Oct. 2, 2014
Fifty years ago this week, the city was saddened at the loss of five firemen battling a midnight blaze in the South End— including three men from Dorchester.
Shortly after midnight on the morning of October 1, 1964, firemen from the fire station on Harrison Ave behind the Cathedral responded to an abandoned brick building ablaze at 34 Trumbull Street in the South End. Laying down hoses, a front wall collapsed in two sections, killing four and a ‘spark’ by the name of Andrew Sheehan. A fifth firefighter (Jim Sheedy) died later that morning at City Hospital. Read more
Is Dudley about to become the next Kendall Square?
It’s possible if the newly-created Neighborhood Innovation District Committee does its job.
To better encourage the development of centers of innovation across the city and in specific neighborhoods, Mayor Martin Walsh has unveiled a new committee charged with expanding innovation and entrepreneurship, his office announced last week.
The Neighborhood Innovation District Committee met in a public meeting for the first time on Wednesday night and will meet at least three to four times before the end of the year. Read more
The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) honored former Boston Mayor and Ambassador Ray Flynn at its third annual My Gala - “Illuminating Past Successes & Embracing Future Opportunities” on September 13 at the IBEW Hall in Dorchester. The Honorary Co-Chairs were Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston CEO Josh Kraft and Boston Police Department Superintendent William Gross.
The event celebrated VietAID’s 20th anniversary this year. Read more
A stabbing at a benefit for an injured motorcyclist at the Boston Teachers Union Hall in August remains unsolved because every person inside the hall interviewed by police either said they saw nothing or refused to talk, a police detective says. Read more
Reacting to a widely scorned Boston Herald editorial cartoon that the newspaper has said was not intentionally racist, Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday called it "stupid" and said he hoped for greater sensitivity.
"I don't need to pile on. I found the cartoon offensive. I think most people did. It was stupid," Patrick said, chuckling. "I think even the Herald sees that."
Patrick has regularly been roasted in the tabloid's pages. Asked about Wednesday's cartoon on his way to a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration he said, "Frankly my expectations are not very high. It was stupid." Read more
Oct. 1, 2014
First Lady Michelle Obama's arrival on Friday to stump and raise money for gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley comes in the nick of time for the Medford Democrat, with the latest campaign finance numbers showing the Democratic ticket trailing Republican Charlie Baker and his running mate. Read more
Oct. 1, 2014
The American Planning Association (APA) likes what it sees happening in Fields Corner and has named the Dorchester community one of this year’s 10 greatest neighborhoods in America in recognition specifically for its residential diversity, citing the presence of its large Vietnamese-American population.
“The close-knit community ties are what set Fields Corner apart,” the non-profit APA wrote, pointing to the work of groups such as Viet-AID and Fields Corner Main Streets in supporting residents and businesses. Read more
Sep. 30, 2014
Sharing a debate stage for the first time, the five candidates for governor who will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot talked education, transportation and energy during a one-hour exchange of ideas that featured one flare-up.
Republican Charlie Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk and Jeff McCormick convened for a forum at Faneuil Hall last week and a forum in Cambridge earlier in the day, but their appearance at CityStage was their first with Scott Lively, an anti-gay Springfield preacher who steered a question about infrastructure financing toward his wheelhouse of religiosity. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a person was shot around 7:15 p.m. on Monday on Dudley Street near East Cottage Street.
The victim, identified only as "male," was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Sep. 29, 2014
Hours before they face off with their fellow gubernatorial candidates in a televised debate, Attorney General Martha Coakley and former health insurance executive Charlie Baker appear to be in a dead heat in their battle for the Corner Office, according to two polls released on Monday morning.
A Suffolk University and Boston Herald poll of 500 likely voters showed Coakley, the Democrat, with 44 percent, and Baker, the Republican nominee, with 43 percent. Read more
Sep. 29, 2014
This year's Men of Boston Cook for Women's Health on Thursday, October 2 is looking to be Codman Square Health Center's most delicious event yet. With an impressive list of diverse and renowned restaurants including local favorites like Ashmont Grill and Venezia, everyone who attends is surely in for a treat.
On top of the great menu, Celebrity Chefs from Governor Patrick to Dorchester native CNN Anchor John King will join to serve up these delectable dishes. WBZ co-anchor Jonathan Elias’ will be the emcee at this year’s event.
All of this great food is served alongside groovy music by The Blue Hotel, all in the efforts to raise funds for essential women's health programs here in Dorchester.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.menofboston.com
The Boston Police Department reports a woman walking in the area of Columbia Road and Holden Street around 7:50 a.m. yesterday "when she was approached by a male who forced her into the rear of an adjacent property and sexually assaulted her." Read more
Sep. 25, 2014
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 25, 2014.....Gov. Deval Patrick, who is heading later Thursday to Washington D.C., knocked down speculation that he may be in line to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, who reportedly plans to step down. Read more
On every Sunday this month, Republican Charlie Baker has made a stop in Dorchester. More than any other gubernatorial candidate, he has taken precious time this year to campaign in the traditionally deep-blue neighborhood, attending fundraisers, community events, and marching in the Dorchester Day parade.
In all, since the first of the year, Baker has made 24 public visits to the neighborhood, including his primary night victory party at Venezia and time spent behind the bar at last week’s 50th anniversary celebration at the Eire Pub. Read more
Friday (26th) – ifest, a contemporary Irish festival, opens for a three-day event at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston. 6-11 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-11p.m. on Saturday; and 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. See ifestboston.com
Nearly five months since he was released from prison, former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez says he is still driven by service.
In an hour-long interview with the Reporter, the 37-year-old Dorchester Democrat remained composed, conceding that every new day is a challenge and that he struggles with depression.
He has slowed down since his release, he said. While he initially told the media that he was determined to break back into his old life and maybe run for office again, he has since stepped back to focus on his “new normal” – taking things day by day.
“It would be a lot easier to deal with it if it was something that I did, if it was something I could own responsibility of it, it wouldn’t be a problem,” Henriquez said. “To be falsely accused and convicted of it, I just don’t know how to find peace with that yet.” Read more
One hundred and ten students attending thirteen Catholic secondary schools and nine Catholic elementary schools have been awarded scholarships from the Daniel F. Marr, Jr. Scholarship Endowment Fund of the Catholic Community Fund of the Archdiocese of Boston. Read more
The Boston Police Department’s recently reinstated citywide bike unit will be moving soon to new quarters in a garage off Freeport Street near Glovers Corner. “This is great for Fields Corner and Savin Hill,” Boston Police Department Captain Jack Danilecki, the BPD’s citywide night commander and supervisor of the bike unit, told the Reporter in an interview this week.
“There will be police going in and out responding to calls all across the city, but going through Dorchester, so no matter what, the neighborhood gets more visibility.”
Set to be located at 12 Linden St. within the next two months, the new headquarters will be equipped to deploy the team’s 32 officers to any incident across the city, weather permitting. Read more
GALWAY, Ireland – For a few hours last Saturday, Marty Walsh was just another Yank on holiday, enjoying the sights and sounds of Clifden, one of Co. Galway’s loveliest and liveliest towns. Your mayor had just enjoyed a sailboat ride and a quiet lunch with his partner Lorrie Higgins and two other traveling companions.
Now, as he strolled through the scenic village with other tourists, he was incognito in blue jeans, sneakers, and an old-school Red Sox ball cap; mercifully, he was off the grid, stopping to buy scones and desserts for his mother at a local bakery called Walsh’s.
The respite would not last long.
Later that evening, he began a series of public events with a Mass celebrated in his mother’s home village of Rosmuc, followed by a reception that went late into the night.
The first five days of Walsh’s first trip abroad as mayor were a blur of bonfires, parties, church services, and endless photo opportunities— with the mayor getting rock star treatment at every stop. In a few places, the frenzy to get photos with him was such that he had to be hustled into a waiting car, often by his cousin, Winnie Curran, a Boston Police sergeant who is accompanying the mayor on the trip.
Martin J. Walsh may not be a household name throughout Ireland, at least not yet. But here in the west of Ireland, and especially in the southern parts of Connemara where John Walsh and Mary O’Malley were born and raised, he is a celebrity of historic importance, a modern-day chieftain with a deeply personal connection to thousands of people, most of whom still speak Irish as their primary language. The Gaeltacht, as that Irish-speaking region is called here, is most certainly Marty Walsh country.
It may have tested the patience of his security team at times, but the mayor himself has cheerfully accommodated every request. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a man found stabbed shortly after midnight Sunday at 5 Ames St. was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Harvard Street health center says its insurer should pay it for money embezzled by former bookkeeper
The Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center is suing its insurance company for refusing to reimburse it for the $763,000 a one-time accountant for the center embezzled between 2003 and 2008.
The Hartford Insurance Co. told the center it won't pay the claim because the center's policies excluded theft of money by employees. Read more
Sep. 19, 2014
SHANNON, Ireland – Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has walked through the gates of Shannon Airport at least a dozen times in his 47 years. This arrival will be hard to beat.
The Dorchester born-and-bred Walsh was greeted by a crowd of jubilant admirers— including many relatives from the Connemara region, some of them holding Irish and American flags in a festive welcome heavily accented with the lilt of the native Irish language, still alive in well in the
west of Ireland. Read more