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Event: Hometown Comfort XOXO

Event: Hometown Comfort

Our neighborhood is forever changed by the tragedy of April 15.  Dorchester is a community of action and determination and despite our grief and shock we are compelled to act.  We can all make a difference on May 19, 2013 at Hometown Comfort, a day for our community to honor victims and first responders by collecting needed blood for the Red Cross, raising money for The One Fund-Boston, and supporting one another with the embrace of a hometown. All proceeds benefit onefundboston.org.

The host committee includes: Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Mike and Kitty Dukakis, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino,University of Massachusetts Chancellor J. Keith Motely, Boston Globe Publisher Christopher M. Mayer, New England Council President Jim Brett and Author Dennis Lehane.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening event is Tom Ashbrook host of  NPR’s “On Point”  from WBUR Boston.

The Red Cross will conduct a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. inside the IBEW Hall at 256 Freeport Street in Dorchester. From noon to 4 p.m., in an outdoor event tent, there will be games, food, raffles, and other activities for adults and children. Admission is $25 per family. From 6-9 p.m., the tent will be converted for an evening of comfort food, live entertainment, and a live auction. At least 20 restaurants and caterers are expected to participate. Admission is $75 per person. Buy tickets HERE.

Dot iPhone covers

Designer, Michelle Competiello  started her design business 2 years ago, specializing in print design; invitations; flyers; posters; etc. She designed a typographic poster that listed all the major places from her hometown,Milton, and got a huge response. So she followed up with one for Newport and then South Boston -places she’s lived in over the years.

Designer of the Dot iPhone case, Michelle Competiello

Designer of the Dot iPhone case, Michelle Competiello

She was repeatedly getting requests for other cities and towns so she just *knew* the next one would have to be Dorchester! Her father is originally from Savin Hill and some of her college roommates are from Dot too, so she’s quite familiar with Dot hot spots and vernacular.  She tells us that  iPhone Dorchester cases are the most popular of the bunch, so order quick!

Thanks to Dottie Hotties reader, Sean Wheeler, for sending us into this great find on Etsy.


Twenty Four


WHAT: Assorted Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese candies

WHERE: Truong Thinh II Super Market, 1305 Dorchester Ave (between Linden St & Lyon St)

HOW MUCH: $1.99 +

FOR: Last minute stocking stuffers that will bring cheer to anyone who loves chewy; gummy; fruity candies!

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Twenty Three


WHAT: A pound of Flat Black Coffee (roasted in Lower Mills) and a stylish travel mug make a great last minute gift combo

WHERE: Any Flat Black Coffee location (Ashmont, Lower Mills, Downtown…)

HOW MUCH: $15 for a bag of Timor and $14.95 for the mug

FOR: New parents who need all the extra energy they can get!

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WHAT: Milk Chocolate Cashew Turtles

WHERE: Phillips Candy House aka Boston’s Oldest Chocolatier

HOW MUCH: A one pound box up to $25

FOR: We’re having a hard time thinking of anyone who wouldn’t like receiving a box of these!

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Piles of delectable handcrafted milk chocolate Turtles at Phillips Candy House in Dorchester



WHAT: The Gift Of Song…make a donation (in the name of your gift-receiver) to Boston City Singers, whose vision is to provide the highest level of musical training and wide–ranging performance opportunities to young people, to inspire personal development, celebrate diversity and foster goodwill within our city and surrounding towns.

WHERE: BostonCitySingers.org or donate in person at the ‘Dorchester Winter Stars’ concert (December 16) at the Holy Family Church or the ‘Christmas at Ashmont’ event (December 18) at The Parish of All Saints.

HOW MUCH: Over 85% of the members of Boston City Singers receive financial aid each year, making your generous support so essential! $10, $20 or even $30 can go a long way towards making a difference in a child’s life. Your tax-deductible gift helps to develop our city’s youth – many of whom live in Boston’s at-risk neighborhoods – and support a unique cultural institution.

FOR: Boston City Singers alumnae or anyone who loves music. Maybe make a tradition amongst extended family to choose a non-profit or charity instead of exchanging gifts! Everyone learns about a new organization and no one goes home with another *special* Christmas sweater.

Some of the Boston City Singers

Some of the Boston City Singers