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Longfellow Street is in the Fifth Suffolk House District of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (or the General Court, as they say on Beacon Hill). Currently our representative is Carlos Henriquez. He has recently been sentenced to serve six... Read more

The co-chairs of the Ward 15 Democratic Committee sent the following letter to Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo on January 21, 2014:

Dear Speaker DeLeo:

We are writing as residents of the Fifth Suffolk District and as co-chairs of the... Read more

The War on Poverty is in the news because this year marks the 50th anniversary of its launch by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. The offensive gave us Medicare for affordable health care for the elderly, Medicaid for affordable health care for poor... Read more

At one time, I decried the size of government, its costs and inefficiencies. On further reflection, I have come to the conclusion the “common good” may require the acceptance of large numbers of public sector workers who, in the private sector, would... Read more

Longfellow Street runs down the back of Meeting House Hill, which is often the neighborhood identifier that I use to locate our street in conversation with people from other parts of the Dorchester.

Meeting House Hill is also part of the... Read more

We recently got off the train after 18 chemo treatments, pulling into Remission Junction with the hope it will be a long stay. Many got off in good spirits as an unfortunate few were boarding the train, desperately hoping to return.

It was like... Read more

Longfellow Street is politically in Ward 15 (Precinct 7, to be exact). It is a fairly heavy turnout street on election days and people pay attention to candidates going back to the days when almost all of the voters around here were Irish greenhorns... Read more

One year ago today, families across America saw the carnage in Newtown broadcast on the nightly news. Yet one year later, politicians in Washington have failed to protect the American people.

The epidemic of gun violence continues to... Read more

I have found over my many years working in the senior living industry that holiday visits are often a wake-up call for adult children who realize their parent isn’t doing all that well living alone.

Although it can be tough facing the reality... Read more

John J. “Jack” Shaughnessy of Milton, retired president of Shaughnessy and Ahern Co. and Shaughnessy Crane Service, Inc., and a leading Catholic philanthropist, died last Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

Predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Mary E. (... Read more

Taking umbrage over the news that the government of France had singled out Dorchester as one place to be wary of in sending out an alert to its ambassador and consuls in the United States about the dangers from crime inherent in traveling in... Read more

It is hard to find anything uplifting in the long and tragic era of James “Whitey” Bulger. At last now, there is closure. He is best forgotten, which is easy for the curious and uninvolved but far more difficult for the families of victims and his own... Read more

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