Uphams Corner

Three arrested for overnight home invasion

The Boston Police Department reports busting up a home invasion at 153 E. Cottage St. near Edward Everett Square shortly after midnight on Tuesday.

According to police, officers responding to a report of a man with a gun surrounded the house. A man tried to flee, was pursued through several backyards and then brought down after what police described as a violent struggle. Police recovered a white zip tie, two phones and a large amount of cash after subduing him at E. Cottage and Columbia Road.  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

Uphams Corner makes case for post office

Gerry Scoppettuolo, right, making a point  during last Thursday’s meeting to discuss the possible closure of the post office in Uphams Corner. Gerry Scoppettuolo, right, making a point during last Thursday’s meeting to discuss the possible closure of the post office in Uphams Corner.

More than 70 Uphams Corner residents crowded a meeting with United States Postal Service (USPS) officials last Thursday to voice their concern about the possible closure of the neighborhood’s post office.

The meeting was organized so officials could gather local arguments for maintaining the post office and integrate those comments into a report to give USPS decision-makers a clearer picture of the office’s role in the community. Although USPS officials present were quick to explain that they did not make the decision to review the Uphams Corner, Grove Hall, or 29 other Boston-area locations currently facing closure, many in attendance went on the offensive and criticized the discontinuation process.  Read more

Citing successes, Kroc Center focuses on new programs

Salvation Army Kroc Center Fitness and Recreation Attendant Kenneth Heyward overseeing 10-year-old Jordan Edge of Dorchester as he participates in the Dribble, Dish & Swish basketball skills competition.Salvation Army Kroc Center Fitness and Recreation Attendant Kenneth Heyward overseeing 10-year-old Jordan Edge of Dorchester as he participates in the Dribble, Dish & Swish basketball skills competition.

Eight months after opening its doors, the Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Center continues to expand its programming in hopes of drawing in new members.

With a current membership of 2,000 and plans to double that number by next June, the Uphams Corner-based community center’s staff has spent the past months monitoring and expanding some of their most popular programs, including a umber that are available to members and non-members alike.  Read more

Voters head to polls to pick District 3 councillor and City Council At-Large

By 
Reporter Staff
Nov. 8, 2011

Polls opened at 7 a.m. across the city, with two races on the ballot in Dorchester's District 3: Two men are vying to succeed retiring City Councillor Maureen Feeney and seven-person field is fighting for the four City Council At-Large slots.

The two top finishers in the Sept. preliminary, Frank Baker of Savin Hill and John O’Toole of Cedar Grove, are facing off over the first open City Council seat in Dorchester in nearly 18 years.

The polls close at 8 p.m.  Read more

Man found stabbed to death in Uphams Corner

The body of a man in his 50s was found around 1 p.m. on Tuesday at 3 Virginia St., the Boston Police Department reports.

The man, stabbed several times, was pronounced dead at the scene, police say. He is Dorchester's 23rd murder victim this year (map).

Jury convicts two for double homicide at Uphams Corner restaurant

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today found Emmanuel Pina and Sandro Tavares guilty of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of a man with whom they'd had an argument and an innocent cook gunned down by an errant bullet at the now closed Ka-Carlos Bar and Grill in 2009, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

Redistricting could affect sitting city councillors in Districts 7 and 8

Two sitting Boston city councillors may be forced to move from their current homes or give up their seats due to Boston population shifts that could transform the boundaries of their current districts. That's one possibility that was raised at a redistricting hearing held Thursday in downtown Boston.

While the city gained residents overall, rising by five percent to 617,594 residents, some parts of the city lost population by official counts, including parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Roslindale, and West Roxbury.  Read more

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REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: A legal affairs check on District 3 Council race

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 25, 2011

John O’Toole, a local realtor and a top candidate in the District 3 City Council race, is enmeshed in a civil lawsuit with a former partner of his, according to court records. But he isn’t the only candidate who has been involved in legal actions in recent months and years: Two other top contenders, fellow realtor Craig Galvin and former city employee Frank Baker, have had a suit and an injunction, respectively, filed against them, according to a Reporter review of court records available to the public at Suffolk Superior Court.  Read more