First there was the US Senate special election, spawned by John Kerry’s departure for the top post at the State Department. Then there was Jack Hart heading to a Boston law firm, opening up his First Suffolk District seat to a special election. The two situations will collide on April 30, when voters will pick the Democratic and Republican nominees who will be facing off in the general elections that will follow. Read more
The political campaigns doing battle in Boston’s neighborhoods hit the pause button this week in order to mourn the deaths and injuries and civic effects from the bombing attack at the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday.
The city is a battleground for several elections – two special elections and a nascent mayoral election cycle – but in the hours after the bombings the press releases and social media chatter slowed to a crawl as Boston sought to grieve and heal. Read more
Dorchester’s David Kenny, a student at Catholic Memorial High School, is the winner of the Grade 9 division of “The 2013 Will McDonough Writing Contest.”
Kenny’s essay, “Next Statue for The Sports Museum,” will be displayed in the Will McDonough exhibit located within The Sports Museum until April 2014. Read more
Apr. 18, 2013
An unnamed foundation has pledged to cover the entire cost of restoring and renovating the elegant All Saints Church at Ashmont, an offer of unexpected generosity that is being hailed as a well-timed miracle for the historic building that has been called a “treasure house of Gothic Revival art” and whose details include the lovely carved wood and polychromed Shrine of Our Lady of Dorchester. Read more
A beloved Dorchester family watching the Boston Marathon near the finish line in Copley Square was caught up in deadly fashion in one of the two bomb blasts that exploded on Monday afternoon. Martin Richard, 8, was killed in the explosion, while his sister Jane, 7, suffered a grievous injury to her leg. Their mom, Denise, was also badly hurt in the blast and has undergone surgeries to treat injuries to her eye.
In a statement issued through a spokesman on Tuesday, Martin’s father Bill Richard said, “My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries.
“We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you.” Read more
The playground at Tenean Beach has been ordered closed immediately due to damage caused by tidal flooding earlier this year that has made the surface of the play area unsafe. The determination was made after a safety inspection this week. Read more
Did a fast-moving fire at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum— which erupted around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon— have any connection to the deadly bomb attacks on Boylston Street that took place just minutes before?
It’s a question to which no definitive answer has been given at this point, but federal and local investigators continue to scour the presidential library for clues, even as much of the nation’s attention remains fixed on the carnage in the Back Bay. Read more
Apr. 16, 2013
Thousands of grieving neighbors gathered Tuesday evening at Neponset's Garvey Park — where 8-year-old Martin Richard once played with friends —to mourn his death and his family's injuries in Monday's horrific bomb attack along the Boston Marathon route in Copley Square. Attendees held candles and American flags to show support for the Dorchester family and other victims.
Denise Richards, Martin's mother, suffered a head injury during the blast, and his younger sister Jane, 7, lost her leg. In a statement issued earlier today, Bill Richard — Martin's dad— asked for privacy at this time. Read more
Apr. 16, 2013
Nearly 20 hours after twin Boston Marathon bombings, law enforcement officials following up on “voluminous tips” described an active investigation Tuesday morning involving extensive photo and video evidence, but said no one is in custody.
During a press briefing at the Westin Copley, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the number of individuals injured in the Boylston Street bombings, which cut short the annual race and sent spectators fleeing the area while others raced to help, had risen to 176, with 17 people having critical injuries. Read more
(Updated, 1 p.m.)- A beloved Dorchester family watching the Boston Marathon near the finish line in Copley Square was caught in one of two bomb blasts that exploded on Monday afternoon. Martin Richard, 8, was killed in the explosion, while his sister Jane, 7, suffered a grievous injury to her leg. Their mom, Denise, was also badly hurt in the blast and underwent emergency surgery yesterday to save her life.
In a statement issued through a spokesman today, Martin's father Bill Richard said, "My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries.
"We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you.”
Word of the injuries spread quickly through the Richard family's tight-knit Ashmont-Adams neighborhood, where both parents are known and respected as civic leaders. Bill Richard served as board chairman of the St. Mark's Area Main Street group and has played a key role in the transformation of Peabody Square over the last decade. The family is deeply involved in all facets of life in Dorchester, from little league baseball and soccer to their church, St. Ann's parish in Neponset. Read more
UPDATED (6:05 p.m.)— Commissioner Ed Davis just clarified his earlier statement regarding the JFK Library fire this afternoon, saying that reports that it was connected to the marathon explosions "could be premature" and "may not be linked directly" to the Copley Square incidents.
Davis added that the JFK incident was either a fire or "an incendiary device."
There is conflicting information at this hour about whether or not a fire at the JFK Library this afternoon is related to the deadly explosions along the marathon route on Boylston Street at the same hour. The director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum told the Reporter on the scene that the 3 p.m. fire inside the building's mechanical room was not caused by "a device." Read more
Donations and equipment are pouring into Savin Hill Little League today after news reports about a weekend theft that wiped out the league's equipment locker at McConnell Park went viral yesterday evening.
The little league has fielded calls and donations from all over Massachusetts, including one from Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Quincy-based charity Good Sports has pledged to deliver $4,000 in new equipment and uniforms to the little league in time for the opening of their season later this month.
"Its been overwhelming support from the neighborhood and across the city and state," said Michael Christopher, one of the league's organizers. "It makes you feel good and you realize how unique and special this place is that people step up when something like this happens." Read more
A team of advanced carpentry students under the direction of teachers from the North Bennet Street School is making steady progress in its painstaking effort to restore the top two sections of the First Parish Church steeple. The historic church’s tower was removed in 2006 amid fears that it could collapse after years of water and wind damage— and deferred maintenance.
Now, the reworked and rebuilt steeple sections are finally nearing completion— one part of an ambitious $5 million restoration job that will restore the colonial revival landmark to its original glory atop Meetinghouse Hill. Read more
Mayor Thomas Menino submitted his final city budget this week, proposing an increase in spending to $2.6 billion. The fiscal year 2014 proposal, which is Menino’s twentieth budget and which must be approved by the City Council, includes funds for the first “digital school,” the first smart parking sensors, and the first bike helmet vending machines and tests out new “girls only” times at community centers.
Menino, who announced last month that he will not be seeking a sixth term, has also set aside $50,000 for the new mayor to transition into the job Menino has held for five terms. Read more
Juan De Jesus doesn’t get home much these days. The Uphams Corner native is on the road most of the year in Latin America, where he works for Major League Baseball (MLB) to recruit, cultivate, and streamline the entry of young ballplayers into the United States.
It’s a dream job for the 30-year-old De Jesus, a graduate of BC High and Boston College. His mom and dad emigrated to Dorchester from the Dominican Republic. Baseball is in his blood, to be sure. His father knew many pro ball players from his hometown in the D.R. — and DeJesus fancied himself a bit of Fenway Park “rat” — often getting special access to watch batting practice before games.
But it was through his involvement with the Bird Street Community Center on Columbia Road that he learned to play and love the game. Read more
Less than three weeks. That’s how long the three Democratic candidates for Jack Hart’s vacant First Suffolk District state Senate seat have to bring voters to their side in the April 30 primary.
The winner of the primary will face a Republican in the May 28 special election, but due to the district’s heavily Democratic make-up, the winner of the Democratic nomination will likely be the person taking the oath of office later this year.
The Democratic field includes two South Boston candidates – state Rep. Nick Collins and Maureen Dahill – and one contender from Dorchester – state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry – who hope to represent a district that includes those two neighborhoods and Hyde Park. Collins, a former Hart aide, and Dorcena Forry, who is married to Reporter editor Bill Forry, are widely considered to be the contest’s frontrunners. The race’s lone Republican is Joseph Ureneck of Dorchester. Read more
The two House lawmakers vying for former state Sen. Jack Hart’s seat ended up on opposite sides of a tax bill debate on Monday.
The $500 million tax bill passed the House by a 97-55 vote, short of the veto-proof majority that House Speaker Robert DeLeo was hoping for. Gov. Deval Patrick, who is pushing his own $1.9 billion tax hike proposal, has vowed to veto the measure. His plan includes investments in both transportation and education, while the House plan, also supported by Senate leaders, focuses on transportation financing. Read more
Apr. 11, 2013
The Dorchester Day Parade will be held on Sunday, June 2— but special events that lead up to the big day are already well underway, including a Mayor of Dorchester “election” that features three candidates who will help build revenue to pay for the parade.
Dorchester Day was started by the Dorchester Historical Society in 1904 to commemorate the town’s settlement in 1630 and the event is held annually on the first Sunday of June. The modern parade along Dorchester Avenue began in 1963, making this year the 50th anniversary. Read more
Mattapan Square Main Streets, Inc. has hired its first Executive Director. Tina Petigny, a Hyde Park resident and a who worked previously as a program manager for Boston Connects, Inc., will start this month. Petigny is a former Associate Director of YouthBuild Boston. Read more
Apr. 11, 2013
In the two and a half years since his election as South Boston’s representative in the Massachusetts House, Nick Collins has focused on the urban issues his district faces on a daily basis.
In an interview on Monday with the Reporter, Collins said that his successes so far on Beacon Hill have come from maintaining the “same fervor and same passion” that he had on the campaign trail. He sees his role in the House as bringing needed resources to the communities he represents, and the 30-year-old Southie native says he’s excited about possibly playing that role on the larger stage of the State Senate. Read more
On a sunny Tuesday, the door-knocking tour of Everett Street was one of several items on state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry’s schedule that day. After a late night in the state House of Representatives, which passed a $500 million transportation financing bill, the 39-year-old mother of four was up at 6 a.m. to help with getting her children out of the house. Then she was off to a fundraiser at Victoria’s Diner. Next was the monthly meeting of the Black Ministerial Alliance. Then she headed to the Sweet Life in Lower Mills for soup and a sandwich, calling into a local radio show between bites before heading out to knock on doors.
The night before, the five-term lawmaker briefly left the marathon session at the State House to attend a “Women for Linda Dorcena Forry” fundraiser in South Boston. Put together by Lower Mills resident Joyce Linehan, the event raised more than $10,000, according to the campaign. Attendees included City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley, former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, a mayoral candidate. Read more
Maureen Dahill got a taste of the state Senate at an early age: When she was in college, she was a page for a few years during Senate President William Bulger’s reign. “I loved it,” she said, recalling her job running errands and getting coffee for senators. “I loved being in session. The bills stacked up on the tables.”
Now she’s taking a leap into politics as one of two South Boston candidates running for an open Senate seat. Read more
Apr. 11, 2013
Joseph Ureneck describes himself as a political activist first and a candidate second. The only Republican in the race to succeed Sen. Jack Hart in the state Senate, Ureneck wants to use his candidacy as a vehicle to promote his political views across the district.
A Chinese language translator and interpreter by trade, Ureneck has been active in the community for more than over 40 years. He lives in Fields Corner and has been involved with local civic groups like the Fields Corner Civic Association, Dorchester Food Co-op, and the Fields Corner Community Development Corporation. Read more
“Sometimes sunshine, sometimes showers
Bathe and nuture budding flowers
As April sings a song of spring
And dances of a bluebird’s wing.”
“A Song of Spring” by Nora Bozeman
Hubby and I are amazed at our flowering plants. There are more purple crocus but still very few yellow ones. There is one orange crocus that is positively gorgeous. There are quite a few daffodil leaves in the yard but only one daffodil flower. There were daffodils blooming last weekend outside the Bayside Office Center where our office is located. The building gets sun most of the day.
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Just days before the first pitch of the season, Savin Hill Little League has been dealt a tough blow by thieves who pillaged their equipment locker at McConnell Park. The weekend incident left the up-and-coming youth sports league without helmets, bats, bases and balls— a loss of "thousands of dollars," according to Mike Christopher, one of the volunteers who runs the league. Read more