Dec. 16, 2010
The numbers are deeply disturbing: Nearly eighty percent of the shootings in Boston in 2010 have taken place in the three police districts that cover Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.
Last year, 223 people were killed or wounded by gunfire in Boston, and 174, or 78 percent, of the shootings took place in districts B-2, B-3 and C-11. This year, with several weeks to go, the number of shootings in the city has increased to 258, and, again, 78 percent of them were in these three districts.
The Search for Solutions
These stark numbers only convey part of the story. The real story, those on the front lines of the battle tell the Dorchester Reporter, is the impact this violence is having on those who live and work in these neighborhoods – and whether they will assert strongly to families, friends, and acquaintances that they will not tolerate the continued presence of guns or further criminal activity in the homes and on the streets of their neighborhoods. And, too, there is the overarching question of the role of the rest of Boston in this enterprise: Will they join Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan – or abandon them – in taking on the challenge of saving the streets. Read more
Dec. 8, 2010
Fourteen would-be charter schools have applied to the State Department of Education to be granted charters to start up new schools in Boston out of 23 across the state. Representatives from several of the applicant schools appeared before a panel of state education officials in Boston City Hall on Tuesday to press their case.
Though plans for the schools are still in the preliminary stages and locations for school facilities are not definite, some of the proponents for the proposals heard Tuesday vowed to serve underprivileged students from Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. Read more
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
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
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