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
Cam Charbonnier, who withdrew from the race for state representative in the 12th Suffolk district earlier in July, today endorsed one of his former rivals for the seat. Charbonnier threw his support to Stephanie Everett, one of three remaining Democrats... Read more
Differs From Senate on Qualified Immunity, Commission Makeup House Speaker Robert DeLeo and top Democrats plans to seek a vote Wednesday on police reform legislation that makes good on the promise leaders made to Black and Latino lawmakers following the... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports that two teens were shot at 46 Wildwood St., on the Dorchester side of Morton Street, around 4:40 p.m. on Sunday. Both were taken to local hospitals, where they were pronounced dead. On Aug. 6 last year, Aquil Mohammad... Read more
Mayor pushes back against councillor’s critique of Resiliency Fund Mayor Walsh on Thursday said the city of Boston's priority moving through Phase 3 of reopening is to “contain the virus and prevent another surge.” In his press conference outside of City... Read more
There are so many parts of the workforce risking their own safety to ensure our communities receive medical care and access to vital services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the unsung heroes are the public transportation workers from the... Read more
Although sparked by extraordinary events and circumstances, movements are born out of decades of inequity and injustice. The disparate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color has laid bare the systemic inequity prevalent throughout the region. Coupled... Read more
Forty-two Dorchester residents will be among more than 10,000 riders participating in this year’s reimagined 2020 Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), the annual bike-a-thon that raises funds for cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The... Read more
This summer, Dorchester teen Kyre Ambrose will serve as an emissary of the arts along with 13 other teens from the greater Boston area as The Reach: Summer Outreach Dance/Teen Apprenticeship Dance Program celebrates its 30th anniversary. Since 1990, Reach... Read more
Gyms, museums, and movie theaters in Boston were permitted to reopen on Monday at limited capacity, and with additional cleaning and safety requirements in place.  “We were ready to go last week with all of our clubs, although two of our Boston clubs had... Read more
Peals of laughter and the clatter of pins once again echoed across the hardwood at Boston Bowl Monday afternoon as the popular bowling alley reopened its doors after lying dormant since the start of April due to the COVID-19 shutdown. During that stretch... Read more
Cam Charbonnier, one of four candidates on the ballot for the Sept. 1 election for state representative in the 12th Suffolk district, suspended his campaign last week. A close aide to Mayor Martin Walsh and the only white candidate in the field to succeed... Read more
Democracy wilts with low voter turnouts.  When turnout is low, vested interests are typically the winners, which creates an imbalance in governance. Last year’s city council elections produced a turnout of 11.17 percent in the preliminary election and 16.... Read more


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