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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

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

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

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

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.

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

‘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

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

UMass Boston-led team studies Savin Hill Cove

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 5, 2014

Savin Hill’s Mary Talalas, left, and Dr. Anamarija Frankic of UMass-Boston’s Green Harbors Project planted new cord grass on an artificial, non-tox island in Savin Hill Cove last Saturday. Shown at right: Graduate student Deniz Bertuna. Photo by Nancy Talalas

A team led by a UMass Boston professor is expanding its work to restore and study conditions in Savin Hill Cove this season. The salt marsh, a part of Dorchester Bay that is bisected by Morrissey Boulevard, has some of the poorest water quality in the city, but is an ideal place to study and test new approaches to protecting the fragile coastline environment.  Read more

POLITICAL ROUND-UP: Rep. Cullinane is my guy in primary race, says Walsh

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 5, 2014

Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins marched in the Dorchester Day Parade. Tompkins scored a big endorsement from the corrections officers union Local 419 this week.

Martin J. Walsh has bestowed his very first endorsement as mayor on one of his own: State Rep. Daniel Cullinane of Dorchester. “In less than a year in office, Dan has already established himself as one of the hardest working state representatives in Massachusetts,” Walsh said last week in speaking to a group of over 300 supporters at Ester Restaurant in Lower Mills. “He gives the job everything he has to offer, but more importantly, Dan has delivered for the people of his district.”  Read more

Caribbean immigrant non-profit eyes development of Mattapan’s Cote Ford site

By 
David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 5, 2014

The Cote Ford building on Cummins Highway.

A fledgling immigrant service group hopes to become the developers of the long vacant Cote Ford site on Cummins Highway in Mattapan, building a multi-million dollar center to serve Boston’s growing Caribbean population.  Read more

Walsh to Dot Board of Trade: ‘Growth’ means opportunities

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 5, 2014

Over the next decade, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury will be the ripest places in the city for growth. That was the message from Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who told the Dorchester Board of Trade last Thursday that it will be up to the business community to embrace changes in their neighborhoods. And growth, he said, will offer opportunities and economic development.

“Issues around housing and development will come up,” he said, “and “we’ll make sure to take care of that.”  Read more

DeLeo gun bill could do more, activists insist

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 4, 2014

Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral spoke to supporters of increased gun control laws at a press conference on Tuesday at the State House. Photo courtesy SHNS

Community activists say that Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s newly unveiled gun-violence prevention bill is a good-faith effort, but, they say, there is more it could do to address the realities of armed violence in neighborhoods across the state.  Read more

Team MR8 marches in Dot Day Parade

Bill and Denise Richard marched in Sunday's Parade with their daughter Jane and son Henry. They were joined by about 20 supporters of the MR8 Foundation. (Photo courtesy Judy Tuttle).

Honoring Martin: No. 8 is retired in Savin Hill

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 4, 2014

Jane Richard threw out the first pitch during a ceremony at Savin Hill's McConnell Park on Saturday. Her brother Henry, center, and dad Bill also threw out balls. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

In a rare move for a little league team, but deemed highly appropriate considering the circumstances, Savin Hill Little League retired the number 8 jersey in honor of former Savin Hill Little League player Martin Richard last Saturday.

The Richard family was presented with a framed numbered jersey before Martin’s siblings — Jane, and Henry— and his father, Bill, threw out the ceremonial first pitches at Savin Hill Little League’s inaugural Community Day block party at McConnell Playground. The event was preceded by a parade of little leaguers from the Little House to the playing fields.  Read more