Quietly, another St. Pat's breakfast helps the needy

A St. Patrick's Day breakfast at C.F. Donovan's restaurant on Savin Hill Ave. last Saturday raised more than $10,000 for the Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta food pantry. Shown above, l-r, are Arthur Donovan, proprietor of C.F. Donovan's restaurant, Dr. Larry Ronan, Sr. Linda of Blessed Mother Teresa Parish, Pattie Brett, Jim Brett and Elle McDermott. Photo by Harry Brett  Read more

Seventh Annual 'Tet in Boston' fest set for weekend

Ten thousand people are expected to gather at Dorchester's Bayside Exposition Center Feb. 2 to welcome the year of the rat and to celebrate Tet, the Vietnamese lunar new year that officially begins Feb. 7. The 11 a.m. kickoff ceremony of the Tet in Boston festival will feature traditional lion and dragon dances as well as keynote speaker Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, Mayor Thomas Menino, Sen. Jack Hart, and Rep. Martin Walsh. City councillors Maureen Feeney, Michael Flaherty, Chuck Turner and Sam Yoon, will also be in attendance.  Read more

Christmas in Dorchester

We received a Christmas letter from one of our neighbors, Seater Margaret O'Hara. With her permission, we are pleased to share it with our readers.- Ed Forry

For some time now I have been contemplating on what our Christmas letter should focus and on this cloudy Saturday morning, just three days before Christmas, Charlie and I went for a nice walk.  The main part of the following tale will provide each of you with just one of the many reasons Dorchester is such a great place to live.  Read more

Holiday treats close to home

Each year, the Reporter scours the neighborhood for a sleigh full of local gift ideas that help support your local small merchants and artisans, while also satisfying the tastes and budgets of the discerning shopper. Here's the Reporter's checklist of great gifts with a neighborhood twist:

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Merchants hope for holiday sales boost

David Benoit
Dec. 4, 2007

'Tis the season to do some shopping, that much is known. But will the season's holiday bonuses and free spending translate into business for Dorchester and Mattapan merchants? Or will the one-stop malls and Internet sites rake it all in?

Stuart Rosenberg, the president of the Mattapan Board of Trade, does not hold out too much hope for a sales bonanza.

"We are always optimistic now and the retail has changed so much over the years, and now with the Internet even more," Rosenberg said. "The mom and pops, the real micromanagement kind of people, are having a struggle."  Read more

Holiday puts focus on year-round problem

David Benoit
Nov. 19, 2007

As the neighborhood celebrates Thanksgiving, hundreds may be wondering if they will get one helping of turkey, forget about seconds. Every year, Turkey Day presents the people of Boston with the truth of hunger in our midst.

This year will be no different for those faced with skyrocketing fuel cost, health care bills, and costs of living. Dot is full of food pantries and shelters that provide food and services in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, but even they need help.  Read more

Local activist Ralph Browne helped push for Juneteenth recognition

David Benoit
Jun. 20, 2007

It was June 19, 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger went into Galveston, Texas and freed the last of the African-Americans being held illegally as slaves. It had been two years since Abraham Lincoln read the Emancipation Proclamation, and two months since his assassination by John Wilkes Booth. Last Saturday, some 142 years later, Massachusetts became the 25th state in the country to recognize Juneteenth as an official day of celebration, with a big hand from Dorchester resident Ralph F. Browne Jr.  Read more

2007 Tet dancing

From Thieu Nhi.