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Dot native Ted Cutler is driving this month’s Outside the Box fest

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 11, 2013

This week a Dorchester lad who became a multimillionaire and is passionate about giving back to his city will realize his dream of seeing “dancing in the streets,” courtesy of Outside the Box Boston (OTBB). Ted Cutler, renowned mogul and philanthropist, has spent five years planning and will spend about $5 million of his own money underwriting a free inaugural summer arts festival the scope and caliber of which seem unprecedented.  Read more

Spamalot star Chris Hagberg got start at St. Greg's

Chris Hagberg

Like many Dot kids of his 1980s era, Chris Hagberg was first exposed to the theater arts as a grade-schooler at St. Gregory’s Grammar School. In addition to having a robust CYO basketball squad, the parish took pains to stage its own summer and spring musicals featuring student performers.

“I just remember being totally mesmerized by a performance of Cinderella. The St. Greg’s gym was transformed into this magical place. I got the bug.”

Hagberg became one of the parish’s top thespians and vocalists, belting out big numbers from shows like Pippin’ and Joseph and the Amazing Techno-color Dreamcoat under the direction of Maria Kramer.

These days, Hagberg spends his days just a block from his original St. Greg’s stage, working as the executive assistant to Carney Hospital president Andrew Davis — and the rest of Carney’s executive team.  Read more

Bumper crop: Markets bring fresh goods, values to Dot and Mattapan

By 
Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 11, 2013

A visitor to the Ashmont-Peabody Square Farmers’ Market inspected the offerings from Spring Brooke Farms on a recent Friday afternoon. Photo by Lianne Ames

In a big city, fresh, nutritious food can be hard to come by. The farmers markets of Dorchester aim to solve that problem, providing locations for local farms to vend fresh produce and creating spaces for the community to gather.  Read more

Food co-op transforms vacant lot in Bowdoin-Geneva

By 
Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 11, 2013

The Topliff/Bowdoin Street lot now programmed by the Dorchester Community Food Co-op will open on Sat., July 13 and activities will continue on various days throughout the summer. Photo courtesy DCFC

A formerly vacant lot at the corner of Topliff and Bowdoin Streets is opening to the public this Saturday as a functional park area. In addition to the recreational area, which includes cafe tables and chairs and raised bed planters, the Dorchester Community Food Co-op is currently in development for the site.  Read more

Dot interests caught up in state budget quarrel

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 11, 2013

Beacon Hill leaders are warring with Gov. Deval Patrick over the $34 billion budget sitting on his desk, and the Bay State’s chief executive is expected to take his time in reviewing the spending plan.

But local lawmakers say the fiscal year 2014 budget contains a number of items of interest to Dorchester and Mattapan residents, ranging from low-income rental assistance and youth jobs to higher education and substance abuse services.

According to state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz’s office, tuition rates at public colleges and universities are expected to stabilize after years of increases, if the $478 million slotted for them – a $50 million increase over last year – stays in the budget.  Read more

Report touts benefits of summer jobs for city youth

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 11, 2013

Are there real benefits to urban youths spending six to nine weeks in a summer job? Conny Doty, director of Mayor Thomas Menino’s Office of Jobs and Community Services, took up that question with the mayor at her side as she looked grimly out into the crowd at the Holland Community Center on Tuesday.  Read more

Franklin Hill affordable housing apartments to receive upgrades

By 
Reporter Staff
Jul. 11, 2013

Three buildings in the Wayne Apartments complex received $9.9 million tax-exempt bond from the state’s development agency. The bond proceeds will be used to buy and renovate the three buildings, making up 72 units of affordable housing in Dorchester.  Read more

Berklee jazz fest will hit Strand stage on July 26

By 
Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 10, 2013

Highlighting Uphams Corner’s ethnic blend and artistic history, a concert showcasing jazz and Caribbean music will be performed on Friday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Strand Theater. Produced by Berklee College of Music, the free Jazz Fest with a taste of the Caribbean features three Berklee groups with students from all over the world.  Read more

Garden concert series comes to Wheatland Avenue

By 
Reporter Staff
Jul. 10, 2013

Deborah and Giovani Rocha entertained neighbors of the Julian, Judson, and Dean community garden in Dorchester in 2012. Photo courtesy BNAN

Boston’s community gardens will come alive again this summer with Sounds of the Garden a series of free concerts featuring local artists. The concerts —including one in Dorchester— are lively, family entertainment and fun for the whole family.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Youth group organizing mayoral forum

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 10, 2013

A coalition of Dorchester-based groups is putting together a mayoral forum to be held inside the First Parish Church on Meetinghouse Hill on Thurs. Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. Teens with the Cape Verdean Community (CVC) UNIDO’s Youth Leadership Academy are planning the event, which will focus on bilingual education and youth jobs as topics and feature questions from other neighborhood groups.

The other organizations involved, according to the CVC’s Peter Roby, include the Bowdoin Geneva Alliance, the Bowdoin Street Health Center, College Bound Dorchester, the Family Nurturing Center, the Friends of Ronan Park, the Richfield Street Association, the Ridgewood Street Association, the Ward 15 Democratic Committee, and the Meetinghouse Hill Civic Association.  Read more

Morrissey legend Lou Pasquale celebrates his 87th birthday

Shown with Lou Pasquale on his 87th birthday are friends (l-r) Mike Owens, Phil Buswell, Paul Nash, Andrew Wilbur, Luz Beto, Craig Pearson, Lou Pasquale, Mike Sweeney, Denise Choukas and Paula Hanlon. The group presented Pasquale, the longtime manager at Phillips Banquets and Meetings on Morrissey Boulevard, with a birthday cake. Photo by Bill Forry

A group of friends, admirers and co-workers surprised Lou Pasquale, the longtime Phillips Family Properties manager, with an impromptu birthday party at the Phillips restaurant on Tuesday. Pasquale, who turned 87 this week, has been a fixture at the Morrissey Boulevard eatery and adjacent hotels, bowling alley and candy house since the 1950s.  Read more

Travel, vacations in play with tax bill, overdue budget in limbo

By 
Matt Murphy and Michael Norton, State House News Service
Jul. 8, 2013

With three top Senate Democrats out of the country this week and the House showing no sense of urgency to resolve a disagreement with Gov. Deval Patrick over tolling and taxes, Patrick may have to make decisions about the affordability of items in the $34 billion state budget without knowing the fate of new revenues counted upon to balance the annual budget.  Read more

Two shot in different areas within 30 minutes

Police are investigating two separate shootings between 9 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

In the more serious incident, a person was taken away in critical condition after a shooting at 107 Columbia Rd.

A suspect and a gun were found on Rosedale Street near Codman Square.

A man was shot in the back on Marden Avenue.

Dot Force bring home state soccer championship

Dot Force: Pictured are players: Finn O’Brien, Soree Kaba, Sebastian Suarez, Owen Smyth, Eric Barrios, Eben Butler, Clayton Rodrigues, Edmilson Fernandes, Owen Murray, Kysorrklay Gomes, Oliver Culliton, Andrew Wong, and Radley Theolien. Photo courtesy Mark CullitonDot Force: Pictured are players: Finn O’Brien, Soree Kaba, Sebastian Suarez, Owen Smyth, Eric Barrios, Eben Butler, Clayton Rodrigues, Edmilson Fernandes, Owen Murray, Kysorrklay Gomes, Oliver Culliton, Andrew Wong, and Radley Theolien. Photo courtesy Mark Culliton

The Dorchester Force won the U12 Division 1 Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC), the state championship for all the town travel soccer teams in Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon. During the tournament they scored the most goals, conceded the fewest, and won the championship game against Weymouth 6-0.

This was proceeded by a season in which the team dominated league play, and won their league championship with playoff wins against perennial powerhouses Natick and Newton.  Read more

From Adams Corner in Dorchester, webcasting good tunes to the world

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 3, 2013

Tessil Collins

Lately, the Sun in Dorchester has been beaming a lot more strongly, even after midnight.

SunMusic, an internet radio station based in Dorchester Center, is now accessible 24 hours a day on computer, tablet, phone, and Apple and Android mobile apps. Owner Tessil J. Collins, a longtime Dot resident, has dubbed the station “Your Urban Adult Album Alternative.”  Read more

Mattahunt center hosts summertime high school prep

By 
Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 3, 2013

For motivated middle school students interested in getting a head start on high school preparation, the Mattahunt Wheelock Community Center in Mattapan is offering the Emerging Youth Advocates PUSH Summer Academy. New this year, the free six-week program runs daily from July 15 to August 23 and is open to incoming 7th and 8th grade students.  Read more

Councillors sign off on Menino’s last spending plan

By 
Brianna MacGregor, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 3, 2013

City councillors last week unanimously approved Mayor Thomas Menino’s final spending bill, which, for fiscal year 2014, consists of a $2.6 billion operating plan and a five-year $1.8 billion capital plan. The budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which began on Monday, focuses on education, housing, and online learning.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Labor Council vote gives endorsement to Rep. Walsh

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 3, 2013

It took less than 10 minutes: After ten mayoral hopefuls stepped off the stage and left a Dorchester union hall last Thursday night, the Greater Boston Labor Council quickly voted to throw its support to state Rep. Marty Walsh.  Read more

Scam may have targeted Ashmont home

An elderly Ashmont woman was the apparent victim of scam artists who entered her home on Monday morning after luring her into her backyard. According to a Boston Police report, the Lombard Street resident told police that a man rang her doorbell on Monday morning and said he was a tree pruner working on a project at the adjacent All Saints Church.  Read more

New president chosen to lead St. Mary’s Center

By 
Reporter Staff
Jul. 3, 2013

Deirdre Houtmeyers

The longtime president of St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children on Jones Hill will retire this year. Judy Beckler will be succeeded by Deirdre Houtmeyers, who has worked as a manager at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton for 33 years.

Beckler’s 17-year tenure at St. Mary’s has been a time of sustained growth and success for the non-profit, according to Katherine Hesse, chair of St. Mary’s board of trustees.  Read more

Recalling the "First" Gettysburg address

Edward Everett: Dorchester statesman who delivered the Gettysburg oration that preceded Lincoln's address in Nov. 1863. Edward Everett: Dorchester statesman who delivered the Gettysburg oration that preceded Lincoln's address in Nov. 1863.

(Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Reporter in July 2013 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Today is the anniversary of the dedication of the National Cemetery at the site of the battle— and of Abraham Lincoln's celebrated "address.")

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the momentous Battle of Gettysburg— the largest and costliest engagement in our Civil War, a conflict that cost more than 600,000 lives north and south and, ultimately, resulted in the forcible expulsion of the vile institution of slavery from the Republic.

The three-day battle in and around the Pennsylvania crossroads hamlet of Gettyburg stymied a Confederate invasion of the north, marking the “high-water mark” of Rebel ambitions for a victory in their war of secession. The pitched combat cost both sides dearly— resulting in some 50,000 casualties, including 8,000 dead.  Read more

Hubway set to expand in Dorchester

By 
Brianna Macgregor, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 3, 2013

About 20 new Hubway bike-sharing stations will be rolled out by the end of this summer season, according to Nicole Freedman, director of the Boston Bikes program and former Olympic cyclist. New stations are concentrated in the South Boston area, Jamaica Plain, and Roxbury. Two are set to be built in Dorchester: one in Uphams Corner and another near the intersection of Mass Ave. and Columbia. The precise locations of these stations are still being determined, said Freedman.  Read more

Leaders huddle on ways to cut down violence

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 3, 2013

Law enforcement officials and local lawmakers on Monday outlined citywide efforts to stem violence, citing “safe street” teams to pushing for more youth summer jobs.

The afternoon press conference, held at the Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury and aimed at showing a united front among elected and police officials, comes as the city is experiencing an uptick in gun violence.  Read more

Yancey’s double run lures three to focus on his Council seat

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 3, 2013

Steven Godfrey: Non-profit leader from Roslindale is one of three challengers.Steven Godfrey: Non-profit leader from Roslindale is one of three challengers.Voters in parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roslindale will likely be seeing double when they pull their ballots at polling stations this fall: District 4 Councillor Charles Yancey is mounting a campaign for reelection while also tossing his hat into the multi-candidate race for the mayoral seat left open when his longtime sparring partner, Mayor Thomas Menino, announced he wouldn’t be seeking a sixth term.

According to the Election Department, Yancey has picked up enough signatures to qualify for both offices. He is allowed to run for the two positions simultaneously, but if he wins both, he will be restricted to serving in one or the other.

But Yancey’s double bid – and the City Council’s redrawing of district boundaries across the city – has led three challengers to eye the District 4 seat Yancey has held since 1983. And none of the three is keen on Yancey running for both.  Read more

Mattapan man, 21, charged in child porn case

By 
Staff
Jul. 3, 2013

A 21-year-old Norfolk Street man is behind bars this week on high bail after he was arrested last week and charged in a child porn investigation. Luis Gonzalez was ordered held on $35,000 bail at his arraignment in Dorchester District Court on July 2. Gonzalez is alleged to have shared explicit images and videos of children using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program.  Read more