A longtime eyesore on an otherwise desirable Cedar Grove side street is getting a complete makeover this month and will soon be sold to a first-time homeowner. The small, single-family home at 88 Milton St. is part of an initiative by the Walsh administration to target prominent eyesores that can be reclaimed by new owners. Read more
A Dorchester teenager was sentenced to five to six years in state prison today for a botched armed holdup on Monsignor Lydon Way in 2011 - three weeks after Ciaran Conneely, an Irish immigrant, was shot to death near his Nahant Avenue home.
May. 14, 2014
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
May. 14, 2014
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
May. 8, 2014
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
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
May. 8, 2014
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
May. 8, 2014
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
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
May. 8, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
May. 6, 2014
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
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.