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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

Patriotic flag display marked Vietnamese anniversary

Flags along the Ave.Flags along the Ave.Despite allegations to the contrary made on a local blog, last week’s display of some 400 Vietnamese and American flags which sprouted on scores of Vietnamese-owned businesses across the neighborhood was the work of a volunteer committee working to mark the anniversary of South Vietnam’s collapse in 1975.  Read more

Foreclosure not likely at Bayside, attorney says

By 
Pete Stidman and Bill Forry, Staff Editors
May. 7, 2009

The Bayside Expo Center on Columbia Point is scheduled to be auctioned to the highest bidder next month—according to a legal ad published in the April 30 edition of the Boston Globe—but an attorney for the Bayside said it will not come to pass. He expects a “very positive resolution” to the matter.

The legal notice said a public auction would be held on the grounds of the Expo Center at 200 Mt. Vernon Street on May 28.  Read more

Council hopefuls chase signatures through raindrops

This week’s rain hasn’t dampened the spirits of the city’s political candidates as they fan out across the city to gather signatures each day. Competing for signatures, they cross each other’s paths often, and they’re civil to each other, most of the time.

Though Mayor Thomas Menino and challenger Michael Flaherty both turned in more than enough signatures to qualify last week, other mayoral challengers and those running for council are still slogging it out.  Read more

Fifteen year-old mortally wounded on Dudley Street

A 15 year-old student who was gunned down this morning on Dudley Street is not expected to survive his injuries, according to Boston Police.  Read more

‘Enhanced’ Blue Hill bus line could resemble rapid transit

A bus on the Silver LineA bus on the Silver LineState and city leaders this week announced a $100 million federal stimulus project to greatly improve public transportation along Blue Hill Avenue from Mattapan to Dudley Square, including a new connection to South Station.

It isn’t the light rail service that Roxbury’s transportation advocates have clamored for since the Orange Line was pulled off Washington Street in the late ’80s. And many in Mattapan were taken aback after being left out of the loop on the new proposal. Yet, it is a direct connection to downtown from a host of underserved neighborhoods in Mattapan and Dorchester and transportation advocates seem to be warming up to the plan.  Read more

Gunfire erupts, teen dies

Boston Police report neighbors heard numerous gunshots this evening shortly before a 17-year-old was found lying on the sidewalk at 70 Tonawanda St. around 7:19 p.m.  Read more

April tax receipts crash, state deficit nears $1 billion

By 
Jim O'Sullivan and Michael Norton, State House News Service
May. 4, 2009

Less than three weeks after estimating a deficit as high as $550 million for the rest of the fiscal year, Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday that the actual gap could hit $953 million, as state tax collections fell at warp speed last month, nearly $1 billion below April 2008 and $456 million shy of already downgraded projections for the month.  Read more