Catholic Academy shifts seats for more pre-K slots

Lower Mills campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy: Formerly known as St. Gregory's Elementary School, will be renovated this summer.Lower Mills campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy: Formerly known as St. Gregory's Elementary School, will be renovated this summer.Middle school students from the Mattapan campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy will attend classes at the Lower Mills campus next fall as the school system seeks to open up more space for pre-kindergarten seats in Mattapan. The move comes as long-awaited renovations to the former St. Gregory’s campus are set to begin this year— adding new amenities to the Dorchester Ave. campus that will be geared towards middle schoolers.

“In order to provide the best education for all students there are several changes we need to make for the 7th and 8th graders. Starting in September, our 7th and 8th graders at the Mattapan campus will attend classes at the Lower Mills campus,” said Sister Ellen Powers, CSJ, Regional Director of the academy, in a letter to parents issued this week.  Read more

Report touts Carney’s positive impact on area

Carney Hospital pumped $8.1 million in community benefits into Dorchester and Mattapan in 2011 and 2012, according to the author of an economic-impact report commissioned by the system that owns the Dorchester Avenue facility. The hospital also provided the city with $2.7 million in property tax revenues.  Read more

Four dead after violent weekend of alleged gang warfare

Trevain KeeneTrevain Keene

Four people were killed in a flurry of gunfire over the weekend in Dorchester and Mattapan that has sparked renewed concerned about the potential for subsequent retaliatory strikes between warring street gangs.

A 22 year-old Boston man was found shot to death around 6:25 p.m. on Friday evening at 82 Callender St. Police later identified the victim as Trevain Keene, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Sunday evening around 9:50 p.m., a Dorchester man was shot to death in a vehicle outside the Tedeschi convenience store in Peabody Square. The victim was also killed at the scene. Later that night, at about 2:45 a.m., Monday, a man and a woman, both in their 20s, were shot outside 92 Rosewood St. in Mattapan. Both were taken to local hospitals, where they were pronounced dead.  Read more

BRA-led group focuses on defunct car dealership in Mattapan

David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 30, 2014

Mattapan is preparing for a new round of development spurred by a new MBTA commuter rail station at Blue Hill Avenue and Cummins Highway that is still in the design phase. But a Working Advisory Group put in place through the Boston Redevelopment Authority is already meeting to review plans and make sure residents of the community are heard in the process.  Read more

Five Dems on ballot for Walsh's former House seat

Liam CurranLiam CurranFive Democrats will vie for the 13th Suffolk House seat left open after Savin Hill lawmaker Marty Walsh took the top job at City Hall. The candidates, according to Secretary of State William Galvin’s office, are Liam Curran of Coffey Street, Gene Gorman of Hooper Street, Daniel Hunt of Pierce Avenue, PJ McCann of Savin Hill Avenue, and John O’Toole of 114 Minot St.

There are no Republicans on the ballot, meaning that whoever wins the March 4 Democratic primary will likely coast through the April 1 general special election.  Read more

Henriquez seen staying put, forcing colleagues to a vote

After two appearances inside the State House while in handcuffs, state Rep. Carlos Henriquez appears to be digging in and challenging his colleagues into voting him out of his office. Henriquez appeared before his fellow lawmakers last Friday afternoon, and then again on Tuesday afternoon, behind closed doors.

The 37-year-old Dorchester Democrat has been staying in the Middlesex County Jail after a jury convicted him in mid-January of assault and battery on a young woman he was seeing. He was sentenced to serve six months of a two-and-a-half-year sentence.  Read more

Linehan appoints Baker head of special charter reform committee

Councillor Frank Baker, District 3

(UPDATED Jan. 30, 2014) District 3 Councillor Frank Baker will be heading up a special committee charged with reviewing the city’s charter, under committee assignments set up by City Council President Bill Linehan. A Dorchester councillor who was reelected to a second two-year term in November, Baker will likely explore term limits and changes to the structure of the mayorally appointed School Committee.

Baker, who has previously pushed for a School Committee that is made up of both mayoral appointments and elected members, said he could see adding seats to the 7-member body, like giving a youth advocate a vote or providing the City Council with a designee.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: In restructuring, Walsh looks for ‘nimble’ cabinet

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 29, 2014

In a bid to streamline city services, Mayor Marty Walsh is revamping the cabinet structure, creating a position focused on arts and culture while splitting apart some departments and melding others together.

Daniel Arrigg Koh, Walsh’s chief of staff, said the administration is looking for the cabinet to function as a “nimble, efficient group of people.” “We’re doing this for better flow of information, for better coordination,” he said.  Read more

Public report required if panel finds Rep. Henriquez violated rules

Michael Norton and Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 29, 2014

With hearings ongoing, the House will not take any action during its formal session Wednesday on Rep. Carlos Henriquez, who is incarcerated and appealing his conviction by a jury on two counts of assault and battery.

“Not today,” Speaker Robert DeLeo said when asked if the House would take action on the Henriquez matter. Before being hustled onto an elevator by an aide, DeLeo said, “He’s still at hearings.”  Read more

Dot runners form nucleus of Richard Foundation's Marathon Team

100-plus squad will raise funds, honor Martin Richard

Harry BenzanHarry BenzanA tight-knit group of neighbors and family friends will form the nucleus of the inaugural Team MR8, a squad of 100-plus runners who will run in April’s Boston Marathon in memory of Martin Richard, the eight-year-old Dorchester boy who lost his life in last year’s terror bombing attack.

Each member of the team will raise thousands of dollars for the newly formed Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, whose mission is “to honor Martin’s message of ‘No more hurting people – peace’ by investing in education, athletics, and community.”

Among those hand-picked by the Richard family and their foundation are close friends and neighbors, including Lisa Hourihan Jackson, Jose Calderon, Mike McCarthy, and Harry Benzan, who coached both Martin and his younger sister Jane, who lost a limb in the attack.

“When this awful thing happened, Bill and Denise [Richard] said that they really wanted some privacy. And we honored what they wanted,” explained Benzan. “So now this opportunity came and this is what they’ve asked for. It’s a wonderful way to show that we’re there for them.”  Read more

Four students at King School taken for checkups after downing medications, vitamins one brought in from home

Four students at the Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School on Lawrence Avenue were transported to the hospital for checkups on Tuesday after they shared pills and vitamins one of them brought in from home.  Read more

Henriquez returned to State House for second Ethics hearing

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jan. 28, 2014

For the second time in five days, Rep. Carlos Henriquez was transported to the State House Tuesday by Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department official to testify before the House Ethics Committee as the panel weighs possible discipline against the Dorchester Democrat, convicted on two counts of assault and battery.  Read more

Mattapan man convicted in ’11 Abbott St. murder

Jan. 28, 2014

A 39 year-old Mattapan man was convicted of second-degree murder on Tuesday for shooting 29-year-old Shawn Flores to death in Sept. 2011. Kendrick Clark faces a mandatory life term for the murder inside an Abbott Street rooming house. Clark fled to North Carolina where he was apprehended in Oct. 2011. No one witnessed the fatal shooting, but Flores made a dying declaration that Clark had shot him.  Read more

Three shot to death overnight in Ashmont, Mattapan

A man, believed to be in his 20s, was shot repeatedly around 9:50 p.m. on Sunday outside the Tedeschi store, 1886 Dorchester Avenue.

The Boston Police Department reports he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Around 2:45 a.m., Monday, a man and a woman, both in their 20s, were shot outside 92 Rosewood St. in Mattapan. both were taken to local hospitals, where they were pronounced dead.

In a statement tonight, Mayor Martin Walsh said the shootings are likely related - as is a murder last week on Callender Street.  Read more

Man shot to death on Callender Street

The Boston Police Department reports a 22 year-old Boston man was found shot to death around 6:25 p.m. on Friday at 82 Callender St. Police identified the victim as Trevain Keene. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470.
Or call anonymously to the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

Man charged with keeping dogs in illegal, squalid basement kennel

The Boston Police Department reports officers investigating a report of an illegal basement apartment at 8 Glenrose Rd. Thursday morning found five mistreated dogs living in awful conditions.  Read more

Jailed rep transported to State House for ethics committee meeting

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jan. 24, 2014

With his lawyer asserting his innocence and suggesting the all-white jury that convicted him was not a “jury of his peers,” incarcerated state Rep. Carlos Henriquez was hauled in handcuffs back to the State House on Thursday as the House Ethics Committee considers disciplinary action against the Dorchester Democrat.  Read more

State House may be gearing up for Henriquez appearance before committee

State House News Service
Jan. 24, 2014

Rep. Carlos Henriquez

When former Rep John Fresolo was the subject of House Ethics Committee deliberations last year, the committee convened its hearings in a first floor conference room that was guarded by court officers who roped off the hallways in an attempt to give those coming and going a clear path in and out of the room.

On Friday, a day after the House passed an order enabling Rep. Carlos Henriquez to be summoned from jail to appear before the same committee, officials appeared to be conducting the same type of room preparations on the first floor of the State House.  Read more

House ethics committee given power to take witnesses into custody

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jan. 23, 2014

The House on Thursday raised the possibility of Rep. Carlos Henriquez returning to Beacon Hill to testify in his own defense, approving an order that empowers a House panel to take witnesses into custody as its lays the groundwork for hearings to consider Henriquez’s expulsion from the House or other disciplinary action.  Read more

Field takes shape in 13th Suffolk

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor and Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 23, 2014

Candidates facing a six-week sprint to the primary election for Marty Walsh’s empty seat are on the move. It’s door-knocking time as one formally launched his effort over the weekend and others began pulling nomination papers.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Boston’s never-say-die GOP unit sets caucuses

Boston’s Republicans will hold back-to-back-to-back half-hour caucuses next Thursday evening in advance of the state party’s convention in March. Three committees – Wards 12, 13, and 14 – are scheduled to gather at the Grove Hall Library at 6:30 p.m., with Ward 14 going first. Rachel Kemp, a Dorchester resident who serves as a state committeewoman for the GOP, is hoping for a “robust” 20 people to appear at the meetings, which will select delegates for the March 22 convention at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.  Read more

After hearing, city board approves wine and cheese store for Dot Ave.

Adam Gaffin, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 23, 2014

Approved: This recently-renovated storefront at 1047-1051 — once home to a Vietnamese-American market— will next become home to a shop marketed towards consumers with gourmet tastes. 	Photo by Bill ForryApproved: This recently-renovated storefront at 1047-1051 — once home to a Vietnamese-American market— will next become home to a shop marketed towards consumers with gourmet tastes. Photo by Bill ForryThe Boston Licensing Board last Thursday approved a plan to turn a shuttered Vietnamese market on Dorchester Avenue into an upscale shop selling everything a young professional could need for a dinner party - from wine and gourmet cheeses to self-service olive oil and home-made peanut butter.

At a hearing last Wednesday (Jan. 15), young professionals - and some older residents - supported Mateo Van’s proposed Savin Hill Enterprise at 1047-1051 Dot. Ave. saying they are tired of having to drive to distant towns to get the sorts of supplies they need and that Savin Hill has changed enough to be able to support this sort of store.

Opponents, including the pastor of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church next door and a competing liquor store, however, said the area already has enough liquor stores and that adding one more would only turn the area into even more of a haven for drunks and prostitutes than it already is.  Read more

Drug Court gets boost from ally: the Mayor

Judge Rosalind Miller, Dorchester District Court’s first justice, knows the new mayor well. Marty Walsh, she said last week, “not only talks the talk, [he] walks the walk.”

Addressing a crowd gathered in the courthouse’s first session, Miller was referring to Walsh’s work in the recovery community. Walsh has been a recovering alcoholic for 18 years and it was a key part of his biography when he ran for mayor last year.  Read more

One man arrested for December attack on postal worker; second sought


Federal officials report arresting a Dorchester man for they say was the getaway man for a December attack on a postal worker on Bailey Street - and say they are still looking for the second suspect, whom they say beat and shot the worker in his truck.

Maurice Williams Miner-Gittens, 23, was arrested this morning on federal charges of conspiracy to rob, attempted robbery and kidnapping of a federal employee.

Keyon Taylor is at large and should be considered dangerous, officials say.  Read more

Henriquez still weighs next steps; official mulls a run for Fifth Suffolk seat

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 22, 2014

A week after he was whisked away from a Medford courtroom in handcuffs, state Rep. Carlos Henriquez remains undecided about stepping down from his House seat, a person close to his situation said Tuesday night. Top officials, including Gov. Deval Patrick, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Mayor Marty Walsh, have already asked the Dorchester Democrat to resign.  Read more