It’s become a sort of secular holiday in these parts. On March 1, The Ice Creamsmith re-opens for business. And that means it’s spring again in Dorchester— the snowbanks, the groundhog and the Farmer’s Almanac be damned.
For 37 years now, neighborhood folks and their neighbors across the Neponset have synchronized their hot fudge fantasies and chocolate chip cravings to the sounds of David and Robyn Mabel’s blenders on this southernmost corner of Dot Ave. Read more
Feb. 20, 2014
Officials from the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) detailed the agency’s $4.25 million remediation and reuse plan for the Shaffer Paper site on Tuesday night during a Port Norfolk Civic Association meeting.
The waterfront site has been in state control for decades and neighbors have long pressed state officials to use it as a public park. But the 14 acre parcel is loaded with contaminants from its previous use as an industrial site— a problem that has driven up costs and delayed the project for years.
Last year, Governor Deval Patrick’s administration committed to move ahead on both the clean-up and the park’s construction. Read more
“Fifteen percent. Fifteen percent. Fifteen percent.”
Juliette Kayyem, one of five Democrats running for governor, is sitting in McKenna’s on Savin Hill waiting for the BLT she had ordered and talking strategy.
In less than four months, Democratic delegates will gather in Worcester, and if she clears a 15 percent threshold, Kayyem will make it onto the Sept. 9 primary ballot. “That is all that we’ve been focused on,” she says. “It is not about name recognition. It is about getting out to communities, to the Democratic town councils, to the activists.” Read more
City Councillors are expected to turn up the heat on proposals for medical marijuana dispensaries in Boston next month. A hearing is scheduled for March 4 at City Hall.
State public health officials have given the initial sign-off to dispensaries at 70 Southampton St., operated by Green Heart Holistic Health & Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and at 364 Boylston St., operated by Good Chemistry of Massachusetts. Read more
Feb. 19, 2014
At the end of his sixth week as mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh bent down and tinkered with the tall clock that had come with his new office in City Hall. It didn’t appear to be working. Someone had come in, looked at it, and said he would be back in five minutes to fix it.
“That was five weeks ago,” Walsh joked.
The office, with its high ceiling and clear view of historic Faneuil Hall, contains a mix of new and old – items that Walsh has brought from his State House workspace and things that Mayor Thomas Menino had left behind, like an Abraham Lincoln bust in the bookcase. Where once hung a portrait of Harry Truman, one of Menino’s political idols, now hangs a framed photograph of a workman’s hand gripping a piece of rebar, which Walsh had in his office when he was head of the building trades. Read more
Feb. 19, 2014
The Ward 5 Democratic Committee voted on Tuesday to formally reprimand At-Large City Councillor Michelle Wu for her controversial vote for South Boston Councillor Bill Linehan as Council president. After a heated debate and a defense from Wu, the left-leaning Democratic Committee’s members voted 18 to 11 to send Wu a letter voicing their disappointment and disapproval. Read more
Feb. 19, 2014
Mayor Marty Walsh stopped by a meeting of the Ward 5 Democratic Committee on Tuesday night to update the active and outspoken group on his priorities and the first few weeks of his administration. Read more
Feb. 19, 2014
Court: Police must get warrant for detailed phone location data
A divided Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that warrants are required in cases where law enforcement seek two weeks or more of cell site location information, or CSLI, from a suspect’s phone.
The ruling stems from a Dorchester murder case in which State Police troopers investigating the death of 26 year-old Julaine Jules, whose body was recovered from the Charles River in September 2004, obtained the cell phone records for Shabazz Augustine, who had been her boyfriend.
The murder is alleged to have happened at Augustine’s former apartment on Sydney Street. Augustine, now 36, was arrested and charged in the crime in June 2011.
The decision was hailed as a victory by Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, who said the earlier order would have kept a jury from hearing key evidence in Augustine's trial. Read more
The Boston Police Department report drug officers raided a house at 11 Treadway Rd. on Friday and recovered a large assortment of illegal items:
"Upon executing the search warrant at 11 Treadway Road, detectives encountered two more suspects and recovered a loaded .22 caliber rifle, 5 pounds of marijuana, 627 Grams of MDMA (Molly) 2 bottles of Testosterone (steroid) 3 machetes, 2 bullet proof vests, white zip ties, blue latex gloves and 2 blue wool hats transformed into masks with an area cut out for the eyes." Read more
Ledge, the Lower Mills restaurant that was sold last year, shut its doors for the final time on Sunday afternoon. The eatery will undergo modest renovations over the next month as the new owners – led by veteran restaurant manager Eleanor Arpino – take charge and train new staff.
In an interview this week, Arpino told the Reporter that the new business – called ester, a play on the neighborhood’s name – should be open by April 1. On Tuesday, staff were already at work cleaning out the Ledge’s bar and kitchen areas under the supervision of Arpino and ester’s future manager, Luther Pickney. Their team plans to re-paint the interior and replace the kitchen floor. There are no other major structural changes planned, but there minor adjustments will be made to improve the flow of kitchen operations, Arpino said. Read more
Dates set on vote for Henriquez seat in House: April 1 primary; candidate from Fields Corner steps up
Just days after ejecting former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, House lawmakers quickly set dates for the elections process to replace the Dorchester Democrat. The special election will take place on April 29, although the Democratic make-up of the district will put the spotlight on the determinative April 1 primary. Read more
Feb. 13, 2014
While she waits hopefully for an appointment to the Boston Police Academy, Dorchester’s Michelle Egan is keeping busy sparring and competing in the boxing ring. Last Tuesday, the 28-year-old Granville Street resident won her bout in the 125-pound weight class in the Central New England finals of the annual Golden Gloves amateur competition. She will follow that up with a match next Tuesday night in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium against the top competitor in the 119-pound ranks.
A lifelong resident of Dorchester resident, Egan is a graduate of the St. Brendan School, where she played on the CYO softball team, Archbishop Williams High in Braintree, and Curry College in Milton. She works as the population manager for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. Read more
The five Democrats on the ballot for the 13th Suffolk House seat pitched their candidacies on Tuesday night at a mini-forum held during a Cedar Grove Civic Association meeting in the basement of St. Brendan’s Church. The contenders also fielded questions on upping the minimum wage from the current state minimum of $8 an hour and on whether or not they plan to consider the job of Dorchester state representative a full-time position. Read more
Feb. 13, 2014
Milton Jones is looking for a few good men.
As he has done many times since first volunteering at the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute six years ago, Jones is reaching out to other men who are survivors of homicide, inviting them to get together in a casual setting.
Jones does not envision a formal support group where men sit and discuss their feelings. Instead, he hopes to share a meal with one or two men, talk sports, and be open to anything else that comes up.
“Grief exposes men to a lot of risks,” said Jones, who lost his stepson to gun violence in 1993. That was more than 20 years ago, but time has only deepened his concern for men dealing with that kind of loss. Read more
Activists and teens in the Bowdoin Geneva section of Dorchester are planning a Feb. 16 party to celebrate life in their neighborhood. The Sunday evening gathering at First Parish Church will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Bowdoin Geneva Residents Association, a new group, is behind the party, along with teen activists from the CVC Unido Teen Leadership program. Party coordinators include civic activists Ed Cook, Jen Johnson, and Judy Meredith. Read more
Mixed reaction to Walsh’s call for a gun buyback; Mayor’s move follows shooting death of nine-year-old boy
Feb. 13, 2014
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has called for the return of a city-organized gun buyback program following last Friday’s shooting death of a nine-year-old boy. The victim’s 14-year-old brother, who is alleged to have shot him in their Morton Street apartment while “handling the firearm recklessly,” has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and illegal gun possession. The names of both the boy and his teenage brother have been withheld by authorities.
Walsh, who held a press conference outside the murder scene last Friday, said the buyback idea was being discussed by police officials and clergy prior to the boy’s violent death, which marked the tenth homicide so far this year in the city. Boston last conducted a buyback program in 2006. Read more
Feb. 12, 2014
A proposal to put an auto parts store in a chronically vacant space on the corner of Granite Avenue and Gallivan Boulevard received a lukewarm response Tuesday night at a meeting of the Cedar Grove Civic Association. Representatives from O’Reilly Auto Parts laid out plans to take over the space that once housed a Hollywood Video store. Read more
Feb. 12, 2014
The Dorchester Reporter has won the first place award in the category of “spot news” reporting for the calendar year 2013 in a competition sponsored by the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA). The citation was announced on Saturday night at NENPA’s annual Better Newspaper Competition gala at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. The newspaper was also recognized for its coverage of last year’s state Senate special election. Read more
Feb. 12, 2014
Activists and teens in the Bowdoin Geneva section of Dorchester are planning a Feb. 16 party to celebrate life in their neighborhood. The Sunday evening gathering at First Parish Church will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Read more
Feb. 11, 2014
“So, I can be a curator even though I’m only 14?” exclaimed the high school student.
Yesterday evening, more than 100 guests flocked to the second floor gallery of the Massachusetts Archives on Columbia Point for the opening reception of “A Story We Share: Massachusetts Artists Celebrating Black History and Culture.” While an exhibit by black artists during February is rarely front page news, what is remarkable is that this show has been curated by three Boston Arts Academy (BAA) high school students, all of whom happen to be Dorchester or Mattapan residents. Read more
Feb. 11, 2014
The FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force is seekingv the public’s help to identify a “serial” bank robber who has hit four Boston-area banks in the last six weeks. The unknown robber is said to be armed and dangerous. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for tip’s leading to the suspect’s capture. Read more
Feb. 10, 2014
The House took action Monday aimed at scheduled an April 29 special election, with an April 1 primary, to fill the seat vacated last week when members expelled former Rep. Carlos Henriquez in light of his conviction on assault and battery charges.
Nomination papers are now available. The deadline to turn in the required 150 valid signatures is Feb. 24. Read more
Former mayoral candidate John Barros began his new job this week: chief of economic development under Mayor Marty Walsh. Standing with his wife Tchintcia, Barros was introduced at the South End headquarters of Future Chefs, a nonprofit focused on urban youth.
His name had been floated for jobs in the private sector, the office of lieutenant governor, and as a candidate for the Fifth Suffolk seat left vacant after the ouster of former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez. But, Barros said on Monday, “My true passion has been my work with the city.” Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports a man was pumping gas at the Citgo station at 741 Morrissey Blvd. around 8:15 Sunday morning when the driver of a car behind him failed to stop: Read more