South Boston native Maureen Dahill, a Democrat and small business owner running for the First Suffolk Senate District, offered her take on her neighborhood’s St. Patrick’s Day breakfast, giving the annual political roast a “low C.” The roast is usually hosted by the district’s state senator, but City Councillor Bill Linehan filled in this year after Jack Hart took a job at a law firm. “I think things need to be shaken up a little,” she said Monday during an appearance on New England Cable News. Read more
Mar. 20, 2013
Two of Dorchester’s own head up HomeStart, a local nonprofit that serves the Greater Boston area. Ed Frechette, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and CEO & President Linda Wood-Boyle guide the organization in its mission to help homeless individuals, families and veterans.
Founded in 1994, HomeStart prevented 500 people from becoming homeless and moved another 400 from shelters to housing last year. It also provides housing search services to 50 shelters in the Greater Boston area including Rosie’s Place and the Pine Street Inn. Read more
Amid the back-and-forth on the main stage at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, as the Sunday morning program inched through its ten segments, District 2 City Councillor Bill Linehan, this year’s host of the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast, paused to let the audience know: “It’d be easier if I was drinking.” Read more
In a 6 to 1 vote last Wednesday night, the Boston School Committee signed off on a sweeping overhaul of the school system’s assignment process. The 57,000 students now attending the city’s schools, along with their siblings, are grandfathered under the existing three-zone plan, which has been in place for 24 years. Read more
Mar. 19, 2013
March 13 – I am in Rome with 18 friends. 13 of us went to Saint Gregory’s High together. We have just witnessed one of the most exciting days of our lives!! We were there for it all and proud to be among those who received the first Papal blessing.
- Donna Finneran’s Facebook page
It was the winter of 2012, and a group of women with deep Dorchester and Mattapan roots began to make plans for a special observance for 2013, the year they all would turn 60.
They were each other’s longtime friends, all once-young women from three Catholic parishes – St. Matthew’s, St. Brendan’s and St Gregory’s – who developed special bonds as students at St. Gregory’s High School. Read more
Mayor Thomas Menino was on hand for this morning's official dedication of the William J. Walczak Health and Education Center—which houses elements of the health center and the Codman Academy Charter Public School—. A large crowd assembled in the building’s black-box theatre as Mayor Thomas M. Menino cut the ribbon and lavished much-deserved praise on Walczak, the center and the school.
The 34,000 square brick-and-stone building has transformed the corner of Norfolk and Epping Street. The $18 million project— boosted by nearly $8 million in federal stimulus dollars— gives Codman the capacity it needs to serve up to 30,000 patients per year. It also will allow Codman Academy— acclaimed for its academics and theatre/arts training— to grow and thrive. Read more
Mar. 18, 2013
The state gas tax checked in as the least popular source of new revenue to fund Gov. Deval Patrick’s plan to invest in transportation and education, according to a new poll commissioned by the Campaign for Our Communities that found support for increased revenue.
Only 21 percent of voters said they approved of raising the state’s 21-cent gas tax by 15 cents, while taxes on cigarettes, candy and soda proved far more popular. The poll showed voters remain concerned about the economy, with 59 percent expecting it to remain the same or for economic conditions to worsen. Read more
In roughly 90 minutes Saturday night, four men were stabbed in incidents in Ashmont and on Columbia Road.
The homicide unit was summoned to Columbia Road shortly before 11 p.m., after two men were stabbed in a fight in the middle of the street outside 180 Columbia Rd., near Geneva Avenue. One of the victims had potentially life threatening injuries.
Around 9:30 p.m. a man was stabbed several times in the stomach on Dorchester Avenue at Dracut Street near the Ashmont MBTA station. He was rushed to Boston Medical Center. The suspects were described as two or three Asian males. Read more
Mar. 14, 2013
In a 6 to 1 vote, the School Committee on Wednesday night signed off on a sweeping overhaul of the Boston school system’s assignment process. Current students in the system of 57,000, along with their siblings, are grandfathered under the existing 3-zone plan, which has been in place for 24 years. Read more
Mar. 14, 2013
MBTA Police say the woman pictured above is wanted after she spat on a bus driver who asked her to pay her fare on Saturday afternoon. The incident happened at Ashmont Station where the driver "ejected" the passenger for not paying.
The suspect is described as a black female in her 20’s approximately 5’04"-5’06" in height and wearing a double-breasted, brown jacket with large black buttons on the front.
If you can identify the suspect, contact Transit Police at 617-222-1050 or text to 873873.
Expressions of support and a candidates’ gathering in South Boston helped fill the First Suffolk District state Senate campaign calendar over the last week.
A group of elected officials from Boston signaled support for Dorchester’s state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry’s bid as the Dorchester-based firefighters’ union threw its weight behind South Boston’s state Rep. Nick Collins. Read more
Local lawmakers and members of Mayor Thomas Menino’s cabinet flocked to the Cedars of Lebanon’s hall in Jamaica Plain for a fundraiser last Sunday morning. More than 400 people attended the small-dollar event, one of several neighborhood fundraisers held every year by Menino’s campaign committee. Read more
Mar. 14, 2013
There was never any doubt, really, that Colm Gannon would play music – nor any doubt as to what kind of music, nor which instrument he would use to play it. Not with a father who is an accomplished Irish accordion player, and an older brother following suit.
But then, Gannon hardly needed any nudging to take up the box. Quite the opposite. Read more
City Councillor Charles Yancey could face a challenger from Roslindale this year if he runs for reelection in District 4. Steven Godfrey, the 43-year-old executive director of the Community Minority Cultural Center in Lynn, opened a campaign fundraising account on Monday. Read more
Mar. 14, 2013
On the night of March 4, 1776, the Patriot officers gave the order to 2,000 or so men: no one was to speak above a whisper. As American batteries opened up on British positions in and around Boston to cloak the long file of Continental troops in “blue and buff” greatcoats or other hues, who lugged timber and cannons as silently as possible through the darkened streets of Roxbury and into Dorchester. Read more
Here’s an opportunity you definitely don’t want to let slip through your fingers.
Free artsy manicures! The Howard Art Project on the top floor of 1486 Dot Ave. in the middle of Fields Corner is currently offering fashion-forward folks of whatever gender the chance to have a once-in-a-lifetime digital makeover.
What’s the catch? There’s no catch. Read more
Mar. 14, 2013
About 70 people attended a meeting of the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative at the Hyde Park Municipal Building on Tuesday evening. The purpose of the meeting, hosted by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), was to gauge the interest of Mattapan residents in forming a Working Advisory Group (WAG), to give oversight to the creation of a new commuter rail stop at Blue Hill Ave./Cummins Highway. Read more
Three traditional Easter Egg Hunts will be staged in Dorchester on consecutive weekends this month.
On Sat., March 23 the 21st annual Spring Egg Hunt will be held at Pope John Paul II Park on Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester. Children of all ages can join in the hunt for toy filled plastic eggs scattered across the fields at DCR Pope John Paul II Park. This hunt is sponsored by DCR and Phillips Candy House. Please arrive early to allow plenty of time for parking. The Spring Egg Hunt starts at 11 a.m. sharp and it doesn’t take long for the children to find all those eggs. Read more
Mar. 14, 2013
Plans to further expand the South Bay shopping center may not be definite yet, but residents living near the mall aren’t waiting for development plans to materialize before putting in their two cents.
At a meeting Saturday morning, abutters, neighbors and other stakeholders met in a charrette-style conference to determine the community’s vision for an expanded South Bay. Read more
State Senate President Therese Murray, who grew up in St. Mark’s Parish, will be inducted into the Dorchester Hall of Fame this Saturday as part of the annual fundraising brunch for the Mary Ann Brett Food Pantry of Blessed Mother Teresa Parish.
Murray, a Democrat who moved to Plymouth over 30 years ago, became Senate president in 2007, the first woman to hold the post. Read more
Mar. 13, 2013
The Dorchester Boxing Club has the typical look of a boxing gym: There’s a ring, punching bags, and weights—the ideal setting for a fight.
However, it was a little back room inside the gym that caught the eye of multi-platinum producer and songwriter, Clinton Sparks. The Dorchester-bred Sparks used the club as part of the setting for a new video — shot on location last Friday—to support his latest track that debuts online today. “Boston Bass” is a remix of The Dropkick Murphy’s “Shipping Up To Boston.”
“This song is basically just a bootleg record,” Sparks told the Reporter. “I put a lot of records out on the Internet for fans to rage to. I flipped Dropkick Murphy’s “Shipping Up To Boston” and made it super mean in honor of St Patrick’s Day.
“I figured instead of just putting out a song, let me put a visual to it and show Boston because it is such a Boston song. I figured I might as well just bring you into what Boston looks like,” Sparks said. Read more
Morrissey flooding fix awaits state’s solution: Cost of upgrade put at $25m; Patrick tax plan could be key
Morrissey Boulevard, a major south-north artery running along Dorchester’s coast that is frequently forced to close due to storm surges accompanying high tides could be in line for a $25 million overhaul under Gov. Deval Patrick’s tax hike proposal, a top official with the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation said on Wednesday. Read more
Mar. 12, 2013
Superintendent Carol Johnson is taking a leave of absence after the death of her husband Matthew late Monday. The chief financial officer of the school system, John McDonough, will take over as acting superintendent. Read more
Mar. 11, 2013
Richard Sullivan Jr., the state secretary of energy and environmental affairs, is exploring a run for statewide office in 2014 and could be interested in running for either governor or lieutenant governor, according to Democratic sources.
Before joining the Patrick administration in 2007, Sullivan spent 13 years as the mayor of Westfield. As a candidate for governor, he could add a western Massachusetts perspective to a race still taking shape, but predominantly focused on potential candidates from near Boston. Read more