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Lena Park head says CDC may keep community center

Interim director Bruce Blaisdell of the Lena Park CDC said this week that the CDC could potentially renovate its property at 150 American Legion Highway in Dorchester, a community center once known as the Hecht House.

The CDC is facing a deficit of around $1 million and is on the verge of signing a contract with Urban Edge, another CDC based in Roxbury, to administrate its education programs and affordable housing holdings.  Read more

Car rental scheme busted

By 
Reporter Staff
Apr. 2, 2009

On Monday, Dorchester’s George Quinn was indicted for operating an illegal car rental operation in the neighborhood.

According to the attorney general’s office, investigators discovered Quinn had told the AMICA Mutual Insurance company he was a collector of cars to explain his multiple auto insurance policies. Taken out in February 2008, the policies were personal, not commercial, and thus gave him a lower premium.

Many of the people who rented the cars were unlicensed, according to the AG, and at least three claims were made on the insurance policies for accidents with the cars.  Read more

BMC said to be getting $80 million in stimulus funds

By 
Reporter Staff
Apr. 2, 2009

As part of the country’s economic recovery plan, Massachusetts just secured a $764 million boost for healthcare services last week, and the Boston Medical Center is said to be getting $80 million for FY 2010. Dorchester’s Codman Square Health Center and the Dorchester House both rely on BMC for a considerable chunk of their funding.  Read more

Budget straits spark surge in parent action

One silver lining of the stormy budget crisis that has loomed over the Boston Public Schools for the past few months— a crisis that still threatens 212 teaching positions and 324 other jobs unless new revenues or budget cuts are found—is that hundreds of parents have come out of the woodwork to protect their children’s education.

With plenty of studies showing parental involvement can improve student and school performance, many active parents and advocates are now beginning to wonder if any of the energy that brought 500 parents to a State House rally last week can be sustained.  Read more

Codman Square pins hopes on stimulus for new center, school

Codman Square Health Campus: An architect's rendering of the proposed new building. Courtesy HKT ArchitectsCodman Square Health Campus: An architect's rendering of the proposed new building. Courtesy HKT ArchitectsAn ambitious $15 million plan to build a new health center and school in the heart of Codman Square could begin as soon as September if federal stimulus dollars earmarked for community health centers come through.  Read more

Grants allow art teachers to travel and expand their own horizons

Jozeph Zaremba, a longtime Dorchester art teacher will at last get in touch with his artist roots – by studying in Florence.

“Wow! I am so excited to receive a Teachers as Artists grant!  It allows me to become a student again and validates the importance of art in teaching and learning,” he said this week.  Read more

Judge Hanlon gets mostly positive reviews in hearing

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Apr. 1, 2009

Judge Sydney Hanlon: Judge Sydney Hanlon. AP PhotoJudge Sydney Hanlon: Judge Sydney Hanlon. AP PhotoDorchester District Court Judge Sydney Hanlon appears on her way to have the necessary votes for confirmation to the state Appeals Court.  Read more

Murder case from '04 ends in mistrial... again

The trial of two men accused of killing a Dorchester woman in a horrific crime on Monsignor Lydon Way back in 2004 ended in a hung jury on Wednesday, marking the third time the case has stalled in a Boston courtroom.  Read more

Menino: Preschool programs will go on at Murphy, other sites

Mayor Thomas Menino reiterated a promise by his staff that preschool programs would continue at the Murphy Community Center and eight other community centers this week, saying there were state slots available for the children if funding for the teachers, who will not be paid by the city in next year’s budget, cannot be found elsewhere.  Read more

Former state Rep. Richard Finnigan dead at 72

Richard Finnigan: Richard Finnigan of Savin Hill served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1972-1979. He died on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at the age of 72.Richard Finnigan: Richard Finnigan of Savin Hill served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1972-1979. He died on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at the age of 72.Richard Finnigan, a former three term Dorchester state Representative who was well known for his support of youth sports and the St. William's parish band, died Tuesday, March 31 at New England Medical Center. He was 72.  Read more

Police arrest two for credit union hiest

Two men have been arrested in connection with a Wednesday morning bank robbery at the Tremont Credit Union office on Columbia Point. Kevin Clement, 23, and Derrick Rogers, 25, have both been charged with Armed Robbery (bank). Boston Police detectives from Area C-6, members FBI Bank Robbery Task Force and Bureau of Investigative Services made the arrests.  Read more

'Velvet Teddy Bear' gets sneak peek at Strand

Ruben Studdard, the American Idol champion who now headlines the touring musical "Ain't Misbehavin'" came to Dorchester on Monday to check out the Strand Theatre, where he and his fellow cast members will take the stage for four performances starting April 10.  Read more

Man dead of gunshot wound

Around 8:05 p.m. on Saturday, police found a man with a gunshot wound inside 8 Ogden St. Okwudill Onujiogwie, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene.

What fouled the Mildred Middle School site?

A curious septuagenarian caller, known to the Reporter but shy about putting her name in the paper, called in this week to question the previous existence of a dry cleaner on Mildred Avenue—where vapors from tetrachloroethylene, a.k.a: perc, were found inside a middle school last month.  Read more

Residents speak out after shooting shakes their street

Residents of Nelson Street — a sidestreet off of Morton Street along the Dorchester and Mattapan border — are interviewed in this video about a shooting incident last Friday night that left them shaken, but unhurt. Bullets whizzed into two homes, including one where a dad was watching TV with his two young kids and their cousins.  Read more

Spring cleaning begins at Dorchester Park

About 25 neighbors came out on Saturday morning, March 28, to assist in an ambitious clean-up project led by the Dorchester Park Association under the direction of Richard O'Mara, owner of Cedar Grove Gardens. The Reporter was there and brings you video showing workers clearing brush and debris from the park's interior pathway.  Read more

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

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

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

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