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Dot House celebrates new expanded services

By 
Staff
May. 7, 2012

Dot House celebration: Dorchester House CEO Joel Abrams addressed a crowd at the facility this morning. At right, (l-r) are Councillor Frank Baker, Senator Jack Hart, Mayor Tom Menino. Photo by Ed ForryDot House celebration: Dorchester House CEO Joel Abrams addressed a crowd at the facility this morning. At right, (l-r) are Councillor Frank Baker, Senator Jack Hart, Mayor Tom Menino. Photo by Ed Forry

Mayor Menino and CEO Joel Abrams are among those celebrating the official ribbon cutting for an $11.4 million expansion project at the Dorchester House this morning. The project doubled the size of both the Clinic Pharmacy and Lab and includes a beautiful new Physical Therapy clinic, renovated offices for the WIC program, additional conference rooms, and a larger more comfortable break room for staff.

Dorchester House was among the first health centers in the country to receive Federal Stimulus Funds in 2009 to expand the building in order to provide more access to health care. The Dot House can now accommodate over 26,000 additional patient visits annually. More in this week's Reporter.

White House to honor Dorchester Youth Collaborative founder

By 
Reporter Staff
Apr. 3, 2012

The White House plans on Wednesday to honor Emmett Folgert, the founder and executive director of the Dorchester Youth Collaborative, for his anti-youth violence work. Folgert is one of twelve people the Obama administration intends to recognize as part of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.

The Youth Collaborative serves 100 teens a day, mostly from the Fields Corner area, allowing them the space for activities such as break dancing or ping pong. Help in finding employment opportunities is also available.  Read more

Dorchester Day Parade Committee - 2012 Youth Art Contest

The Dorchester Day Parade Committee is hosting its 1st annual art contest open to all
Dorchester residents in the 3rd through 6th grade or students that attend a Dorchester
school. Two (2) prizes will be awarded to the drawings that are chosen from a
panel of local judges. Please fill out the registration form below and mail it with your
Art to the committee chair. A completed registration form and Art must be
postmarked by March 16, 2012 to be considered for a prize.

1.) The student must be a Dorchester resident or attend a Dorchester school.  Read more

(617) 412-9822
Marty Hogan

Free GED/ESL Classes

The Higher Education Development and Upliftment Program is offering free GED/ESL classes on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Christ the King Church at 50 Stoughton Street, Dorchester, MA 02125. We offer individualized, one-on-one tutoring that allows people to choose what specific skills/subjects they need help with. We start-up for 2012 on Monday, January 23rd. Questions? Call 1-980-224-3387 or visit www.hedup.org

1-980-224-3387

New boxing club hopes to build talent, confidence

By 
Corey Burns, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 5, 2012

Jason Kelly, Zachary Fenton, and Anthony Hines at the newly-opened Dorchester Boxing Club. Photo by Corey Burns

The newly-minted Dorchester Boxing Club is tucked away inside a concrete building on the short end of Parkman Street, just off the busy intersection of Neponset Avenue and Adams Street. The gym’s occupants put their work in behind a garage door of the old warehouse just behind a funeral home.

The gym, which opened its doors three weeks ago, is run by Savin Hill’s Dan Kelly, 55, and his son Jason, 20, who is a certified personal trainer with prior experience at the Boston Sports Club in Fenway and also a USA Boxing certified coach.  Read more

Fields Corner store robbed at gunpoint

The Radio Shack store at 1524 Dorchester Ave. was robbed on Tuesday evening by two masked men, one of whom brandished a silver handgun. The incident took place at 8:40 p.m. As one suspect stood guard at the door, the other man dumped the store's cash drawer and two Kindle tablets into a bag before fleeing, according to a Boston Police report.

Police probe alleged dog fighting ring; one dog found dead, 11 rescued in "very bad shape"

Boston Police are investigating the circumstances around an apparent dog fighting ring that was uncovered on Monday night at a house near the Shawmut T station. At least one dog was found dead at the scene and 11 "pit bull-like" dogs were taken from the basement of the house after police found them crying in crates covered in urine, feces and blood. The canines are now in the custody of the Animal Rescue League as police weigh likely criminal charges against the dogs’ owner.  Read more

(UPDATED) HomeGoods in Fields Corner to close down in January

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 16, 2011

The HomeGoods store in Fields Corner is closing its doors in January 2012, less than a year after it was converted from an A.J. Wright store. The move will leave a gaping hole in the Geneva Ave. shopping mall, where the store is an anchor tenant.

TJX, the Framingham-based company that owns the HomeGoods chain, said earlier this year that they were closing down their A.J. Wright stores and turning them into HomeGoods stores. A.J. Wright, a popular store in the area, sold clothes, while HomeGoods sold furniture.  Read more

Man calls 9-1-1 to report mugging, then is himself robbed at gunpoint

A man told Boston Police that he was robbed at gunpoint in a Dorchester Ave. parking lot last night by a man whom he just observed trying to steal a woman’s purse nearby. The incident took place on Dec. 12 at about 7 p.m. across from 1432 Dorchester Ave. near Fields Corner.

According to the police report, the victim told police was leaving work at a Dot Ave. market when he saw a man in a hooded sweatshirt attempting to steal a woman’s pocketbook. As he started dialing 9-1-1, the man says the suspect started following him as he walked into the parking lot behind 1432 Dorchester Ave. There, the thief pulled out a large black firearm and grabbed a bag that the victim was carrying, knocking him to the ground.  Read more

Draft map revamps City Council districts, leaves Jackson in District 7

District 7 City Councillor Tito Jackson would not have to move or give up his seat on the City Council, according to a draft map featuring redrawn political boundaries for the city's 9 district council seats. Jackson's colleague, Michael Ross, isn't as lucky. Ross, who lives in Mission Hill, would no longer live in District 8, under the draft map circulated to reporters and staff inside City Hall on Wednesday.

A City Council committee, headed by District 2 City Councillor Bill Linehan, was tasked with redrawing the political boundaries of the districts, following U.S. Census counts that showed shifts in population requiring some districts to shed residents and other districts to gain residents.

Linehan's district was one of those that needed to lose population, so District 2 was redrawn without some parts of Chinatown and the South End – two areas where Linehan's recent opponent, Suzanne Lee, did well in the November election.  Read more