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Dorchester Man Attains Eagle Scout Rank

Stephen Koenig, 19, attained Eagle Scout rank— the highest in the Boy Scouts —last Saturday during a ceremony at the St. Mark’s VFW Post. The Dorchester teen, who is presently a senior at John D. O’Bryant High, has been involved in scouting since his days as a Tiger Cub with St. Mark’s Troop 40.

On hand for the ceremony were members of his family and Fr. Dan Finn, the pastor at St. Mark’s, who gave the benediction, along with Fr. John McLaughlin. Scoutmaster Bob Brailey was there to officiate. It was Brailey’s 20th Eagle Scout ceremony, according to Koenig’s mom, Palma McLaughlin Koenig.  Read more

State House News Q&A: Mayoral candidates on MBTA finances

By 
Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Sep. 11, 2013

In response to a News Service questionnaire, nine of the 12 candidates for mayor of Boston offered their positions on whether the city should contribute funding for additional MBTA services in and around Boston. At question is the expansion of MBTA subway services later into the night or the return of late-night bus lines.

QUESTION: Should the city provide more of its own funds to expand service on the MBTA to include later service? How much and for what services?  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 11, 2013

Most of the mayoral candidates will be in Dorchester tonight for the Boston Teachers Union forum. Boston magazine contributing editor David Bernstein will moderate the forum, which starts at 7 p.m. inside the union hall at 180 Mt. Vernon St. The union has over 10,000 members. Meanwhile, on TV, three candidates – City Councillor At-Large John Connolly, Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley and former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie – chat with Emily Rooney on “Greater Boston” in an interview taped this afternoon. The show airs at 7 p.m.  Read more

The Martinos of United Prosthetics embrace hope, and make it happen

Family Business: Five members of the Martino family operate United Prosthetics, Inc. on Columbia Road: from left: Siblings Paul, Mary, Greig and Christopher Martino, who is Paul’s son and represents the fourth generation of Martinos. Gary Martino, who is not shown, runs the company’s production department. Photo by Bill ForryFamily Business: Five members of the Martino family operate United Prosthetics, Inc. on Columbia Road: from left: Siblings Paul, Mary, Greig and Christopher Martino, who is Paul’s son and represents the fourth generation of Martinos in the business. Gary Martino, who is not shown, runs the company’s production department. Photo by Bill Forry

Hope can be elusive. Sometimes it’s never found.

And sometimes it’s there waiting, just around the corner, in a converted fuel company warehouse in Dorchester.

For thousands of people living in New England, the ingredients to a richer, more satisfying life can be found behind the doors of United Prosthetics, Inc. – a family-owned business that will celebrate its 100th birthday next year.  Read more

Coming soon to Columbia Point: The US Senate – and its debates

Can you imagine taking the floor of the United States Senate to debate the morality of a US strike on Syria, the merits of a farm bill, or the confirmation of a new US Supreme Court justice?

By this time next year, you – and your family – might be able to do just that. And you won’t need to impersonate Ed Markey or Elizabeth Warren— or even go to Capitol Hill— to weigh in on issues of the day. In fact, you’ll be able to drive, ride, or just walk to Columbia Point, where the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is now rising along the crest of a hill that overlooks Dorchester Bay.  Read more

One dead, one stabbed in early morning attack on Greenwood Street

The Boston Police Department is attacks early Wednesday that sent two men to the hospital, where one of them would be pronounced dead.

Police say that shortly after 1 a.m., officers responded to a call about a man lying in the street outside 17 Greenwood St. He was taken with " injuries to his forehead" to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

About a half hour later, police say, a resident at 54 Greenwood who heard a noise and thought somebody was trying to break into his house instead found a second man lying on his front porch, bleeding, police say, adding:  Read more

Ceremonies honor Sept. 11 victims

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Sep. 11, 2013

Governor Patrick participated in the annual State House memorial service on the 12th anniversary of the 2001 attacks. Photo courtesy Governor's office

At 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, Gov. Deval Patrick stepped down the front stairs of the State House with a folded American flag in his arms, beginning a commemoration for destruction that took place 12 years prior.

Editorial: Let we forget  Read more

Cullinane, a former state House aide, wins 12th Suffolk special election

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 10, 2013

12th Suffolk winner: Representative-elect Dan Cullinane, right, was greeted by Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, whom he will succeed in office, during his victory party at the Ledge on Tuesday, Sept. 10. 12th Suffolk winner: Representative-elect Dan Cullinane, right, was greeted by Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, whom he will succeed in office, during his victory party at the Ledge on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Former State House aide Dan Cullinane beat back two independents and claimed the 12th Suffolk House District seat on Tuesday night.

Cullinane, who has been active in local politics as well as inside City Hall and on Beacon Hill, was the heavy favorite in the race, particularly after winning a three-way Aug. 13 primary. The two independents in the race were Lincoln Larmond of Mattapan and Edmond Romulus of Milton.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 10, 2013

Stephen Murphy looked relieved that he wasn’t in the scrum in Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre. Getting up to leave after the end of the mayoral election’s first televised debate, the City Council president looked over as reporters and campaign aides jostled for space on the floor. “I could’ve used my gavel out there,” he quipped, referring to the raucous nature of the debate. “I don’t think anybody won.”  Read more

A dozen mayoral candidates seek to rise above the fray in debate

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Sep. 10, 2013

In a 90-minute fast-paced 12-way exchange that at times resembled a raucous dinner-table argument, Boston's would-be mayors jostled for voters' attention with just under two weeks until the Sept. 24 preliminary that will cull the candidates to two finalists.

"My name is Charles Yancey, and I'm running for mayor of the city of Boston," the three-decade city councilor, who is also a candidate for re-election to the City Council, said during a rare lull in the Monday night debate.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 9, 2013

Fifteen days to Sept. 24. Most candidates have back-to-back forums on their plates tonight: First up is a forum focusing on arts and culture. That forum starts at 6 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. Then they walk down the street to the Modern Theatre for an 8 p.m. forum put together by New England Cable News, the Boston Herald, and Suffolk University. The Herald offers tips on how to tune in here.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 8, 2013

A look at the day ahead. There are 16 days left until the Sept. 24 preliminary.  Read more

(UPDATED) #BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 7, 2013

For the second time this week, the mayoral news cycle was taken over by a Southie-centric storyline. But that had wrapped up by the end of the day, as the candidates prepared to plunge into the weekend, one of three left before the Sept. 24 preliminary. There are 17 days left until the prelim.  Read more

Collins's endorsement of Connolly roils Dorchester

A few hundred supporters of Dorchester state Rep. Marty Walsh’s mayoral campaign assembled at the intersection of L Street and Broadway on Thursday afternoon, spilling out onto the street, hours after South Boston state Rep. Nick Collins endorsed a rival at the Oliver Perry School. The gathering was a show of force, quickly thrown together as word spread of Collins’s endorsement of City Councillor At-Large John Connolly.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Morning Edition: Sept. 6, 2013

There are 18 days until the Sept. 24 mayoral preliminary. City Councillor Rob Consalvo plans to release a “plan to keep our kids safe in school” at 10:30 a.m. at the Conley School in Roslindale. Later, he heads to meet seniors at the Dudley Elderly Housing Development in Roxbury and Mount Pleasant Home in JP, before door knocking in West Roxbury.  Read more

Connolly pedals for votes: Councillor tours Dot villages on wheels

On a Friday morning in mid-June, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly had just toured the St. Francis House by Boston Common when his car died. “Guess who is taking shared bike to next event,” he posted to Twitter, the social networking site, along with a picture of a “Hubway” bicycle, a bike-sharing service with stations around the city.

Connolly grabbed a helmet out of his car and set off for his next appointment in the Kenmore area, posting pictures to Twitter during the roughly half-hour trip.  Read more

School Committee rookie, 16, hears from pro: ‘Ask questions’

“Ask questions.” That was the advice Mayor Thomas Menino passed onto the Boston School Committee’s newest member: Ayomide Olumuyiwa, a 16-year-old Mattapan resident who attends the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science in Roxbury.

Menino met Olumuyiwa – who goes by the nickname “Ayo” – at City Hall last week. The new student representative, selected by the Boston Student Advisory Council, does not have a vote, but he is allowed to weigh in frequently on topics the School Committee takes up.  Read more

Today: Voters to pick Dorcena Forry’s successor in House

Voters in parts of Boston will go to the polls for the fifth time in six months today: Another special election is on the Sept. 10 ballot, with this one filling the House seat left vacant by Linda Dorcena Forry when she won a state Senate seat.

Three candidates are running to succeed her: Dan Cullinane, a Dorchester Democrat, and two independents, Lincoln Larmond of Mattapan and Edmond Romulus of Milton.  Read more

Hispanic Heritage to be celebrated at UMass Boston and Kennedy Library


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Now that Labor Day is past, schools, libraries and other cultural organizations in Dorchester are slowly beginning to roll out their offerings for Hispanic Heritage Month.  Read more

Mayor hopefuls: Tell us your plan for this case

Eyesore remains a hold-out on Dudley Street
Uphams Corner holdout: The seven-story Leon Electric building at the corner of Humphreys and Dudley streets — and right next to the Upham’s Corner T station— is a top target for redevelopment under the next city administration. Photo by Bill ForryUphams Corner holdout: The seven-story Leon Electric building at the corner of Humphreys and Dudley streets — and right next to the Upham’s Corner T station— is a top target for redevelopment under the next city administration. Photo by Bill Forry

There are many high-profile eyesores and abandoned lots across Boston that merit the attention, imagination and hustle of the next mayor. But few loom as large as the Leon Electric building in Uphams Corner.

The hulking warehouse complex sits right next to the MBTA commuter rail station at the corner of Dudley and Humphreys streets. The empty, fenced-off, weather-worn behemoth rises up seven stories and casts a foreboding shadow over the neighborhood business district below.  Read more

Sexuality education should be a top issue in campaign

By 
Martha Walz, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 5, 2013

What do condoms and sex ed have to do with the high school dropout rate? A lot. Becoming a parent is a leading cause of dropout for girls and a factor in why many boys drop out. Given that Boston’s high school dropout rate is nearly double the state average, providing the resources and education teens need to make healthy decisions and decide if and when to become a parent should be a priority for everyone concerned about opportunities for young people and the future of our city.

It must be a top priority for our municipal leaders.  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: It’s Marty Party time at Labor Council breakfast

On Labor Day, the inside of the Park Plaza Hotel looked a lot like Dorchester Avenue: Marty Walsh signs were hanging from nearly every available surface.  Read more

Conley sees ‘sprint’ to win: DA spurs team on S. Boston streets

Dan Conley: Suffolk County DA spoke during an annual youth soccer tournament he sponsored at Pope John Paul II Park this month. Photo by Bill ForryDan Conley: Suffolk County DA spoke during an annual youth soccer tournament he sponsored at Pope John Paul II Park this month. Photo by Bill ForryClad in a plain red t-shirt, khaki shorts, and a cap with a “Dan Conley” sticker on its front, Bobby Madden was working “Marty Walsh” country.

On a recent Saturday morning, the 69-year-old Dorchester fixture, who is an investigator in Suffolk District Attorney Conley’s office, made his way up St. Brendan’s Hill with a young assistant district attorney at his side and a list of super-voters in his hand. They were part of a small group of canvassers looking to identify Dorchester supporters of Conley, who is one of the 12 candidates running for mayor.

Madden, who grew up in the area and lives on Gallivan Boulevard, didn’t need the list. The neighborhood is largely made up of families whose breadwinners are police officers, firefighters, and teachers. He knows most of them, and most of them know him.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Late Night Edition: Sept. 4, 2013

The mayoral race chugs along. Highlights from Wednesday include:  Read more

Casino ban bounced, 14 other ballot questions in mix for 2014

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Sep. 4, 2013

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 4, 2013……Citizen petitions to raise the minimum wage, zero out a new tax on computer services and expand the state’s bottle deposit law were certified by Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office to continue on toward the ballot, while a proposal to prohibit casinos and a bid to provide the right to a trial over restraining orders were denied.  Read more