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A district councillor this week became the first member of the City Council to oppose the raise awarded to Boston firefighters through arbitration, as his colleagues await a pair of analyses on the matter. The 13-member City Council has been struggling... Read more
Mayor Thomas Menino’s education chief says “more than six” schools likely to be on the chopping block this year as she struggles with a budget that has rising health care costs, contains contracts up for renegotiation, and can’t depend on federal stimulus... Read more
The president and CEO of Liberty Mutual Group Chairman, Edmund “Ted” Kelly, addresses students at Pople John Paul II Catholic Academy’s Columbia Road campus. A pair of Bay State companies offered the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy a $2 million boost... Read more
State Police announced Wednesday afternoon that they have captured Jeremy Price, the teen indicted on manslaughter charges who escaped from a program on the grounds of Tewksbury State Hospital Monday night. Price was captured by the violent fugitive unit... Read more
Chris Lovett of Neighborhood Network News reports on the reaction of church leaders— some of whom claim they have been deliberately left out of city-led meetings — as officials attempt to mount a response to a series of recent murders , including Saturday... Read more
Nine people, ranging in age from 15 to 21, are charged with surrounding and attacking a 19-year-old from Mattapan on Parkman Street around 5 p.m. on Monday, kicking and beating him even as he lay on the ground, curled into a ball, according to the Suffolk... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports officers found a man with multiple gunshot wounds at Dorchester Avenue and Roseland Street around 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Boston firefighters and EMTs treated him at the scene before he was taken to Boston Medical Center... Read more
Members of the City Council are pressing for a one-year delay of library closures, City Councillor Maureen Feeney said this week. Feeney, attending a May 5 meeting of library closure opponents from across the city, said councilors had been in talks with... Read more
Chris Lovett of Neighborhood Network News filed this report on the continuing campaign to halt the planned closings of four branch libraries, including the one in Dorchester Lower Mills. Library Supporters Start Sign Campaign from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.
I remember the night my parents told us about that souvenir they had placed on layaway at Disney World. It was going to take a few more months to arrive. They weren't sure what it was. Only that it was coming during that summer of 1988. It was all... Read more
A for-profit equity firm’s proposal to acquire Caritas Christi, the Catholic hospital network that owns and operates the Carney and five other hospitals, was formally filed Thursday with the state attorney general’s office, launching a review process that... Read more
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

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