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.”
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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
Feb. 5, 2013
Mayor Thomas Menino on Tuesday asked for the advisory panel eyeing a school assignment overhaul to again delay their vote, scheduled for Saturday, and wrap up their work by before the end of the month.
“I ask that you continue your work past this weekend,” Menino wrote in the letter, which was obtained by the Reporter. The advisory panel had aimed for a December vote, and that was pushed back into January, and then to this weekend. Read more
Feb. 1, 2013
Sen. John Hart delivered his farewell address to the Senate Thursday, just days after revealing he would resign to join a Boston law firm. Hart used the address to thank colleagues and staff and to recall anecdotes from his life growing up in and representing South Boston. Read more
Feb. 1, 2013
Democrats from across the state on Thursday night converged at the Boston Teachers Union headquarters in Dorchester and heard from the two Congressmen hoping to succeed U.S. Sen. John Kerry. Expecting to face off against one another in the April 30 primary, Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Ed Markey (D-Malden) pitched their candidacies to a roomful of dozens of activists.
While is his official campaign launch isn’t until Saturday, Markey told the crowd, “It begins now. The primary is, believe it or not, in 90 days.” Read more
Jan. 31, 2013
Mayor Thomas Menino moved quickly across the red carpet on Tuesday night, his cane barely keeping up with his legs as he headed to the podium just below Faneuil Hall’s main stage. “I have some words of wisdom,” he said in a jovial tone, after the lengthy applause had died down. “You don’t want to hear my words of wisdom, do you?”
Dorchester lost one of its most passionate and energetic volunteers last Saturday night. Larry Marino, 56, died suddenly from an apparent heart attack at his home in Lower Mills. His death sparked a wave of grief and disbelief across his adopted neighborhood, which Mr. Marino had dedicated himself to promoting — often through social media projects— in recent years.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Larry’s Funeral Mass, which will be said a week from Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m. at Saint Gregory’s church. A celebration of his life will be held after the Mass at Florian Hall.
Mr. Marino, who ran his own small business— Lower Mills Web Designs— had become a fixture in that part of Dorchester since moving there several years ago. The Lawrence native and Navy veteran lived most of his last 19 years in Dorchester, including Fields Corner. Last year, Mr. Marino co-founded Cash Mob Dorchester, a Facebook-based group that sought to support small businesses in Dorchester by organizing coordinated shopping trips on a chosen day. The group, which he launched with close friend Carlos Vargas of Vargas and Vargas Insurance, quickly drew a strong response online and helped new merchants find a toe-hold in a tough economy. Read more
Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Ed Markey are officially launching their campaigns this week for US Sen. John Kerry’s seat, and Boston’s elected officials at City Hall and the State House will no doubt find themselves caught in the crossfire.
The shortened timeline of the race – the primary likely will be set for the end of April and the general election is expected to be in June – means Lynch and Markey will be chasing not only consistent voters, but fellow elected officials for their endorsements. Read more
When Khiet Tran bought the property at 1188 Dorchester Ave. in 2006, the Vietnamese immigrant was hoping to build a supermarket. But he discovered its grounds were soaked with chemicals, and he was forced to sink hundreds of thousands of dollars into the property to get them out.
After millions of dollars, and the removal of two underground oil tanks, the Phu Cuong Market is open for business. “I did not realize there was so much clean-up,” Tran, 46, said in his sparse second-floor office, which overlooks the rows of food. Read more
State Sen. Jack Hart’s plan to decamp for a law firm this week rocked the Boston political scene when the news broke Monday night. The 51-year-old South Boston Democrat will leave a void within the Boston delegation on Beacon Hill after spending 16 years under the golden dome, five of them as a state representative. Read more
Hours after John Kerry submitted his resignation from the US Senate in order to take the top post at the State Department, Gov. Deval Patrick tapped his administration’s former chief of staff to fill out the rest of Kerry’s term. William “Mo” Cowan also served as Patrick’s chief legal counsel. Read more