Mayor nudges businesses to look to city sites for development

More than 300,000 square feet of city-owned property, including Mattapan’s Cote Ford site, will be converted into commercial space, Mayor Martin Walsh said on Tuesday. Hoping to raise the profile of the sites and spur interest in development possibilities, Walsh highlighted the Department of Neighborhood Development’s efforts in his first speech as mayor to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce at the Westin Copley Place Hotel.  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook- Unenrolled Dot man casts eyes on Dorcena Forry seat

State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, a Dorchester Democrat who also represents South Boston, Hyde Park, and Mattapan, could have a challenger after all in this fall’s election. Robert E. Powers Jr., a Pierce Avenue resident, pulled nomination papers and submitted the required number of signatures from registered voters earlier this week.

Powers, who is unenrolled, could not be reached for comment and it won’t be clear for a day or two if he has the required number of signatures – 300 – since the local elections department was still processing them as of press time for the Reporter.  Read more

UMass Boston expands Chinese exchange program

Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
May. 1, 2014

The physical footprint of UMass Boston is growing and the university is expanding its off-campus programs as well. One example is the UMass Boston’s China Program Center (CPC), which was awarded two federal grants in 2012 from the Department of Education to run two Fulbright Hays Group Project Abroad Programs.  Read more

Walsh plans Dudley Square incubator

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
May. 1, 2014

A center of the African-American community in Boston, Dudley Square will include between 3,500 and 4,000 square feet of “incubator space” under a plan Mayor Marty Walsh is set to announce Tuesday.

“We want to be able to spread, so it’s not just in Kendall Square and in the Innovation District, but it’s also in Dudley,” Walsh told the News Service about his plans to include Dudley among entrepreneurial hubs. He said, “This is incubator space and hopefully the startup companies that we have in there come right out of the community.”  Read more

Rev. Wall defends rail company invoice

Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
May. 1, 2014

Pastor Bruce Wall last week defended an advisory group’s efforts to obtain money from Keolis North America, a company which won a contract to run the state’s commuter rail system. Wall’s defense came during an event that functioned as both a prayer service and a rally at the Global Ministries Christian Church on Washington Street.  Read more

Former parishioners hope to memorialize St. Kevin’s leader

Jackie Gentile, Special to the Reporter
May. 1, 2014

St. Kevin's School was photographed two days before its demolition by former parishioner Christine Inman. Above, the school's auditorium.

Former parishioners and graduates of St. Kevin church and school in Uphams Corner hope to establish a permanent memorial to one of the parish’s most respected leaders on the grounds of a new development now being built on the site.  Read more

Volunteers will help ‘Boston Shine’ this weekend

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.
This year’s effort will include four service areas: physical service, university engagement, youth development, and creating opportunities to help unite neighbors and communities. The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services will coordinate efforts and brooms, shovels, and other tools will be provided distributed.  Read more

Lower Mills Was Once Center of Chocolate Universe

Peter F. Stevens, Special to the Reporter
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

PLAY BALL! Cedar Grove Baseball opens season with ceremony, salute to fallen coach

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

Two convicted of first-degree murder in Codman Square marijuana robbery

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

Dorchester's Judge Rosalind Miller confirmed to Superior Court

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
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

Light turnout for Carvalho win as Henriquez awaits his release

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 30, 2014

Rep.-elect Evandro CarvalhoRep.-elect Evandro CarvalhoThe 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

Volunteers will help ‘Boston Shine’ this weekend

Comcast Cares Day volunteers painted inspirational quotes on the gym wall at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester last Saturday as part of a large volunteer effort at the site. Photo by Bill Brett)

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

Entrants sought for Little Miss, Young Miss contests

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 with additional questions.  Read more

Abutters, MBTA remain at odds over rail station

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

Taking part in the Way of the Cross offers comfort in sorrow at St. Peter’s

David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 24, 2014

Stations of the Cross: On Good Friday, members of St.Peter’s Parish Via Sacra carried the Cross around the neighborhood to the sites where community members died as a result of acts of violence.                      			                    Photo by David EisenstadterStations of the Cross: On Good Friday, members of St.Peter’s Parish Via Sacra carried the Cross around the neighborhood to the sites where community members died as a result of acts of violence. Photo by David Eisenstadter

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

Patrick’s man Walsh eases into Lower Mills

John Walsh : standing in front of his new Lower Mills digs.	Photo by Gintautas DumciusJohn Walsh : standing in front of his new Lower Mills digs. Photo by Gintautas Dumcius

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

Let’s talk about house gutters: Lower Mills man rehabs homes with one eye on history

Steven Dimeo in his Lower Mills dining room.             Photo by Gintautas DumciusSteven Dimeo in his Lower Mills dining room. Photo by Gintautas Dumcius  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: 1,501 afternoons in Dorchester

Gin Dumcius conducted one of his many interviews with Mayor Tom Menino last June outside the McCormack School on Mt. Vernon Street. Photo by Bill Forry

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

‘Fiddlers’ and ‘Bottoms’ and parishes highlight the theatrical scene in Dot

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

A new home for LDB Peace Institute

By India Smith, Special to the Reporter
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

Superior Court nominee, Dorchester Court's chief, wins high praise during hearing

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
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

UMass student charged with making bomb threats that twice emptied campus building

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

Radio station founder makes case for TOUCH 106.1FM

Apr. 18, 2014

Owner of Low-Power FM Station Vows to Fight Shut-Down from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

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.

Gov. Patrick: "Disappointed" by shut-down of TOUCH 106.1FM

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
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