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Dorchester Reporter
“The News and Values Around the Neighborhood”
Volume 29 Issue 36
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Today’s primary
is light on races
in local precincts
Reporter Staff
The recently renovated exterior of the Mattahunt Elementary school will greet parents, students and staff today. Photo courtesy BPS
Colorful new look for fall classes
By Bill Forry
Managing Editor
Students at the Mattahunt
Elementary School will return
to a dramatically improved
school building today— the
result of an $8 million cityfunded modernization project
that wrapped up over the
summer. The renovation —
which focused on exterior improvements to the Mattahunt
campus – included a new roof,
windows and landscaping.
But, it’s the Lego-like color
scheme on the building’s sheet
metal façade that is the real
“It was a nice confluence
of good design and a good
contractor that came together
at a great location,” explains
Joe Mulligan, the city’s deputy
director for property and construction management. “Looking out from the school, you
can see this idyllic, wooded
setting that it’s in now. It’s
real a lovely campus.”
The new look for the building
was designed by Gale Associates and Utile Architects,
which Mulligan described as
the “hot design shop” in Boston
at the moment. Reliable Roofing and Sheet Metal did the
construction work.
“They came up with some
pretty interesting concepts
that were presented to the
school community and they
really seemed to love the
look of traditional fabrics
and textiles in the look,” said
Mulligan. “The kids, I think,
really loved the vibrancy of
the colors.”
The school, which shares a
campus with the community
center of the same name (now
administered privately by
Wheelock College) was in dire
need of repairs. The structure
itself is about 40 years old and
needed a new and a “skin”
“It looked like someone
dropped an empty refrigerator
in the middle of the woods
there,” Mulligan said. “We had
to take the skin off the building
(Continued on page 4)
As school opens, buses are in the spotlight
Johnson notes
fixes to times
By Gintautas Dumcius
News Editor
The Freeport Street bus
yard used by the Boston Public
Schools, a source of congestion
on Dorchester Avenue and of
frustration among neighborhood residents, appears here
to stay.
The school district’s bus
czar, Carl Allen, noted that the
property is one their largest
yards. Another is located
on Hyde Park Avenue in an
Boston Public Schools superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson.
all-industrial area that is less
congested with traffic.
“I kind of think of that
Dorchester Ave. as a pain in
my neck because it’s hard for
me to get the buses out on time,
because of the bottleneck,” he
said. “But it’s tough to find
space in the city. We have a
space now that works in terms
of the neighbors. I’m sure
there are some that aren’t so
happy that there’s 250-odd
buses there.”
Allen said he was sympathetic to their concerns.
“But again, it’s like we’ve got
(Continued on page 5)
Voters across the state will
be going to the polls today to
cast their ballots in a rare
Thursday primary. Locally,
few incumbents are facing
challengers. Dorchester and
Mattapan’s delegations on
Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill
are largely expected to coast
through the primary and the
November’s election where the
presidential choice and the US
Senate race between Elizabeth
Warren (D-Cambridge) and
incumbent Sen. Scott Brown
(R-Wrentham) will top the
The Boston Elections Department notes that there is
a location change in Uphams
Corner’s Ward 13, Precinct 5.
Residents who normally vote
at the Uphams Corner branch
library at 500 Columbia Rd.
will have to go down the street
to the Strand Theatre, at 543
Columbia Rd.
In the Fifth Suffolk District, which includes Uphams
Corner, state Rep. Carlos
Henriquez is vying for the
Democratic nomination and a
second term. He faces a challenge from Althea Garrison,
a perennial candidate and
former state representative
who is waging a write-in
(Continued on page 11)
Elizabeth Warren, Senate
Menino waits
on Senate
By Gintautas Dumcius
News Editor
When Mayor Thomas Menino will endorse one or the
other candidate has become
one of the more interesting
subplots in the Bay State’s US
Senate campaign saga. And
that’s mostly because restless
reporters and ever fretful
activists have decided it is.
“Menino is the ‘X’ factor in
race for US Senate,” one recent
headline in the Lowell Sun
said. Another, from the Wall
(Continued on page 17)
Freeport St. gym aims to get
at-risk youth off the streets
By Gintautas Dumcius
News Editor
A year after a controversial
proposal to site a weightlifting
facility for at-risk youth in
South Boston fell apart, the
nonprofit behind the proposal
has quietly opened up an office
in Dorchester.
In operation since 2010, InnerCity Weightlifting signed a
lease for a floor in a Freeport
Street building in the spring,
and started up in the end of
June. But the nonprofit is
staying low-key, with no sign
outside the building, which
is located in the industrial
section of Freeport Street. A
post office box address is listed
on its website.
Part of the heavy emphasis
on privacy is due to the nature
of the work, the people who run
the nonprofit say: The young
people they work with have
been involved with gangs and
(Continued on page 11)
It was 382 years ago
tomorrow – Sept. 7,
1630 – that the Puritans decided on “Boston” as the name of
their new home town.
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Reporter’s Notebook
Henriquez, Garrison
take to letter-writing
By Gintautas Dumcius
News Editor
State Rep. Carlos Henriquez, facing
a two-pronged electoral challenge from
perennial candidate Althea Garrison,
penned a letter to residents asking for
their vote in the Thursday primary.
Henriquez is juggling a reelection
effort and an attempt to clear his name
after a former girlfriend accused him
of assaulting and kidnapping her. He
has pleaded not guilty to the charges,
and the next court date is set for later
in September.
Garrison, a former state representative who frequently runs for City
Council and State House seats, sent
a letter to voters last week, deriding
Henriquez and claiming the court case
has distracted him from his job.
She also asked voters to write in
her name and address on the Sept. 6
Democratic primary ballot. She is on
the Nov. 6 ballot as an independent.
In his own letter, Henriquez alluded
to the allegations against him and said
he remained committed to the job, with
plans to launch a newsletter and a phone
number “that delivers important news”
to voters.
“Like you I was disappointed and felt
bad about the negative press around
me and the district,” Henriquez, a
first-termer who represents parts of
Dorchester and Roxbury, wrote. “As for
my own personal battle I am confident
that my name will be cleared and
reputation restored. Professionally I
will continue to serve the high quality
of representation that you have gotten
used to receiving.”
Henriquez could be facing a challenge on another front: Nanci Conklin
Lawton, a Meetinghouse Hill resident,
formed a campaign committee on
Aug. 30 to run for Fifth Suffolk state
representative, the position Henriquez
currently holds. That could mean she’s
waging a write-in campaign, too.
Lawton, a Democrat who has worked
at the Boston Department of Neighborhood Development and as a State House
aide, did not immediately respond to
a request for comment late Tuesday.
She is in the midst of a divorce from
husband Barry Lawton, who ran against
Henriquez in the 2010 Democratic
primary and lost by 41 votes.
In July, Nanci Lawton referenced
Henriquez’s charges and told the
Reporter, “It’s not the time to have a
legislator have a mug shot.”
The Thursday primary election will
likely see a low turnout. The election
is also the same day as the first day
of school in Boston and the last day of
the Democratic National Convention
in Charlotte, which has drawn a
small contingent of Massachusetts
The amount of money candidates
will spend won’t be clear until after
the election. Reports filed with the
state Office of Campaign and Political
Finance last week gave a small window
into fundraising and spending before
the primary.
Henriquez raised $1,350 between
January and the end of August, though
the haul came before the alleged incident in July. He had $773 as an ending
balance heading into the primary.
Donations came from a Cambridge
Democrat and political action committees of the Greater Boston Real Estate
Board, Ironworkers Union Local 7 of
South Boston, Plumbers Union Local
12, and the Professional Firefighters of
Massachusetts, among others.
Pressley blogging up a storm
at Democratic convention
A Democratic National Convention
survival kit. Ruminations on the
universal health care bill former Gov.
Mitt Romney signed into law. And
photos of Howard Dean, Jesse Jackson
and various sites in Charlotte, North
There was only one place this week to
get those perspectives, and that was on
a blog co-authored by City Councillor AtLarge Ayanna Pressley and Brookline
Board of Selectmen’s Jesse Mermell.
The two local elected officials set up
a blog to chronicle their adventures at
the convention. “We’re longtime dear
friends, both delegates, and for the first
time on any trip we’ve ever taken we’re
rooming together,” Mermell wrote.
“What could possibly go wrong?”
Pressley, a veteran of past conventions, noted in a separate post
the convention gift bag provided to
delegates. “I am most excited about the
mini electronic personal fan, it’ll give
me some relief from this Carolina heat,
and I also love the hand held NARAL
Pro-Choice fan which reads, Politicians
Make Crappy Doctors,” she wrote. “I
can’t wait to wave that bad boy in the
convention hall.”
And in another post, Pressley
expressed mock relief that the two of
them were not traveling by car.
“Jesse has downloaded the Evita
soundtrack and a nonstop play list
of showtunes,” Pressley wrote. “Lord
have mercy.”
Baker asks for hearings on
medication drop-off system,
voc-tech education
District 3 City Councillor Frank
Baker is calling for hearings on the
implementation of a prescription medication drop-off system and the state of
Madison Park Technical Vocational
High School.
Baker filed hearing orders on the two
topics in late August.
Madison Park has been designated
an “innovation school,” meaning administrators will have greater flexibility
with the curriculum. The school had
previously fallen short in Adequate
Yearly Progress ranking and 40
percent of entering freshmen weren’t
graduating in four years, according to
the hearing order.
Menino announced in his State of
the City address this year a complete
overhaul of the school and said local top
chef Barbara Lynch, a Madison Park
alumna, would join fellow chef Gordon
Hamersley, in offering internships and
apprenticeships to its students.
On the campaign trail in 2011, Baker
spoke of putting increased focus on
technical vocational high schools in the
school system.
The Madison Park hearing order
was co-sponsored with City Councillor
At-Large John Connolly, who chairs the
council’s education committee.
The hearing order for the drop-off
system notes that several communities
– Gloucester, Reading and Winchester
– have “successfully installed drug
collection units in an effort to address
issues of substance abuse among young
Quote of Note: Rep. Marty Walsh
on the Republican Convention
Snark wasn’t in short supply during
the days of the Republican National
Convention in Tampa, whether on
the convention floor or on social
networking sites like Twitter. Clint
Eastwood attempting to improvise a
speech on national television helped,
and appeared to overshadow notable
speeches, such as that of Sen. Marco
Rubio (R-Florida), who is considered
a rising star in the Republican Party.
“Thank You Republican Party and
Clint Eastwood for 4 more years,” read
a tongue-in-cheek tweet from state Rep.
Marty Walsh. “Rubio see you in 2016!”
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at The Lit Drop, located at dotnews.
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Peabody Square spruce-up
Friends of Peabody Square volunteers gave makeovers to three street tree
pits on Dot Ave. over the Labor Day weekend, with the help of funds from a
City of Boston Parks & Recreation Department Seed Grant. Above, volunteers
Michelle Gildea, Erica Mattison and Miguel Baquerizo worked on one of the
tree pits near Ashmont Tire. Special thanks to the City of Boston Parks &
Recreation Department, Boston Natural Areas Network, Cedar Grove Gardens, and Trinity Financial for their support of this beautification initiative. Photos by Erica & Arlene Mattison
Man shot to death on Southern Avenue
A 21-year-old man was shot to death on Friday morning on Southern Avenue.
Deandre Townsend, 21, was found on the street outside 131 Southern Ave. just
after 1 a.m. He was taken to Boston Medical Center where he died. Channel 7
reported that the victim was seen running from the scene before collapsing on
Ferndale Street. The Boston Police Homicide Unit asks anyone with information to call the Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470 or send a tip anonymously to
Silver Health festival comes to Strand Theatre
The Uphams Corner Health Center Health Festival will be held at the
Strand Theatre on Columbia Road in Dorchester on Saturday. A staple of the
community, the festival this year celebrates 25 years of putting on the fair at
no cost to community members. The event will feature live music by Gerason Band, a popular community Cape Verde musical act, festivities like face-painting and
clown performances, as well as health screenings and a flu clinic.
Inside the Strand Theatre’s Hall of Mirrors, there will be community groups
in addition to the health center departments, offering information, giveaways,
and raffles. Previous years have seen over five hundred people in attendance,
and this year the fair is hoping to reach even more members of the community.
“The health festival is always a big community draw,” said Uphams Corner
Health Center CEO, Edward Grimes. “We try to reach residents who may be new
to the area and searching for health care services right in their neighborhood.”
The event will have donations and raffles from companies and organizations
across the Boston area. A long time donor, Ben and Jerry’s, will be present to
scoop up creamy goodness to attendees. Other donors include the Boston Red
Sox, ImprovBoston, and Boston By Foot. The event is sponsored by Uphams
Corner Health Center, Boston Medical Center, and Stop ‘n Shop.
Harvard Street health center to honor Johnston
Philip W. Johnston, president of Philip W. Johnston
Associates and former Massachusetts Secretary of Health
and Human Services, will be honored at Harvard Street
Neighborhood Health Care’s Second Annual Exceptional
Leaders award ceremony on Friday, Sept. 21. Johnston will
be honored for his “extraordinary commitment to providing
greater access to quality health care through community
health care centers,” according to the center. The event
will be held at the Seaport Hotel at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are
available online at or call 617-822-5522.
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Trolley Tour GM has stage presence
By R. J. Donovan
Special to the Reporter
Bristol, Virginia, he also
joined Theater Bristol. M a t t h e w M u r p h y “It was a community
wears a lot of hats in theater, but really good,
life. By day, he’s General quality work,” he said. “I
Manager of Old Town did a number of producTrolley Tours of Bos- tions there: ‘Cabaret,’
ton. After hours, he’s a ‘You Can’t Take it With
trained singer and actor. You,’ a variety of chilEither way, he’s always dren’s shows.”
Once Juilliard prompton stage.
In addition to his full- ed him to go to New York
time tourism duties, City, he subsequently
the Dorchester resident found work appearing
spent a decade singing off-Broadway, off-offwith The Handel & Broadway, in a couple of
Haydn Society. He touring companies, and
has also served as bass doing summer stock.
He came to Boston to
soloist at Wellesley Hills
Congregational Church. help a friend start an
Last year he appeared in a improvisational theater
staged reading of Marina group. Although the
Carr’s “Marble” as part company persevered
of the Irish Festival at for a couple of years, “it
ArtsEmerson. And last didn’t really take off,” he
month, he appeared in said. “But it was a very
the Bad Habits Produc- good artistic experience
tion of Moises Kaufman’s . . . It was called Eater’s
“Gross Indecency: The Theater – theater to help
Three Trials of Oscar us eat.”
His arrival in Boston
Wilde” at the Boston
also marked a wellCenter for the Arts.
Born in Ohio and raised needed change of pace.
in southwest Virginia, “I had gotten burned out
Matthew originally set on the whole audition-rat
his sights on a career race-treadmill in New
in music. Starting out York,” he said. “New
at The Juilliard School York is a very tough
in New York, he later place to subsist as an
relocated to Boston and actor, waiting on tables
finished his education between gigs.”
Falling in love with
at the New England
Conservatory. Part Irish the Hub, he considered
and part Welsh, he first making a career change
hit the spotlight in a to either psychology or
high school production of religious studies. But
Neil Simon’s “Barefoot In in the end, he decided to
The Park.” In his native finish what he’d started
at Juilliard and applied
to the New England
“I finished my undergraduate degree and
went right on into the
master’s program and
got my master’s in vocal
performance. And of
course the side story to
all of this is that during
those five years I was at
the Conservatory, I was
working at the trolley
tour company.”
He said, “I had just
kind of fallen into this
job of being a trolley
tour guide, thinking it
was something I would
do temporarily while I
was finishing my music
degree. But now, here
it is 19 years later and
I’m general manager of
the operation. “
Old Town Trolley
Tours’ familiar orange
and green trolleys provide a fully narrated
110-minute tour of historic Boston covering
more than 100 points of
interest. Riders may hop
on and off at any or all of
the trolley stops to shop,
dine, and explore the city
at their own pace. At
the height of the season,
Matthew oversees up
to 110 employees, all of
whom are termed “Cast
“We consider ourselves
an entertainment company first and foremost,”
he said. “Entertainment,
service, and people are
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the three things we focus
He explained, “It really is akin to running
a theater company,
except we don’t have a
theater. We’ve got 43
little theaters that are
all rolling around the
city. Every time one of
our conductors steps on a
trolley, they’re stepping
on stage. The spotlight
is on them . . . There’s a
sincere desire to provide
professional, quality hospitality, and information
to people. But we also
want to entertain and
give them a memorable
Despite a demanding
schedule, he said, “I still
try to make time for one
or two productions a year
around the Boston area .
. . There’s this part of me
that really thrives being
on stage. But not just the
performance – I really
enjoy the process of developing a character and
working collaboratively
with a group of people to
create something special
on stage . . . It feeds my
spirit and I find it very
satisfying and enjoyable. It’s my hobby.”
In “The Three Trials
of Oscar Wilde” Murphy
played Edwin Clark,
Wilde’s attorney. Based
on trial transcripts, personal correspondence,
interviews and direct
source material, the
play details the downfall
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Matthew Murphy, General Manager of Old Town
Trolley Tours, appeared as Oscar Wilde’s attorney
in “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar
Wilde,” which ran last month at the Boston Center
for the Arts. R. J. Donovan photo
of the Irish-born poet
and playwright whose
artistic genius would be
forever overshadowed by
scandal and imprisonment for “committing
acts of gross indecency.”
With the last performance at the Center for
the Arts, it was back to
the job at hand. Matthew
Murphy is in the enviable
position of having found
his niche in life, artfully
balancing his vocation
with his avocation. The
good news for the rest of
us is that he’s got more
stories to tell and more
performances to share.
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Now …
Makeover look
greets classes at
Mattahunt School
(Continued from page 1) Mayor Menino— who
and then …
The exterior of the Mattahunt School is a colorful contrast with the old look,
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while it was still occupied with students last
year. The layout allowed
us to break it into pods
and we built a temporary
wall so kids could be in
class. Then we took off
the exterior walls – and
in many instances put in
new floor to ceiling glass
Jennifer Marks, the
Mattahunt’s principal,
says that some of the
building’s windows were
so old that they couldn’t
be properly closed even
in cold weather.
“The kids would have
to put on coats in some of
the classrooms because
it was cold,” she said.
“Now we have beautiful
new windows that look
out from the building
and the footbridge. We
are ecstatic.”
Mulligan explains that
the outer cladding of the
building “was an old
technology that had well
outlived its useful life.”
The new skin— a
multi-colored metal that
gives the building its
building-block look— is
also updated with stateof-the-art energy and
thermal requirements.
Mulligan says that
was at the Democratic
convention in North
Carolina this week—
could not be there for the
first day of school, but has
seen the finished product
and is “impressed with
the transformation.”
Gareth Kinkead, a
longtime civic activist
from Colorado Street,
said he and other neighbors were given input
into the design plans
during meetings two
years ago. Kinkead said
he is “delighted” with
how it’s turned out.
“I think it’s wonderful and long overdue,”
Kinkead said this week.
“One of enjoyable things
is for children to see
something nice and
beautiful as their walking into school each day.
It’s really a welcome
sight and another sign
that Mattapan is really
on the move.”
Mrs. Marks, the principal, says the school
community will be in for
a pleasant surprise this
“I think it’s going to
make a tremendous
difference in the learning environment,” said
Chelsea Gable a
fatal accident at age 32
Crash kills
Savin Hill
A 32-year-old Savin
Hill woman was killed on
Monday in a car accident
while visiting her native
New York. Chelsea Gable,
who worked at the Stitch
House and Dbar, was
mourned by friends and
neighbors this week, who
learned about her sudden
death on Tuesday.
According to news
reports, Gabel died after
the Jeep she was driving
struck a tree in Mt.
Vernon, NY on Monday
morning, A second person
in the car escaped serious
injury and the cause
of the crash is under
According to the Stitch
House website, Gable
joined the popular knitting shop on Dorchester
Ave. in the fall of 2008.
BRA reviews BC High’s
latest new building
Boston College High
School will add a new,
28,000 square foot athletic and fine arts facility
to its Morrissey Boulevard campus next year—
if the proposal clears an
ongoing review by the
Boston redevelopment
Authority. The BRA was
set to convene a community meeting about
the proposed building—
named Cadigan Hall—
on Wednesday evening,
after the Reporter went
to press. (The meeting
was initially set for later
in the month, but was
moved up to Sept. 5.) The
public comment period
on the project will remain
open through Monday,
Sept. 10, according to the
BRA’s project manager,
Lance Campbell.
BC High submitted
plans for the project in
July. The new structure
would connect to existing
campus buildings in two
locations: parallel to the
existing “breezeway”
adjacent to McNeice
Pavilion and at the east
end of Cushing Hall.
The new building will
be named for Patrick
F. Cadigan, a BC High
alumnus who pledged
$12 million to the project earlier this year.
The center for arts and
recreation that will bear
his name will provide
additional studio space
for BC High’s fine and
performing arts program
and a new gymnasium
for its Arrupe middle
school division.
Cadigan’s gift is the
largest in the school’s
history and the largest ever received by
a Catholic secondary
school in New England.
Cadigan has also pledged
an additional $15 million to Boston College,
which will dedicate the
Cadigan Alumni Center next month, a new
facility that will house
BC’s fundraising, alumni
relations, and parent
relations offices.
Though separately
incorporated, Boston
College and Boston College High School share
a common history and
sponsorship by the Society of Jesus. Both schools
will celebrate the 150th
anniversary of their
founding next year with
sesquicentennial activities beginning this year,
including an anniversary
Mass at Fenway Park on
Saturday, Sept. 15.
For more information
on the Cadigan Hall
proposal, contact Lance
Campbell at the BRA at
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September 6, 2012
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As school opens, buses are in the spotlight
(Continued from page 1) Last year, buses had
put them somewhere
and they’ve got to run
when the schools are
scheduled,” he told the
Scheduling is the priority this week, with the
first day of school slated
for today. Buses were
consistently late last fall
– 35 percent, according
to the district’s own account – to the chagrin of
Mayor Thomas Menino
and parents of students.
Superintendent Carol
Johnson joined Allen
at a roundtable with
neighborhood newspaper reporters last week
to lay out improvements
they say they’ve made
to their transportation
Johnson said she participated in some “dry
runs” of routes, and she
was “very pleased” with
the results, which led to
buses coming in on time
or early. “If we don’t get
transportation right, the
rest of the school day is
impacted tremendously,
so we have to get it right,”
she said.
Allen said the district
ran 200 buses during the
summer school months,
and worked with the
bus company and its
drivers to “build more
intelligence” into the
electronic map system
they have.
They’ve ended up
adding 10 percent to
scheduled times from
the last school year.
to arrive 10 minutes
before the bell rang;
this year they’re looking
at 15 minutes, which
also allows students to
partake of the universal
breakfast program.
“That just gives a
bigger window for buses
to arrive in the event
that there is some unforeseen delay,” Allen
said while also noting
that the department has
focused on improving
“customer service.” A
newly hired manager
will be dedicated to overseeing staff and a call
center with connections
to the mayor’s constituent hotline, he added.
Principals also have a
dedicated line they can
call 24 hours a day and
seven days a week. In
the evenings, the line
goes to Allen’s cell phone
“so that principals can
always reach somebody,”
Allen said. “So if there’s
a missing student that
comes to our attention
late at night, I’m always
Johnson noted that
the department provides
transportation not just to
public school students,
but also to Catholic
schools, charter schools,
and private schools.
Homeless students, who
could be in a shelter in
another city, like Quincy,
are bused to the school
they were going to before
they lost their housing.
Johnson also said she
plans to come back to the
school committee with
options for overhauling
the student assignment
process. Menino, in this
year’s state of the city address, pledged a revamp
would be in place for next
Johnson said administrators have spoken to
more than 2,300 families
during the public comment period, and they
hope to bring forward
three or four options.
Some parents want “lots
of choice” in choosing a
school, while others want
options closer to home.
“I think that’s sort of
the tension that exists,”
she said.
Johnson recalled that
she had proposed going
to five school assignment
zones from the current
three. She noted that
Allston/Brighton was
kept as its own community in the proposal,
but residents felt they
were too isolated. On
the other hand, she said,
East Boston parents did
not want to have their
students bused out of
the community.
Johnson said she
had a father call her
earlier in the summer,
after his child had been
assigned to the Burke
High School. “He may
live across the street, but
for whatever reason he
doesn’t want his kid to
go there,” she said. What
numbers hit double digits in December 2011
and January 2012, with
smaller increases of
5.1 percent recorded in
March, 2.9 percent in
May and 1.5 percent in
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he wants me to do is not
just have a neighborhood
choice; he wants to know
what other choices he
An hour before the
roundtable, the Boston
Teachers Union held
a press conference to
offer a proposal in an
attempt to “break the
logjam” of 27 months
of negotiations between
school administrators
and union officials.
A state mediator has
been dispatched to help
resolve the discussions.
Richard Stutman, the
head of the union, said
members are offering
to compromise in performance evaluation and
salary. “Our teachers
want some certainty,”
he said. “We’re in Year 3
now.” Stutman said the
union would forfeit some
salary dollars – worth
$8 million to $10 million
– in order to cover the
hiring of full-time nurses
to cover for absent ones,
licensed social networks,
and a reduction in class
size in grade 6 and grade
9 classrooms.
Stutman also said
the union wants to see
the state’s version of
performance evaluation contract language,
instead of the city’s version. The state version
is “more sophisticated,”
he said.
Asked about the union
proposal, Johnson told
the roundtable, “I wish
that he had spoken to me
beforehand, but that’s
She called the state
version of the performance evaluation
language “cumbersome,” but added that
she wanted to see the
proposal first before
commenting further.
There’s a lot more to
Mbta: Post-fare hike
ridership decline not
as steep as projected
While analysts had
projected a 5.5 percent
decrease in riders due
to recent fare increases,
the MBTA reported
Thursday that average
weekday ridership in
July fell by only one tenth
of 1 percent compared to
July 2011. According to
the T, ridership numbers
increased last month
on bus, commuter rail
and ferry services while
the number of riders
declined on the subway
system and on the RIDE
According to T officials, General Manager Jonathan Davis
was pleased to see so
many people sticking
with public transportation and would monitor
ridership numbers in the
coming months “before
making any final judgments on the effects of
the fare increase and
service changes” that
were implemented July
1 to address persistent
fiscal problems at the
While ridership numbers last month didn’t
fall as far as predicted,
the decline was the
first month-over-month
decline in T ridership
since January 2011.
increases in ridership
Earlier this year, school buses lined up before the start of the school day at
the Freeport Street bus yard in Dorchester, which is the largest of four bus
depots in the city of Boston. Photo by Pat Tarantino
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THE Reporter September 6, 2012
Arts & Entertainment
10th Arts Festival will kick off
on Friday evening on waterfront
By Chris Harding
Special to the Reporter
“The world’s premier
live soul act” and the
Mariachi Mexamerica
are among the many acts
vying to lure you out to
two free festivals this
The 10th annual
(ähts): The Boston Arts
Festival marks its first
decade with expanded
programming and widerthan-ever showcasing of
local visual and performing artists. The festivities run from tomorrow
(Sept. 7) from 6 p.m. to
8 p.m. through Saturday
and Sunday from noon
to 6 p.m., at Christopher
Columbus Waterfront
For the first time,
(ähts) will open with a
Friday 6 p.m. kick off
concert, headlined by the
internationally popular
soul/funk band Sharon
Jones & the Dap-Kings.
The nine-member group,
which bills itself as “the
world’s premier live soul
act,” hearkens back to
the sounds of the mid ‘60s
to mid ‘70s. They’re in
demand on late night TV,
having played for Leno,
Letterman, Kimmel,
Fallon and Ferguson.
Jones recently duetted
with Michael Bublé on
“Saturday Night Live.”
Boston artist Carolina
Aragón has designed a
temporary sculptural
installation entitled
“Ripples” for the front
lawn of Columbus Park. Her project, already
approved for installa-
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Tuesday, September 11, 10:30 a.m. – Toddler
Storytime – Fall Session. Stories, songs, puppets,
rhymes and crafts for ages 2 - 4 1/2. Themes vary
weekly. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Thursday, September 13, 10:30 a.m. – Reading Readiness – Fall Session. Special story-times
highlighting the building blocks of reading. With
special emphasis on print awareness, narrative
skills, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge,
wrapped up in stories, songs and activities with
toys and manipulatives. Ages 3 -5. Children must
This weekend’s Boston Arts Festival — now in its tenth year— is staged at
Christopher Columbus Park in the North End. Photo courtesy City of Boston be accompanied by an adult.
Codman Square Branch
tion by the Boston Art Boston Tap Company noon the second annual
Thursday, September 6, 4:15 p.m. – Boy Scouts.
Commission, will soon be to the Waterfront Stage JP Music Fest features 25 The boy scout troop at Codman meets every Thursday
launched on Kickstarter. from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. on eclectic acts (winnowed at 4:15. It is free to join.
down from over 150
com in an effort to fund Sunday.
Friday, September 7, 10:30 a.m. – Preschool
Family-friendly activi- applicants) spotlighting Story Time.
the artist’s work.
The visual arts com- ties abound, including the diverse talents of
Tuesday, September 11, 11 a.m. – Preschool
ponent will also include interactive paintings led musicians based, bred, Story Time.
the usual juried selection by the Mayor’s Mural or somehow affiliated
Thursday, September 13, 4:15 p.m. – Boy Scouts
of works by more than Crew, a special children’s with the neighborhood.
Friday, September 14, 10 a.m. – 1-on-1 Assistance
60 Bostonians in “an area, and a glass blowing The melodic mash up for Beginners. Training for new Lap Top users taught
artists’ village” under the demonstration. Local will take place from noon at your level. Please call to make an appointment.
pergola arcade. On sale artist, Fish McGill will to 7 p.m. at Pinebank
Friday, September 14, 10:30 a.m. –Preschool
will be one-of-a-kind and lead a collaborative Baseball Park, where Story Time.
limited edition works drawing project with legend has it that the
Fields Corner Branch
of art, covering a broad festival-goers. There will living prototype of the
Wednesday, September 12, 10:30 a.m. – Prespectrum of creativity. also be puppet encoun- festival’s albino squirrel school Films and Fun.
Among them will be Dot ters, a chalk artist and logo still flits from leafy
Monday, September 17, 3:30 p.m. – Out-of-school
resident April Clay’s several other exciting bough to leafy bough.
Time: Teen Art. A comic book activity led by the
The line-up ranges Museum of Fine Arts.
additions to this year’s
mixed media collages.
from an Irish tenor
On the performance interactive program.
The Boston Arts Festi- and classical orchestra
side there will be simulThursday, September 6, 12:30 p.m. – Computer
taneous programming val is presented by Lib- members to mariachis Class.
on two separate stages. erty Mutual Insurance and a wide range of
4 p.m. – It Came From a Book! Create art inspired
The groups scheduled and is co-sponsored by contemporary bands. by a favorite book! We’ll enter our creations in the
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Friday, September 7, 10:30 a.m. Pre-School
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Storybook Films.
None of the performers
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3 p.m. – Teens and Kids Gaming - Wii Sports.
bring a sampling of his or organizers gets paid a
Tuesday, September 11, 10:30 a.m. – Preschool
penny for working on this Story Time.
JP Music Fest
This Saturday after- musical marathon.
Wednesday, September 12, 4 p.m. – Nerds,
Geeks, and Gamers Club.
Friday, September 14, 10:30 a.m. – Pre-School
Storybook Films.
3 p.m. – Crafty Afternoon.
Lower Mills Branch
Friday, September 7, 10 a.m. – Laptop Basics.
Tuesday, September 11, 10:30 a.m. – Preschool
Wednesday, September 12, 10:30 a.m. – Toddler
Circle Time.
Thursday, September 13, 2 p.m. – Laptop Basics.
The Board of Directors of Meetinghouse Bank
Mattapan Branch Library
would like to remind depositors of Meetinghouse
Wednesday, September 26, 3:30 p.m. – Out-ofBank as of July 31, 2012 of the Special Meeting
school Time: Teen Art.
of Depositors to be held to vote on the Plan of
Thursday, October 4, 3 p.m. – Read for the Rec
ENIOR OME EPAIR ROGRAM us set a record for shared reading and support
early literacy by joining us for a reading of Ladybug
The Special Meeting of Depositors will be held at
Girl and the Bug Squad at 3:00pm on October 4. We
You may be eligible to receive FREE home repair
the Phillips House, 780 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester,
will also make ladybug crafts.
services if you:
Massachusetts, on Tuesday, LIGIBILITY
September 18, 2012
Uphams Corner Branch
at 6:00 P.M.
Friday, September 7, 2 p.m. – Formatting Your
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ers. Lego Builders will meet every other Saturday
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Tuesday, September 11, 10:30 a.m. Family
1500 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02122
Story Time.
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Meetinghouse Bank
A Reminder to Attend
Special Meeting of Depositors
1500 Dorchester Avenue
September 6, 2012
Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and Chris
Last week, Lieutenant Governor Timothy
Murray chaired a
meeting of the Sweeney
Award Selection Committee, which includes
local resident Chris
Conley of Dorchester.
“Chris’ mother was
tremendously heroic
and will never be forgotten,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “We thank Chris for
his participation in the
selection committee as
we prepare to highlight
another brave resident in
Massachusetts who has
risked his or her life for
The Patrick-Murray
Administration annually honors an extraordinary Massachusetts
hero with the Madeline
Bubbles’s Birthdays
And Special Occasions
By Barbara McDonough
Today is Primary Election Day. Polls are open
from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Be sure to vote. On Sept. 6,
1991, the city of St. Petersburg was returned to
its original name after being called Leningrad
for 62 years. Shawmut Village was renamed
Boston when it was settled by John Winthrop
on Sept. 7,1630. Poet John Greenleaf Whittier
died on Sept. 7,1892. “The Flying Nun” began
on Sept. 7, 1967. Queen Elizabeth I was born
in Greenwich Palace on Sept. 7, 1533. (She died
at age 69 in 1603.) Harvard’s Hasty Pudding
Club was founded on Sept. 8, 1795. “Star Trek”
began on Sept. 8, 1966. The first Miss America,
Margaret Gorman, was crowned on Sept. 8, 1921.
WBZ’s talk-show host Paul Sullivan died on
Sept. 9, five years ago. The Battle of Marathon
was waged on Sept. 9, 490 BC. “Jeopardy” began
on Sept. 10, 1984. California became the 31st
state on Sept. 9, 1850. The Twin Towers were
destroyed by two hijacked planes on Sept. 11,
2001 (at 8:46 and 9:03 a.m.). A third hijacked
plane hit the Pentagon and a fourth hijacked
plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field later
that morning. (All the passengers and crews were
killed.) Work began on the Pentagon on Sept.
11, 1941. “The Carol Burnett Show” began on
Sept. 11, 1967. “The Monkees” was first shown
on Sept. 12, 1966.
Celebrities having birthdays: Jane Curtin,
65 on Sept. 6; Sid Caesar, 90 on Sept. 8; singer
Pink, 33 on Sept. 8; Angela Cartright, 60 on Sept.
9; Hugh Grant, 52 on Sept. 9; Adam Sandler,
46 on Sept. 9; Colin Firth, 52 on Sept.10; Jose
Feliciano, 67 on Sept. 10; Red Sox center fielder
Jacoby Ellsbury, 29 on Sept. 11; and Senator
Scott Brown, 53 on Sept. 12.
Those celebrating their birthdays are Corey
Allen, Pauline Bolger, James Ramsey, Sinead
Monaghan, Roger Shea Jr., Catherine O’Connell,
Mary Celeste Colletti, Patrick Mullin, and Julie
Also observing their birthdays are Courtney
Johnson, Jim Cullity, John Schneiderman,
Lila Rose Skillin, Winnie (Lloyd) Hazen, Tom
Finnegan, Sean Holmes, Steve Carney, Lori
Morris, and Barbara Clougher,
Special birthday greeting are sent to Della
Costello, Building 19’s Jerry Ellis (his 85th),
Barbara Mullin, Eddie Sullivan, and William
Hayes. Belated best wishes are sent to Jack and
Jan Ryan, who share the same birthday, Aug. 29.
Those celebrating their anniversaries are Tom
and Rita Nutley, Frank and Ellen Daley, Keith
and Pam (Wallace) Evans, Steve and Melissa
Graham, Tom and Nora Campbell, Brian and
Peggy Barry, Aonghus O’Nia and Lisa Courtney,
and Pat and Marty Foley.
Amy Sweeney Award
for Civilian Bravery
during a State House
ceremony on September
11th. In 2009, Chris Conley joined his family to
accept the eighth annual
award on behalf of his
mother, Marie Conley,
who was struck by a
car as she attempted to
help a child cross Parish
Street when on duty as
a crossing guard outside
the Mather Elementary
School in Dorchester. Witnesses say that when
Mrs. Conley, dressed in
full uniform, saw the car
was not slowing down,
she clutched the child
in her arms to protect
him. Conley died from
her injuries eight days
after the accident.
The Madeline Amy
Sweeney Award for
Civilian Bravery was
created in the spirit of
the heroism and bravery shown by Madeline
Amy Sweeney and other
victims of September
11. The award honors
individuals who demonstrate extraordinary
bravery in an effort to
save the life of another in
danger. Mrs. Sweeney,
known as Amy, was a
flight attendant aboard
American Airlines
Flight 11, which was
hijacked on the morning
of September 11, and
later crashed into the
north tower of the World
Trade Center. Before
the crash, Mrs. Sweeney
conveyed critical information about the plane’s
hijackers to ground
services. An Acton
resident, Mrs. Sweeney
was survived by her husband and two children.
In 2003, legislation was
passed by the Massachusetts General Court
establishing the Sweeney Award Selection
Committee that consists
of the: the lieutenant
governor as chair, six
members appointed by
the governor, Michael
Sweeney, two members
of the public safety
community, and three
members to include
past Sweeney award
recipients, and representatives of the Massachusetts 9/11 funds;
two members appointed
by the speaker and two
members appointed by
the Senate president.
This year’s ceremony is
scheduled to take place
at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 11
in the House Chambers
at the State House.
Several Dorchester
students recently received special awards at
an assembly to honor BC
High undergraduates.
Brendan L. Caulfield
’13 won excellence
awards in five subjects:
French III Honors, English Literature/Composition AP, Chamber Choir,
Precalculus Honors and
Liturgical Choir. He
also was a Gold Medal
Laureate National Winner, finishing in the top
The Reporter
10th percentile in the
National French Grand
Concours Examination.
Kevin Doherty ’13
won the Celtic Culture
Club award. Alcelindo
Costa ’14 won a Black/
Latino Student Union
award. Xhonatan Mezini
’14 won the Model United
Nations – Conference
Chairman award.
Emilio Murillo ’14
won a Black/Latino Student Union award. Sean
Broderick ’15 was a Gold
Medal Laureat National
Winner, finishing in the
top 10th percentile in the
National French Grand
Concours Examination.
Bruce Teixeira ’15 won a
Latin Certamen award.
Samuel Rodrigues
’15 won a Black/Latino
Student Union award.
Emmanuel College
held its 90th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, 2012. During the ceremony, more
than 600 bachelor’s and
master’s candidates were
awarded degrees including the following
Dorchester students:
Amy Tram Ngoc
Leu graduated Cum
Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English
- Writing & Literature;
Zilma M. BoyceStewart graduated
with a Master of Science in Management;
Nacy Brandao graduated with a Bachelor of
Arts in Double Major:
Political Science and
English - Communication, Media and Cultural
Studies; Darlene Leslie
Charles graduated with
a Bachelor of Arts in
English - Communication, Media and Cultural
Studies; Meghan J.
Kezer graduated with
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News about people
in & around
our Neighborhoods
a Master of Arts in
The Boston Parks and
Recreation Department
has announced the inductees in the new Hall
of Fame for contestants
who have placed three or
more times in Mayor Menino’s Garden Contest.
Launched 16 years ago
as part of Mayor Thomas
M. Menino’s citywide
beautification initiative, the annual contest
recognizes gardeners
who have landscaped,
planted flowers, trees,
and shrubs, and, in the
process, helped beautify
Boston’s neighborhoods.
The winners of the 2012
competition were announced Aug. 10.
The department created the Garden Contest
Hall of Fame to honor
those participants who
have placed three or
more times in the last
ten years. These gardeners have automatically
been entered into the
Hall of Fame and were
recognized at an awards
ceremony on Aug. 28
in the Public Garden.
Starting in 2013, the
Hall of Fame members
will be ineligible to enter
as contestants but are
welcome to return as
The Hall of Fame
members come from
throughout the city’s
neighborhoods including
Dorchester has produced
four Hall of Fame members: Domenic Accetta,
Edward DeBortoli,
Ric Thomas, and local
restaurant 224 Boston. Roslindale Hall of
Famers include Diane
and Richard Duggan,
Alessandro Ferzoco,
and Tess Monaghan.
Other neighborhoods
represented in the Hall
of Fame include Boston
proper with Carole
Holladay, John
Quirk, and William
St. George; Hyde Park
with Philip Alosi, Ray
Chisholm, and Kathey
Randolph; Roxbury
with Kim Napoli and
Rodney Singleton;
South Boston with
William Gleason and
John Baker; the South
End with Jim Hood and
Marlene Karas; and
West Roxbury with Tom
Mahoney and Eugene
Tinory. The remaining
Hall of Fame winners
include Nadine Firth
of Charlestown, Brian
McEachern of East
Boston, Tom Davey
of Jamaica Plain, and
the all-time Garden
Contest champions with
seven wins to their credit,
Cathie and James
Claiborne of Mattapan.
This year’s winners
received the “Golden
Trowel” award, certificates, and prize packages
from the Parks Department, Comcast, Mahoney’s Garden Centers
of Brighton, and other
sponsors. All were entered into a drawing at
the awards ceremony for
a JetBlue Grand Prize
consisting of a trip for
four to the Epcot International Flower & Garden
Festival in spring 2013
in Orlando, FL. The trip,
won by Large Yard Garden category first place
winner Sarah Salerno
Thomas of Hyde Park,
includes airfare and a
three-night stay with
admission to the Epcot
Theme Park, which hosts
the International Flower
& Garden Festival each
Sondra Hardy (center) of Mattapan, recently attended the kickoff breakfast
for the 20th annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer walk in Boston. The five-mile fundraising walk helps the Society to do
the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow. She
was joined by emcees Candy O’Terry of MAGIC 106.7 (left) and Adam Williams
of 7News on 7NBC and CW56 (right). Hardy will be among the 40,000 people
making strides to end breast cancer on Sun., Oct. 14, at the DCR Hatch Shell
in Boston. The special milestone event will unite the community to honor
and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate women about the importance
of prevention and early detection, raise funds for the Society’s breast cancer
research and programs, and commemorate two decades of making a difference in the fight to end breast cancer.
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THE Reporter Editorial
should revisit
redistricting plan
Mayor Menino can and should veto a City Council
redistricting map that was approved by a narrow
margin, 7-6, on August 22
. From our vantage point in Dorchester and
Mattapan, the newly drawn council seats further
dilute the potential voting power of people of color
in Dorchester’s District 3 and over-packs black
and Latino voters into Dorchester and Mattapan’s
District 4. Neither of these outcomes is desirable
for our community.
On the other extreme, some activists have
proposed a more dramatic change that would divide
Dorchester north and south. This map also goes too
far in the other direction, disrupting longstanding
communities of interest like Savin Hill from Cedar
Grove, Neponset and Lower Mills.
We do not subscribe to the theory that communities like Dorchester or Mattapan need to be
“unified” in order to have effective representation.
In fact, having two or more district councillors
representing one section of the city can be a real
People in Lower Mills and Ashmont, for example,
can turn to both Councillor Frank Baker and
Councillor Charles Yancey (in addition to their
citywide councilors) when they need assistance on
city issues in that section of Dorchester. Similiarly,
Councillor Rob Consalvo has proven to be a strong
advocate for Mattapan issues — including the push
to improve Almont Park. Two voices on the council
often are better than one in the case of Mattapan,
which is ably served by both Consalvo and Yancey.
Likewise, Dorchester — which is too big to be
unified into any one seat in Congress, let along
the council— benefits mightily from having four
councillors who cover our neighborhood: Yancey,
Bill Linehan, Tito Jackson, and Baker, with the
added bonus of the citywide voice of Ayanna
Pressley. While they may not always agree on
everything, they can be powerful advocates
collectively when they team up, even as pairs, on
specific issues.
What is more troubling in the local context is
the “packing” of minority voters into Yancey’s seat,
which is already well over 90 percent people of
color, by “slicing” heavily minority precincts out
of District 3. By jettisoning these heavily minority
precincts out of the district, the redistricting plan
not only reduces the pool of likely candidates,
but also the potential influence of voters of color.
Packing voters of one race into a single district
clearly violates the intent of the redistricting laws
and should not stand.
The influence of Dorchester’s growing population
of people of color was illustrated by last year’s election cycle, in which two candidates of color stood for
election for the then-vacant District 3 seat. While
neither was successful, their presence in the race
spoke to the neighborhood’s demographic changes
and the potential for communities of color to have
a more robust voice through the district office.
Under the new map, both of those candidates of
color would no longer live in District 3.
Redrawing the political boundaries of the city’s
nine districts is undoubtedly a difficult task for
any elected body. But, while there is still time to
do so, the council should find a better compromise
map that offers a better balance to our community’s
changing demographics.
– Bill Forry
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September 6, 2012
Off the Bench
Brown’s hard-right votes
means Warren’s the one
A handshake for Sen. Scott Brown as he marched in June’s Dorchester Day Parade. Bill Forry photo
By James W. Dolan
Special to the Reporter
US Sen. Scott Brown is a nice guy. He has an
easy, down-to-earth personality that makes him an
attractive candidate. Contrast that with Elizabeth
Warren’s somewhat prissy, pedantic style and Brown
wins the likeability vote.
Massachusetts has a long tradition of electing to
high office moderate to progressive Republicans like
Henry Cabot Lodge, Leverett Saltonstall, Edward
Brooke, Frank Sargent, Bill Weld, and even the old
Mitt Romney, to name a few.
There once was a strong centrist Republican
coalition that provided balance between conservative
members of the GOP and southern Democrats.
The parties were a healthy blend of differing views
that encouraged understanding and promoted
Brown has sought carefully to portray himself
as part of that moderate tradition in a party that
has gone hard right, so far right that Romney had
to define himself as “severely conservative” to win
the presidential nomination.
His father, George Romney, was a moderate
Republican who spoke out forcefully against the
forces of extremism when his party nominated
Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater for president. He
also became an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam
Moderate Republicans, like Richard Lugar of
Indiana, have been defeated or, like Maine Senator
Olympia Snowe, have chosen not to run in this
climate of hyper-partisanship where ideology trumps
Brown has sought to distance himself from the
national Republican Party and some of its extreme
positions, promising to follow in the proud tradition
of Republican moderates. Unfortunately, he does so
at a time when moderation is no longer acceptable.
What would it be like to be the last Republican
moderate in the Senate?
The Tea Party demands strict adherence to its
ideology and provides little room for the compromise
and accommodation so necessary to a working
relationship that is a fundamental part of governing.
On some less important issues, party leaders would
likely tolerate dissent, recognizing that Brown must
project a more moderate image. But on the important
issues, where his vote matters, Brown would be
expected to vote with the party. Without support
from other Republican moderates, the pressure to
do so would be almost irresistible.
Brown is one of 41 senators, including all the
Republicans, who signed the Grover Norquist pledge
to never under any circumstances raise taxes. Most
of them are also opposed to any reduction in the
defense budget. When it comes to deficit reduction,
that means severe cuts to programs that benefit the
elderly, the middle class, and the poor.
To sign such a pledge is irresponsible and conflicts
with a legislator’s oath of office. It illustrates the
kind of control the extreme right now has over some
members of Congress.
On the rather simple question of requiring that
donors to the so-called SuperPacs be identified – a
measure that was even suggested by the majority
in the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision
– Brown joined all other Republican senators in
voting no.
On the subject of raising taxes on the rich to offset
some of the entitlement reforms necessary to reduce
the deficit, Brown will join other Republicans in
disabling the social safety net. The rich do not need
Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment
benefits, or student loans. Most are more concerned
with protecting their own interests than with providing help to those they view as undeserving – lazy,
ignorant, and dependent.
Remember during the primary debates when all
the Republican candidates said “no” when they were
asked if they would accept a $1 increase in taxes
for every $10 in spending cuts? What a profound
When he was a state senator in Massachusetts,
Brown joined a unanimous Senate in approving
Romneycare. Now in Congress, he voted against
Obamacare and undoubtedly would vote to repeal
it. The Tea Party ideologues have purged moderate
Republicans in Congress. Some retired, others were
defeated, and those remaining have moved to the
right, some reluctantly.
Elizabeth Warren will be a strong liberal voice
in the Senate and a firm vote for the president’s
program. She may not be as personally appealing
as Brown, but when it counts, she will be for those
struggling to get ahead.
The Republican Party has abandoned moderates
like Brown and Romney. You either change, like
Romney, or you are marginalized. So far it looks like
Brown will not challenge the Republican leadership
on important votes. If that’s true, he could do a lot
of damage in a six-year term.
James W. Dolan is a retired Dorchester District
Court judge who now practices law.
Letters to the Editor
Thanks to Local 103 for golf tourney
To the Editor:
Jimmy Fund Golf extends its sincerest thanks
to the organizers and sponsors of the Local 103
IBEW Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament held on Aug.
3 at President’s Golf Course in Quincy. Special
recognition and appreciation goes to the staff of the
Local 103 in Dorchester, who organized the 15th
annual event. The dedicated sponsors, participants, and
volunteers helped raise critical funds to support
lifesaving cancer research and care at Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute. The Local 103 IBEW Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament was one of the many tournaments that will be
held in 2012 to raise funds for the Jimmy Fund and
Dana-Farber. The presenting sponsors for Jimmy
Fund Golf’s 2012 season are American Airlines,
Callaway, CHAMP Spikes, Dunkin’ Donuts, Forty
Seven Brand, HomeGoods, The International Golf
Club, and Wicked Local.
From traditional golf tournaments and country
club member events to mini-golf tournaments and
all day golf marathons, volunteers create fundraisers that combine their love of the sport with their
desire to support the fight against cancer. Each
event is an incredibly rewarding and fun way to
support a great cause! Those interested in finding
out ways to support Dana-Farber and the Jimmy
Fund through golf may visit or
call (866) 521-4653 to learn how.
Nancy Rowe
Director, Jimmy Fund Golf
September 6, 2012
The Reporter
Moakley Foundation carries on a fruitful legacy
By Greg O’Brien
Special to the BIR
Joe Moakley devoted his life to the
service of others. Since his death in
2001, nothing has changed. A foundation in his name, the John Joseph
Moakley Charitable Foundation, has
awarded more than $110,000 in scholarships to deserving Massachusetts
students pursuing higher education
in college, graduate schools, or vocational institutions.
The foundation was formed 11 years
to continue Moakley’s remarkable
legacy of a half century of public
service and his efforts to champion
greater education opportunities for
A former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the
State Senate, Boston City Council and
longtime congressman from the 9th
Massachusetts District, Moakley encouraged creation of the foundation,
established with $1.5 million in initial
contributions, on the grounds that no
further fundraising would be done.
Unsolicited foundation contributions,
however, are accepted.
“Joe was an incredibly decent,
compassionate, modest and courageous man,” Bill Shaevel, foundation
treasurer, said in an interview with
the Boston Irish Reporter. “There
wasn’t a prejudiced bone in his body.
He always found a way to say “yes”
to those in need, never looking for
credit or any accolades. He made it
clear that he didn’t want money in
the future being raised in his name.
That was Joe. To the point, all heart.”
Since its inception, the foundation—located at 141 Tremont Street
with connections to Suffolk University Law School, Moakley’s alma
mater—has awarded 20 scholarships
of about $5,000 each and seven scholarships for apprentice programs,
said Shaevel. Preference is given
to residents of the 9th District, but
applications are accepted throughout the state. Awards are based on
commitment to community service,
academic achievement, acceptance
to a post-high school vocational educational program, college or graduate
school, and financial need. Applications are accepted from January
through March, and scholarships are
awarded at a Suffolk University Law
School ceremony. For more information, visit the foundation’s website at
The foundation encourages public
service at all levels. In June, it honored James T. Brett, president and
CEO of the New England Council,
with the Moakley Public Service
Moakley, who died of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS, formerly
known as preleukemia), represented
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Congressman Moakley
the congressional district served by
the legendary John W. McCormack,
former Speaker of the US House of
Shutdown of Mass. lab could jeopardize drug cases
By Denise Lavoie
AP Legal Affairs Writer
The shutdown of a Massachusetts
drug lab could be a boon to defense
lawyers and their clients whose
convictions were based on the actions
of a chemist accused of mishandling
drug evidence.
The Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Boston was closed Thursday
after state police say they discovered
that the chemist failed to follow
testing protocols, potentially exposing
thousands of drug convictions to legal
The lab was involved in certifying
drug evidence in cases submitted by
local police from around the state,
including Boston. Massachusetts
Attorney General Martha Coakley is
conducting a criminal investigation.
Police have not named the chemist,
and she has not been charged.
Defense lawyers were swift to react.
Several said they plan to challenge
the results of any drug certification
performed by the chemist.
“It’s going to throw the system into
some confusion for a while,’’ said John
LaChance, a Framingham defense
attorney. “If a case has been closed,
they (prosecutors) are going to have to
go back and look through those cases
to see if protocols were followed, and
if the protocols weren’t followed, they
should have to notify counsel or the
defendants themselves so they can file
a motion for a new trial or a motion
to vacate a guilty plea.’’
Larry Tipton, who heads the Norfolk
Superior Court office of the Committee
for Public Counsel Services, said
problems can occur with a crime lab
that is not independent and “is run
basically by law enforcement.”
“There’s just not sufficient safeguards, and there’s an inherent bias
that exists because the people that
are conducting the tests are working
for, basically, law enforcement, and
to a lesser extent, the prosecution.’’
In recent years, testing protocol
violations have led to lab closures and
case dismissals around the nation.
Hundreds of drug cases were thrown
out in San Francisco after a lab technician was accused of skimming cocaine
from evidence. In Nassau County,
N.Y., officials last year closed their lab
amid concerns over inaccuracies with
testing in drug and drunken driving
cases, which led to an extensive
review. And a crime lab in Detroit
was shut down in 2008 after outside
auditors uncovered serious errors in
the way evidence was handled.
Gov. Deval Patrick called the
chemist’s alleged violations “deeply
troubling,” and said he instructed the
Massachusetts State Police to close
Hinton lab.
“No breach this serious can or will be
tolerated,” Patrick said in a statement.
State police spokesman David
Procopio said district attorneys
and public defenders were notified
Thursday about the alleged violations.
He said the next step is for state police
to identify which cases the chemist
worked on and then to give that
information to prosecutors so they can
take the appropriate action.
Procopio said the chemist performed
thousands of tests since she began
working at the lab in 2003, but it is
unclear how many drug cases she
may have mishandled. The chemist
resigned in March during an internal
investigation by the Massachusetts
Public Health Department, which ran
the lab at the time.
“This is more than just allegations
of sloppiness and cutting corners,”
Procopio said. “The allegations include
malfeasance, deliberate mishandling
... We are concerned that in some
of the cases, there’s a likelihood
that justice was not served, that a
defendant did not get a fair trial and
that it’s possible that people may be
incarcerated unjustly.”
Ten other chemists who worked at
the lab were placed on administrative
leave and will eventually be sent to
work at another of the nine state police
labs. Procopio said those chemists are
not suspected of any wrongdoing.
Tipton said public defenders in his
office began hearing about problems at
the lab months ago. He said one public
defender in his office received a letter
in February from an assistant district
attorney who said a chemist was being
investigated for a “possible breach of
protocol” with respect to some drug
samples. The prosecutor identified
the chemist as Annie Dookhan.
Dookhan could not immediately be
reached for comment. She appeared
to have a nonpublished telephone
WHDH television station in Boston
reported that the woman’s husband
said in a statement that “my wife
maintains her innocence ... more than
one person was involved in botching
a drug procedure. We believe it’s
co-workers who are trying to create a
scapegoat.” The station did not name
the husband.
Chemists at the lab performed
drug certifications for local police
departments, who then give the
results to prosecutors. For example,
if someone is arrested for having a
white powdery substance, a chemist
tests the substance, then certifies
whether it is cocaine and certifies its
quantity so that prosecutors can use
it as evidence in a criminal case.
In June, state police were informed
about inconsistencies in the chemist’s
work at the lab. State police took over
operation of the lab in July as part of
a budgetary directive, and began their
own audit. Within the last few days,
state police realized the “large scope’’
of the inconsistencies and decided to
close the lab, Procopio said.
Brad Puffer, a spokesman for
Coakley, said state police informed
the attorney general’s office in July
about allegations regarding the
possible improper handling of drug
evidence. Puffer said Coakley’s office
has interviewed dozens of people and
developed evidence that certain required procedures were not followed.
Associated Press writer Bridget
Murphy contributed to this report.
The City of Boston’s Board of Election Commissioners reminds voters
that there are several polling location changes for the upcoming State
Primary Election on Thursday, September 6, 2012. Please check
the list below for polling location changes. If you are not sure where
to vote, or need information regarding your voting status, please call
the Boston Election Department at 617-635-3767, or visit our website:
Old Polling Location
Old Polling Location
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Reporter’s Neighborhood Notables
civic associations • clubs • arts & entertainment • churches • upcoming events
District C-11 News
Non-emergency line for seniors: 617-343-5649.
The “Party Line” phone number, to report loud
gatherings, is 617-343-5500.
Police District B-3 News
For info, call B-3’s Community Service Office at
Ashmont-Adams Assn.
Meeting on the first Thursday of each month at
the Plasterers’ Hall, 7 Fredericka St., at 7 p.m.
Ashmont Hill Assn.
Meetings are generally held the last Thursday
of the month. For info, see or call
Message Line: 617-822-8178.
Cedar Grove Civic Assn.
The monthly meeting, usually the second Tues. of
each month, 7 p.m., in Fr. Lane Hall at St. Brendan’s
Church. Meetings, however, have been suspended
for the summer. Info: [email protected]
or 617-825-1402.
Clam Point Civic Assn.
The meetings are usually held on the second
Monday of each month (unless it’s a holiday) at
WORK, Inc. 25 Beach St., at the corner of Freeport
(new meeting place); on street parking available; at
6:30 p.m. Info:
Codman Square Neighborhood
The Codman Square Neighborhood Council meets
the first Wed. of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the
Great Hall of the Codman Sq. Health Center, 6
Norfolk St. Info: call 617-265-4189.
Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Assn.
Meetings the first Mon. of each month, 7 p.m.,
at the Little House, 275 East Cottage St. For info:
Cummins Valley Assn.
Cummins Valley Assn, meeting at the Mattahunt
Community Center, 100 Hebron St., Mattapan, on
Mondays 6:30 p.m., for those living on and near
Cummins Highway. For info on dates, call 617-791-
Alex Gordon of Dorchester took a turn riding the new Mobile Farm Stand in Mattapan on Saturday at
the inaugural event at the Mattapan Farmers Market. The Farm Stand was designed with Mattapan
Food and Fitness Coalition youth input by Building Research + Architecture+ Community Exchange
(BR-A-CE). Mayor Thomas Menino was on hand for the launch and thanked the youth and their partners
for their contribution toward making Boston a healthier city. The human-powered farm stand will be
bringing fresh produce from Brookwood Community Farm to Mattapan residents each Saturday, with
stops at the Mattapan MBTA Station, Ryan Playground and Foley Residences on River Street. For
more information contact the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition at [email protected]
7359 or 617-202-1021.
Eastman-Elder Assn.
The association meets the third Thurs. of each
month, 7 p.m., at the Uphams Corner Health Center,
636 Columbia Rd, across from the fire station. The
meeting dates are (all on Saturdays): Sept. 15. Oct.
20, Nov. 17, and Dec. 15.
(Continued on page 16)
Upham’s Corner Health Center
Health Festival
Saturday, September 8, 2012
At the Strand Theater
543 Columbia Road - Dorchester
11 AM - 2 PM
Blood Pressure
Face Painting
Clown Show
Height and Weight
Flu Clinic
Raffle and Prizes
live music by
Health Screenings
Gerason Band
Sponsored by Upham’s Corner Health Center
Boston Medical Center
For more information, call 617-288-0970, ext 33
September 6, 2012
The Reporter
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Freeport St. gym aims to get at-risk youth off the streets
(Continued from page 1)
there is concern about
“In short, what we
do is we work with
at-risk youth to get
them off the streets and
into the gym,” said Jon
Feinman, the executive
director and founder of
InnerCity Weightlifting,
which also has spaces in
Mattapan, Roxbury, and
East Boston.
An attempt to lease
a space on B Street in
South Boston imploded
in August 2011, after
local elected officials and
residents complained
that the nonprofit had
not reached out to them.
South Boston’s state
Sen. Jack Hart, who also
represents Dorchester,
asked them to relocate.
“We ultimately ended
up listening to the
community and it was
unfortunate that our
students tend to get
labeled before anything
happens,” Feinman said
this week.
There are 102 students
in the program, with a
goal to have 200, spread
out across the various
locations. The program’s
budget is $450,000, and
its investors include
Boston Foundation, the
Lenny Zakim Foundation, Northeastern
Students for Giving, and
the Grand Circle Travel
Foundation, among others.
In contrast to what
happened in South Boston, Feinman said, he
has reached out to local
elected officials in the
Dorchester area to talk
about the program.
State Rep. Marty
Walsh, who represents
the area of Dorchester where the gym is
located, said Feinman
runs a “tight program.
We need more programs
like that,” he added.
Hart said yesterday
that the program “seems
to be a good concept,” but
he added that he had not
heard from residents
about the new location
in Dorchester and he was
not sure if people were
aware it was there. “I’d
be concerned, especially
if the neighbors have
concerns,” he said.
“I don’t know what
kind of outreach they’ve
done,” said the senator,
“but if they’ve been in
there since June without
any kind of problem, it
seems as though they’re
doing a good job. I would
expect that these folks
will reach out to community groups in the
neighborhood to give
them some explanation.”
Feinman said one of
the biggest issues he
faces is that there is a
higher demand for the
program than he has staff
available. According to a
promotional flyer, there
are 80 students on the
waiting list.
In its promotional
materials, the program
highlights its first
student, “Alex,” who
enrolled in the program
when it was still in its
pilot phase. “Since being
enrolled, Alex has been
shot, hit by a baseball
bat, and jumped countless times,” the brochure
On a rainy Tuesday
afternoon, the Freeport
Street gym had about
a dozen people inside,
lifting weights or off in
a side room, which has
computers available
for resumes. The walls
occasionally shook as
weights crashed to the
Feinman made two
young people available to
talk about the program
on the condition that, for
reasons of safety, their
last names would not be
“Billie,” a 25 year old,
grew up in the BowdoinGeneva neighborhood.
Both parents were drug
addicts, and he was
raised by his grandmother. In his teens, he
was involved in gangs,
but, he said, “I got tired
of getting shot at.”
Later, he was forced to
leave school because his
girlfriend got pregnant.
He is now the father of
two kids, with another
on the way. He has held
seasonal jobs off and
on, he said, and got
involved with drugs
again because he was
worried about paying
for food for his family.
While he didn’t go into
detail, he is currently in
court over a drug-related
He connected with
the program through
a friend of the family,
and he’s now in a GED
program and trying to
find a job. The program
offers him a place to
network and attempt informational interviews.
Says Billie of Feinman: “He’s been like a
brother, a family member, whatever you want
to call him.”
“John” is similar to
“Billie.” He views the
weightlifting and other
exercises as a stress
reliever. Now 25, he
grew up in the Dudley
Street area and, after
spending four years in
jail, is on track to become
a trainer at the gym, according to Feinman who
added that “John” found
the program through a
woman who works with
the Boston Centers for
Youth and Families.
“All of a sudden we
have people from different socioeconomic
backgrounds talking,
interacting with each
other in a very positive
context,” Feinman said.
“It’s not just weight training,” he said. “There’s a
support network.”
“My doctors
and nurses were
there for me.”
Nancy and Avada
Today’s primary
is light on races
in local precincts
(Continued from page 1)
campaign in the primary
and will also be on the
ballot as an independent
in November.
State Sen. Sonia
Chang-Diaz, a Jamaica
Plain Democrat who represents parts of Dorchester and Mattapan, will
face Roy Owens, another
frequent candidate in
local campaigns.
Several minor offices are on the ballot:
Superior Court Clerk
(Criminal Business)
Maura Hennigan has
a challenger in Robert
Dello Russo, Sr., who had
previously run for the
seat. On the Civil Business side, incumbent
Michael Donovan will
face off against challenger Michael Dash.
District 1 City Councillor Salvatore LaMattina
is attempting to make the
jump to Suffolk County
Register of Probate,
competing with Patricia
“Patty” Campatelli for
the Democratic nomination.
“When I had difficulty breastfeeding my baby, the nurses and midwives at
Boston Medical Center encouraged me to keep trying. They helped me find
a comfortable position that worked for both me and my daughter. Thanks to
their knowledge and experience, I was able to give my baby the nutritional
head start that she deserved.”
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THE Reporter View From Pope’s Hill
On the first day of
kindergarten for son
Paul, I was in the middle
of a large group of mothers as we watched our
children go up the front
stairs of the Mary Hemenway School. Paul
stopped half way up the
stairs. I was worried.
Had he decided to make
a fuss? No, that wasn’t
the case. He found me
in the sea of mothers.
He gave me a big smile
and a wave, and then
proceeded up the rest of
the stairs into the room
of Mrs. Untz. We were
so happy that he had
Mrs. Untz. We had heard
that she was a long-time
teacher and was great
with her students. Paul
loved school. Daughter
Sue, who would enter
kindergarten the following year, was like a
sponge. She loved sitting
with Paul and me as he
told me what he had
learned that day. She
learned a great deal of
the kindergarten work
from Paul. Those are
such lovely memories.
How sorry I was to read
of the death of Katherine
“Kay” Quigley on Aug.
25, at the age of 93.
Kay and her husband
William (“Bill”) Esq.,
were longtime residents
of the Neponset/Pope’s
Hill community. She
and Bill were two of the
founding members of the
Pope’s Hill Neighborhood Association. Kay
served for many years
on the executive board
of the association. Bill
and Kay also hosted the
annual Pope’s Hill Lawn
Party in their back yard,
also for many years. Kay
was one of the founding
members of the K Club,
the Senior Citizens of
Neponset, along with
Kay Walsh, Barbara
Cheney, Mary Maloney,
and her pal Mary Parodi.
She was also one of
the “Kitchen Canaries,” who, along with
her friend Mary, Ethel
Horgan, and others, set
up the refreshments
at the club’s biweekly
meetings. In recent
years, she lived with
her daughter Joanne
and son-in-law Gerry.
She still attended the
K Club meetings when
she was able. My family
joins all of Pope’s Hill in
sending sympathy to her
five daughters; Kathleen
Puckett Leslie, Jeanne
Gibbs, Patricia, Helen,
and Joanne Morrissey.
Pope’s Hill is still a fine
neighborhood, thanks to
the foundations laid by
people like Kay and her
husband Bill.
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“Back to School”
by Craig Sathoff
I was delighted to
receive info on this year’s
annual Notre Dame
Montessori School’s 13th
annual “Seeds Planted,
Harvest Begun” Fundraiser. It will be held
on Thurs., Nov. 1, 6
to 9 p.m., at BC High.
This year’s honoree is
well known to many;
she is Boston’s First
Lady, Angela Faletra
Menino. Hubby and I
have already put that
date on our calendar.
By the way, the little
Montessori children
will begin school next
Monday and Tuesday,
Sept. 10 and 11.
Now for the final
installment on our wedding in Florida: Ann,
her daughter Julie, my
daughter Sue, and I
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to the Marriott, thanks
to Julie’s GPS. We called
Linda Leary Spinner
and asked to be admitted
to the penthouse. Young
Jack White, brother of
the bride, came down
with the special key to
operate the elevator and
up we went to the penthouse. Bill and JoAnn
Leary, the grandparents
of the bride, were sitting
at a table in one of the
rooms, so I sat with
them. Sue found the
aunts of the bride, Lisa
and Linda, out on the
deck and stayed with
them. We had a great
time chatting with all
the family as they came
through the penthouse
suite. It was the perfect
ending to a wonderful
day. We wished everyone
a “good evening” when
we left after enjoying
the family.
When we arrived back
at our hotel about 1
a.m., we asked the desk
clerk if we could print
our boarding passes for
tomorrow. “No problem,”
said he as he showed Sue
where the printer was.
Out came the passes
in no time. Sue also
accessed MassTimes.
org and found that the
closest church to our
hotel in Boynton Beach
was St. Mark’s. There
was an 11 a.m. Mass,
just perfect for us, giving
us plenty of time to get
to the airport.
The next morning, we
were up fairly early and
had a delicious breakfast
at the hotel, which we
were sorry to leave.
The rooms were lovely.
The grounds were beautiful, with cyclamen
and Chinese petunias
everywhere. We thought
that all the flowers
were knocked off the
stems when we had a
heavy downpour early
one morning, but the
blossoms all reappeared
later in the day, as if by
magic. The breakfasts
were excellent and offered a variety of foods.
The pool looked lovely
but we didn’t really
have time to swim. (I did
have my bathing suit,
however). We packed
our suitcases and were
out of the hotel before
the mandatory 11 a.m.
check-out time.
We found our way
to St. Mark’s Church
easily, thanks to Julie’s
GPS. There were quite a
few cars in the parking
lot. Into the church we
went and discovered
that Mass had already
begun. We were able
to receive Communion.
We even sang “Happy
Birthday” to Father
Sam, who celebrated
our Mass. On the way
out of church, we took
a bulletin. When we
had a chance to read
it, we discovered that
the 11 a.m. Mass time
on was
not correct. MassTimes
had the winter schedule
on line, not the summer
one. In the summer,
there was a 10 a.m. Mass
and the next one was not
until noon. We could not
wait to attend the noon
Mass because we had to
get to the airport for our
flight home. By the way,
also in the bulletin, we
discovered that Sunday
was Father Sam’s 80th
Ann, Julie, Sue, and
I got back into our
“White Chariot,” our
Ford Edge, and began
to drive toward the West
Palm Beach Airport. We
thought we had better
grab a sandwich somewhere since we would
not be back in Boston till
after 6 p.m. As we drove,
we went past a Five Guys
Restaurant. Ann and
Julie had never eaten
at a Five Guys Burgers
and Fries restaurant so
we warned them not to
order too many fries; the
portions are huge. We
practically opened the
restaurant so we were
served very quickly:
burgers, fries, sodas, and
water. Ann and Julie
were pleased with the
food, so Sue and I were
Back we went to the car
and finished the drive to
the pretty airport. We
first went into the renta-car area and returned
our white beauty. There
was a little tear in my eye
as we took our luggage
out of the car. The SUV
had served us well.
Within a minute or two,
a small van appeared
with a lovely driver. She
took our heavy bags and
put them on board. Two
minutes later, we were
at the Jet Blue boarding
area. We already had
our boarding passes so
we didn’t have to wait
too long in check-in line.
With my new knees, I
had to go through the
Body Scanner machine.
As I exited the machine,
a woman TSA agent
said to me, “You don’t
look your age.” I said,
“Thank you!” I really
wanted to go up and
give her a big hug for
saying such a nice thing
but I was afraid I’d end
up in federal prison for
accosting her. When
I got close to her, she
patted my midriff area.
I wondered why. When I
checked with Ann, Julie,
and Sue, I discovered
that they were also
patted down. It was to
see if we had anything
beneath our clothing. My
blouse was a little too big
for me and was billowing
out with the air currents
in the airport. The agent
discovered quickly that
it was just me inside
my large blouse. It is
quite scary, however,
to think that the agents
have to pat down the
We found our gate
easily. Sue sat on the
floor so she could plug
in her little electronic
device. Ann, Julie, and I
sat and people-watched.
Ann bought a package
of popcorn, which was
delicious. I was tempted
to buy one also but
remembered that Jet
Blue, in addition to
coffee, soda, juice, and
water, gives a package
of popcorn, chips, or even
cookies during the flight.
I would wait.
As it came close to
boarding time, the Jet
Blue agents allowed
handicapped people or
those with children to
board. We were right
after those people. As
I sat, I watched the
other passengers going
to their seats. All of a
sudden, I saw a woman
and man smiling at Sue
and me. They were our
former neighbors, Mark
and Dolores Bailey, who
lived in “Ma Penney’s
house,” right next door to
us, at least 20 years ago.
Sue used to sit for their
baby daughter Elizabeth
and I would cat-sit when
they went away. We
were so delighted to see
them. We would chat
with them when the
flight was over because
they were sitting quite a
few rows behind us.
As soon as the pilot
started the engines,
he spoke over the intercom, telling us that
our flight home was
changed to take us over
the water because there
were thunderstorms all
along the East Coast.
The flight home was just
like the one to Florida,
uneventful. When we
finally landed in Boston,
we waited for Dolores
and Mark. They were
with their daughter
Katherine and Mark’s
brother Joel. They were
also in Florida for a
wedding. We talked all
the way to the luggage
area. Just meeting them
topped off our lovely
wedding trip even more
I loved this saying by
Mark Twain: “If you tell
the truth, you don’t have
to remember anything.”
September 6, 2012
The Reporter
Page 13
Community Health News
Official: “There is a lot of west nile everywhere”
By Colleen Quinn
State House
News Service
State health officials
are warning residents to
protect themselves from
mosquito bites as more
cases of West Nile virus
crop up across the state.
On Wednesday, a Newton woman was recovering from West Nile – the
fourth confirmed human
infection in Massachusetts. While mosquitoes
detected with eastern
equine encephalitis
(EEE) have fallen off
slightly, detection of
West Nile is on the rise,
according to an official at
the Department of Public
So far this season,
four people have been
infected with West Nile,
and one with EEE, according to state health
West Nile cases are
also on the rise nationally, according to a
Department of Public
Health official. In Massachusetts, state health
officials have found
infected mosquitoes in
93 communities.
“Over the last three
weeks or so, West Nile
has been dramatically
increasing,” said Dr.
Catherine Brown, state
public health veterinarian. “It is very high.”
Brown said the “bad
news” is the number of
communities with West
Nile-infected mosquitoes
could be much higher
some communities are
not tested. Only communities that are a part of
one of the nine mosquito
control projects test.
“What this tells us is
there is a lot of West
Nile everywhere,” Brown
said. “At this point,
people should consider
that West Nile virus is
present throughout the
West Nile virus was
first found in Massachusetts in 2000. There
were bad outbreaks in
2002-2003, with 22 and
18 human infection cases
respectively. Since then,
the number of cases
hasn’t hit those levels,
according to Brown.
The summer’s high
temperatures and dry
conditions created ideal
conditions for mosquitoborne infections.
“The heat, not only
does it speed up mosquito
reproduction, it also
speeds up the virus
multiplication. The mosquitoes infect the birds;
the birds infect more
mosquitoes,” Brown
said. “That whole cycle
between the birds and
the mosquitoes is called
virus amplification.”
In very dry years, mosquitoes’ swamp habitats
are invaded by birds
seeking water.
“Both mosquitoes and
birds need water. Their
populations will concentrate around smaller
swamps,” giving the
infections greater op-
portunity to spread,
Brown said.
Along with West Nile
virus, outbreaks of EEE
are on the rise in regions
in the state not typically
During the last decade,
EEE outbreaks have
been largely a problem
on the South Coast, but
this summer northern
parts of the state, Essex
County in particular, has
seen a surge in cases,
health officials said. A
horse stabled in Georgetown died from EEE
infection this month.
“If a mosquito can take
a horse down, imagine
what it can do to a human,” said Jack Card,
director of the Northeast
Massachusetts Mosquito
Control and Wetlands
Card said while EEE
is a problem, he too is
seeing more cases of
West Nile in the North
Shore region.
More than half of the
32 communities in the
Northeast mosquito control district have asked
for ground spraying to
combat the mosquito
problem, according to
Card. “Some towns that
don’t generally spray
are asking me to spray,”
he said. “Other towns
that haven’t sprayed for
years had me do a little
Rep. Angelo D’Emilia
(R-Bridgewater) said he
is advocating for another
round of aerial spraying
on the South Coast, and
has discussed it with
DPH officials. So far
this year, 27 communities in the region were
sprayed in two different rounds. There is a
heightened awareness
of the dangerousness
of infectious disease
mosquitoes carry after
the death of a Raynham
man last year, he said.
“It has been a concern.
I have heard from people
that run sports organizations, they have been
very vigilant. They want
to protect the children,”
D’Emilia said.
The Department of
Public Health is asking
people to take personal
responsibility for avoiding mosquito bites by
spraying themselves
with insecticides, covering up, and avoiding
outside activity from
dusk to dawn.
“If you don’t get bitten by the mosquitoes
than you can’t get sick,”
Brown said.
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Elizabeth Seton Academy has hired a new
principal to lead the
Lower Mills high school.
Patricia Scott Leitsinger
is the former Assistant
Principal of Ursuline
“I am truly excited to be
a member of the strong,
vibrant community
that is Elizabeth Seton
Academy, and at the
opportunity to work with
such a dedicated and
talented faculty and our
extraordinary student
body,” Leitsinger said
in a statement issued
this week.
In statement attributed to the school’s board
Patricia Scott Leitsinger
of trustees, members
said that Leitsinger’s
“understanding of Faith,
Knowledge, and Service,
with a commitment to
a college preparatory
education will serve the
expanding path of the
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Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester
Members and counselors from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester gathered at Camp Northbound late last month. 150 members attended this one-week
overnight Camp in Bridgton, ME. Our thanks to the leadership of Camp Micah who partnered with the club to offer this special event.
Special Events
Help End Summer
The Club concluded
its Summer program
with two very special off-site events for
our members – Camp
Northbound and the
Disney for Kids trip.
Camp Northbound returned for its 7th year,
bringing 150 members
to the outdoors of Bridgton, Maine for a oneweek overnight camping experience. Many
thanks to the Mark
Wahlberg Youth Foundation and the leadership team from Camp
Micah for making this
trip possible. The following week, 130 youth
joined 20 chaperones on
our 21st Annual Disney
for Kids trip which saw
these selected members attend a variety
of theme parks over a
five-day period. Once
again the trip was a tremendous success and
our thanks goes out to
Board Member, Don
Rodman and the Rodman Ride for Kids for
making the opportunity
possible. For info on
upcoming Fall special
events please contact
VP of Programming,
Mike Joyce at ext. 2110.
Marr-lin Swim Team
Starting Up
The Marr-lin Swim
Team will be hitting the
water soon as our swimmers prepare for the upcoming N.E.N.E.A.P.C.
schedule. The team will
hold try-outs (50 yd.
swim) for boys and girls
ages 5 to 18 on 9/13,
9/15 and 9/17. On 9/18
there will be a meeting
with parents to go over
the expectations for
each swimmer and an
overview of the season
calendar. Practices for
new swimmers will begin on 9/20 with returning swimmers joining
them on 10/1. The dualmeet schedule against
Boys and Girls Clubs
from the Eastern, Massachusetts and New
Hampshire area will
begin in late October
and will run through
the league championship meet held in early
February at U-Mass
Boston. Following the
league championship,
the team hopes to attend local invitational
meets followed by the
regional championship
meet in White River
Junction, VT in March,
and the National Championship Meet held in
St. Petersburg, FL in
April. The Marr-lin
Swim Team, while competitive in their league,
sportsmanship, dedication and
hard work. Practices
are held four evenings
days) a week and meets
are typically held on
Saturdays. For more
information please contact Aquatic Director,
Aquiles Gomes at ext.
Fall Education
Upon our re-opening
for the Fall program on
9/10, members can look
forward to the popular
Homework Help program which will run on
a Monday to Thursday
schedule. Members can
bring their after-school
assignments to the Education Center where
staff will be on hand
to assist. We will also
begin accepting registrations for those members in need of one-toone Tutoring. Please
note that there will
be limited spots available and members are
expected to meet the
Other Fall programs include the I.S.E.E. Test
Prep Class, small group
Clubs such as Kids
Lit (literacy) and College Club (math) along
with our Fun Friday
activities. For our High
School age members in
need of assistance with
the College application
and/or selection process, we encourage you
to make an appointment for one-to-one
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Fall Athletic
season of the Athletic
program will offer intramural, small group
and All-Star programming for all age groups.
The Intramural portion
of the program will feature an 18-team Floor
Hockey league with
divisions for: 10 & under Boys (Thursday
afternoons); 10 & under Girls (Friday afternoons), 18 & under Co-
ed (Friday evenings);
and 15 & U Boys (Saturday afternoons). We
will also offer an 8-team
Flag Football program
with a Junior division
and a Senior division
(Monday evenings). Our
will include; Beginner
Gymnastics, with two
classes on Monday evenings, Ultimate Dodgeball, with sessions on
Tuesday and Thursday
afternoons; and the
High School Basketball
Clinic (weekends) for
those players looking
to prepare for the approaching High School
sports season. On the
All-Star front we will be
holding try-outs for our
Girls 14 & under AllStar Floor Hockey team
on 9/25 at 6 p.m. while
the 13 & under Boys
will hold try-outs on
9/26, also at 6 p.m. Both
teams will compete in
league against Boys
and Girls Clubs from
the region. There will
also be open and activity gyms offered on a
drop-in basis for all age
groups. For more information please contact
Athletic Director, Bruce
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Baseball’s stretch run looms, as do many
possibilities. And the Yankees are looking like
the Red Sox of last September, aren’t they?
They are playing baseball’s September Song
but this year it’s a melody
more jangled than sweet.
Baseball’s epic upheaval
is not confined to your
own backyard, old Sport,
although one recognizes
that is probably not
much consolation.
Expectations run high
for a tumultuous drive
down the stretch with
all the right ingredients
firmly in place. As Labor
Day dawned with the
familiar fanfare pronouncing the drive to
the wire, the American
League seethed with
three genuine pennant
races while in the two
leagues a total of nine
teams were strongly
contending for playoff
berths via the infernal
wildcard. Thus a dozen
teams—nearly half—
were very much in play
with a month to go.
It’s a lousy gimmick
and it’s deeply flawed,
this wildcard stuff. But
it is working, one reluctantly admits. The idea
is to pump up September
by means foul or fair
and who cares whether
those means are contrived, even bogus. All
that matters is that
the finish is frantic,
allowing, it is hoped,
for baseball to swamp
football in the endless
battle for the sporting public’s hearts and
minds and also thereby
setting up a post-season
that might just take your
breath away.
Last year’s nutty finish, with its spectacular
final evening of regular
season play, is the new
yardstick. It’s hugely
unlikely we’ll have such
great entertainment in
consecutive years. The
likes of the monumental
pratfalls by the Red
Sox and Braves that
produced those magic
moments last September
occur only once a generation, and then only
if you’re lucky.
But the latest bogus
contrivance now to be
Sports/Clark Booth
unveiled—the second
bloody wildcard—raises
the chance of it. The
madcap dash that is
near certain to persist
to the final few games
could very well oblige
a tie-breaker game or
two in the six divisions.
That would be followed
by the one-game (in each
league) life-or-death socalled “wildcard play-in,”
touted as a nightmare
scenario even for those
not obliged to deal with
the awful tie-breaker.
And then, with nary a
breather, the grueling
three rounds of actual
playoffs begin, stretching into November. It
will be a lot tougher being
the wildcard.
The possibility that
such runaway madness
may be about to sweep
the Republic has Czar
Selig and his crafty cronies positively ecstatic.
And the chances are
good. After last year who
would ever again say
Hereabouts, the only
baseball that counts is,
of course, played in the
AL East where it’s all
about the Red Sox and
Yankees with the division’s other three patsies
ordained to serve as their
dutiful foils. So the only
meaningful issue is the
astounding disruption of
this long so comfortable
mandate featuring the
total collapse of the Red
Sox and the possibility,
seemingly growing by the
hour, that the Yankees,
in the sincerest form of
flattery, are about to
imitate them.
There’s no longer any
disputing the depths the
Red Sox have sunk to.
They now rank among
the five worst teams in
baseball over the last
full year of play. The
tawdry burlesque of their
latest West Coast fling
guarantees that in the
final month it’s only a
question of whether they
can salvage any dignity
by occasionally beating a
contender, thus keeping
faith with the obligations
of the legendary “spoiler.”
If it’s an unfamiliar role,
it’s one they should try
to respect.
Conventional wisdom
holds that how they
perform as September’s
days dwindle down to a
precious few will also determine Manager Bobby
Valentine’s fate. But it’s
hard to believe that’s
not already set in stone.
He’s gone. While it’s
true this season’s fiasco
is hardly his fault, he’s
clearly been unable to
even temper the disaster.
If Valentine deserves
better, few tears will be
But you have to give
the old rascal credit;
he called it. When his
troops, then still faintly
within hailing distance,
retreated from New
York on their last visit,
Valentine had the temerity to declare, “Maybe the
Yankees won’t make the
It seemed the brash
poppycock of a career
wiseguy, running out
the string defiantly.
And with his team 10
games out, it also seemed
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rather ill-advised. But it
wasn’t. Valentine was
onto something. Three
weeks later it’s clear this
Yankee team, increasingly composed of the
worn and the weary,
is not of championship
quality and may not even
be of playoff/wildcard
quality unless it gets
completely healthy. With
a month to go, how much
chance is there of that?
When back in early
May it was first suggested here that this
would be the year of
revolutionary upheaval
in the AL East, with the
reign of terror jointly
waged by New York and
Boston since the dawn of
the millennium about to
come crashing to an end,
I got a fair amount of flak,
not so much from Red
Sox adherents who were
already sensing their
beloved’s inevitable folly,
but from Yankee yahoos
who eternally find such
talk heretical. Moreover,
they’ve long been dodging these rhetorical bullets. The decline and fall
of the Yankees has been
trumpeted relentlessly
for a decade. But it may
no longer be the wishful
thinking of the envious.
With a two-game lead
on Labor Day, the Yankees nonetheless looked
more vulnerable than
they’ve been since the
late eighties. They were
coming off a dismal
effort against the upstart Orioles in which
they’d been out-played,
out-maneuvered, outmanaged, out-hustled,
and lucky to win one
of three vital games in
their own ballyard. They
should have been swept.
Then in a Labor Day
match-up with their
new nemesis, Tampa’s
scrappy Rays, they absorbed a loss which, if
they do end up missing
the playoffs, will be seen
as the pivotal moment.
In a crisp beauty of a
showdown matching
C.C Sabathia and James
Shields and intensely
played by both teams,
Tampa prevailed,4-3.
But what most marked
New York’s defeat was
the lackadaisical effort
by Robinson Cano on
two critical plays – one
on defense and the other
on the basepaths—that
arguably decided the
game. Bear in mind
there’s nothing new
about Cano’s nonchalance, which, oddly, the
Yankees have meekly
Superstardom in the
Bronx has always borne
with it special responsibilities. Cano is alleged
to be their most talented
performer, the newest
in their long line of the
anointed. But for all
his gifts, he does not
deserve to be a member
of that elite; not yet, and
maybe never. There are
many reasons why this
Yankee team is sliding in
roughly the same direction as their arch-rivals
from Boston. But in the
Cano example, one finds
something revealing, at
least symbolically.
So at the end of the
holiday weekend as the
stretch drive quickens
desperately, the Yankees’ lead, which stood
at 10 games July18th,
is down to one over the
Clark Booth
inspired Orioles and two
over the relentless Rays.
It took the Yankees
seven weeks to squander their big lead. Last
season it took the Red
Sox five weeks to blow
a comparable lead over
Tampa. Is that also
telling? We’ll see soon
enough. In the first six
weeks of this season
plus these last seven, the
Yankees’ record is 35-41.
Between mid-May and
mid-July their record
was 41-17. It’s an odd
discrepancy. Injuries are
a factor but all teams
must deal with injuries.
But enough on the
Yankees! The much better story is in Baltimore.
Can we even begin to
imagine the delight over
this astounding turn of
events on the part of O’s
Manager Buck Showalter, who was memorably
so ingloriously dumped
in the Bronx, and GM
Dan Duquette, who was
so roughly banished from
Boston? The turn of the
screw always makes a
great tale.
And as of Labor Day
the momentum, for
whatever it’s worth, was
all with the O’s under the
ever-plotting Showalter,
and the Rays under the
spell of the inscrutable
Dr. Joe Maddon. As it
happens, rather wonderfully, they will meet for
the final three games of
the regular season in
Tampa. Here’s betting
that’s where and when
it gets decided.
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Annual Breakfast to benefit the
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Sunday, September 9, 2012
9 a.m. to 12 noon
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Boston, Massachusetts
Donation $40.00
(Anthony’s is handicap accessible)
The committee will continue the mission that Fr. Tom
initiated, “Making the Goodness of God alive by sharing,
instructing, advising, consoling, feeling and praying
with the community of people who are disabled and
their families.”
The Society continues the monthly Days of Prayer in
Somerville at the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the Family
Masses in South Boston. This summer, some 125 persons
from 25 families were able to enjoy the Cape Cod vacation houses in Brewster.
We do realize that there are many demands on your goodness and generosity in
this difficult year, and we appreciate the faithful support in the past and hope
that it can continue, Please join us at Pier 4 on September 9.
Breakfast tickets are $40.00, Donations may be made to the Simon of Cyrene
Society, P.O. Box 54, South Boston, MA 02127.
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Academy, 18 Croftland Ave., 7 p.m. For info: or 617-533-8123.
Freeport-Adams Assn.
The meetings will be held the second Wed. of the
month, 6:30 p.m., at the Fields Corner CDC office
(the old Dist. 11 police station), 1 Acadia St.
Groom/Humphreys Neighborhood
The GHNA meets on the third Wed. of each month,
7 p.m., in the Kroc Salvation Army Community
Center, 650 Dudley St., Dor., 02125. For info, call
857-891-1072 or [email protected]
Hancock St. Civic Assn.
The next meetings are Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15,
and Dec. 20, in the Upham’s Corner Library (for
the summer, through Sept.), 500 Columbia Rd.,
from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Info: [email protected]
Lower Mills Civic Assn.
The monthly meetings are held the third Tuesday
of the month in St. Gregory’s Auditorium, 7 p.m.
(Please bring bottles and cans and any used sports
equipment to the meeting for Officer Ruiz.) Now is
the time to become a member: send a $7 check to
DLMCA, 15 Becket St., Dor., 02124-4803. Please
include name, address, phone, and e-mail address.
See the web page:
McCormack Civic Assn.
Meetings, the third Tues. of each month, at 7
p.m., in Blessed Mother Teresa Parish Hall. Please
bring canned goods to the meeting for a local food
bank. Info: or 617-710-3793.
Membership is only $5.
Meetinghouse Hill Civic Assn.
The next meeting is on Wed., Sept. 19, 7 p.m.,
at First Parish Church. To stay in contact, call
617-265-0749 or e-mail: [email protected]
617-265-0749 or [email protected]
Melville Park Assn.
Clean-up of the MBTA Tunnel Cap (garden at
Shawmut Station), the first Sat. of each month,
from 10 a.m. to noon. The meetings are held at 6:30
p.m., at the Epiphany School, 154 Centre St., Dor.
Peabody Slope Assn.
The Peabody Slope Neighborhood Assn’s next
meeting, the first Mon. of each month, at Dorchester
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Port Norfolk Civic Assn.
Meetings the third Thurs. of every month at the
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St. Mark’s Area Civic Assn.
Meetings held the last Tues. of each month in
the lower hall of St. Mark’s Church, at 7 p.m. Info:
Simon of Cyrene Society
The Simon of Cyrene Society will hold its annual
fundraising breakfast on Sun., Sept. 9, 9 a.m. to
noon, at Pier Four. Tickets are $40, with proceeds
helping people with mental and physical disabilities.
Call 617-413-5713.
Dorchester Historical Society
Book Talk, by Dr. Tom Melvin, about his
novel Danny’s Tavern, A Collection of Neighborhood Stories, on Sun, Sept. 16, 2 p.m., at DHS.
The headquarters of the DHS is the William Clapp
House, 195 Boston St., 02125, near Edward Everett
Square. The DHS seeks volunteers and donations
to help preserve the society’s artifacts. 2012 DHS
Gala, Fri., Oct. 12, Venezia Restaurant, 20 Ericsson
St.; 6 p.m. for cocktails, 7:30 p.m. for dinner. Live
auction at 8 p.m. Contact [email protected]
Dorchester Board of Trade
It’s time to pay DBOT dues: $75 for 10 or fewer
employees, or $125 for 11 or more employees. Send
check to the DBOT, P.O. Box 220452, Dor., 02122.
Contact the Board at 617-398-DBOT (3268) for
info. Friends and Family Fun Bowling, hosted by
the DBOT, on Sat., Sept. 15, 2 to 5 p.m., at Boston
Bowl, Morr. Blvd. Cost, $20 pp. which includes
bowling, shoe rental, soda, and pizza; raffles also.
Proceeds to benefit DBOT Scholarship Fund. New
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For reservations for the free programs and forums:
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Community Center
Membership is just $20 per family. Irish step
dancing classes on Thurs. evenings from 7 to 8:45
p.m. Project DEEP needs tutors. Call the Leahy/
Holloran Center.
Carney Hospital’s Programs
The next Senior Supper will be held on Wed., Sept.
12, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the Hospital Cafeteria. Topic
is “Memory Loss: Fact and Fiction,” with Beverly
Moore, APRN, Nurse Educator. Cost is $5 pp; RSVP
(necessary) to Doctor Finder (1-800-488-5959),
indicating chicken or fish. (For further info, call
617-506-2197.) A Breast-Cancer Support Group,
the second Wednesday (only) of each month, 6:30
to 8 p.m. The Carney’s adult/child/infant CPR and
First Aid: instructions every week for only $30. Call
617-296-4012, X2093 for schedule. Fall yoga classes,
eight consecutive Thursdays (corrected) (from Sept.
6 to Oct. 25), from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., in Cushing
Auditorium, (2nd floor), with teacher Fran Karo,
beginner’s hatha yoga, (RYT-200). Cost is $72 pp,
payable the first evening. Wear comfortable clothing;
bring a yoga mat. To register: [email protected]
com. Community Forum, for families caring for loved
ones with dementia, with Beverly Moore APRN (nurse
educator and Alzheimer family caregiver coach),
Wed., Sept. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., in the Riseman Lecture
Hall (1st floor), at Carney, 2100 Dot Ave.
Irish Pastoral Centre
The IPC, now located in St. Brendan Rectory, 15
Rita Road, welcomes seniors to a coffee hour each
Wed. morning, from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be
a speaker each week. Call 617-265-5300 for info.
The IPC has a “Music for Memory” Program, with
Maureen McNally, with welcome and refreshments
at 4 p.m., and singing from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Call the
IPC for dates and further info. The singing session
is free; donations for refreshments are welcomed.
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Zingers from DeLeo; Arroyo and Pressley named roll call voices
Notes and comments picked up by
Andy Metzger and Mike Deehan of
the State House News Service at the
Democratic National Convention in
Charlotte, N.C.
Romney more interested
in being governor than in
governing – Speaker De Leo
During a Democratic Party breakfast
in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday morning,
Massachusetts House Speaker Robert
DeLeo riffed on Clint Eastwood’s
question-provoking speech last Thursday night, in which the actor pretended
to speak with President Barack
Obama, represented as an empty
chair on the stage. “You’re going to
sit there and you’re going to listen to
this, okay?” DeLeo said to a chair next
to the podium.
DeLeo went on to talk about Mitt
Romney’s time as governor of Massachusetts, repeating a common claim
that he was not fully engaged with
the Legislature, despite Romney’s
helping to write the groundbreaking
2006 health care reform law. “I served
as chairman of the Ways and Means
during Gov Romney’s last term in
office. By the way, he didn’t even know
that,” DeLeo said. He continued, “By
and large, Mitt Romney was more interested in being governor and running
for president than in actually governing.” During Romney’s four years as
governor, Democrats controlled both
chambers in the Legislature, giving
them the ability to overrule him on
almost issues requiring legislative
Arroyo, Pressley casting
state’s vote for Obama;
Ted Kennedy tribute aired
Boston City Councilors Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley received
the assignment to deliver the “roll call”
casting Massachusetts delegates’ votes
for the president. State Democratic
Party spokesman Kevin Franck
confirmed the two councilors would
have the honor. Former Lt. Gov. Kerry
Healey cast the state’s delegate votes
for Romney at the Republican National
Convention in Tampa last week.
In other scheduling matters, Congressional candidate Joseph Kennedy III introduced a video tribute
to his late great-uncle, the late Sen.
Edward M. Kennedy on Tuesday.
U.S. Sen. John Kerry is scheduled
to speak to the Democratic National
Convention tonight, according to an
official with knowledge of the senator’s
schedule. Ted Kennedy’s two sons,
Edward M. and Patrick were here
for the convention, and their cousin,
Caroline, JFK’s daughter, will also
have a speaking role today.
Menino cites his message:
Government helps people
Of his scheduled speech last night.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino
said he would focus on the role of
government in bettering people’s lives,
including possibly the 2006 health care
reform signed into law by Romney.
“I’m going to talk about the America
I see and the America of the future,”
Menino told reporters on Monday. He
referenced Romney’s role in expanding
health care access before coming out
against the Affordable Care Act that
President Barack Obama signed into
law in 2010.
“That’s what America’s concerned
about, is the health care,” Menino
said. He also said, “Government’s
about people and government’s about
helping people, and that’s what I’m
going to talk about on Wednesday
afternoon.” Asked about whether
he would endorse either Democratic
candidate Elizabeth Warren or
Republican US Sen. Scott Brown in
Brown’s re-election campaign, Menino
said, “We’ll be involved in some way in
some campaigns in the future.”
Menino waits on Senate endorsement
(Continued from page 1)
Street Journal: “Power
Broker Keeps Cards
Close.” And another,
from the Boston Herald:
“Menino sidesteps opportunity to endorse
During the Greater
Boston Labor Council’s
annual breakfast on
Monday, the speakers
trained plenty of fire on
incumbent Sen. Scott
Brown (R-Wrentham)
and threw plenty of
praise at challenger
Elizabeth Warren (DCambridge).
But Menino largely
focused on former Gov.
Mitt Romney and his vice
presidential candidate,
Paul Ryan. Referring to
Ryan tagging the federal
stimulus as “corporate
welfare,” Menino said,
“Was it welfare that
paved Dorchester Ave.?
No, [it was] all your hard
More than a few people
in the room thought
they heard a subtle
endorsement at the
beginning of his speech:
“Elizabeth Warren, our
candidate for the US
Senate, the Democratic
candidate,” Menino said.
Afterwards, in a press
availability, Menino said
the decision still hadn’t
been made.
Asked by a television
reporter whether it was
unusual that the mayor
of the capital city hasn’t
endorsed the Democratic
nominee, Menino said,
“No it isn’t. I usually wait
until the proper time.”
A decision will come
“very shortly,” he said.
(Worth noting: Menino
did not endorse Gov.
Deval Patrick, a fellow
Democrat running for
a second term in 2010,
until Sept. 10.)
Asked by another
reporter if Brown has
separated himself from
the Romney-Ryan ticket
enough, Menino said,
“No, he hasn’t.”
Menino pointed to
Brown not voting to
extend unemployment
benefits. “I mean, let’s get
real about this, guys. You
know, he’s a nice guy, but
before the audience applauded.
AFL-CIO chief Steven
Tolman, a former state
senator, also tore into
Brown. “On all these
commercials you hear
on the radio every 10
minutes [he] says a lot of
nice things that are special about Massachusetts
but he neglects the most
important thing: His voting record,” Tolman said,
according to the State
House News Service.
“And his voting record is
clearly one-sided toward
the haves and it seems
like he’s totally forgotten
the middle class and the
have-nots so we think
it’s important that our
members are informed
properly to make an
intelligent decision and
not be swayed by fancy
Before the breakfast
got under way, several
young people stood outside the hotel, handing
out flyers calling Warren
a “sell out.” “Workers
Beware!” the flyer stated
in large type, pointing to
Warren’s role in a case
that went all the way to
the US Supreme Court
and involved asbestos
victims and Travelers
“While Warren
laughed all the way to
the bank, these sickened
middle-class workers are
left with measly lifetime
payouts that total 1/40th
of Warren’s big payday.
Professor Warren owes
these laborers an apology for putting her own
financial gain ahead of
their safety and wellbeing,” said Nate Little,
executive director of the
Massachusetts GOP.
Material from State
House News Service was
used in this report.
Mayor Tom Menino shared a stage with Sen. Scott
Brown at last year’s Men of Boston Cook fundraiser
in Codman Square.
I mean, you’ve got to be
with people, the working
people of Massachusetts.
That’s what I think about
all the time. The people
I represent, what do
they need? When they’re
unemployed, they need
unemployment benefits.
They need health care.
All those issues. I mean,
he’s a nice guy but I need
a consistency,” the mayor
So why hasn’t he endorsed Warren?
“Too early,” Menino
said. There are 64 more
days until Nov. 6, he
Inside the Park Plaza
Hotel, Warren signs were
posted on columns and
flyers comparing Warren
and Brown were placed
on people’s seats as union
officials filtered in. State
Rep. Marty Walsh, who
is also a top labor official,
took Warren around
to the various tables,
introducing her to union
On the stage, Brown
was among the top targets. Brown is not a “good
guy,” Lou Mandarini,
GBLC president, told
the crowd. Some union
members disagree, he
added. “Don’t hiss,”
he said, apparently in
response to some light
hissing from the crowd.
“What you’ve got to do
in the next two months
is go out to your union
meetings and explain to
your members what the
truth is and what’s going
to happen.”
As for Warren: “One
of the things that fascinates me the most
about her is that when
you’re in a room with
her, people want to stand
next to her, people want
to touch her,” Mandarini
said. “People want to be
with her. That’s what we
need. I’ve never seen it.
I’ve never seen it since
Both Warren and
Menino are scheduled
to speak this week at
the Democratic Convention in Charlotte,
North Carolina. Menino
left on a plane bound
for Charlotte Monday
afternoon, and was due
back in Boston Thursday
today to vote in the
primary, which is being
held on the first day of
school in Boston. The
two Democrats were on
the Wednesday schedule.
“I don’t care what kind
of truck he drives or
what kind of barn coat
he wears. I care about
how he votes,” Warren
told the Labor Day crowd
on Monday, noting the
unemployment insurance issue and Brown
blocking a presidential
nominee to the National
Labor Relations Board.
“Are you ready to send
Scott Brown and his
pick-up truck back to
Wrentham?” she asked
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GALGANI, Lillian
J. of South Boston and
Dorchester. Daughter of
Prayer To
The Blessed Virgin
(Never Known To Fail)
(Say this prayer for 3 days in
a row and your prayers will be
O, Most beautiful flower of Mt.
Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of
Heaven. Blessed Mother of the
Son of God, Immaculate Virgin,
assist me in this necessity. O Star
of the Sea, help me and show
me herein you are my mother. O
Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen
of Heaven and Earth, I humbly
beseech thee from the bottom of
my heart to succor me in this my
necessity. (Make request). There
are none that can withstand your
power. O show here you are my
mother. O Mary conceived without
sin, pray for us who have recourse
to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place
this cause in your hands (3 times).
Thank you for your mercy to me
and mine. Amen.
The must be re-published so
that the prayers of others might
be answered.
the late Nicholas and Jeanette (Marcucci) Galgani.
Aister of the late Ronald
and Bernadine (Casey)
Galgani. Also survived by
her many loving relatives
and friends.
QUINN, Rosalie A.
(Ross) life long resident
of Dorchester at the age
of 90. Wife of the late
Francis Quinn BPD, and
Moore Dodge. Mother of
Beverly Ayers and her
husband George of Randolph and Moore “Bud”
Dodge II and his wife
Diane of Boston. Sister
of the late Chester Ross,
Sr. Maris Stella, SBS,
Louise Norris, Muriel
McClennon, Russell Ross,
Thomas Ross, Ernest
Ross, Lawrence Ross,
Grace Marie Clarkson,
and Harry Ross. Rosalie
was a hairdresser for
many years and a member
of the Mass Egg Decorating Guild. Also survived
by 8 grandchildren, 25
great grandchildren and
many, many nieces and
nephews. Should friends
desire, memorial contributions may be made
in Rosalie’s name to the
Sisters of the Blessed
Sacrament. 1663 Bristol
Pike, Bensalem, Pa 19020.
M. ‘Julie’ (Guerriero),
in Dorchester, formerly
of South Boston. Beloved
wife of John O. Loving
mother of Julia M. Anderson and her late husband
Stephen of Saugus, Diane
M. and her husband Ray
Hanson of Hollis, NH, William J. and his wife Diane
Scannell of Quincy, and
Kathleen J. O’Brien and
her late husband Patrick
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“Close to Home”
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Cancer Conference
“The Art of Living Life Beyond Cancer,” Friends
of Mel Foundation, at the Quincy Marriott Hotel,
on Sat., Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $25
pp, with scholarships available.
Dor Substance Abuse Coalition
“Active Parenting Now,” for parents of children
5-12 years, Sept. 6, 13, and 20 (dates corrected), all
Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Neighborhood House
Charter School, 21 Queen St.; free light dinner and
free child care. Call 617-533-2234 for info.
Become a member by sending dues to Friends of
the Adams St. Library, c/o M. Cahill, 67 Oakton
Ave., Dorchester, 02122. Family membership is $5;
individuals, $3; seniors, $1; businesses, $10; and
lifetime, $50.
Codman Square Neighborhood
Codman Square Neighborhood Council meets the
first Wed. of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Great
Hall of the Codman Sq. Health Center, 6 Norfolk
St. Info: call 617-265-4189.
Irish Social Club
Dance: Sept. 9, Noel Henry Showband; Sun., Sept.
16, Erin’s Melody; Sun., Sept. 23, Fintan Stanley,
and Fri., Sept. 28, Fenian Sons and DJ George
Manning, a fundraiser for the West Rox. Business
District (to defray Christmas/Holiday decorations).
Sun., Sept. 30, no dance. Music begins at 8 p.m.;
donation, $10 pp.
Savin Hill Yard Sale
Cedar Grove Cemetery
On the banks of the Neponset
Inquiries on gravesites are invited.
Cemetery Office open daily at
920 Adams St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
Telephone: 617-825-1360
“Caring for your life’s journey...”
Savin Hill Neighborhood Yard Sale, Sat., Sept.
8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. See further info and map at:
[email protected] Raindate: Sun.,
Sept. 9.
Temple Shalom
The temple has relocated; the office, 38 Truro
Lane, Milton; the mailing address, P.O. Box 870275,
Milton, MA 02187; and the sanctuary, The Great
Hall, 495 Canton Ave., Milton. The phone number
remains the same: 617-698-3394 or e-mail: [email protected] for info.
Divine Mercy Celebration
The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy celebrate the
Eucharist in honor of Divine Mercy on the third
Friday of each month, at St. Ann’s in Dorchester,
with Exposition at 6 p.m., Chaplet of Mercy at 6:30
p.m., and Mass at 7 p.m. The next Divine Mercy
Friday will be Sept. 21. For further info: call the
Sisters at 617-288-1202, ext. 114.
First Parish Church
The church welcomes donations of food and
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Service times and directions at:
ber of the Castle Island
Association Choral Group.
Julia enjoyed sewing,
crocheting, and spending
time with her family. Donations in Julia’s memory
may be made to Marian
Manor Nursing Home,
130 Dorchester St., South
Boston, MA 02127 or the
Castle Island Assoc., P.O.
Box 342, South Boston,
MA 02127.
Neighborhood Notables
Adams St. Library
of Abington. Sister of the
late Francis ‘Dick’ Guerriero and Angelina ‘Ann’
Abbruzzese. Devoted
grandmother of Eric,
Tamara, Jill, Nathan,
Erin, Patrick, Michael,
Jaclyn, Sean, Casey,
Kelly, and Christine.
Great-grandmother of
Olivia, Haylee, and Leif.
Survived by many nieces
and nephews. Late mem-
Docket No. SU12C0271CA
Suffolk Probate and Family Court
24 New Chardon Street
PO Box 9667, Boston, MA 02114
in the MATTER of
In the County of SUFFOLK
A petition has been presented by
Keena Villard requesting that Donald
Jerome Williams, Jr. be allowed to
change his name as follows:
Donald Jerome Villard
If you desire to object thereto, you or your attorney must file a written appearance in said Court at Boston on or before ten o’clock in the MORNING (10:00
AM) on November 1, 2012.
Witness, HON. JOAN P. ARMSTRONG, First Justice of this Court.
August 27, 2012
Sandra Giovannucci
Register of Probate
Docket No. SU12C0289CA
Suffolk Probate and Family Court
24 New Chardon Street
PO Box 9667, Boston, MA 02114
in the MATTER of
In the County of SUFFOLK
A petition has been presented
by Jillian R. Kimbrel requesting that
Jillian Rachel Kimbrel be allowed to
change her name as follows:
If you desire to object thereto, you or your attorney must file a written appearance in said Court at Boston on or before ten o’clock in the MORNING (10:00
AM) on September 20, 2012.
Witness, HON. JOAN P. ARMSTRONG, First Justice of this Court.
August 20, 2012
Sandra Giovannucci
Register of Probate
clothing for the needy each Sunday. Pot-LuckFamily-Fun-Night, the first Fri. of each month, 6
p.m., in the parish hall. The church is located at 10
Parish St., Meetinghouse Hill.
St. Ambrose Church
Fr. Paul Clougherty is now in residence at Marian
Manor in South Boston. Sovereign Bank is allowing
parishioners attending Sunday Mass to park in their
parking lot while at Mass. Annual Irish-American
Dance/Raffle. on Sun., Sept. 30, 3 to 8 p.m., at Florian
Hall. The committee welcomes help.
St. Ann Church
Lucky Thousand Drawing, the second Monday
of each month in the school cafeteria, at 7 p.m.
Voice, piano, guitar, violin, and viola lessons are
now available. See the flyers at the rear door of the
church. Kick Ball, 2 to 4 p.m., at Garvey Park, at the
outdoor rink; open to boys and girls in Grades 4 to
8., sponsored by St. Ann’s and the Leahy/Holloran
CC. The Wallace Memorial Golf Tournament, Sat.,
Sept. 8, Norwood Country Club; teams of four, $100
per person. Call 617-825-7538 or 617-947-9299.
St. Brendan Church
Men’s clothing for the Long Island Shelter is still
needed for the Long Island Shelter for the Homeless:
shirts, pants, sweatshirts, sweaters, coats, jackets,
rainwear, footwear, belts, hats, and white sox. The
Food Pantry is in great need for non-perishable food.
Please be generous. Pancake Breakfast, Sun., Sept.
16, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in Fr. Lane Hall; $5 pp or
$10 per family. Disco Dance Party, for those 21 and
older, Sat., Sept. 22, from 7:30 p.m. to midnight,
Cover charge #10, with a cash bar. The annual
Cocktail Party, Sat., Oct. 13; mark your calendar.
Hospitality Sunday, Sun., Sept. 9.
St. Christopher Church
Sunset dinner cruise, to celebrate Fr. George’s
birthday and his 41 years at St. Christopher’s, on
Tues., Sept. 18, with a buffet dinner at the dock at
6 p.m., and then sailing from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are
$100 pp, with validated parking ($8) at the Seaport
Hotel. If 300 tickets are sold, the church will have its
own reserved deck. Make reservations early so that
the deck may be reserved. The monies raised will
go for much-needed repairs to the church property.
Corporate sponsors are most welcome. Call Louise
at 617-834-9127. Small faith groups, on Thurs., 2
to 3:30 p.m., in English, and at 11 a.m. on Sun., in
Spanish. The Rosary, each Wed., in Spanish, at 6 p.m.
St. Gregory Parish
The Prayer Group meets each Wed., 7:30 p.m.;
enter by the side door across from the rectory garages.
There will be no Eucharistic Adoration for July and
August. 150th Anniversary Celebration of the parish,
on Sat., Oct. 20, at the 4 p.m. Mass, with Cardinal
Sean O’Malley. A gala celebration will follow in
Florian Hall. Gala 150th Anniversary Breakfast
Celebration, on Sun., Oct.21. following the 9 a.m.
Mass. Legion of Mary, each Sunday following the 9
a.m. Mass. The Sacrament of Holy Anointing, on the
first Sat. of each month, following the 4 p.m. Mass.
Those wishing to receive the sacrament should sit
in one of the front pews. Baptism is held the second
Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. Instruction for the
parents and godparents is held on the first Sunday
of each month, following the 10:30 a.m. Mass in the
upper church.
St. Mark Parish
A small Food Pantry has been set up by the St.
Vincent de Paul Society; come to the rectory on the
third Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
to receive a bag of groceries. Items needed are toilet
tissue, paper towels, cleaners (Ajax, SOS, etc.,) and
shampoos, soaps, etc. A Holy Hour, each Monday,
from 6 to 7 p.m., in honor of Our Lady of Fatima,
in the church.
Knights of Columbus
Redberry Council #107, Columbus Council #116,
and Lower Mills Council #180 merged into a new
Dorchester Council #107, with meetings held the
second Wed. of each month at the V.F.W. Post,
Neponset Ave., at 7 p.m. (earlier starting time).
Info: contact Mike Flynn at 617-288-7663.
September 6, 2012
The Reporter
Reporter’s Calendar
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Thursday, September 6
• Primary election day in the city of Boston. Polls
open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, September 8
• Savin Hill Neighborhood Yard Sale 9 a.m.-3
p.m. Rain date: Sept. 9.
• Mattapan Community Health Center’s annual
Health Revival, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 249 River St.,
Mattapan. Health screenings, door prizes, spiritual
inspiration, complimentary prostate screenings for
all men 39 and over. Contact Sharon Callender, RN,
MPH, at 617-898-9053.
• Part of BNAN’s horticultural series Seed, Sow
& Grow, Extending Your Growing Season will take
place from 10 a.m.– 12 noon at the City Natives, 30
Edgewater Drive, Mattapan. Learn how to grow
cool season vegetables through the fall and into
the winter. Registration is required. Call BNAN at
617-542-7696 or visit • Network for entrepreneurs and small business
people, 10 a.m. at Codman Sq. Library, 690 Washington St., Dorchester. Monthly workshops/panels of
small business experts provide information to help
you improve your business/launch your business
idea and networking time with other small business
people. Free. September topic is Small Business
Financing with U.S. Small Business Admin. RSVP to
[email protected] or Owen Toney at 617-427-6293.
Sunday, September 9
• Join in the fun of making and sampling freshly
pressed apple cider from organic apples picked from
the on-site historic orchard on Parker Hill. Near
the McLaughlin Playground in Mission Hill from
4 to 6 p.m. • The Apple Cider Harvest Festival is sponsored
by the McLaughlin Stewards the Boston Natural
Areas Network and the Urban Wilds Council
Monday, September 10
• Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of
the new Mattapan Community Health Center, 1575
Blue Hill Ave., 11 a.m.
Thursday, September 13
• Boston Natural Areas Network and the Boston
Garden Council hosts a free panel discussion on
Community Garden Leadership. Join community
gardeners from around the city as they share ways
in which they have made their gardens a vital part
of the surrounding community. Free and open to the
public. 6 to 8 p.m. at the office of Boston Natural
Areas Network, 62 Summer Street, Boston, MA
02110. Registration is required! To register please
contact BNAN at 617-542-7696 or emailing at [email protected]
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Learn all about the equipment, skills and ingredients you need to start safely canning vegetables at a
special program on Saturday, September 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at ABCD’s Family Service Center, 535
River Street, Mattapan. Register by calling: 617-546-7696 or emailing: [email protected]
Friday, September 14
• 6 p.m. Last Fresh Friday event for 2012
14: Community Bounty/Community Beauty--Final
Banquet under the Stars. Join in a celebration of
the essence of Dorchester through diverse voices,
talents and flavors! First Parish in Dorchester, 10
Parish St. on Meetinghouse Hill, Dorchester. Suggested donation: $5. Co-sponsored by: the Dorchester
Community Food Co-op and the Sustainability Guild
Saturday, September 15
• Learn all about the equipment, skills and ingredients you need to start safely canning vegetables from
the garden, so you can enjoy your harvests all year
long. As part of its ongoing commitment to health and
wellness education, Boston Natural Areas Network
along with partner, Cooking Matters, is offering a
special free program, Preserve the Harvest, from
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 part of the Tastes of the
Garden/Healthy Cooking Workshop Series. This
program will be held at ABCD, 535 River Street,
Mattapan. Registration is required and registering
early is recommended. Register by calling: 617-5467696 or emailing: [email protected]
• Forum on “State of the Safety Net” will be held
from 3-6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 633 Center
Street, Jamaica Plain. Speakers from local orgs will
report on legal services, family crisis, food services,
homelessness prevention and more. Contact Dottie
Stevens, 617-298-7311 or [email protected]
Sunday, September 16
• Dorchester Historical Society hosts a 2 p.m. talk
by Dr. Tom Melvin about his novel Danny’s Tavern:
A Collection of Neighborhood Stories, 1935-1975. Join
us to hear what life was like for the characters in the
book from the Depression through the changes of the
60s and 70s. 195 Boston Street, Dorchester.
Wednesday, September 19
• Carney Hospital hosts free forum for families
caring for loved ones suffering from Dementia,
6-8 p.m. Riseman Lecture Hall, 1st Floor, 2100
Dorchester Ave.
Thursday, September 20
• The next monthly meeting of the Boston State
Hospital Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) will be
held this evening from 6-8p.m. at the Foley Building,
249 River Street, Mattapan, MA. Members of the
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THE Reporter September 6, 2012
Boston, Dorchester share a special anniversary tomorrow
By Sharon Ng
Special to the Reporter
Dorchester celebrates
its original settlement
by English Puritans
each year with a blowout party and parade
that we modern-day
city dwellers know affectionately as Dot Day.
The all-neighborhood
celebration falls on the
first Sunday in June—
roughly marking the
day that Pilgrim ships
landed on the coast near
Savin Hill.
But it took a few months
for Dorchester and its
neighboring communities, including Boston,
to get better organized
and officially named.
A special commemoration of that momentous
day —382 years —ago
will be held on Friday,
Sept. 7. Churches in
Boston, Dorchester and
Watertown will ring in
the birthday at 4:30 p.m.
when all the bells will toll
“The church bells ring
T installs ‘countdown’
clocks on Red Line
The MBTA is unveiling two technological innovations this month. On Sept. 1, which marked the
115th birthday for the Boston subway system, was
the first day when a countdown clock for incoming
trains went into effect on the Park Street Red Line
platform. And next week, a pilot group of 100 people
will be able to use a mobile phone ticketing system
for the commuter rail.
Boston’s commuter rail will be the first train
system in the country to use mobile ticketing, which
will allow users to buy a digital ticket that can be
shown to the conductor using a mobile phone. “We’re
proud to lead the country,” Transportation Secretary
Richard Davey told reporters on Friday.
The MBTA hopes to roll out the commuter rail
digital ticketing system-wide by the end of the year,
according to an MBTA official. Davey said 100 people
was the right amount for the pilot. “It’s manageable.
Obviously we want to be sure that we get it right,”
he said.
The countdown clocks, which use existing display
boards to broadcast the amount of minutes and
seconds until a train’s arrival will be added to
different Red Line stations one at a time. South
Station received the countdown clocks on Aug. 15
and Downtown Crossing will be the next station to
have them put into use. - A. Metzger/SHNS
at that time because
we learned that 4:30 in
military time is 1630,
which is also the year it
happened,” said Karin
Turer, spokesperson for
Boston Charter Day,
which organizes events
in commemoration of
September 7, 1630.
A group of Puritans
elected to abandon the
name “Trimountaine”,
the name they used
originally to describe
the three mountains on
the peninsula of what
we now call Boston. They
chose the name Boston
from a town inn eastern
England. The settlers
of Dorchester — which
first was known by the
Native name Mattapan— adopted its name
from another town back
home in England. And
the towns on the Charles
River became known as
The participating
Dorchester churches
in Friday’s afternoon
bell-ringing will include
First Parish Church, All
Saints Episcopal and St.
Mark’s Parish.
“These churches
represent different
backgrounds,” said Will
Holton, founder and
president of the Partnership of the Historic
Bostons, which hosts
Boston Charter Day
events. “Dorchester is
a pretty big area, so the
bells will be heard all
over Dorchester.” MBTA
New Commuter Rail Procurement
Informational Meeting
Diversity Outreach
The MBTA’s Office of Diversity
and Civil Rights is hosting an
Informational Meeting regarding
the MBTA’s New Commuter
Rail Procurement. This event
will be a great opportunity
for disadvantaged business
enterprises (DBEs), minorityand women-owned business
enterprises (MBEs/WBEs) and
other small businesses to learn
Rail Procurement Contract
(one of the MBTA’s largest
procurements in its history)
opportunities for contractors,
suppliers and other
Date and Time:
September 13, 2012
9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. (EDT)
State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
2nd Floor
Conference Rooms 1&2
At: http://mbtacommuterrail.
by September 10, 2012.
Space is limited.
For more information:
please contact
Kenrick W. Clifton at
[email protected]
Bostonians are welcome to a free birthday
celebration at Reader’s
Park, which is the plaza
across from the Old South
Meeting House. It will
feature a huge birthday
cake donated by Roche
Bros. The first 50 children
to arrive will be given
bells to ring.
A free guided walking tour of the Boston
Founders trail will follow,
but reservations must
be made online at bcd2012friday.eventbrite.
com. These activities
will kick off a series of
free weekend-long events
taking place Sept. 20-24
when Boston Charter
Day continues.
“History books go from
the Mayflower to the
Revolutionary War,” said
Holton. “It’s as if nothing
happened in between.
Boston Charter Day
events educate people
on this forgotten time
Echoed Turer: “Boston
Charter Day is a way to
tell these stories of when
Boston was being settled
by English people.”
She added: “Every year
we have a theme for
these events. This year
the theme is Women
in Early Boston. We’re
celebrating women of the
17th century. This theme
was inspired by Anne
Bradstreet. She was a
poet and quite outspoken.
This year would have
been her 400th birthday.”
The first event in the
lineup is called “Bringing the Worlds of 17thCentury Massachusetts
Women to Life,” which
will feature two role
players from Plimoth
Plantation. They will
perform in character as
women from that time
period. It will take place
Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at
First Church, Boston in
the Back Bay. Reservations are required at “I’m really excited for
the event on Sept. 20,”
said Holton. “It will
portray what it was like
to be a rich woman and
a poor woman, what it
was like to deal with the
men, to take care of the
“A 17th-Century Walking Tour of Women’s
Boston” will take place
on Sept. 22. This guided
walking tour will be led
by the Boston Women’s
Heritage Trail Association. It was specially
created for the Boston
Charter Day celebrations. This tour is most
appropriate for teenagers
and older. Reservations
are required online
at bcd2012saturday. Space
is limited to 20 people
per tour. Tours will take
place at 10 a.m., noon
and 2 p.m.
A nondenominational
service at 11 a.m. on Sept.
23 will feature a sermon
titled “Women’s Roles
in the Religious Life of
Early Massachusetts”
by associate minister
Rosemary Lloyd at First
Church, Boston. It will
be followed at 1 p.m. by
a guided walking tour
of the Boston Founders
Trail, which will be led
by Will Holton. The tour
will cover individuals
and places of importance
in the early decades of
Boston’s history. Reservations are required at
Finally, at 6:30 p.m. on
Sept. 24, a panel discussion called “Stirring the
Pot: Women in Early
Massachusetts” will
explore the special role
of women in creating and
sustaining community.
Panelists are Charlotte
Gordon, author, poet
and assistant professor
of English at Endicott
University in Beverly,
Mass., and Cornelia H.
(Nina) Dayton, author
and assistant professor of
history at the University
of Connecticut in Storrs,
Conn. The moderator is
Jonathan L. Fairbanks,
director of the Fuller
Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass. and curator
Emeritus of the Museum
of Fine Arts in Boston.
The panel discussion will
take place at the Old State
House on State Street in
Boston. Reservations are
required at
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