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Officials from the Boston Transportation Department last week outlined a handful of recent infrastructure changes during a virtual “six-month update” about the city’s Healthy Streets Initiative. The targeted improvements include newly installed protected... Read more
Parents of K-12 students participating in hybrid learning models have a more pessimistic outlook on the impacts of this pandemic-disrupted school year than those whose kids are receiving entirely remote or fully in-person education, a new poll shows. The... Read more
Do you have old clothes that you plan to throw away? You can now recycle them through drop boxes instead. The city has installed drop boxes at several locations— including three in Dorchester— for residents to dispose of household textiles, including... Read more
Motorists speeding along city streets — and striking pedestrians and bicyclists— have become a hazard across Boston, city councillors said during a hearing held virtually on Monday. “Unfortunately, we have witnessed a spike in serious and fatal crashes,... Read more
Do you live in a historic house? If so, the Dorchester Historical Society is offering you a new way to showcase it. In an effort to celebrate the rich architectural heritage of Dorchester and Mattapan, the Society has set up a historic marker program for... Read more
In the early weeks of the pandemic, an “OFD” reader from Pennsylvania — clearly a Republican, but a “Never Trumper”— rang the Reporter to renew his subscription. He enjoyed getting the news from his hometown and wanted to be supportive of our work, he... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh said Boston has seen a large increase in the number of Bostonians getting tested for covid-19. An average of 4,800 people were tested last week, up 1,000 from the previous week (not including colleges.) “I want to thank everyone who’s... Read more
The pandemic is extracting a significant toll from Boston families and businesses, but it's not a major factor when considering the city's overall financial health, a credit rating agency said this week. Moody's Investor Services this week assigned a Aaa... Read more
The proponents of a five-story mixed-use development originally proposed last year for a vacant lot in Uphams Corner told about 40 people last Tuesday that they have “hit the reset button” on their review process during a virtual meeting hosted by the... Read more
(Editor’s Note: Due to popular demand, we are pleased to reprint Mary Casey Forry’s classic column about her schedule of activities around the house for Thanksgiving Day. This article first appeared in the Dorchester Reporter in November 1986.) 6:15 a.m... Read more
After strong pushback from neighbors, a team that hoped to site a 3,000-square-foot retail cannabis store in a key commercial building in Adams Corner is now eyeing a location closer to Neponset Circle. CNA Stores, Inc., a company based in Amesbury, MA,... Read more
A three-alarm fire that erupted around 5 a.m. last Friday at 36 Robinson St. left nine people homeless and resulted in an estimated $1 million in damages while causing no injuries. The Boston Fire Department said the fire started in a carriage house... Read more
As Thanksgiving approaches, state officials this week reiterated their calls for people to gather with only their household members around the table, pitching a small-scale celebration as a sacrifice that will help ensure many holidays to come with safe... Read more
The development team hoping to transform the former Phillips Old Colony House on Morrissey Boulevard into a 219-unit apartment complex unveiled their latest proposal to a largely unreceptive group of neighbors via Zoom last Thursday evening. The acre-and-... Read more
It's not too late to rethink your Thanksgiving plans. That's one message public health commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel wants to get out ahead of the Thursday holiday, as Massachusetts continues to confront a surge in COVID-19 cases and as data indicate... Read more
Damage to the two houses
The Boston Fire Department reports a fire that started at 16 Nightingale St. shortly before 7:45 a.m. spread to 12 Nightingale St. and went to four alarms before firefighters were able to bring it under control. Some 12 residents were displaced and two... Read more
Ongoing repairs and painting on the Granite Avenue drawbridge will trigger more lane closures this weekend and through next month. The bridge will stay open through the work, state officials say, but the lane restrictions will likely cause back-ups during... Read more
Firefighters and fire on Robinson Street
The Boston Fire Department reports that a three-alarm fire that erupted around 5 a.m. on Friday at 36 Robinson St. displaced nine residents and resulted in an estimated $1 million in damage, but caused no injuries. This is what first alarm companies... Read more
Virginia “Jinny” Chalmers, 70, of Dorchester, a longtime BPS teacher and retired principal of the Young Achievers K-8 Pilot School in Mattapan, died Tuesday after a a crash between her bicycle and an Eversource truck on Blue Hills Parkway. The crash... Read more
At a time of heightened economic anxiety for local families, many of whom are struggling to pay rent or put food on the table, Dorchester-based non-profit United Senergy has organized a holiday toy drive through Dec. with the goal of spreading joy to... Read more


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