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Employees protest as UMass-Boston celebrates 50 years

By 
Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Oct. 7, 2014

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, OCT. 7, 2014....As University of Massachusetts officials marched from the State House to Boston Common to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston campus, more than 100 university employees held their own procession, protesting sick time and vacation pay concessions the university is asking them to make.

Protestors quietly stood in the background as UMass officials and local dignitaries, including former Senate President Robert Travaglini - an alumnus - and current UMass President Robert Caret, described the transition of the campus, from its formation in 1964 on the site of a former landfill to its status as a modern, harbor-front urban campus where students can "realize the American dream."  Read more

Man shot outside Ashmont station; suspect in custody

By 
Staff
Oct. 6, 2014

A suspect was arrested Monday night after a man was shot on Dorchester Avenue just outside Ashmont MBTA station. The victim, who was shot in the stomach, was transported to Boston Medical Center with what first responders described as "serious" injuries.

The 6:30 p.m. shooting left the station cordoned off with buses and commuters stuck as police swarmed the area. A description of the suspect, described as a black male wearing a black hoodie, white undershirt, white shoes and hat was quickly broadcast to officers. Around 8:30 p.m. Boston Police told the Reporter that a suspect was in custody for allegedly shooting the victim at "point-blank" range with a .45 calibre gun. The suspect was previously known to police and his image was captured by surveillance cameras.  Read more

Mattapan man sentenced to prison for distributing child porn on the Internet

Luis Miguel Gonzalez-Buzetta, 22, was sentenced this week to nine years in prison and permanent status as a sex offender, after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to child-exploitation charges related to the more than 6,000 sexually explicit photos and videos of young girls federal agents found on his computers, the US Attorney's office reports.

The FBI began investigating Gonzalez-Buzetta, 22, in 2013 after his e-mail address turned up on the computer of an Oregon man who was himself under investigation for distributing child porn - including photos of his own daughter.  Read more

Simco's has to shut a day for staying open too late one night

Simco's, 1509 Blue Hill Ave., will have to serve a one-day suspension after a police lieutenant found them open 45 minutes past their licensed 1 a.m. closing time one night in August.

The Boston Licensing Board ordered the punishment after Lt. Det. Eric Eversley testified at a Tuesday hearing that when he drove past Simco's around 1:45 a.m. on Aug. 9, he found the place humming: Not only were there eight to ten patrons waiting in line, there were cars double parked out front and there was even a guy selling CDs on the sidewalk.

Simco's is only licensed to stay open until 1 a.m.  Read more

Saluting Dot’s Irish heritage: Festival set; Florian Hall, McKeon Post

By 
Sean Smith, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 2, 2014

Dorchester Strong: A parade of local Irish dance schools preceded performances at the 2013 Irish Heritage Festival. The indoor and outdoor event drew thousands to Florian Hall and the McKeon Post for a day or music, food and Irish culture. 	Photo by Sean SmithDorchester Strong: A parade of local Irish dance schools preceded performances at the 2013 Irish Heritage Festival. The indoor and outdoor event drew thousands to Florian Hall and the McKeon Post for a day or music, food and Irish culture. Photo by Sean Smith

Dorchester’s Irish Heritage Festival is back for its fourth year, with a full slate of Irish music and dance performances, family entertainment, and cultural activities, as well as food and vendor booths. The festival will take place on Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Florian Hall (55 Hallet Street) and the John McKeon Post AmVets 146 (4 Hilltop St.); there will be a suggested donation at the entrance of $5 per person, or $20 per family, to support the event.  Read more

Pay boost matter a quandary for council

Boston’s city councillors are regrouping after an awkward City Hall hearing about a proposed pay increase on Monday at which councilors were told the proposal as it stands is illegal and punishable by fines and jail time.  Read more

For sale: 1912 comfort station; bids start at $100

Build in 1912 as a "comfort station" for commuters, this building on Columbia Road is now for sale through the city of Boston.

It sits idle, a relic of Dorchester’s days as a bustling streetcar suburb. Tucked between a weathered supply store and the olde town’s first cemetery, the Uphams Corner Comfort Station— as it was called in its days of utility— is far from comforting to the modern eyes. Boarded up since 1977, its dual entrances are sealed off from the Columbia Road sidewalk by chain-links. Just over the fence is the historic Dorchester North Burial Ground, where some of the original settlement’s founding mothers and fathers have found three-and-a-half centuries of rest.

Despite its crumbling condition, there’s still a certain charm to the tiny building with the red, terracotta roof— or what’s left of it. It was essentially a rest stop for commuters who found shelter and a “powder room” here on their way into the city.

For a limited time, it can all be yours for just $100.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY October 2 – 7, 2014

Thursday (2nd) – Gov. Patrick will be guest chef at Men of Boston cook fest— This year’s Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health is shaping up to be another star studded fundraiser for women’s programs in Dorchester.  Read more

Falchuk talks of ‘change’ when he takes the corner office

Hot on the heels of a fiery debate performance with four of other gubernatorial candidates last Wednesday, Evan Falchuk told the Reporter, “This is the way it’s been for me. It’s about being real and genuine.”
Widely considered the frontrunner among the three independent candidates for governor, the 44-year-old Falchuk has struggled to break into the overall conversation with Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley as he has sought during his campaign to get out in front in debates and forums and with the media leading up to voting in November.  Read more

Uphams Corner native leads diversity office at BC High

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UMass remembers a pioneering professor: Oct. 20 concert will endow new Orville Wright Fund

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 2, 2014

Respected professor and prolific musician Orville B. Wright passed away on June 20, 2012. His widow, Joan Wright, has now honored her husband’s commitment to teaching by establishing a scholarship fund in his name at the UMass Boston. A benefit concert for the fund will be held on October 20 on the university’s Dorchester campus.

“My husband was extremely passionate about his music and his teaching,” said Mrs. Wright. “He was a very giving person. That is why myself and my friends thought the scholarship would be a good way to remember him going forward.”  Read more

Recalling the Trumbull Street fire tragedy: 50 years later

By 
Patrick E. O’Connor, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 2, 2014

The five who lost their lives in the 1964 fire and collapse.

Fifty years ago this week, the city was saddened at the loss of five firemen battling a midnight blaze in the South End— including three men from Dorchester.

Shortly after midnight on the morning of October 1, 1964, firemen from the fire station on Harrison Ave behind the Cathedral responded to an abandoned brick building ablaze at 34 Trumbull Street in the South End. Laying down hoses, a front wall collapsed in two sections, killing four and a ‘spark’ by the name of Andrew Sheehan. A fifth firefighter (Jim Sheedy) died later that morning at City Hospital.  Read more

Walsh’s latest idea: ‘Neighborhood Innovation districts’

Is Dudley about to become the next Kendall Square?

It’s possible if the newly-created Neighborhood Innovation District Committee does its job.

To better encourage the development of centers of innovation across the city and in specific neighborhoods, Mayor Martin Walsh has unveiled a new committee charged with expanding innovation and entrepreneurship, his office announced last week.

The Neighborhood Innovation District Committee met in a public meeting for the first time on Wednesday night and will meet at least three to four times before the end of the year.  Read more

Viet-AID celebrates 20th year with My Gala

The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) honored former Boston Mayor and Ambassador Ray Flynn at its third annual My Gala - “Illuminating Past Successes & Embracing Future Opportunities” on September 13 at the IBEW Hall in Dorchester. The Honorary Co-Chairs were Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston CEO Josh Kraft and Boston Police Department Superintendent William Gross.

The event celebrated VietAID’s 20th anniversary this year.  Read more

Stabbing at Columbia Point hall remains unsolved because nobody will talk to the cops

A stabbing at a benefit for an injured motorcyclist at the Boston Teachers Union Hall in August remains unsolved because every person inside the hall interviewed by police either said they saw nothing or refused to talk, a police detective says.  Read more

Gov. Patrick rips 'stupid' Boston Herald cartoon targeting president

Reacting to a widely scorned Boston Herald editorial cartoon that the newspaper has said was not intentionally racist, Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday called it "stupid" and said he hoped for greater sensitivity.

"I don't need to pile on. I found the cartoon offensive. I think most people did. It was stupid," Patrick said, chuckling. "I think even the Herald sees that."

Patrick has regularly been roasted in the tabloid's pages. Asked about Wednesday's cartoon on his way to a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration he said, "Frankly my expectations are not very high. It was stupid."  Read more

Baker outpaces Coakley in fundraising down the stretch

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Oct. 1, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama's arrival on Friday to stump and raise money for gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley comes in the nick of time for the Medford Democrat, with the latest campaign finance numbers showing the Democratic ticket trailing Republican Charlie Baker and his running mate.  Read more

Fields Corner called one of nation’s ‘greatest neighborhoods’

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Oct. 1, 2014

The village's diversity and business mix lend to its national reputation. Reporter file photo

The American Planning Association (APA) likes what it sees happening in Fields Corner and has named the Dorchester community one of this year’s 10 greatest neighborhoods in America in recognition specifically for its residential diversity, citing the presence of its large Vietnamese-American population.

“The close-knit community ties are what set Fields Corner apart,” the non-profit APA wrote, pointing to the work of groups such as Viet-AID and Fields Corner Main Streets in supporting residents and businesses.  Read more

Guv candidates mix it up at Springfield debate

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Sep. 30, 2014

Sharing a debate stage for the first time, the five candidates for governor who will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot talked education, transportation and energy during a one-hour exchange of ideas that featured one flare-up.

Republican Charlie Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk and Jeff McCormick convened for a forum at Faneuil Hall last week and a forum in Cambridge earlier in the day, but their appearance at CityStage was their first with Scott Lively, an anti-gay Springfield preacher who steered a question about infrastructure financing toward his wheelhouse of religiosity.  Read more

Person shot to death on Dudley Street

The Boston Police Department reports a person was shot around 7:15 p.m. on Monday on Dudley Street near East Cottage Street.

The victim, identified only as "male," was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Polls: Coakley, Baker in tight contest marked by gender gaps

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Sep. 29, 2014

Hours before they face off with their fellow gubernatorial candidates in a televised debate, Attorney General Martha Coakley and former health insurance executive Charlie Baker appear to be in a dead heat in their battle for the Corner Office, according to two polls released on Monday morning.

A Suffolk University and Boston Herald poll of 500 likely voters showed Coakley, the Democrat, with 44 percent, and Baker, the Republican nominee, with 43 percent.  Read more

Codman Square hosts 'Men of Boston Cook' this Thursday

By 
Staff
Sep. 29, 2014

Jonathan EliasJonathan EliasThis year's Men of Boston Cook for Women's Health on Thursday, October 2 is looking to be Codman Square Health Center's most delicious event yet. With an impressive list of diverse and renowned restaurants including local favorites like Ashmont Grill and Venezia, everyone who attends is surely in for a treat.

On top of the great menu, Celebrity Chefs from Governor Patrick to Dorchester native CNN Anchor John King will join to serve up these delectable dishes. WBZ co-anchor Jonathan Elias’ will be the emcee at this year’s event.

All of this great food is served alongside groovy music by The Blue Hotel, all in the efforts to raise funds for essential women's health programs here in Dorchester.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.menofboston.com

Police say woman was sexually attacked off Columbia Road

The Boston Police Department reports a woman walking in the area of Columbia Road and Holden Street around 7:50 a.m. yesterday "when she was approached by a male who forced her into the rear of an adjacent property and sexually assaulted her."  Read more

Gov. Patrick knocks down AG talk

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Sep. 25, 2014

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 25, 2014.....Gov. Deval Patrick, who is heading later Thursday to Washington D.C., knocked down speculation that he may be in line to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, who reportedly plans to step down.  Read more

The Dorchester Historical Society hosting a “Dinner at Willow Court”

The Dorchester Historical Society is hosting a “Dinner at Willow Court” tomorrow night (Sept. 26) at 6 o’clock at the society’s headquarters at 195 Boston St. The DHS plans a festive evening to recall the style and elegance of earlier times: cocktails, a seated dinner, and a live auction. Period attire encouraged: Victorian, Edwardian, Roaring Twenties, upstairs or downstairs.  Proceeds to benefit the DHS Building Restoration fund. Board members and volunteers who dressed in Downton Abbey style for this photo include: Back row, from left: Richard O’Mara, Robert Severy, Gene Gorman, Kit Binns, Earl Taylor, Jeff Gonyeau. Middle row: Bill Loesch, Karen McNutt, Peggy Mullen, Emy Thomas, Anne Schmalz, Vicki Rugo, Terry Dolan, Rosanne Foley. Seated: Joyce Ellis, Joe Bagley, Jen Poulsen, Lianne Ames, and Paul Delorey.   Photo courtesy DHS, © Mike Ritter 2014The Dorchester Historical Society is hosting a “Dinner at Willow Court” tomorrow night (Sept. 26) at 6 o’clock at the society’s headquarters at 195 Boston St. The DHS plans a festive evening to recall the style and elegance of earlier times: cocktails, a seated dinner, and a live auction. Period attire encouraged: Victorian, Edwardian, Roaring Twenties, upstairs or downstairs.  Proceeds to benefit the DHS Building Restoration fund. Board members and volunteers who dressed in Downton Abbey style for this photo include: Back row, from left: Richard O’Mara, Robert Severy, Gene Gorman, Kit Binns, Earl Taylor, Jeff Gonyeau. Middle row: Bill Loesch, Karen McNutt, Peggy Mullen, Emy Thomas, Anne Schmalz, Vicki Rugo, Terry Dolan, Rosanne Foley. Seated: Joyce Ellis, Joe Bagley, Jen Poulsen, Lianne Ames, and Paul Delorey.   Photo courtesy DHS, © Mike Ritter 2014  Read more