Dorchester

By - 1/16/09 - 8:05 am

Perish the thought!

Dignity begins and ends in Dorchester. Dorchesterites are proud for justifiable reasons. Often maligned and often overlooked as an afterthought, a swollen appendix easily excised, a blemish, a corral for Boston's citizens deserving the least consideration, Dorchester provides the muscle and the soul a world-class metropolis requires. It is a vital organ that buzzes a fugue of intertwined ambitions. Imagine if all Dorchesterites went on strike. Boston would shut down. Coffee would overflow unattended urns, hotel bedsheets wouldn't be changed, waste baskets wouldn't be emptied, bills wouldn't be paid on time and accounts receivable would languish unattended. Someone has to mind the store. The good people of Dorchester fill the roles they've been allotted and they do it with both vim and vigor. ...

By - 1/15/09 - 7:26 pm

The Boston Natural Areas Network is sponsoring a couple of sled-dog exhibits on Feb. 1: Get to watch sled dogs, well, mushing. They'll be mushing at Belle Isle Marsh off Bennington Street in East Boston from 10 to noon and at John Paul II Park off Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester from 2 to 4 p.m.

Only caveat: Don't bring your own dogs.

Via dotmass.

By - 1/14/09 - 3:02 pm

Boston Police are warning owners of Sidekick cell phones that thieves are out to get them. Police say 14% of all robberies in Boston - or 300 last year - involved the T-Mobile smartphones.

Police say they've shut two stores in recent days that may have been fencing stolen Sidekicks - Cellular Paging of JP, 420 Geneva Ave. in Dorchester, where detectives yesterday found 475 used Sidekicks, and G&M Electronics Wireless Store, 7 Blue Hill Ave., which had 71 used Sidekicks, including, police say, a stolen Sidekick it bought from an undercover detective.

Police add that almost all the thefts happen either before or after school.

By - 1/13/09 - 8:03 am

Local Spice posts a copy of a letter that somebody's been taping to doors on Auckland Street in Dorchester about saving parking spaces. "Your neighbor and friend" is very upset about people saving spaces before the snow even starts to fall and long after it starts to melt and sets out exact time periods in which it's fair to save spaces - and only after you've gone to the work of actually digging them out - and concludes:

To all of those who have been honest and respectful thus far, I thank you. To all of those who may have done the aforementioned "spot marking" faux pas, please make a fresh start this year and be a good neighbor by not doing it any more. Auckland Street will be a nicer place to live and we will have one more reason to say why Dorchester is better than Southie!! Have a great 2009!

Devotees of the sport of Boston winter parking will want to set aside a few minutes to read the whole thing.

Perhaps the czar can visit Glendower Road in Roslindale:

Dumb chair
By - 1/11/09 - 1:29 pm

Seek alternate routes, NECN advises.

By - 1/10/09 - 7:27 pm

Don't respond to their middle finger with one of your own - it's just what they'd expect. Instead, learn from Brian McPherson's experience with a couple of Massholes irate at his daring to cross Columbia Road in Dorchester in front of them:

By - 1/10/09 - 3:03 pm

What took the committed loyal listeners of WILD-AM such a long time to put up a MySpace webpage? Looks like some of them from the communities of "Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan" had enough of Touch FM, with some of the lies told by and protecting the guilty parties of City Councilor Chuck Turner and former State Senator Diane Wilkerson.

So it looks like WILD-AM has now stepped up to the plate. Thank God!!!
Now let's see if somebody will buy the radio station, keep Radio One and make 1090AM what it was and not what's left of it.

By - 1/7/09 - 11:48 pm

UPDATE: Arrests made.

Boston Police report a man and a woman, both 36, were shot at 96 Stanwood St. in Dorchester around 9:21 p.m. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, the woman was transported to Boston Medical Center for treatment.

This is Boston's first murder of 2009.

By - 1/7/09 - 8:59 am

When her trolley at Ashmont yesterday pulled up lame and then the dispatchers wouldn't let the next trolley roll into the station for some time, Cowbark refused to grumble and foot-stomp like everybody else:

Me? I was happy reading my magazine, and then put it away for a bit to take some photos. You know this is significant because I was also standing in the freezing cold and I still wasn't complaining!

By - 1/6/09 - 4:29 pm

The Globe reports homicide investigators are on scene on Judson Street. If it turns out to be murder, it would be Boston's first of the new year.

By - 1/5/09 - 10:24 pm

Whalehead King calls it the total number of pizzas made at Charlie's Pizza on Dorchester Avenue.

By - 1/5/09 - 9:43 pm

For the third year in a row, major crime in Boston decreased, according to statistics from the Boston Police Department.

Major crimes (attacks, robberies, break-ins and auto theft, basically) decreased 8.4% across the city in 2008. Murders in Area B (Roxbury and part of Dorchester) dropped dramatically, from 43 to 22, while car thefts and attempted car thefts were down 30% across the city.

However, murders doubled in Area C (the rest of Dorchester and South Boston), increasing from 11 to 22. And the number of people who got shot in Boston remained about the same - 323 people suffered gunshot wounds last year, compared to 325 in 2007. Also, the number of robberies and attempted robberies increased 7% citywide (although it dropped slightly in Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and West Roxbury).

2007 vs. 2006 numbers | 2006 vs. 2005 numbers

By - 1/5/09 - 7:23 pm

The Globe reports an 18-year-old male was stabbed around 3 p.m. today outside Jeremiah Burke High School.

By - 1/5/09 - 2:39 pm

The Herald runs down the gun-related charges now facing Isaac Thornton following an incident early Saturday at Dublin House on Stoughton Street.

Innocent, etc.

By - 12/31/08 - 12:48 pm

The Globe reports how a couple of Tuttle Street residents used a ladder to save a couple of residents trapped on the third floor by a fire at 56 Tuttle St. this morning. That's the same floor of the same building where Daniel Yakovleff was murdered this past January.

By - 12/31/08 - 10:19 am

Nat Hentoff, who grew up on the Roxbury/Dorchester line, went to Boston Latin and got excommunicated by three rabbis in Tewksbury, has just been let go by the Village Voice after writing about politics and jazz there for 50 years.

By - 12/28/08 - 10:44 am

That's how Larry Davidson describes C.F. Donovan's in Savin Hill:

... Try the Savin Hill scallops ("Jumbo Sea Scallops sauteed with sage butter, served over baby spinach and garlic mashed potatoes"), the French onion soup, the prime rib, the onion rings, the chicken bella boca, the grilled asparagus, and the burgers. ...

By - 12/26/08 - 2:01 pm

The Hartford Courant walks with Daniel Yakovleff's father along the new nature path in Ashford, CT named for Yakovleff, murdered earlier this year in Dorchester:

... Yakovleff pointed out that mosses have some of the prettiest flowers if you look really hard for the tiny blooms. Even with a windchill factor below zero, Yakovleff said he didn't feel cold. "Something else was keeping me warm," he said of the memories of his son.

Via Sam Baltrusis.

By - 12/26/08 - 1:49 pm

Boston Police report two women were shot early this morning outside a bar at Columbia Rd. and Stoughton St. in Dorchester.

Both victims managed to get themselves to Boston Medical Center, police say:

The victim stated that they were walking out the bar at the above location when they heard three to four gunshots coming from an unknown direction. One of the victims, a 31-year old woman, then told officer that she next felt a burning sensation in her back and her suspicions were confirmed by her friend. The other victim, a 22-year old woman, reported the same facts except for the fact that her knee was grazed by a bullet.

By - 12/23/08 - 1:40 pm

Boston Police report finding a man, 20, dead from gunshot wounds at 101 Brent St. in Dorchester around 10:35 p.m. yesterday.

2008 Dorchester murder map.