Jul. 3, 2012
To the Editor:
(The following letter was delivered to the Reporter this week. It was titled, “A message from The Lord Deputy Mayor, and Arch Duke, of Dorchester to his people.”)
Let me begin by thanking all of you who joined in our celebration of Dorchester Day a few weeks ago. It was an incredible experience to see so many people line Dorchester Ave and cheer me on as I walked in the parade. Dorchester Day 2012 was an unforgettable experience because of all of you. I also want to thank my family, friends, and supporters for being a major part of my journey to the Parade, although you were not physically walking with me, you were there in spirit. Read more
Jun. 9, 2009
The 2009 Dorchester Day parade was one to remember. Perfect weather, inspired floats and a great turnout along Dorchester Avenue made this a day many in the community won't soon forget. The Reporter was there with video camera in hand to capture some the day's events.
Jun. 4, 2009
Present day Dorchester lays claim to being the biggest part of Boston, in terms of land mass and population. But, big as it is today, Dorchester was once much, much larger.
At its height, the town of Dorchester nearly reached the Rhode Island border. It included parts of present day South Boston, Hyde Park, Roxbury, Foxboro, Dedham, Wrentham, Canton, Sharon, Raynham, Mattapan, Quincy, and the entire towns of Milton and Stoughton.
What if Dorchester had maintained those historical borders? What if Dorchester had, as one resident from the Boston annexation period was recorded saying by William Dana Orcutt in his book, Good Old Dorchester, â€œa few feet more depth of water along the ten miles of shore which formed her sea boundary?â€
Would we be living in the City of Dorchester, with Boston as one of our neighborhoods? Read more
The seminal celebration of Dorchester's settlement in 1630, the Dorchester Day Parade begins at Richmond Street in Lower Mills and follows a course up Dorchester Ave. Read more
The USS Porter (DDG-78), a US Navy destroyer, is shown decked out in celebratory colors at the Black Falcon Terminal in South Boston on Monday, June 2. Photo by Bill Forry
It's 6 a.m. on a Friday morning and the opening chords of The Standells' Boston anthem - typically heard blaring from behind the Fenway scoreboards - sound a bit tinny. Not too surprising, given my location: a cozy bed perched deep in the bowels of a Navy destroyer, just a few feet from the water line. Read more
It's easy forget how tied this place once was to the sea. Since the 1950s - and the construction of the Southeast Expressway - large chunks of our neighborhood have been virtually walled off from the water. But the names of our seaside villages and roadways tell the story of a time before the asphalt and steel slabs got in the way: Clam Point. Freeport Street. Port Norfolk.
Another large reminder of Dorchester's nautical roots steams into Boston Harbor on Friday, just in time to help celebrate the anniversary of the neighborhood's settlement back in 1630. Read more
May. 28, 2008
The new mayor of Dorchester, Ryan Woods, says he's always on the go and ready to lend a helping hand to his hometown. While the 24 year-old Dorchester native says he enjoys an occasional movie or a game of golf, what pleases him most is community service.
On May 17, Woods hosted a dance at the Blessed Mother Teresa school, which raised over $17,000 [Woods collected a total of $24,259 for the Dorchester Day Parade] earning him the honorary title - Mayor.
Reporter: Where did you grow up in Dorchester and go to school? Read more
Boston Fire Department Equipment
Boston Emergency Medical Services
Suffolk County Sheriff's Department
Eascare Ambulance George Gilpin
McCall Transportation Steve McCall
Boston Boarding Mark O'Neil
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and family
Commissioner of The City of Boston
Veterans Affairs Gene Valliencourt
Boston Police Mounted Unit
Boston Honor Guards
Boston Police Gaelic Column James Barry
Chief Marshal Joe Chaisson
Honorary Chief Marshal
Michael Leahy Read more
Who says that a dance at the schoolhouse gym can't help pay the bills.
Ryan Woods, whose campaign collected more than $17,000 in one night at his May 10 dance-fundraiser at the Blessed Mother Teresa school on Savin Hill Avenue, was declared the winner of the 2008 Mayor of Dorchester contest on Monday evening. Woods tallied a total of $24,259 in contributions for the Dorchester Day Parade Committee. Read more
Mayor of Dorchester contenders are wrapping up their campaigns in the final week of the contest that helps bring the Dorchester Day Parade down the avenue. The candidate to raise the most money for the cause wins. All three candidates are to hand in their funds May 19, but not before a few more fund-raising events. Read more