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New tri-parish pastor coming to 'build, not tear down'

Fr. Jack Ahern: The newly named pastor of the "tri-parish" of Holy Family, Blessed Mother Teresa and St. Peter.Fr. Jack AhernThe man who has been asked to pioneer a new management model for three very different Catholic parishes likes to be called, simply, "Fr. Jack."

It even says so on his business card.  Read more

Hiep Nguyen to run for City Council

A first for Vietnamese-Americans in the city

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. At 26, he may be the youngest candidate in this year’s race. And according to many, he is the first Vietnamese-American ever to run for the council in Boston.  Read more

Governor to announce stimulus help at UMass visit

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Mar. 23, 2009

UMass undergraduates, bracing for an expected $1,500 fee increase, appear in line for some relief thanks to federal stimulus funds aimed toward the coffers of the state's public higher education system. Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to announce the restoration of funds cut from the higher education on Tuesday at UMass-Boston, according to Education Secretary Paul Reville. A press conference has been scheduled at the university's Campus Center.  Read more

Boston High School Lacrosse Club Begins First Season

By 
John Dougherty, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 23, 2009

Bulldogs Lacrosse: The Boston Bulldogs opened up their inaugural 2009 season with an impressive 9-5 victory over Brookline on March 21.Bulldogs Lacrosse: The Boston Bulldogs opened up their inaugural 2009 season with an impressive 9-5 victory over Brookline on March 21.There’s a new lacrosse team in Boston, and it has been a long time in coming.  Read more

Red Line service suspended this weekend

The Dorchester branch of the Red Line will be shut down this weekend as the T completes what it calls the “final phase of demolition” at Ashmont station. Buses along Dorchester Avenue will replace train service on Saturday and Sunday. T officials call this weekend’s around the clock work a “major milestone” in the Ashmont construction project. Questions may be directed to the T’s construction hotline at 617-222-6757.

In the running

Three Dorchester runners - Michael Crowell, 37, Scott MacKay, 37, and Katie Markunas, 28 - are putting in long hours of cold winter training to get ready for the April 20th Boston Marathon. The three are part of a team that will raise thousands of dollars for those who suffer from life-threatening liver diseases as part of theAmerican Liver Foundation's Run for Research (RFR) team.  Read more

Mayor's race fueled jokes at Southie breakfast

If the mayor's race was based on the caliber of jokes last Sunday at the St. Patrick's Day breakfast, City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon might have scored an upset. That's according to an informal survey of participants of the annual Irish-themed roast of Massachusetts politics and politicians.

Yoon, making his first speaking appearance at the breakfast, veered between plays on his name and the mystery of what a fortune cookie supposedly foretelling the next mayor of Boston said.  Read more

Yoon, Chang-Diaz harp on Boston's incumbency problem

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 19, 2009

The need to raise giant campaign funds and the power of incumbency can stifle democracy City Councillor Sam Yoon said in a panel discussion last Thursday. The forum explored the possible reasons why the Commonwealth ranks among the lowest percentages in the nation for contested local elections.

Yoon said the highest hurdle for a challenger is raising the money to compete. The Dorchester Democrat said that he has to spend a tremendous amount of time on the phone raising money, to stay competitive in the coming mayoral race.  Read more

St. Fleur, Walsh travel to Haiti

Rep. Marty Walsh spent St. Patrick's Day in Haiti this week. Walsh joined a delegation led by fellow Dorchester state Rep. Marie St. Fleur for an informational trip to the Caribbean county, which is still reeling from the heavy hurricane season.  Read more

Walsh, Forry push for delay of auto insurance rules

State lawmakers in the Dorchester delegation are calling for the state insurance commissioner to delay rules that they say will put insurance agents who serve urban areas out of business. Lawmakers, including state Reps. Marty Walsh and Linda Dorcena Forry, met for about two hours last Wednesday with Insurance Commissioner Nonnie Burnes and over 150 insurance agents, who argued that they'll be cut out of business because of the state implementing auto insurance reform.  Read more

Cable provider continues march into Dorchester

Neighbors thirsting for an alternative to cable and Internet giant Comcast take heed: RCN says they are slowly, but surely, heading your way.  Read more

A thousand-point Bear

By 
Adam Boyajy, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 19, 2009

Fifteen seconds left. The Dorchester Bears trail Boston English by three points. Darius Carter gets the pass, he's standing behind the three-point line. He shoots… swish!

Tie game. The Bears go on to win, 67-66. Carter finishes with 29 points and with that three-point basket, becomes the first player from the Dorchester Education Complex to score 1,000 points.

"Coach had a play for another shooter on the team," remembered Carter from his home in Dorchester, "but English knew the ball was going to him, so he kicked it out to me and I hit the shot. It was a nice moment."  Read more

Ezedi gives it a 'go' for an at-large council seat

EzediEzediThis year's race for at-Large City Council just got a bit more interesting.

Long rumored to be considering a run, Egobudike Ezedi Jr., currently director of the Roxbury YMCA, called the Reporter on Tuesday to say he's in.  Read more

Without Archdiocese, dreams for St. Kevin's take shape

Uphams Corner stakeholders began imagining the future of the former St. Kevin's Parish property with a brainstorming session held last week, mulling over a number of concepts including new educational institutions, shops and restaurants, and green space.

The Archdiocese of Boston recently put the Columbia Road complex up for sale after closing the school last year. Though it has no obligation to consider the community's vision for the space when choosing a developer, participants hope the Archdiocese will factor their ideas into its decision.  Read more

Talent sought to take Strand stage with Ruben

Ruben Studdard: Won the "big one" in 2003.Ruben Studdard: Won the "big one" in 2003.Don't worry: Simon Cowell won't be on hand to critique your skills or lack thereof. But, if you think you've got the vocal chops to take the stage with Ruben Studdard, your big break may be here.  Read more

St. Ann's hoopsters reign supreme

St. Ann's hoopsters reign supreme: St. Ann's basketball team won the State Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) championship on Sunday night at Milton High School, defeating St. Catherine's of Norwood, 61-55. The boys' triumph is the third in as many years for the parish, whose girls' teams won back-to-back titles in '06 and '07. Pictured above, back row, l-r, Coach Patrick Pickup, Niahl Murphy, Paul Fahey, Michael Ball, Patrick Costello, Patrick Doyle, Corey Brooks, Coach Charlie Conner. Front row, kneeling:Jeffrey Jean, Jeremiah Dalton, Matthew Leonard, Tyler Jones, Josh Neely, Ryan Leary. Photo courtesy Corinne Ball.St. Ann's hoopsters reign supreme: St. Ann's basketball team won the State Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) championship on Sunday night at Milton High School, defeating St. Catherine's of Norwood, 61-55.  Read more

Summer jobs stimulus may not meet rise in demand

For the first time in close to 10 years the federal government is kicking in money for summer jobs for young people. More than $2 million is expected for Boston's program alone from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, out of $25 million set to flow through the state.  Read more

Welcome to the new DotNews.com

Welcome to the new online home of the Dorchester Reporter. We hope you will browse through the new and improved DotNews.com, take it for a test drive and let us know what you think.  Read more

Talent sought to take Strand stage with Ruben

Don't worry: Simon Cowell won't be on hand to critique your skills or lack thereof. But, if you think you've got the vocal chops to take the stage with Ruben Studdard, your big break may be here.  Read more

Civic umbrella group surveying associations

The Boston Civic Summit Neighborhood Exchange Team, an outgrowth of last year's Civic Summit hosted by City Councillor Maureen Feeney and convention center head James Rooney, is gathering basic information on neighborhood civic associations with a new online survey.

The group hopes to use the information to create an exchange of ideas and best practices between the many civic groups. The current survey gathers basic information about the size, communication tactics and contact information of the civics Those interested in participating can find the survey at roslindale.us/civicsummit.

Longtime Feeney aide plans to take a break

District 3 City Councillor Maureen Feeney's chief of staff, Renie Smith, who has earned a stellar reputation serving the neighborhood with the councillor for 11 years, is working her last day in City Hall today, at least for the time being. Smith, who resides in the Cedar Grove neighborhood, said she's thoroughly enjoyed the job, but is looking forward to taking a little break as well.

"Maureen's just getting ready to start another campaign and I know how much work goes into that," said Smith. "I just thought it would be easier for someone new to start now.  Read more

Produce market to open in Edward Everett Square

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As a temporary fix on a long-time eyesore, the new owner of the NE Brake Building at 1299 Massachusetts Ave. (above) is sprucing up the building's curved storefront and installing a small fruit and vegetable market to complement the giant Clapp's pear across the street.  Read more

Senator cautions lawmakers about liquor license bills

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Mar. 12, 2009

During an introductory meeting usually set aside for adoption of procedural rules and informal pleasantries, Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Co-chairman Sen. Michael Morrissey on Tuesday volunteered cautionary advice.

"Whatever Dianne did, don't do," Morrissey told the five other lawmakers who showed up for the 17-member committee's first meeting of the 2009-2010 session.  Read more

Mass. House, by 126-19, approves the process for latest redistricting

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Mar. 12, 2009

House lawmakers voted 126-19 Thursday to create a committee of House and Senate members to handle the decennial task of re-drawing the lines of Congressional and legislative districts.

The House voted 132-23 to reject an alternative plan that called for an independent, eight-member commission to take on redistricting and deliver its recommendations to the Legislature, which would have the option of rejecting them.  Read more

$1.6 million tax scofflaw finds shelter from foreclosure, again

Although times are tough and budgets tight, the Land Court can't seem to make a call in the city's largest property tax scofflaw case, which has now dragged on for almost five years.

Maxwell Products Corporation and owner Hal Cohen owe well over $1.6 million in property taxes and interest on a large industrial property at 65 E. Cottage St. and over $750,000 to a profit sharing and pension fund he said he would repay in an agreement with the Department of Labor.  Read more