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Bowdoin Geneva’s Gorman has his focus: RSA

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 25, 2014

Gene Gorman

Gene Gorman is focusing on three letters: RSA.

The new executive director of Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets operates on acronyms, something the one-time professor says used to drive his students nuts.

Gorman is anything but simply a former professor and his “RSA” acronym emphasizes that. The letters stand for Reporter, Salesperson, and Aide de camps, all reminders of the different roles he has to play as the head of the Main Streets organization.  Read more

POLITICAL ROUND-UP: Hard-to-reach Wyatt talks about his challenge to Sen. Chang-Diaz

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 25, 2014

The most elusive candidate in last year’s mayoral race is back on the ballot, this time vying for state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz’s seat in the 2nd Suffolk district. David James Wyatt collected enough signatures in the spring to make the Nov. 4 ballot, but since then, he has been tough to track down, with no publicized campaign appearances, no office, no events, no media presence save for a website with a short, outdated message on a single page.  Read more

‘Fiddlehead’ ups the pace at the Strand

“Ease on Down the Road” … “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” … “Written in the Stars” are just a few of the hit musical songs that will be echoing through the mirrored halls of the Strand over the next year as the Fiddlehead Theatre Company (FTC) presents three Broadway blockbusters as part of its upcoming second season as the Resident Theatre Company at the city-owned former movie palace.  Read more

Adams Village merchants honor Charbonnier, Cifrino

Adams Village Business Association Honorees: Det. Steve Charbonnier, left, and Tom CifrinoAdams Village Business Association Honorees: Det. Steve Charbonnier, left, and Tom CifrinoA Boston Police detective with deep roots in Dorchester and a businessman who is making a big investment in the neighborhood’s future are being recognized this week by the Adams Village Business Association. Detective Steve Charbonnier and Tom Cifrino, president of Supreme Realty Trust, were scheduled to receive their honors at the association’s June meeting, held on Wednesday evening at the Adams Street Library. Mary Kelly, the president of the association, said that the honorees are seen as leaders in Adams Village, each in his own way.

Charbonnier, who was a patrolman in Dorchester’s Area C-11 for much of his career prior to his promotion to detective in 2011, is valued as much for his philanthropy as he is for his service as a cop. In recent years, Charbonnier, 44, has been the key administrator of the memorial fund named for his brother, Mark S. Charbonnier, a Massachusetts state trooper who was killed in the line of duty on Route 3 in Kingston in 1994.  Read more

SJC ruling makes casino repeal eligible for Nov. ballot

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, Matt Murphy and Michael Norton, State House News Service
Jun. 24, 2014

Throwing the landscape for casinos in Massachusetts into chaos, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Tuesday that an initiative petition repealing the 2011 casino law is eligible for placement on the November ballot.  Read more

'Victorious' minimum wage ballot group shifts focus to earned sick time

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Jun. 23, 2014

Raise Up Massachusetts, a group that had gathered signatures to put a minimum wage increase on the November ballot, said Monday they are ending their campaign. The group will continue to push for a ballot question guaranteeing earned sick time for workers.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY June 19 - 29, 2014

Friday (20th) – St. Brendan’s Voyageur’s $10,000 Club Dinner is held at Florian Hall, starting with cocktails at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit St. Brendan parish and school. Tickets are $150 and only 200 are sold. Dinner tickets are available for $5o. For more information call Joanne Burzyk Sweeney at 617-436-2222.
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Back from the brink, Mattapan man helps the homeless

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 19, 2014

A Mattapan resident has been named Difference Maker of the Year by the New England Patriots. Larry Adams, 64, has been volunteering for the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) for 23 years. He initially got involved to help himself.

“I was homeless in the street, a drug addict and I got ready to take my life one time and this lady stopped me from doing it,” Adams told the Reporter. “Come to find out it was Barbara McIinnis of the BHCHP.”

This encounter turned out to be the best thing that happened to Adams. He began to see doctors and got a different view on life.  Read more

Playground in Southie to memorialize Michael Joyce

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 19, 2014

City and state leaders broke ground at the Michael Joyce Memorial Playground in South Boston’s Marine Park on Tuesday. 	Photo courtesy DCRCity and state leaders broke ground at the Michael Joyce Memorial Playground in South Boston’s Marine Park on Tuesday. Photo courtesy DCR

Moving to a new city is difficult enough. Moving overseas can be even harder.

But for the immigrants who came to Boston during the 1960s through the 1980s, getting accustomed to the new place was made much easier thanks to the late Michael Joyce, who had himself moved to Boston from Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland in 1949.  Read more

‘Freedom’ is the artist's charge in Town Field project

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 19, 2014

Town Field: A view from aboveTown Field: A view from aboveWith just a week for artists to put their hat in the ring for a $250,000 installation at Fields Corner, only out-of-town artists have submitted their qualifications.

“This is a great budget and a great opportunity,” said project manager Jean Mineo last Friday. “Maybe people are waiting until the last day.”

Mineo said between 30 and 40 applications have come forward from artists from around the country, but none from the Boston area.

The project will be a permanent installation at Fields Corner’s Doherty Gibson Park, better known as Town Field. It was initiated by Nam Pham, executive director of the Dorchester-based Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID).

It’s title will be “Freedom.”  Read more

POLITICAL ROUND-UP: Tolman gets his Greenhills on with Lynch and friends; Coakley drops by

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 18, 2014

Cindy and Dermot Quinn, owners of Greenhills Bakery, pose with Dorchester elected officials Michelle Wu, Stephen Lynch, Warren Tolman, Steven Tompkins, Daniel Cullinane, and Frank Baker outside the bakery early Monday afternoon. 	Photo by Lauren DezenskiCindy and Dermot Quinn, owners of Greenhills Bakery, pose with Dorchester elected officials Michelle Wu, Stephen Lynch, Warren Tolman, Steven Tompkins, Daniel Cullinane, and Frank Baker outside the bakery early Monday afternoon. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

Once last weekend’s State Democratic Convention wrapped up, things began to heat up both outside and in a number of races as the candidates shifted their focus to September’s primary election.

On Monday, Attorney General Martha Coakley visited Dorchester for the first time since before the Dorchester Day parade. Some in the neighborhood have not forgiven her for her absence from the annual march earlier this month that saw State Treasurer and fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman and GOP front-runner Charlie Baker parading along the route.  Read more

Civic group says no to Neponset Ave. center

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 18, 2014

The owners of a proposed adult daycare center at the corner of Neponset Avenue and Victory Road pledge to push on with their business plan after the Clam Point Civic Association unanimously voted to oppose the project at their June meeting.  Read more

Dot Ave. pub is World Cup Central: Banshee the ‘go-to’ place for US team supporters

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 18, 2014

Outlaws and scholars: The Banshee Bar on Dorchester Avenue has become home base for the Boston chapter of the American Outlaws, a club that supports the US soccer team now making a run at the World Cup. Above, the scene in the Banshee on Monday before the US took on Ghana in their first round match. Photo by Michael RattyOutlaws and scholars: The Banshee Bar on Dorchester Avenue has become home base for the Boston chapter of the American Outlaws, a club that supports the US soccer team now making a run at the World Cup. Above, the scene in the Banshee on Monday before the US took on Ghana in their first round match. Photo by Michael Ratty

Pandemnonium reigned inside The Banshee Pub on Dorchester Avenue on Sunday evening as the United States defeated Ghana, 2-1, in World Cup tournament play. Strangers hugged, women were hoisted onto shoulders, and splashes of beer sprayed the room.

A small contingent of Ghana supporters on site were offered heartfelt handshakes and conciliatory embraces as images of their vanquished countrymen flashed on the bar’s ten flatscreens.  Read more

Gas rehab project, a four-month job, begins this week in Adams Village

A slow-moving National Grid gas-replacement project will begin this week near Adams Corner and could take as long as four months to move along a key two-block stretch of Adams Street. The project has merchants and civic leaders on edge as they brace for likely interruptions in service and traffic flow through the summer months.  Read more

Man gets life for killing elderly neighbor

By 
Staff
Jun. 18, 2014

A Dorchester man will go to prison for life for murdering a 72 year-old woman in her Codman Hill Avenue apartment in 2012. Tu Nguyen, 31, admitted that he stabbed his neighbor Mary Miller on Feb. 21, 2012. Nguyen was arrested in his apartment upstairs later that morning after video footage showed him breaking into her unit.  Read more

TONIGHT: WGBH/PBS film Freedom Summer premieres at Strand Theatre

By 
Staff
Jun. 17, 2014

Admission is free, but reservations are required

The latest installment of WGBH/PBS’ The American Experience series — Freedom Summer— debuts with an exclusive screening at the Strand Theatre on Monday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. The hour-and-a-half long screening focuses on the Freedom Riders, Jonestown, and The Murder of Emmett Till— all extraordinary events in the Civil Rights experience from 1964.  Read more

Two Dorchester men charged as part of heroin ring whose wares killed at least one addict

Two men from Dorchester were among four indicted last week on federal charges of running a heroin ring out of a Hyde Park three decker.

According to a court filing, Osvaldo Ortiz-Ventara, 23, and Weslley Hernandez, 25, served as couriers for the ring. They allegedly delivered the fatal dose of heroin laced with fentanyl and an animal painkiller to an intermediary who sold it to a Braintree man whose girlfriend found him dead of an overdose in January.  Read more

Boston among four US contenders for 2024 Summer Olympics

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jun. 13, 2014

Boston is among four U.S. cities in the running for a potential 2024 Olympic Summer Games bid, the U.S. Olympics Committee reported Friday.  Read more

WEEKLY ROUNDUP – THE COAKLEY CONUNDRUM

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jun. 13, 2014

Recap and analysis of the week in state government

Thanks for playing “So You Want To Be Governor: Insiders Edition.”

Saturday’s contestants are Martha Coakley, the prosecutor; Steve Grossman, the treasurer; Don Berwick, the doctor and health bureaucrat; Juliette Kayyem, the national security expert; and Joe Avellone, the executive.  Read more

BNN-TV report: Bank of America Bails Out of Affordable Mortgage Program

By 
BNN-TV
Jun. 13, 2014

Bank Bails Out of Affordable Mortgage Program from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Thadine Brown and Cortina Vann of the Mass. Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA) talk about report on decision by Bank of America to opt out of an affordable mortgage program for first-time homebuyers in Massachusetts. Interview for BNN News with Chris Lovett. Aired June 10, 2014.

Related Reporter editorial: Shame on you, Bank of America

DOT BY THE DAY: Your guide to the week ahead

Sophia McDonough celebrated her 8th birthday in fine fashion on Monday. The Savin Hill resident, a first grader at the Henderson Inclusion School on Dorchester Avenue, served as “principal for the day.” Her first order of business: No uniforms and no homework! McDonough and her family also arranged for a pizza party for her classmates and a magic show. Photo by Vinnie McDonough

DOT BY THE DAY: June 12 - 20, 2014
A snapshot look at key upcoming events in and around the neighborhood for your weekly planner.

Check out the Reporter's full calendar of local events— or add your own listing here.

Red Alert – Train service on the Red Line will be replaced with buses this weekend between JFK-UMass and Broadway as signal and track repairs continue. Next weekend, June 21-22, buses are set to run between JFK-UMass and North Quincy, with no interruption to the Ashmont leg.

Saturday (14th) – Get your move on with the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition at their 7th annual Moving for Life fitness and health event. This year the group has teamed up with the Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., which will host the 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. gathering. The day features a two-mile walk through the nature sanctuary, aerobics and healthy cooking classes. Check out more details at mattapanfoodandfitness.org  Read more

Hunt bond bill amendment pushes for Tenean rehab

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 12, 2014

A tour group explored Port Norfolk on May 31 as part of an effort organized by the Boston Natural Areas Network and the Neponset Greenway Council. The group spent time on the Greenway, Tenean Beach, and the former site of the defunct Shaffer Paper Company, which will soon be remediated and turned into a natural waterfront park. Photo by Lee Toma

If state Rep. Dan Hunt has his way, some $250,000 will soon find its way to the rehabilitation of Tenean Beach, long seen as needing substantial re-engineering.  Read more

Officials, parents focus on safety in plan for pupils to take T to school

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 12, 2014

Come September, most seventh and eighth graders who attend Boston Public Schools (BPS) will swap a round-trip ride on a yellow city school bus for a student Charlie Card and a journey on the MBTA. The switch — approved this month by the School Committee— is not sitting well with some parents, according to news reports.

RELATED: BNN-TV reports on the BPS plan and the push-back  Read more

Proposals seen likely to reshape nightlife in Boston

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 12, 2014

It might soon be a lot easier to get a drink after midnight in Boston and get to where you want to go afterwards. Two major policy changes spurred by legislators, one already in effect and one pending, are likely to reshape how Bostonians travel in the wee hours and where they can get to.  Read more