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A woman-owned legal practice in Fields Corner was among the 38 business and individuals honored Tuesday night for their contribution to an initiative between Boston and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. HNN Law, run by Nina Nguyen, was honored... Read more
In 1993, I was a shy little six-year-old with missing front teeth and a lisp. As my mother put rollers in my hair the morning of the Little Miss Dorchester contest, she reminded me to do my best, speak loudly, and keep smiling. I was nervous as I walked... Read more
State representatives scrambled to file amendments totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars last week after House leaders proposed a $28 billion budget, and Dorchester's delegation was no different, bringing a focus on youth violence prevention programs... Read more
Three franchise partners are working to bring the ancient Polynesian fruit, "Noni" to Dorchester and surrounding communities in 8.33-ounce cans. Called HIRO, these drinks are among the newest of the Utah- based, multi-billion dollar company Tahitian Noni... Read more
The Walsh Corporation, a Dorchester-based construction contractor with an office on Park Street, is being forced to move a storage site for their equipment yet again. Last year, the company was asked to leave a site on Columbia Point on land owned by St... Read more
It was once a crime-ridden, trashed out lot, but today a network of gravel paths is weaving through newly cleared brush and finding the occasional granite bench. Over $400,000 of work is nearing completion at the Geneva Cliffs Urban Wild, beautifying the... Read more
As a dizzying array of new developments hover on Dorchester's near horizon, the neighborhood's leading merchants group hopes to bring the myriad projects into sharper focus in a unique program planned for next Tuesday evening. The Dorchester Board of... Read more
"The city of Boston is not one color, but many shades of brown," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino at the 14th annual African-American Achievement Awards ceremony last week. "The movers and shakers are those in the black community." Over dinner and live musical... Read more
Mattapan seniors will see ice-cream socials, a Hawaiian luau, and a senior prom as facets of the fourth annual SeniorPalooza sponsored by Ethos and its community partners next month. More than 80 free and open to the public events will offer seniors and... Read more
One candidate who was challenging state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson has stepped aside as others have jumped in for their shot to represent parts of Dorchester. Roxbury filmmaker Robert Patton-Spruill, who pulled nomination papers earlier this year, is now... Read more
A pair of off-duty police officers on line for a Saturday morning buzz cut in Lower Mills Village lept into service to protect an elderly woman from a street robbery earlier this month. Their swift action not only prevented a likely bag-snatching, but led... Read more
Mayor Thomas Menino unveiled last week a proposed $2.42 billion operating budget for Boston, a 5.1 percent increase that would be mitigated, in part, by increases in parking fines. A five-year capital budget of $1.5 billion was also highlighted, with... Read more
Tempers ran high toward the end of a Monday meeting on the new Mattapan Public Library currently under construction. Though neighbors were still concerned about traces of a cleaning chemical that contaminates the groundwater under the location, the real... Read more
The city of Boston is fining G & D Auto Center on Washington Street $450 for allegedly misleading its customers on the price of gas. G & D calls their least expensive gas "economy" rather than "regular," though the company's signs on the street... Read more
A four-alarm fire on Colonial Avenue left 18 people without a home Monday morning when the three-story apartment building went up in flames. There were tears and missing pets on the sidewalk as residents stood, wrapped in blankets, watching firefighters... Read more
Council President Maureen Feeney announced speakers for the 2008 Boston Civic Summit this week, a gathering of civic activists on May 3 that she hopes will start a conversation about how to address what many councillors and activists see as waning civic... Read more
Nine special needs adults in Dorchester have found a world where their disabilities are invisible and their voices are heard. It's a three-dimensional, virtual world called Second Life, where users or "residents" log on to socialize, connect, and create... Read more
IN DESIGN Byrne Playground - restore the play equipment and reconstruct the court and passive areas. ($385,000) McConnell Playground - remove and replace outdated play equipment, curbing, paving, landscaping and other ancillary site improvements. ($201,... Read more
The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that between $4 and $6 billion in losses can be attributed to mortgage fraud nationwide in fiscal year 2007. It has 35 task forces working across the country on the problem and considers 16 states hotspots for... Read more
After a long day at school, the last place most middle school students want to be is in a strictly- structured environment. On the flip side, the last thing they need is too much free time. With that in mind, faculty and undergraduates from Massachusetts... Read more

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