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
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
Aug. 28, 2014
“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
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
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
The Boston Police Department reports recovering five guns, magazines and ammunition sitting in a plastic bag in an alley off Lucerne and Harwood streets in Dorchester shortly before 1 a.m. on Tuesday.
Police say an anonymous source reported overhearing some guys talking "about the pickup of a package containing firearms" in that area.
Officers are first set up surveillance of the alley, but decided they couldn't just let a bunch of guns in a bag sit there, even if under surveillance. Read more
Around 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, Keith Williams took out a loaded .357 revolver at Blue Hill Avenue and McLellan Street and began firing into a crowd of people waiting for the J'Ouvert parade, assistant Suffolk County District Attorney Mark Lee said today.
One of the bullets hit Dawnn Jaffier in the head a block away at Charlotte Street, killing her, Lee said. Another bullet traveled more than four blocks down Blue Hill Avenue, hitting another woman in the leg as she sat on a curb with her friends. Read more
Aug. 23, 2014
Gunfire erupted at a busy Adams Corner intersection this afternoon when a gunman in one vehicle opened fire on the occupants of a second vehicle around 4:15 p.m. Eyewitness accounts suggest that five rounds were fired in the incident, which left a bullet hole in a nearby home and prompted the shut-down of the eastbound lane of Gallivan Boulevard for more than an hour as State Police canvassed for evidence. Read more
Aug. 23, 2014
A 26 year-old Boston woman died today after she was shot in the head as she walked on Blue Hill Avenue in J'Ouvert, a traditional morning parade that precedes the larger Boston Carnival celebration. Dawnn Jaffier was found suffering from gunshot wounds near the corner of Charlotte Street just after 8:15 a.m. Police were in the area to provide security for the annual event, which had drawn thousands to the avenue. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports two women were found shot shortly after 8 a.m. on Saturday on Blue Hill Avenue.
One woman, found at Charlotte Street, was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The second woman, found near American Legion Highway, was expected to survive.
Police say not long after, they arrested three men spotted running from the scene. A gun was recovered a couple blocks from the murder scene. Read more
Aug. 23, 2014
The second annual Antique Car Show and Family Fun Day in Dorchester Park will take place on Sun., Sept. 7. The car show itself will be held on the Adams Street side of the park from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Prizes will be given out to best in show, which will also feature a DJ and 50/50 raffle. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports it is looking for four people for the robbery of $20,000 worth of jewelry at Thai Binh Jewelry, which recently opened at 1283 Dorchester Ave.
According to police, one of the four walked into the shop around 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 11, looked around, declared he didn't want anything they had, then walked out. Read more
Aug. 21, 2014
A 22 year-old Dorchester man allegedly shot and wounded a man outside of Ashmont station on Wednesday evening as stunned commuters watched and ran. Balfour McLean was arrested near the scene of the 7:30 p.m. incident by members of the Boston Police Drug Control Unit who happened to be nearby and witnessed McLean running from the scene. McLean was arrested in front of a home on Alban Street, about two blocks from the shooting, which left a 24 year-old Randolph man suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He is expected to survive, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. Read more
Aug. 21, 2014
Boston Public Schools (BPS) parents can get back-to-school information and learn about school assignments by calling the multilingual BPS Back-To-School Hotline at 617-635-9046. Interim Superintendent John McDonough has launched the hotline early this year, at the end of June, to enhance customer service efforts for families with children in summer school. Since June 30, operators have responded to more than 2,000 calls and remain ready to answer a wide variety of questions from parents and students. Read more
Aug. 21, 2014
While a Boston Ebola case is unlikely, officials say, everyone from medical emergency workers on city streets and in the Port of Boston to nurses and doctors in the hospitals are prepared for that potentiality.
The Boston Public Health Commission held a press briefing on the disease that is ravaging parts of West Africa to quell what they described as misconceptions and answer questions officials say they have received. Read more
The Boston Police Department reporst a man was shot around 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday just outside the Ashmont MBTA station.
Officers on patrol saw the shooting and immediately took off after the suspect on foot. Police say they captured Balfour McLean, 22, of Dorchester, on Alban Street and charged him with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. They also recovered the Ruger 357 firearm they say he discarded during the chase. Read more
The owner of two key commercial buildings in Adams Corner intends to sell his high-profile properties, a move that is likely to trigger a new round of redevelopment in Dorchester’s gateway village.
Arthur S. Murphy controls the flagship two-story corner building at 526 Gallivan Blvd. that houses Windy City and China Sky restaurants and the Butcher Shop, along with other office space. Murphy also owns an assortment of storefront condo units along Adams Street. He told the Reporter last week that he is entertaining offers for his entire Adams Corner portfolio. Read more
After almost two decades of work and waiting, Don and Cathy Macrelli got their wish: as of two weeks ago, “David’s Law” was a reality and the Adams Village couple attained closure on a deeply personal matter of life and death. Read more
It doesn’t take an expert to see that with its crumbling walkways, overgrown brush, graffiti, and litter, Savin Hill Park is in dire need of updating.
The Boston Parks Department recently secured nearly $250,000 to fix up passive areas of the park and the specific areas to be improved will be finalized at a meeting next month that will offer “the chance for the community to come together to see what can be feasible based on the community’s needs and wants,” said Ryan Woods, spokesperson for the Boston Parks Department. Read more
Thursday (21st) – WBZ Radio & the Department of Conservation & Recreation present “Beetlejuice” — a free film for families at Pope John Paul II Park in Neponset, starting at sunset.
Saturday (23rd) – The Lower Mills Branch Library hosts an Irish Celebration from 12-2 p.m. Join the Friends of the Lower Mills Library as they celebrate all things Irish with a traditional Irish band Geese in the Bog, traditional step dancers from Brady Kenny O’Brien Academy, delicious Irish snacks and more. Read more
A new 100,000 square foot, five-story storage building is under construction aty the corner of Norwood and Conley streets in Neponset this summer. The structure — rising along the MBTA tracks near Tenean Beach— will soon house Dorchester Great Space, an enterprise co-owned by partners Edward Ahern, Ken Goldberg and Charlie Sample. Ahern, a Dorchester resident and builder, says that the construction should be completed this fall with a prospective opening in November. Timberline Construction is the contractor that is building the structure. Read more
As head of the Special Committee on Charter Reform, City Councillor Frank Baker will have a lot on his plate ahead of next year’s council elections. Confronting whispers that he might not seek reelection, Baker was frank in an interview with the Reporter: “As of right now, yes, absolutely, I’ll definitely do another term. But things can change in one year. I don’t want to think about another election until I have to think about another election.” Read more
At long last, the Morton Street bridge is structurally sound. After years of planning, community outreach, and scheduling to replace the structurally deficient bridge, crews finished work on Monday morning just after midnight – more than 24 hours ahead of schedule. The contractor will receive a bonus for finishing ahead of Monday’s scheduled opening. Read more
It’s been a drab baseball season, especially hereabouts, with little chance of getting much more scintillating in such time that’s left. So it may prove to have climaxed in mid-August in a Baltimore hotel suite where the 30 owners of Major League Baseball teams played some good old fashioned hardball and came away with a victory for common sense. Keep in mind they have not always been so clever. Read more
Aug. 20, 2014
The Dorchester Eagles Pop Warner league will host the Mayor’s Cup Football Jamboree this weekend at the newly renovated Roberts Playground near Codman Square. Youth football players from all over Boston will participate in the all-day event on Sunday, which will feature live performances, food and, of course, football. Over 1,000 people are expected to drop by the day long event, which will also serve as a way to highlight the results of a $2.8 million renovation project to the playground— which now serves as the Dorchester program’s home field. Read more