On July 4, 2019, the three-decker on Mt. Everett Street that Carol Wideman had lived in for 40 years was badly damaged by a fire caused by fireworks that destroyed the house next door. Now, the circa-1905 house is being restored for an upcoming season of... Read more
A planning committee held listening sessions this week at UMass Boston to gather thoughts from students, faculty, staff, and others as the school prepares for what will likely be another semester of mostly remote learning in the spring. “The committee... Read more
The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) last week approved three fully-affordable housing projects in Dorchester and authorized the creation and installation of a new mural at the Mattapan Teen Center.  Two of the projects were Codman Square... Read more
October marks the 75th celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM), a time set aside to honor the contributions that people with disabilities make to our workforce while also recognizing the employment challenges that the disability... Read more
“Is the American experiment in democracy equipped to survive a Trump presidency?” The question, posed as the opening sentence in an editorial published in this space four years ago, on Nov. 9, 2016, was followed with an optimistic “Of course it will.”... Read more
The Urban Farming Institute (UFI) is one of 30 local nonprofits to share in $10 million in funding from the Cummings Foundation. The organization, which serves Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury, will receive $500,000 over 10 years. UFI converts neglected... Read more
The second highest Covid-19 test rates recorded in the city last week came from two Dorchester zip codes, the same ones that led the city with the highest rate, at 9.7 percent, the week before.  Data collected from October 6-12 show that the city’s... Read more
Boston Public Schools officials announced Wednesday that all students will shift to remote learning effective Thurs., Oct. 22 due to a rising covid-19 positive test rate citywide, which reached 5.7 percent this week, up from last week's 4.5 percent.... Read more
A controversial proposal to discontinue the exam used to place students into Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy, and the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science for the upcoming academic year was scheduled to be voted on by the School... Read more
The Zoning Board of Appeal on Tuesday approved plans by Floor&Decor to renovate and move into the now shuttered National Wholesale Liquidators building at 729 Morrissey Boulevard. Floor&Decor, based in Atlanta, will use the roughly 83,000-square-... Read more
Qualified households in Boston can get up to $4,000 per year in rental relief grants through a city of Boston fund that re-opened for applicants on Tuesday. Created last spring, the fund distributed more than $3 million to eligible Bostonians over six... Read more
Voters lined up at the entrance to the Richard J. Murphy School in Dorchester. Ed Forry photo
Election officials have already mailed more than 110,000 ballots to voters in Boston and the city on Thursday launched 17 drop box sites where residents can submit their ballots. With early voting set to launch Saturday across the state, Boston Mayor... Read more
House and Senate leaders on Beacon Hill chose not to intervene Thursday to block the expiration this weekend of the state's moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, despite the efforts of one Democrat to force an emergency extension of the ban through... Read more
In his most recent covid-19 update, Mayor Martin Walsh on Thursday said that city officials are figuring out how to enforce gathering limits, as the city’s positive rate has slowly increased over the past few weeks. Data collected from October 4-10 shows... Read more
Officials from the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) announced Wednesday that lane and/or road closures are anticipated to go into effect along Morrissey Boulevard starting Thurs., October 15 though Wed., October 21. The agency expects... Read more
A story on the front page of the Reporter on Sept. 9 posed the question: “Have they found Sgt. Joseph W. Beard? The answer is “no.” But there’s more to the story about a soldier from Dorchester who was reportedly taken off the infamous “Bataan Death March... Read more
Boston Public Schools’ three prestigious exam schools will not use an exam to select their next incoming classes under a recommendation by Superintendent Brenda Cassellius. Under the plan, 20 percent of seats available next year would be allocated to... Read more
As any animal lover knows, the annual calendar is peppered with dozens of national animal-themed holidays, such as Adopt a Rescue Dog Day and Dress-up Your Pet Day. For me, however, the most interesting of these animal holidays is National Feral Cat Day... Read more
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley is asking US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for more information about an incident last Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 6) involving a Black man who was stopped by ICE officers while jogging in West Roxbury. Bena Apreala... Read more
A city pilot project aimed at making Cummins Highway safer by reducing the number of lanes from four to two and adding dedicated bicycle paths will be extended from Wood Avenue in Mattapan to American Legion Highway in Roslindale by the end of the month.... Read more


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