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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

Irish Politician Brings Republicanism to Florian Hall

In the pantheon of "I came among you and you took me in" moments, it wasn't quite on a par with "Ich bin ein Berliner," President John F. Kennedy's words of camaraderie to a receptive West Berlin crowd in 1963.

But when Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams donned a Red Sox cap handed him by state Senator Steve Tolman (D-Brighton) the Florian Hall crowd - both Irish and Irish-American - cheered the Republican leader in a rousing welcome.  Read more

Carson Beach Murder Suspect Remains At-Large

A man wanted for a July Fourth shooting at Carson Beach that left a Dorchester teenager dead and two other men wounded remains at large this week. The suspect, Hoang "Henry" Tran, 26, is from Malden, but has deep roots in Dorchester, where he runs a busy hardwood floor business.  Read more

Budget Cuts and All, Codman Sq. Center Marks Birthday

"You're part of a national movement," Alexander von Hoffman told his audience Monday night. "These small groups have transformed what people considered urban wastelands across the country. It's a tremendous accomplishment."

Von Hoffman, a senior research fellow at Harvard and author of the recently-released House by House, Block by Block: The Rebirth of America's Urban Neighborhoods, addressed the 28th annual meeting of the Codman Square Health Center (CSHC), speaking to a packed house of more than a hundred in Codman Square's Great Hall.  Read more

Bowdoin Street Business Helps Bridge Digital Divide

In an economy increasingly dependent on computer know-how, those without access to even basic equipment and instruction find themselves at a distinct disadvantage. Dorchester entrepreneurs understand this problem of expensive necessities and they're using their technical know-how to make computer equipment and knowledge available to all members of the community.  Read more

Charles Yancey's Got an 'Ego' Problem

Charles Yancey is in trouble.

That's the impression any sane person gets when they run into one Egobiduke Ezedi, Yancey's fresh-faced opponent in this year's District Four city council race. If you happened to pop into the Blarney Stone, Dorchester's trendiest watering hole of late, last Thursday evening, you know exactly what I'm saying.

Ezedi's campaign rented out the Blarney for what turned out to be a pretty jam-packed fundraiser that would have made any old school Boston pol happy.  Read more

Dorchester Bay Clean-up Stalled: Groups Warn Beaches Remain Polluted

Having nearly completed its efforts to protect much of Boston's shoreline from sewage overflow and storm run-off, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is uncertain about how to undertake similar projects along Columbia Point and Carson Beach, making environmental watchdogs nervous about the prospects of finally ridding Dorchester Bay of the high bacteria levels that have plagued it for decades.  Read more

An Experiment in Service: Boston College's Lab Whiz Spreads Good Chemistry

It's no ivory tower where John Boylan does his work. In the famously snooty, detached, nose-in-the-air world of academia, Boylan is one who likes to get his hands dirty. For that, teacher, manager, community leader, and Fields Corner resident Boylan was this year's winner of the Boston College's 2003 Community Service Award.  Read more

Grill to Thrill: Boston's Bravest BBQ for Charity

A group of local Boston firefighters will be wiping their brows before a hot flame on Saturday. And the only equipment they will need are a barbecue fork and plenty of charcoal to keep the flames roaring atop the old-fashioned outdoor grill.  Read more

Dot Democrats Back Bulger, Kerry at Lowell Convention

On the periphery of the main event were the usual fringe features. Tables of souvenirs: donkey ties, Clinton buttons, "Kiss Me, I'm a Democrat." There were special interest booths promoting platform accountability and individual pols. There were Lyndon LaRouche representatives.

But the biggest side issue at last week's state Democratic Party's "Issues" Convention was the new front that had opened for embattled University of Massachusetts President William Bulger, also the former president of the state Senate.  Read more

Clean-Up Program Set to Shine Streets

The winter of 2003 was one of the longest to hit Boston of late. This year's spring has featured some of the dreariest weather in recent memory. With the official start of summer approaching quickly, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is hoping that the Boston Shines citywide cleanup, to be held this Saturday, will help ease spruce up the streets for another summer in the city.  Read more

State Officials: Morrissey Drawbridge Work to End by Late Summer

The Beades Bridge on Morrissey Boulevard.  Read more

A Mix of Progress and Uncertainty Follow Ashmont Station Project

With legislative, institutional, and community backing, the plans for a renovated Ashmont Station inch forward toward timetables and goals that are decreasingly vague.

Not that things are running as smoothly as all involved hope that the buses and trains and trolleys and cars and commuters someday will.  Read more

St. Ambrose to Close Parish School in June

Another Dorchester Catholic school will close its doors permanently at the end of the academic year next month, church officials announced this week. St. Ambrose Grammar School, which cut its four top grades last year in an effort to stay afloat, will be shut down entirely in June due to fiscal problems.

In a statement on Monday, the Archdiocese of Boston's interim administrator Bishop Richard Lennon blamed the closing on "an inability to restore the financial viability of the school, coupled with its past indebtedness."  Read more

Allston-Brighton Residents Report Colleges "A Mixed Blessing"

"We're only as good as our last weekend," said Tom Keady, and that might have been optimistic.

Keady, the associate vice president for governmental and community affairs at Boston College, as well as an operative for Senator John Kerry's campaign

for president, has the unenviable job of keeping happy BC's neighbors in Allston, Brighton, and Newton.

Happy? Maybe "non-violent" would be more accurate.  Read more

Bantam B's Make Neighborhood Proud with Title Run

There are no words that suffice to describe the Dorchester Bantam B's effort in the State Tournament. While the effort ended in a loss, on a fluke goal in the semi-final game against Somerset, Watupa, and Swansea (SWS), the B's got to the penultimate game the hard way.  Read more

Mark Mullen Adds Dot Flavor to Beanpot

The clock high above the FleetCenter ice reads 2:21 remaining in a 2-1 game on the first Monday in February. Over on the Boston University bench, Head Coach Jack Parker, playing with the lead in the semifinals of the 51st annual Beanpot Tournament, urges his penalty-killing line on the ice and Mark Mullen, out of St. Margaret's Parish, vaults the boards and heads up ice. Mullen snares the puck near the red line and executes a neat backhand dump into the Harvard zone.  Read more

Let Them Make Cake: Low-Key Bakery Churns Out Treats from Fields Corner's Factory

Dutch Maid Bakery is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week. For many Dorchester residents, the bakery has gone unnoticed, tucked away in the Alsen Mapes Industrial Park in Fields Corner. However, many residents have probably bought a Dutch Maid product in the local supermarket to celebrate a birthday or special occasion.

Since 1978, the wholesale bakery operation has been baking and frosting cakes that appear in local supermarkets across Massachusetts and the eastern parts of the country, and for the last 18 years, Dutch Maid has been baking in Dorchester.  Read more

Activists Make Case Against War in Iraq

The plan calls for Maxine and Ginny to board the bus together and ride to New York City, stand outside the United Nations and tell the politicians inside that they don't want armies flying their flag to invade Iraq.

Maxine is Maxine Wright, 9-years-old and in the fourth grade at Milton's Thatcher Montessori School. She was not born when the United States fought in the Gulf War.  Read more

Felix Arroyo Ascends to At-Large Council Seat

It's not like he hasn't been here before. This building, with its cavernous and bomb shelter-like halls of power, is familiar to him. The issues are familiar to him, and so is advocating for them and the people they touch. And the game, he knows that, too.

What's new is this label: first Latino city councillor in Boston history. And it's the label that he'll wear prominently, for a little while anyway. He'll always be the first, but being the first and then doing something with that, that's Felix Arroyo's aim.  Read more

Urban Nutcracker to Make Triumphant Return to The Strand

Boston has a "Nutcracker" for many a niche market - a Jewish "Nutcracker," a gay "Nutcracker" - all competing with the Boston Ballet version , the world's most popular production of the world's most popular ballet.  Read more

Ashmont Station Rehaul Design Still Taking Shape

Details of the looming reconstruction of Ashmont MBTA station are being worked out between members of the community, the MBTA, and development firm Trinity Financial, with an eye toward beginning construction in late 2003.  Read more

A Tough Guy with 'Heart of Gold' : Bobby 'Quinn' Clougherty Fought Rocky Marciano

Robert Clougherty, best known for going blow-for-blow with the legendary Rocky Marciano in the 1950s, died on September 28. Fighting under the name Bobby Quinn, Clougherty was a top-notch boxer who hung his hat in Fields Corner for most of his life.

The longtime Park Street resident and lifelong Dorchester resident attended Saint Mark's School and Dorchester High School.  Read more

Republican Opposes Hart in First Suffolk Senate Race

Tracking down Republicans in Dorchester is kind of like going on safari on the moon. Not a lot of elephants leave their prints around these parts. And if they do, they tend to cover 'em up pretty fast.

One man from South Boston is hoping to buck that trend next month, as he takes on incumbent State Senator Jack Hart in the First Suffolk district. Walter Campbell is proud of his GOP affiliation and decided that taking on the district's newest state senator was a good way to prove it.  Read more