Without pain you do not legally get access to narcotic pain medication. For those predisposed to addiction, a complaint of severe pain is often enough. Maintaining a continuing supply or getting off the medication is more difficult. Drug companies and... Read more
The Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, Mitchell Chester, has recommended closing Dorchester Collegiate Academy (DCA) based on his assessment that DCA did not make “significant and sustained academic improvement” on English Language Arts (ELA) and... Read more
Facing a possibly dangerous situation when I was still young, I wrote a letter to my parents to be read posthumously. (How the young are attracted to drama!) In that letter I explained to my parents that I was going to an event where I might die and... Read more
I was out to dinner recently with a friend who said he agreed with Donald Trump’s views but was uncomfortable with the way he expressed them. Perhaps what he should have said is: “I used to agree with his views until I heard them expressed.” To harbor... Read more
Current events don’t seem as interesting after the death of a loved one. Much of the news of the day, viewed in the broader perspective of life’s fragility, seem trivial and inconsequential. The larger issues of the how and why of existence tend to get... Read more
The very first scene in “Spotlight,” the new movie detailing how The Boston Globe exposed the pedophile priest scandal, is set at the Area C-11 police station in Dorchester. It’s the mid-1970s. In one room, a priest sits alone; in a second room,... Read more
In Massachusetts, we imagine ourselves as a place where anyone – regardless of his or her race, zip code, income, or the language spoken at home – can succeed. Nowhere is this vision stronger than here in Dorchester, where families from every walk of... Read more
Apology is defined as “a regretful acknowledgment of an offense or failure.” In mid-September, in an appearance at the West End Museum, Brian Golden, director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) apologized to those who were driven out of the... Read more
And so it ends: On Halloween, the cancer train that carried my wife for over two years moved on as we sadly disembarked. Standing on the platform, there was a sense of relief that her tortuous journey had ended.
Now we prepared for the wake and... Read more
Ballou Avenue is one of those Dorchester streets that can easily be overlooked. Tucked along the Fairmount Line tracks to the southwest of Codman Square, it’s a residential street with some very nice homes.
But until recently, it was also home... Read more
The community health center movement in the United States may have had its beginning at Columbia Point, Dorchester, in 1965, but only after the idea had been conceived and executed more than 8,000 miles away.
In the late 1950s, H. Jack Geiger, a... Read more
The opening in 2013 of the Four Corners/Geneva commuter rail station has been a life-enhancing revelation for many of us who depend on public transportation to commute into Boston from Four Corners and neighboring communities.
Before the... Read more
It will be a party. A party in her honor.
Next Friday evening, 1803 Dot Ave. will be transformed into a place where Dorchester’s Florence Hagins will be celebrated. Florence passed away last March after years of activism that resulted in... Read more
Having had two rounds of chemotherapy, my wife is now beginning what she calls Plan C. She says. “I’ll continue treating for as long as they have letters in the alphabet or I’m too tired to go on.” It has now been two years since she was diagnosed with... Read more