Uphams Corner

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

Feeney blasts owner of restaurant proposed for Ka-Carlos location

Ka Carlos: Bar and restaurant on Hancock Street shut down after double murder.Ka Carlos: Bar and restaurant on Hancock Street shut down after double murder.A Boston Licensing Board hearing turned heated this morning when City Councilor Maureen Feeney accused the new owner of the Ka-Carlos building at 33 Hancock St. of lying to residents and city officials about his plans for the building.

Stephen Bingham, who bought the building at auction after Ka-Carlos closed following a triple shooting that left two dead, said he wants to open "a family restaurant."

But Feeney told licensing-board Chairman Michael Connolly that Bingham's license application simply had too many discrepancies.  Read more

Aaron Larcet-Caplan

Aaron Larcet-Caplan

(UPDATED) Watchdog group: Boston ended FY 2010 with $9.1m surplus, but...

Boston's coffers ended fiscal year 2010 with a $9.1 million surplus, a fiscal watchdog group reports.

The Boston Municipal Research Bureau said Monday that the $9.1 million represents represents 0.4 percent of that fiscal year's $2.3 billion in spending.

But let's not start jumping around and compiling a list of programs to restore to full funding just yet.

Sam Tyler, head of the BMRB, notes, "This is money that has to be reserved for fiscal 2012."  Read more

Dorchester YMCA Fall Programs

It's time to get healthy. Visit the Dorchester YMCA for special membership offers as well as programs for families and youth. Visit us on the web at www.ymcaboston.org/dorchester. Call 617.436.7750, or just come visit the branch at 776 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124. Free parking, directly on bus Rt #26 and a short walk from the Ashmont T.

617.436.7750
Dorchester YMCA

It’s do as I say, not as I do at the polls for some in Fourth Suffolk race

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor and Pat Tarantino, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 2, 2010

They’ve been pressing voters in South Boston, Uphams Corner, the Polish Triangle, and Harbor Point to pull the lever for them in the September primary. But not all of the candidates to replace state Rep. Brian Wallace have beaten a path to the voting booth themselves, a review of voting records shows.  Read more

Strand by the Numbers

Strand by the Numbers

Strand Theatre

Strand Theatre

Uphams Corner building named in honor of slain store clerk

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 25, 2010

Serrano ceremony: Family of Geraldo Serrano gather around a plaque in his honor last Saturday.Serrano ceremony: Family of Geraldo Serrano gather around a plaque in his honor last Saturday.The area outside of an Upham’s Corner bodega became a place of remembrance Saturday as neighbors and friends of the late Geraldo Serrano gathered for the unveiling of a memorial to the store clerk and neighborhood fixture. A bronze plaque now adorns the southern wall of the building at the corner of Dudley Street and Dudley Terrance, the location of Hermanos Unidos, the store the 71-year old Serrano worked in when he was gunned down during a robbery in February. The building is now named in Seranno’s honor as a memorial to his contributions to the community.  Read more