Ashmont, Fairmount Funds Facing Beacon Hill Hurdles

Legislation essential to the progression of the Ashmont Station renovation and two other local MBTA projects is wending its way through Beacon Hill pitfalls, subject to political machinations and budgetary peccadilloes. Speaker Thomas M. Finneran said the $1.3 billion transportation bond bill, containing $25 million earmarked for the Ashmont rehaul, was expected to pass the House on Wednesday, but still faced numerous obstacles before the money reaches the station.  Read more

Bells Chime for Gay Weddings

It was, after all, a wedding. There were fumbling last-minute instructions about how to use the camcorder, some confusion about who had the rings, and wet eyes dripping onto the carpet. And when the newly-married couple strode out of the nuptial building, they were greeted with cheers and flung flower petals.  Read more

Big Parade to Mark Dot Day Centennial

This year's Dorchester Day Parade, set for Sunday, June 6 at 1 p.m., is shaping up to be one of the biggest in years, according to organizers who will mark the 100th anniversary of the first-ever Dorchester Day, held in 1904 in Savin Hill.

This year's parade will be dedicated to the men and women serving the United States in the military.

During the parade, a wreath in honor of Sergeant Daniel J. Londono, an East Cottage native who was killed in action in Iraq in March, will be laid at a veterans' memorial in Fields Corner.  Read more

Assignment Plans Get Question Marks from Parents

Unveiling eight still-evolving models for a new Boston Public Schools student assignment plan, a community task force met with questions and confusion at a South End meeting Tuesday night. The meeting, first in a citywide series of 16 that will visit Dorchester three times in the next month, rolled out schemes ranging from the current three-zone design, to a citywide-zone plan with extensive busing, to a neighborhood-school model featuring 12 elementary-school and 10 middle-school zones.  Read more

Environmental Injustice' Charges Leveled Against BU Lab

There were many more questions than there were answers about the proposed Biochemical Facility on Albany Street in the South End, as Boston University School of Public Health officials faced City Council members and concerned citizens during a meeting of the Committees on Environment and Historic Preservation.

The university has sought to build a laboratory studying chemicals used in bioterrorism. BU officials have promised the facility will be safe, and furnish jobs for area residents.  Read more

Sounds of Carnevale Liven Up the Point

August's Caribbean Carnival has left Dorchester/ Roxbury residents hooked on the stimulating sounds and sights of that rowdy festival. Now the Big Apple Circus with its 26th season: Carnevale brings five whole weeks of those infectious rhythms and dazzling spectacles back to our neighborhood, pitching their star-spangled big top for the first time at Columbia Point's Bayside Expo Center.  Read more

Irish Allege Bias by City Inspectors: Police Hunt for Suspects in King St. Assault

While two suspects in the beating of a city inspector continued to elude Boston Police, Dorchester's Irish community cast a dragnet of its own this week, searching for answers in what many residents have read as a crackdown on immigrant Irish.

Crackling with controversy stemming from the beating of an Inspectional Services official and rife with allegations of discrimination, the brouhaha left, as of Wednesday morning three Dorchester publicans waiting to reopen for business, and Irish community advocates ripping City Hall for ethnic profiling.  Read more

From Baghdad, With Love: Soldiers Share Tales from Middle East with Murphy Schoolkids

A few years ago, Rob Gallagher decided to leave his job in the business sector and fulfill a dream to become a teacher. The Cape Cod native was admitted to Wheelock College and when his student teaching came up, he was assigned to the Richard J. Murphy School in Dorchester. The 43-year-old is also a member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard 180th Engineer DET. In December 2002, the 43-year-old was sent to the Middle East on a tour of duty until the summer of 2003.  Read more

On Columbia Point, a Partnership in Trouble

A community organization wired to prominent neighborhood-based institutions likely will expire quietly this week, a victim of funding shortfalls and internal disagreement. The Columbia Point Community Partnership was scheduled to be dissolved at a special meeting of its board of directors Wednesday, leaving several projects unfinished and the Dorchester peninsula's community wondering what would come in the wake of a group less than three years old.  Read more

East Meets West, Spicy Tastiness Ensues

What could have been better accessories to the perfect Super Bowl Sunday than a fine Irish lager and a pu pu platter for two? Ask almost any guy in New England, and they'll agree hands down on the stellar combination. Ask Jimmy Young, co-owner of Chan O'Malley's in Field's Corner, and he'll tell you about the bit of confusion his Chinese-takeout restaurant stirred when its doors were opened last December 5.  Read more

Fans Have Playoff Fever Down Pat

Just as the die-hardest of die-hard sports fans in the state of Massachusetts were feeling down on themselves after the Red Sox lost, the New England Patriots came to save the sports year. Beginning on October 5 with an 8-point win over the Tennessee Titans, the Pats banged out 12 straight victories to end the NFL season and enter the playoffs at 14-2. And, if there is one thing sports fans in this state know how to do is forget of the let downs of the past and focus on the positives - travel down Dorchester Avenue and you will see just how fans have been coping.  Read more

The 'Marty Party': The Politics of Inclusion in the 13th Suffolk

Jim O'Sullivan, Reporter News Editor
Jan. 9, 2004

Rep. Marty Walsh is shown in a Reporter file photo taken near Savin Hill beach. Photo by Bill Forry

Marty Walsh was going fishing, right there in the basement of St. Brendan's. He baited the hook with budget cuts and cast for a bite with a line about "controversial issues." He waited, eyeing the crowd of mostly middle-aged and elderly, socially conservative Cedar Grove residents. Catholics, largely, not disposed to be warmly receptive to a challenge from a local state representative to the Church on its stand against gay marriage.  Read more

Police Say Carjack Chase Provoked Shooting

An alleged Adams Corner carjacking led to a wild chase Monday night, with Boston police pursuing and shooting a suspect before apprehending him at the corner of Savin Hill Avenue and Dorchester Avenue.  Read more

Carney Celebrates 50 Years in Dot

Carney Hospital has been a Dorchester landmark for so long, it is hard to believe that it has not been located on Dorchester Avenue forever. In fact, Carney made its home in Dorchester 50 years ago as of December first.  Read more

Construction, New Store Tangle Strip Along Morrissey

The new behemoth along the Boulevard has met with hearty welcomes and grumpy bah-humbugs, leaving both the commercial fraternity and prospective shoppers unsure just what to think about the suddenly-crowded parking lot out front of National Wholesale Liquidators.  Read more

In the Fourth, Yancey Survives Ego Check

Jim O'Sullivan
Nov. 5, 2003

A victorious Charles Yancey: Left, celebrates his election night win with fellow councillor Chuck Turner at the Unity Sports and Cultural Center.A victorious Charles Yancey: Left, celebrates his election night win with fellow councillor Chuck Turner  Read more

Arroyo and Hennigan Facing Tough Re-Election Battles

The battle lines were drawn early, and Felix Arroyo could see them and read them. Hours after he was sworn in as the first Latino city councillor in Boston's history, he voted for Maura Hennigan for the council presidency.  Read more

Happy Hour on Bowdoin Street

The dives are everywhere. City ordinance demands they can't be smoke-filled anymore, and the FBI would have you believe that all the hoods and wiseguys are gone, but the rest of the markings are there. The kind of place where you're not sure what's been there longer, the guy on the end stool or the pre-mixed cocktail in the Smirnoff bottle with the label peeled off.

Not that there's anything wrong with them. Andy Barros knows; he used to own one. The Vulcan Café, he acknowledges, was "a hole in the wall," and a whole lot worse.  Read more

Sox Fever Throws Politicians a Curve Ball

This article originally appeared on page 2 of the Oct. 2, 2003 edition of the Reporter.

Reporter's Notebook by Bill Forry

To: City Council Candidates

Re: Your Campaign's Sorry Fate

Dear Council hopeful (state your name):

You all know from reading the Reporter faithfully that politics is definitely the number-one fall sport in these here parts.  Read more

Catholic Charities to Build New Facility on Columbia Road

Some 26 years after a group of Haitian volunteers and American parishioners teamed up to teach English to newcomers in the convent of St. Leo's parish, the Haitian Multi-Service Center (HMSC) is poised to enter a dramatic new phase of life, with a state-of-the-art, $9.5 million facility in the pipeline on what is now a desolate, abandoned lot in the heart of Dorchester. Catholic Charities, the center's parent agency, unveiled plans for its new Dorchester Community Service Center on Sept. 25 at a ceremony at 179 Columbia Road, where work is expected to begin by next year.  Read more

Two Groups with Deep Community Roots Vie for Boston State Hospital Site

After 20 years of delay, disappointment and more delay, the fate of the sprawling Boston State Hospital campus - a linchpin property that straddles the the borders of Dorchester, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park - is now in the hands of a committee of community residents and the Romney administration.

Two would-be development teams, each boasting an innovative plan and deep-rooted community ties, are jockeying for the right to build on the 35-plus acre site.  Read more

Bayside Charges Unconventional Behavior from New Center: Expo Needs to Allow Clients to Move to 'Big Hall,' Rival Answers

Alleging unfair business practices they say could prove ruinous for New England's largest convention, exhibition, and hotel complex, Bayside Expo owners are going public with complaints that the still-in-construction Boston Convention and Exposition Center (BCEC) is stealing clients.

While BCEC officials deny the charges, Bayside's owners, the Corcoran Jennison Company, are hoping for assistance from elected officials, and last week gave tours of the facility to several Dorchester and South Boston politicians.  Read more

At-Large Hopefuls Hit Home Stretch

In California, folks can't make up their mind whether they want to vote or not. At issue - along with child actors, bodybuilders, and adult film stars - is whether or not all the state's voters are voting under the same conditions. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, famous around these parts for the scolding Speaker Tom Finneran gave them at last year's Adams Corner rally, ruled that six counties were playing under unfair rules because their punchcard ballots weren't up to snuff.  Read more

Dorchester Cyclist Pedals to Top Ten Finishes in Special World Games

This summer, as many Bostonians headed to the beach to soak up the rays, one Dorchester native packed his bags with cycling gear and ventured off to Ireland. In July, Paul Andrews flew to Dublin and spent two weeks as part of a 16-member Massachusetts team representing the United States in the Special Olympics World Games, the first of its kind to take place outside of the U.S.

In Ireland, the Bay State team proved that practice pays off, bringing home 10 gold, nine silver and five bronze medals.  Read more

Book and Ball: Summer Camp at Epiphany Mixes Jump Shots With Summer Reading

"All you gotta do out here is care! Just care!" Mark Hall throws his big arms up and he looks like someone whose words should be heeded. But Hall is the "good cop," not the one feared by campers and aspiring hoopsters at Hoops for Hopes, in session this week at the Epiphany School.

The "bad cop" role falls to Juma Crawford, "Crazy Man" Crawford, as Hall calls him. He's the one who blows the whistle and instructs his charges to "line up on the baseline," perhaps the most dreaded words to the ears of anyone who ever laced up a pair of basketball shoes.  Read more