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Little Miss, Young Miss Dorchester winners crowned

By 
Lily Bouvier, Special to the Reporter
May. 14, 2014

Eleanor Moye-Gibbons, age 9, was crowned Little Miss Dorchester last Saturday as the newly named Young Miss Dorchester, Gina Cruz, age 12, reacted to the news of her win. Photo by Lily Bouvier

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

Record numbers walked for peace on Mother’s Day

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 14, 2014

The walk stepped off from Fields Corner on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Photo by India Smith

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

Family seeks help to find missing 19 year-old woman

Ulari J. Melvin

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

Two-alarm fire displaces three on East Cottage Street

Firefighter at 21 E. Cottage St.

The front of the building Photo by BFD.

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.

Walsh reviewing options after casino 'host' designation shot down

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
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

Man shot to death on Cawfield Street

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.

Mother's Walk for Peace set for Sunday

The Mothers Walk for Peace steps off at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday in Fields Corner.

The annual Mothers Walk for Peace— a pledge event benefitting the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute— steps off on Sunday morning from Town Field in Fields Corner. Registration begins at the field at 7 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:30 a.m.— following a 3.6 mile course through the neighborhood and returning to Town Field.  Read more

Fields Corner pizza joint seized by state officials— again

A popular Fields Corner pizzeria has been shuttered for the second time in two years for non-payment of taxes. Hi Fi Pizza on Dorchester Ave. was raised and seized by state officials on April 30.  Read more

Guv candidate claims MassGOP tried to bribe him to move aside

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
May. 8, 2014

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Mark Fisher escalated his dispute with the Republican Party on Thursday, accusing unnamed party officials of attempting to bribe him in December with $1 million to drop out of the governor’s race long before the party’s nominating convention in March.  Read more

Rep.-elect Carvalho will be sworn in on May 14

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

Arriving with less than three months remaining for formal sessions, the most junior member of the 2013-2014 class of the House of Representatives, Evandro Carvalho is set to be sworn-in May 14 at 12:30 p.m., Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday.  Read more

Fill-in plan for Savin Hill ‘hole’ – condo units atop restaurant: Civic group gives its okay, with caveat about parking

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
May. 8, 2014

Savin Hill ave: Architect’s rendering of a new look for the northern side of Savin Hill Avenue opposite the MBTA station. Drawing courtesy RODE Architects.Savin Hill ave: Architect’s rendering of a new look for the northern side of Savin Hill Avenue opposite the MBTA station. Drawing courtesy RODE Architects.

A bleak hole in the ground near the heart of Savin Hill’s business district that has long been an eyesore for residents and visitors alike may soon be filled with housing and new businesses. On Monday night, the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association gave its blessing to a plan by developers to fill in the hole by erecting a 14-unit condo building directly across the street from the Savin Hill MBTA station.  Read more

Yet another top-off for UMass Boston

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
May. 8, 2014

A milestone in UMass Boston’s latest building project was celebrated with a traditional topping-off ceremony on the Dorchester campus on April 30. The installation of a decorated I-beam was pushed off until May 2 due to weather conditions, 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

St. Ann’s Color Guard scores big; coach win Hall of Fame honor

By 
Lily Bouvier, Special to the Reporter
May. 8, 2014

Members of the St. Ann Color Guard : Madeline Neff, Sydney Galvin, Kailynn Finnigan, Molly Hedderman, Trinity Willett, Kaylyn Mellace, Kassidy Taglieri, Maeghan Driscoll, Monica Lafferty, Amber Padgett, Kristen Padgett, Sarah Padgett, Samantha Hussey, Emilie Gray, Beverly Nguyen, Lexi Mallios, Meg Hauschildt, Alexia Hutchins, and Sydney Durfee.Members of the St. Ann Color Guard : Madeline Neff, Sydney Galvin, Kailynn Finnigan, Molly Hedderman, Trinity Willett, Kaylyn Mellace, Kassidy Taglieri, Maeghan Driscoll, Monica Lafferty, Amber Padgett, Kristen Padgett, Sarah Padgett, Samantha Hussey, Emilie Gray, Beverly Nguyen, Lexi Mallios, Meg Hauschildt, Alexia Hutchins, and Sydney Durfee.

It’s been a season full of thrill and excitement for the color guard team at St. Ann’s of Neponset. Last month, the team members packed up their bags—and their flags—and traveled to Dayton, Ohio to participate alongside 12,000 others in the Sport of the Arts World Championships, an international competition for color guard teams and percussion ensembles.  Read more

Woolson Street residents planting new community garden

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 8, 2014

Devon Campbell was the first resident to sign up for an individual plot in a new garden on Woolson Street. Photo by India Smith

Right now 44 Woolson St. is a vacant lot – but not for long. Come by in eight weeks and you will see a community garden, complete with new fencing, planting beds filled with seedlings, and two young pear trees flanking the entrance.

The project is the work of the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, Boston Natural Areas Network, and many neighborhood residents, including Mirlande Joseph and Reann Gibson.

After an incident in 2010 in which four people including a toddler were dragged outside and shot, Woolson Street has come to symbolize urban violence. A dozen other shootings have occurred there over the past 20 years. But according to Joseph, who is resident coordinator for the new garden, the five-block street has many long-time residents with a sense of community. Those residents believe a garden is the natural way to strengthen that bond.  Read more

Memories Road Show captures communities’ past and present

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
May. 8, 2014

“This a photo me standing on the stairs in front of my house on Brinsley street in Dorchester, in 1951,” explained Barbara Gerber, holding up a fading image in her hands. “This me standing in front of my elementary school, the Christopher Gibson elementary school, which has since burned down, This photo is from 1946, taken in front of my house on Brinsley street holding my dog Petey.”  Read more

Chamber Music returns to roots for season-opening concert

By 
Mallory Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 8, 2014

Emily Bruskin, Julia Bruskin, and Andrea Lam will perform as the Claremont Trio at a benefit season-opening performance of the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music series on May 17.

Back in 1973, Ashmont Hill Chamber Music launched its debut season with an intimate concert inside a Victorian home on Ocean Street, bringing the works of Beethoven, Janacek and Ravel to Dot’s doorstep.

Next Saturday, a revitalized Ashmont Hill Chamber Music returns to its original roots with a season-opening benefit concert at the same Ocean Street locale— only a few doors down at number 60 Ocean.  Read more

Let’s wait for real-life ending to Sterling drama

High point of the Donald Sterling fiasco – or was it the low point – came with the belated revelation that the nutty basketball mogul might be terminally ill in body as well as in spirit. All of which inspired in massive boldface this astounding headline filling the front page of scandal-loving America’s newspaper of record, the New York Post:
‘HE’S REALLY SICK: NBA BIGOT HAS CANCER!’

In response to which, we presumably are expected to offer, “Hip, Hip, Hooray!” There is no under-estimating the capacity for bad taste in the American culture.    Read more

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