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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

Civic Leaders Push for New Community Center

Citing a variety of factors that affect the welfare of young people, several community activists are pushing for the creation of a community center in the Neponset-Adams Corner section of Dorchester. During a joint meeting next Tuesday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the McKeon Post, members of the Cedar Grove Civic Association and the Pope's Hill Neighborhood Association will discuss different ways of proceeding in an ongoing effort to bring a community center to their neighborhood.  Read more

Buzzer Sounds on Adams Sports

Nestled in between Parents Pride clothing store and Sonny's Pub, "It's a little piece of history," says Adams Sporting Goods manager Kevin McInnis. And now, the Adams Corner cornerstone and retail Dorchester bedrock is going the way of the set shot and the ballplayer with an off-season job.

After 30 years, Adams Sporting Goods is throwing in the towel.  Read more

Their Whole Life Is About Doing Good: Jim & Pattie Brett to Be Honored by Catholic Charities

Don't let his age fool you; Emmanuel Bellegarde has done a lot of living in his 28 years.

He's worked in both chambers of the state legislature. He's a Haitian immigrant who started a number of groups to empower minorities in Boston politics. He's lived in subsidized housing and owns his own real estate business. And he's a candidate for state representative in the 12th Suffolk district.  Read more

On Campus, UMass Dorm Idea Gets Mixed Reaction

UMass Boston's emerging plans to build its first-ever student dormitories have sparked intense debate in adjacent neighborhoods. The reaction has been similar on campus, where student and faculty opinions are mixed with a healthy dose of skepticism  Read more

Team Spirit Propels St. Brendan's Girls to CYO Championship

It was a banner year for St. Brendan's Girls CYO softball and the Midgets were not the only show in town. The St. Brendan's Juniors (under age 19) were champions as well this year. The team consisted of a seasoned group of athletes who had seen the finals before, but had never won the championship.

There was a great deal of parity in the league with Gate of Heaven, St. Theresa, Sacred Heart & St. Brendan's knocking each other off during the regular season. The St. Brendan's girls finished with a 6-2 record and faced an experienced Sacred Heart team in the finals.  Read more

Boston Baseball Camp Thrives in West Roxbury

Thirteen years ago, a group of Boston Public School employees decided that they wanted to make quality baseball instruction available to all kids, regardless of where they live or their family's income.

Mike McCarthy, John McDermott, and Mary Grady started the Boston Baseball Camp at Daisy Field in Jamaica Plain as a low-cost camp for city kids who might not otherwise have the chance to participate in such a program. When the skating rink at Daisy Field burned down eight years ago, the camp was relocated to its current site at the West Roxbury High School and Community Center.  Read more

Advocates Push to Extend CRA Laws to Mortgage Companies

The 1978 community reinvestment act (CRA), which set up a grading system to monitor the performance of banks in city neighborhoods, has played a pivotal role in stabilizing some of Dorchester's most vulnerable sections. But, neighborhood housing advocates now say that a giant loophole in the CRA continues to leave low-income homeowners exposed to predatory lenders that could lead to foreclosures and other problems.  Read more

The Reporter On Politics: Mike Cahill's Dot Roots Make a Good Candidate Even Better

Talk about the race for state treasurer hasn't quite squeezed its way onto most of our summer schedules just yet. Like most of the political playoffs, it probably won't until after Labor Day.

But, when it does, there's a candidate who hails from Beverly who deserves a second look.

And it's not Kerry Murphy Healey.

It's Mike Cahill, the guy who's beaten Mitt Romney's running mate twice during his career as a state rep from the north shore.  Read more

Neighborhood Historian, Civic Leader Don Brown Dead at 79

One of the neighborhood's great historians and civic pioneers died last week after a life spent in celebration of his adopted home.

Donald Brown, 79, whose battle against cancer did not deter him from celebrating one final Dorchester Day in style this summer, succumbed at his Meetinghouse Hill home on Thursday.

Brown will be rememberd by friends and family as a proud veteran, a gentle and caring soul who devoted the last decades of his life to promoting and protecting the neighborhood.  Read more

UniverSoul Circus Coming to Bayside Expo Next Week

UniverSoul Circus arrives at Bayside Expo Center to Boston on Monday, July 22 with a newly launched second unit of its highly acclaimed touring Circus. Roots, Rags & Rhythms, a 30-day tour, is an outgrowth of nine years of success by America's only African American owned circus. It is described as "a special blend of urban flavor mixed with centuries old circus traditions. It combines the past, present and future of traditional circus artistry with the diverse cultural mix that shapes and defines the UniverSoul experience.  Read more

City Hall Opens Satellite Office on Bowdoin Street

What happened that night underscored the importance of what had happened that morning.

Hours before Trina Persad was fatally wounded with a blast from a shotgun while she walked outside Jermaine Goffigan Park, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino stood a few blocks away and tried to make sure things like that don't happen.

Marking a new approach to old problems, the mayor opened a new office on the corner of Bowdoin and Hamilton Streets, calling it CityLinks: Dorchester.  Read more

Plan to Use Three Decker for College Dorm Under Scrutiny

The St. Mark's Area Civic Association will vote next week on whether or not to support a suburban college's proposal to use a three-decker as a dorm for undergraduate students enrolled in an urban immersion program. The idea has drawn criticism from some neighbors concerned that it might set an unwanted precedent in a neighborhood increasingly concerned about encroachment by UMass Boston.  Read more

Longtime Fields Corner Bank: to Be Acquired

Massachusetts Cooperative Bank, a longtime Fields Corner financial institution with total assets of $121 million and deposits of $101 million, will be acquired by the Abington Savings Bank, a state chartered savings bank with 13 bank offices in the South Shore.

The joint announcement came on Wednesday, April 10 by officials of Abington Bancorp, Inc. holding company for Abington Savings Bank, and Massachusetts Fincorp Inc., parent of Mass Coop.  Read more

Beades Bridge Rehab Project Extended by One Year

According to the unscientific online poll at DotNews.com, Morrissey Boulevard/Beades Bridge is the fifth-worst "traffic nightmare" in Dorchester. Don't expect traffic to clear up this spring, either. The MDC has announced that bridge repairs will take longer than expected, keeping traffic restrictions in effect until March 2003.  Read more

MBTA to Lease Ashmont Station Parcel to Private Developer

The MBTA will lease a large portion of its land around Ashmont Station to a private developer, who plans to build mixed-income housing for families and graduate students, with some retail space along the street. The rights to lease the 30,000 square foot, triangular parcel of land along Dorchester Avenue was awarded on Tuesday (March 26) to Trinity Financial, a Boston-based development firm with strong roots in Dorchester.  Read more

One Last Crossing: After 20 Years, Saint Ann's Says Goodbye to Gerry Canavan

On Friday, February 15th Saint Ann School in Neponset said goodbye to an old friend. Gerry (Shine) Canavan has been safely navigating school children across the busy intersection of Neponset Avenue and Ashmont Streets for the last twenty years.

But, do not call her a crossing guard.

"I am a civil servant," Gerry says. "I am a traffic supervisor, not a crossing guard, like everyone says."

Canavan currently lives in Quincy, but she is originally from Dorchester. She attended the John Marshall Elementary School and Jeremiah E. Burke High School.  Read more

Brigham's Closes Store at 90 River Street

After 42 years in business in Dorchester, a favorite neighborhood destination has closed its doors for good. Brigham's, the restaurant and ice cream parlor that has been a mainstay next to Star Market at 90 River Street, shut down on Saturday, Jan. 26th.  Read more