The framed photo on the wall of Don Lopez’s office captured the moment when — fifty years go this week — his father, Bernie Lopez, officially opened the doors of his new florist shop at the corner of Adams and Saranac streets. Bernie, who learned the trade from his dad — a Sicilian immigrant — moved the family business to Adams Corner from Roxbury after being displaced by an urban renewal project. Read more
Former Mayor Ray Flynn this week wrote a letter of support for U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s push for a “conscience clause” exempting employers from covering contraceptive services based on religious or moral objections. Read more
Life on the Big Pierce Farm
Looking for something different in the neighborhood to do with children? Visit the historic Pierce House for stories and projects geared toward kids under 5.
Every other Friday,
March 9–April 20,
The Big Red Barn – March 9
The Pierce House was once surrounded by farmland. We read Big Red Barn and discuss what kinds of animals the Pierces would have kept on their farm and what types of food, labor, and products the farmers would get from each animal. Each child gets a red paper barn to fill with his or her favorite animals. Read more
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
Jan. 19, 2012
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will host a public meeting on Jan. 30 to discuss reconstruction plans for a bridge that carries the Dorchester leg of the Red Line over Clayton Street near Fields Corner. The span is set to be replaced in 2013.
The meeting will be held at Leahy-Halloran Community Center, 1 Worrell St. from 6 to 8 p.m. Read more
A Dorchester teenager was indicted this week for allegedly killing Ciaran Conneely, a 36 year-old man who was shot to death outside his Nahant Avenue apartment building on Oct. 10. John Graham, 17, will be charged with first degree murder in Conneely’s murder, which rocked the Adams Corner neighborhood last fall.
The indictment also charged Graham with two counts of armed assault with intent to rob in an Oct. 30 incident on Monsignor Lydon Way in which Graham is alleged to have shot two men during an attempted robbery. Read more
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