Blue Hill Corridor

Trouble-spot replaced by new homes along Blue Hill corridor

Woodcliff Street Homes: Michael Kozu, left, speaks as homebuilder Vargas DaSilveira and city ISD asst. commissioner Darryl Smith listen outside 6 Woodcliff Street.Woodcliff Street Homes: Michael Kozu, left, speaks as homebuilder Vargas DaSilveira and city ISD asst. commissioner Darryl Smith listen outside 6 Woodcliff Street.

It was pretty much the last thing that the senior citizens living at the well-manicured Cardinal Medeiros Manor needed to see when they gazed out their windows: Prostitutes leading johns into a makeshift brothel/shooting gallery on a trash strewn empty lot across the street.

That was Woodcliff Street a year ago.  Read more

Cops, inspectors shut down alleged after-hours 'restaurant’

City inspectors stand at the front door of 207 Woodrow Ave. this morning after affixing a 'closed' order on the door. At left is city Inspectional Services assistant commissioner Darryl Smith, who coordinated the overnight action with Boston Police. Photo by Bill Forry

A team of Boston Police and city inspectors raided a Woodrow Ave. house early this morning, seizing DJ equipment and ordering the third-floor tenant to appear in court for keeping a disorderly house and allegedly running an illegal restaurant and after-hours party spot.  Read more

DOT DAY: Brown and Warren marching in parade and more

U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren will be making her first appearance in the annual Dorchester Day Parade on Sunday, where she'll be joined by her chief rival Scott Brown.

Warren will be marching in the third division, while Brown will be in the chief marshal's division. (It's customary for incumbents to march ahead of challengers.)

The two are hardly strangers to Dorchester: Both have featured the neighborhood in their television ads.  Read more

Tonight: Meeting focuses on Blue Hill Ave. corridor

Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 25, 2012

City Hall is teaming up with residents and merchants for a reinvigorated effort to reshape the Blue Hill Avenue corridor. Mayor Menino’s Neighborhood Response Team is working with local groups in an attempt to root out crime in the area and find out what kind of community the neighborhood would like to become.

A flyer publicizing meeting tonight called on residents to help develop a plan of action “to transform Blue Hill Ave corridor to a walk-able vibrant neighborhood.” The flyer says the meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Rev. Michael Haynes Early Education Center at 263 Blue Hill Ave. in Roxbury, will deal with prostitution, drugs, drinking, loitering, economic development and community engagement along the Blue Hill Avenue corridor.  Read more

B-3 cops seize stolen products from Blue Hill Ave. store

B-3 Detective Vance Mills: Shown with some of the allegedly stolen items that were confiscated from Lili's Market. Photo by Bill ForryB-3 Detective Vance Mills: Shown with some of the allegedly stolen items that were confiscated from Lili's Market. Photo by Bill ForryBoston Police plan to file criminal charges against the owners of a Mattapan convenience store that was raided last Friday afternoon following a probe into the alleged re-sale of goods stolen from nearby chain pharmacies.

Detectives from Area B-3 say that the operators of Lili’s Market at 1286 Blue Hill Ave. purchased items from undercover officers who presented the goods — including baby formula, diapers and cosmetic supplies— as items that had been shoplifted from other nearby stores. The store owners eagerly purchased the allegedly boosted items at a deep discount: 25 cents on the dollar.  Read more

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


Police seek to ID man connected to Franklin Park assault

Franklin Park sketch: Police want to ID this man.Franklin Park sketch: Police want to ID this man.Boston Police want the public's help in identifying the man depicted in this sketch released today. Police want to speak to him about a sexual assault that occurred in Franklin Park on Nov. 28. In that incident, a female victim pushing a child in a stroller through the park was attacked from behind around 1:30 p.m. Investigators say the man shown here is "not considered a suspect at this time."  Read more

Franklin Park suspect sketch

Franklin Park suspect sketch

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