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Nick Martin, a former aide to Boston Mayors Martin Walsh and the late Tom Menino, is returning to City Hall to helm the Walsh administration Communications office, effective Dec. 15. Martin, who is currently the Director of Public Affairs and... Read more
Massachusetts employment data for October offered a mixed outlook on the state’s economic recovery: The unemployment rate dropped 2.4 percentage points to the lowest level since the pandemic hit, but job growth continues to slow after unprecedented losses... Read more
Promising vaccine trial results have offered a glimmer of hope that the end of the Covid-19 pandemic could be approaching, but testing capacity is still “far short” of what’s required to avoid “further significant economic damage” until a vaccine is... Read more
John Walsh, who managed the reelection campaign of US Sen. Edward Markey, is moving inside government. Markey announced last Wednesday that Walsh, a Lower Mills resident who also helped engineer Deval Patrick’s successful first run for governor, will join... Read more
Thanks in short supply for the Puritans in Nov. 1630 On Thursday, the aroma of roast turkey and all the trimmings will drift from Dorchester’s kitchens as Covid-wary families gather around dining room tables piled with all the fixings of the holiday.... Read more
To the Editor: People in Boston like me, with the last name Murphy, can rest assured that no one in public office and no members of the Boston School Committee are going to make fun of our names. In Boston, if your name is Murphy or Robinson or Sullivan... Read more
I knew Boston was a tough town to buy a place to live when I started looking. The average prices for condos and single-family homes are between $500,000 to almost $1 million, a rate that has more than doubled from when I left Dorchester for college in... Read more
Jenn Cartee, who has been the executive director at Greater Ashmont Main Street (GAMS) since July 2015, will step aside in the middle of next month. The organization is currently searching for a successor to the Dorchester resident and attorney who has... Read more
In a virtual meeting last Thursday, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) updated the public on the status of the Uphams Corner Arts & Innovation District, laying out a potential timeline for the three-parcel project, which has stalled in... Read more
The Boston School Committee will navigate a fraught school year under new leadership. New chair Alexandra Oliver-Dávila promised to “work together to heal” after the committee’s former chair was heard mocking the names of commenters at a meeting last... Read more
The MBTA is partnering with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, the Boston Foundation, and five neighborhood health centers to provide CharlieCards to more city residents. The T will provide 5,000 CharlieCards preloaded with five... Read more
Officials from the Boston Transportation Department last week outlined a handful of recent infrastructure changes during a virtual “six-month update” about the city’s Healthy Streets Initiative. The targeted improvements include newly installed protected... Read more
Parents of K-12 students participating in hybrid learning models have a more pessimistic outlook on the impacts of this pandemic-disrupted school year than those whose kids are receiving entirely remote or fully in-person education, a new poll shows. The... Read more
Do you have old clothes that you plan to throw away? You can now recycle them through drop boxes instead. The city has installed drop boxes at several locations— including three in Dorchester— for residents to dispose of household textiles, including... Read more
Motorists speeding along city streets — and striking pedestrians and bicyclists— have become a hazard across Boston, city councillors said during a hearing held virtually on Monday. “Unfortunately, we have witnessed a spike in serious and fatal crashes,... Read more
Do you live in a historic house? If so, the Dorchester Historical Society is offering you a new way to showcase it. In an effort to celebrate the rich architectural heritage of Dorchester and Mattapan, the Society has set up a historic marker program for... Read more
In the early weeks of the pandemic, an “OFD” reader from Pennsylvania — clearly a Republican, but a “Never Trumper”— rang the Reporter to renew his subscription. He enjoyed getting the news from his hometown and wanted to be supportive of our work, he... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh said Boston has seen a large increase in the number of Bostonians getting tested for covid-19. An average of 4,800 people were tested last week, up 1,000 from the previous week (not including colleges.) “I want to thank everyone who’s... Read more
The pandemic is extracting a significant toll from Boston families and businesses, but it's not a major factor when considering the city's overall financial health, a credit rating agency said this week. Moody's Investor Services this week assigned a Aaa... Read more
The proponents of a five-story mixed-use development originally proposed last year for a vacant lot in Uphams Corner told about 40 people last Tuesday that they have “hit the reset button” on their review process during a virtual meeting hosted by the... Read more

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