Gregg Bernstein drew his inspiration for a new mural he’s painting this week in Lower Mills from an old postcard. Bernstein, the man behind many of Boston’s largest and most celebrated wall murals, has been commissioned to paint the scene by the owners of The Sweet Life, a restaurant and café that opened at the corner of Richmond Street and Dorchester Ave. in September. Read more
Oct. 25, 2012
City councillors yesterday continued their internal debates as they worked to produce yet another map – their third this year – that would shift the boundaries of several districts for the 2013 municipal election. The council adjourned without making a decision and scheduled another working session for next week. The mayor’s vetoes of two previous maps have set off a scramble and increased tensions among the councillors who have struggled to put together a proposal that would pass mayoral muster. In both vetoes, Menino cited the concentration of people of color in District 4 as a top concern. Read more
Oct. 25, 2012
Opponents of a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana claimed on Monday that proponents ultimately hope to legalize the drug for all uses, but proponents accused them of using “hysteria and fear” to keep people from necessary medicine.
The two sides met in front of the State House steps on a sunny afternoon, where doctors and lawmakers on each side made their case, backed by those who said they suffered through the lack of proper pain relief, on one side, and those who had experienced the perils of drug addiction, on the other. Read more
“South Boston punk becomes a Florida crime boss.”
That’s how one newspaper boiled down Dennis Lehane’s latest novel. Sure, that’s one way of summarizing “Live by Night,” the Roaring Twenties gangster page-turner that will also be a big-studio film some day soon, but any sting that Lehane might suffer from the blunt summary is soothed by the source: The New York Times Book Review noting that his latest novel has debuted at No. 8 on the paper’s bestseller list. Read more
Oct. 23, 2012
Walter J. Ramos, the current vice-president of operations for the Massachusetts Hospital Association, has been hired as the new president and CEO of the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center. The board of directors for Fields Corner-based health care and community center announced his selection on Tuesday and says Ramos will start at the end of November. He replaces Joel Abrams, who retired from the job after 26 years of service last August.
In a statement released by the Dorchester House today, the board called Ramos "an accomplished healthcare leader with a depth of experience working in complex healthcare organizations and a solid background in business administration, operations, and process improvement. Read more
Oct. 19, 2012
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will close lanes on Morrissey Boulevard ithis Sunday, October 21, to accommodate the 30th Annual Boston Firefighters Road Race. The closures will begin at 9 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m.
Specifically, the impacted streets include:
· Two northbound right lanes on Morrissey Blvd. from Neponset Circle to Freeport Street are closed.
· The northbound right lane on Morrissey Blvd. from Freeport Street to UMass/Boston Entrance is closed. Read more
A coyote spent a good part of Thursday morning sauntering around the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Walk Hill Street. Read more
The Boston Irish Reporter, the region’s leading chronicler of all things Irish-American, will host “Boston Irish Honors 2012” on Fri., Oct. 19, in the main ballroom of Boston’s Seaport Hotel. The annual event draws an appreciative audience of some 400 top Boston business and civic leaders and officials of Boston’s many Irish social and cultural organizations. Read more
Construction on the Neponset River bridge will be largely finished next week, and traffic is expected to return to the same level as before the project started, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said this week.
The $34 million project will be finished by March 2013, according to DOT spokesman Michael Verseckes, five months ahead of schedule. The construction on the 42-year-old bridge started in April 2010. Read more
Most of the proposals for revamping the school assignment process modestly improve black and Latino students’ access to quality schools, according to an analysis released by regional planning agency.
Boston Public Schools officials have put forward five proposals – four of them based on zones – as part of an effort to change from the current three zones, a system which buses students across the city. The proposed plans include 6 zones, 9 zones, 11 zones and 23 zones. A fifth proposal has no zones. Read more
Boston Natural Areas Network and the Boston Urban Forest Council, invite you and your family to join local tree experts for a beautiful fall foliage foray. Join the group as they as amble through the colorful trees found in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester and learn about the science of autumn and why trees change color. The walk is co-sponsored in partnership with Cedar Grove Cemetery. Meet on Sat., October 20, at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Grove Cemetery entrance located at 920 Adams Street, Dorchester. The walk is offered free of charge to anyone interested in learning more about local trees. Contact BNAN at 617-542-7696 ext.20 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more
Oct. 18, 2012
Jim Gilbert wanted to watch a Celtics pre-season game, but at the Banshee on Tuesday night, he was out of luck: Ten television screens were glowing inside the Dorchester Avenue bar as the clock turned past 9 o’clock and most were tuned to a soccer match between the United States and Guatemala, with a few carrying the American League playoff game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers. Read more
Nostalgia permeated the fundraiser last Thursday night in which a few hundred members of Menino administrations past and present turned out to catch up and celebrate 20 years of dominance in City Hall. But there was also a strong 2013 undercurrent at play, with talk of unfinished work and allusions to upcoming elections, according to people who were in the Wharf Room of the Boston Harbor Hotel that night. They reported that Mayor Thomas Menino was introduced by two longtime City Hall aides, Martha Pierce and Annette Gales. Read more
When you see the words “Dorchester Open Studios,” do you say a. “What’s that?”
“With my crazy schedule… ?”
“How can I see all this great stuff into just two days?”
Organizers of this weekend’s sprawling celebration of Dot’s visual and performing arts feel they have their best chance ever of converting those category a and b types into category c regulars.
Currently the Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) is celebrating two major achievements and hoping to entice newbies to the local arts scene to sample some of the many free events showcasing the creative spirit of this, the city’s largest neighborhood.
First, on October 20-21, DAC is hosting its 10th annual and largest ever Dorchester Open Studios (DOS), with some 140 artists showing at 20 group and solo sites on Saturday and Sunday. According to Andrea Kunst, the chair of the DAC Board, “That’s a 41 percent increase in artists and 138 percent increase in sites over last year!” Read more
District 7 Councillor Tito Jackson this week suggested moving most of Mattapan into Rob Consalvo’s District 5 while pushing the boundaries of Councillor Charles Yancey’s District 4 west into Roslindale.
Councillors were expected to debate again at their weekly meeting the redrawing of the boundaries of the city’s nine City Council district seats. The meeting followed a “working session” that was another chapter in the long-running saga of the redistricting process, which is required to occur every 10 years in response to population shifts across the city noted by the US Census. Read more
“I’m a very decent guy. I’m not a criminal.”
The suspect, handcuffed and surrounded by a half-dozen plainclothes Boston cops, didn’t look like a menacing sort. He could have been any middle-aged hump heading back from a long day laying down floor shine or hanging sheetrock, his jeans and sweatshirt still stained with Thursday on this early Friday morning. In that scenario, he was almost there.
But then he made a bad decision. Read more
State Police report three suspects in a shooting at Southampton Street and Massachusetts Avenue Wednesday evening jumped into a car and tried to flee south - only to be pursued by Boston police officers and state troopers, who managed to box them in and arrest them. Read more
Police responding to a report of a gunshot at 14 Lyndhurst St. around 11 a.m., Wednesday, found a 23-year-old man shot to the head.
He was transported to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Oct. 17, 2012
In a meeting at the Vietnamese-American Community Center in Dorchester on Monday, neighborhood residents and community leaders ask for help with the recent increase in crime around Fields Corner. Report for BNN News by Luke Jones. Aired October 16, 2012.
Ernest Watkins IV, 14, was arraigned Monday on charges he stabbed a man to death outside the Fields Corner T stop Oct. 6. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports arresting a 14-year-old - too young to have his name released - for the stabbing death of Cherby LaJoie, 39, on Oct. 6 at 11 Charles St.
Police say the teen stabbed LaJoie multiple times.
Oct. 11, 2012
The Garrett Pressley Autism Resource Center held its seventh annual road race at Pope John Paul II Park in Neponset on Saturday, October 6. The Mattapan-based center assists Boston families with teenagers and adult children by connecting them to recreational, educational and social programs.
Above, founder Deborah Smith-Pressley, left, is shown with Touch 106.1’s Brother Charles Clemons and Garrett Pressley, her son. The center gave Clemons an award for his work in supporting their work.
Those not-so-scary scarecrows, black and orange garlands, and jack-o’-lanterns are popping up all over front porches. Kids want as much candy as possible, but wary parents are making no bones about seeking alternatives to door-to-door trick-or-treating. And Dorchester is hosting several Halloween events, some of which even boast a little educational value.
Sat., Oct. 20
For the 11th year, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) starts the Halloween season off in earnest with one of Dot’s signature spectacles : the Great Pumpkin Float, this year on Sat., Oct. 20, at Pope John Paul II Park. Hundreds of costumed children and their families will coax a flotilla of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns down Davenport Creek to the Neponset River, providing photo ops galore. Read more
US Sen. Scott Brown picked up the endorsement of former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman on Tuesday at the Phillips Old Colony House on Morrissey Boulevard. Looking for a full six-year term, Brown, a Wrentham Republican, is in a close battle with Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren, who visited a construction site at South Boston’s Fan Pier several miles away around the time of Brown’s press conference.
A flood of polls confirms the tightness of the race and mailers from groups supporting each candidate litter front porches across the state. For its part, Dorchester has served as a backdrop for numerous campaign events along with television ads. Read more