Uphams Corner

Post Offices at Grove Hall, Uphams Corner on closing list

The Uphams Corner and Grove Hall post offices are among six in Boston and 3,700 across the country on list of outlets the US Postal Service is considering closing. The Uphams Corner branch is located on Columbia Road, while the Grove Hall branch is on Warren Street.

The Postal Service is looking to close 12 percent of its offices to cut costs. It says it would work with local retailers in communities that lose their offices to offer some postal services.  Read more

Brown gets pole position in Dot Day’s parade of pols

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 6, 2011

Dot Day 2011: (l-r) Council president Steve Murphy, Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry (with daughter Madeline), US Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Jack Hart, Chief Marshal John Connor, Patrick Kulakowski, Commanding Officer of the USS Carr, Mayor Tom Menino, City Councillor Felix ArroyoDot Day 2011: (l-r) Council president Steve Murphy, Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry (with daughter Madeline), US Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Jack Hart, Chief Marshal John Connor, Patrick Kulakowski, Commanding Officer of the USS Carr, Mayor Tom Menino, City Councillor Felix Arroyo

Among the dancers, marching bands and other lively participants from Sunday’s Dorchester Day parade, some of the most energetic marchers along the route were the candidates for public office. Incumbents and would-be office holders were eager to shake hands, ask for support and match a smiling face to the campaign signs that are an ever-increasing presence along Dorchester Ave.  Read more

Violence erupts over weekend, continues into new week

A holiday weekend that saw two men shot to death in Dorchester and Mattapan was followed Tuesday by two more shootings - one fatal - and a stabbing, the Boston Police Department reports.

The Boston Police Department reports a man was murdered around 8 p.m. at Humphreys Street and Humphreys Place in Uphams Corner.  Read more

NAACP legal trainings at Kroc Center

On Wednesday, June 8, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Boston Branch NAACP will hosting a Racial Discrimination Training at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, located at 650 Dudley Street,Dorchester. The training is co-sponsored with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts' Young Professional's Network (YPN) and the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, and supported by the Attorney General's Civil Rights Division and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD).  Read more

City sets $76.6m in capital funds for Mattapan and Dorchester

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 21, 2011

Playgrounds in Dorchester and Mattapan will be refurbished, a Mattapan community center will be renovated, and an Uphams Corner municipal building will see its roof and gutters replaced under a City Hall five-year capital spending plan released last week.

In total, Mayor Thomas Menino’s capital budget for fiscal years 2012 through 2016 funnels $57.4 million to Dorchester and $19.2 million to Mattapan. The $1.7 billion capital budget, which has $169 million in new project authorizations in fiscal year 2012, is funded through a mix of city bonds, state and federal grants, and some trust funds.

Out of the 17 neighborhoods that the city’s capital plan funding takes into account, Dorchester placed fourth in total spending, while Mattapan came in ninth. Roxbury is first, with $172 million, much of that due to the $115 million effort to move the Boston Public Schools offices into Dudley Square’s Ferdinand Building.  Read more

Hyde Park's Dorcena launching at-large run

Hyde Park resident William Dorcena, the owner of a business named CenaMaven and the brother of Dorchester state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, told the Reporter on Monday that he has formed a campaign committee and is jumping into this year's City Council At-Large race.

"I've always thought about public service," Dorcena said, adding that he will focus on public education, public safety and the economy as his top three issues. As the father of a young daughter, a taxpayer and a business owner, he said, he feels "I have to play a more pro-active role."  Read more

New Kroc Center hailed, but fee structure remains concern

Kroc Center: Major William Bode of the Salvation Army, Mayor Tom Menino, John Hamill of Sovereign Bank and Linda Wendfeldt, Joan Kroc’s daughter, enjoy Saturday’s ribbon-cutting of the Kroc Community Center on Dudley Street, Dorchester. Photo courtesy Mayor’s office Kroc Center: Major William Bode of the Salvation Army, Mayor Tom Menino, John Hamill of Sovereign Bank and Linda Wendfeldt, Joan Kroc’s daughter, enjoy Saturday’s ribbon-cutting of the Kroc Community Center on Dudley Street, Dorchester. Photo courtesy Mayor’s office

The new Kroc Center seems to have it all as it aims to serve local residents and families and more than 19,000 children living within a mile of the facility: The aquatic enter center with a heated indoor water park and a water slide. The gymnasium with two high school regulation courts. And the rock climbing wall, a ropes course, and a performing arts center.

Located in the Uphams Corner section of Dorchester and hailed as a jewel, the $115 million center was formally opened with great fanfare on Saturday.

“The dream has been realized,” Mayor Tom Menino told a crowd assembled for the opening ceremony. Menino played a key role in assembling a fundraising team that raised millions of dollars to help buttress the much larger sum donated by the Kroc family to build the center.

But the Kroc Center remains somewhat of a work-in-progress. Political and community leaders are still working behind-the-scenes with Salvation Army officials, who operate the center, to ensure that local residents and families can afford the membership rates the center is asking— fees that some say are too high.  Read more

Teen gunned down on Groom Street

By 
Reporter Staff
Mar. 15, 2011

An 18 year-old man died last night after he was gunned down on the porch of his mother's house near Uphams Corner. Neighbors say that the victim is Luis Tavares, who grew up in Cape Verde and joined his family here as a teenager.

Isaura Mendes, an anti-violence activists who herself has lost two sons to murder in the last 15 years, lives next door to last night's crime scene. She said a van was seen speeding away from the street right after the shots rang out around 10:30 p.m.

"It was bullet after bullet," said Mendes, who described a chaotic scene. "We all came out."  Read more

Strand Theatre to host two free Boston Ballet shows on Friday

By 
Chris Harding, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 8, 2011

Boston Ballet at Strand: Soloist John Lam represents the dynamic talent that will take the Strand stage on Friday. Photo by Gene Schiavone.Boston Ballet at Strand: Soloist John Lam represents the dynamic talent that will take the Strand stage on Friday. Photo by Gene Schiavone.Young Dorchester dancers will be “taking flight” as they bring audiences at the Strand Theatre to new artistic heights on Friday. A year ago the debut of the Boston Ballet at the Strand was so well received that Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen is bringing his renowned dance company back this Friday for free performances at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The morning school showcase, developed specifically for the Strand, offers a dynamic introduction to a variety of dance forms through an interactive and diverse program, which includes performers from a Dot middle school.

All of the Strand’s 1400 seats are expected to be filled on Friday morning with students from 11 Boston Public Schools, mostly from Dorchester, including the Clap, Greenwood, Holland, Mather, and Murphy Schools. The Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School will turn out as well to support fellow students who will perform.  Read more