Eager to hear next week’s news on COVID-19 today? “This Week in Virology, or TWIV,” the longstanding podcast that previews next week’s COVID-19 news, and that some listeners refer to “The Car Talk of Virology,” is my current obsession. Parts of the... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh last week rolled out three initiatives that he said are aimed at addressing systemic racism in Boston – an “equity and inclusion” cabinet in his administration; a new Racial Equity Fund; and the filing of a “fair housing” amendment to... Read more
Fed up, like many Bostonians, with the increase at all hours of illegal fireworks in the city, Mayor Walsh has set up a task force to address the issue ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.  “Fireworks are a serious issue not only in the City of Boston,... Read more
Discriminating against people of color or anyone who relies on a voucher to pay their rent is illegal in Massachusetts, but new research suggests the practice is pervasive in the Greater Boston real estate market. The study done by Suffolk University Law... Read more
As phase two, part two of plans to reopen the state’s economy continued this week, Dorchester eateries continued to make more strides towards recovery while reimagining their dining experiences in light of an still-evolving “new normal.” The Industry in... Read more
Over the last month we have learned just how much we take things for granted. That includes visiting relatives, handshakes and hugs with good friends, or even a dinner out at a restaurant. In that same time period, we have also learned to appreciate the... Read more
Gov. Charlie Baker visited Mattapan on Tues., June 23, to celebrate the selection of a minority-owned developer to build new housing, day care, and healthy food amenities on the site of the former Boston State Hospital, but he was greeted with frustration... Read more
The City Council last week voted unanimously to bar police and other city agencies from using facial-surveillance software except for specific criminal investigations - and even then only if the data are not generated by city-owned cameras. The proposal,... Read more
Three city councillors want Boston to explore a new “crisis response” system that would divert non-violent, emergency calls away from the Boston Police Department in favor of “a more holistic public safety infrastructure integrated with public health.”... Read more
Tenant advocates this week warned of a potential “tidal wave” of evictions of Boston residents this year if the pandemic-induced moratorium on filings is lifted, saying it would exacerbate the crisis that already disproportionately impacts Black residents... Read more
Several hundred people gathered in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square last Saturday to listen as a lineup of activists, artists, and elected officials — all of them women — led a “March Like a Mother For Black Lives” rally. Most of the speakers at... Read more
Greater Boston PFLAG has presented its 2020 Cornerstone of Equality Award to former state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry and Bill Forry, editor and publisher of the Dorchester Reporter. The regional branch of the national organization, which advocates for LGTBQ... Read more
A small family-owned toy store on the South Shore stepped up this month to provide end-of-year gift bags for all 237 students at the Edward Everett Elementary School in Dorchester. The project began when Julie Ritchie of Toy Box of Hanover began working... Read more
Massachusetts is one of four states on track to contain the coronavirus, while dozens of other states are at risk or have controlled the growth of COVID, according to a model developed by the Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and... Read more
The end of the school year is a natural moment for farewells. But for Maura O’Toole, a library paraprofessional leaving the Boston Public Schools after 14 years, the departure feels premature. “This past January, my position was reduced in hours,” O’Toole... Read more
Marking the first endorsement by an elected official in the 12th Suffolk District race, Rep. Chynah Tyler (D-Roxbury) on Monday endorsed candidate Brandy Fluker-Oakley. The 12th Suffolk District includes parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Milton... Read more
Dorchester-based art education nonprofit Living Art will conduct its annual summer workshop “Portraits, People & Places: A New Understanding” in a partial, online format this month starting on July 7. Living Art has taught the workshop for over 20... Read more
What’s new on the Fairmount Line? As of June 22, a lot. The commuter rail line that connects Readville to South Station is now in the early stages of a year-long pilot that offers increased train frequency, a new ticketing system and a marketing push from... Read more
At a drive-thru event in front of their school last Thursday, seniors from the Boston Arts Academy received their diplomas and care packages purchased through funds raised by the BAA Foundation’s “103 Reasons to Give” campaign, an initiative that raised... Read more
Allowing hundreds of thousands of K-12 students to resume learning in school buildings this fall will improve educational outcomes, relieve pressure on families and boost supports for the state's most vulnerable children, Baker administration officials... Read more


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