Uphams Corner

St. Kevin’s project fails to win state aid

The redevelopment of the former St. Kevin’s property in Uphams Corner has hit another roadblock by failing in its second attempt to receive crucial state funds. The setback comes as some community members are expressing concerns about the size and make-up of the project.

Lisa Alberghini, head of the Planning Office of Urban Affairs, which is spearheading the project through the St. Kevin’s Limited Partnership, said they are assessing their options and will likely apply for the next round of state funding in the fall.

“We’re not planning to stop or anything like that,” she said.  Read more

Two-alarm fire strikes Uphams Corner three deckers

Dean Street fire aftermath.

Dean Street aftermath. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports investigators are still trying to figure out what sparked a two-alarm fire that damaged three addresses on Dean Street in Dorchester, displacing nine residents and sending two firefighters to the hospital.

The fire, reported around 5:40 p.m. at 23 Dean St., did an estimated $300,000 in damage to 21-23 Dean and $50,000 in damage to 27 Dean St., the department says.

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


Man shot to death in city's first murder of the year

A man in his 20s was fatally shot Saturday afternoon at 23 Trull St., the Boston Police Department reports.

Police say the man was found inside the house and was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Last April, a man was found shot to death across the street.

This was Boston's first murder of 2012 (Dorchester and Mattapan murder map).

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

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