Fields Corner

New retail anchor opens in Fields Corner

CW Price: Above, Sen. Jack Hart welcomed the retailer to Dorchester on Thursday morning. Photo by Ed ForryCW Price: Above, Sen. Jack Hart welcomed the retailer to Dorchester on Thursday morning. Photo by Ed ForryA clothing retailer opened its doors in the Fields Corner shopping mall today, filling a gaping hole in the business district and a valuable niche for consumers. The 28,000-square-foot location on Geneva Avenue is the first Boston store for CW Price, a New York-based company specializing in affordable family apparel and home furnishings.

The store’s opening is encouraging news for the neighborhood at large, which was dealt a setback earlier last year when HomeGoods closed its doors in the same location after less than a year in business. The HomeGoods had replaced a far more successful retailer A.J. Wright, which closed after the entire brand was phased out by corporate owners TJX.  Read more

Lightning sent bricks flying from atop historic Fields Corner building

By 
Elizabeth Murray, Special to The Reporter
Jul. 19, 2012

Arcadia Street building hit by lightning: Sent bricks flyingArcadia Street building hit by lightning: Sent bricks flyingA lightning strike sent masonry flying from the top of a historic Fields Corner building on Wednesday afternoon.

The building was struck at around 5 p.m., according to Donna Finnegan, the CEO of the Fields Corner Development Corporation (CDC), whose offices are located inside the three-story brick building on Arcadia Street. The strike blew a number of bricks off the chimney.

Fragments of brick were still strewn all around the public parking lot right next to the building on Thursday morning. Finnegan noted that some brick pieces “went flying all the way across the street.”  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

‘Cash Mob’ swarm helps candy store find sweet spot

By 
Elizabeth Murray, Special to the Reporter
May. 24, 2012

A Sweet Place: The owners of the new Fields Corner store A Sweet Life won an online contest and a visit from ‘Cash Mob Dorchester’ on Monday. From left, Beverly Hilaire, Edwin Hilaire, and Mae Riggs, Beverly’s mom. 	Photo by Bill ForryA Sweet Place: The owners of the new Fields Corner store A Sweet Life won an online contest and a visit from ‘Cash Mob Dorchester’ on Monday. From left, Beverly Hilaire, Edwin Hilaire, and Mae Riggs, Beverly’s mom. Photo by Bill ForryThe Dorchester ‘Cash Mob’ struck again this week, as members of the group swarmed a new Fields Corner candy shop, ‘A Sweet Place’, in their ongoing attempt to bolster local businesses and the neighborhood economy.

The Dorchester Ave. store— located right next to the Fields Corner Branch Library— opened on April 16. Executive Director of Fields Corner Main Street Evelyn Darling said many people in Dorchester did not even know the business was there. This event helped “create a buzz”, she said.  Read more

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

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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.