Fields Corner

Save Money, Save Energy, Save the planet

Have you noticed gasoline and other energy prices starting to creep back up? Prices went down when folks used less by conserving. Do you want to save some money on your utility costs and fight global warming at the same time?
Come Ride the Green Wave and Learn to Conserve at a series of four FREE Energy Conservation workshops in Dorchester and Mattapan. Workshops start at 6:30 PM and are held at:
Grover Cleveland School, 11 Charles St., Fields Corner, Dorchester – Starting dates are May 18, June 1 and June 15, 2009.

Mildred Avenue Middle School, 5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan –  Read more

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Owen Toney

Mayoral sign war flares in Fields Corner

Battleground: Fields Corner: Photo by Pete StidmanBattleground: Fields Corner: Photo by Pete StidmanJust because Mayor Thomas Menino isn’t officially running for reelection yet doesn’t mean his competitor’s signs are safe. The first skirmish in this election’s “sign wars” has already taken place in Fields Corner.

Starting on Tuesday, April 7, according to business owners, the mayor’s Vietnamese Liaison Diep “Diane” Hyunh and possibly others have gone up and down Dorchester Avenue plastering “For Mayor Menino” signs in the windows of Vietnamese-owned shops. The efforts were likely triggered by Yoon’s first fleet of signs in Fields Corner, which were deployed the Saturday before. It would be a normal sign of election season, save for the fact that Menino has yet to announce his candidacy.  Read more

Bank-owned blight builds up near Fields Corner

So far, outside of a few hotspots like Hendry Street, the blight of the foreclosure crisis in Dorchester has been restricted to the occasional boarded up house or messy lawn. But Vivian Girard of Fields Corner's Five Streets Civic Association is seeing his neighborhood edge toward a darker future and he plans to keep a finger in the dyke that holds it back.

Walking around with Girard on Five Streets' turf - which includes Charles, Leroy, Ditson, Josephine, and Westville streets to the east of Geneva Avenue - the encroachment of decay is visible.  Read more

Activists 'break up' with bank

Tenant activists took to the streets Saturday in front of the Bank of America's Fields Corner branch: The group was protesting the bank's evictions of tenants in foreclosed properties. Photo by Chris Lovett.Tenant activists took to the streets Saturday in front of the Bank of America's Fields Corner branch: The group was protesting the bank's evictions of tenants in foreclosed properties. Photo by Chris Lovett.

Federally-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently ended evictions of rent-paying tenants in foreclosed properties in response to the current economic crisis. Corporate lenders like Bank of America have held out, however, prompting a coalition of activists to take the battle to the streets.  Read more

HUD scrutinizes subsidized units in Fields Corner

Under new leadership just last month, the Fields Corner Community Development Corporation (CDC) has been taking home failing grades on its federal report card for the last two years, the Reporter has learned.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reviews all the properties it subsidizes each year, grading how well they are maintained on a scale of 1 to 100. Properties graded in the 90 to 100 range are considered high performers. Those below 60 are designated "troubled."  Read more

Director of Fields Corner CDC retires after 20 years

The first floor retail space in Fields Corner CDC's building at 1400 Dorchester Ave., which has been vacant for over a decade: Reporter file photo.The first floor retail space in Fields Corner CDC's building at 1400 Dorchester Ave., which has been vacant for over a decade: Reporter file photo.

Jane Matheson, who for 20 years ran the Fields Corner Community Development Corporation with a philosophy against using public money to develop affordable housing, retired earlier this month.  Read more

Investment pays off for Fields Corner shopping center

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Some call it a retail area. Others a strip mall.

To Tom Cifrino, it is the "Fields Station Shopping Center," and for him, it's a family legacy, a Dorchester business begun by his father and uncle almost a century ago.  Read more

Sentences rolling in for Fields Corner gang beating

Three of five adults involved in a brutal youth gang beating that took place in Fields Corner in August, 2007 have been sentenced. Two others have court dates in early December.  Read more

ACORN offices in Fields Corner ransacked; $5,000 reward offered for information on last week's break-in

ACORN Massachusetts' head organizer Noemi "Mimi" Ramos arrived at her office the morning after last week's presidential debate to find the front door unlocked, three desktop computers missing, Internet and phone lines ripped out of the walls and general disarray.  Read more

Vote No on 1' push in Fields Corner

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Oct. 15, 2008

Mimi Ramos, center, leads a team of ACORN volunteers and staff dedicated to defeating the ballot question 1, which would eliminate the state income tax. From left: Mattapan organizer Kesner Forestale of Dorchester, field organizer Ricky Nelson, Ramos, Mary Ann Jones of Boston, Becky Pierce of Dorchester, Loreliei Kluever, Ben Kuss and Chris Leonard, campaign director for ACORN. Photo by Bill Forry /p>

Karen Brown, like a third of people who are likely to vote Nov.  Read more