Fields Corner

Looking back to get a fix on new look in Fields Corner

Fields Corner: 1510-1514 Dorchester Ave. at Fields Corner Photo courtesy Fields Corner Main StreetFields Corner: 1510-1514 Dorchester Ave. at Fields Corner Photo courtesy Fields Corner Main Street

A non-profit preservation group and the city’s Fields Corner Main Street program are joining with the owner of a Dorchester Ave. commercial building to restore its storefront to its former glory.

Construction on a new façade is expected to start later this week or early next week on the 1510 to 1514 block on the avenue, a two-story building that dates to the 1890s and houses the Dorchester Youth Collaborative, a lingerie store, Magic Wok restaurant, Bargain City, and a dentist’s office. The building is next door to the Fields Corner branch library and across the street from the Blarney Stone restaurant.  Read more

TJX closing 91 AJ Wright stores; remaining ones to be converted

By 
State House News Service
Dec. 10, 2010

TJX Companies, the Framingham-based national retail giant, announced Friday morning plans to cut 4,400 jobs as the company slashes its A.J. Wright division, closing 71 stores, two distribution centers – including one in Fall River – and A.J. Wright’s home office in Framingham.

TJX also intends to convert 91 remaining A.J. Wright into T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods stores, an effort the company says will enable it to focus on its “more profitable” assets.  Read more

Charter school proponents look to expand in Dorchester, Mattapan

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 8, 2010

Fourteen would-be charter schools have applied to the State Department of Education to be granted charters to start up new schools in Boston out of 23 across the state. Representatives from several of the applicant schools appeared before a panel of state education officials in Boston City Hall on Tuesday to press their case.

Though plans for the schools are still in the preliminary stages and locations for school facilities are not definite, some of the proponents for the proposals heard Tuesday vowed to serve underprivileged students from Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.  Read more

Harbor Middle School principal removed

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 3, 2010

Five months after he was installed as principal of Harbor Middle School, Dr. Robert Martin was removed by the city’s school department, parents learned in a letter from Superintendent Carol Johnson.

Johnson’s letter, which parents received last week on the day before Thanksgiving, said the change in leadership was effective that day, Nov. 24.

“We know how critical leadership is to our overall student improvement efforts, and we acknowledge that this decision has implications for you, your children, and the dedicated faculty and staff of the Harbor,” she wrote. “We expect to appoint a permanent principal to the Harbor by no later than mid-January.”  Read more

$7m federal grant helping Dot House expand its services

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By Jackie Gentile, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 18, 2010

The Dorchester House Multi-Service Center has begun work on an expansion project fueled in large part by a $7 million federal stimulus grant that green-lighted the project last year. The new wing of the center will include a walk-in/urgent care clinic with 18 new examination rooms for primary and urgent care, a larger clinic pharmacy and laboratory. In total, between renovations and expansions, the project will transform about 40,000-square feet into more spacious and more accessible departments of the Dorchester Ave. health center.  Read more

Main Streets' main event: Tiki-Tini set for Nov. 17

By 
Reporter Staff
Nov. 12, 2010

Defying the cold and dark, two local groups are bringing back summer to support economic development in Dorchester. St. Mark’s Area Main Street (SMAMS) and Fields Corner Main Street (FCMS) will host Tiki-Tini – the sixth annual Martinis on the Avenue fundraiser – on Wednesday, November 17, 7 p.m. at the Blarney Stone, 1505 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester.  Read more

Lucky Strike site plan: 3 stories, 22 housing units, commercial space

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 11, 2010

The site of a longtime Fields Corner bowling emporium will be turned into three-story building with 22 units of housing and space for commercial stores on the ground floor, according to a revised plan that has been shown to neighborhood residents.

“We’re trying to keep this building nice and compact,” said Clifford Boehmer, principal at Davis Square Architects, which is handling the design of the building.
Depending on when they receive financing, project officials hope to start construction next summer, with completion in the spring of 2012.  Read more

Vote on closing schools delayed; parents still on high alert

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 4, 2010

Superintendent Carol Johnson is delaying a vote on plans to close schools, giving parents opposed to the closures a month to regroup. Dorchester schools on the chopping block include Roger Clap Elementary and the East Zone Early Learning Center. School officials had also been pushing to merge the Lee Academy Pilot School and the Lee Elementary School.

“Overall, I’m optimistic that we have the extra month or so to get them to change their minds, and hopefully this opens up more of a debate,” said Kenny Jervis, one of the parents leading the charge to keep Clap Elementary open. “We’re happy we got the extra time but it’s nowhere near a victory yet.”  Read more

Conference to help city churches make sorely needed renovations

By 
Alex Owens Special to the Reporter
Nov. 4, 2010

Dorchester’s spiritual community has borne firsthand witness to the community’s history, which stretches back nearly four centuries. It was members of a church community, the First Parish Church, that founded this city within a city. After decades of service to their neighborhoods, many of Dorchester’s church buildings are daue for a much needed facelift, and their congregations are turning to the city’s historical organizations for aid.  Read more

Man shot dead in Fields Corner

The Boston Police Department reports a 30-year-old man was found shot around 8 p.m. on Monday at 481 Geneva Ave.

The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.  Read more