May. 1, 2014
Editor’s Note: On Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m., the state’s DCR and the Dorchester Historical Society will team up to present a special “Sweet History Stroll” to explore the former Baker Chocolate Factory site and learn about the sweet history of Lower Mills for those ages 10 and up. Meet at the public parking lot in Milton Lower Mills, beside the Milton Yacht Club at 36 Wharf St. In 2002, the Reporter published this brief history of the Walter Baker Chocolate Factory by Peter F. Stevens.
Something was in the air. People on their daily rounds along the roads of Dorchester and Milton Village turned toward the Neponset River and inhaled the spring breeze and took a deep whiff. Chocolate was in the air- literally.
The year was 1765. The heavenly scent drifted from a sawmill on the banks of the river, within eyeshot of Boston. Inside the mill an Irishman watched two giant millstones grinding fragrant cocoa and sounding a call to a culinary revolution that was to spread from Dorchester and conquer the collective palate of America. Read more
May. 1, 2014
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
Cedar Grove Baseball launched its season with a ceremony at McMorrow Park in Neponset on Sunday, April 27. The event included a parade of Cedar Grove ballplayers from T-ball through Senior divisions, the singing of the National Anthem by the St. Ann’s Youth Choir and presentation of the colors by the Boston Fire Department Honor Guard.
The ceremony included a special salute to the late Patrick Mannion, a dedicated Cedar Grove coach and dad who passed away suddenly in January 2014. His family— including his wife Monica and son Connor— were on hand for a special presentation made by Cedar Grove’s league president Charlie Maneikis, who presided over Sunday’s ceremony.
The 2014 season has been dedicated to Coach Mannion. Read more
A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Wednesday convicted Reginald Holley and Oasis Pritchett of first-degree murder for the Oct. 17, 2012 death of Alfonso Rivas in a Lyndhurst Street apartment, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The verdict means a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. They will be formally sentenced on Thursday. Read more
Apr. 30, 2014
The Governor's Council on Wednesday unanimously approved Dorchester Municipal Court Judge Rosalind Miller to a spot on the Superior Court bench vacated by former Chief Justice Robert Mulligan. Read more
Apr. 30, 2014
The day before former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez was expected to be released from jail, voters in his former House district picked his successor, Evandro Carvalho, an attorney born in Cape Verde who won Tuesday’s special election with 739 votes, according to unofficial election results. There were 71 write-in ballots.
In the primary election on April 1, Carvalho gained nearly 50 percent of the vote in running against four other Democrats. No Republicans emerged to challenge him in the final election, and he will likely be sworn in later this month. Read more
The city of Boston’s coordinated spring clean-up will stretch out over three weekends this year— with Dorchester and Mattapan’s “Boston Shines” weekend set for May 2-3. The citywide effort, now in its 12th year, engages thousands of volunteers in targeted cleaning projects. Read more
Apr. 28, 2014
Applications must be submitted this week for girls hoping to participate in the annual Little Miss & Young Miss Dorchester Contests. The contests will be held on Sat., May 10 at the First Parish Church 10 Parish St. at 10 a.m. Little Miss Contestants must be 7-8-9 years old on the day of the contest — Saturday May 10— and Young Miss Contestants must be 10-11-12 years old on the day of the contest. An application can be downloaded here (below). Contact Annissa Essaibi George at 617-594-1841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions. Read more
Residents of the Woodhaven Street area remain in deep disagreement with state lawmakers and transportation officials over the siting of a commuter rail station between Blue Hill Avenue and Cummins Highway.
A meeting on April 10 did little to quell the discontent. State Rep. Russell Holmes, a Mattapan Democrat who supports the project, said another meeting has been scheduled for mid-May, with MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott expected to attend. Read more
Apr. 24, 2014
Luisa Tavares fought back tears as she stood at the site of her son’s death reading the Fourth Station of the Cross, the one in which Jesus meets his mother on the way to his death on Calvary. But before Tavares began, Father Richard Conway told those assembled at Navillus Terrace that they were there to remember Junior DaVeiga and Andrew Tavares, two victims of violence in that very spot. Read more
Dorchester Democrats have a new member of their party in their midst: The former chairman of the state party. John Walsh, the man who helped Deval Patrick win the gubernatorial race in 2006 and become the first Democratic governor in Massachusetts in 16 years, has moved into Lower Mills with his wife Donna. Read more
Editor's Note: Today is the last day on the job for Reporter News Editor Gintautas Dumcius, who has worked for the Reporter in various capacities for the last ten years. Gin's byline will continue to appear in the Reporter and at DotNews through his work at the State House News Service, where he will work as a full-time reporter beginning next week.- BF
One of my first assignments for the Dorchester Reporter involved being “embedded” on a Dorchester Day float. It was June 2004 and I was in the Dorchester Historical Society’s float as it motored through the rain and down the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare for the parade’s 100th anniversary. Read more
Paradox, parishes, and parodies. The Dot theatrical scene certainly runs the gamut. Local Catholic school kids take on the sentimental Jewish Broadway hit “Fiddler on the Roof,” while the Dot-based Gold Dust Orphans desecrate yet another children’s classic in their latest musical send-up, “Snow White and the Seven Bottoms.”
Three Fiddlers Read more
Apr. 24, 2014
With renovations almost complete, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute has set June 1 for its move into its new quarters at 15 Christopher St. in Fields Corner, two blocks from its present home and half a block from Town Field, home base for the organization’s annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace.
“We’re on schedule,” said LDB founder and director Tina Chery, noting that it was by accident that she learned last October that the institute would have to move. “Someone at Fields Corner Main Streets just mentioned in passing that the building we are in now was being sold,” Chery said. Read more
Apr. 23, 2014
Roundly praised by councilors for her calm under pressure, her judiciousness and her humility, Dorchester District Court Chief Justice Rosalind Miller won plaudits from members of the Governor’s Council on Wednesday vetting her nomination for an appointment to the Superior Court bench.
At the request of Councilor Marilyn Devaney, Miller described how she took on a brutal kidnapping and rape case when she was a prosecutor and grew doubtful that the young victim had correctly identified her attacker. Miller requested a scientific test, which exonerated the defendant. Read more
A man was arraigned in Dorchester District Court today on charges he called in bomb threats that emptied UMass Boston's Wheatley Hall last Thursday and again on Tuesday.
In both cases, the building was evacuated but no actual bomb found.
Dean Beckford, 29, of Somerville, had bail set at $20,000, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
UMass officials identify him as a senior.
According to the DA's office: Read more
Apr. 18, 2014
Chris Lovett of BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News interviews Charles Clemons, co-founder of TOUCH 106.1FM, a Grove Hall-based low-powered radio station that was shuttered on Thursday by federal officials because it operates without a license.
Apr. 18, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick was “incredibly disappointed” by the raid conducted by U.S. Marshalls to shut down the unlicensed, underground Dorchester radio station Touch 106.1 FM, an outlet for black community voices in Boston. Patrick said his office tried to dissuade the U.S. Attorney’s office from taking the action it did to close the station. Read more
Apr. 17, 2014
Above, TOUCH 106.1FM operator Charles Clemons speaks about the federal raid on his unlicensed radio station. According to Clemons, US Marshals and FCC officials arrived at the station's offices today next to the Grove Hall Neighborhood Development Corporation and seized equipment belonging to the station, effectively taking it off the air. Read more
Dorchester’s own Patrick Brophy and Patrick Doherty organized a hockey tournament in Canton last Saturday that drew about 90 players across eight teams for the first-ever Peace Cup to raise funds for the Martin W. Richard Foundation. Each player wore a number 8 as a tribute to Martin.
The tournament was followed that evening with a party at the McKeon Post which raised more donations for Team MR8, the marathon squad that has —to date— gathered almost $1 million for the Richard foundation. Read more
Brenna Galvin, 17, scored the game-winning goal this month to give her Charles River Blazers team its first-ever national championship in the 16-and-under division of USA Hockey. Galvin, a forward who wears No. 8 for the Blazers, backhanded in the winning shot in the final period of a showdown with the Marquette (Michigan) Sentinels— a team that had beaten the Boston girls, 5-1, earlier in the tournament. Read more
Put this race down as one to watch in the fall: The 12th Suffolk House election. After winning a special election last year, Dan Cullinane, a Dorchester Democrat, is running for a full two-year term. Several potential challengers who have pulled nomination papers have until April 29 to submit 150 voter signatures each to local elections officials. Corey Allen, a Mattapan activist, jumped into the race in December. If he and the others get on the ballot, a spirited race for the majority-minority seat will follow. Read more
Apr. 17, 2014
Mayor Martin Walsh celebrated his forty-seventh birthday on familiar turf last Thursday: At UMass Boston’s campus, he announced a $206,000 grant to university’s Venture Development Center and the completion of a research report on Boston’s growing elderly population. Read more
Twenty-three percent of occupied housing units in Boston have a person who is 60 years or older, according to a new report from the city’s Elderly Affairs Commission and UMass Boston’s Gerontology institute.
That’s a number likely to grow, as the Baby Boom generation nears old age and how to house them will be of concern to Mayor Marty Walsh and his successors. Read more