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
Nov. 8, 2011
Polls opened at 7 a.m. across the city, with two races on the ballot in Dorchester's District 3: Two men are vying to succeed retiring City Councillor Maureen Feeney and seven-person field is fighting for the four City Council At-Large slots.
The two top finishers in the Sept. preliminary, Frank Baker of Savin Hill and John O’Toole of Cedar Grove, are facing off over the first open City Council seat in Dorchester in nearly 18 years.
The polls close at 8 p.m. Read more
Nov. 6, 2011
Despite online rumors to the contrary, there have been no arrests made in the murder of Ciaran Conneely, an Irish immigrant who was gunned down on an Adams Corner side street on Columbus Day. When asked on Sunday afternoon, Boston Police spokesperson Elaine Driscoll said simply: "There have been no arrests."
"The investigation into the homicide of Mr. Conneely remains active but there are no arrests to report at this time," said Driscoll, who said reports circulating on Facebook and social media about an arrest are "inaccurate." Read more
Oct. 12, 2011
Everyone in Boston is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. In Dorchester, you can add another date to the calendar: October’s annual Irish Heritage Festival in Adams Village. On the Sunday of the unseasonably warm Columbus Day weekend, this year’s street festival attracted an estimated 10,000 revelers who enjoyed shopping, food and drink from nearby restaurants, Irish step dancers and live music. Read more
The murder of a 36- year-old man who was found shot to death on Nahant Avenue near Adams Corner early Monday morning has prompted renewed calls for police enforcement in that section of Dorchester, where gun violence is rare but not unprecedented. Boston Police are probing whether the murder is connected to an armed robbery that happened just a block away on Ashmont Street on Sunday night.
Ciaran O Conghaile (or Conneely), who is originally from the Aran Islands in County Galway, Ireland, died hours after a neighbor found him at 1 a.m. sprawled along the curb outside 20 Nahant Ave., just steps from his apartment. Conneely suffered from a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and died later in the morning, according to the Boston Police Department. Read more
Saint Brendan's 4th Annual Holiday Festival & Bazaar will take place this year on Saturday, November 19th from 11am-3pm in the Church Hall. Looking for vendors to participate. $50 per 8 foot table. Please contact Melissa Sullivan at email@example.com or Christine Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and/or application.
Sep. 29, 2011
Call it a block party with an open invitation to the rest of the world. The third annual Irish Heritage Festival will take place on Sun., Oct. 9, in Adams Corner, celebrating Irish music, dance, and culture with a focus that is unabashedly local. Read more