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Report: Fields Corner shooting victim lashed out at cops

Boston Police who responded to a shooting in Fields Corner last evening had their hands full when the victim - who had just taken a bullet to the back after an argument - refused to cooperate and started struggling with the officers, according to a report obtained by the Reporter.  Read more

College, career readiness program plans launch in Mattapan

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
May. 7, 2014

Looking to provide educational opportunities to the Mattapan community, the Mattahunt Community Center on 100 Hebron Street will partner with College Bound Dorchester to provide career and college readiness programming to its visitors.  Read more

Mom’s cancer fight inspires new mission

SAVIN HILL SHOOT: Tracy King photographed her mother Pam King in Savin Hill Park this week. Photo by Bill ForrySAVIN HILL SHOOT: Tracy King photographed her mother Pam King in Savin Hill Park this week. Photo by Bill Forry

Pam King is “a tough cookie” – as her daughter Tracy puts it. She has survived not one, not two, but four bouts with skin cancer, colon cancer, and two types of breast cancer.

But, last year, as the 64-year-old Savin Hill mom of three braced for her fifth fight – against non-Hodgkins lymphoma – she grew worried. Her first-ever chemotherapy session was looming and she dreaded the thought of losing her hair. She worried, too, that she might not make it to her next birthday.  Read more

Sidewalk project on Gallivan Blvd. underway; detours to come

By 
Staff
May. 6, 2014

Workers poured new sidewalk surfaces on Gallivan Boulevard on Monday, May 5. Photo by Ed Forry

Workers have begun reconstructing sidewalks on both sides of Gallivan Boulevard from Adams Vllage east to Neponset Circle as part of a $900,000 MassDOT project to resurface the boulevard along a two-mile stretch from Morton Street to Interstate 93 at Neponset. Work to mill the existing roadway surface will begin at the intersection with Morton Street and proceed east in six stages, starting next Sunday (May 11).

Paving will begin the following Sunday, May 18. Work will take place nightly from Sunday through Friday morning, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and is expected to take four weeks, weather permitting.  Read more

Man shot to death in Mattapan

A man was fatally shot around 3:15 p.m. on Friday at 9 Gladeside Ave., the Boston Police Department reports.

The victim, in his 30s, was shot several times.

State officials warn of expressway detours next Tuesday-Wednesday

By 
Staff
May. 2, 2014

A key stretch of the northbound expressway will be closed off for road repairs overnight next Tuesday into Wednesday between South Bay and Haymarket— prompting detours onto local streets.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (DOT) put out a news release today that said the closure will start at midnight on Tuesday, May 6 and last until Wednesday, May 7 at 5 a.m.  Read more

UMass Boston tops-off work on newest academic building

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

UMass Boston's GAB No. 1, which is next to the Campus Center, will support the university’s growing student enrollment and course offerings. It will house three academic programs: Art, Chemistry, and Performing Arts. Photo courtesy UMB

A milestone in UMass Boston's latest building project was celebrated with a traditional Topping Off ceremony on the Dorchester campus on Wed., April 30. The installation of a decorated I-beam was pushed off until better weather on Friday, 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

$3 million facelift is on tap for Uphams Corner

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
May. 1, 2014

Mayor Martin Walsh spoke at a press conference at the Strand Theatre on Monday. Photo by Don Harney/Mayor's Office

Uphams Corner will be the site of more than $3 million in roadway improvements in the coming months. Mayor Martin Walsh spoke to reporters and community members Monday morning under the marquee of the Strand Theater on Columbia Road.  Read more

Mayor nudges businesses to look to city sites for development

More than 300,000 square feet of city-owned property, including Mattapan’s Cote Ford site, will be converted into commercial space, Mayor Martin Walsh said on Tuesday. Hoping to raise the profile of the sites and spur interest in development possibilities, Walsh highlighted the Department of Neighborhood Development’s efforts in his first speech as mayor to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce at the Westin Copley Place Hotel.  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook- Unenrolled Dot man casts eyes on Dorcena Forry seat

State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, a Dorchester Democrat who also represents South Boston, Hyde Park, and Mattapan, could have a challenger after all in this fall’s election. Robert E. Powers Jr., a Pierce Avenue resident, pulled nomination papers and submitted the required number of signatures from registered voters earlier this week.

Powers, who is unenrolled, could not be reached for comment and it won’t be clear for a day or two if he has the required number of signatures – 300 – since the local elections department was still processing them as of press time for the Reporter.  Read more

UMass Boston expands Chinese exchange program

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
May. 1, 2014

The physical footprint of UMass Boston is growing and the university is expanding its off-campus programs as well. One example is the UMass Boston’s China Program Center (CPC), which was awarded two federal grants in 2012 from the Department of Education to run two Fulbright Hays Group Project Abroad Programs.  Read more

Walsh plans Dudley Square incubator

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
May. 1, 2014

A center of the African-American community in Boston, Dudley Square will include between 3,500 and 4,000 square feet of “incubator space” under a plan Mayor Marty Walsh is set to announce Tuesday.

“We want to be able to spread, so it’s not just in Kendall Square and in the Innovation District, but it’s also in Dudley,” Walsh told the News Service about his plans to include Dudley among entrepreneurial hubs. He said, “This is incubator space and hopefully the startup companies that we have in there come right out of the community.”  Read more

Rev. Wall defends rail company invoice

By 
Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
May. 1, 2014

Pastor Bruce Wall last week defended an advisory group’s efforts to obtain money from Keolis North America, a company which won a contract to run the state’s commuter rail system. Wall’s defense came during an event that functioned as both a prayer service and a rally at the Global Ministries Christian Church on Washington Street.  Read more

Former parishioners hope to memorialize St. Kevin’s leader

By 
Jackie Gentile, Special to the Reporter
May. 1, 2014

St. Kevin's School was photographed two days before its demolition by former parishioner Christine Inman. Above, the school's auditorium.

Former parishioners and graduates of St. Kevin church and school in Uphams Corner hope to establish a permanent memorial to one of the parish’s most respected leaders on the grounds of a new development now being built on the site.  Read more

Volunteers will help ‘Boston Shine’ this weekend

The city of Boston’s coordinated spring clean-up will stretch out over three weekends this year— with Dorchester and Mattapan’s “Boston Shines” weekend set for May 2-3. The citywide effort, now in its 12th year, engages thousands of volunteers in targeted cleaning projects.
This year’s effort will include four service areas: physical service, university engagement, youth development, and creating opportunities to help unite neighbors and communities. The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services will coordinate efforts and brooms, shovels, and other tools will be provided distributed.  Read more

Lower Mills Was Once Center of Chocolate Universe

By 
Peter F. Stevens, Special to the Reporter
May. 1, 2014

Editor’s Note: On Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m., the state’s DCR and the Dorchester Historical Society will team up to present a special “Sweet History Stroll” to explore the former Baker Chocolate Factory site and learn about the sweet history of Lower Mills for those ages 10 and up. Meet at the public parking lot in Milton Lower Mills, beside the Milton Yacht Club at 36 Wharf St. In 2002, the Reporter published this brief history of the Walter Baker Chocolate Factory by Peter F. Stevens.


Something was in the air. People on their daily rounds along the roads of Dorchester and Milton Village turned toward the Neponset River and inhaled the spring breeze and took a deep whiff. Chocolate was in the air- literally.

The year was 1765. The heavenly scent drifted from a sawmill on the banks of the river, within eyeshot of Boston. Inside the mill an Irishman watched two giant millstones grinding fragrant cocoa and sounding a call to a culinary revolution that was to spread from Dorchester and conquer the collective palate of America.  Read more

PLAY BALL! Cedar Grove Baseball opens season with ceremony, salute to fallen coach

Cedar Grove Baseball launched its season with a ceremony at McMorrow Park in Neponset on Sunday, April 27. The event included a parade of Cedar Grove ballplayers from T-ball through Senior divisions, the singing of the National Anthem by the St. Ann’s Youth Choir and presentation of the colors by the Boston Fire Department Honor Guard.

The ceremony included a special salute to the late Patrick Mannion, a dedicated Cedar Grove coach and dad who passed away suddenly in January 2014. His family— including his wife Monica and son Connor— were on hand for a special presentation made by Cedar Grove’s league president Charlie Maneikis, who presided over Sunday’s ceremony.

The 2014 season has been dedicated to Coach Mannion.  Read more

Two convicted of first-degree murder in Codman Square marijuana robbery

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Wednesday convicted Reginald Holley and Oasis Pritchett of first-degree murder for the Oct. 17, 2012 death of Alfonso Rivas in a Lyndhurst Street apartment, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The verdict means a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. They will be formally sentenced on Thursday.  Read more

Dorchester's Judge Rosalind Miller confirmed to Superior Court

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

The Governor's Council on Wednesday unanimously approved Dorchester Municipal Court Judge Rosalind Miller to a spot on the Superior Court bench vacated by former Chief Justice Robert Mulligan.  Read more

Light turnout for Carvalho win as Henriquez awaits his release

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 30, 2014

Rep.-elect Evandro CarvalhoRep.-elect Evandro CarvalhoThe day before former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez was expected to be released from jail, voters in his former House district picked his successor, Evandro Carvalho, an attorney born in Cape Verde who won Tuesday’s special election with 739 votes, according to unofficial election results. There were 71 write-in ballots.

In the primary election on April 1, Carvalho gained nearly 50 percent of the vote in running against four other Democrats. No Republicans emerged to challenge him in the final election, and he will likely be sworn in later this month.  Read more

Volunteers will help ‘Boston Shine’ this weekend

Comcast Cares Day volunteers painted inspirational quotes on the gym wall at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester last Saturday as part of a large volunteer effort at the site. Photo by Bill Brett)

The city of Boston’s coordinated spring clean-up will stretch out over three weekends this year— with Dorchester and Mattapan’s “Boston Shines” weekend set for May 2-3. The citywide effort, now in its 12th year, engages thousands of volunteers in targeted cleaning projects.  Read more

Entrants sought for Little Miss, Young Miss contests

By 
Staff
Apr. 28, 2014

Applications must be submitted this week for girls hoping to participate in the annual Little Miss & Young Miss Dorchester Contests. The contests will be held on Sat., May 10 at the First Parish Church 10 Parish St. at 10 a.m. Little Miss Contestants must be 7-8-9 years old on the day of the contest — Saturday May 10— and Young Miss Contestants must be 10-11-12 years old on the day of the contest. An application can be downloaded here (below). Contact Annissa Essaibi George at 617-594-1841 or email littlemiss@dotdayparade.com with additional questions.  Read more

Abutters, MBTA remain at odds over rail station

Residents of the Woodhaven Street area remain in deep disagreement with state lawmakers and transportation officials over the siting of a commuter rail station between Blue Hill Avenue and Cummins Highway.

A meeting on April 10 did little to quell the discontent. State Rep. Russell Holmes, a Mattapan Democrat who supports the project, said another meeting has been scheduled for mid-May, with MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott expected to attend.  Read more

Taking part in the Way of the Cross offers comfort in sorrow at St. Peter’s

By 
David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 24, 2014

Stations of the Cross: On Good Friday, members of St.Peter’s Parish Via Sacra carried the Cross around the neighborhood to the sites where community members died as a result of acts of violence.                      			                    Photo by David EisenstadterStations of the Cross: On Good Friday, members of St.Peter’s Parish Via Sacra carried the Cross around the neighborhood to the sites where community members died as a result of acts of violence. Photo by David Eisenstadter

Luisa Tavares fought back tears as she stood at the site of her son’s death reading the Fourth Station of the Cross, the one in which Jesus meets his mother on the way to his death on Calvary. But before Tavares began, Father Richard Conway told those assembled at Navillus Terrace that they were there to remember Junior DaVeiga and Andrew Tavares, two victims of violence in that very spot.  Read more

Patrick’s man Walsh eases into Lower Mills

John Walsh : standing in front of his new Lower Mills digs.	Photo by Gintautas DumciusJohn Walsh : standing in front of his new Lower Mills digs. Photo by Gintautas Dumcius

Dorchester Democrats have a new member of their party in their midst: The former chairman of the state party. John Walsh, the man who helped Deval Patrick win the gubernatorial race in 2006 and become the first Democratic governor in Massachusetts in 16 years, has moved into Lower Mills with his wife Donna.  Read more