First Baptist church wins verdict: construction company ordered to pay $288,300

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
May. 6, 2011

A Hyde Park construction firm must pay Dorchester’s First Baptist Church over $288,000 in damages after a Suffolk Superior Court jury issued a verdict in the church’s favor this week.  Read more

City Hall aide taking leave to head up Pressley's reelection campaign

A top City Hall aide to Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley is switching over to the councillor’s reelection campaign. Jessica Taubner, who served as Pressley’s policy director, is on leave and will serve as Pressley’s campaign manager.

Taubner worked on Gov. Deval Patrick’s 2006 campaign as a field coordinator and helped organize Boston for the governor’s 2010 campaign. She also served as a co-field director when former City Councillors At-Large Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon ran as a ticket in 2009.  Read more

‘Lights, camera, action’ on Ashmont Hill

Gal Tziperman Lotan, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 28, 2011

Adrianne Page, 11, posed for a photo with actor Kevin James at her aunt Stephanie Page’s home on Ashmont Hill last Thursday night. James was at the home to shoot a scene of the film “Here Comes the Boom.” Photo courtesy Stephanie PageAdrianne Page, 11, posed for a photo with actor Kevin James at her aunt Stephanie Page’s home on Ashmont Hill last Thursday night. James was at the home to shoot a scene of the film “Here Comes the Boom.” Photo courtesy Stephanie Page

Though it’s thousands of miles away from Hollywood in Ashmont Hill, one Dorchester house will be featured in “Here Comes the Boom,” an upcoming movie starring Kevin James, Henry Winkler, and Salma Hayek.

Stephanie Page and her partner, Meredith Lobur, got a flier in the mail saying scouts from Colombia Pictures were looking for a Victorian house in the area to use as the home of Winkler, who plays a high school music teacher named Marty who spends his free time repairing his students’ broken instruments.

“The character doesn’t have a TV, he listens to NPR. He’s kind of artsy, kind of funky, and eclectic, which is definitely what our house is like,” Page said.  Read more

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

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

Tonight: Labor movement topic of Ashmont forum

Reporter Staff
Apr. 15, 2011

The Dorchester Speaker’s Forum will present a lecture and discussion with UMass Boston Professor and noted Labor Historian James Green on Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Church in Ashmont. The free program comes as unions are dominating domestic news.

Green is professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he directs the graduate program in public history. He also teaches courses on the history of Boston, working class history and social justice movements and has served as president of the Labor and Working Class History Association and as research director for the PBS series The Great Depression.  Read more

Ashmont Cycle sets up shop as springtime waits in wings

Jack Pelletier: Click to expand.Jack Pelletier: Click to expand.A newly opened bicycle shop is hoping to become a hub of activity for bicycling enthusiasts in the Ashmont neighborhood.

“I think the time is right for a shop in the area, and with the changes in Peabody Square,” it’s a great location, said Jack Pelletier, who moved into Dorchester ten years ago and earlier this month opened up Ashmont Cycle.  Read more

Compassionate Friends of Boston

The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
Our newest chapter is in Boston. It meets at the Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont St., Boston, MA., every first Tuesday of the month. The meeting is from 6pm-7:30pm. Refreshments are provided.

Ray Strother

Firefighters battle two two-alarm fires at once

Washington Street fire: Photo by Judy TuttleWashington Street fire: Photo by Judy Tuttle  Read more

Man in Sponge Bob hat charged with exposing himself at Ashmont T stop

MBTA Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester man at the Ashmont busway Friday morning after he allegedly pulled his pants down and started waving his genitals at startled people waiting for a bus.  Read more