Dec. 16, 2010
The numbers are deeply disturbing: Nearly eighty percent of the shootings in Boston in 2010 have taken place in the three police districts that cover Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.
Last year, 223 people were killed or wounded by gunfire in Boston, and 174, or 78 percent, of the shootings took place in districts B-2, B-3 and C-11. This year, with several weeks to go, the number of shootings in the city has increased to 258, and, again, 78 percent of them were in these three districts.
The Search for Solutions
These stark numbers only convey part of the story. The real story, those on the front lines of the battle tell the Dorchester Reporter, is the impact this violence is having on those who live and work in these neighborhoods – and whether they will assert strongly to families, friends, and acquaintances that they will not tolerate the continued presence of guns or further criminal activity in the homes and on the streets of their neighborhoods. And, too, there is the overarching question of the role of the rest of Boston in this enterprise: Will they join Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan – or abandon them – in taking on the challenge of saving the streets. Read more
Dec. 9, 2010
A new neighborhood group that says it wants to serve the “Over the Bridge” (OTB) portion of Savin Hill is making waves on both sides of the Expressway. But a local state representative and others say the group is unnecessary if it’s aiming to be a civic group, citing the present existence of the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association.
According to organizers, the Historic Savin Hill Advocates, a group of residents centered around that neighborhood’s historic district east of Route I-93, is banding together to promote the interests of their enclave. Read more
Dec. 8, 2010
Fourteen would-be charter schools have applied to the State Department of Education to be granted charters to start up new schools in Boston out of 23 across the state. Representatives from several of the applicant schools appeared before a panel of state education officials in Boston City Hall on Tuesday to press their case.
Though plans for the schools are still in the preliminary stages and locations for school facilities are not definite, some of the proponents for the proposals heard Tuesday vowed to serve underprivileged students from Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. Read more
Nov. 18, 2010
In 1994, the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation bought an abandoned five-acre site in Savin Hill, the former home of Boston Insulated Wire and Cable, then secured $14.5 million in funding to clean up the property.
In 2002, local elected officials and neighborhood residents joined the new tenants, executives from the graphic design and printing company Spire, to celebrate the opening of their two-story headquarters.
“For years this was the site of an arson-plagued, abandoned factory,” Mayor Thomas Menino said at the ribbon-cutting. “Now thanks to the hard work and investment by many people and agencies, it’s a model for success.”
Today, as Massachusetts struggles to shake off the lingering effects of the global recession, the Dorchester Bay EDC is laboring to keep their celebrated tenant intact at the 65 Bay St property amid an ongoing legal dispute about the building itself. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports arresting Christopher A. Higgins on charges he robbed a bank on Centre Street in West Roxbury Wednesday morning with the unwitting help of a friend who drove him across town. Read more
Nov. 4, 2010
Superintendent Carol Johnson is delaying a vote on plans to close schools, giving parents opposed to the closures a month to regroup. Dorchester schools on the chopping block include Roger Clap Elementary and the East Zone Early Learning Center. School officials had also been pushing to merge the Lee Academy Pilot School and the Lee Elementary School.
“Overall, I’m optimistic that we have the extra month or so to get them to change their minds, and hopefully this opens up more of a debate,” said Kenny Jervis, one of the parents leading the charge to keep Clap Elementary open. “We’re happy we got the extra time but it’s nowhere near a victory yet.” Read more
Nov. 4, 2010
Dorchester’s spiritual community has borne firsthand witness to the community’s history, which stretches back nearly four centuries. It was members of a church community, the First Parish Church, that founded this city within a city. After decades of service to their neighborhoods, many of Dorchester’s church buildings are daue for a much needed facelift, and their congregations are turning to the city’s historical organizations for aid. Read more
A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Torrey Browne, 34, of raping a woman on his new boat at the Dorchester Yacht Club after she told him she didn't want a romantic relationship with him, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reported. Read more
Oct. 13, 2010
The attorney representing the owner of 1188 Dorchester Ave. said this week the property is closer to becoming an “international” supermarket and could open by the end of the year. He defended the owner of the property, Khiet Tran, and said the cost of cleaning up the site, purchased in 2006 and found to be contaminated with chemicals, had skyrocketed to $500,000 and slowed down construction.
At a Tuesday night meeting of the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association’s planning committee, attorney Kim Woongtae also cited bad weather and bureaucratic red tape as reasons for the construction delay. He also said that the site had been vandalized, with racially-tinged graffiti spray-painted onto some of the remaining windows. Read more
Boston's coffers ended fiscal year 2010 with a $9.1 million surplus, a fiscal watchdog group reports.
The Boston Municipal Research Bureau said Monday that the $9.1 million represents represents 0.4 percent of that fiscal year's $2.3 billion in spending.
But let's not start jumping around and compiling a list of programs to restore to full funding just yet.
Sam Tyler, head of the BMRB, notes, "This is money that has to be reserved for fiscal 2012." Read more