Ashmont

Car tied to brutal Revere murder found in Ashmont; suspect arrested in Roxbury

ChappellA mental-health patient charged with brutally murdering a counselor at his residential facility in Revere apparently drove to Ashmont a few hours before he was apprehended in Roxbury.

Deshawn James Chapell, 27, of Chelsea, is charged with murdering Stephanie Moulton, 25, and dumping her body in a church parking lot in Lynn.  Read more

Theft of Ashmont memorial disappoints friends, family

By 
Rachel Zarrell, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 20, 2011

The Droser family paid tribute to their late father Vince with this chef’s hat on the day of his funeral, Jan. 8. Someone stole the hat in the hours after this photo was taken.	Photo by Ed ForryThe Droser family paid tribute to their late father Vince with this chef’s hat on the day of his funeral, Jan. 8. Someone stole the hat in the hours after this photo was taken. Photo by Ed Forry

Vince Droser had an idea. Every month the Ashmont neighborhood would adorn the large, Sleeping Moon statue outside of Ashmont station with a new hat for each month. After 12 months, a calendar would be made with pictures of each of the months, and sold to raise money to maintain the upkeep of the area. He was a neighborhood man and a civic visionary, the Vice President for Development at Trinity Financial, the development company that created the Carruth building overlooking Ashmont station.  Read more

Vince Droser, visionary builder and civic leader, dies suddenly

Vince Droser: Key figure in revitalization of Ashmont area died today after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 55 years old. Reporter file photo.Vince Droser: Key figure in revitalization of Ashmont area died on January 4 after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 55 years old. Reporter file photo.

Vince Droser, whose vision and leadership have been instrumental in the revitalization of the Ashmont area, died Tuesday at his Dorchester home after apparently suffering a fatal heart attack. Droser, 55, is being mourned by scores of friends and neighbors who have flocked to his Ashmont home to grieve alongside his wife, Nancy Anderson, and their four children.

An Appreciation: A big heart stops— and we are lesser for it

Droser served as Vice President for Development at Trinity Financial, the development company that created the Carruth building at Ashmont station. Over the last 14 years, Droser has helped the company successfully complete some of Boston's most acclaimed and innovative building projects, including Mattapan Heights, Davenport Commons, the Shaw's supermarket in Lower Mills and the Carruth.  Read more

Vince Droser

Vince Droser

Snow emergency ends at 6 p.m. Monday

By 
Reporter Staff
Dec. 26, 2010

The city of Boston says that the snow emergency that went into effect yesterday will be lifted at 6 p.m. on Monday. The emergency order means that parking is prohibited on all major arteries in Boston.

In a noon hour press conference on Sunday, Gov. Deval Patrick said that service on the Mattapan high-speed trolley line would be suspended tonight and replaced with buses. All other public transportation is expected to follow a normal schedule.

"Residents are reminded to remain at home throughout the duration of this snow event and businesses tomorrow should consider asking employees to work from home," stated a press release issued by the city of Boston on Sunday morning. The city also is cautioning older residents or those with "health conditions" to "refrain from shoveling this heavy wet snow."  Read more

Census count confirms Mass. to lose House seat

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Dec. 21, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, DEC. 21, 2010…. As widely predicted, Massachusetts will lose at least one of its 10 seats in Congress during the 2012 election cycle based on population counts collected during the 2010 Census, according to data released from the U.S. Census Bureau.

During a conference call with reporters, Census Bureau officials confirmed Tuesday morning that Massachusetts is among ten states to be losing at least one U.S. House seat.  Read more

Spike in shootings prompts renewed quest for solutions

By 
Stephen Kurkjian and Pat Tarantino, Special To The Reporter
Dec. 16, 2010

Tina Chery: A pioneer in citywide efforts to curb violence, Chery's son Louis was killed in a December 1993 shooting, not far from her current office in Fields Corner..Tina Chery: A pioneer in citywide efforts to curb violence, Chery's son Louis was killed in a December 1993 shooting, not far from her current office in Fields Corner..

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

BPD Commissioner Ed Davis: Extra pressure on gang members

Rev. Eugene Rivers: Pastor convenes stakeholders, stresses "realism"

George Chip GreenidgeGeorge Chip GreenidgeGeorge "Chip" Greenidge: Violent year spurs new calls for answers

Celeste Allan: Murder victim's mom finds community's embrace

Marivelle Crespo and Gina Patterson: BPD team aids families, heads off trouble

Tina Chery: Peace Pioneer seeks to improve coordination of services

Emmet Folgert: On alert for alternativesEmmet Folgert: On alert for alternativesEmmett Folgert: Veteran youth worker connects teens with jobs

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

New initiative brings farm-fresh foods to city’s seniors

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 9, 2010

City nutrition experts unveiled a new program at Mattapan’s Hassan Apartment building on Dec. 7 aimed at bringing fresh produce to local seniors. Funded by Senior Whole Health, the program will provide farm shares to residents public senior housing developments. Dorchester’s Lower Mills and Peabody-Englewood Apartments will also be included in the new program.  Read more

Charter school proponents look to expand in Dorchester, Mattapan

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
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

Buses to replace trolleys this weekend between Ashmont-Mattapan

By 
Reporter Staff
Nov. 15, 2010

Ongoing construction work at Ashmont station will require a shut down of the Mattapan High-Speed trolley service this Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 20-21), according to the MBTA. Shuttle buses will replace trolleys beginning at the start of service on Saturday and continue until the end of service on Sunday.  Read more