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Crisscrossing Dorchester and Mattapan, an attentive traveler can still pick out the movie houses that dotted the neighborhoods from the 1910s into the 1980s. One by one, they closed over the years, victims of the onset of television and dropping ticket... Read more
There’s a new one-stop website for the city’s 20 main streets districts. The portal— bostonmainstreets.org— launched this week and is “designed to unify the network of Main Streets districts and provide a one-stop-shop of information for residents,... Read more
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) says that the flu season has started earlier than usual and recommends that people take steps to prevent the spread of flu. “Every flu season is different, but usually cases of influenza reach their... Read more
The Dorchester Food Co-op took a big step into its future last month with the hiring of Christian Perry as its new director. A graduate of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis and a former Peace Corps volunteer, Christian began... Read more
Mike Ritter moved to Boston in late 2002 and has been exploring ever since. He started Ritterbin Photography in 2005 and has done work for organizations and foundations like the Martin Richard Foundation, Goodwill, Greater Ashmont Main Street, Citizen... Read more
Updated Dec. 15, 12:45 p.m. with council vote A medical marijuana dispensary proposed for a 6,000 square-foot, free-standing building at 50 Clapp St. was the subject of a city council hearing last week. The proponent, Aidan O’Donovan, and his company,... Read more
A Dorchester student-athlete is being recognized for his leadership on and off the gridiron this season. Mike McDonough, a senior at Braintree’s Thayer Academy, recently earned First Team All League honors and was awarded the Seymour Stadfeld Award for... Read more
For some Boston parents, the list of next school year’s “bell times” dropped like a bomb last Thursday night. This year, the opening bell at the Henderson School in Dorchester rings at 8:30 a.m. Next year, it will ring at 7:15. And that will make mornings... Read more
He already has decades of community activism under his belt, but longtime Dorchester community leader Dr. Rev. Bill Loesch is focused on his next project. “Our goal is to convince the mayor to make an executive decision that all stores in Boston will no... Read more
Bank robbery suspect
The FBI's Bank Robbery Task Force reports it's looking for a man it says held up the Metro Credit Union branch at 1071 Massachusetts Ave. around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. He's described as white, about 5'4" and wearing a dark jacket, khaki pants, white... Read more
Architect's rendering of 233 Hancock St.
The Board of Appeal on Tuesday approved developers' plans to replace two auto-body shops at 233 Hancock St., near Pleasant Street, with a five-story, 36-unit apartment building that would also feature space for an art gallery. Benjie and Dan Moll would... Read more
Carney Hospital has earned high marks for patient care again from The Leapfrog Group, a national hospital watchdog organization. For the third time in four years, Carney has been ranked as a “top general hospital,” one of just 44 in the nation to earn... Read more
Aiming for the construction of 135,000 new housing units by 2025, the Baker administration on Monday heralded $10 million in incentives to encourage cities and towns to promote development within their borders. Gov. Charlie Baker also proposed legislation... Read more
District 4 City Councillor Andrea Campbell announced last Saturday that she has secured the support of all of her colleagues to be the next president of the Boston City Council. When her fellow councillors vote her into the presidency in January, Campbell... Read more
A Suffolk County grand jury on Friday indicted four people in connection with a murder on the Southeast Expressway and another in a Dorchester house: The alleged murderer and his mother, sister and a Boston cop, who are accused of trying to help him evade... Read more
Former state Sen. Brian Joyce was arrested Monday and charged in a federal indictment, the FBI said. Joyce, a Milton Democrat, did not seek re-election last year after the launch of a federal probe into his alleged actions in the Senate to benefit his... Read more
Glendale Street fire
The Boston Fire Department reports ten people were displaced by a fire at 16 Glendale St. in Dorchester Thursday night. Firefighters responded around 9 p.m. to the fire, which caused an estimated $250,000 in damage. There were no injuries, the department... Read more
Boston Police issued a call for help in finding a 28 year-old Boston man who is described as a "suspect" in the Oct. 29 shooting death of a South Boston man in Columbia Point. The victim, 30 year-old Davis Cole, was found shot to death outside 7 Peninsula... Read more
It’s officially the season to celebrate: snow is in the forecast and various holiday parties are popping up all over the neighborhood (and beyond). It’s a great time to join your friends and neighbors to celebrate all the wintery happenings- even with... Read more
Remember when “checks and balances” were considered a good thing. Countervailing forces were viewed as a means to maintain a healthy equilibrium. Now, a time when right is equivocal and wrong has morphed into “inappropriate” or “unacceptable,” may be a... Read more

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