Apr. 24, 2013
Dorchester responded to marathon bombing with sign of peace: See this BNN-TV interview with Liz Carney of Dot Art and artist/educator Madelyn Carney, which aired on Neighborhood Network News on Tuesday, April 23. Read more
Eight year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in last week's bomb attack at the Boston Marathon, has been laid to rest in a private ceremony, according to a statement issued by the family today.
"The outpouring of love and support over the last week has been tremendous," Denise and Bill Richard said. "This has been the most difficult week of our lives and we appreciate that our friends and family have given us space to grieve and heal.
"A private Funeral Mass was celebrated this morning with immediate family. We laid our son Martin to rest, and he is now at peace. We plan to have a public memorial service in the coming weeks to allow friends and loved ones from our community to join us for a celebration of Martin’s life.” Read more
Apr. 23, 2013
The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) will offer free counseling to anyone affected by last week's attacks at a new drop-in center located at 729 Massachusetts Ave. Trained clinicians will be on-site to speak with anyone that needs to talk. It will be open daily from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday of this week.
The drop-in center will offer one-on-one time with trained clinicians as well as facilitation of group conversations. Groups from a particular workplace or community affected by the attack are welcome and encouraged to visit the drop-in center together. Read more
More than 100 people— including Mayor Tom Menino — marked the one-week anniversary of the Boston Marathon bomb attack in a silent, respectful ceremony in Dorchester's Peabody Square this afternoon. A group of neighbors— many of them close friends of the Richard family — surrounded the historic clock that has become the focal point of mourning in this close-knit neighborhood. Read more
Apr. 19, 2013
The Richard family issued the following statement tonight:
Our family wishes to salute the thousands of officers and agents from the Boston, Cambridge and Watertown Police & Fire Departments, Massachusetts State Police, FBI, ATF, and other police departments and agencies who worked and collaborated around the clock to bring the perpetrators of Monday’s attack to justice. We also thank the citizens and businesses that shared images and footage with investigators in hopes of advancing the investigation. Read more
A 30 year-old Mattapan mother is among the victims recovering from a terrible injury sustained in Monday's terror attack on Boylston Street. Marie Daniels lost her leg when one of two explosions tore through a crowd of innocents standing near the finish line.
Her husband, Richardson Daniels, said that she is now in stable condition thanks to heroic work of first responders and caregivers at Massachusetts General Hospital, who saved her life. Read more
A fund has been set up with the approval of the Richard family to assist them in covering medical and funeral expenses. The Richard Family Fund has been created by friends and neighbors using a bank account set up by the St. Mark's Area Main Street organization, which Bill Richard has been affiliated with for many years. As of Friday afternoon, the fund has collected more than $66,000 in donations online. Read more
Apr. 19, 2013
With one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects dead and the other suspect on the loose, state and local officials asked people in Boston and several inner suburbs Friday morning to remain at home with doors locked.
“There is a massive manhunt underway. A lot of law enforcement involved in that,” Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters from a televised briefing in Watertown.
Apr. 19, 2013
City advisory issued at 8:10 a.m.: "The City of Boston is urging City-wide shelter in place. As this investigation unfolds we are advising all residents, citywide, to shelter in place. Please understand we have an armed and dangerous person(s) still at large and police actively pursuing every lead in this active emergency event. Please be patient and use common sense until this person(s) are apprehended. We will continue to update the public with more information as it becomes available. All MBTA service remains suspended at this time."
(Thurs., April 18, 6:30p.m.)- After days of investigation, a just-released Boston Fire Department report concludes that Monday's fire at the JFK Library on Columbia Point was caused by "careless disposal of smoking material." The report closes the door on any continued link to the terror attack in Boston's Back Bay- which took place just minutes before the fire alarms activated at the presidential library. Read more
Apr. 18, 2013
The following remarks at the ‘Healing Our City’ interfaith service were delivered at the South End’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The remarks are in the order they were delivered: Mayor Thomas Menino, who rose from his wheelchair to deliver his speech, Gov. Deval Patrick and President Barack Obama. The president later met with Boston Athletic Association volunteers and then left to meet with patients at Massachusetts General Hospital. Read more
Apr. 18, 2013
An unnamed foundation has pledged to cover the entire cost of restoring and renovating the elegant All Saints Church at Ashmont, an offer of unexpected generosity that is being hailed as a well-timed miracle for the historic building that has been called a “treasure house of Gothic Revival art” and whose details include the lovely carved wood and polychromed Shrine of Our Lady of Dorchester. Read more
Dorchester’s David Kenny, a student at Catholic Memorial High School, is the winner of the Grade 9 division of “The 2013 Will McDonough Writing Contest.”
Kenny’s essay, “Next Statue for The Sports Museum,” will be displayed in the Will McDonough exhibit located within The Sports Museum until April 2014. Read more
The political campaigns doing battle in Boston’s neighborhoods hit the pause button this week in order to mourn the deaths and injuries and civic effects from the bombing attack at the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday.
The city is a battleground for several elections – two special elections and a nascent mayoral election cycle – but in the hours after the bombings the press releases and social media chatter slowed to a crawl as Boston sought to grieve and heal. Read more
First there was the US Senate special election, spawned by John Kerry’s departure for the top post at the State Department. Then there was Jack Hart heading to a Boston law firm, opening up his First Suffolk District seat to a special election. The two situations will collide on April 30, when voters will pick the Democratic and Republican nominees who will be facing off in the general elections that will follow. Read more
A beloved Dorchester family watching the Boston Marathon near the finish line in Copley Square was caught up in deadly fashion in one of the two bomb blasts that exploded on Monday afternoon. Martin Richard, 8, was killed in the explosion, while his sister Jane, 7, suffered a grievous injury to her leg. Their mom, Denise, was also badly hurt in the blast and has undergone surgeries to treat injuries to her eye.
In a statement issued through a spokesman on Tuesday, Martin’s father Bill Richard said, “My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries.
“We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you.” Read more
The playground at Tenean Beach has been ordered closed immediately due to damage caused by tidal flooding earlier this year that has made the surface of the play area unsafe. The determination was made after a safety inspection this week. Read more
Did a fast-moving fire at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum— which erupted around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon— have any connection to the deadly bomb attacks on Boylston Street that took place just minutes before?
It’s a question to which no definitive answer has been given at this point, but federal and local investigators continue to scour the presidential library for clues, even as much of the nation’s attention remains fixed on the carnage in the Back Bay. Read more
Apr. 16, 2013
Thousands of grieving neighbors gathered Tuesday evening at Neponset's Garvey Park — where 8-year-old Martin Richard once played with friends —to mourn his death and his family's injuries in Monday's horrific bomb attack along the Boston Marathon route in Copley Square. Attendees held candles and American flags to show support for the Dorchester family and other victims.
Denise Richards, Martin's mother, suffered a head injury during the blast, and his younger sister Jane, 7, lost her leg. In a statement issued earlier today, Bill Richard — Martin's dad— asked for privacy at this time. Read more
Apr. 16, 2013
Nearly 20 hours after twin Boston Marathon bombings, law enforcement officials following up on “voluminous tips” described an active investigation Tuesday morning involving extensive photo and video evidence, but said no one is in custody.
During a press briefing at the Westin Copley, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the number of individuals injured in the Boylston Street bombings, which cut short the annual race and sent spectators fleeing the area while others raced to help, had risen to 176, with 17 people having critical injuries. Read more
(Updated, 1 p.m.)- A beloved Dorchester family watching the Boston Marathon near the finish line in Copley Square was caught in one of two bomb blasts that exploded on Monday afternoon. Martin Richard, 8, was killed in the explosion, while his sister Jane, 7, suffered a grievous injury to her leg. Their mom, Denise, was also badly hurt in the blast and underwent emergency surgery yesterday to save her life.
In a statement issued through a spokesman today, Martin's father Bill Richard said, "My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries.
"We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you.”
Word of the injuries spread quickly through the Richard family's tight-knit Ashmont-Adams neighborhood, where both parents are known and respected as civic leaders. Bill Richard served as board chairman of the St. Mark's Area Main Street group and has played a key role in the transformation of Peabody Square over the last decade. The family is deeply involved in all facets of life in Dorchester, from little league baseball and soccer to their church, St. Ann's parish in Neponset. Read more
UPDATED (6:05 p.m.)— Commissioner Ed Davis just clarified his earlier statement regarding the JFK Library fire this afternoon, saying that reports that it was connected to the marathon explosions "could be premature" and "may not be linked directly" to the Copley Square incidents.
Davis added that the JFK incident was either a fire or "an incendiary device."
There is conflicting information at this hour about whether or not a fire at the JFK Library this afternoon is related to the deadly explosions along the marathon route on Boylston Street at the same hour. The director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum told the Reporter on the scene that the 3 p.m. fire inside the building's mechanical room was not caused by "a device." Read more
Donations and equipment are pouring into Savin Hill Little League today after news reports about a weekend theft that wiped out the league's equipment locker at McConnell Park went viral yesterday evening.
The little league has fielded calls and donations from all over Massachusetts, including one from Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Quincy-based charity Good Sports has pledged to deliver $4,000 in new equipment and uniforms to the little league in time for the opening of their season later this month.
"Its been overwhelming support from the neighborhood and across the city and state," said Michael Christopher, one of the league's organizers. "It makes you feel good and you realize how unique and special this place is that people step up when something like this happens." Read more
A team of advanced carpentry students under the direction of teachers from the North Bennet Street School is making steady progress in its painstaking effort to restore the top two sections of the First Parish Church steeple. The historic church’s tower was removed in 2006 amid fears that it could collapse after years of water and wind damage— and deferred maintenance.
Now, the reworked and rebuilt steeple sections are finally nearing completion— one part of an ambitious $5 million restoration job that will restore the colonial revival landmark to its original glory atop Meetinghouse Hill. Read more