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Morton St. detours now underway as bridge is replaced

Beginning tomorrow night at 9 o’clock and continuing until early Monday morning, Aug. 18, the Morton Street bridge crossing will be closed to auto and bus traffic as work crews begin to replace the crumbling bridge. Detours will be in effect, with vehicles, including the 21 and 26 buses, being re-routed along Washington Street and Talbot and Blue Hill avenues.  Read more

Checking out the Harbor: Yacht club treats the kids

Cruisin' Dorchester Bay: Three members of the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester enjoy the waters of the Boston Harbor thanks to the Dorchester Yacht Club.     Photo courtesy the Boys and Girls Club of DorchesterCruisin' Dorchester Bay: Three members of the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester enjoy the waters of the Boston Harbor thanks to the Dorchester Yacht Club. Photo courtesy the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester
“Get closer, Captain!” The seven kids steadied themselves, careful to keep their hands hidden behind their backs, and their eyes on the boat coming up fast on the starboard side.

Their vessel, a 46-foot Sport Fisherman known as “Pair of Jacks,” was cruising through glittering Boston Harbor waters last Wednesday morning as it approached the Light Wave, a speed boat carrying four of their friends, all of them part of a group of 50 Boys and Girls Club kids being given rides around the Boston Harbor by volunteers from the Dorchester Yacht Club.  Read more

Women’s role in illicit gun trade is the target

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 7, 2014

LIPSTICK: Mayor Martin Walsh joined LIPSTICK for a workshop and meeting at the Grove Hall Library on Saturday. From left to right: Kim Odom, Ruth Rollins, Kristen Keif, Mayor Martin Walsh and Paul Barrett. 	Mayor’s Office Photo by Isabel LeonLIPSTICK: Mayor Martin Walsh joined LIPSTICK for a workshop and meeting at the Grove Hall Library on Saturday. From left to right: Kim Odom, Ruth Rollins, Kristen Keif, Mayor Martin Walsh and Paul Barrett. Mayor’s Office Photo by Isabel Leon

An overflow audience, including Mayor Martin Walsh, packed an anti-violence meeting in Grove Hall last Saturday held by Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner City Killing, or LIPSTICK, a project of Citizens for Safety, an umbrella group working to stem illegal gun trafficking nationwide.

The organization specifically targets the role of women in the illicit trade of firearms.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY August 7 – 16, 2014

Thursday (7th) – Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site and the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area offer a guided walking tour of Pleasure Bay and Marine Park in South Boston at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Call 617-566-1689, extension 206 for more info.  Read more

Rep. Carvalho, barely settled, ‘hungry as I’ve ever been’

Rep. Evandro CarvalhoRep. Evandro CarvalhoIt has been a busy year for state Rep. Evandro Carvalho. Even though the Legislature is closed for formal business until January, he has no plans to slow down, and not just because he’s up for re-election.

“I’ve been in re-election mode since day one,” said Carvalho in an interview with the Reporter. He won a five-way special Democratic primary on April 1 and was unchallenged in the April 29 final election for the 5th Suffolk seat that was left open after the ouster of former Rep. Carlos Henriquez.

Since his swearing-in on May 14, the Cape Verdean native and former Suffolk County assistant DA has kept a low profile on Beacon Hill, getting used to the ins and outs of the new position.  Read more

Dot’s Dhami takes to the road to chase Olympic judo dream

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 7, 2014

Maria Dhami, second from left, is a National Junior Judo Champion who hopes to represent the US on the Olympic Judo team.Maria Dhami, second from left, is a National Junior Judo Champion who hopes to represent the US on the Olympic Judo team.

Maria Dhami, an 18-year-old Dorchester woman who is a four-time National Junior judo champion, wants to represent the United States on its Olympic team. To that end, she has committed herself to competing widely, nationally and internationally; it’s a commitment that comes at a great cost of time and money.

A graduate of Boston Latin Academy who lives in the Polish Triangle, Dhami is the top ranked junior in the 52kg weight class and current Junior champion. She was four years old when her family came to the United States from Albania. Four years later, she was student of judo at the Boston Ultimate Self-Defense Center who as time went by experienced early success at local tournaments but defeats in national competitions.

Those losses fueled her determination to get better.  Read more

African-American traditions in spotlight at Hibernian Hall and at City Hall Plaza

This weekend, Dorchester residents will be appearing in two musical productions, each of which celebrates different African-American traditions.

“Children of the Gods”
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Adams Street’s Birdseye helps people connect with books – and much more

By 
Kimberley Theodore, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 7, 2014

Elisa Birdseye: Adams Street BPL Branch librarian.Elisa Birdseye: Adams Street BPL Branch librarian.Librarian Elisa Birdseye has worked in Boston Public Library branches for 28 years. She spent 20 years working at the Copley Library then came to the Adams Street Branch of the Boston Public Library.

“I handle mostly adult programs and related events for seniors as well,” said Birdseye.

The 51-year-old grew up near Stone Mountain, Atlanta but has lived in Boston since she was 18.

“I’ve lived here in the Huntington Avenue area then Jamaica Plain then Roslindale and now Hyde Park where I’ve been living for about 15 years,” said Birdseye.  Read more

Top Democrats lay out their plans for fall elections

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 7, 2014

The Massachusetts Democratic Party, hoping to keep its hold on the Corner Office after Gov. Deval Patrick departs, plans to keep the heat on expected Republican gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker throughout the primary and general election season with a coordinated campaign leveraging Democrats’ superior numbers to enhance voter turnout, two top party officials said Friday.  Read more

A Wiffle for Tommy

Charlie Maneikis received his wiffle cut from Heather Flynn. Photo by Bill Forry

Kitty survives fall from Adams Street house; needs new home

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 6, 2014

“Adams” is a four-month old kitten who fractured a leg after a fall from an Adams Street three-decker. 	Photo courtesy MSPCA-Angell“Adams” is a four-month old kitten who fractured a leg after a fall from an Adams Street three-decker. Photo courtesy MSPCA-Angell

A four-month old kitten that fell from the third- floor porch of an Adams Street three-decker last month underwent surgery last week at MSPCA-Angell in Boston. The staff at the hospital have named the kitten “Adams,” after the street where she was found on July 21.

As a result of the fall, Adams fractured her right rear leg. A neighbor saw the kitten fall from the third floor and made repeated attempts to make contact with the occupants to no avail. Unable to care for the kitten and afraid she would not get the proper care, the good Samaritan rushed her to the MSPCA-Angell hospital in Jamaica Plain.  Read more

New deal on liquor licenses in Boston awaits Patrick's okay

All that remains is Gov. Deval Patrick’s signature and Boston will be the recipient of 75 new liquor licenses and a liquor licensing board whose members will be appointed by the mayor.  Read more

Neighbors pitch in to send care packages to troops in Afghanistan

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 6, 2014

Care packages for local men serving in Afghanistan were gathered and packed at Tuesday evening’s National Night Out event at Town Field in Fields Corner. Photo by Jacon Aguiar

A diverse cross-section of the Dorchester community turned out to celebrate and honor three of our own serving in the armed forces in Afghanistan at the neighborhood’s National Night Out festivities at Town Field Park in Fields Corner on Tuesday night.  Read more

Police: Help us find Mary Newell

By 
Staff
Aug. 4, 2014

Missing since June 1

UPDATE: "Mary Newell has been located. The Boston Police would like to thank all who have assisted in the recovery of Ms. Newell."- 5:40 p.m. on Aug. 4
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Cape Verdean teens take community pulse

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 1, 2014

Hitting the streets: Cesar Monteiro, 19, spoke with a resident of North Avenue in Roxbury as he collected survey responses this week. 	Photo courtesy CVC UNIDOHitting the streets: Cesar Monteiro, 19, spoke with a resident of North Avenue in Roxbury as he collected survey responses this week. Photo courtesy CVC UNIDOCape Verdean youth based out of the Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peter’s on Bowdoin Street are surveying local neighborhoods this summer to collect data on residents’ concerns. The project, run by the Youth of Cape Verdean Community UNIDO (CVC UNIDO), was founded by St. Peter’s director, Paulo Debarros.

The group has been active for the past three summers, providing summer jobs for teens while advocating for issues within the Cape Verdean community.  Read more

Valet charged with shooting co-worker to death on Boston Street

A Hyde Park man was arraigned today on charges he shot Daniel Taylor to death on Boston Street early on Feb. 22.

Smith, 23, of Hyde Park, was ordered held without bail at his arraignment in South Boston District Court, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Prosecutors say the two men attended a work-related party downtown that night:

"They left the event together with Taylor driving a family member’s vehicle.  Read more

Compromise bill would shift liquor license control to Boston, add tax holiday in August

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Jul. 31, 2014

With one day left for legislators to tackle major legislation before formal sessions end for the year, House and Senate negotiating committees reached deals Wednesday night on bills aimed at boosting job growth, updating gun laws, combating domestic violence, paying for environmental and energy projects, and instituting new accountability measures at local housing authorities.

The compromise economic development bill (H 4377) also gives Boston a set new number of liquor licenses and gives the mayor the authority to appoint his own licensing board, but does not eliminate the statewide cap for all other cities and towns, as the Senate and Gov. Deval Patrick proposed to do.  Read more

Almont Park ready for football; baseball is next

Almont's new gridiron: Interim Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook, left, and Ryan Woods, director of External Affairs for the department, are shown on the new football field at Almont Park. The Mattapan Patriots take the field on Friday. Photo by Bill ForryAlmont's new gridiron: Interim Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook,right, and Ryan Woods, director of External Affairs for the department, are shown on the new football field at Almont Park. The Mattapan Patriots take the field on Friday. Photo by Bill Forry

It’s been ten years coming, but an ambitious, $4.2 million reconstruction project at Mattapan’s largest city-owned park is now well underway. Almont Park’s marquee addition, a newly-installed football field, will open this week— just in time for the neighborhood’s Pop Warner program to start practices on August 1.

This week, Mayor Martin Walsh added another new element to the build-out at Almont: Heeding calls from residents, Walsh has ordered the project to add a little league baseball field to the next phase of the construction, expected to begin this fall. The baseball diamond will be added to a corner of the park that is now used mainly for cricket— and it will give Mattapan a chance to start-up a youth baseball league next spring.  Read more

‘Doc’ is on call in Bowdoin/Geneva; Rev. Conway, BPD’s Baston push safety on streets

Rev. Richard “Doc” Conway inside St. Peter's Church on Bowdoin Street. Photo by Tom Kates Photography/Courtesy BC High

The young guys were finished with their warm-ups on the basketball court at Ronan Park in Dorchester and getting ready to choose sides for a game. Small problem: They only had nine players on hand. “Hey, Pops, how about making it ten?” one of the players said to an older man who was standing nearby looking on. “Not me,’ said the observer, whose thin, lanky frame suggested that he might be able to do a few runs up and down the court. “But thanks; you’re just going to have to make do with what you have.”

For Reverend Richard “Doc” Conway, BC High, Class of 1955, the invitation to join in a hoops scrimmage with young men from the neighborhood was an affirmation that his Roman collar didn’t set him apart from the street life of the parish he served, St. Peter’s on Meetinghouse Hill, a gathering place looking out over Boston Harbor that is rich in historical fetch extending back to the founding of Dorchester by the Puritans in 1630.  Read more

Transfer station dispute erupts at South Boston line

New Boston Food Market: Employs 700 people, many of them local, and could be undermined by a planned trash transfer plant, according to owners.New Boston Food Market: Employs 700 people, many of them local, and could be undermined by a planned trash transfer plant, according to owners.

An embattled proposed recycling facility located in the bend along Interstate 93 in South Boston has many people pointing fingers.

The proposed $10 million, state-of-the-art Celtic Recycling project would process 1,500 tons of construction and demolition debris daily, as well as single stream recycling of cardboard, newspapers, cans, and bottles within a 55,000 square-foot former blast freezing facility.

This summer, businesses and neighborhood groups in Dorchester, South Boston, and Roxbury banded together to form a “Don’t Dump on Us” task force out of fear that the proposed facility will be fast-tracked to completion.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY July 31 – Aug. 7, 2014

Thursday (31st) – Soul City Band performs live in concert at Dorchester Park at 7 p.m. The free show starts at 7 p.m. The stage will be located on the Adams Street side of the park in the “bowl” baseball field. Soul City Band bills itself as “Boston’s premiere soul cover band” with a song list heavy with Motown classics. Call 617-635-4505 for more info.  Read more

Bus shelter roofs targeted for “green” treatment along Fairmount corridor

Something leafy and green is growing on top of three bus shelters along the Fairmont Line–and that’s the plan. The $15,000 pilot project is aimed at showing community members how roofs laden with green plants such as those installed on the three bus shelters improve air quality, reduce storm water run-off, and cut down on heat islands during hot summer months.  Read more

Four finalists are chosen for Town Field art project

Four finalists have been selected in the quest to erect a major public art project dedicated to freedom in Fields Corner’s Town Field.

All four submissions chosen by the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) and the Boston Art Commission honor the sacrifices made in the name of freedom and simultaneously serve as inspiration from the neighborhood’s aspirations for freedom from poverty and crime, VietAID said.  Read more

Harbor walk under construction on Columbia Point; detours set

Folks planning to take a stroll around Columbia Point’s Harbor Walk will have to take a road less traveled through detours as crews work to rehabilitate the pathway and shoreline through the end of the year.

The detour will pull off the Harbor Walk at the waterfront at the Massachusetts Archives, diverting to the new walkway along University Drive north, before rejoining the HarborWalk at Harbor Point apartments.  Read more

GOP’s Baker: Dot a ‘tougher sell’ than most places

Two of the five gubernatorial hopefuls gave Dorchester some love this week in the hopes its voters would return the sentiment in the fall.

Returning to Dorchester for the first time since the Dot Day Parade, Republican Charlie Baker knocked on doors and pressed palms with residents of St. Brendan’s Parish on Saturday. His visits have drawn positive comments from a number of the people, including Dorchester’s honorary mayor Erin Murphy, who tagged along with Baker and a handful of other Dot residents on Saturday.  Read more