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A week after this year’s second case of measles in Massachusetts was diagnosed, a state lawmaker from Haverhill filed a bill that would remove the religious exemption for vaccinating schoolchildren. State law requires that children who are entering school... Read more
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley addressed the UMass Boston Class of 2019 at the university’s commencement on May 31. She was presented with a chancellor’s medal at the ceremony, which was held outside overlooking Dorchester Bay. Following are excerpts from... Read more
After defeating New England College to win the regional bracket in the Division 3 College World Series playdown, the UMass Boston Beacons (37-14) traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, over the weekend hoping to advance farther, but it was not to be. Southern... Read more
Fifteen elder residents were inducted into the Centenarian Society of Boston at an event hosted by Central Boston Elder Services at the State House last month. Among the inductees was Dorchester resident Maria Barros, who will celebrate her 101st birthday... Read more
The Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester opened a new third-floor gym for teen members last Wednesday. The facility, created by Planet Fitness, includes a brand-new weight room with a bike, treadmills, and elliptical machines, along with ten different... Read more
Boston City Hall Plaza will soon undergo a $70 million facelift that promises to transform the plot from what’s been described by some as a “barren wasteland” into what city officials call “a welcoming front yard for civic life.” Patrick Brophy, chief of... Read more
University of Massachusetts officials and the Pioneer Institute have exchanged sharp volleys over the last week since the free market-oriented think tank published a report placing blame for the financial crisis at the campus at the feet of central... Read more
US Rep. Ayanna Pressley launched a political action committee on Monday that her campaign said would help continue the work she began last year in her campaign against a long-time incumbent Democrat. Five months into her first term in Congress, Pressley... Read more
The Peabody Square Choral Artists will perform their second-ever concert this Saturday at 7 p.m. at All Saints Church in Ashmont. The group will perform a piece by Czech baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka aptly entitled “Missa Omnium Sanctorum,” from the... Read more
Proponents of a pair of residential towers along Morrissey Boulevard offered their long-term vision for their stretch of property along the corridor during a briefing at the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association’s monthly meeting on Monday. Through a... Read more
Firefighters enter house on River Street
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded to 161 River St., near Standard Street, shortly after 9 a.m. for what turned into a two-alarm fire. The fire, which damaged the basement and first floor, caused no injuries, the department says.
Boston Police are rolling out the first phase of the city-wide body camera program on Monday, starting in Dorchester and South Boston police districts. Officers in the C-6 and C-11 districts and the Youth Violence Strike Force started training with the... Read more
After a very successful clean-up stint at Dot Park last summer, the “goatscaping” program, featuring a quartet of the four-legged herbivores and outfitted with a solar-powered electric fence, returned to the scene last Saturday morning to a munching site... Read more
The Dorchester Reporter's Dot Day edition includes a special section devoted to this year's parade and celebrations. The parade starts on Sunday (June 2) at 1 p.m. at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and Richmond Street in Lower Mills and follows a route... Read more
Hip-hop is everywhere in Dorchester. Booming from the subwoofers of passing cars, and leaking from earbuds on Ashmont-bound trains. Irrepressible, it seems to seep up through cracks in the pavement, like splotches of oil under the baking sun. And from 7-... Read more
IBEW Local 103 as a partner of the Boston Red Sox will operate as an official drop-off location for the annual Baseball Tomorrow Fund equipment drive, in support of Kids Gear for Baseball. Kids Gear for Baseball is a non-profit organization that collects... Read more
The first observance of Dorchester Day, in June of 1904, took place under a tent on Savin Hill. A celebration of local history and pride, it was also meant to protect an urban wild with a panoramic view from a frenzy of new development. But by the... Read more
Editor's Note: Longtime Uphams Corner resident and civic leader Robert “Bob” Haas, shown above in 1979, 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... Read more
Some 600 people gathered on a bright Saturday morning of the 2019 Memorial Day weekend to dedicate a permanent marker on Deer Island to those Irish emigrants who some 170 years ago left their island during the Great Hunger (“An Gorta Mor”) for the United... Read more
About 40 people gathered at the Mildred Avenue Community Center last Tuesday for the latest in a flurry of meetings intended to inform and organize residents in the wake of a brazen daytime shooting that left a Mattapan Street grandmother dead and two... Read more

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