On Campus, UMass Dorm Idea Gets Mixed Reaction

UMass Boston's emerging plans to build its first-ever student dormitories have sparked intense debate in adjacent neighborhoods. The reaction has been similar on campus, where student and faculty opinions are mixed with a healthy dose of skepticism  Read more

Team Spirit Propels St. Brendan's Girls to CYO Championship

It was a banner year for St. Brendan's Girls CYO softball and the Midgets were not the only show in town. The St. Brendan's Juniors (under age 19) were champions as well this year. The team consisted of a seasoned group of athletes who had seen the finals before, but had never won the championship.

There was a great deal of parity in the league with Gate of Heaven, St. Theresa, Sacred Heart & St. Brendan's knocking each other off during the regular season. The St. Brendan's girls finished with a 6-2 record and faced an experienced Sacred Heart team in the finals.  Read more

One Last Crossing: After 20 Years, Saint Ann's Says Goodbye to Gerry Canavan

On Friday, February 15th Saint Ann School in Neponset said goodbye to an old friend. Gerry (Shine) Canavan has been safely navigating school children across the busy intersection of Neponset Avenue and Ashmont Streets for the last twenty years.

But, do not call her a crossing guard.

"I am a civil servant," Gerry says. "I am a traffic supervisor, not a crossing guard, like everyone says."

Canavan currently lives in Quincy, but she is originally from Dorchester. She attended the John Marshall Elementary School and Jeremiah E. Burke High School.  Read more