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Dot 2 Dot Cafe gets liquor-license boost from Pressley, Mel King

The Boston Licensing Board could decide Thursday whether to grant a full liquor license to Dot 2 Dot Cafe, a Dorchester Avenue restaurant that doubles as a meeting space for local residents and organizations, and which is the place City Councilor Ayanna Pressley says she had in mind when she led a successful effort to gain more liquor licenses for the city's outer neighborhoods.  Read more

Team MR8 seeks runners for 2015 Boston Marathon

By 
Staff
Oct. 15, 2014

Team MR8Team MR8The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, an organization created to honor the memory of the eight year old Dorchester boy killed during the 2013 bombings near the finish of the Boston Marathon, is now accepting applications from charity runners who would like to join Team MR8 in next year's Boston Marathon.  Read more

WIC benefits switch to debit card system this month

By 
Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Oct. 14, 2014

Poor women in Massachusetts who rely on federal assistance to buy milk, cereal and other specified food items for themselves and their children will no longer have to worry that everyone around them in the grocery store checkout line knows they receive aid.

Massachusetts this month began to switch from paper checks to debit-like cards for the federal nutritional assistance program that helps more than 125,000 women, infants and children in the state.  Read more

DA: Dorchester boy likely murdered by father, who killed himself

By 
Staff
Oct. 14, 2014

Destin Marcelin, 6, died in a Dorchester apartment last month when his father, Patrick Marcelin, smothered or strangled him - or maybe both, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report.

Marcelin then slashed his wrists, then plunged a knife into his chest after opening the door of a Mattapan apartment to police after they had tracked him down two days later.  Read more

Officials: Risk of Ebola spreading in Mass is low

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Oct. 14, 2014

Mayor Martin Walsh, flanked by Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, spoke at a Tuesday morning press conference at Logan Airport. Photo by Isabel Leon/Mayor's office

Gov. Deval Patrick emphasized the relative safety of getting close to Ebola-infected patients, while state and local officials maintained the state is well equipped to handle cases of the virus that has spread death and devastation through three countries in West Africa.

"If I had Ebola, the commissioner standing right here would be at minimum risk of catching it, if any, if any," Gov. Deval Patrick said, standing next to Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett at a Logan International Airport press conference Tuesday morning. "This is hard to catch. She would have to touch my blood or other bodily fluids . . . and don't."  Read more

In book interview, Menino weighs in on Walsh's performance

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Oct. 13, 2014

With his patience gone, Mayor Thomas Menino let Gov. William Weld have it.

It was the 1990s and Menino wanted a convention center in South Boston. Weld, along with New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, wanted a stadium, and the governor had been publicly "needling" Menino that the Patriots would leave the state if the mayor didn't change his mind.  Read more

Mattapan native charged with murder in New York City

Hughes
Hughes

The Boston Police Department reports arresting a woman who was wanted for a Sept. 21 murder in Brooklyn.

The department's fugitive squad found and arrested Chivona Hughes, 32, in her old neighborhood, along Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan, police say.

Police in New York had been searching for Hughes for a Sept. 21 murder in which the victim was stabbed 75 times in the chest and head.  Read more

State transportation chief Richard Davey stepping down

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Oct. 10, 2014

Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, the longest serving of the governor's the four transportation chiefs, plans to resign at the end of October, leaving the administration two months before the end of Gov. Deval Patrick's tenure.

Davey informed the governor of his decision late last month, and plans to depart on Nov. 1, becoming the second Cabinet official to leave the administration since Patrick asked his top lieutenants to commit in early 2013 to another two years to see the administration through to the end.

"It's time," Davey told the News Service. "I'm going to take some time to travel a little bit with my wife and start to think about what's next for my career. But we have a window to travel now, and I know the governor understands."  Read more

Kennedy Institute set for March 2015 opening

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

Full-scale representations of the U.S. Senate chamber and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's Capitol Hill office will open to the public on March 31, 2015, the Edward Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate announced Wednesday. A gala celebration is set for March 29 and a formal dedication ceremony for the 68,000 square-foot building will take place on March 30.  Read more

Yancey says it again: Mattapan deserves a ‘first-class’ high school

Councillor Charles Yancey

City Councillor Charles Yancey renewed his push for a high school in Mattapan at a well-attended hearing Tuesday night in the room in the Mattapan branch of the Boston Public Library named after his mother.

“I know I sound like a broken record even to my constituents, but our children deserve and need this school,” Yancey told an audience that had dwindled from 75 attendees to about 40 people by the end of the three-hour hearing. “Our first-class students deserve a first-class school.”

The hearing was the latest step in Yancey’s quest to build the city’s first new public high school in 35 years, and Mattapan’s first ever. The 14-term councillor was careful to note that while the school would be located in Mattapan, it would serve the entire city of Boston.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY October 9 – 15, 2014

Thursday (9th) – UMass Boston Film Series offers free 7 p.m. screening of the HBO film “Love Child” No tickets required. Campus Center, third floor, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester. Q&A follows with director Valerie Veatch “Love Child” follows the first tried case of Internet addiction centered in the Republic of Korea.  Read more

‘It’s a girl’! for Jana and Beau at the Franklin Park Zoo

It’s a girl! Dorchester’s newest resident is a female giraffe calf born last Thursday morning inside a barn at Franklin Park Zoo. After a labor and delivery that lasted about an hour, Jana the giraffe gave birth to a calf that was standing an hour later. The baby giraffe, who has not yet been named, weighs 160 pounds and stands six feet tall. Since 2006, Jana and her mate Beau have had five successful births including the new calf. The pair are also grandparents as well, with offspring at zoos in the eastern United States.  Read more

Halloween time in the ‘hood: hayrides, pumpkins, and piñatas

The annual Great Pumpkin Float on the Neponset River is set for Halloween eve, Oct. 30.

Hayrides through the cemetery, costume contests and even a candlelit pumpkin float on the Neponset River. Dorchester does not play when it comes to Halloween.

• The Harvest Festival hosted by Cedar Grove Gardens has become a favorite for families. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 26, and includes a scarecrow contest and candy-stuffed piñatas that kids love. The festival also features free hayrides through Cedar Grove Cemetery, which will be glowing with fall colors later this month. Bring the kids in their costumes. The popular garden store is located at 911 Adams St.  Read more

Smith talks about sheriff bid; an Obama touts Coakley

Hassan A. Smith, an independent candidate, hopes the third time’s the charm in his bid for sheriff of Suffolk County, a job for which he says he has a special understanding. “We are suffering. The penal department is not doing what it’s supposed to be doing,” Smith told the Reporter. “We need to change the system so the department is set up for the people and by the people.”  Read more

Historic Boston Inc. ready to save landmark Mattapan farm

The Fowler-Clark farm has been boarded up in recent years to prevent further damage from squatters. The farmhouse dates to the 18th century. Reporter file photo

A historic but endangered Mattapan landmark could soon have a new owner that would ensure that it remains viable for decades to come. Historic Boston Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase the Fowler-Clark farmhouse on Norfolk Street. The transaction will not be executed until next March, giving the non-profit preservation group time to raise funds and create a definitive plan for re-using the property’s old structures for housing.

The farmhouse, which was built at the turn of the 18th century, is one of the city’s last tangible links to a now-distant agrarian past. Designated as historic landmarks in 2006, the house and an adjacent barn have since been boarded up by city inspectors worried that squatters would destroy the buildings through vandalism or fire.  Read more

‘Don’t Dump on Us’ task force wants neighbors’ help in fight over trash transfer facility in South Boston

Members of the “Don’t Dump on Us” task force have asked the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association to support their fight against the siting of a trash transfer facility in South Boston. “We need as many voices as we can to fight this. We want to make sure this doesn’t sneak up on us before it’s too late,” Marion Kaiser told the association at its monthly meeting on Monday night.  Read more

Neponset Greenway update: Phase 2 construction set to begin

A rendering shows what a connection of the Neponset Greenway near the gas tank on Dorchester Bay would look like.

Construction on the second of three phases of the Neponset River Greenway will soon get under way as the project to connect Readville’s Martini Shell to South Boston’s Castle Island continues on schedule and on budget, according to Jack Murray, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation.

“This has been a real priority of the governor’s,” Murray told the Reporter. “He’s directed us to get this project in the ground before the end of his term and we’re working hard to make it happen.”  Read more

St. Ambrose parish celebrates centennial with Mass, lunch

By 
Patrick E. O’Connor, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 9, 2014

St. Ambrose parish in Fields Corner marked its centennial on Sunday with a Mass and luncheon. . 	Bill Brett photoSt. Ambrose parish in Fields Corner marked its centennial on Sunday with a Mass and luncheon. . Bill Brett photo

Past and present parishioners of St. Ambrose Church came together for a special Mass on the occasion of the centennial of the parish this past Sunday morning. With Bishop Robert F. Hennessey returning from the Merrimac region to serve as principal celebrant, the Mass began with a colorful procession of Vietnamese children and Fr. Finn, pastor, welcoming the bishop back to a parish he frequently visited during his time as auxiliary bishop in Boston.

A multi cultural parish today, the liturgy of the word was proclaimed in Spanish, Vietnamese and English. In his homily, Bishop Hennessey commented on the life and times of the patron saint of the parish and reviewed the history of the parish, founded in December, 1914 to meet the needs of a growing Catholic congregation in Fields Corner. Founding pastor, Rev. John P. Harrigan broke ground for a lower church in March, 1915. In Nov, 1924, the upper church was dedicated by Cardinal O’Connell, giving Dorchester an imposing church reminiscent of Notre Dame with twin towers in the front. A new rectory followed in 1928 and a grammar school, staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1936.  Read more

Former Neponset funeral home director charged with flurry of crimes

By 
Staff
Oct. 8, 2014

Joseph V. O'Donnell. Photo courtesy Suffolk County DA's Office

A former Neponset funeral home director has been named in a "sweeping, 278-count indictment" charging him with illegally storing dead bodies for years in a storage facility while bilking customers out of tens of thousands of dollars in pre-payments for burials that never happened. Joseph V. O'Donnell, 56, is also alleged to have operated his family-owned funeral home without a license in over 200 funerals and cremations.  Read more

A Northeast earthquake apocalypse? Best to be ready

Image courtesy USGS

At 10:16 a.m. next Thursday, Oct. 16, employees and school kids from across the region will be asked to “drop, cover, and hold on” under their desks a la the 1950s when the maneuver was seriously and widely practiced as a defensive measure against an atomic bomb attack by Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union.

No Stalin and no bomb this time. State officials want Massachusetts residents to join next week in a national earthquake preparedness exercise that has been dubbed the Great Northeast ShakeOut. The under-the-desk-quickly drill is meant to get people thinking about what they’d do to stay alive in the event that they don’t get pulverized in the initial tectonic take-down.  Read more

Along the Nile, Strand-style: ‘AIDA’ opens Oct. 17 at the theatre; Dot residents get a break

Aida: Actors Gene Dante  and Ta’Nika Gibson star in Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s production of Aida, which opens next Friday at the Strand Theatre. Photo courtesy of Fiddlehead Theatre Company/mattmckeephoto.comAida: Actors Gene Dante and Ta’Nika Gibson star in Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s production of Aida, which opens next Friday at the Strand Theatre. Photo courtesy of Fiddlehead Theatre Company/mattmckeephoto.comThere aren’t a lot of camels, date palms, or pyramids in Uphams Corner, but when the Fiddlehead Theatre Company debuts its production of “Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida” next Friday, Oct. 17, the Strand Theatre, the grande dame of Columbia Road, should be out-Cleopatra-ing the Queen of the Nile herself with the hit musical’s retro-Egyptian enchantments.

This lavish production, which will run for two weekends only (Oct.17-26), marks Fiddlehead’s kickoff to its second season as resident company at the Strand. Previous well-received Fiddlehead musicals there include “A Little Princess” (2013) and “Ragtime” (2012).

Ta’Nika Gibson, who has the title role, got a preview of what a jam-packed Strand house looks like last Friday when she sang the national anthem a cappella for First Lady Michelle Obama and other honored guests.  Read more

Parking stand-off leaves Savin Hill condo plan in limbo

Savin Hill Ave. project: Architect’s rendering showed proposed condos over Savin Bar + Kitchen. Drawing courtesy RODE Architects.Savin Hill Ave. project: Architect’s rendering showed proposed condos over Savin Bar + Kitchen. Drawing courtesy RODE Architects.

The future of a vacant lot across from Savin Hill T station, previously the site of a proposed 14-unit residential and commercial development, hangs in the balance after the project’s private developer, David Higgins, said late Tuesday evening that he was walking away from the development.  Read more

Employees protest as UMass-Boston celebrates 50 years

By 
Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Oct. 7, 2014

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, OCT. 7, 2014....As University of Massachusetts officials marched from the State House to Boston Common to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston campus, more than 100 university employees held their own procession, protesting sick time and vacation pay concessions the university is asking them to make.

Protestors quietly stood in the background as UMass officials and local dignitaries, including former Senate President Robert Travaglini - an alumnus - and current UMass President Robert Caret, described the transition of the campus, from its formation in 1964 on the site of a former landfill to its status as a modern, harbor-front urban campus where students can "realize the American dream."  Read more

Man shot outside Ashmont station; suspect in custody

By 
Staff
Oct. 6, 2014

A suspect was arrested Monday night after a man was shot on Dorchester Avenue just outside Ashmont MBTA station. The victim, who was shot in the stomach, was transported to Boston Medical Center with what first responders described as "serious" injuries.

The 6:30 p.m. shooting left the station cordoned off with buses and commuters stuck as police swarmed the area. A description of the suspect, described as a black male wearing a black hoodie, white undershirt, white shoes and hat was quickly broadcast to officers. Around 8:30 p.m. Boston Police told the Reporter that a suspect was in custody for allegedly shooting the victim at "point-blank" range with a .45 calibre gun. The suspect was previously known to police and his image was captured by surveillance cameras.  Read more

Mattapan man sentenced to prison for distributing child porn on the Internet

Luis Miguel Gonzalez-Buzetta, 22, was sentenced this week to nine years in prison and permanent status as a sex offender, after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to child-exploitation charges related to the more than 6,000 sexually explicit photos and videos of young girls federal agents found on his computers, the US Attorney's office reports.

The FBI began investigating Gonzalez-Buzetta, 22, in 2013 after his e-mail address turned up on the computer of an Oregon man who was himself under investigation for distributing child porn - including photos of his own daughter.  Read more