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Black History celebrated on canvas

Ralph Beach's large scale portrait of "Obama" is just one of the many contributions of Dorchester-based artists who are represented in a current Black History Month exhibit at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery.

BHCCAG Director Laura Montgomery curated "P A I N T BLACK on CANVAS:Boston African American Painters," a show featuring 11 city artists, more than half of whom have Dorchester roots. Besides Beach, they include Cagen Luce, Cynthia Maria Bogues, Darrell Ann-Gane McCalla, Radiant Jasmin, and Barbara Ward.  Read more

Projects could get fast-tracked

The patiently waiting Peabody Square and Dorchester Avenue improvement projects could be bumped to the front of the line with the help of President Obama's proposed nearly $1 trillion economic recovery package.

Mayor Tom Menino announced the formation of a city Economic Recovery Team last week, created to lobby for and distribute federal dollars once the bill is signed. Currently under debate in Congress, the stimulus package is expected to reach the president by mid-February.  Read more

Caritas Christi signs labor accord with 1199 SEIU

Caritas Christi Health Care, the corporate parent of Caritas Carney Hospital on Dorchester Avenue, has signed an accord with two unions to allow "free and fair" voting conditions for the system's nearly 7,000 employees as they decide whether to form unions or not.

Nurses at the Carney are already organized through the Massachusetts Nurses Association, but most workers there are not represented.  Read more

Her handmade jewelry helps build homes for Haiti's poor

Dr. Jerry Lowney, CEO of the Haitian Health Foundation and Ruth Adomunes last Sunday in Adams Corner: Photo by Harry Brett.Dr. Jerry Lowney, CEO of the Haitian Health Foundation and Ruth Adomunes last Sunday in Adams Corner: Photo by Harry Brett.

Almost three years ago, Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center nurse Ruth Adomunes decided to design and make some jewelry to satisfy her creative impulses. Looking around for materials, she fashioned several pairs of bracelets, creating bright, colorful designs that match her outgoing personality.  Read more

Taxed by demand, many food pantries are looking to innovate

Volunteers work to pack supplies at the Greater Boston Food BankVolunteers work to pack supplies at the Greater Boston Food Bank  Read more

Dot Dems split over Speaker

When House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi was up for re-election earlier this month, Dorchester lawmakers united behind him. Three weeks later, the Dorchester delegation appeared divided over who should be DiMasi's successor after the thirty-year representative tendered his resignation amid a cloud of ethics questions stemming from his relationship with his former accountant.  Read more

Community cross over DA's dismissal of organizer

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office is taking heat from residents for the abrupt firing of a Dorchester man who ran the Washington Street Corridor Weed and Seed Initiative. Adam Gibbons, coordinator of the Codman Square-based program for the last year, was unexpectedly sacked on Monday. The termination has outraged members of a grassroots board that helped to hire Gibbons.

Alison Carter-Marlowe, the interim chair of the initiative's steering committee, says that she and other officers were surprised when they learned of Gibbons' dismissal.  Read more

Columbia Point plan draws big crowd

Despite the down economy which has sapped potential financing for two massive development proposals on Columbia Point, neighborhood folks came out to view the progress on the Boston Redevelopment Authority's Master Plan for the point on Saturday.

Their conversations were the best window yet on what might be agreed on in the plan and what has yet to be hammered out.  Read more

Turner leans on LaRouche fans

City Councillor Chuck Turner has made a move that has some of his most ardent supporters groaning. While Sen. Dianne Wilkerson was admitting to the Boston Globe that she took some $70,000 in off-the-books cash donations, and while House leader Sal DiMasi was signaling his intention to resign amidst a swarming influence-peddling investigation, Turner - accused by the FBI of extorting and accepting a $1,000 bribe - was meeting with a previously-undisclosed branch of his faithful, the Lyndon LaRouche Movement.  Read more

For McCrea, campaign begins on St. Mark's Road

He's fought City Hall in the court of law. Now he plans to fight it in the court of public opinion.

Before a small gathering of 30 supporters, businessman Kevin McCrea last week officially kicked off his campaign to unseat Mayor Thomas Menino. McCrea is also locked in a legal battle with the City Council, accusing the panel of breaking the Open Meeting law and gathering in secret.  Read more

Flaherty tells supporters: It's a 'go'

City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty this week officially announced his intention to topple Mayor Thomas Menino.

In a video posted on the popular website YouTube and a letter sent to supporters, Flaherty called for change in the mayor's office.  Read more

Federal stimulus could be boon for Fairmount Line

The immediate future of the Fairmount Line is shaking out as the federal government determines what projects to fund with the $825 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act this month, though on the ground ridership is dropping because of erratic service during construction, forcing the MBTA to issue a new, reduced-service schedule.  Read more

Connolly pitches 'Green Agenda' in council hearings

At-Large Councillor John Connolly is using the tripod of committees he chairs - Education, Environment and "A Livable Boston" - to support a four-pronged "Green Agenda." He expects to order City Council hearings for the proposals on Wednesday.  Read more

Top picks for Massachusetts speaker show contrast in style

By 
Glen Johnson, Associated Press
Jan. 29, 2009

The way John Rogers and Robert DeLeo have handled a potential succession to House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi gives insight into the way the two longtime state representatives would be if they won their chamber's top job themselves.

Rogers, a brash upstart, e-mailed a statement last Friday saying "when" DiMasi resigned, he would be a candidate to succeed him.

DeLeo sent out his own statement hours later, suggesting such talk was premature.  Read more

Future of E. Cottage warehouse in sight

A tax lien court case begun in 2004 for a 2.75 acre property at 65 East Cottage St. - whose owner owes more than $1.6 million in property tax - appears to be perched once again on the precipice of resolution.

A new buyer, Briggs Capital LLC, now has the property under a purchase and sale agreement with owner Harold Cohen, according to the city's legal department and Cohen himself.  Read more

Teen shot to death

Boston Police report finding a male, 16, shot at Gallivan Boulevard and Patterson Street around 3:30 p.m. yesterday. He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Flaherty gearing up for the run

For those with any lingering doubts about Councillor Michael Flaherty's intentions this election season, it is now clear he will be vying for the Mayor's chair.

It's simply a matter of when he will announce it.

The massive size of Flaherty's current campaign war chest - now topping off at over $590,000 - has been well documented, but the councillor is now actively preparing his ground operation. Sunday before last, he held a series of meetings with trusted lieutenants from past campaigns and newcomers from around the city on his home turf, the Cornerstone Pub in South Boston.  Read more

Catholic Academy gaining favor

Teacher Patricia Kleiber talks to children in a K-1 class at the Pope John Paul II Academy's Lower Mills Campus: Photo by Chris Lovett.Teacher Patricia Kleiber talks to children in a K-1 class at the Pope John Paul II Academy's Lower Mills Campus: Photo by Chris Lovett.

The girls wear plaid jumpers and the boys are in identical clean white shirts. Motley rows of drawings and letters of the alphabet share space on a preschool classroom with a crèche, a crucifix and a morning prayer. At the top of the chalkboard, intertwined with streamers and balloons, is the phrase "Make a Joyful Noise," from Psalm 66.

If the decor evokes a Catholic parish school of 50 years ago, the classroom and the rest of what used to be St. Gregory's has gone through major changes along with four other schools in Dorchester and Mattapan following the closure of St. Peter's and St. Kevin's schools. Since last September, the remaining five have been operating as one regional Catholic school, Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy.  Read more

Director of Fields Corner CDC retires after 20 years

The first floor retail space in Fields Corner CDC's building at 1400 Dorchester Ave., which has been vacant for over a decade: Reporter file photo.The first floor retail space in Fields Corner CDC's building at 1400 Dorchester Ave., which has been vacant for over a decade: Reporter file photo.

Jane Matheson, who for 20 years ran the Fields Corner Community Development Corporation with a philosophy against using public money to develop affordable housing, retired earlier this month.  Read more

Port Norfolk Civic considers billboard deal

Plans to erect a new billboard on the Southeastern Expressway stalled this week after Port Norfolk neighbors demanded more time to review the proposal, which would divert an unspecified percentage of profits back into the community in return for their acceptance.  Read more

Dorchester delegation joins House in supporting DiMasi

Members of the Dorchester delegation stood squarely behind state House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi's re-election bid earlier this month as ethics questions cast a cloud over his close associates.

Local lawmakers, all fellow Democrats, said DiMasi has run the 160-member House well and has kept an "open-door policy." They also cited his focus on the economy as they head into the new legislative session, which officially started on Wednesday, Jan. 7 with the vote on DiMasi as their first item of business.  Read more

Cops, friends reviving teen center

For the last eight years, the basement of a Franklin Field apartment block that once served as a safe haven for teens and kids had been collecting water, mold and dust - a victim of federal budget cuts that decimated public housing programs. This week, the rooms beneath 70 Ames St. have a fresh coat of paint and an injection of Boston Police Department sweat equity.  Read more

Zoo buying budgies, and hinting at master plan

A budgie, a.k.a. a parakeet: Photo courtesy Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.A budgie, a.k.a. a parakeet: Photo courtesy Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.  Read more

Thieves loot Frederick Pilot School - twice in one month

Two men were caught on videotape stealing computers and other items, but police say they will be difficult to identify: Photo Courtesy BPD.Two men were caught on videotape stealing computers and other items, but police say they will be difficult to identify: Photo Courtesy BPD.

With Boston Public Schools facing a more than $100 million deficit and the superintendent calling for 15 percent budget reductions at all buildings, the last thing the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School needed was thieves ravaging its halls.  Read more

Kevin McCrea set to announce Mayor run

Kevin McCrea, a self-described goo-goo (good governance advocate) who successfully sued City Council for violating the Open Meeting Law, is scheduled to announce his candidacy for mayor tonight at a private home on St. Mark's Road.

"I'm running to end the waste, fraud and abuse at city hall that's preventing us from having safe streets to walk on, designing an exemplary school system for all our children, and not wasting our tax dollars," said McCrea in a phone interview Tuesday.  Read more