Motley likely to put own stamp on UMass-Boston campus life

Gintautas Dumcius and Patrick McGroarty
May. 22, 2007

Call it a do-over of sorts. Echoing a similar scene from nearly three years ago, Keith Motley last week returned to UMass-Boston to once again assume the chancellorship while surrounded by family and several of his mentors. This time, it's said to be permanent.  Read more

Everett school second-grader wins Little Miss crown

Martine Louis
May. 15, 2007

Eight year-old Vany Cardoso - the newest Little Miss Dorchester- was just one of the 28 girls who dazzled the judges and audience that gathered at the First Parish Church last Saturday, for the annual contest. The number one goal of the event, which has been part of the annual Dorchester Day celebrations for decades now, is to "have fun and help girls build confidence in public speaking," says Annissa George, the event coordinator.  Read more

Lawmakers keep focus on planned Fairmount stops at Monday meeting

A modest crowd came indoors on a beautiful spring evening Monday to participate in a forum sponsored by state elected officials who represent communities along the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line, the aging MBTA rail line poised to undergo a major renovation project. The forum was co-sponsored by state Sen. Jack Hart, and state Representatives Liz Malia and Marie St. Fleur.  Read more

Gladeside Wild getting some overdue TLC

Sasha Link
May. 15, 2007

Hiking through an nature preserve filled with salamanders, frogs, birds and a diversified formation of trees may seem like a destination you'd have to pack an overnight bag to get to.

It isn't.

The Gladeside Urban Wild, located off River Street and Lorna Road in Mattapan, boasts all of these things, and right in our own backyard.  Read more

Collins to depart, Motley take helm at UMass-Boston

By Patrick McGroarty and Bill Forry
May. 15, 2007

Dr. Michael F. Collins will leave his post as chancellor of UMass-Boston this summer to become the interim chancellor of the UMass Medical School in Worcester. Collins, who has led the Dorchester campus for less than two years, will be replaced by Dr. J. Keith Motley, a UMass vice-president who served as UMass-Boston's interim chancellor prior to Collins's appointment.  Read more

Facelift in the works for Codman Cemetery

Chris Bone
May. 9, 2007

You probably never look at it, but Rev. Dr. Victor Price and Paul Malkemes do every day.

They are determined to turn the ivy-laden eyesore of rusted fences, decayed trees and dissipation known as Codman Cemetery into a magnetic, manicured haven for residents and curious historians throughout Codman Square and beyond.  Read more

LaBelle Capoise is a dream come true

Sasha Link
May. 9, 2007

When Francina Theodore left Haiti to come to America more than ten years ago, she left behind a highly desirable possession: a family owned and operated restaurant. Upon arriving in the states, she spent the next few years dreaming of opening a new restaurant here in America, similar to the one she had run in Cap-Haitien, a city of about 130,000 people on the north coast of Haiti.

Teaming up with her son, Emmanuel Beliard, Theodore quickly realized her dream with the launch of a small, take-out Haitian restaurant on Morton Street.  Read more

Doris Graham, still pushing at 85, says 'work together, move ahead'

After a lifetime spent advocating for her underprivileged neighbors in Dorchester, Doris Graham can look back on both challenges that she helped conquer, and problems that remain. Now, more than ever, she believes the solution to those problems is collaboration between energetic youth and knowledgeable senior citizens.

"The young and the old need to work together, and you will find the change," said Graham. Not all of this killing or any of that. You work together, and you will move ahead."  Read more

Youth center pushed at 2d meeting

The man who brutally stabbed 27-year-old Betina Francois to death in 2004 spent the last two-and-a-half years mounting a defense, in which he claimed to have killed his estranged girlfriend in self-defense. It took a Plymouth County jury less than an hour on Monday to reject his claims and send him to jail for the rest of his life.

Francois, a popular Mattapan Community Health Center employee, died at the hands of Pierre Cadet, her estranged boyfriend who stabbed her to death in her Brockton apartment when he feared that he might go to jail for repeatedly threatening her life.  Read more

Moe and his ribs are moving on

Dorchester is losing an institution this month; by June 1, Moe Hill will have driven his famous M & M ribs truck from its current parking place along Geneva Avenue to a new location on Hampden Street in Roxbury.  Read more

Effort set to flag down air pollution

Chris Bone
May. 2, 2007

About 40 community and environmental activists gathered at the Vietnamese-American Community Center in Fields Corner on Monday to discuss local air pollution and unveil a network of colored flags that will soon fly throughout Dorchester to indicate indicate each day's air quality in an effort to educate residents about their health and environment.  Read more

Cote eyes second run against Feeney

Fields Corner resident Michael Cote plans to run for the Boston City Council's second district seat in a race that will pit him against 14-year incumbent and current City Council President Maureen Feeney.

Cote has challenged Feeney previously, in 2005, and he says that while the issues facing the district and the city have changed in the two years since that election, his reasons for running and the priorities he would bring to the council have not.  Read more

Chili chefs line up to help parade

A hungry crowd filled Florian Hall on Sunday evening to serve as judges in a chili cook-off that pitted 11 neighborhood civic associations against each other as each vied for recognition as Dorchester's top chili chefs. The event was a first-time fundraiser for the Dorchester Day Parade Committee, one of several new events being spearheaded by mayor of Dorchester candidate Craig Galvin and a group of "campaign" volunteers including Ashmont resident Nancy Anderson.  Read more

Kevin King comes home a final time

When Kevin J. King managed to string together a few weeks of time off from Army training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky for the Christmas holiday last December, he decided that rather than tell his father in advance, he would surprise him. After his sister, Lauren, picked him up at the airport, he got out of the car several blocks from his father's Pope's Hill home and strolled in unannounced.

"He was a quiet kid, but he had lot of friends, and he liked to do harmless pranks like that," said his Father, James King. "He had a great sense of humor."  Read more

At Lee Academy, students 'major' in 'responsibility'

Chris Bone
Apr. 25, 2007

As Radha Hernandez sprayed bleach on the daytime nap mats her students had used earlier that day, Glenna Malkemes washed the fake wood on a wobbly knee-high table.

Nearby, Malkemes's six-year-old daughter, Megan, and another boy sat reading peacefully in the corner underneath a rainbow of watercolor words that read, "We must be safe. We must take care of each other."  Read more

MAPS will honor six local community activists

Elizabeth Fabiani
Apr. 25, 2007

Round-trip airfare to Portugal, a three-night stay in Provincetown, and a baseball autographed by Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox are just a few of the more than twenty items to be auctioned off at The Massachusetts Alliance for Portuguese Speakers' (MAPS) Awards Gala this May.  Read more

Is Det. Dambreville getting a raw deal? Friends wonder

A handful of prominent members in Boston's Haitian American community are calling on the city to defend detective Yves Dambreville in a civil suit brought against him and to let him get back to work.

"We can't stay quiet about this anymore. This is an atrocity that's happening inside the Boston Police Department," said Henry Milorin at a recent meeting of Dambreville's friends in the back room of the Unity Club on Dunbar Avenue. "They're so used to business as usual that they feel they can make any decision they want."  Read more

Creating 'connections' at Edward Everett Square

Few people remember that President Abraham Lincoln was not the keynote speaker when he delivered his famous "Gettysburg Address." Before Lincoln rose to deliver his three-minute speech, Edward Everett spoke for two hours about the sacrifice and courage of the soldiers who had died on the field of battle.

Everett, though, has been lost to history ever since. It's the hope of the Edward Everett Square Redevelopment Committee that their Dorchester intersection may survive better than its namesake.  Read more

Council pushes to raise age cap for new cops

The Boston City Council was scheduled on Wednesday to vote on a home rule petition that would increase the maximum age for becoming a Boston police officer from the current cap of 32 years of age to 40.  Read more

Dorm notion draws heat at UMass session

Neighborhood activists strongly opposed to the construction of dormitories at UMass-Boston spoke out publicly in front of university administrators on Tuesday evening as the school moves slowly toward formulating the master plan that will dictate its structural and agenda progress for years to come.

"I'll meet you on middle ground when you can prove to me that dorms would have no impact on [Dorchester] cops or city services," said Tom Gannon, president of the Fields Corner Civic Association.  Read more

Douglass to open second eatery in Carruth building

The six-story apartment complex taking shape above the Ashmont T station marked two more milestones last week when Ashmont Grille owner Chris Douglass inked a deal to open a pizza/pasta eatery on the ground floor of the new building and dignitaries signed the structure's final steel beam at a 'topping off' ceremony on Thursday afternoon.  Read more

Fairmount push awaits consensus

Governor Deval Patrick signed a $1.47 billion Immediate Needs Bond Bill late last week that included $100 million for the Big Dig's Clean Air Act payback, the State Implementation Plan (SIP). The Fairmount Commuter Rail improvements project is one of four projects in the SIP required to be completed by 2011, but there is still no official word on how much money will go to which project or when.  Read more

City report puts hard numbers on Avenue's reality, potential

A new city study released last week takes stock of business activity and consumer spending along Dorchester Avenue, as several city agencies and a panel of neighborhood residents continue the planning stages of the Dorchester Avenue Project, which will reshape the thoroughfare's streetscape and develop an economic master plan between now and 2010.  Read more

Labor, developers at odds on River Street

A developers' decision to use a non-labor contractor to complete a major project in Lower Mills has drawn loud protest from the Carpenters Union Local 67 and inspired City Council President Maureen Feeney to consider legislation that would hold developers more accountable for promises they make to community groups when seeking city approval.  Read more

Dr. Bonacci an institution along Bowdoin Street

Erin Edwards
Mar. 27, 2007

When the young Dr. Anthony Bonacci walked through the doors of the Bowdoin Street Health Center at 222 Bowdoin Street, (that building now houses the Log School), he only intended to stay for one year. He ended up staying for 35, outlasting three building changes and becoming the centerpiece for a community health center that has developed into an important institution in the Bowdoin/Geneva community. Though, Bonacci would downplay his role.  Read more