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Boston schools chief Carol Johnson reversed course Thursday night, proposing to keep open the Roger Clap Elementary School. The Clap would become an "innovation school," operating similarly to a charter school and providing more administrative flexibility... Read more
An architectural rendering of the completed Talbot Avenue commuter rail station site. Courtesy MBTA Construction workers set up shop this week at the Talbot Ave. commuter rail site, one of the four stops in Dorchester and Mattapan that are being added to... Read more
When Brian Honan strode into City Hall’s Iannella Chambers ten years ago, he was expecting his colleagues to vote him into the City Council presidency. He was a lock. Friends and colleagues were clapping him on the back, shaking his hand, and offering... Read more
When four severe hurricanes hit Haiti in 2008, there wasn’t a single engineer on the island who could help design and build a bridge, the country’s former prime minister said this week. Michele Duvivier Pierre-Louis spoke at UMass-Boston on Monday. Her... Read more
Representatives from several Mattapan civic organizations and local residents are in the process of creating a new neighborhood coalition and held their third official meeting at Mattapan branch library on Tuesday afternoon. The group, dubbed “Mattapan... Read more
Boston Public Library officials and supporters of keeping the Lower Mills branch open this week attempted to brainstorm ways to help money flow into the cash-strapped library system. Library officials say the state is expected to face a “significant”... Read more
Former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, a Roxbury Democrat who pleaded guilty earlier this year to federal extortion charges, is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 22. Prosecutors have asked for Judge Douglas Woodlock to sentence her to four years in jail,... Read more
Lee Academy parents: Give us a year to develop new model (Editor’s note: The following letter from a team of Lee Academy parents was sent to Superintendent Carol Johnson, Members of the BPS Redesign Team, and Boston School Committee on Monday. The... Read more
Clap Elementary parents press case for staying open (Editor’s Note: The following “open letter” was distributed by the Roger Clap Elementary School’s Parent Council on Nov. 23.) We are the parents of K1-5 students at the Roger Clap Elementary School in... Read more
Marr-lin Swim Team Hosts Waltham The Marr-lin Swim Team hosted the Waltham Club in a meet that showcased some of the top talent in the N.E.N.E.A.P.C. league. Thanks to some great races, the team managed to capture four of the five age groups. Throughout... Read more
Under guidelines lately altered for about the tenth time in the last dozen years. With a spanking new panel beefed up to 16 members, all of them hopeful. Under circumstances that cynics among us believe are rigged to ratify a foreordained conclusion.... Read more
Councillor Chuck Turner: Ousted by colleagues in 11-1 vote.It was not an easy decision for any of the city councillors. City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo had wrestled with expelling a mentor and a friend since the day he knew it could occur. But by an... Read more
The neighborhood’s Christmas celebrations will get the marquee treatment on Monday as the Boston Classical Orchestra and local partners stage a special holiday concert at the landmark Strand Theatre. The family-friendly show is billed as a neighborhood-... Read more
State Rep. Marty WalshStarting in January, state Rep. Marty Walsh will be taking on a new job as high-profile official at a regional union umbrella group. He was elected to the post – secretary-treasurer and general agent of the Boston Building Trades... Read more
Some cities and towns burdened by diminished state aid may want to look toward agreements with non-profits, universities and other charitable organizations currently exempt from paying property taxes for an additional source of revenue, according to a new... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a man was shot around 5:30 p.m. at 21 Crowell St. on the Dorchester/Mattapan line. The 36-year-old man was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police say. He is Dorchester's 30th murder victim... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a livery driver who picked up two guys at 113 Greenbrier St. yesterday afternoon for a trip to Mattapan had just turned onto Hazleton Street when "one of the suspects put what he thought was a gun to the back of his... Read more
A homeless man was arraigned Friday on charges he helped steal a Dorchester pizza guy's car Wednesday night, then promptly flipped it onto its side two blocks away, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Edward Corbett, 19, was ordered... Read more
The release of an independent report ordered up by the Supreme Judicial Court alleging corruption and widespread mismanagement within the state Probation Department has evoked cautious expressions of concern among local lawmakers and incoming state... Read more
A correction has been attached to this article. The Melville Park Neighborhood Association is petitioning the city’s elections department to change their present polling location at Oliver Wendell Holmes School, citing little available parking and low... Read more


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