Public Safety

Gov. Patrick to sign gun bill on Wednesday

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Aug. 11, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick plans Wednesday morning to sign omnibus legislation aimed at reducing gun violence in Massachusetts.  Read more

Governor signs substance abuse treatment bill into law

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Aug. 8, 2014

A bill signed by Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday would provide individuals fighting addiction improved access to treatment and recovery services, advocates said.  Read more

Morton St. detours now underway as bridge is replaced

Beginning tomorrow night at 9 o’clock and continuing until early Monday morning, Aug. 18, the Morton Street bridge crossing will be closed to auto and bus traffic as work crews begin to replace the crumbling bridge. Detours will be in effect, with vehicles, including the 21 and 26 buses, being re-routed along Washington Street and Talbot and Blue Hill avenues.  Read more

Women’s role in illicit gun trade is the target

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 7, 2014

LIPSTICK: Mayor Martin Walsh joined LIPSTICK for a workshop and meeting at the Grove Hall Library on Saturday. From left to right: Kim Odom, Ruth Rollins, Kristen Keif, Mayor Martin Walsh and Paul Barrett. 	Mayor’s Office Photo by Isabel LeonLIPSTICK: Mayor Martin Walsh joined LIPSTICK for a workshop and meeting at the Grove Hall Library on Saturday. From left to right: Kim Odom, Ruth Rollins, Kristen Keif, Mayor Martin Walsh and Paul Barrett. Mayor’s Office Photo by Isabel Leon

An overflow audience, including Mayor Martin Walsh, packed an anti-violence meeting in Grove Hall last Saturday held by Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner City Killing, or LIPSTICK, a project of Citizens for Safety, an umbrella group working to stem illegal gun trafficking nationwide.

The organization specifically targets the role of women in the illicit trade of firearms.  Read more

Police: Help us find Mary Newell

By 
Staff
Aug. 4, 2014

Missing since June 1

UPDATE: "Mary Newell has been located. The Boston Police would like to thank all who have assisted in the recovery of Ms. Newell."- 5:40 p.m. on Aug. 4
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Valet charged with shooting co-worker to death on Boston Street

A Hyde Park man was arraigned today on charges he shot Daniel Taylor to death on Boston Street early on Feb. 22.

Smith, 23, of Hyde Park, was ordered held without bail at his arraignment in South Boston District Court, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Prosecutors say the two men attended a work-related party downtown that night:

"They left the event together with Taylor driving a family member’s vehicle.  Read more

Almont Park ready for football; baseball is next

Almont's new gridiron: Interim Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook, left, and Ryan Woods, director of External Affairs for the department, are shown on the new football field at Almont Park. The Mattapan Patriots take the field on Friday. Photo by Bill ForryAlmont's new gridiron: Interim Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook,right, and Ryan Woods, director of External Affairs for the department, are shown on the new football field at Almont Park. The Mattapan Patriots take the field on Friday. Photo by Bill Forry

It’s been ten years coming, but an ambitious, $4.2 million reconstruction project at Mattapan’s largest city-owned park is now well underway. Almont Park’s marquee addition, a newly-installed football field, will open this week— just in time for the neighborhood’s Pop Warner program to start practices on August 1.

This week, Mayor Martin Walsh added another new element to the build-out at Almont: Heeding calls from residents, Walsh has ordered the project to add a little league baseball field to the next phase of the construction, expected to begin this fall. The baseball diamond will be added to a corner of the park that is now used mainly for cricket— and it will give Mattapan a chance to start-up a youth baseball league next spring.  Read more

New layer of security needed at city parks

The public safety threat that was manifested this week by the assault and robbery of Ed Forry in Dorchester Park made the news well beyond the tight-knit village of Lower Mills. The incident resulted in stepped-up police patrols, maintenance, and vigilance in the park itself. At Cedar Grove Gardens, whistles – made available by Councillor Frank Baker’s office – were made available to customers. There was a buzz in and around the park that everyone needs to be on heightened alert, especially because Ed’s assailant was not identified or apprehended.

The regular police patrols will surely dissipate. And, we hope, the sense of alarm will fade away, too. In the absence of any further incidents, things in Dot Park should return quickly to normal.

But one thing needs to change soon— and not just at Dorchester Park, but in and around all city parks.  Read more

My walk in the park took a dangerous turn

DOT PARK : Ed Forry retraced his steps on a quiet path in Dorchester Park on Tuesday evening. This is the same path on which Forry was accosted on Sunday afternoon. 	Bill Forry photoDOT PARK : Ed Forry retraced his steps on a quiet path in Dorchester Park on Tuesday evening. This is the same path on which Forry was accosted on Sunday afternoon. Bill Forry photo

It was not my usual walk in the park.

There I was, late on a Sunday afternoon in July, making my way in broad and sunny daylight through the beautiful 27-acre park near my home in Lower Mills.

As usual, my thoughts were off in a quiet reverie – as I approach my 70th birthday, I no longer move swiftly, yet I remain committed to regular walks to forestall some of the downside effects of aging.

Suddenly, and without any sort of warning, I felt an arm reach around my neck from behind. It seemed at first to be maybe a friend, horse-playing as guys can do, with a sneak-up surprise. But the grip was very strong, and it was squeezing the air out of my lungs and the blood out of my head. This was no friend.  Read more

Disability community marks anniversary of the ADA

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 29, 2014

Jerry Donovan and Caitlin Weiler: At the City Hall observance of the ADA anniversary. Photo by India SmithJerry Donovan and Caitlin Weiler: At the City Hall observance of the ADA anniversary. Photo by India SmithOn Thursday, July 24, Boston’s disability community met on City Hall Plaza to commemorate the Americans With Disabilities Act, signed on July 26, 1990. The gathering included people using wheelchairs, people using American Sign Language, and people assisted by service animals, as well as personal care attendants, family members and many other supporters. Instituted four years ago by Kristen McCosh, Boston’s Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, the annual event marks progress toward the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of city life.

According to McCosh, the day is not meant for long speeches, but is mainly a time to get together and celebrate. This year’s event began with a procession around City Hall Plaza, following a route that has been made wheelchair accessible in part because of the mandate of the ADA. After looping around City Hall, the parade returned to a tent where several organizations had set up tables. The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and others were offering information. Lines formed at food trucks and a hot dog stand, while Radio 103.3 provided background music.

Dorchester resident Ann Siegel of the Boston Center for Youth & Families was handing out brochures on activities for kids. Many of the center’s programs are in Dorchester and Mattapan.  Read more