Civics

Don't tell me The Globe's Not Here!

What will I do without The Globe? Am I supposed to carry my computer to the kitchen table each morning to get the news “on-line” before going to work? What about my lifetime ritual of going to the door and picking up the paper before I put on the coffee?

It’s too much to expect old timers like myself to cope with this new reality. I need the paper in my hands. I need to feel it, turn the pages, share it with my wife and even throw it in the recycle box.  Read more

Can The Globe survive online only? Outlook is dicey

The ink-on-paper broadsheet newspaper titled The Boston Globe, owned by the New York Times Co. since 1993, has been delivering information, analysis, and opinion to its readers for 137 years of wars and shaky peacetimes, of the Depression, recessions, and economic good times, introducing them to, among other things, the telephone, the electric light, the automobile, the plane, rockets and spaceships, radio, television, the computer, and, lately, the cyberspace entities that have set up shop as websites on the Internet.  Read more

St. Brendan’s pastor Father Fratus dead at 58

Fr. James Fratus: The well-loved pastor at St. Brendan's parish passed away after a battle with cancer on April 8, 2009.Fr. James Fratus: The well-loved pastor at St. Brendan's parish passed away after a battle with cancer on April 8, 2009.After a battle with cancer, Father James Fratus of St. Brendan’s Catholic Church passed away on Wednesday morning, April 8.  Read more

Hearing to focus on temporary shut-down at Murphy Center

City Councillor Maureen Feeney has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday evening (April 7) to scrutinize a plan that would temporarily close the Murphy Community Center for renovations this summer.  Read more

Lena Park head says CDC may keep community center

Interim director Bruce Blaisdell of the Lena Park CDC said this week that the CDC could potentially renovate its property at 150 American Legion Highway in Dorchester, a community center once known as the Hecht House.

The CDC is facing a deficit of around $1 million and is on the verge of signing a contract with Urban Edge, another CDC based in Roxbury, to administrate its education programs and affordable housing holdings.  Read more

Former state Rep. Richard Finnigan dead at 72

Richard Finnigan: Richard Finnigan of Savin Hill served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1972-1979. He died on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at the age of 72.Richard Finnigan: Richard Finnigan of Savin Hill served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1972-1979. He died on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at the age of 72.Richard Finnigan, a former three term Dorchester state Representative who was well known for his support of youth sports and the St. William's parish band, died Tuesday, March 31 at New England Medical Center. He was 72.  Read more

What fouled the Mildred Middle School site?

A curious septuagenarian caller, known to the Reporter but shy about putting her name in the paper, called in this week to question the previous existence of a dry cleaner on Mildred Avenue—where vapors from tetrachloroethylene, a.k.a: perc, were found inside a middle school last month.  Read more

Residents speak out after shooting shakes their street

Residents of Nelson Street — a sidestreet off of Morton Street along the Dorchester and Mattapan border — are interviewed in this video about a shooting incident last Friday night that left them shaken, but unhurt. Bullets whizzed into two homes, including one where a dad was watching TV with his two young kids and their cousins.  Read more

Time to support merchants who've invested in us

Suzy Orman, a personal finance pundit, was on national TV a while back suggesting that in these tough economic times people should stop eating out and stop drinking fancy lattes.  Her advice was to brown bag a lunch and to make your coffee at home.   Read more

City slashes funds for pre-school programs, parents fume

The funding for teachers at preschools for three- and four-year-olds in nine Boston Center for Youth and Families community centers has been cut for next year, potentially leaving hundreds of parents and toddlers in the lurch.  Read more