Community Comment

More than 1,000 people gathered at Cedar Grove Cemetery on Monday morning for the traditional observance of Memorial Day. This year’s keynote speaker was Sergeant Major Kellyane O’Neil, a Dorchester native who is currently assigned to Womack Army... Read more

I have just finished “July 1914,” a detailed account of the events that led to World War I. Starting with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Hapsburg throne, at Sarajevo on June 28, 2014; the book documents the cascade of... Read more

Following is the text of remarks delivered by Rev. Jack Ahern, pastor of three Dorchester parishes, St. Peter’s, Holy Family, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta, at Mayor Thomas Menino’s last annual brunch, which was held on Sunday at the IBEW Hall on... Read more

These past two weeks, I have been asking my primary care pediatric patients and their families about how they are coping after the tragic marathon bombing. Most of the younger school-aged children recounted watching how their parents and caregivers... Read more

A week ago Monday our faith was shaken by the horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon. For many who were injured and maimed, their ordeal is just beginning and the healing process will be as physically, emotionally and spiritually painful as the... Read more

Usually when I tell someone I am from Dorchester, they ask,”Isn’t it dangerous?” I typically respond with a laugh and answer that “I couldn’t imagine being from anywhere else.” It’s almost an inside joke that only people from Dorchester get. Because... Read more

“The full emotional impact of an atrocity such as the Marathon bombing is only beginning to take hold. I know that for me, when disaster strikes, there’s usually a numbing disbelief. Then as the facts of the situation become clear there’s a rush of... Read more

Following are excerpts from an update letter sent via e-mail to those with a past or current association with the Saint William’s Scholarship Fund:
We want to let everybody know that we have changed the name of the fund from the... Read more

The woman of the house on a small street near Walsh Park in Dorchester’s Lower Mills neighborhood, the widowed mother of two young men, was down in the basement doing laundry chores one morning last week when she heard the mailman on the front porch.... Read more

I thought I was fine, but as I lay my head down on my pillow last night, the tears started flowing. I think of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who lived on Carruth Street, the same street where my grandparents lived for decades and just a short jaunt... Read more

The fight between Markey and Lynch
for a US Senate seat is mere child’s play
against the ‘good old days’ of Irish politics

It won’t be like the “good old days” of Boston Irish politics. No matter how many stiff jabs that Ed... Read more

They’ll be coming from around the world to celebrate the “Gathering” this summer in Ireland. Those with roots in the motherland are being summonsed home to celebrate their heritage.

“They all look like us,” will be the common observation as the... Read more

Boston families eagerly awaited a new plan to assign our children more equitably to seats in the public schools. The three-zone system had too many shortcomings, including no assurance that a child would be assigned to a high quality school in his or... Read more

Pope Francis has his work cut out for him. In a secular world, how does he reconcile Christian orthodoxy – more particularly Catholicism – with democracy, capitalism, gay rights, women’s rights, abortion, and a culture that sometimes seems obsessed... Read more