Man convicted of gunning down Norfolk Street pizza-place owner

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today found Gary Johnson guilty of first-degree murder for the Nov. 1, 2007 shooting of Stalex Pizza owner Mumin Manavoglu, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced.  Read more

Neighborhood kids bring unique harmonies to the Strand

As they did last year, the Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) will hold its end-of-the-year concert at the Strand Theater in Uphams Corner. Co-sponsored by the City of Boston, this special season-wrapping performance will take place Saturday, May 30 from 2 to 4 pm. It is free and open to the public.  Read more

Historical society names top ten endangered, takes new approach in compiling annual list

Instead of highlighting the plights of 10 doomed historic buildings this year, the Dorchester Historical Society is taking a new tack, naming 10 endangered districts in the neighborhood instead. The move is a practical one, said Rosanne Foley.

“We’re trying to figure out why this hasn’t been a call to action like it’s supposed to be,” she said.

In many ways, she said it was a way to diffuse the adversarial relationship the list has created between the society and area real estate agents.  Read more

Crowd chases shooting suspect in wake of fatal shooting

Minutes after a 29 year-old woman was fatally shot last evening on Arbutus Street near Franklin Field, a crowd of friends and neighbors surged after a man they said was the shooter. The scene was captured on video by 7News New England. The victim, whom the Globe identifies as Deanna Watkins, was shot outside of her home around 7:40 p.m.

Dot women to test mettle on “Iron Brides”

Eight women engaged to be married were chosen from the auditions of 75 to take part in the MY TV reality show Iron Brides, and among those chosen eight were two with Dorchester and Mattapan connections.

Thirty-seven-year-old Eileen Weir, a Dorchester resident, is engaged to marry Francis Kelly at St. Brendan’s Church in Neponset in the fall. And 27-year-old CeceliaAnn White, a science specialist at the Marshall School in Dorchester, is engaged to marry Dwayne Green on June 19 next year in Roxbury’s Charles Street A.M.E. Church.  Read more

Pedestrian strikes spiked at hit and run site

The intersection where a 45-year-old man was struck by a hit and run driver May 12 has recently seen a rise in pedestrian accidents, according to Boston EMS data. In 2007, there were two calls for ambulances to the intersection at Columbia Road and Dudley Street, neither of which were serious enough to result in a transport to the emergency room. But in 2008, there were five calls and four transports. This year so far, there have been three calls and one transport.  Read more

Lilla G. Frederick closed for swine flu

One confirmed case of H1N1 ifluenza plus 12 teachers and 144 out of 600 students out sick equals another school closed to help prevent the spread of the virus commonly referred to as the swine flu. Boston Public Schools announced the one-week closure of the Lilla G. Frederick Middle School on Columbia Road today at 4:35 p.m.  Read more

Gang unit may move further away

The Boston Police Department’s Gang Unit is destined to leave its current location in Kane Square, a previously-reported move that will save the city tens of thousands of dollars. The building it now occupies will be turned over to the Public Facilities Department. At the time the move was announced, officials said it would likely move to a Special Operations building on Warren Street near Dudley Square, but since then the plan has apparently shifted to a location at the Police Academy, deep in leafy Hyde Park and far from any significant gang activity.  Read more

BRA approves Bloomfield Gardens, which has more hurdles to clear

The Boston Redevelopment Authority Board has approved Viet-AID’s Bloomfield Gardens development, a 27-unit residential building proposed for a long-vacant lot at Geneva Avenue and Bloomfield Street, but the project still needs zoning changes to proceed.

Though the immediate area is densely populated, and several three-story buildings similar to the one proposed, several abutters have been fighting the density of Bloomfield Gardens—some of whom have admitted they’d rather see nothing developed at the site.  Read more

Chang-Diaz: colleagues getting ‘bum rap’ for ethics bill

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz is defending the ethics bill that her colleagues unanimously signed off on last week. The Senate version of the bill is getting a “bum rap,” said Chang-Diaz, who bested former Sen. Dianne Wilkerson in a Democratic primary last year, before federal corruption allegations arose against the longtime incumbent and forced her to resign.  Read more

Lacrosse Bulldogs fall to Weston, up-end Townies

The Boston Bulldogs played two of their most exciting games of their inaugural season last weekend. On Friday, the citywide lacrosse team traveled northwest on Route 30 and faced off for the first time against the well-coached, veteran Wildcats of Weston High School.  Read more

‘Public meetings’ take place — minus the public

Community members were chagrined this week to learn “at the last minute” that one of Gov. Deval Patrick’s statewide budget forums was right here in their backyard.

About 30 individuals attended the Tuesday evening forum in Mattapan, hosted by Patrick’s health and human services chief JudyAnn Bigby, but many were healthcare union members from such groups as the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Others were involved in community health centers.  Read more

Memorial Day parade, ceremonies set for Monday

Memorial Day Parade: Members of the McKeon Post marched into Cedar Grove Cemetery during the 2006 parade. Photo by Bill ForryMemorial Day Parade: Members of the McKeon Post marched into Cedar Grove Cemetery during the 2006 parade.  Read more

Boston Home art show set for next weekend

The Boston Home will host its sixth annual “At Home with the Arts” exhibition and sale on Sunday, May 31. The event will feature work by residents of the Boston Home, a Residence and Center for Care adults with advanced Multiple Sclerosis and other progressive neurological diseases. All art sales will benefit The Boston Home’s innovative arts program for the resident artists including watercolor painting classes taught three times a week by local artist Susan Krause using adaptive technologies developed at the Boston Home.  Read more

Boys & Girls Clubs hail an achiever

Bethany Dionne, Special to the Reporter
May. 21, 2009

Tiffany R. Warren: Will be honored with Pioneer Award at the New England Women Leadership Awards on May 28.Tiffany R. Warren: Will be honored with Pioneer Award at the New England Women Leadership Awards on May 28.Known in the advertising world as “Diversity Pollyanna,” Tiffany R. Warren credits much of her success and accomplishments to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. And the respect is mutual: Warren will be honored with The Pioneer Award at the Club’s New England Women’s Leadership Awards on May 28th.

“This award is more important than any other award I’ve ever received,” Warren said with a grin, her dark brown eyes sparkling. “It was unexpected and means so much coming from the Club. The Club has helped me so much and I can trace all my accomplishments back to the Club. So many people believed in all of us early on. The Club is a gift I still think about everyday.”  Read more

Red Line dead as entire subway system loses power

The MBTA is trying to figure out what caused a massive power outage that shut all four subway lines and left hundreds of people stranded in trains shortly before 9 a.m. today.  Read more

Senators seek counsel at Mattapan forum

Presented with a sheet of paper asking “What Would You Do?” and listing potential areas to cut in the state budget – education, health care, the environment, public safety – Alisa Ritchie balked.

A Dorchester resident who attended state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz’s Saturday budget forum in Mattapan, Ritchie kept looking over the sheet of paper. Put together by Chang-Diaz’s office, it was meant as an exercise and noted at the top that the state was facing a budget gap between $2 billion to $5 billion for the fiscal year that starts on July 1.  Read more

Most council hopefuls pass first test: signatures

Ever since it was passed by the legislature in 2007, a low-level controversy has clung to Councillor Stephen Murphy’s home rule petition to raise the number of nomination signatures needed to run for at-large to 1,500 from its previous level at 500.  Read more

Westminster Dodge fights to overturn death sentence

Joe Lawlor has sold thousands of cars in his six years as sales manager at Morrissey Boulevard’s Westminster Dodge. The Bickford family — which has operated the Chrysler dealership since the 1960s — has sold many times that.

This week, though, they are pitching a different kind of sale, one that even they admit has long odds of finding the right buyer.  Read more

Ball in the House gets big break on Today Show

Ball in the House: The Dot-based quintet made a big splash on the Today Show on Monday, May 17.Ball in the House: The Dot-based quintet made a big splash on the Today Show on Monday, May 17.The Dorchester-based R&B/Soul group Ball in the House won a Today Show talent competition on Monday — and a spot on the program “America’s Got Talent” later this summer. Jon Ryan, the Granite Street native and beat-box extraordinaire who co-founded the group, is pictured above (far right) with Today Show’s Meredith Viera and bandmates, l-r, Dan Szymczak, Ryan Chappelle, Dave Guisti, and Aaron Loveland. For more on the group and their music, see  Read more

Boston Latin to temporarily close due to spike in flu cases

Updated: Boston Latin School will be closed for the next week — beginning today — as public health officials respond to a surge in reported cases of "influenza-like illness and high absenteeism among students." The city has also announced that a private school — The Winsor School in the Longwood area — will also shut down for seven days for the same reason. The city is advising BLS students and staff to "stay at home for seven days and not to congregate at other sites."  Read more

Patrick's Health Secretary to host forum at Mattapan's Foley building

Governor Deval Patrick's Secretary of Health and Human Services — Dr. JudyAnn Bigby — comes to Mattapan tonight to moderate what the Patrick administration has billed as a "community forum on choices and priorities facing the Commonwealth in the current economic climate." The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Foley Senior Residences, 249 River Street.  Read more

Help find missing dog Cali

Help us find Cali: Missing since May 14.Help us find Cali: Missing since May 14.A small cream/blonde Pomeranian dog named Cali is missing and her owners are asking the neighborhood to help find her this week.

"Cali is part of our family, she needs her medication and our hearts are broken. We will not stop searching until she is found. Upon her safe return, we will gladly send you on your way with a cash reward, NO questions asked."

Cali weighs approx. 6 lbs, is extremely friendly, and was last seen on May 14 in the area of Neponset Avenue and Victory Road. Poms are not as common as labs or retrievers so if you spot a blonde fluffy dog with a tail that curls up, please call immediately! Call 617-291–3257 or 860-798 -0740.  Read more

Hibernian Hall hosts unconventional Shakespeare troupe in ‘Much Ado’

In fall 2006, the Actors Shakespeare Project (ASP) wowed critics and audiences alike with its switcheroo Hamlet at the Strand Theater. The troupe, known for its inventive staging often in unconventional venues, put the audience onstage and used the house as part of the acting space.

This week, nearly three years later, ASP returns to the neighborhoods with another innovative production, this time of a comedy, and the company is inviting all Dorchester and Roxbury residents to see the show at a 50 percent discount.  Read more

Police investigate child's injuries

Boston Police report a 10-year-old on Gaylord Street is in critical condition this morning with "suspicious" injuries. The homicide unit is on the scene.