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New fruit orchard planned at historic farm

By 
Pete Stidman
Apr. 19, 2009

After years of resting on their laurels, or more particularly—maintaining the raspberry bushes, cherry trees and grape vines that they planted in nooks and crannies all over the city prior to 2000—Earthworks Boston is again in the business of planting brand new orchards, including at least one in Dorchester.  Read more

Council hearing eyes potential reforms to campaign finance

Spurred on by recent corruption scandals here and in states across the country, City Councillor at-Large Sam Yoon pressed a little-discussed issue in Boston city politics in a city council hearing last Thursday: campaign finance reform.  Read more

Firefighters give Flaherty the official nod

City Councillor Michael Flaherty has picked up the official endorsement of the city's firefighters union, Local 718. The campaign made the announcement on Friday afternoon, a day after Flaherty rolled out four other union endorsements. A public endorsement event will be held on May 9th at Firefighters Family Day in Neponset's Pope John Paul II Park.  Read more

Superior Officers union endorses Flaherty bid

By 
Staff
Apr. 17, 2009

Before Mayor Thomas Menino has even announced his intentions to run for mayor or not, challenger Michael Flaherty, a City Councillor, has received the endorsement from the top echelons of the Boston Police Department.  Read more

Man admits to gunfight that killed rival in Jan. '08

By 
Staff
Apr. 17, 2009

A Dorchester man this week admitted that he gunned down a rival outside a Norton Street baby shower in January 2008. Ryan Gillespie, 24, was set to go on trial on Monday for the slaying of Joseph Clarke, 23. Instead, Gillespie pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter, apologized to Clarke’s kin and was immediately sentenced to 12 to 14 years in state prison.
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Historic firehouse re-listed

By 
Staff
Apr. 17, 2009

A historic firehouse in Four Corners, which has been a focus of the surrounding neighborhood after a daycare there went out of business and the building became vacant, is again listed for sale, this time by a broker in the South End.

“So far I’ve gotten a few calls from people, it’s only been up a few days,” said broker William Dellea of Coldwell Banker on Tremont Street. “I’ve got a group of non-profits looking at it today. I’ve had a few church groups and I had one person interested in using it as a residence.”  Read more

Vote for St. Peter's– help win grant money

By 
Staff
Apr. 17, 2009

St. Peter’s on Bowdoin Street could get an infusion of much-needed grant money to help repair the historic church — if it wins enough votes in an online competition.

According to neighbor Jeff Gonyeau, the church is “one of 25 sites” and the only one in Dorchester – that have been “invited to compete for an important and prestigious grant from Partners in Preservation—a new joint initiative of the National Trust for Preservation and American Express.”  Read more

Henriquez in line for federal housing post

By 
State House News
Apr. 17, 2009

Boston Housing Authority chief Sandra Henriquez is President Barack Obama’s pick for a top housing post.  Obama on Friday afternoon announced he intends to nominate Henriquez to the position of assistant secretary for public and Indian housing.   Read more

Carney dedicates its latest plus— a surgical center

Copeland Surgical Center launch: Dr. Martin Williams, Carney Hospital's chief of surgery, speaks at the official launch.Copeland Surgical Center launch: Dr. Martin Williams, Carney Hospital's chief of surgery, speaks at the official launch.Officials and staff of  Dorchester’s Carney Hospital gathered last week for the official dedication of the hospital’s new Copeland Surgical Center. The facility, located at the Seton lobby entrance off the rear paring lot, adds new services to the hospital.  Read more

'Austerity' hallmark of mayor's budget

When Mayor Thomas Menino unwrapped last year’s city budget, he touted its stability and a host of reconstruction projects.

This year, not so much. If anything, this year’s city budget is highly unstable as state revenues continue to plunge and policymakers have yet to see a bottom. The state’s House of Representatives was set to unveil this week a fiscal 2010 budget even more austere than the governor’s version, with deeper cuts in services and none of the tax increases both Governor Deval Patrick and Menino have pushed for.  Read more

Marshall Community Center faces big challenge

Bill Milligan: Marshall Community Center council chairman speaks at a meeting last week. Photo by Pete StidmanBill Milligan: Marshall Community Center council chairman speaks at a meeting last week. Photo by Pete StidmanOf the three community centers set to lose city funding for some of their preschool or after school teachers come January, the Marshall may have the biggest challenges before it.  Read more

Mayoral sign war flares in Fields Corner

Battleground: Fields Corner: Photo by Pete StidmanBattleground: Fields Corner: Photo by Pete StidmanJust because Mayor Thomas Menino isn’t officially running for reelection yet doesn’t mean his competitor’s signs are safe. The first skirmish in this election’s “sign wars” has already taken place in Fields Corner.

Starting on Tuesday, April 7, according to business owners, the mayor’s Vietnamese Liaison Diep “Diane” Hyunh and possibly others have gone up and down Dorchester Avenue plastering “For Mayor Menino” signs in the windows of Vietnamese-owned shops. The efforts were likely triggered by Yoon’s first fleet of signs in Fields Corner, which were deployed the Saturday before. It would be a normal sign of election season, save for the fact that Menino has yet to announce his candidacy.  Read more

DEEP Essays: Super Kids with Super Powers

By 
Project DEEP Students
Apr. 16, 2009

It's a bird, it's a plane, ... it's a ten-year old,  Read more

Lady Chiefs bring home South Shore title

By 
Matt Sweeney, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 15, 2009

Lady Chiefs: The DYH 12 and under squad celebrate their victory over Canton. Photo courtesy Matt Sweeney/DYHLady Chiefs: The DYH 12 and under squad celebrate their victory over Canton. Photo courtesy Matt Sweeney/DYHThe Dorchester Youth Hockey girls 12 & under team defeated Canton today for the South Shore Championship. The Lady Chiefs took home the title thanks to a third period goal by Brenna Galvin to tie the score at 1-1. Then in overtime, Katie Nolan scored on a power play goal to win the game. Coach Driscoll raved about the goaltending of Patrice Guerarde and the defensive play by the entire team. Great job, Lady Chiefs!  Read more

Shootout probe leads to arrests in Savin Hill

Nearly a month after an evening shootout sent bullets buzzing through a typically peaceful Columbia-Savin Hill sidestreet, Boston Police returned to the scene last night and arrested two men while executing a search warrant.

Vote for St. Peter's — help win grant $$

St. Peter's: Needs your vote to win grant money. Reporter file photoSt. Peter's: Needs your vote to win grant money. Reporter file photoSt. Peter's on Bowdoin Street could get an infusion of much-needed grant money to help repair the historic church — if it wins enough votes in an online competition.  Read more

Man admits guilt in Norton St. murder

A Dorchester man today admitted that he gunned down a rival outside a Norton St. baby shower in January 2008. Ryan Gillespie, 24, was set to go on trial today for the slaying of Joseph Clarke, 23. Instead, Gillespie pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter, apologized to Clarke's kin and was immediately sentenced to 12 to 14 years in state prison.  Read more

Smash-and-grab suspect nabbed on Pope's Hill

Boston Police relay news of an early morning arrest of a South Boston man, who apparently thought neighbors on Neponset Ave. would snooze through his glass-shattering antics. Police caught up to the 23 year-old suspect on Train Street and returned to the scene, where the victim positively identified him as the man who just plunged his hand through her car window.

Police: Blood-spattered walls, dead and dying dogs at illegal dog-fight ring

Boston Police report the discovery of a basement at 29 Raven St. outfitted as a dog-fighting arena.  Read more

Several injured in two fires

Fires on Clarkson Street and Blue Hill Ave. sent three residents and two firefighters to the hospital overnight.  Read more

Neponset site helps connect to youth programs

The Pope's Hill Neighborhood Association has created a one-stop web page for parents looking for resources for their children for April vacation, the summer months and beyond.  Read more

Rep. Walsh joins St. Fleur in tour of Haiti

Reps visit Haiti: Rep. Marie St. Fleur, third from left, led a delegation on a visit to Haiti last. Among those who went was her Dorchester colleague, Rep. Marty Walsh, second from right. The group is pictured atop the Citadel fortress in northern Haiti.Reps visit Haiti: Rep. Marie St. Fleur, third from left, led a delegation on a visit to Haiti last. Among those who went was her Dorchester colleague, Rep. Marty Walsh, second from right. The group is pictured atop the Citadel fortress in northern Haiti.Children running around naked and washing themselves in puddles in dirt roads, outside homes made of aluminum siding and cinderblocks. Those were some of the images that remain stuck in state Rep. Marty Walsh's mind after his five-day trip to Haiti last month.  Read more

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