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The fight to keep Boston employees within city limits may resurface this year and could become a campaign issue if a Dorchester activist has her way. Eileen Boyle, an activist with "Save Our City," a pro-residency group, and a member of a residency... Read more
The latest crop of cadets from the police academy gave a welcome boost to the Boston Police Department, and for NHL buffs, a nifty piece of local trivia. More accustomed to wearing uniforms bearing flames, ducks and Canucks, Dot Native and former NHL... Read more
The joy of a holiday and birthday celebration turned to tragedy last week as a fast-moving house fire inside a Bellevue Street three-decker stole the lives of two children, one of whom had just celebrated her ninth birthday just hours before. Flames... Read more
Every day, Jimmy Hayes puts on his hockey pads, laces up his skates, and dons his country's hockey jersey. As a member of the under-18 team at the National Team Development Program, Hayes is one of a select few that get to play day in and day out for the... Read more
The student population at Grover Cleveland Middle School on Charles Street in Fields Corner has been whittled down to its eighth graders, and when they graduate this spring, the school will cease to be. But the end of the Cleveland will be a beginning for... Read more
On the outside of one convenience store in Dorchester, at the corner of Adams Street and Centre Street, they spread like a rash: 23 ads for eight brands of cigarettes. The ads run from doors to windows, and around the corner to the side of the building.... Read more
When parking your car in the neighborhood, make sure you take out that GPS you got for Christmas, or that shiny iPod you bought yourself, even that spare change you keep for emergencies and tolls. All of it's got to go. At least that's the message... Read more
A high-end hospital turnaround expert has been brought in to diagnose the Caritas Carney Hospital on Dorchester Avenue. Dawn Gideon of Wellspring Partners, a hospital consulting firm recently acquired by Huron Consulting Group, is the chosen one, known... Read more
The first popular children's TV show, "Howdy Doody," debuted on Dec. 27, 60 years ago. Radio City Music Hall will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its opening on Dec. 27. The first issue of Poor Richard's Almanack, by Richard Saunders (Ben Franklin), was... Read more
An early morning break-in at the Washington Street convenience store across from Dorchester District Court turned chaotic after a store employee shot himself in the foot during a struggle with the intruder. Between 3 and 4 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15,... Read more
The drumbeat of gun violence on the streets of Dorchester and Mattapan continued this year. It was particularly pronounced on the Area B-3 police district, which has recorded 22 homicides so far this year, the most of any district in the city. Area C-11 -... Read more
Two new academic buildings, including a gleaming, state-of-the-art science facility (minus dangerous infectious diseases). Two new parking garages to replace the crumbling substructure holding up the plaza and campus. A glass façade and new entrance to... Read more
One way or another, each of the over one million people participating in the upcoming 32nd First Night Boston, the oldest, largest and most-often-copied New Year's Eve arts celebration in North America, will sample the work of Dorchester and Mattapan... Read more
A Brockton woman was only a month behind on her mortgage payments in November when her son, who was the only one home at the time, received the vacate order. A day and a half later, the impending foreclosure was reversed, thanks to officials at the Codman... Read more
In October, Governor Deval Patrick pledged to the family of 13-year-old murder victim Steven Odom that he would try his best to bring about change and stop the violence that has been snatching young lives in city neighborhoods. "I feel like it's time for... Read more
In 1990, Sydney Hanlon was ready to move up. After 15 years as a prosecutor, handling hundreds of cases of rape and child molestation and tracking the use of money laundering and hundreds of pounds of cocaine, and persuading judges to see her side, Hanlon... Read more
Mike Leahy, right, passed away last Friday after suffering a heart attack on Dec. 14. He is shown above with his wife, Pat. Photo courtesy Leahy family. Mike Leahy was born and raised in Port Norfolk, Neponset. He was the youngest of Jim and Bridie... Read more
He was a man of few words, Captain Kevin O'Toole. Like so many men and women of his generation, he spoke best with his actions and that was more than enough. Last month, several hundred of his admirers followed suit and spoke with their feet, flying from... Read more
A building proposed for Blue Hill Ave. near Franklin Park will resemble an ark and hopes to jive with the nearby zoo. Image courtesy John Spears/GBDA Just across Blue Hill Avenue from the entrance of the Franklin Park Zoo and down the street a bit, a... Read more
For 23 years, Larry Dossantos quietly harbored a dream. It was never quite the right time for the entrepreneur who ran an auto body and repair center in Mattapan. Life got in the way - he was busy at his shop, he married and had three children - but... Read more

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