By - 3/27/16 - 4:48 pm
Granite Avenue bridge looking towards Dorchester

People who cross the Neponset River between Dorchester and Milton on Granite Avenue traverse a bridge that looks like, and is, a relic of the days when the Neponset River was a working river.

The nation's first railroad, built in 1826, ferried granite blocks from a Quincy quarry to a wharf on the banks on Gulliver's Brook, which is just upstream of the bridge, and from which the builders of the Bunker Hill Monument got their granite blocks.

Schooner being loaded with blocks from the Quincy railway (the three-wheeled thing is one of the "cars"- from the BPL's photo collection):

By - 3/24/16 - 2:00 pm

Around 1 p.m. on Devon Street just before Columbia Road.

By - 3/22/16 - 5:56 pm
Proposed apartment building near Ashmont MBTA station in Dorchester

Architect's rendering of 1943 Dorchester Ave.

A developer and a neighborhood business group have filed plans with the BRA for a 64-unit apartment building across from the Ashmont T stop in Dorchester. Read more.

By - 3/17/16 - 5:36 pm

A man was shot in the foot and a car damaged by a bullet when somebody opened fire on a group of men standing on Blue Hill Avenue around 5:25 p.m.

Blue Hill Avenue was shut on either side of Floyd so officers could collect shell casings.

By - 3/14/16 - 10:41 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a trial for a man who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in 2007 after his attorney incorrectly told him it would not subject him to deportation.

The state's highest court agreed with Kempess Sylvain, now being held in an ICE facility in Plymouth, that this "ineffective counsel" was an egregious enough mistake to overturn his plea and let him take his chances before a jury. Read more.

By - 3/12/16 - 4:05 pm

Buried in a Globe story about how the Allied War Veteran's Council is looking to sue the city over the route of the St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston (something they know quite a bit about) is this statement from the mayor's office:

Boston police are considering changes to the routes for the Dorchester Day Parade and the Bunker Hill Day Parade for public safety reasons as well, the statement said.

By - 3/12/16 - 3:50 pm

WBZ reports Frank Castro and 23 other people were arrested at a Tewksbury home:

The roosters had spurs attached to them, which police say was designed so more damage would be inflected during the fights.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/11/16 - 5:20 pm

WCVB reports Fernando Owens is back on US soil after being discovered in Santo Domingo, where he was hiding out after allegedly killing and immolating Ashley Bortner near train tracks in Bridgewater in November because he thought she had something to do with the murder of his son Dominic on Shepton Street in Dorchester.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/11/16 - 4:52 pm

Around 4:45 p.m. on Trull Street near Glen Street. Two parked vehicles were hit.

By - 3/10/16 - 11:42 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports T officials realize they need to spend the money even if they decide to just ditch the old PCC cars because replacing them will take time.

By - 3/9/16 - 8:48 pm
Neponset Circle by the Neponset River Bridge

Stanley Staco reports Boston and Quincy firefighters started searching the Neponset River Bridge - and the river under it - shortly after 8 p.m. They are now searching the water past the bridge in Dorchester Bay

Megs was among the drivers who got stuck in the resulting traffic jam at Neponset Circle.

By - 3/9/16 - 12:44 pm

Well, or did until word got out. WBUR takes us inside UP Academy Holland in Dorchester - a tough-love school still owned by the city but no longer controlled by BPS, where wiggling in your seat brings discipline and they even have a room for kiddie solitary confinement for the really tough eggs.

By - 3/5/16 - 2:33 pm
Scene where body in a car was found submerged in water

UMass search scene. Photo by Mary Cappuccio.

UPDATE: DA's office says the man was 25, from Lawrence, and that his death is not suspicious.

State Police report investigators are trying to determine how a man's body in a car wound up partially submerged in the water off Columbia Point. Read more.

By - 3/5/16 - 8:46 am
Fire scene at 380 Talbot Ave. in Dorchester

380 Talbot Ave. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire in a second-floor apartment at 380 Talbot Ave. early this morning left a woman dead.

The one-alarm fire, reported at 3:50 a.m. in the former Girls Latin School building, was confined to a single apartment, the department reports. Read more.

By - 3/3/16 - 10:46 pm

A pack of five teens who allegedly assaulted a letter carrier on his appointed rounds Tuesday afternoon are now being hunted by both Boston Police and US postal inspectors. Read more.

By - 3/3/16 - 4:40 pm

Diovanni Carter, who had a murder charge dismissed last year when the main witness against him died, was arrested on gun charges after a traffic stop early this morning, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report. Read more.

By - 3/3/16 - 7:29 am

The T is reporting signal problems between North Quincy and JFK/UMass on the Red Line.

At 7:21 a.m., Dave Curran reported he got on the train at Wollaston 30 minutes earlier and still hadn't reached JFK/UMass.

By - 3/1/16 - 9:14 am

Boston firefighters responded around 9 a.m. to 50 Barry St. for what became a two-alarm fire that started in the basement. The fire was declared knocked down about 25 minutes later.

The Boston Fire Department estimates damage at $200,000 and says the cause remains under investigation.

By - 2/29/16 - 7:46 am

A concerned citizen asks:

Dogs are off-leash in Ronan Park consistently. Most are friendly, but some are not. My dog doesn't get along with other dogs. So, I keep him on-leash at all times, but off-leash dogs (friendly or otherwise) charge him. This provokes fights. Can there be better enforcement of leash laws here?

By - 2/26/16 - 3:57 pm

The Dorchester Reporter chronicles the discovery last fall in a vacant warehouse on land slated to become a fancy new development.