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
Charlie Baker is running late. He walks into the Viet-AID community room at 5:53 p.m., 38 minutes after the gubernatorial meet-and-greet was supposed to start, a victim of evening traffic on Dorchester Avenue.
Thirty people have scattered themselves throughout the room, and as the he makes his way to the podium, he stops to shake hands, making sure to reach out to as many as he can. At six-foot-six, Baker towers over almost everybody there, except for one young man, whom he pulls close and says, tongue-in-cheek, “This guy’s tall.”
It’s a windy Monday night in April and Baker, a Swampscott Republican running for governor, is in Fields Corner. “Mr. Baker, welcome to Viet-AID,” Nam Pham, the Vietnamese-American development organization’s executive director, says in making the introduction to the crowd. “He used to be my boss,” Pham adds, referring to when Pham served as head of the Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants under Gov. William Weld. 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
Apr. 17, 2014
Editor’s Note: A version of this article originally appeared in last week’s Reporter, but due to a technical error, it did not appear in its correct form. It is re-printed here in its entirety.
The Bottle Bill is the state’s single most successful recycling and litter prevention program. Since its passage over 30 years ago, more than 35 billion containers have been redeemed and recycled, and thus prevented from entering landfills or littering our streets. Read more
Apr. 17, 2014
In the midst of ramped up coverage of the Marathon and the Marathon bombing tragedy, a small group of Boston area artists gathered near the Boylston Street finish line on Tuesday evening to raise a contrarian view about the meaning of the slogan “Boston Strong” in the context of neighborhood violence.
Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla, a former Dorchester resident, was one of three artists to put together a show called “Boston Strong?” to spark discussion about the coverage of the Marathon bombings and the comparative lack of coverage of the victims of crime in the city’s neighborhoods, including Dorchester.
“One thing about my work is it is making commentary about how our culture is pretty violent in general with terrorism or domestic violence or street violence,” Gane-McCalla said.
Her piece, in which drawings of people covered newspaper articles of violent events, stood beside those of artists Shea Justice and Jason Pramas at the Community Church of Boston’s Lothrop Auditorium at 565 Boylston St., one block from the Boston Marathon finish line in Copley Square. Read more
Two elderly residents were seriously injured when the house at 27 Hansborough St. exploded around 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday, the Boston Fire Department reports.
Ten other residents were injured less seriously in the apparent natural-gas explosion - which blew the house off its foundation and led to its partial collapse. The resulting fire went to three alarms.
Residents of surrounding houses were evacuated. National Grid gave the OK to let them back around midnight.
Apr. 16, 2014
Four new lawmakers were sworn into the House of Representatives and one said goodbye Wednesday – rituals that have become commonplace this legislative session after a slew of resignations and special elections.
Two State House veterans who have worked on Beacon Hill for many years, and two newcomers took the oath of office after winning special elections earlier this month. The new members were sworn in by Gov. Deval Patrick during a ceremony attended by many former House lawmakers as well as Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano. Read more
It seemed at first that the rain – which had fallen softly throughout the afternoon, but threatened to pick up steam by mid-evening – might keep the crowd away.
But, as the 7 o’clock hour neared, neighbors began to stream into Garvey Park through the entrances on Neponset Avenue. They came in clusters and sometimes in larger packs with hoods and ball caps and scallys to shield against the elements. Some clutched the Stars and Stripes, which they then unfurled while bracing against the wind blowing in from Dorchester Bay.
On Tuesday, a year to the day after the Boston Marathon bombings, one Martin remembered and reflected on another. Mayor Martin Walsh knew Martin Richard, the eight-year-old Dorchester boy who was killed in the terrorist attacks. Read more
Apr. 15, 2014
As policymakers try to revive emergency medical care at the recently shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital, another Massachusetts hospital network recently had its rating outlook lowered to stable from positive, with analysts saying Steward Health Care System needs to continue restructuring. Read more
Jeff Gonyeau, a neighbor and parishioner at All Saints Church, played the bell chimes in the tower of All Saints Church in Peabody Square this afternoon. Gonyeau sounded the bells at 2:50 p.m. following a moment of silence that was observed across the city, region and nation in observance of the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Gonyeau played two hymns on the church's 11 bells using a chime in a wooden chamber nestled just one level beneath the bells. He played two hymns: "St. Columba", which is derived from the 25th Psalm ("The Lord is My Shepherd"); and "Land of Rest", a hymn that is often sung at memorial services. Both were selected by Gonyeau with the Richard family in mind.
Gonyeau is the same neighbor who stopped the clock in Peabody Square last year in the hours following the attack that killed young Martin and left his family wounded, including his little sister Jane. The clock became a focal point of mourning in the close knit Ashmont-Adams community where the Richard family live. Read more
The bells of All Saints Church will toll along with church bells across the city today in memory of the victims of the attack on the Boston Marathon— one year later. The bells will be rung at 2:50 p.m.
A moment of silence will be observed across the nation in memory of the victims at 2:49 p.m.
Volunteers have decorated the clock in Peabody Square will blue and yellow bunting in memory of Martin Richard. The clock became the site of a makeshift memorial to the Dorchester boy last year and was the scene of a quiet ceremony to mark the one-week anniversary of the bombings. No formal events are planned there today.
Neighbors will gather at Garvey Park on Neponset Avenue this evening at 7 p.m. for a candlelight vigil. The park was the scene of a similar vigil one year ago. Mayor Martin J. Walsh will attend this evening's vigil, which is expected to include prayers and bagpipes. Organizers say the event will go on rain or shine. Read more
Apr. 14, 2014
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. 11, 2014
Mayor Martin Walsh celebrated his forty-seventh birthday on familiar turf: 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.
The grant is part of a 4-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor administered through the Mayor’s office of jobs and community service. The $206,000 will fund the Life Science Internship Training Program, focused on preparing students at UMass Boston and other state and community colleges for paid internship opportunities in the Life Sciences industry. Read more
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children issued a call for help in locating a 13 year-old Dorchester boy who has been missing since Feb. 4. The Reporter received a flyer from the agency this week seeking our assistance in finding Kristopher Lewis, who is described as a black and Hispanic boy with brown hair and eyes, about 5'1" tall and 87 pounds with a scar on his bottom lip.
According to the flyer, Kristopher was last seen on Feb. 4, 2014. He is believed to be in the Boston area.
Anyone with information about Kristopher's whereabouts should contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or call Boston Police at 617-343-4687. Read more
Apr. 11, 2014
Janitors who clean MBTA stations say their employers plan to sweep nearly one third of the jobs off the payrolls in September as a cost-saving measure. Read more
Ester, the restaurant and bar that has replaced The Ledge Kitchen and Drinks in the heart of Lower Mills’ village, opened quietly last Wednesday evening. The eatery is now open for dinner only as the new owners and managers methodically roll out a limited menu as they continue to hire and train staff.
The restaurant will eventually celebrate with a grand opening and offer a wider menu, including lunch. The big event will probably happen sometime after April’s chilled rains give way to May’s patio season. Until then, Team Ester is focused on getting off on the right foot. And that means putting a premium on highly-trained staff who make each “guest experience” a positive one. Read more
A $14.5 million Four Corners project put together under the auspices of the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Inc. (Viet-AID) is moving ahead. The project recently picked up $600,000 predevelopment loan.
The Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, which works on community development projects with state agencies, provided the loan. CEDAC also provided $450,000 to Viet-AID to purchase a part of the site. Read more
Apr. 10, 2014
The fourth floor of 1452 Dorchester Ave. is currently a maze of empty offices and open areas, spaces that John Maudlin and Travis Lee are looking to fill with 50 young entrepreneurs, small business owners, and nonprofit organizations.
The space will be known as the Fields Corner Business Lab and is set to open on Tuesday, April 15. According to Lee, the lab will serve as a “cost effective and convenient” resource for those looking to invest in Fields Corner. Read more
Nearly 700 human service workers and advocates flooded Beacon Hill on Tuesday to push for $260 million in funding for programs and overdue wages.
The rally was held in the Great Hall after which advocates and workers in gold shirts headed to lobby lawmakers for their budget requests under the banner of “The Caring Force,” an initiative that highlights issues important to the human services sector. Read more
Mayor Marty Walsh said this week that he has concerns about the height of a condominium building being proposed for a neighborhood eyesore, a long-vacant parcel on Savin Hill Avenue next to Savin Bar and Kitchen and across from the MBTA station. On Tuesday, Walsh, who lives a block away, on Tuttle Street, said, “I haven’t seen the full plan. I certainly know that spot has to be filled. It’s been vacant for years, a decade now.”
While saying the developer of the project does “great, quality work,” Walsh added, “Three stories concerns me.” Read more
The city of Boston’s budget for fiscal year 2015 would rise to $2.7 billion, a $118.2 million increase over this year’s under the first spending plan proposed by Mayor Marty Walsh. “I’m not raising taxes, I’m not raising fees,” Walsh said on Tuesday before he rolled out the details the next morning at a gathering of the City Council. “We’re going to have a fiscally responsible budget.” Read more