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Staples National School Supply Drive Partnership

Staples National School Supply Drive Partnership - This Summer, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Staples are teaming up with Teen actor, Jake T. Austin, for the 6th Annual Staples for Students national school supply drive, to help kids get the tools they need to build great futures. From 6/30 to 9/28 Staples customers can donate $1 or more at their local Staples store with 100% of the proceeds benefitting local students from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester.  Read more

Police probe attack that left man near death in Adams Corner

Boston and State Police are investigating an attack early Sunday that left a man lying unconscious around 4:15 a.m. on Sunday outside the China Sky/Windy City building at 516 Gallivan Blvd.  Read more

Connolly rejects outside money and embraces 'People's Pledge'

By 
Andy Metzger and Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Aug. 21, 2013

Connolly Embraces Ed Reform Support, Minus Money from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Stand for Children, an education reform group, was poised Wednesday to spend $500,000 to benefit the Boston mayoral campaign of City Councilor John Connolly. The candidate, however, had different plans and publicly rejected the outside spending during a press conference outside City Hall.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Aug. 20, 2013

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 20, 2013

There are 34 days left until the Sept. 24 preliminary election and 76 days until the Nov. 5 final election.  Read more

Grease fire at Blue Hill Avenue take-out place damages several businesses

Firefighters on roof

Firefighters vent roof of 772 Blue Hill Ave. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a two-alarm fire that started due to poorly maintained ducts did an estimated $400,000 in damage to a block of stores at 772 Blue Hill Ave.

The department says the fire, reported around 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday, was caused by a kitchen fire at the Yong Hon Chinese take-out place: "Specifically the hot gases from the stove caused a fire in the ductwork that was not cleaned properly."

In addition to Yong Hon, the fire damaged a Jamaican take-out place, a convenience store and a hair salon.  Read more

In radio ad launching Tuesday, Consalvo pushes his ‘People’s Pledge’

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 19, 2013

City Councillor Rob Consalvo is again challenging his rivals to sign onto his pledge to limit the influence of independent expenditure groups in the race to succeed Mayor Thomas Menino. This time, he’s doing it on the radio.

“What we don’t need is the interference of special interest groups and undisclosed money,” Consalvo, a Hyde Park councilor who also represents Mattapan and part of Roslindale, says in a 60-second spot scheduled to start Tuesday on news and talk radio stations. “This campaign should be a conversation between the candidates and the people of Boston.”  Read more

Rep. Walsh drawing fire from mayoral rivals

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 19, 2013

City Councillor Michael Ross on Sunday became the latest mayoral candidate to take aim at state Rep. Marty Walsh, a fellow mayoral hopeful. Standing outside the State House, Ross hit Walsh for voting for a transportation financing package that “does not address our needs.”

Ross’s targeting of the Dorchester lawmaker followed District Attorney Dan Conley’s efforts. Conley, a former city councillor, clashed with Rep. Walsh in a mini-debate on Boston Herald Radio in early August and later, redirected a question at Walsh at a forum inside a Roxbury restaurant.  Read more

Mayors behind push for greater local control of alcohol licenses

By 
Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Aug. 19, 2013

A Boston city councilor and three mayors are pushing to overturn the state's "antiquated" liquor license law by lifting caps and wrestling control away from the state to give it to local communities.  Read more

Baker steps away from landmark debate on Savin Hill house

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 19, 2013

City Councillor Frank Baker: In disclosure, asks that his previous testimony before city commission be "struck from the record."City Councillor Frank Baker: In disclosure, asks that his previous testimony before city commission be "struck from the record."(Updated on Wed., Aug. 21)— District 3 Councillor Frank Baker this week said he would recuse himself from an ongoing debate about whether a dilapidated home on Savin Hill should receive landmark status from a city commission. In an unusual step, Baker also asked that testimony he made before the Boston Landmarks Commission — in which he argued against a landmark designation for the property on Grampian Way— last week be “struck from the record.”

The move, along with a disclosure form filed with the city clerk’s office noting that his brother had previously made an attempt to purchase the property, came after a neighborhood activist raised questions about his comments to the commission at a City Hall hearing.  Read more

MBTA Police seek info on robbery suspects caught on video

By 
Reporter Staff
Aug. 17, 2013

MBTA police are asking for the public's help in identifying two young men —shown in the video above— who allegedly robbed two women of their purses and cell phones in an incident on Tuesday night (Aug. 13) at Savin Hill MBTA station.  Read more

Richard family speaks out on four-month anniversary of bombing

By 
Reporter Staff
Aug. 15, 2013

Jane Richard: "an incredible source of inspiration for our family." Photo courtesy Richard familyJane Richard: "an incredible source of inspiration for our family." Photo courtesy Richard familyThe Richard family released a statement today on the four-month anniversary of the Patriot's Day bombing at the Boston Marathon. The family also released an image of 7 year-old Jane Richard, who is now using a prosthetic leg. The statement follows in its entirety:

“Today marks four months since our family, and indeed our community were savagely and cowardly attacked for reasons we remain at a loss to understand. While we have made progress with our physical injuries, the emotional pain seems every bit as new as it was four months ago.

An hour doesn't go by that we don't feel the agony of Martin's death and the senseless way it came about. The pain is constant and even the sweetest moments can become heartbreaking when we are struck by the realization that "Martin would have loved this..."  Read more

New owners for longtime Mattapan Square supermarket

By 
Bill Forry, Editor
Aug. 15, 2013

Austin Morda: Manager of the Americas Food Basket in Mattapan Square. Photo by Bill Forry

A longtime Mattapan Square supermarket is now under new ownership and management. The former Farmers Warehouse Market on Cummins Highway has been purchased by America’s Food Basket, a chain with locations in both Boston and New York. The company took control of the market in June and has been making incremental changes to the store’s interior— with plans to update the exterior in the coming months.  Read more

On Woodrow Ave., a hidden gem in Boston’s live jazz scene

By 
Mark Redmond, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 15, 2013

Band leader Kurtis Rivers, left, is shown performing at the Ramsay/Toy Post with guitarist Alain Pacowski and frequent guest Mike Maleson on trumpet. Photo by Mark Redmond

From her table in the back corner of Ramsay/Toy VFW Post #8872 on Woodrow Avenue, Post manager Marie Carrington spends Sunday evenings inspired by the sounds of Dorchester saxophonist Kurtis Rivers and his band. Carrington calls this her “Sunday night prayer meeting,” and she is looking forward to celebrating six years of Sunday jazz at the Post on August 18.

Carrington was introduced to Rivers by a friend, and her love of jazz and his pursuit of a regular performance venue resulted in a weekly residency that has become a hidden gem in the Boston jazz world.  Read more

At-large race: Dot has 5 of 19 on the trail

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 15, 2013

When Ayanna Pressley ran for City Council At-Large in 2009, six other Dorchester residents were on the ballot. Pressley, a Chicago native and former aide to John Kerry, had moved into the neighborhood the previous November, after living in other parts of the city like the Fenway and Back Bay.  Read more

Recalling the March on Washington, 50 years later

By 
Brianna MacGregor Special to the Reporter
Aug. 15, 2013

Congressman John Lewis: Will be keynote speaker at JFK Library event on Sunday.Congressman John Lewis: Will be keynote speaker at JFK Library event on Sunday.Sarah-Ann Shaw, a Roxbury native who later became a pioneering television reporter in Boston, was a student organizer in the summer of 1963. Fifty years ago this month, she and her young daughter drove to the now-historic March on Washington with high hopes.

“I thought it was the right thing to do and that everyone should go to bear witness,” Shaw remembers. “We all thought the march would solve all of our problems and that discrimination could be ended. We really thought that freedom was tomorrow.”

Progress came at a far slower pace— and with many years of struggle and setbacks. But the March on Washington stands today as a seminal moment in the Civil Rights movement and its approaching anniversary — on August 28— has given rise to commemorations and special events across the nation, including several here in Boston.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Activist mounts write-in bid for District 7 seat

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 15, 2013

A bombastic Roxbury activist, Jamarhl Crawford, plans to wage a write-in campaign for the District 7 City Council seat. Councillor Tito Jackson, a former aide to Gov. Deval Patrick who won the seat in a 2011 special election, is running for reelection.  Read more

Head over to the Opera House and have a ‘Wicked’ good time

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 15, 2013

“Wicked!” and “Awesome!”
That’s the general reaction of Boston audiences to the long-awaited return of “Wicked,” the hit musical about what really went down in the far-from-marvelous Land of Oz. Running now through September 15 at the Boston Opera House, Broadway’s highest grossing show, which hasn’t visited the Hub since 2010, has Munchkins and their moms clamoring to see it again and again.  Read more

Gartley takes helm at All Dorchester Sports League

Candice Gartley

Candice Gartley has taken on the position of Executive Director at the All Dorchester Sports League (ADSL) located in Fields Corner. Gartley succeeds Jared Blandino, who has been at the helm in recent years of growth at the organization.  Read more

Saturday bike tour to travel Fairmount ‘Greenway’ route from South Bay Center

By 
Brianna MacGregor, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 15, 2013

The Fairmount Greenway Task Force will host “Fairmount Greenway on the Move,” a guided bike tour along the proposed Fairmount Greenway route this Saturday.

According to Fairmount Greenway Project Manager Michelle Moon, the event aims “to show people the proposed route [of the Fairmount Greenway] and raise awareness with other biking advocates.”  Read more

Should Grampian Way home be a landmark? Panel takes comments

By 
Reporter Staff
Aug. 14, 2013

The Boston Landmarks Commission on Tuesday night took testimony from proponents and opponents of granting landmark status to a dilapidated Grampian Way home with a bit of history. The hearing took place at City Hall.  Read more

(UPDATED) Former State House aide Cullinane wins 12th Suffolk primary

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 13, 2013

Dan Cullinane: Democrats' choice to serve as next state rep in 12th Suffolk district.Dan Cullinane: Democrats' choice to serve as next state rep in 12th Suffolk district.Dan Cullinane, a former aide to state Rep. Marty Walsh and ex-Councillor Maureen Feeney, won a three-way special Democratic primary in the 12th Suffolk House District on Tuesday.

The other Democrats running in the race to replace Linda Dorcena Forry, who ascended to the state Senate in June, were Stephanie Everett, a former aide to state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, and Mary Tuitt, who works as an aide to state Rep. Gloria Fox.

According to unofficial results posted on the city's Elections Department website, with 15 out of 15 precincts reporting, Cullinane had 1,372 votes, or 60.39 percent. Everett had 21.74 percent, and Mary Tuit had 14.26 percent of the vote. Cullinane also romped in Milton, according to his campaign.

Cullinane, who also worked on John O’Toole’s District 3 campaign in 2011 and served as field director of Dorcena Forry’s Senate campaign, will face off against two independents – Lincoln Larmond of Mattapan and Edmond Romulus of Milton – in the Sept. 10 final.  Read more

Mayoral Candidate Video Survey: Education

The second part of DotNews.com's video survey of the candidates running for mayor of Boston focuses on education. Ten members of the 12-person field offer differing views on the city's school committee, charter school cap, superintendent search and more. To see the candidate's full response about how to improve Boston's schools, just click on the banner above his or her name.

Click here to see the first part of the series, the candidate's views on public safety and crime.

Consalvo camp releases TV spot: “All In for Boston”

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 12, 2013

City Councillor Rob Consalvo’s mayoral campaign unveiled its first TV spot on Monday night. The ad, titled “All In for Boston,” notes that he worked for the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and his support for a felony gun offender registry.  Read more

Polls open in 12th Suffolk special primary

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 12, 2013

Polls open at 7 a.m. in a special state primary for the 12th Suffolk House District. With Linda Dorcena Forry taking a seat in the state Senate, the vacancy has drawn a number of Democratic and independent candidates.  Read more

Dorchester Red Sox win citywide softball title

By 
Brianna MacGregor, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 12, 2013

The Dorchester champs included players (front kneeling, l-r) Caroline O'Brien, Michela Juliano, Holly Silva, Hannah Silva and Gabby Kehayias. Middle row: Brenna Galvin, Katie Nolan, Mikayla O'Dowd, Reilly Hayes and Amanda Stefura. Back row: Coach Richard O'Brien, Maddie Connolly, Ashley Penella, RBI Director Jose Ruiz BPD, Lucy Caffrey-Maffei, Danielle Rood and Maureen Penella. Missing from photo: Clare Duckworth, Bridget Collins, Nicole Anderson and Jackie Clark.

Finishing off a victorious summer season, the Dorchester Red Sox softball team beat a fellow Dot team, the Dorchester Rangers, last week to claim the citywide championship . In an exciting first game last Tuesday night, the two teams were neck and neck until the Red Sox won by a single run in the bottom of the seventh inning. On Thursday, the Red Sox were victorious again and clinched the championship series.  Read more