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On Labor Day, unions split among Dems running for governor

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Sep. 2, 2014

Union members appeared split Monday among the Democrats running for governor and other elected offices, as their chiefs sought to look past the Sept. 9 primary, while reveling in last year’s election of a card-carrying union member as mayor of Boston.

At the annual Labor Day breakfast, the three Democratic gubernatorial candidates – Attorney General Martha Coakley, Treasurer Steve Grossman and pediatrician Don Berwick – shook hands and chatted up union activists inside the ballroom inside the Park Plaza Hotel, which featured signs hanging from the second floor balconies touting Grossman and Coakley.  Read more

Man shot to death on Claybourne Street

The Boston Police Department reports a man was found shot outside 52 Claybourne St. around 9:20 p.m. on Sunday.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anybody with information can call homicide detectives at 617-343-4470 or contact the anonymous tip line at 800-494-TIPS or by texting the word TIP to CRIME (27463).

Carpenters union video shows 'reality of underground economy'

By 
Staff
Sep. 1, 2014

This video produced by the Dorchester-based New England Regional Council of Carpenters shows how construction jobs are sometimes "misclassified" to avoid paying employees a fair or timely wage.  Read more

Shots fired in Savin Hill T station

The Transit Police Department reports that around 5 p.m. on Sunday, a man walked into the Savin Hill Red Line station and began shooting at two other people.

All of his shots missed, police say. Both the intended targets and the shooter then fled.

Transit Police are now investigating whether a man arrested for illegal gun possession near the scene on Sunday afternoon is connected to the Savin Hill station incident.  Read more

Meetinghouse Bank robbed, suspect in custody

By 
Ed Forry
Aug. 28, 2014

The robbery suspect, shortly after being apprehended. Photo by Ed Forry

Boston Police arrested a suspect in a brazen early afternoon bank robbery in Dorchester Lower Mills today, and he was arrested with the help of a fleet-footed bank executive.

A lone robber demanded cash from a teller at Meetinghouse Bank shortly before 2 p.m. today, and when he fled on foot with cash in hand, he was pursued by bank president Tony Paciulli.

“I heard the teller scream and I came out of my office and saw him going out the door,” Paciulli said. He followed the man down Richmond Street, and caught up with him a block away at the corner of Butler Street.  Read more

Students get head start BPHC summer programs

By 
Jeannette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 28, 2014

For many students, summer means relaxing and soaking up the sun, but 75 teens from across Boston have spent their summer learning about a variety of health careers, public health topics, and how to make positive changes in their communities through summer enrichment programs at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC).

The program runs over six weeks and students have spent each day engaged in a variety of training and academic preparation. From Monday through Thursday they attended classes and internships while Fridays involved field trips and community service projects.  Read more

Students get head start BPHC summer programs

For many students, summer means relaxing and soaking up the sun, but 75 teens from across Boston have spent their summer learning about a variety of health careers, public health topics, and how to make positive changes in their communities through summer enrichment programs at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC).

The program runs over six weeks and students have spent each day engaged in a variety of training and academic preparation. From Monday through Thursday they attended classes and internships while Fridays involved field trips and community service projects.  Read more

Garrison hasn’t given up hopes for a return to the House

Althea Garrison is no quitter: The perennial candidate is back on the ballot for the 5th Suffolk state representative seat and feeling confident about her chances to return to the Legislature. “I know a lot of people probably figured I would have given up by now, but nope, nope, nope. I’m not a quitter.”

In an interview with the Reporter, Garrison said she has been working hard on the campaign trail in the lead-up to the Sept. 9 primary where she hopes to pull an upset win over incumbent Evandro Carvalho.  Read more

Where ‘stand down’ means a ‘hand up’

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 28, 2014

More than 700 veterans took part in the annual Massachusetts “Stand Down” event  held last Friday at the IBEW Local 103 hall on Freeport Street.

The event is organized by the US Veterans Administration and Volunteers for America and focuses on assisting homeless veterans and those who are at risk of becoming homeless. 

Some 80 vendors were present at this years “Stand Down” where active duty National Guardsmen assembled the barracks style tents, assisted with security, and escorted veterans around the grounds.   Read more

She’s ready to hear from Vietnamese women in abusive situations

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 28, 2014

Tram T. Nguyen

“At last, a lawyer who speaks my language.”

For women experiencing domestic violence in Dorchester’s Vietnamese immigrant community, language can be the final barrier to getting help, but since Tram T. Nguyen, Esq. joined Greater Boston Legal Services as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, that barrier has been coming down.

When battered women are referred by Carney Hospital, or come to the weekly intake sessions at Viet-AID in Fields Corner, they find in Nguyen a lawyer who not only understands the Vietnamese language and culture, but who also understands their experience as immigrants.  Read more

Want to see how ‘green’ looks? A Dot couple says, ‘Come on by’

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 28, 2014

Cynthia Loesch and Ivan Liriano completed construction on the first LEED (Leadership on Energy and Environmental Design) home in Dorchester in 2011. “After all the rebates and tax breaks, and energy savings, this house costs less to build than what a three-family home is going for in Dorchester” said Loesch.

The couple plans to showcase the advantages of building with green in mind by inviting the public to come by for a look on Sept. 6.  Read more

Murphy School surprise: new principal named

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Students and staff at Dorchester’s Richard J. Murphy school will begin the academic year next week with a new leader after principal Karen Cahill was put on paid administrative leave this summer by the Boston Public Schools. Courtney Sheppeck, a sixth-grade teacher at the Murphy since 2001, will replace her as interim principal, the department said.

The details surrounding Cahill’s departure from one of the school system’s schools are still unclear. “Because this involves a confidential personnel matter, we cannot comment on the particular circumstances in this case,” BPS spokesman Lee McGuire told the Reporter in an email. We are focused on ensuring a great start to the school year for students, families, and staff at the Murphy.”  Read more

Police recover bag full of guns

The Boston Police Department reports recovering five guns, magazines and ammunition sitting in a plastic bag in an alley off Lucerne and Harwood streets in Dorchester shortly before 1 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police say an anonymous source reported overhearing some guys talking "about the pickup of a package containing firearms" in that area.

Officers are first set up surveillance of the alley, but decided they couldn't just let a bunch of guns in a bag sit there, even if under surveillance.  Read more

Dorchester teen charged with killing one woman, injuring another on Blue Hill Avenue

Around 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, Keith Williams took out a loaded .357 revolver at Blue Hill Avenue and McLellan Street and began firing into a crowd of people waiting for the J'Ouvert parade, assistant Suffolk County District Attorney Mark Lee said today.

One of the bullets hit Dawnn Jaffier in the head a block away at Charlotte Street, killing her, Lee said. Another bullet traveled more than four blocks down Blue Hill Avenue, hitting another woman in the leg as she sat on a curb with her friends.  Read more

Shooting erupts in Adams Corner; bullet hits nearby home

By 
Bill Forry, Editor
Aug. 23, 2014

The scene on Gallivan Boulevard this afternoon around 5 p.m. Traffic was diverted as State Police searched for ballistic evidence in front of Mt. Washington Bank. The house closest to the scene at 2 Granville St. was hit by a bullet. Photo by Bill Forry

Gunfire erupted at a busy Adams Corner intersection this afternoon when a gunman in one vehicle opened fire on the occupants of a second vehicle around 4:15 p.m. Eyewitness accounts suggest that five rounds were fired in the incident, which left a bullet hole in a nearby home and prompted the shut-down of the eastbound lane of Gallivan Boulevard for more than an hour as State Police canvassed for evidence.  Read more

Young woman killed during morning parade on Blue Hill Ave.

By 
Staff
Aug. 23, 2014

Dawnn Ashley

A 26 year-old Boston woman died today after she was shot in the head as she walked on Blue Hill Avenue in J'Ouvert, a traditional morning parade that precedes the larger Boston Carnival celebration. Dawnn Jaffier was found suffering from gunshot wounds near the corner of Charlotte Street just after 8:15 a.m. Police were in the area to provide security for the annual event, which had drawn thousands to the avenue.  Read more

Two women shot on Blue Hill Avenue, one fatally; three arrested

The Boston Police Department reports two women were found shot shortly after 8 a.m. on Saturday on Blue Hill Avenue.

One woman, found at Charlotte Street, was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The second woman, found near American Legion Highway, was expected to survive.

Police say not long after, they arrested three men spotted running from the scene. A gun was recovered a couple blocks from the murder scene.  Read more

Dot Park Antique Car Show, Family Fun Day is Sept. 7

By 
Staff
Aug. 23, 2014

The second annual Antique Car Show and Family Fun Day in Dorchester Park will take place on Sun., Sept. 7. The car show itself will be held on the Adams Street side of the park from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Prizes will be given out to best in show, which will also feature a DJ and 50/50 raffle.  Read more

Four sought for robbery at new Dorchester Avenue jewelry shop

Four wanted for Dorchester jewelry robbery

The Boston Police Department reports it is looking for four people for the robbery of $20,000 worth of jewelry at Thai Binh Jewelry, which recently opened at 1283 Dorchester Ave.

According to police, one of the four walked into the shop around 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 11, looked around, declared he didn't want anything they had, then walked out.  Read more

Man charged in shooting outside Ashmont Station

By 
Staff
Aug. 21, 2014

A 22 year-old Dorchester man allegedly shot and wounded a man outside of Ashmont station on Wednesday evening as stunned commuters watched and ran. Balfour McLean was arrested near the scene of the 7:30 p.m. incident by members of the Boston Police Drug Control Unit who happened to be nearby and witnessed McLean running from the scene. McLean was arrested in front of a home on Alban Street, about two blocks from the shooting, which left a 24 year-old Randolph man suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He is expected to survive, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.  Read more

BPS back-to-school hotline is up and running

By 
Staff
Aug. 21, 2014

Boston Public Schools (BPS) parents can get back-to-school information and learn about school assignments by calling the multilingual BPS Back-To-School Hotline at 617-635-9046. Interim Superintendent John McDonough has launched the hotline early this year, at the end of June, to enhance customer service efforts for families with children in summer school. Since June 30, operators have responded to more than 2,000 calls and remain ready to answer a wide variety of questions from parents and students.  Read more

City prepares for ‘unlikely’ Ebola outbreak

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Aug. 21, 2014

City Outlines Response to Potential Ebola Threat from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

While a Boston Ebola case is unlikely, officials say, everyone from medical emergency workers on city streets and in the Port of Boston to nurses and doctors in the hospitals are prepared for that potentiality.

The Boston Public Health Commission held a press briefing on the disease that is ravaging parts of West Africa to quell what they described as misconceptions and answer questions officials say they have received.  Read more

Man shot outside Ashmont station

The Boston Police Department reporst a man was shot around 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday just outside the Ashmont MBTA station.

Officers on patrol saw the shooting and immediately took off after the suspect on foot. Police say they captured Balfour McLean, 22, of Dorchester, on Alban Street and charged him with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. They also recovered the Ruger 357 firearm they say he discarded during the chase.  Read more

Team Henry backed the wrong horse in MLB’s czar sweepstakes

It’s been a drab baseball season, especially hereabouts, with little chance of getting much more scintillating in such time that’s left. So it may prove to have climaxed in mid-August in a Baltimore hotel suite where the 30 owners of Major League Baseball teams played some good old fashioned hardball and came away with a victory for common sense. Keep in mind they have not always been so clever.  Read more

With new bridge in place, Morton St. is back in play

At long last, the Morton Street bridge is structurally sound. After years of planning, community outreach, and scheduling to replace the structurally deficient bridge, crews finished work on Monday morning just after midnight – more than 24 hours ahead of schedule. The contractor will receive a bonus for finishing ahead of Monday’s scheduled opening.  Read more