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The best laid plans of expecting mothers and fathers often go awry. Joe and Kathleen Baker planned to have their fourth child by C-section, scheduled for Monday, May 22, at South Shore Hospital. But the baby must not have gotten that memo, because early... Read more
For a brief moment last week, Abdu Ahmad felt like he was being followed. Walking home last Tuesday from the Shawmut T stop, he turned around to see two men who looked about his age - twenty-six - behind him, and behind them a third one sat on a bicycle.... Read more
What is the value of a prom dress for a high school girl? The expensive dress might only get worn once, but the memories of that celebrated evening will last a lifetime. But for some high school girls, spending hundreds of dollars on a new dress is not... Read more
In what has become a monthly occurrence, Monday night's general meeting of the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association was marred by infighting and shouting matches, as a lingering dispute over the association's bylaws and voting rules continues to swirl.... Read more
After weeks of seeing his sweetheart only on TV, 17-year old Dorchester resident Chris Kowalski greeted his girlfriend, American Idol contestant Ayla Brown, in Hollywood last week. According to Jack Kowalski, Chris's father who accompanied his son to Los... Read more
At right: Bill Celester at a key crossroads of the Sixth Suffolk: Blue Hill Ave. and Morton Street. Photo for the Reporter by Don West It would seem, at first glance, that there are two Bill Celesters. On the one side is the tough-talking cop who won... Read more
Fields Corner Main Street received a $10,000 check from Neighborhood Health Plan, their new corporate buddy, at an annual winter meeting on Monday night. FCMS's previous corporate buddy, Keyspan, had provided a four-year sponsorship that expired at the... Read more
As work gets under way later this month on those other two big projects in Peabody Square, businesses are preparing to move into a new development at the corner of Banton Street and Dorchester Ave. The lot that lay empty on the corner of Banton Street... Read more
The fight against the controversial Biosafety Level 4 Lab, which is slated to be built in the South End starting later this month, is not yet over, according to activists opposed to the lab. Despite the recent announcement that the project had received... Read more
A week after State Representative Shirley Owens Hicks announced plans to retire after 20 years of service in the State Legislature, only one Sixth Suffolk constituent has definitively entered the November contest to replace her. By late Friday evening... Read more
Last month, at a hastily called press conference at the Alexander-Magnolia community room, elected officials and representatives from the Salvation Army proudly announced that Boston had been selected to receive $80 million in funding from the Salvation... Read more
There's restaurants and hardware stores, historic churches and schools, and a top-notch health center. The Bowdoin-Geneva business district has an impressive portfolio, but has long needed someone to manage those assets. Someone to encourage a diversity... Read more
Desperate from having lived through Boston's bloodiest year in a decade, residents of Bowdoin-Geneva repeatedly asked Eighth District Congressman Michael Capuano for his input on how the fight against gun violence on their streets could be won. The... Read more
Earlier this month BC High announced that it would add a seventh and eighth grade division to its existing high school on Morrissey Boulevard. The school will open its doors to those students in September of 2007, with each grade expected to enroll 100... Read more
Catholic Schools Week, the annual observance that will be launched this weekend at parishes around the neighborhood, promotes more than just open enrollment for prospective students. This year's agenda includes furthering the parents' involvement in their... Read more
Distraught at seeing their countrymen fall prey to drugs and violence, a group of young Cape Verdeans in Uphams Corner decided that they wanted to celebrate the positive aspects of their culture. "The violence that goes on has nothing to do with who we... Read more
An as-of-right proposal to construct a two-family duplex on Minot Street stirred long-standing passions about overcrowding in Dorchester at the Cedar Grove Civic Association's monthly meeting on Tuesday night. Stuart Schrier presented plans on behalf of... Read more
It was three nights before Christmas, but already on Bowdoin Street, the clip-clop of hooves could be heard above the din of the evening traffic. Come again? That's right: Hooves. But, instead of Dasher and Dancer, this Christmas brought Mumbo and... Read more
In a November 16 report to the Boston School Committee, Superintendent Thomas Payzant announced that the Grover Cleveland Middle School would be closed by 2008. The Cleveland is one of six local schools affected by the superintendent's "reuse and... Read more
The Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner has undergone a number of renovations and updates since the city of Boston took over management of the 87-year old property last July. This week representatives from the city's Department of Neighborhood Development led... Read more

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