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Galvin sees low turnout, raising stakes for GOTV efforts

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Michael Norton, State House News Service
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

Police say a father killed himself two days after his son died under mysterious circumstances

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

For Paciulli, his bank’s business is ‘personal’

Tony Paciulli: Pursuer of justiceTony Paciulli: Pursuer of justicePresident 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

What to look for in primary vote on Tuesday

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

This Old Barn: How historical society salvaged a neighborhood original

By 
Peggy Mullen, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 4, 2014

The Clapp Family Barn, owned by the Dorchester Historical Society, has been carefully restored in recent years, earning the DHS an award from the Boston Preservation Alliance. Photo by Peggy Mullen

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

Plans moving along for $1.7m brewery on Bowdoin Street

A rendering of the proposed brewery exterior by Rode Architects.

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

DOT BY THE DAY Sept. 4 – 13, 2014

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: savinhillproductions@yahoo.com  Read more

Charter School re-named in memory of Helen Y. Davis

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 4, 2014

Helen Y. Davis, left, with Jacqueline Kennedy in an undated photo.Helen Y. Davis, left, with Jacqueline Kennedy in an undated photo.

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

Ellis case update: Hearings on evidence dispute to be continued

By 
Elaine A. Murphy, Special to the Reporter
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

Ten years later, remembering Sgt. Daniel Londono

By 
Staff
Sep. 3, 2014

Ten years later, remembering Sgt. Daniel Londono:Ten years later, remembering Sgt. Daniel Londono:  Read more

With week to go, Walsh ‘throws everything behind’ Tolman

Flanked by more than 20 other elected officials and community leaders, Mayor Marty Walsh delivered his official endorsement of attorney general candidate Warren Tolman in Grove Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

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

Capuano wants president to seek approval for military action

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
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

Walsh makes it official, endorses Warren Tolman in AG race

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Sep. 2, 2014

Warren Tolman, one of the two Democrats running for attorney general, on Tuesday will highlight the official backing of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who helped Tolman to a narrow edge over rival Maura Healey at the Democratic Party convention in June.  Read more

On Labor Day, unions split among Dems running for governor

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Sep. 2, 2014

Union members appeared split Monday among the Democrats running for governor and other elected offices, as their chiefs sought to look past the Sept. 9 primary, while reveling in last year’s election of a card-carrying union member as mayor of Boston.

At the annual Labor Day breakfast, the three Democratic gubernatorial candidates – Attorney General Martha Coakley, Treasurer Steve Grossman and pediatrician Don Berwick – shook hands and chatted up union activists inside the ballroom inside the Park Plaza Hotel, which featured signs hanging from the second floor balconies touting Grossman and Coakley.  Read more

Man shot to death on Claybourne Street

The Boston Police Department reports a man was found shot outside 52 Claybourne St. around 9:20 p.m. on Sunday.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anybody with information can call homicide detectives at 617-343-4470 or contact the anonymous tip line at 800-494-TIPS or by texting the word TIP to CRIME (27463).

Carpenters union video shows 'reality of underground economy'

By 
Staff
Sep. 1, 2014

This video produced by the Dorchester-based New England Regional Council of Carpenters shows how construction jobs are sometimes "misclassified" to avoid paying employees a fair or timely wage.  Read more

Shots fired in Savin Hill T station

The Transit Police Department reports that around 5 p.m. on Sunday, a man walked into the Savin Hill Red Line station and began shooting at two other people.

All of his shots missed, police say. Both the intended targets and the shooter then fled.

Transit Police are now investigating whether a man arrested for illegal gun possession near the scene on Sunday afternoon is connected to the Savin Hill station incident.  Read more

Meetinghouse Bank robbed, suspect in custody

By 
Ed Forry
Aug. 28, 2014

The robbery suspect, shortly after being apprehended. Photo by Ed Forry

Boston Police arrested a suspect in a brazen early afternoon bank robbery in Dorchester Lower Mills today, and he was arrested with the help of a fleet-footed bank executive.

A lone robber demanded cash from a teller at Meetinghouse Bank shortly before 2 p.m. today, and when he fled on foot with cash in hand, he was pursued by bank president Tony Paciulli.

“I heard the teller scream and I came out of my office and saw him going out the door,” Paciulli said. He followed the man down Richmond Street, and caught up with him a block away at the corner of Butler Street.  Read more

Want to see how ‘green’ looks? A Dot couple says, ‘Come on by’

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 28, 2014

Cynthia Loesch and Ivan Liriano completed construction on the first LEED (Leadership on Energy and Environmental Design) home in Dorchester in 2011. “After all the rebates and tax breaks, and energy savings, this house costs less to build than what a three-family home is going for in Dorchester” said Loesch.

The couple plans to showcase the advantages of building with green in mind by inviting the public to come by for a look on Sept. 6.  Read more

She’s ready to hear from Vietnamese women in abusive situations

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 28, 2014

Tram T. Nguyen

“At last, a lawyer who speaks my language.”

For women experiencing domestic violence in Dorchester’s Vietnamese immigrant community, language can be the final barrier to getting help, but since Tram T. Nguyen, Esq. joined Greater Boston Legal Services as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, that barrier has been coming down.

When battered women are referred by Carney Hospital, or come to the weekly intake sessions at Viet-AID in Fields Corner, they find in Nguyen a lawyer who not only understands the Vietnamese language and culture, but who also understands their experience as immigrants.  Read more

Where ‘stand down’ means a ‘hand up’

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 28, 2014

More than 700 veterans took part in the annual Massachusetts “Stand Down” event  held last Friday at the IBEW Local 103 hall on Freeport Street.

The event is organized by the US Veterans Administration and Volunteers for America and focuses on assisting homeless veterans and those who are at risk of becoming homeless. 

Some 80 vendors were present at this years “Stand Down” where active duty National Guardsmen assembled the barracks style tents, assisted with security, and escorted veterans around the grounds.   Read more

Garrison hasn’t given up hopes for a return to the House

Althea Garrison is no quitter: The perennial candidate is back on the ballot for the 5th Suffolk state representative seat and feeling confident about her chances to return to the Legislature. “I know a lot of people probably figured I would have given up by now, but nope, nope, nope. I’m not a quitter.”

In an interview with the Reporter, Garrison said she has been working hard on the campaign trail in the lead-up to the Sept. 9 primary where she hopes to pull an upset win over incumbent Evandro Carvalho.  Read more

Students get head start BPHC summer programs

For many students, summer means relaxing and soaking up the sun, but 75 teens from across Boston have spent their summer learning about a variety of health careers, public health topics, and how to make positive changes in their communities through summer enrichment programs at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC).

The program runs over six weeks and students have spent each day engaged in a variety of training and academic preparation. From Monday through Thursday they attended classes and internships while Fridays involved field trips and community service projects.  Read more

Students get head start BPHC summer programs

By 
Jeannette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 28, 2014

For many students, summer means relaxing and soaking up the sun, but 75 teens from across Boston have spent their summer learning about a variety of health careers, public health topics, and how to make positive changes in their communities through summer enrichment programs at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC).

The program runs over six weeks and students have spent each day engaged in a variety of training and academic preparation. From Monday through Thursday they attended classes and internships while Fridays involved field trips and community service projects.  Read more

Murphy School surprise: new principal named

Karen Cahill: Not commentingKaren Cahill: Not commenting

Students and staff at Dorchester’s Richard J. Murphy school will begin the academic year next week with a new leader after principal Karen Cahill was put on paid administrative leave this summer by the Boston Public Schools. Courtney Sheppeck, a sixth-grade teacher at the Murphy since 2001, will replace her as interim principal, the department said.

The details surrounding Cahill’s departure from one of the school system’s schools are still unclear. “Because this involves a confidential personnel matter, we cannot comment on the particular circumstances in this case,” BPS spokesman Lee McGuire told the Reporter in an email. We are focused on ensuring a great start to the school year for students, families, and staff at the Murphy.”  Read more