avenue to Columbia Rd. Here's the final roster of today's parade. See you out there!  Read more

Summer's start greeted with salute to veterans past and present

Memorial Day Parade 2009: Jerry Hurley of Lower Mills watched the Memorial Day Parade pass Dorchester Park on Monday, May 25, 2009. Photo by Chris LovettMemorial Day Parade 2009: Jerry Hurley of Lower Mills watched the Memorial Day Parade pass Dorchester Park on Monday, May 25, 2009. Photo by Chris LovettDorchester's traditional observation of Memorial Day began at 10 a.m. on Monday with a parade from Lower Mills to Cedar Grove Cemetery, where a huge crowd gathered to honor neighborhood veterans and remember those lost in the nation's conflicts dating back to the Civil War.

Man shot in drive-by found dead hours later

A man in his 40s — Freddie Bing— was found shot to death in the driveway of 23 Wilcock St. on Thursday, May 14. The victim was apparently shot in an incident the night before in which gunmen fired on a group of people from a vehicle. A search of the area that night did not locate any victims, but police did make two arrests that may be connected to the shooting.  Read more