St. Mark's Area

City withholds payment from contractor at Wainwright Park

By 
Melissa Tabeek, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 22, 2012

A New Hampshire company hired to oversee renovations to a Dorchester park is facing punitive sanctions from the city of Boston for its failure to hire city and minority residents for construction jobs.

The park — formerly known as Cronin/Wainwright Park and nestled between Codman Square and the St. Mark’s Area— was recently renamed Dr. Rev. William Loesch Park, in honor of a local resident and civic activist. Rev. Loesch is one of the people who noticed that the contracting crews working on $925,000 rehab of the park seemed to be made up mainly of out-of-state workers.  Read more

Joint venture

Joint venture

Teen arraigned for Nahant Ave. murder, double-shooting on Lydon Way

By 
Melissa Tabeek, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 9, 2012

A Boston teenager was arraigned Monday in a Suffolk Superior courtroom for last October’s murder of an Adams Corner man and a subsequent double-shooting near St. Mark’s that left one man with multiple gunshot wounds.

John Graham, 17, pled not guilty to all nine charges— including first-degree murder in the Oct. 10 shooting death of 36 year-old Ciaran Conneely— and will likely stand trial for the crimes next year.  Read more

Police arrest suspect in string of pizza delivery robberies

By 
Reporter Staff
Dec. 28, 2011

Boston Police have arrested a young man suspected of robbing two pizza delivery drivers on Monsignor Lydon Way in the last week.  Read more

Teen indicted for Nahant Ave. murder

Ciaran Conneely: Shot dead on Oct. 10, apparent victim of a street robbery turned deadly.Ciaran Conneely: Shot dead on Oct. 10, apparent victim of a street robbery turned deadly.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

Police probe alleged dog fighting ring; one dog found dead, 11 rescued in "very bad shape"

Boston Police are investigating the circumstances around an apparent dog fighting ring that was uncovered on Monday night at a house near the Shawmut T station. At least one dog was found dead at the scene and 11 "pit bull-like" dogs were taken from the basement of the house after police found them crying in crates covered in urine, feces and blood. The canines are now in the custody of the Animal Rescue League as police weigh likely criminal charges against the dogs’ owner.  Read more

Push made to re-name Cronin-Wainwright Park for Loesch family

Rev. Bill Loesch, back left, stopped by Cronin/Wainwright Park last year with state Rep. Russell Holmes, third from left, a few friends and neighbors, and his daughter Cynthia, far right. Photo courtesy Loesch family

While city workers continue to refurbish Cronin/Wainwright Park in the St. Mark’s neighborhood, some nearby residents say they hope to see the playground reopen next year with a new name: that of Dr. Rev. Bill Loesch, a longtime park supporter and social activist.

The proposal for a name change to Dr. Loesch Family Park was announced and endorsed by District 4 City Councillor Charles Yancey last week in his monthly newsletter. City Councillor-At-Large Ayanna Pressley also supports the change. A petition asking approval of the proposal has been making its way around the neighborhood for several months and has so far received more than 500 signatures.  Read more

Work underway to revamp Cronin-Wainwright Park

This sketch from The Boston Parks Department lays out the changes planned for Cronin-Wainwright Park in St. Mark’s Parish near Codman Square.

City workers are busy revamping Cronin-Wainwright Park in response to a series of requests by the St. Mark’s community. The $925,000 rehab, slated for completion by June of 2012, has been underway since September and is expected to continue as long as the season’s warm weather holds out.  Read more

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

Voters head to polls to pick District 3 councillor and City Council At-Large

By 
Reporter Staff
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