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Police to add patrols in violent 'hotspots'

Police Commissioner Ed Davis and Mayor Tom Menino vowed today to crack down on a spate of violence in certain Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury neighborhoods, following last night's shooting of a three-year-old on Bowdoin Street.  Read more

Senate budget slashes spending; tax debate looms

Senate leaders are proposing to spend $1.3 billion less next fiscal year than the House authorized in its budget passed earlier this month, Senate officials said Tuesday.

The draft budget cuts $439 million from Beacon Hill’s aid to cities and towns and wrestles with a fiscal crisis marked by a prolonged plunge in state revenues by making deep spending reductions and leaving the door open to heavy tax hikes.  Read more

Some assail Patrick’s diversion of education funds

In a move to balance a budget facing a $3.5 billion deficit, Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed diverting hundreds of millions of Chapter 70 education funds—upon which public school districts survive—to other parts of the state budget, and then backfill the deficit with $412 million in State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF) earmarked for education purposes. To some education advocates on the federal level, the transfer would exemplify their worst fears about the fate of education money in the federal stimulus bill.  Read more

New look in works for Talbot Station area

The Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation has big plans for the area just east of the Fairmount Line’s proposed Talbot Station—now in the 60 percent design stage at the MBTA. The first neighborhood charette on Codman’s ever expanding plan was held earlier this month, taking suggestions from neighbors on what to do with several industrial buildings and vacant lots the NDC owns or plans to own.  Read more

Toddler, woman shot on Bowdoin Street

Boston Police report arresting a 16-year-old on charges he shot a 70-year-old woman and a 3-year-old boy inside the O.M. May Liquor store at 213 Bowdoin St. around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.  Read more

Three-alarm fire off Gallivan Boulevard

Boston firefighters were busy Thursday night battling a large fire at 5 Alicia Rd. that broke out before 8:30 p.m.  Read more

Comedy night, old school party to benefit Mattapan Pop Warner

Mattapan PatriotsMattapan PatriotsThe Mattapan Patriots Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading organization gears up for the 2009 season by having a fundraising event on Friday evening, May 22, 2009 at the Policeman Post located at 500 Morton St. ( American Legion Highway). Come out and get your laugh on with some really funny comedians: Lady Vain, Just Al and Steven Donovan will make you laugh.
After the show is the After Party. Playing the old school R & B and block party mixes will be DJ Joe Peters. After you laugh , it will be time to GET DOWN with the old school dances like the Wop, the Cabbage Patch, the Running Man, the Bus Stop, and the Prep. Tickets are $10. Food will be for sale at the party, cash bar.
Call Jonathon Gates at 617-590-8334 or e-mail jgates1963@aol.com to arrange to purchase your ticket.  Read more

Patrick’s crime bill includes more options for judges on sentences

Judges would see increased options when sentencing drug offenders, who would be able to work in new release programs and community work crews when paroled, under an anti-crime package filed by Gov. Deval Patrick last week.

The bills would also require post-release supervision for all offenders and aid them in job searches by changing the state’s criminal offender record information (CORI) system. Employers and housing providers would have to pay a $20 to $30 fee to access the information to fund the new system.  Read more

The Dever School goes bilingual; more to follow?

Some of the youngest students at the Dever School on Columbia Point will join two-way bilingual classrooms next year, according to Boston Public School officials, giving both Spanish- and English-speaking kids a chance to learn a second language.  Read more

New assignment plan revives old debate on city’s schools

BPS Five Zone Model: The latest draft of a five-zone assignment plan. The school committee will vote on the plan on June 25. Courtesy BPSBPS Five Zone Model: The latest draft of a five-zone assignment plan. The school committee will vote on the plan on June 25. Courtesy BPSIn the history of Boston, the public school assignment process is one of the longest running tug-of-wars, with parents vying for neighborhood schools on one side and those vying for school choice on the other. Old habits die hard. And the latest effort to tinker with the map used to assign students by regional zones has once again become a flashpoint in the citywide debate.  Read more

Attractive Combo: St. Peter’s Center, Corcoran Memoir

“IT WAS A SATURDAY MORNING in September 1944. The whole family was home except for my older brothers Jack and Leo. Jack was in the Army; Leo was in the Navy.

I was an eight-year-old bouncing a pimpleball off Mr. Bradford’s stone steps at 12 Jerome St., which stood right across from our house at the corner of Cushing Avenue and Jerome on Jones Hill in the Upham’s Corner section of Dorchester, Massachusetts. My sister Bernadette was outside, too, sitting on the lawn with two friends.  Read more

UMass-Boston focusing on housing options

Peninsula Apartments: UMass discussed converting these privately owned apartments on Mt. Vernon St. into university-run student housing — a first on Columbia Point.Peninsula Apartments: UMass discussed converting these privately owned apartments on Mt. Vernon St. into university-run student housing - a first on Columbia Point.UMass-Boston officials have been quietly exploring plans to create university-run student housing near its Dorchester campus, including one proposal that would have converted a privately-owned apartment building on Columbia Point into dorms.  Read more

Mass. Ave. bike lane future is looking up

Bike lane advocates took a hit last week when a lawsuit meant to force the city to paint lanes on Mass Avenue was dismissed by Justice of the Superior Court Geraldine Hines. In the process, however, the bicyclists may have won a larger battle.  Read more

Warrant search yields gun stash at Morton Street home

Boston Police relay news of a weapons cache that was seized during a search of a Morton Street home by the B-3 Drug Control Unit on Tuesday (May 12). An 18 year-old man was arrested and faces a series of drugs and gun charges.

White Honda Accord sought in Uphams Corner hit-and-run

Updated: A 45 year-old man was struck by a hit-and-run driver at the intersection of Dudley Street and Columbia Road on Tuesday night at 11 p.m. The victim, who has not been identified, is in “serious” condition with head trauma at Boston Medical Center, according to Boston Police.
Police are now asking for the public’s help in finding the car and its driver. The suspect’s car is described as a white Honda Accord coupe.
Elaine Driscoll, a spokesperson for the Boston Police Department, said that the car would have sustained damage in the incident.  Read more

Peace walk draws hundreds on Mother's Day

2009 Walk for Peace: Participants in the 13th annual Mothers' Walk for Peace pass the Second Church of Dorchester on Sunday, May 10, 2009.2009 Walk for Peace: Participants in the 13th annual Mothers' Walk for Peace pass the Second Church of Dorchester on Sunday, May 10, 2009.  Read more

Woman, 64, charged with murdering man, 74

Boston Police report Julius Scott, 74, was found with a stab wound inside an apartment at 538 Talbot Ave. shortly after 7 p.m.  Read more

Police seek help IDing armed robbery suspect

Person of interest: Boston Police think this man in red —shown at the Fields Corner T station on Tuesday — may be a suspect in a string of armed robberies. Police want to identify him and the woman holding an umbrella at right.Person of interest: Boston Police think this man in red —shown at the Fields Corner T station on Tuesday — may be a suspect in a string of armed robberies. Police want to identify him and the woman holding an umbrella at right.Boston Police today released surveillance images of a suspect wanted in connection with armed robbery incidents in Boston and Brookline.  Read more

Former director of Haitian center recovers from car crash

On Wednesday, March 4, Riche Zamor and two colleagues from Haiti’s University of Fondwa were in an automobile accident while traveling from Fondwa to the capital city of Port au Prince. Zamor was barely two months into his stint as university president. The former executive director of Columbia Road’s Haitian Multi-Service Center, Dr. Zamor had left that post to assume his new duties in Haiti in late December.  Read more

BPS: Marshall School student has Swine Flu

A kindergarten student at the John Marshall Elementary School in Dorchester has become the first Boston Public School student diagnosed with the Swine Flu, the Reporter learned this afternoon.  Read more

Special athletes bond at bowling lanes

By 
Bethany Dionne, Special to the Reporter
May. 7, 2009

The thunder from the lanes at Dorchester’s Boston Bowl echoes through the walls every Sunday morning. Shouts and cheers can be heard from onlookers as almost 60 athletes spend two hours bowling each week from September to June.

Joyce Reardon of Dorchester bends at the waist, gently tosses a small, round ball through her legs and watches as it rolls down the lane, bobbing her head in excitement. After nine candlepins collapse, Joyce jumps in the air and turns around, looking proudly for her sister Mary.  Read more

Budget woes spare few as state revenues free-fall

And you thought the House’s version of the fiscal 2010 budget was bad. House lawmakers signed off on their $28 billion budget on Friday and economic forecasters are already saying it could be a billion dollars out of balance, even after a vote to hike the sales tax to 6.25 percent from 5 percent. Left on the table were youth anti-violence programs from the state Department of Public Health, among others.

“The Senate budget will be significantly worse than the bare bones budget of the House,” said state Sen. Jack Hart, a Dorchester Democrat.  Read more

‘Harlem Renaissance Revisited’ in three shows at the Lilla G. Frederick

Starting tonight, Dorchester and Roxbury performers and other theater artists will begin a three-show run of a community tribute to black culture, particularly as manifested in 1920s New York. The 11th annual “Harlem Renaissance Revisited” will be presented May 7 to 9 at 7:15 p.m. at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School, 260 Columbia Road, here in Dorchester.  Read more

State Police patrols hit hard by budget cuts

Add another possible casualty to a growing list of programs suffering from a fiscal crisis and a state budget that looks grimmer and grimmer: dedicated State Police patrols of local parks and the Neponset Greenway trails.

About $50,000 to $100,000 is provided every year for additional patrols to handle extra capacity in warm weather months, according to Senator Jack Hart. Since 1999, a specific line item directing security patrols along the trail, which stretches through Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester and Milton has been part of the state budget.  Read more

Battle of semantics rears head in Four Corners: Neighbors oppose auto repair shop on Bowdoin St.

A question of 1940s terminology has become the focal point this month of a battle against an auto repair shop in Four Corners that some neighbors say is illegal.  Read more