Jun. 10, 2013
With leaked revelations disclosing the scope of the federal government’s ability to peer into the public’s phone calls and email use, both U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Congressman John Tierney indicated the law that enabled the snooping will be up for scrutiny. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a 16-year-old was shot around 1:40 a.m. on Sunday at Ashmont and Ocean streets. Read more
An overflow crowd packed St. Ann Church in Neponset this morning for a celebration of the life of Martin Richard, a Dorchester boy who would have turned 9 this weekend if he had not been killed on April 15 by one of two bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon.
Seated in the front pew were his family: Parents Bill and Denise Richard, their elder son Henry— who read the second reading at the Liturgy— and Martin's little sister, Jane, 7, who lost her left leg below the knee in the bomb attack. Jane wheeled herself around in a wheelchair — and won a standing ovation from the congregation as she pushed herself up St. Ann's center aisle alongside her friend, Fr. Sean Connor. The St. Ann's pastor con-celebrated the Mass with Bishop Robert Hennessey, Rev. John Connolly and Fr. Michael Banks, OFM Cap.
The 10:30 a.m. family-oriented Mass at the Neponset Ave. church always draws a large crowd, but this morning there were nearly as many people standing as there were seated. Ushers counted more than 640 people in attendance, according to church officials. Outside, pipers from the Boston Police Gaelic column played a mixture of Irish dirges and more upbeat, patriotic anthems. Read more
Jun. 9, 2013
President Obama will be in Roxbury on Wednesday to drum up support for Congressman Ed Markey, a Malden Democrat running in the U.S. Senate special election. Markey is facing off against Gabriel Gomez, a Cohasset Republican, on June 25.
The Markey camp on Sunday announced locations for supporters to pick up tickets for the Wednesday event, which will be held at the Reggie Lewis Track Center. Doors are scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Boston locations are located below. Read more
The Boston Police Department report arresting the man they say had robbed five McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts outlets in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury over the past two weeks. Read more
Jun. 7, 2013
Three Dorchester residents are mounting campaigns to fill the House seat vacated by Senator-elect Linda Dorcena Forry’s elevation to the Senate. Dan Cullinane, Marydith Tuitt and Stephanie Everett, who have all worked as aides to local elected officials, have announced their campaigns for the 12th Suffolk House district. Read more
A man's leg was grazed by a bullet around 10:20 p.m. on Thursday at the busway at Ashmont station. Read more
The candidates sat almost shoulder-to-shoulder on the stage inside Edward Brooke Charter School’s auditorium, five on either side of the moderator.
Even with no opening or closing statements allowed, candidates looked down at the table, out into the large crowd, or quietly joked with one another as they waited for their turn. One question took fifteen minutes to get through, as each candidate weighed in with their response to the various questions.
Welcome to the life of a mayoral contender for the foreseeable future. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports officers responding to a call about gunfire late Wednesday night found a man with gunshot wounds at 633 Cummins Highway.
He was taken to Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, where he was pronounced dead.
Jun. 6, 2013
Performances by Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, Black 47, and Atlantic Steps highlight this year’s Boston Irish Festival, which will take place June 7-9 at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton. The traditional fiddle-accordion duo of Oisin Mac Diarmada and Seamus Begley and Celtic-pop Canadian band Searson also are on the bill. Read more
On the night of March 27, John Barros’s cell phone would not stop buzzing with text messages. As he sat at a School Committee meeting around the corner from City Hall, word was quickly circulating that Mayor Thomas Menino would not be running for reelection.
Appointed to the seven-member committee three and a half years ago, Barros would join the crowd of well-wishers and elected officials the next day at Faneuil Hall when Menino formally announced his intention to bow out. And less than a month later, he would resign from the committee, one of his last steps toward launching a mayoral campaign. Read more
Bill Walczak used to look outside his window at sunrise and see shards of broken glass everywhere. Savin Hill Park, with its expansive views of the rest of the neighborhood, the gas tank and Dorchester Bay, was often a “total wreck” when he first moved to Rockmere Street some 30 years ago.
The first year he lived there, he would head out the door with a rake because he was tired of seeing all that glassy trash. Soon, a neighbor joined him in the clean-up and today, three decades later, a group of volunteers goes to the park every year, sweeping away debris and overgrown thorn bushes.
“Some of my neighbors ‘round here used to say, ‘Geez, I wish they would just close that park,’ because it was so filled with problems,” Walczak said in an interview with the Reporter. “But now it’s a huge asset and it’s people coming together that did that, the neighborhood coming together. I just was the guy that put the sign up that said, ‘Hey, we can clean this park.’ ” Read more
The Bearded Lady caused quite the sensation last Sunday as s/he blew kisses to well-wishers along the Dorchester Avenue parade route from aboard the “DotOUT under the Big Top” float. The balloon –decked, striped circus tent also billowed over a strong man, sword-swallowers, baton twirlers and a confetti cannon.
Once again the Dorchested-based gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender social and civic group made its presence known with one of the most elaborate and whimsical entries in the Dorchester Day parade. Read more
The parade of candidates for City Hall offices marched down sun-lit Dorchester Avenue on Sunday, with contenders and their supporters crisscrossing the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare in their bids for visibility and votes.
State Rep. Marty Walsh, who has represented Savin Hill for 16 years, boasted the largest contingent, with a few dozen supporters clad in deep blue shirts marching with him along the 3.2-mile route.
The annual parade celebration of the settlement of Dorchester 383 years ago featured the candidates mixed in with clowns, dancers, and drummers. Read more
State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry is expected to resign her House seat sometime in the next week and be sworn into the state Senate next Thursday, June 13. While the Dorchester Democrat will be preparing to join the 40-member upper chamber that afternoon, the race to succeed her in the House has already started.
The special election is set for Sept. 10, with a primary scheduled for Aug. 13. It will likely be, like the race to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart, another low-turnout affair in a heavily Democratic district. Read more
Jun. 5, 2013
The city agency tasked with planning and economic development is setting up an advisory group for improving the Blue Hill Avenue and Cummins Highway area, which is plagued by blighted properties, that will work with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and other city agencies to come up with development guidelines for the properties.
The group, which will have eight to twelve members appointed by Mayor Thomas Menino, is part of a larger effort to plan out the future of the Fairmount corridor. Read more
The mayoral ballot gained its eighth and ninth candidates this week, with the city Election Department saying that former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie and Codman Square Health Center co-founder Bill Walczak had gathered enough verified signatures from voters.
District 4 Councillor Charles Yancey has also made the ballot for mayor and for his district seat; he is running for both offices. Yancey has repeatedly defended running for dual positions to reporters, pointing to Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin running for both vice president and reelection to Congress last year.
Two potential candidates so far have enough signatures to challenge Yancey for his District 4 seat, which includes Dorchester and Mattapan: Divo Monteiro and Terrance Williams, both of Dorchester. Read more
Patrick G. ‘Pat’ McDonagh, a lifelong Dorchester resident who became one of the neighborhood’s favorite purveyors of pizzas, calzones and sub sandwiches, died suddenly last Saturday at his Lower Mills home. McDonagh, 60, leaves behind his wife Maureen, two sons Michael and Patrick, and three sisters.
Pat McDonagh grew up in St. Peter’s parish and was a well-known and liked personality across Dorchester in his youth, where he could often be found on the neighborhoods basketball courts or playing the bugle in the St. Kevin’s Emerald Knights band. He was a graduate of St. Peter’s Grammar School, Christopher Columbus High and Boston State College, where he took a degree in criminal justice. But instead of law enforcement, Pat followed his taste buds and passion for good food into his chosen career: running restaurants. Read more
Moments after a hit/run driver crashed into cars on Oyster Bay Road around 8 p.m. on Monday, a security guard shot the apparent driver on Mt. Vernon Street, in front of the Dever school.
The driver, Leroy Wiggins, a.k.a., Chris Summers, 40, of Dorchester, suffered a non-life-threatening injury and is expected to be arraigned today on charges related to the incident, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more
Jun. 3, 2013
(Updated, June 6) Residents on both sides of the Neponset River will be treated to a fireworks show on Sunday, June 9 at Hutchinson Field in Milton from 5-9 p.m. The event was originally set for Friday night, but has been changed due to inclement weather.
A barge on the Neponset river will be launching the fireworks, set to music.
The fireworks will be the “grand finale” to a music festival, which will start at 6 p.m. Read more
Temperature soared into the high 80s as thousands of sun-soaked people marched the three-plus miles up Dorchester Avenue on Sunday in the 50th anniversary Dot Day Parade. Tens of thousands more lined the parade route and cheered on the floats, bands and a gaggle of politicians on hand for the yearly celebration of all things Dorchester. Read more
The Boston Police Department says a man firing a gun from a car outside a party on Willowwood St. around 1:50 a.m. on Sunday turned his gun on arriving officers, who returned fire, fatally wounding him.
In a statement, police say: "Witnesses still on scene at a party told officers a male had a firearm and was shooting. Officers approached the suspect who was in his motor vehicle. During the confrontation, the suspect fired at officers, who returned fire. The suspect was shot and was pronounced deceased at Boston Medical Center." Read more
May. 30, 2013
State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry coasted to a win on Tuesday in a special election to fill a vacancy in the state Senate’s First Suffolk District. The Dorchester Democrat defeated Joseph Ureneck, a Dorchester Republican, on an Election Day that was marked by low turnout in the district, which includes Dorchester, South Boston, Mattapan, and a portion of Hyde Park.
According to the unofficial tally of all 77 precincts on the city’s Elections Department’s website, Dorcena Forry piled up 7,858 votes, or just under 82 percent of the total, while Ureneck picked up 1,486 votes. There were 274 write-in ballots. Read more
Dorchester Park. The Henderson School. The Strand Theatre. Those were some of the places that came to mind on Tuesday for Mayor Thomas Menino when he sat down for a brief interview with the Reporter to talk about his legacy in Dorchester.
“I look at Dorchester as an integral part of Boston in my years as mayor,” Menino said after a luncheon honoring the Boston Public Schools’ top graduates at the Boston Harbor Hotel. “The real strength of Dorchester is its people, and how they get involved. They’re on top of the issues, they know the issues,” he said.
Menino, who is not seeking a sixth four-year term, has family ties to the city’s largest neighborhood: “My daughter lives in Dorchester,” he said, referring to Susan, before saying its name again, with emphasis on the local pronounciation: “Daw-chestah.” Read more