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Dot artists make holiday pitch 'Think of us when choosing your gifts'

Ekua Holmes' painting "Free" is one of the paintings that will be on exhibit at this weekend's Franklin Park art show. Image courtesy Franklin Park Coalition/ Ekua Holmes

"Buy local."  The slogan works for veggies, fruits, and dairy products. Why not for holiday gifts? At least that's the pitch from visual artists from Dorchester and near-by neighborhoods who make at least part of their living from sales of their work.  Read more

They're rookies as cops, but they're veterans in life

Stacie McCarthy pins a badge on the uniform of her husband, Police Officer Denis McCarthy, as their three-year-old daughter Mia Rose McCarthy and Boston Mayor Tom Menino look on. Photo by Bill Forry

Dorchester's Denis McCarthy is a rookie cop, but he's hardly a newbie when it comes to law enforcement or the pressure-cooker of a tough beat.  Read more

Roxbury's Terrell enters at-Large council fray

As Councillor Michael Flaherty and Mayor Thomas Menino engage in an aerobatic fundraising race, yet another voice has announced his attentions to grab for an at-Large council seat.

"I've been talking to folks around the city and it looks like we're going to make a go of it in '09," said Bob Terrell in a Reporter interview Monday. "Some of my friends have said this is long overdue."  Read more

Mayor, possibles pile up the cash

Mayor Tom Menino is firing up his fundraising jets, accelerating into the holiday season with a near $113,000 haul for November, according to the state's Office of Campaign and Political Finance. Following boldly in his wake, Flaherty took in a respectable $79,680. Councillor Sam Yoon, who some suspect of considering a run, collected a propeller-driven $35,000. All three figures might be added to when the final November numbers roll in later this month.  Read more

Scofflaws say they'll pay taxes: Error holds up Maxwell foreclosure

The city released its annual list of tax scofflaws this year, a tome of property owners that eschewed one or more of their quarterly payments last year. The list includes over 2,700 delinquent properties totaling over $8 million in owed taxes. The largest is Pier 4 in South Boston, which owes over $820,000, which it recently told the Boston Globe it would pay.

But a curious fact about the list, which yearly draws wide media attention, is that one can owe the city millions in back taxes and not be on it.  Read more

Retiring SJC Justice Greaney unfazed by critics of gay marriage ruling

Justice John Greaney didn't write the Supreme Judicial Court's landmark ruling making Massachusetts the first state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, but five years later, a passage from his concurring opinion is sometimes used by gay couples in their wedding ceremonies.

"We share a common humanity and participate together in the social contract that is the foundation of our Commonwealth,'' Greaney wrote. "Simple principles of decency dictate that we extend ... full acceptance, tolerance and respect. We should do so because it is the right thing to do.''  Read more

New look for gift shop at Carney

Carney Hospital volunteer Mary Keeley of Dorchester and longtime staffer Ann Hart of Walpole are pictured at the recently renovated Carney Gift Shop. Photo by Ed Forry.

Neighborhood shoppers looking for a special holiday gift have a new option in Lower Mills. Caritas Carney Hospital has renovated and enlarged its main lobby Gift Shop, and a new manager has brought an expanded variety of items to the mix.  Read more

Dot artists make holiday pitch: 'Think of us when choosing your gifts'

Ekua Holmes' painting "Free" is one of the paintings that will be on exhibit at this weekend's Franklin Park art show. Image courtesy Franklin Park Coalition / Ekua Holmes

"Buy local." The slogan works for veggies, fruits, and dairy products. Why not for holiday gifts? At least that's the pitch from visual artists from Dorchester and near-by neighborhoods who make at least part of their living from sales of their work.  Read more

Mattapan man posed as his brother in phony car crash

Raymond DeGraca, 56, entered a guilty plea in Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday for reporting a false car accident with a fake identity and lying under oath, among other charges. In October 2002, DeGraca registered his car using a Rhode Island driver's license with his own picture but using his brother's information. The following year, he falsely claimed to his insurer, the Amica Mutual Insurance Company, that his vehicle was hit by another driver.  Read more

High bail for two accused in Codman Sq. shooting

Two Dorchester people are being held on $1 million cash bail each for allegedly shooting a man in the head in a brazen daylight attack on Washington Street on Monday morning. Patrick Grier, 20, and a 16-year-old female accomplice were arraigned in separate courtrooms on Tuesday. Both allegedly accosted the victim, a 19-year-old man, near the corner of Lyndhurst Street and Washington just after 9 a.m. The unidentified victim was hit in the head once and twice in the leg and remains in grave condition.  Read more

Party defends Chuck Turner

The state's Green-Rainbow Party, of which City Councillor Chuck Turner is a member, called this week for Council President Maureen Feeney to re-instate Turner to his committee positions and accused federal prosecutors of attempting to destroy Turner's political career. In a statement, the party said the "right of [his] constituents to select their city councilor should not be revoked as a result of questionable FBI accusations and leaked snippets of video tape."  Read more

Asthma study, straight out of Dot, raises researcher eyebrows

Sometimes even Ph.Ds can use a little help from the neighborhood. Just ask Dr. Doug Brugge of Tufts University.

Next to his and his colleagues' names on a breakthrough article in the November issue of the Journal of Asthma are those of the Boston Urban Asthma Coalition's Acheson Bennett and Neal-Dra Osgood. Bennett is a parent leader who graduated from a training program Osgood runs at BUAC. Both Bennett and Osgood - and several others from BUAC - helped gather findings that have pointed in a new direction for asthma research.  Read more

Teen center leader's car torched, house destroyed

Police are investigating an arson attack on this Shepton Street home last Thursday. Photo by Pete Stidman.

Paulo DeBarros was mum on Friday as he helped teens move furniture around in the newly remodeled St. Peter's Teen Center, where he is director.

"I've got other stuff to do," he said. "The police are doing their work and the fire department is trying to find out what happened."

Normally a man of few words, DeBarros spoke these while holding back emotion.  Read more

Mattapan's tap legend Dianne Walker wins prestigious fellowship

Mattapan's Dianne Walker goes by many names. Some call her Lady Di. Her students refer to her affectionately as Aunt Dianne. Admirers sometimes call her the "Ella Fitzgerald of Tap."

Thirty years as one of the greatest tap dancers of our time has earned her all these monikers. Last week, it also earned her a $50,000 grant as this year's recipient of the Rose Fellowship from the United States Artists Foundation.  Read more

School committee green-lights Johnson's plan

The Boston School Committee voted to shutter six schools and expand the pilot school program last week, bringing the superintendent's system-wide reorganization decision-making process to a close.

Though changes that eliminated the schools were affirmed earlier this month, an official vote on the closings was needed for procedural reasons. The closures include Dorchester's Lucy Stone, Quincy E. Dickerman, and Pauline Agassiz Shaw schools.  Read more

Walsh's name in the mix for possible Speaker's bid

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Nov. 26, 2008

There's been a King Tom. Right now there's a King Sal. Could there be a King Marty on the way?

As ethics investigations and a fight over who will be the next House speaker roil Beacon Hill, Rep. Martin Walsh's name has cropped up in news reports and within the walls of the State House as a candidate to succeed Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, a Boston Democrat.  Read more

Turner decries 'media court,' vows innocence

City Councillor Chuck Turner at City Hall on Monday. Photo by Pete Stidman

City Councillor Chuck Turner raged at City Council President Maureen Feeney and the "corporate media" in front of City Hall on Monday, berating them for trying him in a "media court."

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Reporter wins four Ethnic Media awards

Reporter managing editor Bill Forry accepts an award for best feature writing from Frank Herron, director of UMass Boston's Center on Media and Society.  Read more

The Bears create unity at Complex

Assistant coach John Evans walks the sidelines as head coach Rich Moran, behind him, yells encouragements to his team, the Dorchester Bears, in a game against Madison Park High School at White Stadium on Friday. The Bears beat the Cards, 31-14, marking the end of a 5-5 season. Photo by Nate Leskovic

Creating unity on a football team that represents three different schools in one building has been a challenge for Dorchester Bears Coach Rich Moran.  Read more

Neighbors gather to hail openings of Carruth Building, Wainwright Bank

Pictured at ceremonies on Saturday at The Carruth are (from left:) Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, Renie Smith of City Council President Feeney's office, Liliana Sanchez, Wainwright senior vice president, Chris Douglass of Tavolo, Patrick Lee EVP Trinity Financial, Mayor Menino, Jim Keefe President Trinity, Evelyn Friedman, Chief of Dept of Neighborhood Development and Bill Richard, president of the board of directors of St. Mark's Area Main Streets. By Bijoyeta Das.  Read more

New medical command center named for Dot's Stephen Lawlor

The city of Boston dedicated a new, state-of-the-art command center for its EMS department last week. The Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center memorializes a Dorchester man who had a 27-year career with Boston EMS before he died of cancer in 2005.

Lawlor's family was on hand for the dedication of the command center, which is located at the Boston Public Health Commission's headquarters in Roxbury.  Read more

New Americans get Governor's ear through advisory council

He's been here 33 years. But Dorchester's Binh Nguyen, president of the Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts and a Vietnamese immigrant, still remembers how difficult it was to learn English, which slowed access to the opportunities that drew him to America.

State's policymakers are lending their ears to challenges that immigrants like Nguyen face. Immigrants - including refugees and those who are undocumented - are invited to a series of meetings called the New Americans Agenda.  Read more

Panel offers ideas on urban violence

Access to substance abuse treatment for all regardless of income, mandatory K-12 bullying and violence prevention programs, and aggressive steps to reduce access to illegal firearms are among the anti-urban violence recommendations released last Thursday by the governor's Anti-Crime Council.

Other recommendations include immediate steps to offer reentry supports to violent offenders, job training for individuals between 14 and 22 years old, and the establishment of ways to immediately respond to and treat children who witness violence.  Read more

Judge orders evaluation for suspect in bus attack

In Dorchester District Court Tuesday, Judge David Poole ordered a 20-day mental evaluation for 32-year-old Steven Phillips, who allegedly flashed two teenage girls on the Route 23 MBTA bus just before 3 p.m. on Monday, and then stabbed them both. Phillips will be sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for the evaluation, on a recommendation by the court's clinician.  Read more

Odor facility clouds future of Bayside project

A long simmering disagreement over an odor control facility planned for Columbia Point - next to the future site of Corcoran Jennison Companies' gigantic "Bayside on the Point" developmen - became a slugfest this week when a state board voted not to alter its original design after months of backroom negotiations.  Read more