Dorchester takes its historic properties seriously, from the Clapp houses on Boston Street to the distinctive churches speckled throughout the neighborhood. Unless specifically noted as historic landmarks or parts of historic districts, however, the... Read more
The Boston Housing Authority’s oldest development, the Mary Ellen McCormack complex in South Boston, is slated to be converted to a 3,000-unit, modern, mixed-income, mixed-use community in a $1.6 billion renovation that could take up to a decade to... Read more
Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law Monday that insulates Massachusetts from federal changes to birth control coverage under Obamacare, protecting a woman’s right to free contraception in a move that supporters, including the governor, cheered as a message to... Read more
One of Doug MacKinnon’s most treasured possessions is a small plastic nativity scene. He was five years old when he bought it in Catholic school after rummaging through his father’s coat pockets and finding a handful of change. The simple figurine soon... Read more
(Editor’s Note: Due to popular demand, we are pleased to reprint Mary Casey Forry’s classic column about her schedule of activities around the house for Thanksgiving Day. This article first appeared in the Dorchester Reporter in November 1986.) 6:15 a.m... Read more
The MBTA on Monday moved towards overhauling its fare collection system to eliminate cash from its trolleys and buses and to give riders the ability to pay onboard with a credit card or smartphone, changes the T says will help keep the transit system... Read more
This season’s production of the Urban Nutcracker, now in its 17th year, includes a great line-up of Dorchester talent, including (above l-r), Ana Lucia Heebner, Hope Williams, Echo Kirke-Sofer, Benedicte Pierre Louis, Penelope Duff-Wender, Kyre Ambrose,... Read more
The newly-formed Boston ensemble The Bach Project will perform in their debut concert this Sunday, November 26 at 4 p.m. at The Parish of All Saints in Ashmont. Directed by All Saints’ organist and choirmaster Andrew P. Sheranian, the group of... Read more
Well, the holidays are officially upon us! This year I plan to show my gratitude for all I have by giving back to the people who make our neighborhood great. That means supporting our local merchants and businesses, especially on Small Business Saturday... Read more
District 4 City Councillor Andrea Campbell, now a new mother, is working remotely for the most part lately, but her staffers are out and about as the team gears up for the coming term, she said, having spent her first taking the measure of the district. “... Read more
Gov. Charlie Baker and state lawmakers are calling on the Trump administration to continue temporary immigration protections for people who fled their home countries during periods of instability. The Senate on Wednesday adopted a resolution calling on... Read more
Two days after fewer than one-third of eligible voters in Boston cast ballots in this month’s mayoral election, election reform advocates held a rally outside the State House and called on legislators to enact an Automatic Voter Registration (AVR)... Read more
With an early report expected to be released in the next month, researchers evaluating data from the Boston Police Department’s Body Camera Pilot Project are making the rounds to solicit feedback from community groups and offer updates on their progress... Read more
The Zoning Board of Appeal approved a controversial housing project at the corner of Pleasant and Pearl streets this week, giving the go-ahead to the construction of a 17-condominium building at the site of the Scally & Trayers funeral home. Giuseppe... Read more
The developers of Tom English bar and the Dorchester Market site told members of the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association on Tuesday night that they expect to file plans with the city for a mixed-use building that would be slightly lower in height and... Read more
Opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts declined by 10 percent in the first nine months of 2017 when compared to the same time period last year, the Department of Public Health reported Monday. The new data marks the second consecutive quarter that... Read more
Laren England will rock a bold, Kate Spade ensemble as she walks the American Music Awards’ red carpet this weekend. The 16-year-old from Dorchester— who performs as Laren Taylor— is still a junior in high school, but she’s poised for a big break in her... Read more
The Massachusetts House unanimously approved legislation Monday that would allow inmates in state jails and prisons to shorten their time behind bars by participating in rehabilitation programming, a major policy shift intended to reduce recidivism. The... Read more
Empowering People for Inclusive Communities (EPIC), a community service and leadership development group for youth with disabilities, held its fifth annual Boston Serve event on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Mildred Ave. K-8 School in Mattapan. EPIC’s group of... Read more
About a minute had passed since Gerard Doherty welcomed me into his office on Franklin Street in Boston, and he had already launched into one of his favorite stories about the Kennedy brothers, one involving Ted Kennedy and a bathtub in central... Read more


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