St. Mark's Area

St. Mark’s Area group supports single-ward vote on Hub casino

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 1, 2012

The St. Mark’s Area Civic Association met on Tuesday night and voted 11-5 to keep a referendum on a Boston casino confined to the ward in which the gambling facility would be located. The vote followed a discussion among members and a presentation from City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley on the 2011 law allowing the establishment of casinos in the Bay State.  Read more

St. Mark's civic group could vote on whether casino referendum should be city-wide

The St. Mark’s Area Civic Association could weigh in Tuesday night on whether there should be a city-wide vote on a Boston casino.

According to an agenda previewing the meeting, attendees of the monthly meeting will be polled on the issue. The association’s meeting starts 7 p.m. in the lower hall of St. Mark’s Church on Dorchester Ave.  Read more

Dorchester Day Parade Committee - 2012 Youth Art Contest

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

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City withholds payment from contractor at Wainwright Park

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

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Joint venture

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

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

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