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Dot cyclists train for summer’s Pan Mass Challenge

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
May. 22, 2014

Fifteen Dorchester cyclists will be among the 5,500 cyclists who’ll pedal in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) this summer. The two-day event (Aug. 2 and 3) raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country and accounts for half of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue. Over the past 34 years, PMC cyclists have contributed $414 million to cancer research.  Read more

Forecast: Loudness to break out over city; Government Center hosts ‘Boston Calling’

This weekend’s Boston Calling (BC) festival must have already “arrived,” even though it’s just in its second year. Entertainment Weekly is naming it in the same breath as other 2014 Memorial Day weekend aural orgies like Rocklahoma (Pryor, Okla.), Electric Daisy Carnival (NewYork) and Sasquatch! (George, Wash.).  Read more

Challenger baseball opens inaugural season in Savin Hill

John Joyce assisted Xavier Bell at the plate during Sunday's opening game of the Challenger Division of Savin Hill Little League. Photo by Bill Forry

When the first half-inning of Savin Hill Challenger baseball ended on Sunday afternoon, the pitcher, Billy Farrell, lingered on the mound for a good, long minute. A long-time civic leader and volunteer coach from Meeting House Hill, Farrell had just watched the bases cleared on a base hit by an autistic boy from Dorchester— Xavier Bell— who had never before stepped onto a ball field.

“This was— by far— the greatest experience I have ever had as a player or a coach playing baseball,” gushed Farrell, one of dozens of volunteers who shadowed players for the day. He was ready to pass pitching duties off to the next helper. “Someone else has to come out and enjoy it. I cannot be this selfish.”

For a gallery of photos from Sunday's opening game, click here.  Read more

Help Us Answer the Call for Vietnam Memorial 'Wall of Faces'

By 
Mallory Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 21, 2014

George F. Barry, Jr., killed in Vietnam in May 1970, is one of the Dorchester soldiers featured on the Wall of Faces. Thirteen Dot servicemen are not yet represented with a photo.

Photos of Dorchester soldiers killed in Vietnam are sought

Each year, 4.5 million people visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. The names of all Americans killed in the conflict are engraved on the walls of the memorial, an effort to keep the names alive in our national memory. A new project hopes to help us remember their faces as well.  Read more

Two newly-minted veterans to speak at Memorial Day rites in Cedar Grove

Michael Ball, USMC (Ret.)

Michael Ball and Robert Flynn are like many young men of their generation who hail from Dorchester. Both grew up playing little league baseball in Cedar Grove, hanging out at Toohig Park and going to school at their nearby parish grammar schools (Flynn to St. Brendan’s and Ball to St. Ann’s.)

And both boys have vivid memories of watching the solemn ceremonies on Memorial Day at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

But Ball and Flynn are unlike most of their contemporaries in one very important way. Both young men, upon graduation from high school in 2008, enlisted in the Marine Corps and served their country in war. On Monday, Ball and Flynn— now retired from military service and back home— will address the crowd that assembles at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.  Read more

Haitian Parade begins at 1p.m. on Blue Hill Ave.

By 
Staff
May. 18, 2014

The annual Haitian Unity Parade begins today at 1p.m. in Mattapan Square on Blue Hill Ave. and follows a route to Talbot Avenue. Watch for road closures between River Street and Talbot between 1-3 p.m. More than 200 local organizations, schools and businesses from all over New England are expected to participate. The parade will be led by Henry Milorin of Medford, Mass, a respected Haitian American US Army Retired as Grand Marshall for this year.  Read more

Dot Ave. bar agrees to $80,000 fine over charges it barred entrance to minorities

The owner of Peggy O'Neil's, 1310 Dorchester Ave., has agreed to pay a $80,000 fine to settle a lawsuit charging it with refusing entrance to blacks, Hispanics and Cape Verdeans, the state Attorney General's office announced Friday.  Read more

Latest neighborhood map patterns itself on village concept

Map: A new map created by Jennifer Hill— who lives in Dorchester— is an “artistic representation” of the town-turned-neighborhood. Hill, who unveiled her design this week, is selling copies through her website, jhilldesign.com, starting at $12 per print.Map: A new map created by Jennifer Hill— who lives in Dorchester— is an “artistic representation” of the town-turned-neighborhood. Hill, who unveiled her design this week, is selling copies through her website, jhilldesign.com, starting at $12 per print.Dorchester’s true composition is truly in the eye of the beholder.

That’s one take-away from the latest visual representation of neighborhood as created by graphic artist Jennifer Hill. The New Hampshire native, who came to Boston to attend Mass College of Art, now owns her own design and print business based in South Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood. Hill, 34, has focused most of her business on generating prints that transform maps of cities, states and countries using hand-drawn patterns.

Two years ago, Hill moved to Pearl Street in Dorchester, which has long had a reputation as an underground artist colony. Since her relocation from Somerville, friends have pressed Hill to use her talents to create a Dorchester-themed print.  Read more

Teen writers petition for their pay; Coakley steps in

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
May. 15, 2014

State Attorney General Martha Coakley has fined former Enterteenment Magazine owner Wallis Amanda Mills $17,000 in penalties and restitution payments after receiving a complaint from Teens Lead at Work, a division of the Dorchester-based Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH). According to the complaint, Mills did not pay dozens of teenagers who wrote for her magazines some $100,000 in scholarship money that she had promised them.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY May 15-23, 2014

A scene from the 2011 Ashmont Hill Garage Sale. Photo courtesy Ashmont Hill Association

A snapshot of key events happening in and around Dorchester this week. Check out the Reporter's full calendar for more.

Saturday (17th) – The Ashmont Hill Association returns with its 35th Annual Garage Sale with over 40 homes participating. This year you may find items like antiques, furniture, tools, computers, household items and much more. There will be food available at the Ashmont Nursery School.

In 1979, Ashmont Hill Association began its annual event with just a dozen homes as a way to introduce people from other parts of the city to its neighborhood, and to showcase their beautiful homes. “At the time people were moving out of the neighborhood and [AHA] wanted to show people it is beautiful and there is no reason to move out,” said Joe Gildea, who organizes the annual event.  Read more

Lottery sale price is $283.3k for rehabbed, city-seized home

This home at 88 Milton Street, center in green, is being renovated and prepared for a sale through lottery next month. Photo by Ed Forry

A longtime eyesore on an otherwise desirable Cedar Grove side street is getting a complete makeover this month and will soon be sold to a first-time homeowner. The small, single-family home at 88 Milton St. is part of an initiative by the Walsh administration to target prominent eyesores that can be reclaimed by new owners.  Read more

Mayor sets the mission: Double Pre-K seats by ’18

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
May. 15, 2014

Pre K Planning: Mayor Martin Walsh announced the formation of a Universal Pre-Kindergarten Advisory Committee last week in East Boston. 	Photo by Isabel Leon/Mayor’s OfficePre K Planning: Mayor Martin Walsh announced the formation of a Universal Pre-Kindergarten Advisory Committee last week in East Boston. Photo by Isabel Leon/Mayor’s Office
In an effort to double pre-kindergarten enrollment by 2018, Mayor Martin Walsh is tapping the expertise of several key Dorchester residents in a new advisory committee.  Read more

Teen sentenced for double shooting after acquittal for Adams Corner murder

A Dorchester teenager was sentenced to five to six years in state prison today for a botched armed holdup on Monsignor Lydon Way in 2011 - three weeks after Ciaran Conneely, an Irish immigrant, was shot to death near his Nahant Avenue home.

In March, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted John Graham, now 19, of the double shootings, but acquitted him for Conneely's murder.  Read more

Little Miss, Young Miss Dorchester winners crowned

By 
Lily Bouvier, Special to the Reporter
May. 14, 2014

Eleanor Moye-Gibbons, age 9, was crowned Little Miss Dorchester last Saturday as the newly named Young Miss Dorchester, Gina Cruz, age 12, reacted to the news of her win. Photo by Lily Bouvier

Twenty girls gathered at the First Parish Church on Meetinghouse Hill last Saturday (May 10) to participate in Dorchester’s traditional Little Miss and Young Miss Dorchester contests. They were there to reflect on what makes their community special, and ultimately, to compete for a spot in the Dorchester Day Parade.

One by one, the girls stood in front of an audience of proud family members and friends to answer questions about themselves and about what they think makes their community special. From nice neighbors, to ice cream at Savin Scoop, to sledding on Savin Hill — each had their own idea of what makes Dorchester great.  Read more

Record numbers walked for peace on Mother’s Day

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 14, 2014

The walk stepped off from Fields Corner on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Photo by India Smith

An estimated 10,000 people joined the 18th Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 11, encircling the 3.6 mile route from Town Field to Codman Square and back via Geneva Ave. It was a record turnout for the event, held every May to benefit the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. The Dorchester non-profit provides services to survivors of homicide and has developed an innovative anti-violence curriculum for grades K-12.  Read more

Family seeks help to find missing 19 year-old woman

Ulari J. Melvin

UPDATE: This young woman was safely found on May 14, according to relatives.

A local family is putting out a call for help this week as they search for a missing 19 year-old woman. Ulari J. Melvin, a senior at Boston Academy, was last heard from on May 5 when she sent a text message indicating that she was moving to Florida. However, family members say her disappearance is out of character for Ulari and fear that she may have been coerced into leaving town. They have not been able to reach her since and her social media account has been disabled.  Read more

Two-alarm fire displaces three on East Cottage Street

Firefighter at 21 E. Cottage St.

The front of the building Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports investigators are looking for the cause of a two-alarm fire Sunday afternoon at 21 E. Cottage St.

The fire, reported at 3:40 p.m., broke out in the attic of the 2 1/2-story house and did an estimated $300,000 in damage, the department says. The bulk of the fire was knocked down shortly after 4 p.m.

Walsh reviewing options after casino 'host' designation shot down

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

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh met with city attorneys Friday to discuss next steps after the state gambling commission denied “host community” status to the city of Boston, which abuts potential casino sites in Revere and Everett.  Read more

Man shot to death on Cawfield Street

A man was found dead of gunshot wounds inside a car outside 15 Cawfield St. around 11 p.m. on Thursday.

The Boston Police Department reports the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shortly after his body was discovered, police began looking for two Hispanic men seen running from the area, one wearing a gray, long-sleeved shirt and jean shorts.

Mother's Walk for Peace set for Sunday

The Mothers Walk for Peace steps off at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday in Fields Corner.

The annual Mothers Walk for Peace— a pledge event benefitting the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute— steps off on Sunday morning from Town Field in Fields Corner. Registration begins at the field at 7 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:30 a.m.— following a 3.6 mile course through the neighborhood and returning to Town Field.  Read more

Fields Corner pizza joint seized by state officials— again

A popular Fields Corner pizzeria has been shuttered for the second time in two years for non-payment of taxes. Hi Fi Pizza on Dorchester Ave. was raised and seized by state officials on April 30.  Read more

Guv candidate claims MassGOP tried to bribe him to move aside

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
May. 8, 2014

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Mark Fisher escalated his dispute with the Republican Party on Thursday, accusing unnamed party officials of attempting to bribe him in December with $1 million to drop out of the governor’s race long before the party’s nominating convention in March.  Read more

Rep.-elect Carvalho will be sworn in on May 14

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
May. 8, 2014

Arriving with less than three months remaining for formal sessions, the most junior member of the 2013-2014 class of the House of Representatives, Evandro Carvalho is set to be sworn-in May 14 at 12:30 p.m., Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday.  Read more

Fill-in plan for Savin Hill ‘hole’ – condo units atop restaurant: Civic group gives its okay, with caveat about parking

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
May. 8, 2014

Savin Hill ave: Architect’s rendering of a new look for the northern side of Savin Hill Avenue opposite the MBTA station. Drawing courtesy RODE Architects.Savin Hill ave: Architect’s rendering of a new look for the northern side of Savin Hill Avenue opposite the MBTA station. Drawing courtesy RODE Architects.

A bleak hole in the ground near the heart of Savin Hill’s business district that has long been an eyesore for residents and visitors alike may soon be filled with housing and new businesses. On Monday night, the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association gave its blessing to a plan by developers to fill in the hole by erecting a 14-unit condo building directly across the street from the Savin Hill MBTA station.  Read more

Yet another top-off for UMass Boston

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
May. 8, 2014

A milestone in UMass Boston’s latest building project was celebrated with a traditional topping-off ceremony on the Dorchester campus on April 30. The installation of a decorated I-beam was pushed off until May 2 due to weather conditions, but officials were on hand to admire the work to date at General Academic Building Number One (GAB1) — a $113 million, 181,000-square foot, four-story structure.  Read more