November Special Events - The month of November is packed with special events for all ages. On 11/2, the Marr-lins will head to the Watertown Club for their first dual-meet of the season. On 11/5 we will begin processing teen candidates for the Career Prep program while on the followng day, 11/6, both All-Star Floor Hockey teams will be playing as the Girls host Chelsea and the Boys travel to Newton. Look for a Music Law workshop at Goodwin Proctor on 11/7.On 11/8 the Teen Center will host a Pool Party while our Denney Center Unit takes a trip to Rollerskating. Read more
All great sporting festivals have legitimate claims on our attention and affection.
The Stanley, World, and America’s Cups are invariably brilliant. Wimbledon is wonderful. Nothing’s bigger than the Olympics, no field larger than the Marathon’s, no single day more charming than The Derby. There are Bowl Games, Final Fours, NBA grand-finales, The Game. Corporate America dissolves into silly-putty over the Masters. While its wretched pomp and hype turn me off, the Super Bowl brings this Republic to a standstill a few hours every year. Read more
The Dorchester Reporter endorses Marty Walsh for Mayor.
Few observers will be surprised by this newspaper’s decision to come out for the hometown favorite. But the decision is not as simple as one might think.
The Reporter did not endorse any candidate in the preliminary election because, for one thing, there were six Dorchester residents on the ballot. In our estimation, four of them – Walsh, Charlotte Golar Richie, John Barros, and Bill Walczak – each made a compelling case for election. Read more
Oct. 30, 2013
The state will take over four chronically under-performing schools that have been "stuck" as other troubled schools have made "quite good progress," Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester announced Wednesday. Read more
In a genial, low-key forum Monday night, District 2 Councilor Bill Linehan and second-time challenger Suzanne Lee agreed on a number of issues - but also stressed their differences. Read more
State Rep. Marty Walsh’s union ties and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly’s background as an attorney were an early focus of the second televised debate between the two mayoral candidates as they scrapped with each other two weeks before the Nov. 5 election.
The debate opened with Margery Eagan, who co-moderated the WGBH-sponsored debate with Jim Braude, pointing out that an independent, pro-union group had sent out a flyer slamming Connolly as a “son of privilege.” Said Walsh: “When I heard that piece went out, I was very upset about it,” adding that he put out a statement condemning the flyer and personally called Connolly. Read more
Oct. 24, 2013
As Thanksgiving nears, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston (CCAB) is hoping it can help everyone to enjoy a bountiful meal.
The agency, which runs six food pantries in Massachusetts, including three in Boston and one in Dorchester, is one month into their Friends Feeding Families Campaign and has already raised over $30,000 in sponsorships. Their goal for the three-month effort is $1 million. Read more
Oct. 24, 2013
A correction has been appended to this article.
Our Mattapan. Many Pasts. One Future.
That is the motto seen on posters, billboards, and on the sides of buses throughout Mattapan lately.
For violence interrupter Anthony Seymour, also known as “Big Time,” the message is one of the most important ones there is.
“The main objective is to deal with those with guns in their hands,” Seymour said. “We target people who have guns and we try to prevent them from pulling that trigger.” Read more
When Thomas Menino took over the mayor’s chair in 1993, the Internet was still a novel concept. One of Twitter.com’s co-creators was 17 years old, some 13 years away from creating the social networking site. The word “blog” – or “web log” – didn’t exist.
Fast forward to 2013, where Menino’s office has a Twitter account with more than 51,000 followers and his team has started up a blog ahead of Menino’s successor taking the chair on January 6. Read more
The Boston Redevelopment Authority, a city planning agency that has accelerated its reviews of projects as Mayor Thomas Menino’s 20-year tenure nears its end, last week signed off on a Dorchester project in the Four Corners neighborhood by approving a Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) project for 9 vacant parcels to be turned into 35 affordable housing units. Read more
Near the climax of Shakespeare’s timeless tale of star-crossed lovers, the ever-impetuous Romeo hits the black market for a poison that will end his life “As violently as hasty powder fired/Doth hurry from the fatal cannon’s womb.”
The Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP) takes its cue from the Bard’s emphasis on speed and violence in its full-blast, urban youth-oriented production of “Romeo and Juliet,” now nearing the end of its month-long run at the Strand. Read more
Oct. 23, 2013
Rep. Martin Walsh of Dorchester has shrunk his opponent’s lead in the mayoral race to within the margin of error, as Boston City Councilor John Connolly of West Roxbury edged Walsh in a recent poll, 41-39.
The numbers were closer - 35-34 - when the 503 likely voters were polled on their initial preference and not pressed to say which candidate they were leaning towards. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports an argument that turned physical ended with a woman stabbing her boyfriend in the stomach Sunday afternoon. Read more
Oct. 19, 2013
Suffolk Downs has asked Caesars Entertainment to withdraw as a managing partner in the track's bid to build a resort casino in East Boston less than three weeks away from a scheduled referendum vote on the $1 billion proposed gaming resort.
Suffolk Downs Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle released a statement Friday evening explaining that the track had asked Caesars Entertainment, which operates casinos around the country from Las Vegas to New Jersey and New Orleans, to withdraw as a qualifier from its casino license application based on concerns raised by a state background check. Read more
Inside the WBZ-TV studios on Tuesday night, it was Dorchester vs. West Roxbury as State Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly faced off in the general mayoral election’s first televised debate. On a night when most Bostonians’ eyes and ears were locked on the Red Sox-Tigers playoff game, the faceoff was marked for the most part by a series of skirmishes between two candidates who largely agreed with each other. Read more
Oct. 17, 2013
Dorchester’s Irish Heritage Festival enjoyed a successful return on October 13, as crowds of Irish culture lovers took in music and dance performances, browsed through various vendors’ booths, and socialized in the warmth of a picture-perfect autumn day. Read more
This weekend the new board of the Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) is opening several new venues and tweaking some old traditions during the 2013 Dorchester Open Studios (DOS), which showcase the creative spirit of the visual and performing artists of the city’s largest neighborhood. All 15 sites will be open noon to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday (October 19 and 20) during this 12th annual DOS.
“This year’s Dorchester Open Studios promises to be one of the best we’ve seen in many years. We’re excited at the opportunity of having several new sites exhibit the works of local artists,” says J. Gustavo, DAC Board President. “My commitment to the success of Open Studios and Dorchester artists is but a simple representation of Dot pride and community collaboration that is expressed across our entire board of directors.” Read more
They ranged from ages 26 to 38, two men and a woman, each having struggled and overcome. Up on the second floor of the Dorchester District Courthouse, they became the latest graduates of an aggressive program aimed at helping them deal with addiction and navigate probation.
“They have worked so hard to be here today,” Rosalind Miller, the first justice of the Dorchester District Court, told a crowd of family, friends, court officials and prospective participants of the program who had gathered for a small ceremony earlier this month. Read more
The two candidates squaring off in a rematch for the District 2 Boston City Council seat appear to be split on the issue of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA) winning a large arbitration award that amounts to a 25.4 percent raise over six years. Read more
Oct. 17, 2013
Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell D. Chester used a public roundtable format last Wednesday to discuss the imminent possibility of state receivership of the underperforming Dever Elementary School, which has failed to meet the MCAS benchmarks in reading and math established in 2010.
Participants in the discussion included Boston Schools Superintendent John McDonough, Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman, Dever McCormack School Principal Michael Sabin, and numerous teachers and parents affiliated with the school. Read more
• Cedar Grove Gardens hosts its annual fall festival on Sun. Oct. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. The free event features hayrides through the Cedar Grove Cemetery across the street. Kids love to take a whack at one of several piñatas at the garden store, located at 911 Adams St. Read more
State Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly unleashed a cascade of endorsements in the last week as they continued their campaigns to succeed Mayor Thomas Menino.
With the Nov. 5 final election less than three weeks away, the candidates have largely focused on touting the support of fellow elected officials and ministers, with Walsh also locking up the support of the third-place finisher in the preliminary election, former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, whose endorsement was eagerly sought after by both men.
Both camps used their endorsement events to stress that they would diversify city government upon taking office.
Yesterday, Walsh also picked up the endorsement of state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, who represents Dorchester and South Boston, and Rev. Jeffrey Brown. Read more