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“Hi, Ed. Just wanted to let you know that my truck was broken into last night. They stole a few very expensive tools.” That text message arrived on my phone Saturday morning. It was sent by my upstairs neighbor, a self-employed plumber who parks his work... Read more
Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, the new chancellor of UMass Boston, will begin his tenure at the Dorchester campus this Saturday, but he is already making news with a generous personal donation to fund a new scholarship in the name of George Floyd, who was killed... Read more
The NAACP Boston branch will host “Freedom Weekend” this Friday and Saturday to kick off the 111th National NAACP Convention, which was supposed to take place in Boston in late July but instead will proceed in a virtual format from August 2-15. The... Read more
The City of Boston has launched a virtual open house that lays out full draft design plans for the Mass Ave Better Bike Project, an infrastructure initiative that would bring bike lanes to a stretch of Mass Ave. that has proven to be dangerous for... Read more
What can parents, students, and teachers expect when Boston Public Schools “return” in the fall? Completely remote, totally in-school, or a “hybrid” of those two approaches? The school department has until Friday (July 31) to submit its plan to state... Read more
When we wrote Question 4 to legalize and regulate the sale of cannabis in Mass., the drafting committee intentionally included provisions to support local entrepreneurs and invest in communities ravaged by systemic racism. To the Legislature’s credit, its... Read more
Neponset pollution seen as key Water quality at Dorchester’s three beaches worsened last year, according to a new report by the non-profit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay that tracks year-to-year data at urban beaches. In 2019, the overall safety rating for... Read more
Mayor Walsh used his press conference on Tuesday to warn Bostonians against letting their guards down in the struggle to contain the COVID-19 virus amid a slight rise in reported cases in Massachusetts and more stringent restrictions for people who travel... Read more
State Police report Curtis Raper, 43, of Dorchester, died Sunday after crashing a Jet Ski into "a sailboat that was stationary and attached to a mooring" around 4:30 p.m. State Police say he was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced... Read more
The Urban Farming Institute has announced a couple of fundraising initiatives to help them continue their mission “to develop and promote urban farming to engage individuals in growing food and building a healthy community.” President of UFI, Patricia... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports the arrest of a suspect for the stabbing murder of Onell Colon at the Domino's on Adams Street in Fields Corner late on July 3. Police say detectives tracked Anthony Nicholes, 50, of Dorchester, to Long Beach, CA,... Read more
The Boston Police Department reports two men were fatally shot in Dorchester early Sunday. A man was shot shortly before 2 a.m. at 38 Erie St.. He was brought to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police say. Minutes later, another man was... Read more
Since the onset of COVID-19, have you been spending more time outdoors? If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent study by the Outdoor Industry Association, less than 20 percent of Americans spent time outdoors more than once a week before the... Read more
Massachusetts will impose new restrictions on travelers from most of the United States next week, threatening fines of $500 per day for those who do not quarantine or prove they tested negative for COVID-19, the Baker administration announced Friday.... Read more
After four decades of caring for the dental needs of the neighborhood, the family-run Lee Dental Office is making a big transition this summer. The practice, which has operated at 398 Neponset Ave., has been sold to Sparkle Dental, with nearby offices at... Read more
Earlier this month a project called “Across Generations,” made possible through a partnership with the Age Strong Commission, Boston Public Schools, and Councillor Andrea Campbell’s office, saw hundreds of pieces of artwork by Boston Public School... Read more
Creating drug-free school buffer-zones sounds like a good idea. However, the consequences and disparate impacts of these zones – with the high-stakes mandatory minimum sentences that accompany them – have led to the mass incarceration of thousands of... Read more
Pickleball on the tennis courts, outdoor ping pong tables, bike sharing and a 9-hole disc golf course are among the new amenities at Harbor Point on the Bay, the apartment complex on Dorchester’s Columbia Point. The new outdoor features are part of an... Read more
In last week’s Reporter, I proposed eliminating odd-numbered year elections to increase voter turnout for municipal elections and, as a byproduct, save $1.5 million by consolidating the balloting. I received many thoughtful responses. I thought it was an... Read more
In a lengthy press conference last Thursday, Mayor Walsh urged that all Bostonians be tested for COVID-19 and said his priority moving through Phase 3 of the reopening process is to “contain the virus and prevent another surge.” He also used the occasion... Read more

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