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St. Brendan's skater helps win a big one for mom, BC High

Every athlete has a pre-game ritual.

For Ryan Mullin, a senior defenseman on the B.C. High Eagles' varsity hockey squad, each trip to the rink this year included a stop by Cedar Grove Cemetery.

That's where his mom, Jeanne, who died of cancer three years ago when he was a freshman, and his grandmother Mary Kenney, who died last October - have found their final rest.  Read more

City Fresh caterer has its eye on new home

The Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation is hoping to secure a funding package that would allow them to bring in a neighborhood-based food service company as the tenant of a now vacant building that Dorchester Bay owns at the corner of Quincy and Ceylon Streets.  Read more

Neighbors, police huddle at VFW Post on unsolved shooting on Bailey Street

An unsolved shooting near the Ashmont T station in Dorchester two weeks ago has frightened area residents to the point that more than 40 met with police officers and civil servants last Monday to complain about suspicious activity and unreturned 911 calls, but all parties ultimately resolved their differences and vowed to communicate more clearly.  Read more

Neighbors hope to save home from wrecking ball

The owners of a 160 year-old home at 10 Pearl Street were issued a 90-day demolition delay from the city's Landmark Commission on Tuesday, stalling their plans to raze the structure and erect two three-unit houses in its place.  Read more

Marr Club readies for reunion, adds a Hall of Fame

By 
Elizabeth Fabiani
Mar. 14, 2007

The dedicated staff of the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club is a key reason why the youth center has become one of the neighborhood's most important assets since its creation in 1974. From left to right: Quenette Santos, Dave Bonnell, Bob Scannell, Bruce Seals, Mike Joyce and Mary Kinsella. Photo by Harry Brett  Read more

Police, teens sign pact at Holland School ceremony

By 
Chris Bone
Mar. 13, 2007

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis joined police officers from Dorchester last Friday to formally sign an agreement with local youth in a continued effort to promote mutual respect and reduce area violence. The signing took place at the Holland Elementary School hours after a young woman was fatally shot just off the school property and concluded two months of candid dialogue between police and Teen Empowerment, the community group that hosted the signing.  Read more

Four alarm fire burns Port Norfolk home

A four-alarm fire at a home on the corner of Woodworth and Walnut Streets brought 93 firefighters and 13 fire trucks to Port Norfolk on Tuesday. The fire intensified quickly in high winds and power lines on all sides of the two and a half story home complicated fire fighters' attempts to extinguish the flames.  Read more

Catholic school plan vetted at public, private meetings

An ongoing process by the Archdiocese of Boston to drastically reorder Catholic grade schools in Dorchester and Mattapan was the subject of several meetings last week in the neighborhood and beyond. Pastors and principals huddled on Friday at St. Ann's church to discuss the 2010 Initiative, the official name of the process by which the Archdiocese plans to restructure &endash; and, they claim, revitalize &endash; urban Catholic education in Boston, Brockton, and Lowell.  Read more

Emerging civic groups give window onto local activism

Civic associations come in all shapes and sizes in Dorchester, a neighborhood where you often need two hands to count the number of meetings happening in a single night.  Read more

New system puts spotlight on city's dire dropout rate

There are the dropouts of Dickensian doom, the gathering threat of the unemployed and the dysfunctional. There are also ordinary teens or young adults thrown off track shortly before graduating from high school, sometimes even after passing the MCAS exam.  Read more

B-3 police highlight dramatic crime drop at monthly forum

Boston Police officials proudly unveiled new statistics that show a dramatic drop in crime so far this year on the B-3 district that covers parts of Dorchester and Mattapan. The numbers were presented at last Wednesday's monthly B-3 Dorchester/Mattapan Neighborhood Council meeting at the Mildred Avenue Community Center. Over 35 people attended, discussing some of the concerns that surfaced during last month's meeting and bringing new ideas to the forefront.  Read more

Codman Square hopes for strength through unity, connections

A collective concern for the well-being of Codman Square and curiosity among residents and neighborhood leaders eager to meet folks with similarly gregarious mindsets brought a crowd of about 70 people to the Dorchester YMCA last Saturday for a forum to discuss the quality of life in the Codman Square neighborhood.  Read more

Likely Caritas buyers tour Carney, huddle with staff

Executives from Ascension Health, the national health care company that has entered into an agreement with the Archdiocese of Boston to purchase the Caritas Christi Healthcare system that includes Dorchester's Carney Hospital, met with Carney administrators and board members at a meeting on Monday evening to explain their organization's mission and answer questions on Carney's role under new ownership.  Read more

Council considering property tax amnesty for seniors

Columbia-Savin Hill activist Joe Chaisson remembers a time in the early 1980s when a string of hard knocks left him with crippling property tax debt and a burdensome water and sewer bill. Only with the help of a skilled lawyer was he able to pay off the debt on his property, while a special offer from the city's Water and Sewer Department helped him regain his footing without losing utilities service at his home.  Read more

Church to 'slow down' school plans

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By Patrick McGroarty and Bill Forry
Feb. 21, 2007

Archdiocese officials and Pastors of Dorchester's Catholic churches responded this week to a story in last week's Reporter that outlined a preliminary plan to reorganize the eight remaining Catholic grade schools in Dorchester and Mattapan. On Wednesday, Archdiocese spokesman Terrence Donilon confirmed that Dorchester's pastors had been presented with documents outlining a preliminary model to establish a regional system at the site of four existing schools.  Read more

Families link up to navigate life after murder

Years ago, Tina Chery had a dream, or rather a college project.

She wanted to design a support network for survivors of violent crime that could help guide them through the criminal justice system. Ten years later, thanks to a grant from the Boston Public Health Commission and the Lenny Zakim Fund, that dream has become a reality.  Read more

Wanted: Mayoral timber for Dot Day Parade contest

Ten years after it began with an old-school election throw-down, the annual contest to pick the honorary "mayor" of Dorchester hopes to rekindle some of that first-year magic in 2007. The Dorchester Day Parade Committee- which sponsors the contest- is putting out the call for civic groups, unions and private citizens to step into the ring to help make this year's parade a success.  Read more

Four Catholic schools eyed for closure

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By Patrick McGroarty and Bill Forry
Feb. 14, 2007

(Copyright 2007 Dorchester Reporter)- The Archdiocese of Boston is considering a plan to consolidate the eight remaining parochial schools in Dorchester and Mattapan into four regional K-8 schools that would be located at the sites of existing Catholic schools in the neighborhoods. The plan, outlined this week by two Dorchester pastors with direct knowledge of the details, will be discussed this Friday at a meeting of archdiocesan officials and the pastors and principals of the existing parochial schools. The plan calls for the creation of regional schools at St. Ann's in Neponset, St.  Read more

Franklin Park Zoo makeover brings primates, people closer together

By 
Elizabeth Fabiani
Feb. 13, 2007

Following a wild escape in 2003, Franklin Park Zoo's infamous gorilla, Little Joe, is receiving a brand new playhouse filled with toys, trees, ropes - the works. But he won't be living in this jungle dream palace alone. Little Joe will have to share it with six primate cronies who range from two to 34 years old in age.  Read more

Davis plans to revamp command setup

By 
Bill Forry and Patrick McGroarty
Feb. 9, 2007

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis unveiled a plan last week that will fundamentally recalibrate the BPD's command structure, creating three policing zones in the city and an expanded crime analysis system aimed at diversifying and improving the city's response to trends across the neighborhoods. The plan, largely obscured in the fog of last week's cartoon marketing ploy gone-bad, represents a bold move for a big city commissioner with two just months on the job and gives new insight into the leadership style of the man charged with confronting escalating gun violence.  Read more

Fraser puts focus on apparatus, training

Boston's new fire commissioner paid a visit to the Engine 20 Fire House on Neponset Avenue last Tuesday, the latest stop on a weekly tour designed to introduce him to fire fighters and station houses across the city. The visit was his first to the Dorchester station.

Rod Fraser was named commissioner of America's oldest fire department on September 5 after a 20-year career in the United States Navy.  Read more

Carney sale set; some are anxious

The Archdiocese of Boston is negotiating an agreement to sell the Caritas Christi Health Care system &endash; including Dorchester's Carney Hospital &endash; to Ascension Health, a national Catholic non-profit provider based in St. Louis, Mo.

The news was greeted with guarded optimism by Carney administrators and elected officials.  Read more

THE DREAM UNFOLDS: DIVERSITY IN DOT TODAY: In public schools, key is on closing 'achievement gap'

In a Faneuil Hall speech given on Martin Luther King Day last month, Governor Deval Patrick lamented a development that threatens to nullify Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 decision that spurred integration measures in America's school systems. Two lawsuits aimed at pulling the teeth out of the landmark precedent, one in Seattle and one in Lexington, KY, have reached the highest court.  Read more

Special Commission urges maintenance, accountability at Boston Harbor beaches

A commission led by state Sen. Jack Hart has concluded that maintenance and accountability are major concerns at many Boston Harbor beaches, including the Malibu and Tenean beaches in Dorchester. The commission will recommend next month that funding be allocated to complete long-promised capital projects and to establish a more reliable system of caring for the beaches.

The recommendations will be part of a report issued by the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, a legislative initiative co-chaired by Hart and state Rep. Anthony Petrucelli of East Boston.  Read more

City eyes economic growth in Mattapan: Density at Cote site has some concerned

A long-term planning project aimed at spurring business and housing growth in Mattapan is set to begin a new round of activity this year, with a newly organized committee of residents and merchants now in place and charged with implementing an "action agenda" for the neighborhood. Led by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), the Mattapan Economic Development Initiative (MEDI) comes as a robust new round of public investment is beginning to have an impact in this community of 35,000 Bostonians.  Read more