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Dec. 3, 2013
Trolleys, subways and 15 key bus routes will begin running until 3 a.m. during the weekends under an MBTA pilot program set to begin next spring, according to a transportation official.
The pilot program is estimated to cost $20 million, and the MBTA hopes to bring on corporate sponsors to assist with the funding of it. The Boston Globe has agreed in principle to be a corporate sponsor, and state transportation officials expect additional sponsors to sign on in the coming weeks. Read more
Nov. 26, 2013
Hoping to meet in the next few weeks with other new mayors from around the country to discuss immigration, Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh on Tuesday said if he could "get around" enforcing the Secure Communities Act he would.
Walsh attended the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition's annual free Thanksgiving luncheon and spent some time serving mashed potatoes before dishing on how immigrants would have a "friend" in City Hall. Read more
Mayor-elect Marty Walsh's transition team on Friday added three co-chairs, including the former CEO of Boston Children's hospital, a UMass Boston professor and the head of a Roxbury-based organization. Read more
Boston Police say that thieves targeting people carrying smartphones are responsible for a string of street robberies in Area C-11 in recent days. Read more
Tom Olson holds up a pale blue cord in front of the class. Outlets and wires hang from the ceiling over the heads of 15 men and women, many of whom are wearing green hard-hats. “FiOS,” Olson says, holding the blue cord a little higher. “Anybody know what that stands for?”
The answer comes cautiously, in unison, from the class: “Fiber integrated optical solutions.” Says Olson, “Now, when you see the commercials with Comcast and FiOS and Verizon, you’ll be able to say ‘I know what FiOS is.’ Fiber integrated optical solutions, right? High-end communications, guys and girls. It doesn’t get any faster than that. That’s transmission through glass.” Read more
Nov. 14, 2013
“Get in and get out as fast as you possibly can. I think people prefer [this] to the pain of years of construction.”
The speaker was State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, and he was referring to the guiding principle behind the installation over the weekend of a new $5.5 million bridge above Clayton Street near Clam Point that shut down Red Line train service between Ashmont Station and JFK/UMass from Friday evening to Monday morning. Read more
Nov. 13, 2013
If sea level rise projections become reality and high tides a century from now resemble what today are major floods, the Aquarium Blue Line Station would likely be underwater while across the harbor the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital will be better prepared to weather frequent incursions of harbor water, according to Boston Harbor Association Executive Director Julie Wormser.
“By mid-century, every year the T’s going to have to deal with a foot and a half of seawater. By the end of the century it’s dealing more with five feet of seawater,” said Wormser, who said the Aquarium Station would need to be moved. Read more
State transportation officials plan to replace the Clayton Street bridge in one fell swoop this Veterans Day weekend, shutting down Red Line service between Ashmont Station and JFK/UMass Station on Friday at 9 p.m. and getting them back in service on Monday at 5 a.m. Clayton Street itself will be closed to traffic until Monday at noon. Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters rushed to 46 Colonial Ave. around 1:40 a.m., Sunday, for a fire that eventually went to four alarms and consumed parts of each of the building's three floors - and part of the exterior of the neighboring 42 Colonial Ave. Read more
A large section of the key parking lot in Adams Village will re-open in the coming days as the first phase of an ambitious renovation project winds to its end. The privately-owned parking lot behind 540 Gallivan Boulevard has long served as the village’s catch-all car depot. It has been fenced off for the last seven weeks to allow construction crews to resurface the space and add new traffic calming features and lighting fixtures. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports an argument that turned physical ended with a woman stabbing her boyfriend in the stomach Sunday afternoon. Read more
They ranged from ages 26 to 38, two men and a woman, each having struggled and overcome. Up on the second floor of the Dorchester District Courthouse, they became the latest graduates of an aggressive program aimed at helping them deal with addiction and navigate probation.
“They have worked so hard to be here today,” Rosalind Miller, the first justice of the Dorchester District Court, told a crowd of family, friends, court officials and prospective participants of the program who had gathered for a small ceremony earlier this month. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports the Harbor Point Convenience Store, 17 Harbor Point Blvd., was held up around 8:10 p.m. on Sunday.
"The suspect walked in to the store and brandished a firearm at the cashier. The witness stated the suspect demanded money be placed in a bag, the cashier complied. The suspect fled the store in a maroon motor vehicle.
"The suspect is described as a Middle Eastern male, wearing a fake mustache, black hooded 'North Face' sweatshirt, black jeans and white and black sneakers."
Oct. 8, 2013
A surprise and unauthorized school bus drivers strike impacted at least half of the city's student population this morning, according to the Boston Public School department. The work action, which BPS officials have condemned as "illegal", involves around 300 drivers and will impact about half of the city's 33,000 students who ride buses daily to public, parochial and charter schools. Read more
Oct. 8, 2013
Caught off guard by a strike of Boston’s public school bus drivers on Tuesday morning, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said the city would pursue every legal action possible against the drivers as he asked families to arrange transportation home for their children and cancelled afternoon athletics.
"I want all these bus drivers back to work tomorrow morning,” Menino said during an afternoon press conference at City Hall, ridiculing the “illegal action” taken by the unionized drivers to go on strike in violation of their contract.
Menino said the management company Veolia Transportation, Inc. would go to court on Tuesday afternoon to seek an injunction compelling the drivers to return to work, and promised that if drivers would go back to work his administration would sit down with union leaders to work out disagreements over provisions in their contract.
He said the city would also explore possible disciplinary action against drivers who participated in the strike. Read more
Oct. 8, 2013
A 15-year-old from Dorchester was arraigned Tuesday in Dorchester District Court on attempted murder and firearm charges after he was identified as the gunman in a shooting on Corona Street on Monday night that left an 18 year-old man wounded. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office says the male suspect— whose name is withheld because he is a juvenile—was ordered held on $500,000 bail by Judge Leslie Harris. Read more
The owner of a historic but run-down Mattapan property that was seized by city officials in August went to court this week seeking an injunction allowing them to reclaim the land. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Judith Fabricant heard from both sides in the case on Tuesday afternoon and is expected to make a ruling in coming days. Read more
Oct. 3, 2013
Last month, a horrible midday car accident on the Arborway near Forest Hills left several people injured— including Dorchester carpenter and father of three Kevin Cellucci, who remains in a coma. Next month, his family, friends, and supporters will come together to support him with a fundraiser.
Pete Alvarado, Kevin’s cousin, still remembers the disturbing call from his sister on the day of the accident. He rushed to the hospital, where he found family members, close friends, and a parish priest from St. Brendan’s church. Read more
A house in Savin Hill is facing designation as a “problem property.” The home, located at 56 Sudan St. and a longtime source of complaints from neighbors, will be on the agenda of Mayor Thomas Menino’s “problem properties” task force when it meets this week. Read more
A dilapidated stable atop Savin Hill was torn down on Monday morning after city officials and the property owners reached an agreement in court last week to allow the demolition to proceed. A second structure at 24 Grampian Way— a three-story home that was once a stately mansion owned by 19th century sporting goods magnate George Wright— remains intact and will not be demolished “at this point”, according to a city spokesman. Read more
The Casey Overpass, which carries Route 203/Arborway over Washington and New Washington streets in Forest Hills, will be closed next weekend— Saturday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 6, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.— as work crews perform what MassDOT calls "emergency repairs to the driving surface of the road to ensure the bridge can remain open during snow and ice events."
"MassDOT anticipates needing to close the bridge for the same duration for up to three additional weekends to complete the work. This work is weather dependent and must be done during dry weather in order for the asphalt to properly set." Read more
An off-duty Boston EMT was killed on Saturday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding on crashed at the intersection of Washington Street and Dunbar Avenue near Codman Square. Marcus Jerome, 32, was fatally injured around 3:40 p.m. Boston Police are asking for witnesses to come forward by calling 617-343-4470.
“The entire department is mourning the fact that this talented and passionate young man’s life was cut short,” said Nick Martin, a spokesperson for the city’s Emergency Medical Services. “His fellow EMTs and paramedics responded to the call and tried to save him, which has made his passing all the more difficult for those that knew him.” Read more
The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday whether to shut Mac's Guest House, 194 Callender St., after hearing a BPD detective recite a litany of complaints dating back years - including two active rape investigations in which police cited Mac's for "permitting immoral conduct" and failing to call police. Read more
The owner of a historic Savin Hill house that could be soon designated as an official city landmark is seeking a permit to bulldoze the property instead. City officials will convene a community meeting on Thursday evening at the Dorchester Yacht Club to discuss the owner’s proposal to raze the house and adjacent stable at 24 Grampian Way.
A meeting notice obtained by the Reporter today stated, “The purpose of the meeting is to inform the community about the proposed demolition and to present alternatives to the demolition.”
The notice also makes it clear that Thursday’s meeting “does not take the place” of a Boston Landmark Commission public hearing— which has yet to be scheduled— to further discuss a petition to make the Grampian Way property a city landmark.” Read more
The Boston Police Department is attacks early Wednesday that sent two men to the hospital, where one of them would be pronounced dead.
Police say that shortly after 1 a.m., officers responded to a call about a man lying in the street outside 17 Greenwood St. He was taken with " injuries to his forehead" to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
About a half hour later, police say, a resident at 54 Greenwood who heard a noise and thought somebody was trying to break into his house instead found a second man lying on his front porch, bleeding, police say, adding: Read more
Eyesore remains a hold-out on Dudley Street
There are many high-profile eyesores and abandoned lots across Boston that merit the attention, imagination and hustle of the next mayor. But few loom as large as the Leon Electric building in Uphams Corner.
The hulking warehouse complex sits right next to the MBTA commuter rail station at the corner of Dudley and Humphreys streets. The empty, fenced-off, weather-worn behemoth rises up seven stories and casts a foreboding shadow over the neighborhood business district below. Read more
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Jean, the owner of La Paix barber shop at 1059 Hyde Park Avenue in Boston, testifies how Suffolk County Interim Sheriff Steven Tompkins unlawfully pulled out his badge and demanded that the store owner remove Douglas Bennett for Sheriff's sign "because it was too early to put up campaign signs..."
Tompkins is scheduled to face a Criminal Magistrate in BMC Roxbury District Court on 85 Warren Street on September 10, 2013 at 9AM for Theft and Destruction of Property. Read more
Aug. 29, 2013
On two consecutive recent Tuesday nights, the Dorchester District Court’s Probation Department allowed the Reporter to accompany its officers while they met with probationers. The reporter rode first alongside two officers on daytime rounds and later with the Boston Police-affiliated NiteLite program that watches over potentially more volatile offenders. Read more
Aug. 29, 2013
Several members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation called for caution and forethought in the nation’s approach to Syria, which might include military force.
U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey, and Congressmen John Tierney, Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch indicated openness to the use of force, while calling for more information and in some cases the assertion of Congress’s constitutional power to declare war.
“The one thing that I’m absolutely certain of is that Congress has to be consulted and in my opinion, consulted means more than just informed. In my opinion it means Congress has to be asked for permission to use military force,” Capuano said. Read more
Aug. 17, 2013
MBTA police are asking for the public's help in identifying two young men —shown in the video above— who allegedly robbed two women of their purses and cell phones in an incident on Tuesday night (Aug. 13) at Savin Hill MBTA station. Read more
Aug. 14, 2013
To the Editor:
I think I can speak for the majority of the many attendees at the Cedar Grove Civic Association meeting on Tuesday evening when I say that we appreciate Mr. Tom Cifrino and his development team, including representatives from Boston Sports Clubs, for engaging the community in the conversation regarding what will be done with the former Rite-Aid space as well as the adjacent parking lot. We are impressed that BSC plans to make much needed aesthetic improvements to the building façade. We appreciate their stated desire to actively participate in our neighborhood. Moreover, we are excited for this chance to finally “get it right” with regards to the parking lot that is such an important piece of Adams Village.
We understand that the parking lot is private property, but the reality of the situation is that over decades, as we have all parked in the lot while we have lunch at Gerard’s, coffee at Greenhills, or attend a wake at O’Connor’s, the precedent has been set that it is a de facto public lot. Read more
Aug. 14, 2013
The Boston Landmarks Commission on Tuesday night took testimony from proponents and opponents of granting landmark status to a dilapidated Grampian Way home with a bit of history. The hearing took place at City Hall. Read more
Aug. 12, 2013
City Councillor Rob Consalvo’s mayoral campaign unveiled its first TV spot on Monday night. The ad, titled “All In for Boston,” notes that he worked for the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and his support for a felony gun offender registry. Read more
Through the leaves on the trees at the intersection of Harold and Holworthy, you can glimpse the John Hancock tower. A symbol of downtown Boston’s economic vitality, it often seems farther than three miles away for the residents of this corner of Roxbury. Read more
Aug. 7, 2013
The Cedar Grove Civic Association held a special meeting on Tuesday evening to review plans for a proposed Boston Sports Club at 540 Gallivan Boulevard— one of the village’s most prominent properties that also includes an adjacent, privately-owned parking lot that has long been heavily used by neighborhood residents and other businesses. Neighbors see the proposal for a new fitness center as a chance to upgrade and improve safety in the heart of the busy business district.
Boston Sports Club (BSC) intends to open its 31st location in the first floor of the building most recently occupied by a Rite Aid pharmacy. Attorney Larry DiCara, a former Boston City Councillor who is representing Supreme Realty Trust — the business entity that owns the building that will lease space to BSC— presented the plans for the renovations and re-use of the site. Read more
Boston Police are hunting for a suspect in a shooting today in the St. Mark's Area that left two Boston Police officers injured and another suspect dead.
Police Commissioner Ed Davis identified the dead suspect as Roudy Hendricks, 21, of Brockton. He said Hendricks had a lengthy and violent record.
The two officers, Terry Cotton and Harry Jean are recovering from leg injuries - Davis said Cotton was shot twice in the leg, while Jean suffered a bullet graze to the leg. Both have 24 years of service, he said. Read more
Aug. 7, 2013
With so many candidates running to become Boston's next mayor, it can be hard for an average voter to keep track of everyone's stance on the big issues of the race. To that end, DotNews.com is talking to each of the candidates about four of the overarching issues that affect the city: public safety, education, development and the shift away from Mayor Thomas Menino's policies. To see the candidate's full response about how to make Boston safer, just click on the banner above his or her name.
The first part of the series collects the candidates' views on crime and public safety Boston:
Note: The campaign of Charles Clemons did not respond to several requests for participation in the video series. Candidate David Wyatt could not be reached before the series' deadline. The Reporter hopes to include both Clemons and Wyatt in future videos. Read more
With so many candidates running to become Boston's next mayor, it can be hard for an average voter to keep track of everyone's stance on the big issues of the race. To that end, Dotnews.com is talking to each of the candidates about four of the overarching issues that affect the city: public safety, education, development and the shift away from Mayor Thomas Menino's policies. To see the candidate's full response about how to make Boston safer, just click on the banner above his or her name.
The first part of the series collects the candidates' views on crime and public safety Boston: Read more
Aug. 5, 2013
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, a candidate for mayor, on Sunday raised questions about the legality of an East Boston-only vote on a Suffolk Downs casino. Conley added that the 13-member City Council should “come to their senses” and move to endorse a city-wide vote. Read more
Looking to catch a mayoral candidate in action? A list of forums and debates taking place over the next two months, as the city edges closer towards the Sept. 24 preliminary, is available after the jump. The list is a work-in-progress: times and dates are subject to change, and there are forums and debates we've probably missed. If you want to submit a listing, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the information. Read more
Neighbors in Lower Mills can expect to hear a series of loud bangs on Thursday (July 25) morning and afternoon, according to the state’s Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The booms will be sonic tests that are being conducted on the Neponset River to “evaluate the river's subsurface conditions.” There will be six to eight such tests spaced out in intervals of about 45 minutes, beginning at 9 a.m. “This work will not affect vehicular, MBTA, or pedestrian travel in the area,” according to a statement from MassDOT. Read more
Man in custody for second assault that may be linked to homicide
A South Boston woman who was abducted and later stabbed to death and dumped in a wooded section of Hyde Park was first driven to several ATM machines in Dorchester, according to Boston Police. Authorities released surveillance images on Wednesday afternoon as they sought the public's assistance in the investigation. Read more
Update (Thurs., July 25)— The manager of Ashmont Market, Jay Patel, said today that the store has re-opened for sale of groceries, beer and wine, despite a Monday fire that closed its doors for three days. The store's popular deli, however, remains closed as repairs begin. Read more
Heads up, MBTA customers: Shuttle buses will be replacing Red Line service between JFK/UMass and Ashmont this weekend and next (July 20-21 & July 27-28). The replacement service is prompted by an ongoing project to replace an aging bridge on Clayton Street. The existing steel bridge that dates to 1911 will be fully replaced in October. Read more
Hits car with five aboard; neighbors on Erie St. had asked utilities to make repairs
At first, it seemed like another case of a Boston driver run amok: a dark stretch of roadway, a crumpled-up sedan, a toppled utility pole, a flash of flames, and the wail of sirens.
Car hits pole on a Saturday night in Dorchester.
But the June 22 incident on Erie Street near the Four Corners neighborhood actually turned out to be a case of pole hits car – a pole that neighbors, business owners, and at least one city official had flagged as a pressing danger to the public weeks before the incident.
“People were very fortunate not to have been killed in this accident,” said Darryl Smith, an assistant commissioner for the city’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD), who responded to the chaotic scene that night. Smith leads a multi-agency Neighborhood Response Team deployed by Mayor Menino to fix quality-of-life problems in sections of Dorchester and Mattapan. “These five people walked away with their lives. It was a matter of inches.”
A two-alarm fire at 742 River St. on Monday sent one firefighter to the hospital with a cut and brought the American Red Cross in to help find temporary housing for 18 residents.
The fire, reported around 7:30 p.m., did an estimated $250,000 in damage according to the Boston Fire Department, which says the cause remains under investigation.