Feb. 14, 2013
Ward 14 Democrats will caucus at the Perkins Community Center, 155 Talbot Ave., on Sat. Feb. 16. Doors open at 12 noon. The ward will choose 25 delegates and four alternates for the Democratic state convention. Ward 16 Democrats are scheduled to meet on Wed., Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at the McKeon Post, 4 Hilltop St. Read more
A fast-moving fire tore through a three-decker house at 49 Mather St. on Saturday night, displacing 14 people and injuring four, including two Boston firefighters who were part of a daring ladder rescue operation. The three-alarm fire broke out hours after a blizzard ended, but fire crews were able to respond in time to rescue all occupants, including one man who was plucked from a third floor perch as flames approached him. Read more
The redevelopment of the former St. Kevin’s parish property, considered crucial to the Uphams Corner area, received a boost last week as state officials announced an influx of funds for the project. The firm developing the former school building, called the St. Kevin’s Limited Partnerships, will be receiving $2.7 million in state Department of Housing and Community Development subsidies on top of $768,950 in federal low income housing tax credits.
The group plans to use the money to build 33 units for families that are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Read more
City Council President Stephen Murphy is attempting to close a “loophole” in state law that he says cost the city $106,000 in a settlement with former City Councillor Chuck Turner after the Supreme Judicial Court ruled last year that the Council did not have the power to toss Turner off the 13-member body. Only District 4 Councillor Charles Yancey voted against the Turner ouster, which was pushed by the council president at the time, Michael Ross. Read more
Four years ago, young Dan McDonald decided he wanted to start a new business in his old hometown of Dorchester.
Born on Pierce Avenue and baptized at St. Brendan church, the business school graduate of Boston College had spent four years after graduation working at restaurants on the South Shore and on Martha’s Vineyard. He was eager to open his own restaurant.
He found a storefront in a prime Adams Corner location and soon went about opening his very first restaurant, a neighborhood place he called The Currach Bistro and Pizza. Read more
Feb. 14, 2013
Dorchester residents concerned about the implementation and enforcement of the state’s new medical marijuana law met with legal and law enforcement experts on Wednesday for an information session on how local communities may be affected by the establishment of the new industry. Read more
Feb. 14, 2013
Breakthrough Greater Boston (BTGB), a Cambridge-based educational support program that helps students get track towards college and a career, will open its first expansion site at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester this fall. The program, which will double its number of students, has served Cambridge Public Schools for 20 years.
In the past five years, the non-profit has sent 97 percent of their students to 4-year colleges. The inaugural summer program, BTGB’s trademark, will kick off with a July 8 ribbon-cutting ceremony. Site director Anita Roberson is already in the process of recruiting students at TechBoston Academy. Read more
Feb. 14, 2013
The Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation has been newly designated as the city of Boston’s only certified development corporation authorized to administer the 504 Loan Program. The loan will allow business owners to buy existing buildings, buy new land or improve existing land, construct or remodel facilities, purchase capital, or refinance debt in relation to a new expansion. Read more
William F. (“Bill”) Keenan, Sr., a longtime teacher and political activist in Dorchester who served six terms representing Ward 17 in Dorchester in the state House of Representatives in the 1950s and early 1960s, died in Needham on Monday at age 92 and three days.
Mr. Keenan was a Dorchester native whose long career in public life included stints as Adjutant of the Chelsea Soldier’s Home, with the Massachusetts Consumers Council, and the city of Boston’s Veterans Affairs department.
Raised in Saint Gregory’s Parish in the Lower Mills section, and educated at his parish’s grammar school, Mr. Keenan and his family shared their home with a stream of relatives arriving from Ireland and a number of foster children. He attended Boston English High School where he ran track and played on the football and ice hockey teams. Read more
School officials are tweaking one of three models that a mayoral advisory group is weighing as it seeks to overhaul the city’s school assignment system. A 10-zone model will become an 11- zone model, with Dorchester getting split in two, one of the advisory group’s members, Bill Walczak, said Tuesday night. Read more
South Boston may have two candidates in the race to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart if Maureen Dahill, a South Boston native who works for an online retailer and has co-founded an online magazine, makes it onto the ballot. She said this week that she is a candidate for the First Suffolk District seat.
She joins two other Democrats, state Reps. Linda Dorcena Forry of Dorchester and Nick Collins of South Boston, in pulling nomination papers and beginning to gather signatures as the Bay State recovers from a historic snow storm that has temporarily slowed down life in the city.
Republican Joseph Ureneck, a frequent candidate for office, has also pulled nomination papers, according to Secretary of State William Galvin’s office. Read more
It was not quite the Blizzard of ‘78. But the weekend northeaster that tore into the region last Friday afternoon might have been a close cousin.
The storm dumped more than two feet of wind-driven snow onto Boston’s neighborhoods by Saturday afternoon, disrupting the drumbeat of daily life, forcing school cancellations and prompting a record number of service calls to City Hall. By mid-week, Boston was still in recovery mode, but a return to normalcy was at hand, with schools re-open freeing house-bound families from a five-day stretch of severe cabin fever.
“Our snow removal teams did great work throughout the night last night,” Mayor Menino said on Tuesday. “Our crews will be out there all day and again tonight as we continue to widen roads, make our schools safe for students, and respond to residents’ concerns about residential areas.” Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports a fire at 49 Mather St. late last night quickly went to three alarms and sent two residents and two firefighters to the hospital. One resident was rescued from a top floor of the multi-family building via a department aerial ladder. Read more
Feb. 8, 2013
Updated on Feb. 12, 12 noon— Boston Public Schools will re-open tomorrow, Wednesday, February 13. The Parking Ban and Snow Emergency will be lifted today at 6 p.m.
“Our snow removal teams did great work throughout the night last night,” Mayor Menino said in a statement. “Our crews will be out there all day and again tonight as we continue to widen roads, make our schools safe for students, and respond to residents’ concerns about residential areas.” Read more
Feb. 8, 2013
A snow emergency and parking ban will begin at noon today as the region braced for what could be a blizzard of historic proportions. The National Weather Service is also advising people not to travel after noon on Friday.
“This is going to be a very serious storm,” Mayor Menino said in a press conference on Thursday. “Safety is our number one priority, I want to stress that the best thing everyone can do Friday and Saturday is to stay home. Stay off the roads, stay safe and let our Public Works crews work.”
The city of Boston issued the following information: Read more
The field of candidates aiming to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart solidified this week as Democratic state representatives from Dorchester and South Boston announced they were in the running. Linda Dorcena Forry and Nick Collins will be scrambling over the next several weeks to gather supporters and nomination signatures.
Unless a Republican or an Independent candidate joins them, the April 30 primary, which will be held the same day as the Democratic primary for the US Senate special election, will likely determine the next occupant of the First Suffolk District Senate seat. The general election is set for May 28. Read more
“Balletomanes”: That’s a fancy new vocabulary word that Dorchester Public School students are going to have to learn to describe themselves. It means “ballet fans.”
Their expertise in this art form continues to grow each year thanks to the Boston Ballet (BB), which will be presenting its fourth annual sampler/showcase on Friday, Feb. 15. Busloads of school kids will pack the Strand Theatre for a free 11 am school performance, and troops of neighborhood groups will do the same for the free 7p.m. evening show, both highlighted by Dot’s own Boys in Motion students from the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School.
This fast-paced educational hour, now a cherished late winter tradition in the city, uses 5-minute excerpts to introduce a variety of dance genres including classical ballet, neoclassical ballet, and contemporary dance. Read more
Feb. 7, 2013
Veteran Boston College High School Principal Stephen Hughes doesn’t play favorites at the prestigious all-boys Jesuit prep on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, an institution rooted in the 16th century teachings of the Spaniard St. Ignatius Loyola. Unless, of course, Hughes is talking about the best teacher he has encountered in his 30 years at the school.
Hands down, that would be Mary Madden. One of BC High’s first female teachers, Madden, a Dorchester native, taught math at all levels for three decades in a character-building environment that, by her own admission, put a far greater focus on getting students into Heaven than into Harvard. So what does math have to do with God? “Math is a divinely created language that unlocks the mysteries of the universe,” she says. Read more
It ended not with a bang but with a text message to the Boston Herald’s Howie Carr: “U r the first to know I am not running,” former US Sen. Scott Brown stated, ending weeks of speculation about his interest in John Kerry’s seat.
Brown’s pass on yet another Senate campaign threw open the race for lower-on-the-totem-pole Republicans and denied Democrats the electoral bogeyman they’ve been obsessed with for months. Read more
St. Mark’s Area Main Street (SMAMS) presents Oscars on the Avenue, a community celebration of the Academy Awards, on Sun., Feb. 24, 8 – 12 p.m., at Tavolo Ristorante, 1918 Dorchester Ave. in the Carruth Building at Ashmont Station. The evening will feature Tavolo’s hors d’oeuvres, the Academy Awards on the TV screens, an auction, a local awards ceremony, and more. Read more
Feb. 7, 2013
It can be difficult for those recovering from alcohol or drug abuse to find a place that not only welcomes them, but also helps them navigate their return to their community and their families. The Gavin Foundation in South Boston does just that and has recently expanded to do even more.
Its new Recovery Center officially opened its doors early last month, then hosted an open house last week thatdrew more than 200 people. Since the expiration of a federal grant for the organization’s YARD program, the Center has been a substantial replacement, modeled after its predecessor’s “best practices” and other Massachusetts recovery centers. Read more
Feb. 7, 2013
The Irish Social Club of Boston is back and offering a thousand welcomes to members, guests, and inquisitive minds alike at its West Roxbury home. The club acquired a permanent liquor license early last month and so the 119 Park St. fixture, which earlier had obtained an entertainment license, is once again open for business. Read more
Feb. 7, 2013
The Strand Theatre will host a special free performance this month that will blend scenes from two plays that are being staged this year in Boston.
On February 20 at 7 p.m., the Huntington Theatre Company and SpeakEasy Stage Company will perform “Two Plays, One House: A Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne Park.” Actors will be performing a few scenes from each play, which will then be followed by a Q&A and a chance to win tickets to the individual plays.
“Two Plays, One House” will be hosted by WCVB-TV’s Karen Holmes Ward. Read more
Feb. 6, 2013
Two Dorchester health centers have been recognized for their high-quality care by a committee charged with reviewing patient care across the country. Codman Square Health Center and the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center both were awarded Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) status by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The designation is the highest level awarded by the committee, which reviews health centers nationwide. Read more