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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

Norwell St. rallyers decry evictions, lack of affordable housing

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 12, 2014

Demonstrators gathered in front of 193 Norwell St. on Tuesday demand more affordable rent following the removal of a family who occupied the vacant property over the weekend. Photo by Dave Eisenstadter

Displaced Dorchester resident Paul Adamson was not allowed to occupy a vacant home, so Adamson and about 50-60 others occupied the street instead.

Right to the City Boston organized the demonstration on Tuesday in front of 193 Norwell St., where Adamson and others told their stories of being pushed out due to increased rent.

The building where Adamson and his wife Renee had been renting was purchased and the rent was increased, forcing the Adamsons to relocate, he told the crowd through a megaphone.  Read more

POLITICAL ROUND-UP: ‘Retail politics’ in action ahead of Saturday’s Dem convention vote

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 12, 2014

Sheriff Steven F. Tompkins, right, snared two more high-profile endorsements this week from City Councillor Frank Baker, left, and State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry.Sheriff Steven F. Tompkins, right, snared two more high-profile endorsements this week from City Councillor Frank Baker, left, and State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry.

Democratic party activists will be flocking to Worcester this weekend for the State Democratic Convention where delegates will determine who makes it onto September’s primary ballot. Ahead of the voting, opinion was mixed as to which gubernatorial front-runner, Attorney General Martha Coakley or State Treasurer Steve Grossman, would receive the party’s blessing. For many delegates, the bigger question is who will be denied a place on the ballot.  Read more

Report cites improvements at Dot’s beaches, adds that much needs to be done at Tenean

A lone sunbather lounged on Tenean Beach last month. Photo by Lee Toma

The Metropolitan Beaches Commission has released “Waves of Change,” its report on the Boston Harbor region’s 15 public beaches in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull that are owned by the Commonwealth and managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Nearly 1,000 people took part in the commission’s hearings and helped to shape the findings and recommendations contained in the report.  Read more

Cedar Grove civic gets update on plans for Gallivan Blvd. building

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 12, 2014

Renovation work continued at 540 Gallivan Boulevard this week. Photo by John Forry

An Adams Corner building that will soon house a new Boston Sports Club will also have a renovated, expanded, and “state of the art” liquor store with two floors, and no turnstiles.  Read more

Now on loan at your library branch: Books, DVDs and… seeds

By 
Mallory Smith, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 12, 2014

Your local library branch is your go-to place for books, DVDs, and, now— in some Boston’s neighborhoods— seeds for the garden.

A trend that has made its mark across the country has hit Boston this summer as BPL branches in Mattapan East Boston and Grove Hall now allow users to borrow “a diverse array of seeds, get trained on basic gardening skills, and learn how to dry out and return seeds,” all donated by Boston Natural Areas Network. The seed-share sites, also known as seed libraries, allow participants to “take-out” up to five packets of seeds. They are then asked to return new seeds after they have produced a healthy, thriving, plant.  Read more

Florian Hall fundraiser raises funds, profile for St. Mary’s Center

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 12, 2014

Florian Time for St. Mary's: Elected officials joined with organizers for a photo. John Gilloolly/PEI.Florian Time for St. Mary's: Elected officials joined with organizers for a photo. John Gilloolly/PEI.

A large crowd gathered at Florian Hall last Thursday, June 5 for the Neighbors Supporting Neighbors fundraiser held to aide St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, located on Jones Hill in Dorchester.  Read more

SHUT OUT IN SOUTH BAY: Asian supermarket sealed off from customer traffic by mall owners in contract dispute

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 10, 2014

The Kam Man supermarket on Allstate Road has been sealed off from customers and deliveries by the owners of the nearby South Bay Center, the result of a dispute between the two parties over a lease agreement. Photo by Bill Forry

Large concrete barriers and a fence blocking access to the Kam Man Farmers Market from Allstate Road into South Bay Center are the most obvious pieces of evidence in what has become a pitched legal battle between the supermarket and the owners of the shopping center next door. The standoff, which has effectively shuttered the popular Asian-American market, has spilled into the city’s courtrooms and civic meeting halls – with each side lobbing allegations about contractual obligations and ulterior motives at the other.  Read more

Proposed K-8 charter school plan to be reviewed tonight in Mattapan

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 10, 2014

A proposed four-story charter school building would be built between Blue Hill Avenue and Babson Street. Image courtesy KIPP

Representatives from a charter school that hopes to build a new campus on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan will detail their plans for the project at a community meeting organized by the Boston Redevelopment Authority this evening.  Read more

Man with lengthy record faces new gun charges after Devon Street car crash

A Dorchester man was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail on several gun charges following a crash Sunday night in which the car he was a passenger hit three parked cars, according to the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.  Read more

DeLeo gun bill advances after close committee vote

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Jun. 9, 2014

House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s new proposal to reduce gun violence has barely emerged with a favorable report from a legislative committee, foreshadowing a potentially turbulent reception in the full House and Senate.  Read more

Another poll gives Coakley the edge, but Grossman sees "passion gap"

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jun. 9, 2014

Attorney General Martha Coakley continues to hold a commanding lead over her four rivals for the Democratic nomination for governor, according to a new Suffolk University poll that also shows voter opinion shifting dramatically against the state’s nascent casino industry.

As the Democrats running to succeed Gov. Deval Patrick enter a critical week of campaigning ahead of the Democratic Party Convention in Worcester this weekend, Coakley leads her nearest rival, Treasurer Steve Grossman, by 32 points with a 44 percent to 12 percent advantage.  Read more

Brother of anti-violence activist dead after shots fired, motorcycle crashed

The Boston Police Department reports a man was found dead around 8:45 p.m. on Friday outside 5 Taft St.

The man, identified as Michael DePina, brother of Joao DePina, who has organized vigils for local murder victims, was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police recovered a gun near DePina's body and motorcycle and a second gun near the Pleasant Street end of the street.

DEA targeting doctors linked to Medical Marijuana groups

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jun. 6, 2014

While the Obama administration has sent some signals to states that it won’t interfere with the implementation of medical marijuana laws, the Drug Enforcement Administration in recent weeks has visited doctors who hold administrative positions with companies seeking dispensary licenses in Massachusetts and told them to resign or risk losing their registration to prescribe controlled medications.  Read more

BNN-TV report: Transportation Plan for BPS 7th and 8th Graders Explained, Critiqued

By 
BNN-TV Neighborhood Network News
Jun. 6, 2014

Kimberly Rice, Chief Operating Officer for the Boston Public Schools, explained a plan to have more 7th and 8th graders switch from yellow school buses to riding the MBTA. This interview with Chris Lovett for Neighborhood Network News aired on June 4, 2014. For information on the plan: bostonpublicschools.org/safetransitplan. To participate in planning process: communityplanit.org/bpsdot.

BPS Transportation Plan for 7th and 8th Graders Explained from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.  Read more

MBTA cleaning service cuts protested at State House

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Jun. 5, 2014

Lawmakers and union officials on Thursday voiced concerns about the MBTA’s plans to cut nearly 30 percent of its janitorial workforce.  Read more

Councillor Pressley weds longtime beau Conan Harris

By 
Staff
Jun. 5, 2014

The bride and groom: Ayanna Pressley and Conan Harris

Congratulations to City Councillor Ayanna Pressley, who married Conan Harris on Sunday, May 25 in a ceremony at the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill. The Dorchester bride and her new husband, a Dorchester native, honeymooned in Martha’s Vineyard. The guest list at the wedding included many of the councillor’s colleagues in government.

Trinity seeks to buy Ashmont Tire, erect mixed-use building

Trinity Financial, Inc. intends to buy Ashmont Tire, shown at left, located across Dorchester Avenue from the Carruth Building, which Trinity built and owns. Photo by Bill Forry

Tire business will remain open as proposed development is planned

Trinity Financial, Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase Ashmont Tire for an undisclosed price and intends to build a six-story residential building with ground-floor retail space, a development that would mirror the successful Carruth building across the street.  Read more

‘Marty’ marches for the home folks

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 5, 2014

For Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Dorchester Day 2014 was a homecoming of sorts. For many who voted last fall for the candidate who grew up just off Dot Ave., Sunday’s parade was their first chance to see, and, for some, to hug their neighbor the mayor as he marched along the 3.2 miles between Lower Mills and Columbia Road. Shouts of “Hey, Marty!” filled the air at nearly every block.  Read more

Walsh push to amend residency rule draws flak from home base

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 5, 2014

To Eileen Boyle, the mayor is opening a can of worms.

The Savin Hill activist with “Save Our City,” a group that wants all municipal workers to be required to live within city limits, took exception on Monday night to Martin J. Walsh’s proposal to lift the residency rule for certain high-level city positions.  Read more