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Massachusetts will impose new restrictions on travelers from most of the United States next week, threatening fines of $500 per day for those who do not quarantine or prove they tested negative for COVID-19, the Baker administration announced Friday.... Read more
After four decades of caring for the dental needs of the neighborhood, the family-run Lee Dental Office is making a big transition this summer. The practice, which has operated at 398 Neponset Ave., has been sold to Sparkle Dental, with nearby offices at... Read more
Earlier this month a project called “Across Generations,” made possible through a partnership with the Age Strong Commission, Boston Public Schools, and Councillor Andrea Campbell’s office, saw hundreds of pieces of artwork by Boston Public School... Read more
Creating drug-free school buffer-zones sounds like a good idea. However, the consequences and disparate impacts of these zones – with the high-stakes mandatory minimum sentences that accompany them – have led to the mass incarceration of thousands of... Read more
Pickleball on the tennis courts, outdoor ping pong tables, bike sharing and a 9-hole disc golf course are among the new amenities at Harbor Point on the Bay, the apartment complex on Dorchester’s Columbia Point. The new outdoor features are part of an... Read more
In last week’s Reporter, I proposed eliminating odd-numbered year elections to increase voter turnout for municipal elections and, as a byproduct, save $1.5 million by consolidating the balloting. I received many thoughtful responses. I thought it was an... Read more
In a lengthy press conference last Thursday, Mayor Walsh urged that all Bostonians be tested for COVID-19 and said his priority moving through Phase 3 of the reopening process is to “contain the virus and prevent another surge.” He also used the occasion... Read more
Denella Clark, a Hyde Park resident and president of Boston Arts Academy (BAA) Foundation, has been elected as chair of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, an independent state agency. Clark was first appointed to the Commission in 2015... Read more
George Floyd’s casual murder by police has made it clearer than ever: We must end police violence and white supremacy. Black-led uprisings have brought millions into the streets, and even those previously silent on these issues are starting to speak up.... Read more
State Sen. Nick Collins will face opposition from a first-time candidate from Dorchester in the Sept. 1 primary election for the First Suffolk district. Samuel Pierce, who has been active as a volunteer in city and state election campaigns, will be on the... Read more
Since the start of her music career, Dorchester-based rapper Red Shaydez has endeavored to understand and embrace her “aura,” the innate way her personality and energy affect those around her. That process of self-discovery began with her first album, “... Read more
There’s an election of sorts under way in Neponset this month and the outcome could have long-term implications for the identity of that part of Dorchester. On July 1, the longtime Catholic parishes of St. Brendan and St. Ann were officially merged by... Read more
The University of Massachusetts system, the third-largest employer in the state, will cut about six percent of its full-time equivalent workforce and furlough thousands as part of its efforts to close a $264 million budget gap ripped open by the COVID-19... Read more
US Senator Edward J. Markey is in a tight race for re-election on Sept. 1 as he faces a vigorous challenge from a fellow Democrat. Nonetheless, he told the Reporter on Sunday, he is upbeat, pointing to a deep well of support in Dorchester and other city... Read more
Congressman Joe Kennedy’s insurgent bid to unseat US Sen. Ed Markey in the Sept. 1 primary brought him to Dorchester and Mattapan earlier this month for what his campaign billed as a “Jobs & Justice Tour,” which included meetings with local merchants... Read more
Starting school in Boston in the fall with all students physically returning to the classrooms would "probably be a stretch," Mayor Marty Walsh said Tuesday, indicating a preference for a blend of in-person and remote instruction. Like other school... Read more
A game changing idea that could allow our children to safely go back to school is the subject of a Harvard study. Boston needs to be the location where this is implemented first. Let me explain: An April 1 article in the NY Times by Dr. Joshua Rabinowitz... Read more
Most evictions and foreclosure will remain banned in Massachusetts until Oct. 17 under an extension to the COVID-prompted moratorium Gov. Charlie Baker triggered on Tuesday. Baker’s action will add another 60 days to a temporary ban that was set to expire... Read more
Since George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police officers, we have seen a public outcry for change in policing that has evolved into an international discourse on systemic racism and resulted in the world scrutinizing American society and culture. In... Read more
Ashmont Grill, one of the last of the Dorchester culinary staples to reopen since the start of Phase 3, is serving customers once again with a new outdoor setup after officially welcoming the public back last Thursday. Shuttered since the onset of the... Read more

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