Putting out a call to action for Bay State business leaders, a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report out Wednesday endeavors to understand the economic scale and scope of the opioid epidemic that has ravaged communities and killed thousands. The... Read more
More than five people per day died from confirmed or estimated opioid-related overdoses over the first nine months of this year, according to numbers released last Friday by state public health officials. There were 1,518 opioid deaths between Jan. 1 and... Read more
This Saturday afternoon’s holiday tree lighting tour will make 12 stops across Dorchester. It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1990s when a committee of volunteers and the mayor’s office— then led by the late Tom Menino— sought to “light and unite”... Read more
The holiday week has seen a surge in volunteerism and giving back across the city. Last Saturday, the Dorchester YMCA facilitated turkey donations, courtesy of Stop & Shop, to benefit almost 300 deserving families in the neighborhood. The event... Read more
A plan to replace a Talbot Avenue church with a new, five-story mixed-use residential building with 40 units of housing, five of which will be Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) units, won approval from the Boston Planning and Development Agency last... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh, Gov. Charlie Baker, and dozens of Boston-area business leaders were on hand last week at “Get on the Inside Track,” a networking event at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) in the South End that provided an... Read more
Longtime Uphams Corner resident and civic leader Robert (Bob) Haas has written a riveting memoir of his years in Dorchester, which began when he moved into a broken-down, but once- glorious Victorian-era home on Monadnock Street in 1971. Now 73, Bob still... Read more
The state’s twin natural gas crises are now taking a toll on housing and economic development in Massachusetts. While impacts on devastated Merrimack Valley residents and locked-out union workers have been well documented, commercial real estate and home... Read more
Boston City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley is bouncing between Washington and Dorchester these days, shuttling from freshman orientation week as a congresswoman-elect back to her still-busy schedule on the council. Briefly back in Boston early this... Read more
This year’s holiday stroll in Lower Mills will include a tree lighting at 7:20 p.m. and plenty of festivities up and down the village from Milton to St. Gregory’s church. A new element this year is a ukulele singalong at the Walter Baker building, 1231... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh and a column of elected officials were on hand to celebrate the launch of a new mortgage lending business based in Dorchester on Tuesday. East West Mortgage is a newly formed company led by Chris Anderson, a St. Mark’s Area native who... Read more
Prosecutors have dropped charges against Kevin Williams, the 21-year-old Dorchester man who was recently released after five weeks in custody for the murder of a 67-year-old man in Codman Square last month. Initially citing video evidence and an... Read more
A Dorchester District Court judge on Monday set bail at $100,000 for two men charged with dragging a third a half mile down Gallivan Boulevard with their car at speeds of up to 50 m.p.h. Friday night. In front of a courtroom filled with the victim's... Read more
A teenager remains in critical condition at a local hospital after a robbery Friday night that ended with the robbers closing their car window on his arm, which kept him trapped outside the car as they sped down Gallivan Boulevard at a high rate of speed... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a man was shot shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday at 10 Westmore Rd. in Mattapan. The victim was declared dead at the scene. In a separate incident, a man was stabbed around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday on the 800 block of... Read more
Prosecutors have dropped murder charges brought against a 21 year-old Dorchester man who was arrested and charged with the murder of a 67 year-old man in Codman Square last month. Kevin Williams was released from custody earlier this week after... Read more
A divorced couple from Dorchester have pled guilty to bilking the state out of $18,000 in Medicaid money by fraudulently billing the state for care. Theodore Gilbert, 54, and his ex-wife Madeline Garcia Gilbert, 51, have both pled guilty in the case,... Read more
The two laboratories that have been licensed to test non-medical marijuana have been cleared to begin testing, putting in place another crucial link in the supply chain as the Cannabis Control Commission waits to give retail stores the go-ahead to begin... Read more
Standing in Gov. Charlie Baker’s office last Thursday afternoon, Stephanie Bellapianta, a college student and member of the group Teens Leading the Way, watched as civics education measures she’d been advocating for over the past seven years officially... Read more
If you’ve noticed something a little different about your favorite Boston or MBTA cop, you’re not alone. Usually, police officer are restricted from growing facial hair. But this month— No-Shave November—departments have given their rank-and-file the go-... Read more


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