Earth will be awakened for Boston Shines on Saturday

Chief Kenny Black Elk, aka Kenneth Barber, and the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition are planning an “Earth Awakening” at Geneva Cliffs this weekend.

“We give thanks to the earth, thanks to the moon and of course we give thanks to the creator,” said Barber. “We do a tobacco ceremony and after we dance and rejoice.”  Read more

Advocates say House budget will decimate local programs

Lew Finfer did not mince words. Hours after House leaders released their version of the fiscal 2010 budget last week, he blasted out to his network an e-mail titled, “Public Safety and Youth Programs DEMOLISHED by House Ways and Means budget proposal.”  Read more

Plan to determine future of empty lots

The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Neighborhood Development have teamed up to study the potential futures of dozens of vacant lots in Four Corners, Codman Square and Bowdoin-Geneva. The first of the design charrettes, for the Codman area, is scheduled for next Tuesday.  Read more

Orchestra helps young people discover classical music

Last year, the youth-friendly Discovery Ensemble chamber orchestra’s introductory workshops to classical music and free concerts in Dorchester were so enthusiastically received that the group will be welcomed back for new programming here next week.

 “We are passionate about helping kids connect with and love classical music,” exclaims Belfast, Northern Ireland-born Courtney Lewis, founder and music director of the ensemble that consists of 40 young professional musicians.  Read more

Ten try for mayoral ballot, Menino jumps in

It isn’t everyone who just ups and decides to run for mayor. But then again maybe it’s trending that way. Outside of the challengers we know by now—contractor Kevin McCrea and councillors Sam Yoon and Michael Flaherty—there are six others who pulled papers for the job when the window at the city’s election department opened up last week, making a total of nine. Incumbent Mayor Tom Menino’s announcement yesterday makes it 10.  Read more

Menino to make it official, seek fifth term as mayor

Mayor Tom Menino will announce his intention to seek re-election this year to a record fifth-term as Mayor of Boston this evening at three events in Boston, Roxbury and Roslindale.  Read more

Help clean-up the neighborhoods on Saturday

A flurry of neighborhood clean-ups are planned for Saturday, April 25 — dubbed Boston Shines day in the city. The event — coordinated by Mayor Menino’s office — will target parks, sidewalks and other public spaces. Anyone can turn out for the morning activities— which generally start at 9 a.m.  Read more

Yoon and Tobin to hold emergency pre-school hearing

As parents all over the city fret over the future of 10 preschool and after-school programs that are set to lose city funding for their staff, City Councillors Sam Yoon and John Tobin are holding a last-minute hearing to determine once and for all if they really will be able to survive, as the Menino administration contends.  Read more

‘Good citizen’ aids cops in mugging arrests

Three juveniles were arrested Monday evening after they allegedly beat a man near the JFK-UMass MBTA station. The Boston Police bicycle unit, returning from duty at the Boston Marathon, made the arrests- with a major assist from a helpful witness who tracked the suspects as they attempted to make their escape.  Read more

Police probe death of man on Hilltop Street

Boston Police detectives probing the death of a 46 year-old man, who was found outside a home on Hilltop Street on Tuesday morning, do not believe that foul play was involved.
Elaine Driscoll, a spokesperson for the BPD, tells the Reporter that police believe that the man died after a fall that caused trauma to his head. Driscoll says that homicide detectives will stay on the case at least until the Medical Examiner's office issues a report. The identity of the victim has not been released.

T board members call capital plan unrealistic

Jim O'Sullivan
Apr. 19, 2009

The MBTA Board, facing fare hikes and possible service cuts, postponed a vote Monday that would have authorized the agency’s five-year, $3.68 billion plan for capital improvements, after members voiced concern about borrowing an additional $1 billion to finance the program. 

MBTA Board chair James Aloisi said the plan was not a commitment to the borrowing and spending it prescribed.  Aloisi, Gov. Deval Patrick’s top transportation aide, said he planned to schedule a special meeting when the board will determine its course on capital spending.
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New fruit orchard planned at historic farm

Pete Stidman
Apr. 19, 2009

After years of resting on their laurels, or more particularly—maintaining the raspberry bushes, cherry trees and grape vines that they planted in nooks and crannies all over the city prior to 2000—Earthworks Boston is again in the business of planting brand new orchards, including at least one in Dorchester.  Read more

Council hearing eyes potential reforms to campaign finance

Spurred on by recent corruption scandals here and in states across the country, City Councillor at-Large Sam Yoon pressed a little-discussed issue in Boston city politics in a city council hearing last Thursday: campaign finance reform.  Read more

Firefighters give Flaherty the official nod

City Councillor Michael Flaherty has picked up the official endorsement of the city's firefighters union, Local 718. The campaign made the announcement on Friday afternoon, a day after Flaherty rolled out four other union endorsements. A public endorsement event will be held on May 9th at Firefighters Family Day in Neponset's Pope John Paul II Park.  Read more

Vote for St. Peter's– help win grant money

Apr. 17, 2009

St. Peter’s on Bowdoin Street could get an infusion of much-needed grant money to help repair the historic church — if it wins enough votes in an online competition.

According to neighbor Jeff Gonyeau, the church is “one of 25 sites” and the only one in Dorchester – that have been “invited to compete for an important and prestigious grant from Partners in Preservation—a new joint initiative of the National Trust for Preservation and American Express.”  Read more

Historic firehouse re-listed

Apr. 17, 2009

A historic firehouse in Four Corners, which has been a focus of the surrounding neighborhood after a daycare there went out of business and the building became vacant, is again listed for sale, this time by a broker in the South End.

“So far I’ve gotten a few calls from people, it’s only been up a few days,” said broker William Dellea of Coldwell Banker on Tremont Street. “I’ve got a group of non-profits looking at it today. I’ve had a few church groups and I had one person interested in using it as a residence.”  Read more

Man admits to gunfight that killed rival in Jan. '08

Apr. 17, 2009

A Dorchester man this week admitted that he gunned down a rival outside a Norton Street baby shower in January 2008. Ryan Gillespie, 24, was set to go on trial on Monday for the slaying of Joseph Clarke, 23. Instead, Gillespie pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter, apologized to Clarke’s kin and was immediately sentenced to 12 to 14 years in state prison.
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Superior Officers union endorses Flaherty bid

Apr. 17, 2009

Before Mayor Thomas Menino has even announced his intentions to run for mayor or not, challenger Michael Flaherty, a City Councillor, has received the endorsement from the top echelons of the Boston Police Department.  Read more

Henriquez in line for federal housing post

State House News
Apr. 17, 2009

Boston Housing Authority chief Sandra Henriquez is President Barack Obama’s pick for a top housing post.  Obama on Friday afternoon announced he intends to nominate Henriquez to the position of assistant secretary for public and Indian housing.   Read more

Carney dedicates its latest plus— a surgical center

Copeland Surgical Center launch: Dr. Martin Williams, Carney Hospital's chief of surgery, speaks at the official launch.Copeland Surgical Center launch: Dr. Martin Williams, Carney Hospital's chief of surgery, speaks at the official launch.Officials and staff of  Dorchester’s Carney Hospital gathered last week for the official dedication of the hospital’s new Copeland Surgical Center. The facility, located at the Seton lobby entrance off the rear paring lot, adds new services to the hospital.  Read more

'Austerity' hallmark of mayor's budget

When Mayor Thomas Menino unwrapped last year’s city budget, he touted its stability and a host of reconstruction projects.

This year, not so much. If anything, this year’s city budget is highly unstable as state revenues continue to plunge and policymakers have yet to see a bottom. The state’s House of Representatives was set to unveil this week a fiscal 2010 budget even more austere than the governor’s version, with deeper cuts in services and none of the tax increases both Governor Deval Patrick and Menino have pushed for.  Read more

DEEP Essays: Super Kids with Super Powers

Project DEEP Students
Apr. 16, 2009

It's a bird, it's a plane, ... it's a ten-year old,  Read more

Mayoral sign war flares in Fields Corner

Battleground: Fields Corner: Photo by Pete StidmanBattleground: Fields Corner: Photo by Pete StidmanJust because Mayor Thomas Menino isn’t officially running for reelection yet doesn’t mean his competitor’s signs are safe. The first skirmish in this election’s “sign wars” has already taken place in Fields Corner.

Starting on Tuesday, April 7, according to business owners, the mayor’s Vietnamese Liaison Diep “Diane” Hyunh and possibly others have gone up and down Dorchester Avenue plastering “For Mayor Menino” signs in the windows of Vietnamese-owned shops. The efforts were likely triggered by Yoon’s first fleet of signs in Fields Corner, which were deployed the Saturday before. It would be a normal sign of election season, save for the fact that Menino has yet to announce his candidacy.  Read more

Marshall Community Center faces big challenge

Bill Milligan: Marshall Community Center council chairman speaks at a meeting last week. Photo by Pete StidmanBill Milligan: Marshall Community Center council chairman speaks at a meeting last week. Photo by Pete StidmanOf the three community centers set to lose city funding for some of their preschool or after school teachers come January, the Marshall may have the biggest challenges before it.  Read more