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Few industries were affected more by this week’s water crisis than restaurants and cafes, and Dorchester was no exception. One restaurant lost more than 50 percent of its business; several coffee shops and smaller eateries were forced to close due to the... Read more
UMass-Boston Chancellor Keith Motley this week said the university’s purchase of the Bayside Exposition Center is part of a “new phase” for the campus acting independently, while acknowledging the move took many in the community by surprise and led to “... Read more
Four score and seven years after St. Mark’s founding pastor, Rev. John A. Daly, opened them, the doors to the parish grammar will close for good next month. Built to accommodate the children of Father Daly’s rapidly growing flock of parishioners in the... Read more
St. Peter’s Teen Center will be one of 16 programs receiving $100,000 for summer jobs for at-risk youth, Attorney General Martha Coakley said this week. The funding overall will lead to the creation of 64 jobs for Bay State teens, according to her office... Read more
The first place where we looked for water was at National Wholesale Liquidators on Morrissey Blvd, though we went there mainly to buy a couple of basins for washing dishes. We ended up getting a couple of basins and something that looked like a wide,... Read more
Former City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty is back on the fundraising trail, with one scheduled for May 20 at Anthony’s Pier 4. But it’s the title that accompanied the fund-raiser invite hitting mailboxes of potential donors that has some inside and... Read more
The Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association this week signed off on a project converting a two-family home on Savin Hill Ave. to a three-family condo. The proposal drew three dissenting votes at a Monday night meeting of the association at the Little House... Read more
You might say that Dot music-lovers will be doubling their Money this month. In coming weeks, Melville Park resident Jane Money, founder of the Boston City Singers (BCS), will be leading two free presentations at the Strand -- first in her role as founder... Read more
Following is the speech BIR Publisher Ed Forry gave after he received the Eire Society’s Gold Medal Award last Friday night at the society’s annual banquet in the rooftop room of the Parker House. I think it was Army General Barry McCaffrey who said, “... Read more
Only a few months old, Ledge, 2261 Dorchester Ave., is seeking to expand. The Boston Licensing Board is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a request from the restaurant to add 76 seats to its existing 140. The restaurant also wants to extend closing time on... Read more
About 2 million residents in metropolitan Boston – in every municipality except Saugus – received the go-ahead early Tuesday morning to drink their tap water after clearing their pipes, three days after a major pipe breach disrupted operations and raised... Read more
State officials were optimistic about repairing by Sunday night a pipe that broke Saturday, saying roughly 2 million residents in metropolitan Boston would likely have to wait days before counting on uncontaminated water flowing from their taps. "It does... Read more
Residents in Dorchester and Mattapan are urged to boil water before drinking this afternoon after a water main break in Weston, MA prompted the Mass Water Resources Authority to activate its back-up water supply. The MWRA says that water now available in... Read more
The Morrissey Boulevard drawbridge has been fixed, state transportation officials said Friday afternoon. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation made the announcement at around 3:30 p.m. on its Twitter account. The Morrissey Boulevard Bridge was... Read more
The Boston Water and Sewer Commission came in for a drubbing Tuesday night from members of the Fields Corner Civic Association who aired their gripes about the agency’s role in the flooding that accompanied last month’s heavy rainfall. “At first, Boston... Read more
Time for some absurdly premature and reckless speculation about the mayor’s race in 2013. Mayor Thomas Menino’s hiring of state Rep. Marie St. Fleur as his chief of advocacy and strategic investment set tongues wagging inside and outside the walls of City... Read more
State Rep. Marie St. Fleur, an Uphams Corner Democrat who announced in February that she wouldn’t be running for reelection, will join Mayor Thomas Menino’s cabinet this summer. As Menino’s chief of advocacy and strategic investment, she will coordinate... Read more
Freshman state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain) appears likely to face opposition this year, with Democrat Hassan Williams making it onto the ballot. Another Democrat, Don C. Dingle, has submitted signatures as part a challenge to state Sen. Jack... Read more
House lawmakers expect to pass amendments to their version of the state budget this week demanding that the city keep all 26 libraries open. Boston Public Library officials, in turn, say the amendments could lead to further cutbacks and layoffs. One... Read more
Residents of Dorchester’s Port Norfolk neighborhood have been waiting too long for the clean-up of a 14-acre lot for about 30 years, they say. And it appears they’ll have to wait a while longer. “That’s been put off about a year,” said Wendy Fox, a... Read more

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