Lower Mills

Family pride fuels popular Pat’s of Lower Mills

Pat’s Pizza : Co-owner Pat Newell with employees Kleber Pintz, left and Vinnie Felix. Photo by Bill ForryPat’s Pizza : Co-owner Pat Newell with employees Kleber Pintz, left and Vinnie Felix. Photo by Bill Forry

Pat Newell was well down the path towards a very different career when his younger brother, Brendan, approached him with a novel proposal back in 2005: “How’d you like to go into business with me?” he asked.

Seven years later, the Newell brothers — and their business partner Dave Bolduc— have built on the success of Pat’s Pizza & Catering of Lower Mills, the always-slammed and always-reliable Dot Ave. eatery that churns out enough pizza pies, steak tip dinners, wraps and salads to feed half of Dorchester and the south shore.  Read more

Lower Mills rallies to aid Fairmount fire victims

Lower Mills merchants and community leaders are organizing a drive to assist a family which lost its home in a five-alarm fire on Fairmount Street on Thursday. The Lower Mills Merchants Association, Vargas & Vargas Insurance, Meetinghouse Bank and Rep. Linda Forry are teaming up to launch the fund and supply drive, which will kick off on Monday. The donations will assist the children of the Armand family with replacing clothing, school supplies and computers, all lost in the five alarm fire.

Meetinghouse Cooperative Bank will serve as the collection point for the effort.  Read more

Lower Mills MWRA project

Lower Mills MWRA project

(UPDATED) Labouré College moving to Milton in 2013

Reporter Staff
Aug. 6, 2012

Labouré College on Tuesday finalized a deal to purchase the former Aquinas College property in Milton.  Read more

City sends letter with suggestions for proposed sober housing in Lower Mills

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 1, 2012

The head of the city’s legal department this week sent a letter to the operators of a proposed sober housing business in Lower Mills, warning them that documents they provided to city officials cites one law that does not exist and another that does not apply in Boston.

William Sinnott, corporation counsel for the city, also noted in the letter that one of the buildings the operators are leasing is a former funeral home and may require a zoning change.  Read more

DOT DAY: Brown and Warren marching in parade and more

U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren will be making her first appearance in the annual Dorchester Day Parade on Sunday, where she'll be joined by her chief rival Scott Brown.

Warren will be marching in the third division, while Brown will be in the chief marshal's division. (It's customary for incumbents to march ahead of challengers.)

The two are hardly strangers to Dorchester: Both have featured the neighborhood in their television ads.  Read more

Dorchester is a backdrop in Mass. Senate race ads

Dorchester residents are seeing some familiar faces in the television ads for the Massachusetts Senate race.

“Her father was janitor; my father was a janitor,” says Catherine O’Neill, a Savin Hill resident whose statement opens U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s latest ad, which started airing on Wednesday. O’Neill is active in local politics and recently wrote a politically-themed play, “Murph,” which just wrapped up a run at the Boston Playwrights’ Theater.

“Big banks, institutions, Wall Street — she’s not afraid of anybody,” O’Neill adds later in the 30-second ad.  Read more

The former Molloys funeral home

The former Molloys funeral home

Plan to convert funeral home, adjacent buildings into 'sober homes' meets resistance in Lower Mills

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 29, 2012

The former Molloys funeral home: One of four buildings along Washington Street included in the proposal.The former Molloys funeral home: One of four buildings along Washington Street included in the proposal.The proposed housing of 28 sober veterans in the former Molloy funeral home and three adjacent properties on Washington Street became the subject of a heated debate at a Wednesday night meeting of the Lower Mills Merchants Association.

With some expressing fear that the property could be turned into a rooming house filled with transients, neighborhood business owners hit the Molloys and a representative of an investors’ association leasing the property with a myriad of questions: How do they intend to monitor the tenants? What kind of support services will the tenants receive? How will they be referred to the housing?  Read more

Underage beer party left big mess in Dorchester Park

To the Editor:

On Sunday, March 18, 2012, at a little after 1 p.m., teenagers began gathering at the tennis courts that are in Dorchester Park, in the Cedar Grove/Lower Mills neighborhood. Many of the teenagers were carrying either a twelve pack of beer or some type of unconcealed liquor. The alcohol was in plain sight, and they seemed unconcerned that anyone might object to obvious drinking in a public park. I thought about calling the police, but my calls regarding previous drinking parties had been ignored.  Read more