Sep. 21, 2012
The Irish Heritage Festival, which for the past three Columbus Day weekends has transformed Dorchester's Adams Corner into a block party celebrating the richness of Irish arts, culture and music in Boston, will not take place this year.
But organizers are already looking ahead to bringing back the event for 2013, and recently announced a date of October 13 for next year. Read more
A real-estate lawyer faces a lengthy stay in federal prison after a jury convicted him this week of 33 counts of wire fraud and 5 counts of money laundering for his role in a scheme to defraud lenders on the sale of condos in a Neponset Avenue building in 2006 and 2007, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports. Read more
Sep. 20, 2012
After two months of preparing for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Vietnamese American Community Center on Sept. 29, Nam Pham has many people to thank.
The executive director of the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID), the non-profit organization which operates the center, explained: “We will celebrate the contributions of everyone who makes Fields Corner a better place.” Read more
Sep. 20, 2012
Mayor Thomas Menino is expected to endorse U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren at a Friday rally in Roslindale, sources tell the Reporter.
The afternoon rally in Roslindale Square will come after a debate scheduled for Thursday night between Warren and U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. Brown, a Wrentham Republican, and Warren, a Cambridge Democrat, face off on WBZ-TV at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The rally is set for Roslindale Square at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Read more
A Dorchester man with a long record for breaking and entering was arraigned yesterday on charges related to the dozens of purloined items from suburban homes police say they found in his apartment during a search earlier this summer, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says. Read more
Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health returns to the Codman Square Health Center for its 15th anniversary event next Thursday (Sept. 27) at 6 p.m. Men of Boston, as it is affectionately known, is one of the largest annual fundraisers in Dorchester and was recently named one of the top ten food and wine events in Boston by BizBash. Read more
Ross Wilson wears a sense of relief that’s currently in fashion inside City Hall and the Boston Teachers Union on Mt. Vernon St.
The 36-year-old assistant superintendent was a member of Superintendent Carol Johnson’s negotiation team that worked to hammer out a teachers’ contract after more than two years of tense talks. Last Thursday, a day after a resolution was announced, Wilson sat in his office, recalling how it came to fruition. Read more
Sep. 20, 2012
State and city officials, community leaders and residents gathered at the Mattapan branch of the Boston Public Library for the fifth in a series of Mattapan Breakfast Series meetings on Tuesday morning. Hosted by state Rep. Linda Forry, the meeting focused on the recent rejuvenation of one of the city’s most misunderstood neighborhoods. Read more
The presence of prostitutes on Dorchester Avenue will be the focus of a Monday night meeting at Saint Mark’s church hall. The neighborhood-wide meeting, set for next Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., is being put together by District 3 Councillor Frank Baker’s office.
“In response to numerous constituent calls I have received regarding this matter, I feel as though it is necessary to get the whole community together in an effort to find out what is being done to curtail this major problem,” Baker wrote in a letter to constituents. Boston Police Department officials will attend, he added. Read more
In the cavernous Room 241, the city’s Elections Department is preparing for the 2012 election, which will feature races for the White House and one of the Bay State’s two US Senate seats.
But a few floors up, all eyes are trained on 2013.
Word trickled out last week that somebody had put a poll in the field asking voters questions about Mayor Thomas Menino, City Councillors At-Large John Connolly and Ayanna Pressley, and entrepreneur Greg Selkoe. Read more
Boston Public Schools officials plan to roll out several proposals to refit the school assignment policy on Monday by presenting options to a mayorally appointed advisory committee at the Frederick Pilot Middle School on Columbia Road at 6 p.m.
“They’re going to lay out three or four plans, I believe, that will be discussed,” Mayor Thomas Menino told the Reporter this week. “And after they get back the feedback on that and maybe some adjustments, they’ll go to a plan that the school committee will eventually approve.” Read more
US Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, held dueling events on Monday in Dorchester and Mattapan. Brown, a Wrentham Republican, swung by Blue Hill Avenue’s Auto Service and Tire and provided coffee and doughnuts. Nearly two miles away and minutes later, Warren, a Cambridge Democrat, launched “Small Businesses for Elizabeth” at Cedar Grove Gardens on Adams Street.
Both events came as three polls showed Warren leading Brown after they had previously shown her trailing Brown in the tight race. Read more
It was still in the early innings of a Saturday morning baseball game at Town Field when Jim Collyer – Dorchester’s answer to Johnny Pesky – went over to the first base line and opened up his fold-up chair. Soon after, one of the players, a five-year-old T-baller, came over to Collyer and said, “You got old. How come you got old?”
The question drew a laugh from the 84-year-old Collyer, who has been playing or prowling the coach’s circle in this Fields Corner yard for more than six decades. He has seen and heard a lot.
“It made me feel good,” he said, “because I’m thinking, ‘Hey, I was old last year too!’ But I guess I didn’t look old then. Kids have such wisdom at that age.” Read more
A Blue Hill Ave. restaurant was abruptly closed today after a city task force discovered filthy conditions and a dangerously clogged air vent above the stove. City officials — who descended on the 300 block of Blue Hill Ave. this week to focus on a burgeoning rat problem — were alarmed by what they found inside the Star Island Restaurant at 375 Blue Hill Ave. Read more
Sep. 19, 2012
Nearly two weeks after Mayor Thomas Menino sent them back to the drawing board, the City Council on Wednesday voted 7 to 6 in favor a map crafted by City Councillors Tito Jackson and Matt O’Malley and aimed at redrawing the boundaries of council’s 9 district seats. Read more
Sep. 18, 2012
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown distanced himself on Tuesday from remarks Mitt Romney made at a private fundraiser where he said 47 percent of the country is “dependent upon government” and believe they are “victims.”
"That's not the way I view the world. As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, I know that being on public assistance is not a spot that anyone wants to be in,” Brown said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Brown’s opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren directly criticized Romney’s remarks. Read more
Sep. 18, 2012
The Boston Public Health Commission said today that a Dorchester man had contracted West Nile Virus— the second confirmed human case in a Boston resident this year. The man in his 40s was hospitalized, but has been released. It is unclear at this time where he contracted the infection, which is carried by mosquitoes, according to city officials. Read more
Sep. 17, 2012
Holding slim leads in a pair of new polls and coming off a campaign rally Saturday with Gov. Deval Patrick, U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren planned to tout support from small businesses Monday morning at an event Cedar Groves Gardens in Dorchester.
Warren was at the Adams Street business to promote “hundreds” of small businesses supporting her campaign to unseat Brown, who says Warren would support a raft of job-crushing taxes. Brown’s lone campaign event Monday was a 9:30 a.m. “Thank You for Building This” stop at Auto Service and Tire, 1590 Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan. Read more
Michael Ahern, 46, of Dorchester, was arraigned today on charges he ran over and killed a man riding his bicycle down Morrissey Boulevard early last Friday morning.
Doan Bui, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene following the 12:30 a.m. crash near Malibu Beach. Bui was riding home from a fishing trip when he was struck from behind near the Beades drawbridge that spans Dorchester Bay. Read more
Family and friends of 16 year-old Jaivon Blake, who was shot to death on Geneva Ave. last September, will hold a candlelight vigil in his memory on the anniversary of his death— Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 7-10 p.m. Shameka Blake, Javon’s cousin, said that the family hopes the event will be a reminder of the good things about Javon, a teen who loved basketball and the rapper Meek Mill. Read more
A man riding his bicycle southbound on Morrissey Boulevard was thrown from his bicycle and killed early Friday morning, State Police report.
The collision happened near Malibu Beach around 12:30 a.m. No charges have been filed against the driver.
A Dorchester man convicted of a firing a gun at a Boston cop in 2006 faces arraignment Friday on new charges that he fought and injured a Boston Police sergeant during an arrest off Talbot Avenue this week, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more
Mounting concerns about pedestrian safety on Morrissey Boulevard prompted a roadside huddle this afternoon featuring elected officials, State Police and state transportation officials, who promised to "immediately make improvements" at the intersection of Morrissey and Bianculli Boulevard.
Senator Jack Hart, Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor Frank Baker met on site today with senior officials from the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, UMass Boston officials and State Police.
Sep. 13, 2012
The Mattapan Community Health Center celebrated its 16th annual Health Care Revival on Saturday morning on the lawn of the Foley Senior Residences on River Street. With gospel music playing in the background, and a variety of tents offering different health care screenings and information, the revival not only catered to the community’s health needs, but its spiritual needs as well. Read more