Jones Hill residents lobbying to expand the social equity requirements for potential marijuana businesses are taking an initial tour through several Dorchester civic groups where cannabis is high on their priority lists. At a meeting of the Jones Hill... Read more
House Speaker Robert DeLeo walked out of a caucus of his Democratic members on Thursday looking pleased. To his right was new Ways and Means Chairman Aaron Michlewitz. To his left was new Ways and Mean Vice Chairwoman Denise Garlick. And behind him stood... Read more
Jennifer Smith, news editor of the Dorchester Reporter, joined Chris Lovett of BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News on Thursday, Feb. 14 for a discussion about the news making headlines this week, including Thursday's announcement by UMass officials about... Read more
Topliff Street fir
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded to 60 Topliff St., near Homes Avenue, around 1:45 a.m. on Friday for what turned into a two-alarm fire that caused an estimated $400,000 in damage. The department says the cause of the fire, which... Read more
On the day that UMass Boston announced its lease agreement with the Accordia Partners, LLC to redevelop the former Bayside Expo Center, the immediate reaction from students on the Dorchester campus was mixed. Several students who spoke to the Reporter... Read more
The infusion of more than $200 million in funds generated by the lease of Bayside to a private development team will be a game-changer for the Dorchester campus that has struggled with creeping debt and a crumbling foundation, according to UMass Boston’s... Read more
A new state grant awarded to the Dorchester Historical Society (DHS) will put $15,000 towards researching the lives of Dorchester veterans. The Veterans’ Heritage Grant, allocated by the Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board, will allow... Read more
A development team led by veteran Boston real estate executives and financiers Richard Galvin and Kirk Sykes has been selected by the University of Massachusetts to lead the redevelopment of the former Bayside Expo land on Dorchester’s Columbia Point in a... Read more
City Council President Andrea Campbell is the latest to push a set of home rule petitions that would change the council’s elections process by creating longer terms and creating a vacancy protocol that would prevent another fifth-place finisher from... Read more
Boston Public Schools plans to spend at least $1.139 billion in the next fiscal year, a $26 million increase over this year’s budget. District officials have touted the 2020 budget as “the largest ever” — as they do every year. And owing to the way funds... Read more
Community action groups often associated with getting heating assistance to people who need it want the Legislature to give them a broader mission that reflects their efforts in areas like food assistance and financial literacy. Sen. Michael Moore and... Read more
Cristina Foster of Dorchester was recently named the first ever recipient of a Life Sciences internship by Project OnRamp, a new program that aims to close the opportunity gap in Massachusetts’ burgeoning life science and biotech industries. Foster, a 19... Read more
Phillomin Laptiste was nominated by Mayor Walsh last week to serve on the Board of Health, the governing body of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). Laptiste, the executive director of the Bowdoin Street Health Center in Dorchester, must be... Read more
The 14-player Dorchester Youth Hockey Chiefs Squirt B, led by coaches Vincent Conte, Neil Janulewicz, Matt McQuaid and Kevin Donahue, won the Championship at the Cape Cod Classics held last month. The team won every game in the tournament – 3 face-off... Read more
Non-profit organization musiConnects will relocate a “Play Me, I’m Yours” street piano to the Mattahunt BCYF Community Center this month where it will be available to all of the youth and families who use the center. The community piano – painted by award... Read more
Boston Public Schools will start administering the entrance exam for its three “exam schools” during the school day next fall. Some activists praised the change as a step in the right direction, but said it will take more than a scheduling change to... Read more
The city of Boston signed host community agreements with five more marijuana companies last Friday, including Pure Oasis, a business planning to open the store at 430 Blue Hill Ave. in Dorchester. Pure Oasis is also Boston’s first economic empowerment... Read more
Last year’s reform law expanded process Massachusetts residents with a history of criminal activity or court appearances are increasingly seeking to seal or, even better, expunge their records to improve their odds of gaining access to employment, housing... Read more
To the casual observer, Sergeant Brian Dunford’s current line of work with the C-11 police district’s Community Service unit might seem predestined. Dunford, at left, was born with blue blood: his father, Robert, helmed C-11 for over a decade and ended... Read more
The UMass Building Authority will ask the university's board of trustees to approve a developer chosen to lease and re-develop the Bayside campus in a meeting on Thursday morning. UMass took control of the 20 acre site of the former Bayside Expo Center in... Read more


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