Dec. 5, 2011
At least eight Boston Fire Department vehicles responded to a house fire this morning at 161 Sydney St. in Savin Hill. The two-alarm fire began around 10:45 a.m., sending a large plume of smoke across the Southeast Expressway and doing heavy damage to rear of the single-family house and a car parked in the back yard. Fire officials say everyone was safely evacuated from the building. Traffic is currently being redirected around the area.
A rash of armed street robberies in and around Savin Hill hit a new low last week when a father walking with two small children was robbed by two teenage suspects near the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester. One of the teens flashed a handgun and demanded that the man give up his cell phone and cash.
The incident took place just before 6 p.m. last Tuesday (Nov. 22) in the parking lot of a strip mall that runs along 1156 Dorchester Ave., just steps from one of the clubhouse buildings on Deer Street. The victim was walking back to his car in the parking lot, escorting his two kids, ages 9 and 4. 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
A message board run by the state's Highway Division warned of an impending "Wicked High Tide" that is likely to cause lane restrictions or outright closures on Morrissey Boulevard over the next few days.
The boulevard - which runs between Dorchester Bay and Savin Hill cove - is regularly flooded during peak tide periods, usually caused by the confluence of wind, high tide, and the phase of the moon. 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. 7, 2011
A woman told police she was robbed in an Auckland St. parking lot on Friday evening (Nov. 4) by a man who accosted her at gun point and demanded "give me everything you got." Read more
Area C-11 community service officers Mike Keaney and Dennis Rorie are best known to the Dorchester public for their presentations at regular crime watch and association meetings. But the two officers also ride the beat on Dot’s streets when they're not on the civic circuit — and last night their combined actions led to the arrest of two young men, one of whom was allegedly packing a loaded handgun. Read more
Oct. 29, 2011
Anderson Cooper was at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester this past week to film a segment for his new show. Check out this clip above — and see more at anderson cooper.com Other clips show interviews with Dot native Mark Wahlberg, who is teaming up with Taco Bell Foundation to bring a new "Graduate To Go" film and video studio at the Club. Read more
Oct. 26, 2011
CNN’s Anderson Cooper was at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester headquarters in Savin Hill on Monday to speak with club members as part of a special show that is expected to air on the news channel on Friday. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester are teaming with the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and the Taco Bell Foundation on the creation of a "Graduate To Go Studio" which will house a new film and video studio at the Club. Above, club members David Barry, Aisling Kerr and Marissa Sneed are pictured with Cooper, alongside club director Mike Joyce and president Bob Scannell. Wahlberg, who was a member at the club during his youth and is now a board member, visited the Club on Tuesday as well. Mike Joyce and a group of club members will be traveling to New York this week to take part in the Anderson Cooper show.