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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

MAHA's Homeowner University hits a milestone

MAHA instructor Hilda Fernandez (l) with MAHA's 15,000th graduate Damaris Padilla: Photo by Rochelle Ballin. Click to enlarge.MAHA instructor Hilda Fernandez (l) with MAHA's 15,000th graduate Damaris Padilla: Photo by Rochelle Ballin. Click to enlarge.

On Saturday, the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance graduated its 15,000th Homeownership University participant. The unsuspecting student was Damaris Padilla.  Read more

The Reporter Story

By 
Jack Thomas
Jan. 20, 2009

Ed and Mary Forry: Reporter founders Edward and Mary Forry spoke at the Dorchester Day Banquet, JFK Library, Dorchester, 1992Ed and Mary Forry: Reporter founders Edward and Mary Forry spoke at th  Read more

Ross suspends Feeney's fact-finder, sets course for 2009

New City Council President Michael Ross, citing the economy and a gag-order motion filed by prosecuting attorneys in Councillor Chuck Turner's bribery case, halted an council investigation into Turner's fitness to serve on Tuesday.

Federal investigators moved to limit to public documents what the $500-an-hour fact finder, former Chief Magistrate Charles B. Swartwood III, could access.

But a rule change also enacted by Ross would enable the council to penalize and even eject Turner from the body by a two-thirds majority vote.  Read more

JFK Museum highlights inaugural address in exhibit

Inauguration Day, 1961: In front of the Capitol.Inauguration Day, 1961: In front of the Capitol.With less than a week left before Barack Obama makes his inaugural address, he might heed instructions President John F.  Read more

Four Corners could benefit most from action plan

The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Neighborhood Development began seeking input this week for the Mid-Dorchester Action Plan, a plan designed to attract developers to vacant lots in busy neighborhood shopping areas.  Read more

Walsh steps out for Arroyo: Speaks in support of council run

Felix G. Arroyo and Marty Walsh: Photo courtesy of Felix G. Arroyo.Felix G. Arroyo and Marty Walsh: Photo courtesy of Felix G. Arroyo.  Read more

Auxiliary bishop tells of consolidation for Dot parishes' operations

Look for yet another shift in the pastoral administration of Dorchester's Roman Catholic parishes in coming days. That is the message delivered on Tuesday night by auxiliary Bishop Robert Hennessey to what one observer who was there said was a "stunned crowd" of about 50 made up of the pastoral and financial council of Blessed Mother Teresa Parish and a smattering of clergy and representatives from Holy Family and St. Peter's Parish.  Read more

'Eyesore' days may be numbered

Decrepit section of 19th-century Neponset tavern may soon be on the chopping block.: Photo by Chris Lovett.Decrepit section of 19th-century Neponset tavern may soon be on the chopping block.: Photo by Chris Lovett.  Read more

One man's legacy: All about devotion

Leahy: Remembered.Leahy: Remembered.Brian Leahy had a perfect day last Saturday. He spent the morning at Greenhill's Bakery.  Read more

Lawmakers prepare flurry of bills for deadline

Preserving education. Reforming of the criminal offender information system. Protecting local aid to cities and towns.

Those are some of the issues facing lawmakers as they prepare to kick off another two-year session. And those are just the ones that are personal to them. Looming large are changes to the state's transportation infrastructure, and pension and ethics reforms.

Keeping safe local aid - which cities and towns depend on from the state to pay for teachers, firefighters and police - is a top priority for most, including the Dorchester legislators.  Read more

Debate over Neponset center could signal citywide changes

Murphy Community Center: Change in status?Murphy Community Center: Change in status?The director of the Boston Center of Youth and Families is proposing that  Read more

Menino seeks year's freeze on city wages; Protecting 'core services' is the goal

Mayor Menino delivering his State of the City address on Tuesday evening: Photo courtesy the Mayor's Office.Mayor Menino delivering his State of the City address on Tuesday evening: Photo courtesy the Mayor's Office.  Read more

Pay bump for lawmakers a political consideration this year

State lawmakers are in line for a pay raise this year, and that includes the Dorchester delegation.

Thanks to a voter-approved amendment to the state constitution, lawmakers receive pay hikes every two years. The governor is tasked with deciding how much of a raise lawmakers will receive and the governor's Executive Office of Administration and Finance is due to issue its calculation of the raise this week.

While their Republican colleagues have called for a one-year freeze on any salary increase because of the stagnant economy, local lawmakers this week defended the coming pay bump.  Read more

Neighbors rescue neighbors at Tuttle Street three-decker

Fire scene: Charred triple decker.Fire scene: Charred triple decker.  Read more

Prosecutors ask for pre-trial gag order on Turner

Federal prosecutors are telling District 7 Councillor Chuck Turner, whom they've charged with corruption, to pipe down, citing the intense media coverage of the case. Turner has pledged to fight the gag order.

In a motion filed on Monday in U.S. District Court, U.S. Assistant Attorney John McNeil asked for the gag order to be imposed on Turner, preventing him from talking about the case and any materials the government may have to give him over the course of the case.  Read more

CVS ousts Tedeschi store, will expand at Lower Mills

The CVS store in Lower Mills will expand its footprint in the Dorchester Avenue building it currently shares with a Tedeschi's convenience store, the Reporter learned this week. The Tedeschi's store will close its doors this weekend, according to sources familiar with the plan. The Tedeschi's store was operating at the location through a sub-lease authorized by CVS, which chose not to renew that lease for the new year, according to Alan Reardon, an executive at Tedeschi's.  Read more

Dorchester Bay CDC sees opportunities in 2009

Despite a crippling economy, the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation is in good standing according to its staff, and the CDC plans to push through 2009 by taking advantage of a number of unique opportunities.

"We're entering a very tough period," said Don Walsh, outgoing board president. "It's all the more reason for Dorchester Bay to keep doing the work that we do."

Executive Director Jeanne DuBois said community development corporations (CDCs) are more adaptive and flexible in this economy because they fundraise and can receive grants.  Read more

More council hopefuls emerge out of Dorchester

Amidst news of Councillor Sam Yoon's growing bank account - at $158,158 as of Tuesday - at least one new potential candidate is rubbing his chin in contemplation - and the guy's OFD. And over in District 4, Councillor Charles Yancey also picked up a challenger.

"I'm keeping my options open," said Dorchester's Doug Hurley. "A run for at-Large is something I'm considering, but some things would have to happen."

Hurley hinted that it may have something to do with how many at-Large seats are left open by mayoral candidates, and who decides to run for them.  Read more

Ross ascendancy gives Connolly a new platform with 'Livable Boston' panel

Councillor Michael Ross's election to the Council president's chair on Monday signals yet another yearly council ritual - the backroom battles over committee assignments.

The early winner of this traditionally underground skirmish seems to be at-Large Councillor John Connolly, whose special "Livable Boston" committee was among Ross's first announcements. Connolly's committee theme recalls ideas he drove home at backyard barbeques and house parties all over the city during his 2007 campaign.  Read more

'Change' is in with Retzos Bros.

Brothers Stavros and Ted Retzos, in their new Metamorphosis Lower Mills store: Photo by Ed Forry.Brothers Stavros and Ted Retzos, in their new Metamorphosis Lower Mills store: Photo by Ed Forry.

Lefeeris Retzos' story is a true American tale.  Read more

Pressure grows on local food pantries : Yawkey Center cutback has widespread impact

Beatrice Burton works to organize products at the Codman Square Food Pantry: Photo courtesy DotWell.Beatrice Burton works to organize products at the Codman Square Food Pantry: Photo courtesy DotWell.  Read more

Patrick eyes major changes in health care payment system

Gov. Deval Patrick is considering fundamental changes to the health care system in Massachusetts, eyeing adjustments to the current fee-for-service payment system and planning cost reduction legislation by summer.

Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby said the administration is considering a system in which providers would receive payments related to outcomes rather than amount of care.  Read more

Health centers fret over BMC cuts

A number of Dorchester and Mattapan health centers, unions and advocacy groups have joined a citywide coalition called Put Patients First to urge the governor to halt funding cuts to the Boston Medical Center and the Cambridge Health Alliance.

The group's leading organization, political heavy-hitter SEIU Local 1199, recently resceduled a rally planned for Jan. 15 - the same day as Gov. Deval Patrick's State of the State address - to Jan. 29, after the presidential inauguration.  Read more

Charter school buys organ factory on Sydney St. for $3.2m

Teacher Jessica Viola, director Kathleen Sullivan, and dean of students Danielle Tata trade ideas: for renovating an old Sydney Street organ factory that will become an extension of the Boston Collegiate Charter School. Photo by Pete Stidman.Teacher Jessica Viola, director Kathleen Sullivan, and dean of students Danielle Tata trade ideas: for renovating an old Sydney Street organ factory that will become an extension of the Boston Collegiate Charter School. Photo by Pete Stidman.Fulfilling a long - held plan to expand its capacity, the Boston Collegiate Charter School acquired a second building just before Christmas last month.

The Boston Collegiate Charter Foundation bought the long-vacant former home of the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company at 215 Sydney St. and a large shed nearby for $3.2 million. The deal was financed with a $6 million Qualified Zone Academy Bond that was purchased by Wainwright Bank & Trust.  Read more