When they hear that I’m from Dorchester, new acquaintances tell me they know they are in my neighborhood when they see the painted gas tank as they drive along the Southeast Expressway. This shallow impression of Dorchester feels nearly as much of an... Read more
At a time when the nation faces severe financial depression, bank failures, and high unemployment, it should come as something of a consolation to recall that over the course of some 350 years New England has demonstrated an uncanny ability to adapt... Read more
I broke Babe Ruth’s home run record before Roger Maris did.
It was one year earlier, in point of fact, in 1960 at the tennis courts at Dorchester Park. Dorchester Park occupied a space between Gallivan Boulevard, Adams Street, and Dorchester... Read more
Last Saturday, the Dorchester native and famous jockey Chris McCarron stood again in the winner’s circle at Suffolk Downs Race Track’s 75th anniversary celebration.
During his long racing career, McCarron won 7,141 races and a record $264... Read more
There is strong opposition to a bill under consideration in the House that would restrict Massachusetts residents to buying only one gun a month. Filed by Governor Deval Patrick and supported by the law enforcement community, this modest effort is an... Read more
On Aug. 13, 1818, a girl named Lucy Stone was born. She was born on a farm in Massachusetts. Lucy loved to learn but was unhappy with the fact that she was not going to be educated. The only educated thing that she got to do was reading. She read... Read more
There is no denying that Senator John McCain is a true American hero. He was badly injured when shot down over North Vietnam and then endured five years of imprisonment, deprivation, and torture.
He said he “broke,” but if so, it was only after... Read more
As a newlywed in 1973, during a pretty deep recession, I got a job as a spray painter at the Raytheon factory in Waltham. At one point during the job-orientation process, the personnel clerk asked me, “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of... Read more
Derek Hunt says that the ABCD summer jobs program – which he has participated in since 2004 – has saved his life. “It’s kept me off the streets,’ he said. “The counselors encouraged me to stay in school. I saw what it meant to put in a day’s work and... Read more
April is National Minority Health month, and as the high from the passage of national health care reform begins to wind down and we are able to more clearly process this historic accomplishment, I want to take this time to reflect on our past... Read more
In these hard times, it’s up to us, Dorchester’s residents and to our city councillors to save the Lower Mills Library and services at all our branches. We need to count on our two Dorchester Councillors, Maureen Feeney and Charles Yancey, and our... Read more
What will my church do to confront the continuing scandal associated with the sexual abuse of children? In an effort to avoid scandal, church leaders were complicit in efforts to cover up not only serious crimes but also grievous sins.
... Read more
Many constituents have contacted my office over the past few weeks, concerned about the possibility that branch libraries throughout the city might close. And rightly so. Our branch libraries are not just centers of learning, though that alone would... Read more
There is an interesting story told in the Gospel of Luke that many Biblical scholars think may be one of the first attempts among Jesus’s followers to come to terms with his death. In the story, two travelers are walking home from Jerusalem to a... Read more