Boston Police have stepped up their patrols in Savin Hill this week in response to a string of high-profile incidents, including a brawl last Friday outside a troubled house on Savin Hill Ave. The extra presence seems to be paying off: On Wednesday night, a team of cops busted up an apparent drug deal that began at the corner of Dot Ave. and Savin Hill Avenue and resulted in three arrests for gun and drug charges after a traffic stop in South Boston. Read more
Several levels of city government have swung into action this week to confront a “problem property” on Savin Hill Avenue that has become a real menace in recent years, according to neighbors and police reports. City officials have not yet opted to fine the property’s owner for his role in creating the nuisance— something they could do under a new city ordinance passed earlier this year. Instead, they are using their leverage and experience to compel the owner, My Lan Nguyen, to evict the tenants who are responsible for the trouble at 47-49 Savin Hill Ave. Read more
(Updated, Tuesday, Dec. 13)— Five people were arrested on Friday night following a raucous street brawl outside a notorious multi-family house on Savin Hill’s main drag. Now, a top official in the Mayor's office says that the owner of the property has promised to evict the tenants who were arrested in the incident.
As many as 20 people were allegedly fighting outside of 49 Savin Hill Ave. when the first police unit rolled up around 10:45 p.m. on Friday. More than a dozen cops from district C-11 and neighboring district C-6 were needed to quell the violence and cuff the worst offenders, one of whom fled inside the six-family house that neighbors have repeatedly cited as a trouble-spot. Read more
Incoming City Councillor Frank Baker has tapped a Beacon Hill veteran as his chief of staff in City Hall. Amy Frigulietti, who volunteered for Baker during his District 3 campaign, worked in the state Senate as chief of staff to state Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) and as a legislative aide to Guy Glodis (D-Worcester) when he served in the Senate. Read more
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