May. 22, 2014
(Updated 3:10p.m.)— A key stretch of Dorchester Ave. between Columbia Road and Freeport Street has been re-opened to traffic at this hour. It has been closed for a period of more than an hour this afternoon after a gas main break near Ryan Playground. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a man was found with multiple gunshot wounds around 1:25 p.m. on Wednesday at 742 Dudley St.
He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
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
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
May. 22, 2014
The weather was typical for late spring in Boston: warm (80 degrees), dry, and windy (20 mph) out of the southwest.
It was Friday, May 22, 1964, and given the climate of the day, it wouldn’t take much to have a fire break out, which one did, about 1:30 in the afternoon on the back porch of 26 Bellflower St. in Dorchester, according to reports filed later by the Boston Fire Department. Read more
May. 22, 2014
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh was the keynote speaker at Project Dorchester Education Enrichment Program (Project DEEP ) Recognition Night on May 16 at the IBEW Hall. The event was held to acknowledge the accomplishments of the students who earned scholarships to a summer camp of the students’ choosing through Project DEEP’s tutoring program. It also recognized the efforts of the high school students who volunteer to tutor the younger students. Read more
May. 22, 2014
You use a wheelchair to move around and go shopping shop in your neighborhood business district. But, in summertime, outdoor cafes make the sidewalk too narrow for you to get by. Read more
May. 22, 2014
Nearly a month after his release from jail after serving time on assault charges, Carlos Henriquez is back home in the community he represented on Beacon Hill for nearly four years and beginning his adjustment to life as an ex-convict.
“I face a lot of the same challenges a lot of people face coming home from jail. I now have a record,” Henriquez said in an interview with the Reporter, adding that he worries about what his future will be like. Read more
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.”
May. 21, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
May. 14, 2014
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
May. 14, 2014
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
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
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.
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
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.