Mar. 10, 2013
Local lawmakers and members of Mayor Thomas Menino’s cabinet on Sunday morning flocked to the Cedars of Lebanon’s hall in Jamaica Plain for a fundraiser. Over 400 people attended the small-dollar event, one of several neighborhood fundraisers held every year by Menino’s campaign committee. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports officers found two men shot in a gray Toyota Corolla at Columbia Road and Hancock Street around 6:30 p.m., Saturday.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene, the other was rushed to Boston Medical Center in critical condition, police say.
Mar. 7, 2013
Residents along Dorchester’s northern border have long dealt with the double-edged knife of convenience and frustration that comes with living next to a major shopping center. As developers look to expand the South Bay Center, the collection of big box stores nestled between the Southeast Expressway and Massachusetts Avenue, neighbors are beginning to organize in an effort to learn more about potential plans and to respond in kind. Read more
Mar. 7, 2013
Karum and Hania Kanaan are still relatively new to the restaurant business. But the couple, who have operated Andre’s Café in the South End since 2009, are confident that Dorchester’s Columbia Point peninsula is a growth market.
The Kanaans opened their new restaurant —Fiskie’s Café— on Feb. 7 after doing their homework about the neighborhood and its potential.
“We fell in love with the area, the community, the diversity of the population here,” said Karum, who picked up the nickname “Fiskie” in college.
The Kanaans came across the expansion opportunity when they were approached by a key member of the property management team from Corcoran Jennison, which owns and manages the Harbor Point community. Richard Fullam, a regular at Andre’s, asked the Kanaans if they would consider opening a second restaurant on Harbor Point Boulevard. The couple eagerly accepted. Read more
Mar. 7, 2013
About 12 years ago, Barry Mullen, along with husband Kevin, was instrumental in the creation of over 30 neighborhood watches in St. Mark’s parish.
“Everybody knows everybody. We’re like family here. We look out for each other. So I know it works,” Mullen explains. “It made such a big difference up here that I know it will be great for Fields Corner.” Read more
Among the many touring Irish cultural shows headed for Boston this month is Atlantic Steps, which prominently features Dorchester’s Kieran Jordan. She has been dancing since she was five and holds An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha T.C.R.G. certification for teaching Irish dance.
Among her many accomplishments is the choreographing of the Christmas Celtic Sojourn series and the producing of two DVDs on old-style Irish dance. Read more
“I don’t think God is making them like her any more,” said Tom Colbert in speaking of his mother several days after her funeral Mass at St. Brendan’s Church late last month. “She was, I’d say, one of the last of her kind in her own right. She led a simple, forthright life.”
And a long one. Mary F. (Keohan) Colbert, a native of Tramore, Co. Waterford, Ireland, was 107 years and 7 months old on the day she died. She had been a long-time member in good standing of a truly exclusive club: the worldwide society of centenarians. United Nations experts on longevity estimate that there are about 60,000 centenarians in the US today, and about 320,000 worldwide – out of a total of some 7 billion people. Read more
A clearer picture of the First Suffolk Senate field emerged this week while candidates staked out positions on a controversial topic that emerges nearly every year: The traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade through South Boston.
Four contenders for former state Sen. Jack Hart’s seat have turned in their nomination signatures, and barring any snafus, are expected to make the ballot: Democratic state Reps. Nick Collins and Linda Dorcena Forry, South Boston native Maureen Dahill, also a Democrat, and Republican Joseph Ureneck. Read more
President Obama on Monday nominated Regina “Gina” McCarthy, a Dorchester native, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
Raised in an Irish-Catholic family, McCarthy went to UMass Boston, graduating in 1976 with a social anthropology degree. She later earned a master’s of science in environmental health engineering and policy and planning at Tufts University.
McCarthy, 58, is currently the assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. She previously worked under several Massachusetts governors, including Mitt Romney, and before her ascension to the EPA, she was the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.
“As a top environmental official in Massachusetts and Connecticut, she helped design programs to expand energy efficiency and promote renewable energy,” Obama said on Monday. “As Assistant EPA Administrator, Gina has focused on practical, cost-effective ways to keep our air clean and our economy growing. She’s earned a reputation as a straight shooter. She welcomes different points of views. I’m confident that she’s going to do an outstanding job leading the EPA.” Read more
Dot projects get airing in Patrick plan on tax hikes: Neponset Greenway completion, Gallivan Blvd. resurfacing cited
Mar. 7, 2013
Gov. Deval Patrick is using transportation projects in Dorchester and Mattapan to pitch his tax-hike plans to lawmakers and members of the public.
The transportation plans include the filling-in of the missing links of the Neponset River Greenway trail in the wake of the state’s two failed attempts at federal funding. Read more
Mar. 6, 2013
William A. McDermott, Jr. died on Feb. 27. His son, Liam, delivered the eulogy. His family shared it with the Reporter.
When I was in the second grade we were sent home every week with a list of words that we were to learn how to spell. As always, my Dad was helping me with my homework. He decided to throw me a curveball and ask me how to spell ‘spaghetti’. In my condescending, 2nd grade tone, I informed him that ‘spaghetti’ was last week’s word. Now, by a show of hands, how many people have ever sought advice from my father and given a similar response? Then you all know the look that followed. He put the list down and told me:
“You will have to spell ‘spaghetti’ for the rest of your life. Spaghetti is your word. You are going to have to remember everything you are taught. Your brain is a muscle—the most important muscle you have. It must be exercised; if you don’t exercise your brain, you will become weak.” Read more
Mar. 6, 2013
A top Boston lawyer who was working with Congressman Stephen Lynch’s US Senate campaign was buried this week, the victim of injuries suffered when he was hit by a Range Rover on Day Boulevard in South Boston on Feb. 27. William A. McDermott, Jr., who grew up in Savin Hill, was 66.
An attorney and political operative who specialized in elections laws, McDermott was the son of the late William A. McDermott, who was a longtime assistant corporation counsel for the city of Boston. Read more
Mar. 6, 2013
City councillors took testimony last week on District 3 Councillor Frank Baker’s proposal to switch the makeup of the School Committee to a mix of elected and appointment members from an all-appointed crew. “How do we know if this plan is unworkable? We won’t until we try,” said Baker, who is pushing for four mayorally appointed members and three elected citywide. The plan provides independence and accountability for parents, he said. Read more
Third year head basketball coach Johnnie Williams calls it Dorchester’s best basketball season in thirty years. The blended squad from Dorchester Academy and Tech Boston Academy advanced to the quarter-finals of the state tournament last weekend, losing in heartbreaking fashion to Milton by just three points. Read more
Mar. 4, 2013
Charged with improving program integrity after a few high-profile and embarrassing disclosures, Interim Department of Transitional Assistance Commissioner Stacey Monahan said recent news had damaged the department while also noting that individual welfare benefits have remained flat for years.
Speaking to members of the House and Senate Ways and Means committees at Arlington Town Hall, Monahan said that she is undertaking a “top to bottom review of the agency,” and plans to visit all 22 DTA offices, having already visited 10 since arriving in early February. Read more
Mar. 4, 2013
An Abington man was under the influence of drugs when he ran into two kids who were crossing through a crosswalk in Peabody Square last week, prosecutors say. Michael Duca, 29, was also charged with driving without a license in the incident, which happened last Thursday evening. Both children were treated by EMTs at the scene and sent to the hospital, but will survive. Duca allegedly was speeding into the intersection of Talbot and Dot Ave. around 6 p.m. last Thursday when he hit the kids, including a toddler who was in a stroller. Read more
Mar. 4, 2013
President Obama on Monday nominated Gina McCarthy, a Dorchester native, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
McCarthy went to UMass Boston for a social anthropology degree, graduating in 1976. She later grabbed a master of science in environmental health engineering and policy and planning at Tufts University. Read more
Sign-ups underway for Cedar Grove Baseball
Registration has begun for the 2013 season of Cedar Grove Baseball. Remaining sign-up times include Fri., March 8 from 6-8 p.m. at St. Brendan’s School Hall, 29 Rita Rd. (use St. Brendan Rd. entrance) and
Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, Neponset, 239 Neponset Avenue. Read more
Mar. 2, 2013
Mar. 1, 2013
Maureen Dahill, a state Senate candidate from South Boston, on Friday called for the traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade in her neighborhood to include gay and lesbian groups. The candidate from Dorchester, state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, agreed, saying in a statement she will march on March 17 with supporters from the gay and lesbian community if the groups are included. Read more
Mar. 1, 2013
Mayor Thomas Menino offered words of support at a fundraiser earlier this week for Stephen Kerrigan, a candidate for lieutenant governor. Menino was joined by District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo at the fundraiser, which was held at the Union Oyster House.
Asked on Friday if he had endorsed Kerrigan, Menino told the Reporter, “I said good things about him, yes.” Read more
The Rite Aid drug store at 540 Gallivan Blvd. will be closing in March, according to sources familiar with the chain’s plans. The 18,000 square foot store is housed in a three-story building that is also home to Supreme Liquors, College Hype and other small businesses.
The building’s owner, Thomas Cifrino, says that the 20 year-lease agreement with the drug store chain ends in May. Cifrino said that he offered the Rite Aid store a lease extension, without a raise in rent, last year, but never heard back from the chain. Read more
Feb. 28, 2013
A top Boston lawyer who was working for Congressman Stephen Lynch’s U.S. Senate campaign died on Wednesday night after a Range Rover hit him in South Boston. William A. McDermott, Jr. was 66.
An attorney who specialized in elections laws, McDermott grew up in Savin Hill. He was a son of the late William A. McDermott, who was a longtime assistant corporation counsel for the city of Boston. Read more
An advisory panel on the city’s school assignment system this week signed off on a plan providing students with a minimum of six choices. The plan uses an algorithm and students’ home addresses to determine the set of choices, which will also include schools within a mile radius of the address, on top of new citywide schools. Read more
Feb. 28, 2013
With two Golden Gloves titles under her belt, Maureen O’Brien is flying high. The 30-year-old Dorchester native won the Lowell Golden Gloves on February 15 in the light welterweight division.
“It feels good,” she said. “It was exciting having all the hard work pay off.” Read more