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DEEP Essays: Super Kids with Super Powers

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Project DEEP Students
Apr. 16, 2009

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

Lady Chiefs bring home South Shore title

By 
Matt Sweeney, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 15, 2009

Lady Chiefs: The DYH 12 and under squad celebrate their victory over Canton. Photo courtesy Matt Sweeney/DYHLady Chiefs: The DYH 12 and under squad celebrate their victory over Canton. Photo courtesy Matt Sweeney/DYHThe Dorchester Youth Hockey girls 12 & under team defeated Canton today for the South Shore Championship. The Lady Chiefs took home the title thanks to a third period goal by Brenna Galvin to tie the score at 1-1. Then in overtime, Katie Nolan scored on a power play goal to win the game. Coach Driscoll raved about the goaltending of Patrice Guerarde and the defensive play by the entire team. Great job, Lady Chiefs!  Read more

Shootout probe leads to arrests in Savin Hill

Nearly a month after an evening shootout sent bullets buzzing through a typically peaceful Columbia-Savin Hill sidestreet, Boston Police returned to the scene last night and arrested two men while executing a search warrant.

Vote for St. Peter's — help win grant $$

St. Peter's: Needs your vote to win grant money. Reporter file photoSt. Peter's: Needs your vote to win grant money. Reporter file photoSt. 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.  Read more

Man admits guilt in Norton St. murder

A Dorchester man today admitted that he gunned down a rival outside a Norton St. baby shower in January 2008. Ryan Gillespie, 24, was set to go on trial today 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.  Read more

Smash-and-grab suspect nabbed on Pope's Hill

Boston Police relay news of an early morning arrest of a South Boston man, who apparently thought neighbors on Neponset Ave. would snooze through his glass-shattering antics. Police caught up to the 23 year-old suspect on Train Street and returned to the scene, where the victim positively identified him as the man who just plunged his hand through her car window.

Police: Blood-spattered walls, dead and dying dogs at illegal dog-fight ring

Boston Police report the discovery of a basement at 29 Raven St. outfitted as a dog-fighting arena.  Read more

Several injured in two fires

Fires on Clarkson Street and Blue Hill Ave. sent three residents and two firefighters to the hospital overnight.  Read more

Neponset site helps connect to youth programs

The Pope's Hill Neighborhood Association has created a one-stop web page for parents looking for resources for their children for April vacation, the summer months and beyond.  Read more

Rep. Walsh joins St. Fleur in tour of Haiti

Reps visit Haiti: Rep. Marie St. Fleur, third from left, led a delegation on a visit to Haiti last. Among those who went was her Dorchester colleague, Rep. Marty Walsh, second from right. The group is pictured atop the Citadel fortress in northern Haiti.Reps visit Haiti: Rep. Marie St. Fleur, third from left, led a delegation on a visit to Haiti last. Among those who went was her Dorchester colleague, Rep. Marty Walsh, second from right. The group is pictured atop the Citadel fortress in northern Haiti.Children running around naked and washing themselves in puddles in dirt roads, outside homes made of aluminum siding and cinderblocks. Those were some of the images that remain stuck in state Rep. Marty Walsh's mind after his five-day trip to Haiti last month.  Read more

Olympics dreams shared in Dot gym

By 
Kade Krichko, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 10, 2009

>Through a maze of warehouse hallways and a shadowy set of stairs lies one of Dorchester's best kept secrets: its very own orchestra hall. Though perhaps not traditional by most musical standards, Grealish Boxing Club's orchestral qualities cannot be denied.  Read more

Teen gunned down on Pleasant Street

Update: Police have identified the victim of a Thursday night shooting as 17 year-old Jamayl E. Wilson, 17, of Dorchester. He was shot to death outside 101 Pleasant Street.  Read more

Uncertain future for historic firehouse

Engine 18: The vacant firehouse on Harvard Street dates to 1869. Photo by Pete StidmanEngine 18: The vacant firehouse on Harvard Street dates to 1869. Photo by Pete StidmanIn an annual ritual, the Dorchester Historical Society is again collecting nominations for its annual list of the top 10 endangered properties in the neighborhood. And just as they've put out the call, a late 19th Century firehouse in Four Corners seems to be stepping forward all on its own.

Among Boston's many firehouses old and new, it is architecturally unique; perhaps the quaintest and most quintessentially "fire house" of them all.  Read more

Globe failure would hurt Dot families, economy

The consequences are hard to imagine. Only the most cold-blooded haters are actually rooting for it to happen. But if The Boston Globe, facing what seems to be a terminal case of lost advertising in its printed version, does cease to exist someday soon, what will it mean for Dorchester?  Read more

D.A.; Steven Odom's killer was himself murdered

By 
Staff
Apr. 9, 2009

A-19 year-old Mattapan man has been arrested and charged for his role in the 2007 murder of 13-year-old Steven Odom, a crime that stunned the neighborhood. Suffolk County DA Daniel Conley announced Saturday that the teen who allegedly pulled the trigger – Charles Bunch, Jr. – was himself the victim of a homicide in Mattapan 10 days after Odom was killed.  Read more

Murphy Center closing for summer

Just as parents and neighbors have activated en masse to boost the Murphy Community Center’s use by local teens, the city is finally getting around to making a few crucial repairs that will cause it to close down for the entire summer.

The move, which was announced last week, came as a shock to parents, particularly those involved in a recent surge of community involvement in the center, which produced 19 new members for the center’s site council in January.  Read more

City leaders tell parents: preschools will stay open

A plethora of promises were doled out to riled-up parents at the Murphy Community Center on Tuesday, as the director of Boston Centers for Youth and Family and the mayor’s policy advisor both vowed not to close a cherished preschool program.  Read more

Hanlon gets mostly favorable review in bid for Appeals court

Dorchester District Court Judge Sydney Hanlon appears on her way to have the necessary votes for confirmation to the state Appeals Court.

Several members of the Governor’s Council, which screens the governor’s judicial nominees, expressed support last Wednesday for her nomination. Advocates for fathers’ rights accused Hanlon of abusing her power as a judge and unfairly dealing with domestic violence cases.  Read more

Police seek to crack down on after-hour parties

Police commanders in Areas B-3 and C-11 are stepping up efforts to curb after-hours house parties, which have historically been a breeding ground for gun violence. Most recently, three people were murdered on Mt. Ida Road on March 28 outside a party that was still going on at 4 a.m.  Read more

St. Brendan’s pastor Father Fratus dead at 58

Fr. James Fratus: The well-loved pastor at St. Brendan's parish passed away after a battle with cancer on April 8, 2009.Fr. James Fratus: The well-loved pastor at St. Brendan's parish passed away after a battle with cancer on April 8, 2009.After a battle with cancer, Father James Fratus of St. Brendan’s Catholic Church passed away on Wednesday morning, April 8.  Read more

Wilkerson, Turner face more corruption charges

By 
State House News Service
Apr. 7, 2009

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced more charges against former Boston state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson. A federal grand jury sitting in Boston returned 23 new charges, all comprised of theft of honest services mail and wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan's office said.  Read more

Cops: Phony 'workers' robbed Minot St. home

Boston Police are warning residents to be watchful for thieves posing as utility workers this week after an elderly Dorchester woman was robbed by a two-man scam team last week. The 84 year-old Minot Street resident was not harmed in the April 1st incident.  Read more

Governor hits Blue Hill Ave. to "listen"

Gov. Deval Patrick visits Brother'sGov. Deval Patrick visits Brother'sGovernor Deval Patrick spent Tuesday morning along Blue Hill Avenue, criss-crossing Dorchester and Mattapan as part of an informal "listening" tour.  Read more

Bulldogs fall short in Brookline battle

Bulldogs lacrosse, April 4, 2009: The Bulldogs fell to Brookline in their fourth outing of the '09 campaign. Above, Charlie Marshall and Kristian Kirleis fight for a loose ball.Bulldogs lacrosse, April 4, 2009: The Bulldogs fell to Brookline in their fourth outing of the '09 campaign. Above, Charlie Marshall and Kristian Kirleis fight for a loose ball.The Boston High School Lacrosse Club faced off against the Brookline Warriors in a hard-hitting and action packed match on Saturday, April 4.  Read more