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Racially-charged start to the latest round

The latest round in the slugfest between incumbent state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson (D-Roxbury) and Democratic nominee Sonia Chang-Diaz has taken a racially-charged turn, after one high-profile Wilkerson supporter said that Chang-Diaz is not a "person of color", even though Chang-Diaz is of white, Asian and Latin descent.  Read more

Smokers, stores push back on city plan

As a light drizzle stopped on late Sunday night, Liz McBride stepped out of Dbar on Dorchester Avenue to light a cigarette. According to Boston Public Health Commission it will soon be illegal to smoke in the patio of a bar. But McBride says she is smoking a legal substance. "It is an infringement of my rights, and I will continue smoking."

Cigarettes will be prohibited in areas adjacent to worksites such as patios of restaurants and bars, and loading docks, according to a new legislation proposed by Boston Public Health Commission.  Read more

As economy sours, campaign to preserve income tax kicks off

Opponents of the ballot question eliminating the state income tax officially launched their campaign last week in Grove Hall, trotting out a Worcester businessman, a UMass-Boston student, a Cape Cod nurse and a Dorchester special needs teacher and saying the ballot question's passage would lead to public schools closings, roads and bridges falling into disrepair and higher taxes and fees in other areas.  Read more

Numbers show a sharply divided electorate in Second Suffolk

Along with asking for a recount, the two Democratic candidates in a close race for state senate in the Second Suffolk District are bracing for the possibility of yet another rematch. At a meeting tonight with supporters at the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge in Grove Hall, Senator Dianne Wilkerson said, if the recount fails to give her the nomination, she will run as a Democratic sticker candidate in the final election November 4.  Read more

Wilkerson will run on stickers as a last resort

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Sep. 24, 2008

Stung by a 228-vote loss in the Democratic primary, state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson this week confirmed that if a recount effort fails, she will run a sticker campaign to retain her seat in the November 4th the general election.

Wilkerson lost to challenger Sonia Chang-Diaz in the September 16 primary, with Chang-Diaz receiving 50.5 percent, or 9,051 votes, to Wilkerson's 49.3 percent, or 8,823 votes. Both Wilkerson and Chang-Diaz have asked for votes in specific wards to be re-counted, a process that will take place at City Hall this Saturday.  Read more

New women-only fitness center bright spot in Codman Square

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Sep. 24, 2008

Brilliant yellow and orange walls welcome new registrants to the front desk of Healthworks in the Codman Square Health Center, a new women-only fitness center that offers more than just a workout session.

Scheduled to open in October, the club is a result of a partnership between the non-profit Healthworks Fitness Centers and Codman Square Health Center. A similar operation is already in place at St. Mary's Women and Children Center in Upham's Corner.  Read more

Flaherty: Mayor's City Hall plans moving 'down the road'

On Monday evening, Councillor at-Large Michael Flaherty and the Boston Redevelopment Authority officials he was intent on grilling about Mayor Thomas Menino's plan to move City Hall to the South Boston waterfront were just about the only ones left in the City Council's chamber.

"This is the fifth floor?" quipped John Palmieri, head of the city's planning and development agency, after the hearing was over. "This feels like the basement."  Read more

Council hearing probes baby's shooting, EMS response

Two of Boston's elected officials this week praised police response to a Mattapan shooting that injured a baby, but pressed for more direct communication between officers and emergency response workers.

In a Tuesday hearing, Councillors Charles Yancey and Stephen Murphy questioned officials from the city's Emergency Response Services and other agencies on a June shooting on Fairlawn Avenue.

"We might have gotten trained medical personnel looking at the baby two three four minutes before they ultimately did," Murphy said.  Read more

Long track led to Red Line restorations

Although civic leaders had long called for action, the present transformation of Dorchester's Red Line stations dates back to well organized grassroots activism in the late 1990s. The now dormant Dorchester Allied Neighborhood Association (DANA) tapped into emerging e-mail chains to ferment an alliance of dissatisfied T-riders along the spine of the Dorchester Avenue corridor. The activists' focused lobbying kept lawmakers lazer-locked on their own efforts to push through bond money to fund the T improvements.  Read more

Next stop: 21st century in Fields Corner

The new platforms at Fields Corner Station on the Red Line. Photo by Pete Stidman.  Read more

A focus on raptors in Mattapan

The Boston Nature Center in Mattapan will host its annual Rappin' with Raptors festival this Saturday from 1-4 p.m. The free event brings visitors up-close and personal with live raptors. There will also be musical entertainment by the Branches Steel Orchestra, displays and artwork for sale, a "green bag" raffle, and a cookout with meat and vegetarian options. The event marks the sixth anniversary of the George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center, which is situated on the 67-acre Nature Center, just off Walk Hill Street.  Read more

Pot decriminalization battle heats up as foes flex muscles

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Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Sep. 24, 2008

Opponents of a ballot question to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana showcased their political muscle last Wednesday on a day in which the two sides traded barbs over the effects of marijuana use and even campaign finance practices.

At a press conference outside the capitol, district attorneys, mayors, religious leaders, concerned parents and Patrick administration officials, one by one, blasted the question. Passing such a proposal would set off a flood of violent crime, medical problems, impaired driving and youth drug use, they argued.  Read more

City seeks to get ahead of weather with food and fuel summit

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino this week sent out an invitation to neighborhood residents to attend a free program this weekend to help make plans for weathering the coming winter months. City officials say they organized the event as a way to get people preparing for what is likely to be a tough winter in the cost of both food and home heating fuel.

The "Food and Fuel Summit" will convene on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Madison Park High School in Roxbury, and it is designed by the city to inform residents about private and public assistance programs.  Read more

Davis orders extra cops on patrol: in Neponset

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis this week told a gathering of civic leaders that he would order more police patrols to begin Tuesday in Greater Neponset, part of a beefed-up policing presence aimed at curbing what many residents say has been an uptick in violence and delinquency in that part of Dorchester.  Read more

Dot man convicted in Westin Hotel stabbing

A Dorchester man has been convicted of manslaughter for fatally stabbing a co-worker who ridiculed him about his failed attempts to date a waitress at the hotel restaurant where they both worked.

Ivan Lorenzo Sosa was found guilty Tuesday in the Sept. 16, 2006, death of 30-year-old Carlos Borrero Jr. of Chelsea. Sosa was charged with second-degree murder, but a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted him of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to serve 8 to 12 years in prison.  Read more

Dot volleyball standout wins Little East honors

UMass-Boston women's volleyball player Molly Rattigan of Dorchester has been named Little East Conference Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for her play during the week of September 8-14. The freshman standout from Fontbonne Academy spiked a season-high seven kills in the Beacons' 3-0 win over Mount Ida College on September 12 at the Plymouth State College Days Inn of Campton Tournament.  Read more

Pet grooming shop makes impression on Talbot Ave.

Doggie Styles owner Trudy MacDonald works with client "Walter the Pugalier." Photo by Kendra Stanton Lee./p>

It is hard to find a review about the Doggie Styles pet grooming shop. After all, the Peabody Square shop only opened in February of this year. And the clientele is also somewhat reluctant to talk.  Read more

Youth offered crash course in world of sports by UMass, BC High

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Sep. 17, 2008

If your youngster has an interest in sports - but is a bit confused about which activity might be a good fit - an upcoming clinic sponsored by UMass-Boston and Boston College High School presents a unique opportunity.  Read more

Chang-Diaz unseats Wilkerson in Senate showdown

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Gintautas Dumcius and Bijoyeta Das
Sep. 17, 2008

Sonia Chang-Diaz, who prevailed in her primary challenge of incumbent State Senator Dianne Wilkerson on Tuesday, is greeted at her Jamaica Plain victory party by supporter and mentor Barbara Lee. Photo by Bijoyeta Das.

By a narrow margin, voters in the Second Suffolk district on Tuesday handed the seat of incumbent state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson to her challenger, Sonia Chang-Diaz, who is now heavily favored to win the Senate seat in November.  Read more

Dot man convicted in Westin Hotel stabbing

A Dorchester man has been convicted of manslaughter for fatally stabbing a co-worker who ridiculed him about his failed attempts to date a waitress at the hotel restaurant where they both worked.

Ivan Lorenzo Sosa was found guilty Tuesday in the Sept. 16, 2006, death of 30-year-old Carlos Borrero Jr. of Chelsea. Sosa was charged with second-degree murder, but a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted him of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to serve 8 to 12 years in prison.  Read more

Codman Square teens hail decade of success

Dressed in black, Jeralda Sylvain, 15, is sporting a purple beaded necklace. Pinned to her hooded sweatshirt are a florescent anti-smoking label and a button in memory of her cousin, who was murdered.  Read more

Bayside proposal generates feedback in BRA review

Jay Rourke, project manager for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, is sifting through letters from civic leaders, local residents and city and state agencies this month, trying to create a new checklist of things Corcoran Jennison should study or consider altering about their Bayside re-development proposal on Columbia Point.  Read more

Outreach center for at-risk teens debuts in Fields Corner

The Dorchester Resources and Advocacy Program, a targeted outreach program for at-risk youth, is just beginning its work in the former home of the Dorchester Youth Academy at 1532 Dorchester Ave.

It arrived with little fanfare in June, and began taking names of gang and court involved youth from probation officers and the Department of Youth Services in the Bowdoin-Geneva, Uphams Corner and Fields Corner areas in July.  Read more

Line runs D.E.E.P. for after-school help

The line to sign-up for the Project D.E.E.P. one-on-one tutoring program stretched out from the door of the Murphy Community Center last Saturday morning. Photo by Bijoyeta Das.

Armed with folding chairs, Chinese food, strawberry Twizlers and blankets, Dorchester residents camped out in front of the Murphy Community Center last Saturday morning. Sitting around a heater and flat screen TV, they talked about the community, elections, the Patriots, and their kids.  Read more

Suffolk agrees to brick veneer at St. Margaret's

Just a week after an unapproved cinder block wall on the back of a new gymnasium at the Columbia Campus of the Pope John Paul II Academy (formerly known as St. Margaret's) brought neighbors on Roseclair Street to a boil, Suffolk Construction has agreed to attach a brick veneer to the greater portion of the wall and add metal sheathing to its upper portions. The details were hammered out in a McCormack Civic Association meeting on Tuesday.  Read more