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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

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

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

Effort set to flag down air pollution

By 
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

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

MAPS will honor six local community activists

By 
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

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

By 
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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Bonacci an institution along Bowdoin Street

By 
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

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

Council hopefuls face off at forums

The seven candidates jockeying to fill the second district city council vacancy created by James Kelly's death early this year faced off at a pair of forums Tuesday evening where they touted their neighborhood-centric credentials and highlighted the district issues that would dominate their work as councillor.  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

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

Double-booked forums send council candidates scrambling

All seven candidates vying to fill the vacant second district city council seat made it to both a candidate's forum in South Boston and the monthly meeting of Dorchester's McCormack Civic Association on Tuesday evening despite fears that the double booking would force them to leave the McCormack meeting &endash; which covers a small portion of the Southie-dominant district &endash; out in the cold.  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

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

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

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