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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
This is a love letter to my person, whom I found on a train platform in Dorchester when I was 16 years old. I lived on East Cottage Street in a large yellow three-decker that is hard to miss. My high school – the now-closed Elizabeth Seton Academy – was... Read more
The youthful members of the Boston City Singers (BCS) have kept busy during pandemic shutdown time looking for different new ways to fulfill the organization’s 2020 mission of “addressing loneliness through kindness.”   BCS was founded in Dorchester 25... Read more
I’ve never managed to get the hang of crowds. This is not an ideal thing for a reporter to struggle with. I’ve had to cover rallies, games, marches and parades, of varying intensity and size, from Boston to Worcester. The bigger the crowd, the more my... Read more
The Dorchester Reporter is pleased to be a media partner of a virtual town hall that will be held today— June 4, 6 p.m. WBUR senior news correspondent Kimberly Atkins moderates a special WBUR Town Hall on race, justice, police practices — and a nation in... Read more
About a month into law school, my property law classmates had a pretty clear sense of two of my priorities: I’m obsessed with three-decker houses and I’m the resident Dorchester booster. Two years ago, I sat in a crowded All Saints Parish church and... Read more
At the farther end of life, my 78th year, I’m regularly prompted to cast my mind back to the long ago. Most often, it’s a name or place cited in the local news that triggers remembrances of family, friends, and associations from my boyhood time in... Read more
The cancellation of next Sunday’s Dorchester Day parade brings with it a special disappointment for one of the community’s favorite leaders, 93-year-old Louis Pasquale, who had been named the chief marshal of this year’s march down the avenue. A fixture... Read more
“Growing up in Dorchester has to be like growing up no place else on earth. Although some of the old gang has moved to other cities and other states, no one ever really leaves. Because no matter how much time and distance we put between ourselves and... Read more
A decades-long tradition that accompanies the annual Dot Day celebrations on Auckland Street in Savin Hill will continue this year despite the cancellation of Sunday’s parade and most of the usual holiday activities that accompany it. During the week... Read more
City leaders discussed the idea of purchasing liquor licenses back from restaurateurs during a lengthy council hearing online last week. Councillor Lydia Edwards, who proposed the buyback plan, said it could help small businesses during and after the... Read more
On Monday morning, hours after looting and clashes between protesters and police had left Boston Common and downtown Boston strewn with broken glass, litter, and other debris, a group of volunteers were hard at work cleaning up the area. The effort, which... Read more
As a reporter, I spend a lot of time browsing Twitter, for better or for worse. Lately, as the site has been inundated with heartbreaking footage of black death — and a slew of people and/or bots attempting to justify or dismiss those killings— it has... Read more
With their daughter Maya’s 10th birthday fast approaching, Mark and Barbara DeVico of Granville Street wanted to do something special. Maya, who is autistic and non-verbal, had been struggling to grasp the concept of quarantine and suffering from the lack... Read more
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), a Boston-based preservation and conservation organization, has hired Janelle Woods-McNish as Managing Director for Community Impact, a new position created by the 129-year-old nonprofit. A Dorchester resident... Read more
Boston Uncornered has set a goal of $500,000 for its annual (and virtual this year) fundraiser that goes a long way in helping to support at-risk youth in Dorchester. Jim Judge, a Dorchester native and president and CEO of Eversource Energy, will chair... Read more
When Gov. Baker’s four-phased reopening plan, released on May 18, allowed construction projects to resume immediately, developers with jobs in Dorchester, which had been halted in various phases earlier in the spring, moved to adapt to the new normal. ... Read more
With phase two of the state reopening plan poised to begin sometime this month, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester on Monday announced the setting up of a 25-member Safety Advisory Task Force ahead of a possible summer reopening.  The BGCD’s action... Read more
Forty-six students from Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy’s three campuses will graduate during virtual celebrations on June 4. Students will be moving on to area high schools including Boston College High School, Cathedral High School, Cristo Rey High... Read more

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