Smaller, “isolated” classes, masks on students and staff, frequent hand washing, and six feet of spacing between desks are among the elements necessary to safely reopen schools in the fall, according to new state guidance. Elementary and Secondary... Read more
I attended the evening protest on June 2 in Dorchester’s Franklin Park and on surrounding streets. It was – from what I saw – a peaceful and positive event. Those who organized the rally — Black Lives Matter’s Boston chapter and the activist Monica Cannon... Read more
Sunrise Boston, a group that is focused on “climate change through political action,” has endorsed Brandy Fluker-Oakley, one of four Democrats running for the 12th Suffolk seat in the Massachusetts House that is being vacated by state Rep. Dan Cullinane... Read more
People expect to hear fireworks popping off in the summer months, especially around the Fourth of July. In Dorchester, Mattapan, and other city neighborhoods, residents can usually bet on hearing late-night blasts and seeing the sky light up, courtesy of... Read more
I first met Joe Corcoran in the summer of 1966 when I was working as a letter carrier for the US Post Office. I was delivering mail on Elmer Road, where he lived, and he had posted a lawn sign for his candidacy for political office. There was a... Read more
Joseph E. Corcoran, a Dorchester native, devoted philanthropist, and developer who transformed the Columbia Point peninsula, died on Wed., June 3, of heart failure. He was 84. According to his family, Mr. Corcoran, died at his home surrounded by his... Read more
A handful of Dorchester restaurants began serving customers outdoors this week as “Phase 2” of Gov. Baker’s gradual reopening of the Massachusetts economy got underway. Restaurateurs have greeted the milestone with a mix of excitement and wary optimism.... Read more
The next major change of the COVID-19 era will come to Massachusetts today, when a range of businesses can reopen or expand their operations with the beginning of Phase 2 in the Baker administration's phased reopening plan. Restaurants can start outdoor... Read more
(Updated, Fri., June 5, 4:30 p.m.)— Members of UMass Boston’s faculty union raised objections and demanded answers from university leadership this week after parts of the campus were used as staging areas and parking for State Police before a large rally... Read more
Like you, Marty Walsh is going to miss this year’s Dot Day Parade. Your mayor and neighbor has been hitting the streets on parade day and the backyard barbeques that follow since he was a kid growing up on Taft Street. “I’ve marched in the parade pretty... Read more
The hour was growing late in St. Gregory’s auditorium and the 15-member cast of the musical “Godspell” was beginning to dissolve into sniffles and sobs, an unscripted group meltdown in front of a crowd of 300 relatives and classmates. The cast of 12, 13... Read more
A partnership launched today called the Neponset Neighbors Together Fund (NNTF) has established a COVID-19 fund to support residents of Milton, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Dorchester adversely impacted by the current health crisis. The effort is a... Read more
Editor's note: Dorchester Day is traditionally observed on the first Sunday in June. However, the 2020 Dorchester Day Parade was cancelled due to the COVID-19 health emergency. In the spirit of safely celebrating Dorchester Day this weekend, this week's... Read more
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley threw her support behind Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins amid a heated public dispute with a Boston police union, condemning the association as "tearing down a Black woman in leadership and putting her life... Read more
When the Boston City Council on Wednesday voted in favor of a resolution to condemn police brutality and "the use of excessive and militarized force" at the federal level, it did so unanimously. The tally: 12-0. But there are 13 city councillors. And the... Read more
Juggling two emergencies that continue to challenge the nation and the city of Boston, Mayor Walsh warned on Thursday that the COVID-19 threat remains a hazard to the public health, despite a decreasing case load locally and amid of mass-gathering... Read more
Joseph E. Corcoran, a Dorchester native, devoted philanthropist and developer who transformed the Columbia Point peninsula, died on Wed., June 3 at age 84 of heart failure. According to his family, Mr. Corcoran died at his home surrounded by children and... Read more
This year we are marking the 150th anniversary of Dorchester’s annexation by the City of Boston. In ten years, we will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of Dorchester’s founding. The history of Dorchester goes back far beyond pedestrians trudging up... Read more
Alexis de Toqueville, the French observer of American culture, traveled through the United States in the 1830s noting characteristics that made America different from Europe. He published his seminal work, “Democracy in America,” in 1835. His... Read more
I was so pleased to be asked by Bill Forry to come out of retirement to write a column for the Dorchester Day edition of the Dorchester Reporter. I have one great change to my column writing process, though. Because I now have macular degeneration,... Read more


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