Bambino Reverses Curse?; Neponset Infant's Family Hopes Stork Makes Return Trip, This Time with a World Series Ring

It's a great deal of pressure for a youngster, heading into his first postseason with only a few weeks in The Show under his belt. He was an early September call-up.

But the rookie appears to be handling all this newfound attention with aplomb. He doesn't say much, doesn't complain much. The only hint that the pressure's getting to him is a knack for wetting his pants.

His grandmother hails him as a sort of baseball Moses, a bonnet-clad messiah, the bambino who reversed the curse. There are great expectations for Championship Charlie.  Read more

An Academic Settling: <I>Out of Public's Eye, Retired Pol Imparts Life Lessons at Suffolk

Brittany and Timothy and Langdon saunter in, sipping on water bottles or dipping into baskets of French fries, clad in fleece vests and frayed nurses' scrubs, Birkenstocks and warm-up pants, Kangol hats. Presently, they hear an allusion to Gene Autry, which is explained with a reference to Roy Rogers. An Edmund Burke mention meets with a similar reaction.  Read more

BC High Pigskin Coach Cotter Nearing End Zone

When he was in the sixth grade, Jim Cotter's boyhood curiosity led him to a construction site on Columbia Point. He recalls that whatever structure was being built was just beginning to take shape. Concrete had been poured and steel girders reached towards the sky.

The young Cotter shimmied up one of the girders, and as he neared the top, he recalls a man dressed all in black calling after him. He asked the man what the structure was. The man in black told him it was to be a high school.

The man, it turns out, was a Jesuit. The girder was a part of BC High's foundation.  Read more

Civil War Memorial to be Re-Dedicated on Sunday

A once-lost and forgotten memorial to a group of Dorchester men who served in the Civil War will be re-dedicated this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in Lower Mills. A refurbished stone tablet honoring 51 members of Washington Street's First Methodist Church who fought for the Union will be unveiled, along with a new, stone scuplture of a kneeling soldier designed by a local man.  Read more

Civic Agenda Keys on Developments; Menino Announces Dot Ave Traffic Relief Project

Frayed ties in one Dorchester village could lead to another civic group for the Boston neighborhood that already boasts the most, while a long-dormant organization clears its throat to announce its return. As the civic returns from summer break this month, issues of development traffic and safety remain high on agendas across the neighborhood.

A number of major improvement projects continue to truck along, with MBTA station rehauls and various roadway improvements inching further toward completion. Several parks have undergone or are undergoing serious renovations.  Read more

Budget Bill Includes $900K for Gallivan Overpass

The House and Senate have both approved a supplemental budget bill that includes $900,000 in state cash to build a pedestrian walkway over a particularly busy stretch of Gallivan Boulevard. The bill is now on the desk of Governor Mitt Romney, who has until this weekend to either sign the budget into law or veto the whole package, which includes a total of $722 million to fund projects across the Commonwealth.  Read more

Activists Aim for Local Sovereignty in Site Fates

Frothy, occasionally bitter, and ever-percolating.

Relations between local civic groups and would-be developers? Maybe, but more immediately in Adams Corner, those words could describe the future wares of what is now a Sovereign Bank.

Looking to exert community influence over the fate of two soon-to-be vacant properties, activists have moved to abandon hopes for a municipal parking lot and are entertaining other ideas for the Adams Corner property, including a Starbucks coffeeshop.  Read more

All Saints Choir Going National

It ain't a bad hall, not bad in the least bit. Not that their usual joint is anything to shake a decrescendo at, but as out-of-town places go, this one's pretty good.

When the All Saints Choir of Men and Boys takes what might blasphemously be termed a stage next week, it won't be in the venerated Episcopalian landmark in Peabody Square, but in the much newer and much larger National Cathedral in Washington D.C.  Read more

Improved Beaches Still Largely Empty

A multi-million dollar renovation of Dorchester's three neighborhood beaches - Malibu, Savin Hill, and Tenean - has provided little incentive for beachgoers to return to the beaches. Concerns about the cleanliness of the water, coupled with a relative lack of amenities, continue to make neighborhood beaches a second or third option for locals looking to beat the heat.  Read more

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