The making of ‘David’s Law’ – a story of love, grief, resolve

Cathy and Don Macrelli pose with a photo of their son David. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

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

City asks community input on rehab of Savin Hill Park

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

DOT BY THE DAY August 21 – 28, 2014

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

New storage building under construction in Neponset

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

Baker plans to run again for Council seat, pursue charter reform

Councillor Frank Baker, District 3

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

With new bridge in place, Morton St. is back in play

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

Team Henry backed the wrong horse in MLB’s czar sweepstakes

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

Mayor’s Cup Jamboree to be played at renovated Roberts Playground

Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 20, 2014

Gearing up for Mayor's Cup: The Dorchester Eagles practiced at Robert’s Playround on Monday evening. Photo by Jacob AguiarGearing up for Mayor's Cup: The Dorchester Eagles practiced at Robert’s Playround on Monday evening. Photo by Jacob Aguiar

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

Meet the BFD’s newest Captain, Mark Loschiavo

Deputy Chief Hasson, Capt. Mark Loschiavo and Commissioner Joe Finn. Photo courtesy Diana Loschiavo

Boston Fire Captain Mark Loschiavo, 41, is a native of Dorchester who lives with his wife Diana, also a Dorchester native, and their two children in the Ashmont-Adams neighborhood.

The Reporter caught up with Capt. Loschiavo this week, just days after he was elevated from the rank of lieutenant to captain by the BFD’s Commissioner Joseph Finn.

“Mark has proven himself as a lieutenant to be a leader and now he’ll use that know-how and wisdom to lead a company,” Commissioner Finn told the Reporter.  Read more

Roxbury mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Aug. 19, 2014

Though there have been no recorded cases of mosquito-borne illnesses in Boston this year, the Boston Public Health Commission is warning residents to take simple precautions after a mosquito pool in Roxbury tested positive for the West Nile Virus.  Read more

DA has to decide whether to re-try local man for first-degree murder

The Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday gave Suffolk County prosecutors a choice: They can retry Mario Gonzalez for stabbing his girlfriend to death in 2009 or they can accept reducing his current conviction from first to second-degree murder.

A first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life without parole. A second-degree conviction also carries a life sentence but with the possibility of parole, as early as 15 years after conviction.  Read more

Smash-and-grab jewel thieves targeted Dot Ave. store

A team of thieves used hammers to smash display cases inside a Dorchester Ave. jewelry shop, making off with a “good amount” of merchandise in a brazen robbery on Monday afternoon. Boston Police say that two men and a woman— possible aided by an accomplice who helped them gain entry to the store— entered Tiem Vang Thai Binh Jewelry just after 3:30 p.m. on Monday.  Read more

Healey, Tolman contrast approaches to AG's office

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Aug. 15, 2014

The two Democrats seeking the office of attorney general have said they would take significantly different approaches to the job, with Warren Tolman saying he would stretch the powers of the office into charged public policy arenas and Maura Healey saying she would use her years of experience within the office to uphold the laws.  Read more

New Fields Corner restaurant loses bid for license

The Boston Licensing Board has rejected acouple's request to let them turn an old Chinese restaurant into a new Vietnamese place, because of the husband's criminal past and his failure to fully own up to it at a board hearing this week.

The board rarely turns down applications for simple food-serving licenses, such as the one sought for the proposed VN Express, which would have replaced China Pagoda at 1616 Dorchester Ave.

At a hearing on Wednesday, Khanh Nguyen said he and his wife, Nhung, wanted to serve Vietnamese and Chinese breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Read more

Four Corners restaurant gets OK to stay open later on Fridays, Saturdays

Levi's Restaurant and Lounge, 323 Washington St., won approval from the Boston Licensing Board to extend its Friday and Saturday closing time from 1 a.m. until 2 a.m.

The Georges, who own the restaurant, said they keep getting requests from customers to stay open a little later on weekends.

Both the mayor's office and police District C-11 opposed the extra hour.  Read more

Unemployed find work with help from state’s DTA

David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 14, 2014

Dorchester resident and new DTA staff member Tyisha Curenton hugs Boston Economic Development Chief John Barros as DTA Commissioner Stacey Monahan looks on with Curenton's certificate of recognition Monday at the State House.

For 15 months, Tyisha Curenton of Dorchester remained unemployed. Now, she not only has a job, but that job entails helping people find work. Curenton was one of the 212 clients honored Monday morning at the State House as part of the Department of Transitional Assistance Client Recognition Ceremony.

The first client to speak Monday, Curenton told those gathered in the room that she was helped by the department, but also through her own personal drive to succeed.

“Greater things are coming,” she said. “Envision yourself doing great things and they will become a reality.”  Read more

BPD promotes 35 to higher duty

Patrick Champagnie and his wife Rhonda pose with Mayor Marty Walsh and Commissioner Evans at the Boston Police Department Promotional and Rating Ceremony at Florian Hall on Thursday.  Photo courtesy Sgt. Mike McCarthyPatrick Champagnie and his wife Rhonda pose with Mayor Marty Walsh and Commissioner Evans at the Boston Police Department Promotional and Rating Ceremony at Florian Hall on Thursday.  Photo courtesy Sgt. Mike McCarthy

His wife slipped the badge, hung on a small chain, over Patrick Champagnie’s neck. Smiling, the couple turned and posed for a photo with the mayor and police commissioner, looking out into the crowd at their twin teenage sons. With the badge on his chest, it was official–Champagnie is a Boston police detective.

“This is another step, as far as I’m concerned,” said Det. Champagnie, a Morton Street native and 20-year member of the department.  Read more

The bike builder of Bowdoin Street

Kimberley Theodore, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 14, 2014

Noah Hicks, 28, worked on a bike at his Bowdoin Street repair shop.Noah Hicks, 28, worked on a bike at his Bowdoin Street repair shop.

Noah Hicks, a lifelong resident of Blakeville Street, refers to himself as “The Bike Builder.”

Hicks, 28, grew up with four brothers and they often rode their bikes together around their Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood. With a house full of boys, his parents encouraged their kids to be active. They too owned and rode bikes.

Hicks outgrew bicycling as he got older, but he returned to it in his early 20’s as it became an affordable alternative to public transportation or cars.

“My thing is I was pretty broke so I ended up just experimenting on how to save myself a few dollars and fix a bike I bought that was in God-awful shape. By doing that, I was able to safe myself a few dollars,” said Hicks.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY August 16 – 21, 2014

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Vietnamese eatery Anh Hong deserves ‘Best of Boston’ props

Hong Tran, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 14, 2014

Anh HongAnh Hong

It’s common knowledge among Bostonian Vietnamese and increasingly Dorchester’s worst kept secret: one may not find better, more authentic Vietnamese food elsewhere than here in the Dot. Indeed Dorchester is home to one of the fastest growing Vietnamese enclaves in all of America. Thanks to an array of outstanding Vietnamese establishments, Dorchester is hands-down the Vietnamese food capital of Boston.

Amidst the culinary heavyweights in restaurant-dense Fields Corner neighborhood, Anh Hong still rises to the top with its beef-times-seven magic, the signature dish bo bay mon (seven-course beef). In fact, the original venture by Julie Thai scored a hat trick vote by Boston Magazine as Boston’s best Vietnamese restaurant from 2011 and to 2013. This year, the magazine also votes Anh Hong the Best Neighborhood Restaurant in Dorchester.  Read more

‘Gifted’ young blood out of Grealish Boxing Club

Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 14, 2014

Cooking classes for kids focus on organic foods

Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 14, 2014

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and ChopChop Magazine have teamed up to offer free cooking classes to Dorchester kids. This week, a group of eight kids ages 8-12 from the Blue Hills Boys and Girls Club have been learning to make their own healthy home-cooked meals with fresh organic produce.

The Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club is one of eight clubs to hold cooking classes for children. The first session last week took place in Worcester.  Read more

Buyer sought for Lower Mills eatery Mrs. Jones

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New buyer sought for Lower Mills eatery Mrs. Jones

Mrs. Jones: Lower Mills eatery closed in May. Photo by Bill ForryMrs. Jones: Lower Mills eatery closed in May. Photo by Bill ForryMrs. Jones, a soul food eatery at 2255 Dorchester Avenue, shut its doors in May after its namesake owner fell ill. The popular Lower Mills take-out restaurant could re-open under new management, according to the building’s landlord, if the right buyer is found to continue Mrs. Jones’ business.

“I’ve had at least 20 interviews and I recently met with someone for second time who is interested in the space and the equipment,” explained Bill Shaffer, who owns the building that houses the restaurant.

Shaffer said that Mrs. Jones asked him to act as a broker to sell her business to a qualified buyer. “There’s been a tremendous amount of inquiry. Everyone wants it to remain a soul food restaurant.”  Read more

Forry, Tompkins urge voters to give Grossman ‘hard look’

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry with Steve Grossman and Sheriff Steven Tompkins on Monday in Mattapan Square. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

Steve Grossman hopes key endorsements from State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins will activate their “army of activists” for the Treasurer currently trailing in the governor’s race polls.

“We can motivate an army of activists as we did at the convention when I earned the endorsement of the Massachusetts Democratic party,” Grossman told the Reporter on Monday morning outside Mattapan Station, where the senator and sheriff delivered their formal endorsements. “And that’s what this is all about. Getting your army of activists motivated.”  Read more