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2017 was a year of rapid transition in Dorchester— some of it anticipated and for the better—like the newest link on the Neponset Greenway— and some of it unexpected and unwelcome, like the June fire that destroyed the six-story Treadmark building in... Read more
At $3.51 per pack, the cigarette tax in Massachusetts is considered high, but a new report places the Bay State among the states spending the least to prevent kids from smoking and to help smokers stop. The report, released by anti-smoking groups,... Read more
Four residents will serve as community representatives on a panel that will oversee allocations of funding from a tax surcharge for affordable housing, historic preservation, and green space. The city council approved the four in early December, tapping... Read more
Boston Police are investigating the shooting death of a man who was found shot to death early this morning near the corner of Hilltop Street and Lenoxdale Avenue, just off of Granite Avenue. Boston Police say they were called to the scene near the Martin... Read more
Boston Public School will not be implementing controversial new start and end times for the 2018-2019 school year, Superintendent Tommy Chang announced Friday morning. The proposed times prompted outcry from school communities and elected officials alike... Read more
Pushback to proposed changes to Boston Public School start times consumed a series of well-attended meetings across the city this week, as school community members fretted about potentially excruciating social and financial disruption for some of the... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh is slated to receive a major honor from his parents’ homeland. The Galway County Council proposed a motion earlier this week that would make Walsh an honorary “Freeman” and citizen of Galway County. "It is an incredible honor to be... Read more
Twenty teens from Dorchester and Mattapan were named to the 2018 Mayor’s Youth Council on Thursday, Dec. 14. The council includes 85 high school-aged youth from Boston who will counsel Mayor Walsh and the members of his administration on policy and... Read more
The Dorchester Running Club hosted its third annual Halfway to Dot Day 5K road race on Sat., Dec. 9 at Florian Hall and Pope John Paul II Park. Police Commissioner William Evans kicked off the race and hopped in to run after counting down the runners to... Read more
A 52-year-old Dorchester woman is facing a flurry of alleged tax-evasion charges brought against her by Attorney General Maura Healey. Deborah Manago was arraigned Wedneday in Suffolk Superior Court for her alleged involvement in “various unlawful tax... Read more
A proposal to allow local establishments to host acoustic performances without a permit or entertainment license is gaining traction in Boston City Hall in the wake of positive feedback from a yearlong pilot whose proponents are looking for a renewal that... Read more
There was action last week on the plan to transform the 2.57-acre MBTA parking lot in Mattapan Square into a sprawling mixed-use development. The first Impact Advisory Group meeting on the project on Thursday featured residents quizzing the team on... Read more
Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston who resigned in shame after its was exposed that he participated in a coverup of clergy abuse by shuffling priests between parishes, died Tuesday, the Boston Archdiocese announced. Law, 86, will be... Read more
Updated Dec. 21, 12:07 p.m. with completed sale price Third time is apparently the charm. The Boston Globe’s former headquarters on Morrissey Boulevard have been sold for $81 million to Burlington-based development company Nordblom Co., in partnership... Read more
A young man was shot to death near St. Peter’s Church on Tuesday evening. The victim— described as a teenager in some media reports— was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Boston Police, who responded to a call at 344 Bowdoin St. just after 7:15... Read more
Parents and school employees expressed forceful displeasure with a controversial plan to change the start times for Boston Public Schools at a packed meeting at the Mattapan Early Elementary School on Tuesday night. Officials say the plan has been put on... Read more
The family of a young man murdered at a Blue Hill Avenue gas station in 2011 is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his killer's arrest. Daniel Bunch, 22, was shot to death on Oct. 8, 2011 at the Mobil station in Mattapan Square. Police... Read more
Facing pushback from parents, advocacy groups, and some city councillors, the Boston Public Schools are open to reassessing their proposed start and end times for the 2018-2019 school year. The school department will host 10 public meetings to solicit... Read more
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

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