Oct. 8, 2010
Officials at Codman Square Health Center received a welcome phone call this morning from Washington D.C. The center is the recipient of a $7.95 million federal grant that will help fund a new wing of the health center, including an expanded home for the affiliated Codman Academy next door. The funding is the result of a grant proposal submitted to the Obama administration last year. Codman Square was not included in the first round of stimulus funds for so-called "shovel-ready" projects, but today's announcement signals that they have been included in the second round of expenditures. Read more
A controversial Dorchester pastor is accusing Mayor Thomas Menino of “retaliation” a day after he called on the mayor to acquiesce to his demand for a two-year study on city violence or resign.
Pastor Bruce Wall of Codman Square’s Global Ministries Christian Church, who has frequently clashed with Menino in the past and called clergy who work with the mayor “house pastors,” said last Thursday a “For Sale” sign has been put up on the city-owned vacant lot his church has been using for parking the last 17 years.
The sign was then suddenly taken down late Friday, Wall said, after his charge was made public in the Reporter's Lit Drop. Read more
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
CNN's John King, broadcasting live alongside Gov. Deval Patrick during last night's Men Cook for Women's Health gala, shows off a souvenir: an Originally from Dorchester bumper sticker. King, who grew up on King Street, told viewers of his "John King USA" program that he intends to find a home for the sticker on the set of his show's studio, which is already layered with Boston sports and political memorabilia. King appeared live from the tented gala several times during his hour-long program and served up food from the Ashmont Grill to guests. At left is Bill Walczak, executive director of the Codman Square Health Center, which sponsors the annual gala to raise funds for women's health programs. Other notable attendees who served as celebrity chefs included the Sen. Scott Brown, former Gov. Mike Dukakis, and the Reporter's own publisher Ed Forry, who dished out servings from the City Fresh Foods alongside Gov. Patrick. Read more
CNN's John King, broadcasting live alongside Gov. Deval Patrick during last night's Men Cook for Women's Health gala, shows off a souvenir: an Originally from Dorchester bumper sticker. King, who grew up on King Street, told viewers of his "John King USA" program that he intends to find a home for the sticker on the set of his show's studio, which is already layered with Boston sports and political memorabilia. King appeared live from the tented gala several times during his hour-long program and served up food from the Ashmont Grill to guests. Read more
CNN anchor John King will be broadcasting live from his old neighborhood this week. King, who will moderate tonight's gubernatorial debate, will be a celebrity chef at Thursday night's big Men of Boston Cook for Women's Health. The native of King Street—where else?— is CNN's chief national correspondent and anchors the nightly John King, USA program for the cable news network. The gala event is held each year in a tent outside the health center on Washington Street. Other celeb chefs due to make an appearance this year include Bay State Senator Scott Brown and Gov. Deval Patrick. All proceeds benefit women's health programs at the Codman Square Health Center. Tickets can be bought at the door. King's show will air live from the event from 7-8 p.m. this Thursday. Read more
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.
Sep. 13, 2010
A long-time Codman Square pharmacist was convicted on Monday of Medicaid fraud, federal officials said.
Amadiegwu “Joe” Onujiogu, 63, pleaded guilty before a U.S. District judge on Monday to a conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 16. He is facing ten years in prison, as well as three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Read more