UMass Boston-led team studies Savin Hill Cove

Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 5, 2014

Savin Hill’s Mary Talalas, left, and Dr. Anamarija Frankic of UMass-Boston’s Green Harbors Project planted new cord grass on an artificial, non-tox island in Savin Hill Cove last Saturday. Shown at right: Graduate student Deniz Bertuna. Photo by Nancy Talalas

A team led by a UMass Boston professor is expanding its work to restore and study conditions in Savin Hill Cove this season. The salt marsh, a part of Dorchester Bay that is bisected by Morrissey Boulevard, has some of the poorest water quality in the city, but is an ideal place to study and test new approaches to protecting the fragile coastline environment.  Read more

POLITICAL ROUND-UP: Rep. Cullinane is my guy in primary race, says Walsh

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 5, 2014

Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins marched in the Dorchester Day Parade. Tompkins scored a big endorsement from the corrections officers union Local 419 this week.

Martin J. Walsh has bestowed his very first endorsement as mayor on one of his own: State Rep. Daniel Cullinane of Dorchester. “In less than a year in office, Dan has already established himself as one of the hardest working state representatives in Massachusetts,” Walsh said last week in speaking to a group of over 300 supporters at Ester Restaurant in Lower Mills. “He gives the job everything he has to offer, but more importantly, Dan has delivered for the people of his district.”  Read more

Walsh to Dot Board of Trade: ‘Growth’ means opportunities

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 5, 2014

Over the next decade, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury will be the ripest places in the city for growth. That was the message from Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who told the Dorchester Board of Trade last Thursday that it will be up to the business community to embrace changes in their neighborhoods. And growth, he said, will offer opportunities and economic development.

“Issues around housing and development will come up,” he said, “and “we’ll make sure to take care of that.”  Read more

DeLeo gun bill could do more, activists insist

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 4, 2014

Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral spoke to supporters of increased gun control laws at a press conference on Tuesday at the State House. Photo courtesy SHNS

Community activists say that Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s newly unveiled gun-violence prevention bill is a good-faith effort, but, they say, there is more it could do to address the realities of armed violence in neighborhoods across the state.  Read more

Team MR8 marches in Dot Day Parade

Bill and Denise Richard marched in Sunday's Parade with their daughter Jane and son Henry. They were joined by about 20 supporters of the MR8 Foundation. (Photo courtesy Judy Tuttle).

Honoring Martin: No. 8 is retired in Savin Hill

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jun. 4, 2014

Jane Richard threw out the first pitch during a ceremony at Savin Hill's McConnell Park on Saturday. Her brother Henry, center, and dad Bill also threw out balls. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

In a rare move for a little league team, but deemed highly appropriate considering the circumstances, Savin Hill Little League retired the number 8 jersey in honor of former Savin Hill Little League player Martin Richard last Saturday.

The Richard family was presented with a framed numbered jersey before Martin’s siblings — Jane, and Henry— and his father, Bill, threw out the ceremonial first pitches at Savin Hill Little League’s inaugural Community Day block party at McConnell Playground. The event was preceded by a parade of little leaguers from the Little House to the playing fields.  Read more

Two stabbed at Shawmut MBTA station

The Transit Police Department reports two people were stabbed around 12:45 p.m. on the Ashmont platform at Shawmut on Wednesday, in an incident that might have started as a dispute on an Orange Line train.

Police report neither victim stuck around for police or EMTs. One was found on Leslie Street, several blocks east of Dorchester Avenue; the other on Dorchester Avenue near Welles Avenue, also several blocks from the station.

Both victims are expected to survive, police say.

Gun bill draws supporters and opponents to State House hearing

Gintautas Dumcius and Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Jun. 4, 2014

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz remembers the funeral of 14-year-old Jaewon Martin, an honor student who was shot and killed the day before Mother’s Day in 2010 while playing on a basketball court in Jamaica Plain.

“He was doing everything right and was still lost to gun violence in our city,” the Jamaica Plain Democrat said Tuesday, her voice cracking during an event held before lawmakers heard testimony on legislation aimed at curbing gun violence in the state.  Read more

More Red Line diversions planned this weekend

The MBTA’s Red Line subway service in Dorchester will be replaced with buses this weekend as the transit agency completes “necessary track and signal work.” Buses will run along Dorchester Avenue between JFK-UMass and Ashmont this Saturday and Sunday. Diversions are also planned for the weekends of June 14-15 between JFK-UMass and Broadway; and on June 21-22 between JFK-UMass and North Quincy.

In lawsuit, Coakley says feds undermine anti-foreclosure law

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jun. 3, 2014

In a new lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, Attorney General Martha Coakley alleges two major lenders and federal regulators violated the state’s 2012 foreclosure prevention law, asserting that their "refusal to engage in foreclosure buyback programs is unfairly and illegally causing Massachusetts families to lose their homes." The suit stems from a case involving a Dorchester family.  Read more

Dot Day '14 delivers the goods: Music, sunshine and backyard BBQs

Young Miss Dorchester Gina Cruz, left with Little Miss Dorchester 2014 Little Miss Dorchester Eleanor Moye-Gibbons rode in a convertible on Dorchester Avenue.

For a gallery of Dot Day 2014 images, click here.

Story: 'Marty' marches for the home crowd

Here's a brief video summary from BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News:  Read more

Senators craft their spending bill, discard amendments; now the conference committee gets to do its work

After surviving last week’s deliberations in the Senate, legislators’ amendments to the budget proposals are now mostly out of their hands as the differences between the House and Senate versions are ironed out in the conference committee.  Read more

Ballot picture now clear for local state elections in fall

Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
May. 30, 2014

Charles-Peterson withdraws from ballot in Fifth Suffolk

Karen Charles-Peterson: Made ballot, but will not challenge Carvalho in 5th SuffolkKaren Charles-Peterson: Made ballot, but will not challenge Carvalho in 5th SuffolkThough she qualified for the ballot, Karen Charles-Peterson will not be challenging state Rep. Evandro Carvalho in September’s Democratic primary for the 5th Suffolk seat.

Charles-Peterson withdrew from the 5th Suffolk ballot on Friday afternoon, the last possible day to do so, said Brian McNiff, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office.

Carvalho will now face perennial candidate Althea Garrison in September’s Democratic primary. The winner will run against the race’s sole GOP candidate Claudette N. Joseph in the Tuesday, Nov. 4 general election.  Read more

Music-focused charter school will open in Laboure building

The Laboure College building on the campus of Carney Hospital will be converted into space for the Conservatory Lab Charter School.

A Brighton-based charter school that focuses on a “music-infused education” will move into the old Laboure College building on the campus of Carney Hospital this summer with plans to open for classes in September. The Conservatory Lab Charter School will house grades 2-8 in the now-vacant building at 2120 Dorchester Avenue.

Details of the lease agreement between the charter school and Steward Health Care, which owns the building, were discussed at last week’s meeting of the Lower Mills Civic Association.  Read more

Taxicab owners, drivers cry foul over unregulated upstart Uber-X

India Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 30, 2014

For a solid hour last Thursday, the horns blared. In a planned protest of the unregulated operation of Uber-X and Uber-XL, the outfit that people call on a smartphone to summon a car or an SUV and a driver when they need a ride, 200 licensed cabs driven by members of the Boston Taxi Drivers Association (BTDA) circled the block in front of Uber’s office in downtown Boston. As the stream of cabs flowed down the narrow street near South Station, taxi drivers holding placards spoke to reporters and passersby about their concerns and demands.  Read more

Rep. Holmes plans amendments to speaker’s gun-issue proposal

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
May. 30, 2014

Although he supports specific gun-related provisions in House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s new bill aimed at reducing gun violence, Rep. Russell Holmes intends to add amendments to the package when it comes to the House floor.

At Tuesday night’s B-3 Crime Advisory Meeting, Holmes told the Reporter that he hopes to fix flaws in the state’s criminal justice system. Holmes specifically referenced “three strikes” legislation that Black and Latino legislators have stridently opposed.  Read more

Scholar athletes point to success of BPS “Zone” program

Mallory Smith, Special to the Reporter
May. 30, 2014

A program aimed at improving athletics programs within the Boston Public School system has made strides since its foundation in 2009. The Boston Scholar Athletes program, launched with help from former Mayor Tom Menino and Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish hopes “to improve academic achievement through athletics.”  Read more

Visitors taken behind scenes in Dots’ earliest homes

Lily Bouvier, Special to the Reporter
May. 30, 2014

A visitor inspects the basement kitchen of the William Clapp House on Boston Street. Photo by Lily Bouvier

Visitors to the Dorchester Historical Society were given free rein to explore the nooks and crannies of some of Dorchester’s first houses at the Society’s “Behind the Scenes” event on May 18. All of the homes and buildings belonging to the Society were open, from basement to attic, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with visitors invited to wander at their own pace from room to room.  Read more

Coalition seeks to brand Red Line as ‘Life Science Corridor’

David Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
May. 29, 2014

Mayors of Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Quincy, and Somerville are marketing the Red Line as the spine of the region’s “Life Science Corridor,” with Dorchester at its heart.

Those five municipalities contain about 500 companies in the life science industry, which include businesses specializing in biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, animal and agricultural bioscience, and commercial research and testing, according to John Barros, the city’s Chief of Economic Development.  Read more

The mayor and Dorchester Day: There will be ‘a few surprises’

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
May. 29, 2014

Marty Walsh: As a state rep- and mayoral candidate- in last year's Dot Day Parade.Marty Walsh: As a state rep- and mayoral candidate- in last year's Dot Day Parade.A week ahead of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s first Dorchester Day parade as mayor, the Reporter caught up with him to get his thoughts on his role in the 110-year-old tradition and what he expects to encounter while marching along the 3.2 mile route.

Q. Since this will be your first Dorchester Day as mayor, what does this mean to you?
A. I’m really excited about it. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve marched in the Dorchester Day parade almost every year since I’ve been in office except the one year when my father died the day before. It’s always a special day for me, so as mayor, it’s probably going to be a little more special.

Q. Anything different that we can expect?
A. Everyone’s working on stuff and I don’t want to ruin the surprise coming, but … we think we actually have a few surprises that might be coming this year.  Read more

Chief Marshal Murphy has long been a Dot booster

Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
May. 29, 2014

Brendan MurphyBrendan MurphyA Dorchester native and 2014 Dorchester Day Parade Chief Marshal, Brendan Murphy, an Army Veteran, cannot manage to stay away from the neighborhood for too long. He currently lives in St. Brendan’s Parish with wife Jacqueline.

Growing up in Savin Hill, he remembers watching the parade on Sundays from his father’s Murphy Funeral Home parking lot.

“All my cousins were there, probably 15 of us running around playing ball,” says 31-year-old Murphy. “The parade is childhood for me, and being able to get all my nieces, nephews and my friend’s kids to experience the same experience I had, it’s a great thing.”  Read more

City's new top inspector, Buddy Christopher, wants to eradicate agency’s ‘stumbling block’ reputation

William 'Buddy' Christopher

Earlier this month, Mayor Martin Walsh appointed William Christopher to serve as the next commissioner of the city’s Inspectional Services Department. A longtime Savin Hill resident – and a Tuttle Street neighbor of Walsh’s – Christopher, 58, is known to friends and neighbors as “Buddy.”

An architect by training, he worked for the city in the 1990s as an assistant director for architecture and engineering in the Department of Neighborhood Development. He is the founder of Roche-Christopher Architecture LLC, based in Neponset Circle, which he founded with fellow Dorchester resident Eddie Roche.

Together, they worked on residential and commercial jobs in Dorchester, South Boston, and other parts of the state, including Cape Cod and Martha’ Vineyard. Most recently, Roche Christopher worked to renovate a prominent brick building in Edward Everett Square at 1299 Massachusetts Ave.  Read more

Dot’s other Mayor – Murphy – will help lead parade

Erin MurphyErin MurphyErin Murphy’s bid for Mayor of Dorchester has raised thousands of dollars so far to help finance this year’s Dorchester Day Parade. It’s fitting, then, that Murphy will get a prime spot in Sunday’s parade.

Murphy, 43, made the leap into the honorary mayor of Dorchester contest in April after learning that the Dot Day parade committee — which depends on the mayor’s race to help raise the funds needed to put the parade together— was in need of some help.  Read more


Parade Guy: 2014 Parade starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 1Parade Guy: 2014 Parade starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 1The Official Dorchester Day Parade Roster  Read more