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Four Corners restaurant gets OK to stay open later on Fridays, Saturdays

Levi's Restaurant and Lounge, 323 Washington St., won approval from the Boston Licensing Board to extend its Friday and Saturday closing time from 1 a.m. until 2 a.m.

The Georges, who own the restaurant, said they keep getting requests from customers to stay open a little later on weekends.

Both the mayor's office and police District C-11 opposed the extra hour.  Read more

BPD promotes 35 to higher duty

Patrick Champagnie and his wife Rhonda pose with Mayor Marty Walsh and Commissioner Evans at the Boston Police Department Promotional and Rating Ceremony at Florian Hall on Thursday.  Photo courtesy Sgt. Mike McCarthyPatrick Champagnie and his wife Rhonda pose with Mayor Marty Walsh and Commissioner Evans at the Boston Police Department Promotional and Rating Ceremony at Florian Hall on Thursday.  Photo courtesy Sgt. Mike McCarthy

His wife slipped the badge, hung on a small chain, over Patrick Champagnie’s neck. Smiling, the couple turned and posed for a photo with the mayor and police commissioner, looking out into the crowd at their twin teenage sons. With the badge on his chest, it was official–Champagnie is a Boston police detective.

“This is another step, as far as I’m concerned,” said Det. Champagnie, a Morton Street native and 20-year member of the department.  Read more

Unemployed find work with help from state’s DTA

By 
David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 14, 2014

Dorchester resident and new DTA staff member Tyisha Curenton hugs Boston Economic Development Chief John Barros as DTA Commissioner Stacey Monahan looks on with Curenton's certificate of recognition Monday at the State House.

For 15 months, Tyisha Curenton of Dorchester remained unemployed. Now, she not only has a job, but that job entails helping people find work. Curenton was one of the 212 clients honored Monday morning at the State House as part of the Department of Transitional Assistance Client Recognition Ceremony.

The first client to speak Monday, Curenton told those gathered in the room that she was helped by the department, but also through her own personal drive to succeed.

“Greater things are coming,” she said. “Envision yourself doing great things and they will become a reality.”  Read more

Vietnamese eatery Anh Hong deserves ‘Best of Boston’ props

By 
Hong Tran, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 14, 2014

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It’s common knowledge among Bostonian Vietnamese and increasingly Dorchester’s worst kept secret: one may not find better, more authentic Vietnamese food elsewhere than here in the Dot. Indeed Dorchester is home to one of the fastest growing Vietnamese enclaves in all of America. Thanks to an array of outstanding Vietnamese establishments, Dorchester is hands-down the Vietnamese food capital of Boston.

Amidst the culinary heavyweights in restaurant-dense Fields Corner neighborhood, Anh Hong still rises to the top with its beef-times-seven magic, the signature dish bo bay mon (seven-course beef). In fact, the original venture by Julie Thai scored a hat trick vote by Boston Magazine as Boston’s best Vietnamese restaurant from 2011 and to 2013. This year, the magazine also votes Anh Hong the Best Neighborhood Restaurant in Dorchester.  Read more

The bike builder of Bowdoin Street

By 
Kimberley Theodore, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 14, 2014

Noah Hicks, 28, worked on a bike at his Bowdoin Street repair shop.Noah Hicks, 28, worked on a bike at his Bowdoin Street repair shop.

Noah Hicks, a lifelong resident of Blakeville Street, refers to himself as “The Bike Builder.”

Hicks, 28, grew up with four brothers and they often rode their bikes together around their Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood. With a house full of boys, his parents encouraged their kids to be active. They too owned and rode bikes.

Hicks outgrew bicycling as he got older, but he returned to it in his early 20’s as it became an affordable alternative to public transportation or cars.

“My thing is I was pretty broke so I ended up just experimenting on how to save myself a few dollars and fix a bike I bought that was in God-awful shape. By doing that, I was able to safe myself a few dollars,” said Hicks.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY August 16 – 21, 2014

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‘Gifted’ young blood out of Grealish Boxing Club

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 14, 2014

Cooking classes for kids focus on organic foods

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 14, 2014

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and ChopChop Magazine have teamed up to offer free cooking classes to Dorchester kids. This week, a group of eight kids ages 8-12 from the Blue Hills Boys and Girls Club have been learning to make their own healthy home-cooked meals with fresh organic produce.

The Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club is one of eight clubs to hold cooking classes for children. The first session last week took place in Worcester.  Read more

Buyer sought for Lower Mills eatery Mrs. Jones

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New buyer sought for Lower Mills eatery Mrs. Jones

Mrs. Jones: Lower Mills eatery closed in May. Photo by Bill ForryMrs. Jones: Lower Mills eatery closed in May. Photo by Bill ForryMrs. Jones, a soul food eatery at 2255 Dorchester Avenue, shut its doors in May after its namesake owner fell ill. The popular Lower Mills take-out restaurant could re-open under new management, according to the building’s landlord, if the right buyer is found to continue Mrs. Jones’ business.

“I’ve had at least 20 interviews and I recently met with someone for second time who is interested in the space and the equipment,” explained Bill Shaffer, who owns the building that houses the restaurant.

Shaffer said that Mrs. Jones asked him to act as a broker to sell her business to a qualified buyer. “There’s been a tremendous amount of inquiry. Everyone wants it to remain a soul food restaurant.”  Read more

Forry, Tompkins urge voters to give Grossman ‘hard look’

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry with Steve Grossman and Sheriff Steven Tompkins on Monday in Mattapan Square. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

Steve Grossman hopes key endorsements from State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins will activate their “army of activists” for the Treasurer currently trailing in the governor’s race polls.

“We can motivate an army of activists as we did at the convention when I earned the endorsement of the Massachusetts Democratic party,” Grossman told the Reporter on Monday morning outside Mattapan Station, where the senator and sheriff delivered their formal endorsements. “And that’s what this is all about. Getting your army of activists motivated.”  Read more

Take a virtual tour of the Fields Corner Business Lab

Photographer Mike Ritter and Fields Corner Business Lab co-owner John Mauldin inside the business lab.

Now you can tour the state-of-the art Fields Corner Business Lab without ever having to leave your desk.  Read more

Net gain for street hockey players in King-Adams Park

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 12, 2014

Patrick Coughlin, Matt O'Connor, Stephen Gargan, Patrick Pugliese (l-r) put newly-installed street hockey nets to use immediately on Monday. Photo courtesy Tom Leahy

The teenagers and kids who use the street hockey court at Adams/King Playground in Dorchester had a simple request this summer: They hoped to score two new hockey nets.

Neighbor Tom Leahy, of King Street, decided to do something about it two weeks ago and contacted Mayor Martin Walsh’s office for help.

“In my opinion, it’s probably the best street hockey court in the city,” said Leahy. “And we’re glad to have it in our neighborhood.”  Read more

Democrats ready pitches to voters one month before primary

By 
Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Aug. 12, 2014

Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, left, and Sheriff Steve Tompkins endorsed Steve Grossman for Governor on Monday in Mattapan Square. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

DORCHESTER, AUG. 11, 2014…..With time winding down before the September 9 primary election, the three Democrats running for governor are beginning to launch television ads and firing some of the final volleys in the race to become the party’s nominee to succeed Gov. Deval Patrick.

Treasurer Steven Grossman has trailed Attorney General Martha Coakley in the polls throughout the race. Grossman acknowledges he needs to make good use of the final month if he’s going to overcome that deficit.  Read more

Team MR8 names 20 to roster for NYC Marathon

By 
Staff
Aug. 12, 2014

Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans and Savin Hill's own Mike Christopher are among the 20 people picked to run in the New York City Marathon this fall on behalf of The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, known as Team MR8. The Dorchester-based organization created to honor the memory of the eight-year-old boy who lost his life in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, is still accepting additional applications on a rolling basis from runners who are already registered to run the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon, and who wish to support the Foundation.  Read more

Local man arrested as bank robber after police post his photos online

Surveillance photo of alleged bank robber

Police in Bedford say a Dorchester man held up a Bank of America branch Monday afternoon - and that they were able to arrest him three hours later after people recognized him from surveillance photos they posted online.

Police say Joseph Barrett, walked into the Bank of America branch on the Great Road around 12:15 p.m., told a teller he had a gun and demanded cash. He left with a large pile of bills.

Police quickly posted a series of photos, which led them to his workplace about a mile away on South Road in Bedford.  Read more

Gov. Patrick to sign gun bill on Wednesday

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Aug. 11, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick plans Wednesday morning to sign omnibus legislation aimed at reducing gun violence in Massachusetts.  Read more

Warren: "We do not want to be pulled into another war in Iraq"

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Aug. 8, 2014

Warning against a new U.S. war in Iraq, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday stood by President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize targeted airstrikes to help defend Americans in Erbil, Iraq, and provide aid to a religious minority taking refuge in the Sinjar mountains.  Read more

Governor signs substance abuse treatment bill into law

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Aug. 8, 2014

A bill signed by Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday would provide individuals fighting addiction improved access to treatment and recovery services, advocates said.  Read more

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