Connie S. Wong has been appointed Deputy Commissioner for Labor Relations, Human Resources and Legal Affairs for the Boston Fire Department. Wong will serve as the chief legal advisor on all matters to the Fire Commissioner Joseph E. Finn.
“Connie brings a strong background in the fire service having previously worked with our various divisions at headquarters and in the field,” said Finn. “As Deputy Commissioner, Connie will be the highest ranking civilian working for the Boston Fire Department.” Read more
A racially charged argument between teenagers hanging out at Garvey Park ended violently last Saturday night when a 19 year old was slashed in the face with a knife. Boston Police detectives from Area C-11 are investigating the incident— which resulted in non-life threatening injuries to the victim— and charges are expected to be filed in the case, according to Boston Police spokesman Sgt. Michael McCarthy. Read more
Savin Hill residents briefed on $215k park project Improvements coming to pathways, entrances next spring
Sep. 11, 2014
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department hosted a second and final meeting last Thursday, Sept. 4 to summarize a project aimed at improving entrances, pathways, and public safety in Savin Hill Park. The $215,000 project, focused on passive areas of the park, is slated to begin next spring. Read more
Sep. 11, 2014
Residents of the Woolson St. neighborhood in Mattapan had much to celebrate last Saturday as they were joined by Mayor Martin Walsh and a large contingent of public officials for a ribbon-cutting for their new community garden. The project has been a collaboration between residents, the city’s Department of Neighborhood Development, the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, and Boston Natural Areas Network.
According to Mirlande Joseph, one of the neighbors who spearheaded the project, the garden is more than just soil and plants. Read more
Kelsie Norman is no stranger to the halls of TechBoston Academy, the grade 6-12 school that now occupies the old Dorchester High building on Peacevale Road. She graduated from TechBoston back in 2008 and has gone on to become a college graduate and a sheet metal worker.
But Norman’s formative years were here at TechBoston, where she found herself with the help of mentors like Keith Love and guidance counselor Jillian Smith. Read more
The $15 million, state-of-the-art Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center is officially open for business after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday at the long-vacant site of the departed Pearl Meats facility.
The 36,000-square-foot multi-use industrial food production facility will allow local food retailers of all sizes to prep their food with low overhead as they work to grow their businesses. Read more
Sep. 11, 2014
Recently, I have read in a number of financial publications that as many as two-thirds of Americans do not have good savings habits. Being a disciplined saver is an important way to make sure you’re financially secure and prepared for life’s critical moments. There are three basic questions to ask yourself when it comes to saving money: Where am I now? Where do I want to be? How do I get there?
Although there is no magic formula, there are some practical tips that can give you a jumpstart toward reaching your financial goals: Read more
“On any given day, it’s a constant symphony of screeching tires and honking horns,” said Dorchester resident Zac Salwasser in describing daily life outside his home at the intersection of Pleasant and Victoria streets. “You have drivers from side streets coming in blind.” Read more
Chris Cook had planned for a career as an actor. Instead, the West Roxbury resident is now running Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department – the vitally important city agency with a $35 million annual budget and more than 200 employees.
And, much like an actor would have, he won the job by nailing the audition. Read more
Coakley, Healey big winners in low-turnout vote: Rep. Cullinane, Tompkins, Arroyo score decisive wins
Sep. 10, 2014
Dorchester voters trickled to the polls in meager numbers in Tuesday’s primary, by and large selecting candidates who ultimately found success statewide. Locally, incumbent state Rep. Dan Cullinane scored a impressive win in a four-way race for the 12th Suffolk district, while Rep. Evandro Carvalho beat back a challenge from Althea Garrison in the 5th Suffolk and Sheriff Steve Tompkins defeated two challengers in decisive fashion
Turnout in the city of Boston barely breached 17 percent, with 63,386 votes cast of 380,202 total registered voters, according to the elections department’s unofficial returns. Locally, turnout fluctuated with bellwether polls in Neponset, Savin Hill, Lower Mills and Mattapan surpassing citywide participation. Read more
Sep. 9, 2014
State Rep. Dan Cullinane has been nominated for re-election in the 12th Suffolk district after defeating three opponents in one of the city's rare contested legislative seats. Cullinane, who won a special election last year to succeed now Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, will win today's contest decisively, with about 62 percent of the vote, according to his campaign. Read more
On July 17, a Boston Police detective entered Savin Hill Enterprise, the new wine-and-cheese shop at 1047 Dorchester Ave., and took careful note of how many shelves were used for wine and beer and how many for food items. He looked in the shop's coolers to compare the ratio of chilled alcoholic beverages to soda and water. Read more
Sep. 9, 2014
When it became clear on Monday afternoon that Madison Park Vocational High School students would spend their fourth day of the school year without schedules, 16-year-old Lower Mills resident Kellsi Pemberton decided to do something.
“We just want to go to school, go to our classes, and learn. That’s all we want and the school isn’t giving that to us, so we decided to organize,” Pemberton said. Read more
Sep. 8, 2014
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 8, 2014.....Secretary of State William Galvin on Monday said he expects around 550,000 Democratic ballots will be pulled during Tuesday's primary elections, with 165,000 to 170,000 voters participating in Republican primaries.
That works out to a turnout rate of 15 percent to 20 percent of 4.2 million registered Bay State voters for an election that features contested battles among Democrats for major offices such as governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and state treasurer.
"I hope I'm wrong," Galvin said during a press conference where he predicted many unenrolled or independent voters, who make up the majority of voters, are likely to sit out Tuesday's voting. "I hope it goes higher and higher. We're prepared for everyone to come out." Read more
Officers investigating the death of Patrick Marcelin's six-year-old son at 61 Devon St. on Thursday were unable to keep Marcelin from stabbing himself to death when they arrived at the apartment where he'd been staying on Saturday, the Boston Police Department reports.
According to police, the boy was in cardiac arrest when first responders arrived at his home around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, but that the exact cause of death remains under investigation. Then, police say: Read more
President and CEO Tony Paciulli is very clear about priorities at Meetinghouse Bank: “We emphasize personal attention” he tells his clients and staff. That philosophy is especially the case, it seems, when someone attempts to hold up his bank.
Last Thursday, shortly after 2 p.m., a lone note-passer demanded cash from a teller at the Lower Mills bank and then, with money in hand, fled on foot down Richmond Street. “I heard the teller scream and I came out of my office and saw him going out the door,” Paciulli told the Reporter. Intent on giving the matter his “personal attention,” the chief executive followed the man down Richmond Street, and caught up with him a block away at the corner of Butler Street.
“I tried to tackle him to the ground, but he was too big,” Paciulli said, describing the suspect as weighing more than 300 pounds. “We took a couple of shots at each other, but when I saw him reaching into his pants, I backed off, in case he had a knife or a gun.” Read more
Party primaries to choose finalists for the decisive November general election will be held next Tuesday, Sept. 9. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The statewide focus is on contested constitutional seats, including governor, treasurer and tight race for attorney general, while closer to home there is a four-way race for the 12th Suffolk state representative’s seat held by Rep. Dan Cullinane. Read more
Sep. 4, 2014
Two Dorchester organizations have been chosen to receive Preservation Achievement Awards by the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA). First Parish Church and the Dorchester Historical Society will accept the awards at a ceremony in October at Faneuil Hall.
Past recipients of the award include Fenway Park, Trinity Church, the Paramount Center, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Greg Galer, executive director of the BPA, said the goal of the awards is to recognize good quality preservation work as well as new construction that is in harmony with the area. Read more
Over the next year, an 18,000-square foot abandoned warehouse at 181 Bowdoin St. will be transformed into the first contract manufacturing brewery in the state – a $1.7 million project set to make waves, beginning in the Bowdoin Geneva neighborhood.
“There’s no other facility in Massachusetts, that we know of, that bottles, cans, and kegs to smaller craft brew company contractors,” said Dorchester Brewing Company (DBC) co-founder Travis Lee. “We’re looking to create an intimate, artistic craft setting for multiple craft brewing companies.” Read more
Thursday (4th) – The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services invite the public to the final meeting to discuss upcoming improvements to the passive areas of Savin Hill Park, 6:30 p.m., Cristo Rey High School, 100 Savin Hill Ave. For further information, call 617- 961-3019.
Saturday (6th) – Savin Hill Neighborhood Yard Sale from 9a.m.-3p.m. Raindate: Sept. 7. Free to participate and to attend. Contact for more information: email@example.com Read more
Sep. 4, 2014
A Dorchester charter school has a new name for the start of the new academic year: Smith Leadership Academy on Leonard Street— founded in 2003— is now known as the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy to honor the late community leader.
Davis, the longtime proprietor of the Davis Funeral Homes in Roxbury and Mattapan, passed away in 2008. She was a highly regarded role model and business leader who empowered area youth and donated countless hours to the Freedom House, the Harriet Tubman House and the United Way of Eastern Massachusetts. Read more
Sep. 4, 2014
Judge Carol C. Ball presided over three days of hearings in Suffolk Superior Court last week that were held to consider appellate attorney Rosemary Scapicchio’s charges that prosecutors withheld exculpatory information from defense lawyers for Sean K. Ellis, who, after two mistrials, was convicted in 1995 of the September 1993 murder of Boston Police Detective John Mulligan. Scapicchio is seeking a fourth trial for Ellis, who has consistently maintained his innocence. Assistant District Attorneys Paul Linn and Edmond Zabin argued for the Commonwealth. Read more
Before the Democratic Convention in June, Marty Walsh gave his support to Warren Tolman’s candidacy for attorney general, but on Tuesday afternoon the mayor made it proper at a well-attended rally in Grove Hall. “Everyone knew I was going to be with him, but I didn’t do an official endorsement,” Walsh said of his pre-convention speech in June. “Today’s an official endorsement.”
For Tolman supporters, the Walsh endorsement ideally will help carry their candidate over the finish line. The former state legislator took a couple of hits in the last week, with blowback from a remark he made at a debate in which he called a line of questioning by his opponent, Maura Healey, “unbecoming” and the Globe endorsing Healey. The most recent Globe poll put Tolman and Healey, a former assistant attorney general, in a dead heat with 40 percent of voters undecided. Read more
Sep. 3, 2014
Congressman Michael Capuano said he encourages President Barack Obama to seek congressional authorization for military action as the White House determines how to deal with the Islamic State, which has captured vast territory in Iraq and Syria.
"Every time you touch this whole region, you're actually touching 15 different things, all of which are dangerous, all of which are complicated and all of which are important," Capuano told reporters before an event Tuesday to mark the opening of a new MBTA station. Read more